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New cars launching soon - Updated

autos Updated: Sep 21, 2013 14:33 IST

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There’s a lot to look forward to this month. No less than seven car manufacturers are set to launch and unveil new cars here to make our buying decisions just that much more difficult.

Fancy a new niche-defining mature hatchback? Then Hyundai’s Grand i10 could be worth a look once it’s launched on September 3. Need something a bit bigger, but still compact enough to be able to drive it in the city with ease? Then the Duster-based Nissan Terrano, to be launched on August 20, could serve as an attractive option. That’s not all, though. Read on to find out what else is slated for a launch.

BMW 1-series launch (September 3)

BMW’s new entry-level model, the 1-series, will launch here on September 3. The good news is that the car will be locally produced at BMW’s plant in Chennai, so prices will be in the range of Rs. 20-25 lakh. And with a longitudinal engine layout, rear-wheel drive and 50:50 weight distribution, the BMW 1-series will surely spice up the luxury hatchback segment here and give rivals like the Mercedes A-class something to worry about.

Hyundai Grand i10 launch (September 3)

Hyundai’s new Grand i10 hathcback, based on the newi10, will launch on September 3 and be positioned between the current i10 and i20. The car is a bit larger than the current i10 and is positioned in a sub-segment higher. It features mature and restrained styling (by Hyundai standards), and will come with a petrol and diesel option. Expect prices to start at Rs. 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the petrol variant.

Skoda Octavia (Diwali)

The Skoda Octavia nameplate is back, and after an unveiling recently, is all set to launch during the upcoming festival season. The latest-gen car will replace the current Laura when it is launched, and will be offered with two engine options – a 1.8 TSI from the Laura with more power and the familiar 2.0 TDI. However, there may also be a 1.4-litre petrol engine option on offer later. Prices are expected to be in the range of Rs. 14-18 lakh (ex-showroom).