New car launches have already started in 2017. While the first launch of this year was the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the latest is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB. This proves that, not only the mass-market car manufacturer but luxury carmakers are also gearing for new offerings in the country. In addition to the existing luxury car manufacturers, new brands, such as Lexus, will also be introduced. Here is the list of upcoming luxury cars in 2017 in India that will make make the luxury segment more competitive.
New Audi A5 Coupe
Audi has already launched the new A5 Coupe in international markets and the car is due for launch in India by mid-2017. The Audi A5 Coupe is based on the Audi A4, but will be in a two-door format. When launched, the coupe will be offered with the Matrix LED headlamps, wider air intakes, when compared to the A4, and chrome finished front bumper. In international markets, Audi has offered the new A5 Coupe with a 2.0 litre TFSI petrol, a 2.0 litre TDI diesel and a 3.0 litre TDI engine options. For India, however, the new A5 Coupe is expected to be powered by a 1.4 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre diesel engines.
New BMW 5 Series
The biggest highlight of the new BMW 5 Series is the reduction in weight by almost 100 kgs thanks to a new platform that also underpins the BMW 7 Series. The new architecture will have a composition of lightweight aluminium, steel as well as carbon fibre. The upcoming 5 Series will also be equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system featuring internet connection and a satellite-navigation system. The car manufacturer will also offer other convenience features like gesture-control command system and advanced BMW Connect App with Remote 3D View that enables the user to have a virtual view of the vehicle and its surroundings. Powering the new BMW 5 Series is likely to be 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol and a 3.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine. A hybrid model may eventually also come to the country later.
New Porsche Panamera Turbo
Porsche will launch the new Panamera Turbo in India on 22nd March, 2017, which will be powered by a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine producing 542 hp of power and 770 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to an 8-speed PDK automatic gearbox and power will be sent to all wheels using Porsche's all-wheel-drive system. The claimed zero to 100 kmph figure of the V8 motor powered Porsche Panamera turbo is 4.2 seconds. In addition to the V8 petrol unit, Porsche may also offere a 3.0 litre V6 engine. Once the Panamera Turbo is launched, the company may also bring in the Executive Turbo variant of the four-door sportscar.
Lexus ES 300h
Lexus, Toyota's luxury car brand, will make its official entry into the Indian car market on 24th March, 2017 and the company has started accepting bookings for the Lexus models that will be imported and sold as CBU (Completely-Built Units). One of them is the Lexus ES 300H sedan, which is based on the Toyota Camry and is expected to share the Camry's hybrid engine option.. The engine is a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol unit that is paired to an electric motor. Combined power from the hybrid is 200 hp and this unit will be mated to an e-CVT automatic transmission. When Lexus commences assembling its models locally, it is likely that the first car to be locally assembled may be the ES 300h . The hybrid sedan is expected to be priced around Rs 75 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
New Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat has been recently spied testing in the country, which suggests that the launch of the premium sedan will happen soon. It is expected to be offered with a diesel engine and a hybrid-petrol motor. The diesel unit is likely to be the 2.0 litre TDI engine that will produce 168 hp of power and is likely to be mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid version will get a 1.4 litre TSI petrol unit which will have a combined output of 215 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The Volkswagen Passat will be based on the company's MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform which is lighter than the the previous generation. The exterior of the new Passat will feature LED headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), LED tail lamps and a chrome surround for the exhaust. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is expected to be launched by mid-2017 and will compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and the Skoda Superb in the segment.