2020 was like a zero year in almost all areas. Everything was closed and we were all locked in our homes. Shops and manufacturing facilities have been closed and shouldn’t be opened any time soon. The automotive industry was also badly affected. 2021 was like the light at the end of the tunnel and we all waited longingly for it. While 2021 had some turmoil too, it was by and large a great year for the automotive industry. We saw several new arrivals and facelifts of ancient models. With that in mind, today we’re bringing you a list of the cars that we think were the most impressive and had the greatest impact. First, let’s talk about the Daily Drivers;
The latest iteration of the XUV700 stole the spotlight. The new flagship model from Mahindra is a complete all-rounder. Whether appearance or performance. The car is equipped with some of the latest technologies that give it advanced driver assistance systems. Visually, the car is similar to the XUV500. But the overall picture is refreshed. Power is drawn from either a 2.0-liter turbo accelerator or a 2.2-liter mHawk diesel. Electronics includes; autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and driver drowsiness detection. It also has 7 airbags with dynamic stability control, ABS, EBD and customizable voice alarm in case of overspeed. The car also received a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP.
Price: ₹ 12.49 – ₹ 22.99 lakh
Tata Tigor EV
Tata has become a leading brand in the Indian electric vehicle industry. The brand has brought electric cars within easy reach of the common people. The brand’s Tigor EV was the first electric midsize sedan in India. The car looks exactly like its ICE counterpart, the only difference being that the EV badge is scattered here and there. It is powered by a 26 kWh lithium-ion battery with a peak output of 55 kW and a peak torque of 170 Nm. Thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor, this car accelerates from 0 to 60 km / h in just 5.7 seconds. It supports fast charging and offers a range of 200 km. A long-range version of the car was also released by Tata. The Tigor EV is equipped with double airbags, ABS, EBD and CSC.
Price: ₹ 11.99 – ₹ 13.14 lakh
Kushaq became Skoda’s jewel crown in 2021. The car was launched in the middle of the year and received an amazing response from Indian buyers. This 5-seater SUV has a sharp and edgy look on the outside and a luxurious cabin on the inside. It was the first Skoda in India to receive the new interior with double-spoke steering and the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The cabin is sewn with leather and the seats are ventilated. Kushaq is offered with two powertrain options; a 1.0L TSI and a 1.5L TSI offered in a variety of transmission options including MT, AT, and a 7-speed DSG.
Price: ₹ 10.79 – ₹ 17.99 lakh
The latest arrival from Tata also secures a spot on our list. Tata Punch is a micro-SUV ready to make a big impact. What sets the punch apart from its competitors is the bullish looks the car offers. It looks more like an SUV and is very compact at the same time. The front apron bears an uncanny resemblance to the Safari with the buried headlight and DRL setup. It looks brave and strong from all angles. The interiors are inspired by the Altroz and the instrument cluster is the same semi-digital unit. It also gets a 7-inch infotainment system and a two-tone black and white dashboard. It is powered by the same 1.2 liter gasoline engine borrowed from the Altroz. The car gets high quality electronics like; iRA Connected Car technology, selectable driving modes, cruise control, ABS, EBD, CSC, brake pendulum control.
Price: ₹ 5.48 – ₹ 9.08 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
The new Celerio gets a completely new look for the second generation model. The car now has a more rounded look compared to the solid and sharper corners of the old model. The interiors share a similar change of heart. The big highlight is the Smart Play touchscreen infotainment system, which can be seen on the top models. Marutis K10C 1.0-liter 3-cylinder dual-jet petrol engine with naturally aspirated engine has a start-stop system when idling and develops 66 hp and 89 Nm of torque. Maruti claims that the Celerio is India’s most fuel efficient car with fuel consumption of 26.68 km / l for the VXI AMT variant and 24.97 km / l for the ZXI + Manual variant.
Price: ₹ 4.99 to ₹ 6.94 lakh
The new 2021 facelift Q5 is much sharper than the 2016 model. The car receives a comprehensive design revision in the exterior and interior as well as a change under the hood. The new design makes the car look more agile and less beefy. Inside the car gets sport seats. The car will also get a host of features, including a new 10.1-inch touchscreen and the latest infotainment package (MIB 3). As always, the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit continues in its latest iteration. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine with 245 hp and 370 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and also offers Quattro all-wheel drive.
Price: ₹ 68.35 lakh
BMW has finally entered the Indian EV space with the release of its flagship iX SUV. The car gets a futuristic look inside out. iX has the same design elements as the iNext Concept and has a larger and more vertical chrome grille, which is framed in glossy black on the front. Inside, the most important highlights are the hexagonal steering and the one-piece curved glass with infotainment system and digital cockpit. The xDrive40 variant of this electric crossover is available for the Indian market. It has a 71 kWh battery and a dual motor setup that delivers 326 hp and 630 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.1 seconds. It charges quickly, which takes the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 31 minutes.
Price: ₹ 1.22 crore
The fully electric sports car; The Porsche Taycan also made it to India in 2021. It offers elegant and stylish Porsche looks. From the front it looks classy and the curved wheel arches and a sloping nose give it an extremely aerodynamic look. This car is offered in four variants; The standard is the 4S or the Turbo or the Turbo S. While the standard version with 408 hp and 344 Nm delivers the lowest performance values, the top model Turbo S version produces a whopping 761 hp and 1050 Nm of torque with a range of 420 km.
Price: ₹ 1.5 crore
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