A number of new cars and bikes will soon be launched in the country including the new-gen Hyundai Verna and the much-awaited Maruti Suzuki Jimny
A number of new cars and bikes will soon be launched in the country by brands like Hyundai, Honda, Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, etc and the Indian automotive market is likely to witness a number of major events in the coming months. Having said this, while more than 10 cars will soon be launched in the market, here are the top 7 big car launches that everyone is waiting for in 2023.
Top 7 Big Car Launches In India
2023 Hyundai Verna Next-Gen
The new Hyundai Verna next-gen will be launched in the country on March 21 and will not only boast a new exterior design language but will now be offered with a more spacious and comfortable cabin, all thanks to a new architecture. The new underpinnings have also resulted in larger dimensions of the sedan and the Verna is now significantly larger than the older gen and its rivals. The sedan, just like many other global Hyundai cars, features the latest Sensuous Sportiness design language which is dominated by a large front grille, sharp cuts and creases, sporty alloy wheels, sharp LED headlights, LED DRL strip running across the width at the front, connected LED tail lights, and more. Inside, the new Verna will be offering a feature-rich and a premium dashboard with a large infotainment system, digital instrument console, push-button start, a large sunroof, electrically operated ORVMs, auto-dimming IRVM, front seat ventilation and heating option, wireless charging, automatic climate control, and more. Having said this, the new Verna will now be only offered with petrol engine options which include a 1.5L turbo petrol engine and a 1.5L NA petrol engine. Both these engines are likely to be offered with manual as well as automatic gearbox options. The bookings of the new 2023 Hyundai Verna have already commenced in the market.
Hyundai Creta Facelift
In addition to the new-gen Verna, Hyundai will also be launching the new Creta facelift in the market soon. Currently, in its second gen, the Hyundai Creta is now long-due for a facelift update and is likely to be launched in the country in late 2023 or early 2024. From what we know so far, the new model being launched in the country will be significantly different from the model showcased at the GIIAS 2021. In addition to an updated exterior design language, the new Hyundai Creta facelift will also boast a number of new features and updated safety equipment. From what we know so far, the new Creta will be offered with a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated and heated front seats, electrical adjustment for the front seats, cooled storage console, wireless charging pad, type-C charging port, automatic climate control, and more. It will however continue to be offered with the same diesel and petrol engine while the brand is likely to offer the Creta with a new 1.5L turbo petrol engine. On the safety front, the new Creta will also boast ADAS safety suite that includes features like autonomous braking, active cruise control, and more.
Maruti Suzuki Fronx
The Maruti Suzuki Fronx was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 as a concept and recently made its debut at the Auto Expo 2023 earlier this year. Based on the Baleno hatchback, the new Fronx boasts a muscular design language, a higher ground clearance, larger tyres, and a tough stance. Inside, the cabin remains largely similar to the Baleno hatchback and the Fronx comes equipped with features like a touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof, automatic climate control, HUD, connected car tech, semi-digital instrument console, push-button start, electrically operated and folding ORVMs, wireless charger, and more. Powering the new Fronx will be two petrol engine options – 1.2L NA petrol and 1.0L turbo petrol. The same 1.2L NA is also offered with the Baleno hatchback. Strong reports suggest that the brand might soon launch the new Fronx with a CNG powertrain option. More details however are yet to be known. The brand will be launching the new Fronx in the Indian market in the coming months.
Honda Mid-size SUV
After launching the new 2023 Honda City facelift in the Indian market, Honda is now gearing up to launch a new mid-size SUV in the country to take on the rivals like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, and the Maruti Grand Vitara SUV. This new Honda SUV is likely to be underpinned by the same platform that underpins the new Honda City fifth-gen in India and will boast a bold design language. From what we know so far, this new SUV is likely to measure around 4.2-4.3 metres in length and will be offered all LED lighting, dual-tone machine-cut alloy wheels, and more. Inside, there will be no dearth of features ad the new Honda SUV in India is likely to be offered with a large infotainment system, automatic climate control, digital instrument console, large sunroof, push-button start, electrically operated ORVMs, auto-dimming IRVMs, and more. Furthermore, this new SUV is likely to share its powertrain options with the new Honda City facelift. These include the 1.5L NA petrol and the 1.5L Atkinson cycle strong hybrid petrol. While the NA engine will be offered with both manual as well as CVT automatic gearboxes, the strong hybrid setup will only be offered with an e-CVT gearbox option. The Japanese carmaker is likely to launch the new mid-size SUV ahead of the festive season this year and will soon unveil it in the country.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny
The Maruti Suzuki Jimny 4X4 is one of the most talked about and long-awaited launches in the country and was recently showcased at the Auto Expo 2023. The new Jimny is likely to launch in the market somewhere in May or June this year while the deliveries will only start after June. Once launched, this Maruti 4X4 SUV will challenge the rivals like the Mahindra Thar, Force Gurkha, and more. Having said this, unlike the global markets, the Jimny sold in India will be offered with a five-door layout and will feature a similar boxy design language dominated by circular headlamps at the front, rugged alloy wheel design, a compact footprint, and high-ground clearance. The Jimny in India will be powered by a 1.5L K15B petrol engine which will be offered with two engine options – 5-speed manual and 5-speed AT. Needless to say, this powertrain will be sending power to all four wheels using Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro AWD system. On the features front, the new Jimny will be offered with a large infotainment system, a semi-digital instrument console, central locking, power windows, and more. Reports suggest that the Maruti Jimny is likely to be priced from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Kia Seltos Facelift
The Kia Seltos was the first Kia car to be launched in the Indian market and is one of the best-selling SUVs in the Indian market since then. The Korean carmaker is now preparing to soon launch the new Seltos facelift which was revealed in the global markets last year. This new facelift iteration of the Seltos will boast a number of updates including a redesigned front fascia, new headlights, a revised front grille design, new alloy wheels, new colour options, and a refreshed rear profile. Inside, we are now expecting the brand to offer a number of new features including a 360-degree camera. Other than this, the new Seltos will continue to be offered with features like front seat ventilation, a large sunroof, wireless charging pad, automatic climate control, push-button start, connected car tech, a digital instrument console, a cooled storage console, and more. Just like the present iterations, the new Kia Seltos facelift is likely to be offered with both petrol as well as petrol engine options. These include the 1.5L CRDi diesel, 1.5L NA petrol, and 1.5L turbo petrol engine. All these engines will be offered with manual as well as automatic gearbox options depending on the variant you opt for. More details will soon be shared by the brand ahead of the launch in the country.
Tata Punch CNG
The new Tata Punch CNG made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2023 and became the first CNG car in the country to be offered with a dual-cylinder CNG kit being offered as a factory fitment. The new Punch CNG will soon be launched in the country and is powered by the same 1.2L Revotron Bi-Fuel engine that powers the Tata Tiago and the Tata Tigor CNG in India. Once launched, it will become the third CNG car in the brand’s line-up. In addition to this, the new Punch CNG will offer a feature-rich and practical cabin with decent boot space and a comfortable second row.
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