Car News That Mattered: Launch Reports, Upcoming Launches, Design Patent Leaks And More
The highlights of last week were the launches of three models, launch updates of a couple of SUVs as well as a sedan, and design leaks of an upcoming hatchback
Hyundai Alcazar Launched: Hyundai India’s SUV range now has a three-row SUV in the form of the Alcazar. While it is based on the Creta, the Alcazar comes in both 6- and 7-seater layouts and gets additional features as well. It is available in three broad trims and gets both petrol and diesel engines. Read our launch story to know its variant-wise pricing.
2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Launched: While the Range Rover Velar wasn’t anywhere short on its feature list, Land Rover has given it a minor update that includes new features such as a 360-degree camera, an updated infotainment system as well as a PM2.5 air filter, and the return of the diesel engine. All this comes at a hefty premium though.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Launched: Mercedes-Benz’s flagship sedan has now been launched in its seventh-gen avatar. Claimed to be the ‘best car in the world’, the new S-Class is much smoother, bigger, and sleeker than its predecessor and is loaded with a bucketload of creature comforts and safety features. The carmaker has introduced it in a special Launch Edition version.
Skoda Kushaq Launch Confirmed: The compact SUV segment will have a new contender soon in the form of the Skoda Kushaq. It will be a petrol-only model and will be offered in three variants. You can find the variant-wise engine and gearbox combos here. The Kushaq is a highly localised product (up to 95 percent) which should help in aggressive pricing, which will be out on this date.
2021 BMW 5 Series Launch Confirmed: After making its global debut in May 2020, BMW’s facelifted 5 Series is finally heading to India. While it is expected to soldier on with the same engine and gearbox options, the sedan gets some cosmetic changes inside out along with new features.
Facelifted Mahindra TUV300 Launch Period Confirmed: Back in April 2020, Mahindra discontinued the TUV300 due to the introduction of the BS6 norms. While the BS6-updated model (also a facelift) has been spied a few times, it now has a launch period and will sport a new nameplate.
New Infotainment System Of Upcoming Mahindra SUVs: Mahindra has announced its plans to launch nine SUVs by 2026. While we are yet to see them in flesh, a few spy shots of the new-gen Scorpio and XUV700 reveal key exterior and interior bits including new touchscreen systems. How different can they be and what functions will they probably get?
2021 Force Gurkha Teased: The new-gen Force Gurkha was first revealed at Auto Expo 2020. After being delayed due to the pandemic and being caught testing on numerous occasions, the new model now has a launch timeline.
2021 Maruti Celerio Patent Images Leaked: We have already seen a couple of test mules of the new-gen Maruti Celerio over the last year. While the spy shots revealed a few exterior details, its patent images have leaked online, revealing its design in its entirety.
Online Driving Licence: Dread queueing up at the RTO for your driving licence test? In what comes as a welcome move, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued fresh rules for a new class of accredited driver training centres whose students don’t have to go to the RTOs to give the driving tests for obtaining a licence. Here’s everything you need to know.
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