Brands like Maruti Suzuki Hyundai, Mahindra, Honda and Citroen are likely waiting to unveil brand new SUVs at the 2023 Auto Expo
The 2023 Auto Expo is shaping up to be another big draw for the Indian automotive industry and passenger cars in particular, as a number of new models are waiting to be unleashed. The motoring show will help car producers to garner customer response and it will also act as a precursor to the eventual launch creating high anticipation. Here we have listed the top 5 SUVs that are expected to be revealed:
1. Citroen C3 Electric SUV:
Citroen India introduced the C3 compact hatchback a few months ago in India and is currently the most affordable offering from the French brand. It is also testing a midsize SUV and a seven-seater version of the C3 and more recently, the facelifted C5 made its local debut. The first zero-emission vehicle from Citroen for India is expected to have several commonalities with the existing C3 and it will be launched sometime next year.
2. 5 Door Maruti Suzuki Jimny:
The long awaited Maruti Suzuki Jimny could be revealed at the 2023 Auto Expo in its five-door format and it will likely be more spacious and practical compared to the three-door version sold in the global markets. It could also herald a visual update to the three-door Jimny and it could be powered by a 1.5-litre K15C mild-hybrid petrol engine with MT and AT choices driving all four wheels.
3. 5 Door Mahindra Thar:
The 5-door version of the Mahindra Thar is currently being tested and it will have a longer wheelbase to accommodate the larger rear doors and longer rear overhang. The lifestyle off-road SUV will take on the upcoming 5-door Jimny and Force Gurkha and its market launch will likely happen in the first half of 2023 following its Auto Exp debut.
4. Hyundai Micro SUV:
The micro SUV segment has been hotly contested in India in recent times and the arrival of the Tata Punch proved its high potential. Hyundai could fancy volume sales in this particular space with a micro SUV of its own and it could sit below the Venue. It could be showcased in its near-production form at the 2023 Auto Expo.
5. Honda Compact SUV:
The sub-four-metre SUV from Honda is expected to be launched by the middle of 2023 following its Auto Expo premiere and it will likely have common bits with the Amaze sedan including the platform and engine lineup.