Top auto news of the week: New Mahindra Scorpio details revealed, Hyundai Aura CNG SX launched and more

Top auto news of the week: New Mahindra Scorpio details revealed, Hyundai Aura CNG SX launched and more

June is almost over, but car news is still coming in thick. Last week gave us new insights into electrification in India, and some iconic Grand Tourers broke through abroad. Of course, we also learned new facts about emerging cars and SUVs.

For all the car news you may have missed last week, here’s our weekly news compilation:

Mahindra Scorpio N and Classic Variants Revealed

The new Mahindra Scorpio N will be launched soon on June 27th and we now know it will be available in four main variants – Z2, Z4, Z6 and Z8. In addition, the Scorpio N 4Xplor will be diesel only, available with manual and automatic transmissions. Meanwhile, the Scorpio Classic gets a mild facelift and being sold alongside its all-new namesake SUV.

Details Toyota Hyryder known

Toyota and Maruti Suzuki team up closely to develop a few compact SUVs, and they will be produced at Toyota’s production facility in Bidadi, Karnataka. They are based on a Suzuki platform, not the previously reported TNGA architecture. A new teaser revealed that Toyota’s SUV will be called the Urban Cruiser Hyryderand it’s set to get coverage soon on July 1.

Hyundai Aura CNG SX Launched

The Hyundai Aura CNG launched in a higher specification SX trim level, priced at Rs 8.57 lakh (ex-showroom). It gets alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a start-stop push button. The new update brings the trim levels of the Aura CNG closer to those of its competitors, such as the Tigor CNG.

Global NCAP Announces New Ratings

Global NCAP Revealed crash test results of the Kia Carens† While the testing agency was unimpressed with the MPV’s three-star rating (despite the Carens having six airbags as standard), it gave the Mahindra XUV700 the “Safer Choice” award for its pedestrian protection and ESC systems. Meanwhile, India is also getting its own vehicle safety testing regime under the new Bharat New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)

Hyundai Tucson gets launch date

The new generation Hyundai Tucson makes its debut in India on July 13. It gets petrol and diesel engines, as well as several new updates to Active Safety and Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It has ready rivals in the Jeep Compass and Citroen C5 Aircross

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International updates

The Bentley Continental GT has a new top specification Mulliner variant with custom interiors and a W12 engine. In the meantime, BMW has released the new M3 Touring, a 510PS station wagon brother of the M3 and M4 coupes. In addition, Skoda has a facelifted fourth generation Octavia in the works, and it will likely launch in India sometime next year.