Sports utility vehicles better known as SUV is one of the hot-selling vehicle models in India. The vehicle buyers in the country are fond of SUVs and it is no surprise many carmakers have now shifted focus to bring SUVs rather than sedan models.
Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks, Mahindra S201 (codename) and Kia SP Concept based SUV are some of the most awaited sub among Rs 20 lakh range SUVs in India now. While these SUVs will enter the market soon, some carmakers have already started working on other SUVs models understanding the growing demand for such vehicles in the country.
Among them, three new SUVs are yet to get a name officially. Let's take a closer look at those lesser known SUVs in the pipeline.
Hyundai launched Creta SUV in 2015 and it has become a runaway success. That has prompted the company to work on a compact SUV model going up against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Hyundai revealed the compact SUV as HND Carlino concept at Auto Expo 2018 and it has been codenamed QXi. A report in Gaadiwadi claims the Hyundai SUV may get the name Styx.
The SUV has already been spotted while testing with full camouflage. Reports claim the Styx SUV will make use of stretched i10 platform and will share many parts of Elite i20 and Creta to keep its price in check. The SUV will have a monocoque shell and front wheel drive layout.
Tata Motors is currently busy with the launch of Harrier SUV. After Harrier, the company will shift focus to 45X concept based hatchback while for 2020, a micro-SUV reportedly in the pipeline. The small SUV will be positioned below Nexon and it is currently known as the Tata Hornbill, according to Gaadiwaadi.
The production-spec Tata Hornbill is expected to have a squarish design with many styling elements of the Nexon. The SUV will measure less than four metres and it will be based on the ALPHA platform of Tata Motors.
Skoda India currently working on the low-cost iteration of the VW's MQB A0 platform dubbed as MQB A0 IN. The first model to make use of this platform will be an SUV filling the void left by Skoda Yeti. While the company is tight-lipped about the new SUV, reports claim that it will be called Kosmiq in line with the other SUV names of the carmaker such as the Kodiaq and Karoq.
Skoda's compact premium SUV will be based on the Vision X concept and it is also expected to spawn a Volkswagen cousin as well. The arrival of Skoda Kosmiq is expected in 2020.