New cars for 2015: SUVs and MPVs

    The promising MPV, SUV segments are only going to be heated further when the likes of Maruti, Ford and Hyundai add more models to the mix next year.

    Published On Oct 29, 2014 12:18:00 PM


    New cars for 2015: SUVs and MPVs

    Carmakers have been seeing green in their ledgers for some months now; and like we’ve been telling you, the coming year is going to see a number of launches at various times and in varying price brackets. We started off with upcoming hatchbacks and then informed you of the imminent sedan launches. This time around are SUVs and MPVs that will be launching in the nearest future. Scroll down to know when and by how much is your next car likely to set you back, that is in case you plan on purchasing one!

    Maruti YBA compact SUV

    Maruti’s EcoSport rival is all set to hit showrooms in 2015. This all-new compact SUV, codename YBA will be less than four meteres long and will come with heavily stylized and muscular exteriors. The overall look of this compact SUV will be based heavily on the Suzuki iV-4 concept SUV shown earlier. We expect the Maruti YBA crossover will have to pack in a lot of equipment to seriously take on the EcoSport, so here too, expect a lot of equipment.  Our sources tell us that Maruti may unveil the production version of this all-new compact SUV at the Auto Expo 2016 and it could be called Maruti iV4.  Read full story here.

    Coming: End 2015
    Est price: Rs 7.5-10 lakh
    Engine(s): 1.2 petrol, 1.5 diesel
    Rivals: Ford EcoSport, Fiat Avventura

    Hyundai ix25

    Hyundai wants to cash in on the SUV craze in India and will launch its compact SUV next year. Shown in concept form earlier this year, it is similar in size to the Renault Duster and looks quite neat. However, interestingly, the car won’t be called the ix25 when it comes here, and will get a conventional name instead. This is because Hyundai doesn’t want buyers to mix it up with the i20, which is seen as a class lower in India. The face has sharp headlamps that complement its distinct chrome grille. Other interesting design elements include the upward rising window line and wraparound tail-lamps. The car is expected to use the same engines as the Verna – 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. Gearboxes are likely to mirror the Verna as well, with five-speed and six-speed manuals along with a new five-speed automatic as an option. More details here.

    Coming: Mid 2015
    Est price:Rs 10 lakh
    Engine(s): 1.6 petrol, 1.6 diesel
    Rivals: Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano

    Maruti S-Cross

    Maruti’s attempts at selling premium models, like the Kizashi and Grand Vitara, have never been successful in India. Now, the company is looking at slowly crawling its way up the ladder, segment by segment, and after the Ciaz, the next car in line is the S-Cross. Shown to the Indian public at this year’s Auto Expo, you can tell by looking at it that it’s more of a large, high-riding crossover hatchback than a proper SUV. In fact, the rather tame styling is one of its weak points. However, it makes up for that by being very spacious on the inside, pretty well-equipped and quite practical. Power comes from 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines mated to manual gearboxes. Its big trump card, however, will be its all-wheel-drive system that actually gives it decent off-roading ability. Speaking of its rivals, it will go up against the likes of the Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano, at an estimated price of Rs 13-14 lakh. Read full review.

    Coming: March 2015
    Est price: Rs 13-14 lakh
    Engine(s): 1.6 petrol, 1.6 diesel
    Rivals: Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster AWD

    Honda CR-V  facelift and diesel

    If you want to sell an SUV in India, it has to have a diesel engine. So it’s no wonder Honda is working on a diesel version of its impressive CR-V. The engine is a 1.6-litre i-DTEC with 118bhp, but if you think that’s too little, consider its 31kgm of torque. The diesel CR-V will be front-wheel-drive only, however. While that may be a downer for those who plan to venture off road, the CR-V should more than make up by delivering class-leading fuel efficiency. There will be a mild facelift too, with a few tweaks to the bumpers, grille and lights, and perhaps a bit more equipment in the cabin. Prices for the CR-V facelift will likely range from Rs 24 lakh to Rs 27 lakh. More on the CRV-facelift.

    Coming: 2015
    Est price:Rs 24-27 lakh
    Engine(s): 2.0 petrol, 2.4 petrol, 1.6 diesel
    Rivals: Skoda Yeti 

    New Ford Endeavour

    the current ford Endeavour is getting a bit long in the tooth now, but after a long delay, the next-generation car will be launched next year. The car in the picture is a concept, but the production version won’t look too different from it. That means it retains the butch look we loved on the original, but still manages to look modern as well. The look and feel of the cabin is a lot more contemporary too. While the final specification is yet to be revealed, the Endeavour is likely to come with 2.2- and 3.0-litre diesel engines with 2WD or 4WD. As on the current car, you can expect an optional automatic transmission as well. What’s more, the Endeavour is likely to be priced more competitively than before. Perhaps you should hold back on that Fortuner or Pajero Sport until this one comes along. New Ford Endeavour SUV India info.

    Coming: 2015 Est price:Rs 25-30 lakh
    Engine(s): 2.2 diesel, 3.0 diesel
    Rivals: Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

    Jeep Wrangler

    If there’s one model that embodies everything Jeep is known for, it’s the Wrangler. An out and out off-roader, the Wrangler comes with huge off-road tyres, locking differentials, a specially designed suspension and robust four-wheel-drive system. It won’t be the most comfortable or luxurious vehicle around,
    but its ability to tackle the great outdoors will be second to none. Sadly, the Wrangler won’t come cheap, with an expected Rs 40-lakh starting price.

    Read our Jeep Wrangler India review.

    Coming: 2015 Est price: Rs 40 lakh
    Engine(s): 3.5 petrol, 2.8 diesel
    Rivals: Mercedes-Benz ML 250 CDI, Audi Q5

    Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Jeep’s flagship, the Grand Cherokee, is also headed to India and, as is very evident, it’s a smart, burly luxury SUV. Developed along with the latest Mercedes-Benz M-class, the Grand Cherokee offers genuine comfort for five occupants with all the off-road ability you’d expect from a Jeep. We’ve driven the 3.0-litre diesel version in India and can vouch for its smoothness and strong torque. Jeep will also sell the Grand Cherokee with powerful V8 petrol engines that bring even more serious performance to the mix. Jeep could assemble the Grand Cherokee in India and that would mean pricing could undercut European rivals. Interesting? You bet.
    Read our Jeep Grand Cherokee India review.

    Coming: 2015
    Est price: Rs 70 lakh
    Engine(s): 3.0 diesel

    Rivals: Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI, Audi Q7, BMW X5

    Land Rover Discovery Sport
    This is the replacement for the current Land Rover Freelander 2, which happens to be the company’s best-selling model. As is clear, however, it will be dropping the ‘Freelander’ name and joining the new ‘Discovery’ family of SUVs. It promises to offer better off-road ability, more interior space and a bigger boot.The new car is based on the same platform as the Evoque, which in turn is a development of the current Freelander’s platform, although Land Rover says 90 percent of the parts are new. It will be the first of the new Land Rover Discovery model range, and unlike most of its rivals in the segment, it is a seven-seater, which should give it an edge in India. Just like the new Jaguar XE sedan, this car will draw power from JLR’s new range of super-frugal four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Read our Land Rover Discovery Sport review.

    Coming: 2016 Est price: Rs 45-60 lakh
    Engine(s): 2.0 turbo petrol, 2.0 diesel
    Rivals: Audi Q5, BMW X3, Volvo XC60

    New Audi Q7

    This is the second generation Audi Q7 which is expected to hit our shores in the second half of 2015.   The new Audi Q7 is 325kg lighter than its predecessor in its 328bhp supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol version tipping the scales at 1,970kg. The new Q7 has gone through a detailed weight reduction exercise that has seen as much as 100kg cut from its suspension, an additional 71kg from its body, and around 24kg via the adaption of aluminium doors alone. It also features a new architecture for its electricals and refinements to the floorplan that now uses a greater amount of hot-formed high-strength steel and aluminum. The updated Q7 boasts an evolutionary appearance, the front gets a new bold single-frame grille which is similar to the recently updated Q3 SUV.  The new Audi Q7 is 5,050mm long, 1,970mm wide and 1,740mm tall, which makes it 370mm shorter and 15mm narrower than its predecessor when underpinned by its standard steel-sprung suspension setup. Its wheelbase has also been reduced by 10mm and now stands at 2,990mm. Despite the reduction in external dimensions, the Q7’s interior offers greater accommodation than the earlier car. It is still a seven seater, but interior has been significantly altered. Audi is planning to position the new Q7 at a more upmarket level, and the new model adapts contemporary dashboard styling with minimal switchgear, free-standing infotainment monitor, a digital instrument cluster, similar to the one seen in the latest TT, and a prominent centre console with newly designed MMI controller and gear selector. 

    Coming: 2015
    Est price: Rs 60-75 lakh
    Engine(s): 3.0 turbo petrol, 3.0 diesel, 4.2 diesel
    Rivals: BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL-class

    New BMW X6

    BMW created a new segment with its first-generation X6 – that of a big SUV with a sloping, coupé-like roofline, and it proved surprisingly popular, despite the obvious compromise on space and practicality. The second-gen X6, based on the new X5, is on its way to India. Like its conventional, seven-seat sibling, the new X6 will get an improved cabin with more space than its predecessor. A welcome change is the styling, which does look a lot better and more aggressive than the oddball look of the previous X6. Powertrain options will remain the same as before, with a 3.0-litre diesel being the mainstay of the range for India, and the possibility of the 442bhp 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 as well. More on the new X6 here.

    Coming: 2015
    Est price: Rs 80 lakh
    Engine(s): 4.4 turbo petrol, 3.0 diesel
    Rivals: Porsche Cayenne

    Porsche Cayenne facelift

    Its smaller sibling, the Macan, may have been making the news for Porsche in 2014, but hot on its heels will be an updated version of the original sports SUV, the Cayenne. The changes to the look are ever so subtle, and the bigger changes are to the equipment list and the range of petrol and diesel engines, which will all be tweaked for better efficiency, and in some cases, a bit more power too. The naturally aspirated V8 from the Cayenne S will also be replaced by a more efficient turbocharged V6, but don’t worry, the Turbo, Turbo S and GTS will still be powered by V8 motors. Read our updated Porsche Cayenne review.

    Coming: Late 2014
    Est price: Rs 1.5-2.5 crore
    Engine(s): 3.0 turbo petrol hybrid, 3.6 turbo petrol, 4.8 turbo petrol, 3.0 diesel, 4.2 diesel
    Rivals: Range Rover Sport, Mercedes ML-class


    Renault Lodgy

    Just as it gave us the Logan and the Duster, Renault’s Romanian offshoot company Dacia will also be giving us a new seven-seat MPV, that will come to India badged as a Renault. The Lodgy is considerably larger than the likes of the Ertiga and Mobilio, and its size alludes to the acres of space it has inside. The good news is that the car will begin production in India by the end of this year, so you can expect it to be priced very competitively. It also shares a lot of components with the Duster, which will further help bring costs down. One of these components is the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine, which will be available initially in the 84bhp state of tune, with the 109bhp version possibly coming at a later stage. What works in its favour though is that despite its gargantuan proportions, this MPV looks quite attractive, and this should help it find more buyers where sister company Nissan’s boxy Evalia could not.

    Coming: Early 2015
    Est price: Rs 8-11 lakh
    Engine(s): 1.5 diesel
    Rivals: Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Nissan Evalia

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