Six Upcoming Diwali 2014 Car Launches in India

Snapshot – The festive season is well and truly on in India. This season also coincides with a step up in car launches and sales. While a slew of cars were launched over the last month or so, half a dozen more cars are coming up in the next couple of weeks. CarToq lists out 6 new cars that will be launched shortly in India. 

Maruti Alto K10 AMT Facelift

Maruti Suzuki will give the Alto K10 a major facelift in terms of the car’s design. The Alto K10 Facelift will borrow the Alto 800’s body shell and get new headlamps and tail lamps as the major differentiating elements. In terms of mechanical changes, the car will gain an automated manual transmission (AMT) unit. However, the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that outputs 67 Bhp-90 Nm will continue unchanged on the Alto K10 AMT. This engine will be available with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard, along with petrol and CNG fuel options. The AMT option, will however be made available only on the petrol powered Alto K10 variants. Expect a 40,000 price increase from current levels, for the AMT equipped Alto K10.

Maruti Swift Facelift

India’s best selling B+ segment hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Swift, will get a mild makeover. This facelift comes three years after the second generation Swift was launched in India. In terms of cosmetic revisions, daytime running LEDs, revised alloy wheels and reverese parking sensors are the changes on the Swift Facelift. The innards of the car gain a start-stop button, a keyless entry system, one-touch operation for the driver’s side power window and electrically retracting wing mirrors. The Swift Facelift will retain the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engines, and 5 speed manual transmissions. A four speed automatic gearbox for the petrol engine – albeit unconfirmed – will be a welcome addition. Expect a mild price bump up for the fully loaded, top-end Swift Facelift.

Maruti Dzire Facelift

Like the facelifted Swift, the Dzire compact sedan will get a mild facelift that brings cosmetic changes such as a new chrome grille and smoked headlamps to the table. Other changes on the Dzire Facelift will include the addition of a push-button start and a keyless entry system. Electrically retracting wing mirrors and reverse parking sensors are likely to round off the new feature set on the Dzire Facelift. The car will retain its petrol and turbo diesel engine line up. The petrol motor will use 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmissions while the diesel engine will do with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. The facelifted Dzire is aimed at continuing the car’s domination of the compact sedan segment in terms of sales.

Fiat Avventura

The media drives of the Fiat Avventura will be wrapped up soon and the launch of the crossover styled hatchback is just around the corner. The Avventura will sit in between the Punto EVO hatchback and the Linea sedan in terms of price and positioning. The car will feature a hefty 205 mm ground clearance, 16 inch alloy wheels and butch looks as the elements that differentiate it from the Punto EVO. 1.4 liter FIRE petrol and 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engines will be offered on the Avventura, which will be sold in 5 variants (2 in petrol and 3 in diesel). The Avventura is expected to undercut the Ford EcoSport in terms of pricing, as an affordable hatchback that does everything a crossover can do, and then some more.

Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG

The high performance, Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG will be launched here on the 27th of October. The high performance crossover is one of its kind in the Indian car market, in terms of both its market positioning and pricing. The GLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo petrol engine that outputs 360 Bhp-450 Nm. A 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox and a 4MATIC all wheel drive system handles torque transmission. The GLA 45 AMG hurtles to an electronically limited top speed of 250 Kph, on the way dispatching the 100 Kph sprint from standstill in just 4.8 seconds. A CBU import, the GLA 45 AMG is likely to be priced near the 70 lakh rupee mark in India, which is a little over the CLA 45 AMG’s pricing.

Force Gurkha 4X4

Bookings of the Force Gurkha 4X4 are on and the official launch and price announcement is just weeks away. The Gurkha 4X4 gets revised ergonomics aimed at making the off roader a more comfortable drive. The Gurkha will be sold with hard top and soft top options. Rear wheel drive and four wheel drive options will be offered on the Gurkha, which will be powered by a 2.6 liter turbo diesel engine that makes 82 Bhp of peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard while lockable differentials will be offered on the 4X4 variants of the SUV. The Gurkha will be sold in 5 and 7 seat variants. Prices start from 6.25 lakh rupees.