German luxury manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz showcased the A-Class sedan for India at the Auto Expo 2020. At the time of launch, the A-Class sedan is expected to be introduced under the CLA brand and is coincidental, the most affordable Mercedes-Benz model in India.
Visually, the A-Class facelift features diamond-studded grille design along with the sharp-looking LED headlamps with eyebrow-like LED DRLs. As for sides, the vehicle gets blackened B-pillar, a sloping roofline and twin-spoke alloy wheels. Under the hood, the vehicle will get BS6 compliant 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options.
As for the interior, it gets a fully-digital instrument cluster which is paired with a fully-digital infotainment system. Additionally, the dashboard gets the signature rotor-like chrome air-con vents, a multi-functional new steering wheel, and a smart-looking centre console in piano black finish. At the time of its launch, the vehicle is expected to get the latest MBUX multimedia system.
Mercedes-Benz has commenced bookings of the A-Class Limousine in India at a token amount of Rs 2 lakh. It is expected to be priced from Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be available in petrol, diesel, and AMG variants.
The Porche Taycan is the first-ever electric vehicle from Porsche which is based on the Mission E concept. This is one of the many electric cars which will mark its debut in India under the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. The vehicle will be produced at the new factory in Zuffenhausen and it will be introduced in Indi via the CBU route when it arrives later this year.
Mechanically, the Taycan is powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 93.4kWh. Porsche claims a range of 280 miles (412km) in Turbo and around 256 miles (approx. 340km) in Turbo S under WLTP cycle. The 800-volt architecture allows quick charging from 5 to 80 per cent in around 22 minutes. In true Porsche fashion, the Taycan is fitted with active air suspension (PASM), chassis Control (PDCC), rear-axle steering, torque vectoring (PTV Plus) and much other hardware and software to make it precise yet accessible. There’s also an affordable trim with 390kW (523bhp) and a range of 250km from 79.2kWh battery pack.
The Suzuki Jimny has remained in production for more than four decades, making space for itself among the longest-running nameplates like the Volkswagen Beetle and the Land Rover Defender. The Japanese carmaker is expected to bring in the fourth-generation Jimny later this year. Soon after its global unveils, the model is also expected to be launched in India too, possibly as the new Gypsy.
Fans of the car have been eagerly looking forward to the new Jimny. Sticking to its roots, this new-generation model will continue to be based on a ladder frame and will come with a 4×4 system. Just like the model on sale currently, it won’t be the most comfortable to drive in the city, but the four-wheel-drive system will surely make it fun to head down the unexplored road. More importantly, the Jimny will now be under 4 metres in length, which means it will make the most of the subsidies that sub-4 metre cars get. This can in fact make it the most affordable 4×4 SUV on sale in India (all other sub-4 metre SUVs are front-wheel drive).
The India-spec model is likely to be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with the choice of a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. Its output would likely remain the same at 105PS and 138Nm. With Maruti working on bringing back its 1.5-litre diesel engine in the BS6 era, it could be an option for the Jimny too. Maruti will likely offer a 4×2 drivetrain on the India-spec Jimny.
All the additional features and improvement in quality is sure to demand a premium, but then the new Jimny will also receive subsidies. Keeping that in mind, we don’t expect it to be priced much different from what it is currently.