New car launches around the corner

Here's a look at some of the new car launches and unveilings in the coming months.

2017 has seen a fair share of high-profile launches from Tata’s new Hexa crossover and Tigor compact sedan to Maruti’s all-new Ignis, Dzire and its first hot hatchback, the Baleno RS. International automakers too, have launched a few cars in India such as the much-awaited Audi diesel A4, the Jaguar diesel XE and the all-new Mercedes E-class.

However, we are only in the middle of the year and there are still many more launches yet to come. Tata plans to set foot into the compact SUV segment with the Nexon, BMW is ready to replace its ageing 5-series with an all-new model and Ford is set to facelift the EcoSport towards the end of the year.

Here is a look at some of the new launches headed your way:

BMW 5-series (June 29)

The all-new 5 will launch in India by the end of June. The new 5-series will be available with a choice one petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol unit will be a 252hp, 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, badged 530i. On the diesel front, the car will be offered with two engines – a 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine badged 520d, and the more powerful 256hp, 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel unit badged 530d that is likely to be available only in the M Sport trim. Expect equipment such as gesture control for the iDrive system, adaptive dampers and a remote parking function to be offered on select variants.

Read our exclusive drive of the India-spec 5-serie here

Mitsubishi Outlander


Mitsubishi is set to expand its model line-up in the country with the launch of the new Outlander. Set to be launched in the coming months, the Outlander will be available as a petrol-only model and will be imported into India as a CBU. Powering the SUV will be a 169hp, 2.4-litre petrol engine paired with a CVT gearbox and Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control, four-wheel-drive system.

Skoda Octavia facelift (July)


Skoda is set to facelift the Octavia in the coming months. The facelifted sedan is expected to carry forward the existing set of engines along with an updated equipment list. The new equipment on offer is expected to include a larger touchscreen infotainment system, a driver fatigue monitoring system along with a hands-free parking function. Skoda is also looking to launch the new Octavia vRS in India later this year.

Also read: Skoda Octavia facelift likely to launch in July

Maruti S-cross facelift 

Maruti is readying the launch of the facelifted S-cross in India. The updated crossover will get revised styling updates to the cabin and is likely to introduce a new petrol motor. The existing set of diesel engines could carry forward with the facelift. The S-cross is expected to be launched around the festive season.

Also read: Maruti S-Cross facelift India launch around Diwali

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Issue: 215 | Autocar India: July 2017

We’ve exclusively driven the third-gen Maruti Swift, compared the Dzire with all its compact sedan rivals, and tested the all-new Volvo XC60. That and lots more in the July 2017 issue!
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