The festive spirit is kicking in and automakers have begun lining up their wares to make best of this cheery sentiment. Over the next 4 months, at least 10 hot cars and SUVs will be launched in India, giving buyers more choice. And more choice is always a good thing. Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming cars and SUVs.
On the 15th of September, Mahindra will launch the TUV300, a ladder frame equipped sub-4 meter compact SUV that will use a rear wheel drive layout. A unique offering that seats 7, the vehicle is expected to be a price warrior. Built on a new platform, the TUV300 will also feature a new triple cylinder, 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine named the mHawk 80. While a 5 speed manual transmission will be standard, an AMT option is expected to be made available in due course of time. A sub-6 lakh rupee starting price is likely.
The Kwid claim to fame is that it is a budget hatchback that looks like a mini SUV. Dubbed the mini Duster by many, the aggressively styled Kwid will be Renault India’s least priced car and one that is a make-or-break offering from the French automaker. The Kwid will begin sales sometime in September, with bookings already open. The budget hatchback will initially be offered with an 800cc, triple cylinder petrol engine and a 5 speed manual gearbox. An AMT option and a larger, 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine are likely to be added later. A sub-3 lakh rupee price tag is on the cards.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Mild-Hybrid
Maruti Suzuki will soon give the diesel powered Ciaz brake energy regeneration and idle stop technology. These fuel saving features will make the Ciaz more efficient. A 28 Kmpl ARAI certified mileage rating is said to be on the cards. Maruti Suzuki is calling this technology, mild hybrid. The plan eventually, is to make most Maruti cars mild hybrids, thereby boosting mileage. The Ciaz Diesel mild hybrid will soon go on sale, at a price premium of 10-15 thousand rupees, over the non-hybrid diesel variants, which are expected to be phased out.
Fiat Abarth Punto
In October, Fiat India will launch a high performance variant of the Punto in India, and will usher in the Abarth brand into the affordable hatchback segment. The Punto Abarth will be the fastest car in the sub-15 lakh rupee category, and a sub-10 lakh rupee price tag is anticipated for the new acceleration king in town. Apart from the 1.4 liter turbo petrol engine with 143 Bhp-210 Nm, the car will also get lowered suspension with some stiffening done, disc brakes on all four wheels and Abarth badging.
After launching the Figo Aspire compact sedan to a good response, Ford of India will follow it up with the hatchback sibling of the car. The new Figo hatchback will replace the existing version of the car, and will be a B+ segment offering. The same set of engines offered on the Figo Aspire are likely to be carried over to the new Figo hatchback. A new design, better interiors and a more comprehensive set of features will be the other changes on the car. A starting price tag close to the 4 lakh rupee mark is envisaged.
Tata Motors will replace the age-old Indica hatchback with the Kite-codenamed model. The Kite line up will also spawn a compact sedan. However, the hatchback version of the car will be launched first. The new car is expected to get new turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, in triple cylinder forms. More aggressively styled than the rest of the Tata cars, the Kite will embody the new design philosophy adopted by Tata Motors. In fact, it will be the first all-new Tata car in a while. A price tag between the 3-4 lakh rupee mark will see the Kite sitting in between the Nano and the Bolt.
The S101 codenamed micro SUV from Mahindra will kickstart a brand new segment. The vehicle will also seek to offer big value to the buyer, just like the TUV300. However, the differences between both the SUVs will be stark. The S101 will use a front wheel drive and a monocoque body. 6 seats, in a 3+3 layout, and a dashboard mounted gear shifter will be offered. The S101 will challenge hatchbacks in terms of its price and positioning. A sub-4 lakh price point is likely for the base variant.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
In September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Suzuki of Japan will unveil the Baleno B+ segment hatchback, previously known by the codenames of iK-2 and YRA. Maruti Suzuki will follow up this global unveil with the India-launch of this premium hatchback. The Baleno is expected to square off against the Hyundai i20 Elite and the Honda Jazz. The India-spec car will be sold with 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter turbo diesel engines, while international variants will get a 1 liter-3 cylinder Boosterjet turbo petrol engine, in addition to the diesel unit.
Nissan’s big launch for this year’s festive season will be the X-Trail luxury SUV. Larger and more fuel efficient than the previous model, which has already been discontinued from the Indian market, the new SUV packs in more features than ever before. As was the case with its predecessor, the new X-Trail will arrive as a completely built unit. So, expect to pay a price premium. Talking prices, the new X-Trail is likely to start from over 30 lakh rupees. Here’s more.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is another 7 seat luxury SUV that is being primed for a launch in October. The big, butch SUV will arrive as a CBU from Thailand, a country with whom India has a free trade agreement (FTA). This FTA could prove to be handy so far as the pricing of the Trailblazer goes. General Motors would have pulled off a coup if they manage to price the Trailblazer lower than the Captiva. A 2.8 liter turbo diesel engine with 200 Bhp and 500 Nm will be the talking point of the Trailblazer.