Diwali is the most important time for the Indian automobile market in the tote. It is the time when the demand for vehicles is surplus and the customers get the best offers and special schemes. On a different note, Diwali is the most auspicious festival in the Hindu religion. People wait for it to make this heavy purchase. Car manufacturers tap this opportunity and plan their launch before Diwali to gain maximum sales.
With Diwali nearing and all the automobile giants tirelessly hustling to launch their new models, the potential customers have a plethora of car options to choose from. This article will introduce all the major upcoming launches and announcements about the jazziest wheels.
1. New-Gen Maruti Celerio
Maruti is gearing up for the launch of its next-gen Maruti Celerio. Maruti crew has been working on the hatchback model for quite a while now and the company is excited to launch it in September 2021. It was originally expected to launch in the second quarter of 2021 but was delayed due to the second wave of the pandemic.
The next-gen Celerio is expected to carry forward the same 1.0-liter petrol engine (68 PS and 90 Nm) as the current model, and a 1.2L petrol engine (83 PS and 113 Nm) option with a 5-speed manual and AMT. The new Celerio will get a complete makeover inside-out, losing its former styling. Its dimensions are expected to be revised, offering a more spacious cabin.
The CNG option will continue to be available. Highlighted Features might include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual front airbags, and steering-mounted audio controls. The feature list would be derived from the Wagon R. But would also imitate Swift providing features like auto climate control and a rear parking camera.
The new Celerio is expected to extract a little over its current price range of Rs 4.66 lakh to Rs 5.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
2. Mahindra XUV700
Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to launch its XUV500 upgrade – The XUV700 by October 2021. The updated machine is expected to offer more of everything – space, features, power & comfort than its predecessors.
Under the hood, Mahindra will run the XUV700 with Thar’s petrol and diesel engines, although tuned for more output. In the Thar, the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit makes 150PS and up to 320Nm, while the 2.2-litre diesel is good for 130PS and 300Nm. Mahindra is expected to offer the SUV with both 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions with an option of AWD- All Wheel Drive.
Highlighted safety features are the USP of the car. The XUV700 will come with ‘Auto Booster Headlamps’ that automatically switches on additional lights when the SUV crosses the 80 kmph mark. Also, the XUV700 will come with new pop-out, smart door handles lending the SUV a very premium look.
Mahindra notches up the concept of sunroof by providing what it calls ‘Panoramic Skyroof’. It will be the biggest sunroof of its league compared to its contemporaries – the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, and all-new Hyundai Alcazar. The price range is expected to be between 12-20 lakh (ex-showroom).
3. Volkswagen Taigun
Volkswagen will launch an all-new SUV in India in the second half of this year (in September most probably), named ‘Taigun’. This upcoming model will be based on the same ‘MQB A0 IN’ platform as the Skoda Kushaq.
VW Taigun will also get the same two turbocharged petrol engine choices as its Skoda counterpart – a 1.0L turbo-petrol and a 1.5L turbo-petrol – with the same gearbox.
Volkswagen’s compact SUV will have a 5-seater layout with certain luxurious features. It is expected to get ventilated front seats, a digital driver’s display, wireless charging, and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It could also feature auto AC, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
The expected price range for the compact SUV could be from Rs 9 lakh to Rs 17.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The Taigun will take on the Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster & Nissan Kicks.
4. Tata HBX
Tata is on the last lap of launching its first-ever Micro-SUV in India. With Tata HBX, Tata Motors will mark the grand entry of its SUV portfolio in the country. Showcased as the HBX concept at the 2020 Auto Expo, the production-ready version of the car will likely be named Hornbill. It’s expected to launch by August 2021 with a price tag of 5-8 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Tata HBX has been spied partly camouflaged, revealing key design details. The micro-SUV will reflect Tata’s Impact 2.0 design that showcases luxury features like the 7-inch touchscreen system, a semi-digital instrument cluster, and auto AC.
HBX is expected to Rev on the same 1.2-litre petrol engine (86PS/113Nm) from the Altroz, mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. Altroz’s 1.2-litre Turbo-petrol unit could also be provided as an option.
Safety features provided are dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and a rear parking camera. It will lock horns with the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Maruti Ignis, and the upcoming Hyundai AX1 micro-SUV.
5. MG Astor
MG Motor India head Rajiv Chaba has conformed to a news outlet the firm’s next launch for the Indian market, expected to be called the MG Astor, will happen by late 2021. Its expected price is speculated to be around 9-10 lakh (ex-showroom).
India should get the petrol MG ZS or the Astor in its facelifted guise, as seen at the 2020 Auto Expo. Under the hood, it is powered by two petrol engines. The first petrol mill is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor yielding 120PS/150Nm, with the other option being a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine putting out 163PS/230nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, CVT, and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Featuring 17-inch alloy wheels and a gloss black MG grille, Astor flaunts a sportier look. Luxury features showcased are the front and rear driver’s touch power windows, cruise control, a 6-speaker sound system, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Innovative design elements like sharper projector headlamps redesigned LED DRLs and sharper LED taillamps give it a novel approach.
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