No less than 53 cars are expected to be launched in the 2018 calendar year. The most sensational of them perhaps will be the Lamborghini Urus super SUV powered by a 650bhp 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, and capable of doing 0 to 100kmph in 3.6 seconds!
Toyota will launch the 354bhp Lexus LS 500h flagship luxury sedan with e-CVT transmission and rear-wheel drive. Expected price is Rs 1.5 crore.
Audi is coming up with the second generation Q5 SUV with the choice of a 190bhp 2-litre petrol engine, 252bhp 2-litre petrol engine, and a 286bhp, 3-litre V6 diesel engine.
Datsun will introduce a five-speed Automated Manual Transmission version of the Redigo small car. Over the manual transmission model, this is expected to cost
Rs 30,000 more. A three-row new MPV is expected to be launched by Mahindra in 2018. It is a monocoque construction, and would be powered by a 130bhp, 1.6-litre diesel engine. The MPV will compete with the likes of Ertiga and Lodgy.
Back home, the big news will be the launch of new Maruti Swift. A third generation car, it will be powered by the same set of 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine. It is expected to cost 3-4 per cent more than the current model. Also on the way is the next generation WagonR.
BMW has many plans up its sleeve. It will launch the new 5- and 6-Series GT. The 6-Series GT will compete with the long-wheelbase E-Class. Both, the 5- and 6-Series GT are expected to be powered by 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engine, and a 6-cylinder diesel engine. The new, third-gen BMW X3 will also be launched. Based on BMW’s new CLAR platform, the SUV will be powered by a petrol and diesel engine.
BMW will also launch the M5 sports luxury sedan. It is powered by a 600bhp, 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 engine. Drive is through an M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The premium brand will also introduce the i8 Coupe and Spider. These will be powered by a 374hp hybrid powertrain. Mini will launch the new Countryman. Expected to cost Rs 37 lakh, the new car will be powered by a 2-litre petrol and a diesel engine.
Mitsubishi is expected to launch the new (169bhp, 2.4-litre petrol engine and all-wheel drive) Outlander in the price range of Rs 20-23 lakh. It will be a CBU.
In a price range similar to that of the Outlander will be the new Jetta from Volkswagen while Hyundai will roll out the sporty looking Ioniq fastback cars at an estimated price of Rs 20 lakh. It will also introduce the new i20. Choice of engines will include existing ones and a 1-litre turbo-petrol engine.
Mahindra’s face-lifted XUV500 is coming too. With a power output of 170bhp, it will be offered with a choice of manual and auto transmissions. The company will also launch the Mahindra TUV300 Plus, a longer version of the current TUV300. Powered by a 120bhp, 2-litre engine, it will seat up to 10 people.
Ford will bring out the new Figo hatchback and Aspire compact sedan with cosmetic and functional tweaks. Among the new offerings will be a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
Nissan will introduce the new X-Trail SUV at an estimated price range of Rs 20-23 lakh.
Volvo is expected to launch the XC40 SUV at a price of Rs 45 lakh.
Jeep is sending the Renegade at a price of Rs 15- 20 lakh in the market.
Fiat is expected to launch the Argo at an estimated price of Rs 7 lakh. It will compete against the likes of Baleno. The brand is also launching the Cronos at an estimated price of Rs 9 lakh. The MG GS SUV is expected to be available at a price of Rs 12 -15 lakh.