As we have moved into the last week of 2020, a flurry of new car launches and unveils are headed our way in the first month of the new year. Here for your convenience, we have compiled a list of all the new cars & SUVs that are secluded to launch in January 2021. Let’s take a look.
1. Toyota Fortuner Facelift
- Launch date: – 6th January 2020
The Toyota Fortuner has been on sale since 2009. The Japanese carmaker launched its second-generation version in November 2016. Now, after four years the brand is going to introduce its facelift version in the Indian market along with a new sportier Fortuner Legender variant, which debuted in international markets earlier this year.
The 2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift will receive prominent esthetical changes, some new features, and an uprated diesel engine. Click here to know more about the upcoming Toyota Fortuner facelift in detail.
2. Toyota Altroz Turbo
- Launch date: – 13th January 2020
Tata Motors is all set to launch the hot-hatch version of the Altroz hatchback. It will get Nexon's 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, developing maximum output of 110PS/140Nm (10PS/30Nm less than the Nexon petrol).
Along with the new petrol engine, Altorz is also likely to get a new 7-speed DCT automatic transmission. With this, the Altroz will become the first Tata car to get a DCT gearbox.
As per the reports, the Altroz turbo is expected to be offered in four variants (XT, XT(O), XZ and XZ(O)), and could demand a premium of around Rs 1-1.5 lakh over the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol manual variants, which are priced between Rs 5.44 lakh and Rs 8.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
3. BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine
- Launch date: – 21st January 2021
BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine is a longer wheelbase version of the 3 Series sedan. It will replace the 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT) from the brand’s product line-up. Compared to the standard model, the 3 Series Gran Limousine will be 120mm longer, measuring at 4,829mm, whereas its wheelbase will be 110mm greater, standing at 2,961mm. Apart from these parameters, it looks identical to the standard trim.
4. Audi A4 Facelift
- Launch date: – 5th January 2021
The 2021 Audi A4 facelift will the first offering from the German Automaker in the new year. Interestingly, it will be the second facelift version of the for the A4 in India as the brand has also launched its updated version in late 2019, which was discontinued later due to the BS6 emission norms. Bookings of the new A4 have already started for a token amount of Rs 2 lakh.
Being a facelift model, the updated Audi A4 will come with some minor cosmetic changes, a few extra features, and a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It is likely to be offered in two variants: Premium Plus and Technology.
5. MG Hector Hector Plus 7 Seater & Hector Plus Savvy Variant
- Launch date: TBU
The 7-seater version of MG Hector Plus SUV will be launched in January 2021. Currently, the Hector Plus is only available with 6-seater configuration. Design & features-wise, it will be similar to the 6-seater version. However, the 7-seater Hector Plus will get a split-folding bench instead of captain seats in the 2nd row. Prices of the 7-seater model are expected to be lower or close to the 6-seater version, which currently retails between Rs 17.38 lakh and Rs 18.68 lakh (ex-showroom).
Beside the 7-seater version, the brand could also introduce a new Savvy variant of the 6-seater Hector Plus, which is likely to come with 4×4 compatibility and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) tech like Gloster SUV, consisting level-1 autonomous features such as semi-autonomous parking, adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot detection system.
6. MG Hector Facelift
- Launch date: TBU
Morris Garages is also gearing up to launch a mild-updated version of its 5-seater Hector SUV. The MG Hector Facelift will receive minor cosmetic changes to give the car a fresh feel. According to the spy shots, the updated Hector SUV is expected to feature a new & sleeker glossy black honeycomb-mesh pattern grille, and new & upsized alloy wheels. The rest of the design & mechanicals of the car are likely to remain the same as the current model.
7. Jeep Compass Facelift
- Unveil Date: – 7th January 2021.
- Expected Launch Date: 23rd January 2021.
The Jeep Compass mid-size SUV is also going to receive a facelift update in the first month of 2021. It will be the first major update to the India-spec Compass since its launch in 2017. If reports are to be believed, it is likely to launch on 23rd January. In fact, selected Jeep dealerships have already commenced accepting its pre-launch bookings for a token amount of Rs 50,000.
The 2021 Jeep Compass Facelift will feature subtle design changes inside & outside including re-worked seven-slat grille with honeycomb-like inserts, redesigned bumpers, revised headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, and new alloy wheel design. On the inside, the facelifted Compass will receive significant updates with a new dashboard layout, equipped with a new floating 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It runs on FCA’s latest Uconnect 5 system and comes equipped with connected car technology.
Under the hood, the new Jeep Compass is likely to come with the same powertrain options as the current model. It includes 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol (163PS/250Nm) and 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel (170PS/350Nm) engine. Transmission options are also expected to remain unchanged.
8. Tata Safari
- Unveil Date: 26th January 2021 (Republic Day)
The production version of Tata Gravitas will be known as "Safari". It is essentially the three-row version of the Harrier SUV. It will be 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Tata Harrier. However, its wheelbase will remain unchanged.
The all-new Safari is likely to come in both 6 and 7-seater options. The 6-seater version of the SUV will feature two captain seats in the second row.
In comparison to the Tata Harrier, the Safari will feature a slightly different rear-end styling and a new cream-coloured cabin theme. The notable changes include a redesigned tailgate, large rear windscreen, a brawnier rear bumper, updated LED tail lamps with connecting chrome strips.
Under the hood, the Safari will use the same BS6-compliant Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine(170PS/350Nm) that also powers the Harrier & MG Hector SUVs. 2021 Safari is also expected to debut a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol as well. Expect the new gasoline mill to be offered in the 5-seater version too.