In this article, we’re listing 4 upcoming cars launching in the early 2024, and how these cars are game-changing in their own segments by introducing new features, better premium design language than their rivals, improved engine performance and fuel efficiency, and so on.
The Hyundai Creta Facelift was spotted recently and a youtuber made a whole walkaround of the SUV. Hyundai is skipping the facelift update and going directly for the next-gen version. The video revealed so many details like the SUV will come with 360 Surround View Camera, Camera and Radar based Level 2 ADAS, and design inspiration taken directly from the Palisade that is sold overseas. The bumpers of the SUV are updated, the tailgate has been redesigned and looks similar to the Venue, and dawns an H-shaped LED DRLs like the Exter SUV. Additionally, the SUV gets a split unit vertical LED headlamp design and cube like detailing, and updated front grille.
The spy shots while revealed that the 17-inch alloy wheel design is the same as the outgoing version, there has been other test mules spotted with larger 18-inch alloy wheels. Moving to the interiors, it was fully covered, but still from what it looks like, it’ll sport dual 10.25-inch displays similar to the new-gen Verna, and no other major change is expected although new shades for the seat upholstery is expected. As for the engine options, the facelift will be getting the new 1.5 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Petrol Engine that generates 157.81 BHP and 253 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed Manual, and 7 Speed DCT Gearbox. It’ll also continue to offer the 1.5 L naturally-aspirated petrol engine, and the 1.5 L Diesel Engine.
Lastly, it already comes with features like ventilated seats, 8-way powered adjustable driver seat, wireless charging, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof and so much more. We know now confirmed it’ll get 360 Surround View Camera with front and rear parking sensors, and Level 2 ADAS with features same as the 2023 Hyundai Verna such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, Auto High Beam Assist, and many more.
We expect Hyundai to launch the Creta facelift in early 2024 as it rivals the Kia Seltos, Honda Elevate, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, and Citroen C3 Aircross.
Kia will be debuting the new Sonet Facelift next month which will see it getting numerous changes from the outside and the inside. The exterior design features a new aggressive looking grille, new LED Headlamps, new LED DRLs and Fog lamps at the front. The side profile will look the same except it’ll sport new design for the alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, new rear bumper design, and new connected LED tail lamps which looks similar to the Kia Seltos Facelift launched earlier this year for the Indian Market.
The interiors will get big changes as well like new infotainment system and digital instrument cluster which looks to be borrowed or similar to the Seltos Facelift. The centre console and the dashboard will be updated, new upholstery as seen in the leaked images.
Moreover, in features, the outgoing version already comes with ventilated seats, front and rear parking sensors, 10.25-inch infotainment system, wireless charging pad, LED Projector Fog Lamps, and so on. The new features include 360 Surround View Camera, 6 Airbags as standard across all variants, and ADAS which will be similar to the Hyundai Venue with Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, etc. It’s highly unlikely it’ll get Adaptive Cruise Control. The ADAS is likely to be exclusive to top trims only.
In terms of Powertrains, we expect no changes at all, and continue to be offered with 1.2 L NA Petrol with 81.8 BHP and 115 NM of torque paired to 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, 1.0 L Turbo Petrol with 118.35 BHP and 172 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed IMT, and 7 Speed DCT Gearbox, and lastly 1.5 L Diesel Engine with 114 BHP and 250 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed IMT and Automatic Gearbox.
Suzuki had labeled the Swift at the Motor Show as a Concept, but the model was almost production-ready. The test mules spotted in India were heavily camouflaged, but if you take a look at the headlamps, and the tail lamps, it was enough to confirm that this was indeed the new Swift. The new Swift gets redesigned front grille and bumper design while retaining headlamps and tail lamps shape but looks a bit sharper compared to the outgoing version.
Even though Suzuki calls it 4th Gen, the Swift is basically an heavily updated hatchback which means the dimensions are almost the same except its only 15 MM longer, 40 MM narrower, and 30 MM taller. The wheelbase remains unchanged, 2450 MM. Moving to the interiors, we barely get to see the interiors of the test mule, but as seen at the Motor Show, the interiors resemble the Fronx, Baleno, Brezza like the switchgear, HVAC controls, floating 9-inch touchscreen infotainment, analog instrument cluster, steering wheel, etc.
The Swift showcased was fitted with ADAS, but to keep the cost down, it’s likely the Indian-spec model won’t be fitted with ADAS. The alloy wheels seen on the new Swift was all blacked out and could’ve been the 16-inch wheels.
As for the powertrains, the concept Swift debuted all-new 1.2 L 3 Cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine which is codenamed under Z12. This new engine is capable of achieving fuel efficiency up to 40 KMPL, and it’s all set to replace the current K12 Unit. So, we expect the power of the Z12 engine to be lower, while the torque could be on the higher side. Additionally, the Concept Swift shown eas equipped with hybrid tech, however, it’s unlikely the Indian-spec will sport the hybrid tech.
As seen in the spy shots, the upcoming XUV300 Facelift will feature huge new C-Shape LED DRLs that were seen on the concept BE.05 electric SUV with little changes to the front grille, new bumpers, bonnet, and new set of alloy wheels. The rear will feature new LED taillamps and a LED light bar for a connected light sequence. The Interior will feature a new freestanding infotainment system that is likely to be an 10.25-inch unit replacing the outgoing version. Next to that is the four-spoke steering wheel that will be carried over from the outgoing version, the AC vent this time will be below the infotainment system and the center console will under some revisions as well.
The outgoing version comes with less features compared to its rivals like the newly launched Tata Nexon Facelift, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, and so on. It has first-in segment feature like Dual-zone Climate Control. This could change as Mahindra could add features in their SUV like the ventilated seats, wireless charging pad, digital instrument cluster, LED Projector headlamps, drive modes, additional connected car tech features, and confirmed panoramic sunroof.
As for the safety, it offers features like 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, all four wheels with Disc Brakes, Hill Start assist, Height Adjustable seat belt, Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), ISOFIX child anchorages, front and rear parking sensors, and so on. To enhance it even further, Mahindra could add the 360 Surround View Camera, and make some features standard across all the variants. Mahindra is expected to launch the XUV300 facelift in the early 2024.