The first half of 2016 has witnessed the launch of many SUVs in the country, including Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Honda BR-V. The luxury SUV segment also saw new launches like Mercedes-Benz GLS, GLC and the new BMW X1.
The second half of the year also has many new SUVs lined up for market entry. The festive season, which lasts from September to November, will witness many new launches across various segments. Here is a list of the SUVs and compact SUVs coming soon in India.
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) unveiled the new Tucson SUV at Auto Expo 2016 and confirmed that it would be launched in the second half of the year. The SUV has been spotted testing recently on Chennai roads in camouflage, which hints at its imminent launch. The Tucson will be positioned between the Creta and the Santa Fe SUVs in Hyundai's portfolio. The third generation of the SUV is built on a new platform that offers larger cabin space. The SUV in India is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 180bhp and 400Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission. The AWD version of Tucson is also expected to be introduced in the Indian market. Expected price: Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
Though there are rumours that say the Hexa launch may get delayed due to the ban on diesel car registrations in Delhi and NCR, Tata's next important launch will be the Hexa SUV. Hexa is the copiously reworked Aria, and the company showcased the vehicle at Auto Expo 2016. Under the hood, the Hexa comes with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder Varicor diesel engine, which is tuned to generate 154bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 1,700 to 2,700rpm. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission. Expected price: Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid
Volvo launched the latest generation of the XC90 SUV in India in May 2015. The range will get a hybrid version soon. The variant is powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo and supercharged engine working in tandem with an electric motor. The combined output of the hybrid powerplant is 400bhp and 640Nm of torque. The engine is mated to eight-speed automatic transmission. The T8 version is expected to cost more than the regular variants, which are priced at Rs. 64.9 lakh and Rs. 77.9 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).
Mahindra showcased Tivoli compact SUV from its Korean subsidiary at Auto Expo 2016. Mahindra imported the SsangYong Tivoli to India for research and development last year and its launch is expected soon. In India, Mahindra is likely to use the 1.5-litre, mHawk100 diesel engine debuted with the TUV300. Expected price: Rs.7 lakh to Rs. 11 lakh.
German car maker Volkswagen is expected to introduce the Tiguan SUV this festive season. The new Tiguan, despite being 60mm longer and 30mm wider than the original model, has lost more than 50kg and sits 33mm lower. In India, the Tiguan is likely to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which can churn out 187bhp. Based on the MQB platform, the new car of VW is a five-seater SUV, which is expected to go up against Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the BMW X1. Expected price: Rs.7 lakh to Rs. 11 lakh.
Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi is all set to relaunch the Montero SUV in the country. The company has already started the bookings for the SUV and it is expected to cost nearly Rs. 84 lakh, on road, Bengaluru. The new Montero is powered by a 3.2-litre, in-line 4-cyl, Common rail DI-D diesel engine that develops 189bhp at 3,800rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2,000rpm mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with sports mode. The SUV will be equipped with Super Select 4-wheel drive II and all wheel traction control (AWC).
Mahindra Bolero facelift
Mahindra & Mahindra is getting ready a facelifted avatar of its popular SUV, the Bolero, and the new version was caught testing recently under heavy camouflage. The launch of the facelifted Bolero can be expected in the festive season. The changes are likely to be limited to cosmetic modifications. It is expected to get a re-worked front and rear bumper. The headlamps and tail lamp designs will be updated while the interiors may get a new dashboard, new seat upholstery and more.
Chevrolet Trailblazer facelift
General Motors India confirmed the launch of the facelifted Trailblazer in India recently. The facelifted version gets an all new face with new bonnet, new headlamps with LED daytime running lights and new front-grille. Inside, the new version features updated instrument cluster and an 8-inch MyLink infotainment system. At the heart, the SUV is likely to remain untouched and is expected to continue with the 2.8-litre Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that develops 197bhp of power at 3,600rpm and 500Nm of torque at 2,000rpm mated to six-speed automatic transmission.