Top 10 Most Expensive Upcoming Cars in India 2016-17
Around 45 upcoming cars like Mercedes-Benz CLA, Nissan GT-R, Mini Cooper Clubman and Maruti Ignis will be launched in India in 2016-17. Among these 45 upcoming cars, there are 3 MUV, 9 Hatchback, 11 Sport Utilities, 1 Convertibles, 3 Hybrids, 4 Coupe and 14 Sedans. Out of the above, 12 cars are expected to launch in the next three months…..
Out of 45 , we are here to show you the Top 10 Most Expensive Upcoming cars in India….
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1. Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
When to expect: December 2016
Estimated Price: 4.30 – 4.70 Cr
It is a Ferrari and is essentially a station-wagon. Knowing Ferrari’s legacy of building superfast sportscars it may seem out of place. Meet the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso – the three door four-seater shooting brake from the Italian stable. The GTC4 Lusso is the next generation Ferrari FF which was built as a grand tourer to carve continents at breath taking speeds comfortably.
The front fascia is dominated by a wide single-piece horizontally slatted air dam that extends across the width of the car with the prancing horse emblem in the centre. The Ferraro 458 style headlamps are swept back on the contoured hood with flared fenders on the side. Moving on to the side, the Ferrari has the familiar low slung profile with large alloy wheels filling up the wheel arches. The long hood is complemented by the breathing gills on the fenders. The raked windshield means a low slung roof that almost extends to the back of the car – typical for shooting brakes. The tail is also as dramatic as the whole car with the tapering cabin, wide rear bumper with rear splitter and the quad exhausts.
Wrapped in leather the function-focussed interior of the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is exquisite especially with the carbon fibre inlays. Like all grand tourers, it gets a touch-screen infotainment system, climate control, power adjustable front seats et al. The three spoke steering wheel gets the typical flurry of switches that can control everything from driving modes, car setup and gear shifts along with Bluetooth telephony. The instrument cluster has the rev counter taking centre stage while speed and other vitals are displayed on the two TFT screens around the tachometer. Even the co-driver gets a peek at exactly how fast you are driving through a screen embedded in the dashboard displaying rpm, speed and the gear you are driving in.
The GTC4 Lusso is powered by the massive 6.3-litre Ferrari V12 that produces 680bhp of power and 697Nm of torque. The naturally aspirated mill powers the Ferrari past 100kmph in almost 3.5 seconds to a top speed of 345kmph. It also gets an improved version of the dual-gearbox four-wheel-drive setup from the FF along with four-wheel-steering as well.
For safety, you are cocooned between four airbags – two upfront and two curtain airbags. It gets traction control, launch control, skid control and a host of other electronic aids as a part of its electronic stability program. As far as competition is concerned, there is the Aston Martin Rapide and the Porsche Panamera but none of them comes anywhere close to the Italian in terms of price as well as performance.
2. Nissan GT-R
When to expect: 2 December 2016
Estimated Price: 1.60 – 1.90Cr
Nissan India has started taking pre-bookings for the GT-R which was earlier set to launch on November 9. However, due to unknown reasons, the launch has been delayed till December 2, 2016. Earlier, the new GT-R was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, New Delhi. Being a benchmark for good acceleration, the car can sprint from standstill to 100kmph in just 2 seconds with a top speed of 315.4 kmph. The GT-R is powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 engine that churns a power output of 554bhp at 6,400rpm and 632Nm of torque in-between 3,200 to 5,800rpm. The car gets a black grille and GT-R badge at the front and four big round tail lights with four exhaust tips wrapped in chrome at the rear to complement the car with a sportier look. It is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs 2 cr and will take on the likes of the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911.
3. Audi SQ7
When to expect: November 2016
Estimated Price: 1 – 1.20Cr
The Audi Q7 has been largely popular in the Indian market and with the launch of the new generation Q7 last year, the flagship Audi SUV has managed to stay in the front of the race for large luxury SUVs. But the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer has always missed one thing in the Q7 – a powerhouse performance car. Yes, they had the 500bhp 6.0-litre V12 oil-burner, but it never really appealed like the ML 63 AMG or the BMW X5M. Audi now has built the SQ7 to take on the performance-packed luxury SUVs and is expected to come to India pretty soon.
Let us get to the meat first. Under the hood you have a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged diesel engine. Unlike its petrol competitors, Audi has demonstrated its prowess of building performance diesel engines. And it is the first production car to have an electrically driven turbocharger. Developing 435bhp of power and 900Nm of torque the Audi Q7 powers past the 100kmph mark from rest in 4.8 seconds. It is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission coupled up with the famed Quattro all-wheel-drive.
As for the aesthetics, you have the front grille with the S-badge and an aggressive front bumper with horizontal slats covering the air intakes and Matrix LED headlamps. The wing mirrors will be painted in contrast and it gets 20-inch alloys as standard. The two twin exhausts in the rear will give out the sleeper for the trained eyes. Inside, the SQ7 will continue to be luxurious. The upholstery will be done in fancy leather and all creature comforts will be on offer if not standard already.
The SQ7, as we have said before, will like to take on the BMW X5 M or the Mercedes GLE63 AMG or the GLS 63AMG and the top-spec Land Rover Discovery in terms of its price and appeal. The SQ7 will certainly tip the scale onward of a crore rupees if not by much.
4. Land Rover New Discovery
Land Rover New Discovery
When to expect: Jun 2017
Estimated Price: 1 – 1.20Cr
The Land Rover Discovery was introduced in 1989 as a middle-size SUV that could conquer all terrains. While it was not as luxurious as the Range Rover but utilitarian to the core and a standard feature in any movie shot in or around Africa. Staying true to its British roots, the Discovery has not changed much in the last 25 years with the current Discovery 4 being only the second generation of the marque.
The new 2017 Discovery will be the Discovery 5, LR5 for the Americans, the third generation of the Discovery. It has shed its typical rectangular lines for the more stylish trend set by the Evoque amongst Land Rovers. The lines have been rounded to make it look more muscular especially with the flared wheel arches jutting out of the profile and filled up with large tyres. The chunky honeycomb signature grille is decked up high with the LED signature headlamps while the sculpted bumper gets aggressive cuts for the air vents and a massive two-tone bash plate up front.
Built from ground up, the Discovery will feature Jaguar – Land Rover’s new aluminium infused chassis and must have certainly lost at least a couple of quintals in weight. The new chassis-body design will open up more space for the seven occupants the Discovery is known to ferry comfortably. As for the equipment, the Discovery will be almost at par with the Range Rover Sport.
The Discovery will be positioned just below the Range Rover Sport in the Land Rover scheme of things and with its size and ability, the Discovery 5 will be pitched against the likes of Mercedes GLS, BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7. The Discovery will be powered by a set of six cylinder engines to start with along with the new Ingenium series of four cylinder turbo-diesels. We are sure you will get the 5.0-litre petrol V8 somewhere down the line. Four-wheel drive with crawl function, hill descent and hill hold will be standard. Driving modes like sand, mud and ruts, rocks et al will be standard.
We expect the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery to land on Indian shores next year and might be priced between Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.2 crore to start with.
5. Porsche 718
When to expect: October 2017
Estimated Price: 80 – 90L
Porsche’s smallest sportscar twin, the Boxster and the Cayman have got a new name that binds them together – the Porsche 718. Just like before, the drop-top roadster will be called the 718 Boxster while the hardtop coupe will be called the Cayman. The Le Mans winning 718 moniker has been revived after five decades, for the third generation 981 series car and certainly raises the expectations from the baby Porsches.
For Porsche enthusiasts the most important thing is its engineering. The 718 gets two brand new engines – a 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre four-cylinder engines. Porsche has retained the signature boxer layout of the engines. The 2.0-litre 295bhp power and 380Nm torque engine will power the Boxster and the Cayman while the ‘S’ versions will feature the 345bhp, 420Nm torque 2.5-litre mill. While globally the 718s are available with manual options as well, in India you will get the seven-speed PDK dual clutch automatic gearbox with the optional Sport Chrono package that helps in quicker shifts.
Cosmetically, there aren’t many changes to the 718 as compared to the 981 series car except for the customary nips and tucks with every new model. The chassis and suspension setup have been tweaked for better performance and the cars, the standard and the S, take 4.9 seconds and 4.4 seconds respectively to reach 100kmph and limited at a stop speed of 250kmph. Since the standard Boxster comes with an engine below 2000cc in cubic capacity, the car will have to be homologated for Indian standards.
The front bumper has been tweaked and the three-part air dam looks sporty with the blacked out mesh grille and the LED daytime running lamps. The headlamps get the optional quad LED setup and looks menacing. While the profile is the same, the tail has got a complete makeover. The strip connecting the two LED tail lamps separates the rear bumper from the fender and looks dapper.
On the inside, it gets the stylish Panamera-like layout with the integrated touch-screen display for the infotainment system. The classic three-spoke steering wheel gets paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. The 718 gets all creature comforts but as all Porsches, functionality takes over form even for the cabin design.
Expected to be launched before the end of 2016, the Porsche 718 twins are expected to compete with the BMW Z4, the Mercedes SLC 43 AMG and the Ford Mustang.
6. Land Rover Evoque Convertible
Land Rover Evoque Convertible
When to expect: March 2017
Estimated Price: 80 – 90L
The Evoque Convertible is the latest offering from the British SUV maker. Aimed at creating a new segment, the Evoque convertible is based on the 3-door version of the SUV. The Evoque has been instrumental in engineering the turnaround of ailing Jaguar-Land Rover companies. The reason we have this car up here is that it was spotted testing in India indicating a launch around the corner.
The Evoque convertible looks almost like the standard SUV except for the convertible roof. The front fascia gets a few more blacked out elements to make it look sporty. The profile has been carried over till the shoulder line and the A-pillars are beefed up for strength. The rear fenders have been redone to include the folding convertible roof but are not very far from the original Evoque. The signature headlamps and tail lamps have been carried over to the convertible.
The interior has been tweaked quite a bit. The dashboard is dressed in black leather with silver accents. It gets a 10.2 inch super-wide resolution touch-screen with the latest connectivity options including Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The convertible roof can be opened up in 18 seconds and closes back on till a speed of 60kmph n 21 seconds. On the safety front, you have front and side airbags with ESP and a rollover protection system that deploys in 90 milliseconds.
The Evoque convertible gets the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is now available in India under the hood of the Jaguar XE. The petrol engine develops 240bhp to power the SUV past 100kmph in 7.8 seconds to a top speed of 180kmph. Mated to a ZF nine-speed gearbox, the Evoque Convertible gets the Active Driveline feature.
The Evoque convertible stands alone in its segment for now with a unique offering of a convertible that can take you anywhere with its Land Rover capabilities. And since it has been spotted testing in India, we may get one quite soon.
7. Mercedes-Benz New E-Class
Mercedes-Benz New E-Class
When to expect: January 2017
Estimated Price: 50 – 60L
The Mercedes E-Class has been India’s favourite premium executive sedan. Launched in the late 90s, the various iterations and generations of the E-Class have always been enticing the Indian buyers. The E-Class that is being sold is the fourth generation E-Class and had its midlife facelift in 2013 and is due for an upgrade. The fifth-gen E-Class (W213) is being readied for a global launch this year and is expected to come to India by the festive season.
Mercedes had invested almost a billion dollars into developing the W212 facelift we have now and the W213 carries forward the design cues. The E-Class has always been different from the S-Class and the C-Class, but the W213 blends in. The grille is upright and pronounced while the lines are curvy and flowing. From a distance the only thing that would give away the E-Class from the S and the C would probably be the alloy wheel design.
The interior too is brand new. It is more in line with the latest Mercedes interiors we have seen with the new S-Class and the C-Class. It feels bright and roomy and gets the new touch panel controller for the infotainment system. The instrument cluster gets two analog dials for the speed and the EVS and a screen between the two to read out all the vital information. Dual zone climate control, cruise control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers are going to be standard along with the power adjustable front seats with memory function.
The W213 Mercedes E-Class will probably usher the straight six engines back on to the Mercedes assembly lines globally. For us in India, we will continue to get the 2143cc four cylinder turbo-diesel engine developing close to 190bhp of power and 400Nm of torque for the E220d and E250d while the E350d may get the straight six instead of the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6. The engines will power the right set of wheels through a nine-speed gearbox except for the E63 AMG.
The new E-Class will compete with the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6 and the new generation Jaguar XF. We expect the new E-Class to be priced around Rs 50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
8. Audi A5
When to expect: December 2017
Estimated Price: 45 – 65L
Audi has unveiled the brand new A5 Coupe and its performance version the S5 Coupe internationally. Now if you are thinking what is the India relevance of this car – we have spotted the yet to be globally unveiled four-door Sportback testing on Indian roads. Which makes us think the A5 Sportback might not be far from its launch in the country.
If not evident yet, the A5 has two body shells – the two-door Coupe and the four-door Sportback. And then depending upon the performance it packs we have the regular A5, the madder S5 and the insane RS5. While the S5 is available in both body shells, the last RS5 was a two-door Coupe.
The new generation A5, like other next-gen Audis, looks almost the same as its predecessor. But looks apart, there is almost nothing that gets carried over in the new generation car. In case of the Coupes, the A5 is now longer, thanks to the longer wheelbase, and wider. Inherently, the cabin has become more spacious and the boot has grown by 10 litres to 465 litres. Owing to the multi-material approach in building the car, Audi has saved about 60 kg weight in the new Coupes.
Along with a new set of engines – three diesel and two petrol engines, the A5 now features virtual cockpit and the MMI Touch along with the standard creature comforts of luxury sedans. The engines develop power between 185bhp and 280bhp with over 15 per cent better performance and 20 per cent better fuel economy. The S5 is powered by the 345bhp forced induction 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and drives all four wheels.
9. Mini Clubman
When to expect: October 2017
Estimated Price: 40 – 45L
Global luxury car manufacturers are making a beeline for a share of the ever growing luxury car pie in the Indian market and Mini is not to be left behind. Mini already has the Cooper, the Convertible and the Countryman on sale in India. Mini got the new generation convertible to India close on the heels of its global launch and had also announced the arrival of the Clubman at the Auto Expo 2016.
The Mini Clubman is an estate and is supposedly the largest Mini that is being built. It measures 4275mm in length is 1801mm wide. To put things in perspective, the Countryman is 4097mm and almost as wide as the Clubman. The Clubman looks like every other Mini with its round headlamps flanking the large horizontally slatted oval grille which seems to be gaping too much in this case. It gets six doors and two each for the two comfortable seating rows and the barn doors for a substantial boot to stow away the baggage.
The inside is plush as the new generation Minis are premium cars. The infotainment screen, the dials, the switches, knobs and everything else is in circles except for the AC vents. It gets automatic climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, steering mounted audio controls and other creature comforts befitting a premium car.
The Clubman is built on the UKL2 platform and will get the 2.0-litre 112bhp turbocharged diesel engine that develops 270Nm of torque from 1750rpm. This engine is already available with the Mini Countryman and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox powering the front wheels. It may also get the 1.6-litre petrol engine option.
The Mini Clubman is slotted above the Countryman globally and may be assembled in India as the Countryman is also being locally assembled. The expected price tag is between Rs 40 to Rs 45 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai.
10. Toyota New Prius
Toyota New Prius
When to expect: November 2016
Estimated Price: 39 – 40L
The Toyota Prius needs no introduction. One of the highest selling hybrid cars in the world, the Prius has been endorsed by everyone from Greenpeace and Hollywood celebrities. Toyota has been selling the Prius in India for quite some time now and has unveiled the next generation Prius at the Auto Expo 2016.
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius gets all new looks. While we could best describe the looks as alien, the car looks striking. The boomerang-like headlamps, vertical LED fog lamps and a snout-like front bumper can best be called futuristic by all standards. Moving on to the side, it is a four-door coupe with a sloping roofline that blends into the notchback. The cabin seems spacious for four with enough headroom in the back. The rear also gets the boomerang-like lamps with LEDs flowing down from the top of the boot. The creases and cuts toe the alien-design line from the front. As for the dimensions, the new Prius is 60mm longer, 15mm wider and 20mm lower than the old Prius.
The dashboard is a geek paradise with its many buttons, screens and warning lights. The speedometer is digital and the infotainment system is touchscreen. The infotainment system can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth and gets the latest software like Apple Car Play, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, cruise control and automatic climate control are standard. It gets airbags, an electronic stability programme with emergency braking.
The Prius is a hybrid and has a 1.8-litre four cylinder petrol engine paired with electric motors to make up its powertrain. While the setup is same as before, the engine has been tuned for better efficiency. The batteries have a higher energy density and the motors are smaller. The efficiency has improved by almost 10 per cent and Toyota expects the Prius to deliver 40kmpl.
The current Prius is offered at about Rs 38 lakh in India. The new generation Prius will also be imported as a CBU with an estimated price a tad under Rs 40 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.
Above all are the Top Most Expensive Upcoming Cars in India 2016-17…………..
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