A lot of car launches were postponed because our country was facing a second wave of COVID-19 cases. However, now, fortunately, the cases have started to decrease and the situation has started to come under control. Due to this, many car launches are expected to happen this month.
Skoda’s big launch is the Kushaq mid-size SUV. It is built on an Indian specific platform called MQB A0 IN. The Kushaq will be launching by the end of June and the deliveries of the Kushaq will start in July. It will come with a host of features and equipment. There will be a newly designed two-spoke steering wheel that we will also see on the new-gen Octavia. It will be available in two petrol engine options. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI that will produce 115 PS while the 1.5-litre TSI will produce 150 PS. The Kushaq is expected to start at Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 18 lakhs ex-showroom.
Hyundai has already teased their upcoming 7-seater SUV known as Alcazar. It is based on Creta’s platform but has a 150 mm longer wheelbase. The manufacturer has added a third row of seats and will also offer the Alcazar with captain seat options. There would also be a dedicated central console for the second-row occupants if you get the captain seats. The Alcazar will be offered with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 152 hp and there will also be a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 115 hp. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Alcazar is expected to start somewhere from Rs. 13 lakhs ex-showroom and it will be launching sometime this year.
Skoda will be launching the fourth generation of the Octavia in our country this month. It was supposed to launch earlier but it was postponed because of the COVID-19. The Octavia is based on the MQB EVO platform. Due to this, it is longer and wider than the current Octavia. However, the wheelbase of the sedan still stays the same. The design of the new Octavia is more elegant and it now looks like a smaller Superb. It will be offered with only a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 190 PS. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 20 lakhs ex-showroom and Rs. 30 lakhs ex-showroom.
Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift
Volkswagen will also be launching the facelift of the Tiguan SUV. It was expected to launch in the month of May. However, the launch was postponed to June. It comes with an all-new front fascia and the rear has also been redone. There are some changes done to the cabin of the Tiguan also. It will be powered with only a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 190 PS. It will also come with 4MOTION all-wheel-drive technology.
McLaren will launch its range of sports cars in India this month. They are expected to launch the GT, 720S and the Artura in the Indian market. The 720S will be launched in a coupe and spider form. The GT and the 720S will come with a 4-litre twin-turbo, V8 petrol engine whereas the Artura which is also their latest offering will come with a 3-litre, twin-turbo V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor.
Audi e-Tron SUV
Audi e-Tron is an electric SUV from a German manufacturer. Audi will be launching the regular SUV and the Sportback version of the SUV. It comes with a 95kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers two electric motors. The power output of the motors is 355 bhp whereas the torque is rated at 551 Nm. According to the WLTP cycle, the e-Tron SUV should return 400 km of range.