October is the most important month in the festive seasons of India. Most of the new car launches, facelifts and special edition usually enter market in October to encash the increased sales of the season. For this October, many new car launches are lined up. In addition, many limited edition models are also waiting for launch. We have compiled a list of vehicles entering soon to the market.
Honda Brio facelift
Honda Car India will update its entry-level hatchback, Brio and the launch has been scheduled for October 4. The new version gets a fresh dashboard layout, which has been seen in BR-V and the new Amaze. Additional features in the new Brio will include a new audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio button, LED high-mount stop lamps, projector headlamps and ABS for the RS version. The face of the hatchback will feature a redesigned bumper and a new grille draped in black.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
Maruti Suzuki has confirmed launch of Baleno RS and Ignis for the festive season. Among these two new models, Baleno RS is expected to enter market by the end of October. The go faster version of Baleno will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine christened as Boostetjet. The engine is expected to belt 110bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. It will be either mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Baleno RS will house a sportier front and rear bumpers. The rear bumper will feature a dual-toned scheme with faux diffusers. It will also get side skirts and new diamond-cut alloy wheels in dark shade.
Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda Accord will re-enter to India in Hybrid avatar and launch has been scheduled for October 25. The new Accord is available for bookings across the country through the dealers of Honda and is expected to get a price tag starting at Rs 20 lakh. The new version comes powered with a 2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle i-VTEC four-cylinder engine coupled with two electric motors. It is mated to an E-CVT transmission and a 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The combined output of the unit stands at 213bhp and it returns an overall fuel efficiency of 23.8kmpl.
Swedish car-maker Volvo has already started booking for the S90 sedan, which will replace the ageing S80 sedan in the company's Indian product portfolio. The base variant of the S90 may reportedly cost Rs 57 lakh, ex-showroom. The face of the sedan gets a square-shaped grille with many vertical slats. It is flanked by the Thor's Hammer inspired signature LED headlight. The rear of the car gets an all-new design in which the C -shaped tail-lamps stand out. The sedan will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that develops 188bhp in D4 trim initially. A D5 engine with all-wheel drive will join the range later.
New Hyundai Tucson SUV will be launched in India on October 24. The Tucson will be positioned between Creta and Santa Fe SUVs in Hyundai's portfolio. The third generation of the SUV is built on a new platform that offers larger cabin space. The SUV in India is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 180bhp and 400Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission. The SUV is expected to be priced from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
Tata Motors' flagship SUV Hexa is expected to be launched by the end of October. Hexa is the copiously reworked Aria with inputs from Tata Motors' British subsidiary Land Rover. The SUV crossover comes with a honeycomb grille with chrome Humanity Line which is the new signature style of Tata vehicles. The black cladding that runs around the body adds off-road appeal to the vehicle. The Hexa will draw power from a 2.2-litre four-cylinder VARICOR diesel engine, which is tuned to generate 154bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 1,700 to 2,700rpm. The engine will be coupled with a choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.