New car launches around the corner

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

The year 2017 began with the launch of two important cars, the Maruti Ignis and the Tata Hexa. But these launches are just the tip of the iceberg.

Automakers, both domestic and global, are lining up a slew of new and updated cars for the Indian market ranging from mass market sedans and SUVs to high-end luxury cars and SUVs. Launches in the volume segment this year include the likes of the all-new Maruti Swift and the Dzire, the heavily revised Ford EcoSport and Tata’s third compact sedan, the Tigor.

On the opposite end of the scale, Volkswagen is finally set to relaunch the Passat and Lexus has announced a grand entry into the Indian market with three luxury models.

Here is a look at the new cars and SUVs heading to our shores this year:

Volkswagen Tiguan (April)

Volkswagen is set to launch the new Tiguan in India in April. Based on the VW Group’s MQB platform, the Tiguan features a sharp, sporty exterior design along with quite a spacious and superbly appointed cabin. The SUV will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine developing 177hp and 350Nm of torque. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed DSG gearbox with an all-wheel-drive system on offer. It is estimated to be priced in the range of Rs 30-35 lakh (ex-showroom).

Hyundai Xcent facelift (March 2017)

Hyundai is also set to update the Xcent this year with the car also set to receive a front end styling similar to the Grand i10 facelift's. The rear, however, is expected to get a more comprehensive makeover with a new rear bumper, rear fenders and boot lid. The interiors will also be tweaked to be more in line with the updated Grand i10's, with top variants getting the addition of a touchscreen infotainment system. Under the hood, the petrol motor is likely to remain unchanged while the 1.1 diesel is expected to make way for a new 1.2-litre unit that will be available in the facelifted Grand i10.

Also read: 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift begins testing

Porsche Panamera (March 2017)

The new second-gen Panamera is set to arrive on Indian shores before the end of the first quarter. Interestingly, unlike the previous model, India is set to get the model in both standard and long-wheelbase – called Panamera Executive – body styles. The first model to launch will be the Panamera Turbo in March which will be followed up by the Panamera Executive Turbo and a line-up of lower petrol and diesel models before the end of the year. A hybrid is expected to join the line-up next year.

Also read: New Porsche Panamera India launch in March 2017

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