2021 is hoped to be a busy year for the Indian motor-buffs. Here’s a compilation of 5 new cars lined up for launch this year…
Toyota Fortuner Legender
Toyota will give their Fortuner SUV a facelift for 2021 on JAN 6,2021. The SUV was earlier launched internationally with a host of interior and exterior upgrades. The new Fortuner will feature a redesigned front fascia with a larger mesh grille, a new set of headlamps with DRLs, and restyled front bumpers. The SUV will sit on a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
Unsurprisingly, the interiors would remain unchanged except for the handful of added features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging pads, ambient lighting, etc. It will be offered with the same powertrain options as before. The SUV will be priced slightly higher than the current model and will continue to compete against the Ford Endeavour, MG Gloster and Mahindra Alturas G4.
Audi A4 Facelift
Audi will launch the new updated A4 on January 5 in India. The facelifted model will feature refreshed exterior and interiors along with a new turbo petrol engine. The design updates include a wider, single-frame grille, new LED headlamps with DRLs, restyled front and rear bumpers, and reworked tail lamps. On the inside the car gets a 10.1-inch infotainment system, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, all-LED headlamps, multi-zone climate control, ambient lighting, etc. The new A4 will only be offered with a 2.0L turbo-petrol and is expected to be priced at around INR 40 lakh (ex-showroom).
BMW 3-Series Gran Limousine
BMW India has confirmed the launch of the long-wheelbase version of their entry-level executive sedan, the 3 series. The car will be officially launched on 21st January 2021 in India.
The Gran Limousine is 120 mm longer and slightly taller than the standard 3 series. And the wheelbase at 2961mm, too is 110mm longer than the standard one. The rear legroom has now increased by 43mm, the longer rear doors will aid easy ingress and egress, seats also have been redone, with better cushioning and bolstering. Apart from these, the equipment list is the same as the standard car including, an 8.8-inch touchscreen with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, LED headlight and tail-lights, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control, etc.
The 3 series Gran Limousine will be powered either by a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine with 258 hp on tap or a 2.0 L turbocharged diesel mill producing 190hp. Both engines would come mated to the 8-speed step-Tronic sport automatic transmission.
MG Hector Plus 7 seat
MG India will launch the Hector plus 7 seat in January 2021. The SUV will feature a middle row bench seat, unlike the captain seats we had seen previously in the Hector Plus that was launched in July 2020. The seven-seat SUV will be offered with all the gizmos we saw in its six-seater version. This includes a 10.4 inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, MG’s in-car connectivity tech, a panoramic sunroof, Infinity audio system, ambient lighting, power-assisted front seats, parking sensors at the front and rear and a 360-degree surround camera.
The seven-seat Hector Plus will be priced a notch above the six-seat version which now retails at INR 13.74 to 19.69 lakh. Once launched, the SUV will compete with the likes of Mahindra XUV 500.
Tata Altroz Turbo
Tata is prepping the Altroz with a 110 hp 1.2L turbo petrol to stay on par with the competition. Adding more oomph though is the addition of a Schaeffler sourced DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) unit to the package, to make up for sportier drives all day. The new DCT equipped variant will have all the bells and whistles on board and will be placed atop the range. The Altroz Turbo is likely to be launched by March 2021 and will compete against the Hyundai i20 1.0 DCT, Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI, and the CVT variants of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, and Honda Jazz.