There are lots of exciting SUVs that exit globally, but India still drooling for them. Every now and then, we have witnessed these machines at different automobile carnivals. Here’re top 6 SUVs we want to see in India.
1. MARUTI SUZUKI JIMNY
The Indo-Japanese carmaker unveiled the 3-door version of the new Jimny Sierra at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. While we have heard multiple rumours around its India launch, there is no official word on the same. Even if India is on its launch radar, the company will bring in the 5-door Jimy as a lifestyle product. Here, the small off-road SUV might be offered with a 1.5L petrol engine that’s good enough for 100bhp and 130Nm. Transmission duties will be done by a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic unit. The new Jimny will come with 4WD (four-wheel-drive) system.
2. HYUNDAI PALISADE
Rumour has it that the South Korean carmaker is considering the Hyundai Palisade SUV for the Indian market. Currently, the company is conducting feasibility study for the vehicle. Globally, the Palisade is offered with two seating configurations – 7 and 8-seater. The overall length, width and height of the SUV stand at 4980mm, 1975mm and 1750mm respectively. For power, Hyundai’s flagship SUV uses a 3.8L V6 direct injection petrol engine pushing out 291bhp and 355Nm of torque. In India, it could be offered with a 2.2L turbo diesel motor making 200bhp and 441Nm. The oil burner will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a multi-plate torque converter. Both 2WD and HTRAC 4WD drivetrain systems will be on offer.
3. FORD BRONCO
The new-generation Ford Bronco has created a buzz among enthusiasts across the globe. Though, the rugged-looking SUV will be exclusively sold in the North American markets from the next year. The new Bronco family includes three models – 2-door, 4-door and Bronco Sport. It has some serious off-road capabilities, thanks to its Sasquatch pack that includes off-road tyres ranging from 35-inch fitted on 17-inch bedlock wheels, rear locking differentials and off-road suspension setup. The SUV comes loaded with several advanced goodies including 12-inch SYNC4 system with OTA (Over-the-Air) updates and FordPass performance app, a 360 degree camera with off-road spotter, Ford C-Pilo 60 driver assist technology, trailer sway control, advancyTrac with roll stability control and many more.
4. TATA BLACKBIRD
It isn’t a secret that Tata Motors is planning to foray into the premium compact SUV space with an all-new model (codenamed – Tata Blackbird). The new 5-seater compact SUV was reported to come under joint venture of Tata and the China-based Chery Automobile Co.Ltd. However, the carmaker delayed its plan due to the recent India-China border tension. If reports are to be believed, the Tata Blackbird will be based on the China-spec Chery Tiggo 5X SUV that measures 4358mm in length, 1830mm in width and 1670mm in height. Similar to the new-breed Tata cars, the upcoming compact SUV is likely to be packed with several advanced features and mandatory safety features.
5. KIA TELLURIDE
The new Kia Telluride is the brand’s largest and beefiest SUV that we wish to have in India. Based on Hyundai Palisade’ platform, the Telluride measures 5000mm in length, 2010mm in width and 1800mm in height. The ground clearance of 203mm makes it a perfect vehicle for the Indian roads. Globally, the SUV is being offered with a 3.8L V6 GDI petrol engine paired to an electrically controlled 8-speed automatic gearbox. The motor makes a top power of 292bhp and 355Nm of torque. It can be had either with the FWD system or AWD drivetrain system. The SUV has multiple driving modes including Snow, Sport, Smart, Eco and AWD lock. Similar to the Seltos, the Kia Telluride comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and UVO connected car technology along with several goodies.