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Hyundai's, Mahindra's hot SUVs that will rival EcoSport

April 24, 2014 12:25 IST

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The domain of compact cars is expanding at a rapid pace. We are hearing a lot of buzz on the inter-web about these for quite a while now.

If we talk about the compact SUVs in particular, the trend was started by Renault Duster and after enjoying the market share for almost a year, Duster faced severe competition from Ford EcoSport. Five months later Nissan Terrano joined the lobby and grabbed pretty decent sales figures in the market up till now.

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Image: Chevrolet Trax.
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The number of products does not end here, almost all the manufacturers like Hyundai, Chevrolet and Mahindra are planning to enter this arena to counter the existing fleet of compact crossovers.

These compact SUVs have caught fancy of Indian buyers as they have all features of a full-fledged SUV - higher ground clearance, spacious, and high seats.

Let’s take a look at the upcoming compact SUVs from these three car makers.

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Image: Hyundai ix25 at the Beijing Motor Show 2014.
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Hyundai ix25

The next big launch in the Indian market from Hyundai will be its first offering in compact SUV segment in the form of ix25.

The car is recently revealed in the Beijing Motor Show 2014. Based on Hyundai i20 platform, the car will carry the fluidic design language and perhaps would be inspired from elder brothers Santa Fe and Tucson/ix35.

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Hyundai ix25

After making a splash in the entry-level sedan segment with Xcent, Hyundai is now planning to take on Duster and EcoSport with its ix25.

The pics revealed till now, show the exteriors of the car posing striking similarity to Santa Fe and even interiors are inspired from the same flagship SUV.

The central console in the cabin is dominated by AC vents with silver accents and a stereo system placed in between.

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Image: Hyundai ix25.
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Hyundai ix25

Hyundai ix25 will also be sporting segment first rear aircons and a 4X4 variant is also on the cards.

Under the hood, car is expected to house in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines paired to 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission system.

As under-4 meter segment is getting hotter, Hyundai will not take much time to launch this car on the Indian shores. Hyundai ix25 is expected to be launched in India at the end of this year or by early 2015.

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Image: Hyundai ix25 at the Beijing Motor Show 2014.
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Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet Trax was recently revealed at the New York Motor Show and is expected to play a decisive role in the compact SUV segment.

Trax sports dual port grille and swept back headlamps at the front with company logo placed on a thin strip at the centre of the grill.

The overall profile of the car is curvy in nature, has got sufficient wheel arches and the rear has puffed boot lid with vertical tail lights.

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Chevrolet Trax

Interiors are fully equipped with comfort features like leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and the cabin is dressed in several dual colour schemes.

The car will come with 7-inch infotainment touchscreen panel with integrated stereo supporting USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in ports.

The same infotainment system is smart enough to receive voice commands, navigation system, offers 3G/4G connectivity with built in Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.

As compare to standard 10 airbags in US version, Indian version would probably get 6 airbags.

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Chevrolet Trax

With boot space of 530 litres, Trax could give other cars in the segment, a run for their money.

The car will be powered by 1.4-litre turbo-charged EcoTec petrol motor producing 138hp and 200Nm of torque.

For the Indian car enthusiasts and looking at the market trend, a diesel power train could be carried from sibling Sail sedan.

Just like Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano, which failed to enjoy the excise duty concessions, Chevrolet Trax which is slightly over 4-metre, would be priced at par with its rivals.

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Mahindra compact SUV

Exact name is still unknown but the compact SUV codenamed S101 from Mahindra & Mahindra, has been spied a couple of times undergoing test mules on Indian roads

A little is known about the design so far but the overall outline of the car is heavily inspired from Mahindra XUV 500. However, the dimensions are pushed under 4-meter mark.

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Front portion is reminiscent of Mahindra XUV 500 with grille and sharper headlamp cluster.

The rear portion could be similar to other vehicles of the company.

Expect all the required bells and whistles on the compact SUV to counter the rivals in the segment.

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The car will be powered by 1.5-litre three-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine generating 100bhp and 240Nm of peak torque while a 1.2-litre petrol motor is also under development in alliance with Ssangyong.

Both manual and automatic gearbox transmission is expected to be paired with the engines. The car would be coming in a new 3+3 seating layout and this could play spoil sport for other SUVs.

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Image: Mahindra S101 test mule.
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Experts opine that this compact SUV will be directly pitted against Ford EcoSport in terms of price, performance and features.

The compact SUV will be launched next year and would be priced around Rs 500,000.

There are more vehicles in the queue like Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Volkswagen Taigun, Tata Nexon and Honda Brio based compact SUV, so there is plenty of fight to be seen in this segment.

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