Already five months into 2022, a number of new automobile launches and major unveilings have occurred, but there is no sign of a slowdown. The month of June will be significant for the Indian automobile industry, as a variety of cars are scheduled to be either introduced or unveiled ahead of a debut in the subsequent months.
Here is a list of all the vehicles that will make their premiere in the United States this month:
The Volkswagen Virtus, the successor to the Vento, will be introduced on June 9 in India. The C-segment sedan will be offered with the same 1.0-litre three-pot TSI (115 PS/178 Nm) and 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI (150 PS/250 Nm) engines, paired to 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions (1.0-litre).
The Virtus will have a 10-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, cruise control, and other amenities.
Mahindra is about to introduce the Scorpio-N, a new generation version of the Scorpio, to the Indian market (codename Z101). The Scorpio-N will be introduced as a significantly more luxurious alternative to the current-generation Scorpio, which will be rebadged as the Scorpio Classic.
The Scorpio-N will likely be available with the same 2.0-liter turbo-petrol and 2.2-liter diesel engines as the XUV700, but in a slightly different tune. There will be both manual and automatic gearboxes available, along with optional all-wheel drive. Among the available features will be an 8-inch touchscreen screen, dual-zone climate control, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a sunroof.
Tomorrow, on June 2, the Kia EV6 will go on sale in India as the company’s first fully-electric vehicle in the country. With a projected starting price of Rs 65 lakh for the RWD variation and Rs 70 lakh for the AWD type, only 100 CBUs are being imported.
Based on Hyundai Group’s E-GMP dedicated EV platform, the EV6 will likely be available with either a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) or dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration. The RWD type produces 229 horsepower and 350 Newton-meters of torque, while the AWD variant produces 325 horsepower and 605 Newton-meters of torque.
Hyundai Venue facelift
Hyundai is now working on a mid-life facelift for the Venue subcompact SUV, which is anticipated to be released in the country this month. New front grille and headlights, new alloy wheel design, and new wraparound LED taillights will be featured on the new Venue.
There will most certainly be a larger infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, new linked functions, etc. No changes are anticipated for the 1.2-liter NA gasoline, 1.0-liter turbo gasoline, and 1.5-liter diesel engines. The price of the 2022 Hyundai Venue could begin at Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom).
New Maruti Suzuki Brezza
The Vitara Brezza, one of the best-selling subcompact SUVs in India, will receive a generational update, with Maruti Suzuki planning to delete the ‘Vitara’ prefix from the vehicle’s name. In addition to the new name, the exterior look and interior of the SUV will also be updated.
The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza will reportedly feature a 9-inch floating infotainment system, a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, a new instrument cluster, wireless smartphone connectivity, Suzuki Connect, a 360-degree camera, and an electric sunroof, making it the first Maruti vehicle to offer this option.
Citroen appears prepared to deliver its second model in India, the C3 tallboy hatchback. The Citroen C3 will be a direct competitor to the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Tata Punch, and other similarly priced automobiles.
The C3 incorporates Citroen’s distinctive eccentric design elements, like split-headlamps and orange highlights surrounding the fog lamps, as well as plastic body wrapping all around. The new Citroen automobile will have a 10-inch touchscreen entertainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, manual air conditioning, music controls mounted on the steering wheel, keyless entry, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors.
Hyundai Creta-rivaling Toyota SUV
Toyota will enter the lucrative midsize SUV market with a brand-new model (codenamed D22) to compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kubzaq, and Volkswagen Taigun. According to rumors, the Toyota SUV will utilize a self-charging hybrid technology, similar to what we recently observed on the hybrid Honda City e:HEV.
To reduce costs, the SUV will likely be built on a localized variant of Toyota’s DNGA platform. Maruti Suzuki will utilize the platform to create its own mid-size SUV, although the two SUVs will not be badge engineered like the Baleno-Glanza and Vitara Brezza-Urban Cruiser. Instead, the Toyota and Maruti Suzuki SUVs will each have a unique design.