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Upcoming mass-market vehicles, SUVs in 2022 | Autocar India

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Printed On Jan 01, 2022 08:00:00 AM

Upcoming mass-market cars, SUVs in 2022

Breaking the monotony, this yr will see some vital launches throughout all physique types – SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans and MPVs.

Following an eventful yr, 2022 goes to see a ton of thrilling new automobile launches within the mass-market section. And whereas most new vehicles launched final yr have been SUVs, 2022 can have one thing for each sort of purchaser – from price range hatchbacks to premium sedans and, after all, extra SUVs. Right here is our record of the highest 10 most fun mass-market automobile launches over the subsequent 12 months.

Upcoming SUVs launching in 2022

Mahindra Scorpio

After a blockbuster hit with the XUV700, Mahindra’s subsequent huge launch in India would be the all-new Scorpio. This would be the first main technology replace on the Scorpio because it was launched in 2002 and can be primarily based on an up to date ladder-frame chassis that additionally underpins the new Thar. The brand new Scorpio will boast of a very new exterior design and can also be anticipated to be bigger than the outgoing mannequin, though the acquainted upright stance and boxy silhouette can be carried over.

The inside of the upcoming Scorpio may even be utterly new, boasting a bigger touchscreen, vertical AC vents, roof-mounted audio system and a extra ergonomic design – switchgear could be shared with the XUV700. Below the hood, the brand new Scorpio can be powered by 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine and a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine. High-spec variants might additionally include an AWD system. The Scorpio is predicted to launch within the first half of the yr, and costs might largely overlap the XUV700.

Hyundai Creta facelift

Whereas the current-gen Creta debuted in India solely in March 2020, Hyundai has already launched a facelift for the Creta in markets like Indonesia. The up to date Creta will get fairly a complete beauty makeover, that includes Hyundai’s new ‘parametric grille’, additionally seen on the new-gen Tucson. It additionally will get a pair of utterly new LED headlamps and new LED daytime operating lamp signatures built-in throughout the grille. On the rear, the Creta facelift will get revised LED tail-lamps, a barely revised boot lid and new bumpers as effectively.

On the within, whereas the dashboard structure stays largely the identical, the up to date Creta sees the addition of a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (as seen on the Alcazar), new BlueLink security options, and Superior Driver Help Techniques (ADAS) as effectively. Most of those options are anticipated to make it to the Indian mannequin, when it’s launched someday within the latter half of the yr. The Creta facelift will stay mechanically unchanged.

Maruti Suzuki 2022 Brezza 

Maruti Suzuki is readying a slew of facelifts for launch this yr, and the Vitara Brezza facelift is arguably some of the vital. The 2022 Brezza will get an all-new look, a extra upmarket cabin and a options record that may lastly be lengthy sufficient to rival the likes of the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue. Aside from main styling modifications to the entrance and rear fascia of the automobile, the 2022 Brezza may even get new physique panels and sheet-metal modifications.

The inside can be utterly up to date as effectively, that includes a brand new, greater high quality dashboard, a brand new centre console and instrument panel and a brand new free-standing touchscreen. Plastic high quality can also be anticipated to be huge step up over the present mannequin. By way of options, the closely up to date Brezza is predicted to come back with a sunroof, paddle shifters for the automated gearbox, related automobile options and way more. The underpinnings, nevertheless, can be carried over unchanged, together with the present 1.5-litre petrol engine.

Jeep Meridian

Jeep’s Meridian is the long-awaited three-row spinoff of the Compass, and it’s set to launch in India by mid-2022. By way of design, whereas there are particular influences from the Compass, quite a few parts of the extra premium Grand Cherokee are additionally seen, just like the slim LED headlights and tail-lights, in addition to the window-line. Its elevated size additionally turns into obvious, when seen in profile, with the bigger rear quarter glass and longer rear overhang in comparison with the Compass.

Inside, the dashboard follows the identical design because the Compass, replete with the free-standing touchscreen and digital instrument cluster. It’s also anticipated to get options like cooled seats and a panoramic sunroof. Jeep has used extra premium supplies like metallic trim and suede material inserts to assist the Meridian stand out. Below the hood, the Meridian is predicted to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with mild-hybrid tech and is predicted to supply 200hp. The Meridian can be regionally produced at Jeep’s Ranjangaon facility.

Upcoming hatchbacks launching in 2022

Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift

The very fashionable Baleno is one other Maruti mannequin that’s because of obtain a complete facelift this yr. The brand new mannequin has already been spied just a few occasions, and from the photographs, we will inform that the new Baleno will characteristic a very reworked entrance finish and tweaks to the sheet steel for a refreshed total styling. Beauty updates apart, the Baleno may even get a very new inside, just like the Vitara Brezza.

A number of the highlights embody a bigger, free-standing infotainment display, new switchgear, steering wheel and plenty of extra options than the present mannequin. The infotainment system can also be anticipated to characteristic wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are, nevertheless, no main mechanical updates anticipated, which implies it should proceed with the present 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine and 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine with 12V mild-hybrid know-how. Anticipated to launch within the first half of the yr, the brand new Baleno may even see a step up in worth.

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Maruti’s bread and butter mannequin – the Alto – is predicted to get replaced by an all-new third-generation mannequin later this yr. From check mules seen up to now, the design of the brand new Alto is predicted to be an evolution of the present mannequin. Whereas the check mules have been closely camouflaged, it did reveal just a few styling parts like a clamshell bonnet with bigger, upward-swooping headlamps, entrance bumper with an outsized mesh grille, the same glass home and door design to the present mannequin and extra squarish tail-lamps on the rear.

The inside of the Alto can also be anticipated to be up to date with a brand new touchscreen for the higher-spec fashions, revised switchgear, new seats, steering wheel, instrument console and extra. Below the hood, the Alto might proceed with the tried and examined 796cc petrol engine, though it might additionally profit from the 1.0-litre Okay10C engine seen on the brand new Celerio. We count on a market introduction of the brand new Alto solely within the latter half of the yr.

Citroen C3 

Following the launch of the C5 Aircross final yr, the Citroen C3 would be the French carmaker’s first mass-market automobile in India. The C3 is the primary of three fashions below Citroen’s C-cubed programme, that has been particularly developed for rising markets like India. The C3 can be regionally manufactured with over 90 p.c localisation. Finest categorised as a cross-hatchback, the three.98 meter C3 with its excessive floor clearance and bonnet, and an elevated driving place does have its enchantment. Styling is typical Citroen – quirky and funky.

The quirky design theme continues on the within as effectively, and whereas it will likely be outfitted with options akin to a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment and digital instrument cluster, the C3 saves some prices with options like handbook air-conditioning, inner changes for the mirrors and single-piece entrance seat with built-in headrests. Whereas Citroen hasn’t revealed the powertrain particulars but, the C3 is predicted to be powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine in India. There received’t be any diesel engine on provide. Value announcement will happen within the first half of the yr and we count on it to be priced just like the Tata Punch and Maruti Ignis.

Upcoming sedans launching in 2022

Skoda Slavia

Following its unveiling late final yr, the Skoda Slavia, which can be launched by March, is the second mannequin from Skoda to make use of the localised MQB A0 IN platform. It’s additionally significantly bigger than the now-discontinued Fast and has the longest wheelbase in its class. In typical Skoda vogue, the Slavia is a good-looking and sporty trying automobile. It has a low and large stance with sharp character strains and muscular contours.

The Slavia may even be some of the feature-rich sedans within the section. Options like wi-fi charging, ‘My Skoda’ related automobile tech, a brand new infotainment display, ventilated seats, single-pane sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, and 6 airbags will all be a part of the bundle.

Similar to the Kushaq, the Skoda Slavia can be powered by two TSI turbo-petrols – a 115hp, 1.0-litre engine and a bigger, 150hp, 1.5-litre unit – the latter is predicted to supply segment-leading efficiency. Whereas the 1.Zero TSI will get a 6-speed handbook and 6-speed torque converter automated gearbox choice, the 1.5 TSI will get a 6-speed handbook and a 7-speed DCT automated gearbox.

Volkswagen Virtus

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Following the Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen too will change the decade-old Vento with an all-new sedan primarily based on the MQB A0 IN platform. The Virtus can be a sister mannequin to the Skoda Slavia and, just like the Slavia, it will likely be significantly bigger than the mannequin it replaces. This bodes effectively for the quantity of cabin house the brand new sedan can have. And whereas the Virtus is already on sale in just a few markets abroad, the India-spec mannequin is predicted to be barely completely different in design and trim.

Volkswagen will equip the Virtus just like the Taigun, so we will count on options like a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a full-digital instrument cluster, automated local weather management, ventilated entrance seats and automated headlights and wipers. Below the hood, the Virtus may even get the identical 115hp, 1.0-litre TSI engine and the 150hp, 1.5-litre TSI engine, mated to the identical gearboxes because the Taigun. Volkswagen is predicted to unveil the Virtus in February, adopted by a market introduction by April-end.

Upcoming MPVs launching in 2022

Kia Carens

The Carens, too, was unveiled again in December and can formally launch available in the market by March. Kia doesn’t name it both an MPV or an SUV, however it’s basically a three-row car with the proportions of an MPV and styling parts from an SUV. The Carens is predicated on a stretched model of the Seltos platform and appears fairly hanging with a closely sculpted face, smart-looking LED headlamps and tail-lamps and a clear profile.

In typical Kia vogue, the cabin of the Carens is effectively appointed and loaded with loads of options. A number of the highlights embody a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a completely digital instrument cluster, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, 64-colour ambient lighting, ventilated entrance seats, six airbags and extra. Below the hood, the Carens can be powered by the 115hp, 1.5-litre petrol, the 115hp, 1.5-litre diesel and the 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines. The Carens can be positioned between the Ertiga and the Innova Crsyta and can rival the likes of the Hyundai Alcazar, together with equally priced SUVs on this section.

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