July has turned out to be one of biggest months of this year so far when it comes to launches and unveils. The last five days have seen no less than 8 cars and SUVs being lauched in India. We round up each of these launches and unveils, and fill you in about what you need to know about them.
Mahindra Scorpio Automatic
You want a more rugged alternate to the Hyundai Creta Automatic? Well, the Mahindra Scorpio Automatic is just the answer you were looking for. And guess what? Mahindra has even undercut the Creta in terms of the pricing. The Scorpio Automatic actually retails for 45,000 rupees lesser than the Creta, making it great value.
Also, you even get a four wheel drive option on the Scorpio Automatic, which makes it the only choice in its price segment to offer such a feature.
Fiat Linea Elegante
The Linea Elegante is a limited edition version of the C-Segment sedan from Fiat. In Elegante guise, the Linea Diesel gets more equipment and revised looks. A bodykit, 16-inch alloy wheels, blacked out grille and roof, decals on the flanks and a rear spoiler are the exterior changes. A 6.5 touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, new floor mats, door sills and seat covers are the other changes on this car. Mechanically, the Linea Diesel remains unchanged, with the 1.3 liter Multijet motor making 91 Bhp-209 Nm. The car is priced at 9.99 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Yesterday, Mahindra revealed sketches of the TUV300, a compact SUV that is scheduled to arrive into India in the middle of September. From the looks of it, the TUV300 seems to be a rugged looking, ladder framed model that is rear wheel driven. The SUV will feature a new turbo diesel engine. Equipped with a price that is likely to undercut the Ford Ecosport, the TUV300 is aimed at big volumes. The compact SUV is expected to seat seven adults in a sub-4 meter footprint.
A couple of days ago, General Motors unveiled the Trailblazer luxury SUV in India. The Trailblazer will be launched here in October 2015, as a rival to the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The Trailblazer will be sold with a 2.8 liter turbo diesel engine making 200 Bhp and 500 Nm. this makes the Trailblazer the most powerful 7 seat luxury SUV in its segment. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are expected to be on offer, along with rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts.
General Motors also showcased the Spin MPV, which will be launched in India in early 2017. The American car giant has already begun testing the MPV on Indian roads. Both petrol and turbo diesel engined versions of the Spin are expected to go on sale in India. A butch rival to the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio, the Spin features a spare wheel on the tail gate. The MPV’s production line will be shipped from Indonesia to General Motors India’s Talegaon factory.
Mercedes Benz G63 AMG
Mercedes Benz has launched the G63 AMG off roader in three new paint schemes – solar beam, sunset beam and alien green. These ‘crazy colours’ as Mercedes calls it, are meant for those who want a look-at-me off roader. Now, this is understandable given the plain jane looks of the G63 AMG, which means that the iconic off roader if often mistaken for lesser offerings such as the Mahindra Bolero and the Tata Sumo. With the new paint job that makes the SUV stand out, the G63 AMG might attract more fat cats to its fold. The SUV uses a 5.5 liter twin turbo petrol engine with 537 Bhp and 760 Nm on tap.
Mercedes Benz S-Class S63 AMG Coupe
The W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class’ most most powerful version has arrived into India, in the form of the S63 AMG coupe model. The S63 AMG coupe version of the S-Class is powered by a 5.5 liter twin turbo petrol engine with 585 Bhp and 900 Nm outputs. Torque transmission happens either to the rear wheels or all four wheels – depending on the variant chosen – by means of a 7 speed MCT automatic gearbox. The S-Class S63 AMG variant is a CBU import, with prices starting from 2.6 crore rupees.
Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe
The W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class is now available in the sporty coupe guise. Two engines are on offer, the previously detailed 5.5 liter twin turbo unit for the AMG variant, and a 4.7-liter V8 twin turbo petrol unit that puts out 455 Bhp and 700 Nm. The S-Class coupe starts from 2 crore rupees, and the car is a CBU that is aimed at folks wanting the luxury of the W222 S-Class, in a sporty twin door coupe form factor. The S-Class Coupe also offers buyers the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension.