Here, we present you a list of the 7 seater cars including SUVs and MPVs, expected to launch in India from early next month
With the Indian car market on the road to recovery, carmakers now have several launches lined up for the near future. These consist of brand new models, as well as updated versions or new-generations of existing cars. Here, we shall focus only on the 3-row SUVs and MPVs that are expected to launch in India soon, i.e., within the next 1 year.
1. Toyota Fortuner Facelift & Legender
The Toyota Fortuner facelift has been spied multiple times during road tests in India, and we expect the vehicle to launch next year. Apart from that, we expect the Fortuner Legender to arrive in India as well in Q1 2021.
The 2.8-litre diesel engine on the updated Fortuner is expected to offer more power (206 PS and 500 Nm) than before, just like on the international model. The 2.7-litre petrol engine might continue unchanged though. Both the engine options will be available with a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
2. Tata Gravitas
Tata Motors doesn’t have a 6- or 7-seater vehicle in its range at the moment, but that will soon change, with the launch of the Gravitas SUV. The Tata Gravitas is essentially a 3-row version of the Harrier, slightly longer and with altered styling and launch is slated for early 2021.
The Gravitas will be powered by the same 2.0-litre ‘Kryotec II’ diesel engine as the Harrier, and there will also be a new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine on offer. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
3. Hyundai Alcazar (7-seater Creta)
Hyundai is also planning to launch the 7-seater version of the Creta, speculated to be christened the Alcazar. The vehicle was spied testing in India earlier this year, and is expected to launch by festive season of 2021.
The Hyundai Alcazar will have the same three engine options as the Creta – a 1.5-litre petrol (paired to a 5-speed manual or a CVT), a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel (paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic), and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol (paired to a DCT).
4. Toyota-badged Ertiga MPV
Toyota will continue its rebadging saga with a new MPV, based on the Maruti Ertiga. It will be an entry-level model, which will sit below the Innova in the brand’s lineup. The mechanicals of Toyota’s new MPV will be identical to the donor car, although the styling will be slightly different.
It will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Maruti also offers a CNG-version of the Ertiga, but we’re not sure yet if Toyota would do the same and launch is expected in Mid-2021.
5. Tata Hexa Safari Edition
Tata Hexa has temporarily been discontinued in the Indian market, as it was only BSIV compliant. The vehicle is expected to be launch in its BSVI avatar soon, wearing the ‘Safari Edition’ nameplate.
The Tata Hexa Safari Edition was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, and is expected to be powered by the same 2.2-litre ‘Varicor’ diesel as the older Hexa, upgraded to meet the stricter emission norms. Upon launch, the Hexa will be the only vehicle in Tata’s lineup to have an AWD system.
6. 2021 Mahindra Scorpio
Mahindra & Mahindra has officially confirmed that the new-generation Scorpio will be launched in the Indian market during the second quarter of 2021. The next-gen model will feature forward-facing seats in the third row, unlike the inward-facing ones on the current version.
The powertrain options will consist of a 2.2-litre ‘mHawk’ diesel engine, and possibly an ‘mStallion’ petrol engine as well. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard, and a 6-speed automatic will be available on select trims. Lower trims will have an RWD system, while higher trims will be available with 4WD.
7. Mahindra XUV500
The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will also make its debut alongside the Scorpio, as confirmed by the company. The styling will draw inspiration from the Funster concept, which was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The engine options on the XUV500 will be the same as the Scorpio, but probably in a higher state of tune. The motor will be paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, along with standard FWD system and optional 4WD with the launch expected around March 2021.
8. Upcoming Ford C-SUV (based on Mahindra XUV500)
Mahindra and Ford JV will soon result in a few new SUVs by the blue oval, the first of which will be based on the next-gen XUV500.
Ford has also stated that this wouldn’t be a simple rebadged job. The Ford C-SUV will have different dynamics and character than the Mahindra, even though they’ll share the same platform and engine options. The launch is expected in mid-2021.
9. 2021 Isuzu MU-X
The new-generation Isuzu MU-X has launched in Thailand just a few days ago, sporting plenty of changes over the outgoing model. The new model is larger in dimensions and offers better equipment and comfort. The Thai-spec model is available with two diesel engine options – a 1.9-litre unit (150 PS/350 Nm) and a 3.0-litre unit (190 PS/450 Nm).
The 2021 MU-X is expected to arrive in the Indian market sometime during the next year. When it launches here, the 2021 Isuzu MU-X will rival the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, and Mahindra Alturas G4 (if it isn’t discontinued till then).
10. Mahindra TUV300 Plus
Mahindra TUV300 Plus was introduced in the Indian market back in 2018, and now, its BS6-avatar is in the making. The new model will also undergo a minor facelift, and road testing for it has been going on for quite a while now. The new model is expected to be powered by an updated version of the same 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that powered the BS4 model.
The older engine was good for 120 PS and 280 Nm of peak power and torque, respectively. As the name suggests, the TUV300 Plus is a long-wheelbase variant of the TUV300. The latter is already a 7-seater vehicle, and the former is actually a 9-seater vehicle, with inward-facing last row seats.