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Weekly Car News Fix: Car Launches, Unveils, And Price Hikes


A busy last seven days in the auto industry

 

The second week of April 2021 saw plenty of action in the auto industry that included launches, a couple of pre-launch announcements, unveils, and select models getting price hikes. Here’s more about what transpired:

 

Launches

Citroen C5 Aircross Arrives In India

 

After what seemed like a long wait, no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Citroen has finally begun its India journey with the C5 Aircross premium midsize SUV. It’s offered in two variants, gets a sole diesel engine, and comes loaded with features. To know more about how much you’ll have to shell out for the SUV, head here.

BMW 6 Series GT Gets Refreshed

 

A surprise launch from the Bavarian brand since the 5 Series facelift was expected to  arrive before the updated 6 Series GT. Priced from Rs 67.90 lakh to Rs 77.90 lakh (ex-showroom), it’ll take on the recently facelifted E-Class. Head here to know what’s different.

 

Unveils 

Hyundai Alcazar Breaks Cover 

Hyundai’s taken the wraps off its next big thing for India, the Alcazar SUV. It’s pretty much a three-row version of the Creta, but has its own distinguishing bits, including a more powerful  petrol engine. Head here for details.

Kia Sonet Gets Third Row In Indonesia

The folks at Kia Indonesia have decided to add more options to the Sonet SUV via  the 7-seater Kia Sonet 7. While it's pretty identical to its standard 5-seater counterpart, there are more  premiums on offer  which you can read more about right here.  

 

XUV700 Announced

Mahindra has announced that its upcoming mid-size SUV will be called the XUV700 and not the next-gen XUV500. That being said, the XUV500 nameplate will be back as a stronger and fiercer Creta/Seltos rival post the XUV700’s launch. There’s plenty to look forward to from this new mid-size SUV, including a cleaner design and segment-first features. For more on what to expect, head here

Announcements

4th-gen Octavia Production Begins

 

With the next-gen Skoda Octavia expected to launch later this month, the first units have begun to roll out from its facility in Aurangabad. This  generational update will bring in fresh looks, new tech and more, which you can read more about right here.

 

Mahindra Sticking With SUVs

 

In Mahindra’s long history as an SUV manufacturer, they've tried their hand at sedans with the Verito. But the CEO of Mahindra’s Automotive Division, Veejay Nakra, has confirmed that the carmaker will stick with what it does best-- and that’s SUVs

 

Facelifted Jaguar F-Pace Gets A Launch Timeline

 

Jaguar is all set to bring the mid-life refresh of the F-Pace SUV to India by May 2021. Bookings for the updated SUV have also commenced. While the exterior updates will be modest, the bigger changes will be on the inside, which you can read more about here

 

Price Hikes

 

 

With the new financial year starting, manufacturers have begun hiking prices of their models. Nissan has given the Magnite its third price hike in four months, whereas MG Motors has hiked up up prices for the Hector and Hector Plus. Toyota has given the Innova Crysta, Fortuner and the Camry Hybrid an increment in pricing.

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