Upcoming 7-Seater Car Launches in India

Although the Indian auto industry may be going through a slowdown in the recent times, the makers seem to be backing the market with launched lined up one after the other. This signs of growth in the MPV segment has also not gone unnoticed by the carmakers in the country. Perhaps this is why carmakers in the country have lined up quite a few launches in the 7-seater segment – both MPVs and SUVs – for India. Let’s take a look at what can be expected as far as launches in the 7-seater segment are concerned.

Renault Triber

Launch: August 2019

The new Renault Triber is based on the modified iteration of CMF-A platform. The Triber MPV comes with the capability to seat 7 people. The design of the car is very sober and the crossover inspired design of the Triber makes it a very unique looking car in the market. In fact, the maker is aiming to create a whole new segment with the launch of the Triber in Indian market. As per the brand, the Triber is as wide as the bigger MPVs in the market and the second row seats of the MPV can also be slided and folded as per the need of the user. Talking of the dashboard, there are a few interesting features present here as well. The dash comes with an all-digital instrument cluster, central air conditioning system, 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support and more. The Triber will come with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. The output for the petrol engine could be in the range of 71 Bhp and 96 Nm.

Hyundai Creta 7-Seater

Launch timeline: Mid 2020

The South Korean maker already rules the compact SUV segment with their Creta SUV and the company also plans on bringing out an all-new version of the SUV next year. However, apart from this, the company is also gearing up to bring out a 7-seater version of Creta. This new model will be based on the next gen Creta and will come with the same mechanicals as the upcoming generation of Creta.

MG Hector 7-Seater

Launch timeline: 2020 first quarter

The MD of MG has stated that the brand is indeed working on the 7-seater version of their Hector hatchback in the Indian market. There will be no other changes in the SUV apart from the addition of a third row of seats, and all the mechanical parts are also expected to remain the same. What is noteworthy is that the Baojun 530 SUV (MG Hector is based on the same) already has a 7 seater version in China and since Hector is based on the same SUV, the company should not have a problem adding the extra row of seats in the SUV. Talking of the engine options, the 7-seat version will come with the same engines as the Hector.

Tata Cassini

Launch timeline: 2020 first quarter

While Harrier gave a glimpse of what its 7-seater version could look like, Cassini is the final product Tata has come up with. The internal codename of this vehicle was H7X and its production version will be sold under the name of Buzzard in other markets and Cassini in India. This new SUV will be built on Omega Arc platform, the same platform that is found in Tata Harrier. Not just the platform but the engine on Cassini too will be the same 2.0 liter diesel unit found on Harrier, albeit in a different state of tune.

Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace

Launch timeline: 2020

The new 7 seater version of existing Tiguan SUV will make its way to India under the badge prefix of AllSpace. This new variant will have longer wheelbase as compared to the 5-seater model but expect no changes to be made in the engine or transmission department of the upcoming 7 seater. As of now, the TIguan comes with a 2L diesel engine rated to deliver 148 Bhp and 340 Nm and a 4WD system that is paired to a dual clutch automatic gearbox. The launch of the new 7-seater may mean a new position for the Tiguan in the Indian market in order to make the SUV more affordable in country.

Kia Grand Carnival

Launch timeline: 2020 first quarter

After Seltos, Kia is gearing up to bring the Carnival MPV to the Indian market. The research by the brand has led it to believe that their new MPV has a demand in India. Grand Carnival is already sold in the global market and when compared to the Japanese Toyota Innova Crysta, the Korean MPV is quite bigger in size. Grand Carnival MPV is 5.11 meters long, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.75 meters high. Although it may be brought to India with different dimensions and specs. However, the new Carnival in Indian market will come with different specs as compared to the global model and the Indian spec variant will also be based on the facelifted model of the Grand Carnival, not the current model.

Jeep Compass 7-Seater

Launch timeline: 2020

The company had made the announcement last year that they are currently working on a 7-seater version of their Compass in the market. This upcoming version of the successful SUV from the company will be positioned as a full-size SUV in the market and will take on rivals from the same segment. Although, there is no concrete news on the launch timeline for the same. This new version of Compass will help the brand capitalise on the success of the Compass in the Indian market. With the off-road focused version of Compass already out in the market, the new 7-seater will aim to take the sales of the SUV from the brand even higher.

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