With the start of a new month, automakers across the price spectrum are preparing to launch new models. This month will see the introduction of two mid-size SUVs, a sub-four-metre SUV, an electric sedan, and an electric SUV. What can we expect in September 2022? Let’s find out.
Mahindra XUV400 EV
On September 8, the Mahindra XUV400, which is essentially an electric version of the XUV300 sub-four metre SUV, will be unveiled. The model has already been teased on the brand's social media accounts, and it is expected to be longer than the model on which it is based, which stands at 4.2 metres. The model is expected to retain some design elements from the concept version shown at the 2020 Auto Show.
Hyundai Venue N Line
Hyundai plans to announce Venue N Line pricing in the country on September 6, 2022. The performance-oriented version of the sub-four-metre SUV will get cosmetic updates, new features, and suspension revisions.
The Hyundai Venue N Line will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a seven-speed DCT transmission, producing 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. The model will be available in two variations and five different colours.
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580
Mercedes-Benz will launch the 580 variant of its flagship electric offering in India in the second half of this month, following the launch of the EQS AMG last month. The EQS 580 will be followed by the EQB later this year, both of which will be locally assembled at the brand's factory in Chakan, Pune.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS580 will be powered by a 107.8kWh battery pack and two electric motors with a combined power output of 523bhp and 856Nm of torque. The model is said to have a range of 770 kilometres on a single charge.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) will introduce the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, its first mid-size SUV for the Indian market, later this month. The vehicle will compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, and MG Astor. We drove the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and published our review on the website.
A 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine with a mild-hybrid system (from Maruti Suzuki) will produce 101bhp and 135Nm of torque on the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. This engine's transmission options will be limited to a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, with the former receiving AWD technology on select variants. A Toyota 1.5-litre TNGA petrol engine with an electric motor will also be available, producing 114bhp and 141Nm of torque. This motor is linked to an eCVT system.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Suzuki will reveal Grand Vitara pricing later this month. The model, which will be built on the same platform as the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, will be built at Toyota's plant in Bidadi, Karnataka.
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will be available in six variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+, and Alpha+. Customers will be able to select from nine different colours and two different engine options.