1. 2022 Citroen C5 Aircross
After the launch of the new Citroen C3 in the Indian market, Citroen India is now getting ready to launch the new and updated Citroen C5 Aircross SUV.
The 2022 C5 Aircross gets a host of changes inside and out. Talking about the design, the SUV gets a newly designed front fascia with split headlamps and new twin-line LED DRLs.
The SUV also gets vertical air intakes and at the rear, the SUV features new LED tail lamps. Other updates include newly designed 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, blacked-out mirror caps, matte black roof rails along with a revamped Citroen logo.
The updated Citroen C5 is also expected to get Citroen’s Highway Driver Assist suite of advanced driver assistance and active safety (ADAS).
ADAS suite includes forward collision prevention, lane-keeping assist and an adaptive cruise control system with a stop-and-go function, among other features.
The SUV will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged Diesel engine which produces 177 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque and is paired to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The 2022 Citroen C5 is likely to be priced between Rs 37 lakh and Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom).
When launched, the new C5 will compete with the newly launched Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.
2. Mahindra XUV 400
Mahindra & Mahindra recently confirmed the launch of its first fully electric car in the Indian market – the XUV400 SUV. The company released a new teaser video which confirms that the EV will be launched in India on September 8.
Talking about the exterior design of the SUV, the teaser makes it clear that the XUV400 will be an electrified version of the XUV300 SUV. The 400 gets a closed-off front grille with an X-patterned bronze, black design and the new Twin Peaks logo which is also finished in bronze. It also gets newly-designed headlamps with integrated DRLs.
Mahindra has not revealed any powertrain details of the XUV 400, it is expected that the new 400 will be powered by a single front-wheel-drive electric motor which produces 130 bhp of power.
The electric motor is expected to draw its power from a 40 kWh battery pack, which is capable of delivering a range of 400 km on a single charge. It is also expected that Mahindra might offer the XUV 400 with two battery pack options. The exact technical specifications are yet to be confirmed.
The Mahindra XUV 400 electric SUV is expected to be priced from Rs 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, the electric SUV competes with Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona electric.
3. 2022 MG Hector
MG Motor India recently launched the facelifted MG Gloster to the Indian market and now the company is ready to roll out the new and updated MG Hector.
The updated MG Hector will get a revised front end with a large “Argyle-inspired” diamond-mesh grille with prominent chrome surrounds at the grille’s top.
Mechanically no changes are expected, the SUV will be offered with two 143hp, 1.5-litre petrol engines – one with mild-hybrid technology – and a Fiat-derived 2.0-litre multijet turbo Diesel engine which produces 170 bhp of power.
2022 MG Hector is likely to be priced around Rs 1.5 lakh-2 lakh more than the current model. When its launched, the SUV continues to compete with Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Nissan Kicks.
Moving on to the interior, the SUV will now feature a massive 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system with embedded e-sim. Apart from that, the SUV will get a revised dashboard design with new horizontal AC vents, and a centre console that gets a new flowing design, along with a new gear lever.
The updated MG Hector is also expected to get Level-2 ADAS tech which includes lane keep assist, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
4. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the new Grand Vitara in India soon. The new Grand Vitara shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and is a direct rival to the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, and Volkswagen Taigun, among other similarly priced SUVs.
Based on Suzuki’s Global-C platform, the Grand Vitara will be retailed through Maruti Suzuki’s premium Nexa dealership chain. Even though the Maruti Suzuki SUV has a lot in common with Toyota’s Urban Cruiser Hyryder, the design of the Grand Vitara is unique. It gets the “NEXwave” grille up front, flanked by split LED headlamps. At the rear, the SUV gets sleek looking LED tail lights that run across the width of the tailgate.
Powering the new Grand Vitara SUV is Maruti Suzuki’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech; as well as a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with strong-hybrid tech, borrowed from the Toyota Hyryder. While the former puts out 103 PS power and 137 Nm and has a 21.11 kmpl claimed efficiency, the latter has a max power and torque output of 116 PS and 122 Nm respectively and is claimed to boast a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 27.97 kmpl.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech can be had with either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed AT with paddle shifters. The 5MT version also gets Suzuki’s ALLGRIP all-wheel drive configuration with Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock drive modes. On the other hand, the strong-hybrid (Intelligent Electric Hybrid) variants can only be had with an e-CVT that powers the front wheels. The drive modes on offer with the strong-hybrid version include EV, Eco, Power and Normal.
Pricing for the Grand Vitara is yet to be announced, but we expect it to start from around Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
5. Mahindra XUV 300 facelift
Mahindra & Mahindra recently released a teaser of the upcoming 2022 XUV300. The teaser reveals 2022 XUV300’s front fascia, confirming that the SUV will now be equipped with Mahindra’s new twin-peaks logo, just like the XUV700, Scorpio-N, and Scorpio Classic.
Apart from that, the new XUV300 will also feature newly designed 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
The updated XUV300 facelift could be equipped with a new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine that puts out 130 PS of maximum power and 230 Nm of peak torque.
Also on offer will likely be the same 1.5-litre diesel engine as before, which produces 115 PS power and 300 Nm torque.
Transmission options are expected to include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT with both engines.
When launched, the XUV 300 will continue to rival the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Toyota Urban Cruiser as well as Renault Kiger.
6. Mercedes-Benz EQS 580
Mercedes Benz India recently launched the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ to the Indian market. And now the company is getting ready to launch the EQS 580 4Matic in India on September 21.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic will be assembled in the Chakan plant and it will be the first locally assembled electric car from the house of this German carmaker in India.
The Mercedes EQS 580 will be powered by a dual-motor set-up which develops 516 bhp & 856 Nm of torque, paired with a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. It gets a 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and offers a claimed range of up to 770 km per charge.
7. Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
Toyota Hyryder SUV was unveiled in India on July 1st. The company announced that it will launch the SUV on August 16, 2022. The brand also commenced the bookings of the Hyryder SUV at Rs 25,000 across all Toyota dealerships in India.
The Hyryder is based on Suzuki’s Global C platform that underpins the new Grand Vitara.
The Hyryder SUV will be manufactured alongside the Grand Vitara at the Bidadi plant in Karnataka.
In terms of exterior, the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will boast a muscular bonnet, Glanza-like front grille and split LED DRLs with a thin chrome strip and a large air dam. The SUV gets 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, a hybrid badge on the front door, body cladding with skid plates and wraparound LED tail lamps.
The interior comes equipped with Toyota i-Connect’s 55+ features, smartwatch connectivity, a 9-inch SmartPlay cast infotainment system, voice control, remote A/C on and off, remote vehicle recognition, vehicle health and more. Moreover, the Hyryder SUV cabin also gets a dual-tone finish on the dashboard, wireless charging, a HUD, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will be available in two powertrain options- Neo Drive and a self-charging strong hybrid electric powertrain which will use a 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 105 hp and 122 Nm, along with the motor’s 59 kW and 141 Nm. The combined power output will be 85 kW (114 hp). The Neo Drive engine gets an All-Wheel-Drive system, an optional 5-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic transmission to choose from.
We expect Toyota to price the Hyryder starting from Rs 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, the SUV competes with Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor and Mahindra Scorpio-N.