New cars for 2018: Upcoming SUVs

26th Dec 2017 8:00 am

Premium SUVs from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini and Porsche, will launch in 2018 with SUvs from Hyundai, Skoda, Toyota and more.

AUDI Q5

The Q5 has been the bestselling Audi for a few years now and the carmaker does not seem to want to tinker with a successful formula for the new car. It’s similar looking to the older car but the sharper styling and detailing makes it look more like a mini-Q7. It’s based on an all-new platform, which means its lighter than before, and the suspension too has been revised. The cabin is where the new Q5 really shines, with a top-notch interior in terms of design and quality. Equipment levels are impressive and it includes a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, in-car Wi-Fi, an 8.3-inch free-standing screen for the MMI system with CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Audi’s GLC and X3 baiter is wider and it comes with a longer wheelbase than before and this translates into more interior room and a larger boot capacity of 550 litres. A seven-speed auto gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive will be offered as standard on most variants.

Coming: January 2018
Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D, 3.0D
Price: Rs 55-62 lakh

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2018 Audi Q5 India video review

AUDI Q8

The Q8 will be top dog in Audi’s SUV line-up when it launches in India. It is poised to take on BMW’s X7. Test mules suggest that it will retain the concept’s striking exterior design that combines the large footprint of an SUV with the sleek lines of a coupé. It shares its MLB platform with the Q7 but with a 5,020mm length, 2,040mm width and a 3,000mm wheelbase, making it even larger than a Range Rover. Audi says the Q8 will use a hybrid powertrain, combining a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an electric motor, with a total output of 450hp and 500Nm.

Coming: Late 2018
Engines: 3.0P + electric
Price: Rs 1.1crore

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BMW X2

The Bavaria-based carmaker is on a spree to fill every possible niche there is for SUVs. The X2 will be its sixth SUV and it shares the UKL platform with the X1. Designed to be sportier than the X1, it stands 49mm shorter and 69mm lower. Design-wise, the X2 is quite similar to the Concept X2 that was showcased at the 2016 Paris motor show. A BMW roundel adorns a thick C-pillar, while a taut surfacing treatment along the flanks and squared-off wheel arches lend it a rugged look. The X2’s cabin shares plenty of elements with the X1’s, including the black panel instruments and the multifunction steering wheel. Base variants will feature front-wheel drive while four-wheel drive will be available on the top variants. The X2 will lock horns with the likes of the Range Rover Evoque.

Coming: Mid 2018
Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D
Price: Rs 40-50 lakh

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India-bound BMW X2 unveiled

BMW X3

The new X3 promises to deliver more luxury and driving pleasure than its predecessors. Set to rival the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC, the new X3 is built on a chassis that is considerably stiffer and 55kg lighter than the one on the car it replaces. It isn’t much larger on the outsides and overall dimensions are similar to the outgoing car. Where BMW engineers and designers have made more space is between the wheels. The high-quality interior follows in the footsteps of the new 5-series, with its hexagonal form and bevelled edges. There is a slightly more space in the rear and knee room is marginally more than the earlier X3. Passengers in the rear get three-zone climate control and the rear seats can be split 40:20:40 to expand the boot space to a massive 1,600 litres. The new X3 also rides better and is nicer to drive than its predecessor. There’s also an M Performance version with a lower, stiffer suspension and 360hp on tap, making it both quick and fun to drive.

Coming: Early 2018
Engine: 2.0P, 2.0/3.0D
Price: Rs 50-60 lakh

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2017 BMW X3 review, test drive

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BMW X4

The X4 is to the X3 what the X6 is the to X5 – a sportier, coupé-roofed sibling. In the new X4, you’ll get all the features and space of the new X3, but with less of headroom at the rear. It sits on BMW’s CLAR (Cluster Architecture) structure and uses a mix of high-strength steel and aluminum. Power is most likely to come from a 360hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, petrol engine.

Coming: Late 2018
Engines: 3.0P
Price: Rs 65 lakh

Honda CR-V

There’s a new CR-V on its way here and this one is going to feature an all-new diesel engine option – a first for India. In addition to its proven 2.4-litre petrol, there’s going to be a new 158hp, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that is likely to be offered with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. This fifth-generation version of the CR-V is bigger than the car it replaces and will be launched in a seven-seater guise only. This should give the CR-V an immediate advantage over like-sized rivals such as the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.

Honda has worked hard to up the premium quotient as well, there’s generous use of soft-touch materials all around and it features a dashboard similar to the Accord Hybrid’s. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers a host of smartphone connectivity options. Fully loaded variants are likely to come with dual-zone climate control, heated wing mirrors, electrically adjustable front seats and remote engine start. Now with seven seats and a diesel engine option, its likely that the CR-V will be more popular than ever before.

Coming: Mid 2018
Engines: 2.0P, 2.4P, 1.6D
Price: Rs 23-26 lakh

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2018 Honda CR-V review, test drive

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HYUNDAI CRETA FACELIFT

When launched in 2015, the Creta hit the spot mainly due to its looks, premium feel and refined performance. A bestseller ever since, Hyundai isn’t expected to make radical changes when it refreshes the model next year. Styling changes will be more in line to meet the brand’s current design philosophy, with a new grille and bumper design, modified headlamps and tail-lamps. Equipment levels are expected to get a boost and make the Creta a more enticing buy.

Coming: Mid 2018
Engines: 1.6P, 1.6D
Price: Rs 9-15 lakh

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HYUNDAI COMPACT SUV (CARLINO)

Hyundai will enter the hot-selling compact SUV segment with a new baby SUV based on its Carlino concept. When launched, it will rival the likes of the refreshed Ford EcoSport, Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon. Keeping the Korean brand’s recent track record in mind, expect the SUV to feature high-quality interiors and long equipment list. While engine details are sketchy, we expect it to get a new 118hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, along with Hyundai’s tried and tested 90hp, 1.4-litre turbo-diesel.

Coming: End 2018
Engines: 1.0P, 1.4D
Price: Rs 6-9 lakh

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER AND RANGE ROVER SPORT FACELIFTS

A mid-cycle refresh, the Range Rover’s styling changes include a refreshed grille with a gloss-black surround in a front bumper, and four options of headlamps, including a pixel-laser option. The Range Rover Sport line-up gets subtle changes to the grille and new LED headlamps. Interiors too are refreshed and more in line with the Velar. The engine line-up has been uprated for better performance and more fuel economy.

Coming: Early 2018
Engines: 5.0P, 3.0/4.0D
Price: Rs 1.2-2 crore

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LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VELAR

Size-wise, the Velar slots right in between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, though it will be a strict five-seater. A highlight of its interior is the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that uses two 10-inch touchscreens and keeps switchgear to an absolute minimum. The Velar is Land Rover’s most road-focused SUV yet, and it does look more ramp model than off-roader. Make no mistake though, for the Velar gets Land Rover’s full suite of off-road technology, including Terrain Response 2 and an active rear-locking e-differential.

Coming: January 2018
Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D, 3.0D
Price: Rs 80-90 lakh

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JAGUAR E-PACE

Jaguar’s second SUV, the E-Pace will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW’s X1 and Audi’s Q3. The striking design is somewhat reminiscent of the larger F-Pace but it manages to carve its own distinct identity. The roofline and sides have been inspired by the F-Type. At the rear, there are large LED lights with a ‘chicane’ graphic. The interior is similar to that of other Jaguars, but the E-Pace gets a conventional gear stalk instead of a rotary knob gear selector for its nine-speed automatic gearbox. Featuring MacPherson struts in front and multi-link setup at the rear, Jaguar says it has tuned the chassis, along with the four-wheel-drive control system and Adaptive Dynamics dampers, for a sporty on-road drive. In addition to standard all-wheel-drive, the
top-of-the range diesel and petrol models have Active Driveline all-wheel drive.

Coming: Late 2018
Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D
Price: Rs 50-60 lakh

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2018 Jaguar E-Pace officially revealed

Jaguar E-Pace image gallery

JEEP RENEGADE

Still glowing at the success of its Compass, Jeep is looking at strengthening its Indian innings with this baby SUV. The Renegade’s look is pure Jeep and that alone should distinguish it from all rivals. Its length almost measures up to that of the Duster, but is both wider and taller than the Renault. Engine options are likely to include the Compass’ 2.0-litre diesel and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motors, both of which will make about 140hp. While the engines seem potent on paper, the Renegade is expected to outclass its rivals in terms of ride and handling – both on the road and off it. All-wheel drive, however, will only be offered on costlier, fully loaded variants. Like the Compass, Jeep will assemble the Renegade at its Ranjangaon plant, indicating a competitive starting price.

Coming: End 2018
Engines: 1.4P, 2.0D
Price: Rs 12-16 lakh

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JEEP WRANGLER

The Wrangler is the quintessence of Jeep and, for India, more of a capability showcase rather than a bread-and-butter model. Jeep recently unveiled the latest generation of the Wrangler internationally, and it is expected to make it to Indian shores in the near future. The styling is a modern interpretation of the iconic SUV but still retains enough elements like the keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail-lamps. According the American company, the Wrangler’s tremendous 4x4 capability has been honed further and will now feature more fuel-efficient powertrains, than before.  

Coming: End 2018
Engines: 3.6P, 2.0D
Price: Rs 70 lakh

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LAMBORGHINI URUS

Lamborghini’s first SUV since the LM002 is less SUV and more supercar. Built on VW Group’s MLB Evo platform, it will feature a 48V-powered active anti-roll bar at the rear as well as a Torsen torque vectoring systemand rear-wheel steering for razor-sharp handling. Powering it is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 that’s likely to make upwards of 600hp. The SUV’s interiors will be edgy and typically Lamborghini in design, with its seating restricted to four.

Coming: End 2018
Engines: 4.0P
Price: Rs 5 crore

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MAHINDRA XUV300

Mahindra is synergising with its Korean subsidiary to develop two new crossovers to exploit the burgeoning small SUV space. It will be based on SsangYong’s Tivoli, and for India it will get higher ground clearance and thicker tyres. Also, in a two-pronged attack, the Indian SUV-maker is readying two variants – a five-seater and a seven-seater. The smaller variant will be under four metres in length to benefit from the tax concessions. The Tata Motors Nexon and the Maruti Brezza are in its crosshairs. The seven-seater variant will square up against the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. Expect it to come packed with features like a dual-zone auto climate control, seven airbags, a 7.0-inch touchscreen and ESP. Powering these SUVs will be either an all new 1.2-litre, direct-injection turbo-petrol or a 1.5-litre common-rail, turbo-diesel engine.  

Coming: Late 2018
Engines: 1.2P, 1.5D
Price: Rs 7-12 lakh

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SSANGYONG REXTON

The all-new Rexton from Mahindra-owned Korean carmaker SsangYong, is built on a new body-on-frame chassis. It is lighter than the vehicle it replaces, looks better, and with its massive proportions, has a strong road presence. Style-wise, it now features projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), a slim hexagonal grille, LED fog and cornering lamps at the front and now rides on large 20-inch alloy wheels. It measures 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm in width, 1,825mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2,865mm. These dimensions make it shorter in length and height when compared to the Ford Endeavour, albeit wider and with a longer wheelbase. The interior, too, is brilliantly put together, there’s a large 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen, soft-touch plastics and quilted Nappa leather upholstery. This seven-seat SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive. There’s still a question mark though: Will it be badged a SsangYong or be a top-of-the-line offering from Mahindra?

Coming: Early 2018
Engines: 2.2D
Price: Rs 28-30 lakh

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Mahindra confirms new Ssangyong Rexton launch in 2018

MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT

In spite of its recent facelift, the current model of the Pajero has started showing its age against its more modern competition. Mitsubishi will launch an all-new model early next year which will feature a more sophisticated and bolder design. This rugged, seven-seat SUV is larger than its predecessor, with more interior space. Cabin design has been thoroughly modernised and will come with all the features befitting an SUV at this price. Power will come from a 181hp, 2.4-litre, diesel engine that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will be an all new switchable four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case for more hardcore off-road requirements. Price-wise expect the SUV to undercut both the Endeavour and Fortuner.

Coming: Early 2018
Engines: 2.4D
Price: Rs 30 lakh

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER

With more and more buyers taking to petrol SUVs, this petrol soft-roader from Mitsubishi is also expected to make a comeback to India. The Minato-based carmaker has given its SUV a thorough revision with fresh styling and engineering changes, as well. It will be brought to India as an import in a single, fully-loaded variant with seating for seven people. Powering it will be a 169hp, 2.4-litre petrol engine that will send power to all four wheels via a CVT automatic. 

Coming: Early 2018
Engines: 2.4P
Price: Rs 30 lakh

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NISSAN KICKS

Similar to Renault’s Captur, the Nissan Kicks is a no-holds-barred shot at SUVs, ranging from the Hyundai Creta to the pricier Jeep Compass. The Kicks shares its robust mechanicals with the Nissan Terrano, built with its sharper styling, almost coupé-like profile and floating-roof design make it look a lot more attractive and modern. Like the Terrano, the Kicks’ interior is spacious and quite a modern affair. It comes with part-digital instrumentation, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with audio and phone controls, a 7.0-inch touchscreen bundled with smartphone connectivity and a reverse camera, and auto-climate control. Fully loaded variants are also likely to get a 360-degree camera, side curtain airbags, and traction control. Powering the Kicks will be the same 1.5-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol motors offered on the Terrano. Its pricing, though will be on the higher side.

Coming: Mid 2018
Engines: 1.5P, 1.5D
Price: Rs 10-15 lakh

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PORSCHE CAYENNE

The Third-generation Cayenne is yet another new SUV based on the VW Group’s MLB architecture. The exterior design of Porsche India’s best-selling vehicle may suggest that it is a mild revamp. However, it is, in fact, an all-new car using a body structure that is considerably lighter than before. To give it a sportier look, Porsche says that it has increased the length and width of the Cayenne, while lowering its height. At its rear, it gets a continuous lightband – a signature styling cue detail seen across the German brand’s new-generation cars. On the inside, there’s a new-style dashboard that features a combo of analogue and digital instruments along with a large 12.3-inch touchscreen as in the Panamera. Expect a wide range of petrols and diesels to be a part of its model line-up, as well. Porsche has pushed the envelope further when it comes to ride and handling with a sportier suspension, rear-wheel steering and a whole basket of technical skullduggery. This car will help you get from point A to point B faster – while having fun, along the way.

Coming: Mid 2018
Engines:  4.0P, 3.0/4.0D
Price: Rs 1.3-1.9 crore

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MINI COUNTRYMAN

This SUV is the biggest Mini yet and it measures 4.4m in length. Based on the same UKL platform that underpins BMW’s X1 SUV, it will also rival the Audi’s Q3 and Mercedes’ GLA. It’s quite a practical car too, and comes with a spacious 470-litre boot. The rear seat can even slide 130mm forward and backward to liberate more legroom. All this will definitely make it much more appealing to the family-car buyer here in India. However, besides the practical bits, what sets it apart from the rest is oodles and oodles of Mini-ness – young, fun to drive and very British. Variants for India are likely to be in Cooper S guise and powered by 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Coming: Early 2018
Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D
Price: Rs 40-45 lakh

SKODA KAROQ

Manufacturers have found the Rs 15-25 lakh price bracket to be very alluring, especially after the success of the Jeep Compass. Skoda seems to have taken notice as well. To compete, the carmaker will bring the Kodiak’s smaller sibling – the Karoq – to India. A replacement for the capable, but slow-selling Yeti, the Karoq is a more conventional-looking SUV than the former. Also, like its main rivals the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tuscon, it is a five-seater. The Karoq is the first Skoda to come with a digital instrument panel and you can expect build and interior quality to be top-notch. Karoq is built on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and will be offered in India with a 1.4 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel engine.

Coming: End 2018
Engines: 1.4P, 2.0D
Price: Rs 18-22 lakh

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Skoda Karoq spied in India

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TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO

The prado Has a reputation of being hard as nails with an ability to traverse any road (or lack thereof), like clockwork. The facelifted model continues to be based on the previous model’s platform but gets a number of design changes. On the outside, it gets a new hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, tail-lights, wheels and front bumper, which make the new model longer. The cabin on the refreshed model comes with a new dashboard, instruments and centre console with a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen mounted low to improve outward visibility. It will continue to share its diesel engine with its smaller sibling, the Fortuner.

Coming: Late 2018
Engines: 2.8D
Price: Rs 90 lakh

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2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled at Frankfurt

TATA Q501

The success of the Nexon is proof than Tata Motors has hit a purple patch when it comes to passenger vehicles. Now the Pune-based carmaker is aiming even higher and will launch two new SUVs – a five-seater and a seven-seater in the next financial year. Targeting a starting price of Rs 13 lakh, the five-seater SUV will take on the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur, while the seven-seater model is expected to cost Rs 2 lakh more and square up against the Jeep Compass.

Both SUVs will be based on the L550 platform that also underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport. However, they will be completely different in terms of look and feel, and they won’t share engines, either. Tata Motors will use FCA’s 2.0-litre Multijet II engine that will be tuned to develop 140hp on the five-seater SUV and 170hp for the seven-seater model. Expect both, two-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive models to part of the line-up.

Coming: End 2018
Engines: 2.0D
Price: Rs 13-20 lakh

VOLVO XC40

It is already being called a future global bestseller for the brand. The baby XC40 sits below the new XC60, is the third model in Volvo’s SUV line-up and will take on the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3.  Built on the Swedish manufacturer’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, it shares a strong resemblance with its larger siblings, the XC60 and XC90. Exterior design incorporates a clamshell bonnet and a distinctive upswept rear window while avoiding a low-roofed crossover-coupé look, making it both practical as well as stylish. Inside, the XC40 is more radical, there’s 12.3-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument display as standard, as well as a 9.0-inch touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard in a portrait configuration. As one would expect from something wearing a Volvo badge, safety equipment will be comprehensive and the company says that it has given the smaller SUV a similar level of protection as the larger XC90. 

Coming: Mid 2018
Engines: 2.0D
Price: Rs 27-30 lakh

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