11 SUV’s in Indian Market That No one Actually Buys Well Almost!
The Indian car market has always been one tough battlefield to conquer. While it has proved to be a big game changer for many car manufacturers and products, which due to their performance in the Indian market have gained a huge reputation worldwide, there have been some names which have been struggling very hard to make their impact, yet are being accepted by a handful of buyers.
Today is the time of SUVs in the Indian market – SUVs of all sizes and dimensions. In this immensely popular category of cars, there are still a number of products of whose sales numbers are even lower than the number of fingers in both your hands. In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on those SUVs which literally have extremely few or very lower number of buyers in the market. Here is that list of those unfortunate SUVs.
We all know that the compact SUV market has become one of the most popular as well as competitive market segments of the Country and it is also getting crowded fast with new offerings from different manufacturers. Recently the Korean auto manufacturer Ssangyong which is also a part of the Mahindra group company has unveiled their first compact SUV called Tivoli in Seol, Korea. This compact SUV will be unveiled globally at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which is scheduled for March. Now there are not any official words about whether Mahindra has any plans of launching this compact SUV in the Indian market or not but considering the competition and the failure of their only compact SUV offering Quanto Mahindra will surely think of bringing the Tivoli Crossover in the Indian market soon.
The Tivoli is definitely one good looking SUV in its segment and has also been loaded with plenty of safety features too which could indeed make it a game changer. This SUV was developed over a period of 4 years and is offered in the Korean market with a completely new engine under its hood called e-XGi 160 which produces an impressive amount of power and torque figures. This SUV is also priced competitively and surely has the potential to take on its competition when it is finally launched in the Indian market.
Update 19.02.2016:- SsangYong has showcased the Tivoli at Auto Expo 2016. We have updated the review with new images and information.
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We Indians love SUVs, and compact SUVs give us exactly what we want in our limited permission from pocket. No wonder, how the compact SUV has became one of the most competitive segment of Indian automobile market. Almost every other automaker is locking horn with another to get a fare space in the segment. Every edition of Indian Auto Expo gives us a look to the bunch of compact SUVs entering our Indian market and the ones about to enter in near future. As in a few days 2016 edition of the biennial event is about to begin, all the automakers are getting ready to showcase and launch their products, and we have every reason to be excited as this time also there will be several compact SUVs making debut at the upcoming event.
While the home grown automakers like Tata Motors, Maruti-Suzuki and Mahindra & Mahindra has already announced that they will showcase and launch several compact SUVs at the event, the foreign automakers are not far behind. Although at the Auto Expo there will be plenty of compact SUVs to watch, but here let’s take a look which compact SUVs grab the main attraction.
In the season of festivities, we the petrolheads have reason to rejoice again, as in a few days 2016 edition of the Indian Auto Expo will be organized at New Delhi from 5th to 9th February, 2016. This is certainly the biggest automobile convention of Asia, organized by Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) jointly with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) the 2016 edition of the prestigious biennial event will be bigger and better.
More than 65 automobile brands including Indian and international companies, are expected to showcase their exciting car models in the 13th edition of the event. Incidentally, in 2014 nearly 55 brands showcased their products at the event. Sadly, there will be few major brands missing this time. We will get to see some exciting new models, some new launches including world launches and hopefully a few concepts at the upcoming event.
The organizers are expecting more than 6 lakh footfall at the India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML) in Greater Noida, resulting a 20% rise in the number of visitors. The total floor space for the event has been increased by 37240 square metres with six completely new air conditioned halls, alongside the already available eight halls, resulting the total floor space to around 79000 square metres.
Before you prepare yourself to visit the upcoming Auto Expo, we will give you a lowdown on the facts and frequently asked questions like – how to get there, timing of the show, which are the participating brands, which are the brands to miss, floor plan, hospitality, major launches to watch. Keep reading the article.
Mahindra SsangYong is not a common and popular automotive brand in India. As the subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s biggest SUV maker SsangYong has been selling their vehicles in India since long, but yet to capture the fare share of this huge market. In 2016 the South Korean automaker is all set to launch a facelift version of the Rexton midsized SUV.
Mahindra SsangYong Rexton was first introduced in 2001, built on the platform of Mercedes Benz M-Class W163, this car is quite impressive. This car was launched as the first premium SUV of South Korea in 2001, and in 2006 SsangYong launched a second generation model. In 2013, came the third generation model, which sports a stylish design and luxurious interior alongside a refined powertrain as well.
The SsangYong Rexton SUV is sold as the high end model of Mahindra lineup in India. Although not very popular like Toyota Fortuner, but this car surely gets all the things to impress. Talk about the facelift version of the model. The Rexton received a redesign touch, which can be seen at the front fascia, and at entire exterior profile. Inside the cabin also the South Korean automaker equipped this car with all the luxurious features to deliver all the comforts to the occupants. Before the car gets launched in India in a few months, we brought you a detailed review of the upcoming SUV. Check it out here.
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We knew that this was coming and these recent spyshots cleared the slightest bit of doubt that we had in our mind. Indeed Mahindra will be launching the Ssangyong Tivoli in India and this will compete directly against the popular compact SUV’s like the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta.
The Tivoli is the newest compact SUV from the Korean auto maker Ssangyong and this will be positioned just above the Mahindra TUV300 when it is finally launched in the Indian market. Although apart from the two spy images there are no details available as of now. The Tivoli will most probably launch with both diesel and petrol drivetrains under its hood. According to the rumors the compact SUV will most probably use the same 1.5 Liter diesel unit which powers the TUV300 while the newly developed petrol engine will power the petrol variant.
This SUV definitely looks good and will also be made available with plenty of features as well like keyless entry, reverse parking sensors and projector headlamps on the outside while inside you can expect a new touchscreen infotainment system complete with a navigation system. The spyshots although does not reveal much about the styling because it has been wrapped in heavy camouflage but the Korean spec Tivoli definitely is a looker for sure.
After a brilliant teaser a month ago, SsangYong has finally released the first image of their subcompact crossover; Tivoli. The entire picture of the SUV will be available only after a month when it will be launched in the markets of South Korea. As of now few pictures have been released by the company on their Facebook page.
You can expect the Tivoli to look much more progressive than SsangYong’s present design becaue it adopts the new design language that will cater to the present youth. Other manufacturers may have a tough time competing with this upcoming compact SUV. It is expected that this new sub-compact SUV will be priced the same as Skoda Yeti.
On the interiors front, this car comes with 7 airbags and a large touchscreen display as a part of the infotainment system. We presume the car will be equipped with dual-zone climate control system, a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity which is becoming very popular in modern cars.
This upcoming compact SUV is expected to come with a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that will meet the stringent Euro VI norms. We expect Tivoli to be launched in India by the end of 2015.
There was a time when Indian roads used to be ruled by the SUVs from the stables of Mahindra and Tata mostly, nevertheless, the SUVs from new and emerging manufacturers from outside India are also pouring in now.
If we look back into the history of Ssangyong Rexton’s then we will notice the transition phases of the evolution of this muscular SUV. In the year 2012, Ssangyong merged with Mahindra in India and launched Rexton. At today’s date, this SUV has hardened its position on the grounds of over 70 countries including India.
Mahindra Ssangyong launched the new variant of the Rexton, RX6 which finds its place in between the entry level variant of Rexton RX5 and the top end variant of the RX7. This SUV is targeted towards those consumers who look for the premium touch in their vehicles but on the driving aspect, they want their gearbox to be manual. Rexton has been built on the Mercedes M platform and is ranked second amongst the other high end selling SUV models.
Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and its variants have gathered much appreciation in India and let us see what the new variant has stored for us.
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Mahindra Ssangyong have launched the Rexton RX6 here in India, it is the new model of the existing Rexton and naturally is positioned in between the RX5 and RX7.
Rexton is a SUV from the Korean Auto giant which is present in the Indian market for some time now and has gathered much appreciation also. Now, the new variant of the Rexton RX6 will come with 5 – speed manual transmission on the 2.7 L RX270 XDi engine and a host of new features. The SUV has been launched for the customers who search for the high-end and authentic touches in their SUVs keeping the transmission gearbox to manual at the same time.
On the launch of the ‘RX6’ model of the SsangYong Rexton, Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “As a customer - centric organization, we continuously take feedback from consumers and update our products to cater to their evolving needs. One such feedback from customers was the need for high end and luxurious features in a manual transmission model. The launch of the Rexton RX6 is a step in this direction and will give driving enthusiasts a manual transmission with 4x4 capabilities, along with high end features.”
The new Rexton RX6 derives its power from the 2.7litr e RX270 XDi engine (5 cylinder common rails, turbo diesel engine) which produces 162Bhp of peak power and a torque of 340Nm. For luxury, the car comes with premium leather upholstery, dual tone Black & Beige interiors, 8 - way electrically adjustable driver seat and Automatic easy access function for driver seat. There are a host of safety features also which makes the SUV a safe car to drive on any road conditions.
Rexton RX6 comes with a price tag of Rs. 19.96 lakhs (ex-Showroom, New Delhi).
Ford launched the Ecosport in the year 2013 and it became an instant hit. Mahindra too tried to impress the Indian consumers with their compact SUV Quanto but it was nowhere close to Ecosport’s popularity. So Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) along with Ssangyong motors are working together to build a new compact SUV codenamed as the S102 to take on their biggest competitor.
The S102 will be based on the Ssangyong X100 and perhaps will be launched globally by end of the year 2015 or 2016 beginning. What is even more interesting is that both these companies are also working on developing a brand new engine which will power this new compact SUV. The new engine unit will compete directly against Ford’s World renowned 1.0 Liter Ecoboost engine. If everything goes according to their plan the new engine will also deliver an impressive amount of power while returning an excellent fuel efficiency at the same time.
Mahindra is also planning to launch a new vehicle which could be a MPV or a crossover; this vehicle will be based on the X100 platform and compete directly against the other MPV’s which are present in the Indian market. The company made a steady progress already and sourced a new automatic transmission which will be used in both the manufacturer’s products. The joint sourcing has proved to be beneficial for both the companies and it even has helped them to save 5 to 7 percent on the material cost.
We wish both the manufacturers good luck and hope that their new products can easily win many hearts when it is launched finally in this Country.
It’s a bit hard to understand why people in the metros and other cities prefer to use SUV like the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. These SUV’s are cumbersome to drive in our cities and the ride comfort isn’t a patch on similar priced sedans. But the undeniable fact though remains that these SUV’s command road presence and massage the egos of the owners. Chevrolet will be launching the Trailblazer soon and adding to our already sizeable SUV population is theSsangyong Rexton. After Mahindra acquisition of the Korean brand we had been expecting the launch of the Rexton which had been earlier displayed at the New Delhi Auto Expo and the prices for this SUV start from Rs 17.67lakh to Rs 19.67lakh ex-showroom Mumbai for the two variants. The 4th generation Rexton was unveiled earlier this year at the 2012 Busan Motor Show and will be sold and serviced at Mahindra’s dealerships. The SUV will be manufacturer at Mahindra’s Chakan plant near Pune. Speaking on the launch, Pawan Goenka, President Mahindra & Mahindra said, “The launch of the SsangYong Rexton by Mahindra is a proud moment in our automotive journey. It bears testimony, not only to the world class technologies that are now available across the group, but to the completion of a dream at Mahindra to straddle the entire product spectrum in the SUV segment with a diverse portfolio of offerings at distinctive price points and value.”
Earlier this year we had reviewed theSsangYong XIV which was unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. SsangYong has now unveiled pictures of the e-XIV which will be revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later in the month. The XIV was an ambitious project by the Korean manufacturer but now backed by the financial might of the Mahindra and Mahindra group, SsangYong is trying to reinvent itself and the e-XIV is further proof of that. The SUV is aimed at the global market and though the XIV was expected to come into production by 2013, that date has definitely been postponed and its electric version too we think won’t see the light of production before 2015. According to Autocar UK magazine, the SUV will slot below the Korando and the Rexton, both of which are expected to be launched in India in the next year or two.
While it could be the Rexton which ends up being the first Ssangyong SUV that Mahindra brings to India, the Korando is most definitely on its way to India as well. Ssangyong has now revealed a new SX version of the Korando which is the cheapest 4x4 variant in the Korando range. The SUV comes with a new lower-powered version of the 2-litre diesel engine that produces 150PS compared to the 175PS version. This variant is nearly 2 lakhs cheaper than the next spec Korando in the European market.
This cheaper Korando is expected to be make good sense for the Indian market and is well equipped with rear parking sensors, a leather covered steering, cruise control and Bluetooth. It doesn’t however come with features like heated leather front and rear seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. Styled by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Korando SX features the Torque on Demand 4x4 system which normally is fitted to the more expensive models, and is also equipped with ESP with Hill Start Assist.
Other standard features include roof rails, tinted glass and rear parking sensors and a Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth.
Unlike the Rexton the Korando is more of a softroader build to cater to the needs of the urban commuter.
The Mahindra SsangYong’s Rexton, the first SUV from the manufacturer which is expected to be launched in India has been unveiled at the Busan International Motor Show. The 2013 model is completely new and different to the Rexton II which we had reviewed last year. This is the fourth major update to the SUV which includes an all-new face and a revised backside. The Rexton W has been using the same body since 2001 and changes over the years have included a facelift and mechanical upgrades in 2006. The manufacturer made emission tweaks in 2010. SsangYong, which is known for its history of SUV manufacturing, is now under the Mahindra brand. This is the third generation Rexton and was completed over a period of two and a half years. Speaking at the unveiling, Lee Yoo-il, CEO of Ssangyong Motor said, “The Rexton W, unveiled at the show, is the new premium SUV, enhancing the dignity of the Rexton which has taken the lead in the Korean premium market, and is expected to reinforce its position in that market.” “The Rexton W will follow in the successful footsteps of the flagship premium SUV Rexton brand through advanced performance and quality.” The SUV is expected to be launched in India either end of 2012 or beginning of next year.
Mahindra & Mahindra would start selling the Korando Sport Utility Vehicle in South Africa and it will be distributed through the manufacturer’s South African division. Mahindra had bought Ssangyong a year ago and will not be manufacturing the SUV in South Africa and would be importing it from South Korea.
Mahindra & Mahindra is eyeing the Russian market and could start assembling vehicles in Russia within the next two years according to Pawan Goenka, President for Mahindra’s automotive business. Pawan Goenka also hinted that Mahindra may utilise the services of a Russian company which assembles and distributes Ssangyong vehicles. "Russia is the biggest market for Ssangyong outside South Korea. We are engaging Ssangyong’s distributor to look at assembling Mahindra vehicles there.” “Russia is a huge opportunity already for Ssangyong and holds a lot of potential for Mahindra as well,” said Pawan Goenka
The hard times didn’t seem to stop anytime soon for SsangYong. Buying one of its products was seen as a compromise and the manufacturer just didn’t have enough in its pockets to develop new and interesting automobiles. SsangYong’s vehicles seemed to be more indifferent than inspired and just when it seemed there was nothing to look forward to from the Korean company, SsangYong’s buyout by the Mahindra Group added much needed impetus. Armed with the financial might of the Mahindra Group, SsangYong showcased the XIV-1 concept at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show. "The XIV-1 is the culmination of Ssangyong’s product development capabilities and a strategic model for the global market that embodies our experimental and progressive design sprit," said Yoo-Il Lee, President and CEO of Ssangyong Motor. The XIV-1 was showcased at the New Delhi Auto Expo and though SsangYong is yet announce when the production version would be ready, this Range Rover Evoque styled premium SUV in all probability will make it into production within the next two years.
Mahindra will showcase the SsangYong Rexton and Korando SUV’s at 2012 Auto Expo and the models will be launched in the Indian market later next year. Korando will be the first vehicle to enter the market and it will be followed by the Rexton. Also on display will be Mahindra 2-wheelers and the Navistar.
Mahindra’s international aspirations are well known. Their intentions of making it as an automobile player of note and their buying 70percent stake in the Korean brand SsangYong, is further affirmation of where the manufacturer sees itself. The SsangYong Korando, the first monocoque build by the Korean manufacturer, could also well be the first of the SsangYong products that we get to see in India. With the launch expected sometime in 2012, the Korando to our mind has a much better and chance of succeeding in India because it is better packaged than the Rexton II. Considering how competitively Mahindra believes in pricing its products, the recently launched XUV500 being a case in point, we expect the Korando to be priced under 20lakhs which at that price is sure to change market dynamics.
Mahindra’s acquisition of Korean manufacturer Ssang Yong didn’t come as a surprise to industry analysts. A merger like this they predicted was bound to happen as Mahindra tried to flex its financial muscle to incorporate new platforms and manufacturing techniques as the manufacturer also went about exploring and expanding into new markets. The Rexton II SUV will perhaps be the first Ssang Yong product that will be brought into India by Mahindra in 2012. Mahindra has already started to make necessary modification to make the SUV road ready for Indian conditions and the Rexton II has already been spotted testing on a few occasions. Built on the old Mercedes M platform, the 4x4 Rexton II sells well in South Korea and pockets of Latin America. The Rexton in all probability will be priced between Rs 17lakh to Rs19lakh which will put it in direct competition with the Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva and the Toyota Fortuner.