IAB picks – Top 5 crossovers and SUVs coming to India in 12-15 months


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The crossover and SUV segments in India are immune to slowdown and automakers simply can’t afford to miss out on the surging demand for these classes of automobiles if they are serious about tapping India for volume.

Not surprisingly, a horde of crossovers and SUVs are about to invade the Indian market in the mid-term and here is our list of the top 5 new and refreshed models that you can buy in the next 12-15 months.

1. Fiat Avventura

Fiat Avventura front three quarters
The Fiat Avventura takes aim at the VW Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross.

The Fiat Avventura is an instant crossover which was unveiled in the form of a near production concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. Based on the Punto Evo facelift that is at the verge of its launch, the Avventura will lock horns with the VW Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross. The makeshift crossover offers a black plastic body kit, new bumpers and wheels, and could have a slightly raised suspension. Powertrains would be borrowed from its sister, meaning it would list 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter petrol engines, and a 1.3-liter diesel engine. The launch is expected in September or October.

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