2022 will surely be an exciting year for the auto enthusiasts as several new cars are ready to hit Indian roads. While there will be a range of all-new SUVs, MPVs, sedans and hatchbacks, car manufacturers will roll out new-generation and facelift versions of their existing models. Here’s a brief on India’s 6 popular cars, which are ready to receive mid-life updates (facelift) next year.
The Indo-Japanese automaker has started testing the updated Maruti Suzuki XL6 MPV that was recently caught on camera. The new model is reported to launch in the month of January. Though, its official launch date and details are yet to be revealed. The 2022 Maruti XL6 will witness noticeable updates inside and out, while its engine setup might remain unchanged. The MPV is likely to come with the same 103bhp, 1.5L petrol engine with mild hybrid technology. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be on offer. This time around, the automaker might also introduce the 7-seater version of the MPV.
India’s top-selling MPV – Maruti Ertiga – will receive a mid-life update sometime next year. The model is currently in its testing phase and is reported to come with slightly updated design and a bunch of new features. The MPV might receive new upholstery and trims inside the cabin. Most of the cosmetic changes are expected to be made at the front end. The new 2022 Maruti Ertiga facelift is likely feature a revised grille and a new set of alloy wheels. For power, it will use the same 1.5L petrol engine delivering 105bhp and 138Nm. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque convertor automatic unit.
The updated Maruti Baleno is also reported to arrive sometime next year. The premium hatchback is likely to take a big leap in terms of design and features, while its engine remains intact. The new 2022 Maruti Baleno facelift will come with a new, bigger infotainment system with wireless smartphone connectivity. It might also be offered with the connected car tech, a new instrument cluster, new switchgear for the climate controls, and a newly-designed dashboard. The hatch will ditch the angular stance for sharper design elements. It will use the same 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol engine making 83bhp without SHVS and 90bhp with SHVS technology.
The new 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift made its global debut at the GIIAS in November this year. The SUV’s updated model is reported to hit showrooms in the second half of 2022. The Creta facelift carries the brand’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language as we have seen on the new-generation Tucson. Some of its key design updates will include a new parametric jewel pattern grille, rectangular shaped LED headlamps, new dual-tone alloy wheels and tweaked LED taillamps. With the mid-life update, the SUV might receive Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) along with a 360 degree camera and updated BlueLink connected car technology. No changes are likely to be made under the hood.
The South Korean automaker will also roll out the updated Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV in 2022. The new model, which is currently under testing phase, will derive its design inspiration from the new Tucson. It will sport a new parametric grille, newly-designed headlamps with new LED DRLs, tweaked bumpers, new alloy wheels and revised taillamps. It might come with a new interior colour scheme and upholstery. The new 2022 Hyundai Venue facelift will be offered with the same 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol, 1.0L turbo petrol and 1.5L turbo diesel engines. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT, a 6-speed MT and a 7-speed DCT unit.
The new Hyundai Kona 2022 facelift is reported to launch sometime next year. The electric SUV will continue to come via CKD route and then assembled locally from imported kits. Similar to the existing model, it will come with the 39.2kWh battery with a 136bhp electric motor offering a range of 304km. Globally, the Kona is also offered with a 64kWh battery and a 204bhp electric motor promising a range of 483km. Comprehensive design changes will be made to its front and rear sections, while the side profile will remain largely unchanged. It will get an updated BlueLink connected car tech, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch infotainment unit and a bunch of new safety features.
Toyota Glanza, which is essentially the re-badged Baleno, will receive a mid-life update next year. Details of the updated model are scanty. Though, the hatchback is likely to come with slightly updated exterior and interior. It might get an updated touchscreen infotainment system with a new instrument cluster and a few more features. No changes will be made to its engine setup. The new 2022 Toyota Glanza will be powered by the same 1.2L K12B and 1.2L K12 Dualjet with mild hybrid tech engines delivering 83bhp with 113Nm and 90bhp with 113Nm respectively. It can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox.