We have seen the interest for compact SUVs in India grow by a great margin since the launch of Renault Duster in 2013. Then came the EcoSport, which took the madness for these urban SUVs to a whole new level. The Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha is undoubtedly the most awaited compact SUV in the Indian car market, thanks to the 'Maruti Suzuki' badge. First unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the XA Alpha will be a sub 4-metre compact SUV and will be pitched against the Ford EcoSport. Considering the growing interest for compact SUVs in the market, Maruti Suzuki India needs to launch this product soon.
Engine- The XA Alpha is expected to feature the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre multijet diesel mill, which also powers many other Maruti cars, including Swift and Swift Dzire. If reports are to be believed, Maruti Suzuki India is also working on its own diesel engine line-up, which, if ready on time, might be fitted in the XA Alpha. However, that's a distant possibility, at least for now. Hyundai India, the second biggest carmaker in the country, understands the importance of the compact SUV segment very well, which is also why they need a compact SUV in their line-up soon. The South Korean carmaker has already started testing its upcoming compact SUV, the ix25, in India and hopes to achieve an aggressive pricing by higher level of localisation.
Engine -The ix25 could come powered by the same 1.4-litre VTVT petrol and 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine options that also do duty on the Hyundai Verna.