To start off a promising new year, Indian automakers plan to introduce a slew of brand-new vehicles in the market. The manufacturers are gearing up for a variety of launches and unveilings aimed at different market segments. Among the launches are several elegant sedans, stylish SUVs, potent electric vehicles, and more. Furthermore, the Auto Expo 2023 has urged OEMs to achieve this goal. In this article, we will look at the top five upcoming vehicles that will be launched in India in January 2023. But, before we get any further, it's worth noting that 2023 will be the year of new automobiles, with a plethora of launches planned throughout the year. Notable names include the Hyundai Creta Facelift, the Tata Safari Facelift, the Tata Punch EV, and others.
Mahindra XUV400 EV
Mahindra is growing its foothold in the EV market, and the firm just recently unveiled the Mahindra XUV400 EV to that end. Though car was unveiled recently, but the price is still to be confirmed. According to available information, the model's prices will be announced in January 2023. Powering the XUV400 EV is a 39.4kWh Li-ion battery pack, which sends energy to a single motor. The motor drives the front wheels only. The system output is pegged at 147.5bhp and 310Nm of torque. Thanks to these figures, the XUV400 is capable of hitting a top speed of 150km/h and has a 0 – 100km/h time of just 8.3 seconds. The EV offers an ARAI/MIDC-certified driving range of 456 kilometres on a single full charge.
BMW 7 Series
To compete with vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8L, BMW has developed a high-end, cutting-edge sedan. The seventh-generation BMW 7-Series has a sportier exterior than the previous model, beginning with the revised split headlights. On the roof of the luxurious 7-Series car is a 31.3-inch, 8K cinema screen. The new-generation BMW 7 Series for India will come with three powertrain options - The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel with 295bhp, the 3.0-litre straight-six petrol with 375bhp, and the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with 535bhp are going to be offered for the model.
Additionally, the new BMW i7, which is essentially an all-electric version of the 7-Series, will also go on sale. It includes dual electric motors (one on each axle), which generate 536bhp of maximum power and 745Nm of peak torque. The all-electric BMW i7 will offer a range between 590-625 kilometres (WLTP Cycle) on a single charge and will have fast and standard charging options.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny
The test mule of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door has been frequently spotted in India, and the SUV is expected to launch at the 2023 Auto Expo. The car will feature a longer wheelbase than the model marketed internationally because it is a 5-door version. The SUV's exterior will only slightly change as a result, though. This model will launch in India before being offered in the global market. In terms of the engine, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny is anticipated to be powered by a 1.5-litre engine, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with the choice of a 6-speed AT.
Mahindra Thar 5-Door
One of the most anticipated SUVs in India is the Mahindra Thar 5-door. After multiple sightings and spy photos, the SUV is finally about to go on sale in India. Although it has not yet been confirmed, rumours suggest that the SUV will launch on January 26. The SUV will maintain the appearance of the 3-door variant while being larger, according to spy photos. The same 2.2-litre mHawk engine is anticipated, with the choice of a 2.0-litre mStallion engine. To make up for the larger size, the engines are anticipated to be tweaked to deliver higher power.
Citroen C3 EV
The launch of the Citroen C3 EV, the French automaker's first EV, will signal its entry into the Indian EV market. With more features than the ICE version, it will be a compact electric hatchback based on the C3. It could have a 50kWh battery pack and a 350 kilometres range electric motor with 134bhp and 260Nm of peak torque. Another possibility for the electric hatchback is a smaller battery pack with a range of 300 kilometres. When the Citroen C3 EV launches, it will compete with the much-anticipated Tata Punch EV, the Tata Tiago EV, and the Tata Tigor EV.