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SUV: 20 new models to launch in 2019 as richer India prefers stronger cars

Sirf News brings to you from different car previews and reviews 10 of the 20 SUV models that will hit the Indian roads this year


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New Delhi: As the news of India’s GDP surpassing that of the United States by 2030 arrived, so did the fact that car manufacturers, buoyed by surveys of customer demands, are launching as many as 20 new models of SUV in the country in 2019.

Sirf News brings to you from different car previews and reviews 10 of the 20 SUV models that will hit the Indian roads this year.

Kia Sportage SUV
Kia Sportage: Rs 9 lakh onwards

Kia based in South Korea is introducing five-seat, four-door Sportage built from the bones of parent company Hyundai’s Tucson. Its entry model will cost Rs 9 lakh.

The 2019 Sportage will be available in three trim levels: LX, EX, and SX Turbo. The EX is a pleasant bump up in comfort and luxury compared to the standard LX trim, with many optional features that customize the SUV’s interior and body. The SX Turbo replaces the baseline engine with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and includes all the best options available on the EX, plus some exclusive premium entertainment technology.

MG Motors' Hector SUV
MG Motors’ Hector: Rs 15 lakh onwards

Debutant MG Motors, a subsidiary of China’s SAIC, is coming up with Hector, priced at Rs 15 lakh for the entry model. At launch, the MG Hector will be available with two BS-VI-compliant engine options, a 1.5-litre, direct-injection turbo-petrol mill and an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel motor. Leaked images had also shown an automatic gearbox.

Nissan's Kicks
Nissan’s Kicks: Rs 9 lakh onwards

Hyundai’s Creta is going to face competition from Nissan’s Kicks, the entry model of which is expected to be priced at Rs 9 lakh.

The Nissan Kicks will be launched on 22 January 2019. Powering the Nissan Kicks will be the same engines as the Renault Captur’s – a 106PS, 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre, 110PS diesel. Gearbox options include a 5-speed manual for the petrol and 6-speed manual for the diesel; there won’t be an automatic transmission at the time of launch.

Tata Harrier SUV
Tata Harrier: Rs 15 lakh onwards

Not to be left lagging in the competition, Tata Motors is launching Harrier, priced Rs 15 lakh upwards. It has a 2-litre diesel engine that also powers Jeep’s Compass. This is competition for Compass, too, as it is for Mahindra’s XUV500.

For the middle class, there is a sub-Rs 10 lakh compact SUV in the pipeline, too. Tata Motors has not revealed this model yet.

Hyundai QXi
Hyundai QXi: Rs 8 lakh onwards

With Creta squeezed by the competition from Maruti Suzuki’s Brezza and Ford Eco Sport, Hyundai will launch its latest compact SUV called the QXi. It might share the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine of the Elite i20. The 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission to generate 82 bhp of power. The diesel version will get a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi engine that comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox to generate 89 bhp of power.

BMW X4: Rs 60 lakh onwards

In the luxury segment, BMW will introduce X4. There will be two engine options on offer at launch: the X4 xDrive30i, which employs a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol that makes 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque, and the xDrive30d, which is powered by a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder diesel producing 265 hp and 620 Nm of torque. Both models will get all-wheel drive as standard, along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The lower model will cost about Rs 60 lakh.

BMW X5: Rs 70 lakh

The new generation off-roader X5 from BMW is expected to be priced Rs 70 lakh. While BMW will continue to offer an X5 with the 4.4 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 (the xDrive50i), the volume model is unquestionably the xDrive40i and its turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six. With 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, there’s plenty of muscle to get the X5 up and moving.

BMW X7: Rs 95 lakh onwards

Then there will be the monstrous antique X7, the price of which will begin at Rs 95 lakh. It will be powered by a 335-hp, 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine and 456-hp, 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine. Each is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Audi Q8 SUV
Audi Q8: Upward of Rs 1 crore

The Audi Q8 will have three variants, each with the same 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine, which uses Audi’s 48-volt mild-hybrid system, produces 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Audi claim’s the large, 4,700-pound SUV hits 97 km/h in just 5.6 seconds. The Q8 comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive.

Mercedes GLE
Mercedes GLE 2019: Rs 65 lakh onwards

No such car preview can be complete without the mention of Mercedes. It is coming up with the 2019 version of GLE priced at Rs 65 lakh for the entry model.

The GLE 300d 4Matic replaces the old 250d. It features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine making 242 bhp and 369 lb ft of torque, powering the SUV from almost 100 km/h mph in 7.2 sec and on to a top speed of 225 km/h.

Audi hasn’t decided whether to launch its Q2 Mini this year in India. Mercedes is not sure of the launch of GLB (an SUV model between GLA and GLC).

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