Here is a list of new upcoming compact SUVs that will be launched in the Indian market in the next 1-2 years.
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota JV are working on a new compact SUV for the Indian market. Scheduled to launch before the end of 2022, the new model will compete with Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and MG Astor models. It will be based on Toyota’s heavily localized TNGA-B platform, which also underpins the global Corolla Cross.
Toyota will also supply this SUV to Maruti Suzuki, which will be re-badged for the Indian market. The new SUVs will be produced at Toyota’s Bidadi plant. The new Toyota D22 SUV is expected to be offered with two gasoline engines – one with a mild hybrid system and the other with a more powerful hybrid system. The regular model is likely to get Suzuki’s 1.5L Dualjet K15C gasoline engine with SHVS mild-hybrid system. The more powerful hybrid unit will come with a larger battery and electric motors.
Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch the new Brezza SUV under 4 meters, which is expected to launch by June 2022. The new model will come with comprehensive design changes and an all-new interior. The SUV will also receive several cutting-edge features like a factory-fitted power sunroof, 360-degree camera, larger touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, cruise control speed and others. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine that produces 103hp and 137Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
Hyundai is expected to launch the new Venue facelift in the country by June 2022. The new model will come with a significantly revised exterior with a design inspired by the new generation Tucson. It will have a new parametric grille, new LED DRLs and a new bumper. The SUV will also receive a newly designed tailgate and updated taillights. Hyundai will also launch the N-Line variant of the Venue facelift.
It is likely to retain the existing engine configuration comprising an 83hp, 1.2L NA petrol, a 118hp, 1.0L turbo-petrol and a 113hp, 1.5L turbo-diesel. transmission choices include a 5-speed MT with 1.2L gasoline, a standard 6-speed MT, an iMT, and a 7-speed DCT with 1.0L turbo.
Mahindra will launch the new facelift XUV300 before the end of this financial year, by January 2023. The new model will come with a revised exterior and an improved interior. It will have an updated touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. The SUV will also get a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 130hp and 230Nm of torque. The new engine will likely be offered on the higher spec variants, while the lower spec model could continue with the existing engine. Instead of an AMT, the new XUV300 facelift could also get a proper automatic gearbox (torque converter or DCT).
Honda will launch an all-new compact SUV in the Indian market in 2023. It will be based on the City platform. Not just a platform, Honda’s new compact SUV will likely share engine options with the City sedan. It will be equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine that develops a maximum power of 121 hp and 145 Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The company could also introduce the diesel version of the SUV with the proven 99 hp, 1.5L engine.
The SUV will also get the hybrid powertrain, which we’ve already seen on the new City e:HEV. It will receive a 1.5L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine mated to two electric motors. The gasoline engine develops a maximum power of 98 hp and with electric assistance it delivers 109 hp. Its combined torque comes out at 253 Nm.
Hyundai will launch the new Creta facelift in the country before the end of 2022. The new model will come with design changes and an upgraded cabin. The 2023 Hyundai Creta facelift comes with an all-new front fascia inspired by the new Tucson. It will come with Hyundai’s new “parametric grille” with seamlessly integrated LED DRLs (daytime running lights). Other changes include a revised bumper with a slimmer and wider air intake, a revised tailgate and new LED taillights.
The new Hyundai Creta facelift is also likely to get an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). It will be offered with 3 engine options – a 113hp 1.5L NA petrol, a 113hp 1.5L turbodiesel and a 138hp 1.4L turbocharged petrol. Transmission options will likely be similar to the existing model.