Prepare for an SUV Revolution: Fresh Faces Entering the Sub-4-Meter Compact SUV Segment!
The sub-4-meter compact SUV segment in India is set to welcome several newcomers, including the XUV300 Facelift, Toyota Taisor, New Skoda SUV, Kia Clavis, and more. With SUVs claiming a significant market share, manufacturers are seizing the opportunity by introducing a range of new models. If you’re in the market for a new compact SUV and the current offerings don’t quite meet your needs, these upcoming models are definitely worth considering.
Positioned between the Sonet and Seltos, the Kia Clavis is slated for launch next year (2025). Recently spotted in Korea, this compact SUV will debut globally by late 2024. Featuring electric and conventionally powered variants, the Clavis boasts an upright stance and is expected to adopt the design language of Kia’s existing SUV lineup.
New Skoda Compact SUV:
As part of Skoda’s India 2.5 strategy, a new compact SUV is in development for the Indian market. With an expected launch next year, this SUV aims for 90% localization and will be manufactured in India for both domestic and international markets. Built on the MQB A0 IN platform, it will be powered by a 1.0-liter TSI engine delivering 115 bhp and 178 Nm of torque.
Maruti Suzuki Micro SUV:
Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch a micro SUV targeting competitors like the Tata Punch and Hyundai Exter. Positioned below the Brezza in Maruti’s lineup, this upcoming model promises a rugged SUV design and is internally known as the Y43. While details are limited, more information is expected soon.
Mahindra XUV300 Facelift:
Scheduled for imminent release, the facelifted XUV300 will feature an updated design and new features. Spotted multiple times on Indian roads, it draws inspiration from Mahindra’s upcoming BE series of SUVs. Inside, expect a new 10.25-inch infotainment system and driver’s display. Engine options include the 1.5-liter turbo diesel, 1.2-liter turbo petrol, and possibly a new 1.2-liter tGDi petrol engine paired with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Based on the Maruti Suzuki Fronx, the Toyota Taisor is set to debut in the first half of 2024. Sharing underpinnings and powertrains with the Fronx, it will offer the familiar 1.2-liter K12C engine in both petrol and CNG variants, along with a 1.0-liter BoosterJet turbo petrol option. While retaining similar interiors and features, expect subtle design updates to the bumpers, grille, and alloy wheels.