Most carmakers in India, particularly the premium manufacturers, have been on a launching spree since 2018 began. While the 2018 Auto Expo saw its share of new car launches, the rest of the year hasn’t been slow either.
The first launch of the year was a special edition Kwid and the most expensive one (so far) has been the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Additionally, Hyundai brought out the refreshed i20 (and then a CVT for the petrol version) while Datsun, Maruti and Tata have added a dash of convenience to their respective models with AMT-equipped variants. The month of May saw the largest number of launches so far in 2018, totaling 16. Here’s our comprehensive list of the launches so far this year.
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A rather minor facelift, the updated Kwid gets a new grille.
Renault Kwid facelift (Aug 1)
Renault has launched the refreshed Kwid range in the Indian market. Prices for the 2018 Renault Kwid remain unchanged and start from Rs 2.66 lakh for the base 800cc variant, go up to Rs 4.59 lakh for the top-spec 1.0-litre Climber AMT trim. On the outside, the updated Kwid gets a new grille design with chrome trim on higher variants. The budget hatchback comes in six exterior paint shade options. Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) equipped rear seat belts now come as standard across the range while the top-spec Kwid RXT (O) comes with a reverse camera. AMT-equipped models get a creep function now.
2018 Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT review, test drive
Honda City Edge edition (Aug 6)
Honda has launched a special edition of its City sedan called the City Edge. Available in both, petrol and diesel guises, it is priced at Rs 9.75 lakh and Rs 11.10 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Honda City Edge edition is based on the SV variant which gets standard equipment like steering-mounted audio controls, climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, a driver’s seat height adjust and power-folding wing mirrors. In addition to these features, the City Edge gets features like 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a rear camera with the display located in the rear-view mirror.
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2018 Yaris vs Verna vs City video comparison
Honda BR-V Style edition (Aug 6)
A special edition BR-V, called the Style edition, has arrived, priced between Rs 10.44 lakh for the S MT petrol variant, and going up to Rs 13.74 lakh for the VX MT diesel trim. It is available on all variants and gets additional equipment like a front bumper guard, a tailgate spoiler, body-side mouldings and bumper protectors at the front and back. The Honda BR-V Style Edition is available with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. While the diesel engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, the petrol motor also gets a CVT automatic option, along with standard manual transmission.
2017 Honda BR-V long term review, final report
Honda WR-V Alive edition (Aug 6)
In a bid to boost the appeal of its WR-V crossover, Honda has introduced a special edition with a bit more equipment that enhances the vehicle's safety and comfort. Offered on the base S trim of the WR-V, the Alive edition is priced at Rs 8.02 lakh for the petrol and Rs 9.11 lakh for the diesel. Both the versions are priced Rs 23,500 higher than the standard S variants. (All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Additional features on the WR-V Alive edition include 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear parking camera, rear parking sensors, premium steering wheel cover and seat cover with a special edition logo. Additionally, WR-V customers also get a one-month subscription to Honda Connect. The app offers features such as service bookings, insurance and PUC reminders, impact alerts and trip analysis. Moreover, Honda has also introduced a new exterior paint shade dubbed Radiant Red, which is also available across the entire range.
Freestyle vs WR-V vs i20 Active: Specifications comparison
2017 Honda WR-V review, test drive
BMW X1 sDrive20d M Sport (Aug 7)
BMW has introduced a new variant to its X1 line-up, called the sDrive20d M Sport, and priced it at Rs 41.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new trim slots below the top-spec X1 xDrive20d M Sport that is priced at Rs 44.50 lakh. While the new variant is nearly identical to the top-spec trim – inside, outside and in terms of safety kit – there is one crucial mechanical difference between the two. As the sDrive nameplate suggests, the new variant does not get BMW’s all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that’s available on the xDrive20d M Sport.
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Maruti Suzuki Swift Z+ AMT (Aug 8)
Maruti Suzuki has now introduced AMT versions on the top-spec Swift. The petrol-AMT ZXI+ has been priced at Rs 7.76 lakh while the diesel-AMT ZDI+ costs Rs 8.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Z+ AMT trims cost about Rs 50,000 more than their manual counterparts and Rs 70,000 more than the Z AMT variants. While there are no mechanical changes vis-a-vis the lower-spec trims, the Z+ trim Swifts are identifiable by their dual-tone 15-inch alloy wheels and LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. On the inside, the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system (with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility), a reverse camera and automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home feature are some of the notable features.
2018 Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno comparison video
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift review, road test
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift long term review, first report
Nissan Micra, Micra Active (Aug 8)
Nissan has launched the for-2018 update for the Micra and Micra Active, priced between Rs 6.20 lakh and Rs 7.90 lakh, and between Rs 5.03 lakh and Rs 5.98 lakh, respectively. There are no styling tweaks and the only change on the new models is the addition of turn indicators on the outside mirrors. The top-spec Micra petrol-CVT also gets a rear spoiler now. In terms of safety kit, both models now get dual front airbags as standard across the range (the earlier models had only a driver’s side airbag on lower trims), a driver’s seatbelt warning indicator and a speed warning. With this update, rear parking sensors are also standard across all variants. The Micra XV and Micra Active XV (the top-spec trims) are now equipped with a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink.
Audi RS6 Avant Performance (Aug 9)
Audi has introduced the RS6 Avant Performance in India at Rs 1.65 crore (ex-showroom, India). The RS6 Avant is the German carmaker’s high-performance estate and doesn’t have any direct rivals in the country. The standard RS6 Avant is powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that makes 560hp and 700Nm of peak torque. The addition of the 'Performance' suffix means that the motor has been tuned to produce 45hp more. Like the standard RS6, power is channelled to all-four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, via an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the RS6 Avant has a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.9sec, the faster RS6 Avant Performance takes 0.2sec less to do the same sprint.
2018 Audi RS6 Avant Performance review, test drive
Maruti Suzuki Dzire special edition (Aug 10)
Maruti Suzuki has introduced a special-edition Dzire in the market. Based on the lower-spec LXi/LDi trims, it is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Dzire special edition gets front power windows, wheel covers and rear parking sensors as standard. Additionally, it also gets a Bluetooth-enabled, two-speaker music system and remote central locking as part of the special edition package. Prices for the Dzire special edition petrol start at Rs 5.56 lakh, while the diesel variant costs a lakh more (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price, the model is roughly Rs 30,000 pricier than the standard Dzire LXi and LDi models.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire long term review, third report
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire video review
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire review, test drive
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Mitsubishi Outlander (Aug 20)
Mitsubishi has officially launched the Outlander SUV at a price of Rs 31.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The Outlander is the first all-new Mitsubishi model seen in India in six years. With seating for seven, the Outlander will only be offered in a single, fully-loaded variant. Features include auto headlights and wipers, an electric sunroof, keyless go, an electric parking brake, paddleshifters, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system. On the safety front, the Outlander gets seven airbags, hill-start assist and active stability control. Powering the Outlander is a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 167hp and 222Nm of torque. It is paired to a six-step CVT automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander video review
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander India review, test drive
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift (Aug 20)
Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the updated Ciaz midsize sedan. Aside from carrying exterior tweaks and more kit, the Ciaz facelift also debuts Suzuki’s new 1.5-litre petrol engine in India, which replaces the car’s outgoing 1.4-litre unit. Like the earlier Ciaz, the refreshed model is available with a choice of petrol-manual, petrol-automatic and diesel-manual combinations. The petrol-manual (Rs 8.19-9.97 lakh) and diesel-manual (Rs 9.19-10.97 lakh) are each available in four trims – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha – while the petrol-automatic (Rs 9.80-10.97 lakh) is available in the Delta, Zeta and Alpha trims. Petrol and diesel engines come with mild-hybrid technology as standard.
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Skoda Superb Corporate edition (Aug 23)
Skoda has introduced a new entry-level Superb Corporate edition variant. Priced at Rs 23.49 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Superb Corporate edition is based on the Superb Style trim that comes with a 180hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual. The Superb Corporate Edition is available in only a single “Candy white” paint shade. The new base trim gets the same set of equipment that is available on the Style variant such as beige leather seats, xenon headlamps, a panoramic sunroof and a powered driver’s seat, to name a few.
New Skoda Superb review, road test
The XC40 is unique in its segment - gets AWD across variants.
Volvo XC40 (Jul 4)
Volvo launched the smallest SUV in its line-up, the XC40, in India at an introductory price of Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the mid-spec R-Design trim. On July 16, the Swedish brand added the base-spec Momentum (Rs 39.90 lakh) and the top-spec Inscription trim (Rs 43.90 lakh), and raised prices of the R-Design variant to Rs 42.90 lakh) The XC40 employs Volvo’s familiar 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel (D4) engine – the only powertrain on offer – which sends 190hp and 400Nm of torque to all-four-wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Typical of Volvo cars, the XC40 is very well kitted.
2018 Volvo XC40 India video review
2018 Volvo XC40 India review, test drive
2018 Volvo XC40 India image gallery
Porsche 911 GT2 RS (Jul 10)
Porsche has launched another potent variant of its iconic sportscar: the 911 GT2 RS, been priced at Rs 3.88 crore (ex-showroom, India). The new 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful road-going 911 in history. Its 3.8-litre flat-six engine has been tuned to put out a colossal 700hp and 750Nm of torque. Porsche's 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox has also been beefed up to handle the additional power. All of those 700 horses are directed solely at the rear wheels. The GT2 RS has a claimed 0-100kph time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of 340kph. That makes it as fast as the revered 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar, and it is also one of the fastest production cars to lap the Nurburgring, with a time of 6m 47.3sec.
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS review, test drive
BMW 320d GT Sport (Jul 13)
BMW has expanded its 3-series GT line-up in India by adding a lower-spec Sport variant with the diesel engine, priced at Rs 46.60 lakh. The 320d Sport slots under the Luxury Line and costs Rs 2.90 lakh less. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine of the 320d GT makes 190hp and 400Nm of torque, which sends power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. While launch control, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, paddleshifters, 40:20:40 split-folding, tilt-adjustable rear seats with folding head restraints, a 205W nine-speaker system and a panoramic sunroof are offered as standard, the Sport trim misses out on features such as the automatic high-beam assistance function and the 10.5-inch multifunction instrument cluster.
2016 BMW 330i GT review, test drive
Jaguar F-Type 2.0 Ingenium (Jul 16)
Jaguar has expanded its F-Type line-up in India by adding an entry-level model with a four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. Available in Coupe and Convertible body styles, the former is priced at Rs 90.93 lakh while the latter costs Rs 1.01 crore (both prices, ex-showroom, India).The entry-level F-Type’s 2.0-litre petrol engine is from JLR’s Ingenium series of modular engines and is tuned to produce 300hp and 400Nm of peak torque. Mated to an 8-speed automatic sending power to the rear wheels, the new engine is claimed to be 52kg lighter than the outgoing motor, which helps achieve a claimed 0-100kph time of 5.7sec. The higher-spec R-Dynamic trim, offered on both body styles, gets a switchable active exhaust for more aural drama.
Audi Q3 Design Edition (Jul 17)
Audi has launched a special edition of the Q3 in India at Rs 40.76. The Q3 Design Edition, only available as the 35TDI model, is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, turbo-diesel motor that makes 184hp and 380Nm of peak torque. Power is sent to all-four wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims a fuel efficiency figure of 15.17kpl for the Q3 35TDI. The Design Edition slots between the Premium Plus (Rs 39.68 lakh) and the Technology (Rs 42.88 lakh) trims in the Q3’s line-up. As such it gets all the kit found on the Premium Plus variant (18-inch alloys, LED headlamps with LED DRLs, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, cruise control, parking assist and more). Yet, the Design Edition adds features such as clear-lens tail-lamps, quattro decals on the side, illuminated door sills and a key cover that matches the exterior finish on the outside. The cabin now also features Nappa leather upholstery and a coat hanger.
Audi Q7 Design Edition (Jul 17)
Priced at Rs 82.37 lakh, the special edition Q7 gets cosmetic changes and more equipment. The model comes with the 252hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in the 40TFSI and the 249hp, 3.0-litre turbo-diesel motor in the 45TDI. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic powering all the wheels. The ARAI-rated fuel efficiency for these engines is 11.68kpl and 14.75kpl, respectively. The Q7 Design Edition is positioned between the Premium Plus (Rs 73.73-77.90 lakh) and the Technology variants (Rs 81.00-85.18 lakh). In addition to features such as Matrix LED headlamps with DRLs, 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with navigation and more, the Design Edition gets smoked tail-lamps, Audi-emblem decals on the D-pillar, rear-seat entertainment and a cool bag branded by Audi.
Tata Nexon XMA AMT (Jul 17)
Tata has launched the mid-spec, AMT-equipped Nexon XMA at Rs 7.50 lakh and Rs 8.53 lakh – depending on whether you want the petrol engine or the diesel motor under the hood. The Nexon XMA takes the Vitara Brezza VDi AMT head-on and costs nearly Rs 1.9 lakh less than the top-spec Nexon XZA+ AMT. The 6-speed automated manual transmission and the 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre turbo-diesel powertrains remain unchanged. As with the top-spec trim, the AMT gearbox features a manual mode and a crawl function.
2018 Tata Nexon long term review, first report
2018 Tata Nexon AMT video review
2018 Tata Nexon AMT review, test drive
Honda Jazz facelift (Jul 19)
Honda has launched the for-2018 Jazz in India, with prices starting at Rs 7.35 lakh and going up to Rs 9.29 lakh for the top-spec diesel trim. While there are no significant design-based or mechanical changes, the new premium hatchback gets additional equipment over the previous model. An optional CVT automatic is only available on the 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol motor that gets a five-speed manual as standard. The 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor, meanwhile, is paired to a six-speed manual transmission. A highlight of the updated Jazz is that the CVT automatic is also offered on the top-spec VX trim. However, the outgoing model came with Honda’s ‘magic seats’ at the rear, a feature that is no longer available.
Lexus ES 300h (Jul 19)
Lexus India has launched the next-generation ES 300h at Rs 59.13 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new ES features a bolder look with Lexus’ trademark spindle grille taking centre stage. Design cues have been borrowed from the brand’s flagship LS sedan with larger (yet sharper) LED headlights and a more dynamic rear end. Under the bonnet of the new ES 300h is a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that works in conjunction with an improved version of the electric motor. In the new sedan, it is available in a 218hp state of tune (a 16hp increase over the previous model) and is also Euro-VI-compliant.
The special edition model is based on the lower-spec Sport trim
Bentley Bentayga V8 (Jun 7)
Differences between the full-fat W12 and V8 Bentayga can only be found under the hood. The 549hp, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is capable of pushing the over 2-tonne SUV to 100kph in a claimed 4.5secs (the W12 does it in 4.1secs). The cabin now gets a new colour for the leather upholstery – the chestnut-coloured ‘Cricket ball’.
Price: Rs 3.78 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Lamborghini Urus
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BMW X3 xDrive30i (Jun 12)
The petrol X3 gets a 252hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine paired to an eight-speed automatic in the xDrive 30i. Unlike the xDrive20d – which can be had in a lower Expedition trim – the xDrive30i is only available in a single, fully-loaded Luxury Line variant. As such it gets the touch-and-gesture-controlled iDrive infotainment system, a head-up display and 360-degree cameras.
Price: Rs 56.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5
Tata Tigor Buzz (Jun 13)
The limited-run special edition of the compact sedan is based on the mid-spec XT variant and comes with the same petrol and diesel engine options. While there aren’t any mechanical changes, the Buzz sports a glossy black roof, piano black finish on the mirrors, dual-tone wheel covers and red inserts on the front grille, air-con vents and seats.
Price: Rs 5.68-6.57 lakh
Competition: Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze
Jaguar F-type SVR Coupe, Convertible (Jun 13)
The 2018 facelifts for range-topping F-Type Coupe and Convertible get minor exterior changes. The SVR-badged models get power by the same 575hp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 motor, that powers all-four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Despite weight saving measure like a titanium and Inconel exhaust, they weigh over 1.7 tonnes.
Price: Rs 2.65-2.80 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Porsche 911 Turbo S, Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe (Jun 18)
While the refreshed two-door performance coupe gets cosmetic tweaks, more equipment and shares its 4.0-litre, twin-turbo, V8 and nine-speed automatic with the smaller E 63 S 4Matic+, the S 63 Coupe gets it in a higher 612hp/900Nm state of tune. 100kph comes up in a claimed 3.5secs.
Price: Rs 2.55 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Porsche Panamera Turbo
Also see: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe first look video
Jeep Compass Bedrock (Jun 18)
A limited-run Compass, it is based on the base Sport trim and is only available with the 173hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine. Besides standard kit on the base variant, the Bedrock edition adds black-finished 16-inch alloy wheels, door decals and black roof rails. The previously available 5.0-inch infotainment system now doubles as a reversing camera as well.
Price: Rs 17.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra XUV500
2017 Jeep Compass review, road test
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Mitsubishi Outlander (Jun 21)
The all-new seven-seat Outlander is available in one fully-loaded trim and a 167hp, 2.4-litre petrol engine mated to a six-step CVT automatic that powers all-four wheels. The Skoda Kodiaq-rival gets an electric sunroof and parking brake, paddleshifters, leather seats, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Price: Rs 31.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Competition: Skoda Kodiaq
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander video review
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander India review, test drive
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander image gallery
BMW 630d GT (Jun 21)
The diesel 6-series GT has arrived in two variants – Luxury Line and M Sport – that can be differentiated by their level of kit and sportier exterior styling on the higher-spec trim. The 3.0-litre in-line, six-cylinder diesel engine is shared with the 530d and comes in the same 265hp and 620Nm state of tune.
Price: Rs 66.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Mercedes E-class
2018 BMW 6-series GT review, road test
2018 BMW 6-series GT India image gallery
Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription (Jun 27)
A more affordable version of the plug-in hybrid XC90, the T8 Inscription is powered by the same 407hp and 400Nm petrol-electric powertrain, with the 320hp supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels and an 87hp, electric motor driving the rear wheels. Volvo claims an all-electric range of 40km. The kit offered is identical to the XC90 Inscription diesel and includes a panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, a 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, air suspension, a head-up display, ventilated front seats and Nappa leather upholstery
Price: Rs 96.65 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence review, test drive
Audi Q5 petrol (Jun 28)
Available in two variants – Premium Plus and Technology, the petrol Q5 is badged as the 45 TFSI and is powered by the same 252hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor found on the larger Q7. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The outside, inside and equipment levels are the same as on the diesel counterpart.
Price: Rs 55.27-59.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: BMW X3 xDrive30i, Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
2018 Audi Q5 diesel India review, test drive
2018 Audi Q5 India video review
Range Rover, Range Rover Sport facelifts (Jun 28)
Land Rover has launched the 2018-year models of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The mid-life facelifts have been updated in terms of design and in terms of equipment, bringing both SUVs in line with the Velar. The Range Rover and Range River Sport also share the 340hp, 3.0-litre V6 petrol, the 525hp, V8 petrol, the 358hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel and the 340hp, 4.4-litre diesel engines.
Price: Rs 99.48 lakh-1.97 crore/Rs 1.74-3.88 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Porsche Cayenne, Lexus LX
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Hyundai brought out the refreshed Creta on May 21
Tata Nexon AMT (May 2)
Only launched in the top-spec XZA+ trim, the six-speed AMT is offered on both engine options. Besides the badging and the optional dual-tone exterior finish, there isn’t much to differentiate the manual from the automatic. The AMT gets hill-start assist and the creep function, along with a manual mode, which automatically changes the engine’s drive mode to Sport.
Price Rs 9.41-10.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza
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Mini Countryman (May 3)
The new Countryman gets a 192hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in two trims – Cooper S and Cooper S JCW – and a 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine shared with its rival, the BMW X1. Besides the engine, it also shares its platform and iDrive touchscreen infotainment system. The S and SD trims get 17-inch alloys, while the JCW gets 18-inchers, as well as cosmetic changes.
Price: Rs 34.0-41.40 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: BMW X1, Mercedes GLA
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Mercedes-AMG E 63 S (May 4)
Based on standard model rather than the long-wheelbase edition sold in India, the hottest E-class gets a 612hp/850Nm, 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 powering all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The E 63 S 4Matic+ also comes with a raft of design updates to match the ballistic performance of this BMW M5 rival.
Price: Rs 1.5 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: BMW M5
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ review, track drive
2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S image gallery
Nissan Terrano Sport Edition (May 8)
A special edition of the Terrano SUV, the Sport Edition is only offered with the 85hp diesel version (and not the 110hp diesel or the 104hp petrol). The limited-run model gets several cosmetic changes outside, like red-and-black decals, a contrasting black roof and pillars, and new cladding on the wheel arches. On the inside, the cabin now features a dual-tone finish and navigation as standard. Interestingly, the price for the 85hp XL (O) trim (with which it shares other equipment) is the same as the special edition.
Price: Rs 12.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Renault Duster, Maruti S-Cross, Hyundai Creta
Nissan Terrano AMT review, test drive
Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT (May 9)
Maruti’s AMT-equipped rival to the Tata Nexon AMT comes in three trim levels and gets slightly different looks when compared to the manual models. The cabin is all-black, there’s a new orange exterior finish and black alloy wheels on the top-spec trim. The line-up also gets the more standard safety kit – like two airbags, reverse parking sensors and ABS with EBD. It remains otherwise unchanged.
Price Rs 8.54-10.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport
2018 Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT image gallery
2018 Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT review, test drive
Maruti Ertiga Limited Edition (May 11)
In a bid to move stocks of its MPV before the all-new second-gen model launches, Maruti Suzuki has released a limited edition model based on the mid-spec VXi trim. It is available on the 92hp, 1.4-litre petrol model and 90hp, 1.3-litre diesel model and is mechanically unchanged. The extra Rs 13,000-14,000 gets you the option of three new paint finishes, a chrome finish on the fog lamp bezel, chrome on the side moulding, alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and ‘Limited Edition’ badges. The insides now come with new dark red seat covers with white borders, a faux-wood inlay on the centre console, a dual-tone steering cover, a front centre armrest and ambient lighting for the cabin.
Price: Rs 7.80-9.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Renault Lodgy
Ford EcoSport S (May 14)
The 125hp, 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine now comes on the EcoSport S trim. Unlike the pre-facelift model with a five-speed manual, the engine is now mated to a six-speed unit. The top-spec variant also gets stiffer suspension, a quicker steering, a sunroof and HID headlamps. The EcoSport Signature Edition shares its powertrain with the standard model but gets more features.
Price: Rs 10.40-11.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza
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Honda Amaze (May 16)
The second-gen Maruti Dzire rival is better-looking, better-equipped and more spacious than before. Offered in four trims and two engine options – 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel – both engines now come with a CVT automatic option. However, it only comes on the mid-spec S and V trims.
Price: Rs 5.60-9.00 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tigor
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Hyundai i20 CVT (May 21)
The updated i20 finally gets a CVT automatic with the 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine. Earlier offered with a larger 1.4-litre petrol, the pricing for the automatics trims (decreased thanks to Indian vehicular laws for sub-4m cars) now undercuts competition like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
Price Rs 7.04-8.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz
2018 Hyundai i20 CVT review, test drive
Hyundai Creta facelift (May 21)
Launched in five trim levels, three engine options and two transmission options, the refreshed Maruti S-Cross rival gets design-based tweaks to the exterior and more standard kit – even the base trim gets driver’s seat height-adjust and a front sliding armrest. The top-spec also gets a sunroof, a six-way adjustable powered driver’s seat, a smart key band, wireless charging and six airbags.
Price Rs 9.44-15.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Maruti S-Cross, Renault Captur
2018 Hyundai Creta facelift video review
Hyundai Creta facelift image gallery
Hyundai Creta facelift review, test drive
Lexus LX 570 (May 21)
The petrol version of Lexus’ flagship SUV is powered by a 5.7-litre V8 engine making 367hp and 530Nm of torque. Unlike the diesel that gets a six-speed automatic, the petrol engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic that powers all four wheels. In addition, the petrol version gets a 138-litre fuel tank (up from the diesel’s 93 litres) and three rows of seats (the diesel is a five-seater). The features list, however, is the same as the 450d.
Price: Rs 2.33 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Range Rover Autobiography
Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, GLE 43 limited editions (May 21)
Mercedes-AMG has brought out the GLE 43 4Matic Coupé OrangeArt edition and SLC 43 RedArt edition, both of which have a limited run of just 25 units, each. As the names imply, both models get highlights on the lower section of the front and rear bumper and on the black-finished alloy wheels (21-inchers for the GLE and 18-inchers for the SLC). While both get a few more cosmetic tweaks inside and out, they are mechanically the same, getting power from a 367hp, 3.0-litre, V6 turbo-petrol motor mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Price: Rs 87.84 lakh/Rs 1.02 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Mini Cooper facelift (May 24)
After bringing the new Countryman, Mini has also launched the facelift for its hatchback. Like before, it is available in three-door, five-door and convertible body styles. The three-door is available with the 192hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and the 114hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine; the five-door is only a diesel, while the convertible is a petrol-only model. Besides the tweaks to the design and appearance (including the eye-catching Union Jack flag motif on the tail-lamps) the petrol engine also gets a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission offer that can be operated via steering-mounted paddleshifters.
Price: Rs 29.70-37.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Mercedes A-class, Volvo V40
2018 Mini Cooper S review, test drive
Mahindra TUV300 Plus (May 26)
The lengthened version of the TUV300 compact SUV has launched in a single T4 trim and looks like the standard model but gets a unique rear design as it is 401mm longer. It is powered by a 120hp/280Nm, 2.2-litre diesel engine, though unlike the TUV300, the Plus gets a six-speed manual and mild-hybrid tech.
Price: Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Maruti Ertiga, Renault Lodgy
Porsche Cayenne Turbo (May 29)
The all-new Cayenne comes to India in its range-topping avatar, the Cayenne Turbo. It is powered by a 550hp, 4.0-litre petrol V8 (up 30hp over its predecessor), and has a torque rating of 770Nm. While the new model sports only subtle changes to the exterior, extensive use of aluminium in the body means its weight is down by 65kg over the previous model. The cabin features a new design and is technologically advanced with equipment such as a touchscreen and voice control. Standard variants and the E-Hybrid are expected in the near future.
Price: Rs 1.92 crore (ex-showroom)
Competition: Range Rover Sport
The third-gen X3 launched on April 19, 2018
BMW 3-series Shadow Edition (Apr 2)
BMW brought out a special edition for its 3-series, the Shadow Edition, which is available with the 252hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in the 330i and the 190hp, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel in the 320d. The exterior of the sedan has been tweaked to provide a sportier look, while the insides get a red-and-black combo for the seat upholstery, a 10.5-inch digital instrument cluster, M Sport leather steering wheel and an 8.7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 330i also gets a variable sport steering system.
Price: Rs 41.40-47.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Jaguar XE, Mercedes C-class, Audi A4
BMW 3-series Shadow Edition launched at Rs 41.40 lakh
2017 BMW 330i vs Jaguar XE 25t comparison
Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition (Apr 4)
A special edition GLS to help increase sales of the premium luxury SUV, the Grand Edition is available with the 258hp/620Nm, 3.0-litre V6 diesel in the GLS 350d and the 333hp/480Nm, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in the GLS 400. Besides a few cosmetic changes on the outside and inside, the limited-run model gets a rear seat entertainment system as standard, which was previously only an option on the GLS. This comprises of two 7.0-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment screens mounted on the front seat backs; they are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
Price: Rs 82.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Audi Q7, BMW X5
Mercedes GLS 350d review, test drive
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Toyota Camry Hybrid (Apr 11)
The for-2018 update of the Camry Hybrid gets a few tweaks to the interiors, more safety kit and technology. The new model is otherwise unchanged, both, in terms of its exteriors and under the bonnet. It is powered by the same 160hp, 2.5-litre petrol engine combined with a 143hp electric motyor, which delivers a combined maximum of 205hp. This could be the last update on the current-gen Camry, as the all-new next-gen model is already out internationally, and could come to India in the future.
Price: Rs 37.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Honda Accord, Skoda Superb
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid launched at Rs 37.22 lakh
Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry Hybrid comparison
Audi RS5 (Apr 11)
The hottest version of the A5, the second-generation RS5 Sports Coupè, has arrived with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol motor that puts out 450hp and a humongous 600Nm of peak torque. The power figure matches the previous model’s, which got a 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, however, the torque figure has increased by a whopping 170Nm. Mated to a an eight-speed automatic powering all-four wheels via Audi’s Quattro system, the engine helps achieve a claimed 0-100kph time of just 3.9sec. Coupé body style apart, an aggressive body kit and sportier detailing on the insides help differentiate the range-topper from the other A5s.
Price: Rs 1.1 crore (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: BMW M4
Audi RS5 launched at Rs 1.1 crore
2018 Audi RS5 coupé review, test drive
Volkswagen Ameo 1.0 (Apr 13)
As it had done with the Polo, Volkswagen has introduced the 76hp, three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine on the compact sedan, replacing the older 75hp, 1.2-litre motor. The 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine continues unchanged and still comes mated to either a five-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. While the variant break-up is also unchanged, the brand did launch a Pace edition (as with the Polo 1.0) at Rs 6.10 lakh, which is a mid-spec, limited-run model based on the Comfortline trim that additionally gets 15-inch alloy wheels.
Price: Rs 5.50-7.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze
Volkswagen introduces 1.0-litre petrol engine in India
Volkswagen Ameo Sport spied testing outside Pune
Mahindra XUV500 facelift (Apr 18)
The much-awaited facelift for the XUV500 has arrived with a raft of cosmetic changes on the outside and inside and more equipment on offer. While the 140hp, 2.2-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic is unchanged, the 2.2-litre diesel motor now puts out 155hp and 360Nm, up by 15hp and 30Nm. A six-speed manual is standard on the diesel thought an optional six-speed automatic is on offer with nearly every trim. Interestingly, the price of each equivalent variant has decreased compared to the older model.
Price: Rs 12.32-18.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Competition: Jeep Compass, Tata Hexa
2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift review, test drive
2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift video review
2018 Mahindra XUV500: Which variant should you buy?
Mahindra XUV500 facelift price, variants explained
2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift image gallery
BMW X3 (Apr 19)
The third-gen X3, which was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, has launched with the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine in the xDrive 20d as the last-gen model, which makes 190hp and 400Nm of peak torque. With an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive standard, expect the luxury SUV to be more fuel-efficient and offer better performance and handling thanks to the new platform, that sees weight reduce by about 55kg over the outgoing model. The new X3 comes in two trims, xDrive 20d Expedition and xDrive 20d Luxury Line, with the latter getting more kit. More engine options, including a 248hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol in the xDrive30i, are expected to arrive at a later date.
Price: Rs 49.99-56.70 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60
2018 BMW X3 launched at Rs 49.99 lakh
New 2018 BMW X3 India review, test drive
2018 BMW X3 India video review
Toyota Yaris (April 25)
Toyota’s answer to the Honda City comes only with a single 107hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine that is mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-step CVT automatic. All four trims get seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist as standard, along with features like keyless entry, a cooled glove box and a rear seat arm rest.
Price: Rs 8.75-14.07 lakh (ex-showroom, India)
Competition: Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz
Focus on safety could be key differentiator for Toyota Yaris
2018 Toyota Yaris video review
2018 Toyota Yaris review, test drive
2018 Toyota Yaris sedan India image gallery
Ford Freestyle (April 26)
Ford’s Figo-based cross-hatch debuts the new 96hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine and also gets a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor. Both get a new five-speed manual gearbox, as well. Besides the typical styling cues associated with cross-hatchbacks, the Freestyle’s raised suspension gives it the requisite SUV-like looks. Even the base trim gets dual-front airbags and ABS, while the top-spec comes with six airbags and more safety kit.
Price: Rs 5.09-7.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition: Hyundai i20 Active, Maruti Baleno
2018 Ford Freestyle buyer's guide video
2018 Ford Freestyle petrol video review
2018 Ford Freestyle video review
2018 Ford Freestyle review, test drive
A special edition of the VW Polo 1.0, the Pace; introduced on March 13, 2018.
Tata Zest Premio Edition (Mar 5)
A special edition version of the Zest compact sedan, it was only available with the 75hp, 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine. Slotting under the top-spec XT trim, the Premio Edition features black-finished outside mirrors, boot lid, hood strip and roof, and 15-inch wheels with silver covers; though a black boot spoiler is an optional extra. Two new exterior paint shades are also on offer – Titanium Grey and Platinum Silver. The interiors are exactly the same as the XM trim, including the Harman-sourced touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. A new seat fabric with contrast stitching and the Premio branding and a tan-finish on the centre of the dashboard, are now standard.
Price: Rs 7.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Volkswagen Ameo, Honda Amaze, Maruti Dzire
2017 Tata Zest long term review, final report
Volkswagen Polo 1.0 (Mar 9)
Volkswagen replaced the aging 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor on the Polo with a new 76hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine. Claimed to be more fuel-efficient and BS-VI-complaint, the new engine is lighter by about 18kg and is mated to a five-speed transmission. The hatchback is otherwise unchanged in any aspect – including its price. A special edition model called the Polo Pace was launched shortly after, on March 13. This was based on the mid-spec Comfortline trim. The addition of new 15-inch alloy wheels saw it priced at Rs 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which still undercuts the standard Comfortline trim by Rs 11,700.
Price: Rs 5.41-7.24 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).*
Competition: Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno
*prices listed for new petrol variants, only
2018 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 review, test drive
2018 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 vs rivals: Specifications comparison
Ferrari 812 Superfast (Mar 12)
The most powerful series Ferrari yet has been brought to India to replace the F12 Berlinetta. It is powered by an 800hp, 6.5-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 petrol engine that is capable of propelling the GT to 100kph from standstill in 2.9sec and hit a top speed of 340kph. The 812 Superfast is also the first Ferrari to get an electric power steering (EPS). The EPS, along with rear-wheel steering, progressive traction control, Side Slip Control and a third-generation e-differential form some of the car's technical highlights.
Price: Rs 5.2 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Lamborghini Aventador S
2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast video review
2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast review, test drive
Datsun Go, Go+ Remix Edition (Mar 12)
Special editions of the Go hatchback and Go+ MPV were introduced to help push sales of the Datsun models. Priced about Rs 9,000 and Rs 6,000 more than their respective higher-spec T trims, the limited-run models get cosmetic changes on the outside and a few tweaks in the cabin design. The kit is the same as the T variant – remote keyless entry, Bluetooth compatibility for the audio system, follow-me-home headlamps, an electric power steering, a manual AC, front power windows, auxiliary-in and USB ports, and central locking are on offer. Mechanically, both models are unchanged from their standard brethren and sport the same 68hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Price: Rs 4.21 lakh, Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Maruti Alto K10, Hyundai Eon
Nissan, Datsun prices to go up by 2 percent
Datsun Go facelift spied in Indonesia
Datsun Cross revealed
Datsun Go long term review, final report
Maserati Ghibli (Mar 15)
The 2018 update to the Ghibli adds three trims – Diesel, GranSport and GranLusso, which can be differentiated by their exterior treatment. The higher-spec GranLusso and GranSport variants get new adaptive LED headlamps, Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive suspension system, and various driving assist systems. The same 275hp/600Nm, 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine (mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox) continues on all three trims. Maserati claims a 0-100kph time of 6.3sec, a top speed limited to 250kph, and an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency of 16.9kpl.
Price: Rs 1.34-1.43 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: BMW 730Ld
Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli review, test drive
Maserati introduces five-year warranty and service package in India
Jaguar XE, XF petrol (Mar 15)
The XE and XF get an engine upgrade and now feature Jaguar’s latest 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol Ingenium engines. Lower trims of the sedans (Pure and Prestige) feature a 200hp version of the engine while the top-spec Portfolio variants get 250hp. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic, as standard. While the starting price of the XE has marginally increased by Rs 14,000, the price of the XF petrol has come down by a whopping Rs 1.59 lakh. Otherwise, the both luxury sedans are unchanged on the outside, inside and in terms of equipment.
Price: Rs 35.99-44.46 lakh/Rs 49.80-58.93 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-class/BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-class
2017 Jaguar XE diesel review, test drive
2016 Jaguar XF India review, test drive
Honda WR-V Edge Edition (Mar 16)
This new mid-spec special edition variant for the WR-V is based on the base S trim, but gets more equipment. The exteriors see the addition of new five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels. A premium white paint finish is also available for an additional Rs 4,000. Honda has also added rear parking sensors and integrated a rear-view camera display with the inside rear-view mirror of the model. Mechanically, there is no difference between the Edge Edition and the standard model. Both cars have the same 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Price: Rs 8.01-9.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura
Honda WR-V hits 50,000 sales milestone
Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Maruti Vitara Brezza
2017 Honda WR-V review, test drive
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift (Mar 19)
The refreshed SUV has finally come to India after debuting in the country at the 2018 Auto Expo. The exteriors have been updated with a new hood, fenders, grille, projector headlamps and LED tail-lamps, along with a revised front and rear bumper design. The cabin now comes with a heavily updated dashboard, instruments and also a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen with panoramic view monitor that’s mounted low to improve outward visibility. It also gets heated and ventilated front seats. The same 3.0-litre diesel engine as the outgoing model is on offer. This motor makes 170hp and 410Nm of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. The four-wheel-drive system comes with three modes – comfort, normal and sport.
Price: Rs 92.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: BMW X5, Mercedes GLS
2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled at Frankfurt
2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado image gallery
Ford EcoSport petrol Titanium+ (Mar 19)
A new top-spec petrol trim for the compact SUV shares its mechanicals (namely the 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine) with the other petrol variants, but gets more equipment. This includes 17-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, cruise control, Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system with reverse camera, voice commands, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD and Isofix seat anchors, as well.
Price: Rs 10.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon
2017 Ford EcoSport buyer's guide video
2017 Ford EcoSport vs Tata Nexon petrol comparison
2017 Ford EcoSport diesel, petrol AT video review
Range Rover Evoque Convertible (Mar 27)
India’s first convertible luxury SUV, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible has arrived with JLR’s new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine. In this application, it makes 240hp and 340Nm of peak torque, and comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. It is available in a single, fully-loaded HSE Dynamic variant with features like adaptive LED headlights, head-up display, surround view camera, park assist (which includes parallel parking, parking exit and perpendicular parking assist) and a Wi-Fi hotspot as part of the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. There’s also gesture control to open/close the tailgate. The fabric drop-top is operated electrically and can be tucked in the boot in about 20sec, while driving up to speeds of 48kph.
Price: Rs 69.53 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Range Rover Evoque Convertible India image gallery
2018 Range Rover facelift spied near Pune
JLR India to launch 10 models by March 2019
Tata Nexon XZ (Mar 27)
Available on both, the 110hp, 1.2-litre petrol and the 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel models, the new high-spec XZ trim slots just under the top-spec variant, hence it misses out on kit like a dual-tone roof, Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), alloy wheels, front and a rear-centre armrests, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, front and rear fog lamps, a rear defogger, the smart-key and the push-start button. However, it does get projector headlamps, the Harman-sourced 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration and android auto connectivity; voice commands, voice alert feature (seatbelt, hand brake release, door open, low fuel and service reminder) and height adjust for the driver’s seat and the seatbelt.
Price: Rs 7.99-8.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza
Tata to hike car and SUV prices by around Rs 60,000
Tata Nexon receives over 25,000 bookings
Tata Nexon Aero option packs launched
Tata Nexon AMT debuts at Auto Expo 2018
2017 Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza comparison
2017 Tata Nexon review, road test
The third-gen Swift was one of the Auto Expo 2018 launches.
Renault Kwid Superhero Edition (Feb 5)
The second special edition Kwid launched this year, the Superhero Edition was a limited-run model meant to push sales of the hatchback. The French brand hoped the tie-up with Disney’s popular Marvel movie characters would help sales figures. Besides the cosmetic changes applied to the inside and outside to mimic the superheroes Captain America and Iron Man, the special edition is unchanged in any way and gets the same 68hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual. The AMT version was not available on this edition. Equipment levels were on par with the top-spec RXT (O) trim and features as such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation are standard.
Price: Rs 4.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Maruti Alto K10
2017 Renault Kwid long term review, third report
Renault India issues recall for Kwid 800cc
BMW M5 (Feb 7)
BMW has just got the right blend of power and practicality in its high-performance sedan, the M5, which essentially is the performance-oriented iteration of the 5-series.
This latest F90 generation uses an updated version of the previous F10 M5’s 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine; but it’s been cranked up to 600hp and 750Nm of torque. Another difference from the previous car is that it now uses an eight-speed torque-converter automatic rather than the old seven-speed dual clutch unit. Also, while previous M5s have been rear-wheel-drive, this is the first one that comes with all-wheel drive as standard – which should seriously impact the way it drives on the limit.
Price: Rs 1.43 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Audi RS7
2018 BMW M5 India video review
2018 BMW M5 review, test drive
BMW 6-series GT (Feb 7)
The successor to the 5-series GT has come to India in a single variant and one engine option. The 630i was launched at the Auto Expo with a 252hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel in the 620d and a 265hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel in the 630d are expected at a later date. The model shares quite a bit with the 5-series sedan, from the platform to the interior bits. Equipment is also common including the touch-and-gesture-operated sixth-generation iDrive infotainment system, a head-up display, four-zone automatic climate control, LED mood lighting and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with a 10-channel amplifier with an output of 1,400 watts and 16 partially illuminated speakers.
Price: Rs 58.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Mercedes-Benz E-class LWB
2018 BMW 6-series GT India review, test drive
2018 BMW 6-series GT: 5 things you need to know
Hyundai i20 (Feb 7)
The i20 got a mid-life update which was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo. With the facelift, Hyundai has brought the face of the premium hatch in line with its current family look by incorporating the cascading grille. At the rear, the license plate housing has now moved to the boot-door and the bumper and tail-lamps have been redesigned. On the inside, the changes are limited to a differently- patterned seat fabric, redesigned central AC vents, a rear seat armrest and Isofix seat mounts.
The facelift continues to source power from the 90hp, 1.4-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor and 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol unit. A five-speed manual is on offer with the former while the latter gets a six-speed manual. A CVT automatic is due in the coming months, but only on the 1.2 petrol model.
Price: Rs 5.34-9.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Volkswagen Polo
2018 Hyundai i20 facelift buyer's guide video
2018 Hyundai i20 facelift vs rivals: Specifications comparison
2018 Hyundai i20 facelift review, test drive
Mercedes-Maybach S 560, S 650 (Feb 7)
The premium luxury sedan market saw Mercedes’ flagship sedan enter the fray, with the S 560 and the S 650. Both the 469hp, 4.0-litre V8 engine and the 630hp, 6.0-litre V12 motor are already BS-VI-compliant but can also use our current BS-IV fuel – albeit with a penalty in emissions and efficiency. The S 650 is equipped with driver-assist features like a radar-based driving assistance system and 'Magic Body Control' that detects road undulations in advance. It also gets a new triple-torch design, multi-beam headlamps, new LED tail-lamps and advanced telematics. The rear is the highlight of the models and features a 'Magic Roof' with embedded lights mimicking a night sky and executive seats (with ventilated and get full-body-massage functions) that are standard with multiple adjustments for the backrest, seat-angle and height.
Price: Rs 1.94 crore, Rs 2.73 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: BMW 7-series, Audi A8
Mercedes vehicles now get radar-based tech in India
Mercedes range of cars at the 2018 Auto Expo first look video
Mercedes Maybach S-class facelift revealed
Maruti Suzuki Swift (Feb 8)
Launched in 12 trims and with two engine and transmission options, the third-gen Swift is underpinned by the Heartect platform, shared with the Ignis, Baleno and Dzire. The engine options are the same as well, with the 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine and the 75hp, 1.3-litre diesel motor. A five-speed manual is standard, but a five-speed AMT is also on offer. However, the top-spec Z+ variants are manual-only. Equipment on the top-spec version include LED projector headlamps and Daytime Running Lamps, a reverse parking camera and a 7.0-inch Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. However, even the base L trims get kit like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and Isofix child seat mounts.
Price: Rs 4.99-8.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift buyer's guide video
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift review, road test
2018 Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno comparison video
BMW M3, M4 (Feb 9)
Costing about Rs 4 lakh more than the previous model, the refreshed M3 and M4 get minor tweaking on the outside such as the new adaptive LED headlamps and tail-lamps. The Competition Pack, which is now standard, brings with it exhaust pipes finished in black, a carbon roof and gloss paint finish. The 19-inch alloys, shod in 255/35 R19 front and 275/35 R19 rear tyres, are standard, though 20-inch ones, with 265/30 R20 front and 285/35 R20 rear rubber, are on the list of options.
The Competition Pack also adds a small bump up in power. The 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder turbo-petrol mill makes 450hp (up by 19hp) while torque is the same 550Nm. Just as before, the engine transfers power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Price: Rs 1.30 crore, Rs 1.33 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Mercedes AMG C63 S, Audi RS5
BMW X6 35i (Feb 9)
BMW added a petrol variant to its X6 line-up in India, which only had a single diesel model, earlier. The X6 35i, also available in a single top-spec M Sport trim, is powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, turbocharged unit that makes 306hp and 400Nm of torque, which is sent to all-four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. It also gets the same level of equipment as the diesel X6 40d including a 10.25-inch display for the instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system with iDrive connectivity, two 9.2-inch entertainment screens at the rear that are controllable via remote and a 600W, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
Price: Rs 94.15 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe
BMW cars at the Auto Expo 2018 first look video
In conversation with Vikram Pawah, president, BMW Group India
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Feb 21)
The even more hardcore version of the 911 GT3, badged as the RS, gets a 20hp more powerful 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine, which now produces 520hp and 460Nm of torque. The model comes with a raft of modifications to make it even more track-ready; such as massive amounts of weight reduction on the inside, new carbon-fibre aero kit and optional packs to bring weight down, even more. A total of 29kg can be saved if the optional Weissach Pack is specced, over the 1,460kg ‘standard’ 911 GT3, which retails for about Rs 44 lakh less than the RS.
Price: Rs 2.75 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Mercedes-AMG GT R
2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS image gallery
2019 Porsche 911 previewed in disguise
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Rolls-Royce Phantom (Feb 23)
Claiming the title of most expensive car on sale in India, the Phantom comes in standard and long-wheelbase formats. Both are powered by a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo, V12 petrol motor that churns out 571hp and 900Nm of peak torque, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The opulent flagship sedan boasts a high level of bespoke customisation options, the highlight of which is the Gallery – a single piece of fixed glass that spans the width of dashboard and is a customisable canvas on which its ultra-rich owners can commission art of their favourite artists or choose from the composition that Rolls-Royce offers. Other creature comforts include the Starlight roof, that can be set to replicate a night sky, a champagne chiller and flutes, buttons to open and close the doors and, of course, extensive use of sound deadening in a bid to make this the quietest car in the world.
Price: Rs 9.5-11.35 crore (ex-showroom, India).
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Mercedes-Benz S 350d, S 450 (Feb 26)
The facelift for the S-class doesn’t just get more kit and some styling changes inside and out. The highlight on the S 350d is the new 3.0-litre, in-line, six-cylinder, diesel engine that is BS-VI compliant, even on poorer grade BS-IV fuel. The engine is tuned to produce 286hp and 600Nm of peak torque and is mated to a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The S 450 is also on offer with a 367hp/500Nm, 3.0-litre, V6 petrol engine, mated to a nine-speed auto ‘box. The insides see the inclusion of a new, horizontally elongated, 12.3-inch touchscreen unit, a new leather and wood trim option for the inlays, new seats sides, a new fragrance and 64 ambient lighting options. Moreover, ventilated seats with a massage function and four-zone climate control continue to compliment the luxury quotient of the S-class.
Price: Rs 1.33 crore, Rs 1.37 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: BMW 7-series, Audi A8
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Renault Kwid Live For More Reloaded 2018 Edition (Jan 6)
The first launch new car launched in 2018, the special edition Kwid has a rather long name. Like earlier special edition models, this limited-run hatchback sported a new-look sticker job and had an important safety feature added – rear parking sensors – which were not on offer previously. Available on the 54hp, 0.8-litre and 68hp, 1.0-litre engines, the Live For More Reloaded 2018 Edition also came on the 1.0-litre AMT version.
Price: Rs 2.67-3.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competitors: Maruti Suzuki Alto, Hyundai Eon, Datsun Redigo
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Hyundai Verna 1.4 (Jan 10)
The base version of the new Verna mid-size sedan was introduced with the 100hp/132Nm, 1.4-litre petrol engine. It is available in only two trims – E and EX. The former gets equipment like body coloured bumpers, turn indicators on outside mirrors (electrically foldable), cooled glove box and tilt steering, while the latter also comes with reverse parking sensors, fog lamps, automatic headlamps, height adjustable driver seat, 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB, steering-mounted audio controls and cruise control.
Price: Rs 7.80-9.10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City
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Volvo XC90 (Jan 10)
Volvo silently updated the XC90 loading all the three trims of the D5 variant with kits. The base Momentum trim is now equipped with heated front seats, paddleshifters, adaptive cruise control and a park-assist system. The higher-spec variants now get blind spot monitoring along with cross traffic alert, rear collision mitigation, a 360-degree camera and heated steering. The R-design variant gets different detailing on outside mirrors, window sills, gear lever and remote control.
However, the workhorse of the XC60 D5 remains the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor producing 235hp and 480Nm of peak torque, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an all-wheel-drive system.
Price: Rs 76.47-86.96 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Audi Q7, Mercedes GLS, BMW X5
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Lamborghini Urus (Jan 11)
Lamborghini’s super SUV was launched in January and is based on Volkswagen’s MLB Evo platform. It shares its underpinning with the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, and the Audi Q7. Performing under the hood of the Urus is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that churns out 650hp and 850Nm of peak torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Urus takes 3.6 seconds to clock 100kph from still and can hit a top-speed of 305kph.
The Urus is equipped with active torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering system, active air suspension and cylinder deactivation that help to optimize fuel efficiency. The Urus also gets six drive modes- Strada, Sport, Corsa, Neve and Terra along with Ego, a completely customisable mode.
Price: Rs 3 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne
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Isuzu D-Max V-Cross (Jan 15)
The refreshed D-Max V-Cross lifestyle pick-up was launched in two variants - V-Cross and V-Cross High. Under the bonnet, it retains the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine that produces 136hp and 320Nm of peak torque. This motor is mated to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to all-four wheels. The outside of the facelift gets minor tweaking over the previous model, while inside the cabin, Isuzu has added a new touchscreen audio system. The top-variant is also equipped with a six-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, black leather seats and a multi-functional steering wheel with cruise control. The safety kit also sees the addition of electronic stability control and traction control.
Price: Rs 14.27-15.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai).
Competition: Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
Lexus LS 500h (Jan 15)
The Lexus flagship sedan is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol motor combined with two electric motors, which in combination produces 359hp and 350Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to an e-CVT gearbox that powers only the rear wheels. Lexus’ new design signature – the oversized hourglass-shaped grille makes the model look quite distinct. On the inside, the LS 500h gets multiple screens, ventilated seats with a massage function, 28-way electrically adjustable front seats, and the rear seats that can recline up to 48 degrees. The car is also equipped with active noise cancellation to make the cabin quieter.
Price: Rs 1.77-1.93 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Mercedes-Benz S-class, BMW 7-series
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Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition (Jan 16)
The Evoque has been around for six years in India and now Land Rover has added a special ‘Landmark Edition’ to the range. On the outside, it gets new gloss-black 18-inch alloy wheels, a new body kit and body-coloured lower door cladding, which helps it to distinguish itself from the regular model. There is also a graphite finish for the grille, a Carpathian Gray finish for the fender vent, tailgate lettering and a contrast roof. The insides get grained ebony leather seats with contrasting light lunar stitching and the centre console gets a dark satin-brushed aluminium finish. It is comes equipped with a gesture-operated powered tailgate, along with all the other features of the SE variant.
Price: Rs 50.20 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60, NX300h
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Audi Q5 (Jan 18)
The previous Q5 had concealed Audi’s grip on the mid-size premium SUV segment but with more totter and propounded offerings from its rivals; had started looking dated. The new Q5 is powered by a 190hp, 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox coupled with the Quattro all-wheel drive system. A plusher cabin and up-market features like Audi’s virtual cockpit, MMI infotainment system, wireless charging and adaptive suspension with damping control gives the Q5 credentials to stand tall against rivals.
Price: Rs 53.25-57.60 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC
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Range Rover Velar (Jan 20)
Launched with a whopping 25 variants to choose from, Land Rover’s road-focused SUV, the Velar comes with three engine options – a 179hp, 2.0-litre diesel, a 250hp, 2.0-litre petrol and a 300hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor. The former two get seven trims each while the latter additionally gets a top-spec First Edition variant. The petrol engine on the Velar is the first of JLR’s new Ingenium petrol engines to come to India. Despite being called a road-focused model, the five-seat SUV gets off-road technology such as Hill Descent Control (HDC) as standard, the Terrain Response 2 system and an active rear-locking e-differential.
Price: Rs 80.92 lakh-Rs 1.41 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: BMW X6, Mercedes GLE 43 Coupe
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Datsun Redigo AMT (Jan 23)
Datsun launched the Redigo AMT in January in two trims - T (O) and S. The five-speed AMT gearbox is offered only in the 1.0-litre iteration which is powered by a 999cc, three-cylinder, petrol motor that produces 68hp and 91Nm of torque. Similar to other AMT equipped models, the Redigo’s transmission is also a sequential shift unit like the one seen on the Kwid AMT but also gets a creep function in addition, called the ‘Rush Hour’ mode.
Price: Rs 3.81-3.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition: Renault Kwid AMT, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT
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Maserati Levante (Jan 30)
Maserati launched its first SUV, the Levante, in three trims, base, the luxuriously appointed GranLusso variant and the GranSport trim, which offers a sportier exterior and interior specification. While the Maserati looks radical for an SUV thanks to its curvy shape, its large dimensions leave no doubt that it is one. It’s just over five metres long and has a wheelbase of a tad more than three metres. Under its long hood, the Levante has a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine that produces 275hp and 600Nm of peak torque. The motor is mated to an eight-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox with a 4WD drive system. It takes a claimed 6.85sec to clock triple digit speeds from rest and has a claimed top speed of 230kph.
Price: Rs 1.45-1.54 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Competition: Porsche Cayenne
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