Snapshot – January 2015 has not seen big tidings for the Indian car industry, and sentiment continues to remain weak. Automakers, for their part continue to bet big on the Indian car market, and have lined up their wares for February, a month with 28 days, but with plenty of car launches. Five new cars are expected to arrive over the next four weeks and CarToq will give you a quick gist on what to expect.
Mercedes Benz C-Class Diesel
Mercedes Benz will launch the diesel powered variant of the W205 C-Class luxury sedan in India on the 11th of February. The car will be brought into the country as a completely built unit (CBU), a strategy that the German luxury marque has adopted for the petrol powered variant as well. The real volumes puller for Mercedes Benz will be the diesel powered C-Class, and CKD assembly of this car will commence soon.
The car will use the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine in 168 Bhp-400 Nm guise. A seven speed automatic transmission will power the rear wheels of the car. For the W205 C-Class Diesel imported as a CBU, a price that’s a little over 40 lakh rupees is on the cards. CKD assembly at the earliest is the need of the hour as this approach can reduce prices dramatically.
Volkswagen Jetta Facelift
Volkswagen India will launch the facelifted Jetta sedan on the 17th of February. The car will receive visual tweaks on the outside and inside, while feature will also be added to the innards. On the engines and transmissions front, status quo is expected to prevail, with the 1.4 liter TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel mills continuing to do duty.
The Jetta is CKD assembled at Volkswagen’s Chakan factory and the D-Segment sedan is a competitor of the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Skoda Octavia. The new version of the car is expected to be priced slightly higher than the outgoing model, at around 14 lakh rupees for the base petrol variant.
India’s first hybrid sportscar, the BMW i8, will be launched here on the 18th of February. Cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar will do the unveiling honours for the car, of which a limited quantity has been allotted to India. The i8 Hybrid uses a turbocharged triple cylinder petrol engine in tandem with a high performance electric motor to make for thrilling performance and terrific fuel efficiency in a single package.
Futuristically styled, the low slung car is very practical too, what with room for four adults. The i8 will be a brand builder and BMW’s costliest car in India, with a price tag that could tip the 2 crore rupee mark.
Also Read: BMW i8 – All you need to know
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire, India’s best selling compact sedan, will get a mid life makeover. Said to be primed for a February 2015 launch, the Dzire Facelift will borrow features from the recently launched Swift Facelift. However, styling cues will be different, with a chrome splattered front and rear playing on Indian buyers’ preference for chrome heavy cars. The engines and transmissions will be unchanged, although rumours suggest than an automated manual transmission (AMT) could be in the works.
Hyundai Verna Facelift
Hyundai India will launch the facelifted Verna C-Segment sedan on the 16th of February. The car will get cosmetic changes to the front and the rear. These changes will mirror those on the Russia-spec Solaris. The insides are expected to be largely unchanged though. In terms of engines and gearboxes too, the naturally aspirated 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter petrols, and the 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter turbocharged diesels are expected to be retained, along with manual and automatic transmission options. In about 18 months from now, the Verna Facelift will be replaced by an all-new next-generation version, due to arrive here in 2016.