Maruti Ertiga facelift
Maruti will soon launch the updated and the facelifted version of the Eriga in India. The new Ertiga will get a new front end design with a new grille and of course a new bumper that is similar to the one found on the Ciaz. The new Ertiga will also get an updated interior that features a similar waterfall design dashboard. Talking about features, the 2015 Maruti Ertiga gets start/stop button, rear parking camera, smartplay infotainment system, Bluetooth audio, parking sensors, 50:50 split third row seat, rear accessory socket and electrically foldable OVRM. On the powertrain front, expect the same set of engines to be carried forward on the facelifted model and the Ertiga will be available with both petrol and diesel powerplant.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback will finally be available in India post its launch in late October. As one of the most awaited cars of the year, the new Baleno will go straight up against the Honda Jazz and the Hyundai i20 along with the likes of Volkswagen Polo. The new Baleno gets a large front grille and a set of stretched set of headlamps that looks similar to the Swift but yet updated. The Baleno also gets a set of LED tail lamps and a set of 16-inch wheels. The new Baleno will also get a new interior with a lot of parts that are shared with the likes of the Swift. The Baleno gets a large central knob for the climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system similar to the one found in the S-Cross and the Ciaz. Expect the Suzuki Baleno (YRA) to be priced between Rs 6.5-9 lakhs when it is launched in India. The Baleno will go up against the Honda Jazz, the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Volkswagen Polo.
Chevrolet will soon launch the brutish SUV, the Trailblazer in India in October. The new Chevrolet Trailblazer will essentially go up against the upcoming Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner. Powering the Trailblazer is 2.8-litre 4-cylimder duramax diesel engine that is known for its high torque output. With 200PS of power at 3600Rpm and 500Nm of torque at 2000Rpm, the Trailblazer has quite some punch to counter its 2068kg kerb weight. Although it is quite large in general, the Trailblazer does not really have the kind of street presence that the Toyota Fortuner has. That said, expect the Chevrolet Trailblazer to be priced between Rs 25-30 lakh.
Abarth Punto Evo
The Abarth Punto Evo will be India’s most powerful affordable hot hatch and will be priced in the region of Rs 10 lakhs in India when launched. The Abarth Punto Evo will feature Abarth badging instead of Fiat badging and will feature updated wheels and a few other exterior updates like red highlights in the grille, bumper and wheels. The Abarth Punto will also feature new 16-inch diamond cut wheels that look really sporty and a stainless steel exhaust tip. The Abarth Punto Evo will also feature a slightly sportier suspension setup and of course, disc brakes on all four wheels. The party piece of course for the Abarth Punto Evo will be its 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine. The 4-cylinder engine will make 145PS of peak power making it the most powerful car in its segment. The Abarth will also do the 0-100kmph sprint in under 8 seconds putting it on par with much more powerful cars.
The BMW X5M and X6M will be launched in India in October and will cost between Rs 1.5-2.0 Crore. Starting with the mechanical aspects, as expected, BMW has fitted the huge 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine in it that gives it 575PS of peak power mated to an all-wheel drive system and an eight speed gearbox into both the X5M and the X6M. Both cars also get adjustable suspension with many settings, a sports exhaust and huge M-spec brakes. Both the SUVs also ride much lower than their regular counterparts and run on huge 21-inch wheels. The X5M and the X6M also get lot more cooling options due to the larger engines. On the exterior front, the X5M and the X6M will also get sportier bumpers, wide wheel arches and a quad exhaust pipe setup. The X5M and the X6M will go up against the Mercedes-Benz ML63 and GL63 AMG.