January has been a busy month for the Indian automotive industry. From carmakers announcing their sales volumes for the year 2021 to teasers for upcoming cars, January has been filled with a lot of fodder for the automotive industry to not stay hungry. With that in mind, here are some of the upcoming launches you should be excited about in 2022.
Audi Q7 facelift
Audi dropped a few teasers for the Q7 facelift’s imminent launch a few weeks ago, with production already having begun at their Aurangabad facility. With that in mind, there’s every possibility the official launch could take place this month, so all we should do is keep our eyes open and ready for a launch!
The Camry’s facelift could soon make its way to India, considering how Toyota posted a teaser video a few weeks ago for the same. The Camry will see a few changes on the exterior, though most of the car is expected to stay the same as the existing model.
Kia’s much-anticipated MPV, the Carens is on its way in the next few months. The car was unveiled just over a month ago, and there are a whole host of variants available for the same as well! Kia has remained surprisingly mum about the details of the same, despite the car’s popularity.
The eagerly awaited replacement for the aging Rapid, the Slavia will be making its way to the country by sometime next month if the estimations are anything to go by. Rivalling the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and more, the car is quite feature-rich, and shows Skoda’s belief in the Indian market!
The cousin to the Slavia, the Virtus will make its global debut sometime next month. The car will be based on the same platform as the Slavia, i.e. the MQB-AO-IN platform. It nothing more than a facelifted version of the Polo sold abroad, and an India launch is imminent.
Citroen C3 Aircross
The SUV-like hatchback will be Citroen’s next foray into the Indian market, and has been teased extensively on Citroen India’s YouTube page. The car could be aggressively-priced for the segment, and with a youthful aura around it, the car is certainly bound to be one to look out for.
New Hyundai Tucson
With the current-gen Tucson sold in India showing its age, Hyundai has made the decision to bring the new generation of the car to the country. Globally, Hyundai sells the car with 4 engine options, though whether all 4 will come to India remains to be seen. It was recently spotted undisguised being transported around as well, so it could well possibly be launched soon!
Hyundai Creta 2022
The Tucson above may be a popular car, though it sure wishes it could match the current popularity of its younger sibling, the updated 2022 Hyundai Creta. Revealed recently at the GIIAS motor show in Indonesia, it shares the Parametric grille from the Tucson, and the front fascia looks to have taken heavy inspiration from the Tucson as well. Though the engine remains the same, the changes to the exterior are significant enough to take notice!
Skoda Enyaq iV
Skoda’s belief in the Indian market could also see them bring their recently-unveiled Enyaq iV all-electric SUV this year, or maybe early next year. Similar in size to the Taigun, it will be a bit of a gamble betting on the Enyaq iV to sell like hot cakes (or hot samosas?) in India, despite the country’s growing affection towards EVs!
The Jeep Commander was recently unveiled for the South American markets, and is expected to come to India sometime this year. Effectively a 3-row version of the Compass, the Commander is a big boy car, with its large dimensions will certainly be a highly-anticipated one!
The BMW M4 released along with the M3, and is an absolute unit! To say it is powerful is an understatement, because with its 3L inline 6-cylinder engine producing a whopping 503HP, and an optional 4WD system all make this car not just one to look out for, but to envy as well!
The new Baleno is on its way, and will see quite a few updates. The major ones are on the exterior, with updated front and rear fascias and new front and rear lamps. The engine is also expected to be updated to the one in the Swift and the Dzire, and some new gizmos on the inside as well to spruce things up even further! (Source)
New Brezza / Toyota Urban Cruiser
The updated Brezza will be making its way onto Indian roads sometime this year, with an estimation of June or July for the launch. The exterior will be given a rejig, and the interior will also be spruced up to further enhance the appeal of the car. The power unit will be the same as the existing model, and it is expected that Toyota will also sell this as an updated version of their rebadged “Urban Cruiser” moniker.
Tata Altroz EV
The Altroz EV was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo nearly two years ago, though there’s a high possibility that the car could make its on-road debut this year. With prices expected to be in the ballpark of Rs 12-15 lakhs, the car will further ascertain Tata’s future as the leader in the EV segment in India!
Tata Tiago EV
Just like its sedan counterpart in the form of the Tigor EV, the Tiago EV will likely be making its debut this year. Details are far and few, though it is logical to assume that the Tiago EV will share most of its underpinnings with the Tigor EV, which has a range of a whopping 306KM on a single charge, this will most certainly be a car to look out for!
The new Toyota Land Cruiser was launched globally in June last year, and could finally make its way to India this year. Synonymous with Arab countries and rich sheikhs driving around in them, the new GA-F architecture used in this will certainly make this a car to be wary of, and with Toyota staying quiet on details about a possible launch window, all we can do is make assumptions right now, so let’s wait and see!