Maruti Suzuki’s five-door Jimny and its main rival five-door Mahindra Thar are expected to see the light sometime next year in India
The midsize SUV segment will see plenty of action over the next twelve months with manufacturers lining up a number of new models to make a significant impact in the highly lucrative segment. Mainstream manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, MG, Mahindra and MG are expected to bring in new models. Here we have brought you all the known information:
1. 5-Door Maruti Suzuki Jimny:
Maruti Suzuki is extensively testing the five-door India-spec Jimny on public roads and it will likely make its global debut at the 2023 Auto Expo in January before going on sale before mid-2023. It will have a longer wheelbase than the global three-door Sierra and will be spacious with a more advanced features list as well. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine.
2. Hyundai Creta Facelift:
The facelifted Hyundai Creta is already available in many international markets and compared to the existing model on sale in India, it gets a range of updates inside and out. The exterior now sticks by the latest Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy and the cabin will be more upmarket as well. We expect similar changes to be available in the India-spec model without any mechanical revisions. It could go on sale in early- or mid-2023.
3. Kia Seltos Facelift:
In a similar fashion, Kia sells the facelifted Seltos in foreign markets for many months now and it could make its way to India sometime next year but no official confirmation has been made yet. It will boast a heavily updated front fascia and the interior will gain new features as well.
4. MG Hector Facelift:
The updated version of the Hector has already been teased multiple times. It will go on sale in the coming weeks with a redesigned grille section and a cabin featuring a larger 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system. We do not expect any changes to the powertrain department.
5. Tata Harrier/Safari Facelift:
The Harrier has been drawing good sales numbers for Tata Motors while its three-row sibling, the Safari, has been decently received amongst customers. Both SUVs are expected to receive visual changes and interior updates with the inclusion of new features and technologies upon launch sometime next year.
7. 5-Door Mahindra Thar:
Mahindra’s biggest launch of 2023 will undoubtedly be the five-door Thar (likely in early 2023). It will have larger proportions than the three-door version enabling space for more occupants and boot. The existing 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines will likely be more powerful and torquier in the upcoming model. It will take on five-door Jimny and soon-launching five-door Gurkha.