SUV sales have seen a huge growth in the country. Customers have always been attracted by cars that can seat them tall and can give them a sense of power, and SUVs have been doing that for many years now. Many carmakers have started a trend of affordable SUVs in the country and others will follow soon. In today’s article, we will discuss upcoming Japanese SUVs that will stand as competition to the Creta.
Nissan Kicks facelift
Nissan Kicks was brought to the country with the hopes of taking over the Hyundai Creta, however, the plan failed miserably. The brand is now expected to bring the facelift for the car since the nameplate deserves another shot. The facelift gets minor design updates like reworked front fascia, tail lamps and bumpers. The Kicks will now come with modern features that will give it a strong chance against the competition. A new 7.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, reworked multi-function steering wheel, heated ORVMs, digital AC panel, a new touchscreen infotainment system, 10 airbags and a premium sound system by BOSE will be some of the key features. We expect Nissan to push out a hybrid system with the Kicks as well. Hybrid engines could soon be the main attraction point for buyers.
Toyota C-segment SUV
Toyota has been completely relying on the Urban Cruiser to fill a huge void in the brand’s SUV lineup for quite some time. The car competes with compact SUVs but is no competition to cars like the Hyundai Creta. Looking at this gap between the Urban Cruiser and the Innova Crysta, the brand is expected to be working on a C-segment SUV in partnership with Maruti. The car will be used by both brands. We believe Toyota will use the TNGA platform as it is yet to introduce a product based on this platform in the country. We also expect Maruti to bring the petrol engine which will be coupled with Toyota’s hybrid system. A diesel engine is expected to be made available with the car as well.
Honda as a brand was once known for its flagship offerings, viz. the Civic and the CR-V. With the axing of both the products, the brand has nothing left in its portfolio which can be called flagship. We believe Honda might bring a C-segment SUV that will fill in the gap as a flagship offering and at the same time help the brand take on Creta. The brand already had its HR-V unveiled in the foreign markets. We believe Honda could utilize this opportunity to bring the car to India as well. The car is expected to come powered by the City’s powertrain that will be re-tuned for the SUV. We also expect Honda to bring the hybrid variant of the car. On the features front, we expect Honda to fully load the car in order to help it compete against a strong competitor like the Hyundai Creta.
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