The Indian car market is about to witness a lot of activity as there is going to be a handful of new car launches in the next 3 months or so. What’s even more remarkable about this is that these upcoming new cars in India comprise of both mainstream and imported vehicles. Here are the details of these upcoming cars –
New Honda Amaze
The new-generation Honda Amaze made its debut at the Auto Expo 2018 and will launch in India in May this year. Expect the new car to command a slightly higher price than the current version. Engines will be carried over from the current car but the Diesel motor will get an optional CVT auto transmission.
Hyundai Creta Facelift
Even the Hyundai Creta facelift will launch in May this year. The Creta facelift will offer a slightly updated exterior and some new features like an electric sunroof. The current engine options will be carried over to the updated version. However, they are likely to get a new state of tune for higher fuel efficiency.
TATA Nexon AMT
The Nexon AMT made its debut at the Auto Expo 2018 and is another important launch in the coming months. The Nexon is about to become the only compact SUV with an auto ‘box for both the Petrol and Diesel engine variants. It will cost roughly Rs 40,000 higher than the corresponding MT models.
Ford will launch the Freestyle next month. The Freestyle is essentially a Figo-based pseudo crossover that gets a handful of cosmetic updates to look more rugged than the Figo. Also, the launch of the Freestyle will mark the introduction of the new 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine from the Dragon-series of motors. The same engine will also power the upcoming facelifts for the Figo and the Aspire.
Mahindra XUV500 Facelift
The highly awaited Mahindra XUV500 facelift will launch in May this year. The XUV500 facelift will sport an updated front- and rear-end and will likely offer more features Speculations are rife that the updated car will even offer a more powerful Diesel engine. Also, expect the price list to see a minor revision.
New Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi will introduce the all-new Outlander in India next month. The all-new Outlander will go on to rival the likes of Honda CR-V. It offers 7-seats and looks pretty modern, too. The India-spec SUV will be powered by an updated version of the same 2.4-litre MIVEC naturally-aspirated petrol engine that powered the earlier generation. It outputs a maximum power of 169 bhp along with a peak torque of 225 Nm. It will offer all-wheel drive as a standard feature. The new SUV will come to us via CKD route.
Land Rover Evoque Convertible
JLR India will launch the Land Rover Range Rover convertible in India on 27th March. The Evoque convertible offers an electrically-foldable fabric roof. The one-of-its-kind SUV gets its juice from a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 240 Bhp along with a peak torque of 340 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 9-speed transmission.
New Bentley Continental GT
Bentley will launch the new 2018 Continental GT in India on March 24, 2018. The new Continental GT is the sportiest Grand Tourer from Bentley and offers ultra-luxurious interior and several high-end features. In its third-generation now, the design of the upcoming car has been inspired by the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car that made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The all-new BMW X3 is about to launch in India. The new SUV from BMW will launch next month and prices are expected to start around the Rs 56 lakh mark. The new X3 looks a lot like a slightly shrunken X5 and the new SUV is underpinned by the company’s new CLAR platform, which means the new X3 is stiffer and lighter than the outgoing version.
Mercedes E-Class All Terrain
Mercedes Benz India will launch the E-Class All-Terrain in a couple of months from now. The new car made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018 and is based on the estate version of the E-Class. It comes equipped with the 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system and rides on 19-inch wheels. India will get the 220d diesel engine variant, which will offer a maximum power of 194 bhp along with a peak torque of 400 Nm.