It is undeniable that the SUV segment is becoming the major force in the car market. In the past few years, car brands are elbowing their ways to the SUV market. The strong competition has driven the prices of SUV down. Within the past few months, we have seen the entry-level position of the SUV space replaced twice owing to the launches of two aggressively-priced models, the Nissan Magnite and Renault Triber. These sub-compact SUV models are priced under 10 lakh. It is expected that towards the end of 2021, there will be a few new SUVs within this price bracket to enter the market. Here is the list of upcoming SUVs in India under 10 lakh in 2021.
2021 Ford EcoSport
To give you a reminder, the Ford EcoSport was among the first models in the sub-compact SUV segment. It was in fact the first one of its type to gain a significant following in India. It could be said that the Ecosport was the trendsetter of the sub-4-meter SUV segment. However, as the segment is getting widely popular with many newer cars to enter the market, the Ford EcoSport gradually found itself lagging behind.
This year, the Ford EcoSport is ready to get an important upgrade before the subcompact SUV is getting a comprehensive generation overhaul next year. The facelift Ford EcoSport is provided with cosmetic updates along with a new engine.
It is expected to derive power from Mahindra’s 1.2-litre T-GDI engine which will replace the old 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. This new engine is expected to produce a top power of 130 BHP and a maximum torque of 230 Nm. 2021 Ford EcoSport is likely to make it to the market by mid-2021. The prices are expected to go from Rs 11 lakh to Rs 13 lakh.
Mahindra TUV300 Facelift
In 2021, Mahindra will continue to focus on upgrading its range of vehicles to meet the new BSVI emission norms. Among these upcoming refreshed models from Mahindra is the TUV300 facelift. Previously, the TUV300 was temporarily discontinued due to the new emission standards. The new TUV300 is expected to get some visual changes along with some feature enhancements.
According to some recent reports, Mahindra could rebrand the TUV300 as Bolero Neo. Spotted a few times during testing, the new TUV300 is expected to get a redesigned front grille, new headlights, revised alloy wheels and tail-lamps. Apparently, the BSVI-compliant version will not complete without the engine update. It is expected that 2021 Mahindra TUV300 will be powered by an upgraded 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine. The new Mahindra TUV300 is likely to go on sale in the second haft of 2021. The prices will start around Rs 8 lakh.
One of the most anticipated launches of 2021 is the next-genMaruti Brezza. The new-gen Maruti Brezza will enter the SUV segment during the festive season. For the upcoming updates, it is expected that Maruti will replace the existing platform with a new architecture. It could be the modified global C platform or the Heartec one.
Maruti Brezza is about to get a generation upgrade this year
The same 1.5-litre petrol engine powering the existing Brezza will be carried forward. The key update here is that that Maruti Brezza will get a more competent SHVS mild hybrid system. With this new hybrid system, the Brezza will provide better fuel efficiency. In addition, it is expected that the 1.5-litre diesel engine will also make a comeback under the BSVI form. Previously, the diesel-powered Brezza was discontinued due to the BSVI updates.
Moreover, the Maruti Brezza will also come with a host of styling updates for both the exterior and interior. It is expected that the prices of the Maruti Brezza will range from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh.
Last year, Mahindra had massive success with the new-gen Mahindra Thar. Currently, Mahindra Thar is the only offroad SUV in the market. However, this year, the Force Gurkha will soon join Mahindra Thar to enter the offroad segment.
Previously, Force Gurkha was discontinued owing to the adoption of stricter emission norms. Last year, the car manufacturer brought the new Gurkha under the near-production form to the Auto Expo 2020. The launch of the new Gurkha is expected to take plate this year. Since the new-gen the Mahindra Thar, Gurkha's main rival, was launched with a host of feature updates and design enhancement, it is likely that Force Gurkha will get the same treatment. Expect to see a boost in terms of design and quality on the Force Gurkha. Even though it is unlikely that the Gurkha will ever beat the Thar in terms of features and quality, the Gurkha will be equipped with a low range transfer case and manually front and rear locking differentials, which are not available on the Thar.
Under the hood, the Force Gurkha will be powered by a BSVI-compliant 2.6-litre engine that makes 90 PS. This engine is expected to be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is reported that a 2.2-litre diesel engine will be added to the range later on. The price of the Force Gurkha is expected to undercut the Mahindra Thar. It is expected to be priced from under Rs 10 lakh.