April 2023 witnessed some highly anticipated car launches such as Maruti Suzuki Fronx, MG Comet EV and 2023 Lexus RX. The next few months promise to be exciting with several manufacturers planning global unveilings and announcing pricing. Maruti is set to launch the highly anticipated Jimny, while Tata Motors is expanding its CNG lineup with two new models. In addition, various facelifts are long overdue. So here's a roundup of all the new cars and SUVs that are coming or coming in the near future.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny (May end)
Jimny is undoubtedly the most eagerly anticipated launch of the year, serving as the spiritual successor to the Maruti Gypsy but tailored for India with a five-door body style. While this adds to the practicality, Maruti has made sure that the Jimny retains its identity as a lifestyle vehicle, with its no-nonsense off-road capabilities, peaceful frame structure, and low-range 4x4. It will be powered by a 1.5-liter K15B petrol engine producing 105 hp, and will be available with a 5-speed or 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Prices are expected to range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 12 lakh, ex-showroom.
BMW M2 (End of May)
BMW is set to launch the second generation M2 (G87) in India, which will be a full import. Unlike its predecessor, which was available in the top-of-the-line Competition version, the new M2 will only be available in the standard version. The M2 will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine that produces an impressive 460 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. It will be equipped with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, while a 6-speed manual gearbox will be available as an option. In addition, this model will be the last pure combustion car in the BMW M division. The expected price in the ex-showroom of the M2 is around Rs 1 crore.
Tata Altroz CNG (May end)
With CNG gaining more popularity in India, Tata Motors is poised to launch the Altroz CNG, which will be the country's third luxury hatchback to come with the factory-fitted CNG suite. Altroz CNG bookings have already started, with a nominal amount of Rs 21,000. Deliveries are expected to begin in May, with pricing announced before then. The CNG package will be available on XE, XM+, XZ and XZ+ versions of the Altroz, with the top-spec version boasting features such as alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, a sunroof and six airbags. The Altroz CNG will be powered by a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine that generates 77 horsepower and 97 Nm of torque in CNG mode and will be paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
BMW X3 M40i (May end)
The X3 M40i is a high-performance version of the X3, sharing its powertrain with the BMW M340i sedan. It is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 360 hp and 500 Nm of torque, a 14hp drop from the sedan. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The X3 M40i features the M Sport Styling package as standard, as well as performance enhancements such as variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, M Sport differential and Adaptive M suspension. Bookings for the X3 M40i are already open, with a booking amount of Rs 5 lakh.
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