Some major launches and unveilings of EV concepts are scheduled for this month
Last month saw many significant launches and disclosures, and August will be no different. This month we get the prices of two new SUVs. Maruti is also set to launch the new generation of its entry-level hatchback in August. Meanwhile, Mahindra and Ola have set the dates for the presentation of their new electric car concepts. So, here are all the models we’ll be seeing this month:
New Hyundai Tucson
Expected price – Rs 25 lakh and beyond
rivals – Jeep Compass, Citroen C5 Aircross and Volkswagen Tiguan
Hyundai’s flagship in India, the Tucson, is all set to receive a full-generation update. The fourth-generation Tucson gets a complete makeover inside and out, making it look richer and more stylish. The cabin becomes more technologically advanced with additions such as two 10.25-inch displays (touch screen system and driver display), touch-sensitive climate control, electric heated and ventilated front seats, two-zone climate control, six airbags and hill hold/descent control. It will be the first Hyundai car in India to get ADAS with blind spot monitoring and collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist and lane assist. Powertrain options include 2-litre petrol and diesel engines with automatic transmissions and an optional AWD for the top-of-the-line diesel. The prizes will be released in the first week of August.
Expected prices – Rs 9.5 lakh and beyond
rivals – Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun and MG Astor
Toyota is going to make a leap into the popular and popular compact SUV segment with the Hyryder. The prices of the Hyryder will come out around mid-August. It will be the first car in its segment to feature a self-charging, highly hybrid powertrain with a pure EV driving mode. You also get a mild-hybrid petrol engine with a choice of four-wheel drive, another exclusive feature in this segment. Highlights include six airbags, a 360-degree camera, a 9-inch touchscreen system with connected car technology, a digital driver display and a panoramic sunroof. Maruti’s version of it, the Grand Vitara, will go on sale in September.
New Maruti Alt
Expected prices – Rs 3.5 lakh and beyond
rivals – Renault Kwid
Maruti’s entry-level workhorse, the Alto, will receive a major generation update in the third week of August. The hatchback gets a complete makeover, making it more stylish and modern than its outgoing version. Based on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, the Alto is likely to grow in size. It is expected to continue with its 800cc engine, but could also get the Celerio’s 1-litre petrol engine with DualJet technology and an automatic stop-start function for better fuel economy. If the 1-litre engine makes its debut here, there’s a good chance it will also get an AMT. It will revive its rivalry with the Renault Kwid, but in a fresh avatar.
Mahindra Born EV’s Unveil
Date: August 15
Mahindra will present its electric vehicle concepts on Independence Day. The SUV maker has already teased the next five EVs, confirming that all of them, including a coupe-style model, will be electric SUVs of varying sizes. As Mahindra calls them “Born EVs,” these five electric SUVs are newly developed and will not have ICE counterparts. Mahindra has also signed an agreement to see if it can use electrical components used in VW’s MEB platform for its upcoming EVs.
Ola electric cars
Date: August 15
On Independence Day we also see Ola’s electric car concepts. According to the teasers, the taxi giant will present a hatchback, a large sedan and a coupe-style SUV. These cars will be made locally and would therefore be priced aggressively.
Mercedes Benz EQS
Expected prices – Rs 1.75 crore (ex-showroom) / about Rs 2.5 crore for the AMG EQS 53
rivals – Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron GT
Mercedes will launch the electric version of the S-Class on August 24. It will be fully imported and launched in the top-of-the-range AMG variant. The lower specification variants will arrive later and will be assembled locally. The EQS will receive a 107.8 kWh battery pack with a range of 586 kilometers. With an optional Dynamic Plus package, the EQS delivers torque of up to 1020 Nm. It brings Mercedes’ MBUX Hyperscreen with a three-screen dashboard, heated and massaging rear seats and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).