The BS6 emission norms and the upcoming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations have put a growing impetus on petrol models in carmakers' portfolio. However, that cannot happen at the cost of performance and torque thrust, especially in SUVs, which have these much likeable characteristics of a diesel powertrain. One of the most sought after solutions to that is the turbo petrol powertrain which offers the best of both. Thanks to downsizing, a turbo petrol engine is more fuel efficient compared to a naturally aspirated petrol motor while the turbo spool adds to its performance and makes up for the loss of torque as well. That pretty much explains them gaining popularity in our market. Here's a list of the latest SUVs in India which are offered with turbo petrol powertrains.
The Kia Seltos bought in a turbo petrol engine last year in the compact SUV segment. It gets a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbo petrol engine that puts out 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque and is mated either to a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). It delivers a claimed fuel economy of 16.5 kmpl in the automatic variants while the manual delivers a fuel economy of 16.1 kmpl. Prices of the Kia Seltos Turbo start at ₹ 15.54 lakh for the manual variant, going all the way up to ₹ 17.29 lakh for the top-end automatic variant, (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
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The new-generation Hyundai Creta by all means is a sister unit of the Kia Seltos and is identical under the skin, spawned by the same platform and being offered with the exact same engine line-up. The 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbo petrol engine even in the 2020 Hyundai Creta churns out 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) as standard. The Hyundai Creta is offered only in two variants - SX which is priced at ₹ 16.16 lakh and SX (O) priced at ₹ 17.20 lakh, (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
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The Mahindra XUV300 was launched with the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Turbo petrol engine last year and it instantly impressed us with its performance and refinement. The engine is tuned to churn out 110 bhp at 5000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 2000 - 3500 rpm and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while an AMT transmission is optional. Prices of the Mahindra XUV300 turbo-petrol start at ₹ 8.30 lakh and go all the way up to ₹ 11.84 lakh.
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While Renault is still taking sometime to introduce the 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine in the Renault Duster, its alliance partner- Nissan has already done it in the Kicks. So the same 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol motor resides under the hood of the Nissan Kicks and in the same state of tune, belting out 154 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while the eight-step X-tronic CVT gearbox is optional. Prices of the Nissan Kicks turbo start at ₹ 11.85 lakh and go up to ₹ 14.15 lakh, (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
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The Hyundai Venue is one of the most popular subcompact SUVs in India and the 1.0-litre turbo petrol variant is dominating its sales. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbo petrol engine develops 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque and is offered with a six-speed manual transmission as standard while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) is optional. Prices for the Hyundai Venue turbo petrol start at ₹ 8.46 lakh for the base manual variant, going all the way up to ₹ 11.5 lakh for the range topping automatic variant, (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).