World over, almost every mass market car maker worth its salt is either is the process of developing a compact SUV or has already arrived into the market with one. And such fervour for compact SUVs isn’t without reason. Car buyers across the globe, both in developed and developing markets are now turning towards compact crossovers/SUVs, cars that give them higher ground clearance, a higher seating position and better street presence than conventional hatchbacks while also delivering a good ride and handling package.
Team ICB’s speculative render of the facelifted Renault Duster SUV used as an illustration
Meanwhile, here’s a round up of car makers who already have compact SUVs in the market or are actively developing compact SUVs for launch in the near future. Renault got its low cost Dacia badge to build it the Duster, a compact SUV that is originally based on a Nissan SUV platform. Nissan has the likes of the Juke and Qashqai even as the Japanese brand is all set to launch a brand engineered Duster for the Indian car market. Ford has the EcoSport compact crossover while GM has the Trax and Peugeot recently unveiled the 2008 crososver. In 2014, Honda will launch the next generation Jazz based compact SUV while Maruti Suzuki is readying up the XA-Alpha.
Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha Compact SUV Concept
While Mahindra has the Quanto, Tata Motors will launch a crossover-ish version of the Vista D90 to buy time even as it develops a brand new compact crossover for India. Volkswagen has the Taigun, which is expected to result in a brand engineered version for Skoda while Fiat is betting on its Jeep brand to come up with a brand new B-Segment SUV. Mahindra-Ssangyong are developing yet another compact SUV, this time in the low cost space. So, in such a scenario, the only car makers who aren’t yet firmly entrenched into the compact SUV brigade are Toyota and Hyundai.
2014 Peugeot 2008 Crossover Front
While Toyota’s plans remain largely unknown at this point in time, Bo Shin Seo, the Managing Director of Hyundai Motor India has just announced that the car maker is planning to launch a compact SUV. That said, he hasn’t specified a launch time frame. or specific details about this product. Even so, now that Hyundai has admitted that a compact SUV is indeed in the works, it should be just a matter of time before a Hyundai compact SUV rolls out given the worldwide demand for such a product. Expect more details to emerge about the Hyundai Compact SUV over the next few months.