Top 5 Big new SUV unveil at 2023 Auto Expo: Thar 5 door to Jimny

Indian automotive industry is all set to unveil new cars and SUVs at the upcoming Auto Expo 2023. The 16th edition of the Auto Expo was originally scheduled for February this year, but it got postponed and will now be held from January 13-18, 2023, at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
The list of the participants and upcoming cars/SUVs are yet to be announced, here’s the list of highly anticipated expected cars that will be unveiled at the event.
1. Maruti Baleno Cross
Maruti Baleno Cross was recently spied testing on the Indian roads. The vehicle features a distinctive sloping roofline with a slightly more upright front fascia and higher ground clearance.
The vehicle features a distinctive sloping roofline with a slightly more upright front fascia and higher ground clearance.
From the spied images, the front grille looks much larger and wider and it also shows highlights like split headlamps with lower-set main headlights and streaks of daytime running LEDs above them.
The test mule also wears black coloured alloy wheels which are likely 16-inches.
The squared-off wheel arches and dark body cladding can also be seen. At the rear, key highlights include a raked windshield, chunky bumper and boot-lid integrated spoiler.
The cross Baleno also wears roof rails which gives it an SUV stance and it is also expected to come with front and rear skid plates and body cladding all around.
Talking about the powertrain, the Baleno cross is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated K12C Dualjet petrol engine from the Baleno. This engine produces 90 bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque and comes mated with a 5-speed manual or an AMT.
It is also expected that Maruti might bring back the turbocharged 1.0-litre, 3-cyl, petrol engine which was available in the Baleno RS.
When launched, it will compete with Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger and Citroen C3.
2. Maruti Jimny 5-door
The Maruti Jimny was also recently spied testing on the Indian roads. The Jimny is basically available with a 3-door option overseas but it is expected that Maruti might introduce only the 5-door version to the Indian market.

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Image of 3-door Jimny for reference

The test mule was wrapped completely with camouflage and as seen in spy shots, it has an extended wheelbase over the global 3-door model.
Talking about the powertrain, Jimny is expected to get the same 1.5L K15C petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology that can be found in the new Brezza. This NA engine produces 103 bhp of power and 135 Nm of torque and will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a torque converter automatic.
When launched, the SUV will compete with Mahindra Thar and is expected to have a starting price of Rs 8 lakh.
3. Mahindra Thar 5-Door
Mahindra & Mahindra is currently strengthening the SUV portfolio in India. All three SUVs launched by Mahindra in the span of three years have been blockbuster hitss (Thar, XUV 700 & Scorpio-N). After launching the new Scorpio-N Mahindra is now getting ready to showcase the 5-door version of the Thar at the Delhi Auto Expo in January 2023.

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Image of 3-door Thar for reference

The 5-door Mahindra Thar is expected to be based on the same platform as the new Scorpio-N and the Thar will get Mahindra’s pentalink suspension system with Watt’s Linkage at the rear, giving it better handling and comfort.
Talking about the powertrain, the upcoming Mahindra Thar 5-door will be powered by the same engine options 3-door Thar. Engine options include a 150 bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor and a 130 bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel.
Gearbox choices will include the 6-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic, along with a four-wheel-drive option and a low-ratio transfer case.
Talking about the features, the Thar 5-door is expected to borrow the same features as the current vehicle such as a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, navigation, cruise control, follow-me-home headlamps, tyre direction monitoring system, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, and more.
When launched, Mahindra Thar 5-door will compete with the upcoming Force Gurkha 5-Door and Maruti Suzuki Jimny.
4. 2023 Kia Seltos
Recently Kia launched the facelifted version of the Seltos overseas and Kia India is getting ready to introduce the facelifted version in India.

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The face-lifted Kia Seltos will come with notable exterior updates to differentiate itself from the existing model. The front fascia composes a revised LED headlight cluster, newly designed LED Daytime Running Lights that stretch into the grille section, redesigned front bumper and a prominent air intake shrouded by a faux aluminium skid plate.
Moving on to the side, the SUV will also feature newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels and at the back, it gets sleeker LED tail lamps.
Moving on to the interior, the SUV will feature a 10.25-inch infotainment system with connected car tech and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features will include an electric sunroof, ventilated and electric seats, 360-degree camera, digital instrument cluster and many more.
Mechanically it is expected to be unchanged, the SUV will be available in two petrol and one Diesel engine options. 1.5-litre four-cylinder NA petrol developing 115 bhp and 144 Nm, the 1.4-litre turbo petrol which produces 140 bhp and 242 Nm, and the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel which produces 115 bhp 242 Nm of torque will be offered.
5. Toyota Innova Hycross
TKM recently rolled out an official statement that it has temporarily stopped taking orders for the diesel variant of its best-selling model Innova Crysta due to high demand. There are also some rumours that Toyota will permanently stop the production of diesel Innova Crysta due to emission issues. But at the same time, Toyota India is also getting ready to roll out the new Innova Hyryder soon to the Indian market.
The new Toyota Innova will sport the ‘Hycross’ suffix while ditching the Crysta suffix. The new Innova is expected to be offered only with a 2.0-litre NA petrol engine with hybrid technology.
Toyota Innova Hycross will be based on the TNGA-C monocoque architecture. It is expected to be lighter than the Innova Crysta and will have an FWD configuration.
In terms of features, expect the Toyota Innova Hycross to come with an 8-inch infotainment system, 360 camera, semi-digital instrument cluster and an electric sunroof.

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