The Indian car market is expanding at a rapid pace and the spirit of competition is always present. New models are constantly being introduced and existing models are continually being renewed as domestic and international automakers are realizing the potential offered by the Indian car market. Automakers such as Hyundai, who have made India a second home in terms of manufacturing capacity, are also introducing their fully built units to the Indian market to offer a greater variety of options to Indian consumers.
Other automakers are introducing mid-model updates to compete with rivals, as Honda has done with the City to better compete with the Volkswagen Vento. India’s burgeoning car market means that we as buyers get a lot of new vehicles more regularly than we are used to and this can only be a good thing. Some of the newer cars that entered the Indian market are discussed below and should be an exciting read.
Hyundai Santa Fe makes its entrance
Hyundai has launched its latest offering in the SUV segment, the Santa Fe has been launched in time for the holiday season. The SUV, which is seven-seater, is available in two variants: a four-wheel drive option that costs around Rs. 23 lakhs and a two-wheel drive option that costs around 21 lakhs. Looking at the price of the Hyundai Santa Fe, it’s easy to think that it might be a bit pricey compared to its rivals, but the folks at Hyundai are confident that the range of qualities, specifically the 2.2-liter diesel engine, should get the desired response. From the market.
Other attributes include ABS, traction control, ESP, six airbag rollover sensor, and a host of other active and passive safety equipment. The Santa Fe is also equipped with low rolling resistance tires that help conserve fuel and Hyundai’s sources claim they get 14.66 km / l according to ARAI certifications. One reason for the slightly higher prices is due to the fact that Hyundai will import the Santa Fe as a fully built unit from Hyundai’s factory in Korea.
Tata Aria to break new ground
Tata Motors’ largest offering to date has finally hit Indian roads and Tata Aria offers something very exciting for the Indian market. Being India’s first all-wheel drive crossover, Tata’s offering provides the convenience of a MUV with the toughness of an SUV (I’d take the toughness part with a pinch of salt and make a decision after a few months). Tata hopes that the combination of these two facets will ensure that the Tata Aria becomes its best-selling and most profitable car to date.
The Tata Aria will use the existing Safari engine, which is the 2.2-liter DICOR unit that is capable of producing a maximum of 140 hp with 320 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed transmission and incorporates a Mark gearbox. II completely new. . The Aria comes loaded with safety features like rear passenger airbags, dual HVAC with climate control, EBD and ABS and Tata has packed it with everything you need. The Tata Aria will be available in three trim levels: Pride, Pleasure and Prestige and a full leather upholstery is also available. All models are BS IV certified. The price of the Aria is the only factor that can inhibit sales, as it is priced between Rs. 13.1 lakhs and 15.8 lakhs, although Tata fans should make sure that it still performs quite well.
New Fiat Linea powered by T-Jet engine
Fiat India has launched its C + segment offering the Linea with a new look and the car will now be powered by a 1.4-liter T-Jet engine. The new T-Jet engine will be more powerful and will deliver 114 horsepower and a maximum torque of 207 Nm. The Fiat Linea will be the first car in its segment to have a turbocharged gasoline engine and will also be equipped with disc brakes. in the front and back. There are other new features like the new Sumbeam Beige color scheme, a new chrome exhaust tip, and a new roof antenna. The Fiat Linea will be available in two versions: T-Jet (available for around 9.5 lakhs) and T-Jet Plus (available for around 10.1 lakhs. The T-Jet will come with 15 “alloy wheels and the T-Jet Plus will be available with 16 “alloys and leather upholstery. 16” alloys give the car a lower and sportier stance and initially Fiat aims to sell the updated model only in Mumbai / Pune and the Delhi / Delhi regions. NCR with an availability that increases in the other meters shortly after.
Fabia enters with Fab Factor
The Fabulous Fabia returns and this time the car is powered by its fabulous factor. Skoda Auto has not made any wholesale changes to the Fabia, but the ones that have been made stand out easily. The most notable changes are the new chrome front grille, the newly designed multi-reflector fog lamps and the new front and rear bumpers. The interiors also receive major upgrades and are now uncompromised as the Fabia is equipped with climate control, one-touch power windows, and a tilt / telescope steering wheel. These small changes show that keeping it simple and paying attention to detail goes a long way to improving not just looks, but performance as well.
The Skoda Fabia will be available in 1.2-liter gasoline, 1.2-liter diesel and 1.6-liter gasoline versions. With all the refinements in exterior and interior styling and design, the most exciting part of the Fabia is definitely its price. Launching it in time for Diwali seems to have encouraged even the Skoda folks and they’ve priced it very competitively between Rs. 4.2 lakhs and 5.8 lakhs. If looks aren’t enough to ensure the Skoda Fabia generates impressive sales in the competitive hatchback segment, the price definitely will.
Audi to launch Q7 with updates
India’s best-selling luxury SUV, the Q7, has been introduced with a new engine that offers fans another option for doing business in the Audi A6. The Q7’s engine is tuned slightly differently to give a bit more power and torque and the engine now delivers 335 PS and 440 Nm respectively. This increase in power translates directly into faster pick-up and the Q7 goes from 0 to 100 km / h in less than seven seconds. The 2,995 cc engine is mated to Audi’s new eight-speed gearbox and will also feature Quattro all-wheel drive.
The new 3.0-liter engine will be available alongside current offerings of the 3.0 and 4.2-liter diesel engines. The new 3.0-liter petrol will now be the only petrol version offered by Audi for the Q7 and has been introduced for a starting price of around 59.3 lakhs, making it the cheapest of the impressive range of vehicles. from Audi.
Mercedes-Benz … Who are you?
Mercedes-Benz has been targeting India on a large scale for almost a year and has introduced a wide range of its cars to the Indian market. The latest vehicle to be offered to the Indian public is also the newest car in the Mercedes-Benz stable and is the R-Class. The R-Class is an entirely new niche segment and offers the qualities of an SUV combined with luxury and the comfort of a sports sedan. This car should serve the four-wheeler segment in India and will rank slightly lower than the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and GL-Class vehicles.
The Indian version of the R-Class will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine that delivers a maximum of 272 hp and 350 Nm of peak torque. What comes as a big surprise is that Mercedes-Benz has no plans to introduce a diesel version of the R-Class in India and this may ultimately be the deciding factor in vehicle sales as the Indian market is very fuel conscious and shows a lean towards diesel engines rather than gasoline. The R-Class is a very comfortable vehicle and would suit those companies that need to chauffeured the entire boardroom to their weekend corporate retreat with all the opulence they deserve. Competitively priced at around Rs. 59 lakhs, we’ll have to wait and see if Mercedes-Benz has taken the right step with regard to dropping the diesel option.