New car launches around the corner
5th Dec 2017 5:46 pm
Here's a look at some of the new cars that are being launched and unveiled in India in the coming months.
2017 has seen a bevy of new launches, from the new Tata Nexon and facelifted Ford EcoSport to the likes of the Skoda Octavia RS and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 facelift. Renault introduced the Captur, Mahindra brought out a more powerful, refreshed version of its Scorpio and Maruti launched the CelerioX cross-hatch. In the run up to the Auto Expo 2018, quite a few manufacturers have confirmed models for launch before, during and after the event.
Here’s what you can look forward to in the coming months:
Mahindra XUV500 facelift
After having spotted the model testing, Mahindra is gearing up to bring out a facelift. The highlight of the update will be under the bonnet. The diesel engine will get a bump in output and is expected to put out 170hp. The manual and automatic transmissions will continue.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus
Essentially a lengthened version of the TUV300, Mahindra is expected to launch the TUV300 Plus in the coming months. The model gets tweaked rear styling with new tail-lamps that extend to the side and is capable of seating a maximum of nine people, but otherwise will share exterior and interior bits with the TUV300. It is expected to be powered by the 120hp, 1.99-litre engine that is available exclusively on the Mahindra Scorpio sold in the Delhi-NCR region.
Mitsubishi is set to expand its model line-up in the country with the launch of the new Outlander. Set to be launched in the coming months, the Outlander will be available as a petrol-only model and will be imported as a CBU. Powering the SUV will be a 169hp, 2.4-litre petrol engine paired with a CVT gearbox and Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control four-wheel-drive system.
Also read: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander India launch soon
Datsun Redigo AMT (January 2018)
The Japanese manufacturer will launch an AMT-equipped Redigo in January. The five-speed AMT will only be offered on the 1.0-litre engine option, though it is not yet known if this version of the Redigo will have a conventional gear lever or a rotary controller like the one found on the Renault Kwid AMT. Expect a premium of approximately Rs 30,000 over the manual variant.
Lexus LS 500h (January 2018)
The luxury carmaker will bring its flagship to India in January 2018 with a 354hp hybrid powertrain mated to an e-CVT transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels. The Mercedes S-class rival will be brought in as a CBU and is expected to be priced in the Rs 1.5 crore region. Bookings for the LS 500h have already begun.
Also see: Lexus LS F-Sport image gallery
Our walkaround video of the LS 500
New Maruti Suzuki Swift (February 2018)
Suzuki pulled the covers off the new Swift post-Christmas last year, with the model set to hit international markets during the course of 2017. For India, Maruti is currently testing the new third-gen model for a launch at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. The car for India is expected to carry forward using the current crop of 1.2-litre and 1.3-litre petrol and diesel engines, though, unlike its international counterpart, is expected to get a new interior, specifically for the country.
Also read: New 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift: A close look
BMW 6-series GT (February 2018)
The replacement for the 5-series GT, the 6-series GT, will launch in India at the Auto Expo 2018. BMW’s answer to the long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz E-class, the 6-series GT will be brought in via the CKD route and is likely to be available with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as well as a six-cylinder diesel unit.
Also see: 2017 BMW 6-series GT video review
BMW M5 (February 2018)
Having confirmed the 6-series GT, BMW will also bring its performance-focused all-wheel-drive M5 to India at the 2018 Auto Expo. The range-topping 5-series is powered by a 4.4-litre, bi-turbo, V8 engine that produces 600hp and 750Nm of peak torque. Drive is sent to all four wheels (a first for an M5) via an M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Also see: New 2018 BMW M5 image gallery
BMW i8 Coupe and Spider (February 2018)
While BMW recently showcased its i8 coupe facelift and the new i8 Spider at the 2017 Los Angles motor show, it will launch these models in India at the Auto Expo 2018. Both siblings are powered by a 374hp hybrid powertrain. While neither model has a direct rival, Porsche 911 Carrera and Jaguar’s F-type V6 compare on price and power.
Also see: 2018 BMW i8 Coupe, Roadster image gallery
Mini Countryman (February 2018)
The Auto Expo 2018 will serve as a launch pad for the second-generation Countryman in India. The most practical Mini was previously sold in India as a front-wheel-drive model and this is expected to continue with the new one as well. It is expected to sport 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines and prices are expected to start at about Rs 37 lakh.
Also see: 2017 Mini Countryman image gallery
Hyundai i20 facelift (early 2018)
Hyundai has begun testing the i20 facelift on Indian roads, ahead of a possible launch sometime early next year. The refreshed hatchback is set to follow Hyundai's latest design language, with a more prominent grille up front and changes to the rear. Under the hood, the existing engines are expected to carry forward, with a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol also likely to join the line-up.
Also read: SCOOP! Hyundai i20 facelift spied
Ford Figo, Aspire facelift (early 2018)
As part of its mid-cycle refresh, Ford will update its Figo hatchback and Aspire compact sedan with some cosmetic changes outside and inside. The highlight of the facelift will be the introduction of the all-new 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from Ford’s new Dragon series of petrol motors that will replace the current 1.2-litre, four-cylinder Sigma petrol mill. A 1.5-litre petrol Dragon engine will make its first appearance in the facelifted EcoSport.
Also read: Ford Figo, Aspire facelifts coming next year
Mahindra U321 MPV (March 2018)
Mahindra will finally launch its new monocoque-bodied MPV that is expected to slot between the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta. The MPV that is currently known by its codename, U321, will feature seating for seven or eight in three rows. The MPV will also debut Mahindra’s new 130hp, 1.6-litre diesel engine that has been developed with SsangYong.
Also read: Mahindra U321 MPV to take on Innova Crysta