Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder
Toyota Kirloskar Motors put a new card on the table and named it the Urban Cruiser HyRyder. It is a Toyota product against the Creta. Offered with Toyota’s well-known hybrid technology, it comes with Toyota’s 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine that produces 114 horsepower. This Toyota engine comes paired with an e-CVT gearbox. Another powertrain option was provided by the Maruti Suzuki. The Maruti 1.5-liter petrol engine produces 103 horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and 6-speed gearbox. The mild hybrid setup also offers the option of all-wheel drive.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Identical to HyRyder, the Grand Vitara is the Maruti’s version of the Creta competitor. It has the same silhouette, and there are design changes to the front as well as the rear when compared to the Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder. Maruti planned the Grand Vitara in order to provide almost all the necessary features that its competitors get. A 9.0-inch infotainment system, a 360-degree camera, a fully digital instrument cluster, wireless charging and more are provided. Mechanically, the Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder share the same underpinnings.
Creta’s next competitor – Mahindra XUV500
Mahindra has already confirmed that it will bring back the XUV500 board. Mahindra may bring a new car that sits below the Scorpio-N and can compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and others. Now, what will this car be? The new XUV500 is described as an extended version of the XUV300. really? yes. But this is a development. Mahindra XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform. The Tivoli River is about 4.2 meters long. To save on taxes and put a competitor against compact SUVs, Mahindra had to reduce the length of the Tivoli. Now, this means that the XUV500 will come based on the original Tivoli platform.
Now, what about the features? You’ll likely borrow features from the XUV700 and Scorpio-N. A large touch screen infotainment system, a fully digital instrument cluster, automatic power headlights, an excellent audio system, etc. can be provided. The XUV500 can resemble the XUV300 in some areas.
In terms of specs, it can mostly borrow the powertrain coming from the XUV300 Sportz variant. The Sportz will come with a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 128 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque. Now those are some really cool numbers for a compact SUV. However, these numbers are not leading if we move to the part above. Considering the recent Mahindra launches, the brand will surely try to establish its dominance in the powertrain division. Can the new XUV500 borrow the 2.2-liter diesel engine from its older siblings? Only time will prove it. But we expect Mahindra to continue its drive to offer class-leading engines with the XUV500 as well. The launch can be expected somewhere around 2025.
The Curvv concept from Tata is something to focus on because it looks promising in terms of design and dynamics. The production car could continue the coupe-like styling just like the concept. As far as engine options are concerned, we expect the Curvv SUV to get a 1.5-liter petrol engine that Tata developed for the Harrier and Safari. However, this SUV could have a more natural-looking setup, while the Harrier and Safari facelifts are expected to be turbocharged. The diesel engine is expected to be shared with the Nexon, with some tuning. There are also talks about an EV counterpart to this car. It will likely get Ziptron technology and reach the market before the ICE-powered Curvv. We expect Curvv to launch sometime in 2024.
Creta’s next competitors – Honda SUV
Honda had been planning to rival the Creta for some time now and their decisions on the Jazz, WR-V and previous-generation City were an indication that something was cooking. Honda is expected to launch an SUV based on the RS SUV concept in the near future. The concept looked chunky in terms of styling, so we expect the production variant to also get some defined wheel arches and aggressive styling. Features and specifications can be shared with the new generation City as this SUV based on the City platform is expected.
Jeep competitor كر
Jeep is ready to enter the category of best-selling C-SUV with an affordable model. The car was recently seen in foreign markets without camouflage. Jeep has always been known for its quality and off-road capabilities. Being a Jeep, there is no chance that this SUV will miss some kind of all-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system that would give it off-road capabilities. As of today, no vehicle in the Creta class offers AWD/4X4 capabilities, but that will soon change with the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser HyRyder.
Creta’s next competitors – the new Renault Duster
Renault plans to bring the third generation Duster to India somewhere around 2024-2025. The new Duster will be based on the CMF-B LS platform. The design will take inspiration from the Bigster concept developed by Renault’s sister company Dacia. Renault wants to revive the Duster name in the country and wants to break new ground by introducing a version of the 7-seater. Although this is just speculation, only time will tell how Renault plans to relaunch Duster in India.
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