Here is a look at all the important car launches expected to take place in May 2023
Maruti Jimny 4-door
The Maruti Jimny will be offered in two variants: Zeta and Alpha, with features like a twin-pod analogue instrument cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The Jimny uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 103 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 134.2 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. The engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission and Suzuki’s AllGrip Pro all-wheel drive system.
Tata Altroz iCNG
Tata Motors has started accepting bookings for its upcoming Altroz iCNG. Customers can place their order by paying a token amount of Rs 21,000.
The Altroz CNG was showcased at Auto Expo 2023. It is the first CNG-powered car in India to feature Tata’s Twin Cylinder CNG technology.
The Altroz iCNG comes equipped with a single ECU that is said to ensure a seamless shift between petrol and CNG modes and vice versa. The car can also be started in CNG mode directly.
The first units of the second-generation BMW M2 have landed in India ahead of the model’s official launch. The new M2, which made its global debut in October last year, is expected to be introduced in the Indian market this month.
The M2 uses the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine that powers the M3 and M4. However, it has been slightly de-tuned to 453 BHP and 550 Nm. The engine is mated to either an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual.
BMW X3 M40i
BMW has started accepting bookings for the X3 M40i xDrive in India. The SUV will be available in limited units and can be booked at the BMW Online Shop by paying a token amount of Rs 5 lakh.
The X3 M40i is powered by a 3.0-litre, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine like the M340i sedan. However, in the X3, this engine develops 355 BHP and 500 Nm. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Force Gurkha Update (BS6 Phase-2 compliant)
Force Motors is gearing up to introduce the updated Gurkha with an RDE-compliant powertrain. The latest reports suggest that production of the BS6 version has been stopped.
As per a Delhi-based dealer, the new Gurkha with a BS6 Phase 2-complaint engine is expected to reach showrooms by May end.
Coming to the specifics of the updated Gurkha shared by the Force Motors dealer, the SUV is expected to receive a significant performance boost. It will be offered with 18-inch wheels and a larger touchscreen infotainment system. He also stated that the old-school lever to engage 4×4 is expected to be replaced with a knob.
Hyundai has released a digital sketch of its upcoming Exter compact crossover. It is expected to be officially unveiled in the near future.
The Hyundai Exter will be positioned below the Venue and is expected to compete with the Tata Punch. It could be offered with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that powers the Grand i10 NIOS and Aura.
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