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New SUV launches expected in 2016

New SUV launches expected in 2016
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Tuesday 02 August 2016, 13:30 PM

Indians and their romance with SUVs is well known. So, now that the festive season is around the corner, car buyers will be looking out for upcoming SUVs before they finalise their choice. So here is a list of SUVs we can expect to be launched before the end of 2016.

5. Volkswagen Tiguan: The Tiguan would be the second VW SUV to be launched in India after the Touareg. This five-seater SUV is based on the MQB platform was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 held earlier this year. Volkswagen aims to rival the Mercedes GLA with the Tiguan and is expected to be priced accordingly.


6. Mahindra MPV: Spy shots of the new Mahindra MPV have emerged and it seems that testing has already begun for the people mover. While we are not sure if it has been built to rival the new and expensive Innova Crysta, it will certainly enliven the premium MPV space with Tata Hexa also coming in this year. It will certainly get the 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine from the XUV500 and will also have an O or a 0 as the last character in its name.


7. Audi SQ7: Talkiing about performance SUVs, you cannot miss out on the Audi SQ7. Known for their prowess in building race-spec diesel engines, Audi has built a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged diesel V8 for SQ7. It provides seamless power over the rev range thanks to the first production electricity driven turbocharger that minimizes the lag. And then it’s a big SUV with a diesel engine. So, inherently we are going to love it, especially with the LED matrix headlamps and the sporty body kit it comes with.


8. Porsche Macan S/GTS: Porsche was first amongst the sportscar manufacturers to think about SUVs and the Cayenne has been a great success. The Macan, the second SUV from the Stuttgart-based company, has to be better. As of now, we only have the Macan diesel and the Macan Turbo here in India. As per our sources, Porsche should introduce either the Macan S or the GTS this year. Both are powered by the same 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine but in different states of tune and cosmetics.


9. Jaguar F-Pace: The F-Pace is the first SUV built by the British Marque and they have left no stone unturned in making it a sportscar amongst the SUVs. The styling cues have been taken over from their sports coupe, the Jaguar F-type. The five-seater SUV will compete with the likes of the Porsche Macan but might be offered at a lucrative price tag. It was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 and we expect it to be launched in the festive season.


10. Mercedes-Benz GLE Petrol/AMG: Mercedes had launched the GLE last year to replace the long-running M-Class as a part of their global portfolio restructuring. As of now, the middleweight premium SUV is being offered only with the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel. We expect Mercedes to launch a petrol GLE, especially after the wake of ban on large diesels in some parts of the country. It might also be a GLE63 AMG, the ML63 AMG replacement we never got. In that case, it will be the twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre petrol V8 doing the honours under the hood.


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