Nine months into 2018, both premium and mass market carmakers have been on a bit of a launching spree, with all-new models, facelifts and even variants coming at a rapid pace. Mahindra’s much anticipated Marazzo has arrived to lock horns with the Ertiga and Innova Crysta, Renault launched an updated Kwid with more kit, and Honda did the same with the Jazz. The Ciaz facelift may have minor cosmetic changes, but debut's Maruti Suzuki's new K15B petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. Tata recently brought out a special edition for its Tigor called the Buzz, Toyota brought out a facelift for its Land Cruiser Prado, while Ford introduced a new top-spec trim on the EcoSport compact SUV, brought back the 125hp, 1.0-litre Ecoboost and launched the new Freestyle cross-hatch. Besides the EcoSport, compact SUVs from Maruti and Tata have also been updated with an AMT transmission.
The 2018 Auto Expo saw Maruti and Hyundai launch the third-gen Swift and a facelift for the i20, respectively. Later in the year, the Korean brand also brought out a CVT automatic for the petrol i20 and launched the facelift for its Creta. Premium manufacturers BMW and Mercedes introduced a slew of new models at the 2018 Auto Expo; the former brought out the 6-series GT and the X6 35i, along with the new M3, M4 and M5, while the latter launched the Maybach-badged S 560 and S 650.
The festive season always sees its share of launches and 2018 is not expected to be an exception. There are quite new introductions to look forward to. Here’s a list of what you can expect to launch in India in the coming months.
In case you'd like to know which cars have already launched this year, check out our new cars and SUVs launched in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz C-class facelift (September 20, 2018)
The C-class facelift may only seem to be slightly different in terms of exterior and interior design, but the engine range on it is all-new. While the brand has not confirmed which of its motors will be coming to India, the C 200 gets a new 184hp, 2.0-litre petrol engine, the C 300’s 2.0-litre petrol motor is rated at 258hp, the C 220d will share the E 220d’s 194hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine and the C 300d gets a twin-turbo version of the C 220d’s engine and makes 245hp. The AMG-badged C 43 has the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, though it now makes 13hp more at 390hp. All the engines will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the older seven-speed unit previously offered on the non-AMG variants.
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class facelift review, test drive
2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300d image gallery
2018 Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe image gallery
Datsun Go, Go+ facelifts (September 2018)
Datsun hopes that the upcoming facelifts for its Go hatchback and Go+ MPV do better than the current models on sale in India. They were officially unveiled earlier in May and get a revised styling pack for the exteriors, including the option of 14-inch alloy wheels for higher-spec variants. The cabin is where the highest number of changes can be seen, such as the new dashboard with a centrally mounted 6.75-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. While more features are expected to be on offer, the 1.2-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual gearbox combination will remain unchanged.
Datsun Go, Go+ facelift image gallery
As part of its mid-cycle refresh, Ford will bring its updated Figo hatchback and Aspire compact sedan with some cosmetic changes – both outside and inside. Both models will share the new 96hp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from Ford’s new Dragon series of petrol motors with the recently launched Freestyle cross-hatch. The new engine will replace the current 1.2-litre, four-cylinder Sigma petrol mill. The inside kit and design will be shared with the Freestyle, including a new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford Sync 3 and six airbags for the top-spec trims. Both models are expected to launch in the coming months.
Four new Fords to launch in the coming months
2018 Ford Figo facelift (Ka+) image gallery
Ford not keen on launching AMTs in India
New Hyundai Santro (October 23, 2018)
Spied testing in India a number of times, Hyundai's new tall-boy hatchback will re-use the Santro nameplate, albeit with a suffix. Codenamed AH2, the new hatchback will replace the now-aging Eon and slot below the Grand i10 in Hyundai’s India line-up when it launches. The new model is expected to be powered by an updated version of Hyundai’s 1,086cc, four-cylinder Epsilon petrol engine. The hatchback is also expected to be Hyundai’s first AMT-equipped model.
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New Honda CR-V (October 2018)
Honda brought the new CR-V to Auto Expo 2018; its USP – the seven-seat configuration. This new model will replace the current one on sale; and unlike its predecessor, it will come with a new 120hp, 1.6-litre diesel engine option. A new nine-speed automatic transmission will also be on offer for this SUV, which rivals the Mitsubishi Outlander, the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass.
2018 Honda CR-V review, test drive
2018 Honda CR-V diesel video review
New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Spied recently, the new Ertiga is longer and slightly wider than the outgoing model. Its longer rear overhang should imply more space in the third row. Up front, this second-generation model also gets a more upright stance, with a high-set nose and redesigned front bumper. On the sides, its wheels are expected to go up to a size of 16 inches. Maruti is likely to offer the new 104hp, 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel at launch. A 1.5-litre diesel engine – currently under in-house development – will replace Fiat’s 1.3-litre diesel engine at a later date.
New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: A close look
2018 Suzuki Ertiga vs rivals: Specifications comparison
New Suzuki Ertiga: 5 things to know
Mahindra S201 (compact SUV)
Mahindra is working with Korean subsidiary SsangYong to develop a new sub-4m SUV to rival the likes of the Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The monocoque SUV (currently codenamed S201) will be based on SsangYong’s Tivoli. For India, the car will get higher ground clearance and thicker tyres. Expect it to come packed with features like dual-zone auto climate control, seven airbags, a 7.0-inch touchscreen and ESP. The SUV will be powered by either an all-new 1.2-litre, direct-injection turbo-petrol engine, and share the recently launched Marazzo’s 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motor.
Mahindra S201 SUV interior spied
Mahindra S201 SUV: What we know so far
The all-new Rexton from Mahindra 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. While the new SUV is sure to be badged as a Mahindra rather than a SsangYong, whether it is likely to be called something other than the Rexton will be known once it launches in India.
All-new Mahindra Rexton (XUV700) showcased in Mumbai
2017 SsangYong Rexton image gallery
Jeep Compass Trailhawk (early-2019)
Bookings have opened for the new top-spec trim of Jeep’s Mahindra XUV500 rival – the Trail Rated Compass Trailhawk. However, the launch of the Compass Trailhawk has been delayed and is now expected to arrive early in 2019. Already manufactured at FCA’s plant in Ranjangaon, the model is currently exported to Australia and Japan. The off-road-spec SUV gets 4WD technology from Jeep’s selection. Although the big news is that a diesel-automatic variant will be on offer for the first time. The 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel motor will be mated to a nine-speed automatic, rather than the six-speed manual offered on the current top-spec trim, the Limited (O) 4x4. Besides the Trailhawk, Jeep is also readying a Black Pack edition of its Compass SUV, which as the name suggests will sport black finishes outside and inside. This version is expected to arrive before the Trailhawk. There will also be a new higher-spec Limited Plus trim that will be introduced before the end of the year, which will add features like a sunroof, a powered driver’s seat and a larger 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk video review
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk review, test drive
Jeep Compass Trailhawk image gallery
Isuzu MU-X facelift
Expected to arrive in the coming months, the refreshed Isuzu MU-X is already available in some international markets. The facelift gets subtle cosmetic tweaks such as projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lamps, new alloys, and revised front and rear bumpers. The biggest changes are expected in the cabin, with a redesigned dual-tone dashboard, faux-wood trims, a new touchscreen infotainment system, amongst others. It is likely to be powered by the same 177hp, 3.0-litre diesel with either two- or four-wheel drive, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu MU-X facelift spied testing in India
Tata Tiago, Tigor JTP
The sporty versions of Tiago and Tigor made their debut at the 2018 Auto Expo and have been spied testing in the country, as well. Having been developed with Coimbatore’s Jayem Auto, both the hatchback and the compact sedan sport the JTP badge. Both models are expected to be powered by an updated version of the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine that powers the Nexon compact SUV. Expect lowered springs and larger 15-inch alloy wheels, along with visual modifications to differentiate between the standard and sport versions.
Tata Tigor JTP, Tiago JTP first look video
2018 Tata Tigor JTP image gallery
Tata Tiago, Tigor EVs
The all-electric versions of the Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan were on display at the 2018 Auto Expo. While there isn’t much to differentiate them from their internal combustion counterparts, besides the badging, the EVs are powered by a three-phase AC induction motor with a peak output of 30kW at 4,500rpm (about 40hp). While there was no mention of charging times, range or fast charging features. Expect a price tag north of Rs 10 lakh.
The quintessential Jeep – the Wrangler – will be more of a capability demonstrator than a bread-and-butter model for the American brand in India. Late last year, Jeep unveiled the latest generation of the Wrangler for international markets and is expected to make its India debut in the near future. The styling is a modern interpretation of the iconic SUV but it still retains enough elements of the original – like the keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail-lamps. According to Jeep, the Wrangler’s tremendous 4x4-ability has been honed even further. There may also be more fuel-efficient powertrains on offer when it launches.
2018 Jeep Wrangler first look video
India-bound 2018 Jeep Wrangler: A close look
Tata’s all-new five-seat SUV is expected to launch in January, next year. It’ll look as desirable as the H5X concept and be powered by an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine. This diesel motor is shared with one of its rivals, the Jeep Compass, although it makes 140hp in the Tata SUV, as compared to the 173hp it makes on the Compass. There’ll be a seven-seat version of the SUV that will arrive at a later date and under a different name. The Harrier’s Omega platform is based on Jaguar Land Rover’s L550 platform which underpins the Discovery Sport – this is expected to provide the SUV with its off-road credentials. Expect the carmaker to maintain its penchant for attractive pricing and a high-level of equipment on higher-spec trims, so as to make it attractive against alternatives such as the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the Jeep Compass.
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Tata H5X interior video from the Auto Expo 2018
Tata H5X SUV first look video
The world’s best-selling EV will arrive in India towards the end of the year as a CBU unit. While the Japanese brand does not expect it to sell in great numbers, the Leaf is likely to be projected as a technology demonstrator for Nissan. The second-gen model, which is coming to our market, is powered by a 40kWh battery (up 10kWh from the previous-gen vehicle) and makes 140hp (up 40.4hp from the current 30kW battery range-topper). The claimed range for the Leaf is 400km (up by 280km) under the Japanese driving cycle and 380km (up by 129km) under the New European Driving Cycle.
2018 Nissan Leaf review, test drive
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The Kicks is Nissan’s Creta-rivalling SUV and, mechanically, shares quite a lot with the Terrano (and hence, the Renault Duster and Captur). Though the Kicks looks more stylish than the Terrano, it is expected to be powered by the same 106hp, 1.6-litre petrol and 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines. Top-spec trims are expected to feature a 360-degree camera, side curtain airbags, and traction control.
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