The new year has started and it looks like this year, there will be no dearth of new cars and motorcycles in India. While we will try and cover the topic of two-wheelers in another post, here is a list of the SUVs that will be coming down this year to a showroom near you. This includes all the details of what we are aware of till now and some guess work as well. As it is, most of the carmakers already announce their plans much in advance. The few details that need to be filled in include, perhaps the name, or positioning of the vehicle. Scroll down for the list of SUVs that we think will be coming to India in 2019.
Tata’s all-new product devoid of any legacy will be the Harrier SUV. Based on a modified platform of the Freelander 2, the Harrier will be one of the most ambitious projects by Tata Motors. The Harrier will take on established players like the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. It has a Jeep-derived 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 140PS of power and 320Nm. A new 6-speed manual, also borrowed from Jeep, is available. Downsides should include the noisy engine as well as no automatic option. Since it is a Tata, initial quality issues faced by motoring journalists were also recorded. However, when the production model arrives, we are sure Tata may have ironed the niggles. The Tata Harrier price in India (expected) will be between Rs 13-16 lakh, ex-showroom.
Launch: January 2019
Well, this SUV is the cousin of the Renault Captur. However, it has been extensively redeveloped for the Indian market. In fact, the Kicks that will be sold here is bigger and bolder than what Nissan sells outside. Wheelbase too has gone up in the process and there is decent seating capability for four grown-ups. There is no all-wheel drive option at the moment. In fact, none of the Nissan SUVs in India offer this. Moreover, the engine is the tried and trusted 1.5-litre diesel unit that is capable of getting the job done. There is also a 1.5-litre petrol. We like the equipment on offer but feel that there definitely could be more, given the premium positioning. Lack of an automatic option might hurt its prospects but the Kicks will compete with the Creta as well as the aforementioned Harrier. The Nissan Kicks price in India is expected to be Rs 11-15 lakh, ex-showroom.
Launch date: January 2019
This is an all-new SUV for the Indian market. There never was an X7 before and it will be the top dog as far as BMW SUVs are concerned. The SUV is built on an all-new chassis and will be the most luxurious BMW SUV ever. Its features include three rows of seating, recline function for all seats, four zone climate control, 3-piece sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, parking assist and more. Powering the BMW X7 will be a 400PS/760Nm diesel engine. This engine as well as the others that will follow at a later date, will have an 8-speed automatic transmission. Since this is a CBU, expect the BMW X7 price in India to be around Rs 1.5 core, ex-showroom.
Launch: January 2019
The XUV300 has been getting rave reviews just for the way it looks. Not only is the car more premium looking but also boasts many segment-first features. It is a sub-4m SUV but packs in seven airbags, all-wheel discs, dual zone climate control and an 8.0-inch touchscreen system. It also boasts a sunroof. Mahindra will bring in both petrol and diesel engines. However, there is no automatic option at the moment. Neither is there all-wheel drive. Mahindra also seems to have upped the quality game with this compact offering. This one will compete with the Tata Nexon, EcoSport as well as the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The Mahindra XUV300 price in India is expected to be between Rs 8-12 lakh, ex-showroom.
Launch : February 2019
This is going to be Kia’s first foray product in the Indian market. This model has been specifically designed for the Indian market. The familiar Creta platform is in use here. The Kia Tusker (tentative name) was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 as the SP Concept. It is expected to be costly than the Creta but not by a huge margin. However, the interior as well as the feature list will be longer than the donor car’s, thereby justifying the premium. All-new petrol and diesel engines are expected, in the sense these will be BS-VI compliant. The Kia Tusker price in India will be around Rs 10-15 lakh, ex-showroom.
Launch: April 2019
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The Jeep Compass is the breadwinner in the Jeep India range. It will be joined soon by a much more capable off-road trim called the Trailhawk. This version though will be costly by Rs 2 lakh than the top spec Limited Plus variant now. The launch was supposed to have happened last year but we understand that Jeep is currently undergoing capacity restraints with the Compass orders.
Launch: April 2019
Hyundai Tucson facelift
The Tucson did well in its second generation for the Indian market. While the feature set was thought to be comprehensive, the advent of fresh competition meant that this capable five seater had to be updated. The facelifted Hyundai Tucson will be in showrooms come May 2019. It will be equipped with a floating touchscreen system, more creature comforts as well as have a better driving experience. Hyundai may also bring in the 177PS turbo petrol engine in place of the naturally aspirated unit now. The Hyundai Tucson price in India is expected to be around Rs 19 lakh – 26 lakh, ex-showroom.
Launch: May 2019
The BMW X5 has been a status symbol SUV and the new one is expected to be even bigger and better. There are lot of gizmos to play with as well. A slew of new and more powerful engines are to be expected with this one. The price obviously will go up in the process as well. BMW X5 price in India will range between Rs 80 lakh – Rs 1.00 crore.
Launch: May 2019
The segment in which the very capable Yeti operated, now has no competitor from the Czech brand’s folds. However, the recently unveiled Karoq could be the one. It not only looks like a scaled down Kodiaq but also is rich on features. It is big on space as well and we are likely to see the five seater version here. Skoda will use the tried and tested 2.0-litre diesel engine and a new petrol motor as well. Expect only automatic transmissions with the option of AWD. The Skoda Karoq price in India will be around Rs 18-24 lakh.
Launch: July 2019
Audi says that they have no plans of bringing in the Q3 but we believe, they do. It is their best seller and an updated model will mean added interest in the product. Moreover, the new one looks very aggressive compared to what we are being used to seeing from Audi. The engines are new as well and are more refined than before. The expected Audi Q3 price in India is Rs 32 lakh – Rs 40 lakh.
Launch: Nov 2019
The all-new GLE is a wonder car. It will not only give you bragging rights but also has some serious off-road hardware. The engines will be BS-VI compliant and by the time it is commercially available in India, the plug-in version will be ready too. We reckon the Mercedes-Benz GLE price in India will start from Rs 77 lakh and go all the way to Rs 90 lakh.
Launch: June 2019
The largest and most luxurious Audi SUV available, the Q8 will make its way to an Indian showroom in mid-2019. The Audi Q8 is a five seater but a luxury one and will go up against the Volvo XC90 Xcellence. It has some futuristic tech associated with it. The Audi Q8 price in India will be around Rs 1.3 crore.
Launch: August 2019