By the middle of 2022, 10 new cars will be launched

2022 Kia EV6_

Check out the top ten cars expected to be launched or even confirmed in the Indian market before July this year

In India, more and more people are now leaning towards new cars, resulting in increasing demand for them. To keep customers interested, some automakers in our market have recently launched updated versions of a few brand-new cars as well as existing cars. Interestingly, there are currently many more automobiles in the pipeline, expected to be launched soon.

Here, we have listed ten upcoming cars that are expected to launch in the Indian market by mid-2022.

1. Honda City E: HEV

Honda City’s hybrid version – City e: HEV – will be unveiled in India on April 14 and is expected to launch next month. This hybrid sedan will be powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine, coupled with two electric motors (one for propulsion and the other as an integrated starter generator). It is expected to get an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) with a lot of features.

Honda City eHEV Hybrid

2. Tata Nexon EV Update

Tata Motors will launch the long-range version of the Nexon EV in India on April 20. The new model is expected to get a 40 kWh battery pack, with lots of extra features like rear wheel disc brakes, front ventilation seats. Cruise control, adjustable region braking, etc. The existing version (with 30.2 kWh battery) will continue to be sold along with the new version.

3. Updated Maruti Ertiga / XL6

Maruti Suzuki will launch updated versions of Ertiga and XL6 in India this month and bookings for both MPVs are already underway. Both updated models will be powered by the new-Gen 1.5-liter K-Series petrol engine, with 115 PS of tap-on peak power. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed AT.

Maruti Suzuki Next Gen Ertiga

4. Skoda Kushak Monte Carlo

Skoda Auto will add a new trim level to the Kushaq, which will be at the top of the SUV’s range. The Monte Carlo version of Skoda Kushaq will have glossy black exterior highlights instead of chrome with the new 17-inch alloy wheels. It will also get a new cabin theme – black with red highlights – along with a full-digital instrument console. Engine options – a 1.0L petrol unit (115 PS) and a 1.5L turbo-petrol unit (150 PS) – will remain unchanged.

5. Volkswagen Vertus

Volkswagen will launch its Vento replacement – Virtus – in India on June 9. The new sedan will be available with two engine options – a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol mill (115 PS) and a 1.5-liter turbo-petrol motor (150 PS) – and will have plenty of upmarket features and equipment on offer, such as a digital instrument. Console, electric sunroof, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, etc.

Volkswagen Vertus India 1

6. Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is expected to launch in India in mid-2022, probably as a CBU import, and it is currently undergoing road testing in our country. The electric crossover is available internationally with two battery choices – 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh – with both 2WD and 4WD options. In the Indian market, we expect the top-spec GT variant (77.4 kWh, 4WD), 585 PS and 740 Nm rating, to be sold.

7. Zip Meridian

The Jeep Meridian is expected to hit the Indian market in May 2022. This new three-row SUV shares its architecture with the Jeep Compass, and the two have a lot in common in cabin design, but the Meridian has more premium furnishings. Underneath the hood of the new Jeep will be a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel motor (170 PS / 350 Nm), available with a 6-speed MT or 9-speed AT. The SUV is available in FWD and AWD configurations.

8. Maruti Baleno CNG / Toyota Glanza CNG

Maruti Suzuki has recently launched the updated Baleno in the Indian market, which was then also launched by Toyota, as the updated Glanza. Both hatchbacks are expected to have a CNG powertrain alternative soon, possibly the same 1.2L dual-fuel engine as the Dzire S-CNG (77.5 PS / 98.5 Nm rate when running on CNG).

9. Next generation Maruti Brezza

Maruti Suzuki is working on the next generation version of Vitara Brezza, which is expected to be named only ‘Brezza’. The new model will have a sharper design, and will have lots of extra features on offer, such as an electric sunroof, larger infotainment touchscreen, integrated car technology, six airbags, 360-degree camera, pedal shifter (AT variant), and more. The new model (115 PS) 1.5L NA petrol engine will be more powerful, and it is expected to be more fuel-efficient.

2022 maruti suzuki brezza has been rendered
Rendering source: SRK

10. Hyundai Venue Facelift

Hyundai Venue is set to go through a midlife facelift in India soon, and test models of updated SUVs have already been spotted on our roads several times. The new version will have resized headlights and taillights, along with a redesigned front grille and new bumpers. The engine and transmission options will probably remain the same as the current version.

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