India’s Biggest Car Launches This Diwali, 2021: Tata, VW, Mahinda, MG & More

All the major Diwali launches are SUVs.

The festive season is coming soon and some of the biggest automakers in India are gearing up for big launches.

Let’s take a look at upcoming launches to look forward to and notably, all of them are SUVs.

TATA PUNCH

This is Tata Motors’ first micro-SUV.

It is set to debut in September and will compete against the Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100.

It is expected to be powered by 1.2L NA and turbocharged engines.

MG ASTOR

The mid-size SUV will arrive in the next few weeks.

It has many segment first features such as a personal AI assistant system and level 2 autonomous tech.

It is also MG’s first production model to underpin the Concept-of-Car as a Platform (CAAP) software.

It is likely to be powered by a 163PS, 1.3L turbo petrol motor with 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.

VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN

It will launch on 23rd September and will rival fellow mid-size SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq and the upcoming MG Astor.

It is similar to the Kushaq in terms of design elements, features and engines but varies in looks and features.

It comes with 115bhp, 1.0L turbo and 150bhp, 1.5L turbo petrol engine options.

MAHINDRA XUV700

The 7-seater is likely to arrive in October.

It has three-row seats layout and runs on 200bhp, 2.0L turbo petrol and 2.2L mHawk diesel engines.

It will come with both manual and automatic transmissions whereas the 5-seater version is offered with manual gearbox only.

Upon launch, it will take on the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar.

FORCE GURKHA

This will arrive in the coming weeks.

It has received changes in design and features along with an engine upgrade to meet the BS6 emission standards.

It has a BS6-ready 2.6L diesel engine (90bhp.260Nm) with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

It is still offered with 2WD and 4WD options.

In terms of safety, it has an updated ladder frame chassis which complies with crash test and pedestrian safety norms.

UPDATED FORD ECOSPORT

There is no fixed launch date yet but could come in October.

As part of the 2021 facelift, it’s got some changes to its exterior and interior.

The interior has an upgraded SYNC3 infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, updated connected car tech and new seat upholstery.

It is powered by 120bhp, 1.5L petrol and 99bhp, 1.5L diesel engines.

NEW JEEP COMPASS TRAILHAWK

Expected to launch during Diwali, its design and feature upgrades are similar to the facelifted Compass launched early this year.

Major changes include new LED headlamp cluster, revised bumpers for better approach and departure angle, new diamond cut alloys and red and black finish on the exterior.

It runs on a 170bhp, 2.0L Multijet diesel engine.

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