Electric cars and Hybrid cars surely are the future, and each year Indian auto manufacturers are coming up with new battery-operated and Hybrid vehicles. However, India is still far behind in terms of EV infrastructure and Hybrid vehicles are expensive. Nonetheless, people are slowly and steadily starting to accept EVs as a replacement for ICE cars.
Although, mass-adoption of EVs will take a long time we can expect this segment to grow at a handsome rate in the years to come, especially due to the lower running costs offered by EVs also Auto manufacturers believe that electric cars will amount to close to 25% of brands overall sales.
In this article, we list down the Upcoming electric and Hybrid vehicles that will launch in India this year across various price segments.
1. Tata Altroz EV
Tata showcased the all-electric variant of the Altroz premium hatchback at the Geneva Motor show in 2019. The Tata Altroz EV is based on the same ALFA platform which is compatible with electrification.
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to borrow many features from the already launched Nexon EV such as the same electric powertrain, PDU (Power distribution unit) and battery pack. The car is expected to come with connected car technology which lets you access the car’s stats such as the remaining battery, and charging history and even locate the nearest charging stations for you.
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to be priced around Rs 10 – 13 lakhs in India.
2. Hyundai Kona Facelift
Launched in July 2019, the Hyundai Kona Electric was the first electric vehicle in India from Hyundai. Globally the Hyundai Kona electric was updated in 2020 and this model is expected to come to our shores sometime in 2022.
The Hyundai Kona is expected to be powered by a 39.2kWh battery and a 136hp motor for a 304km range or a 64kWh battery and a 204hp motor for a 483km range.
The electric SUV is expected to be priced at around Rs 24-26 lakhs.
3. Mercedes AMG EQS 53 4Matic+
Mercedes-Benz India recently confirmed the launch of the EQS electric sedan in the country will take place on August 24. It has also been confirmed that the EQS’ performance-oriented AMG version, i.e. EQS 53 4MATIC+ will be making its debut first, which could be followed by the launch of the standard EQS.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ uses two electric motors – one on each axle, which lends it the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. The flagship electric sedan has a maximum power output of 658 PS, with a 950 Nm peak torque rating. The EQS 53 4MATIC+ can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, with the top-speed limited to 250 km/h.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ gets AMG Dynamic Select driving modes- Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Apart from that, there’s also the AMG Ride Control+ suspension that combines fully automatic electronically controlled adjustable damping with rear-axle steering.
4. Hyundai IONIQ 5
The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s very own version of the EV6, based on the same E-GMP platform as the Kia EV6, and Hyundai recently confirmed that it is coming to India later this year. However, unlike the EV6, the Ioniq 5 will likely be locally assembled in India, which means that it will undercut its cousin.
Globally, the Ioniq 5 is offered in four variants – Standard Range 2WD, Standard Range 4WD, Long Range 2WD and Long Range 4WD. The former two are available with a 58 kWh battery pack with 384 km of claimed driving range, while the latter two are offered with a larger 72.6 kWh unit and provide a 481 km range.
5. Toyota Urban Cruiser Hybrid
Toyota Hyryder SUV was unveiled in India on July 1st. The company announced that it will launch the SUV on August 16, 2022. The brand also commenced the bookings of the Hyryder SUV at Rs 25,000 across all Toyota dealerships in India.
The Hyryder is based on Suzuki’s Global C platform that underpins the new Grand Vitara. The Hyryder SUV will be manufactured alongside the Grand Vitara at the Bidadi plant in Karnataka.
In terms of exterior, the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will boast a muscular bonnet, Glanza-like front grille and split LED DRLs with a thin chrome strip and a large air dam. The SUV gets 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, a hybrid badge on the front door, body cladding with skid plates and wraparound LED tail lamps.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will be available in two powertrain options- Neo Drive and a self-charging strong hybrid electric powertrain which will use a 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 105 hp and 122 Nm, along with the motor’s 59 kW and 141 Nm. The combined power output will be 85 kW (114 hp). The Neo Drive engine gets an All-Wheel-Drive system, an optional 5-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic transmission to choose from.
6. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Hybrid
Maruti Suzuki’s version of Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder will launch soon after the latter is launched in the market.
The Grand Vitara and the Toyota are based on Suzuki’s Global C platform. The SUV will get all the bells and whistles just like the Toyota Hyryder. Both SUVs will be manufactured by Toyota at their manufacturing facility in Bidadi, Karnataka.
The design of the Grand Vitara is unique. It gets the “NEXwave” grille up front, flanked by split LED headlamps. At the rear, the SUV gets sleek looking LED tail lights that run across the width of the tailgate.
Powering the new Grand Vitara SUV is Maruti Suzuki’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech; as well as a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with strong-hybrid tech, borrowed from the Toyota Hyryder. While the former puts out 103 PS power and 137 Nm, and has a 21.11 kmpl claimed efficiency, the latter has a max power and torque output of 116 PS and 122 Nm respectively and is claimed to boast a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 27.97 kmpl.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech can be had with either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed AT with paddle shifters. The 5MT version also gets Suzuki’s ALLGRIP all-wheel drive configuration with Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock drive modes. On the other hand, the strong-hybrid (Intelligent Electric Hybrid) variants can only be had with an e-CVT that powers the front wheels. The drive modes on offer with the strong-hybrid version include EV, Eco, Power and Normal.
7. Hyundai’s small EV
Hyundai India is all set to roll out the face-lifted Kona EV. The electric SUV is expected to be priced at around Rs 24-26 lakhs. After this, Hyundai is planning to introduce another small electric vehicle Which is expected to be priced around 10 lakh. This electric car will be manufactured in India at the company’s Chennai plant and will be exported to international markets.
The company recently announced its plans to launch 6 new EVs in India by 2028. The carmaker also said that it will invest approximately Rs 4,000 towards electrification.