With showrooms expected to feature newer options for every car body type, we size up the most awaited
WITH the festive season coming up, every segment in the car market will be getting fresh entries—from the wee hatchbacks to the iconic SUVs. We list out five cars expected to launch in the coming weeks.
While it’s already on the road overseas, in India, the 2016 iteration of the Elantra has only been spied testing on a number of occasions. The sedan gets a fresher version of Hyundai’s Fluidic design language, with a completely new exterior and interior. It’s expected to come powered with two engine options—a 2.0-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre petrol. Launch date: August 23. Expected price: `16 lakh. Details: hyundai.com/in
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee is Jeep’s mid-sized five-seater SUV. The model coming to be India will be based on the fourth generation WK2
platform, launched internationally in 2011. It features a lithe steel unibody construction and a four-wheel independent suspension. Just like the Wrangler, the SUV will be introduced with a diesel engine initially, with a petrol to follow. Launch date: August 30. Expected price: `75 lakh. Details: jeep-india.com
The latest version of the Audi A4 sedan—first seen at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show—gets plenty of changes on the outside. There are new design headlamps that can be optioned with Audi’s Matrix LED tech and a single-frame grille in the front. The side is accentuated with a chrome strip within the waistline, new alloys and a sloping roofline. Launch date: October. Expected price: `32-`41 lakh. Details: audi.in
Renault Kwid 1-litre
This little hatchback from Renault, which turned out to be quite the hit last year, will be launched with a bigger engine—a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with a few feature upgrades. The power output is expected to be bumped to 67bhp and potential customers can start booking the car for as little as `10,000. Launch date: August 23. Expected price: `3.30 lakh.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The Wrangler will be one of the first two launches from the much-awaited Jeep brand in India. Now in its third generation, it
is a purer embodiment of the marquee. With its classic round headlights, flat fenders and slotted grille, the styling harks back to the original military Jeeps. More of a recreational vehicle than a luxury SUV, it will appeal to offroading junkies. The Wrangler will come to India in the four-door Unlimited version— first with just the diesel engine, followed by the petrol. Launch date: August 30. Expected price: `40 lakh. Details: jeep-india.com
— Team MotorScribes@motorscribesind