The year 2022 has been action-packed for the auto industry with many launches and several new 4-wheelers as well as 2-wheeler makers entering other markets or expanding their product portfolio into new segments. Or switched their vehicles from fossil fuel to electric vehicles. Though don’t be under the impression that the action is over as there is still a lot to come as many vehicles from different brands and segments are yet to be launched in these remaining 2 months of the year. Here’s a brief look at 9 such launches/unveilings that are headed our way soon.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep is all set to launch its fourth locally assembled model for India, the brand’s flagship 5-seater SUV – the Grand Cherokee in its 5-seater lineup.Th But race 11Th of November. We expect the American SUV to be equipped with ADAS features and lots of touchscreens. To be priced around Rs 85-90 lakh, deliveries will begin in select cities by early December.
Toyota Innova Hicross
The Toyota Innova Hycross will soon be introduced in India after making its global debut in Indonesia as the Innova Xenix. Going by the leaked images and teasers, the MPV’s front look seems to follow the brand’s international design language. While the Innova Hycross will have little in common with its sibling, the Crysta as a Hycross will be a FWD, monocoque SUV that will no longer come with a diesel engine option. It is expected to be powered by NA-petrol and strong hybrid petrol powertrains. The Hycross will also have a panoramic sunroof.
BYD Atto 3
BYD Atto 3 is the second model from the Chinese carmaker in India for which bookings have started for a token amount of Rs. 50k but the actual price of the electric SUV will be revealed at its launch by the month of December. The Atto 3 comes with a permanent magnet synchronous motor that makes around 150 kW or 201 bhp and develops 310 Nm of peak torque with a 60.48kWh battery pack, giving ARAI a claimed range of 521km. Deliveries are expected to begin by early 2023.
MG Hector facelift
The MG Hector is due for a facelift which will mainly focus on cosmetic updates and revisions to the interior of the 5-seater SUV, front grille as well as its bumpers. The main highlights of this update will be a new 14-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment and the inclusion of ADAS tech in the car. It is expected to go on sale alongside the current model and arrive by the end of November.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai had confirmed that it will launch its flagship model Ioniq 5 in India by the end of the year as part of its electrification strategy. The E-GMP-based EV crossover has been spotted testing several times on our roads and is expected to be locally assembled by Hyundai to keep its price competitive.
Forced Gurkha 5 doors
Force Motors will be first in the 5-door 4×4 SUV race as it gets ready to launch the 5-door iteration of its rugged off-road beast – the Gurkha which has been spotted numerous times at dealership yards without a park. . No camouflage. The 5-door model will be priced higher than the current SUV which retails at Rs 14.75 lakh (ex-showroom). The rear end is more or less similar to the 3-door Gurkha with side-opening tailgate and tailgate-mounted spare wheel and even the 5-door Gurkha will have similar interiors.