India is undoubtedly, a fast growing market for Sports Utility Vehicles, better known as SUVs. From the late 90s to now, SUVs have undergone a great transformation from being light mini trucks to light-weight, fuel-efficient, family vehicles with comfortable interiors and four- or all-wheel-drive capability.
Let’s take a look at the upcoming sub-compact SUVs in the Indian market:
- Tata Nexon AMT
Nexon has been one of the most awaited cars in the subcompact SUV segment and its AMT version will be launched in 2018. In terms of design, the couple-SUV silhouette sets it apart from the currently running SUVs in India. With two engine options of 1.2 L Turbo Petrol/ 1. L Turbo Diesel, the estimated mileage is 18kpl/25kpl, and the vehicle comes in a pocket friendly range of 7-10 lakhs. In addition, features like rear AC vents, diesel engine outputs, etc. shall make it a worthy top slot owner in the category.
- Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Well, the cars of this company are almost like ‘India’s very own”. Inspired by the excellent market response of its best-selling subcompact SUV, the company is all set to launch its petrol version. Let’s not forget that Maruti’s first ever sub-4m was awarded the Indian car of the year 2016. The machine’s petrol version will be powered by 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine, and shall be available at a price variant of 7.5-10 lakhs.
- Ford Ecosport Facelift
As the name rightly suggests, Facelift is indeed the smarter, slicker version of the otherwise hugely popular, but slightly aging, Ford Ecosport. So, what’s NEW to watch out for in the revised version? Well, the headlamps, a bigger grille, tail lamps and alloy wheels. Not to forget, the interior gets a flashy makeover with a touchscreen infotainment system that shall have Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Ford’s own mirror link. Expected price range is 7.5 – 10.5 and should be attracting a lot of SUV enthusiasts.
- Toyota Rush
This compact SUV from the Japanese giant, should be marking its entry in India in the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo. ‘Rush’ will rush to take on the current champions like Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, due to its competitive pricing. Talking of looks, the car gets wraparound headlamps, a large horizontally slated front grille with chrome garnishing. The Toyota Rush looks very spacious from inside and a black theme will further enhance the sportiness of the compact SUV. Power source for the Toyota Rush will be a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.4-litre diesel engine. The petrol and diesel engines are likely to deliver 17 kmpl and 24 kmpl of fuel efficiency respectively.
- Mahindra S201 (SsangYong Tivoli Based Compact SUV)
This offering from Mahindra has been designed and developed to European standards and is expected to hit the Indian market in 2018 in the price range 12-18 lakhs. The SsangYong Tivoli looks like a typical SUV with a decked up front fascia and high mounted headlamps; a bumper with slightly unconventional cuts and creases and an interesting side profile with haunches over the two wheels. On the inside, the Tivoli is tech-laden with a touch-screen infotainment system, automatic climate control, push-button start and cruise control, and well contoured seats.