Exciting car launches for next week: two hatchbacks, a sedan and an SUV!

The third week of August 2011 will be very exciting for car buyers in India, thanks to four much-awaited car launches. We have a new version of a popular hatchback, a premium hatchback facelift, an affordable big SUV as well as a premium sedan coming up!

To start with, the new Suzuki Swift will be launched on August 17th. Volkswagen will also launch the new Jetta premium sedan on the same day. The Honda Jazz facelift and Force One SUV are other cars to be launched in the following days. So, let us have a quick launch preview as to what the new cars got to offer!

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Expected launch: August 17

The new Swift is to be launched on August 17th, and it is one of the most anticipated launches from Maruti Suzuki’s stable. The current Suzuki Swift is a best-seller for Maruti in India, and the new Swift has already garnered bookings in excess of 40,000 units. CarToq has already driven the new Swift; read more about it here: First drive impressions of the new Maruti Swift

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Photo: The third-generation Swift, to be launched in a few months will be more than a cosmetic makeover

The third-generation Swift, to be launched in a few months is more than a cosmetic makeover. It is truly an evolution of the current Swift for the better. Visually, you will notice its bigger, upswept headlamps, a sporty front grill, a redesigned tail-lamp cluster, and bigger size. Interior is revamped too and now its much more sophisticated with a redesigned central console, up-market plastics and upholstery.

Engine

Under the hood, the new Swift will have a re-engineered petrol motor that will produce 85.8 bhp of maximum power and 114 Nm of maximum torque. The diesel version is expected to come with the same 1.3 litre DDiS engine that powers the current Swift diesel. This diesel engine makes 73.9 bhp of max power and 190 Nm of maximum torque. The claimed ARAI mileage of Swift petrol is 18.6 kmpl and Swift diesel is 22.9 kmpl.

Price and competition

The new Swift will likely be priced Rs. 15,000 higher than the current models’ range that starts from Rs. 4.09 lakh and goes up to Rs. 5.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Swift will compete with cars like the Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, and Hyundai i10, Toyota Etios Liva, upcoming Honda Brio, Nissan Micra, Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia and upcoming Tata Indica Vista facelift. You can see our video review of the new Swift here

Volkswagen Jetta

Expected launch: August 17th

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Volkswagen’s D segment sedan, the Jetta will be launched on August 17th, with completely different looks and slight changes in dimensions. The upcoming Jetta’s front will sport what seems to be a scaled up version of the Volkswagen Polo and Vento’s front grille. The face-lifted Jetta’s headlamps too are similar to those on its younger siblings.

The new Jetta’s rear has a sporty look, but its tail lamps have an uncanny resemblance to Audi’s luxury sedans such as the A4. The upcoming car’s wheelbase is now longer by 2.76 inches, while the overall length is up 3.54 inches.

The interiors will undergo major overhauling that will include more comfortable seats, ergonomically laid out dashboard made of high quality materials and improved luggage space.

Engine

Volkswagen will offer the Jetta in both petrol and diesel versions. The diesel version will be powered by a 2.0 litre TDI motor (found in the Skoda Laura and Yeti) that will make 140 bhp of maximum power. The engines will likely be mated to both manual and automatic transmissions (The automatic gearbox could be the 6-speed DSG).

Price & Competition

The new Jetta will compete with the Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic, Maruti Suzuki Kizashi and Skoda Laura in the D segment. Volkswagen could price the upcoming Jetta in the Rs. 16 – 19 lakh range. Read more: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Photo Gallery

Honda Jazz

Expected launch: August 18

Honda will launch the refreshed Jazz on August 18th. The new Jazz will come with new headlamps, modified front bumper to improve aerodynamics and a new pair of fog lamps. At the rear, there will be no changes, expect a pair of red-colored light reflectors on the lower part of the rear bumper. Read more: Face-lifted Honda Jazz: A photo gallery

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Photo: The price of the new Jazz is expected to be in the Rs 6.7 - 7.8 lakh range

Engine

The engine is expected to be the same: 1.2 litre i-vtec engine (mated to 5-speed manual gearbox) that makes 89 bhp of maximum power and 110 Nm of maximum torque. Honda claims a mileage of 16.7 kmpl for the new Jazz. Honda may introduce an automatic variant also. Honda could launch the upcoming Jazz with an automatic transmission as the Indian market has a considerable demand for premium hatchbacks with automatic transmission.

Price & Competition

The price of the new Jazz is expected to be in the Rs 6.7 – 7.8 lakh price range.  With this price range, the new Jazz can offer some competition to the Hyundai i20, Fiat Grande Punto, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia. Read more: New Honda Jazz likely in August at Rs 6.7 lakh to Rs 7.8 lakh

Force One

Expected launch: August 18th/19th

Force Motors will enter into the Indian SUV market with the Force One on August 18th or 19th. Force One will have a body shell based on the Foday Explorer that is currently sold in China. This is an SUV that can offer serious competition to the top-end Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari.

The interiors of the Force One are expected to have better or at least quality at par with what the competition offers in their SUVs. The seating arrangement will likely be two at the front, three in the middle and two in the third row.

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Photo: Force Motors will enter into the Indian SUV market with the Force One

Engine

The Force One will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz (Daimler) OM 611, 2,146 cc (2.2-litre) common-rail turbo-diesel motor that makes 140 bhp of max power and 345 Nm of max torque. It has to be noted that this engine powered the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W210) when it was launched in 2000.

The engine will be made under license from Daimler. Force One will initially launch the Force One as a 4×2 version and the 4×4 version could be launched a year later.

Price & Competition

Force Motors will pitch the Force One 4×2 in the Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh range. It will take on the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari. Read more: Force Motors new SUV unveiled; to be called Force One