Last week, a mass carmaker also dispelled rumors of its intention to leave India
The last week of April 2022 was a mix of reveals, spy photos and even confirmation of an upcoming hybrid sedan launch. During the same period, we also got an idea of Maruti’s plans to make its models compatible with ethanol by 2023.
Here’s a quick overview:
Incoming Hyundai-Kia CNG cars: Hyundai and Kia are among the few mainstream brands that have not yet ventured into offering CNG models. This may soon change as the Sonet and Carens were recently spied with a CNG test kit. The Hyundai-Kia duo is sure to make an impression as it develops turbo-petrol-NGV cars, a first in the Indian automotive industry.
Ola’s electric car will get ADAS: At a recent event, Ola displayed a modified golf cart as a demonstration vehicle equipped with self-driving technology. We think driver assistance systems could be part of the EV maker’s next electric car.
Jeep opens reservations for the Meridian SUV: Jeep’s three-row SUV, the Meridian, is set to launch in June. Ahead of the pricing announcement, the automaker revealed it would start taking reservations for the SUV from the first week of May.
Tata Altroz EV spied: Since its debut as a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Tata Altroz EV has been waiting to hit the market. Now it looks like Tata has put the electric vehicle back on track as it was recently tested by spies.
All Maruti cars will be ethanol compatible by 2023: While the Indian government plans to make all cars compatible with the E20 blend by 2025, Maruti already seems to be overtaking its competitors by announcing that its entire range will be ethanol compatible by 2023.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 is coming to India: Soon after Kia confirmed it was bringing the EV6 to India, its cousin, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, is also expected to arrive here. It will be a full import and will be Hyundai’s second electric vehicle in India.
Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo and the new variant of Kushaq: Skoda will present the Kushaq Monte Carlo on May 9. While it was thought to only be offered with the larger 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, it is now confirmed that Skoda will supply it with the 1-litre unit as well. While the Monte Carlo is expected to arrive soon, the automaker has launched a new Ambition Classic variant placed between the base specification Active and the now second Ambition.
Rumors of Nissan leaving India and its response: Recently, a few tweets sparked a conversation about the possibility of Nissan leaving India. The automaker quickly responded and cleared the air to put the subject to rest.
Mercedes-Benz starts production of next-generation C-Class in India: The next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will go on sale in India on May 10. Ahead of its price announcement, the automaker has now started mass production of the sedan in India.
Launch date of the Honda City Hybrid: Until recently, we had all the important details of the Honda City Hybrid except for its launch date. The automaker has now set a date when it will reveal pricing for the hybrid sedan.
Tata Avinya makes her debut: Tata has launched its second EV concept for 2022 in the form of the Avinya, based on the automaker’s Generation 3 EV architecture. It will be compatible with the latest fast charging infrastructures with a minimum autonomy of 500 km recharged in less than 30 minutes.
BMW i4 presented in India: The EV space in India is growing at a healthy pace with more and more electric cars entering the market. As for the BMW Group, it already offers two electric vehicles in our country and is now preparing to launch the third model soon.
Long-range Tata Nexon EV spied again: Speaking of another EV, the long-range Tata Nexon EV has been spied yet again, this time with new alloy wheels and rear disc brakes. The automaker appears to be in the final stages of testing the electric vehicle as it has even revealed the launch date for the SUV.