The automotive industry is finally back to the old speed with frequent new car launches. The most recent one is the Skoda Slavia which replaced Rapid. It has certainly gained a lot of attention and looks like a baby Octavia. While 2021 is in the last stage, let’s look at the upcoming cars in 2022:
Mahindra has already been receiving immense love and attention from the people for their XUV700 & Thar. Both of them have had a waiting period for more than 10 months now. XUV700 had record-breaking bookings, and we expect Scorpio to achieve more than that.
Scorpio has been ruling the Indian roads since 2002; it is one of the most rugged SUVs. To cater to the pending update, Mahindra has been working on a new generation of the car, and it has been spied testing quite a few times now.
The expected engine options could be a 2.0L turbo petrol & a 2.2L diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual/ torque converter. The power figures could be around 150hp, and the feature list is expected to be shared with XUV700 & Thar. It is scheduled for mid-2022
Jeep is also following the trend and coming up with a 7-seater version of the Compass. Their Compass was a success as it was a car that could do daily commutes & handle some soft adventures. As Tata & Hyundai came up with Safari & Alcazar, Jeep’s contender will be upcoming in mid-2022.
The engine might be a 2.0L 4-cylinder diesel engine equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The competition it offers to its rivals will depend on how JEEP decides on the pricing, but the people driving the Compass currently will surely see it as a viable option to upgrade. The hopes are high as this might be able to fill the void of Endeavor.
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Slavia has just been launched in the market and offers an impressive package. We have some competition for the Honda City now. But another contender is coming from Volkswagen.
Virtus is expected in the second half of next year, and it will share the platform & features with its sibling Slavia. It will replace Vento and be more premium & powerful, and the cockpit might be better and similar to that of Taigun.
The 2022 Polo had its global debut in April this year. Ever since then, the enthusiasts in India have had their hopes up. Polo has been running in India since 2009. The fifth-gen is currently on sale, and the latest generation has not made it to India yet.
This makes us want it even more, Polo has been the enthusiast’s pick for the performance and the potential it packs at a reasonable price. We might have the 2022 Polo later next year near the end, and we can expect its sibling Fabia to come back around the same time.
Pickup truck culture in India has gained a tiny bit of momentum with the updates by Isuzu offering V-cross & D-max. There has not been any actual competition for Isuzu yet; now, Toyota plans to launch their pickup truck Hilux in India by 2022 Diwali.
This will surely help this culture to trend more as these trucks are pretty practical and can take you almost anywhere. With the added storage, you can have a perfect adventure with all the gear at the back.
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There has been tremendous competition in the compact SUV segment; the same trend is followed with micro-SUVs. Hyundai revealed Casper globally, with two engine options: 1.0L MPi making 70hp & 95Nm torque, 1.0L turbo making 100hp & 172Nm torque.
The larger engine is taken from the Grand i10 Nios; there was no official word about Casper making it to India. The battle between Punch Ignis & Casper would be fun, and a considerable audience wants Casper here. Casper might be upcoming in the first quarter of 2022.
This little hatchback was one of the perfect city commuters. The compact size made sure that it fits anywhere, and the VTEC engines always perform well. It was the entry-level offering in their lineup.
Honda discontinued it in 2019; they also introduced the second generation for the Indonesian market. It offers a better design and would be a sound fit for the Indian markets too. We expect the facelifted Brio to reach the people in early 2022.
Another contender in the midsize SUV segment; HR-V, is expected to be a Creta rival and be seated above the WR-V. The engine options could be similar to those running in the Honda City, and Honda might add a turbo or a hybrid tech system to the top variants.
While the global spec HR-V is fully loaded with features and tech such as paddle shifters, these might only be offered in the top variants here. HR-V is expected in the first quarter of 2022.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza
It has been one of the leading compact SUVs with a complete package. Maruti is finally giving the long-due update and introducing the second generation Brezza next year. The minor updates received up till now are not enough to tackle the competition.
This would be a significant update with revised looks and more features such as a sunroof and upmarket interior. It would be upcoming in the second half of 2022.
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Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Maruti has officially teased the arrival of Jimny with an Instagram post. It will run on a similar K15B engine making 100hp and more torque, and the compact design with enough power might be the perfect fit to tackle bad terrains.
With the extended waiting period of Thar, Maruti could capture the market with competitive pricing as always. We are just waiting to witness the competition between the offroading trio: Thar, Gurkha & Jimny.