April is the beginning of a new financial year and car manufacturers see it as an opportunity to introduce new or updated models to the market. A similar occasion this year was also when brands like Maruti, Tata, Skoda and Honda released some interesting products.
We saw several new models earlier this month, including the Volkswagen Polo Legend Edition and the Hyundai Creta Knight Edition. The Honda City Hybrid also debuted this month, and it will be released next month. Maruti has released the new Ertiga and XL6.
Updated Tata Nexon EV, Tigor EV
Tata Motors will update the line of Electric Vehicles with the introduction of new versions of the Nexon EV and Tigor EV on April 20 and 28. Both electric cars will have a larger battery pack, which will result in a larger range at full power. While the Nexon EV may receive some aesthetic upgrades, the Tigor EV may not be witnessing any other upgrades.
Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo
It was a surprise when Skoda released the Kushaq last year without the top of the line variant Monte Carlo Edition. However, the Czech brand has confirmed that it is under consideration and now Skoda will release the Monte Carlo trim from Kushaq, which is expected to be full of comfort and luxury. Although no specific launch dates have been announced, we expect it to launch in late April.
BMW will showcase its first electric i4 sedan in India on April 28, while it will be released next month. It is based on the same platform as the 4-Series Gran Coupe and inherits most of the style elements from its IC engine -powered sibling. Internationally, it will be offered in two variants - eDrive40 and M50, both powered by 83.9 kWh lithium-ion battery.
While the eDrive40 is available in a single engine, M50 rear support is provided for Four wheel drive and dual engine installation. It will be imported to India as a full-scale model under CBU, so the price of the electric car is expected to start from Rs 80 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.
Honda City Hybrid
Finally, Honda City made it’s first public appearance in India after several delays for a number of reasons. The Sedan is the second best-component mix in the country after the Toyota Camry .It will have a 1.5-liter petrol engine, four-cylinder NA Atkinson cycle cylinder petrol engine ,two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery are used in tandem.
While the electric motor will be used for ignition (Integrated starter converter). The petrol mill produces 97 powerful and 127 Nm of torque, while the combined output is 109 powerful and 253 Nm of maximum torque. When released, City Hybrid will be India's one of most fuel-efficient car.
Maruti Ertiga, XL6 Facelifts
Maruti has launched several brands this year, starting with the new generation Celrio CNG, a highly modified Baleno and the lightweight WagonR. Indo-Japan automaker launches MPV-Ertiga and XL6 twin cars Both MPVs have seen outdoor cosmetic changes and new features inside.
All models now receive a powertrain update; since they will be provided with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the torque converter replaces the old 4-speed unit. No 5-speed manual engine and gearbox switch. Safety equipment such as a 360-degree camera and four airbags have also been added to the package. With two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery.
In addition to the above, Tata Motors also unveiled a new version of the SUV Coupe electric car called CURVV this month.