Though India has one of the world’s fastest growing automotive markets, it is still a nascent one. SUVs are still considered more of a luxury than a necessity, but that is changing. SUVs are more of a status symbol than anything else, and their numbers are proof of that.
The fact that SUVs are used more for luxury than utility gives their manufacturers more freedom to tweak the design to make the SUVs look more attractive. The demand for SUVs in India is on an upward trend. Manufacturers are selling more of them than they did last year. This increase in demand for SUVs in India is largely due to the increasing number of two-wheeler owners switching to four-wheelers.
Car enthusiasts: time to get excited about what’s in store for the Indian automobile industry! The year 2022 will see many new models and many more variants planned after launch. And we’ve got you covered. The list below comprises Top 5 Upcoming SUVs in India that you can expect to be launched next year
Top 5 Upcoming SUVs in India 2022
- Next-generation Mahindra Scorpio
The next-generation Mahindra Scorpio is already undergoing road testing and its launch is expected to happen in 2022. The SUV will be the one based on the same body-on-frame platform as the Thar, which means that its front end, for example, will go quite a bit higher than before. All this being said, the overall styling has remained untouched from what we’ve seen so far although it’s important to note that they still have yet to confirm specifications of all the engine options internally given it’s still early days!
They do expect an increase in power output with regards to both petrol and diesel models given that it will now be built for a much larger car! However, the engine could remain the same as those of the Thar – a 2.0L turbo-petrol unit and a 2.2L turbo-diesel unit – but tweaked for higher power output given that it’s now built for a much larger car!
- Maruti YTB
Maruti will also be working on a new crossover that, according to reports, is being referred to internally as ‘YTB’. This compact model is being manufactured based off of the Baleno hatchback. The new Maruti model will be based on the externally similar but internally different Baleno hatchback that debuted earlier in the year 2019, and it will appeal to many people looking for an alternative to other entries in its segment like Nissan’s Magnite (which is reminiscent of Renault’s Kiger). Although the new YTB model hasn’t debuted yet, we can expect to see it hit the streets by next year at the latest if all goes well.
- New-gen Maruti Vitara Brezza
The continuing popularity of vehicles in this segment has spawned the development of many models by different carmakers. Maruti Vitara Brezza is expected to receive a series of upgrades and updates in the coming years which will help improve its sales numbers. The car maker will be adding a new engine option likely in the first half of 2022. The expectation is that the new engine option will help the SUV take on similar models from other rival car companies, thus expanding its appeal and offering more value to consumers as well as current owners who may feel attached to this reliable yet reliable model.
- Maruti-Toyota midsize SUV
Maruti Suzuki India, one of India’s leading car manufacturers, has confirmed it is working together with the automobile company Toyota to produce a new mid-size SUV for our country. Both the companies have signed a deal to develop a midsize SUV for the next generation of customers—one that will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Recent reports inform that the car will be manufactured at Toyota’s plant located near Bengaluru, while the parts will be sourced from Maruti Suzuki. The unveiling of this vehicle is currently slated for the last quarter of 2022 with its launch following later.
- Jeep Meridian
Jeep India’s ‘Meridian’ 7-seater SUV, rumoured to be launched in mid-2022. The upcoming model will be a three-row variant of the Compass, featuring restyled body panels, while it could also benefit from mild hybrids. Earlier reports suggested that the SUV might comprise of a 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an 9-speed automatic transmission, with other power trains expected to follow suit eventually.