Top 12 upcoming models in Q2 2022: New Hyundai Venue, Volkswagen Virtus, Honda City Hybrid and others
If you’re looking to buy an electrified model or just a premium offering, there are plenty of new cars to choose from this quarter
The automotive scene never rests and the next quarter of 2022 will be just as busy if not busier than the last. Many of the new vehicles to be launched or planned between April and June will be in the premium segment, including hybrids and electric vehicles. Here are the top cars to watch out for in the coming three months:
The Virtus will be Volkswagen’s main focus this year as a replacement for the Vento. It has already been premiered, detailed and its production has begun. The automaker has already opened pre-orders, with prices to be announced in May. It shares its mechanics and underpinnings with the Skoda Slavia, so it gets the same 1-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol engines. Like the Taigun, the Virtus is split into two broad trim lines: Dynamic Line and Performance Line (GT), with the latter only being offered with the 150 hp engine coupled to the 7-speed DSG. In terms of equipment, it gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 8-inch digital driver display, ventilated front seats and a sunroof.
Maruti XL6 and Ertiga
Maruti has quite a long list of models coming out this year and the next ones will be the updated MPVs. Both the XL6 and Ertiga have been refreshed with minor cosmetic tweaks and updated feature sets like six airbags. As a premium model, the XL6 is expected to receive some of the new features Maruti unveiled on the 2022 Baleno, such as the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the new MID in the instrument cluster. You get an updated 1.5 liter petrol engine with a new 6-speed AT with paddle shifters to replace the current 4-speed AT.
Updated Maruti S-Cross
The other Maruti model expected to be launched in the next few months is the updated version of the S-Cross crossover. It will only be a mild refreshment as Maruti is working on an all-new SUV to rival Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The new S-Cross is expected to receive similar feature updates as the Baleno, like six airbags, the latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and minor styling updates from the inside out. It could also get a new 6-speed automatic transmission for the same 1.5-litre petrol engine, with engine-idle start-stop as standard.
Facelifted Hyundai Venue
Hyundai debuted its entry into the sub-4m SUV segment in April 2019. While it’s received small updates and changes over time, like the introduction of the clutchless manual transmission (iMT), it’s ready for a mid-life refresh. The updated Venue was spied and tested under camouflage, but featured a new grille design, streamlined bumpers and a new taillight cluster. In terms of additional features, it will match the 2022 Sonet with four airbags as standard, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and ventilated front seats. The 2022 Venue is expected to have the same three engine options: 1.2-litre petrol, 1-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. There could also be an N-Line variant for the Venue, with a sportier look and retuned suspension.
Honda City e:HEV (Hybrid)
The first true hybrid for the masses will spring from cover this April in the form of the Honda City Hybrid. It uses the Japanese automaker’s latest self-charging hybrid technology, consisting of two electric motors and a 1.5-liter petrol engine. The City Hybrid has a very clever computer on board that manages battery and motor usage for optimal efficiency and could deliver a claimed figure of up to 30 kmpl. It should be based on the top spec City in terms of comfort and could also have minor cosmetic differences. The City Hybrid is likely to attract a price tag of Rs 17.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Tata Nexon EV long haul
For a similar price, Tata is on track to launch a new version of the Nexon EV that would offer more range than the current ARAI-certified 312km. It’s also expected to get a bigger battery and an updated electric motor with a small boost in power. The long-range Nexon EV may also get some additional features over the current model. It will also premiere in the second half of April.
At the high end of EVs in India, BMW will launch the i4 electric sedan towards the end of April. It’s based on the standard 4 Series Gran Coupe, so it’s a four-door with coupé styling. The i4 has a WLTP-tested range of up to 590 km, more than any other electric vehicle sold in India. It gets the usual EV styling with closed fairings instead of grilles and air vents that would be present on a combustion engine model with lots of blue accents. The i4 will also be the first luxury EV sedan in India, arriving ahead of the Mercedes-Benz EQS, due towards the end of 2022.
The place left by the Ford Endeavor in the full-size SUV segment will be occupied by a new American model: the Jeep Meridian. It’s a three-row SUV, only offered with the 2-litre diesel engine, but with a choice of 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic transmissions. The Meridian will be a premium Jeep model, but as it’s made locally it’s likely to be priced competitively against its rivals in the segment.
Citroen began its recent innings in India with the launch of the mid-size C5 Aircross premium SUV. Then it presented its new model for the masses in the form of the C3 for India. This sub-4m hatchback with SUV styling is expected to make its production debut in the second quarter of the year, with launch expected shortly thereafter. The C3 will be a petrol only offering and will compete with Tata Punch, Maruti Swift, Maruti Ignis and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios.
New Mahindra Scorpio
With people still lining up to get an XUV700, Mahindra has planned its next major launch for 2022 with the new generation Scorpio. It has been spied on multiple times in the last year and is expected to be available in mid-2022. The new Scorpio will feature a modern cabin with a large touchscreen infotainment system, as well as dual-zone climate control and wireless charging. It will be offered with the same petrol and diesel powertrains as the XUV700, albeit in a different state of tune.
The latest version of Hyundai’s flagship model in India, the Tucson SUV, will be launched in the second quarter of 2022. It will be the first Hyundai in the country to offer ADAS features and the brand’s latest design language on its front fascia. The 2022 Tucson will continue to be a feature-rich offering with dual 10.25-inch displays, a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree parking camera and ventilated front seats. There is no official word on the powertrain options for the new Tucson in India, but both petrol and diesel engines are expected to be offered.
New Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The sixth generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to hit Indian showrooms sometime in May 2022. She made her global debut in early 2021. The visual changes are subtle as it represents an evolution of the German compact luxury sedan; and it’s bigger too. However, the biggest change for the new-generation C-Class is its cabin, which is based on the latest S-Class with the vertically-aligned central infotainment system with an 11.9-inch touchscreen display. It is available worldwide with petrol and diesel engines with mild hybrid technology and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.