Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs: Hyundai Alcazar to Maruti Jimny

by Vivaan Khatri | 13/03/2021
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Check out the list of Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs that include models like MG Aston, Hyundai Alcazar, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq

The SUV segment is booming in the past few years. Each year, there are plenty of new SUV models to enter the market. In 2021, we will also see a few upcoming SUV models to hit the car showrooms. Some of these models will cost less than 15 lakh. If you are planning to buy a new SUV with a budget of 15 lakh, here are all Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs that you might want to consider buying.

Mahindra Scorpio

Expected launch date: Mid 2021

Price: Rs 10.5 Lakh – Rs 16 lakh

This year, Mahindra will continue to revise its product line-up. 2021 Mahindra Scorpio and Mahindra XUV500 are the next key launches of the homegrown car manufacturer in the Indian market. Ahead of its launch, the new-gen Mahindra Scorpio was spotted during the test for a few occasions now.


As per the spy shots, the upcoming Scorpio will be larger, probably in all three dimensions. It is revealed that the Scorpio will be underpinned by the new ladder-on-frame chassis that is used on the new Thar. About the powertrain options, the 2021 Mahindra Scorpio will also share the same 2.0-litre mStallion turbocharged petrol engine with the Mahindra Thar. It is possible that the Scorpio will get another BSVI 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The transmission options might include a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque convertor AT. In addition, the new Scorpio will come with some exterior updates and feature add-ons.

Mahindra XUV500

Expected launch date:  Early 2021

Price: Rs 13 lakh – Rs 20 lakh

Another new model from Mahindra in our list of Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs is the new-gen Mahindra XUV500. The new XUV500 will go on sale before the Scorpio does. It is expected to be launched this month. For the new-gen upgrade, the XUV500 will see some significant feature enhancements, including additions of dual-screen setting and advanced driver assistance.


With regards to the powertrain options, the XUV500 will be powered by a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol unit that powers the Thar and the upcoming Scorpio. However, on Mahindra XUV500, this petrol engine is expected to come with a higher state of tune, possibly around 190 BHP. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel unit will generate a top power of 180 BHP. Both of these engines will come with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit. Mahindra is expected to offer the four-wheel-drive system for the top-spec variants.

Citroen C21 Compact SUV

Expected launch date: Late 2021

Price: Rs 7 lakh – Rs 11 lakh

In early 2020, Citroen will launch its first SUV which is the Aircross C5. After the launch of this premium SUV, the French carmaker will enter the lower segment of compact SUVs with another vehicle. Codenamed C21, Citroen’s compact SUV is built on the PSA Group’s new Common Modular Platform (CMP). This cost-effective architecture is developed specifically for developing markets.


This model was spotted a few times during testing in India before. As per the spy images, the Citroen C21 is expected to feature Citroen’s signature crossover look with split up headlights, funky alloy wheel, heavy body cladding and so. Under the hood, it is expected that the upcoming compact Citroen will derive power from a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. This might be the only engine that is offered on the C21.

Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs - Hyundai Alcazar (7-seater Hyundai Creta)

Expected launch date: Late 2021

Price: Rs 13 lakh to Rs 20 lakh

Following the second-gen Hyundai Creta, Hyundai will launch the seven-seater version of the segment-leading compact SUV. Apparently, the seven-seater Creta will have a unique identity under a new nameplate. It was confirmed by Hyundai that this seven-seater version will be called Hyundai Alcazar. It is expected to sit about the Creta on Hyundai’s line-up. Other than the new name, the Hyundai Alcazar will also come with a host of styling revisions to distinguish itself from its sibling. About the engine option, it is expected to carry forward the same powertrain setting from its predecessor. It means that the Alcazar will be powered by the 1.5-litre N.A, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine.


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Maruti Jimny

Expected launch date: Mid-2021

Price: Rs 10 lakh – Rs 12 lakh

Maruti Jimny must be one of the most awaited car launches in our list of Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs. Two years after its debut in the international market, this offroad SUV will finally make it to the Indian market. It was reported that the Jimny will enter the market under the five-door configuration. Compared to the three-door version, the five-door version provides a more spacious room, making it more family-friendly. Apart from the different configuration, the rest of the Jimny will remain the same when entering the Indian market. Maruti Jimny will sit on the same ladder-frame chassis with two rigid axles. Moreover, it will also feature a four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case.


Under the hood, Maruti Jimny will be powered by a 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that is also powering the Ciaz, Ertiga, and Vitara Brezza. This engine is expected to generate a top power of 105 BHP and maximum torque of 138 Nm. At launch, this off-roader SUV will be sold via Maruti’s Nexa premium outlets. It is possible that Maruti will offer the 1.5-litre diesel engine for the Jimny as well.

Prices of this model will start around 10 lakh, making it a much-expected upcoming SUV under 15 lakh in India 2021. At launch, it will lock horns with Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. It is expected that the India-spec Maruti Jimny will be launched in the second haft of 2021. At the moment, the production of the international version has been commenced at Maruti’s manufacturing facilities for exports.


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Skoda Kushaq

Expected launch date: Mid 2021

Price: Rs 10 lakh – Rs 17 lakh

Skoda Kushaq first appeared to the public eyes at the Auto Expo 2020 under the concept form called VISION IN. The Czech carmaker earlier confirms that their upcoming SUV will be launched around May in India. Skoda has teased the final look of this SUV via a few sketch images. Basically, the production-ready model will remain the tough look of the concept version. On the front end, it will get a dominant grille, a large air dam, a rugged front skid plate, and split LED headlamps. The same story happens to the rear end design. There is no doubt that the upcoming Skoda SUV will be feature-loaded and plush on the inside.


About the powertrain options, Skoda Kushaq will be a petrol-only model with two choices of engines, a 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged unit. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard. A 6-speed torque convertor and a 7-speed DSG will be available as options for each engine, respectively. The prices of this premium compact SUV will range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh. Skoda Kushaq is easily among the most highly-anticipated models in this list of Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs.

Volkswagen Taigun

Expected launch date: Mid 2021

Price: Rs 10 lakh – Rs 16 lakh

Volkswgen Taigun can be consider a sibling to Skoda Kushaq. Both cars are underpinned by the MQB AO IN platform that is developed specifically for the Indian market. Similar to the Kushaq, the Taigun will also enter the compact SUV segment and take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Volkswagen’s SUV will carry forward the same set of engine options from the Skoda Kushaq, including the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit. However, transmission options will be slightly different. Instead of providing both manual and automatic gearbox for the 1.5-litre unit, there will be only a 7-speed DSG unit. The launch timeline of this model is expected to be around the middle of 2021.


MG Astor (MG ZS Petrol)

Expected launch date: Mid-2021

Price: Rs 10 lakh – Rs 16 lakh

MG has launched three models in the Indian market by far. All of these models are positioned as premium offerings. Now, it’s time for MG to shift its focus to the mass market. As a part of this future strategy, MG will launch the internal combustion version engine version of the MG ZS EV. The ZS with ICE powertrain will be rival against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the likes. Some sources suggested that the fuel-powered MG ZS will be named Astor when entering the Indian market. Moreover, the upcoming SUV will be heavily localized, which will help to keep the cost in check. It is expected that this model will be priced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.

2021-mg astor

The upcoming MG ZS will be powered by a 1.5-litre N.A petrol unit that generates 120 BHP of peak power and 150 Nm of top torque. There might be another 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine (163hp/230Nm) on offer as well. So, which of these Upcoming SUV Cars Under 15 lakhs are you waiting for? 

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