Four months into 2018, both high-end and mass market carmakers have launched a number of new models in India. Toyota brought out a facelift for its Land Cruiser Prado, while Ford introduced a new top-spec trim on the EcoSport compact SUV and the new Freestyle cross-hatch. The 2018 Auto Expo saw Maruti and Hyundai launch the third-gen Swift and a facelift for the i20, respectively. Premium manufacturers BMW and Mercedes introduced a slew of new models at the 2018 Auto Expo; the former brought out the 6-series GT and the X6 35i, along with the new M3, M4 and M5, while the German carmaker launched the Maybach-badged S 560 and S 650.
Going forward, this year is expected to see quite a large number of new introductions to the Indian market. Here’s what you can look forward to in the coming months:
In case you'd like to know which cars have already launched this year, check out our new cars and SUVs launched in 2018.
Honda Amaze (May 16, 2018)
Making its global debut at the Auto Expo 2018, Honda’s second-gen compact sedan shares design cues with its larger siblings, particularly the Accord. When it arrives, the new Amaze will be powered by the same 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines available on the current model. The five-speed manual is also expected to be carried over, though the new bit will be a CVT-automatic option on the diesel. Output figures on the diesel-CVT model drop by 20hp and 40Nm, respectively.
2018 Honda Amaze review, test drive
New Honda Amaze image gallery
India-spec Honda Amaze details revealed
New Honda Amaze image gallery
Hyundai Creta facelift
The refreshed Creta has been spied testing in India recently and will sport styling similar to that of the South American-spec model. The mid-cycle facelift will also carry forward the current set of engines which includes the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. The upcoming Renault Captur-rivalling model will get segment-leading cabin equipment. It is also expected to get a sunroof.
Also see: Hyundai Creta facelift bookings open
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Bookings have opened for the new top-spec trim of Jeep’s Mahindra XUV500 rival – the Trail Rated Compass Trailhawk. Already manufactured at FCA’s plant in Ranjangaon, the model is currently exported to Australia and Japan. The off-road-spec SUV gets 4WD technology from Jeep’s selection. Although the big news is that a diesel-automatic variant will be on offer for the first time. The 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel motor will be mated to a nine-speed automatic, rather than the six-speed manual offered on the current top-spec trim, the Limited (O) 4×4.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk video review
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk review, test drive
Jeep Compass Trailhawk image gallery
Spied recently, the new Ertiga is longer and slightly wider than the outgoing model. Its longer rear overhang should mean more space in the third row. Up front, this second-generation model also gets a more upright stance, with a high-set nose and front bumper. Wheels are expected to go up to a size of 16 inches. Maruti is likely to offer the new 104hp, 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel at launch, with a 1.5-litre diesel engine – currently under development in-house – replacing Fiat’s 1.3-litre diesel engine at a later date.
Bentley Continental GT
The third-gen sporty grand tourer from Bentley uses the Porsche-developed MSB (modular standard drivetrain) platform that’s also used in the new Panamera. The Bentley Dynamic Ride – a 48V electric active roll-control system from the Bentayga – also features on the new Continental GT. This, along with weight savings of about 85kg, makes the car even more agile than before. Propulsion is courtesy of a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine that’s capable of doing 0-100kph in 3.7sec and reaching a top speed of 333kph. The insides are typically opulent.
Honda had brought the new CR-V to Auto Expo 2018; its USP – the seven-seat configuration. This third-gen model will replace the current one on sale and, unlike its predecessor, it will come with a new 160hp, 1.6-litre diesel engine option. A new nine-speed automatic may also be on the cards for this Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass rival.
2018 Honda CR-V review, test drive
2018 Honda CR-V diesel video review
Mahindra MPV (U321)
After being spotted testing frequently all over the country, Mahindra’s all-new three-row MPV will finally go on sale in the first few months of 2018. The company’s first monocoque-bodied MPV will be powered by a new 130hp, 1.6-litre mHawk diesel engine. We expect pricing in the Rs 10-15 lakh range – such that it slots in between the Maruti Ertiga on one side and the Innova Crysta on the other.
Also see: Two versions for Mahindra’s Tivoli-based S201 SUV
The third-gen flagship SUV from Porsche gets tweaked exterior and interior styling but the bulk for the changes are under the skin. Based on VW Group’s MLB architecture, the new model is longer and wider, while being shorter in height than the previous one. Engine options are expected to be shared with the Panamera, including a 3.0-litre, V6 diesel; a 3.0-litre, V6 petrol; and a new, more powerful 2.9-litre, V6 turbo-petrol mill. The range-topping 550hp 4.0-litre V8 may also be brought to the country. The new Cayenne will rival the likes of the Range Rover Velar.
New Porsche Cayenne India launch in June 2018
New Porsche Cayenne Turbo image gallery
The all-new Rexton from Mahindra is built on a new body-on-frame chassis, making it better-looking and lighter than the vehicle it will replace. It now features projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a slim hexagonal grille, LED fog and cornering lamps and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior will get a large 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen, soft-touch plastics and quilted Nappa leather upholstery. The seven-seat SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive. While the new SUV is sure to be badged as a Mahindra rather than a SsangYong, whether it is likely to be called something other than the Rexton will be known once it launches in India.
Also see: 2017 SsangYong Rexton image gallery
Mitsubishi is set to expand its model line-up in the country with the launch of the new Outlander. Set to be launched in the coming months as an imported CBU, the Outlander will only be available as a petrol model. Powering the SUV will be a 169hp, 2.4-litre petrol engine paired with a CVT gearbox and Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control four-wheel-drive system.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander: 5 things you need to know
A mid-cycle refresh, the design-based changes on the Range Rover include a refreshed grille with a gloss-black surround, a new front bumper and four options of headlamps, including a pixel-laser option. The Range Rover Sport line-up gets subtle changes to the grille and new LED headlamps. Interiors are refreshed as well and more in line with the Velar. The engine line-up has been uprated for better performance and more fuel economy.
2018 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport bookings begin
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Essentially being a lengthened version of the TUV300, Mahindra is expected to launch the TUV300 Plus in the coming months. The model is now capable of seating a maximum of nine people. It also gets tweaked rear styling, with new tail-lamps that extend to the side. Apart from that, the car will share exterior and interior bits with the TUV300. It is expected to be powered by the 120hp, 1.99-litre engine, available exclusively on the Mahindra Scorpio that’s sold in the Delhi-NCR region.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus: More details surface
Mahindra readying five launches for 2018
The X2 will be BMW’s sixth SUV. It shares the UKL platform with the X1 and is designed to be sportier than the smaller crossover, standing 49mm shorter and 69mm lower. For India, expect the X1’s 190hp, 2.0-litre petrol that drives the front wheels, the 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel that sends power to all four-wheels, and the current range-topping 231hp, 2.0-litre diesel motor with four-wheel-drive to be on offer. The X2 will lock horns with the likes of the Range Rover Evoque.
India-bound BMW X2 unveiled
2018 BMW X2 image gallery
As part of its mid-cycle refresh, Ford will bring its updated Figo hatchback and Aspire compact sedan with some cosmetic changes – both outside and inside. Both models will share the new 96hp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from Ford’s new Dragon series of petrol motors with the recently launched Freestyle cross-hatch. The new engine will replace the current 1.2-litre, four-cylinder Sigma petrol mill. The inside kit and design will be shared with the Freestyle, including a new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford Sync 3 and six airbags for the top-spec trims.
Ford Figo, Aspire facelifts coming next year
2018 Ford Figo facelift (Ka+) image gallery
2018 Ford Freestyle cross-hatch revealed
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift
The Japanese brand is expected to bring the facelift for its mid-size sedan around June-July this year. Besides the cosmetic changes on the inside and out, the new model is expected to sport a new K15B petrol motor. Compared to the current 1.4-litre engine, the new 1.5-litre motor produces 12hp and 8.4Nm more, at 104hp and 138.4Nm of peak torque. This should help the Ciaz compete on a more even footing against the likes of the more powerful Toyota Yaris, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift to get new 1.5-litre petrol
New Hyundai Santro
Spied testing in India a number of times, the new tall-boy hatchback from Hyundai is likely to re-use the Santro nameplate. Codenamed AH2, the new hatchback will replace the now-aging Eon and slot below the Grand i10 in Hyundai’s India line-up. While it is yet unconfirmed, we expect the new model to be powered by the same 69hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine found on the Eon 1.0.
Hyundai may bring back Santro name with all-new budget hatchback
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Despite the recent facelift, the current Pajero has begun showing its age against its modern rivals. An all-new model, which will feature a more sophisticated and bolder design, is expected to launch sometime later this year. This rugged seven-seater is larger than its predecessor and has more interior space. Cabin design has been thoroughly modernised and equipment is expected to be on par for this price. Its power will come from a 181hp, 2.4-litre diesel engine paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will be an all-new switchable four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case for more hardcore off-road requirements.
The Kicks is Nissan’s Creta-rivalling SUV and, mechanically, shares quite a lot with the Terrano (and hence, the Renault Duster and Captur). Though the Kicks looks more stylish than the Terrano, it is expected to be powered by the same 104hp, 1.5-litre petrol and 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines. Top-spec trims are expected to feature a 360-degree camera, side curtain airbags, and traction control.
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Tata Tiago, Tigor EVs
The all-electric versions of the Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan were on display at the 2018 Auto Expo. While there isn’t much to differentiate them from their internal combustion counterparts, besides the badging, the EVs are powered by a three-phase AC induction motor with a peak output of 30kW at 4,500rpm (about 40hp). While there was no mention of charging times, range or fast charging features. Expect a price tag north of Rs 10 lakh.
Volvo’s baby SUV will take on the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 when it comes to India. The XC40 is expected to be offered with a 190hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel (D4) and a 247hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol (T5) engine. Both versions will use eight-speed automatic gearboxes and come with all-wheel drive as standard. The 150hp, 2.0-litre diesel (D3) with front-wheel drive could come in at a later stage. Despite coming to the country as a CBU, expect competitive pricing in the range of Rs 27-30 lakh (ex-showroom).
2017 Volvo XC40 video review
2017 Volvo XC40 review, test drive
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