The year 2017 witnessed some amazing car
launches and as we bid farewell to it
and warm up to 2018 with the Auto Expo just around the corner, we bring you an
exhaustive list of cars that could be launched in India this New Year.
Speculation suggests Audi will be
introducing the new A8 L luxury sedan in India towards the end of 2018. The
model will compete against the 7-series from BMW and the Mercedes Benz S-class.
Audi will introduce its 4th generation A8 L in India towards the end of 2018.
Globally the Audi A8 gets a lot of tech and a long feature list. The luxury
sedan may not come to India with the same features but will surely promise a
very rich and plush experience.
2nd half 2018
3.0L petrol; 3.0L diesel
Price: Rs. 1.5 crore onward
The A7 is one of the most edgy looking
saloons you would come across. It is expected to make its way to Indian roads
around the end of 2018. The new Audi A7 borrows strongly from its predecessors
but comes with sleeker and more toned looks. The A7 will get a lot on the
technology front and boast of a futuristic design inside the cabin. Audi has
bolted on a 12.3 inch digital instrument panel along with a 10.1 inch
3.0L petrol; 3.0L diesel
Price: Rs. 78 lakh+
This boxy yet elegant looking SUV has
captivated many a heart in India. The new Q5 is distinctly Audi with clean and
neat straight lines that boast of sophistication and class. Audi will also be
loading up the Q5 with a lot of kit which includes the 12.3 inch virtual
cockpit (instrument cluster) display.
Audi has planned to launch the Q5 early on in 2018. The new SUV will be
roomier and is likely to come with the same engine options available on the
1st quarter 2018
2L petrol; 2L & 3L diesel
Rs. 54 lakh onward
The BMW X3 is the answer to the Mercedes
GLC and Audi's Q5. It has been in India for a few years now and the new model
promises to be more luxurious than before. The new X3 sports similar dimensions
to the outgoing model but will be lighter and even more driver friendly. The X3
is likely to come powered with the same engine options and may also get an M
1st half 2018
2L petrol; 2L diesel
Rs. 50 lakh onward
Stunning to look at and equally
impressive on the spec sheet is the BMW 6-Series GT. The four door coupe gets
sleeker looks than before and gets roomy interiors as well. On the technology
front BMW may be offering the 6-Series GT with Air Suspension, adaptive cruise
control and a lot more. BMW may just end up launching the 6-Series GT at the
2018 Auto Expo.
2.0L petrol; 2.0L & 3.0L diesel
Price: Rs. 65 lakh
The sleek and sexy looking X2 SUV from
the stables of the German BMW brand may also make it to India in 2018. The X2
shares its platform with the X1 but is a wee bit smaller than the X1. The X2
gets unique styling making it easily distinguished from the X1, it is also
2nd Half 2018
Rs. 38 lakh onward
Unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo, the
Datsun Go Cross concept looked chunky and its brutish proportions were quite
impressive. The Japanese brand is likely to debut the Go Cross in India very
soon. The Go Cross will get beefy wheel arches (plastic cladding), skid plates
and a taller stance. We can expect the Go Cross to be more affordable than
6 lakh onward
Ford may launch a crossover version of
their Figo which will sport beefier looks and plastic cladding all around. Ford
may also introduce the Figo Cross with its new 1.5L Dragon engine.
1.2L & 1.5L petrol; 1.5L diesel
Price: Rs. 5.2 lakh onward
The Honda Amaze was not as amazing as
Honda had intended it to be, but with the new model ready to be launched Honda
aims to change its fortunes in India. The new Amaze is expected to be roomier
and with better fit and finish than the outgoing model. Honda in all probability will not implement
any mechanical changes. The Japanese manufacturer may launch the new Amaze at
the 2018 Auto Expo.
1.2L petrol; 1.5L diesel
Price: Rs. 5.7 lakh onward
The CR-V will come to India but this
time it's bigger and gets a seven seating capacity. Honda may also introduce a diesel powertrain.
The CR-V will also get plenty of features to ensure it is right at the top of
the list amongst contenders. Features such as electronically powered seats, 7.0
inch touch screen infotainment, remote start, automatic climate control could
possibly be offered by Honda.
Rs. 22 lakh onward
Honda introduced the Jazz in its current
avatar back in 2015. The Japanese brand in all likelihood will bring in a
facelift this year which has already made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor
Show. The facelift of the Jazz will feature new headlamps, a revised front and
additional equipment. Honda is not expected to be making any changes on the
2nd half of 2018
1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel
Price: Rs. 6 lakh onward
The second generation Hyundai i20 took
the market by storm when it was launched. Its modern design language and big
feature list ensured it was a success amongst the Indian consumers. Hyundai has
made some aesthetic changes to the new upcoming i20 facelift which will now
borrow more from the present design philosophy of Hyundai as seen on their
latest models like the Verna. The i20 will continue to be powered by the
current lineup of engines but Hyundai may include additional features to the
present list of offerings.
1.2L petrol; 1.4L petrol and 1.4L diesel
Price: Rs. 5.6 lakh onward
The Carlino concept was displayed at the
2016 Auto Expo, if all goes well the new compact SUV from Hyundai will makes
its way to Indian roads in 2018. The Carlino will likely be powered by
Hyundai's existing engine options of the 1.4 litre diesel and 1.4L petrol. The
Carlino should get a long list of features, ensuring it is well equipped to
take on the likes of the Brezza, EcoSport and Nexon.
1.4L petrol; 1.4L diesel
Rs. 6 lakh onward
The sassy looking E-Pace is set to debut
in India and should make its way to the county before the year's end. The
E-Pace has a distinct Jaguar like identity and borrows strongly from the Jaguar
F-Type. The E-Pace will go up against the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and the Audi Q3. It should
come to the Indian market with two powertrains mated to a 9 speed automatic.
2nd half 2018
2L petrol & diesel
Rs. 53 lakh onward
The Jeep Compass was a runaway success for
the iconic American brand Jeep. They plan to continue the momentum in India
with the launch of a smaller SUV, the Renegade. The Renegade may come with AWD
capability and is expected to get a 2.0L diesel from the Compass as well as the
1.4L turbo petrol. The Renegade will be made at the Ranjangaon facility and should
be price competitively.
1.4L Petrol; 2L diesel
Rs. 10 lakh onward
The Urus is not the first SUV from
Lamborghini but definitely is much more stunning than the first one. Powered by
a 4.0L twin turbo V8 the Urus is capable of attain speeds in excess of 305kmph.
The design is more like that of a sports car and gets a very sharp look. You
can expect the Urus to come brimmed with technology for a seamless drive
Rs. 5 crore onward
The luxury car brand Lexus made its
entry into the Indian market this year with a slew of products. The company is
now going to launch its famed LS sedan in India. The luxury sedan is expected
to come loaded with features, some of which include a Mark Levinson sound
system, four zone climate control, performance driving modes, a 12.3”
infotainment unit and much more.
January 15, 2018
Rs. 1.4 crore onward
Code named the U321, Mahindra has plans
to launch a seven -eater MPV in 2018. The U321 is expected to get a monocoque
construction like that of the XUV. In all probability Mahindra may roll out the
U321 early on in 2018 and may also debut a new diesel engine with it. The U321
will get a lot of features including a touch screen infotainment unit with
multiple connectivity options.
When launched the tallboy design of the
Maruti Suzuki WagonR took some getting used to, but the spacious interiors and
boxy design did add to the practicality this hatch had to offer. The Wagon R
has received many a makeover since its inception and Maruti has plans to bring
in a completely new model this year. The third gen WagonR is already on sale in
Japan and sports a very radical design yet preserving the boxy and tall boy
essence the WagonR is known for.
Price: Rs. 4 lakh onward
The launch of the new Maruti Suzuki
Swift has been one of the most anticipated events of 2018. With the Dzire sedan
being launched in 2017, many have got a taste of what the new Swift will boast
of. The fascia looks identical to the Dzire but gets a sportier grille. The
interiors as well have been designed to look sporty and get identical features
to the Dzire. The new Swift is lighter than the outgoing model and will boast
of better performance as well.
February 2018 (Auto Expo)
1.2L petrol; 1.3L diesel
Price: Rs. 5 lakh onwards
The Alto has been one of the best
selling cars for Maruti and its replacement is overdue. With competition from
the Kwid and the Datsun redi Go coming in, Maruti may launch a new model in
2018. The new Alto will probably get a modish design, the same language as seen
on the Ignis. The powertrains for the Alto will remain the same with two petrol
options of 0.8L and 1.0L engines.
0.8L and 1.0L petrol
Price: Rs. 2.4L onward
The second generation Maruti Suzuki
Ertiga has been awaited for a long time now. The Ertiga which has captivated
the hearts of many Indian families is set to take centre stage once more.
Maruti in all probability will give the Ertiga a bigger engine and more cabin
space. It will also likely get a touch screen infotainment unit with Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto.
1.4L petrol; 1.3L diesel
Rs. 7 lakh onward
The modish Velar from the stables of
Range Rover will makes its way to India in 2018. The SUV is bigger than the
Evoque and will come with multiple engine options, the largest of them being a
3.0L diesel which can propel the SUV to a top speed of 241kmph. The Velar will
also get ample of kit including Land Rover's Terrain Response 2.
Rs. 78 lakh onward
Skoda will continue its onslaught of
SUVs in India with the Karoq, a five seater to compete with the likes of the
Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. The Karoq has been built on the VW MQB
platform and will draw its power from a 2L diesel mill and will also get an
optional automatic transmission. We can expect the Karoq to come with a lot of
kit and above average build quality.
Launch: 2nd half of 2018
Engine: 2L diesel
Price: Rs. 17 lakh onward
The mammoth-like Rexton is back in a new
form from the stables of Ssangyong. The new Rexton is premium and up-market
with a slew of top notch features like a 9.2 inch infotainment unit, AWD
capability and more. What remains to be seen is if the Rexton will come to
Indian under the Ssangyong badge or as a range topping Mahindra.
1st half 2018
Rs. 25 lakh onward
Tata plans to bring out a five seater
SUV to rival the Hyundai Creta. Code named the Tata Q501, Tata has been
conducting extensive tests and is likely to bring out the SUV in 2018. In all
probability Tata will use a Fiat sourced 2L diesel engine which is capable of
making 140hp and 170hp in two different states of tune. The same motor is found
on the Jeep Compass.
Rs. 12 lakh onward
Tata Motors may launch a new sportier
version of its popular Tiago hatchback, titled the Tiago Sport. The hatchback
will go up against the likes of the VW Polo GTs and the new Baleno RS. It is
rumored to be powered by the same 1.2L, 4 cylinder, turbo petrol engine
developed for the Nexon, putting out 110hp.
1.2 turbo petrol
Price: Rs. 6.5 lakh
The Toyota Vios has been expected to
come to India for a long time. It will come into a segment dominated by the
Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. The Vios will be come with an
array of features to counter its rivals and should get features like automatic
climate control, push button start/ stop, touch screen infotainment, steering
mounted controls and lot more. The Vios will likely be powered by the 1.5L
petrol and 1.4L diesel found on the Etios.
2nd half 2018
1.5L petrol; 1.4L diesel
Rs. 9 lakh onward
The Camry has been in India for a while
and is a favorite amongst those looking for a reliable, spacious and up-market
saloon. The new Camry is all that and looks stunning too. The facade looks
modish and unlike any design seen before with elegant creases adorning the
sedans posterior. The Toyota Camry will probably be powered by the same 2.4L
petrol mill that does duty on the current model.
Rs. 30 lakh onward
This will be Volvo's smallest SUV in
India. The XC40 gets a distinct Volvo design with the iconic Thor's Hammer LED
DRLs. The Volvo XC40 has been built on the CMA platform and can be expected to
come kitted up with a lot of safety equipment apart from excellent fit and
finish. The XC40 is likely to come with brand's D4 diesel engine.
Rs. 26 lakh onward
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