One of the best-selling market sectors is the compact SUV market, which explains why there are so many goods available in it from practically every manufacturer. To maintain a competitive edge within this sector, companies must either innovate by introducing novel products or enhance their existing offerings. Three of these products are shown here, and they will soon be available in India.
New cars are continuously being introduced, but in the compact SUV market, standing out from the competition demands a certain amount of strategic cunning. Many people will be happy reading this post because it discusses updates that will interest a lot of aficionados.
The Kia Sonet is getting its first official facelift since its launch, and it should help boost sales. It has redesigned three-tier LED headlamps up front with black chrome garnish, additional positioning lamps, and integrated LED DRLs. The alloy wheels have been revised, and the side profile continues in the same direction towards the back, where LED taillights are connected by a slim bar and the bumper has been significantly modified.
Expectations regarding features are higher than with the previous model, and in terms of safety, ABS, EBD, and six airbags are standard. For extra convenience, the higher variations can take advantage of the set of ADAS capabilities that Hyundai has previously included on several of its models. The same powertrain options -1.0-liter turbocharged petrol, 1.2-liter normally aspirated petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engines-are anticipated to remain available mechanically.
The redesigned Kia Sonet is an incoming B2-segment SUV with seating for five. By March 2024, we want to see the new Sonet makeover debut. We expect its price to be between INR 7.78 lakhs and INR 14.48 lakhs when it goes on sale. These are the available engine-transmission combinations for the Sonet facelift.
1) 1.5L turbo diesel with 6-speed MT transmission
2) 1.5L turbo diesel with 6-speed TC transmission
3) 1.2L petrol with 5-speed MT transmission
4) 1.0L turbo petrol with 6-speed MT transmission
5) 1.0L turbo petrol with 7-speed DCT transmission
|100PS @ 4000rpm
|240Nm @ 1500 – 2750rpm
Mahindra XUV300 Facelift
The XUV300 from the next generation is set to be launched next year, promising a significant overhaul in terms of exterior, interior, and features. Taking cues from its larger sibling, the XUV700, the front showcases headlamp and DRL designs inspired by it. Moving to the rear, it adopts newly designed LED taillights that feature connected LED treatments.
Updates to the feature list will include ADAS safety technology, a stunning panoramic sunroof, and wireless charging. It will have three engines: a 1.5-liter turbodiesel, a 1.2-liter TGDI turbodiesel, and a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol. The mechanicals will basically stay the same. At 7.99 lakhs (ex-showroom), the base model is currently slightly more expensive than the other models, but we’re hoping that this time around, the prices of the higher versions will be just right.
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The Toyota Taisor Maruti Suzuki Frox is the rugged version, and just like the previous model in partnership, we hope that the overall design will remain similar with some subtle changes. Inside, it is expected to be feature-rich with smartphone connectivity, auto climate control, and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, along with a comprehensive safety package that includes six airbags.
The vehicle will continue to be powered by a single engine: a 1.2-liter NA gasoline engine that can produce 90 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque. It can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Alternatively, a 1.0-liter boosterjet gasoline engine that can produce 100 horsepower and 147 Nm of torque can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter with paddle shifters.
The Toyota Taisor is an upcoming B2-segment SUV with seating for up to 5 people. We expect the new Taisor to be launched by December 2023. When the upcoming Toyota Taisor goes on sale, we anticipate its price to be between INR 7.60 lakhs and INR 13.50 lakhs. The Taisor can be available with the following 5 engine-transmission combinations.
1) 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol with 5-speed transmission
2) 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol with 5-speed AMT transmission
3) 1.0L turbo petrol with 5-speed MT transmission
4) 1.0L turbo petrol with 6-speed TC transmission
5) 1.2L cng with 5-speed MT transmission
|90PS @ 6000rpm
|113Nm @ 4400rpm