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These stunning SUVs and MPVs will soon be in India

Last updated on: August 22, 2012 08:51 IST

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012 has been an exciting year for the auto market with many big names wanting to grab a share in each segment.

A lot many vehicles entered this year creating a lot of hue and cry and making the Indian automobile sector even more interesting.

However, the year is not over... We still have a while before the close of 2012 and there are still a few famed models set to be released soon.

Keeping in mind India's obsession for family vehicles, here is a list of the SUVs and MPV/Minivans that are scheduled to be released soon.

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SUVs

Tata Safari Storme

Expected Launch Date: September, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs. 10 Lakh Approx

Tata Safari Storme, Tata's attempt at creating a whole new Safari out of the old one? Perhaps.

Amidst considerable fanfare, the Storme was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo and left quite a few people starstruck.

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Housed under the bonnet is the same 2.2-litre DiCOR engine that produces 140bhp and 320Nm of flat torque.

Although widely considered as a complete over haul of the old Safari in terms of the looks, the Storme is really just a facelift of the old one.

However a closer look reveals quite a few tweaks.

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The steering, chassis, double wishbone suspensions and MacPherson struts have all been taken from the Aria but Tata has wisely left out the ESP, GPS and other sophisticated services that the Aria offers.

This should definitely help keep a lid on the price of Tata Safari Storme.

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Overall what you get with the new Storme is an upgraded and tweaked version of the old Safari with a few features thrown in for good measure.

What's to be seen is, how much Tata will charge for what is a facelift with added features and a slightly new look.

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Mahindra SsangyongRexton

Expected Launch Date: September, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 20 lakh approx

The first thing that hits you upon looking at the Rexton is the structure and styling of the vehicle.

Ssangyong is widely known for coming up with some rather strange designs and although the Rexton isn't the weirdest of the lot, it's definitely not going to win any prizes for best looking car.

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That being said, the Rexton is really a body-on-frame SUV which means a lot of its parts have been borrowed from Mercedes.

The Rexton comes with a 2.7-litre in-line 5-cylinder engine that definitely helps in terms of fuel economy.

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The only question however is the size of the SUV.

Seeing as it's bigger than the XUV500 but smaller than the Fortuner, it may be able to bag a good position for itself.

After all Mahindra, themselves are rather well known opportunists.

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New Ford Endeavour

Expected Launch Date: September, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 17.90 lakh to Rs 20.85 lakh approx

Not much has been revealed about the New Ford Endeavour so far.

However from the looks of it, the specifications don't differ much from its previous platform.

The new Endeavour will come with the same 2.5-litre TDCi turbo charged engine consisting of 4 cylinders.

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Also included, is the Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT).

The power output also remains unchanged at 141bhp with 330Nm of flat torque.

So what exactly is new about the New Ford Endeavour? The looks and a few other things.

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For starters the SUV has been fed steroids and will quite possibly look sharper with longer dimensions.

Longer dimensions mean slightly more spacious interiors along with a revamped instrument console panel and a multi functional steering wheel.

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Force One SUV 4X4

Expected Launch Date: October, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 11.18 lakh to Rs 11.25 lakh approx

Commonly known for their commercial vehicles, Force unveiled the Force One 4X4 at the January Auto-Expo along with their plans to delve into the passenger vehicles segment.

The 4X4 SUV will come with a 2.2-liter common rail diesel injection (CRDi) engine which will be mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.

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This drive-train will be capable of 140bhp and a flat torque of 320Nm.

The mileage on the SUV is fairly impressive with 14.0 km to the litre within city limits and roughly 17.0 km to the litre on the highway.

The question however remains, will people really end up buying this vehicle.

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Reports from owners of other Force One variants tend to complain about a general lack of stability in the vehicle.

Problems range from badly done wiring to poor quality interior fittings.

Will the new Force One SUV be able to address all these problems? A few more months of waiting will reveal the answer.

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Mahindra SsangyongKorando

Expected Launch Date: December, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 15 lakh approx

Yet another new offering from Mahindra Ssangyong is the Korando.

The massive SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that can deliver a peak power of 147bhp at 4000rpm and a torque of 360Nm.

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With added comfort features like ESP with Hill assist, rear parking sensors, roof rails, leather clad steering wheel, tinted glasses, etc., the SUV should be a delight.

Not much has been revealed about the SUV, although the pictures of the international model for the SUV show a pretty good looking SUV with neatly placed interior and roomy cabin.

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MPV/Minivans

Nissan Evalia XV

Expected launch Date: September, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 12 lakh approx

The Urban Classy Utility Vehicle from Nissan, Nissan Evalia is soon to make its entry in the market of India.

The looks of the car are average with a slightly boxy and simplistic overall design.

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The vehicle is gaining popularity due to its practical nature and design which is enhanced by the sliding doors at the exterior and comfortable and really spacious beige interiors in the cabin, making it just right for the Minivan segment.

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The Nissan Evalia is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine and falls in a price range of Rs 900,000 to Rs 12 lakh.

The powertrain is capable of delivering a power of 85bhp at 3750rpm and a torque of 200Nm at 2000rpm.

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Mahindra Mini Xylo

Expected launch Date: October, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 600,000 to Rs 800,000 approx

Amongst the most hyped launches this year, is the Mahindra Mini Xylo.

This vehicle is being under production for some time and various prototypes have been spotted every now and then.

With the Mini Xylo, Mahindra is set to further improve its market position.

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From a distant consumer perspective, a lot of market research showed that most of the people associated Mahindra with tractors and believed that that's what they are good for.

From that image to where Mahindra has reached today, with their powerful and performance packed Bolero, Scorpio and the latest XUV500, is commendable.

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Coming back to the Mini Xylo; it's more of a compact SUV than a MPV and will be powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine that is capable of churning out 70bhp.

Though not much has been uncovered about the looks of the car since all pictures that have been caught are of a heavily camouflaged vehicle, the size of the vehicle is compact with the length somewhere close to 4 meters or even less.

After the popularity that the XUV500 gained during its launch, let's see if the Mini Xylo is up to scratch.

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Chevrolet Enjoy

Expected launch Date: October, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 700,000 to Rs 900,000 approx

Chevrolet Enjoy has also been one long awaited for vehicle from General Motors.

The Enjoy will come with both diesel and petrol fuel options. The former being a 1.3-litre powertrain and latter is a 1.4-litre mill.

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With nicely shaped headlights, tinted glasses, metallic finish, a commendable length etc., Chevrolet Enjoy looks pretty good though not anything extraordinary.

The pictures reveal a well creased and neat cabin with generous comfort features.

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With the likes of Ertiga and the Innova, the MPV segment of India has been gaining popularity.

With Enjoy coming in during the festive season, it is expected to grow further.

Being a Chevrolet, a lot is expected from the Enjoy especially in terms of bringing about a change in the way people look at MPVs. Whether or not... time will tell!

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Tata Aria AT

Expected launch Date: December, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 11.61 lakh to Rs 16.56 lakh approx

Usually known for their rather simplistic looking vehicles with basic comfort features, the home-grown car manufacturers broke this trend with the Tata Aria.

Aria is one vehicle in the Tata line up which has comfort features galore which make it pricey.

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The prevailing versions of the Aria are powered by 2197cc engines mated to manual transmissions, delivering an average close to 13.7kmpl.

Adding to the line-up will be the Aria AT version which will be powered by the similar capacity engine but will be mated to an automatic transmission resulting to a mileage of close to 14.5kmpl.

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Though heavily loaded with LCD screen which is the GPS navigation system, cruise control, electronically adjustable and fold-able ORVMs along with ABS with ESP and traction control etc., the vehicle hasn't done much for Tata Motors.

It is uncertain if the Automatic Transmission would be any different.

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Force MPV

Expected launch Date: December, 2012
Estimated Price: Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh approx

Force re-entered the passenger vehicle with the Force One SUV. The brand came back with Amitabh Bachchan as its endorser.

The next in line for Force Motors this year is the MPV. No details have been revealed about the car but it's expected to be a 7 seater and will probably be based on the Mercedes Viano.

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The car, if it uses the same 2.2-litre with the common rail 4-cylinder engine then Toyota Innovas and Mahindra Xylos of the Indian market might be in for some trouble.

However, nothing can be said for now, what, when, how... all questions remain unanswered as plans for this MPV remain shrouded in mystery.

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