Car News That Mattered This Week (Jan2-7): New Launches and Price Hikes, Updates On Upcoming Cars, Spyshots And More
Several carmakers have announced price hikes this week, while we also got updates on upcoming cars at the Auto Expo 2023.
The first week of 2023 saw price increases on various Jeep, Citroen, and Renault models, as well as Maruti's major CNG launch. We also got updates on upcoming cars at the Auto Expo 2023, as well as new information regarding the 2WD Thar that has been leaked. The week concludes with the announcement of the discontinuation of two Skoda vehicles.
Let’s have a look at the major highlights of the week
Maruti Grand Vitara CNG Goes On Sale
The first-of-its-kind CNG vehicle in its segment, the Grand Vitara CNG is finally on sale in India. It makes use of a 1.5-litre petrol-CNG engine, which makes 88PS and 121.5Nm (in CNG mode), with a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.6km/kg. It costs a premium of Rs 95,000 over the corresponding petrol variants.
Maruti Introduced Black Edition On Its Nexa Line-Up
Maruti has released the black edition of all five NEXA models as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations, featuring the new Pearl Midnight Black colour tone. There are no mechanical alterations on the car, and the feature list also remains unchanged. The black edition of cars costs the same as the corresponding regular variants.
New Details On 2WD Thar Revealed
Ahead of the price announcement, new details on 2WD Thar have leaked online through an updated brochure. It will be offered in two engine options, a 1.5-litre diesel unit (making 118PS and 300Nm), and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine (150PS). The carmaker has also introduced two new colour options, namely Blazing Bronze and Everest White.
Tata Tiago EV Test Drives Begin
Customers may now go and experience the Tiago EV three months after its launch, as the carmaker has commenced test drives. The Tiago EV is available with two battery pack options: a 19.2kWh battery pack and a long-range 24kWh battery pack.
Price Hikes On Kia, Jeep, Citroen and Renault Cars
Kia, Jeep, Citroen, and Renault have all announced price hikes on their respective cars. While the Jeep SUVs have received the maximum surge of up to Rs 1.2 lakh, Kia cars are now dearer by up to Rs 1 lakh. Citroen models have received an upward price revision of up to Rs 50,000, and Renault cars have got expensive, by up to Rs 14,300.
Citroen eC3 Interiors Spied For The First Time
We got a look at the inside of Citroen's upcoming C3-based EV, just a few days after the company announced the moniker ‘eC3’. It has nearly the same dashboard layout and touchscreen interface, with the main visible difference being a toggle selector in place of the gear lever.
Cars Expected At The Auto Expo 2023
Tata Altroz Sport: Tata is expected to showcase the Sport version of its premium hatchback, the Altroz. It’s likely to get cosmetic tweaks, while no other mechanical changes are expected. Though, it could feature Nexon’s turbo petrol tuning, which is 120PS and 170Nm and may be paired with its six-speed manual transmission.
MG5 EV: MG will debut its latest electric vehicle, the MG5 EV, at the Auto Expo 2023. It's a front-wheel drive estate electric car that had its most recent upgrade in 2022. The battery pack options for the UK-spec MG5 EV are 50.3kWh and 61.1kWh.
New Toyota Land Cruiser: The new Land Cruiser might make its premiere in India during the 2023 Auto Expo, and a pricing announcement is also expected. It will be displayed alongside other Toyota EVs and FCEVs on slides. It might be priced starting at Rs 1.5 crore (ex-showroom).
Mercedes AMG E53 Cabriolet Launched
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the completely imported AMG E53 4MATIC+ in India, with prices beginning at Rs 1.3 crore. It is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-turbo petrol engine producing 435PS and 520Nm. This new convertible AMG is based on the E-Class coupe, which isn't available in the country right now.
New BMW 7 Series and i7 Sedans Launched In India
BMW has had a solid start to 2023 with the arrival of the new 7 series in India, as well as its electric counterpart, the i7. Both of these sedans had their global debuts in April 2022 and are now available in India. Deliveries will begin in March 2023.
BMW Showcased Its New Technology Project, the i Vision Dee
The Dee in the I Vision stands for Digital Emotional Experience, a new BMW technological initiative that intends to improve user interactions through more intuitive AI. The design of the I Vision Dee is inspired by classic BMW sedans.
Skoda To Discontinue These Sedans
Skoda will stop selling the Superb and Octavia by March 2023 since they will not be upgraded to phase II BS6 emission standards. Though the company has promised that after-sales would not be harmed, they are also analyzing if they can make these two sedans in a greener avatar.
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