A trio of luxury cars and a couple of SUVs... here’s a look at some exclusive renderings of what to expect later this year.
Mercedes Benz S-Class
The all-new seventh generation Mercedes Benz flagship is scheduled to be launched by the end of this year. Now it’ll be evolutionary rather than a radical change, which means that the S-Class will remain a rather understated luxury sedan. In fact, it’s next generation will be even more slender and will feature details like sharp light clusters and prominent air intakes. The new interior will feature two large monitors for managing all the on-board functions. In terms of powertrains, progressive electrification is more or less obvious.
Toyota Compact SUV
For some time now, rumours have been rife about the arrival of a compact SUV from Toyota. These rumours have been more or less been confirmed off late, and it’s no surprise given just how important the compact SUV segment has become in the past few years – in India, as well across the globe. Given the paucity of information, we can only speculate about the unveiling and launch of this SUV. Now, it’s quite possible that Toyota might unveil a concept sometime in the first half of the year – so far they’ve just released a teaser of the new vehicle. However, the commercial launch isn’t likely anytime before 2021. The B-SUV is based on the TNGA-B platform, which means that it’ll have the advantages of a low centre of gravity, flexibility in terms of body modification, and two different models of different proportions – which means that if Toyota decides to wade into the increasingly competitive sub-four-metre SUV market in India, this B-SUV could be a perfect fit.
BMW 5 Series
Apart from a mild makeover, which includes a generous dose of the double kidney grille, the 5 Series will also get a revised infotainment system and new digital instrumentation. The current line up of petrol and diesel engines, all turbocharged, will be joined in the world market by a more powerful plug-in hybrid (the 545e) with around 390 horses.
Mercedes Benz E-Class
The 5th generation of the Mercedes Benz E-Class, which was launched in 2016, is going under the knife for a mid-cycle refresh. The biggest highlight of this refreshed model will be its headlamp cluster. The sedan should be launched in the middle of the year, while the coupé and the convertible will arrive in the world market later. The more powerful AMG versions, on the other hand, may only make it to market by 2021.
The next-gen Citroen C4 will debut the chic French brand’s new – and even more striking – styling language. But this is a four-and-a-half metre long SUV, and it isn’t coming to India, so why should it interest us? Sure, the first product from Citroen is the C5 Aircross that will come in 2020 and compete with the likes of the Honda CR-V and VW Tiguan, but their first made-for-India product will be a brand-new compact SUV based on the CMP platform – the same platform on which this rather edgy C4 is based. Of course, the C5 is unique in its own way, but, if this rendering is anything to go by, the model with which they’ll truly set the ball rolling in India will likely look a lot more striking still…
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