Over the next six months, several prominent automakers including Hyundai, Kia, Tata, and Mahindra are set to introduce new SUV models to the Indian market. These vehicles are eagerly awaited by enthusiasts and consumers alike. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:
Hyundai Creta Facelift
Hyundai is gearing up to launch the facelifted Creta in early 2024. This updated version will receive numerous enhancements both inside and out. Notably, it will be powered by a new 1.5L turbo petrol engine generating 160 PS and 253 Nm of torque, likely paired with either a six-speed iMT or a seven-speed DCT transmission. The equipment list will also see comprehensive updates, including the addition of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Kia Sonet Facelift
Kia is set to unveil the refreshed Sonet early next year. The new Sonet will showcase a redesigned exterior inspired by Kia’s latest global SUV offerings. Inside, expect a range of new features and technologies, although the existing powertrain options are likely to remain unchanged.
Tata Harrier Facelift & Safari Facelift
Tata Motors is preparing to launch updated versions of the Harrier and Safari SUVs in India. These models will draw inspiration from the Harrier EV concept and incorporate design elements from the Nexon facelift. Inside, you can anticipate a revamped cabin featuring a new two-spoke steering wheel with an illuminated logo, capacitive climate controls, and more.
Tata Punch EV & Curvv EV
Tata has exciting electric offerings on the horizon. The Punch EV is scheduled for an October 2023 debut, followed by the Curvv EV in the first half of the next year. The Curvv EV will compete with the upcoming Mahindra XUV.e8, while the Punch EV will rival the Citroen eC3. A traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) version of the Curvv is also in the pipeline.
Mahindra XUV300 Facelift
Mahindra plans to refresh the XUV300 in the first half of 2024. The facelifted model will receive a host of visual updates inspired by the XUV700 and Scorpio N. While it will retain the X100 platform, significant interior updates are expected to enhance its competitiveness in the compact SUV segment against rivals like the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, and Kia Sonet.
5-Door Mahindra Thar
Among the most highly anticipated SUVs of 2024 is the five-door Mahindra Thar. It will be powered by the familiar 2.0L petrol and 2.2L diesel engines, offering increased cabin space and a longer wheelbase for improved practicality. Despite these changes, it’s expected to retain its off-road prowess while receiving noticeable exterior updates.
Car enthusiasts in India have an exciting lineup of SUVs to look forward to over the next six months, with a blend of facelifted models, electric options, and all-new variants that promise to redefine the driving experience.
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