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    Upcoming SUVs to Look Forward to in 2018

    With car loans available to customers in just a few clicks, getting your hands on the car of your dreams is nothing short of easy. With feasible and customised car loan structures offered by banks and credit dealers, most people today are looking at cars even beyond what they would have thought as unaffordable a few years back. For example, according to a survey, more than 700 thousand SUVs have been sold in 2017 itself. With ample boot space for long distance travelling, fuel efficient and heavily powered engines, and the latest features in the market, customers today don’t think twice before going for an SUV they would want to be seen in. As the utility vehicle industry continues to rise exponentially, many car manufacturers are introducing their products in order to cater to the ever-increasing needs of the market. With the onset of 2018, a number of SUVs from various manufactures are going to make way to the Indian market while spoiling the customers for choice. Check out the list below to see the upcoming SUV cars in the year 2018 and decide for yourself which one is your new favourite.

    Audi Q2

    With Audi fans having their first glimpse of the Q2 at the Geneva Motor Show, the car which is designed to suits the needs of Indian customers is comparatively smaller as compared to the Q3. With both diesel and petrol variants, the Audi Q2 comes with features such as daylight LED headlamps, flared wheel arches that makes the car look alot meaner, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and cruise control for those who wish to take this beauty on long drives. Expected to hit showrooms across India by the end of December or early next year, the Audi Q2 has an ex-showroom price between Rs.28 - Rs.32 Lakh.

    Range Rover Velar

    When it comes to powerful SUVs, few can match the cars rolled out by Jaguar Land Rover. Expected to hit showrooms in India early next year, the Range Rover Velar is built on a powerful 247 bhp petrol engine with 500 Nm torque and a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine powered by 295bhp and 700 Nm of torque. On the inside, the Range Rover Velar boasts of a dual-tone dashboard, panoramic sunroof, climate control for individuals, and adjustable seats for the front and back passengers as well. The Range Rover Velar is expected to be priced between Rs.80 - Rs.90 lakh (ex-showroom price).

    Maruti Brezza Petrol

    Since Maruti Brezza is one of the best-selling cars in India, the company is planning to introduce the petrol version of the car to cement its position in the industry. Similar to the Swift, Baleno, and Ignis, the new Maruti Brezza Petrol will be powered by a 1.2-litre engine. Expected to be priced between Rs.5.5 lakh and Rs.7 lakh, the car is slated to be released sometime between June 2018 and August 2018.

    Hyundai Creta Facelift

    Expected to be launched in June 2018 to August 2018, the Hyundai Creta Facelift will be worth Rs.9 lakh to Rs.15 lakh approximately. Since its introduction in 2015, the Creta has dominated the SUV market in India with its premium feel, striking design, and excellent performance. The 2018 Hyundai Creta will feature a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine apart from a 1.4-litre diesel engine, same as its predecessor, along with multiple updated style components. The car will sport a cascading front grille, faux bash plate, redesigned bumper, remodeled LED headlamps supporting daytime running, and a number of other updates.

    Datsun Go-Cross

    As per the reports, the Datsun Go-Cross will be priced at Rs.5.5-8 lakh approximately. Slated to release in September 2018, this car will be a flagship product of the company to venture the crossover industry. The Datsun Go-Cross is expected to carry a 1.2-litre petrol engine similar to the Datsun Go hatchback, or a 1.5-litre engine that powers the Datsun Go+ MPV. The car is expected to carry an array of design features to attract the younger crowd such as wheels with chrome finish, LED headlamps, taillights, and fog lights, hexagonal grille with chrome bezel, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), rear parking sensor etc.

    MG ZS SUV

    MG Motors India is set to launch its first SUV - MG ZS SUV - within the country to tap the booming SUV segment. This car is expected to be priced at Rs.9 lakh to Rs.14 lakh, and might feature a diesel engine variant in addition to the existing one with a 1-litre, turbocharged petrol engine in order to appeal the Indian customers.The MG ZS SUV will sport a number of features such as LED projector headlamps with daytime running, diamond-cut alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car will tentatively be released by the end of 2018.

    Honda CRV Diesel

    Reportedly, the 2018 Honda CR-V will be priced between Rs.25 lakh and Rs.30 lakh. Equipped with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine or 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, this car is slated to be released in August 2018. The SUV will also feature a number of technology components such as TFT LCD instrument panel, power moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display with navigation and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility, 4-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, and many more

    BMW X2

    With a sportier outlook compared to the X1, the BMW X2 is expected to be launched in March 2018 with a price tag of Rs.40-50 lakh approximately. The aerodynamic design and bold styling aspects of the new SUV offers it a dynamic first impression. While the X2 is larger than the X1 in terms of dimension, the car can reach high speed units at a very short amount of time due to its high power and torque output at a low rpm. The BMW will be equipped with ABS, Brake Assist, Parking Assist, Pedestrian Protection System, and rear view cameras & sensors for the convenience of the passengers.

    Audi Q8

    This car is slated to release in December 2018 and will be priced at Rs.1 crore approximately. Similar to the BMW X6, the Audi Q8 will be a coupe-SUV powered by an electric compressor coupled with a 3-litre, turbo-petrol engine to generate 450 hp of power and 500 Nm of torque. With a striking exterior design, the Audi Q8 will feature a stylish roof spoiler, well-sculpted bonnet, and sloping roofline in addition to a large bumper diffuser with 2 integrated exhaust pipes.

    Lamborghini Urus

    Built on the MLB Evo platform of the Volkswagen Group, the Lamborghini Urus is outfitted with a 3996cc, 4-litre, V8 Bi-turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, adaptive air suspension, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes in the front and back. This ‘super SUV’ not only features state-of-the-art technology and equipment, it is also capable of producing a maximum power of 641 bhp at 6000 rpm and 850 Nm at 2250-4500 rpm of maximum torque. The Lamborghini Urus has been launched in India in January 2018, and is priced at a whopping Rs.3 crore.

    Land Rover Range Rover Velar

    Staying true to the design philosophy of Range Rover, the Land Rover Range Rover Velar projects a sporty outlook with a cutting-edge interior design and a roofline similar to a coupe. Available in 3 options of petrol and diesel powertrains, this car is powered by a 4-cylinder, diesel engine or V6 petrol engine - depending on the model. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar was unveiled on 20 January 2018, and is worth between Rs.78.83 lakh and Rs.1.37 crore approximately.

    Mitsubishi Outlander

    Since the discontinuation of the 2nd-generation model in 2012, the Mitsubishi Outlander is going to make a comeback in September 2018 tentatively with an estimated price tag between Rs.18 lakh and Rs.24 lakh. Attributing to the angular design components and sleek LED headlamps at the front, the car looks a tad sharper than its predecessor while offering a better drag coefficient. The Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to be equipped with a 2.4-litre or 2-litre engine to produce 150-180 bhp of maximum power.

    Nissan X-Trail 2015

    Powered by a 2.0-litre DCI diesel engine with 143 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of torque, the Nissan X-Trail is all set give rival SUVs a run for their money. The Nissan X-Trail comes with features such as chrome finished door handles, keyless entry, automatic climate control, cruise control, and heated seats. The exteriors display LED DRLs, flared wheel arches and multi spoke alloys. Expected to hit the showrooms in India early next year, the Nissan X-Trail will be priced approximately between Rs.30 lakh to Rs.35 lakh.

    Nissan Kicks

    Estimated to be launched in December 2018, the price range of the Nissan Kicks can vary from Rs.8 lakh to Rs.12 lakh. Since the manufacturer hasn’t introduced any new car after the GT-R in December 2016, the release of this car might lead Nissan to revamp its range of products that are currently in the market. The Nissan Kicks might be equipped with a 1.5-litre, K9K diesel powertrain similar to the Renault Duster SUV.

    Mini Countryman

    While the Mini Countryman will make its way to the Indian market in November 2018 tentatively, this car embodies the signature design elements of Mini. According to the claims of the manufacturer, the Mini Countryman is the most versatile car that has ever been launched by the company. Expected to be worth Rs.37-41 lakh, the car features a semi-digital display, bonnet scoop, bug eye-shaped headlights, a 8.8-inch touchscreen console etc. The car will be equipped with a 2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol or diesel engine

    Volvo XC40

    Expected to release between June 2018 and August 2018, the Volvo XC40 will be worth around Rs.22 lakh - Rs.25 lakh. The interiors of the car will feature electrically-adjustable leather seats, drive mode selection, electronic stability control system, and integrated twin tailpipes in the rear in addition to LED headlamps and tail lamps. With striking design aspects, the Volvo XC40 might be available in 2 engine variants - a 1.6-litre petrol engine or a 2-litre diesel engine. The car will also be equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission system.

    BMW X4

    With the sale of luxury cars in the country on the rise year after year, BMW surely has played its part with the spike in sales. Named as the car for the next generation, the BMW is powered by a 2.0-litre Diesel or 3.0-litre Diesel, and is controlled by a six-cylinder mill with an output in excess of 400 bhp. The exteriors boast of a neaty grilled bonnet, a sloping roof, and a kidney beans shaped grille. With the company expecting to roll out 350,000 units of the model, this luxury SUV car is expected to hit the Indian showrooms by early 2018, and is expected to be priced between Rs.45 lakh to Rs.55 lakh.

    Ssangyong Tivoli

    Rolled out by Mahindra, the Ssangyong Tivoli has both diesel and petrol variants. The 1.6 litre petrol engine is powered by 125 Bhp and torque of 157 Nm, whereas the 1.6 litre diesel engine is powered by 113 Bhp and torque of 300 Nm. The interiors of the car come with a touch-screen infotainment system, push-start button, climate control and cruise control options. Expected to hit showrooms across the country by the end of 2017, the Ssangyong Tivoli is budget friendly and is expected to be priced between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.15 lakh.

    Tata Q501

    Following the success of Zest and Bolt models of Tata, the car manufacturing company is all set to roll out their next 5 seater SUV - the Tata Q501. This budget friendly SUV which is expected to be priced between Rs.12 lakh and Rs.15 lakh comes with exteriors such as projector lights, LED tail lights, and daytime running LED strips to suit its muscular frame. Controlled by a 5-Speed manual transmission, the Tata Q501 is run on a 1.5-litre Fiat sourced engine and is powered by 117 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The car is expected to roll into showrooms across the country by January 2018.

    Lexus NX

    Expected to rival the BMW X5 and the Land Rover Discovery, the Lexus NX comes with a price tag between Rs.70 lakh and Rs.75 lakh. Under the boot, the Lexus NX is run on a 2.5L engine and is powered by 194 BHP. The exteriors have a large spindle grille, LED headlamps, flared arch wheels, cladded rear bumpers and LED tail lights. Inside the car, the driver can control the features of the car through the 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and the leather upholstery gives the car an elegant feel to it. What made the headlines for this car is that it can go from 0-100kmph in 9.1seconds.

    Mahindra XUV300

    Following Mahindra’s success with the XUV500 and the TUV300, the Indian car manufacturing company is all set to roll out its latest in SUV at the Auto Expo in Delhi next year - 2018. Expected to be priced between Rs.8 lakh and Rs.11 lakh, the XUV300 is run on a 1.5-Litre Diesel Engine and is powered by 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque.

    Jeep Renegade

    Having already sold 11,000 units in the United Kingdom last year, much to the delight of old-school car enthusiasts and long distance travellers, the Jeep Renegade is all set to hit the streets of India early in 2018. The Jeep Renegade has two variants, one with a 1.4-litre engine and the other with a 2.4-litre engine. The 1.4 litre engine is powered by 118 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. The interiors of this retro styled car contains leather wrapped steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system with a high dimensional interface, and black ebony coloured interiors. The Jeep Renegade is expected to be priced between Rs.8.5 lakh and Rs.12 lakh.

    BMW X7

    Known to be the biggest SUV that the German carmakers have rolled out, the BMW X7 is all set to rival the Mercedes GLS, the Land Rover Discovery, Audi Q7 and lastly the Volvo XC90. Controlled by an 8-speed transmission, the BMW X7 is run on a 3.0- litre diesel or petrol engine and is powered by 301 BHP. The exteriors display a kidney-grille up front and twin-barrel LED headlamps that make its frame look muscular. A premium class vehicle, the BMW X7 interiors have bells and whistles like massaging seats, panoramic sunroof and a separate zone climate control which is controlled by the iDrive interface. Expected to hit the Indian market in February 2018, the BMW X7 will come with a price tag between Rs.70 lakh and Rs.80 lakh.

    Maserati Levante

    The luxury car brand is all set to add to its SUV sports line compromising of the GranTurismo, GranCabrio, Ghibli, and the Quattroporte with its latest model, the Levante. The Maserati Levante petrol variant is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 while the diesel variant is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine. Expected to hit the Indian roads by the first quarter of 2018, the Maserati Levante will come an approximate price tag of Rs.1.8 crore.

    Jaguar E-Pace

    Expected to rival other 2018’s SUV releases - Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Volvo XC6 - the Jaguar E-Pace is all set to hit the Indian market in February 2018. The 8-speed 2.0-litre petrol engine boasts of a power of 237 Bhp to go with its muscular frame. Built on lightweight aluminium infused architecture, the Jaguar E-Pace features cat-eyed headlamps, a grilled mesh in the front and flared arch wheel as part of the exteriors. Inside the car, the Jaguar E-Pace contains touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, sunroof and electrically adjustable seats.

    Skoda Karoq

    Expected to hit the Indian showrooms by February 2018, the Skoda Karoq comes with its signature moustache grille, flared arch wheels, sloping roof and sleek headlamps. Inside the car, the Skoda Karoq comes with a climate control system, and most of the other features evident in the other Skoda models. The Karoq has two petrol engine variants and three diesel variants. The car is expected to be priced between Rs.18 lakh to Rs.25 lakh.

    Ford Kuga

    Following the success of the Ford Endeavour and the Ford EcoSport, Ford car manufacturers are all set to roll out the Ford Kuga - its latest SUV model. On the exteriors of the car, the Kuga displays the conventional Ford grille mesh, fog lamps, a chunky bonnet, while the sloping roof and the flared arch wheels give it a sporty touch. The cockpit of the Kuga comes with a infotainment system which has a GPS and can be connected via phone. In addition, it comes with a push start button and 12V socket. The diesel and petrol variants are controlled by either a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission - as per the choice of the customer.

    All the above listed SUV car models are due to hit the Indian roads by the first quarter of 2018. If you are planning to buy an SUV, but are running low on funds, you can borrow a low-interest car loan to receive financial aid while purchasing your dream car. With paperless transactions becoming the norm, your loan will be approved and disbursed in no time. All you need to do is provide the required documents such as identity proof, address proof, proof of income, Income Tax Return or Form-16, active bank accounts, and proof of stable source of income - depending on the requirements of your bank or non-banking financing company (NBFC).

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