Here is a look at some of the most highly anticipated new car launches coming our way in 2017!
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
First showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Ignis attracted quite the crowd with its quirky profile. The flat rear-end especially is reminiscent of the SS80. Although with its tall profile its been designed to have more road presence. On the inside, the Ignis will be washed in black with silver accents. Expect it to come on par with competition in terms of features. Under the hood, the Ignis will come with Suzuki’s 1.2-litre petrol motor and the trusted 1.3-litre diesel motor. The petrol motor is good for 83bhp and 115Nm while the diesel makes 74bhp and 190Nm. Both engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with the option of an AMT autobox.
Read more about it here - Maruti Suzuki Ignis: What to Expect
Maruti Suzuki Swift & DZire
Suzuki’s new Swift will be based on the new Baleno platform and hence will be even lighter. The car should offer more interior space gauging by the larger body shell. Although, the new Swift’s bulkier body means the new car will not be associated with a sporty profile. The 2017 Swift will be offered with more equipment in the form of the rather brilliant CarPlay system featuring satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, voice activation. Other feature highlights will include climate control, dual front airbags, ABS and more. Higher end variants will get diamond cut alloy wheels and LED strips in the tail lamps. Engine options will include the same set of 1.2 petrol and 1.3 diesel engines although the diesel model will get Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system.
Click here to know more - All-new Maruti Suzuki Swift: specs and features revealed
Tata Kite 5
Built on the same platform as the Tiago hatchback the Kite 5 is its compact sedan sibling that was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. This would make the compact sedan segment more interesting than ever before because the Tata is expected to be more affordable than all of its upcoming rivals such as the new DZire and Chevy Essentia. It will be powered by the same range of 1.2-litre petrol and 1.05-litre diesel engines. Like the Tiago it will feature good quality interiors and be reasonably well equipped too. Oh and that Harman Kardon stereo will be good as well.
BMW 5 Series
The new 5 Series borrows some of its design cues from the larger 7 Series on which it is based, especially the kidney grille and the twin circular LED headlamps. The story is similar at the back too with the wraparound taillights and twin exhausts. From the inside, it looks somewhat identical to the previous generation model, but BMW claims that it sports improved quality plastics. The new 5 is lighter than the outgoing model. At the heart of the 5 Series is a 2.0-litre diesel unit that makes 187bhp and 400Nm, this will be the mainstay for the Indian model.
Click here to read our first drive review - 2017 BMW 5 Series Review
In sync with the times, Audi’s new Q5 is larger than its predecessor in terms of dimensions but is up to 90kg lighter (depending on variant). The new car in its four cylinder avatar also has a lower drag coefficient of 0.30 cd thanks to an aerodynamically optimized roof. The new cabin is more spacious and the rear seat can be split individually for three occupants. Optionally it can also be specified to recline. Speaking of optional equipment, it can be specified with a virtual cockpit, ambient lighting, MMI navigation plus and hands free tail gate operation. Engine options will include four cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol TFSI and turbo diesel TDI units. The TDI unit will develop 184bhp while the TFSI unit churns out 244bhp. At a later point of time there will also be a 3.0-litre TDI V6 unit developing 277bhp.
Read the first drive review here - New Audi Q5 Review: First Impressions
Hyundai’s new Verna gets the Korean car maker’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language seen in the Elite i20, Creta and Elantra. The car is also longer and wider than the outgoing model so expect it to be more spacious on the inside. The dashboard will be similar to the Elantra’s with a central touchscreen infotainment system featuring Bluetooth connectivity and navigation. It will be offered with the current range of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.
First unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, the tenth-generation E-Class will come with an all-new 2.0-litre aluminium engine that is set to replace the current 2.1-litre motor. This new E-Class will make slightly less power than the outgoing model but is sure to be more efficient. Expect the larger E350 with the 3.0-litre diesel motor to go on sale in India as well. Needless to say, that the new E-Class will come with more features than the current generation and will also be more luxurious.
Click here to read the first drive review - 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
The Jeep Compass, an all-new global compact SUV will be manufactured at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India’s (FCA India) production facility in Ranjangaon, Maharshtra. The Jeep Compass will be launched in India sometime in the middle of 2017, as confirmed by the manufacturer and will be available in three trim configurations. Engines on offer in the Compass globally will feature a 1.4-litre multi air-turbo, a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines and a 2.4-litre tigershark petrol engine. Jeep have also given the Compass a 4WD system called “Jeep Active Drive – SelecTerrain 4×4 system”. This is essentially a front wheel drive system that sends power to the rear wheels when required. The Compass is expected to be launched around the Rs. 20-25 lakh mark.
Read the first drive review here - 2017 Jeep Compass Review
Taking the fight to the Germans, Volvo has developed their smallest SUV yet called the XC40. Sharing the CMA platform with their Chinese parent company, Geely, the XC40 will sit below the XC60 and will compete against the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Adamant that the SUV will stay true to Swedish design and character, the XC40 will undoubtedly get the styling based on Volvo’s latest design language including the Thor’s hammer LED headlamps. Globally the baby Volvo SUV will get a range of engines, including a hybrid powertrain and even a full EV model. For India, the three-cylinder turbo petrol engine mated to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission is likely to be offered as standard. The car will be manufactured in China with production set to begin in late 2017.
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One look at the Q2 is enough to give away its compact dimensions. It measures in at 4.19 meters in length, 1.79 meters wide and 1.51 meters tall with a wheelbase of 2.60 meters. The front profile of the car is dominated by a large single frame grille in a typically Audi style. When viewed from the side, the Q2 again has a very car like stance with a low set stance. From the rear, the Q2 has a very hatchback like appearance with a small rear windshield, tall tail lamps and a sleek rear bumper with a faux skid plate. Audi has loaded the Q2 with a host of equipment such as Wi-Fi hotspot from a sim card, a MMI media connect app enables online media streaming, navigation, heads up display, etc. It will be offered with a range of powertrain options globally but the one that makes the most sense for India is the 114bhp 1.6 litre turbo diesel unit.
Click here to read first drive review - Audi Q2 Review
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover’s iconic Discovery model has for the first time done away with its ladder frame construction to adopt the aluminum-intensive D7 architecture found under the skin of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The suspension system in the new Disco consists of a wishbone front and multi-link rear with air springs. In terms of sheer size, the new Discovery is nearly of the same dimensions as the outing Discovery 4, but is slightly wider and longer and has a 38mm longer wheelbase but also has a lower overall height. The interior has three rows of seats with power folding options. A two row version will also be offered in certain markets. All in all, it looks very similar to the Disco Sport.
Skoda is going to be stepping things up a notch in the SUV space with the launch of its new full-size Kodiaq SUV. It is based on VW’s MQB platform that underpins the Octavia (its underpinnings suggest that we won’t have to worry about driving dynamics), the Kodiaq will be offered with seven-seats. The interiors appear to be very premium and being a Skoda it will be very well built as well. Expect the SUV to come with a healthy equipment list too. Doing duty under the hood will the VW group’s 2.0-litre, four cylinder turbo diesel unit that will be offered in different states of tune. Gearbox options will include a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch DSG automatic. Rest assured, this one will come with a premium price tag but Skoda has to keep our price sensitive buyer base in mind when it comes to the Indian market.