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India-bound cars spied testing in March

India-bound cars spied testing in March
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 03 April 2018, 17:03 PM

Eight new cars were spotted undergoing test back in March in the international market. These cars are expected to make it to Indian markets sometime soon. While most of the cars in the list come with a BMW badging, we will also see new models being rolled out from Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Rolls-Royce stable. Here below is a brief glimpse on the upcoming cars for the Indian market which were spied testing in March.

BMW 1 Series

Spotted with a heavy camouflage, the vehicle does reveal a few a details on the upcoming model. The new model will be underpinned by the new UKL FWD platform and is likely to get AWD capability. The vehicle gets the familiar kidney grille and an angled rear glass and C-pillar, for the sporty stance. It will be sold as a five-door hatch that limits the drivetrain options to three-cylinder and four-cylinder motors.

BMW 7-Series

BMW had been testing the autonomous 7-Series last year and we expect the changes to be limited to mild tweaks for better efficiency and more power output figures. The vehicle is expected to be introduced sometime in 2019.

BMW 3 Series

Codenamed the ‘G20’, two units of the new 3 Series had been spotted testing in Munich last month. One was the standard trim and the other in the M-Sport guise. To distinguish the M-Sport from the regular model, it gets more aggressive front bumpers and trapezoidal dual-exhaust ports. Based on the new CLAR architecture, it is also now lighter than its predecessor.


The Z4 is indeed BMW’s first sportscar collaboration with Toyota, which will also produce the next iteration of the Scion FR-S. The Toyota sportscar will come with a hardtop, the BMW Z4 roadster – as seen in our spy-shots taken near the Arctic Circle - will sport a soft top. The engines range from 190bhp to probably the top engine with 425bhp in the Z4 M. In addition, there is an optional hybrid engine with up to 204 bhp in Power mode.


Well, this one is yet another BMW that was spotted testing last month and is expected to be introduced in India. The company’s new design language focusses on minimal lines and the new X7 seems to draw some inspiration from the iPerformance concept. Reports indicate that the X7 will have an M Performance version as well.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan

Previewed as a concept back in April 2017, this time around the A-Class sedan has been spotted on test. The sedan retains a coupe-like silhouette and also will feature the latest in innovative assistance systems. Expected to be showcased later this year, it is believed that the A-Class sedan is going to be cheaper than the CLA.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce was spotted testing the Cullinan once again, this time in cold weather of Lapland, Finland. The vehicle gets the traditional grille adorning the tall chiselled bonnet, along with the familiar slim rectangular headlamps. It is likely to be powered by a 6.75-litre V12 twin-turbo engine from the Phantom. It is believed that the Cullinan could debut later this year before it probably goes on sale in early 2019.

Hyundai’s eight-seater SUV

Back in March Hyundai has been spotted testing its unnamed full-sized eight-seat SUV in cold Lapland, Finland weather conditions. This could likely be the Santa Fe XL with a longer wheelbase than the regular model which was recently revealed. The eight-seater SUV will compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition in the US.


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