1. Ford EcoSport
2. Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha
Another Auto Expo star was the XA Alpha concept. This one is based on a monocoque construction rather than a ladder-frame chassis like the Gypsy. The 94 bhp, 1.4-litre K14 engine that debuted in the Ertiga could find its way under the hood of the XA Alpha, while the 1.3-litre Multijet will hold the fort on the diesel end of the spectrum. Given Maruti’s pace from concept to final product, expect a late-2013/early-2014 debut.
3. Chevrolet Trax
Set to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the Chevrolet Trax is GM’s take on the compact SUV. With rivals making a beeline in this segment, Chevy reached into its global portfolio and is putting together this mean looking compact. It will be based on the Opel Corsa platform, so we guess it’s safe to assume that engines will be shared. The most likely candidates seem to be a 1.3-litre 74 bhp diesel, or a 130 bhp 1.7-litre diesel engine, while a 1.4 turbo petrol too is on the cards. India launch is a bit sketchy, but 2014 seems attainable.
5. Mahindra Scorpio
Like the Safari, the other homegrown SUV, the Scorpio is due for a ground-up revision soon, but this will take a while. Until then, the current Scorpio will have to keep the M&M flag flying. Despite numerous revisions, the Scorpio is still short on space and dynamics, which are not yet up to scratch. The new W105 Scorpio is expected to address all that and could get the XUV’s 140 bhp, 2.2 mHawk as well. A petrol version is probably on the cards, too.