Upcoming car and SUV launches in May and June 2012

Over the next two months there are some interesting SUV and sedan launches in the Indian car market. Here we have put together a list of cars you can look forward to in the coming months, take a look.

Force One 4×4 – May 2012

Photo: The Force One 4x4 will be a no nonsense SUV with rugged old school looks

Looks: The Force One 4×4 will likely have 4×4 badges at the rear while the rest of the exteriors will be same as the regular model. The Force One looks large and imposing, although the design is a little dated.

Performance: The Force One 4×4 can be expected to offer better acceleration and performance than the 4×2 version. The Force One 4×4 will be powered by the same by 2.2 litre common rail diesel engine that puts out 139 bhp of power and 321 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission.

Mileage: The ARAI certified mileage for the Force One 4×4 could be 11 kmpl. The mileage is assumed to be slightly less than the 4×2 version (12 kmpl). See our Auto Expo photo gallery of the Force One here.

Safety features: The Force One 4×4 will have ABS along with other safety features such as remote key entry, driver Seatbelt warning, door open warning and display, rear windscreen wiper with washer, front demister, central locking and over speed warning.

Variants and prices: The Force One 4×4 will be offered in only one variant and is expected to be priced at Rs. 12.5 lakh.

2012 Chevrolet Captiva – May 2012

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Photo: The New Captiva retains the same overall design of the outgoing model but is more modern looking

Looks: Chevrolet unveiled the 2012 Captiva at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The Captiva has the bowtie signature grille. The overall design gives more aggressive stance to the new Captiva. The new Captiva has a dual cockpit and its design is similar to what was featured in the Beat and Cruze.

Performance: With regard to engine options, there are chances that the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva will get a spruced up, better performing 2.2 litre CRDI diesel motor that produces 184 bhp of maximum power which is up from the 2.0-litre 148 bhp motor that powers the current model. The performance of the 2012 Captiva will be significantly better than the outgoing model.

Mileage: Expect the 2012 Captiva to have a fuel economy of around 13 kmpl.

Variants and prices: The 2012 Captiva will likely be priced roughly Rs. 1 lakh above the present model which has a price range of 17.9 – 19.7 lakh.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze – June 2012

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Photo: The new Cruze will give the already popular sedan a new lease of life if priced aggresively

Looks: The new Cruze will have a redesigned grille and refreshed fog lamps. The headlamps of the outgoing model make the Cruze looks aggressive and hence, the designers have not altered the overall shape of the headlamp on the facelift version. New alloy wheel pattern can also be seen in the upcoming Cruze facelift. Interiors-wise, expect improved headroom for rear passengers.

Performance: The upcoming Cruze will be powered by GM’s Z series, 2.0 litre, DOHC, common-rail diesel motor that produces 163 bhp (presently it is 148 bhp) of power. The new Cruze will have an edge of a wholesome 23 bhp over the Jetta that belts out 140 bhp of power and is one of its key competitors. Read more about the new Cruze here.

Mileage: The new Cruze may have a slightly lower mileage than the present model which has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.30 kmpl for the manual variant and 14.39 kmpl for the automatic variant.

Variant and price details: Expect the 2012 Cruze to be offered in three variants namely the 2.0 LT, 2.0 LTZ MT and the 20. LTZ AT. The price of the new Cruze may be slightly more than the present model which is priced in the range of Rs. 12 – 14.44 lakh.

Toyota Camry – June 2012

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Photo: The new Toyota Camry looks elegant and will likely be feature loaded

Looks: Toyota unveiled the new Camry at the Delhi Auto Expo in January 2012. The facelift Toyota Camry has design cues of the Toyota’s premium brand, the Lexus. The front grille has six horizontal chrome slats giving the car a bolder road presence. The sharp angles and sporty rear profile give the new Camry, a youthful appeal.

Performance: The new Camry is expected to be powered by a new 2.5-litre petrol (replacing the 2.4-litre petrol) engine. This motor will put out 167 bhp of power and will perform slightly better than its predecessor. See more photos of the Toyota Camry here.

Mileage: Expect the upcoming Camry to have a mileage in the range of 8 – 13 kmpl.

Variants and prices: There are expectations that Toyota may assemble the car locally via CKD (Completely knocked down) route. Hence, the price of the Camry could go down by a couple of lakhs and may start at as low as Rs. 20 lakh.

Premier Rio 1.3 – June 2012

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Photo: The Premier Rio has been freshened up, and the new BS IV compliant diesel engine should help in metro sales

Looks: Premier unveiled a face-lifted version of its compact SUV Rio at the Auto Expo 2012. The company began the trial productions of the Rio 1.3 diesel in March 2012 and we expect the launch to happen in June 2012. The upgraded Rio gets an integrated grille and somewhat curvy headlamp on the front while the rear gets a spoiler—all combine to give the Rio, a sporty feel. On the inside, the Rio gets beige upholstery that makes the cabin look spacious. See our Auto Expo walk around video of the Rio here.

Performance: The Rio will get a new Fiat Multijet diesel engine that powers Maruti Suzuki Swift and Fiat Punto. The new 1.3 liter engine makes about 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. The engine, which is BS-IV compliant, will help Rio target bigger metro markets. Expect the car to return a mileage of 14-15 kmpl.

Mileage: The fuel economy of the Rio diesel powered by Multijet engine is expected to be in the range of 14 – 16 kmpl.

Variants and prices: The Rio multijet diesel will likely be offered in two trim levels as the Rio petrol and could be priced at around Rs. 6 lakh.