with an impressive sales growth of 16 per cent, Hyundai Creta remained in its stead as the most sold premium SUV last fiscal
With the popularity of SUVs and crossovers consistently growing among Indian consumers, car manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon to delve deep into the segment across different price brackets. Consequently, we have been able to see so many new products coming in thick and fast.
While we have discussed the state of the crowded sub-four-metre SUV segment more often, the buyers seeking variety among premium SUVs would have to step outside the Rs. 10 lakh barrier and there are a lot of options available to explore. However, the Creta continues to lead the charge as 1,24,300 units were sold last fiscal.
Compared to the same period the previous fiscal, the Creta sold more than 17,000 units in addition with a YoY growth of 16 per cent. The workhorse Scorpio, on the other hand, has been a consistent seller for Mahindra over the years and in FY2019 47,837 units were retailed for the second position ahead of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.
|Compact SUV Sales FY 2018-19||No. of Units Sold|
|Maruti Suzuki S-Cross (Crossover)||37,822|
The crossover’s fortunes took the right turn when the facelift was introduced in late 2017 and 37,822 units were delivered in the last financial year with a massive growth of 22 per cent. The XUV500 registered 25,938 units at a rather modest growth of just 2 per cent in the period between April 2018 and March 2019.
Jeep India’s ace product, the Compass, could not replicate the success of its recent past and ended up fifth with 16,080 unit sales. It finished ahead of the Renault Duster, which does not seem to get a new generation anytime soon, and Tata’s Safari. The Harrier, launched in January 2019, did find a spot though as its initial reception has been so positive.
Its rival Nissan Kicks has been on a decent spell with 2,691 units in just three months of its launch and sandwiched Renault Captur and Nissan Terrano. With more new SUVs entering the fray during the course of this year, we can expect to see a brisk shake-up in the pecking order in the current FY.