In India, 7-seater cars have always been the preferred option for larger families. The leading automakers in our market are not only making these cars practical in terms of passenger and luggage space but also up-to-date to fulfill the needs of tech-savvy drivers. Currently, this segment of cars is dominated by many popular names such as the Toyota Fortuner, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, the Mahindra Scorpio N, the Toyota Rumion, and more. With the new year on its way, we've developed a compilation of India's top upcoming 7-seater cars, including the new Hyundai Alcazar, the Kia Carnival, and others. These family-oriented cars with seven-seater configurations are expected to offer an appropriate combination of comfort, aesthetics, and space. If you're looking for a 7-seater vehicle that will be ideal for family outings, here are some upcoming cars to keep an eye on.
Next-gen Toyota Fortuner
Toyota plans to introduce the new Fortuner seven-seater SUV in our market next year. The new TNGA-F structure will likely replace the IMV platform in the upcoming edition. Furthermore, the redesigned Fortuner's 48-volt mild hybrid system and 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine are anticipated to outperform its predecessor in terms of fuel efficiency. The SUV is also expected to receive cosmetic and functionality enhancements. Considering this, we can anticipate the automaker to charge more for the new version. The existing Fortuner SUV is priced from Rs 33.43 lakh to Rs 51.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It has seven airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control, dual-zone air conditioning, and cruise control, and competes with the MG Gloster, the Jeep Meridian, and the Skoda Kodiaq.
Hyundai Alcazar Facelift
The current Hyundai Alcazar is priced between Rs 16.77 lakh and Rs 21.23 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Although there has been no formal announcement, the new-generation Alcazar is slated to arrive on our shores in 2024. With several possible exterior changes, including a redesigned grille, updated headlamps, revised front and rear bumpers, fresh alloy wheels, and modified taillamps, the SUV will likely command a huge premium over its predecessor. However, it is expected that no mechanical changes will be made, which means the upcoming model will continue to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch automated) or a 1.5-litre diesel engine with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
New Kia Carnival
Kia debuted the all-new Carnival for the global market in October of this year. The new MPV sports a reworked bumper at the rear, an enlarged tiger-nose grille, L-shaped headlamps, and LED daytime running lights in the front. While Kia hasn't announced any information yet, market sources hint that the Carnival Facelift will make its way to India next year. Three distinct engine configurations—two petrol and one diesel—will be available for the facelift model internationally. But it's expected that the revised MPV for our market will stick with the current 2.2-litre diesel engine, which generates 200bhp and 440Nm. Owing to several aesthetic and functional enhancements, Kia may introduce the car into our market at a starting price of approximately Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom).