2017 saw an impressive range of growth in car sales along with an equally impressive list of new launches. Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport Facelift, Skoda Octavia RS, Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 facelift, Renault Captur, a newer version of Scorpio and Maruti CelerioX are among the successful new launches of 2017. Now as the car sales growth is expected to rise steadily throughout 2018, it would be safe to assume an entry of impressive new launch line-up. Here are few much awaited launches of 2018 that possesses the potential to blow your mind away.
Lamborghini Urus ( January 11, 2018 )
The Italian super SUV, is charged with a 4.0 -litre twin-turbo V8 engine churning out 650bhp at 6800 rpm and a peak torque of 850 Nm at 2,240-4,500 rpm. The Urus is supposed to be a speedster SUV that leaves behind all other. The SUV reaching a sudden acceleration of 0-100 kmph in just 3.6 sec can be expected to triple Lamborghini sales in India.
Lexus LS 500h ( January 15, 2018)
This model is expected be Lexus's champion sedan competing with the likes of BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-class. This classy automotive comes powered with a 3.5 -litre V6 petrol engine and dual electric motors, generating 354bhp. The power transmission is through an e-CVT system, the Indian version however, will only receive a rear-wheel-drive variant. Ex-showroom price can be considered to be somewhere around 1.5 crore.
Audi Q5 ( January 18, 2018)
This second-gen Audi will hit the road with a power of 190bhp, generated from a 2.0 -litre diesel engine. The Q5 will also receive variants of a 2.0 -litre petrol engine of 252 bhp and a 3.0 -litre V6 diesel engine of 286 bhp. Designed on the base of VW Group's MLB Evo platform, the second-gen Q5 will be competing with upcoming new BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60.
Datsun RediGO AMT ( January 2018 )
The five-speed AMT-fitted RediGO will be launched this very month. The specifications on this vehicle is not yet disclosed with certainty except for the facts, that it will be hosting a 1.0 -litre petrol engine and a rotary controlled transmission or a traditional transmission. An approximate premium of Rs. 30,000 is safe to assume.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo ( January 2018)
Porsche's new four door sedan, finished in estate body-styled designing, will be fitted with a 4.0 -litre V8 engine cracking a 550 bhp and 770 Nm peak torque. The shooting brake variant of Panamera, badged as the 4 E-Hybrid, will house a hybrid engine setup, where the V8 will be hooked to a 136 bhp electric motor to enhance the power up to 680 bhp and the peak torque up to 850 Nm.
Mahindra MPV U321 (early 2018)
After several trials, the Mahindra's latest three row MPV is set for sale around the first quarter of 2018. The MPV with a monocoque chassis holsters a 1.6 -litre mHawk diesel engine that punches 130bhp. We can expect the price to fit within the 10-15 lakh range.
Rolls-Royce Phantom (early 2018)
Introducing some royalty to the 2018 line-up is the eighth generation of Rolls-Royce Phantom. The signature sedan of Rolls-Royce in its eighth generation will have a gigantic 6.75 -litre turbo charged V12 engine that will swiftly hit 100 kmph in just 5.1 secs. The engine will yield a power generation of 563 bhp and a peak torque of 900Nm. From this glorified vehicle, expect nothing less than a severely expensive price tag and a limited stock.