Tata Punch EV to Mercedes GLE: Five cars expected to debut in November
November may see the arrival of at least five new cars, some of which are also expected to hit Indian roads later. Upcoming vehicles expected to debut next month include luxury models such as the facelift version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV to the more affordable Tata Punch EV electric SUV in India. Some of the models, which are expected to arrive in India later, will also make their global debut during this month. These models include the Skoda Superb sedan as well as one of the flagship SUVs in the Renault Duster. Here’s a quick look at what to expect from these five models and their launch timelines.
After launching Nexon. ev SUV facelift In September, Tata Motors is gearing up to launch its smallest electric SUV, Punch. The Punch EV has been spotted testing several times ahead of its much-awaited launch. Tata Motors had earlier confirmed that it would drive four new electric vehicles by early next year, including the Punch EV. When launched, the Punch EV could become the most affordable electric SUV in India.
In terms of changes compared to its ICE avatar, the Punch EV is likely to get a new face with a closed grille, emulating the new design language from the automaker that was already unveiled on the facelift versions of the Harrier and Safari SUVs recently. The Punch EV could get a similar vertically stacked headlight unit with an LED projector setup. It is also expected to get a new set of alloy wheels. Tata may also introduce the world’s first two-spoke steering wheel with a digital logo that debuted on the new Nexon.
Mercedes GLE facelift
The German auto giant will celebrate 2023 with the launch of another of its flagship SUVs in a new avatar. Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the launch of the facelifted GLE SUV on November 2. Upon its launch, it will renew its competition with the likes of the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and others in the luxury car segment. Among the major changes expected in the latest version of the GLE are a reworked bumper at the front, updated headlight and taillight units as well as a new set of alloy wheels. Inside, the GLE’s interior is expected to come with a new steering wheel borrowed from the S-Class. The MBUX system for the new GLE is also likely to get the latest version. There could be an optional off-road package with the SUV as well.
Along with the new GLE, Mercedes will also bring another high-performance car to India with the launch of the AMG 63 on the same day. The sporty version of the C-Class will be equipped with a 2-litre turbo petrol engine, replacing the older 3-litre six-cylinder engine. The engine is linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission, capable of generating 397 horsepower and 500 Newton meters of maximum torque. Mercedes is likely to offer 48V mild-hybrid technology with the AMG C43 which could deliver 20 PS and 200 Nm in terms of performance.
The five-seater compact SUV that dominated the segment in India is set to return to global markets in a new avatar next month. Renault will take the wraps off the new Duster SUV, made by partner Dacia, on November 29. Built on the automaker’s new modular CMF-B platform, the new generation Duster SUV will come equipped with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that can generate 167.6 hp. The French carmaker is expected to relaunch the Duster SUV in India as well. However, it may take a few more years before it hits Indian roads.
Skoda has revealed the first set of sketches for the 2023 Superb ahead of its unveiling on November 2. The fourth generation Superb will continue to be based on the Skoda MQB platform. Renderings show that the 2023 Superb will come with the automaker’s new language called Modern Solid. This includes slimmer headlights with Matrix LED technology, striking LED taillights and a wider grille. Under the hood, the new Skoda Superb is likely to be powered by a range of TSI petrol, TDI diesel and hybrid engines. Skoda is reportedly planning to relaunch the Superb in India soon. However, there is no official timeline when Indian customers can expect the 2023 Superb to hit the roads.
First publication date: 30 October 2023, 3:07 PM IST
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