SUVs are ruling the roost in India. It’s the fastest-growing segment in our country and every brand that is investing in new models is definitely eyeing this segment. Now, that also means we’ll get to see new SUVs in our country in near future, and in fact, we have a list of SUVs that have been lined-up or being considered for our market next year. Here’s a list of all the SUVs we expect will be launched in India in 2021 which will be priced under ₹ 20 lakh.
The Tata Gravitas was showcased at the Auto Expo year and we have been waiting for its launch since then. The SUV is expected to go on sale next year and as we already know it is essentially a seven-seater version of the Tata Harrier. The upcoming SUV will be based on Tata‘s OMEGA Arc platform but the rear end has been tweaked along with the design of alloy wheels. The Gravitas will be 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier. Under the hood, the 2020 Tata Gravitas will be powered by the same BS6-compliant Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that 168 bhp and 350 Nm of power figures, and will be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox along with an optional six-speed automatic torque converter unit.
The Volkswagen Taigun will the Skoda Vision IN’s sister unit and will be underpinned by the same MQB AO IN platform. While mechanically, we expect it to be identical to the Skoda Vision IN based compact SUV, the styling will be in-line with Volkswagen’s family design language. Elements like the muscular bonnet, a wide grille that will be flanked by horizontally stacked LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps. Referring to what we can recall from the concept car we saw at the Auto Expo, the production-spec Taigun is also likely to feature sporty alloy wheels, beefier wheel arch cladding, roof rails and LED taillamps conjoined by a reflective strip and smoked details. The cabin of the concept vehicle came with premium interior sporting body-coloured panels on the dashboard, centre console and doors, along with dual-tone black and grey upholstery. The features list is likely to include an all-digital instrument console, a large touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, fast-charging USB slots and app-based connected features, a flat-bottom steering wheel, rear AC vents and automatic climate control among others.
The next-generation Mahindra XUV500 is currently under development and plenty of spy shots have surfaced online. The model has grown in proportions and will be underpinned by a new monocoque platform. It will also be a huge departure in terms of looks and will be equipped with connected car features. Engines options on the new XUV500 will include a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder mHawk diesel engine and a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged mStallion petrol motor. Both engines will be offered with manual and automatic transmission options. It will also be the first SUV in its segment to get an Advanced Driving Assist System (ADAS).
Skoda too is gearing up to introduce a new compact SUV in India which will be based on the Vision IN concept. The model has been spotted testing several times and according to the latest news reports, Skoda Auto India has registered trademarks for five new model names with Ministry of Commerce & Industry’s Patent Design and Trademarks one of which is Skoda Kliq. Now we have been guessing that this upcoming SUV will adopt this name and Skoda has confirmed that it will be locally manufactured in India. The new model will be a Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos challenger and will hit the showrooms by mid-2021. Skoda has also affirmed that the model will be at par with the brand’s other line-up as far as quality and reliability are concerned. Along with quality and durability, the model will also adopt the Skoda family design language. So most likely we’ll get to see similar family design elements that we had already seen on the Vision IN concept earlier this year and even on the test mule that’s recently been spotted. So the production model will feature basic design cues like the 3D grille with the winged arrow logo mounted atop and also expect few sharp sculpting lines on the face and along with the profile. And also, the wide Skoda lettering is likely to be seen on the boot. As far as engines are concerned, we already know that the India 2.0 strategy is emphasising on localisation and we expect Skoda to locally develop and manufacture a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine for this compact SUV. Obviously, the SUV will be well-equipped on the inside as well. So expect to see all the upmarket features like wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof and premium interiors among others.
Citroen is all set to make its foray into the Indian car market with the C5 Aircross and the compact SUV will be locally assembled at CK Birla’s Thiruvallur plant in Tamil Nadu. The Citroen C5 Aircross has been spotted testing several times in India and the SUV looks almost the same to what we saw when the company announced starting of its operations in India. The wide grille flanked by split headlights make for a butch looking face and the rounded edges give it a very urban crossover sort on an appeal. The cabin will be finished in dual-tone upholstery along with soft-touch materials. It will also be offered with brand’s latest connected technology and a large 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include a flat-bottom steering wheel, fully-digital instrument console with TFT display, and dual-zone climate control among others. It is likely to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while Citroen may also consider offering a 1.2-litre turbo petrol unit paired with the same eight-speed auto box.
The India-bound Jeep Compass Facelift was unveiled in China earlier this year and has been spotted testing in India quite often. From what we can collect, the design hasn’t been much altered, save for the re-profiled front bumper. The iconic seven-slat grille remains intact while will be flanked by a new set of LED headlights, but the shape of these headlight assemblies hasn’t changed. Even the cabin of the Compass will largely remain unchanged while we may get to see an updated infotainment system unit. Under the hood, the 2020 Compass is likely to continue using the existing 2.0-litre Multi-jet diesel engine and the 1.4-litre Multi-air petrol motor. Both engines will come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while a nine-speed torque converter gearbox will be optional on the diesel iteration and a seven-speed DCT automatic will be seen on the petrol model. The US-spec model, however, gets a new 1.3-litre, turbocharged petrol engine, with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant, and a 1.6-litre, Multi-jet diesel engine, but we can’t say if these mills are under consideration for our market.