The entire automotive fraternity had gathered around in the fashion capital of the world to flaunt their products at the Paris Motor Show. Amongst the barrage of concepts, performance machines and new models, we have shortlisted the top six cars which are definitely headed for India.
This welterweight SUV has been one of the best-sellers for Audi since its launch back in 2015. Three years down the line, we already have had a facelift and it looks like the all-new Q3 will arrive in India by the end of 2019. Making its debut at Paris, the all-new Q3, at first glance, seems to be styled almost identical to the current car. But a closer look reveals quite a few differences. The variations include more screens on the dash, greener engine options and more technology to keep up with the times.
After refreshing the Cayenne, the Macan was next in line for an update. It also gets a few nips and tucks for a fresh style while the tail gets the all-new LED-bar design. Porsche has decided to ditch diesel powertrains and hence, the Macan will be powered by the 3.0-litre and the 3.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines with all-wheel drive and superb road manners as well.
BMW has revealed the next-generation 3 Series car, which will arrive in India in 2019. Replacing the current-gen F30 3 Series, G20 3 Series takes its design cues from the recently revealed 8 Series, and it does look good. Besides, it is larger, lighter and faster than the previous generation car and might also give more miles per gallon as compared to the current one.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE has been around for almost a decade now. After the facelift of the ML, it changed its badge to GLE with minimal changes. Now, we will have the all-new GLE on a lighter platform, with the new Mercedes-styling and its own signature DRLs. It will also be carrying the signature hidden D-pillar. Expect more screens on the dash, plusher interiors and basic hybrid architecture with the new GLE.
Another SUV that will arrive in India soon enough is the BMW X5. It should be here by the end of 2018 if not early 2019 and has been built on a new advanced platform. The new X5 is lighter and at the same time, it offers better rigidity in terms of driving dynamics as well as safety. Being the large SUV that it is, it will have full-time all-wheel drive, a seven-seat option and more screens.
The Mercedes B-Class is one of the most practical luxury hatchbacks but also one of the less popular ones in India thanks to its styling. The van-like looks have now been chiselled and sculpted to make it look sportier. Still imported as a CBU in India, the 2019 B-Class can always make it to the Indian shores and it entirely depends on whether Mercedes India wants to bring it.