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In love with wheels? Know what this year has in store for you

The Indian automotive market is picking up sales, and manufacturers are coming out with newer models in a bid to entice customers to their showrooms. SUVs are ruling the roost as far as the sales numbers go, but compact sedans and people movers are also in the running for a larger piece of the sales pie.

Manufacturers went all out to display their wares at this year’s Auto Expo. Here are some of the cars that are set to hit our roads later this year. So, if you are in the market for a new car, better go through this list before settling on a purchase.

 

2018 Honda Amaze

The new Honda Amaze was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and will be launched in the country in May this year. The compact sedan has been given a comprehensive update and gets a boxier look than before. It gets features like rear parking camera, LED position lights, alloy wheels and power folding ORVMs.

The interiors come with a segment-first paddle shift gearbox, start/stop button and multi-function steering wheel. Power will come from a choice of 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel units; the diesel will also likely come with a CVT automatic transmission. The price is expected to be in the range of Rs. 6-9 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the 2018 Amaze are already underway.

 

2018 Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne gets a makeover for 2018. The exterior gets a mild update to differentiate it from the older model. The interior gets a new dashboard design with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, comfortable seating for four and a boot space of 770 litres. The SUV is based on Volkswagen Group’s MLB architecture, making the updated model longer and wider than before.

Power is expected to come from 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines, along with the option of a 2.9-litre turbo V6 for those looking for more power. The SUV is expected to launch by June this year with a price tag of little over Rs. 1 crore (ex-showroom).

 

Mahindra Rexton

The new version of the erstwhile Ssangyong Rexton will be brought to our shores later this year rebadged as a Mahindra. It will now be built on a body-on-frame chassis that will make it lighter and more responsive than the model it replaces. Features expected are projector headlamps, LED fog lamps and alloy wheels.

The interior will come packed with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Nappa leather upholstery and soft-touch materials. Motive power will come from a 2.2-litre diesel engine sending power to all wheels through an automatic gearbox. The launch is expected by September 2018 with an asking price close to Rs. 20 lakh.

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