If there was one thing in high demand right now, it would have to be space. Social distancing at banks, restaurants, and other public places is a must so why not in our cars as well? Yes, cars cannot offer you the required 6 feet, but there is a segment of cars that makes it easier to travel without having to literally stick to one another. The 7-seater car has been growing (pun not intended) in popularity and with the ongoing pandemic car manufacturers are looking to introduce a few more models into the country in the coming months and years. Here is a look at some of the upcoming 7-seater cars in India.
Expected Launch Date: 15th April 2021
Expected Price: Rs. 10.80 Lakh
When it comes to spacious cars, Mahindra is a name that stands out from the rest. With models like the Scorpio, XUV300/500, Alturas G4, Marazzo, and Bolero already under their belt, the upcoming TUV300 is set to be a genuine contender in the competitive market. According to the most recent leaks, the sub 4 meter SUV is going to be powered by a 1.5L diesel engine. The engine is expected to produce 100Ps of power and 240Nm of torque and should come with a 5-speed manual transmission. In terms of features, we can expect the TUV300 facelift to come with manual air-conditioning, keyless entry, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a height-adjustable driver seat. The SUV is also expected to come with ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, ABS with EBD, dual airbags in the front, and parking sensors in the rear. With the price tag and the features on offer, the TUV300 facelift is set to go up against the KIA Sonet, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Renault Kiger, and Ford EcoSport.
Expected Launch Date: 5th May 2021
Expected Price: Rs. 13.00 Lakh
The Hyundai Alcazar has been making headlines for some time now and we can expect the SUV to be launched in May this year. Expected to come as a 6-seater or 7-seater vehicle, the Alcazar will have 3 rows of seats which will guarantee a lot of space. Some of the latest news we have on the Alcazar includes a couple of engine options. It is expected to come with a 1.5L diesel engine as well as a 2.0L petrol powerhouse. The 1.5L engine should be the same one found on the Creta which produces 115Ps of power and 250Nm of torque. The 2.0L petrol engine is expected to be the same one found on the Tucson and Elantra but tuned slightly higher at 159Ps of power and 191Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Alcazar is expected to come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as an automatic setup. Some of the features expected to come with the Alcazar include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a semi-digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, and a large instrument cluster. The Alcazar will also come with safety features including rear parking sensors, multiple airbags, and a parking camera in the rear. The Hyundai Alcazar will compete against the new Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, and the Mahindra XUV700.
Expected Launch Date: 15th July 2021
Expected Price: Rs. 13.00 Lakh
As discussed earlier, Mahindra is a name that is usually linked to big cars and spacious interiors. The already in use XUV500 is expected to get a facelift and get renamed as the XUV700. The XUV700 will be a 7-seater vehicle that will come with a plethora of new features and exciting updates. With a new name, Mahindra has decided to provide a new engine as well. The XUV700 is expected to be powered by the same 2.0L petrol and 2.2L diesel engines found on the latest Thar. The engines are also expected to be tuned higher than the ones on the Thar but specifics are not yet known. Mated to the engines, the XUV700 is expected to come with manual, automatic, and All Wheel Drive transmission systems. Mahindra has not released any news on the features for the XUV700, but we can expect a larger touchscreen infotainment system, an all-digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. In the safety department, we can expect Level 1 Autonomous Technology including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and lane-keep assist. Being a 7-seater SUV, the XUC700 will directly go up against the Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and Hector Plus, Tata Harrier, and KIA Seltos.
Expected Launch Date: 15th April 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 11.50 Lakh
Haval might be a newcomer in the Indian market, but the company is quickly growing in size and popularity. With an impressive range of cars under their belt, the Chinese manufacturer is ready to enter the 7-seater category with the F7. Currently, the F7 is available with a couple of engine options including a 1.5L Turbo petrol and a 2.0L turbo petrol engine. The 1.5L engine can generate 150Ps of power and 280Nm of torque while the 2.0L engine produces 190Ps of power and 340Nm of torque. In terms of transmission, the F7 is mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic system and can be had with a Front Wheel Drive or a 4 Wheel Drive option. When the car is launched in India, it will most probably come with a manual gearbox that will be mated to a country-specific diesel engine. Some of the features that are available on the F7 are a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a panoramic sunroof, adjustable front seats, electronic parking brake, and faux leather upholstery. When it comes to safety, the F7 is expected to come with a front collision alert system, 6 airbags, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree parking camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Haval F7 is expected to take on some of the big names such as Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector, and Jeep Compass.
If you are in the market for a new, bigger, and better SUV, any of the above-mentioned models will get the job done. The 7-seater SUV segment is quickly becoming extremely competitive and as more manufacturers join the game, the segment will only get wider. Which of the cars listed above is your favourite?