5 Suvs Expected to Make Their Debut This Festive Season

As the festive season approaches, car enthusiasts and potential buyers have a lot to celebrate with the anticipated launch of several new SUV models. This year promises to be particularly thrilling, with an array of SUVs set to hit the market in the coming months of 2023. Here’s a sneak peek at the top five SUVs expected to make their debut during this festive season:

1. Honda Elevate

Honda’s entry into the bustling compact SUV segment, the Elevate, has already garnered attention since its global unveiling in India a few months ago. Built on the Honda City’s platform, this compact powerhouse is all set for a September release, with an expected starting price of around Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom). Equipped with the dependable 1.5-litre petrol engine from the City, generating 121PS/145Nm, and offering both manual and CVT transmission options.

The Elevate is also gearing up for an EV version, slated for a 2026 launch. A 10.25-inch touchscreen, sleek single-pane sunroof, and wireless phone charging are among its notable features, while safety is enhanced by up to six airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, and advanced camera technology.

2. Citroen C3 Aircross

The Citroen C3 Aircross, the fourth addition to the brand’s Indian lineup and the second SUV, is arriving with style. Based on the C3 crossover-hatchback’s platform but offering more space, this 5- to 7-seater SUV is expected to start at approximately Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom). Powering it is the trusty 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine generating 110PS and 190Nm, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an automatic variant anticipated in the future.

The C3 Aircross boasts essentials such as a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch digital driver display, and manual AC. Safety features include dual airbags, a reversing camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

3. Tata Nexon Facelift

Tata Motors is revving up the excitement with a heavily revised version of the Nexon, expected to roll out in the next couple of months. Featuring a bold and premium redesign both inside and out, the Nexon Facelift is projected to start from Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom). Power options include the familiar 1.5-litre diesel engine and a new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol unit, with a choice of manual, AMT, and DCT transmissions.

Cutting-edge features such as a spacious 10.25-inch touchscreen, ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and a digital driver display are set to elevate the driving experience. Safety enhancements encompass a 360-degree camera, up to six airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchorages.

4. Tata Nexon EV Facelift

Electric vehicle enthusiasts can rejoice as Tata Motors unveils an updated version of the Nexon EV, complementing the internal combustion engine (ICE) Nexon. With an estimated starting price of Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom), the Nexon EV Facelift features similar cosmetic upgrades as its ICE counterpart. Potential offerings include the Prime (30.2kWh battery pack; 312km range) and Max (40.5kWh battery pack; 453km range) versions.

Expect cutting-edge features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen, paddle shifters for battery regeneration, wireless phone charging, and cruise control. Safety standards are poised to rise with up to six airbags, a 360-degree camera, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, and rear parking sensors.

5. 5-door Force Gurkha

One of the most awaited releases, the 5-door Force Gurkha, is finally hitting the roads this festive season. Anticipated to start at Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom), this versatile SUV promises a comfortable 3-row configuration with bench seats and captain seats in the second and third rows. Upgrades include enhanced lighting and impressive 18-inch alloy wheels. Powering the 5-door Gurkha is the reliable 2.6-litre diesel engine, potentially in a higher state of tune, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and standard 4-wheel drivetrain. The SUV is expected to offer a 7-inch touchscreen, power windows, and manual AC, with safety features like dual airbags, a reversing camera, and rear parking sensors.

As the festive season draws near, the anticipation for these remarkable SUVs is building up. Which model has caught your attention the most and why? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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