This year will see some significant launches across all body styles – SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans, and MPVs – to break up the monotony.
Following an eventful year, 2022 will see a flurry of new automobile releases in the mass-market segment. While SUVs were the most popular new cars last year, 2022 will feature something for everyone, from affordable hatchbacks to premium sedans, and, of course, more SUVs. Here is our selection of the top ten most anticipated mass-market vehicle releases in the next year.
SUVs that will be released in 2022
Scorpio by Mahindra
The all-new Scorpio will be Mahindra’s next big launch in India, following the XUV700’s spectacular success. The Scorpio will receive its first major generation update since its introduction in 2002, and it will be based on a modified ladder-frame chassis that will also support the new Thar. Although the characteristic upright stance and boxy appearance will be carried over, the new Scorpio will have an entirely new exterior design and is believed to be larger than the outgoing model.
The Scorpio’s interior will be totally redesigned, with a larger touchscreen, vertical AC vents, roof-mounted speakers, and a more ergonomic design — the switchgear will be shared with the XUV700. The new Scorpio will be powered by a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. Top-of-the-line models may also include an all-wheel-drive system. The Scorpio is scheduled to arrive in the first half of the year, with costs that are likely to be similar to those of the XUV700.
Hyundai Creta is getting a makeover
While the current-generation Creta will not be available in India until March 2020, Hyundai has already released a facelift in regions such as Indonesia. Hyundai’s new ‘parametric grille,’ which can also be found on the next-generation Tucson, is featured on the revised Creta. It also gets a new set of LED headlamps and LED daytime running lighting signatures integrated into the grille. The Creta facelift also gets new bumpers, redesigned LED taillights, and a slightly altered boot lid.
While the dashboard layout stays mostly unchanged, the revised Creta gains a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (similar to the Alcazar), new BlueLink safety features, and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). When the Indian model is released in the second half of the year, most of these features are expected to be included. Mechanically, the Creta makeover will not alter.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza 2022
Maruti Suzuki is getting ready to unveil a series of facelifts this year, with the Vitara Brezza facelift being one of the most essential. The 2022 Brezza will be completely redesigned, with a more luxurious interior and a feature list that will finally be long enough to compete with the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue. The 2022 Brezza will have new body panels and sheet metal in addition to dramatic aesthetic modifications to the front and rear fascias.
A new, higher-quality dashboard, a new centre console and instrument panel, and a new free-standing touchscreen will be included in the interior. The plastic quality is predicted to be significantly improved over the present model. The radically redesigned Brezza is rumoured to include a sunroof, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, connected car features, and much more in terms of features. The underpinnings, on the other hand, will remain the same, as will the present 1.5-litre petrol engine.
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The Meridian is Jeep’s long-awaited three-row version of the Compass, and it will be available in India by the middle of 2022. While there are some design cues from the Compass, there are also aspects from the more expensive Grand Cherokee, such as the sleek LED headlights and taillights, as well as the window line. When compared to the Compass, the larger rear quarter window and longer back overhang highlight the vehicle’s increased length.
The dashboard, which includes a free-standing touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster, is similar to that of the Compass. It will also have cooled seats and a panoramic sunroof, according to reports. To help the Meridian stand out, Jeep has used more expensive materials such as metallic trim and suede fabric inlays. The Meridian is believed to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine with mild-hybrid technology, producing 200 horsepower. The Meridian will be built in India at Jeep’s Ranjangaon plant.
In 2022, there will be new hatchbacks
Facelift for the Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Another Maruti vehicle getting a redesign this year is the Baleno, which is extremely popular. The new model has already been spotted a few times, and based on the images, we can expect a completely revamped front end as well as sheet metal adjustments for a revised overall look. Aside from cosmetic upgrades, the Baleno will get a brand new interior, comparable to the Vitara Brezza.
A larger, free-standing infotainment screen, updated switchgear, steering wheel, and many more features than the existing model are among the highlights. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also expected to be included in the infotainment system. There are no major technical improvements expected, thus the present 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine and 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine with 12V mild-hybrid technology will continue to be used. The new Baleno will be released in the first half of the year and will come with a price increase.
Maruti Suzuki Alto is a car manufactured by Maruti Suzuki
The Alto, Maruti’s best-selling model, is set to be replaced by an all-new third-generation model later this year. The design of the new Alto is believed to be a development of the present model, based on test mules observed so far. While the test mules were extensively camouflaged, a clamshell bonnet with larger, upward-swooping headlamps, a front bumper with an enormous mesh grille, a similar glass housing and door design to the present model, and more squarish tail-lamps at the rear were revealed.
The Alto’s interior will be upgraded as well, with a new touchscreen for higher-spec vehicles, reworked switchgear, new seats, steering wheel, instrument dashboard, and other features. The Alto could keep the tried-and-true 796cc petrol engine under the hood, but it could also benefit from the 1.0-litre K10C engine seen in the new Celerio. We don’t expect the new Alto to hit the market until the second half of the year.
Citroen C3 is a car manufactured by Citroen
The Citroen C3 will be the French carmaker’s first mass-market automobile in India, after the launch of the C5 Aircross last year. The C3 is the first of three vehicles in Citroen’s C-cubed initiative, which was created with expanding countries like India in mind. The C3 will be made in the United States, with over 90% of the parts being made in the United States. With its high ground clearance and hood, as well as an elevated driving position, the 3.98 metre C3 is best classified as a cross-hatchback. Citroen is known for its unique and chic styling.
The C3’s eccentric design motif extends on the inside, and while it will have luxuries like a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument cluster, it will also have manual air conditioning, internal mirror adjustments, and a single-piece front seat with integrated headrests. Citroen hasn’t published the powertrain details yet, but in India, the C3 is believed to be powered by a 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine. There will be no diesel engines available. The price will be revealed in the first half of the year, and we anticipate it to be comparable to the Tata Punch and Maruti Ignis.
In 2022, new sedans will be released.
The Skoda Slavia, which will be on sale in March after being unveiled late last year, is Skoda’s second model to employ the localised MQB A0 IN platform. It’s also a lot bigger than the now-defunct Rapid, with the largest wheelbase in the class. The Slavia is a stylish and sporty looking car, as is usual of Skoda. It has a low and wide stance, as well as powerful proportions and distinct character lines.
The Slavia will also be one of the segment’s most feature-packed sedans. Wireless charging, Skoda’s connected car technology, a new infotainment screen, heated seats, a single-pane sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, and six airbags are all included.
The Skoda Slavia, like the Kushaq, will be powered by two TSI turbo-petrol engines: a 115hp, 1.0-litre unit and a bigger, 150hp, 1.5-litre unit, with the latter touted to deliver segment-leading performance. The 1.0 TSI will have a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, while the 1.5 TSI will have a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission.
Volkswagen Virtus is a sports car manufactured by Volkswagen
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Volkswagen will replace the decade-old Vento with an all-new sedan based on the MQB A0 IN platform, similar to the Skoda Slavia. The Virtus will be a sister vehicle of the Skoda Slavia, and it will be significantly larger than the car it replaces, just like the Slavia. This is encouraging news for the new sedan’s interior room. While the Virtus is currently on the market in a few international areas, the India-spec model is believed to be slightly different in terms of style and trim.
The Virtus will be equipped similarly to the Taigun, with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a full-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, and automatic headlights and wipers, among other things. The Virtus will be powered by the same 115hp 1.0-litre TSI engine and 150hp 1.5-litre TSI engine as the Taigun, with the same gears. The Virtus is planned to be unveiled in February, with a market launch by the end of April.
MPVs to be released in 2022
The Carens was also unveiled in December and is expected to hit the market in March. Although Kia does not refer to it as an MPV or an SUV, it is fundamentally a three-row vehicle with MPV proportions and SUV stylistic characteristics. With a sharply sculpted face, smart-looking LED headlamps and taillamps, and a sleek profile, the Carens is based on an extended version of the Seltos chassis.
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The Carens’ cabin is well-appointed and packed with equipment, as is usual with Kia vehicles. A 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a fully digital instrument cluster, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, 64-color ambient lighting, heated front seats, six airbags, and other features are among the highlights. The Carens will be driven by 115hp 1.5-litre petrol, 115hp 1.5-litre diesel, and 140hp 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines under the hood. The Carens will lie between the Ertiga and the Innova Crsyta, and will compete with SUVs like the Hyundai Alcazar and others in the same price range.