A diverse range of SUVs in the market can often confuse prospective buyers. So, why not check out the upcoming SUVs in India before Dussehra and Diwali and then take a more informed decision?
In this article, we have compiled a list of 5 popular Upcoming SUVs and EVs in India y Diwali Let’s check them out:
1. Tata Tiago EV
Tata Motors recently announced that the company will be expanding their EV lineup with the new Tiago EV. When launched, the Tiago hatchback will be the most affordable electric hatchback in India and is likely to be priced under Rs 10 lakh.
The Tiago EV was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and was expected to hit the Indian roads by 2020. However, the manufacturer did not launch it. Tata currently sells Nexon EV, Nexon EV Max and Tigor EV.
Talking about the Tiago EV, the car looks identical to its ICE counterpart, except for the blue accents over the grille, alloys and interior.
As of now, the company has not revealed any information about the car. Mechanically, Tiago EV is expected to be powered by a similar powertrain as the Tigor EV but might undercut it in terms of pricing, opening up more choices for the potential customer.
The upcoming Tiago EV is expected to come with a 26 kWh battery and an electric motor that puts out 74 bhp of power and 170 Nm of torque. The battery pack in the Tiago EV is expected to provide a range of up to 310km on a single charge.
Tata recently launched the new Nexon EV Max in the Indian market at Rs 17.74 lakh for the XZ+ variant and goes up to Rs 19.24 lakh for the top-spec Nexon EV Max XZ+ Lux. The Nexon EV Max offers an ARAI-certified range of 437km, thanks to its larger 40.5kWh battery pack.
2. 2022 Hyundai Kona
Launched in July 2019, the Hyundai Kona Electric was the first electric vehicle in India from Hyundai. Globally the Hyundai Kona electric was updated in 2020 and this model is expected to come to our shores sometime in 2022.
The Hyundai Kona is expected to be powered by a 39.2kWh battery and a 136hp motor for a 304km range or a 64kWh battery and a 204hp motor for a 483km range. The electric SUV is expected to be priced at around Rs 24-26 lakhs.
3. 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).
4. Mahindra XUV 300 Facelift
Mahindra & Mahindra recently released a teaser of the upcoming 2022 XUV300.
The teaser reveals the 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.
5. 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.
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.
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 launched, the SUV continues to compete with Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Nissan Kicks.