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3 SUVs Set To Launch In 3 Days In India


The hotly anticipated SUVs span three different segments

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This week, carmakers Mahindra, Hyundai and Citroen are gearing up to introduce long-awaited SUVs in the country. In the next three days, between September 6 and 8, three different models will be launched spanning different segments and price points. 

September 6: Hyundai Venue N Line 

Bookings are already underway for the facelifted Hyundai Venue’s sportier sibling. The Venue N Line has already been unveiled sporting a new Thunder Blue paint job with blacked-out exterior trim and red accents and a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels. 

Powertrain options will likely be limited to the 1-litre turbo petrol engine paired with the 7-speed DCT automatic; an iMT clutchless manual or 6-speed manual option will not be offered. 

Expect to pay a premium of around Rs 50,000 over the standard Venue Turbo that retails between Rs 10.97 lakh and Rs 12.72 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). 

September 7: Facelifted Citroen C5 Aircross 

The facelifted C5 Aircross SUV will arrive in India a few months after its global debut in January. Its most apparent change is the revised front end styling with full-width LED running lights flanking the Citroen logo. It’ll also get a redesigned interior with a new centre console and larger 10-inch infotainment display. 

The 177PS diesel-automatic powertrain should continue unchanged, but the SUV will get a major safety update with the addition of active driver assistance and active safety features (ADAS) part of the Highway Driver Assist suite. These include adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go conditions, lane keeping assist and forward collision prevention. 

These updates will come at a substantial premium and the SUV should be priced at around Rs 37 lakh to Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India). 

September 8: Mahindra XUV400 EV 

Mahindra’s first electric SUV is a precursor to the advanced electric concepts that the carmaker showcased on Independence Day. The ICE XUV300-based EV has been in the works for over two years and will finally go on sale soon. 

The carmaker has been tight-lipped about the upcoming XUV400 for now, but we expect its specs to be on par with the Tata Nexon EV, its primary rival. Similar to the Tata SUV, it could be available in more than one battery size. 

We expect the electric SUV to be priced from around Rs 15 lakh, same as the Tata Nexon EV. 

Of the three SUVs mentioned above, the Citroen and Hyundai vehicles will go on sale immediately, while the Mahindra EV’s prices are likely to be announced later this year.

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