October it seems has been a busy year for car-makers who have been launching new cars and it is simply because nothing stirs up market response and buyer interest like new cars. This month some significant new launches have taken place and we though we would compile them all in one place.
Skoda finally launched its much anticipated Octavia in India and till now has recieved good response with 1000 bookings already in the bag. This is a new generation model and along with bringing the Octavia name back it is bigger, better and has more features than ever. Three engine options are present with two TSI petrols and a diesel with automatic and manual options. The Skoda Octavia base variant with the 1.4 TSI comes with a manual gearbox while the top of the line 1.8 TSI comes with only an automatic gearbox. Prices start at Rs 13.95 lakh, for more read our review on the Skoda Octavia.
There was lots of buzz around this car before its launch mainly regarding its price and looks and then Nissan went ahead and launched it getting a very good response. This is essentially Nissan's version of the Renault Duster but unlike other Renault/Nissan products it carries way more design changes. It looks completely different from the front for example. The interiors have also been modified and have some small changes. It has the same engines as the Duster. Read our review of the Nissan Terrano.
New Range Rover Sport
There was no 007 aka Daniel Craig at the launch but we are happy that the new RRS has finally made its way into India. It is a lot cheaper than the slightly bigger Range Rover and has all the space, features you need. The new RRS looks stunning no doubt and is the best looking car in the Land Rover range. There is a V6 diesel and a monster V8 petrol on offer. Read our launch report on the New Range Rover Sport.
Bentley Flying Spur
It is a luxury saloon with 616 bhp- whats not to like here? The new Flying Spur is even better than before and just like any Bentley offers stunning performance coupled with luxury. Rear passengers get a touchscreen remote for controls and more options. Prices start at Rs 3.10 crore. Read our launch report on Bentley Flying Spur.
Ashok Leyland Stile
Shown at the last Auto Expo it has been finally launched in India. It is different looking from the front from the Nissan Evalia on which it is based and targets fleet operators though private customers can also buy. Read our launch report on the Ashok Leyland Stile.
New variant/Facelift launches
Completely new looks from the front via a new oversized grille and also an addition of a new top of the line variant which aims to make the Innova more plush. It has got a small features upgrade though engines are the same as before. Read our launch report of the new Toyota Innova.
Facelifted BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series has got some styling tweaks like a new additional contour lines for the surround of the BMW kidney grille and an addition of an extra crease plus more chrome. It features adaptive LED headlights and 'L' shaped tail-lights. Inside there are also some minor changes plus the new 5 Series now gets three trim levels- Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport. Read our launch report on the facelifted BMW 5 Series.
Volvo XC60 and S60
Both these Volvo cars get extensive facelifts with new design in sync with the current Volvo design philosophy. The S60 is now more mature looking with a wider grille and the XC60 now looks modern as well! Other changes include new interior equipment, new safety features plus there is revised pricing. There are new colour options too. Read our launch report of the facelifted Volvo S60 and XC60.
Volkswagen Vento TSI and facelifted Jetta
The Vento gets the 1.2 TSI petrol engine and the 7-speed DSG gearbox from the Polo GT TSI. This makes it more efficient than the 1.6 petrol Vento and if you are looking for an automatic saloon this is a very good choice. Priced at Rs 9.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Read our launch report of the Volkswagen Vento TSI.
However not only that Volkswagen launched the facelifted Jetta with new features which includes new alloys, LED day time running lights among other updates. Read our launch report on the facelifted VW Jetta.
Updated Nissan Evalia
The updated Nissan Evalia now gets a new top of the line variant and additional equipment like sliding windows in the middle row, captain seats, music system with USB and 15 inch alloys. Read our launch report of the updated Nissan Evalia.
Facelifted Porsche Panamera
The Panamera facelift has been lauched with some subtle tweaks to the design and even more standard equipment. You can buy the Panamera in 5 variants including the all important diesel. Read our launch report of the facelifted Porsche Panamera.
Tata Nano CNG emax
With the launch of the Tata Nano CNG emax, motoring now gets even cheaper as the Nano CNG emax has an efficiency of 36 km/kg and a range of more than 150 km in addition to 375 km range with the petrol. Prices start at Rs 2.4 lakh, read our launch report of the Tata Nano CNG emax.
New Tata Sumo Gold
We had seen it at the HORIZONEXT event and it is now available in showrooms. It is improved in many key areas like NVH, ride quality and clutch life plus now having more features. The design gets some tweaks as well. Read our launch report of the New Tata Sumo Gold.
Facelifted Chevrolet Cruze
Just like the facelifted VW Jetta, the Cruze was given a facelift a few days back and the aggressive design has been tweaked. The front-end of the Cruze has been tweaked plus you get new alloys. Engines remain the same and the new Cruze has automatic and manual options. Read our launch report on the facelifted Chevrolet Cruze
Mahindra Xylo D2 MAXX 9 seater
Mahindra introduced the Xylo D2 MAXX 9 seater in BS3 aimed at taxi operators. As you might have guessed it from its name it is a 9-seater which will make itself quite appealing plus along with that it gets some changes at the front design. Read our launch report on the Mahindra Xylo D2 MAXX 9 seater.