Recently we shared you the list of Top 10 Cars lined up to launch soon after the lockdown ends. It had all types of cars including sedans, hatchback, SUV and compact sedan. Today we will talk about the SUVs amongst this list, along with Compact SUVs.
It’s a well-known fact that we Indians love SUVs. Be it there road presence or ability to take the type of roads we have. Not worrying about potholes and bad roads is a blessing. Even the compact SUV segment has been booming quite a lot with every other car manufacturer bringing their offering.
We will take you through the list of 7 SUVs, which will start launching as soon as the lockdown is lifted. It includes compacts SUVs to Full-sized SUV.
The big brother of Tata Harrier? Or a fully grown Tata Harrier with 2 extra pair of seats. Tata Gravitas was what customers needed when the family was big and Harrier had only 5 seat option. Tata introduced it in AutoExpo 2020 It gets few changes versus the Harrier, such as different grille, taller rear quarter, different tail lamps and longer body. While the wheelbase and width remain the same.
The third row gets its dedicated AC vents controls and USB port. Powering the Tata Gravita will be the 2.0 Litre Diesel engine which makes 170ps and 350Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual and option for a 6-speed auto gearbox.
When the Tata Harrier was going big, how could MG sit back? MG also showcased the MG Hector Plus at the AutoExpo 2020. Same fundamental as the Harrier, this is a 7-seater variant of the MG Hector.
Not only does it get an extra row of seats, but it also gets a few decent bits of design changes to make it look more mature. Less chrome and flashy bit make it look better. Different LED headlamps design and much better taillight design. The Hector Plus is longer by 40mm from the Hector. The engine remains the same unit from the Hector.
3) Skoda Karoq
Trust me this one is just right around the corner. The launch is going to take place on 26th May. Even the booking has been opened for an amount of Rs 50,000. The launch will happen online due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Skoda Karoq will come as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) and will come in a single fully-loaded variant. Based on the MQB platform, which also underpins Skoda Kodiaq, it stands in at 4.3m in length. Amongst the safest SUVs, it gets 5-star rating from Euro NCAP. Powering the Karoq will be a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine, mated to the 7-speed DSG gearbox. It should be priced upwards of 20 lakh.
4) Volkswagen Taigun
Volkswagen has also something up its sleeve to take on the Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen Taigun. Its 4.2 m in length has a slightly longer wheelbase than the Karoq. It will also get a 1.5L TSI engine mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The headlamps are all LED along with LED DRL, the rear gets a connected LED strip which looks very modern. The Taigun will come around the same price bracket, so you will have an option between the Karoq and Taigun. Both are very similar but gets different designs.
5) Tata HBX
Let’s talk about the most heated up segment now, the compact SUVs. We already have many options in this segment from all the main manufacturers. Like Tata already had the Nexon, but now it is coming with the Tata HBX concept which will be placed below Nexon.
But don’t let that fool you, Tata HBX concept is one of the best looking compact SUVs, and going by Tata’s track record there won’t is many changes in the production variant. Powering the HBX will be a 1.2L, 3-cylinder petrol engine from the Tiago. AMT will also come as an option. It will compete with the Mahindra KUV 100 and Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
6) Kia Sonet
Another hot launch from is Kia is around the corner and this time it is going to be a compact SUV. Taking al the good things from the Kia Seltos and shrinking it into a smaller package, that’s what the Kia Sonet is. Based on the same platform as the Hyundai Venue, it has a better presence.
LED DRLs and headlamps, a big skid plate and rear also carries the same bold design philosophy. Interior gets Seltos like treatment, 8-inch touchscreen with UVO. Engine options will be the same as Venue, 1.2L petrol, 1.0L turbocharged and 1.5L Diesel.
7) Nissan Magnite
Nissan is missing out on the action in this segment. Nissan Duster was a very successful product so they have what it takes to make a competent SUV. And they are ready to bring out the same magic in smaller dimensions, Nissan Magnite.
Based on the CMF-A+ modular platform. It gets various features such as automatic climate control, touchscreen unit, LED headlights and taillamps. The engine on offer will be 1.0L 3 cylinder NA engine around 72ps, and a turbocharged variant with 96ps of power.
All of these SUVs are almost ready to launch, right after the launch of Skoda Karoq, all other will start coming in. Which is the one you’re looking for? Do let us know in the comments.
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