The 7-seater SUV segment in India has witnessed a significant surge in buyers in recent years. Due to its soaring popularity, automobile manufacturers are gearing up to introduce their new contenders. Here’s a look at three 7-seater SUVs poised to challenge the dominance of the Mahindra XUV700:
7-Seater Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara: Expected to launch by the end of next year or in 2025, the 7-seater version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has garnered considerable attention since its initial announcement. Since its inception, this midsize SUV has steadily remained in the top 10 selling midsize SUVs each month. Minor external and internal changes can be expected in the upcoming three-row variant. It might compete with the likes of Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, 7-seater Citroen C3 Aircross, among others. The vehicle is anticipated to feature familiar 1.5-liter mild hybrid petrol and 1.5-liter strong hybrid petrol engines, similar to the 5-seater Grand Vitara and Toyota Highlander.
Toyota Corolla Cross: The global Toyota Corolla Cross might undergo modifications to be introduced as a 7-seater in India. Reportedly, its production will commence in 2026 at a new TKM plant in Karnataka. Given the similarities, including the platform with the Innova Highcross, it is expected that the two models might share several components. It might harness a 2.0-liter strong hybrid petrol engine, similar to the one found in the Highcross, to compete against the high-spec variants of the XUV700.
Tata Safari Facelift: Bookings for the Tata Safari facelift have opened with an initial token amount of INR 25,000, and it’s set to launch on 17th October alongside its facelifted Harrier sibling. Drawing significant design inspiration from the Harrier EV concept, the revamped Safari will sport an entirely updated front fascia, alloy wheels, and a new rear end. Additionally, the interiors have been updated with several new features and technologies. However, it retains its 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 170 PS and peak torque of 350 Nm, paired with a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
– The Indian market has seen a rise in demand for 7-seater SUVs in recent years.
– Mahindra XUV700 will face competition from three new 7-seater SUVs.
– Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara’s 7-seater version is expected to launch at the end of next year or in 2025.
– Toyota Corolla Cross may be modified for use as a 7-seater in India.
– Tata Safari facelift has opened bookings and will be launched on October 17th with updated design and features, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine.