Automatic cars are gradually gaining popularity in India. With increasing traffic and the availability of automatic transmissions in the affordable segment, more people are choosing automatics over the manual variants. There is a slew of automatic cars that will be launched in the Indian market in the next few months. Here are the cars and their launch timelines.
Launch: May 2018
The all-new Amaze is ready for launch in India and it will become the first affordable vehicle to offer a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic gearbox with a diesel engine. The car will offer an automatic CVT with the petrol variant of the vehicle. The Honda Amaze will get an all-new design that looks inspired by the Honda Civic.
The engine options will remain similar to the current options. The petrol variants will be powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC, four-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 87 Bhp and 110 Nm. The diesel variants will get the 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 98.6 Bhp and 200 Nm.
Mahindra XUV 500
Launch: April 2018
Mahindra will soon launch the facelift version of the XUV 500 in India. The car has been revealed completely through a set of spy pictures before the official launch. The new XUV gets an updated front grille and rear design.
The car also gets a more powerful version of the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that now produces a maximum power of 155 Bhp and 360 Nm. The XUV 500 will offer 6-speed automatic transmission with four variants of the vehicle. The top end will also get AWD automatic version.
Tata Nexon AMT
Expected launch: May 2018
Tata showcased the Nexon AMT at the 2018 Auto Expo that will soon be launched in the Indian market. Earlier the car was expected to be launched in April 2018 but it has been delayed by a month now. Both petrol and diesel engine versions will get the AMT automatic 6-speed transmission but the engines will remain untouched.
The Nexon, which is already gaining popularity in the market is expected to bring in more numbers with the introduction of the AMT. Interestingly, the Vitara Brezza, which is the highest selling model in India, does not offer an automatic transmission option.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Expected launch: May/June 2018
Jeep showcased the top-of-the-line Trailhawk in India earlier this month at a private event. The hardcore off-road version of the Compass looks quite interesting with additional equipment like red tow-hooks on the bumpers, a new body vinyl and different alloys.
The Trailhawk version will be powered by the same 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine that powers the regular variant but it will get a 9-speed automatic transmission. Jeep only offers the automatic transmission with the petrol variants till now. The Trailhawk will also get off-road friendly features like 20:1 Low-ratio transfer case and various other modes.
Hyundai Creta facelift
Expected launch: June/July 2018
Hyundai will launch the facelifted version of the highly popular Creta SUV later this year. The car will get a few noticeable changes like a new grille, a new front and rear bumper and plastic cladding all around. The changes make the facelifted Creta look bolder. The interiors may get minor changes, but the engines may remain same as the current model.
The engine options will stay same as the current version of the car. There are two diesel engines and one petrol engine on offer. Only the 1.6-litre diesel and the 1.6-litre petrol version of the car gets the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Expected launch: End 2018/Early 2019
The Honda Civic is making a comeback in the Indian market. After skipping a whole generation, the Civic will enter the D-segment of the Indian market soon. The sedan was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo where Honda formally announced its expected launch time.
The new Civic also gets a diesel engine for the first time in India. The petrol version of the car will get a 1.8-litre, naturally aspirated engine that generates a maximum of 140 Bhp and 174 Nm. The diesel variants will get a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. Only the petrol engine will get a CVT transmission.
Expected launch: September/October 2018
Honda showcased the all-new India spec CR-V at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year. The all-new CR-V is already available in the international markets but the Indian market will get the ASEAN version which has three-row seats for 7 people. The new CR-V looks sleeker than the current version and gets a thick slat grille, similar to the current generation of Honda vehicles.
Honda will also launch the diesel version of the CR-V with a 1.6-litre diesel engine that will be made in India. The engine produces a maximum power of 118 Bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm. The petrol engine will be same as the current 2.4-litre engine that produces a maximum of 187 Bhp – 226 Nm. The petrol engine option will get CVT automatic transmission while the diesel engine option may get a 9-speed unit.
Kia SP Concept
Expected launch: 2019
Kia has announced its formal entry into the Indian market and also provided details of the first vehicle that will be launched. The car will be based on the Kia SP Concept that Kia showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Kia will take a premium approach and will target only prime customers. Hence, an automatic transmission is expected in the vehicle.
The engine details or the features of the upcoming car is not known but if the premium audience is a target then we can expect a long list of features in the vehicle. Kia has opened a contest where the viewers will help the brand in finding a new name for the Kia SP Concept.The Kia SP will take on the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass in the Indian market.
Expected launch: 2019
The Tata H5X turned a lot of heads during its unveiling at the 2018 Auto Expo. The sharp-looking SUV will take on the Hyundai Creta in the Indian market. The H5X will also get a 7-seater long wheelbase version.
Both the versions will be powered by the 2.0-litre Multijet turbocharged engine supplied by Fiat. It is also expected to get the AWD system. There will be a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission available with the H5X.
Mahindra XUV 700
Expected launch: End 2018
Mahindra showcased the XUV 700 at the 2018 Auto Expo. The rebadged version of the G4 Rexton, the XUV 700 will be powered by a turbocharged diesel engine with 2.2-litre displacement. This engine has been developed with SsangYong and it develops a peak power of 178 Bhp – 420 Nm.
It gets a 7-speed automatic transmission sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The launch is expected to happen by year-end. The price is expected to be around Rs. 21 lakh. The XUV 700 looks quite substantial and will offer a lot of features at a value for money price.