A great many new cars have been launched in India over the last decade or so. However, not all of these cars have managed to leave a lasting impression on buyers. While most of these were rather mediocre cars with not much going for them, some of them were quite sporty and fun to drive and offered a strong performance. However, these vehicles couldn’t live for long as they were discontinued owing to low demand. Here is a list of 10 such cars that we think died just too soon.
2015 – 2017
The Trailblazer was the flagship from Chevrolet India. It had an early demise owing to the company leaving the Indian car market. The Trailblazer was a strong performer that offered a peak power of 197 bhp. A peak torque of 500 Nm made it a torque monster of sorts. The car even offered a very spacious cabin. Sadly, it couldn’t live for long.
The Honda Mobilio used to be a Brio-based MPV that was discontinued because it had no takers. The Mobilio offered the same set of motors that power the City sedan. This means that the petrol variant was powered by a 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol motor that offered a maximum power of 117 bhp. This made the Mobilio a pretty quick set of wheels. Even the diesel engine had sufficient power and offered a pretty high mileage. There was even a sporty RS variant on offer. Unfortunately, the Mobilio failed to make a dent in the sales of the Maruti Ertiga.
Maruti S-Cross 1.6
The Maruti S-Cross received a facelift last year. While the updates make the car look smarter and even a bit more upmarket, the 1.6-litre diesel engine variant was discontinued with the advent of the facelift. The S-Cross 1.6 Diesel is another torque-monster that had an early demise. The Fiat-sourced motor offered as much as 320 Nm, which made the crossover a very strong performer.
Maruti Ignis Diesel
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd recently discontinued the diesel variant of the Ignis. The Ignis is a funky-looking car that offers a spacious cabin and an SUV-ish stance. While the petrol variant offers all the features and the customization options as the now-defunct Diesel variant, we simply miss the 200 Nm torque and the stellar fuel economy the motor offered.
The Ford Fiesta facelift looked really sporty, much of which was owing to a very Aston Martin-like front-end. Sadly, it didn’t last for long. The Fiesta was pulled out of the market owing to a really low demand. The car was a great handler and offered a punchy 1.5-litre diesel motor. This Fiesta was really among the sportiest options in its segments. It’s really a pity that the car met with an early death.
The GTI was a really hot hatchback that lived for barely a couple of years. The hatchback was powered by a 1.8-litre, four-charged, TSI petrol engine that offered more 189 bhp of maximum power along with a peak torque of 250 Nm. The engine came mated to a 7-speed DSG that sent power to the front wheels.
The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi used to be the company’s flagship product that was a lot of fun to drive. It was powered by a 2.4-litre, petrol engine that offered 176 bhp of maximum power. The engine came mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It also offered an optional CVT with paddle-shifters.
Skoda Fabia 1.6
The Skoda Fabia 1.6 was a premium, fun-to-drive hatchback that couldn’t live for long. Its 1.6-litre motor produced a maximum power of 106 bhp. The Fabia was also quite sure-footed and fairly involving to drive. Unfortunately, lack of demand led to the demise of this vehicle.
Mahindra Bolero Storm
While the Mahindra Bolero has never been a fast vehicle, the short-lived Storm variant was powered by a powerful 2.49-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged motor with a maximum power of 97 bhp. The powerful motor made the Bolero quite a performer, at least in the straight line. To put things in perspective, the current Bolero is powered by a 63 bhp motor.
Maruti Zen Carbon & Steel
The Zen Carbon and Steel were really funky, 3-door versions of the popular jelly-bean shaped hatchback. Unfortunately, it was on sale in India for a very short period of time as only 600 units were available. Powering the lightweight car was the peppy G10, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder motor. The engine offered a maximum power of 60 bhp along with a peak torque of 78 Nm.