A good number of long-awaited four-wheelers are expected to go on sale in India by April 2023. Several automakers are planning to bring forth their new models, which were either showcased at the 16th edition of the Auto Expo or were recently launched in the domestic market. Even bookings for some of them are currently underway. We have created a short list of some of the top models and their key details. So, if you are looking to purchase a new car, then take a look at the following models, which are likely to appear on Indian roads by April.
Maruti Suzuki Fronx
At the 16th Delhi Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki revealed the Fronx – a city crossover with the Baleno hatchback and the Grand Vitara SUV's bodywork. The new Maruti crossover will be available in five trim levels – Sigma, Delta, Delta+, Zeta, and Alpha – and with two engine options: the new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Boosterjet turbo petrol engine and 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder Dualjet petrol unit. The Boosterjet engine will have two transmission options – a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual gearbox – and will be capable of producing a maximum power output of 100bhp and 147.6Nm of peak torque. The Dualjet petrol engine, however, will come with both a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox and will produce a peak power output of 90bhp and 113Nm of maximum torque.
The Maruti Suzuki Fronx will be offered in three dual-tone (Earthen Brown with Bluish Black, Opulent Red with Bluish Black, and Splendid Silver with Bluish Black) and six monochrome colours (Nexa Blue, Arctic White, Grandeur Grey, Earthen Brown, Opulent Red, and Splendid Silver). The car features a modern design aesthetic to target young buyers in India. When on sale, it will rival some of the top compact SUVs. Bookings for the model are currently underway, and once launched, it will be sold via Nexa outlets in India.
Mahindra & Mahindra has finally launched the much-anticipated XUV400 EV in the country. The new EV is offered in two variants – EC and EL – with prices ranging between Rs 15.99 lakh and Rs 18.99 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom). The prices are valid for the initial 5,000 bookings for each variant. Mahindra claims that XUV400 EL deliveries would commence in March of this year, while deliveries for the XUV400 EC will start around Diwali.
The Mahindra XUV400 will be powered by a single electric motor with a peak output of 150bhp and a maximum torque of 310Nm. With this engine, the four-wheeler could reach a top speed of 150 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. The EC will have a 34.5kWh battery pack, while the EL will get a 39.4kWh battery pack. The Mahindra XUV400 is 4200mm long as opposed to the ICE XUV300's 3995mm of length. In India, the recently launched Mahindra XUV400 EV will compete against models like the MG ZS EV, the Tata Nexon EV, and the Hyundai Kona Electric.
The Citroen eC3 EV has made its official debut in India ahead of its scheduled launch in February 2023. Mechanically, the upcoming EV will be driven by a 29.2kWh battery pack, which can produce 56bhp and 143Nm. The EV can accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 6.8 seconds and has an ARAI-certified range of up to 320 kilometres. The electric hatchback is 3,981mm long, 1,733mm wide, and 1,604mm tall. Additionally, it has a 2,540mm wheelbase.
The new Citroen eC3 EV's exterior design is based on the C3's petrol version, with a few minor changes – for instance, the EV's front end no longer has an exhaust and the charging outlet has now moved to the front fender. However, some parts, like the bumper, remain the same. The electric car's interior has also undergone modest alterations. A new gear lever and a drive controller have been added to the centre console. As for the prices, the upcoming EV is most likely to cost Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
Toyota Hyryder CNG
The first CNG-powered vehicle in the midsize SUV market will be the Toyota Hyryder CNG. It is expected to go on sale in the coming weeks. The CNG-powered Toyota Hyryder's bookings have already begun in India. Only the mid-spec S and G trims will be available with the factory-fitted CNG kit. The upcoming four-wheeler will be provided in mid-spec G and S trims, equipped with the same 1.5-litre petrol mild-hybrid engine as the XL6. It will be paired with only a manual transmission. With a claimed fuel economy of close to 28 km/l, the 1.5-litre petrol engine with strong-hybrid technology is the other powertrain available with the Hyryder SUV. After the launch in India, the CNG models are expected to cost Rs 95,000 more than the petrol-variants.