2017 saw a bevy of new launches, from the new Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport facelift to the likes of the Skoda Octavia RS and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 facelift. Renault introduced the Captur, Mahindra brought out a more powerful, refreshed version of its Scorpio and Maruti launched the CelerioX cross-hatch. 2018 is expected to see a similarly diverse range of launches from manufacturers. Here’s what you can look forward to in the coming months:
Lamborghini Urus (January 11, 2018)
The new super SUV, which was unveiled recently in Italy, is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine making 650hp at 6,800rpm and 850Nm of torque at 2,240-4,500rpm. Claimed to be the fastest SUV in the world with a 0-100kph time of 3.6sec, the Urus is expected to help triple the carmaker's sales in India.
Also see: 2018 Lamborghini Urus image gallery
Lexus LS 500h (January 15, 2018)
Lexus will introduce its flagship sedan in a single hybrid form. The BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-class competitor will come powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors that make a combined 354hp. Power is channelled through an e-CVT transmission and for India, it’ll only be offered in rear-wheel-drive form. Expect prices to be upwards of Rs 1.5 crore (estimated, ex-showroom).
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Audi Q5 (January 18, 2018)
The second-gen Q5 will launch with a 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine. The new Q5 is likely to be offered with the Q7's 252hp, 2.0-litre petrol and the range-topping 286hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines, as well. Underpinned by the VW Group’s MLB Evo platform, the new Q5’s silhouette is similar to the 2008 model but features design elements shared with the larger Q7. The Q5 will rival the upcoming new BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the recently-launched Volvo XC60.
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Datsun Redigo AMT (January 2018)
The Japanese manufacturer will launch an AMT-equipped Redigo, this month. The five-speed AMT will only be offered on the 1.0-litre engine option, although it is not yet known if this version of the Redigo will have a conventional gear lever or a rotary controller like the one found on the Renault Kwid AMT. Expect a premium of approximately Rs 30,000 over the manual variant.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (January 2018)
In January, Porsche will launch its new Panamera Sport Turismo, the estate body-styled four-door performance sedan. Like the Panamera sedan, the Sport Turismo will come with a 4.0-litre V8 putting out 550hp and 770Nm of torque. However, the shooting brake model will also be offered with a hybrid setup – badged as the 4 E-Hybrid – mating the 550hp, V8 mill to a 136hp electric motor, boasting a combined output of 680hp and 850Nm of peak torque.
Mahindra MPV (U321) (early 2018)
After being repeatedly spotted testing all over the country, Mahindra’s all-new three-row MPV will finally go on sale in the first few months of 2018. Mahindra’s first monocoque-bodied MPV, this new model will be powered by a new 130hp, 1.6-litre mHawk diesel engine. We expect pricing in the Rs 10-15 lakh range – such that it slots in between the Maruti Ertiga on one side and the Innova Crysta on the other.
Also see: Two versions for Mahindra’s Tivoli-based S201 SUV
Mahindra XUV500 facelift
Since the model was spotted during testing, Mahindra is gearing up to bring out a facelift. The highlight of the update will be under the bonnet. The diesel engine will get a bump in output and is expected to put out 170hp. The manual and automatic transmissions will remain unchanged.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus
Essentially being a lengthened version of the TUV300, Mahindra is expected to launch the TUV300 Plus in the coming months. The model gets a tweaked rear styling with new tail-lamps that extend to the side. It is now also capable of seating a maximum of nine people. Otherwise, the car will share exterior and interior bits with the TUV300. It is expected to be powered by the 120hp, 1.99-litre engine, available exclusively on the Mahindra Scorpio sold in the Delhi-NCR region.
Mitsubishi Outlander (April 2018)
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
Ford Figo, Aspire facelift (early 2018)
As part of its mid-cycle refresh, Ford will update its Figo hatchback and Aspire compact sedan with some cosmetic changes, both outside and inside. The highlight of the facelift will be the introduction of the all-new 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from Ford’s new Dragon series of petrol motors that will replace the current 1.2-litre, four-cylinder Sigma petrol mill. A 1.5-litre petrol Dragon engine will make its first appearance in the EcoSport facelift.
Also read: Ford Figo, Aspire facelifts coming next year
Land Rover, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport facelifts (early 2018)
A mid-cycle refresh, the design-based changes on the Range Rover include a refreshed grille with a gloss-black surround in a front bumper and four options of headlamps, including a pixel-laser option. The Range Rover Sport line-up gets subtle changes to the grille and new LED headlamps. Interiors are refreshed, as well and more in line with the Velar. The engine line-up has been uprated for better performance and more fuel economy.
SsangYong Rexton (early 2018)
The all-new Rexton from the Mahindra-owned Korean carmaker is built on a new body-on-frame chassis, making it better-looking and lighter than the vehicle it will replace. It now features projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a slim hexagonal grille, LED fog and cornering lamps and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior will get a large 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen, soft-touch plastics and quilted Nappa leather upholstery. The seven-seat SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive. Whether it will be badged a SsangYong or a Mahindra is still unknown.
Also see: 2017 SsangYong Rexton image gallery
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (early 2018)
Despite the recent facelift, the current Pajero has begun showing its age against its modern rivals. An all-new model, which will feature a more sophisticated and bolder design, is expected to launch early next year. This rugged, seven-seater is larger than its predecessor, with more interior space. Cabin design has been thoroughly modernised and equipment is expected to be on par, for this price. Its power will come from a 181hp, 2.4-litre, diesel engine paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will be an all-new switchable four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case for more hardcore off-road requirements.
Rolls-Royce Phantom (early 2018)
The British luxury marque will bring its new-gen flagship sedan to India early, next year. Even more opulent than its predecessor, the new Phantom is expected to cost about Rs 8 crore, before options and be powered by a 6.75-litre turbocharged V12 motor which is capable of propelling the car to 100kph in a scant 5.1 seconds.
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Mercedes-Benz S-class facelift (March 2018)
Mercedes’ refreshed flagship sedan will be introduced at an expected starting price of Rs 1.2 crore. The facelift sports slightly revised exterior and interior styling and more features, tech and creature comforts as compared to the current model on sale, in India. The S-class facelift will also come with a set of new engines that will be more fuel-efficient than the current crop of motors.
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Bentley Continental GT (early 2018)
The third-gen sporty grand tourer from Bentley uses the Porsche-developed MSB (modular standard drivetrain) platform which is also used in the new Panamera. The Bentley Dynamic Ride – a 48-volt electric active roll-control system from the Bentayga also features on the new Continental GT. This, along with wight savings of about 85kg makes the car even more agile than before. Propulsion is courtesy of a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine, capable of doing 0-100kph in 3.7sec with a top speed of 333kph. The insides are typically opulent.