The first seven months of 2017 have seen a slew of launches from a variety of manufacturers from Tata’s Hexa and Tigor to Maruti’s Ignis, Dzire and Baleno RS. International automakers too have launched more than a few cars in India such as the all-new Mercedes E-class LWB, the all-new BMW 5-series, Volvo’s V90 Cross Country and Skoda’s refreshed Octavia.
However, with just five months to the end of the year, there are plenty of launches to look out for in late 2017 and early 2018, including Tata’s Nexon compact SUV, the refreshed EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift.
Here is a look at some of the new launches headed your way:
Jeep Compass (July 31)
Available in showrooms from July 31, 2017, the Jeep Compass is expected to be priced between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 25 lakh and rival the Hyundai Tucson, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. It will be the American manufacturer’s first made-in-India model and will be available in five variants with two engine options. The 172hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine will come mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission while the 162hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motor comes with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Jeep Compass variants explained
Jeep Compass India launch on July 31
Volkswagen Passat (July)
Volkswagen is set to relaunch the Passat in India this year in standard as well as hybrid form. The standard car will be offered with VW's new EA288, 177hp, 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, paired with an automatic gearbox. The model is expected to be assembled at VW's Aurangabad facility and priced in the region of Rs 32-34 lakh (ex-showroom). The plug-in hybrid Passat GTE is aimed at catering to the rising interest in alternatively fuelled cars in the country. However, while the standard car will be readily available, the GTE is only expected to be sold in limited numbers.
Hyundai Verna (August)
Hyundai is set to bring an all-new Verna in August this year. Revealed in some international markets, the all-new Verna follows Hyundai’s latest design language with more grown-up looks and interior design in line with the larger Elantra. As before, the next-gen car is expected to be well equipped with top variants getting a centrally-located touchscreen infotainment system with mobile phone connectivity, auto climate control, keyless entry and go and reverse camera and sensors. Spy images have revealed that the car could likely be offered with rear disc brakes, making it the only model in the segment to do so. Under the hood, the car is expected to carry forward the existing set of 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines with Hyundai reportedly working on introducing mild-hybrid technology to the equation.
Expected to hit showrooms this festive season, Renault’s Captur is based on the Duster’s M0 platform and will be positioned above the Duster in the French manufacturer’s India portfolio. The crossover will be powered by the familiar K9K 1.5-litre diesel engine and the Duster’s new 1.5-litre petrol unit. Both engines will be mated to a manual transmission, though there are talks of 4WD and automatic gearbox options to be added to the line-up later. The Captur will face-off against Hyundai’s Creta.
Also read: India-spec Renault Captur details revealed
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 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.
Also read: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander India launch soon
Maruti Suzuki 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.
Maruti S-Cross facelift India launch around Diwali
New Maruti Suzuki Swift
Suzuki pulled the covers off the new Swift post-Christmas last year with the model set to hit international markets during the course of 2017. The same is set to be true for India, with Maruti currently testing the new third-gen model for a launch in 2018. The car for India is expected to carry forward using the current crop of 1.2-litre and 1.3-litre petrol and diesel engines, though, unlike its international counterpart, is expected to get a new interior, specifically for the country. The model will make its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018.
Mahindra Scorpio facelift
Mahindra has begun testing a facelift for the Scorpio ahead of its expected launch in the second half of the year. Apart from updated styling, the refreshed SUV will also get mechanical updates with the 2.2-litre diesel engine set to receive a bump up in power from the current 120hp to 140hp. Spy images of test mules indicate that most of the changes to the car will happen up front and to the rear, with little to no change on body panels elsewhere. There are yet no details about changes to the cabin, though we could expect Mahindra to revise the equipment list along with some revised switchgear.
Mahindra Scorpio facelift to get new 6-speed automatic
Mahindra Scorpio facelift could miss out on hybrid tech
Refreshed Mahindra XUV500
Mahindra is also lining up a second update for the XUV500. Facelifted in 2015, the XUV500 will receive a mild facelift along with an updated diesel engine. As with the Scorpio, the XUV500's 2.2 diesel unit will also get a bump up in power – up by 30hp from 140hp to 170hp. Apart from the engine, expect minor tweaks to styling inside and out.
Also read: Mahindra XUV500 to get a bump in power output
New Audi A5
Audi is set to bring in 10 new products this year, one of which will be the A5. Unlike its predecessor, which was only offered as the performance S5 Sportback and RS5, the new-gen model will offer three styles to choose from in a bid to appeal to a wider set of buyers and expand its presence in the segment. Interestingly, India will get the Cabriolet version for the first time. Internationally, petrol engines offered with the A5 range from an entry-level 190hp, 2.0-litre to a more potent 252hp, 2.0-litre unit. The diesel model is available with a 190hp, 2.0-litre unit or the larger 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel in two outputs – 218hp and 272hp. Although not confirmed, for India, the 252hp petrol seems to be the frontrunner and the 190hp diesel could be under consideration.
Ford EcoSport facelift (late 2017)
Ford gave the EcoSport a comprehensive makeover prior to the LA motor show late last year. Cosmetic changes to the EcoSport include a new front fascia and a heavily revised cabin. The international model missed the tailgate-mounted spare wheel, though for India this design element will carry forward with the new SUV. Inside, there is a new dashboard that now houses a large, centrally-located touchscreen infotainment system. For India, the facelifted EcoSport is expected to carry forward using its existing engines, and while it gets an all-wheel drive in international markets, the feature is unlikely to be offered in India. Expect a launch near the festive season.
Also read: 2017 Ford EcoSport facelift: What's in, what's out?
Tata Nexon (late 2017)
Tata showcased a near-production version of the Nexon compact SUV at the Auto Expo 2016. Based on the same platform as the Zest and the Bolt, the Nexon follows the company’s new Impact design language and has borrowed styling cues from JLR’s Range Rover Evoque. The compact SUV gets a cab forward stance and a spacious interior because of its long wheelbase and wide cabin. The SUV will also mark the debut of Tata’s all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine and a turbocharged variant of the Revotron motor seen in the Tiago.
Also read: Tata Nexon compact SUV: What to expect
Hyundai i20 facelift
Hyundai has begun testing the i20 facelift on Indian roads, ahead of a possible launch sometime early next year. The refreshed hatchback is set to follow Hyundai's latest design language, with a more prominent grille up front and changes to the rear. Under the hood, the existing engines are expected to carry forward, with a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol also likely to join the line-up.
Also read: SCOOP! Hyundai i20 facelift spied
Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster
Mercedes-AMG's flagship sportscar is set to be joined by a new drop-top Roadster derivative powered by a 469hp, 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine. Alongside the drop-top variant, Mercedes is set to update the GT S Coupe as well, with a more powerful 515hp, V8 replacing the current 503hp unit.