New Mid-size SUVs Coming to India This Year: Renault Duster to Kia Seltos Facelift

SUVs are the favoured option of buyers in the Indian car market. More specifically, the mid-size SUV market is presently exploding with high sales numbers. Contenders such as the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, MG Hector, and Kia Seltos are receiving positive feedback from the crowd. As a result, every automaker is eager to capitalise on this chance by keeping their mid-size SUV models fresh and new, as well as fully equipped. While the Toyota Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara are the most recent entries in the market, a slew of new models are on the way. So, browse this list to learn about the new mid-size SUVs that will be arriving on our shores shortly.

2023 Renault Duster

The Renault Duster is without a question the segment’s pioneer. The crowd commended it for its mileage- fun-friendly diesel engines. It will now make a bolder return, but only with a petrol motor. The heart of the SUV will be a 1.3L turbo-petrol engine supplied by Daimler. In fact, it is also used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles such as the GLA and GLB. It produces 150 PS against a high production of 250 Nm. The SUV will come with two transmission choices – 6-speed MT and 7-speed DCT. Well, there will be no diesel engine this time.

2023 Hyundai Creta Facelift

The best-selling mid-size SUV in the country is now on its journey to receive a mid-cycle update, which will further boost its sales. While the bodyshell will remain unchanged for the most part, the facelifted Hyundai Creta will look distinctive in comparison to the outgoing model. It will don a Tucson-inspired face, and the tail lamp design will be reprofiled too. Under the bonnet, there will be a new engine this time. Although, the outgoing 1.5L NA petrol will remain on the list. The oil burner will be kept away from the Creta, but a new 1.5L turbo-petrol will be seen. Gearbox options will include 6-speed MT, IVT, and 7-speed DCT. Launch is expected by mid-2023.

Tata Curvv

Showcased at the 2023 Auto Expo this year in its near-production avatar, the Tata Curvv will be the sassiest mid-sizer in the country. The mid-size SUV will be sold in both ICE and EV configurations, and it will have both petrol and diesel engine options. Talking of design, it dons a coupe-like form, wherein the roofline tapers down to the rear in a seductive fashion. The nose gets a large light bar, and so does the rear. Tata Motors confirmed that the SUV will retain at least 90 per cent of the design cues from the concept model. Its launch is expected to happen by either late this year or early next year.

2023 Kia Seltos Facelift

The Seltos was the first product of Kia in India, and it did help the brand set its foot firmly in one of the largest automotive markets of the world. Now, the 2023 Kia Seltos facelift is heading towards India, and it is anticipated to get a host of new features. Of course, the styling will be highly distinctive in comparison to the outgoing model. It will get a new radiator grille, revised headlamp design, and an updated front bumper. Side profile will be tweaked slightly, while tail lamps and bumper will be reprofiled for a fresh appeal across the face. Inside, it will get a revamped dashboard layout. New engine options are on cards too.

Nissan Kicks Successor

The Nissan Kicks, with its excellent control and dynamics and powerful 1.5L oil burner, was a competent vehicle. However, the oddball design and Nissan’s badge value did not sit well in the Indian market. To leverage on the fast-paced mid-size SUV segment, Nissan will shortly launch a new mid-size SUV in India. Most likely, it will be a rebadged Duster, if not a Qashqai. We’ll have to wait and see what exactly Nissan has in store for us. The company has announced to plonk a huge investment in India for 6 new models, and a mid-size SUV is part of the plans.

Upcoming Honda SUV

Last month, teaser drawings of this SUV were published. It was recently photographed with heavy camo on Indian roadways, implying that it will be launched by this year itself. Therefore, the upcoming SUV from Honda is a part of this list. Given the SUV that Honda recently launched in the South-East Asian market, we anticipate that Honda’s mid-size SUV will be a stylish product. As of now, not a lot is known about this vehicle. However, it is safe to assume that it will be a petrol-only product with the 1.5L, naturally-aspirated, 4-cylinder engine, belting out 120 PS against 145 Nm. Both manual and automatic transmission will be offered on this one.