5 Hottest Cars Launched In The Last Few Months That You Should Buy

  • Sep 27, 2023
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The past couple of months saw an influx of new cars being revealed and launched on our shores and we take a look at 5 of the hottest ones

The 2023 festival season is in full swing and business is booming, with the surge in the automotive industry in terms of sales and new launches. We’ve already seen multiple new cars within a span of two months, ranging from hatchbacks to ICE-powered SUVs and even luxury electric SUVs. And it’s only human to miss out on a few of them in the midst of our personnel and professional commitments.

But worry not, we’ve got your back with a list of the five the hottest launches that you should know about, if you’re in the market for a new ride:

Honda Elevate

The much-awaited SUV from Honda came in the form of the Elevate SUV, which broke cover back in June, but was launched on September 4. It boasts a traditional SUV design with boxy and upright elements that complement its premium cabin materials and design. It isn’t the most feature-rich offering when compared to its rivals, but still packs a 10.25-inch floating touchscreen infotainment, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch TFT semi-digital driver’s display, rear AC vents, single-pane sunroof, wireless phone charger, and ADAS. 

Also Read: Honda Elevate: All The Powertrains And Colours You Get With Each Variant Explained

It gets the same powertrains as the City sedan (no hybrid, though) and you can know all the details about the Elevate SUV in our image gallery. We’ve also done a thorough spec comparison of the Elevate with its rivals.

Tata Nexon

What Tata seems to call a mere facelift looks more of a complete generational makeover. That is the crux of Tata Nexon facelift’s package, which was launched in the country on September 14. Substantial exterior revisions, proper interior updates, new features and transmission options are the highlights of the revised Nexon. You can know all about it in our detailed image gallery, while first driving impressions can be found in our first drive review.

Prices for the 2023 Nexon range between Rs 8.09 lakh and Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom).

Tata Nexon EV

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The launch of the facelifted Tata Nexon EV followed soon after its ICE-powered version was launched. It follows the same treatment given to the standard Nexon, but with EV-exclusive design bits and even features. The latter includes a bigger touchscreen system and the ability to power your appliances (V2L or vehicle-to-load) or charge other EVs (V2V or vehicle-to-vehicle). You can read about all the new details in our detailed image gallery.

And despite the plethora of revisions, Tata has managed to set the entry-level price lower than the outgoing model’s prices, and even better, it has managed to eke out a bit more range as well. But of course, with a price tag of Rs 19.94 lakh (ex-showroom), the top-spec Nexon EV has gotten much dearer too.

Hyundai i20 and i20 N Line

Hyundai launched the facelifted i20 on September 8, which was followed soon after by the launch of the facelifted i20 N Line. Both models get subtle overall revisions with modest exterior revisions, almost no cabin changes, and a few feature additions. But hey, why change something that worked in the first place, right? That said, the major difference lies in the powertrain section, where the standard i20 no longer gets the 1-litre turbo-petrol engine. 

That is now limited to the N Line model, which can now (finally) be had with a proper 6-speed manual in place of the iMT gearbox. The DCT has been retained as well, but true enthusiasts will appreciate the availability of the manual, given the sportier nature of the i20 N Line. We’ve compared the standard i20 with the i20 N Line, and you can read about their similarities and differences here.

Volvo C40 Recharge

The Volvo C40 Recharge makes it to the list as the only luxury model. It is the coupe SUV version of the XC40 Recharge with the same powertrain specifications, but a better claimed range of 530km. The latter is partially thanks to its flamboyant design that helps it reduce aerodynamic drag. Not only is the C40 Recharge a hoot to look at and practical enough to daily drive (range-wise), it’s also blistering fast with a sub-5 second (4.7s) time for a 0-100kmph sprint. In fact, it’s one of these few cars that offer over 400PS on tap this side of a crore. 

At Rs 61.25 lakh (ex-showroom), the C40 Recharge’s package seems like a steal and it would actually make a compelling case in your search for a stylish and feature-packed luxury EV.

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Now, the festive season is anything but over. And even though we’ve already got the majority of launches, the action is far from finished, as carmakers will no doubt keep bringing out new variants and offers to maximise sales during this period. And we’ll be right here, with all the updates as and when they come; so stay tuned to Zigwheels!

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