Exciting launches lined up for the coming months

There are a host of exciting new launches lined up for the coming months, from hatchbacks to SUVs carmakers are set to go on a launching spree. Here’s a list of cars with their expected launch months.

Nissan Evalia

September 2012

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The Nissan Evalia is a large and spacious MPV but due to the lack of features and its boxy dimensions it will most likely gain more popularity amongst taxi fleet operators than private buyers.  It will be more spacious and comfortable than the Innova and Xylo. Read more: Nissan Evalia road test and review

Renault Scala

September 2012

The Renault Scala will be a badge engineered Nissan Sunny. Apart from exterior styling there will be no major changes on the Scala. It will also share the Sunny’s 1.5 K9K and HR 15 engines.

Tata Safari Storme

September 2012

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Photo: The Safari Storme has been restyled and it has both fans and haters

The Safari Storme was first seen at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. It has different styling, chassis, suspension, shorter turning radius and improved interior quality. It cannot be termed as merely a facelift and will be powered by a 2.2-litre DiCOR motor that puts out 140 Bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. Read more: Should you wait for the new Safari Storme

New Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

October 2012

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Maruti plans to replace the iconic M800 with a new 800 cc Alto which will be built on the existing Alto platform. It will retain the same F8D, 800 cc engine that powers the present 800 cc Maruti Suzuki Alto.

New Maruti Suzuki Ritz

October 2012

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The upcoming Ritz is a face-lifted model but has received minimal changes in terms of styling. It will get a new 1.2-litre K-series VVT petrol motor and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motor from the new Swift. It will come with exterior styling changes like refreshed bumpers, bonnet, grille, fog lamps etc. Also read: Maruti Suzuki Ritz face lift: Official Images

Sail sedan and hatchback

October 2012

Chevrolet Sail hatchback
The Chevrolet Sail hatchback was showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. It is going to replace the present U-Va while its sedan version will take the present Aveo sedan’s place. AAlso read: Can the upcoming Chevrolet Sail take on the Volkswagen PoloChevrolet EnjoyOctober 2012

The Chevrolet Enjoy MPV has a van like design, with a decent overall appearance it is expected to be priced lower than the Toyota Innova but will also be less spacious. It could give the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga a fight in terms of size and VFM but it is smaller than the Xylo and Innova. Also read: Chevrolet Enjoy: Meet the new MPV from GM!

Mahindra Reva NXR

October 2012

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The Reva will have two power options: a lead-acid battery with 80 km range/80 kmph top speed and a lithium ion battery 160 km range/ 104 kmph top speed. It will be a practical and realistically usable electric car. Read more: Mahindra Reva NXR plant to be inaugurated on August 22. Read more: Mahindra Reva NXR plant to be inaugurated on August 22

Mercedes Benz B class

November 2012

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The Mercedes B-Class will appeal to buyers as a lifestyle vehicle. Those who want the premium brand imagery that comes with the three-pointer star will buy it. It is a lot bigger than the BMW X1 but unlike the compact SUV from BMW doesn’t give you much road presence. Read more about the Mercedes Benz B-Class launch. Read more: Mercedes Benz B Class test drive.

New Honda CRV

December 2012

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The CR-V is in desperate need of both a diesel engine and a face lift. The new CR-V will get a 2-litre i-Vtec engine that puts out 153 bhp of power and 192 Nm of torque and a 2.2 iDtec diesel engine that puts out 148 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. Read more: 2012 New Honda CR-V photos, new Honda CR-V launch in India

Mahindra Verito CS

December 2012

The Mahindra Verito CS was expected to be launched first but Mahindra launched the face lifted Verito first. The CS will now be a shorter sub-four meter version of the new Verito. It will also be cheaper because of its shorter length. Read more: Upcoming Mahindra Verito CS

Mahindra Rexton

December 2012

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The Mahindra Rexton was showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. It has a traditional SUV design and will be powered by a 2.7-litre turbocharged common-rail diesel engine churning out 182 bhp of power and 402 Nm of torque. AAlso read: New spy photos of Mahindra Rexton snapped

Tata Manza CS

December 2012

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The Tata Manza CS is going to be a cheaper version of the Manza sedan. It will have a smaller boot but will likely retain the spacious interiors of the Manza sedan.

Ashok Leyland Stile

December 2012

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The Stile is a rebadged and re-styled Evalia. The Style will be popular as a commercial vehicle as it comes from Ashok Leyland’s stable while the Evalia still has a chance as a personal vehicle.

Ford EcoSport

January 2013

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The Ford EcoSport will compete with cars like the Renault Duster and the Chevrolet Trax. Ford will likely price it competitively in the Rs. 7.4 lakh to Rs. 10.5 lakh range. It will compete with cars like the Renault Duster and Mahindra XUV500. For more see: Ertiga vs. EcoSport vs. Duster: Compact SUV/MPV comparison