20 budget cars to watch out for in 2016

Want a buy a budget car next year? Here is the full list of 20 new cars that will be launched in 2016. From hatchbacks to sedans, and compact SUVs to MPVs, this list has it all. Staying true to the word affordable, every car in this list will be priced under 20 lakh rupees.

Tata Zica

Tata Zica 1

The Zica hatchback will replace the Indica, and will be launched early next year. To be built at Tata Motors’ Sanand factory, the Zica will be sold with 3 cylinder petrol and turbo diesel engines. Manual transmissions are standard, and prices are expected to rival the Maruti Celerio.

Tata Hexa

Tata Hexa 1

The Hexa will be Tata Motors’ most expensive vehicle, replacing the flagship Aria. Essentially a redesigned and restyled Aria, the Hexa will also be one of Tata Motors’ most powerful SUVs. It’ll be featured loaded, and will get 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions. Tata could even price it close to the Mahindra XUV500.

Maruti YBA

Maruti Suzuki YBA Render
CarToq’s Speculative Render of the Maruti Suzuki YBA (XA-Alpha) Compact SUV

The YBA code-named compact SUV will be Maruti Suzuki’s first sub-4 meter offering. A rival of the Ford Ecosport and the Mahindra TUV300, the YBA will pack in 1.2 liter petrol and 1.3 liter turbo diesel engines. Sharp pricing is a given. A launch in early 2016 is on the cards.

Maruti Ignis

Suzuki Ignis

The Ignis could turn out to be Maruti’s second SUV offering for 2016, with a Diwali launch being speculated. The Ignis is a Micro SUV, which means that it has a WagonR-like footprint. Petrol and turbo diesel engines are expected to be offered on this vehicle, which will take on the Mahindra S101.

Mahindra S101

Mahindra S101 Compact SUV Render 2

The S101 code-named vehicle is all set to be Mahindra’s least priced SUV ever. Mahindra is said to be working on a price strategy that will pit the S101 against the Maruti WagonR. A launch in January 2016 is on the cards. The S101 will feature a monocoque body, and could pack in a 1.2 liter petrol engine, and a 1.5 liter diesel.

Mahindra Quanto Facelift

Mahindra Quanto Facelift in CarToq's Speculative Render
Mahindra Quanto Facelift in CarToq’s speculative render

Mahindra is also readying up a facelifted version of the Quanto, which will slot in between the S101 and the TUV300. A range of stylistic changes is expected to make the facelifted Quanto better looking. While most mechanicals could be retained, the AMT will be a new addition.

Maruti Swift Diesel AMT

Maruti Swift in Red 2

The Swift Diesel will go AMT next year. The Magnetic Marelli sourced AMT could be similar to that on the Tata Zest Diesel. The Swift in AMT trim will be an attractive option for those seeking a fuel efficient and punchy diesel hatchback, with the added convenience of an automatic gearbox.

Maruti Dzire Diesel AMT

2015 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Front Three Quarters

The Dzire is the Swift’s sibling, and India’s best selling sedan. Like the Swift, the Dzire Diesel will also get an AMT option. This is in line with Maruti Suzuki’s plans of making automatic gearbox options available across all the cars it sells in India.

Datsun RediGo

Datsun RediGo Hatchback

The Datsun RediGo is based on the CMF-A platform, which it shares with the Renault Kwid. Like the Kwid, the RediGo is expected to pack in a SUV like form factor in the footprint of a budget hatchback. The car could be cheaper than the Kwid, giving Nissan the much needed volumes in India.

Tata Kite Compact Sedan

Tata Kite Compact Sedan Render 1

The Kite code-named compact sedan from Tata is based on the Zica. The car will share its mechanicals, features and styling with the Zica, just like how the Ford Figo Aspire does with the Figo. The Kite compact sedan will replace the Indigo eCS and will roll out from Tata’s Sanand factory.

Tata Nexon Crossover

2016 Tata Nexon Crossover Concept 2

The Nexon’s production version is expected to be shown at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo, with an official launch to happen during the festive season. A 5+2 seating layout is being speculated for the Nexon, which will be Tata’s first sub-4 meter crossover.

Honda BR-V

A sketch of the Honda BR-V compact crossover
A sketch of the Honda BR-V compact crossover

The BR-V has been unveiled at Indonesia and Thailand, and will be sold in India from the first half of 2016. An Auto Expo debut is likely. The BR-V is based on the Brio platform, and packs in 7 seats. The SUV’s longer than the Duster and Creta, which are potential rivals of the new Honda. 1.5 liter petrol and diesel engine options will be offered.

Volkswagen Polo compact sedan

Volkswagen Sub-4 Meter Compact Sedan Render

At the Auto Expo, Volkswagen is all set to showcase its made-for-India sub-4 meter compact sedan based on the Polo PQ24 platform. The car will take on the Tata Zest and Maruti Dzire, and will be launched in India next year. Petrol and diesel engines will be on offer. The car could be priced close to the Polo.

Tata Bolt Sport

Tata Bolt Sport Front

The Bolt Sport is a high performance version of Tata Motors’ B+ segment hatchback. The Bolt Sport could also be India’s least priced hot hatch, with a starting price of under 7 lakh rupees. The car was shown at Geneva, and could be displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo, followed by a launch later next year.

Fiat Linea Abarth

Fiat Linea Abarth Render

The slow selling Linea could get another stab at success in India, if Fiat decides to shoehorn the 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine in 145 Bhp-212 Nm state of tune in it. The Linea Abarth will be the fastest sedan in its segment, underscoring Fiat India’s new strategy of appealing to enthusiast buyers.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI

The Polo GTI is the high performance version of the B+ hatchback, which is expected to feature a lot of imported content. Chief among these will be the 1.8 liter TSI turbo petrol engine with about 175 Bhp-250 Nm, and the 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic gearbox. The car could be priced under 15 lakh rupees.

Renault Duster Facelift

Renault Duster Off Road 5

To perk up sagging sales of the Duster, the compact SUV will be put through a mid life makeover. Apart from design tweaks, the Duster Facelift’s diesel variant will also gain an AMT option. This is to make the Duster more attractive to diesel automatic SUV buyers, whose only other option is the Hyundai Creta.

Toyota Innova

2016 Toyota Innova MPV 18

The all-new Innova, based on the second generation IMV platform. could be launched in India by the end of next year. The vehicle will be heavily localized, and for the first time in history, will see its engine being built in India. Expect a 10 % price hike, for better performance, space and more premium interiors.

Mahindra Scorpio Automatic

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift

The Scorpio will get a new Aisin 6 speed automatic gearbox, which has just made its debut on the XUV500. This gearbox is expected to make the Scorpio Automatic smoother and more responsive. The Scorpio could prove to be a genuine, rugged alternate to the upcoming Duster AMT and the existing Creta Diesel Automatic.

Hyundai Eon Facelift

Hyundai Eon

The facelifted Hyundai Eon will make its debut in 2016. The car’s been spotted testing in India. With the Renault Kwid making a big splash in the budget car market, the Eon is in need of a refresh. Revised styling and new features could make the Eon more attractive to budget car buyers. This is what the facelifted model could offer.