New SUVs coming in February 2024 and beyond
The first month of 2024 has already seen 18 new car launches, which is by no means a small number, and it does not appear that carmakers are slowing down significantly. At least 8 new cars are expected to launch in India in the coming months, with models spanning multiple segments. Maruti Suzuki, Tata, Mahindra, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz are all set to introduce new models in the country soon. Here’s the entire list of main models and when you can expect it.
Tata Tiago, Tigor AMT CNG
Tata Motors has already released teasers and begun bookings for its Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan, which will include an industry first: a CNG-powered automatic variant. Both models will have a 5-speed AMT with the same 1.2-litre engine, as well as cruise control and hill-start assist. The Tiago iCNG AMT comes in three variants: XTA, XZA+, and XZA NRG, whereas the Tigor iCNG AMT only comes in the top-of-the-line XZA and XZA+. Expect the Tiago AMT CNG to cost between Rs 8 lakh and 9 lakh ex-showroom, while the Tigor AMT CNG will cost between Rs 9 lakh and 10 lakh ex-showroom.
Mahindra XUV300 facelift
Tata’s Nexon facelift arrived late last year, and Kia’s refreshed Sonet debuted just last month. To remain competitive, Mahindra will release a heavily updated XUV300. The compact SUV will feature styling cues heavily inspired by Mahindra’s BE SUV lineup, which will go on sale in 2025 – expect a more angular nose, completely redesigned drop-down LED DRLs, a reprofiled tailgate, and an LED light bar connecting the new taillights.
The interior is also expected to change, albeit primarily through feature updates. Top-spec trims are likely to include features such as a segment-first panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, and a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen. While the current engine lineup consists of a 1.5-litre diesel, 1.2-litre turbo petrol, and 1.2-litre direct injection turbo petrol (TGDI), the TGDI unit will be available with an Aisin-sourced 6-speed automatic (torque converter). The XUV300 facelift manual prices are expected to rise marginally over the current SUV’s Rs 9.31 lakh-13.16 lakh ex-showroom price range. Automatic variants are likely to cost an additional lakh.
Hyundai Creta N Line
The sportier version of the Creta, Hyundai’s third N Line model in India, is set to arrive in March. Unlike the other N Line models, which only get red highlights and a few trimmings, the sportier Creta receives a number of design changes, including larger 18-inch alloy wheels and the usual N Line-specific tweaks. The interior of the Creta N Line will also be different, with an all-black interior with red highlights instead of a dual-tone one. Mechanically, the Creta N Line is expected to feature a 160hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a DCT automatic transmission.
The fourth generation of Maruti Suzuki’s popular hatchback is expected to arrive soon, competing with the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. The new Swift will debut in the country with the new 1.2-litre three-cylinder Z Series engine, which produces 82hp and 108Nm in the Japan-spec model, and will be available with manual and automatic transmission. The new Swift will be manufactured at the company’s Hansalpur plant in Gujarat, and production is expected to begin this month. More information will be released closer to its launch; however, expect 2024 Swift prices to rise marginally over the current model’s Rs 6 lakh-8.9 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi price tag.
Tata Nexon iCNG
Tata’s compact SUV will get a CNG option; the Nexon iCNG was shown at the Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024 and is expected to arrive in a showroom near you soon. Based on the Nexon facelift, the CNG version is nearly identical to the other ICE-powered variants, with the exception of mechanical and cosmetic changes specific to CNG. Once launched, the Nexon will be the only vehicle in India to offer such a diverse range of fuel options, including petrol and diesel, CNG, and even EV. Nexon CNG prices are expected to be around Rs 1 lakh higher than the petrol-manual models, which are priced between Rs 8.15 lakh and Rs 13.60 lakh ex showroom.