October marks the start of festive season frenzy and if you’re looking to bring home a brand new set of wheels, you would wanna wait for the new launches that are scheduled for this month. Here is look at the lineup.
Fiat Punto Abarth
With surplus power of 145 PS, impressive torque of around 200 Nm, stiffened suspension, upgraded brakes with rear discs, lowered ride height, new alloy wheels and corresponding visual sprucing up, the Fiat Punto Abarth is arguably the first textbook hot hatchback to ever grace India. Slated to go on sale anytime soon, the second Abarth product in India is engineered specifically for the country and is expected to be priced around INR 10 lakhs (ex-showroom), thereby taking the fight straight towards the VW Polo GT TSI.
Maruti Swift Glory Edition
Well it’s not a new product launch but one of those countless special edition models that Maruti has been launching in the recent times. The Swift Glory Edition (VXi/VDi) is more comprehensive than the rest as it receives red contrast roof, wing mirrors and skirts, twin racing stripes and matching side decals on a white car. Interior sports classic red and black leather upholstery, steering wheel cover and matching floor mats. The car also gets new gen ABS, new infotainment system with Android Auto and Google Carplay, reverse parking camera, brake assist and security alarm.
Maruti Ertiga Facelift
Unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) earlier this year, the Ertiga facelift incorporates a revised front fascia with bigger chrome grille and new bumper. The rear end receives reflectors on the tailgate while the interior sports dual-tone color theme with new upholstery. For India, the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engines will be retained but the former will gain a 4-speed automatic transmission alongside a 5-speed manual unit, and the latter will benefit from the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid technology to enhance mileage.
Tata Bolt Celebration Edition
The Bolt Celebration Edition is another cosmetic exercise which is aimed at adding some jazz this festive season. The limited edition package is available across all the variants. Changes include side decals, racing stripe, contrast black roof wrap, roof-mounted rear spoiler, illuminated door sills and Celebration Edition badge. The accessories are reported to have a discounted price of INR 13,000. Both petrol and diesel variants can be had with the special edition package.
Called as the ML Class so far, the SUV adopts the new nomenclature post a facelift exercise. The Mercedes GLE sports a front fascia which is inline with the brand’s latest design language. Much of the profile and rear fascia of the car are left as they were, save for the new LED taillights and diffuser. The existing 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque will continue to power the base variant (GLE 250d). The SUV will also be available with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine (GLE 350d) producing 248 PS and 619 Nm of torque. Both motors will be mated to a 7-G Tronic automatic transmission and 4MATIC AWD system. The new Coupe derivative is likely to be launched later this year.
BMW X5 M and X6 M
At the premium end of the spectrum, the high-performance SUV duo form BMW are all set to enter India this month. The new gen BMW X5 M and X6 M retain the 4.4-litre V8 turbo petrol engine which now packs 575 PS and 750 Nm of torque. The colossal power is distributed to all the four wheels via a 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters and xDrive all-wheel drive system. The duo come equipped with a host of performance and safety features under the Vision EfficientDynamics and ConnectedDrive suites.
The Trailblazer is GM India’s answer to the highly successful Toyota Fortuner. Underpinned by a ladder frame chassis, the 7-seat SUV will be available in a single variant. Power comes from a 2.8-litre diesel engine which produces 200 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed AT, the Trailblazer will be offered only in 4×2 configuration. The price is estimated to be between INR 25-30 lakhs (ex-showroom) and the vehicle will be assembled in India from Thai-sourced CKD kits.
Easily the most important launch of this festive season is the Maruti Baleno which was unveiled in Frankfurt Motor Show a few days ago. The premium hatchback will make its global sales debut in India. The powertrain lineup includes a new 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol, 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motor. The Hyundai i20 rival also comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, dual airbags, ABS, electrically controlled ORVMs, reverse parking sensor and so on.
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