The Indian auto industry will witness the launch of some great new cars this year. There will be a host of new cars in India from automakers including Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, and Force Motors. The three Indian auto brands are set to release several new cars in India in the next 12 months that will help them revitalize their markets. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming new Tata, Mahindra, and Force vehicles.
Tata Hexa Safari (Early-2021)
Tata Hexa Safari, which made its public debut at last year’s Auto Expo, will see a release coming months. The SUV will derive power from a BS6-compliant 2.2L, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine making power worth 156PS and 400Nm of torque. There will be three gearboxes on offer – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, and a 6-speed automatic. The new car in India will come with a 4X4 drivetrain system. Visually, it appears sportier than the BS4 Hexa model. Painted in a new bespoke green color, the SUV features new roof rails and contrasting body cladding. The safari badging on the driver-side dashboard and new upholstery are the two major changes made inside the cabin.
Tata HBX ( Mid-2021)
Tata HBX is surely one of the major car launches of 201. The HBX concept-based mini SUV, which will be put up against the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, is reported to hit roads near May. It will be Tata’s second product to be based on the Alfa platform. The company will initially make it available with a petrol engine only. The mini SUV might come with a 1.2L Revotron turbo motor making power worth 86bhp and 113Nm of torque. It will be hooked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Some of its key features will include a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel, a semi-digital instrument cluster, Harmon audio system, multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, and more.
Tata Altorz EV(2021-2022)
Tata Motors has already confirmed the electric iteration of the Tata Altroz premium hatchback. The model first broke cover in its concept form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, followed by its India debut early last year. The Altroz EV will be packed with Tata’s Ziptron electric powertrain that made its debut on the Nexon EV. The Altroz EV will offer an electric range between 250km- 300km. Its battery can be charged up to 80% with DC fast charging and 100% in 8 hours with a standard power socket.
Tata HBX EV(2021-2022)
Similar to the Altroz, the Tata HBX mini SUV will also receive an electric powertrain. It’s likely to be one of Tata’s new cars in India that will hit roads in the next 12 months. For power, the Tata HBX electric will use the Ziptron technology that’s claimed to be designed and developed for the Indian traffic and climatic conditions. The current version of the Ziptron includes a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a 129bhp electric motor. As of now, the details of the Tata HBX EV are skimpy.
Tata Harrier Petrol (2021)
Tata’s highly-popular premium compact SUV – Harrier – will soon receive a new petrol engine. It will get Tata’s new 1.5L turbocharged petrol unit that’s likely to offer power around 150bhp. The same powertrain will also be used in the upcoming Gravitas SUV. The Harrier petrol is expected to launch near around 2021 festive season. Interestingly, the carmaker will introduce an automatic gearbox with a turbo-petrol model with paddle shifters. It might also get a ‘Sport’ mode. The design and features of the new Tata Harrier petrol will be similar to the current diesel model.
New Mahindra XUV500
Just like the new Scorpio, the next-generation Mahindra XUV500 will be based on an all-new platform that’s likely to enhance its performance and safety quotient. The new car in India is likely to come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system as we have seen in the new SsangYong Korando. The list of features also include autonomous tech, a new digital instrument console, a panoramic sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be made available with a new 2.0L diesel engine that is more powerful than its replacement (2.2L unit). The new car in India will also come with a new 2.0L mStallion turbo petrol engine. The SUV can be had either with a manual or an automatic gearbox.
Mahindra XUV300 Sportz
Surveyed at the 2020 Auto Expo, the Mahindra XUV300 Sportz is the sportier and more powerful version of the standard XUV300. The SUV employs the BS6-compliant 1.2L turbo petrol motor that belongs to Mahindra’s new mStallion engine family. The new petrol engine is good enough for 130bhp and 230Nm of torque, thus making it more powerful than the standard XUV300. In fact, it will be the most powerful car in its segment. The XUV300 Sportz will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Little cosmetic changes have also been made including new body graphics with ‘Sportz’ lettering on the front doors, red stitching on seats, and contrasting red highlights on the dashboard.
Force Gurkha 2021 made its public debut at the Delhi Auto Expo last year. Compared to the existing model, the new car in India looks more rugged and has more features. Design parts such as a new front grille and bumper, more prominent wheel arches with black cladding, new light clusters enhance its new look. Inside, the off-road SUV gets a newly-designed dashboard, a new center console with the integrated touchscreen infotainment system, an updated instrument cluster, and new control surfaces for the air-con system. The model has front-facing seats with two individual seats in the second row. Energizing the vehicle is the BS6 2.6L diesel engine delivering around 90bhp, thus making it 5bhp more powerful than its BS4 version. Transmission tasks will be done by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
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