The confirmation of the exact upcoming cars and SUVs in Nepal in 2021 is impossible. However, what we can do is predict on the basis of the information released on various cars. So, today we have a sneak peek of the most promising SUVs/ cars for the upcoming year 2021.
Check out our upcoming Top 10 list of cars in Nepal with added information and let us know if you are excited about a particular one.
10. Mahindra eKUV100
Mahindra eKUV100 is all set to lead the electric vehicle (EV) line-up from Mahindra Electric in the upcoming year 2021.
This all-electric SUV is equipped with a 15.9kWh battery pack that supports a fast-charging option raising the battery up to 80 per cent in just an hour. The fully charged battery offers a 147 km ride.
India’s first all-electric micro SUV is featured with connected car tech for features such as cabin precooling, remote diagnostics, location tracking, and monitoring the driving pattern of the driver as seen in the version that was showcased at Auto Expo 2018. Besides these, it comes with standard safety features such as rear parking sensors, front seatbelt alert, dual front airbags, overspeeding alert, and ABS with EBD.
Expect to launch during the first quarter of 2021, the Mahindra EV does not have a direct rival currently.
9. Force Motors Gurkha 2020
The BS6 Gurkha SUV was unveiled at Auto Expo 2020 in India by Force Motors. The three-door six-seat variant Gurkha gets an emissions-compliant 90PS and 280Nm engine redesigned front and rear fascia, and government-mandated safety features.
Despite the availability of 2.2-litre and 2.6-litre BS4 engines, the BS6 update is only allowed for the 2.6-litre engine. It is powered to 90PS and 280Nm of torque, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The cosmetic upgrade of the Gurkha claims to be very subtle. The Gurkha sports a new grille, bumper, LED indicators, and headlamps with halo LED DRLs at the front whereas; at the rear, it gets a redesigned bumper and revised taillamps. Similarly, the Gurkha features ABS, rear parking sensors, and driver/passenger airbags.
We have high hopes for this hardcore off-roading machine to make an appearance in mid-2021. The 2020 Force Motors Gurkha will rival the likes of new-gen Thar and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny.
8. Jeep Renegade 2021
The 2021 Jeep renegade unlike other subcompact SUVs pulls off its condensed dimensions and attractive design leaving behind the conventional traits of other subcompact crossovers. But its off-road capability and accessible removable sunroof make it the pack mule in a class of mall cruisers.
The new 2021 Renegade features newly standard driver assists and additional trim levels. All the models are now equipped with blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and more. The infotainment system consists of a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that replaces the old 5.0-inch display, and the Limited and Trailhawk get more standard features.
However, it is said that the Renegade holds just as many drawbacks as highlights. As it sports a stylish cabin with relatively roomy seating space, a sizable cargo area, and an easy-to-use infotainment system, it also lacks engine power, below-average gas mileage for such a small SUV, and it rates poorly for predicted reliability.
As per the reports, it is said that the new Jeep Renegade will hit the Nepalese road during mid-2021.
7. Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E
Maruti Suzuki showcased a coupes-styled electric concept, the Futuro-e at the 2020 Auto Expo in India. Maruti Suzuki claims that the Futuro-e will demonstrate a fascinating fusion of a coupé with an SUV; which is a significant departure from the mainstream SUV architecture.
The power details, however, has not been revealed; it is expected to be available in Nepal in 2021.
6. Mahindra XUV500 2021
As per the camouflaged test mule spotted in Kodaikanal of the new-generation Mahindra XUV500, it’s known to have a more aggressive front fascia. The rendered model sports redesigned headlamps with DRLs featuring twin lighting elements. The daytime running lights with new detailing are borrowed from the XUV300. The key highlight remains to stay at the rear with wrap-around LED tail lamps.
The new-generation Mahindra XUV500 is likely to reach the showroom of Nepal in the second half of 2021 and go against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector/ Hector Plus, Tata Harrier, and the upcoming Tata Gravitas.
5. Honda HR-V
Based on the same platform as the Honda City and Jazz, the 2021 Honda HR-V is expected to continue the same set of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines from the City as well. The HR-V ranks in the middle of the subcompact SUV class consisting of a ton of cargo room and great fuel economy.
The HR-V is specifically suggested for those customers who are looking for practical vehicles rather than performance or lots of features. The 2020 and 2021 version does not consider major changes.
It will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Nissan Kicks after its launch in Nepal in mid-2021.
4. Tata Gravitas
The seven-seater SUV version of the Harrier, Tata Gravita was first showcased at the Tata Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The key highlights remain in the profile of the SUV; the new quarter glass and the beefier D-pillar, large roof rails, redesigned windows, and glossy black ORVMs. It comes with new alloy wheels, similar to the Buzzard concept.
The rear part gets a larger roof-mounted spoiler, a larger rear windscreen, and new LED tail-lamps and a larger tailgate, and a beefier rear bumper compared to the Harrier. Additionally, it also shares the engine with the Harrier; a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine. the oil burner is tuned to churn out 168 bhp and 350 Nm peak torque mated to 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic.
It will rekindle its rivalry with Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson and has a probability of entering the Nepalese market during mid-2021.
3. Jeep Compass Facelift
The facelifted version of the Jeep Compass will feature a few cosmetic and dashboard changes. It is expected to get an updated fascia with a new grille, new headlamps, and a redesigned bumper. Additional charges may include a heavily revised dashboard and a large touchscreen infotainment system with connected car technology.
However, the powertrain option is expected to remain unchanged; the 1.4-litre petrol engine and 2.0-liter diesel engine.
The expected launch in Nepal is set for the second quarter of 2021.
2. Toyota Fortuner 2021
The all-new Fortuner is expected to be available in two different variants; the standard and sportier Legender variant.
The standard variant will sport a bold face with a new grille, LED headlamps, and muscular bumpers whereas the Legender variant will sport a premium touch with the Lexus-Esque front fascia and dual-tone alloy wheels. Both the variants will get LED tail lamps. The infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a 9-speaker JBL sound system.
Powertrain option includes the 2.7-litre petrol engine and expected 2.8-litre diesel unit producing 204PS of power and 500Nm of torque for diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox.
Likely to launch in Nepal during mid-2021, it will go against the MG Gloster, Mahindra Alturas G4, and Ford Endeavour.
1. Skoda Kodiaq Petrol
Previously available only with a diesel engine, the Kodiaq Petrol will now come in a TSI petrol engine (2.0-litre) that produces 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be handled by a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
It is assumed to be launched in Nepal during mid-2021 and rival the like of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, and the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace.