While the SUV market is booming, the MUV segment also holds a firm position in the hearts and minds of Indian customers. IndiaAuto compiles the list of upcoming SUV and MUV cars in India 2021 for you to look out for.
The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to the Indian auto market in 2020. After going into a tailspin for a period, the market witnessed signs of recovery in the latter half of the year. In 2021, auto manufacturers are going with all guns blazing to revise the losses with a lot of new SUV and MUV cars this year. While the SUV market is booming, the MUV segment also holds a firm position in the hearts and minds of Indian customers. IndiaAuto compiles the list of upcoming SUV and MUV cars in India 2021 for you to look out for.
Top Upcoming SUVs in India 2021
The upcoming 7-seater SUV by Hyundai will be launched in India very soon. Named the Alcazar (‘Castle in Spanish), the car is essentially the Hyundai Creta 7-seater. Based on the Hyundai Creta’s architecture, the new Alcazar will be available in six- and seven-seat configurations. It will compete against the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus when launched. Like the Creta, the Hyundai Alcazar will come with a lot of driver-assistance features on boards. Expect the powertrains to be carried over from the Creta that includes a 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol along with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine units. The exact launch date of the Hyundai Alcazar are yet to be confirmed. We do expect the Alcazar to arrive in mid-2021 with the expected price of around Rs 13 Lakh.
Mahindra & Mahindra has been gearing for the new-generation XUV500 for quite some time now. We’ve got a glimpse of the all-new XUV500 through spy shots of the SUV on numerous cases. The upcoming SUV car by Mahindra will get a major overhaul inside and out. Apart from the styling changes, the new XUV500 will also come with a heavily updated interior for a more premium touch and feel.
VW Tiguan 2021
The facelifted VW Tiguan was recently revealed in India. The upcoming SUV will come to us later this year and will bring in the rivalry with the likes of Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.
As far as the engines go, the VW Tiguan 2021 will come with a 2.0-litre TSI engine seen on the Tiguan Allspace. This engine will continue to develop 190 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The expected price of the VW Tiguan 2021 is around Rs 28 – 30 Lakh (ex-showroom).
VW’s long-anticipated SUV, the Taigun will hit the Indian market sometime this year. The Taigun will be the first VW product to come out of the India 2.0 strategy. The all-new SUV will be based on VW Group’s MQB A0 IN platform, suggesting a high level of localisation. While the design is not deviating much from the concept car showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, the interior will be a notch more premium. Powering the upcoming SUV will be the same pair of 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI engines that also powers the Kushaq. The price of the VW Taigun is expected to be very attractive at around Rs 10 – 16 Lakh (estimated, ex-showroom).
Force Motors unveiled the new-generation Gurkha SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo and the upcoming SUV is due for launch last year. The launch of the Force Gurkha will commence by May 2021. The Mahindra Thar challenger will retain its styling of the previous-gen car that gets inspiration from the Mercedes G-Class. However, it will bring in a lot of feature updates like a touchscreen infotainment system, front power windows, remote locking among others. The new off-roader will also get enough safety kits to comply with the new safety norms. The engine details of the Force Gurkha are yet to be revealed but it is expected to pack a BS-VI compliant 2.6-litre diesel engine option making 89 HP of power and 260 Nm of torque. As for the pricing, the upcoming Gurkha SUV is believed to sit at somewhere around Rs 10 Lakh price point (estimated).
Tata Hexa was discontinued last year before the BS-VI emission standards kicked in. The Hexa’s loyal fans have been waiting for the SUV for so long and finally, the Hexa will return with a BS-VI compliant version. Spy shots of the BS6 Tata Hexa have cropped up a couple of times but Tata remains tightlipped about the launch of the new Hexa.
The updated Tata Hexa will mostly come with a BS6-spec 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that can produce 156 PS of max power against a whopping 400 Nm of torque. Transmission choices are likely to include a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AT unit. We don’t expect any major change on the BS6 version. Once launched, it will be a body-on-frame 4x4 SUV in Tata’s product range.
Another upcoming SUV car in India in 2021 gets Skoda’s badge. Skoda Auto will introduce the Kushaq compact SUV sometime around June-July 2021. The new Kushaq will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and some others in the segment. Based on the VW’s group MQB A0 In platform, the Skoda Kushaq is expected to receive heavy localisation to keep the cost in check. Powering the new Skoda Kushaq will be two engine options – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit.
Mahindra is planning to launch an all-new 7-seater SUV dubbed the XUV700 in the third quarter of 2021. The upcoming 7-seater SUV will replace the current XUV500 but do note that the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will come back in the form of a 5-seater SUV soon.
The new Mahindra XUV700 will raise the competition with the Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus. The XUV700 will sport modern features like advanced driver assistance system, powered seats with memory functions, ventilated seats among others. The Mahindra XUV700 will be offered with two engine options including a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine options.
Tata Motors will bring in the road-ready version of the Tata HBX which was previously showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The upcoming micro SUV will hit the market in the second half of 2021. It will be developed on the brand’s modular ALFA platform which also underpins the other Tata cars. The new Tata HBX will get the power from a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder NA petrol engine making 85 BHP and 113 Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be taken over by a 5-speed MT and an AMT unit. The product-spec Tata HBX will be positioned against the Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT.
Upcoming MUV Cars in India in 2021
It is believed that MG will introduce a Kia Carnival rival in India this year. The Chinese-owned company made the first public showcase of the MG G10 premium MPV at the Auto Expo 2020. Just like its arch-rival, the upcoming MUV car will come with three seating layouts – 7, 8 and 9-seater. The interior of the MPV will be equipped with advanced comfort features like a power sunroof, multi-zone climate control, a large touchscreen infotainment system, premium sound system and many others.
Under the hood of the MG G10 will be a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine found in the MG Gloster SUV sibling. While the launch date of the MG G10 is yet to be confirmed, it is likely to arrive in late 2021 or early 2022. The upcoming MPV is expected to cost around Rs 35 – 34 Lakh (estimated, ex-showroom).