Know which mid-size SUVs will launch in India soon.
The mid-size SUV segment is highly popular in India. The SUV hungry population of India is constantly on the prowl for a new SUV. Currently, the mid-size SUV segment is ruled by the Korean siblings, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. But, with the right product and attractive pricing, the rivals have a chance to bring customers to themselves. Let’s take a look at the exciting mid-size SUVs to launch in India.
The first exciting mid-size SUVs is from MG motors and is planning to launch a mid-size SUV to challenge the Korean siblings. The vehicle is rumored to be named MG Astor and might be the derivative of the MG ZS EV. The SUV is likely to be offered in petrol version only. It is expected to come in two engine options – a 120bhp, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder NA petrol and a 163bhp, 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol. Both manual and automatic gearbox options will be on offer.
Volkswagen Taigun is the mid-size offering which underpins the Skoda Kushaq. It will come with two engine options – a 113bhp, 1.0L turbocharged petrol with 6MT & 6AT, and a 147bhp, 1.5L turbocharged petrol with 6MT & 7-speed DSG. The vehicle will share its features with the Kushaq and is expected to be launched in August-September 2021.
The current generation of the Duster has been around for a long time now, without significant changes. Renault will discontinue the current generation by the end of 2021 and will replace it with the next-gen Renault Duster. The third-gen Duster will be based on the CMF-B platform, which will also underpin the next-gen Nissan Kicks and the Renault Captur. It is expected to be launched in 2023-24.
Next Mahindra XUV500
The existing XUV 500 is likely to be replaced with an all-new 7-seater variant, the XUV 700. The XUV 500 will return as a mid-size 5-seater SUV and will be pitted against the Creta and Seltos. Likely to be launched by 2025, the new SUV is likely to receive hybrid powertrain as well as electric.
Honda is likely to enter the mid-size SUV segment in India. The vehicle will be based on the City platform, helping the automaker to achieve higher levels of localisation. The company has already trademarked the name ‘Elevate’ and is likely to share the 1.5L petrol and diesel engines with the manual and CVT automatic gearbox with the City sedan. It will be launched in a 5 and 7-seater configuration.
Tata Motors is also developing a new mid-sized SUV for the Indian market. The new SUV could be based on the new ALFA modular platform, which currently underpins the Altroz. Internally called the Blackbird, the new SUV could receive a turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options. Details about the new model are yet to be revealed.
Maruti-Toyota Mid-Size SUV
Maruti-Toyota joint venture has resulted in the Glanza and Urban Cruiser. Both the automakers are developing a new mid-size SUV to be launched in 2022-23. The SUV will be produced at the Toyota’s production plant in Bidadi, and will use Yaris production line.