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These 13 swanky SUVs will soon be in India

Last updated on: March 15, 2012 09:53 IST

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Deepshikha Tahiliani

Indian car market is the most thriving and promising car bazaars in the entire world and many auto majors believe in this fact.

Therefore, to make the most of it, these auto giants will flood the Indian car market with 15 new models of Sports Utility Vehicles, better known as SUVs, this year.

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Maruti XA Alpha

According to Shashank Srivastava, chief general manager (marketing) of Maruti Suzuki India, the demand for sports utility vehicles have amplified substantially in the last few years.

Right now, MPVs along with SUVs comprise about 15 per cent of the entire passenger car market in India and this figure is likely to touch the mark of 25 per cent in the next 3 years.

Srivastava, however, pointed out that Maruti Suzuki India, at present, is not a member of the MPV and SUV segment of India.

But all this will change with the launch of Maruti XA Alpha SUV in India soon.

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Nissan-Renault Duster

Besides Maruti Suzuki, big daddies of the auto industry are also keen on the SUV segment in India.

Nissan-Renault, which entered the Indian car market a few years ago, is all set to roll out two SUVs this year.

One of them is the much hyped Duster that will be priced less than Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million).

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Tata Safari Storme

Tata Motors is also planning to launch the new and improved version of the much appreciated Tata Safari. This new avatar is named Tata Safari Storme.

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Rexton

Mahindra and Mahindra, which has been dominating the SUV segment in Indian with SUVs like Mahindra Scorpio, Mahindra XUV 500 and Mahindra Thar will add on more SUV models to cope with the ever increasing demand.

Apparently, M&M is setting up a manufacturing unit where Korando C and Rexton powered by 2.0 litre of diesel engine will be assembled.

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New Volkswagen Touareg

Though no precise date has been fixed, Volkswagen's New Touareg 2012 is most likely to arrive in India this year.

This SUV will come powered with 2967cc V6 diesel engine that would churn out maximum power of 225 BHP.

The price tag of New Volkswagen Touareg might land around Rs 51.85 lakh.

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Audi Q3

Audi Q3, which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show will sport a 2.0 litre of turbo diesel engine.

Even though the company has not disclosed the exact launch date, rumours suggest that it will be launched by June, 2012.

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Ford EcoSport

Ford India showcased the EcoSport at the Delhi Auto Expo. EcoSport achieved an awe inspiring response in Brazil, where it was launched first.

This SUV will be offered in 1 litre Ecoboost petrol option.

The petrol variant promises to deliver an awesome mileage of about 18 to 20 km per liter while the diesel version (1.5 litre Duratorq) will provide an impressive mileage of 23 km per litre.

The USP of this compact SUV will be its price which will be around Rs 900,000 - Rs 12 lakh (Rs 1.2 million).

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New Honda CRV 2012

Not to be left behind, Honda will launch the New Honda CRV 2012.

The major highlights will be a 2354cc diesel engine producing 185 HP with 163 Nm of peak torque.

The SUV will boast of rear defogger, folding rear seats, music system, audio controls mounted on steering wheel and sun roof.

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Chevrolet Captiva

Chevrolet Captiva will welcome its facelift by March of this year.

This premium segment SUV to be priced in the range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 22 lakh, will now be powered with 2.2 litre diesel engine coupled with six-speed automatic gearbox instead of the small 2.0 litre motor.

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BMW X3

New BMW X3 SUV will knock at the Indian doors in 2012 as the assembly of this luxurious SUV is expected to begin in India this year.

BMW X3 might be equipped with the brand new twin power turbo four cylinder 1997 cc of engine that produces 240PS of peak power with 352 Nm of torque.

The SUV keeps the ability to touch the mark of 100 km per hour speed in merely 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 208 km per hour.

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Hyundai Tucson

India's second largest car maker and number one exporter, Hyundai will launch Tucson.

Hyundai Tucson also known as Hyundai ix35 will be loaded with impressive features, such as effectual air conditioning system, 17 inches of alloy wheels, eco drive indicator, 6 airbags, panoramic sunroof, leather wrapped gear knob and steering wheel, reversing sensors, electronic stability programme and so on.

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Chevrolet TrailBlazer

American car maker, General Motors is not the one to lag behind. It will introduce Chevrolet TrailBlazer in India by the end of 2012.

Under the hood, Chevrolet TrailBlazer will feature the very impressive 2.8-litre Duramax turbo diesel engine.

GM has worked hard on its styling, so one could expect TrailBlazer to be a chic and stylish SUV.

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Mercedes Benz ML Class

Last but not the least, Mercedes Benz ML Class SUV is anticipated to arrive in India by the mid of 2012, and the best part is that it is expected to be assembled at the company's unit in Chakan.

The SUV is loaded with luxurious and plush features and the high performance is assured by the German car maker.

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi launched its Pajero Sport 2012 on March 12.

The new Pajero is bestowed with a 2.5-liter 16-valve inline-4 intercooled turbocharged DOHC diesel engine, which generates 136PS of peak power and 314Nm of maximum torque.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2012 boasts of some exciting features, comprising ABS with EBD, Collapsible steering column, airbags, Reverse Camera, 2 DIN touchscreen and cruise control.

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