The second half of this year started with news about SUVs in the domestic and international markets. We also got an insight into Global NCAP’s new testing procedures and more information about upcoming models.
Here’s all the car news from the past week:
Maruti’s Creta Rival Gets Debut Date
Maruti is getting ready for the unveiling of its rival in Crete on July 20, which will probably be called the Grand Vitara. The compact SUV debuts in the strong hybrid technology for the carmaker, which will also be introduced in the brand’s future models† Maruti’s Hyundai Creta rival will come with a choice of mild-hybrid and strong-hybrid powertrain. Its Toyota counterpart, called the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, has already been unveiled.
The MG Astor is going to be affordable, but there’s a twist
MG has removed a few safety features from the Astor with the petrol manual trim, giving it four new, relatively fuel-efficient variants. An ‘EX’ suffix has been added to the concurrent versions, which will continue to be sold in retail stores alongside the new variants. You can use the amount of price difference and the safety features removed here†
Expected India-bound 5-door Maruti Jimny Spied
It feels like an eternity since Maruti de Jimny first debuted in the country at the 2020 Auto Expo. But the 5-door version of the Jimny was spied on for the first time in Europe. Prior to the arrival of the spy shots, the executive director of Maruti India had confirmed that: plans are finalized for Jimny’s India launchmeaning the model spied on could well be the India-bound version.
Mahindra’s all-electric XUV300 SUV gets a name
Mahindra has confirmed that the fully electric XUV300 will be called the XUV400 electric and that it will make its debut with the battery-powered SUV in September 2022. It is based on the same platform as its ICE-powered counterpart, but will be longer, about 4.2 meters. The output figures and range are expected to be comparable to the Nexon EV Max, which will be its arch-rival.
Volvo XC40 Recharge gets launch date
After a delay due to the global semiconductor shortage, Volvo XC40 Recharge is finally ready for launch in India on July 26† The brand’s first all-electric SUV will be assembled locally at its Hosakote plant in Karnataka. The EV has twin electric motors with an output of 408 hp and a WLTP range of 418 km.
Toyota Hyryder reaches dealers
After its worldwide debut a week ago, Toyota Hyryder has now found its way to dealers† Pre-bookings for the compact SUV are also underway and you can be variant-wise features in our story†
Special Edition for the Nissan Magnite
With over 1 lakh bookings and over 50,000 deliveries since its inception in December 2020, the Magnite is the standard-bearer for Nissan in the country. To mark this milestone, Nissan has begun taking bookings for a new ‘Red Edition’ of the Magnite, launching on July 18† Based on the XV variant, it gets a ton of design updates and new comforts, including a wireless phone charger and mood lighting (previously limited to the optional Tech package).
More strict crash test methods for the Global NCAP crash tests were performed this month. In the meantime, MG presented an all-new EV called the MG4, which is based on the brand’s new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP). also the BMW i4 achieved a safety rating of four stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.