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A number of 4x4 vehicles are set to be launched in India in the upcoming months. These SUVs are from different brands, slot into different price brackets, and are targeted at different lifestyles. We have created a list of the top-five proper 4x4 SUVs that are set to be launched in the Indian market.
SUVs are the most-popular type of four-wheelers in India. SUVs have been raking in the sales numbers constantly and the increasing number of new SUVs on sale in India only show that the demand for SUVs isn't going to drop anytime soon.
However, most of these new SUVs being sold in India do not feature a proper 4WD system. A proper 4x4 system is one of the defining characteristics of a proper SUV. This list of the top-five upcoming 4x4 SUVs in India features only those upcoming vehicles with a proper 4WD system. Here are the top-five upcoming 4x4 cars in India:
1. Maruti Suzuki Jimny
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be coming to the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that an exclusive 5-door version will be launched in India. The 3-door Suzuki Jimny has been on sale in international markets for a few years now. The SUV has received acclaim for its practicality and especially for its off-road capabilities.
The legendary Maruti Suzuki Gypsy was the predecessor to the Jimny currently sold in International markets. Maruti Suzuki currently manufactures the Jimny in India and exports it to a few international markets. It is powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 103.5bhp and a peak torque output of 138Nm. It also gets a proper 4WD system with low-ratio.
The SUV in its current avatar has been on sale in international markets for a few years now and is bound to get a facelift soon. It is this facelifted version that is expected to be launched in India. In India, Maruti Suzuki will bring in a 5-door version and might consider selling the 3-door version as a sporty variant. It is expected to be launched towards the end of 2021 or at the start of 2022.
2. Next-Generation Mahindra Scorpio
The next-gen Mahindra Scorpio is all set to be launched in the Indian market this year. The generational update for the Mahindra Scorpio has been pending for a long time now. The Mahindra Scorpio is one of the few evergreen cars to be launched in India. It is one of those cars that sell well irrespective of whether it has been updated recently or not.
The Mahindra Scorpio has been in its current avatar for a few years now and Mahindra has been working on the next-gen. The upcoming SUV has been spotted multiple times while on test. It is expected to be powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine and the 2.0-litre Stallion TGDi petrol engine currently found in the Mahindra Thar.
The previous-generation Mahindra Scorpio had a brilliant 4WD system. Even though it had electronic 4x4 controls, it came with a proper low-ratio gearbox. The Mahindra Scorpio 4WD was brilliant off-road. Post the implementation of BS6 emissions norms, the 4WD scorpio was discontinued. It will be re-launched with the arrival of the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio.
3. BS6 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is the only lifestyle pickup-truck to be sold in the Indian market in the last couple of years. Before the Isuzu came in, the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway and the Tata Xenon were the only two lifestyle pickup trucks in the Indian market. The Isuzu D-max V-Cross then set a new benchmark in the segment.
It combined great off-road capabilities with luxury and comfort. In 2020, Isuzu discontinued sales of the pickup truck when the stringent BS6 emissions norms were implemented in India. Since a couple of months now, isuzu has been teasing the BS6 update and will launch it in India anytime now. It will retain the 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine that puts out 148bhp and 350Nm.
4. Seven-Seater Jeep Compass
The 7-seater Jeep Compass has been in the works for a while now. Camouflaged test mules of the seven-seater have been spotted testing multiple times. It will follow the design and style of the current 5-seater Compass but is likely to be renamed.
It will be powered by the same 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel engine with a maximum power output of 167.7bhp and a peak torque output of 350Nm. It will feature the same capable 4WD system too. It is expected to sell in greater numbers thanks to the two additional seats.
5. Mahindra XUV700
The Mahindra XUV700 is an all-new SUV being developed by Mahindra for the Indian market as well as for export to other markets. The SUV is all-new and is expected to be powered by a selection of powerful petrol and diesel engines.
It will also be feature-packed and will come with a 4WD drivetrain. The SUV has already been spotted testing multiple times, which leads us to believe that it will be launched soon. It is expected to take the competition to the likes of the Toyota Fortuner.
Thoughts On Top-Five Upcoming 4WD Cars Being Launched In India
All the vehicles listed in this article are some of the most-awaited cars in India. These cars are set to be launched within the next few months and once launched, will sell well too. We too are honestly looking forward for them to be launched in India as these are capable of taking us to locations other vehicles will struggle to get to, and they can take us there in comfort.