IAB Picks – 10 compact SUVs that are not sold in India, but need to be


Anjan Ravi,

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The compact SUV segment in India, and abroad, has seen an upward sales spike in recent years. So much that in 2013, the compact SUV/crossover segment witnessed a growth of 81 percent in Europe, without cannibalizing on other segments. Bearing this in mind, many car makers have announced, or have started working on their compact SUVs, some of which are even India bound.

However, this story is more about products that are not available in India, and most probably will never launch in India as they would be “too expensive” and “not meant for our market”.

1. Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax at 2014 New York Auto Show - front three quarter right
The Chevrolet Trax could be an ideal fit in GM India’s portfolio.

GM in India has tried its luck in the hatchback, sedan and MPV segments, but has not bothered with compact SUVs. The Chevrolet Trax, which is a 4.24 meter long crossover, could be an ideal fit for Indian tastes. However, the brand has no plans to launch the Trax in India, and instead has planned the sub-4 meter Adra shown at the Auto Expo. We wouldn’t get our hopes high for the moment as the Adra is not expected until 2017.

2. Honda Vezel

Honda Vezel at Auto China 2014
The Jazz-based Vezel is deemed expensive for India.

Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, Honda India quashed speculations about the Honda Vezel coming to India. Simply put, the Vezel will be difficult to localize here, and increasing import content will drive up the price. Instead, a crossover based on the Brio platform is being developed.

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