Each year, the festive season between September and November is a time when there is a flurry of car and SUV launches. This year will be no different and there are no less than 10 new cars heading our way. From the high-performance Tata Tiago JTP to the practical, 2nd generation Maruti Ertiga, here’s a low-down on all the new cars coming in.
The all-new Hyundai Santro hatchback will launch in India by the end of October this year, replacing the entry-level hatchback – Eon – by the end of this year. The main reason for replacing the Eon is the incompatibility with the upcoming Bharat stage 6 norms. The Santro is expected to be priced a little higher than the Eon, currently retailing at 3 lakh rupees. It’ll pack in an AMT option, and is expected to be powered by a 1.1 litre petrol engine.
The much awaited Mahindra U321 MPV will be launched as the Mahindra Marazzo. The Marazzo will be the most premium Mahindra MPV yet. It will be powered by an all new diesel engine, which will be available with a manual transmission. Mahindra Marazzo will sit between the all-new Maruti Ertiga MPV and the Toyota Innova Crysta. Expect prices to start from under Rs. 10 lakhs.
Mahindra will launch the Ssangyong Rexton G4 large SUV in India. Rumours state that the Rexton will go on sale under the badge of XUV700, and that it will compete with Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The XUV700 will be expected to be launched sometime in November. Prices are expected to start from around the Rs. 22 lakh mark. It’ll be a diesel-only luxury SUV.
The next-gen Honda CR-V is expected to arrive in India around the festive season. It will be the first time when the manufacturer will launch the SUV in India with a diesel engine. A petrol motor will also be on offer. The new-gen CR-V might be offered with a 7-seater variant apart from the regular 5-seater version. Offering both, a diesel engine and a 7 seater variant, can help it achieve some decent sales.
Tata Tiago JTP
The Tiago is currently the cheapest hatchback from Tata Motors, and is the best-seller for the automaker. A brand new, high performance option of the Tiago, dubbed the JTP, will arrive later this year. The Tiago JTP will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 108 Bhp-150 Nm outputs, stiffer suspension and revised styling. The Tiago JTP is expected to launch around the festive season, with a starting price of about Rs. 6 lakhs.
Tata Tigor JTP
Tata Tigor JTP has been spotted testing several times. Powering the Tigor JTP will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 108 Bhp and 150Nm torque. As seen in the test mule, bigger wheels and an updated suspension are expected. The Tigor JTP is also likely to launch around the festive season.
Ford Figo Facelift
The facelifted Ford Figo is likely to arrive in India around the festive season, with updated exterior bits similar to the Figo freestyle. Apart from the exterior changes, the new Figo will be powered by 1.2-litre 3-cylinder dragon petrol engine producing 96 Bhp and 120 Nm of torque. The diesel engine will remain unchanged. Ford is also expected to offer an automatic gearbox on the new car.
Interestingly, the facelifted Ford Aspire will be launched first, later followed by the Figo Facelift. The car is expected to make its debut in weeks from now. Under the hood of the Aspire will be a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Dragon series engine similar to the Freestyle, but the old 1.5-litre diesel engine will be carried over as is. The Aspire Facelift will get design changes on the outside and inside.
Datsun Go+ Facelift
Datsun is finalizing the facelifted Go+ MPV for its launch in India. The revised version will arrive this festive season. The facelifted version will be more advanced than its current model in terms of exterior styling and interior features. An automatic variant could also be offered with prices falling around the Rs. 4-lakh mark.
Datsun Go Facelift
Just like its 7-seater derivative, the Datsun Go Facelift is also under consideration for launch around the festive season. The facelift version will have a better exterior and interior than the current gen, with no changes in the engine and transmission department. The price of the facelifted version could be around Rs. 20,000 more than the current model.