October 29, 2020

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Five key car launches in India in September

With the festive period just around the corner, car makers in India are keen to cash in in what has otherwise been a tumultuous 2020. While offers and schemes are being announced almost every other day, many OEMs have pushed forwardto launch new products here in a bid to further expand options available to prospective buyers. For those looking at getting a new vehicle, there is much on offer in most segments.

Here are the five key launches that took place in September:

Kia Sonet: Sonet became the third product in Kia’s India lineup and has been launched at a starting price of 6.71 lakh (ex showroom). While elder sibling Seltos has been a runaway hit, Sonet too has the potential of scripting its own success story and has opened to a positive response.

The car sits in the lucrative sub-compact SUV segment and is available in petrol as well as diesel engine options. Variants are endless with each offering something extra.

Sonet’s main highlights are its catchy looks, feature-packed cabin and the availability of clutch-less transmission option although the diesel automatic is also find favour. (Read more here)

Toyota Urban Cruiser: Urban Cruiser may be a rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza but it seeks to have its own identity as well. Launched at a starting price of 8.40 lakh (ex showroom), it is hoping to make a mark in the sub-compact SUV segment, much like Sonet. (Read more here)

Toyota Urban Cruiser in dual tone Brown/Black colour.
Toyota Urban Cruiser in dual tone Brown/Black colour.

Skoda Rapid TSI AT: Skoda launched Rapid TSI AT at 9.49 lakh (ex showroom) for the Rider Plus AT trim. The pricing goes up to 13.29 lakh for the Montecarlo AT.

Equipped with a 1.0 -litre, three cylinder 1.0 TSI petrol engine, the Rapid carries a whole lot of potential for Skoda in the Indian market. And although sedans are relegated to the sidelines by SUVs of all shapes and sizes, the Rapid TSI AT still manages to showcase potential. (Read more here)

Skoda is hoping the Rapid automatic finds its mark in its segment.
Skoda is hoping the Rapid automatic finds its mark in its segment.

Ford Endeavour Sport: In a bid to attract the buyer who may want something extremely sporty to look at, Ford launched Endeavour Sport which gets small but significant cosmetic changes.

Endeavour Sport comes with new black smoked headlamps, ebony black front grille, black roof rails, new black alloys and special SPORT decals on doors and tailgate. (Read more here)

Ford Endeavour has been made available in three colour options.
Ford Endeavour has been made available in three colour options.

Mercedes GLE 53 AMG 4MATIC Plus: Mercedes’ AMG offensive in India remains unwavering. The German luxury car maker launched GLE 53 AMG 4MATIC Plus at 1.20 crore (ex showroom) recently.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe

Under the hood, the car gets a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine which produces 435 bhp and 520 Nm of peak torque. (Read more here)

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