While there are more than 10 SUVs under the Rs 40 lakh bracket, there is an equal number of luxury SUVs coming in this year too. Let’s take a look.
- BMW X7: October 2019
Expected Price: Rs 1-1.5 crore
BMW has been missing an SUV to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Range Rover Sport but it’s only a matter of time before the X7 comes in. The full-sized luxury SUV is expected to be showcased in India towards the end of this month but the launch is likely to happen around the festive season. This new 7-seater SUV is based on BMW’s new CLAR platform that also underpins the X3. At 5,151mm the X7 is longer than the GLS and has a wheelbase of 3,105mm. As of now, BMW hasn’t listed all the variants that will go on sale – their official website only has the M50d listed. This variant will sport a 3.0-litre diesel heart that develops 400 horses and 760Nm. All of this power will be sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
- BMW X4 – Q1 2019
Expected Price: Rs 55-65 lakh
BMW is planning to bring in a bunch of SUVs this year. The first one among them is the X4. The Munich-based carmaker first launched the X4 in the global market in 2014. The one that will be launched here soon, however, is the second-generation model. At the heart, the X4 will be launched in India with two engine options – a 2.0-litre turbo petrol churning out 248bhp and a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel pushing out over 260 horses and 620Nm. Both engines come paired with the same 8-speed transmission.
- Porsche Macan Facelift – April 2019
Expected Price: Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore
Porsche has given the Macan a comprehensive update for 2019. Some highlights of this new iteration are the LED Headlights which come as standard, a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment, and some updates in terms of design. As optional fitment, Porsche will also offer the GT Sports steering wheel – same as the one on the 911. Additional features include traffic jam assist, heated windscreen and more. To start with the Macan will be offered with two engine options – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6. Just like its elder sibling Cayenne, the Macan too may not be offered with a diesel engine option.
- BMW X5 – Mid 2019
The new BMW X5 gets bigger, bolder and more technologically advanced than ever before. The new X5 shares the same platform as its older sibling, the X7. Powertrains have been updated too. The mid-sized SUV will be launched with a six-cylinder petrol engine and two six-cylinder with two 12.3-inch screens – one for the infotainment system and the other for the instrumentation. Other features include 20 Bowers and Wilkins speakers, cruise control with braking function, collision warning, emergency stop assist and more.
- Jeep Wrangler – Mid 2019
Expected Price: Rs 60-70 lakh
Although the new Jeep Wrangler retains its iconic silhouette, there are a lot of subtle yet significant changes to its design. The front and rear overhangs are larger and the wheelbase of the new Wrangler has increased too. Of course, this has resulted in more space on the inside of the SUV. In addition, the 2019 Wrangler also comes with a longer list of features and premium interior. The Wrangler will be launched with two engine options – a 2.0-litre turbo petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel. Both these engines may come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Internationally, the Wrangler is also available with a 3.6-litre V6 motor and a 3.0-litre Diesel set to go on sale at a later date.
- Audi Q8 – Mid 2019
Expected Price: Rs 1-1.4 crore
Audi took the wraps off its new flagship SUV – the Q8 – in June last year. While there is no official confirmation from Audi India as yet, we expect them to bring it to Indian shores towards the second half of the year. Set to sit above the Q7, the Q8 is based on the MLB Evo platform – the same one that also underpins the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. With frameless doors, a coupe-like roofline, the wide hexagonal Audi grille and the long roof spoiler – all give the Q8 a nice sharp look. The Q8 gets two large screens on the inside – one for the infotainment and the one behind the steering wheel for the Audi Virtual Cockpit. The Q8 is expected to be launched with petrol as well as a diesel trim – a 3.0-litre petrol pushing out 340 horses and a 3.0-litre diesel developing 286bhp.
- Mercedes-Benz GLE – July 2019
Expected Price: Rs 70-80 lakh
Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the GLE a few weeks prior to the 2018 Paris Motor Show last year. Aside from the new design, the GLE will for the first time get a seven-seat option. Mercedes has been able to make more space on the inside thanks to an 80mm larger wheelbase – which has resulted in 69mm of more leg room in the second row. Like all the new-age luxury SUVs, the GLE too will get two larger screens. This new iteration also marks the debut of touch controls in the steering wheel – much like the new E-Class. Engine options for the new GLE will include a 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel. There will also be a basic 2.0-litre diesel on offer. All engines come will come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
- BMW X2 – Late 2019
Expected Price: Rs 40-50 lakh
The X2 will be introduced to bridge the gap between the X1 and the X3. That being said, in terms of size the X2 is more or less similar to its smaller sibling. In fact, it even shares the same UKL Platform as the X1. BMW is likely to offer the X2 with a 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine option. In India, there isn’t a huge gap between the top-of-the-line X1 and the base X3. With that in mind, the positioning of the SUV for the Indian market will be key.
- Audi Q3 – Late 2019
Expected Price: Rs 38-45 lakh
The second-generation Q3 gets a lot of its design inspiration from the new flagship Q8. In terms of design, the Q3 looks bolder and larger than before. Based on the updated MQB platform, the cabin too will be more spacious. The new Q3 is sure to get considerable updates to the technology department too. In the international market, the Q3 is on sale with three engine options – a 1.5-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel offered in two states of tune each. For India, Audi is likely to bring the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel motors, both producing about 188bhp.