Upcoming Cars in 2016: SUVs and Crossovers

  • Dec 18, 2015
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Time and again, you must have read that India is one of the fastest growing car markets in the world. If you have any doubts about that, just take a brief look at the industry developments, new car launches, sales numbers, etc., that have taken place in the year gone by. 2015 has turned out to be a phenomenal year for car buyers and manufacturers alike. Not only did we witness a huge number of new launches across different car segments this year, there has also been a noticeable change in the car buying trend.

However,  if there’s one thing that has constantly worked in favour of car manufacturers amidst changing market demographics, it has got to be the presence of a SUV/Crossover in their model range. From compact to mid-size to premium segment, the demand for SUVs/Crossovers in the country has been hitting the roof lately.

Car manufacturers know that if they wish to stay competitive in our market, they ought to have a SUV/Crossover in some shape or form in their portfolio. As a result, 2016 is going to be the year when most of the manufacturers will further flood our market with new SUVs and crossovers. Let’s take a look at some of these high-riding vehicles that are coming our way next year,

Mahindra KUV1OO:

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Mahindra will kick start the procession with the launch of its new mini-SUV for the Indian market. The super affordable Mahindra ‘compact-SUV’ will be positioned below the TUV3OO in the company’s model line-up. It is christened as KUV1OO (Kool Utility Vehicle).

The KUV1OO will be offered with the company's newly developed mFalcon 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A 5-speed manual will be offered as standard, whereas, an AMT-equipped version may also be launched at a later stage. Save for its price-tag, Mahindra has revealed all the major details about the KUV1OO at a press conference today. Read more about it here : Mahindra KUV100 unveiled, launch on 15th January 2016 – Detailed Report

Launch date: January 15, 2016 (confirmed)

Estimated price: Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh

Competition: Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, etc..

Maruti XA Alfa/YBA/Vitara Brezza:

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The XA Alfa/Vitara Brezza (rumoured name) or the YBA (codename) will mark Maruti’s entry into the flourishing sub-4 meter compact-SUV segment. The YBA is set to be launched early in January 2016. It is expected to slot in between the S-Cross and the Baleno at Maruti’s premium NEXA dealerships across the country. Competition will include the likes of Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV3OO.

Powertrain options will likely comprise a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine as available on the Baleno hatchback. Like we have seen with the Baleno, expect Maruti to put a tempting price-tag on their first ever compact-SUV, too.

Expected launch date: January, 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh

Competition: Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV3OO, etc..

Read more: Maruti YBA spied yet again, to be showcased at 2016 Auto Expo

New Ford Endeavour:

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Ford will begin its new year’s celebrations with the launch of the all-new Endeavour in the Indian market. We have already driven the car in Thailand a couple of months ago, and have to admit that it has all the makings to become one of the top contenders in the premium mid-size SUV space.

The new Ford Endeavour will come with a choice of two all-new diesel engines- a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder motor and a 3.2-litre, five-cylinder motor. 6-speed automatic transmission will be offered, while a 6-speed manual might be available as well. Apart from this, the new Ford Endeavour comes with thoroughly revised interior, revamped exterior and a host of new features and equipment. All these enhancements will definitely make it an imposing proposition in its segment.

Expected launch date: January, 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh

Competition: Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer, etc..

Read more: Spec-comparo: 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer vs 2016 Ford Endeavour vs 2016 Toyota Fortuner

Renault Duster Facelift:

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The Renault Duster will be receiving a mid-life update in 2016. The refreshed version of the popular compact-SUV will come with a number of cosmetic upgrades, but most importantly, it will get an optional AMT (automated manual transmission), dubbed Easy-R AMT, on its diesel variants. The Easy R-AMT will be based around the same 6-speed manual transmission that is currently offered in the higher 110PS tune of the Renault Duster.

On the mechanical front, the Renault Duster facelift is expected to come powered by the same set of 1.5-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engines as before.

Expected launch date: February 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 9 lakh to Rs. 13 lakh

Competition:  Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra XUV5OO, etc..

Read More: Renault Duster facelift will be offered with AMT, Spied

Nissan X-Trail:

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2016 will also be the year when Nissan will finally bring the X-Trail to our shores. Expected to be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in February, the third-generation model of the premium mid-size SUV will go on sale in the country soon after.

This sleek-looking offering from Nissan will come in a 5+2 seating configuration. Expect the new X-Trail to come loaded to gills with premium features and equipment. The new X-Trail will come powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine, available with automatic or manual transmission options.

Expected launch date: February 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 35 lakh

Competition: Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Rexton Ssangyong, etc..

Read more: 2015 Nissan X-Trail: First Look Review

Honda BR-V:

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Honda might be making a late entry into the compact-SUV segment, but it has done its homework quite well you've to say! The Japanese auto maker will be launching the BR-V compact-SUV in India early in 2016. One of the main USPs of the BR-V is that unlike other cars in its segment, it will be a seven-seater, which will make it more appealing to Indian families.

The BR-V is based around the same platform as of the Honda Brio/Amaze/Mobilio. As a result, a lot of components will be shared in the BR-V with other models. Powertrain options will include the familiar 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine, while a 1.5-litre iDTEC is also expected to be offered. A new CVT automatic gearbox will also be introduced with the BR-V.

Expected launch date: March-April, 2016 ( to be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo in February)

Estimated price: Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 14 lakh

Competition:  Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra XUV5OO, etc..

Exclusive: Honda BR-V first drive impressions

Tata Hexa:

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The Tata Hexa will be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, post which, it is likely to go on sale in the country. The Hexa will replace the Aria in Tata’s passenger vehicle product range in the country.

Based around the same but modified platform as of the Aria, the Hexa is going to be one of the most important launches for the maker in the coming year. As we have seen in some spy shots, the design of Tata Hexa is impressive, imparting a more upmarket look to the new model than its predecessor. The Tata Hexa will be offered with a 2.2-litre diesel engine (same that does duty in the Safari Storme) mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. An automatic version is also speculated.

Expected launch date: February 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 14 lakh

Competition:  Toyota Innova, Mahindra XUV5OO, etc..

Read More: Tata Hexa spied testing [Video], Aria caught testing as well

New Fortuner:

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The Toyota Fortuner is undoubtedly the most popular vehicle in the premium mid-size SUV segment in India. Toyota, however, is planning to make it even more popular in the coming time. A few months ago, Toyota unveiled the new Fortuner for international markets. The new or the 2016 Fortuner is likely to make it to the Indian market later next year. The 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been updated with new engine options, while it has also received a complete makeover on the inside-out.

The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be launched with the company’s new GD series of diesel engines comprising 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre VGT diesel engines. The new Fortuner will be made available with a 6-speed manual gearbox and an automatic transmission.

Expected launch date: Later in 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh

Competition:  Chevrolet Trailblazer, New Ford Endeavour, etc..

Read More: 2016 Toyota Fortuner unveiled

Chevrolet Spin:

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General Motors will have a yet another go in the MPV segment of the Indian car market in 2016, albeit this time with a more sought after product, called the Spin. The Chevrolet Spin is currently being sold in the markets of Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand, where it is offered as a full-size MPV that can seat 7-people in comfort.

The Indian-spec version of the Chevrolet Spin is likely to get both petrol and diesel engines. The latter is going to be more important for our market though, and it is reportedly going to be powered by a 1.3-litre Fiat-derived Multijet diesel engine. A manual transmission will be standard across the range, while an automatic may also be offered.

Expected launch date: February 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh

Competition:  Honda Mobilio, Renault Lodgy, Maruti Ertiga, etc..

Read More: Chevrolet Spin caught testing on Taj-Expressway

New Toyota Innova:

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The Toyota Innova has been India’s favourite MPV since time immemorial. However, while it continues to reign atop the sales chart, the Innova has started showing its age now. As a result, Toyota will be bringing the all-new Innova in the Indian market some time in the second half of 2016.

Toyota has given the Innova a fresh breath of life in the 2016 model; be it the exterior or the interior of the new Innova, it has been refined in every way possible by its maker. The interior of the new model comes equipped with a raft of new features and creature comforts while the exterior design has been revamped completely to make it look more upmarket than before.

The 2016 Toyota Innova will be offered with a 2.4-litre diesel engine mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission upon its launch in the country.

Expected launch date: Late in 2016

Estimated price: Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 16 lakh

Competition:  Renault Lodgy, Mahindra XUV5OO, Tata Hexa, etc..

Read More: 2016 Toyota Innova – Everything you need to know

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