The month of February is majorly remembered for the Valentine Day (Feb 14) every year, but this year India is bound to get a one more reason to keep of a memory of this month, with special regards to 2015. Hence, amid the various launches of carmakers, the BMW is about to roll down its first hybrid supercar ‘i8’ in India, after initially screening it at Delhi Auto Expo 2014. Baffled by its aerodynamics and design language, it can even put down to shame the Lamborghini at some point. Well more details can be followed down this page. See the launches termed to happen in February 2015, in India, slotted date-wise.
Hyundai Verna Facelift – February 16, 2015
Sold under the banner of Hyundai Solaris in Russia and various other tags for numerous markets, here this sedan in India had garnered adaptive fan following with title of ‘Verna’. Said that, the car came to Indian shores back in 2010, and since then almost next to none amendments are carried out, for which it seems to be in an immediate need of a facelift. Hence, looking down to the competition in India, Hyundai had vowed to bring this new model of Verna to the country on February 16. Changes like revamped front grille, headlamps, fog lamps, addition of daytime running light and LED in tail lamps can be witnessed.
Volkswagen Jetta Facelift – February 17, 2015
After a whole lot of brouhaha that insisting the possibility and downturn of the launch; Volkswagen finally made a cut above the clutter and came out with the launch date of Jetta facelift for India. Scheduled to take place on February 17, this sedan of VW had received a makeover in October 2013, but the burgeoning upgradations on its rivals compels it to bring out a new tool for penetrating the segment. New front grille, wider air dams for better aerodynamics, slimmer tail lamps perched up are the gimmicks witnessed on outer. Inside the cabin, there adorns the clearer and bigger dials, corporate steering wheel and a new high-resolution trip computer. Apparently, the engineers at Volkswagen India don’t happen to quirk it on the technicalities, so it happens to be the same as before, except for the diesel engine that may see a hike of 10bhp in the engine bay.
BMW i8 – February 18, 2015
Finally, there comes the baap of all February launches, the BMW i8, carmaker’s first hybrid sportscar, which in the designing aspect has won accolades and can ashamed anyone else from the repertoire with its jaw-dropping layout. Heavily inspired from the concept model, i8 production car isn’t changed a lot from the conceptual model. Someone even says, buying an i8 like owning a concept car which guarantees more admiration than a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, and appears out of the crowd when driven on the roads. What’s more enticing is its drivetrain that unbelievably from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine cast out the spell of 228bhp alone, alongside the electric motor that clocks another 129bbhp, which totals up to 357bhp. This much of power means, i8 can reach 0-100km/h mark in 4.4 seconds and can attain the electronically capped top-speed of 250km/h. With all the capacities of a heavy weight, the car weighs merely 1490kgs on scale. So for this kind of result, extensive use of carbon fibre led BMW to mark a milestone in the automobile industry with i8, which India will be seeing it soon. For the price-tagged followers, this could be something as expensive as Rs 2 crore (expected) ex-showroom, Mumbai. But for such a price, BMW isn’t expecting it to sell in bonking numbers as the model is a ‘halo’ car, which would represent the magnificent work of BMW wherever it lands. As expected, only few units of i8 are bound to be imported in India looking down the segmentation.