The list includes new SUVs, a French hatchback and some EVs
Many major launches are planned for the third quarter of 2022. We have two newcomers to the compact SUV segment from Toyota and Maruti, while Citroën prepares the C3 for an entry into the compact hatchback space. The list includes some new SUVs, a new hatchback, EVs and a premium sedan.
Here are the models we expect to see in showrooms this quarter:
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
Toyota will unveil the Urban Cruiser Hyryder on July 1, while the launch is expected in August. A glimpse of the exterior styling was seen recently. The compact SUV will be the first in its segment to offer a self-charging hybrid powertrain, along with a standard mild-hybrid version. The strong hybrid components will mainly be produced locally, which should keep prices at an acceptable level. The Urban Cruiser Hyryder also gets an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which no SUV in its space offers as of now. It is expected to cost Rs 10.5 lakh (ex showroom).
Maruti compact SUV (Vitara)
After the launch of the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, we will see the debut of Maruti’s version of the compact SUV. We think it will probably be called the Vitara, as Maruti has removed the Vitara nickname from the new Brezza nomenclature. The interior was recently spied on and is similar to that of its non-identical Toyota twin. The compact SUV shares its foundations with the Hyryder, but gets its own distinctive styling.
Citroën’s second model for India, the C3 hatchback, will go on sale on July 20. Its specifications and features have already been revealed and we have already reviewed it. The SUV-esque C3 will be an alternative to a variety of cars, from the Maruti Suzuki Ignis to the Nissan Magnite, not to mention the Tata Punch. The C3 will be offered with 1.2-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines, but without the option of an automatic transmission. To complement the funky design, Citroën offers buyers of the hatch 10 exterior colors and four customization packages.
Volvo XC40 Charging
Volvo will debut in the luxury electric car in July with the locally assembled XC40 Recharge. It will get a 78 kWh battery pack, a twin electric motor that delivers 408 hp and 660 Nm, and a range of 418 km. The XC40 Recharge is expected to be a cheaper alternative to newly launched EVs like the Kia EV6 and BMW i4.
Mahindra Bolero Neo Plus
The Mahindra Bolero Neo Plus was recently spied on during testing and if a previously revealed RTO document has anything to offer, it will go on sale soon. As the Bolero Neo was essentially a facelifted TUV300, the Neo Plus will be a facelifted TUV300 Plus. The extended Neo comes in seven- and nine-seat configurations and retains its 120 horsepower 2.2-litre diesel engine.
New generation Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai recently unveiled the India-spec fourth-generation Tucson ahead of its launch this quarter. While we wait for specs details, we believe it will be offered with an automatic transmission and optional AWD. The new Tucson will also be the first Hyundai in India to feature ADAS (advanced driver assistance system), which will also be seen in other Hyundai models. Its rivals include the VW Tiguan, Jeep Compass and Citroën C5 Aircross.
Facelifted Audi A8 L
Audi is set to launch the facelifted version of the A8 L sedan on July 12, while pre-bookings are underway. It will be available in two variants with prices expected to exceed Rs 1.5 crore. The luxury saloon gets significant cosmetic upgrades on the outside, but with a largely unchanged cabin. The Audi will compete with the Mercedes S-Class and the BMW 7-Series.
Hyundai iONIQ 5
Hyundai’s second battery-powered electric vehicle, the IONIQ 5, is expected to be launched this quarter. It is based on Hyundai’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which also underpins the Kia EV6. The IONIQ 5 electric crossover is available with multiple powertrains and battery packs in the European market.
Tata Altroz EV
Tata is expected to introduce the Altroz EV in the coming months. It’s been spied on several times in an almost production-ready avatar. We expect it to get the Nexon EV’s 30.2 kWh battery pack with a range of about 300 km and the 129 hp electric motor. There’s a chance it will also receive the Nexon EV Max’s 40.5 kWh battery, which offers a range of 417 km. It will be the first EV hatchback in India with prices expected to be around Rs 15 lakh.