It is mid of the year 2017 and we have already seen some great launches. Manufacturers are getting ready to launch new vehicles for the rest of 2017. Here is a list of cars and SUVs that will be launched over next two months in India.
Expected Starting price: Rs. 8.2 lakh
Hyundai has lost the plot in the mid-size sedan and currently, the main competition is between the Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz. Hyundai is preparing for the launch of the all-new Verna in India that will get major updates. To start with, the all-new Verna will get an all-new design and a bigger grille. There will be a LED headlamp cluster with DRLs. Hyundai will also make the Verna more butch with larger bumpers and a larger grille.
The Verna will get split tail lamps and a new boot design at the rear. On the inside, the 2017 Verna gets touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Hyundai is expected to keep the current line-up of 1.4-litre petrol/diesel and 1.6-litre petrol/diesel engines. Hyundai may bring a mild-hybrid version of the vehicle to take on the Ciaz directly.
Expected Starting price: Rs. 16.5 lakh
Skoda has grand plans for the Indian market this year. From a slew of launches that the brand has planned for India, the Octavia will be the first one. The facelifted version of the Octavia was launched last year in the international market. The production of the Indian model has already started in Skoda India’s plant in Aurangabad.
The new Octavia gets some big changes like the split headlamp unit and new DRLs. The car also gets a revised bumper. On the inside, the Skoda Octavia gets a 9.2-inch touch-sensitive screen. There is also ambient lighting. The car will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine. There’s no clarity over the 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine though.
Expected Starting price: Rs. 50.5 lakh
The German brand will bring on the all-new 5-Series to India next month. The new 5-Series looks much like the 7-Series and gets a lot of updates. The saloon gets all-LED headlamps with adaptive LED feature. The car also receives changes to the bumper and body to make it look very different.
The new 5-Series gets the all-new iDrive system with gesture control, electrically adjustable seats with massage function and four-zone climate control. The 5-Series will also offer a remote parking feature. There will be three engine options with the new 5-Series. A 2.0-litre diesel engine will be offered with the lowered variants while the top-of-the-line variants will be powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine. BMW may also bring in the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine.
Expected Starting price: 19 lakh
The entry level Jeep will enter the Indian market next month. This will be the first made-in-India Jeep and is a highly awaited vehicle. The Compass will also become the cheapest Jeep available in India when it is launched. The car will get plush interiors with leather seats and contrast stitching.
The Compass will be powered by two engine options, a 1.4-litre petrol generating 160 Bhp – 250 Nm and a 2.0-litre diesel producing 170 Bhp – 350 Nm torque. The SUV will also get Active Drive Mode that will enable a seamless shift from 2WD to 4WD. The car will also get Auto, Snow, Mid and Sand mode.
Expected Starting price: Rs. 8 lakh
Maruti shifted the Ciaz to Nexa dealerships recently without making any changes to the car. Maruti is now working on a facelift of the Ciaz that will be launched by the end of next month. The Ciaz is expected to get new front and rear bumpers, LED headlamps on the outside.
Interior changes may include an all-new instrument cluster with new dials and dashboard. Maruti is expected to keep the same 1.3-litre SHVS diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engine with the new Ciaz. There may be a possibility that Maruti may put the 1.6-litre diesel engine that also powers the S-Cross.
Expected Starting price: Rs. 7.3 lakh
The EcoSport truly started the compact SUV craze in India. Ford has unveiled the all-new EcoSport in the international market and soon it will be launched in India. The new vehicle gets many changes like new LED DRLs, new fog lamp housing, new front grille, and looks inspired from the new Endeavour. Unlike the international model, the spare wheel is still mounted on the tailgate.
The car will also feature 8-inch touchscreen replacing the current small SYNC screen. The car will come powered by the same 1.0-litre EcoBoost, 1.5-liter TDCI diesel and 1.5-liter petrol. The engine also gets an advanced cylinder deactivation feature which may not make it to the Indian market.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
Expected Starting price: Rs. 62 lakh
The Volvo V90 will be launched in India next month. Volvo says that the V90 is the successor of the XC70, a car that was never officially available in India. The V90 gets skid plates in the front and the rear. The car is based on the V90 Estate but gets rugged exteriors to take on the challenging situations.
The V90 will be powered by 2.0-litre petrol hybrid and 2.0-litre diesel engine options. It will get AWD system and gets a high ground clearance of 210mm. The V90 does not have any real competition in India because of its unique style.
Expected Starting price: Rs. 25 lakh
Mitsubishi recently launched the Pajero Sport Select in India. Now, the Mitsubishi Outlander will make a comeback in India next month. The all-new Outlander is a 7-seat version and looks very aggressive with a design inspired by the mighty Evo X. The crossover will be powered by 2.4-litre Mivec petrol engine that produces a maximum of 165 BHP and 222 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission. Interestingly, the Outlander will go against the Honda CR-V in India.