The buzzword at the 2016 has undeniably been SUV. Both domestic and international brands unveiled their new or upgraded versions of the SUVs.
Jeep made its grand entry on the Indian roads with two of its iconic brands – the Wrangler and the Cherokee. Both these vehicles will target the upscale market and make their presence felt in India. The Jeep is expected to be available in the second half of 2016.
Volkswagen too revealed its all-new Tiguan, a vehicle which will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Chevrolet’s Trailblazer. The Tiguan will be assembled at Volkswagen’s manufacturing facility in Pune.
Ford’s new and improved Endeavour is ale drawing more than curious glances at the Auto Expo. With features like ambient lighting, keyless entry, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 10-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control and ceiling AC vents make for an attractive proposition for those in the market for a SUV.
Not in the same category as a few of the above mentioned vehicles but Honda’s BR-V is another much talked about cars. While Honda launched the Mobilio to take on the likes of Maruti’s Ertiga, the BR-V will challenge Hyundai Creta, Ford Ecosport and Maruti’s S-Cross
Similarly, Renault’s revamped Duster looks to pose a formidable challenge in the compact SUV category. A first major upgrade on Renault’s flagship model is expected to add to a growing number of compact SUV buyers.
Throw Tata Motor’s Hexa, Nissan’s hybrid X-Trail and Toyota’s Innova Crysta in the mix and it’s clear that the competition in various sub categories in the SUV segment is just getting heated up.