A number of cars are to be launched this year. Some luxury, some mass selling products and some that are expected to bring about a change in the brand's image. Following are some of the launches lined up within the next few months.
Tata Tigor is about to launch in India, and is expected to be a game changer for the brand. The design on the all new car is very different than what Tata cars have been so far. It comes with a fastback rear end. The Tigor is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine, which develops around 83 hp and 110 Nm of torque. The diesel variants will get a 1.0 litre turbocharged unit that is expected to generate about 88 hp and 140 Nm of torque. Both petrol and diesel variants would be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The expected price tag on Tata Tigor would around Rs 5.5 lakh for the base variant. Launch date: 29th March
Toyota's luxury brand Lexus is officially launching in India, with its first dealership being inaugurated in Mumbai. The showroom called 'Lexus Boutique' will sell the RX450h, LX450h, ES300h and the LX450d or the LX570. Lexus is likely to expand its network in other cities like New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. The Lexus RX450h is a hybrid SUV that will be powered by a 3.5-litre, V6 petrol engine coupled with a Toyota’s hybrid system, and is expected to be priced at around Rs 1.17 crore (ex-showroom). The Lexus ES300h, a sedan based on the Toyota Camry, is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 75 lakh. The Lexus LX range of SUVs is offered in international markets with a choice of two engine options, a 5.7 litre V8 and a 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel unit. The LX450d and LX570 are expected to be priced at Rs 2 crore and Rs 2.15 crore (ex-showroom) respectively. Launch date: 24th March
Hyundai unveiled the Solaris in Russia, which will be launched as the Verna facelift in India this year. The new Verna will have a design language similar to the Elantra. It will get new front and rear bumpers. On the inside, it will get a dual-tone set up and will feature a digital instrument console and a touchscreen infotainment system. The 2017 Verna will get the same engine options - a 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engine - as the current generation Verna. The higher variants are expected to be equipped with dual airbags, ESP, automatic climate control system and reverse parking camera. The facelifted Verna is expected to be priced at in a range between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Expected launch date: mid 2017
Audi A5 has already been launched in the international markets and is now due for launch in India. The new A5 will be two-door coupe, and will come with Matrix LED headlamps, wider air intakes and chrome finished front bumper. It is offered in two engine options - a 2.0 litre TFSI petrol, a 2.0 litre TDI diesel and a 3.0 litre TDI unit – in the international markets. However, the Indian trim would come with 1.4 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre diesel engines. Expected launch date: mid 2017
Another launch from Tata Motors is the Nexon, slated to come to India during teh festive season in 2017. The Nexon is expected to be powered by a 1.5 litre Revotorq turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit, which will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant is expected to be powered by a 1.2 litre Revotron three-cylinder engine, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. An optional AMT gearbox is also likely. The price tag on the Nexon is expected to start at Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Expected launch date: October-November
Volkswagen is ready to bring its new SUV Tiguan to India this year. Production of the Tiguan is currently underway. Powering the new Volkswagen Tiguan is likely to be a 2.0 litre TDI, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that will generate 190 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque. The petrol engine will be a 1.4 litre TSI petrol unit that will develop 147 hp and 250 Nm of torque. It will be available in both manual and 7-speed DSG gearbox. It is expected to be prived at around Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Expected launch date: May
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