New cars for 2017: Upcoming SUVs

Here is a comprehensive list of SUVs expected to launch in India in 2017-18.

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 models or facelifts. Major mainstream models expected to launch in the next 12 months include the long-anticipated Tata Nexon and Ford’s heavily facelifted EcoSport.

The luxury segment won’t be stepping in lightly either, with a heavy onslaught of SUVs expected from global carmakers. Maserati will attract some eyeballs with its all-new Levante while Audi, Mercedes and Land Rover are also lining up new SUVs for the Indian market. Audi is preparing to launch the next-gen Q5 and its all-new entry level model, the Q2, while Land Rover is looking to launch the new Discovery and the drop-top iteration of the Range Rover Evoque.

Here is a comprehensive list of all the SUVs expected to launch in 2017-18.

Volkswagen Tiguan
After the Passat, Volkswagen plans on bringing in the Tiguan to India. It’s a Hyundai Santa Fe rival and will be the first of a slew of SUVs that the VW group plans to launch in India. It will arrive here in the middle of 2017 and is expected to be locally assembled at VW’s Aurangabad plant. However, at an estimated Rs 30 lakh, it will be quite expensive. Its restrained, yet appealing exterior packs quite a spacious and superbly appointed cabin that buyers will appreciate. The mainstay engine, a 2.0-litre diesel, will come with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox and an optional all-wheel-drive.

Coming: Mid 2017
Expected price: Rs 30 lakh
Engine: 2.0 D
Also read: Volkswagen Tiguan SUV spied testing

Jeep Compass
During the global unveiling of the spanking new Compass last year, Jeep was quick to declare its plans of assembling this model in India at FCA’s Ranjangaon plant. And so, this small SUV, with an expected price tag of Rs 20 lakh could be the model that gives the company some much-needed traction in India.

The Compass is a Hyundai Tucson-sized SUV that looks like a mini Grand Cherokee. Like the
Grand Cherokee, it features slim headlamps, an upright stance, massive ground clearance and big alloy wheels. It’s likely to come to India with a Fiat-sourced 172hp 2.0-litre turbo-diesel which will send power to the front wheels on base variants via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Higher variants will get AWD with a locking differential and a low-range gearbox. But for enthusiasts, Jeep is likely to bring in a Trailhawk variant that’s jacked up further by 20mm, and gets off-road tyres, extra body cladding and tougher underbody protection. Also likely is a Fiat-sourced 140hp, 1.4-litre petrol engine. With all that kit, it’s safe to say that the Compass is sure to be the most capable off-roader in its segment.

Coming: 2017
Expected price: Rs 18-25 lakh
Engine: 2.0 D, 1.4 P
Also read: India-spec Jeep Compass details revealed

Maruti S-cross facelift
The refreshed S-cross earlier showcased at the Paris motor show will come to our market later this year. Suzuki has updated the nose of the car heavily to make it look more SUV-like. The grille is more upright and larger and comes with chrome inlays. The headlamps are restyled and feature black inserts. The ‘toothy’ chin is now much more aggressive as well. To complete the look, the car gets a new bonnet. On the inside, the cabin gets new upholstery and minor equipment upgrades. Maruti will continue to sell the S-cross in India with the same 1.3- and 1.6-litre diesel engines, but once the facelift is here, the updated 111hp Boosterjet engine is also likely to join the line-up. There’s likely to be a CVT automatic in the mix as well. 

Coming: 2017
Engine: 1.0 P, 1.3 D, 1.6 D
Also read: Maruti S-Cross facelift: What to expect

SsangYong Rexton
SsangYong recently revealed the all-new G4 Rexton at the Seoul motor show 2017 with parent company Mahindra already considering the new model for an Indian launch. The new Rexton is an all-new design based on the LIV-2 concept first shown at the 2016 Paris motor show. It still looks a bit old-school like most body-on-frame SUVs, but has well-balanced proportions and some modern touches. The cabin is big on space and packs in quality touches such as Nappa leather upholstery, a high-end audio system and a 9.2-inch HD touchscreen. For the Indian market, we could expect the new Rexton to be offered with a 2.2-litre diesel engine as in international markets. The SUV, though, could feature a change in branding when it arrives to our shores. SsangYong is keen to establish its presence in India though with Mahindra having burned its fingers on the current Rexton, it may be keen to pull the plug on the SsangYong brand in the country and instead offer the Rexton as a Mahindra SUV.

Coming: Early 2018
Engine: 2.2 D
Also read: Ssangyong unveils G4 Rexton

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