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Volkswagen Tiguan to BMW iX EV: Five upcoming new cars in December

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India is all set to see a host of new cars to be launched or unveiled next month. Unlike most years, this December will be a busy month for carmakers in India with several new upcoming cars to hit the shores.

Few of the carmakers, like Volkswagen and BMW, have already confirmed dates for new launches and debuts.

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Several others are also expected to announce official dates for their new cars soon.

Here is a look at five new cars set to hit the Indian shores in December.

1. Volkswagen Tiguan:

 

Volkswagen will launch the 2021 Tiguan facelift SUV in India on December 7.
Volkswagen will launch the 2021 Tiguan facelift SUV in India on December 7.

Months after launching its first compact SUV Taigun in India, Volkswagen is all set to drive in the facelift version of its premium SUV Tiguan on December 7. Volkswagen had unveiled the new Tiguan back in March this year. However, the formal launch was delayed due to the second wave of Covid-19 and the ongoing chip crisis that has plagued the entire auto industry. Last week, the new Tiguan entered the production cycle at the carmaker’s facility in Aurangabad. The 2021 Tiguan will be powered by TSI technology and will get a 2.0-litre TSI engine which is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission unit with 4MOTION technology. It will take on rivals like the Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass and Citroen C5 Aircross.

BMW is all set to drive in its first electric car to India. The iX electric SUV, which recently made its debut globally, will officially launch in India on December 13. The iX electric SUV will be launched in India through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route and will rival with luxury EVs like Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron. BMW iX is likely to be launched in two variants – xDrive 40 and xDrive 50. The first variant generates 326 hp of power and 630 Nm of peak torque with a range of up to 414 kms pm single charge. The second variant generates 523 hp of power and 765 Nm of peak torque and a driving range of 611 kms without recharge.

BMW is also set to drive in the new MINI electric vehicle called Cooper SE to India. The all-electric MINI Cooper SE, which claims to have a per-charge range of 270 kms, was opened for booking for a reservation amount of 1 lakh in October this year. However, it took just two hours to sell out all 30 units of the upcoming all-electric MINI Cooper SE in India. The engine is capable of generating maximum output of 184 hp and 270 Nm of peak torque. MINI claims that the all-electric three-door Cooper SE can hit 100 kmph from naught in just 7.3 seconds.

Korean carmaker Kia has confirmed that it will debut its upcoming three-row car Carens, which is codenamed KY, on December 16. While the official launch may happen early next year, some of the features of the seven-seater Carens has already been leaked online. Kia Carens is likely to be based on the same platform used for Seltos and is probably going to be a three-row avatar of the flagship five-seater SUV with certain design tweaks and feature additions. The Kia Carens is likely to take on cars like Hyundai Alcazar and Tata Safari when launched.

Mercedes has been on a launching spree this year, and is expected to end the year with yet another one. It is expected to drive in the new C-Class, which was unveiled in February this year. The new generation Mercedes C-Class will be powered by a 2.0-litre engine, both in diesel and petrol. It will take on rivals like the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60 when launched.



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