This August, the automotive industry is set to witness a series of highly anticipated car launches, featuring a majority of luxury models and eco-friendly alternatives. Renowned automakers, including Tata Motors, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volvo, are all gearing up to unveil their latest offerings. Let’s explore the exciting car launches in August 2023.
1. Tata Punch CNG:
Tata Motors is introducing the eco-friendly version of its popular model, the Punch, with a CNG powertrain. This showcases Tata’s commitment to sustainability, making the Punch the company’s fourth CNG model. The vehicle will feature new twin-cylinder tanks and retain the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine from the petrol variant. The Punch CNG will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and offer 86hp and 113Nm of torque in petrol mode, with CNG mode delivering 77hp and 97Nm of peak torque. It’s set to go head-to-head with the Hyundai Exter CNG.
2. Second-gen Mercedes-Benz GLC:
Mercedes-Benz India will unveil the highly-anticipated second-generation GLC SUV. The GLC will be available in two variants, the GLC 300 petrol, and GLC 220d diesel, both equipped with Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. These models will come with 2.0-litre engines, featuring a 48V integrated starter motor for an additional 23hp boost in performance. Inside, the GLC will showcase a luxurious interior, similar to the new C-Class, featuring a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen.
3. Audi Q8 e-tron:
Making its debut in India, the Audi Q8 e-tron is an updated version of the Audi e-tron SUV. It will be available in both SUV and coupe body styles, with refreshed front fascia and rear bumper designs, along with ‘Audi’ and ‘Q8 e-tron quattro’ lettering on the B-pillar. The Q8 e-tron will come in 50 and 55 trims, boasting battery capacities of 95kWh and 114kWh, respectively. With a range of up to 600km on a single charge and two electric motors producing a combined 408hp and 664Nm of torque, the Q8 e-tron promises an impressive driving experience.
4. Toyota Rumion:
Toyota is all set to introduce the Rumion, a compact MPV based on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. With a 103hp, 137Nm, 1.5-litre petrol engine, the Rumion will offer a choice between a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Already successful in markets like South Africa, the Rumion shares mechanical similarities with its Maruti Suzuki counterpart. An eco-friendly CNG version is also expected to be available later.
5. Volvo C40 Recharge:
Volvo’s unwavering commitment to sustainability is clearly evident in the launch of the C40 Recharge, which marks the company’s second EV in India. Notably, the C40 Recharge shares a striking resemblance with the XC40 Recharge in design, boasting a sleek sloping roofline and steeply raked rear windscreen. Moreover, the interior of the C40 Recharge will showcase a 9.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen, similar to that of the XC40 Recharge. Beneath the hood, a powerful dual-motor setup will deliver an impressive 408hp and 660Nm of torque. Equipped with a 78kWh battery pack, the C40 Recharge is expected to provide an impressive range of 530km on the WLTP cycle.
6. Hyundai Creta, Alcazar Adventure Edition:
Hyundai is gearing up to introduce the Adventure Edition, anticipated to be available for the Creta and Alcazar models. This exclusive edition will sport the ‘Ranger Khaki’ paint from the Exter, giving it a distinctive look. Additionally, the special editions will feature an all-black interior with contrast stitching on the upholstery. While the mechanical aspects remain unchanged, these unique editions will infuse a fresh and adventurous flair into the already popular SUVs.
As we look forward to car launches in August 2023, automotive enthusiasts can anticipate an exciting lineup of luxury and eco-friendly car launches. From Tata’s eco-conscious Punch CNG to the innovative electric SUVs from Audi and Volvo, there’s a diverse range of options to explore. With cutting-edge technology and a strong focus on sustainability, these launches indicate a promising future for the automotive landscape.