It’s that time of year again when we take a step back and recap everything that happened in 12 months. In that sense, 2022 is special. The impact of the pandemic is waning globally and life is starting to return to normal. It was also a year in which automakers overextended and capitalized on the SUV craze with a series of product launches.
From small SUVs to full-size off-roaders and from good old diesels to electric, hybrid and CNG options, the SUV segment sees it all. Which brings us to the SUVs that have made their mark when it comes to appearance. These can be best sellers, trendsetters, or simply crowd pleasers, giving people what they want. With just a few days to go to the new year, we summarize the top 7 SUVs launched in 2022 that make us extremely excited.
1. Mahindra Scorpio-Women
Easily, the most popular launch of the year – SUV or in other words, Mahindra Scorpio-Women has come to much fanfare as the successor to the Scorpio Classic. It’s all-new from the start but retains the same ladder structure on the old-school chassis, turbocharged diesel engine and 4×4 off-road capability. The new generation is promising in every way and still manages to keep purists happy with its rugged nature. This time, there’s also the new 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, which we hear Mahindra has received a lot of orders for. Plus, the Scorpio-N earned an impressive five-star safety rating in NCAP Global crash testing and there’s plenty to like in this India-made SUV.
(Also see: Scorpio-Women Drive Review)
2. Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder is a long-awaited product and the first co-developed product in India to come out of the Suzuki-Toyota alliance. The UC Hyryder gave us our first taste of what the Strong Hybrid powertrain means, and it has been collecting good numbers for the brand since its inception. Furthermore, the SUV impresses with its list of features and optional three-point seat belts for rear middle-seat passengers. What’s even more impressive, however, is Toyota’s decision to introduce a CNG version on the Hyryder, offering customers a wide range of options. It didn’t take long for its cousin to get one, too.
(Also see: Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Driver Review)
3. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
It is only a matter of time before Maruti Suzuki enters the compact SUV segment to confirm sales. S-Cross is not superior enough to more modern competitors, so Grand Vitara is the perfect weapon to diffuse the situation. Built on the same platform as the Toyota UC Hyryder, the Grand Vitara not only revives the iconic brand in India, but also offers Strong Hybrid and Mild Hybrid powertrains, both of which promise savings. Maruti also managed to offer AWD on the GV, setting it apart from the Hyryder and it can be said that the model has caught on. At least a six-month wait would suggest so.
(Also see: Grand Vitara . Driving Review)
4. Jeep meridian
Probably one of the more underrated SUVs coming out in 2022. jeep meridian is the Compass’ seven-seat sibling and is actually quite capable of it. The third row seats enough for children and teenagers, while the cabin is well designed with many healthy features equipped right from the panoramic sunroof, UConnect infotainment system, ventilated front seats. , etc. It’s also true to the Jeep’s DNA and can handle off-road with ease and miles on the highway. It also helps that the Meridian is a more value-friendly proposition than the Compass and is sure to get more attention than it does now.
(Also see: Jeep Meridian First Drive Review)
5. Hyundai Tucson
New generation Hyundai Tucson arrived in India just this year, almost two years since it was revealed globally. While it was a long wait, it turned out to be well worth it considering the extent of a great SUV it has become. The design language is completely new and fresh and the cabin is packed with creature comforts. There’s also ADAS to keep you safe along with a host of other active and passive safety features. The Tucson also impresses with its vastly improved driving dynamics over its predecessor and continues to offer petrol and diesel engine options, though this time only with an automatic transmission.
(Also see: Hyundai Tucson in action)
6. Maruti Suzuki Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was a blockbuster when it came out in 2016 and kept sales high until the end of the year. Maruti makes sure not to mess up the success formula too much and offers upgrades in the form of sharper design, more features and a compact SUV-friendly automatic transmission. Oh, and it also removes the Vitara name in the process. The Maruti Suzuki Brezza is now stronger than ever and remains a reliable choice for many buyers in its segment.
(Also see: Maruti Suzuki Brezza Driving Reviews)
The Toyota Hilux UV more than SUV. This is a true multi-purpose vehicle and the pickup shares its platform with the previous generation Fortuner and Innova Crysta. However, this lifestyle choice only came this year after a long wait. The Hilux comes with a 2.8-liter diesel engine mated to an automatic transmission only and also has 4WD with a Limited-Slip Differential. The pickup truck was brought back in limited quantities and sold out immediately after its launch. The only downside is that its price feels exorbitant starting at $33.99 lakh (old gallery in Delhi).
While these are our top SUVs launching in 2022, we also wanted to make some special mentions. The Hyundai Venue N-Line has arrived with an upgrade and brings some fun to an SUV that’s fun to drive. Mahindra XUV300 Turbosport has also done the same with the new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Finally, the very capable Skoda Kodiaq is back in India in an upgraded avatar, ditching the diesel heart for a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine.
First published date: December 20, 2022, 18:07 pm IST