The Indian market is flooded with an array of cars belonging to several segments. Among these categories, multi utility vehicles (MUV) and sports utility vehicles (SUV) are in huge demand owing to their driving comfort on long routes, seating arrangements and a large boot for luggage. There are a large number of seven seater cars in India which are used for commercial as well as passenger purposes.
Listed below are a few of the upcoming cars in India.
The Renault-Dacia Lodgy MPV was one of the well-anticipated cars showcased at the New Delhi 2014 Auto Expo. The Lodgy is likely to be offered with a 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine mated with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard fare. On offer could also be a 1.6 liter petrol engine. The Lodgy is based on the BO platform. This seven-seater is expected to give a stiff competition to Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo. The car is expected to launch in January 2015. Expected to be priced at Rs. 7 to Rs. 10 lakh, the Renault-Dacia Lodgy MPV will be manufactured from the Renault-Nissan facility in Oragadam, off Chennai.
The Honda Mobilio MPV, already unveiled at the 2013 Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS), is another seven-seater to look forward to. The Mobilio will be offered with two engine options: a 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol unit and a 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel unit. Both engines will get 5 speed manual gearboxes while an automatic gearbox could be offered on the petrol variant. Based on the Brio platform, direct competition for the Mobilio will come from the Maruti Ertiga. A launch in the second half of 2014 is likely with a price range of Rs. 6.5 lakh to 10 lakh.
Mahindra Scorpio, an SUV from Mahindra has been ruling its segment for over a decade now and its prominence among Indian buyers hasn’t decreased an inch. The car offers a spacious seating arrangement and luggage space to the passengers. Mahindra has decided to upgrade the Scorpio by a facelift. The facelifted model will have the same 2.2 liter mHawk engine that generates 120 bhp and 290 Nm. Mahindra may also offers two more engines – a 2.6 liter CRDe diesel engine that pumps out 115 bhp and 280 Nm and a 2.5 liter M2DICR diesel motor that generates 75 bhp and 220 Nm. All engines of the Scorpio get a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. The top end Scorpio will also get a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The facelift Scorpio is expected to be launched in 2014 October with a price tag of Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 13 lakh.
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