Monday, June 24, 2019

Would These Compact SUVs Make Sense for India?


At the recently concluded Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen's board member, Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, went on record to suggest that there will come a time - very soon at that - when having an SUV in every segment will be imperative. I agree with him completely, save for one small reservation. I think having an SUV in what's globally known as the micro car segment will be rather stupid.마카오 카지노 호텔 Imagine an SUV on offer in the Maruti Alto/ Hyundai Eon category. It'll be so small that it'll look nothing more than an absurdly inflated small hatch in itself. In most of the categories above that, however, the SUV body-shape will have great scope to capture the market pie.
As far as compact SUVs in India are concerned, the most noise was made by the Ford with the launch of its EcoSport, but Hyundai, Maruti, Volkswagen, Tata and Mahindra are all now working overtime to get a product in the sub-compact/compact SUV space as soon as possible.
Suzuki showed the Vitara concept at the Paris Motor Show and it must be said, that thing looks like it's ready to hit the production line any time. Maruti, at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi, unveiled its sub-4-metre XA-Aplha concept SUV and received encouraging response from visitors. However, over time, we didn't quite see or hear much of the XA-Alpha. In fact, Suzuki showed another concept SUV - iV-4 - at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, 2013, which went on to become the Vitara that we saw at the Paris Motor Show this year.
The Vitara wouldn't fit in the sub-4-metre category owing to its length of 4,175 mm, but if Maruti plans to introduce it in the Indian market (which will be a very wise move), 마카오 카지노 환전 I'm rather sure that they'll be able to price the product compellingly.
Maruti may choose to offer the Vitara with a slightly tweaked 1.4-litre petrol engine that does duty in the Ciaz currently, or may even bring in the 1.6-litre petrol engine that the Vitara will come with across international markets. Suzuki will bring out the Vitara with a 1.6-litre diesel unit capable of producing 120bhp and 320Nm, but the factor of economy-of-scale might see the company fitting in the same Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel unit that powers its entire portfolio of cars currently.
Hyundai's China-exclusive SUV concept made its world debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. 마카오 카지노 후기 The company might say that this is a China-exclusive product, but you can't ignore the likelihood of the ix25 making it to our market.