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Top car news of the week: Toyota Hilux spotted, Kia Seltos and Maruti Baleno spied in 2022, government update on semiconductors and more

The week between Christmas and New Years brought us some spy photos of upcoming models, and the government brought some relief to automakers with an important decision

The final week of 2021 was filled with spy footage of several upcoming models, including the Toyota Hilux and the redesigned Maruti Baleno. During the same period, the Indian government also detailed its plans to subsidize chip manufacturing.

Here are all the details:

2022 Kia Seltos spied again: Some time before its official unveiling, the facelifted Kia Seltos was spied again, this time revealing more design details. Expect it to come to India in the second half of 2022, with possibly the same propulsion options.

Toyota Hilux discovered at the dealership: The Toyota Hilux marks the automaker’s entry into India’s pickup truck segment. Prior to its expected launch in January 2022, the Hilux was recently spotted in a white hue at a dealer in Nagaland.

Facelift Maruti Baleno spied on TVC shoot: Maruti will launch several new products in 2022, including the redesigned Baleno. The updated premium hatchback was recently spied naked during a TVC shoot, which gives us an idea of ​​its design details.

GOI’s plan to subsidize chip manufacturing: One of the biggest problems facing the Indian automotive industry right now is the shortage of semiconductors. To counteract this, the government has formulated detailed plans to subsidize chip production.

Fixed flex fuel cars timeline: Nitin Gadkari has advised automakers to start producing flex-fuel vehicles and flex-fuel hybrids in India. We also have a specific schedule for when these could be on the streets.

2022 Audi Q7

2022 Audi Q7 details out: Audi will launch the facelifted Q7 in India in January 2022. The whole time we only knew about the powertrains and functional changes of the SUV. But now we have confirmation of the variant-related functions and color options of the revised Q7, as well as the unofficial booking amount.

Kia Carens’ bookings: In January 2022, Kia will launch the Carens, the platform brother of Hyundai Alcazar. We already know what it looks like and even have a good idea of ​​what to expect in terms of engine options and functions. For those planning on booking the Carens, Kia will begin taking bookings for the MPV on Jan. 14.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq 2022 launch date announced: Skoda has confirmed that the 2022 Kodiaq will go on sale in India on January 14th. Until then, we encourage you to read our story to learn more about the SUV.


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