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 markets ranging from mass market sedans and SUVs to high end luxury cars and SUV. Launches in the volume segment this year include the likes of the all-new Maruti Swift and 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, Mercedes is set to launch the new E-class in long-wheelbase form 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:
Mercedes E-class LWB (February 28, 2017)
The new-gen E-class is set to launch in India on February 28. The latest E-class though will be unique as Mercedes is set to bring the E-class in its long-wheelbase body style rather than the conventional model. Compared to the standard model, the India-bound car will be 140mm longer in length and wheelbase with most of the space being allotted to the rear seat occupants. Interestingly, the new E-class will not receive the 2.1-litre diesel, instead it will make do with the larger 3.0-litre V6 diesel and the 184hp 2.0-litre petrol motor. A new-gen modular 2.0-litre diesel and 3.0-litre straight-six diesel will be added to the line-up post India’s shift to BS-VI emission standards.
Also read: 2017 Mercedes E-class LWB launch on February 28
Maruti Baleno RS (March 2017)
Maruti is set to finally launch the Baleno RS this year following the model’s debut as a near-production concept early last year at the Auto Expo. Unlike previous reports, the RS’ 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine is expected to be detuned for the Indian car with the unit developing 102hp in place of 111hp as previously reported. A five-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard with no news yet of an automatic variant. In terms of styling, the car is expected to receive a minor body kit to set it apart from the regular Baleno.
Also read: Maruti Baleno RS 1.0 ready for launch
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
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