Some absolutely incredible cars will be launched in India in the next few months. While sport utility vehicles (SUVs) with a market share of close to 45% are the current favourites, the upcoming models will be a mix of different body styles, including multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) and sedans. The Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti Suzuki Jimny, Maruti Suzuki Fronx, Honda City facelift and Hyundai Verna facelift are among the top five upcoming cars, which you should look forward to.
Toyota Innova Crysta
The bookings for the Innova Crysta diesel opened late last month for a token amount of Rs 50,000. The popular MPV gets a 2.4-litre diesel engine mated to a 5-speed MT. There are four variants — G, GX, VX and ZX — and a couple of seating configurations — seven-seater and eight-seater. We are expecting the Innova Crysta diesel price to sit in the bracket of Rs 17 lakh to Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Maruti Suzuki India is expected to launch the Jimny in the first quarter of FY24. The bookings have opened for the off-roader, which gets the K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine (105PS of maximum power and 134Nm of peak torque) with either a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed AT. Based on a ladder frame chassis, the Jimny has ALLGRIP PRO 4WD technology with low-range transfer gear (4L mode) as standard. The Maruti Suzuki Jimny is expected to be priced between Rs 9 lakh and Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Suzuki Fronx
The country’s largest carmaker will launch another SUV, the Fronx, in the first quarter of FY24. While its bookings have commenced, it might be priced between Rs 6.50 lakh and Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom). The Fronx, which many say looks like ‘baby Grand Vitara’, has two engine options — K12N 1.2-litre petrol (90PS and 113Nm) and K10C 1.0-litre turbo boosterjet petrol (100PS and 148Nm). The K12N unit has 5-speed MT and 5-speed AMT choices, while the K10C unit gets 5-speed MT and 6-speed AT (with paddle shifters) options.
Honda City facelift
The Honda City facelift launch in India is expected either in late March or early April. The updated version of the mid-size sedan will employ a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 6-speed MT and CVT automatic options. Expected to enter the market in the price range of Rs 12 lakh and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom), it will continue to rival the Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus, Hyundai Verna facelift and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Hyundai Verna facelift
Hyundai Motor India will soon introduce the Verna facelift in the country. It might continue with the current engine options, including 1.5-litre MPi petrol, 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel and 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDi petrol, and transmission options, including 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT, 7-speed DCT and IVT. The Verna facelift price might be between Rs 9.75 lakh and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom).
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