People in India like everything BIG – from giant-sized plates of food to magnificently huge statues, and everything in between. This “fondness” has also carried over to the automotive industry as people are looking for larger cars with more space now than they did before. The SUV segment is the most competitive in India and manufacturers are always looking for ways to take the competition head-on. While standard cars seat about 5 people, it is the 7-seater market that has been creating a lot of buzz in the country. So, without further ado, here are the upcoming 7-seater cars we can expect in India this year.
Expected Launch Date: 01 March 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 1.50 Crore
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been in the news for some time now but it looks like it is finally going to make its appearance in the coming months. Expected to launch with a price tag of about Rs. 1.50 Crore, the sixth-gen Land Cruiser might just put an SUV-sized hole in your wallet. Nevertheless, there is a lot of offer and we can’t wait for the Land Cruiser to hit Indian soil. Powering the monster SUV will either be a 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 petrol engine that will generate 415Ps of power and 650Nm of torque or a 3.3L Twin-Turbo V6 diesel engine that will produce 309Ps of power and 700Nm of torque. Both engines will come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. In terms of features, we can expect the best from Toyota and the latest news has the Land Cruiser sporting a free-floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, power-adjustable seats, steering-mounted controls, a new audio setup, and more. We can expect the Land Cruiser to come with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, and the new Toyota Safety Sense technology which helps avoid a collision or reduces the impact of a collision.
Expected Launch Date: 10 March 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 35.00 Lakh
Another SUV that has been making headlines in India is the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2022. There has been a lot of rumours and leaks about the SUV and it looks like we will finally get to see the finished product soon. The 7-seater SUV is most likely going to be powered by the same 2.0L Turbo-petrol engine that is found on the current model. It will also produce the same 190Ps of power and 320Nm of torque that is generated by the current Allspace. The transmission that is expected to be paired to the Tiguan Allspace 2022 is a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The SUV is also expected to come with an All-Wheel-Drivetrain just like the current model. The features that are expected to come on the Tiguan Allspace 2022 include an updated touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, rain-sensing windshield wipers, ambient lighting, 3-zone climate control, and a digital driver’s display. What we can expect from the upcoming Tiguan Allspace 2022 in terms of safety is most likely to include 9 airbags, adaptive cruise control, parking assist, tyre pressure monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, and Travel Assist.
Expected Launch Date: 15 March 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 1.15 Crore
While the Land Rover Defender 5-Door Hybrid X is yet to be launched in the country, the 7-seater SUV is already available outside India. This means that we will most likely see the Indian variant come with the same specifications and features found on the international model. Under the hood, the Defender 5-Door Hybrid X is powered by a 2.0L P400 petrol engine that pushes out 395Ps of power and 550 Nm of torque. Paired with the engine is an 8-speed automatic transmission system with All-Wheel-Drive capabilities. The engine on the upcoming Defender is set to have a mileage of about 14 Kmpl with a top speed of 191 Kmph. Some of the features we can expect on the Defender Hybrid X include power steering and power windows, air-conditioning, and heating, automatic climate control, cruise control, push-button start/stop, voice commands, plush leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlamps and taillights, and a 10-inch touchscreen control panel with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. In terms of safety, the Defender Hybrid X comes with 6 airbags, brake assist, child safety locks, seat belt warning, traction control, crash sensor, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, parking sensors in the rear, rear parking camera, HUD, and a 360-degree camera.
Expected Launch Date: 15 March 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 1.10 Crore
Similar to the standard Defender 5-Door Hybrid X, the Dynamic HSE variant from Land Rover will also launch in India in March. Like all Land Rover cars, the Dynamic HSE variant of the Defender 5-Door Hybrid X will come with luxury interiors and top-tier equipment. Apart from that, the 7-seater SUV will house all the same specifications and features found on the regular model. Under the hood, the Defender 5-Door Hybrid X is powered by a 2.0L P400 petrol engine that pushes out 395Ps of power and 550 Nm of torque. Paired with the engine is an 8-speed automatic transmission system with All-Wheel-Drive capabilities. The engine on the upcoming Defender is set to have a mileage of about 14 Kmpl with a top speed of 191 Kmph. Some of the features we can expect on the Defender Hybrid X include power steering and power windows, air-conditioning, and heating, automatic climate control, cruise control, push-button start/stop, voice commands, plush leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlamps and taillights, and a 10-inch touchscreen control panel with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. In terms of safety, the Defender Hybrid X comes with 6 airbags, brake assist, child safety locks, seat belt warning, traction control, crash sensor, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, parking sensors in the rear, rear parking camera, HUD, and a 360-degree camera.
Expected Launch Date: 15 March 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 25.00 Lakh
Chinese car manufacturer Haval has been teasing Indian buyers with the launch of their Haval H9 SUV since late 2020. However, the pandemic put a stop to almost everything and the H9 was put on hold. Now, the SUV is ready to make its entrance in March and people are getting excited once again. Powering the H9 SUV will be a 2.0L Turbocharged Direct Injection petrol engine that is capable of generating 180Ps of power and 350Nm of torque. While no official announcements were made, we can also expect the H9 to come with a diesel engine option once it is released in India. The petrol engine is paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission system with 4-Wheel-Drive capabilities. Inside the SUV there is an 8-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The Haval H9 also comes with dual airbags in the front and side which makes it extremely safe. Other safety features include ESP or Electronic Stability Program, HDC or Hill Descent Control, HAC or Hill-Start Assist Control, AFS or Adaptive Front-Lighting System, Electronic Parking Brake, and ABS with EBD.
Expected Launch Date: 15 March 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 26.00 Lakh
KIA has taken the Indian SUV market by storm with the Seltos and Sonet as two of the biggest-selling cars in the country. Their popularity has led to the arrival of their latest large car – the Carnival 2022. Dubbed the Carnival 2022, KIA has kept the MPV under wraps and everything about it a secret. However, there are some details that have been leaked and we can expect the Carnival 2022 to come as a 7, 9, and 11 seater. The new Carnival is expected to get some new SUV-Esque details with sharper lines and modern looks. In other design looks, the Carnival 2022 is expected to come with new LED DRLs, headlamps, and taillights. When it comes to engine options, there is no news about the Carnival 2022 but we can expect it to be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. In terms of features, the Carnival 2022 is expected to come with a new digital console dashboard, two 12.3-inch touchscreens for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system, a new climate control panel, second-row USB charging ports, and a few more upgrades. As of now, not much is known about the Carnival 2022, but it is definitely going to be a popular choice in the country when it is finally launched.
Expected Launch Date: 15 April 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 11.50 Lakh
As mentioned earlier, the launch of Haval in India was delayed but now they are ready to enter the competition. The F7 SUV is expected to launch this April and is going to be one of the most affordable 7-seater cars in the country. The SUV is expected to make its way to India with two different engine options – a 1.5L turbo-petrol motor and a 2.0L Turbo-petrol motor. While the smaller 1.5L engine is expected to produce 150Ps of power with 280Nm of torque, the larger 2.0L motor will generate 190Ps of power and 340Nm of torque. When the Haval F7 reaches India, the SUV will come with a diesel engine on offer as well. In terms of transmission, the engines will currently feature a 7-speed DCT gearbox but could get a manual transmission system once it reaches the country. Haval SUVs are feature-rich and that carries forward to the F7 as well. For starters, the F7 will come with a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as well. There will also be a panoramic sunroof, faux leather upholstery, electronic power braking, a front collision alter system, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, and up to 6 airbags for the front and side. When the Haval F7 finally is launched in India, it will take on the biggest names in the competition such as the MG Hector, Jeep Compass, and the Tata Harrier.
Expected Launch Date: 15 April 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 75.00 Lakh
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L 2022 is one of the most exciting options in the 7-seater segment in India because it brings Jeep’s premium brand as well as its reliability to one of the most competitive markets in the country. If you are looking for a premium SUV, Jeep is the name you can trust and the upcoming Grand Cherokee L 2022 is destined to be a success. The SUV will be available as a 6-seater as well as a 7-seater in India. Powering the SUV will be either a 3.6L V6 petrol engine that generates 294Ps of power and 348Nm of torque or a 5.7L V8 petrol engine that produces 364Ps of power and 520Nm of torque. Both the engine options will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission and will feature a few 4×4 options including; Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II. The Grand Cherokee L 2022 will also come with 5 different drive modes including Sport, Auto, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Snow. Inside, the Grand Cherokee L 2022 will come with the latest features such as a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a dual-panel sunroof and power sunshade, heated and ventilated seats, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, lumbar and back massage functionality, and 4-zone climate control. As far as safety features go, the Grand Cherokee L 2022 is fitted with the latest including a 360-degree camera, blindspot monitoring, Active Driving Assist, adaptive cruise control, multiple airbags for the driver and passengers, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, ABS with EBD, and FCA’s Level 2 autonomous driving technology.
Expected Launch Date: 15 June 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 30.00 Lakh
As we have already established, Jeep is one of the best SUV manufacturers in India and their upcoming Meridian SUV looks like it could only make things tougher for their competitors. Set to launch in June, the Meridian could easily dominate the mid-tier SUV market in India. The Meridian is a 3-row SUV that will be available as a 6-seater or a 7-seater. Under the hood, the Meridian is expected to be powered by the same 2.0L Turbo-petrol engine that is found on the Wrangler. The engine is capable of producing 278Ps of power and 400Nm of torque and will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Apart from the petrol option, the Meridian could also come with a 2.0L diesel engine that pushes out 172Ps of power and 350Nm of torque. This is the same engine found on the current Compass. In terms of features, the Jeep Meridian is expected to come with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, ventilated, heated, and power-adjustable front seats, multi-zone climate control, premium upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof. Some of the safety features that will come on the Meridian include a 360-degree camera, Electronic Stability Control, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), 6 airbags, lane keep assist, autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, rollover mitigation, and ABS with EBD.
Expected Launch Date: 01 August 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 40.00 Lakh
While the Hyundai Palisade was originally showcased back in 2018, it is only now arriving in India. However, the large SUV has already gained a lot of popularity and people cannot wait to see what the car has to offer. Powering the Palisade will be a 3.8L Atkinson-Cycle V6 petrol engine that is capable of generating an impressive 291Ps of power and 355Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Palisade will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that also comes with a multi-plate torque converter for extra power. Along with that, the Palisade will be made available in Front-Wheel-Drive as well as 4-Wheel-Drive options. The SUV will be able to seat a total of 8 passengers with power folding seats for the second and third rows. The SUV will also come with a number of features that include a wireless charger for compatible devices, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, BlueLink connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Harmon Kardon sound setup with 12 speakers, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. For safety, the Palisade will come with features such as lane assistance, blind-spot collision avoidance, ABS and disc brakes, traction control, and 7 airbags.
Expected Launch Date: 15 August 2022
Expected Price: Rs. 8.77 Lakh
When talk about the Toyota Rumion coming to India started, people were intrigued as it was expected to be one of the most affordable 7-seater SUVs in the country. With an expected price tag of under Rs. 10.00 Lakhs, the Rumion could quite easily dominate the budget-friendly segment in India. According to the latest leaks, the Rumion is expected to be powered by a 1.5L petrol engine that generates 105Ps of power and 138Nm of torque. This is the same engine found in the Ertiga – one of the best-selling SUVs in India. Mated to the engine will be a standard 5-speed manual transmission with an option of a 4-speed Torque-Converter automatic gearbox available as well. Some of the expected features on the Rumion include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio and call controls, automatic climate control, seatbelt warning, and door-ajar alert. The Rumion will also come with the latest safety features including multiple airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, ABS with EBD, and parking sensors.
With what is expected to be on offer in the coming months, are you excited for what the 7-seater SUV market in India could look like? Which of these above-mentioned cars makes you want to sell your old SUV and get ready to welcome a brand new 7-seater?
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