The mid-size SUV segment will see a lot of action this year and beyond as Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos will get new competitors from Maruti Suzuki, Toyota and Honda.
In the Indian car market, the mid-size SUV segment is currently dominated by South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia, Creta and Seltos, respectively. These two SUVs are quite popular compared to their rivals, but it could be for a long time. 3 new medium-sized SUVs are coming soon, which could disrupt Korean dominance in this segment.
Honda seems to be working on a mid-size SUV for India, but no specific details have been revealed yet. We hope this upcoming Honda midsize SUV will be based on the ‘RS Concept’ SUV, which was unveiled at the 2021 GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show). The concept shares its architecture with the new generation BR-V and CT and has a very sharp and futuristic design.
In the Indian market, Honda will probably offer a 1.5-liter NA petrol engine in this SUV. This motor, which is also on duty in the new-gen City, can produce a maximum power of 121 PS and a maximum torque of 145 Nm. Both manual and automatic transmission options will probably be offered here. This SUV also has the potential for a hybrid powertrain option.
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are jointly building a mid-size SUV for the Indian market, which will be launched here under both the brands. Presumably, it will be underpinned by the Toyota DNGA platform.
The upcoming Maruti-Toyota midsize SUV will probably be powered by a 1.5-liter NA petrol engine with a powerful hybrid system. A turbocharged petrol engine option may also be available. Both manufacturers will offer a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes here.
Both SUVs will be made with different top hats and will not follow badge-engineering practice after their launch later this year (more specifically near Diwali). They will be major launches for both brands in 2022 and this could have a big impact as they can be aggressively priced in contrast to Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
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