This month will see a lot of action in the form of new arrivals. We’ll be treated to a bunch of new model launches and reveals, as well as facelifts and updates to existing models. These include updates to the VW Tiguan and Mahindra TUV300 and the arrival of the Creta-based Hyundai Alcazar. Let’s take a look at them:
Hyundai is all set to unveil the Creta-based three-row Alcazar SUV on April 6 followed by a launch by the end of this month. Despite borrowing most of its blueprint from the Creta, the Alcazar will get distinctive styling of its own as seen in leaked 3D renders. Expect the Alcazar to also borrow the long list of features from the Creta as well as its turbo-petrol and diesel engine options. It is likely to be priced from Rs 13 lakh onwards.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen will mark its foray into the Indian market with the C5 Aircross, which goes on sale on April 7. The mid-size SUV will come loaded with features and creature comforts including a panoramic sunroof, 8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, and three individual rear seats. It will be powered by a 177PS 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an 8-speed AT. Expect the C5 Aircross to be priced from Rs 28 lakh onwards.
2021 Skoda Kodiaq
Skoda will unveil the facelifted Kodiaq on April 13, ahead of a mid-2021 India launch. The biggest change will be to the powertrain which will now see a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a 7-speed DSG. In addition to that, the Kodiaq will get additional features and minor cosmetic updates.
New Skoda Octavia
The fourth-gen Skoda Octavia will go on sale by the end of this month. As part of the updates, it will get a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, up to eight airbags, and bigger dimensions. It will be a petrol-only offering, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine paired with a 7-speed DSG.
Facelifted BMW 6 GT
Globally unveiled in May 2020, BMW is finally set to launch the 6 Series GT this month. Updates include a revised fascia and LED tail lamps. The 6 Series GT is expected to retain its engines from the previous model. These consisted of a 3.0-litre petrol engine and 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines.
2021 Kia Seltos
Kia has stated its intentions to announce something ‘big’ on April 27. We believe that it refers to updates to the Seltos. Kia’s debut car in India has completed a year and a half and could be up for some updates. These include the debut of Kia’s new logo in India, a new variant, or feature additions like a panoramic sunroof.
Next-Gen Maruti Celerio
Maruti Suzuki will probably unveil the second-gen Celerio this month. This will mark the biggest change the affordable hatchback has seen since its launch in 2014. Spy shots reveal that the next-gen model will be bigger and based on a new platform. In addition to its 1.0-litre petrol engine, it could also get the option of the WagonR’s 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Facelifted VW Tiguan
Out of the two new SUVs VW has planned to bring to India in 2021, the facelifted Tiguan will be the first to arrive, probably by the end of this month. It will get cosmetic upgrades, new features, and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with an AWD drivetrain.
The wait has been long with this one. First showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, the BS6 Force Gurkha could very well arrive this month. In addition to its exterior update, the Gurkha gets a complete makeover inside. It will be offered with a 90PS 2.6-litre diesel engine but could get a 2.2-litre diesel engine later on as well.
Facelifted Mahindra TUV300/ Bolero Neo
Off the market since the transition to BS6 norms, the TUV300 could make a comeback along with some changes by the end of this month. The biggest change however is likely to be to the name itself. Mahindra could rename the car “Bolero Neo”.
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
The BS6 D-Max V-Cross has already started reaching dealerships, hinting at an imminent launch in April. It is likely to remain unchanged, save for the engine option. Earlier offered with 2.5-litre and 1.9-litre diesel engines, the D-Max V-Cross could now be offered with just the smaller option yet more powerful engine.
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