Automakers are preparing new compact crossovers and SUVs for the Indian market, rather than hatchbacks or sedans, in response to the rising demand for SUV-like goods. In this post, we discuss four fresh new crossovers that will be introduced in our market and will cost less than Rs 10 lakh.
Before the end of the year, Tata Motors will unveil a tiny crossover that will sit beneath the Nexon compact SUV. The new crossover will be based on the Tata HBX concept, which debuted at the 2020 Detroit Auto Show. It will be built on the ALFA modular platform, which also serves as the foundation for the Altroz luxury hatchback. The idea has a length of 3,840mm, a width of 1822mm, and a height of 1635mm, with a wheelbase of 2450mm.
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 will be competitors for the compact SUV. It’s estimated to cost between Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 8 lakh. The crossover will be powered by the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder naturally aspirated engine used in the Tiago and Altroz. This engine has a power output of 86 bhp and a torque output of 113 Nm. It might also have a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with around 100 horsepower. A 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT are anticipated to be available transmission options.
Citroen will launch the C3 small crossover, which was developed in-house, in the first half of 2022. In September 2021, the crossover will make its global premiere. It will be built on the brand’s new CMP (Common Modular Platform), which will also serve as the foundation for the company’s future small vehicles and an all-electric crossover in India.
It will be driven by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a power output of up to 130bhp. According to rumours, the SUV might get a flex-fuel system that includes a 1.2L petrol engine with ethanol mixes ranging from 27 percent to 100 percent biofuel. The Citroen C3 will compete against the Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Kia Sonet, and Hyundai Venue, and is expected to cost between Rs 6.5 lakh and Rs 9 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki is working on the second generation Vitara Brezza, which will be built on the HEARTECT platform’s upgraded version. The new model will have modern amenities including a new sophisticated touchscreen infotainment system with current connection capabilities, linked car technology, a factory-installed sunroof, cruise control, and more.
The new Brezza will use the same 1.5L K15B petrol engine as the current model, but with a more powerful mild hybrid system. To attain greater fuel economy, it is planned to have a bigger battery and a more powerful electric motor. It’s anticipated to cost between Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh. The new model is scheduled to debut towards the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022.
Hyundai is set to launch the much-anticipated AX1 mini SUV or compact crossover in India in early 2022. The new model is scheduled to make its global premiere in the coming months, with manufacturing starting in September 2021 at GGM’s production line.
Several times in Korea, the new model has been spotted testing. The new K1 platform, which underlies the Grand i10 Nios, is likely to be used. The 1.1L petrol engine that drives the Santro is expected to be used in the tiny vehicle. This engine generates 68bhp and 96Nm of torque when paired with a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. The new Hyundai AX1-based crossover is expected to be priced between Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh, and will compete with the Tata HBX and Maruti Suzuki Ignis.