While 2018 was certainly no less than a jam packed year for new cars being showcased or launches, many of the same are now due launch. The year 2019 has already started out with some big launched taking place in its first month. These launches are a mix bag of different segments and price brackets, showing that how vast our automobile market has expanded. Let’s take a look at these launches.
Toyota Camry ( January 18 )
The eighth generation Camry will come only as an Hybrid trim in India. Compared to the outgoing variant, the petrol-electric powertrain has been updated to produce a combined total of 208 bhp of power. This power output is derived from 2.5 litre petrol engine and an 88 kW electric motor. The newest iteration gets a major design update and shares its underpinning from the Lexus ES 300h platform. The interiors of the new Camry have been updated to keep the vehicle relevant with today’s standards. The eighth generation Camry will be launched with an ex showroom price tag of Rs. 39 lakh and will compete against the likes of Honda Accord, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat.
Nissan has already started taking booking orders for the new upcoming Nissan Kicks. The Indian variant of Kicks is bigger in dimensions when compared to its international variant. The new Nissan Kicks shares an M0 platform with the Captur and Terrano, unlike the international platform which is based on V platform and shares with the international Micra. Power transmission is shared between the Kicks and the Captur. Power transmission includes a 106 hp, 1.5 litre petrol motor and 110 hp, 1.5 litre K9K diesel engine. The engines comes mated to a 5 speed and a 6 speed manual respectively. The car comes packed with various creature comforts along with fist in class 360 degree surround view camera. When launched, the Kicks will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Captur and segment leader Hyundai Creta.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR ( January 23 )
The WagonR has been on Indian roads since 1999 and has actually shaped accordingly to cater Indian masses. The car retains its boxy silhouette and tall stance. The upcoming WagonR is based on the outgoing platform with updated norms and is also powered by the same 1.0 litre engine, 3 cylinder engine. The new generation WagonR will also come with a CNG option along with added convenience of an AMT gearbox. The all new made for India WagonR will compete against the likes of Hyundai Santro, Datsun Go facelift, Tata Tiago and Maruti Celerio.
Tata Harrier ( January 23 )
One of the most anticipated cars of 2019, the Harrier is expected to launch with on road price tag go of Rs. 16-21 lakh. Based on the same platform that underpins Land Rover’s Discovery Sport. The Harrier is expected to be the turning point for the company’s sales. It gets multi terrain response control and gets a 2.0 litre Fiat Chrysler sourced diesel engine which produces 140 bhp of power. The car comes with four driving modes and will compete against the likes Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass.
Mercedes Benz V Class ( January 24 )
Mercedes is set to re-enter premium luxury MPV segment with the outgoing V-class. The V-class is currently on sale in international markets since 2014 and will be brought to India from Spain via CBU route. Depending upon the sales figure of the V-class, Mercedes will then decide to local assemble the V-class in future. The BS-VI compliant 2.2 litre, four cylinder diesel engine will come mated to an automatic gearbox and will be offered in 6 or 7 seater configurations. Expected price tag for the V-Class will range from Rs. 73-78 lakh (ex showroom).
BMW X7 ( 31 January )
BMW is gearing up to launch its top of the line flagship SUV in India. The range topping 50d variant of the X7 will be the first of the entire lot to see daylight here on the India roads. The X7 will make way to Indian roads in just two months since its official debut at 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This goes to show the sincerity the brand holds in gaining Indian market shares. The same can also be seen with BMW’s commitment to launch 12 new models in 2019. Powering the X7 50d is a quad turbocharged, 3.0 litre inline, six cylinder diesel engine that generates 400 hp of power and 760 Nm of torque. When launched the X7 will rival the likes of Mercedes GLS, Volvo XC 90 and Land Rover Velar.