Upcoming: 8 new compact SUVs by 2020
As Volkswagen and Skoda gear up to enter the compact SUV segment by 2020. The various other carmakers announcing their intention to launch a host of compact SUVs. (Source: CarDekho.com)
Hyundai Creta: The Hyundai Creta has been enjoying a free run in the Indian compact SUV segment ever since its launch back in 2015. A vast engine portfolio as well as loads of features have helped the Creta, which received a facelift recently, cement its position as the number one SUV in its segment. This has led to various other carmakers announcing their intention to launch a host of compact SUVs in an attempt to replicate Hyundai’s success. Here’s a list of eight compact SUVs that are set to arrive in India by 2020.
Nissan Kicks: The Nissan Kicks is expected to put the Japanese manufacturer back on track in India. It is Nissan’s first all-new product in years and can be viewed as a make-or-break model for the company. The India-spec Kicks is longer, taller and wider than the Micra-based model sold overseas.It’ll even be offered with the brilliant 1.5-litre K9k diesel engine that powers a host of Renault and Nissan cars in India. And yes, there will be a petrol option too. Launch: January 2019.
Kia SP-Based SUV: Hyundai’s sister company Kia is set to begin its Indian innings in September 2019 with the launch of the production version of the Kia SP Concept. The Kia SP Concept-based SUV promises to be a competitive and feature-rich offering. Kia recently ran a naming contest for the SUV and the ‘Tusker’ had been ahead of other options in the poll, which was closed quite recently. And Kia is planning to heavily localise the SUV to keep its price in check. Launch: September 2019.
Second-gen Renault Duster: Although Renault hasn’t confirmed the launch of the second-gen Duster yet, it is likely to be introduced in the country sometime next year. It also packs a new infotainment system with the latest connectivity solutions - Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Tried-and-tested engines, especially the potent 1.5-litre K9k diesel, will continue to power the new SUV. Like the current model, it is expected to be the only SUV to feature an AWD (all-wheel-drive) system with independent rear suspension setup. Launch: 2019.
Jeep Renegade: Following a top-down approach, Jeep's next product for the Indian market is expected to be its globally popular Renegade compact SUV. The recent facelift has not only added more features to its equipment list, but it now also comes with new turbocharged petrol engines. The Renegade carries its own charm thanks to the Wrangler-inspired boxy styling. If launched, the Renegade will hope to cash in on the reputation built by the Compass over the last year and a half. Launch: Expected in 2019.
Honda HR-V: Honda's global compact SUV contender, the HR-V, has long been missing from the Indian market. The HR-V received a mid-life update in various global markets quite recently. The HR-V’s equipment list looks quite competitive with goodies such as full-LED lighting inside-out, a panoramic sunroof and Honda’s Magic seats, and more. Beside the existing 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol, the HR-V will soon get the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine in Europe. With Honda adding a diesel engine to the HR-V’s engine portfolio for the first time ever.Launch: Expected in 2019.
Volkswagen T-Cross: Volkswagen, which showcased the T-Cross Breeze drop-top compact SUV concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, finally revealed the production-spec version of the SUV recently. Called the T-Cross, the compact SUV will be offered in three versions tailored for various market requirements, namely Brazil, Europe and China India is likely to receive the Brazil-spec SUV by 2020. The T-Cross is a feature-rich offering with goodies such as a fully-digital instrument cluster, a sliding rear seat with variable boot space, a panoramic sunroof, and others. So far, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine has been confirmed for the India-spec T-Cross compact SUV. Launch: Late-2020.
'Made-in-India’ Skoda SUV: The made-in-India and heavily localised Skoda SUV is reported to be the Czech carmaker’s version of the Volkswagen T-Cross. It is set to become the first product under VW Group’s ‘2020 India 2.0’ midterm business plan. While the platform will be identical, both SUVs – the T-Cross and Skoda made-in-India SUV – will have different top hats, unlike the current-gen Rapid and Vento. However, both SUVs will share other mechanical bits as well as features to keep costs in check. Launch: Late 2020.