Check out our list of upcoming cars in the Indian market scheduled to launch in 2022, starting at Rs. 10 lakhs
In India, automobile prices have risen more than once in recent times, making it increasingly difficult to buy new cars. Purchasing power remains high on the priority list for most buyers, which is why many carmakers are planning to launch more budget-friendly models in our market this year.
Here, we have listed seven upcoming cars that are going to be launched in India this year, i.e. in 2022, with a starting price of Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom).
1. New generation Maruti Alto
Maruti Suzuki is working on the next generation version of the Alto, which has been seen more than once during road tests in India. The new model will have a sharper design compared to the outgoing version and is expected to be slightly larger in size, which will enhance the interior space.
Presumably, the next-gen Alto will be underpinned by Maruti Suzuki’s Hartekt platform. For powertrain options, the existing 0.8L petrol engine is expected to be advanced with a few updates. A CNG alternative will also continue to be offered.
2. Hyundai Venue Facelift
The Hyundai Venue is set to become a facelift soon, and the experimental models of the updated version have been spied on internationally as well as in India. The facelifted venue will get an updated front fascia, inspired by the new genre Hyundai Tucson, with restored taillights and new bumpers (front and rear).
The interior of the SUV may have minimal changes. In the Indian market, the facelifted Hyundai Venue will have the same three engine options – a 1.2L NA petrol unit, a 1.0L turbo-petrol unit and a 1.5L turbo-diesel unit – with multiple transmission choices.
3. New Maruti Hawa
The Maruti Vitara Brezza will see a major update in the coming months, and the new model is expected to remove the ‘Vitara’ suffix from its name. The new Brazer Clear Spy image has already been published online, showing major changes to our exterior and interior design. The SUV will also get plenty of extra equipment.
The upcoming new generation Maruti Brezza will be powered by the carmaker’s new K15C engine, a 1.5L NA petrol mill with 115 PS peak power on tap, and a light-hybrid system available as standard. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT and a new 6-speed AT, with steering-mounted pedal shifters available later.
4. New-General Toyota Urban Cruiser
Following the launch of the updated Maruti Brezza, Toyota will launch the updated Urban Cruiser in the Indian market. Compared to the current version, the new Urban Cruiser will show huge changes in design (exterior and interior) and its equipment list will also be updated.
Like the current Vitara Brezza-Urban Cruiser pair, the updated models of these two SUVs will be mechanically identical, with some cosmetic differences to distinguish between them. With the update, Toyota will get a more powerful 115 PS 1.5-liter NA petrol engine under the compact crossover hood.
5. Citroen C3
Citroen will soon launch its compact crossover – C3 – in the Indian market. The Citroen C3 was officially unveiled in our country last year, showcasing a fun exterior and interior design inspired by the C5 Aircross. It will be underpinned by the CMF platform, and will feature about 90 percent localization to keep costs down.
The Citroen C3 is expected to be available with two engine options – a 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol mill and a 1.2L turbocharged petrol motor. After launch, it will face Nissan Magnet, Renault Keeger, Tata Punch, etc.
6. Mahindra eKUV100
The Mahindra & Mahindra pipeline has a plethora of newer models, including EVs and regular IC engine cars. The brand is expected to launch a KUV100-based EV (eKUV100) in India later this year, and the new model is likely to be the most affordable electric car in the country.
The Mahindra eKUV100 was on display at the 2020 Auto Expo in near-production format, including a 15.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 40 kW electric motor. The EV will have the same interior and exterior design as the petrol-powered KUV100 NXT, with new badges and slight modifications like the various interior trims.