The Indian car industry will witness as many as 3 new car models and 4 variant additions soon
The India automobile industry continues to expand rapidly. If you are planning a new car purchase before the festive season kicks in, good news awaits you in the form of 7 car launches in September 2021
Lets quickly have a look at the list of cars that will on sale with price announcements.
All-New Car Launches
Price : Rs 10-16 lakh
Engines : 1.0 turbo petrol + 1.5 turbo petrol
We have already driven the car and our detailed review went online a few days back. The Taigun will be positioned in the mid-size SUV market and will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Skoda Kushaq. This VW offering excels in terms of performance and driving pleasure. While the 1.0 TSI petrol engine will offer good value, the 1.5 TSI will create a new benchmark for performance in the segment. However, the Taigun missed out on a diesel engine, features like a panoramic sunroof and overall passenger space as compared to some of the other SUVs in the same price band.
Price : Rs 11 - 16 lakh
Engines : 1.3 turbo petrol + 1.5 petrol
Essentially a re-badged MG ZS EV without the electric motor and battery set-up, the Astor will also be positioned in the mid-size SUV market. This segment, between Rs 10-17 lakh has been gaining a lot of traction. To make up for the lack of space as compared to some of the other options, MG will make the Astor the most feature loaded car in the segment. Second, it will also be offered with a turbo charged 1.3 petrol unit that promises to offer better performance than the Korean rivals. Lastly, the Astor will have design tweaks to ensure it looks sportier than its green sibling, the ZS EV
Price : Rs 4-6 lakh
Engines : 1.0 petrol + 1.2 petrol
This will be a complete revamp of Maruti’s small hatchback. There will be nothing in common with the outgoing Celerio, apart from the 1000cc engine. Although Maruti has not revealed anything yet, spy images of the car managed to get online a few weeks back. It does look cute in a way and will offer more space and features than before. Most importantly, the new Celerio might get an optional 1200c engine as well. Both manual and automatic gearbox options will be offered. For the commercial market, Maruti will offer a CNG model with the smaller engine. Expect the new Celerio to carry a premium of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 over the current model.
UPDATED MODELS / VERSIONS
Force Gurkha BS6
Price : Rs 11-15 lakh
Engine : 2.6 turbo diesel
We first saw the updated BS6 Gurkha at the 2020 Auto Expo about 18 months back. However, the launch has been getting delayed due to both the on-going Covid-19 pandemic as well as the new Thar. The latter is a major contributor to the delay as we are sure Force has been burning the mid night oil to ensure this updated 4x4 has enough ammunition to fight off its rival. There are tweaks to the design but the interiors is what will get a makeover in terms of finish and features. It will also meet the updated safety norms and will have 4x4 as standard. If you can’t live with the long waiting period of the Thar, the Gurkha could be a good alternative!
Hyundai i20 N Line
Price : Rs 9-11 lakh
Engine : 1.0 turbo petrol
If you want performance, design and features packed into one car but under Rs 12 lakh, the upcoming N Line should be on your radar. Though Hyundai will unveil the Indian version later this month, prices will only be announced next month (September). This model will also mark N Line’s entry into India and will come with the same 1000cc turbo petrol that powers the regular i20. At 120 PS of power, expect the N Line to crack the 0-100 mark in less than 10 seconds. Hyundai will offer a body kit on the N Line i20 along with 17 inch wheels and all black interiors. Both iMT (manual gearbox without clutch) and DCT (dual clutch auto) will be on offer.
Mahindra Marazzo AMT
Price : Rs 13-16 lakh
Engine : 1.5 turbo diesel
The Marazzo is one of the best 3 row MPVs under Rs 16 lakh in India. Ample space, good safety rating, a smooth and efficient diesel and sorted dynamics make it a recommended family vehicle. That said, an automatic is missing and to make it affordable, Mahindra will soon be adding an optional AMT or automated manual transmission in the line-up. Launch has been delayed but September is when this variant shall hit the showroom floors. The AMT Marazzo might be reserved for the higher trims and will command a premium of about Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 over the regular manual versions.
Maruti Swift / Dzire CNG
Price : Increase of Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000
Engine : 1.2 petrol
Maruti has been betting hard on CNG cars for the past few years. Starting April 2020, they stopped manufacturing diesel engines and officials believe, due to narrowing gap between petrol and diesel prices, demand for oil burners will reduce significantly. Maruti already offers factory fitted CNG kits for models like the Ertiga, Alto, Celerio, S-Presso, Wagon R etc and now joining the green line up will be the Swift and the Dzire. The 1.2 K series on both the cars will get the CNG avatar. Although boot space will take a hit, a lot of buyers are likely to opt for these models due to lower running costs and ever improving infrastructure in terms of CNG stations.