December 2022 - New Car Launches In India - Here's What You Should Look Out For

December is set to see a hail of launches with a whole host of SUVs along with an updated version of a luxury sedan. However, the biggest (read most popular) launches of the lot are expected to be the CNG versions of the Toyota Hyryder and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.

The other launches expected this month are from German luxury manufacturers Mercedes and BMW with the latter set to launch its flagship XM hybrid performance SUV this month, three months after its global unveiling.

Let's take a look at the launches confirmed for the month of December 2022...

1) Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder CNG

The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder is set to arrive this month in CNG guise this month as the Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the hybrid SUV will soon be offered in natural gas burning guise.

The Hyryder is expected to be offered with the 1.5-litre mild hybrid engine from Maruti Suzuki which is expected to be very fuel efficient when it hits the roads later this month.

2) Maruti Suuzki Grand Vitara S-CNG

The Grand Vitara S-CNG is Maruti Suzuki's version of the Toyota Hyryder. Prices for the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara S-CNG are expected to be announced by the end of of the month.

3) Mercedes EQB

German luxury carmaker Mercedes will be launching its third all-electric model for the Indian market - the EQB - on the 2nd of December.

The 7-seater Mercedes EQB draws power from a 66.5kWh battery pack and its electric motor pushes put 225bhp and 390Nm of peak torque. The EQB's claimed range as per WLTP testing is 423km.

4) Mercedes GLB

The ICE version of the 7-seater SUV from Mercedes is touted as a baby GLS and will arrive alongside the EQB. The powertrain options for the new Mercedes GLB include a 1.3-litre turbo petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

The 1.3-litre petrol engine in the EQB will offer up 161bhp and 250Nm of torque while the 2.0-litre oil burner will push out 188bhp and 400Nm of torque. The petrol engine will be offered with a 7-speed transmission while the diesel will sport an 8-speed gearbox both of which will be automatics.

5) BMW XM

The BMW XM is the first ground-up car from the Bavarian firm's M Division since the M1 from the later 1970s. The XM is very distinctively BMW with its massive kidney grille and sports the split headlamps seen with the new 7 Series when it arrives on the 10th of December.

Under the bonnet of the BMW XM will be the firm's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine aided by a single electric motor which combine to produce 644bhp and 800Nm all of which is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

6) BMW X7 Facelift

The facelifted BMW X7 will also be launched on the 10th of December. The facelifted X7 sports split headlamps like the XM and new taillights along with revised front and rear bumpers and new alloys.

Other changes will come inside the SUV in the form of the single piece curved glass piece that houses the 12.3-inch driver's display and the 14.4-inch toucscreen infotainment unit. The BMW X7 is expected to retain its 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines which are expected to arrive in mild-hybrid guise.

7) BMW M340i

BMW is also expected to launch an updated version of the M340i sedan in India on the 10th of December. The updated M340i is expected to feature a tweaked design and the twin display interior setup along with new alloy wheels.

The M340i is expected to retain its 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine with 382bhp and 500Nm of torque which will be paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Thoughts About The Expected Launches This Month

Both BMW and Mercedes are set to go all out in the final month of 2022. However, the biggest sellers from the launches this month are expected to be the CNG twins from Toyota and Maruti Suzuki.

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Article Published On: Thursday, December 1, 2022, 16:57 [IST]
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