It’s the beginning of a new year and it is set to start off with a bang with many big launches set to happen as early as the second week of January. Maruti has big plans this year with the launch of the all-new Ignis, the sporty Baleno RS and the new third-gen Swift siblings before the year comes to an end. Tata is set to bring in the New Year with the launch of the Hexa, with the Nexon and the Kite 5 compact sedan also set to join the automaker’s line-up by the end of the year.
On the other end of the scale, VW is set to launch the new Passat by the end of the month while automakers such as Mercedes, Audi and BMW are also expected to add in new and refreshed models to their respective line-ups as the year goes on.
Here is a look at the new cars and SUVs heading to our shores this year
Maruti is all set to launch the Ignis on January 13, 2017. The Ignis features a mix of modern and retro styling cues inside, while its large wheel arches and robust stance gives it a pseudo-crossover look. Maruti has stocked the car with quite a bit of kit with some features bound to set it apart from all its rivals. Mechanically, the Ignis is set to use Maruti’s tried and tested 1.2-litre K-series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS190 diesel engine, the same unit as that on the Baleno. For more details on the variants of the Ignis, click here.
Tata Hexa (January 16, 2017)
Tata will begin the New Year with the launch of the much awaited Hexa on January 16. Based on the Aria, the Hexa gets more SUV-like styling with muscular bumpers, body cladding and 19-inch wheels. Inside, the Hexa will provide seating for seven people with Tata paying special attention to quality and packaging. The car will be equipped with a list of features, including cruise control, a 10-speaker JBL audio system and a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system sourced from Harman on the top trims. Manual gearbox variants will additionally feature drive modes. The car will be offered with the 2.2-litre Varicor diesel engine in two states of tune – one making 150hp of power and 320Nm of torque, and the other making 156hp of power and 400Nm of torque. The former will be paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the latter will get the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic unit. Prices are expected to start around Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
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Hyundai Grand i10 facelift (January 2017)
Hyundai is expected to launch the updated Grand i10 in January. The updated hatch is set to borrow styling cues from its European sibling and get a new wider grille along with a revised bumper and tweaked headlamps. The interior is also set to be revised with additions such as new front seats and a touchscreen infotainment system in top variants. The engines are expected to remain unchanged.
Toyota Prius (January 2017)
Toyota showcased the new Prius in India in the Auto Expo earlier in 2016 and is now set to launch the car in January. The new Prius will use a more efficient version of the older car’s 1.8-litre petrol motor paired with a new more compact electric motor. The car will be imported as a CBU, but Toyota is reportedly considering local assembly.
Volkswagen Passat (January 2017)
Volkswagen is set to bring back the Passat in January. The car will be offered with the choice of a 1.8-litre TSI petrol motor alongside a 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit paired to automatic gearboxes. Volkswagen also plans to cash in on the growing interest in alternatively-fuelled cars as well, with the introduction of the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE in limited numbers.
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