Top 5 New Car Launches In Festive Season 2018

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Looking to buy a new car this festive season? Here are the top five new cars that will be launched in the next two months.

The festive season in India has traditionally been a good time for automotive manufacturers in India. The Indian auto market picks up pace owing to increased demand and companies also use it to their advantage by launching new models and ride the wave in the festive season. Here is a look at top five new cars which will be launched in the next two months. There will be of course, more launches during the festive season such as the Tata Tiago JTP and the BMW M2 as well.

Hyundai Santro

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( The all-new Hyundai Santro (AH2) marks the comeback of the iconic brand)

One of the biggest and the most anticipated launches of the year will be the new-generation Hyundai Santro, which will be unveiled on October 9, 2018. This is a big launch for the company for two reasons, the first being that it may see the re-entry of the ‘Santro’ brand name in India and the second being that it enters a very competitive space where rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Renault Kwid have already seen success. Engine details are still unknown, but we expect the car to come with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, similar to its rival the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, and Renault Kwid. Hyundai has confirmed that the Santro will come with an AMT, the first Hyundai car to get one.

Ford Aspire Facelift

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(The 2018 Ford Aspire will come with comprehensive upgrades and new engines as well)

Up next is the Ford Aspire facelift, which will be launched in October, 2018. The facelifted Ford Aspire will get revised styling along with new and updated features. There is also a possibility that Ford might launch the Aspire with a CNG engine. The cabin is also expected to get an update on the lines of the EcoSport and the Freestyle. Expect the Aspire to get the 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine.

New-Generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

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(The new generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will arrive around thr festive season in India)

The MPV segment too will see a launch in the form of the second generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga with the launch scheduled in late October. The Ertiga is the most popular MPV in India with over 4,500 units sold every month on average. While Maruti Suzuki dealers have not officially started taking a booking for the new Ertiga, some dealers have started taking an unofficial booking for ₹ 11,000. There will be a 1.5-litre petrol, the same as on the Ciaz facelift and the tried and tested 1.3-litre diesel engine. Being a new-generation model, the Ertiga will also get updated styling and new features as well.

New-Generation Honda CR-V

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(The new generation Honda CR-V gets a diesel for the first time in India)

In the SUV space, Honda Cars India will be launching the 5th generation CR-V in India on 9th October, 2018 and the headliner is the fact that this is the first time that Honda will be offering a diesel engine on the CR-V along with the 7-seat layout. The SUV will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Honda CR-V is sharper and angular in terms of design and looks pretty sleek. There will be a 1.6-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre petrol engine on offer along with manual and automatic transmission options.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Facelift

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( The 2018 Mercedes-C-Class will go on sale on September 20, 2018)

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Lastly, but not in the least, premium manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz too will be launching the C-Class facelift in India on 20th September, trying to make the most of the festive season. The car has already made its global debut and the new C-Class facelift comes with considerable design and cosmetic updates, along with new and more powerful engine options. The C200 model will be available with a new 1.5-litre engine, while the C220d will also get more powerful engine 2-litre oil burner. Furthermore, Mercedes will also be offering a new C300 variant along with a more powerful C300d trim as well, which will replace the current C250d model. The C-Class will have fresh styling along with a bunch of new features in order to make the luxury sedan more appealing.

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