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Upcoming Mahindra TUV300 Plus is a 9 seater

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Mahindra TUV300 Plus is the next new SUV from the Indian manufacturer. The launch of this SUV will take place shortly. This is confirmed as the brochure also has been leaked. It further reveals what will the TUV300 Plus be like. We were the first to share that the new SUV will be called this and not the TUV500. This is a full-size SUV that will be replacing the Mahindra Xylo. The Xylo has aged and the numbers have been falling. This will be the new replacement SUV. The TUV300 Plus will be larger than 4 metres. It will be a nine seater. Unlike the TUV300, this will be a full-sized SUV.

Mahindra is looking at filling the gap between the compact SUVs and the Scorpio. This will be a good option for that. The Xylo has to be phased out as it would not meet the new safety regulations. Mahindra has been testing this new SUV for a while already. We have shared spy shots of this new SUV on multiple occasions. This new SUV will have more features like daytime running LEDs, LED tail lamps and even 16-inch wheels. 

A 2.2-litre mHawk engine will be used for this SUV. This is the D120, hence it will churn 120bhp of power and it will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The second row of seats will have more knee room and the third row will be more spacious too. This will make it good enough for a family of seven. The TUV300 has limited knee room in the second row and jump seats are meant for kids only.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus

Mahindra TUV300 Plus Launch Date

ModelExpected Launch Date
TUV300 PlusJune 2018

 

The 2018 XUV500 facelift has been launched recently. Now, Mahindra will want to get this new SUV at the earliest as well. It is expected to be launched next month. There is no official confirmation yet. 

Mahindra TUV300 Plus interior

Mahindra TUV300 Plus Price in India

Mahindra TUV300 PlusOn-road Price
T4Rs. 10 lakh
T4 PlusRs. 10.3 lakh
T6Rs. 11.2 lakh
T6 PlusRs. 11.7 lakh
T8Rs. 12.7 lakh

*Estimated

In terms of pricing, this will be an all new SUV and a new product. It will be priced in between the TUV300 and the Scorpio. We reckon the pricing shall be between Rs 10.5 lakhs to Rs 14 lakhs for the top model. This will be apt pricing for this vehicle. If the pricing is lower than this, it will be aggressive.

Also Read: Honda BRV | Mahindra TUV300 | Jeep Renegade SUV

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Mahindra TUV300 Plus Design

To begin with, the design of the SUV looks more proportionate. The design of this new SUV makes it look balanced. The fascia is the same and the tough look continues. What’s more? The square headlamps now have daytime running LEDs integrated into them. The same square fog laps continue with chrome surround. The side profile is where the design sees a change in dimensions.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus badge

The compact look made the TUV look a bit out of place, but now that isn’t the case. The rear hasn’t changed either. At the most we can expect LED tail lamps could replace the current bulb to make it look cool at night. The tyre size, wheelbase won’t be changed. It has seen a stretch in the platform at the back. Should this improve the ride and handling of the SUV? We cannot say that.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus Interiors

On the inside too, there won’t be a major change in the styling. To begin with, they will have the same set of interiors. There shall be no different in the design. The dashboard layout is simple and subtle.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus interior

There might be addition of new features too. It wont get a touchscreen system. There will be basic features on this SUV. The company is looking at higher commercial use of it. In terms of other features there will be dual airbags and ABS. Mostly not as a standard offering.

Mahindra TUV300 rear

In terms of space, the front seats have more than sufficient room and offer good amount of space. The second row also offers good amount of space and here to more than sufficient space for three people. The third row is now roomier than before. It does offer more space and we reckon there will be AC vents too for the rear passengers.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus Specifications

Length x Width x Height4400 x 1706 x 1542 mm
Kerb Weight1.8 tons approx
Wheel Type and Size16 inch alloy wheels
Boot Space400 litres
Engine 2.2-litre mHawk
Power120bhp
Torque280 Nm
Top Speed160km/hr
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
Transmission5-speed manual
Mileage16 km/l (claimed)

*Estimated

A 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine will be powering the TUV. This will be churning about 120bhp of power and it shall have about 280Nm of maximum torque. This is the same engine that has been derived from the 2.2-litre mHawk. Mahindra will want to give sufficient power for this bigger SUV. All those who are looking for a more powerful option can opt for this.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus side

This engine shall come with a five-speed manual transmission. There won’t be an automatic/AMT on offer. This will be a rear-wheel drive car. This SUV is targeted at the commercial segment.

Mahindra TUV300 Plus Mileage

City10 km/l
Highway14 km/l
Overall13 km/l

Mahindra SUVs aren’t very high on mileage especially the mHawk engine. We reckon this should return about 10km/l in the city and close to 14km/l on the highway.

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Mahindra TUV300 Plus is an exciting product. This offers a lot of options for most of the SUV buyers who need nine seats at an affordable price.

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  1. Prashanth V

    November 24, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I agree with Carwaar, The TUV 300 looks balanced and proportionate as it is. The extra length is only going to bring down the mileage of the vehicle. The so called space in the rear is going to be more like an mobilio brv in space in the back and nowhere near an Innova. It looks like an attached ass.

  2. RAJENDRA

    November 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It looks like TATA Sumo Grande

  3. DrP.VEERAMANI

    October 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I am eagerly awaiting this TUV300 Plus that will replace my old one running with petrol car. Definitely this version will give a boost into Automobile sector..I may suggest attracting colour will improve the image of the TUV300Plus owner……

  4. Carwaar

    August 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This is lame attempt to cash the TUV 300 success by delivering a stretched version in the name of TUV 300 Plus. TUV300 looks are awesome and I believe the new look with additional length would surely make a mess and TUV 300 is already big in the segment of Compact SUV near to touch an SUV.

  5. Peter Bredon

    August 18, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Will this replace the Bolero? Or somehow sit alongside the Bolero and TUV300?

  6. Ethan

    August 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    First of all, really good info brought out by motor octane. I think this info about tuv300 plus is sufficient enough for customers to know about the vehicle. Well done MOTOR OCTANE!

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Tata Harrier will be safer than Nexon when launched

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The Tata Harrier has been driven by us and you can check out our review on it. Tata is going to launch the car in January next year. This new platform will also underpin other products in the future like the 7 seater version of the Harrier, the H7X. It looks very futuristic and very appealing. The cars specifications and shots have now been revealed. These shots and details show us that the car is bigger than it’s rivals, the Compass, Creta and XUV500. Tata is marketing this car as the most premium offering they will have in their line-up. There is one thing that will set this car apart for the rest of the Tata line-up is that it will be the  most premium car to be sold by Tata and it will also be the safest car to be sold. The car will be a very cool and interesting choice to consider over the Hyundai Creta or upcoming Nissan Kicks. The cars variant break up has also been revealed. Check it out below.

What will will Tata Harrier be like? Will it trample its competition? Read further to know more.

The official booking of the Tata Harrier has just begun. With a booking amount of Rs 30,000. The car can be booked in the The car is expected to launch in early 2019.

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New Suzuki GSX-R150 coming to India next year?

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There were a lot of new cars and bikes and cars that were launched in the 2018 Indonesian GIIAS. Among all of these was the New Suzuki GSX-R150. This bike was launched to celebrate the anniversary of the bike and was dressed up in white and blue livery. This bike seen below is the Classic Racing Edition.

New Suzuki GSX-R150 Launch in India

The bike was shown at the 2018 Auto Expo and had left us wanting for more. The launch of this pure unaltered budget sports bike not something planned in India. The bike we get here in the place of the GSX-R150 is the Gixxer SF. The full fairing bike offered from Suzuki here is good but the sporty stance that the New Suzuki GSX-R150 offers is something one would like to use and challenge R15’s of our country. The launch of this bike will happen next year if Suzuki thinks that it really wants to take a piece of the pie hogged by the R15 V3 right now.

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New Suzuki GSX-R150 Price

The New Suzuki GSX-R150 according to us will come in for a price of Rs 1.30 lakhs if it comes to India. This will be the Ex-showroom price of course. With this type of aggressive price tag and the performance to back it up, the bike will cut clean into the Yamaha R15’s market. This will give buyers a very difficult yet fun choice of machines to choose from.

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New Suzuki GSX-R150Rs 1.30 (Ex-Showroom)

New Suzuki GSX-R150 Specifications

The bike will get a 150cc Fuel Injected motor that puts out 19bhp and 14Nm of torque. The bike will gets disc brakes on the front and rear. The bike will come with ABS as standard. The bike will also get a shift indicator and an aggressive stance like the R15. The convenient easy start system automatically starts the engine with one touch of a button mounted on the handlebar; there is no need to hold the button down until the engine fires.

Suzuki GSK-R150 rear

The Suzuki GSX-R150 has a full LCD instrument panel set in a modern dashboard, framed by turn signal, neutral, hi-beam, coolant temperature, malfunction indicator lamp (MIL), and programmable engine-RPM indicator lights. The bright LCD panel includes a segmented-bar tachometer across the top; a digital speedometer; a gear position indicator; a digital clock; a digital odometer with dual trip meters; an average fuel consumption meter; a fuel gauge; and an oil change timing indicator.

New Suzuki GSX-R150 Design            

The bike will be more aggressive than the Gixxer SF. It will have an aggressive sitting position and will come with telescopic front forks and a mono shock at the rear. The bike will also get a full fairing. The exhaust on this thing will be high mounted as well. Compiling with norms, the bike will get AHO and the tail lamps will be LEDs. Reflecting its GSX-R heritage, the GSX-R150 features vertically stacked LED headlights, with the low beam above the high beam, and position lights on each side of the headlight. The brightness and compactness of the LED lights greatly contribute to the sharp and sporty looks of GSX-R150. The tires adopted for GSX-R150 are co-developed with the respected IRC TIRE. The 17 inch tires achieve both straight running stability and cornering performance. Especially, the rear tire which the size is 130/70-17M/C realizes superior drivability.

Suzuki GSK-R150 side view

New Suzuki GSX-R150 Competition

This full faired Suzuki will do direct battle with the fearsome R15 V3. The bike will be a great option for customers to choose from in the future.

Do you think that the New Suzuki GSX-R150 will be a good for Indians? Do you think the R15 will face major competition? Let us know in the comments below.

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Indian cars and their Global NCAP crash test rating

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There have been many Indian cars that have been test by the Global NCAP. The initial results weren’t good but soon there was an improvement. Many cars didn’t even score a single star in the past but today we have India’s first car with a 5 star Global NCAP rating. Then there are cars which have been loved and have done well in the Indian market but are totally unsafe cars, like the Swift. In the below list, we will speak of all the cars with high ratings and the cars that didn’t score well with some description points from the Global NCAP report. This will be an important aspect for you, if you are in the market to buy a new car. (more…)

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New Ford Figo 2019 coming early next year, will finally get a touchscreen display

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The new Ford Figo 2019 facelift is going to come early next year. Just like the Aspire facelift, the Figo will also get some styling updates and a new heart. There will be more features also offers this time. The Figo has seen a complete change a few years back. The new car looks better and has decent features, but also lacked a few. The Figo is especially talked about due to its powerful 1.5-litre motor that gives competition a run for its money.

.The company has recently launched the Aspire. The company will then launch the Figo in early 2019 followed by 2019 . The changes to the Ford Figo 2019 will not be much. It will be a minor facelift. The interior will be updated. A new infotainment system on offer this time and will be the same as the Ford Freestyle. It is a touchscreen system, which is a welcome feature on this hatchback. A new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine will also be offered. An automatic transmission will be mated to this engine. It is expected to be more fuel efficient than the earlier engine. (more…)

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Tata H7X – How big will it be? Will it get 4WD?

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The Tata Harrier is going to be coming soon. The car will be available by early January, next year. The car will be entering the market to take on the Hyundai Creta who has been leading the segment undisputed. This will be interesting. Now Tata wants to more actively target the seven seater segment that is being dominated by big SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. To  compete in the same class as these cars, the H7X  has to be bigger, powerful, better features and most importantly it should get 4WD. The Hexa has made sure Tata knows how to make a decent, luxurious car with 7 seats. With the Tata H7X, they want to redefine the market once more. The H7X will be the most luxurious car in the segment. With technology from all Tata subsidiaries, the car will have the best of the best. But will it bear the name Harrier or will Tata revive an old marquee? Scroll down to find out.

Tata H7X Launch Date

The H7X is already under development and will be brought to the market quickly. Tata has been introducing products in succession since last year nonstop. They will want to continue this streak that keeps the brands image fresh and new. The H7X will be launched in 2020 and will be unveiled by the end of 2019. The car is currently undergoing testing and you can check out some spy shots of the car below.

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Tata H7XEarly 2020

Also Read: Tata Harrier to come with customization?

Tata H7X Price in India

The price of the upcoming Tata H7X will be somewhere between Rs 16 lakhs to Rs 25 lakhs. It will be a little bit more on the premium side of the segment. The car will be more engaging and have a more appealing design too. The price will make it one of the most expensive Tata cars ever to be sold to the public. But not the most expensive car in India. The H7X will still be cheaper than the Mahindra Alturas G4. The cars price will be kept down because of it’s localization. The Alturas is a CKD and the H7X will be heavily localised.

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Base variantRs 16 lakhs
Top-End variantRs 25 lakhs

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Also Read: Tata H7X will be cheaper than the Mahindra Alturas G4

Tata H7X Interiors

This is way too early to comment but ewe suspect that the H7X will get a lot of styling and inspiration from its younger siblings, the Tata Harrier and the upcoming 45X hatchback. The car will have features like a 360 degree camera, park assist, different driving modes and different mood light settings. The infotainment system will be the best one Tata has put inside a car and will feature mind blowing speakers. We expect Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to be standard. The car will get leather upholstery and electrically adjustable seats. We can expect soft touch material all around the dashboard and the door handles. There will be a good amount of smart storage spaces too.

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Tata H7X Design

It will be a butch yet elegant SUV. We don’t think too much of the Impact 2.0 design philosophy will carry on this car. The car will have a lot of cool and new design elements that we will see for the first time in a Tata product. These design elements and features will be worthy of a flagship model. The cars new design will then be watered down and applied to models below it in the current and upcoming line-up. This kind of attention to looks and design will make the car stand apart.

Tata H7X Featuers

The car will see more features come as standard in this car. This will be due to the fact that the H7X will get lesser variants, actually in keeping with the segment, it might only get 2 variants. The car will get a sunroof, 4WD, Electrically adjustable seats, 360 degree camera, electrically adjustable seats and a more informative display and instrument console. The car will be competing with the Mahindra Alturas and will have to be packing way more intelligent storage options and specs to take on the segment.

Tata H7X Specifications and Engine

The car will be made on the Omega platform which is the current base for all upcoming Tata SUVs. The car use the Fiat sourced four cylinder diesel engine with a six speed automatic and manual transmission. Tata calls the unit Kytotec. It will be a new engine in the companies diesel line up. The engine is shared with the Jeep Compass too. This engine will make more than 170bhp when introduced. This could be done to make it more powerful than the Mahindra Alturas G4. It is also too early to comment on the cars petrol engine. The car might also get the excellent terrain-response system from Land Rover. The car is going to also get bigger and chunkier tires than the Harrier five seater. The car will be built using the land Rover D8 architecture and the latest OMEGA platform from Tata. Contrary to what many think, the wheelbase of this new car will be bigger and the overhands for this car will be different.

This car like the Hexa, could come in multiple variants. There will definitely be a base variant which will not have features like a big infotainment screen or 4WD. Tata will make sure there are features that will attract buyers from the Toyota Fortuner too.

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Tata H7X Competition                       

The H7X will be made using the latest platform with the best parts available from Tata. The car will compete directly with the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the Ford Endeavour. It is also important to understand that this will be the most premium offering from Tata. The whole car will be localized and made in a great fashion. The car will also lure some of the buyers of Mahindra XUV500 and Tata’s own, Hexa. Buyers of the Innova Crysta will also look at making the Tata their next car.

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Mahindra to sell Fords in showrooms across India

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The two most loved SUV manufactures a have come together in a strategic alliance to make new cars, platforms and help develop watch others EV business in India. But now according to one publication and their sources, Mahindra is opening showrooms for Ford cars, especially in regions where the American automaker does not operate a dealership or the existing dealer has not been able to produce sufficient sales, said two people aware of the development. Mahindra dealers are also opening separate service centers for Ford cars at their dealerships. “Ford doesn’t have a robust chain of channel partners, so by letting Mahindra dealers sell Ford cars, the company is trying to reach most of the towns and districts of the country,” said the first of the two people cited above. “Mahindra dealers are also making quick money from setting up small showrooms and selling Ford’s most popular vehicle, Ford EcoSport” they said. This is a pilot program and a Ford spokesperson, requesting anonymity, said “The pilot has been rolled out to 15 towns, and the results are encouraging, giving incremental sales and service reach for Ford.” Spokespersons from Mahindra refused to comment on the development. Ford India’s managing director, Anurag Mehrotra, has already met a group of Mahindra dealers a few months ago to discuss the opportunities ahead and the expectations of the company.

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Also Read: Upcoming 7 seater cars in India

Ford and Mahindra signed an initial pact in March to develop a new sports utility vehicle on a Mahindra platform and a small electric vehicle. Subsequently in October, Mahindra and Ford announced the signing of two definitive pacts to share Bharat Stage VI-compliant engines, besides jointly developing connected vehicle solutions for the Indian market. Mahindra is also developing BS VI-compliant petrol engines which will be used by Ford India.We could also see the new generation XUV500 come in as mid size Ford SUV. The expanded alliance would see existing Mahindra dealers sell some of the future products of Ford—that will be jointly developed by the two companies—from their new Ford showrooms.

Ford and Mahindra joining synergies will be a force to reckon with. Especially to take on the might of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. SUV manufactures like Tata will also be closely looking at this move by Ford. The portfolio of both companies will this way expand, diversify and cover almost every segment within the market. Ford will definitely increase their annual profits and Mahindra too will benefit from the technology transfer.

What do you think of the alliance between Ford and Mahindra? Do you think a deal between two SUV makers will produce great products? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comparison: Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta

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The most awaited and the most sort after comparison for many of you SUV lovers has been finally compiled. Note all cars here are going to be compared based on the top variants in which they are offered. The Tata Harrier’s price has yet not been revealed and thus price will be discussed in the end of this story separately. Below we shall check out the specifications, features and pictures showing us the design of these cars. After all this information has been checked, do let us know in the comments, which car would you prefer. So let’s begin this SUV showdown which will be the Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta.

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta – The Cars

Mahindra XUV500

 

2018 Mahindra XUV500

This is the orginal budget premium SUV here. The size is on point. It gets a 2.2 diesel which is sufficiently powerful and is the only car here with 7 seats. It was also just face lifted

Hyundai Creta 

2018 Hyundai Creta Side

Simply the ‘King of The Hill’ in this segment. A robust package full of feature. A flawless 1.6-litre engine. Maybe the design is getting old. This car too was facilitated this year.

Jeep Compass

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It’s powerful. Well packaged. And was till now the best looking car here. But that aside, the Compass with it’s proper 4×4 system can really go off-road in style. The price could be this cars on Achilles Heal.

Tata Harrier

Tata Harrier FrontAnd finally, the latest entrant! The Tata Harrier. The most awaited car of the year. The price has to be still announced. Sure some features are sure missing ,but overall this car with it’s high localization, features, specs and great design will finally be the worthy challenger to the King of the Hill, the Hyundai Creta.

Now lets take a look at the below stats.

Also Read The Hexa or the Marazoo! Which is better than a Innova

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta – Specifications

SpecificationsTata HarrierMahindra XUV500 Hyundai CretaJeep Compass
Length4598458542704395
Width1894189017801818
Height1706178516651640
Seating Capacity5755
Displacement1956cc2179cc1582cc1956cc
Fuel TypeDieselDieselDieselDiesel
Power138 bhp @ 3750 rpm155 bhp @ 3750 rpm126 bhp @ 4000 rpm171 bhp @ 3750 rpm
Torque350 Nm @ 1750 rpm360 Nm @ 1750 rpm260 Nm @ 1500 rpm350 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Transmission TypeManualAutomaticManualManual
No of gears (Gears)6666
DrivetrainFWDAWDFWDAWD
Air ConditionerAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic – Dual Zone
Power WindowsFront & RearFront & RearFront & RearFront & Rear
Central LockingRemoteKeylessRemoteKeyless
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
Airbags6 Airbags6 Airbags6 Airbags6 Airbags
Front Tyres235 / 65 R17235 / 60 R18215 / 60 R17225 / 60 R18
Rear Tyres235 / 65 R17235 / 60 R18215 / 60 R17225 / 60 R18

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta – Features

FeaturesTata HarrierMahindra XUV500Hyundai CretaJeep Compass
Air ConditionerAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic – Dual Zone
Rear ACVents OnlyVents OnlyVents OnlyVents Only
12V Power Outlets1321
Steering AdjustmentTilt & TelescopicTilt & TelescopicTiltTilt & Telescopic
Keyless Start/ Button StartYesYesYesYes
Cruise ControlYesYesYesNo
Parking SensorsRearRearRearRear
Parking AssistReverse CameraReverse Camera with GuidanceReverse Camera with GuidanceReverse Camera
Anti-glare MirrorsManual – Internal OnlyManual – Internal OnlyManual – Internal OnlyManual – Internal Only
Vanity Mirrors on Sun VisorsCo-Driver OnlyCo-Driver OnlyCo-Driver OnlyDriver & Co-Driver
Seat UpholsteryLeatherLeatherLeatherFabric
Cup HoldersFront & RearFront & RearFront & RearFront & Rear
Driver Armrest StorageYesYesYesYes
Cooled Glove BoxYesNoNoNo
Sunglass HolderYesYesYesYes
Power WindowsFront & RearFront & RearFront & RearFront & Rear
One Touch -DownDriverDriverDriverDriver
One Touch – UpDriverDriverDriverDriver
Adjustable ORVMElectrically Adjustable & RetractableElectrically Adjustable & RetractableElectrically Adjustable & RetractableElectrically Adjustable & Retractable
Exterior Door HandlesChromeBody ColouredChromeBody Coloured
Rain-sensing WipersYesYesNoYes
Interior Door HandlesChromePaintedChromePainted
Door PocketsFront & RearFrontFront & RearFront & Rear
Boot-lid OpenerInternal with RemoteRemote OperatedWith KeyInternal with Remote

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta – Instruments and Infotainment

FeaturesTata HarrierMahindra XUV500Hyundai CretaJeep Compass
Instrument ClusterAnalogAnalogAnalogAnalog
Trip MeterMulti-Function DisplayElectronic 2 TripsMulti-Function DisplayElectronic 2 Trips
Average Fuel ConsumptionYesYesNoYes
Distance to EmptyYesYesNoNo
ClockDigitalDigitalDigitalDigital
Door Ajar WarningYesYesYesYes
Adjustable Cluster BrightnessYesYesYesYes
Gear IndicatorYesYesYesYes
TachometerAnalogAnalogAnalogAnalog
Head Unit Size2 Din2 Din2 Din2 Din
Infotainment DisplayTouch-screen DisplayTouch-screen DisplayTouch-screen DisplayTouch-screen Display
GPS Navigation SystemNoYesYesYes
Speakers6+666
USB CompatibilityYesYesYesYes
Aux CompatibilityYesYesYesYes
Bluetooth CompatibilityPhone & Audio StreamingPhone & Audio StreamingPhone & Audio StreamingPhone & Audio Streaming
iPod CompatibilityNoYesYesNo
Steering mounted controlsYesYesYesYes
Voice CommandYesYesNoNo

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta – Manufacturer Warranty

Manufacturer WarrantyTata HarrierMahindra XUV500Hyundai CretaJeep Compass
Warranty (Years)NA333
Warranty (Kilometres)NA100000Unlimited100000

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta

The features and specifications are compared keeping in mind the top variants of each car. And while all is discussed the price of these cars is something that will make us all dwell. The Tata Harriers price is going to be a very key aspect in this comparison and we are going to eagerly wait for this cars launch and get to know the price.

Tata Harrier XZMahindra XUV500 W11 AWD ATHyundai Creta SX(O)Jeep Compass Limited Plus Diesel 4×4
₹ N/A₹ 23.31 Lakhs On Road Price (incl. GST)₹ 18.4 Lakhs On Road Price (incl. GST)₹ 27.79 Lakhs On Road Price (incl. GST)

*prices are On-road Mumbai

Tata Harrier Vs Jeeps Compass Vs Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta – Images, Design, Interior, Exterior

Now design, be it the interior and exterior of the car is a very subjective term. Some might like it and some might not. For example the Harrier looks the most appealing car genrally in this bunch but some people really like the proportions of the Jeep Compass and others like the bulky and heavy look of the Mahindra XUV500.

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Maruti Alto 2019 could be based on Future S concept?

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The all-new Maruti Alto 2019 is in the works. This new hatchback will be launched next year. There will be no similarity to the existing model as this will be a all new generation car. The current Alto will be phased out as it is now beginning to look dated. The new model will also meet the upcoming safety norms. The new model of the Maruti Alto will be a much improved car.  The new Alto 2019 will be bigger in size and will be more spacious too. It will be more powerful, fuel efficient and a lot more feature loaded. The new look will be more appealing. The hatchback will look more urban and tougher than before. There is going to be a hint of similarity to the Ignis. Could this car be based on the Future S design show at the Auto Expo? Could the Alto be posituned as a micro SUV?

This new car will once again shock the industry. The new Dzire, Swift and Ertiga are the newest examples of that. The company will hope something similar with the Maruti Alto 2019. This new hatchback is expected to get a new 660cc engine, which will make it extremely frugal. It nevertheless should be sufficiently powerful. What all will the new Alto pack in ? How much will it be priced at? We share some details of this new generation car.

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Kia SP India launching in second half of 2019

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Kia Motors had revealed the KIA SP Concept SUV at the Auto Expo in 2018. The production version of the Kia SP India will be the first car the South Korean car maker in the country. For those not aware of the SP concept, it will be a SUV. This will be a great move by Kia to start off in India. SUVs in India are the next big thing with every manufacturer diversifying their portfolio to accommodate more SUVs. The upcoming MG Motors will also be debuting in India with a special MG SUV to this effect.

 

Kia SP India Launch

There is no word on the launch of the SP Concept. It;s right now too early to say anything. The  Kia SP India is going to be possibly, launched very soon next year or during the festive season. There is a possibility we might see a announcement or a pre-production mule in early 2019.

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KIA SPNovember, 2019

KIA SP India Name

There are many rumors surrounding the name of the car! It will not be called the SP Concept for sure. The name of the car could be Tusker. Many other automotive websites are calling the car this name. We think KIA will have focus groups and research conducted for the most suitable name for this car. It will be a name that is going to attract audiences globally.

Kia SP India Price

Internationally Kia has the reputation of being the alternative to Hyundai cars and in some cases, the cheaper alternative. In India, we don’t know how they will handle the market with Hyundai. We do know that they will be competitive. The Kia SP India will not be more expensive than Hyundai Creta. It should be within the 15 lakh price range.

Kia SP Concept variantsPrice
Base variantRs 10 lakhs – Rs 12 lakhs
Mid variantRs 12 lakhs to Rs 14 lakhs
Top variantRs 14 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs

 

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Kia SP India Design

The Kia SP Concept has all the hallmarks of the latest Kia design language. Dominating the face is the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille which part of Kia’s design language. There are sleek headlamps and silver colored bash plate element. On to the side we see the rear sloping roof line, white colored roof and massive wheels with the multi-spoke alloy wheel design. The appearance is enhanced by the grey cladding that runs all around the base of the Kia SP India as well as over the heavily flared wheel arches. At the rear, it is a mix of elements thanks to the chrome exhaust setup as well as chrome line that runs across the top section of the body. The chrome also goes through the tail light assembly.

 

Kia SP India Interior

There is no word on the interiors of the Kia SP India. We expect the production guise to get the standard Kia fare that is present on its SUVs, sedans as well as hatchbacks. Given its positioning, we believe that all the D-segment features like a touch screen system, climate control and faux leather upholstery will be a part of the feature package. Since it will go up against the Hyundai Creta, features like sunroof, cruise control, automatic headlamps, engine start stop, automatic climate control and wireless charging for the phone are expected. The infotainment system should get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There should also be a a  set of fast charging USB ports. The car will also get a lot of storage space, a cooled glovebox and a large center console. The theme of the interior will be black and beige like other KIA cars we have seen in international markets. The 2nd row of this car will also get a lot of utility in the form of rear AC vents, charging sockets, a armrest and cup holders. The bootspace will be ample with a low loading lip.

Kia SP interior

Also Read: Tata Harrier to get the plushest interior of any Tata car

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This is a picture we have got recently of the KIA SP Concept in its production version; being tested out on the roads and it does bear resemblance to it’s concept version. The Tiger grille, the large air vent on the bumper and the tapering off headlights do give it an aggressive look. The KIA SP India in some ways does reflect the design language of the Tata Harrier with it’s high mounted DRLs and raised fog lights.

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Also Read: Nissan Kicks interiors will be best in class

KIA SP India Render 

A new rendering of the Kia SP India SUV is also here. Done by Koo Ki Sung studio. This render will be the production version of the Kia SP Concept that made its global debut at the Auto Expo 2018. Here is how it is visualised. The production version of the Kia SP here, looks like a slightly toned-down version of the futuristic looking Kia SP India. The render shows off many of the design elements, including sleek LED headlamps, a wide grille and the auxiliary lamps. The render shows the blacked-out A-pillars and the front bumper is close to the one on the concept model. The design of the Kia Tusker you below in the render is as Kia said, ‘will be very close” to its concept’.

By the looks of it, the SUV should rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. The SP Concept features sharp design elements such as LED headlamp eyebrows, LED tail lights and dynamic turn indicators on the ORVMs. Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille gets a revised look for India as well. Kia says that the concept features a production-ready design and the one coming to Kia showrooms across the country will look a lot like it. Engine options have not been confirmed, though a 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel are expected to find their place under the bonnet. Expect the production version of the SUV to be priced withen Rs 10-15 lakh.

We shall update you more on the interior of this car when we know more.

Kia SP India Features

The Kia SP India should get the following feature for sure –

Rain Sensing Wipers

Automatic Headlamps

Cooled Glove-box

Ventilated Seats

Sunroof

Electrically adjustable mirrors

Alloy wheels

Projector headlamps and LED tail lights

Leather Upholstery

Cruise Control

Android Auto/AppleCarplay

Kia SP India Specifications

Nothing on this is out yet. We can say though that there will be the option of one-litre and 1.6-litre engine. The car could have both petrol and diesel engines on option. Both manual and a CVT automatic transmission could be considered for India. AWD is not expected to be offered on the SP as it is not in high demand in India – the Renault Duster is the only SUV in the segment to offer it and it’s not setting the sales charts on fire. There are many details about this car that are yet to come out. Leike the Nexon, we could see different driving modes. We could see the Kia SP also get aids like traction control, ESP and cruise control.

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Kia SP India Competition

The Kia SP will compete with its parent companies car, the Hyundai Creta. The car is expected to also in the future deal with the upcoming Tata Harrier. The Kia SP will have its work cut out for itself when it comes next year. There will be a lot of pressure on this car as it will be their first product in the market. The Tata Harrier and the Renault Kicks will be launched before this car and their will a certain advantage in doing so.

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Nissan Kicks 2019 bookings have begun

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The Nissan Kicks 2019 will be launched next year. The car was recently shown in it’s Indian spec. The car’s exterior was only unveiled. There has been no word or glimpse of the interior of this car. It has been a while since we have seen a new launch from Nissan. The Kicks will be Nissan’s most important launch coming right now. This new SUV will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. It will also sit above the Terrano in the Nissan line-up. We had recently gone to Dubai with Nissan to experience the current Kicks and it was a flavor for the type of car it will be. The car that will come to India will be a different car with a slightly different stance and a much bigger body. The India spec car is bigger and has the Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Tata Harrier and Kia SP in its cross-hair. We will get you the review of this car soon, next month.

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Mahindra Inferno – S201 will not be called XUV300

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The Mahindra S201 will be launched soon. The cars official name was to be announced last week. The name of the car is going to be, Mahindra Inferno. We have found the below trademark and thus say that there is a big possibility that the car will be called Inferno. The car will be Mahindra’s premium offering in the compact SUV segment and will go with the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The car will be a great addition to the Mahindra SUV line-up. Based on the Ssangyong Tivoli this car will offer many premium features and option that will be first in the segment.

Mahindra Infrno trade mark

 

Mahindra Inferno Price

The Inferno will be a great car to look at if one wants to see the car with the more premium features and a Mahindra car especially. While the name has to be confirmed yet and the car is going to be launched next year, we can predict that this car will come at a price of around Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs. And this can be more because of the features this car might offer in its segment.

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Base Model

₹ 10 lakhs

Top Model

₹ 16 lakhs

Mahindra Inferno Launch

The Mahindra Inferno will be launched next year and will be the auto maker’s move into the compact SUV segment. The car should come by early February or late January. The other reason for this cars launch being in 2019 is that the Inferno is still undergoing testing.

ModelLaunch Date
Mahindra XUV300Early 2019

Mahindra Inferno Interior

The Mahindra Inferno will come with a black and beige interior theme most likely. The SUV will get infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen. It will have Bluetooth compatibility, reversing camera, USB and AUX connectivity. It may also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel be a new one. This will also have audio and Bluetooth controls mounted on it. In addition the Mahindra XUV 300 will also get automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a push button start with keyless entry. There will be a good center armrest with storage too. As seen in the image above and the spy shots, the car will also get storage above the glove-box too.

It will offer good legroom at the rear as well and will seat 3 adults in comfort. In terms of features, Mahindra will be looking at loading this SUV with one of the highest set of features in this segment. Mahindra will be a late entrant in this segment, but will try to capture a large pie.

Mahindra Inferno Design and Exterior

The car will look great. The car will look similar to the Ssangyong Tivoli. The car will wear the signature Mahindra seven slate grille. Mahindra has been targeting the youth off lately, with products like KUV100. The S201 or Inferno will be designed to look like a compact SUV, and it will carry forward the design language of the Mahindra’s current UVs. This new SUV will have sharp lines and a sleek looking front end, which will be a departure from other Mahindra vehicles. The grille will be sleek with wrap-around headlamps at both ends. These headlamps will have LED DRLs embedded. It will have a modern silhouette.

This SUV will also get new tail lamps which are unlike the Tivolis. The number plate has also moved on to the tailgate. The Inferno will have its own unique look. It is expected to look more stylish as compared to the Tivoli. As we had revealed earlier that there will be a few changes in the Inferno (S201) from Mahindra.

Mahindra Inferno Key Features

Daytime running LEDs

Projector headlamps

LED Tail lamps

Body cladding

7-inch touchscreen system

16-inch alloy wheels

ABS with EBD

Brake assist

Leather upholstery

Automatic climate control

Reverse parking camera

Steering controls

Electric ORVMs

Also Read: Hyundai Styx will be a better choice to wait for?

Mahindra Inferno Specifications

The Inferno will get petrol and diesel engines. The petrol will be a new 1.5-litre engine that is being developed. This engine could be seen soon on the Marazzo too. This is all-new engine, expected to power future vehicles of Mahindra. The power that it will develop will be around 100bhp and 145Nm of torque.

XUV300

Petrol

Diesel

Engine

1.5-litre

2.0-litre

Power

100bhp

130bhp

Torque

140Nm

320Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual & 6-speed AT

5-speed manual & 6-speed AT

The diesel engine of the XUV 300 will either be the existing 1.5-litre unit that does does duty in the TUV300 or there will be an all-new 2.0-litre engine that will develop around 138bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. This will make the XUV300 a very power infused [ackage to consider. As shown in the spy shots the car will get a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit from Aisin, Japan, which also does duty on the XUV500. The Mahindra XUV300 will a front will drive SUV. And as we have seen with the Marazzo, the car could come with AWD. There is also a chance that the car will get different driving modes like Tata Nexon. Modes could include City, Sport, Individual and Eco.

Mahindra Inferno Spy Shots

Mahindra Inferno Competition

The SUV segment is getting extremely competitive and the Mahindra Inferno will add another option for buyers. Mahindra is trying to make sure that this new SUV will be competent to take on its competition. The Mahindra Inferno will mainly compete with the Honda WRV, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. The Inferno, though a late entrant to this segment, will try to differentiate itself with technology and powerful engines. It is also expected to be a spacious SUV.

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Tata 45X: New spy shots show car with sleek headlamps

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Tata will enter the premium hatchback segment soon. The segment is a very serious one, where buyers want a lot of features for the money they are shelling out. The car Tata is making will be based on the 45X concept shown at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will undoubtedly be a great looking hatchback with current design language in mind. Tata has been very much on point with good design lately. This segment is currently ruled by the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. Tata will have to wade through some rough waters to shake up these brands. However, by what we can derive from the concept is that the competition will face a good challenge in the premium hatchback segment. What more will the Tata 45X offer? We share our preview of this concept car. Read further.

The latest with this car is the spy shots that for the first time reveal the production version of the car. Do scroll down to the spy shots section to know more.

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Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol: Launching by late 2019

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The Maruti Vitara Brezza is the highest selling compact SUV in India. It was the company’s strategy to introduce the Vitara Brezza in diesel only. Though being available only with one engine option, it is still the best seller. Its competitors come in both Petrol and Diesel versions. Maruti has recently introduced the AMT version of the Vitara Brezza. This was done right after the launch of Tata Nexon AMT. Also, though petrol prices are going up, this car is going to receive the 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Ciaz. The Brezza sells high numbers and the introduction of a petrol version will be beneficial. The petrol variant will lower the price of the Brezza. It will bring down the ex-showroom price under ₹7 lakhs. Thus it can compete in a stronger way.

This is going to be a win-win situation for Maruti. A petrol Vitara Brezza would most likely become the cheapest SUV. The petrol version can be a good option for those who mainly drive in the city. The petrol engine Marutis have always been a strong point in all of the manufactures cars, especially the hatchbacks. The Brezza petrol will be more affordable.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol engine will be coming with a manual transmission and also an AMT. What kind of power will this engine offer, and what shall be its mileage? Read further to find out about more Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol

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MG India SUV – Early launch in 2019

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Many of us neither heard or spoken ever, about the MG marquee. It has never come to India and only those in automotive circles know, MG Rover. MG was brought in it’s time of need by the Chinese company, SAIC. The company is known for making products on the GM and Volkswagen platforms it has got licenses for. Rover was Land Rover which was brought by Ford before being sold to Tata. Since then we haven’t hear much about MG until last year when the company decided to use the Halol plant in Gujarat as its base.

On our recent visit to China we got a chance to get reacquainted with MG Motors and get acquainted with the parent company SAIC. We learnt that the company’s first product which is going to launch in India in the second half of next year will be an SUV larger than the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. However, we expect the pricing to be below this segment, making the MG SUV a market breaking product and something other manufactures will take notice of.

MG India SUV Launch

MG will launch this product in India next year, around April. The vehicle will be made in the MG’s Halol plant. As we have known the Bajoun SUV has been spotted testing in India many times now. This will the first product to be launched in India by MG. MG will be then launching a product every year in India.

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MG India SUV2019

MG India SUV Price

So the diesel motor that will be used in the MG India SUV will be the Fiat units used in the Jeep Compass. The size of the car will be close to that of the Hyundai Tuscon and the Honda CRV. These attributes paired with a strong pricing strategy will make the MG brand unstoppable. The car is looking to slot itself in the Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs price range. This price range will be a very strong and competitive price segment to get into.

Car Price Range
MG India SUV base variantRs 10 lakhs
MG India SUV top variantRs 15 lakhs

MG India SUV Interior and Design

The interior first! This is where as seen above we have come across some spy shots of the front row of the cars being tested under camouflage. The car looks like it’s borrowing details like the air vents, instrument cluster, door handles and the handbrake lever from it’s SAIC cousins the MG Baojun 530 and the Roewe RX5. The car will get a sunroof, ambient lighting, a digital instrument console and features like lane assist, park assist and 6 airbags for safety. The front driver seat will be electrically adjustable too. It’s exterior styling will be very close to the Baojun 530 and will be have many design element s from other SAIC products.

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The most interesting part of the above spy shots is the Roewe RX5’s big Tesla like touchscreen and it looks like the car will get a manual gearbox option in India.

Also Read: Tata Harrier will be the bigger than XUV500 and Jeep Compass

 MG India SUV Specifications

The premium car that will be the MG India SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Both engines will be sourced from Fiat. The Jeep Compass’ diesel motor will do duty on the MG SUV too. The top-end variants are expected to be equipped with automatic transmission and AWD capability. The cars will come with 7 speed automatic and a manual version too.

 

Recently a bunch of MG SUV’s have been spotted along with a Hyundai Tucson.This shows that the Chinese automaker is bench marking its first Indian product against the premium Hyundai offering. MG Motor India MD, Mr Rajeev Chaba has revealed that the SUV is a mid sized C segment SUV. It is not a Hyundai Creta or Jeep Compass rival in any way, but a much bigger and a more premium offering.

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MG SUV

 

Also Read: MG SUV that will be first in India?

MG India SUV Competition

The car will compete with the upcoming Kia SP and the Tata Harrier in terms of size and pricing. Size could be even bigger depending on the platform chosen by MG. Many more details will soon paint a clearer picture of the firt MG India SUV soon.

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Honda HRV India: Coming in mid-2019

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Honda is also a manufacturer looking to make sure every segment of the market in India in India is captured. The growth Honda has seen in Indian is high. Lately, many other models including the City have seen good sales. This includes the WRV crossover too. As the SUV fondness in India is growing, the Japanese maker is also getting its act together to come in with yet another SUV that is set to be another game changer for the company. The 2019 Honda HRV India will be their next SUV.

The company has officially confirmed about the development of Honda HRV for India. We were the first ones to break the news of the WRV coming to India. The HRV  will do battle with the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Tata Harrier. The 2018 Honda HRV was unveiled at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The HRV is expected to be launched next year in India with mostly the same specifications and features.  The HRV is a premium SUV and will go up against the Hyundai Creta. The upcoming Maruti Vitara, Nissan Kicks and Tata Harrier will also be competition to it. This segment is beginning to heat up more, with several new players coming in. The WRV, which is a hatchback crossover, has been very successful and now the HRV will aim to dominate the premium five-seater SUV segment as well.

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