As the celebration of leaping into a new leap year, 2016, continues across the world, the first month of this New Year is going be equally exciting for the auto aficionados in India. The car makers in the country are all geared up to welcome New Year 2016 with new launches, followed by India's biggest auto carnival -- Auto Expo 2016 -- in February. In January alone, about four new cars are expected to hit the Indian roads and in addition to this, updated versions of the existing models could also be in line. Here we have rounded up for you the list of cars and bike that are expected to reach the Indian shores in January 2016.
Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe
German Car maker Mercedes-Benz will pull the wraps off its in 2016's first offering -- GLE 450 AMG Coupe -- on 12 January in Mumbai. The GLE 450 AMG is essentially the coupe version of the GLE SUV and will be powered by 2996cc V6 twin-turbo petrol engine that develops 362bhp at 5500-6000rpm and 520Nm of torque at 1800-4200rpm mated to 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The SUV also comes with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. The engine helps the GLE coupe reach 100 kmph in 5.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250kmph. The GLE 450 AMG measures 4,891mm in length, 2,003mm in width and 1,719mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,915mm.
Popular UV maker Mahindra is all set to launch its new mini-SUV in the country on 15 January. Riding on an all-new platform, under the hood, the Mahindra KUV100 (S101) will get the company's new engine mFalcon. To be offered in both petrol and diesel engine options, the petrol 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 is tuned to churn out 82bhp and 114NM, and the 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 diesel can develop 77bhp and a peak torque of 190Nm.
KUV100 will be available in four variants and will feature anti-lock braking system (ABS) as a standard across all variants. The KUV100 will be available in 7 exciting colours: Fiery Orange, Flamboyant Red, Dazzling Silver, Aquamarine, Pearl White, Designer Grey and Midnight Black.
The Zica, the hatchback that is gearing up for a January launch, was unveiled in India in the first week of December. Powered by 1.2-litre three-cylinder DOHC aluminum motor and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel engine, the transmission in Zica will be taken care of by a five speed manual gearbox. Tata Zica is also expcted to get AMT models in India. Zica measuring 3746 mm long, 1647 mm wide, 1535 mm tall, comes with a ground clearance of 170 mm and offers a boot space of 242 litres. Tata Zica petrol variant weighs 1,012 kgs and the diesel variant weighs 1,080 kgs. Tata Zica is expected to be priced starting at Rs 3.56 lakh.
Ford's new third gen Endeavour is expected to break its cover in India on 19 January. The bookings for the new SUV are open in the country with a down payment of Rs lakh and is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 22-25 lakh. In terms of dimension, the new full-sized seven-seater SUV measures 4893mm in length, 1,862mm in width and 1,837mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2850mm. The powerplant of the new Endeavour will include 2.2-litre, four-cylinder and 3.2-litre, five-cylinder engines. While the 3.2-liter five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine can develop 197bhp at 3,000rpm and 470Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500rpm with six-speed Automatic, the 2.2-litre, four-cylinder is tuned to churn out 157.8bhp at 3,200rpm and 385Nm of torque at 1,600-2,500rpm.
The third-generation Endeavour will rival Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, SsangYong Rexton and Hyundai Santa Fe in India.
TVS Apache RTR 200
The motorcycle that is inspired from the Draken X21 concept that TVS showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo is expected to enter the market on 20 January. The Apache RTR 200 will be powered by a 200cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine that is expected to churn out 25-30bhp of power. The motorcycle will be pitted against the KTM Duke/RC 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.
It will feature a razor sharp design with chiseled edges. The new Apache will employ telescopic front forks and rear monoshock suspension. All-digital instrument cluster, LED tail lamps and split seats are the other additions.