Upcoming New And Latest SUV’s In India

The SUV segment in India is all set to receive some new entrants in 2019. Companies like BMW, Nissan, Kia, Tata, Hyundai, and even Mahindra are all set to launch new SUVs in the country. Here’s what to expect.

1) Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks was unveiled in India just last month and there’s a lot of excitement around it already. While globally the Kicks has been on sale for a while now, the India-spec model will be a lot different from the international model for it’s based on the B0 platform as the Terrano, compared to the former that is based on Nissan’s V platform.

Upcoming New And Latest SUV’s In India

The Nissan Kicks for India is longer than the global-spec version

The India-spec Nissan Kicks is slated to be launched in India in January 2019, and it will mainly compete in India with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. The India-spec Nissan Kicks is being developed at the new Nissan Design Centre and will be manufactured at Renault and Nissan’s jointly owned plant, both located in Chennai. This particular model is also bigger than its global counterpart in terms of dimensions, measuring 4384 mm in length, 1813 mm in width, and 1656 mm in height.

Upcoming New And Latest SUV’s In India

The India-spec Nissan Kicks is being developed at the new Nissan Design Centre 

The SUV will come with a wheelbase of 2673 mm and a ground clearance in excess of 200 mm. Under the hood, the India spec Nissan Kicks will feature both petrol and diesel engines for the Indian market. In fact, the engines have been borrowed from Nissan’s existing compact SUV Terrano. The petrol version gets the 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine offering 103 bhp, while the diesel option gets the tried and tested 1.5-litre oil burner that comes in two states of tune – 84 bhp and 108 bhp.

Expected Launch: January 2019

Expected Price: Rs 10 Lakh – ₹ 15 Lakh

2) Hyundai Tucson Facelift

Hyundai revealed the facelift of the Tucson at the New York Auto Show and it’s likely to come to India next year. Changes on the 2019 Hyundai Tucson include the new cascading trapezoidal grille that is now standard across all modern day cars from the Korean automaker, while headlights looks sharper now and integrate the new L-shaped LED daytime running lights.

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new hyundai tucsonThe Hyundai Tucson facelift comes with new headlmaps, DRLs and a cascading front grille
The grille now features four chrome slat instead of three on the predecessor, while the fog lamp housing and bumper has also been revised on the model. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson also gets a more seamless looking taillight design, while the reflectors have moved up on the tailgate in-line with the number plate holder.

The centre console has seen a major overhaul with a new floating touchscreen infotainment system in place that now rises from the dashboard similar to that of the new Kona. The air vents have also been moved below the touchscreen unit instead of flanking the display. The cabin also boasts of a revised instrument cluster and an electronic parking brake thrown in the mix. Expect the Tucson facelift to come with the 1.6-litre diesel engine with 175 bhp on offer.

Expected Launch: August 2019

Expected Price: ₹ 18 lakh – ₹ 22 lakh

3) New Generation Mercedes-Benz GLE

The new generation Mercedes-Benz GLE made its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and will be making its way to India in 2019. The luxury SUV began life as the ML Class in the automaker’s stable but was re-badged as the GLE in its current generation as per the company’s new nomenclature. With the 2019 version, the Mercedes GLE gets massive upgrades including the evolutionary design language that comprises an aggressive new grille, bulging muscular lines on the bonnet, and a large three-pointed star up front. The wraparound rear windscreen glass has been carried over and is a homage to the older models. The overall design though looks a lot more compact than ever before.

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The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE looks refreshing and is more luxurious

The cabin is graced with a host of tech on the 2019 GLE including the two new 12.3-inch screens for the infotainment and instrument cluster with the new MBUX interface. There’s also a touchpad to easily control all the systems on the screen. You also get over 60 ambient light options along with voice command.. Other features include front seats with massage programme, and electrically reclining seats in the second row.

Upcoming New And Latest SUV’s In India

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be offered in one petrol and two diesel engine options

Engine options on the new generation Mercedes-Benz GLE will include the the range-topping petrol GLE 450 4MATIC with 360 bhp and two diesels – the 300d 4MATIC and the 400d 4MATIC churning out 240 bhp and 324 bhp respectively. The SUV will come with AWD as standard and will also come with multiple driving modes. The 2019 GLE will be assembled in India much like the current version and prices are expected to be aggressive starting around ₹ 65 lakh (ex-showroom).

Expected Launch: July 2019

Expected Price: ₹ 65 lakh (ex-showroom)

4) Audi Q8

The Q8 is the first coupe-SUV from the Ingolstadt-based carmaker and will be the range-topping model in Audi’s Q line-up, which was up until now led by the Audi Q7. The production version of the Audi Q8 retains most of the visual cues that we saw in the concept model that was showcased early this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Audi Q8  is built on the same aluminium-rich platform that underpins the like of the Audi Q7, the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga

The Audi has announced that the Q8 will be launched in the European market in the third quarter of 2018, and will take on what practically invented this segment, the BMW X6. The new Audi Q8 is built on the same aluminium-rich platform that underpins the like of the Audi Q7, the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga. In terms of dimensions, the Audi Q8 measures 4999 mm in length, 2011 mm in width and 1710 mm in height, which makes the Coupe-SUV wider, shorter and lower than its Q7 sister model. Visually, the Q8 comes with an imposing stance accentuated by the bold and aggressive face which comes with a large single-frame grille with fat borders with both vertical and horizontal slats that come with chrome highlights.

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The rear section of the Q8 comes with a roof-mounted spoiler and wide LED taillamps with a digital character 

The grille is flanked by a pair of sleek LED headlamps with HD Matrix LED technology available as an option and 3D-effect daytime running lamps. The front bumper comes with a beefy skid plate and large air intakes, while the sloping bonnet features prominent character lines adding to the a muscular look of the new Q8. The centre stage in the cabin is taken by 10.1-inch MMI touch response display on a piano black dashboard layout, similar to the A8 sedan. There is another 8.6-inch digital display below for the air-con system and other in-car controls, while the instruments are shown in the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. Its high-resolution 12.3-inch display can be switched between two views via the multifunction steering wheel.

Expected Launch: Second Half 2019

Expected Price: ₹ 1 crore

5) BMW X5

The BMW X5 will be one of the 19 models the company plans to bring to India next year. The fourth generation of the X5 will be built at the BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US state of South Carolina but the company is likely to assemble the model in India at its Chennai plant.

Upcoming New And Latest SUV’s In India

The fourth generation of the X5 will be built at the BMW Plant in Spartanburg 

In terms of design, the 2019 BMW X5 gets a large BMW kidney grille with single-piece surround, while the LED headlights come as standard. A visual treat are the blue x-shaped elements, which split up the hexagonal light sources inside the BMW twin headlights. However, the BMW Laserlight with Adaptive LED Headlights comes as an option. On the inside, the 2019 BMW X5 gets a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster with a control display that is connected visually and also shares the same graphics. The centre console also hosts the controller, the newly designed transmission selector lever and all other driving-related controls.

Upcoming New And Latest SUV’s In India

The BMW X5 is available with BMW’s Laserlight with Adaptive LED Headlights as an option 

At the time of the launch, BMW will offer a choice of two petrol and two diesel options to choose from. The new X5 will get a 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 335 bhp of max power and 447 Nm of peak torque. A new 4.4-litre V8 engine also debuts with the X5 as it is capable to produce max power of 456bhp and peak torque of 650 Nm. The diesel options will be revealed closer to the launch.

Expected Launch: First Half 2019

Expected Price: ₹ 75 lakh – ₹ 85 lakh

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