This month will see the release of a number of exciting new cars, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the entry-level Mahindra Thar, and as many as five BMWs.
Manufacturers of automobiles are getting ready to unveil a slew of new and updated models as 2019 begins. Vehicles from BMW, Hyundai, Toyota, Citroen, Mahindra, MG, and Mercedes-Benz are included in this category, among many others. This article provides a summary of the new vehicle releases scheduled for January.
1. BMW X1
BMW’s next-generation X1 SUV will make its debut in India in March of 2023. The base SUV has a more upright appearance than higher trim levels, with a flatter hood, higher grille, and bulkier rear. The new X1, at 4,500 millimeters in length, is a bit longer than its main competitor, the Audi Q3 (4,484 millimeters). The X1’s digital instrument cluster and touchscreen interface are housed in a frameless, curving display within the vehicle. BMW has not yet announced the specifications of the X1’s powertrain in India, while other markets get SUVs with 1.5- and 2.0-liter petrol engines and 2.0-liter diesel engines with mild-hybrid technology.
2. BMW X7 facelift
The updated X7, which debuted in April 2022, features a revised front fascia that prominently displays the company’s new split-headlamp design. There is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen installed in the luxury SUV’s interior, both of which are part of the latest curved infotainment screen from the manufacturer. The xDrive 40i and xDrive 30d trims of the X7 will be available in India, with the former featuring a 380-horsepower inline six-cylinder petrol engine and the latter a 352-horsepower diesel unit. All-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic are standard on both engines, and the former is paired with 48V mild-hybrid technology. Click here to read our worldwide evaluation of the luxury SUV, or here to see our video review.
3. BMW 7 Series
Seventh-generation BMW 7 Series models use the CLAR platform and feature a split-headlamp design similar to the refreshed X7. Hidden air conditioning vents, a curved screen infotainment system, touchscreen door pads in the rear, automatic doors, and a new crystal-like look for the dashboard are just some of the interior upgrades. The highlight is the optional, roof-mounted 31.3-inch, 8K ‘cinema’ screen. The 3.0L inline-6 diesel (730d), 3.0L inline-6 petrol (740i), and 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine (543hp) are all possibilities for the India-bound model, as is the standard-issue all-wheel-drive and 48V mild-hybrid system. The new 7 Series is notable for not offering a short-wheelbase variant and only being available in the long-wheelbase configuration.
4. BMW i7
The i7 is the all-electric version of the new 7 Series, therefore it shares the same underpinnings (CLAR architecture) and styling (outside and inside). The exterior of the i7 is accented with electric blue, and it is large I badging on the grille to set it apart. Based on the WLTP test cycle, the i7’s claimed range is 590-625 kilometers thanks to the 101.7kWh lithium-ion battery that is built into the floor. The i7’s xDrive 60 grade, the one that’s most likely to make it to India, has two electric motors, one for each axle, that create a total of 544 horsepower. BMW claims that with appropriate 195kW DC chargers, the i7 can be charged to go 100 kilometers in 6 minutes.
5. BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine facelift
The Gran Limousine, the long-wheelbase variant of the recently revised 3 Series, has received some cosmetic updates, including new LED headlamps with blue accents and modified bumpers. BMW’s curved touchscreen and upgraded cabin are new features inside the luxury car. The updated BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine in India has yet to receive official word on its powertrain, while the Chinese market model already benefits from a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
6. Citroen eC3 electric
This month, Citron will release an electrified version of the C3. The French automaker has also revealed that the electric hatchback will be called the eC3. The only visual differences between the ICE and eC3 will be the absence of exhaust and the introduction of a new charging port on the front fender. Meanwhile, the interior is expected to get a new drive controller in place of the traditional gear shifter. A 30.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack will power the electric motor installed in the front axle, allowing for 86 horsepower and 143 Newton meters of torque. The ARAI-estimated range for the electric hatchback is about 350 kilometers, and it will come equipped with a 3.3kW onboard AC charger.
7. Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai’s flagship product, the Ioniq 5, was recently shown off in India in anticipation of its 2023 debut at the Auto Expo 2023. It is mechanically identical to the Kia EV6. The Ioniq 5 will be less expensive than the EV6 (Rs 59.96 lakh, ex-showroom, India) and bookings have already begun at a symbolic Rs 1 lakh. This is because it is being locally produced. The appearance is highlighted by details such as the pixelated design of the headlights and taillights, the intricate design of the 20-inch aero-optimized wheels, and the steeply slanted windscreens.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s powertrain specifications have not been made public, however, it is speculated to include a 72.6 kWh battery and an ARAI-certified range of 631 kilometers. The electric motor of the rear-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 generates 217 horsepower and 350 Newton meters of torque. With its 800V charging capabilities, the battery can go from 10% to 80% charged in just 18 minutes.
8. Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet
On January 6, Mercedes-Benz will introduce the E53 Cabriolet 4Matic+ to India through the completely built-up (CBU) approach. It will join the E 53 sedan, GLE 53 coupe-SUV, and EQS 53 EV sedan as the fourth AMG car to wear the ’53’ badge in India. The cabriolet shares its 435-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the E 53 sedan and GLE 53 coupe-SUV, with the addition of 21 horsepower and 249-Nm of torque from the integrated starter generator. AMG adds its distinctive Panamericana grille and a new front splitter to the E 53 cabriolet. The E 53 Cabriolet’s cabin features a flat-bottom steering wheel and twin 12.3-inch displays for the car’s gauges and entertainment systems.
9. MG Hector facelift
At midlife, the Hector will receive a full exterior makeover. According to our previous report, the Hector refresh features an all-new front fascia with a bigger grille, revised headlights, a new bumper, and a reworked red strip linking the taillights. The largest screen ever installed in a car on the Indian market is found in the redesigned MG Hector, a 14-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment system. The SUV will also include an updated digital instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance features. To learn more about these, visit this link. Mechanically, however, both the 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engines (one of which features mild hybrid technology) and the 2.0-liter diesel unit will carry over from the current Hector. It’s also anticipated that the available transmissions won’t change.
10. Mahindra XUV400
The Mahindra XUV400, which will make its debut in September 2022, is stylistically identical to its internal combustion engine (ICE) sister but features an electric vehicle (EV)-specific upgrades clearly influenced by the eXUV300 concept. The XUV400 is projected to come in three different trim levels: Base, EP, and EL. The electric small SUV from Mahindra is powered by a 39.4kWh battery pack, which in turn supplies energy to the electric motor installed in the front axle, where it generates 150hp and 310Nm. The company also states that the XUV400 can travel up to 456 kilometers (MIDC) on a single charge and that it can go from empty to 80 percent charged in just 50 minutes when connected to a 50-kilowatt direct current (DC) fast charger. We put the XUV400 through its paces, and you can learn more about it by reading our review or watching our video review.
11. Mahindra Thar 2WD
This month, Mahindra will release a stripped-down version of its best-selling Thar. In addition to the present 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engines, the SUV will soon receive the 1.5-liter diesel engine seen in the Marazzo MPV. It will produce 117 horsepower and be mated exclusively to a 5-speed manual transmission. And to keep the price low, this base-model Thar will be offered in only 2WD form. Both a manual and automatic 6-speed transmission and Mahindra’s 2.0-liter turbo-petrol Thar with two-wheel drive are on the way.