12 cars, 3 months: Ford Aspire to Jeep Compass Trailhawk (Part 2)

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Ford Aspire

Another sedan that’s about to get a facelift is the Aspire. Akin to the Figo, the Aspire will receive a comprehensively revised front-end, new features, and a new 1.2-litre petrol engine. It might even end up getting the 1.5-litre Dragon engine for the automatic transmission variant.

Maruti Ertiga

The current Ertiga is about to be replaced with a new-generation model that will be launched around Diwali this year. The new-gen Ertiga is not only larger than the current model but will also offer a more powerful petrol engine in the form of the 1.5-litre K15B motor that will debut with the Ciaz facelift. It will be based on the HEARTECT lightweight platform. Here is our first look review video of the new Maruti Ertiga:

Mahindra U321

Mahindra is close to launching the U321 MPV, which will take on the upcoming new-gen Ertiga in terms of pricing. It will try to fill the void left by the discontinuation of the last-gen Toyota Innova. The U321 MPV will offer seven- and eight-seat configurations and will have a premium cabin. It will be powered by new-age petrol and diesel engines that will offer a good mix of power and fuel efficiency.

Datsun Go Plus

Akin to the Go hatchback, even its MPV version will get a facelift. The Go Plus facelift will carry all the cosmetic updates that its hatchback sibling gets. However, we’re not sure if it will get a touchscreen infotainment unit. The 1.2-litre petrol motor will be carried over to the facelift.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Jeep Compass trailhawk images front

Jeep India is close to launching the much-awaited Trailhawk version of the Jeep Compass. The Compass Trailhawk will likely be launched with the highly awaited 9-speed automatic transmission for the diesel engine variant. The 2.0-litre Multijet II motor that powers the current SUV will be carried over unchanged. The Compass Trailhawk is a better off-roader than the regular version. It gets Jeep’s Active Drive low-range 4WD, hill descent control, ‘Rock Mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD system, 20 mm of additional ground clearance, and better Approach- and Departure-angles. Here is our video of what international media thinks about the upcoming Jeep Compass Trailhawk:

Honda CR-V

Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) is close to launching the new-gen CR-V. The all-new Honda CR-V will offer as many as seven-seats and come with both petrol and diesel engine options. This will help the CR-V take on vehicles, such as the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The new-gen CR-V will have a 1.6-litre, EARTHDREAMS, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. The current 2.4-litre petrol engine will get a new state of tune.

Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra & Mahindra will launch a new flagship SUV around Diwali this year. The upcoming SUV is expected to be called the XUV700 and will compete with the Toyota Fortuner. Basically, it will be a Mahindra-ised Ssangyong Rexton G4. Expect the prices to start from roughly Rs. 22 lakh.

Image sources – Ciaz, U321