Continued: 10 most anticipated cars of 2017, with their launch timelines

Here are five more most anticipated cars of 2017 and their launch timelines

Maruti S-Cross

Expected launch: October 2017

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Maruti’s premium crossover has received a lukewarm response from the market till now. Maruti will launch the facelifted version of the vehicle later this year. The new S-Cross has become bigger than the current version making it more spacious. The vehicle gets a new vertical chrome grille and projector headlamps with chrome garnish.

The bumper has been redesigned to look more aggressive. Maruti will add new infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the facelift. Under the hood, the S-Cross may feature a new 1.5-litre diesel engine with 100 BHP of maximum power. The 1.3-litre 89 BHP engine will continue to be offered with the crossover.

Ford EcoSport

Expected launch: October 2017

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The EcoSport was a massive success for Ford in India when it was launched. But stiff competition from vehicles like Maruti Vitara Brezza made it lukewarm in the market. Ford will introduce the new EcoSport in India this year and it comes with a host of changes. To start with, there are new headlamps with LED DRLs, new fog lamps, and a new grille. The bumper is also new with redesigned foglamp housings.

At the back, the EcoSport loses the tailgate mounted spare tyre and gets LED DRL tail lamps. The new vehicle will also come with SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Under the hood, the EcoSport will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines while there will be 1.0-litre EcoBoost option too.

Tamo Racemo

Expected launch: November 2017

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Tata introduced a new sub-brand, TaMo and unveiled a new sports car RaceMo under the new brand. The two-seater coupe will be built on Tata’s all-new MoFlex platform. It will be the first ever sports car from the Tata. The car is expected to be priced at around Rs. 25 lakh.

The RaceMo will be powered by 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that will generate a maximum of 186 BHP and 210 Nm of torque. There will be a 6-speed AMT gearbox that will transfer power to the rear wheels of the vehicle. TaMo will also come with futuristic technology provided by Microsoft.

Skoda Octavia vRS

Expected launch: November 2017

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The iconic Skoda Octavia vRS will make a comeback in the market this year. The new vRS will be similar to the facelift version of the Octavia and will come with new dual LED headlamps, LED DRLs, a larger grille, and redesigned bumper. The vehicle looks much more aggressive now.

The Octavia vRS will get 9.2-inch screen that supports navigation and WLAN hotspot but we are not sure if all the features will make to the Indian model. The car will also get Alcantara leather trim. Under the hood, Skoda may put the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine producing 230 BHP – 350 Nm, or the 2.0-litre turbo diesel producing 184 BHP – 380 Nm of maximum power.

Skoda Kodiaq

Expected launch: November 2017

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Skoda has already started testing its full-size SUV in India. It will be Skoda’s new flagship vehicle and will be priced above the Superb. The SUV looks a lot like Audi Q7. It gets a massive grille at the front with projector headlamps and DRLs. At the rear, the vehicle gets Skoda’s signature LED tail lamps in the ‘C’ shape design.

The Kodiaq will get 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Kodiaq is only a 5-seater vehicle compared to the rivals Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The SUV is offered with up to 5 engine options in the international market. However, in India, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is expected. The turbo diesel engine produces a maximum of 187 BHP and 400 Nm of torque in the Kodiaq. At a later stage, 2.0-litre petrol engine is also expected with the SUV.