In a sub-continent that laps at SUVs the way a kid will try and grab everything at a chocolate shop, every manufacturer has something for customers. It need not be at the affordable end but also at the premium space. The SUV-crazy market that India is, carmakers have even introduced “cross” versions of their hatchbacks. These though have not really caught on and are usually a “flash-in-the-pan” products. Most of them have also been discontinued. The current COVID-19 situation has derailed many plans of car and bike manufacturers of launching new vehicles. However, with things looking to ease, companies have started announcing new launches. Many new SUVs were launched digitally over the past two weeks and now it is time for fresh ones. Here is a confirmed list of the upcoming SUVs that will be launched in the coming days.
MG Hector Plus
While the positioning of the car is of a 7-seater SUV, MG wants to portray it as a Innova slayer. The MG Hector Plus SUV will take on the mighty Toyota Innova Crysta MPV. MG is banking on the superior warranty, features, service as well as better looks. The MG Hector Plus launch in India is on July 13. The expected price is Rs 15-18 lakh, ex-showroom. A bunch of petrol, diesel, manual/automatic transmissions are available.
Hyundai Venue iMT
The Hyundai Venue is one of the formidable contenders in the sub-4m space. This diminutive Hyundai has most of its variants priced below Rs 10 lakh. Hyundai recently announced a new Intelligent Manual Transmission for the Venue. This Hyundai Venue iMT is a sophisticated alternative to the AMT but also boasts proper gear shifting experience sans a clutch. The Hyundai Venue iMT might replace the regular manual transmission in the petrol variant. Expect prices to be Rs 20,000 more than that of the manual.
Hyundai Tucson facelift
The Hyundai Tucson facelift was shown at the Auto Expo 2020. Hyundai was supposed to launch the SUV right after the expo month but as Mr Murphy set in, the Tucson facelift will be launched on July 14. There are petrol and diesel engines with BS6 compliance. Both will be available with manual as well as automatic transmission, with the diesel also getting AWD. Expected price range will be Rs 18-28 lakh, ex-showroom.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The petrol Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was shown at the expo, again. The S-Cross currently isn’t available in our market because it always had a diesel-only engine. It’s upcoming new engine will be shared with other products like the Vitara Brezza and Ertiga. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol will make 104PS of power and 138Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter will be available. Expect Maruti Suzuki to launch it in August and with a price starting from Rs 9.5 lakh, ex-showroom.
Renault Duster turbo petrol
The Renault Duster turbo petrol was showcased at the Auto Expo. It had a brand-new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that made 154PS of power and 254Nm. The engine was paired to a 6-speed manual as well as CVT. The Renault Duster turbo petrol price in India will start from Rs 11 lakh, ex-showroom and it will take on the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.