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Upcoming Luxury SUVs in 2017

By   |   04 January,2017

Skoda Kodiaq

This vehicle is the very first, full size SUV to come out from the stables of Czech automobile maker Skoda. Having masses of road presence and being kitted out to the hilt, the 7 seater Kodiaq is sure to be a hit if priced competitively when it goes on sale in India late next year.

Audi SQ7

If you liked the Q7 but felt that it was a bit down on power, Audi has just the thing for you. Next year, the German car maker will be launching the hot version of this SUV, called the SQ7, with a 4.0 litre, 432 bhp, turbocharged V8 diesel engine. Thanks to such power and a staggering 900Nm of torque, this 2.3 ton SUV can rocket from 0-100 kph in 4.9 seconds and hit 250 kph!

New Audi Q5

The new Audi Q5 looks almost identical to its bigger sibling, the Q7. This has been done in an attempt to fend off the ever increasing competition in this segment. It should be fun to drive as well, due to a weight loss of 100kg. Even better is the fact that Audi has brought several items from the list of gadgets of the Q7 down to the new Q5.


The new X7 is an SUV based on the BMW 7 Series sedan. It has the very same underpinnings as the sedan and will in all probability be driven by a 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine and a 4.4 litre, twin turbocharged V8 petrol motor. The idea for including this 7 seater SUV in their model range in India is simple and straightforward: to enable BMW to take on other luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz launched their new GLC-Class SUV in India. This vehicle is positioned between the smaller GLA and the larger GLE and now, the company is poised to bring its coupe version here in 2017. Although it looks remarkably similar to the GLC, it will have a sloping roofline reminiscent of a coupe.

New Honda CR-V

Japanese car maker Honda will be launching the newest version of their flagship SUV, the CR-V, in India next year and it will be put on sale with petrol engines only. The line-up will include a turbocharged petrol motor to offer more power and improved fuel efficiency. The design will also be given a thorough overhaul and a longer list of standard features is expected as well.

New Renault Koleos

This new Renault Koleos looks nothing like the current version of the SUV on sale today in India. The new model looks much more upmarket and chic. Power comes from either a 2.0 litre, 150 hp petrol engine or a 2.5 litre petrol engine that makes 185 hp. Prospective buyers can choose between the options of manual/automatic transmissions and front wheel drive/four wheel drive layouts.

Lexus LX570

The LX570 is the full size SUV from the Lexus stable and it can comfortably ferry 7 passengers in lavishness. The LX570, at its heart, is a Toyota Land Cruiser but, it has been beefed up. Under its bonnet is a stonking 5.7 litre V8 motor that produces 383 bhp and a peak torque figure of 546 Nm. when it goes on sale in India, this SUV will go head to head with a rather long list of other luxury SUVs.

Lexus RX450h

Unlike the full-fledged LX570, the RX450h is the smaller, more everyday sort of SUV from Lexus, which is the luxury car division of Toyota. The company is likely to enter the Indian car market next year first with the RX450h hybrid, which is sold abroad with a 3.5 litre V6 hooked up to an electric motor that together produce 306 bhp. Toyota will be bringing Lexus models into India as full import only.

New Land Rover Discovery

The go-anywhere, do-anything Land Rover Discovery is poised for its Indian market entry in 2017. The Discovery was earlier an unsophisticated sibling of the Range Rover but now, it is a very up-to-date SUV in its own right. Land Rover might power the new Disco with one of their new Ingenium diesel engines and we also have information that their in-house tuning section, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), will be creating an SVX version that will be able to perform extreme levels of off-roading.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan from Volkswagen may not turn heads because of its restrained looks but, it is made with German automotive engineering. Built sturdily and its design is understated and low key. The Tiguan will undeniably be very well equipped with all the features that an SUV of today should be kitted out with as well. Volkswagen will provide the prospective customers of the Tiguan with the option of selecting between petrol and diesel fuel options as well.

Maserati Levante

Since all the major luxury car makers such as Porsche, Bentley, Jaguar and others who used to make only coupes and sedans have come out with their own SUVs, Italian manufacturer Maserati decided follow suit. The result is the Maserati Levante, which is an amalgamation of substance and Italian style (the seat upholstery has silk inserts!). Abroad, the Levante comes in both petrol and diesel flavours; and since most of the power goes to the rear for most of the time, you can actually drift the Levante!

Jeep Compass

The Compass will be the smallest and most easy-to-afford vehicle in the Jeep India model fleet. You get edgy and angular styling all round but, Jeep has stayed true to its design language and given the Compass a squared-off, butch poise as well. Power comes from a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, Multijet diesel engine that makes 172 bhp. The vehicle will have an automatic gearbox and multiple driving and off-road modes.

New Chevrolet Trailblazer

The new Trailblazer will be the flagship model of Chevrolet in India. It will go on sale with new design updates that help this vehicle look more contemporary. We expect this new Chevy to be made available with all wheel drive layout as well as an automatic transmission. However, Chevrolet is not expected to make any changes in the existing engine option of the new Trailblazer.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

This vehicle is an absolute pot pourri of different automotive body styles. It is a high riding SUV, but it has only three doors and a sloping roofline like a coupe, and it has a folding fabric roof, making it a convertible! A 2.0 litre, 234 bhp petrol or the new 2.0 litre, 178 bhp Ingenium diesel will be the choices offered in terms of powertrain for the Range Rover Evoque convertible.

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