Cars to be launched in the coming week – Maruti, Tata, Toyota


New Delhi: With the onset of the festive season (Navratri – 26 September), we will see the launch of several new cars across different segments. The last week of this month will be filled with the launch of three new products including Maruti Suzuki’s Grand Vitara, Tata Tiago electric hatchback and Toyota’s flex-fuel Camry. Here is a brief overview of the upcoming three new models.

Maruti Grand Vitara

The prices of the new Maruti Grand Vitara SUV will be released in the third week of September 2022. Even before the launch, the model has received over 55,000 bookings and the waiting period for its selected variant is 5.5 months. The Grand Vitara will be available in 6 trims – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+ and Alpha+.

This will be the brand’s first powerful hybrid vehicle in the country. Like the Toyota Hyryrder, the new Maruti SUV will come with a 103bhp, 1.5-litre petrol mild hybrid and a 114bhp, 1.5-litre strong hybrid. While the former can be had with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission, the latter will be mated to an e-CVT transmission.

Tata Tiago EV

Tata Motors is all set to launch its third electric car in the country on September 28, 2022. At a price of around Rs 10,000 (ex-showroom), it will be the cheapest electric car in India. The automaker has confirmed that the hatchback will come with an adjustable regenerative braking system (three modes) and cruise control.

Most of its features and design cues will be similar to the standard Tiago. However, it will see some EV-specific cosmetic changes. For power, the Tata Tiago EV can use a smaller capacity battery or borrow a 26kWh battery with a 75hp electric motor from the Tigor EV.

Toyota Camry Flex-Fuel

India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has confirmed that he will introduce a flex-fuel Toyota car on September 28, 2022. This Toyota Camry will be a flex-fuel sedan. Model specifications are not yet available.

For those in the know, flex-fuel powertrains include an internal combustion engine (ICE) and are capable of running on one or more types of fuel or a mixture of fuels. The setup features a fuel composition sensor and appropriate ECU programming that automatically adjusts for various ratios.

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