The expanding Indian automotive market will see many new car launches in 2018. While many of these new cars will be all-new models, many others will be all-new or facelifted version of the current generation. What are cars that will be upgraded soon in India? Let’s find out.
Honda all-new Amaze
Expected launch date: End 2018
Honda revealed the all-new Amaze at the 2018 Auto Expo. The new compact sedan will take on the likes of Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Xcent in the market. The Amaze gets a new platform and a new coupe-like look. The car’s design now draws inspiration from the Honda Civic and Honda Accord.
The car will be powered by 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. The petrol engine produces a maximum of 87 Bhp – 110 Nm while the diesel engine produces 98.6 Bhp – 200 Nm. It will be the first affordable diesel car in India to get a CVT automatic gearbox.
Expected launch date: August 2018
Hyundai will launch the facelifted version of the Creta later this year and the vehicle has been caught testing in India too. The top-selling SUV in its segment is expected to get a few changes. Most of the changes done are in front. It gets a new bumper, new grille and updated headlamps. The car also gets new alloy wheels.
At the rear, only the bumper is new. Interiors are expected to be reworked too but the feature list will stay similar to the current model except for the addition of a sunroof. The 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engines will remain the same but the 1.6-litre diesel engine will be remapped for better performance in traffic.
Mahindra XUV 500
Expected launch date: September 2018
Mahindra is expected to upgrade the XUV 500 soon. The car is already in works will get minor styling changes on the outside. The XUV 500 was expected to get a more powerful version of the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which could churn out a maximum of 170 but a recent information revealed says that the engines will remain untouched. The car is expected to get a new grille, new headlamps and minor air-brush job on the body to keep it fresh in the market.
Maruti all-new Ertiga
Expected launch date: End 2018
After the all-new versions of Dzire and Swift were launched in the Indian market, it is time for the Ertiga to get a replacement model. The MPV will share the HEARTECT platform with the new Swift and Dzire models and will shed a significant amount of weight. It is already being tested on the Indian roads and is expected to be launched by the end of this year.
Maruti may plonk new engines in the vehicle. There will be a new M15A 1.5-litre petrol engine that generates 108 Bhp – 138 Nm and a new 1.4-litre diesel engine. The car has also grown in size and is expected to be more spacious than the current model.
Expected launch date: Mid 2018
Maruti shifted the Ciaz from the regular Maruti network to the Nexa premium dealerships and the sales figure of the vehicle shows its popularity. Maruti is currently working on a facelift version of the Ciaz. Suzuki has already updated the Ciaz (sold as Alivio) in China.
The same updates could be carried to the Indian version. The car gets revised alloy wheels, new front and rear bumpers, new front grille and restyled fog lamp housings. Maruti may also include a sunroof to challenge the Verna and the City. Under the hood, the new Ciaz may get the new 1.5-litre petrol engine and the new 1.4-litre diesel engine developed by Maruti Suzuki.
Expected launch date: May 2018
Ford is preparing to launch a new facelifted model of the Figo soon, and it has been caught testing too. The new vehicle will come with visual changes like new mesh grille, updated bumper, headlamps and tail lamps. The new Figo will also get the 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine derived from the 1.5-litre Dragon series engine that powers the new EcoSport. The 1.5-litre diesel engine will continue to be the same. The car will also get updated interiors with new infotainment system incorporating SYNC3 and floating type screen.
Ford Figo Aspire
Expected launch date: May 2018
The Figo Aspire, the sedan based on the hatchback will also get similar updates following the launch of the new Figo in India. The Aspire takes on the likes of Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Xcent in the Indian market. The refreshed Figo Aspire will get same exterior and interior changes as the Figo hatchback. Even the engine options and the transmission options will be same. The car is expected to get 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine derived from the all-new 1.5-litre three-pot motor. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is expected to be the same.
Expected launch: September/October 2018
The Nissan Sunny may not be highlighted on the sales chart but the car is very much in contention when it comes to space. Nissan is expected to launch the all-new Sunny next year based on the new Micra’s K14 platform. While the global market will get the V-Platform based Sunny, the Indian market will get the CMF architecture based car. The Sunny may also become shorter than the current version. The 1.5-litre petrol engine that is available with the Duster is expected to power the vehicle. The diesel engine will the 1.5-litre, 108 Bhp unit.
Expected launch date: September/October 2019
Renault Duster, which is sold as the Dacia Duster in many foreign markets has been updated globally. Even though the all-new model has been launched in the international market, the Indian launch has been delayed due to the arrival of the Captur. Now the new Duster is expected to be launched by the festive season this year.
The new Duster gets a new grille and a repositioned windscreen that adds a fresh look to it. The interiors have also been thoroughly updated to give a modern look. Renault may continue to use the current engine options with the upcoming Duster.
Honda all-new CR-V
Expected launch date: January 2019
Honda will launch the all-new CR-V later this year or early next year in India. Honda showcased the upcoming SUV at the 2018 Auto Expo. The all-new CR-V is already available in the international markets, and Honda will launch the new version in the segment dominated by the Toyota Fortuner. The new CR-V looks much sleeker than the current version and gets a thick slat grille, similar to the current generation of Honda vehicles.
The CR-V that will come to India will be ASEAN-spec, which means it will get an extra row of front facing seats taking the total number of seats to seven. 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 158 Bhp and peak torque of 350 Nm.