Snapshot – In the next six months, no less than five new cars and SUVs will be launched in the Indian car market, and all of them will attempt to remake the fortunes of their makers. These cars and SUVs will not lead their makers into new segments but would rather seek to correct the poor performances of their predecessors. Here’s more.
Expected prices – 4.99 to 7.5 lakh rupees
In its last coming, the Honda Jazz was a big flop. The reason for the Jazz’s failure had to do with the high pricing of the B+ segment hatchback. For the car’s comeback though, Honda has worked on heavy localization. The high amount of localization will give the Jazz a competitive price tag, which should attract a lot of buyers.
The car will also have more options for the buyers. A 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine is one such option, and will be aimed at buyers seeking high fuel efficiency. Another new option is the CVT automatic gearbox on the petrol powered variant. The petrol automatic variant will be aimed at convenience seekers looking for a spacious city hatch.
Mahindra Quanto AMT
Expected prices – 6.5 to 8.5 lakh rupees
The Mahindra Quanto’s pre-facelift version was a chopped Xylo, and the compact SUV’s odd proportions didn’t find many takers. Mahindra has gone back to the drawing board and is readying up the facelifted Quanto for a launch in the next few months.
The facelifted model will have a big stylistic makeover, which makes the compact SUV more appealing to buyers. The interiors will also be improved with better materials used and feature additions. Mahindra will also offer the Quanto with an automatic manual transmission (AMT), which will be combined with the 1.5 liter twin scroll turbo diesel engine of the SUV.
Expected prices – 11 to 16 lakh rupees
By the end of this year, the poor selling Tata Aria is expected with the Hexa. Like the Zest, the Hexa will be the Aria with a new top hat and with plenty of feature and interior changes. The Hexa will also get a six seat layout. Tata Motors is expected to position the Hexa as a more comfortable alternate to the Mahindra XUV500.
The engine and transmission of the vehicle will also get a long list of changes. The 2.2 liter Varicor diesel engine will make more power (154 Bhp) and torque (400 Nm). Six speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered, making the vehicle peppier and easier to drive.
Expected prices – 22 to 25 lakh rupees
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is General Motors’ comeback vehicle in the luxury SUV space. The Trailblazer will be a CBU, contrary to previous expectations. However, the Indo-Thai Free Trade Agreement is expected to give General Motors enough leeway to price the vehicle competitively.
The Trailblazer has big potential. In terms of sheer heft, the Chevrolet badged vehicle will tower over every other luxury SUV in its segment. It’s 2.8 liter Duramax diesel engine will also be the torque king of the lot with a 500 Nm output, while peak power is rated at 200 Bhp.
Expected prices – 24 to 27 lakh rupees
Currently, the Ford Endeavour is the oldest luxury SUV of the Indian car market, and buyers have simply forgotten this model. The Endeavour is now an all-new model in South East Asia, and the next generation version of the SUV is coming to India by the end of this year.
The new Endeavour features revamped styling, plush interiors and more powerful engine options. The manual and automatic transmissions gain a cog each while the SUV also benefits from a Terrain Response system that varies torque to the four wheel drive system depending on driving conditions.