The past week has been packed with significant launches and revelations, both in India and abroad. It was also a good week for green vehicles: a new hybrid SUV broke through and so did two global electric sedans. Car safety continues to improve and will get a shot in the arm once the Bharat NCAP standards come into effect.
For all the updates from last week you may have missed, here’s our weekly compilation of news stories:
Mahindra Scorpio N launched
Mahindra’s iconic Scorpio got a reboot as the all-new Scorpio N this week. It is an SUV with a large ladder frame that falls in the segment of compact SUVs and medium-sized SUVs. It even offers a true 4×4 system unlike its three-row SUV rivals. For performance and off-road capabilities, visit our Scorpio N first ride review here.
Maruti Brezza launched
The next generation Maruti Brezza is now for sale, and it’s getting a major facelift and major feature updates for 2022. It’s based on the same platform as before, but the bodywork is all-new with a bold front end, sturdier side trim and a slimmer rear. The 2022 Brezza gets an evolved, more efficient K15C 1.5-litre petrol engine and a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder unveiled
In a segment above the Brezza, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder broke cover with a streamlined exterior and premium cabin features. It is the first vehicle to result from the collaboration between Toyota and Maruti and combines the best of both worlds: a Suzuki platform and efficient mild and strong hybrid powertrains. The new Toyota SUV is one size bigger than the Urban Cruiserand unlike the FWD-only subcompact SUV, the Hyryder get an all-wheel drive (AWD) option.
Citroen C3 open for bookings
You can officially place a booking for the Citroen C3 ahead of the July 20 launch C3 is a large hatchback with a raised stance, powered by 1.2-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines. It is available in Live and Feel variants with numerous customization packs and accessories.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR Edition 1988 Bookings Open
In 1988 Jaguar took first place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the XJR-9 prototype race car. To commemorate this victory, the automaker has released the limited-run f-pace SVR Edition 1988. Only 394 Edition 1988 SUVs will be produced, and Jaguar’s order book is now open also for Indian buyers.
Bharat NCAP Test Protocol Revealed
India’s new car safety testing regime was added to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules last week. The Bharat New Car Assessment Program protocol (BNCAP) will come into effect from April 2023 and will conduct crash tests and safety system evaluations in accordance with global standards. Cars are rated for adult safety, child safety, and safety assistive technologies, and you can check the full info in our BNCAP story† In the meantime, Global NCAP tested the Maruti S-Presso again, and this time it has redeemed its 2020 zero star rating.
We finally have our first look at the 2022 Kia Seltos at its unveiling at its home market in Korea. It is expected to arrive in India early next year, although we can’t say the same about the new Volkswagen ID.Aero, a premium electric sedan that introduced in concept form by VW last week. Hyundai introduced the swoopy new Ioniq 6″ electric sedan to be fully unveiled in the coming month.