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Upcoming cars in September 2022 – Toyota Hyryder, Maruti Grand Vitara, Mahindra XUV400 EV

Upcoming cars in September 2022 - Toyota Hyryder, Maruti Grand Vitara, Mahindra XUV400 EV

This month sees the launch of new hybrid and all-electric SUVs

In the month of September we will witness three major launches from Maruti Suzuki, Toyota and Mahindra, while Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia will introduce the sportier variants of their sub-compact SUVs and Mahindra as well. So, here are all the models we’ll be seeing this month:

2022 Maruti Grand Vitara

Maruti Grand Vitara

Expected Price – Rs 9.5 lakh and beyond

Rivals – Toyota Hyryder, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun and MG Astor

Following on from the Hyryder, Maruti will also debut the 2022 Grand Vitara in mid-September. The new Maruti Grand Vitara shares its base, hybrid petrol engines and even four-wheel drive (optional on the mild hybrid) with the Hyryder. However, both have some differences regarding styling, variants and features. We expect the Grand Vitara to be priced from Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mahindra XUV400EV

mahindra xuv400 ev

Expected price – from Rs 15 lakh

Rivals – Tata Nexon EV Prime, Tata Nexon EV Max

Mahindra is preparing its rival for the current best-selling electric car in India, the Tata Nexon. The XUV400 EV will go on sale on September 8, with deliveries beginning early next year. It is expected to be offered with multiple battery sizes that should provide a range of approximately 450 kilometers. The XUV400 EV will be based on the XUV300, but with a redesigned trunk and bumper, making it a 4.2-metre range. With these specs, it will be a tough competitor to the Nexon EV Prime and Nexon EV Max.

Mahindra XUV300 Sportz

XUV300 Sportz 2020

Expected price – from Rs 12 lakh

Rivals – Hyundai Venue N Line, Kia Sonet GT Line

Another launch from Mahindra’s stable could be the new ‘Sportz’ variant of the XUV300. The SUV maker had showcased a more powerful 1.2-liter T-GDI turbo petrol engine, which produces 130 hp at the Auto Expo 2020. The subcompact SUV is finally getting the powertrain, which would make it the most powerful model in its segment. It would be the new variant with some cosmetic upgrades and minor feature upgrades.

Hyundai Venue N Line

hyundai location n line

Expected price – Rs 12 lakh and beyond

rivals – Mahindra XUV300 Sportz, Kia Sonet GT Line

Hyundai’s second N Line model will go on sale on September 6. The specifications, variants and features of the Venue N Line have already been revealed and now we are waiting for the prices. Although it will use the same 1-litre turbo petrol and DCT combination, the N Line will have a different engine and suspension setup. Other than that, there are several visual upgrades inside and out for a sportier avatar.

Kia Sonet X line

Kia Sonet X Line teased

Expected price – from Rs 12 lakh

rivals – Mahindra XUV300 sportz, Hyundai Location N-line, Tata Nexon dark edition

Kia is giving the X Line treatment to the Sonet this month, including the addition of a matte shade and some other visual upgrades inside and out. The X Line will be based on the fully loaded top variant and may receive some minor feature enhancements. No changes are expected to the powertrains.

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Toyota Hyryder

Expected Price – Rs 9.5 lakh and beyond

Rivals – Hyundai Creta, Maruti Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor and Volkswagen Taigun

Toyota is all set to launch the Hyryder in the coming days, marking its entry into the compact SUV segment. The Hyryder comes with strong-hybrid (first in the segment) and mild-hybrid petrol engines, with the former claiming a class-leading 27.97 kmpl. Another exclusive highlight in this segment is the all-wheel drive with the mild-hybrid manual variants. Highlights include six airbags, a 360-degree camera, a 9-inch touchscreen system with connected car technology, a digital driver display and a panoramic sunroof.