Top India Car News This Week (December 19-23): Hyundai Ioniq 5 Unveiled, Maruti Jimny Spied Again, Toyota Innova Hicross in Dealerships and More | Jobs Reply

At the Auto Expo 2023 we also got a scoop on the upcoming cars from various manufacturers like Tata and Maruti.

Weekly wrap up

The last week of 2022 brought some significant updates about upcoming vehicles. While the India-spec Ioniq 5 was shown this week, we also got a few spy shots of the five-door Thar and Jimny. Not only that, as the GST Council of India has issued a major statement about SUVs.

Let’s take a look at the highlights of the week

Hyundai Ioniq 5 unveiled

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Ioniq 5, one of the most anticipated EVs, has been unveiled by Hyundai India. This is the automaker’s second electric crossover, following the Kona. The Ioniq 5 is built on the same platform as the Kia EV6, namely the EV-specific E-GMP platform. Bookings for the new Hyundai EV have already started.

Toyota Innova Hicross has arrived at dealerships

Toyota Innova Hicross

Customers can now check out the new generation Innova at nearby dealerships as the units have started arriving. Toyota is yet to reveal the price of the Innova Hicross, but we guess it will start around Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). The Innova Hicross is a powerful hybrid MPV with some segment-first features.

Maruti will have these three SUVs on display at the 2023 auto show

Toyota BZ compact SUV concept

India’s largest carmaker, Maruti, may showcase a trio of new SUVs with a premium concept at the 2023 Auto Expo. A crossover based on the Baleno, and the Jimny are two near-production models to be showcased, while the third is a premium SUV concept.

Maruti Jimny spying in disguise

2023 Maruti Suzuki Jimny

The much-anticipated Maruti SUV, the Jimny, has been secretly spied ahead of its official unveiling in India. According to reports, the SUV was out shooting for a TV commercial when it was spotted. The extended wheelbase and the Jimny name were obvious.

Dive-Door is the new update of Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar 5-Door

While the interiors of the five-door Mahindra Thar were first spotted this week, we hear that the extended Thar won’t include the Scorpio N’s Watt Link suspension system setup. The five-door Thor will be launched next year.

Mahindra will bring 2WD to the three-door Thare

Mahindra Ther off roading

Apart from the five-door Mahindra Thar news, there is an update to the current three-door variant. According to a new spy image, the three-door will soon be offered in a two-wheel drive variant. The change is part of an effort to lower the SUV’s starting price.

Mahindra’s Mystery SUV

Mahindra’s Chief Design Officer, Pratap Bose has wrapped up a new SUV With minor visual cues, it appears to be a compact SUV with wide wheel arches and a prominent shoulder line. Despite this, Mahindra has confirmed that the new SUV will not be unveiled at the 2023 Auto Expo.

Tata will showcase new safety tech and powertrain concepts at the expo

Tata has been teasing its planned models at the 2023 Auto Expo on social media channels The automaker is developing radar-based safety technology that could be available on facelifted cars. Also, the automaker is likely to showcase its first fuel cell concept as well as several new EV vehicles during the show.

Tata Punch EV is working

Tata Punch

Tata is a leading EV manufacturer in India with the largest electric lineup in the country. To expand this further, Tata plans to launch the Punch EV, which will sit between the Tiago EV and the Nexon EV Max. It will be unveiled during the 2023 Auto Show.

Hyundai’s new micro SUV spotted

Hyundai Micro SUV

Hyundai is developing a Punch competitor, a test mule of which has been spotted in South Korea. The test mule featured a large grille, flanking bonnet and split headlamp configuration, similar to the Hyundai Venue. It is expected in India in the second half of 2023.

The GST Council has redefined the criteria for an SUV

Compact SUV

GST has set the criteria for SUVs and the tax that will be levied on them. Subcompact SUVs that do not meet SUV criteria are expected to be less expensive, but specific tax rates have not been disclosed. More information can be found here.

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