The Indian automobile sector is undergoing a difficult period as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and a global shortage of semiconductor chips. Despite the slowing economy, demand for SUVs, particularly sub-4 metre and mid-sized SUVs, is at an all-time high. Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Mahindra, and Honda are all working on new mid-sized SUVs to compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun, and Skoda Kushaq.
Maruti Toyota Mid-Sized SUV
A new mid-sized SUV is being developed by a joint venture between Maruti Suzuki and Toyota, and is expected to debut in 2023. The new model is said to be built on Toyota’s DNGA (Daihatsu New Generation Architecture) architecture, which also underpins the new-generation Avanza MPV and the new Raize subcompact SUV.
Toyota’s Bidadi facility will produce the next mid-sized SUV. The company will employ the same production line that was used to create the Yaris sedan, which was recently retired. Two different-looking SUV models will be created, one for Toyota and one for Suzuki. A 1.5L NA petrol engine with a stronger hybrid system could power the next model. Suzuki’s Boosterjet petrol engine could also be installed.
New Mahindra XUV 500
Mahindra has confirmed that the XUV500 will be reintroduced to the Indian market. The moniker will be applied to a new mid-sized SUV that will fit between the XUV300 and the XUV700. By the year 2024, the new model should be available. It’s most likely built on a tweaked XUV300 platform.
In the mid-sized SUV segment, the next-generation Mahindra XUV500 will compete against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and others. It will most likely be available with two engines: a 1.5L turbo-diesel and a 1.5L turbocharged petrol. Mahindra may possibly introduce an electric version of the XUV500.
Honda Mid Sized SUV
Honda Cars India has confirmed that it is developing a new mid-size SUV, which is expected to be released by the end of 2023. The new vehicle will most likely be based on the RS Concept, which made its debut at the GIIAS in 2021. The next model will most likely be based on the City’s platform and will have a length of roughly 4.3 metres.
Not only the base, but the SUV’s engine options may also be shared with the City. The 1.5L 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine with manual and CVT automatic transmission options might be used in the vehicle. The 1.5L petrol engine with Honda’s e:HEV mild hybrid technology could also be used in the vehicle.