The Indian market will see the arrival of new hybrid SUVs and MPVs in the near future and here we have listed some of the highlighting ones
In recent months, we have seen plenty of activity in the hybrid space as automakers are utilising the high fuel efficiency the technology brings to the table. It also acts as an alternative to diesel engines in terms of economy in many segments and here we have listed six all-new hybrid SUVs/MPVs that are waiting to launch soon in India:
1. Toyota Innova Hycross:
The global debut of the Toyota Innova Hycross will be hosted next month and it will go on sale in India in early 2023. The premium MPV will be based on the TNGA-C monocoque platform as it switches to front-wheel drive layout. It will be powered by a strong hybrid petrol engine and will boast advanced features such as ADAS, an electric tailgate, a wireless charger, a panoramic sunroof, etc.
2. Nissan X-Trail:
The Nissan X-Trail made its domestic debut a few days ago and its road testing has commenced on public roads. It gained a brand new avatar with exterior and interior updates in the international markets recently and India will more likely get the e-Power technology upon launch likely next year. It will take on Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and the likes.
3. Maruti Suzuki C-MPV:
The upcoming Toyota Innova Hycross is reported to give rise to a C-segment MPV for Maruti Suzuki. It will follow the badge-engineering treatment in a similar fashion to the recently launched Urban Cruiser Hyryder and Grand Vitara. It could be powered by a 1.5-litre strong hybrid petrol engine as in the midsize duo.
4. Honda Midsize SUV:
Honda Cars India appears to be working on a five-seater midsize SUV codenamed 3RA. It will have several commonalities with the fifth-generation City sedan including the platform. We can expect the strong hybrid petrol engine used in the City Hybrid variant to be available. It is expected to launch only in early 2024 following the arrival of an all-new compact SUV next year.
5. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cross:
The Baleno Cross or YTB is believed to make its world premiere at the 2023 Auto Expo in January before going on sale in the following months. It will have a coupe-like roofline and will be powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder BoosterJet petrol engine delivering 100 PS and 150 Nm. The 1.5-litre mild-hybrid K15C petrol mill could also be on offer.
6. Toyota SUV Coupe:
The YTB could spawn an SUV coupe for Toyota and it will more likely be launched sometime next year as well. While no official details are known yet and the new-gen Urban Cruiser is unlikely, we can expect the rebadged Baleno Cross to be launched as early as 2023.