New cars for 2017: Upcoming SUVs

Next year promises to be big on new SUVs. Here is a comprehensive list of the upcoming launches.

The year 2017 is set to be big for SUVs in India, with many automakers set to foray into the new or existing segments with all-new or facelifted models. The launch of the Tata Hexa is expected to be the biggest in the first half of the year with the new model carrying forward the brand’s new philosophy that started with the Tiago. Other mainstream models expected include the long-anticipated Tata Nexon, Ford’s facelifted EcoSport and Honda’s Jazz-based crossover, the WR-V.

The luxury segment though won’t be stepping in lightly either, with a large onslaught of SUVs expected from global carmakers. Audi is set to bring its high-performance diesel SQ7 early next year followed by the new Q5. Lexus is set to make its India debut in March with a line-up of two SUVs, and Maserati will attract some eyeballs with its all-new Levante SUV.

Here is a comprehensive list of all the SUV expected over the course of the next 12 months.

Audi Q2

It’s the smallest offering in Audi’s ‘Q’ range of SUVs that’s expected to hit our shores no earlier than mid-2017. Unlike the Q3 and the Q5, which look like shrunken versions of the Q7, the Q2’s beefy, chiselled fascia and raked, almost- hatchback-like rear end give it a unique stance. More importantly, at an expected Rs 27 lakh, what you will get is a luxury SUV for the price of a luxury hatchback.

Plus, the Q2 claims to be a proper five-seater, and it’s got a 405-litre boot too. The Q2 comes with all the goodies offered on bigger Audis. It’s impeccably put-together cabin gets a dash-top-mounted infotainment screen and the all-digital Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster.

While entry-level models will be front-wheel drive, this being a Q, its higher variants will get an all-wheel-drive system. The engine line-up is likely to comprise a 1.4-litre TSI turbo-petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel, both producing 150hp.

Coming: 2018
Price: Rs 27 lakh
Engines: 1.4 P, 2.0 D

BMW X7

It’s the SUV sibling of BMW’s latest 7-series, which it will share underpinnings and tech with. Expected to arrive in 2018, the X7 will be the largest model in the carmaker’s line-up. Unlike the X5 (which can be had in a seven-seat  configuration), the X7 is a proper seven-seater and will rival full-fat luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GLS, the Range Rover and the Audi Q7. Motivation for this behemoth is likely to come from six- and eight-cylinder engines like the 3.0-litre diesel, and a 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol from the 7-series.

Coming: 2018
Price: Rs 1.1-1.3 crore
Engines: 3.0 D, 4.4 P


New Audi Q5

Although the new Q5 looks like a Q7 head on, the rest of the car looks pretty much unchanged. But this Mercedes GLC rival is actually all new, and thanks to its modular underpinnings which it shares with the new A4 and Q7, it’s as much as 90kg lighter than before.

The resemblance to the Q7 continues into the interior too, where fit, finish and equipment levels have taken a huge step up in the new Q5. It gets the de rigueur 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, an 8.3-inch free-standing screen for the MMI infotainment system. The unit offers Wi-Fi connectivity along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Also, it’s amply spacious for five and comes with a massive 610-litre boot. It’s likely to arrive by late 2017 with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines producing 252hp and 190hp respectively. For India, an eight-speed auto ’box and all-wheel drive will be standard too.

Coming: Late 2017
Price: Rs 62 lakh
Engines: 2.0 D, 3.0 D

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