Cars & SUVs that can change their makers’ fortunes

The Indian automotive market is a tough nut to crack, and the commercial success isn’t just dependent on how good a product is. Keeping that in mind, we list the cars which can change their respective company’s fortune, if and when launched in the country.

Datsun redi-GO

Datsun RediGo

Based on the same platform as the Renault Kwid, the upcoming Datsun redi-GO is going to be positioned below the current GO line-up. The new entry-level car was received well when it made an appearance in the concept form at the 2014 Auto Expo. Apart from styling and affordability, the prospects of having a 1.2-liter engine in a small car make the redi-GO appear very promising indeed.

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon 1

Tata Motors is slowly rejuvenating its line-up with new products, and the Nexon is going to be one of the more important ones. Based on the same platform as the Bolt, the sub-four-meter SUV is expected to go on sale in 2017. Powering the vehicle will be a range of Tata-developed engines: a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol and a new 1.5-liter diesel. AMT will be available as an option, and as seen on the near-production avatar at the 2016 Auto Expo, the looks will be interesting, too.

Chevrolet Adra

Chevrolet Adra Compact SUV Concept 1

The fact that GM doesn’t have a compact SUV won’t have any positive impact on the dwindling sales, but if the company intends to get it right, the Adra might help them do so. As a design exercise, the Adra doesn’t look bad, and if put into production, it might just be able to have a substantial share of the compact SUV market. Sub-four-meter dimensions will help keep a check on the prices, and thus limit the competition to Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra TUV300, and the upcoming Tata Nexon.

Toyota Vios

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The Toyota Etios might trump the sub-four-meter sedans in terms of space (and even driveability to a large extent) but the car certainly can’t hold its candle against the C+ segment rivals. But all that might change, if Toyota decides to bring the Vios to India. It’s more premium, looks better, and comes with a better interior, too – not the Etios’ strongest points.

Ssangyong Tivoli

Ssangyong Tivoli 4

Widely appreciated in the markets abroad, the Tivoli can go on to be one of the best products in both Mahindra’s and Ssangyong’s line-ups in India. The 5-seater crossover comes with both petrol and diesel engines, gets AWD as an option, and shares the same 6-speed automatic (optional) gearbox with the XUV500. Now that the company showcased it at the 2016 Auto Expo, let’s hope that the vehicle makes a market debut soon.