This article lists out 10 of the upcoming cars that are set to launch in 2022.
With cars ranging from entry-level hatchbacks to luxury SUVs, global car making giants are set to flood our markets with exciting, new products next year.
With issues like the pandemic, the semi-conductor chip shortage and constantly hiking prices of raw materials, 2020 and 2021 were not very successful years for the automobile industry.
Now the car makers are focused on making 2022 a success both in terms of sales and innovative products that aim to make their portfolios shine.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the cars yet to be launched in 2022 here.
1. Mahindra Scorpio 2022
While the new-gen Scorpio will retain the boxy design, the SUV will also have a wider track for a more proportionate stance and modern elements like LED headlamp setup with LED DRLs and LED taillights. It will get captain seats and a rotary knob for off-road driving modes. The SUV shall possibly borrow the XUV700’s 200PS 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and 185PS 2.2-litre diesel engines in a detuned state. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and an automatic gearbox, along with rear and all-wheel drivetrain options.
The next-gen Mahindra Scorpio is expected to be priced Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. It will lock horns with Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, and MG Hector.
2. Toyota Hilux
Toyota Hilux pick-up truck is expected to be launched in India in January 2022. It will be based on the same IMV-2 platform that also underpins Innova and Fortuner. We can also expect it to share its cabin design and engine options with the latter. So, it could get both – a 2.4L turbo-diesel (150 PS/360 Nm) and a 2.8L turbo-diesel unit (204 PS/500 Nm) along with both manual and automatic transmission choices and the options of 4×2 and 4×4.
When launched, the Hilux will be a rival to Isuzu D-Max V-Cross in India.
3. Kia Carens
Kia Carens is the South Korean company’s all-new 7-seater MPV for the Indian market based on Seltos’ platform and is expected to be available with a choice of 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel engine. It will come equipped with features such as a 10.25-inch touchscreen system, fully digital instrument cluster, dedicated AC vents for the second and third-row passengers, front ventilated seats, six airbags, etc.
4. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift
Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been a best selling premium hatchback in India but the competition has increased with the introduction of Tata Altroz and the new Hyundai i20. As a result, Maruti will launch the facelifted, new-generation model of Baleno in India next year. From the looks from several spy shots that have surfaced online, the new Baleno will get design changes, a new premium cabin, and features such as a floating touchscreen system.
5. Skoda Slavia
Skoda Slavia is the Czech brand’s replacement for Rapid sedan and will be a rival to Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, etc.
It will be available with a choice between 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI petrol engines in combination with manual and automatic gearboxes. Skoda Slavia will have features such as a 10-inch touchscreen unit, fully digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, sunroof, cruise control, six airbags, etc.
6. Tata Tiago CNG and Tigor CNG
The demand for CNG cars in India has been on a rise in the wake of the unprecedented fuel price hike. This has pushed Tata Motors to enter the CNG space in India. The company plans to launch CNG versions of Tiago and Tigor in January 2022.
The engine will be the same 1.2L NA petrol motor as the regular Tiago/Tigor, with a factory-fitted CNG kit added to it. However, this model may be detuned to develop less power when used with CNG fuel. This will allow the company to extract more fuel economy. The power output will be lower when running on natural gas, and only manual transmission will be available here.
7. Tata Altroz DCT
Tata Altroz was first launched back in January 2020, and in January 2021, the hatchback received a new engine option (1.2L turbo-petrol unit). It seems like a new gearbox option (dual-clutch automatic) would be introduced in January 2022, marking the two-year anniversary of the Altroz. The DCT transmission will be available on the 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine only, while the 1.2L NA petrol and 1.2L turbo-diesel versions would continue to be mated to a manual transmission.
8. Skoda Kodiaq Facelift
Skoda Kodiaq is also set to return to our market in January 2022 with significant upgrades. The flagship Skoda SUV gets a couple of design tweaks and a new 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that generates a maximum power output of 187 bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm paired with a 7-speed DSG. Bookings for this upcoming Skoda SUV have already begun, albeit unofficially.
9. Audi Q7
2022 Audi Q7 will be launched in India in January 2022. The SUV will come sporting design changes like a bigger grille, sportier-looking bumper, redesigned taillights, Matrix LED headlights, etc. It is likely to come with a 3.0-litre petrol engine capable of making 335 bhp and a peak torque of 500 Nm, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro AWD system.
10. Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Maruti Suzuki is also expected to bring in the long-anticipated Jimny 4×4 SUV in 2022. While we still do not have a launch timeline, the company has already started exporting the Jimny, so, the India launch is very likely to happen next year, possibly in the second half. The model sold in the export markets comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is paired with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque convertor. It also gets Suzuki’s AllGrip 4×4 system.
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