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New car launches coming to India next week

Amid a slew of new car launches in 2022, the country’s popular automakers are gearing up to introduce more new models to the country next week. The new lineup of upcoming cars will vary from affordable CNG models to high-end SUVs. Read below to find out more about the upcoming new car launches in the country.

Aunty Safari Dark Edition

Indian automaker Tata Motors will launch the Safari Dark Edition in the country on January 17. The upcoming model will be the fifth Dark Edition model to be introduced in the country. As seen in previous Dark Edition releases, the upcoming Safari Dark Edition will also receive similar interior and exterior updates. Mechanically, the vehicle will be powered by the existing 2.0 liter diesel which generates 168 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is also mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic option.

Aunty Tiago CNG

Tata Motors recently announced plans to introduce a range of CNG cars in the country on January 19, 2022. The Tiago will be the first model in the company’s range to feature a CNG option in the country. Moreover, the company could also introduce the Tigor CNG in the country. Both models were extensively tested in 2021. Additionally, the recently launched Punch subcompact SUV was also spied in the country, leading us to believe that the vehicle may offer a CNG option at a later date.

Tata Tiago three quarter front left

Selective dealers in the country are informally accepting reservations for Tiago and Tigor CNG. The company will likely offer the CNG option in the base XE trim and the mid-range XT variant. Mechanically, the vehicle will be powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates 85 hp and 113 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT option. Power figures for the CNG version may vary from the petrol version.

Toyota Hilux

Tata Tiago three quarter front left

Japanese automaker Toyota has recently launched the updated Camry hybrid in India. This time around, the company will launch its second product for the Indian market, the Hilux, on January 20, 2022. The Hilux pickup has already started arriving at dealerships. The vehicle will be available in five color options including – Emotional Red, Metallic Grey, Pearl White, Metallic Silver and Super White. Mechanically, the Hilux will be powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine that generates 201hp and 500Nm of torque. This engine will be available in manual and automatic transmission options.

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Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG

Tata Tiago Right Front Door Guard

Some select dealers around the country are unofficially accepting reservations for the CNG iteration of the newer Celerio. As Tata Motors prepares to launch the Tiago CNG in India next week, Maruti Suzuki would not like to be left far behind and is expected to launch the Celerio CNG around the same time. Currently in its next-generation avatar, the Celerio is powered by a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder K10C petrol engine that generates 66PS and 89Nm of torque in petrol form. Performance figures vary for the CNG version.

Audi Q7 redesign

Tata Tiago three-quarter front right

German premium carmaker Audi will likely launch the Q7 facelift in India next week. The company has yet to confirm the launch date. In terms of freshness, the Q7 facelift gets a new single-frame grille with vertical slats, redesigned front bumper, panoramic sunroof, shark fin antennas and LED headlights. Mechanically, the SUV will be powered by a 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that generates 335hp and 500Nm of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

BMW X3 facelift

Tata Tiago three quarter front left

Here is another popular German automaker which recently teased the X3 facelift in India. Compared to the outgoing model, the upcoming BMW X3 gets a larger grille as well as redesigned front and rear bumpers. In addition, the vehicle also receives new LED headlights and revised LED taillights. Mechanically, the vehicle will be powered by the existing 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options which will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.