UPCOMING

Upcoming Car Launches (2019 – 2020)

2019

August

Mercedes-Benz GLE

In the European market, the GLE gets a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine under the hood of the GLE 63 variant and we think it will be available in two engine options, the 563 bhp and the 604 bhp which will be paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Mercedes-Benz will also have a four cylinder petrol engine and a six-cylinder diesel engine. The Mercedes Benz GLE will take on the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5. It is expected to be priced from ₹65 lakh to ₹70 lakh.

KIA Seltos

The World Premier of the Seltos took place in Delhi, India. This will be KIA Motors’ first car in the Indian market. Under the hood there will be a 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol engine producing 138bhp and 242Nm of torque. Also, there will be a 1.5-litre petrol mill churning 115 horses and 144Nm of torque. Already the Seltos has a healthy competition in the SUV segment from the MG Hector, Tata Harrier, and Hyundai Creta. It is expected to be priced from ₹10 lakh to ₹15 lakh.

Tata Altroz

A premium hatchback which will go up against the likes of Hyundai i20 Elite, Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz among many othe₹in its segment. Based on the ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced) platform, the Altroz cate₹to Tata Moto₹IMPACT Design 2.0. As a result what one sees on this premium hatch are LED headlights with LED DRLs, sculpted hood, a sleek front grille, unique shaped fog lamps, floating roofline alongside LED tail lamps. It will have a 1.2-litre engine producing 100bhp of power at 5,500rpm and 140Nm of torque between 1,750 to 4,000rpm. It is expected to be priced from ₹6 lakh to ₹7 lakh.

Renault Triber

This 7-seater MPV is targeted to a fairly young audience who love to go on road trips with their Tribe. Anyway, speaking of youngsters the Triber is also targeted towards the commuter segment as the 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine will produce 71bhp at 6,250 rpm and 96Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine will also be offered with an option of 5-speed manual and 5-speed EASY-R AMT gearbox. It is expected to be priced from ₹5 lakh to ₹9 lakh.

Grand i10

The Grand i10 will be launched next month with some updates, but will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol engine gives 83PS and 114Nm of torque, while the diesel makes 75PS and 190Nm of torque. These engine will be BS6-compliant. Transmission options include a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed torque converter. It will go against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo and Ford Freestyle. It is expected to be priced from ₹4 lakh to ₹7 lakh.

BMW 3 Series

The G20 BMW 3 Series is based on the automaker’s CLAR architecture that also underpins the 7 and the 5 Series models. Powertrain options on the 2019 BMW 3 Series will include the 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel mills, all of which will come paired with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. India will get the rear-wheel-drive version of the sedan, while BMW also retails the xDrive all-wheel-drive version globally. It is expected to be priced from ₹50 lakh to ₹52 lakh.

September

Audi Q8

The Q8 will get a 3.0-litre V6 TDI in the Q8 50 TDI variant producing 286bhp and 600Nm of torque, which are channelled to all four wheels through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and will also have Audi’s Quattro AWD system. Later the Q8 will also get a less-powerful 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI petrol variant making 340 bhp. The Q8’s immediate competition would be the LR Range Rover Sport. It is expected to be priced from ₹1 crore to ₹1.1 crore.

Jeep New Wrangler

Overseas, the Wrangler has a four cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, however, in the Indian market the Wrangler will be available in both petrol as well as diesel engines. In the Indian market, the 2.2-litre diesel engine would interest them more. The 2.2-litre diesel produces 200PS and 488Nm of torque which will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler will rival the BMW X4 and the Mercedes Benz GLC. It is expected to be priced from ₹65 lakh to ₹70 lakh.

October

BMW 8 Series

The exterior dimensions of the 8 series measures up to 4,843 mm in length, 1,902 mm in width, 1,341 mm in height and 2,822 mm of wheelbase. Under the hood, the new 8 series coupe gets a 4.4-litre eight-cylinder V8 engine that produces 320bhp and 750 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and gets the improved BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The new 8 series coupe can reach 100 km/h mark in 4.9 seconds. It is expected to be priced from ₹1.15 crore to ₹1.25 crore.

Hyundai Elantra Facelift

Heart of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra will be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, a 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder and a 1.6-litre turbo 4-cylinder engine. These engines will produce 147bhp, 128 bhp and 201 bhp respectively. The company will offer a 6-speed automatic, a 7-speed dual clutch automatic and an option of 6-speed manual or the 7-speed dual clutch for the sport version of the 2019 Elantra. It is expected to be priced from ₹15 lakh to ₹20 lakh

Nissan Leaf Electric

Another electric vehicle that could possibly hit the Indian markets soon this year and will face competition from Hyundai Kona which was launched in the month of July. Overseas the Nissan Leaf has a 40 kWh battery producing 150PS of power and 320Nm of torque. And a range of 390 kilometres. It only takes 7.9 seconds to reach the 100 km/h mark, but takes 7.5 hours to charge from 0 to 100 per cent. It is expected to be priced from ₹20 lakh to ₹25 lakh.

November

Audi A4 Facelift

The 2018 model year A4 had an upgraded 2.0-litre 35 TDI engine which sold more than the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol mill. It is likely that the 2019 A4 will have the same engine but with new features like Audi MMI 2.0, redesigned front fascia, and tail. Its immediate rivals are the BMW 3 series and the Mercedes C Class. It is expected to be priced from ₹45 lakh to ₹50 lakh.

December

Audi E-tron

This is a five-seat SUV that sits between the Q5 and Q7 in terms of size, gets a 95kWh battery pack which powers two electric motors – a 125kW unit at the front and 140kW unit at the rear – with a total of 360 horses and 561Nm of torque being sent to all four wheels. In Boost mode, power is cranked up to 408 horses and 661Nm of torque, and in that mode, the e-tron is capable of doing 0-100kph in 5.7 seconds, but is limited to a top speed of 200 km/h. Audi claims that the e-tron has a range of over 400km on the WLTP cycle. It is expected to be priced from ₹1.2 crore to ₹1.4 crore.

Land Rover New Range Rover Evoque

The new architecture has been developed to support electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain which will be also be available alongside a traditional four-cylinder gasoline engine. The 1.5-litre Ingenium engine produces 197bhp and 280Nm of torque. It will be the first time that Land Rover will be utilizing the mild-hybrid powertrains. It works by harvesting energy which is lost during deceleration by storing it in the under-floor battery. The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first Land Rover model to feature Smart Settings, a system which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preferences. It is expected to be priced from ₹55 lakh to ₹65 lakh.

Volvo New S60

Volvo will also introduce the T6 and T8 “Polestar Engineered” petrol engines at launch. The T6 all-wheel drive gets a 2-litre in-line 4 motor which is turbo-charged and pumps out 310 brake horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 400 newton metres of peak torque between 2,200 to 5,100 rpm. The power is distributed to all 4-wheels via an 8-speed automatic. The other model that we drove was the top-of-the-line T8 trim which gets a 2-litre petrol engine up front and an electric motor at the rear, making the car a plug-in hybrid model. On sheer electric power, the S60 T8 can go up to 45 kilometres. It is expected to be priced from ₹45 lakh to ₹50 lakh.

Audi A6

Audi is introducing the A6 with a choice of 1 petrol and 3 diesels. Yes – three diesels! There’s the 55 TFSI – a petrol V6 with 333 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. India is likely to get this, as well as the smallest diesel – the 40 TDI – a 2 litre, 4 cylinder 200 bhp, 400 Nm motor. The other diesels use the same 3 litre block – in varying states of tune (228bhp, 282 bhp). The cars also get a mild-hybrid system as standard on the V6 and optional on the 4-cylinder. This means the car has a small lithium-ion battery on board (48 volt on the V6, 12 volt on the 4-cylinder) that stores recuperative energy. So any regenerated power acquired by braking or in dynamic drive mode is stored to make the car’s running more efficient, and also during start stop. But it goes beyond that. It is expected to be priced from ₹50 lakh to ₹55 lakh.

2020

January

Hyundai Tucson Facelift

Under the hood, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson will get a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 164bhp and 204Nm of torque. Hyundai has introduced a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 181 bhp, which replaces the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 175 bhp that was previously available on the model. Both the 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre mills come paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission in the US. It is expected to be priced from ₹20 lakh to ₹25 lakh.

February

Tata Buzzard

Tata Buzzard is a 7-Seater SUV and looks quite a lot like the Tata Harrier in profile. It gets further enhancements like roof rails, body cladding, running boards and a coupe-like design, especially towards the rear end. Tata Buzzard is believed to offer a 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine capable of producing a maximum power output of 170bhp alongside a peak torque of 350Nm. While the transmission duties could be carried out by a 6-speed manual stick. There would also be a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission on offer. That apart, Tata Buzzard is based on the same platform as the Tata Harrier, that is, the OMEGA ARC platform sourced from Land Rover’s D8 architecture. Tata Buzzard Geneva Edition will be Tata Motors’ flagship product. Therefore expect the Tata Buzzard to be priced above ₹18 lakh in India.

August

Tata H2X

A sub-compact SUV that would be heading to India next year. In the current state, the Concept depicted a dynamic, expressive and versatile design. It will be a brilliant example of performance, future-ready connectivity and spacious interior. Built on ALFA – Agile Light Flexible Architecture, Tata H2X Concept gives an insight into the company’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and where it’s headed.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV There are pictures going around the internet of the Wagon R EV being tested on the Indian roads. Maruti Suzuki’s executive director of sales and marketing Shashank Srivastava has confirmed that they will be launching it in 2020. And expect the Wagon R EV to be priced from ₹7 lakh to ₹10 lakh.

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