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The compact SUV craze shows no signs of slowing, and many makes of cars are releasing models that look to capitalize on this current trend. For example, Hyundai are hopeful that their ix25 concept can pose a threat to Renault’s Duster, as it is similar in its engine spec and size, and the car is certainly one of the best-looking models consumers can expect next year. However, Hyundai will face stiff competition from Honda, one of their primary rivals and fiercest competitors. Honda are wising up to the importance of a diesel engine in a new SUV, but instead of producing a new model, they are simply adapting their hugely successful CR-V with a 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine. Though its price tag of Rs 24-27 lakh ($39000 – 44000) may put a few prospective customers off.
For those seeking a tougher, more dedicated off-road vehicle, they need look no further than a new version of Jeep’s classic Wrangler model. With a specially designed suspension system and one of the best four-wheel drive systems around, it promises to be one of the sturdiest and strongest new cars on the market for next year, and will hope to draw consumers away from the Audi A5 and the Mercedez-Benz ML 250 CDI.
The top end of the market will be seeing some of the most prestigious car makes releasing new models. The Audi Q7 is the epitome of new car technology, and its sleek design and 3.0 litre petrol engine will make it popular amongst those drivers looking for a more powerful car. The new model will also be 350kg lighter, thanks to a reworking of the chassis, but Audi’s esteemed reputation means that it will be a particularly expensive buy, with prices starting at Rs 60 lakh ($98000). Land Rover will certainly be hoping that such a price puts consumers off, and their new Discovery Sport model has the enormous advantage of having seven seats, which will surely be popular in India. However, whether they can muscle in on Audi’s dominance of the upper end of the car market remains to be seen.