About a dozen car launches have been planned for this festive season. While some of them have already reached at showrooms, a few of them will arrive in the coming weeks. Here’s a list of the top new cars, which are slated to launch between January – March, 2021.
1. NEW-GEN MARUTI SUZUKI CELERIO
Maruti Suzuki will begin the New Year with the launch of the next-generation Celerio hatchback. The new model is likely to be bigger, higher and more powerful than the existing one. It might come with an 83bhp, 1.2L K-Series petrol and 68bhp, 1.0L petrol engines with manual and AMT gearbox options. The 2021 Maruti Celerio will be built on Suzuki’s new Heartect platform that’s likely to make it lighter and improve its fuel efficiency.
2. NEW-GEN MAHINDRA XUV500
The new-generation Mahindra XUV500 will be the first launch from the home-grown carmaker in 2021. The SUV will take a big leap in terms of design, technology and performance. Reports suggest that the all-new XUV500 will come with ADAS (advanced driver assistant features) and Mercedes-like touchscreen infotainment system. Based on an all-new platform, the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be offered with a new 2.0L turbo petrol (190bhp) and an updated 2.0L diesel (180bhp) engine.
3. TATA GRAVITAS
Tata Motors will bring in the Gravitas 6/7-seater SUV early next year. After the Harrier, it will be the second production model from Tata to underpin the new OMEGA platform. The upcoming Tata Gravitas is essentially the bigger version of the Harrier sharing several design bits and components with its younger sibling. Though, it will receive minor design changes. For power, the Gravitas will use the 170bhp, 2.0L diesel engine with both manual and automatic gearboxes.
4. TATA HBX
The home-grown carmaker showcased the Tata HBX mini SUV concept at the 2020 Auto Expo. Its production-ready version will arrive early next year. The mini SUV will share the Alfa platform with the Tata Altroz premium hatchback. Powering the model is likely to be a 1.2L, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor making 86bhp. There will be two gearboxes on offer – a 5-speed manual and an AMT. The production-ready Tata HBX will stay true to its concept and continue to feature upright stance.
5. RENAULT KIGER
Renault is ready to mark its entry into the highly competitive subcompact SUV space with the Kiger. It will be built on the Nissan-Renault alliance’s CMF-A modular platform. The same architecture will be used for the Nissan Magnite that’s due for this festive season. Reports suggest that the Kiger might come with a 360 degree camera and factory-fitted sunroof. If it happens, the Renault Kiger will be the most affordable SUV to offer these features. Under the hood, it will feature the turbocharged and naturally aspirated version of the 1.0L, 3-cylinder petrol engine. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be on offer.
6. NEW-GEN SKODA OCTAVIA
Skoda Auto has confirmed that the new-generation Octavia sedan will come in early 2021. Compared to the existing model, the new one will be longer and sider. Significant changes will be made to its exterior and interior. The sedan will get a new steering wheel, revised dashboard with a new 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with latest smartphone connectivity along with Skoda’s Smartlink+ and connected car tech with eSIM functionality. It will come with 147bhp, 1.5L TSI petrol and 190PS, 2.0L petrol engine options and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
7. SKODA VISION IN
Skoda Vision IN concept based SUV will be the carmaker’s first product to launch under its India 2.0 Project. It will also be the first Skoda to be based on the locally-developed MQB AO-IN platform. Most of its design bits are likely be carried over from the Kamiq that sold in global markets. The Vision IN based SUV will be designed especially for the Indian market. Powering the model will be a 1.5L TSI petrol and 1.0L turbocharged petrol engines making 148bhp with 250Nm and 110bhp with 175Nm respectively.