The New Year 2023 will bring joy as it marks a new beginning across the spectrum. The Indian automobile market is no different, and there are a slew of launches and unveils scheduled for the next month to look forward to. From SUVs, MPVs, ICEs or EVs to sedans and cabriolets, let's find out new car launches in Jan 2023. We'll also be covering the list of launches and unveils at the Auto Expo 2023 in the coming days.
MG Hector facelift
Morris Garages India will be the first OEM to introduce a new product on the market in 2023 on January 5, which will be the updated Hector SUV. The occasion probably also marked the beginning of the Hector Plus facelift in India. Spy shots have already revealed a number of changes coming with the Hector Facelift, including a vertically-stacked 14-inch infotainment system. Powertrain options for the model are expected to carry over from the previous version.
Mercedes-AMG E53 Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz will open its innings for 2023 with the launch of the E53 AMG Cabriolet on January 6. Set to become the country's fourth 53-badge model, the model will be powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six petrol engine with a mild-hybrid engine producing a combined output of 429bhp. Mercedes-Benz India will also reveal its roadmap for the full year during this launch event.
BMW is on a roll when it comes to car launches this winter season. Earlier this month, the brand introduced the updated M340i and its flagship XM performance SUV, and those models will now be followed by two sedans next month. Pricing will be announced on January 7 for the all-electric BMW i7 sedan. The model's propulsion will be a 101.7 kWh battery pack paired with two electric motors, claimed to offer a range of 512 km on a single charge.
New BMW 7 Series
Alongside the BMW i7 will be the new BMW 7 Series, both unveiled at the brand's Joytown event in Mumbai. The new generation of the 7 Series has a completely new design from the inside out. Some of the standout features include an illuminated front grille, new front and rear bumpers, and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The model's party trick will be the 31-inch 8k ceiling-mounted theatrical projection screen.
Mahindra pulled the covers off the XUV400 EV which is ready for production in September 2022. We have already driven the XUV400, the price of which will be announced in January 2023. However, Mahindra did not disclose the exact date, nor will the brand be involved in the Auto Expo 2023 next month. The model is powered by a 39.4kWh battery that produces 150PS and 310Nm of torque, with a range of 456km on a single charge.
Toyota Innova Hycross
The Toyota Innova Hycross has already begun arriving at local dealerships across the country, suggesting that pricing could be announced in the coming weeks. Unveiled a week after its world debut in Indonesia as the Innova Zenix, the model will be offered in India with two powertrains, including a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a hybrid system. Customers will be able to choose from seven colors in five variants. Seven and eight seat configurations will also be offered.
BMW X7 facelift
BMW will host the final edition of the Joytown Festival in Bangalore, and we expect the German automobile brand to introduce two updated models for the Indian market, one of which could be the refreshed X7. The company had previously announced its release on December 10, but it was later postponed. In addition to the controversial split headlight design and exterior, the new X7 will likely have a mild-hybrid powertrain and a new 4.4-liter V8 engine.
BMW 3 Series LCI
The new BMW 3 Series, known as the Life Cycle Impulse (LCI in BMW jargon) was unveiled in May this year and is likely to launch alongside the 2023 X7 on January 28 in Bangalore. Returning to the third series comes a mid-life update to the model with a host of updates inside and out. Under the hood, the model will likely get a 48-volt mild hybrid system in addition to the existing range of powertrains.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai recently unveiled the Hyundai Ioniq 5 for the Indian market ahead of its price announcement, which is likely to happen in the coming weeks. The model, powered by the same e-GMP platform as the Kia EV6, will be priced slightly lower, via the CKD route. Notably, the EV6, unlike its upcoming cousin, is imported via the CBU route. The Ioniq 5 will be powered by a 72.6kWh battery generating 214bhp and 350Nm of torque, with an ARAI certified range of 631km on a single charge.
Citroen C3 EV
Citroen India is all set to launch its third model in the domestic market after the C5 Aircross and C3, which will be called the eC3. The production-ready model is likely to be revealed in the second half of January 2023. Details on the model are scarce at the moment, although we can expect a 20-30kWh battery with a range of 200-250km on a single charge.