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Hot seats! The second half of 2019 will see these cool car launches

It’s safe to say that the first half of 2019 catered to lovers of speed and track-bred street cars. The second half of 2019 will be a tad different. Focusing on luxury interiors and slightly larger builds, moguls of the auto industry have a wide range of choices to offer the consumer. While the stage for the future of motoring spotlights EV builds and a new breed of family sportscars, SUVs have also made a comeback. Here, we’ve rounded up the most luxurious upcoming cars of 2019 that will debut in the third and fourth quarter.

In 2014, BMW redefined the term ‘Gran Coupe’ by adding two more doors and a surge of  526 BHP to its luxury cruiser. Reviving this accent, the 2019 8 Series Gran Coupe is the answer if you’re looking for an everyday ride but don’t want to compromise on style or torque. What’s unique is that the 8 Series Coupe is strictly a four-seater, with two independent rear seats. Being frontward foldable, it creates quick access to the 440-litre boot, something new in BMW design. The new 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i features a twin-turbo V8 engine that is capable of producing 526 BHP and reaches a blistering 0-60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds. BMW hasn’t mentioned how much this ‘Family Car’ would cost, but we’re expecting a hefty Rs 60 lakh price-tag and a waiting period of at least 6 months.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Class isn’t just an SUV – it’s a jacked-up E-Class that blends the power of an SUV with the luxury of a classic sedan. Almost like a godfather to the iconic G-Wagon, the GLE is Mercedes’ is a perfect high-powered road cruiser. As a hybrid SUV, the interior isn’t flashy but is packed with tons of state-of-the-art tech tools. With a deep-six 362-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged guzzler, and nearly almost the same interior specs as the E-Class, the GLE is meant for women who admire sport as well as luxury. The GLE begins at Rs 75 lakhs in India and is expected to debut in the final quarter of 2019.

Jaguar‘s Landrover plays many roles – a hybrid, a crossover, a sophisticated luxury machine. And it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite of CEOs, Bollywood personalities, and sportsmen in India. As the brand’s flagship model, the Evoque is actually much sportier and youthful compared to other models on this list. Under its hood rests a 2000cc engine that shreds out 237-HP, perfect for the street. When it comes to interiors, the Evoque boasts an exquisite range of bespoke features, including a sliding dining table. The Land Rover Evoque has an update due in August 2019, and its current market variant comes with a starting price of Rs 53 lakh.

Towards the end of 2019, Maserati‘s fastest and most powerful SUV will grace Indian streets. The Levante Trofeo, is capable of accelerating in style from 0-100 km/hr in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 300 kmph; with this, it meets the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga head-on when it comes to speed. There hasn’t been any official comment on pricing, but we’d expect this to come in at Rs 1.7 cr.

The first electric Audi will do 400-km plus on a single charge of its 95-kWh battery, propulsion via twin-electric motors on each axle. Recently, this model received  5-star safety mark from the Euro NCAP. The Audi E-tron is a battery-powered crossover that combines the company’s sophisticated style and ambitious engineering. Although the E-tron has cutting-edge technology, it exhibits exterior styling similar to its corporate siblings, the Q3 and Q8. In regular driving situations, they make a combined 355 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque. Audi hasn’t confirmed its pricing as yet but it’s expected to debut in August this year.

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Hot seats! The second half of 2019 will see these cool car launches

Mikhail Gomes

Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman

A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.


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