The Auto Expo has taken off as an SUV bonanza from the very first day. While the Indian automotive sector has been dealing with a slump in sales, new brands like MG Motors and Kia have managed to make substantial strides in the market with the launch of just SUVs. Kia Motors’ Seltos and MG Motors’ Hector have become a hot favourite in the market.
The manufacturers have listened to the Indian buyer loud and clear. Auto Expo 2020’s first day has been dominated by SUVs. Be it electric, internal combustion engines or even hybrids, there’s an SUV for everyone.
Here are a few SUVs that impressed us:
Kia Motors revealed Sonet at the Auto Expo alongside the production ready Carnival. The new car will go against the likes of Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon and even Hyundai’s own Venue. The car is expected to launch later this year.
The car will share its platform and even engine options with the Venue. However, the exterior is anything but similar. Sonet will sport segment-first features during its launch. This will include a 10.25-inch infotainment and navigation system with UVO Connect, a Bose premium audio system, and an intelligent manual transmission (iMT).
Tata launched the concept HBX that sits snuggly in the compact-SUV segment. By the looks of it, the HBX’s dimensions are comparable with hatchbacks like Swift. However, the car on display was both broader and higher than most of its competition in the segment.
The car will go against the likes of KUV 100 NXT. The launch schedule of the new car is still vague. However, because the car almost looks production ready, it’s highly likely that it will be launched soon. Tata will be powering the new HBX with a 1.2-liter petrol engine that also features in the Tiago and Tigor.
The biggest car manufacturer in the country did not want to be left behind in the race to electric cars. The Futuro-e, a concept built and designed in India will be Maruti’s first electric coupe-SUV. Unlike most SUVs, however, the new car can only seat four passengers.
To make the car production ready, Maruti Suzuki is already testing a fleet of all-electric Wagon Rs. There’s no official verdict on the launch of the car.
When it comes to going all electric, Mahindra & Mahindra is clearly one of the early adopters. To prove this, the company has come up with what seems like the cheapest mainstream electric car, eKUV 100.
The car has been launched at a price of ₹8.25 lakh and also provides the FAME II benefits. The eKUV 100 boasts a range of 150 kms. It is expected to enter production in the second half of 2020.