The Tata Harrier, Honda Civic, the Mahindra production-spec S201, Maruti Suzuki’s new WagonR and plenty of more cars and SUVs to look forward to in 2019.
This year saw mass market and premium carmakers try and make a greater impression in the Indian market by introducing a large number of facelifts and all-new models. 2019 is expected to see the same trend continue. Tata’s much anticipated Harrier is scheduled to arrive along with Mahindra’s proper competitor to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Luxury brands such as Audi, BMW and Porsche are also expected to launch a few new models during the first three months of next year.
Here’s our list of the cars and SUVs you can expect to be brought to showrooms from January to March 2019:
The new Camry shares its all-new front-wheel-drive platform with the Lexus ES 300h that launched recently in India, which means its wheelbase has increased, thereby liberating more room inside. Probably the sportiest looking Camry yet, the cabin now gets a dashboard with a sweeping design, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporated in the centre console. The new Camry is expected to come in petrol and hybrid forms – the former is a 176hp, 2.5-litre engine while the latter combines the same petrol motor with a 118hp (88kW) electric motor, taking total output to 208hp. Also see: India-bound ASEAN-spec ToyotaCamryunveiled Next-gen ToyotaCamryspied in India New ToyotaCamryIndia-bound in 2019
Honda Civic (February 2019)
While the India didn’t get the latest-gen Civic, it will finally arrive in facelift form with a 140hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine and the CR-V’s 120hp, 1.6-litre diesel motor. The former will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission while the latter will come with a a 6-speed manual only. The rival to the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis looks far more stylish and is much better equipped than the previous model that was discontinued a few years ago in India. This should help Honda make a bigger dent in the segment this time around. Also see: 2019HondaCivicspied in India 2018HondaCivicdiesel review, test drive
Mahindra hasn’t had much success in the compact SUV segment. As the brand’s TUV300 and NuvoSport did not set sales charts on fire, Mahindra will introduce a proper, monocoque-bodied rival to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. However, it is expected to be priced at a bit of a premium compared to its rivals as Mahindra will endow it with segment-first kit in the form of a sunroof, a large touchscreen, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Essentially a modified version of the SsangYong Tivoli, the production-spec S201 is expected to be powered by the Marazzo’s 1.5-litre diesel engine and a new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor. Also see: ElectricMahindraS201to launch in first half of 2020 MahindraS201to get multiple segment-first features MahindraS201SUV interior spied
Audi A8 (early 2019)
Like the current model, the new A8 will come in long-wheelbase guise and get a clean, contemporary dashboard, a restyled multi-function steering wheel and touchscreen controls similar to those seen on the Prologue concept car. The cabin will also feature a high-definition digital instrument display and a new MMI (Multimedia Interface) system with two separate displays on the centre console – a 10.1-inch unit and an 8.6-inch curved one. The India-spec A8 L is likely to be powered by a 250hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine. Also see: 2018AudiA8video review 2018AudiA8review, test drive All-newAudiA8L spied in India
Audi A6 (early 2019)
The all-new A6 has been given significant updates to keep up with competition like the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class. Expected to come with mild-hybrid petrol and diesel powertrains , the cabin gets three large screens – a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a 10.1-inch screen on top of the central console, and another 8.6-inch screen below it. The new model is also claimed to be more spacious on the inside. Also see: All-newAudiA6 spied in India 2019AudiA6 video review 2018AudiA6 review, test drive
As the next-gen A-class is based on a modified version of the outgoing model’s MFA platform and features a 30mm longer wheelbase. The added length has increased the baby Merc’s partiality and provides more space in the cabin. Inside, the highlight of the new A-class is the widescreen cockpit display, which features twin 10.3-inch screens with digital instrumentation and touchscreen infotainment. Also see: Buying Used:Mercedes-BenzA-class NewMercedes-AMG A 35 revealed All-newMercedes-BenzA-classsedan revealed
The second-gen BMW X4 is noticeably larger than the X3, on which it is based. At launch, expect two powertrain options – a 252hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol in the X4 xDrive30i and a 265hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel in the xDrive30d. The interiors and equipment is shared with the new X3, which includes the latest iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display as standard or a 10.3-inch unit available as an option. Also see: 2018BMWX4review, test drive BMWX4spied in India Next-genBMWX3 M andX4M take shape
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