Four-wheeler launches that took place in India during COVID19
In the new normal wherein everyone was instructed to work and operate from their respective homes to practise social distancing, automobile manufacturers started investing their resources in the digital space for the launch of their new products. We are sure you aware of the term throwback. For the ones not aware, it is basically remembering an activity or an event that has happened in the past. In this feature, we are doing a throwback on the numerous four-wheeler launches that happened in the country during lockdown.
To make it an even more attractive offering, Kia brought some of the features from the top-spec variant to the lower variants. In addition to that, the company also discontinued two of its variants from the Seltos range - Smartstream Petrol 1.4T-GDI GTK and GTX 7DCT. However, the highlight of the SUV were the ten additional features, which included colour options and interior update. Details here
372PS, 3.0L petrol
Rs 88.80 lakh, ex-showroom
The GLE 450 features dual 12.3-inch displays, power-adjustable rear seats, 4-zone climate control, 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof and wireless charging.Notable features are the Multibeam LED headlamps, a 360-degree camera with a self-parking function, 20-inch alloys, Airmatic suspension, the MBUX infotainment system with the twin-screen layout, electrically adjustable rear seats, memory function powered from seats, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof and electrically operated sunblinds. Details here
340PS, 3.0L petrol
Rs 95 lakh, ex-showroom
The xLine version comes with aluminium exterior trim in the grille, roof-rail, etc., grey body cladding and unique front bumper and alloys. The M Sport version is sportier to look at with high-gloss exterior trim, an M aero package, and larger alloy wheels. The M Sport also gets unique suspension tuning, brakes and exhaust system. On the inside, the M Sport also gets M-specific pedals, steering wheel and optional carbon-fibre trim elements. The X6 also offers the option of lighting the kidney grille. Details here.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio S-CNG
60PS, 1.0L petrol
Rs 5.61 lakh, ex-showroom
Notable features available on the Celerio VXi(O) CNG are body coloured exterior trims, power steering, power windows, central locking, 60:40 split rear seats, reverse parking sensors and two airbags. Commercial buyers can opt for the Tour H2 version priced at Rs 5.37 lakh. Details here.
400PS, 3.0L diesel
Rs 1.63 crore, ex-showroom
Range-topping X7 arrives, in M50d trim, with a quad-turbo diesel motor. Expectedly, its 5.4s run from zero to 100kmph is a big selling point, apart from it being fully specced up. The styling is iconic BMW and the X7 gets noticeably large kidney grille and the all-LED headlamps are flanked on the side. The X& is over 5 metres long and weighs almost 2.3 tonnes. The X7 is based on the X5's platform, although it has been heavily modified to accommodate seats for 6-7 passengers. More details here.
Maruti Suzuki S-presso S-CNG
67PS, 1.0L petrol
Rs 4.84 lakh, ex-showroom
It boasts of features like steering mounted audio and voice controls, 7-inch touchscreen with Smartplay Studio along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12V charging sockets, and rear parking sensors. The car is offered in four variants- LXI, LXI (O), VXI, and VXI (O). The car is powered by a 1.0-litre engine that delivers a mileage of 31.2 km/kg and has a tank capacity of 55 litres. More details here
330PS, 3.0L diesel, 367PS, 3.0L petrol
Rs 99.90 lakh, ex-showroom
Features on the S-Class of SUVs are the 13-speaker Burmester audio system, rear Chauffeur package that pushes the front passenger seat forward with a button, airmatic air suspension, a rear-seat entertainment package, MBUX with its two 12.3-inch screens and new rear-seat control for the infotainment system.
200PS 2.2-litre Diesel
Rs.24.59 lakh ex-showroom
Priced substantially higher than its main rival, the Toyota Innova, the Kia Carnival also offers more in terms of style, space, comfort and features. The Kia Carnival has a longish bonnet and smart profile and substantial street presence and comes with Kia's signature 'tiger-nose' grille and wrap-around LED projection headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The features list includes VIP Nappa leather seats, dual-panel electric sunroof, dual touchscreen rear seat entertainment, and power tailgate. Details here.
Tata Harrier Automatic
170PS 2.0-litre Diesel
Rs.13.69 lakh ex-showroom
Tata has put in a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox in the Harrier mated to the 2.0-litre diesel that produces an increased power output of 170PS compared to the 140PS in the previous version, while the torque figures remain the same at 350Nm. There are also some cosmetic changes in the new Harrier, with a new Calypso red colour option, two-tone diamond-cut R17 alloys and newly designed outer mirrors with turn indicators. Details here.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo
165PS 2.0-litre Diesel
Rs. 1.38 crore ex-showroom
The Marco Polo has a yacht-themed interior wood panelling and finish, a collapsible table and seating for four. The rear seats fold flat into a double bed, and can be completely isolated with blinds. The electric roof extension with a built-in foldable tent also provides a sleeping compartment for two more. The top-spec version even has a mini kitchenette with an LPG gas cylinder and a proper washbasin and sink. There is also an exterior awning and a foldable table and chairs for outdoor seating. To further enforce itself as a long-distance travel solution, the MarcoPolo has a 38-litre water tank and a 40-litre one for waste water. Details here.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza facelift
105PS 1.5-litre Petrol
Rs. 7.34 lakh ex-showroom
Cosmetic changes to the Vitara Brezza facelift are a new front bumper with larger air dam cutouts and a bull-bar motif. The details on the grille and in the headlamps have changed too, and now form one continuous element. The front bull bar design and faux skid plates add a bit to the ruggedness of the all-new Vitara Brezza and the integrated grille and headlamp create a sweeping volume that emphasizes its width. The biggest change for the Vitara Brezza is now under the hood. It gets the K15B 1.5 litre BSVI compliant petrol motor as seen in the Ciaz and Ertiga. This motor makes 105PS and 138Nm torque and gets the Smart Hybrid tech to go with it. The motor is paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. Details here
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 S
639PS 4.0-litre V8 Petrol
Rs. 2.42 crore ex-showroom
This is said to be the fastest 4-door series production car in the world. The GT 63 S 4MATIC+ variant comes with a 4.0-litre, V8 petrol which produces 639PS and a staggering 900Nm of torque. The AMG GT S gets from 0-100kmph in just 3.2 seconds, which is very impressive for a four-door sports car. Details here.
Land Rover Discovery Sport facelift
180PS 2.0-litre Diesel
Rs. 57.06 lakh ex-showroom
Based on the new Premium Transverse Architecture, as on the new Evoque, the Disco Sport will benefit from electrified powertrains and a 13 per cent stiffer body. Styling wise the biggest change is the front end styling which now resembles the full-size Discovery. The new model can be told apart from the outgoing one most easily by the distinctive W-shape of the LED DRLs housed in the headlight unit. The overall styling carries forward largely unchanged, with the changes mostly restricted to new bumpers front and rear. The Discovery Sport will offer a 48V mild-hybrid option, available across the range of 4-cylinder diesel and petrol Ingenium engines, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants available. Details here.
610PS 5.2-litre V10 Petrol
Rs. 3.22 crore ex-showroom
The rear-wheel drive version of the Huracan sports a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine good for 610PS of power and 560Nm of torque. It is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends all the power to the asphalt via 305mm wide-section tyres in the rear. This power is said to propel the car from 0-100kmph in 3.3 seconds. By the exclusion of the all-wheel drive system, the RWD Huracan sheds around 33kg of weight, further improving the power to weight ratio of the car. The chassis of the Huracan Evo is a combination of aluminium and carbon fibre. Details here
197PS 2.5-litre Petrol
Rs. 79.5 lakh ex-showroom
The Vellfire comes with a 10-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto in the dashboard along with 13-inch screens for rear passengers. Interior of the Vellfire can be customized with a choice of two colour options- beige and black. The Vellfire comes with three rows of seats with the second row having captain seats and the last row with a bench seat good for three passengers. However, the second row is the main highlight with all the bells and whistles to go with, including electrically operated controls, footrests and a folding desk. Details here.
New-gen Hyundai Creta
115PS, 1.5L petrol/diesel
140PS, 1.4L petrol
Rs. 9.99 lakh ex-showroom onwards
The headlines for the new Creta are the updated design, new BSVI engines and a host of new features including the BlueLink connected technologies. The new Creta is equipped with disc brakes on all fours, six airbags, ESP, VSM and the S.O.S feature. The latter is a part of the new Hyundai BlueLink connected tech suite which we first experienced on the Hyundai Venue. The Creta builds further on the extensive list of connected tech features with new remote functions like starting/immobilising the engine, pre-cooling the cabin, using the air-purifier to sanitise the cabin air, controlling the sunroof etc. Details here
150PS, 1.5L petrol
Rs. 19.99 lakh ex-showroom
Features of the new SUV include a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, DRLs and tail lamps, leather seats and the digital instrument cluster that debuted on the Tiguan Allspace. Safety features include six airbags, hill start assist, ESP and so on. There will be six colour options available, five dual-tone and one single-tone shade. Dimensionally, the T-Roc is 4,234mm long, 1,992mm wide and 1,573mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,590mm. Details here.
Volkswagen Tiguan All Space
190PS, 2.0L petrol
Rs. 33.12 lakh ex-showroom
The Allspace's most notable addition is the third row of seats, which means the new SUV is 215mm longer than the standard Tiguan and has a 110mm longer wheelbase. In keeping with the carmaker's decision to move away from diesel cars in India, the Allspace will get a new 2.0-litre BSVI-compliant four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that makes 190PS and 320 Nm. This will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and come with AWD. Notable features include a new digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, three-zone AC, Vienna leather upholstery, LED headlamps and seven airbags. Details here.
255PS, 2.0L petrol,
245PS 2.0L diesel
Rs. 62.70 lakh ex-showroom onwards
The Coupe gets a new diamond grille, the streamlined lights elements - front and rear, and smaller alloy wheels which go with its comfort biased nature, compared to its AMG counterpart. The cabin looks very similar to the GLC, boasting of a new instrumentation and a larger infotainment system which now features Apple CarPlay and the acclaimed MBUX operating system with the "Hey Mercedes" digital voice assistant feature. Details here.
192PS 2.0L petrol, 2.0 litre diesel 190PS, `
Rs. 35.90 lakh ex-showroom onwards
Exterior features include a larger kidney grille, LED headlamps, fog lamps, alloy wheels and twin exhaust outlets. And the interior hosts features like push-button start, keyless entry and ambient lighting. Details here.
Skoda Rapid TSI
110PS 1-litre petrol
Rs. 7.49 lakh, ex-showroom
Features include a new 8 inch Android infotainment system, a dual tone leatherette interior for the Onyx and green-tinted glass. The Ambition trim costs Rs 9.99 lakh, the Onyx comes in at Rs 10.19. The Style version costs Rs 11.49 lakh while the Monte Carlo costs 11.79 lakh. There are numerous paint options unique to each trim level. Further certain colours can be had with contrasting dark elements. More details here.
150PS 1.5-litre petrol
Rs 24.99 lakh, ex-showroom
The Karoq comes quite well equipped. There is two-zone climate control, powered driver's seat, a panoramic sunroof, the Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, ambient lighting and an eight-inch infotainment system. Safety is well taken care of with nine airbags. More details here.
Skoda Superb facelift
190PS, 2-litre petrol
Rs. 29.99 lakh, ex-showroom
The butterfly grille now has a thick chrome strip running over it while the headlamps are slimmer and full matrix LED units with new elements. Also new is the front bumper. The air dam is wider and stretches the entire length of the car, also housing the wide LED fog lamps. It gets the wide Skoda lettering seen on the Scala while the tail lamps now have new detailing. The interior's biggest addition is the Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster for the Sportline version, VW's newest infotainment system and new chrome and other trim designs around the cabin. More details here.
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