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10 SUVs and crossovers coming SOON to India

August 06, 2014 14:13 IST

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The crossover and SUV segments in India are immune to slowdown and automakers simply can’t afford to miss out on the surging demand for these classes of automobiles if they are serious about tapping India for volume.

Not surprisingly, a horde of crossovers and SUVs are about to invade the Indian market in the mid-term and here is our list of the top 5 new and refreshed models that you can buy in the next 12-15 months.

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Maruti SX4 S-Cross

Testing of the Maruti SX4 S-Cross is progressing well, as evident from the numerous spyshots we receive, ahead of its scheduled launch sometime in early 2015.

The crossover would be powered by 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines which could be aided by the Suzuki AllGrip all-wheel-drive system.

The car will lock horns with the likes of Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio and Nissan Terrano.

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Hyundai ix25

The Hyundai ix25 which debuted in the form of a near production concept at this year’s Beijing Auto Show is the South Korean automaker’s reply to the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Maruti SX4 S-Cross.

The India-spec model is expected to have petrol and diesel engine options that are suitable to take on its rivals. Expect the ix25, or a car similar to it, to reach India in 2015.

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Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon concept which was unveiled at the Auto Expo previewed the ailing Indian automaker’s compact SUV contender.

Initial reports suggest that the production model would be based on a modified version of the Vista platform and the EcoSport challenger is expected to be ready in February 2016.

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Mahindra Scorpio facelift

The Mahindra Scorpio facelift which is testing extensively is expected to be out in the next 6-8 months.

The long overdue refresh will come with a revamped front fascia and dashboard, and a subtly revised rear fascia with LED taillights.

The 2.5-litre m2DiCR (entry level EX variant) and the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engines would be retained.

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Renault Duster facelift

The Renault Duster for the international markets received a facelift late last year. Expected in India within 12 months, the facelift features modestly revised headlamps, front grille, bumpers and taillights.

At the interior, the instrument cluster and centre consoles are new. Like most other cars in this list, the Renault Duster facelift would not change its powertrain lineup.

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Mahindra S101

The Mahindra S101 mini SUV is the company’s second grounds-up crossover, first being the XUV500.

The Ford EcoSport rival would be launched sometime in 2015 with compact petrol and diesel engines that are compliant with the ‘small car’ regulations. The design language would be similar to that of the XUV500.

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Fiat Avventura

The Fiat Avventura is an instant crossover which was unveiled in the form of a near production concept at the 2014 Auto Expo.

Based on the Punto Evo facelift that is at the verge of its launch, the Avventura will lock horns with the VW Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross.

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Fiat Avventura

The makeshift crossover offers a black plastic body kit, new bumpers and wheels, and could have a slightly raised suspension.

Powertrains would be borrowed from its sister, meaning it would list 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines, and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The launch is expected in September or October.

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Audi Q3 facelift

The Audi Q3 facelift will make its world premiere this year with subtle design tweaks. The Q3 is Audi India’s most affordable model and hence is a highly important product for sales volume.

Since the Q3 is assembled in India from CKD kits, it shouldn’t take long for the refreshed version to reach Indian shores.

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Ssangyong X100

The Ssangyong X100 compact crossover will be available as five- and seven-seater variants with varying lengths.

Previewed by the XLV Concept, the five-seater variant is slated to world debut in January 2015 while the 7-seater variant would follow later next year.

While the shorter version is doubtful to make it into India, the longer model could possibly be positioned between the Mahindra XUV500 and Ssangyong Rexton.

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Mercedes GLA

The Mercedes GLA would fill the compact crossover SUV void in the brand’s portfolio when its launched later this year.

Based on the MFA front-wheel-drive platform that also underpins the A and B Class models, the premium crossover will take on the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

Familiar petrol and diesel engines would be doing the duty under the hood. Bookings for the car have started at dealerships.

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