India has seen an increase in popularity for the SUV segment in the automobile market in the country over the past 5 years. Whether its compact-SUVs or large 7-seaters, this segment is extremely competitive in India and is continuously growing as manufacturers are targeting the interest of the buyers. Within the SUV segment, there is a subcategory known as luxury SUV and that is what we are looking at today. While there are a number of luxury SUVs in the market today, the Coronavirus lockdown has delayed the launch for the latest models. Now, many of the luxury car manufacturers are ready to launch their SUVs into the market and we can’t wait to see what they have to offer.
Audi Q5 2021
Expected Launch 10 January, 2021
Engine 2.0L Turbo-Petrol
Transmission 7-Speed S Tronic DCT Automatic
Since the SUV segment in the India has been doing extremely well over the past couple of years, Audi has officially announced that the Q5 2021 will make it to the country sometime in 2021. The SUV has already gained a lot of popularity in other countries around the world like the US and UK and it is expected to bring that same excitement to India when it is finally launched. Powering the Q5 2021 is a BSVI-compliant 2.0L TFSI Turbocharged-petrol engine that is capable of generating 248Ps of power and 273Nm of torque. Mated to the Q5 2021 engine will be a 7-speed S Tronic DCT automatic gearbox that also features Quattro All-Wheel-Drive technology. With the latest tests, the Q5 2021 has provided an acceleration of 0-100 kmph in just under 6 seconds. Some of the features we can expect to see on the Q5 2021 will include a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Bluetooth audio connectivity, high-end speakers with WiFi, and an all-digital instrument cluster.
Expected Launch: 1 January, 2021
Engine 2.3L Diesel, 2.5L Diesel
Transmission 6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic
The Nissan Terra is definitely one of the most anticipated SUVs right now, but not for the conventional reasons. According to the ASEAN NCAP test results, the Terra set an unmatched 5-star rating across all types of tests which makes it one of the safest cars around. Along with its safety certification, the car will feature a total of 6 airbags. Launched as a direct competitor to a number of cars, the 7-seater SUV is set to take on the Mahindra Alturas G4, Isuzu mu-X, Toyota Fortuner, and Ford Endeavour. Under the hood, the tested Terra housed a 2.3L diesel engine which could make it into the launched variant in the coming months. There is also news about a 2.5L diesel engine that could make its way to the Indian market. Both engines have been tested and are capable of producing 190Ps of power along with 450Nm of torque. Paired with the diesel engines, Nissan is expected to include either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission system. In terms of looks, the Nissan Terra sports a rugged exterior with large bumpers on the front and rear. The grille on the front also has a newer design with sleek headlamps on either side of it.
Haval Concept H
Expected Launch 15 January, 2021
Entering the country for the first time and presenting a lineup of powerful SUVs is exactly what Great Wall Motors wanted with their Haval line of cars. When the cars were first showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, all eyes immediately fell on the Haval Concept H which is expected to be an electric SUV from the company. However, it is expected that the company will first launch diesel and petrol variants of the Concept H before releasing the all-electric variant in India. GWM has claimed that the Concept H is designed with the younger generation in mind and is expected to be a sporty SUV which should do well in the country. Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the Haval Concept H and what it will bring to the table in terms of its specifications and performance. All we do know is from the images taken of the Concept H at the Auto Expo 2020 which show us that the SUV will come with a large front grille and will be lined with chrome, the SUV will also house LED headlights and sleek DRLs, large air dams on the side, 19-inch allow wheels, T-shaped taillights, a digital instrument cluster, a floating infotainment touchscreen display, and stylish upholstery.
Expected Launch 6 March, 2021
Engine 1.5L Turbo-Petrol, 2.0L Turbo-Petrol, 2.0L MultiJet Diesel
Transmission Manual, DCT
We have already seen the popularity of MG in India with the Hector and the next SUV to get us excited is the upcoming RX5. MG has already been spotted testing the SUV on Indian roads and it is expected to launch sometime around March 2021. The RX5 is considered to be a renamed Roewe which is a brand that falls under the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation or SAIC. The RX5 has already made its way to China and is currently available with a couple of engine options including a 1.5L Turbo-petrol and a 2.0L Turbo-petrol. In terms of transmission, the RX5 will come with a manual setup as standard and a DCT automatic setup as an option. While the petrol engine options would be the most popular in India, MG is also expected to unveil a Fiat-made 2.0L MultiJet diesel engine variant sometime in the future. The upcoming SUV offers a number of premium features such as a large 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, LED headlamps and taillights, leather upholstery, a high-quality audio setup, and a panoramic sunroof.
Expected Launch 15 March, 2021
Engine 2.0L Turbocharged Petrol, Diesel
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
Ever since Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motors announced that they would be launching their premium SUV lineup, Haval, in India, interested buyers have been anxiously waiting for further news. Now, the Haval H9 is set to make it to Indian shores by March 2021 and it could put up a decent fight against some of the better-known SUVs in the market including the Hyundai Creta, the Jeep Compass, and the KIA Seltos. Powering the H9 SUV will be a 2.0L Turbocharged Direct Injection petrol engine that is capable of generating 180Ps of power and 350Nm of torque. While no official announcements were made, we can also expect the H9 to come with a diesel engine option once it is released in India. The petrol engine is paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission system with 4-Wheel-Drive capabilities. Inside the SUV there is an 8-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The Haval H9 also comes with dual airbags in the front and side which makes it extremely safe. Other safety features include ESP or Electronic Stability Program, HDC or Hill Descent Control, HAC or Hill-Start Assist Control, AFS or Adaptive Front-Lighting System, Electronic Parking Brake, and ABS with EBD.