Snapshot: The next six months will see the launch of 10 new cars in the Indian car market. The new launches will include a mix of all-new products and facelifts. The major aspects of most of the new cars are already known except for finer details such a pricing and variants, which will known on the date of the actual launches. CarToq has put together a list of 10 upcoming cars that you can expect to buy at a showroom near you over the next 6 months or so.
2015 Volkswagen Polo Facelift
The Polo Facelift was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show and a similar car is coming to India. While the Euro-spec Polo featured LED headlamps as an option, the cost conscious Indian market will have to make do with a new headlamp design. A minor facelift at best given an all-new model in the works, the 2015 Polo Facelift will get a new 1.4 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel TDI engine that will replace the current 1.2 liter-3 cylinder TDI motor. A few months down the line, the 1.4 liter TDI engine will get a 6 speed DSG dual clutch gearbox option. The Polo is expected to be launched in May 2014.
Volkswagen Vento Diesel DSG
The Vento Diesel will gain a new 1.4 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engine and along with it, a 6 speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. The Vento Diesel Automatic will be the first dual clutch automatic gearbox equipped car in the diesel powered C-Segment sedan space. The car will be positioned as a top-of-the-line model, alongside the Vento TSI variant. Later in the year, the Vento is likely to be sold with the revised styling bits that will make their debut on the Polo Facelift.
Toyota Corolla Altis
The 2014 Corolla Altis is an all new, 11th generation car model that is larger than the outgoing version. Likely to feature a slightly higher price tag than the outgoing version, the 2014 Corolla Altis will sit in the D-Segment sedan space, taking on the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and the Volkswagen Jetta. The 2014 Corolla Altis also features new styling that is a mix of contemporary and conservative. The new Corolla gains a bunch of features, new interiors and a more efficient CVT automatic gearbox. Petrol and diesel engine options remain unchanged. The car will be launched on the 27th of May, 2014.
Toyota Etios Cross
A butch version of the Liva hatchback, the Toyota Etios Cross will make its debut shortly. The car will feature two petrol and one turbo diesel engine options. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard across all engine options. The major changes on the Etios Cross include the addition of a body kit and revised interiors. That the crossover styled hatchback segment has never taken off in India doesn’t seem to be a detractor for Toyota, whose Etios Cross represents the latest attempt to boost sagging sales of the hatchback.
Tata Zest compact sedan
One of the most exciting products to be revealed by Tata Motors in recent times, the Zest compact sedan will be launched in the middle of this year. The car will be the first diesel automatic compact sedan in India with the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine mated to a Magneti Marelli developed 5 speed automated manual transmission (AMT). The car will also be offered with a 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine that Tata Motors has indigenously developed. The Zest’s competition will include the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Hyundai Xcent.
Ford Fiesta Facelift
In a second coming of sorts, the new Fiesta sedan will soon get a facelift. Ford India will be hoping that the facelifted Fiesta revives the car’s fortunes in India. Pricing is likely to be competitive given the past lessons that Ford has learnt, especially in the context of the new Fiesta, which was optimistically priced to begin with. The facelifted Fiesta will feature design changes and will add a couple of features. However, engines and transmissions will be carried over unchanged although rumours indicate the addition of a 1 liter EcoBoost turbo petrol engine to the equation.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz C-Segment sedan will replace the SX4 in India. The car, which was showcased in concept guise, at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. An automated manual transmission is a likely addition to the car. The Ciaz is based on the AuthenticS concept and the car’s flowing design has been widely appreciated by showgoers. If Maruti gets the pricing right, the Ciaz could break the jinx that Maruti Suzuki has been stuck with, in the 8 lakh rupees+ car segments.
Mahindra Scorpio Facelift
The consistently hot selling Mahindra Scorpio SUV will get an end-of-life facelift in the coming months. The SUV was conspicuous by its absence at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, indicating Mahindra’s plans of not letting the hype around the facelifted Scorpio die down. The Scorpio’s engine and transmission options will be unchanged and so will the platform. What will change though is the car’s looks, creature comforts and features. The SUV will retain its butch looks and go anywhere appeal with a 4X4 system on the LX and top end VLX variant.
Fiat India will launch a crossover styled hatchback called the Avventura in the middle of the year. Based on the Grande Punto platform, the Avventura is likely to get a 1.3 liter, 90 Bhp turbo diesel engine and a 1.4 liter FIRE petrol engine. The Avventura will get 16 inch wheels, a 200 mm ground clearance and new interiors replete with a revised dashboard. Body cladding, a spare wheel at the rear, and new front and rear bumpers will distinguish the Avventura from the Grande Punto. Expect the car to be priced about 75,000 rupees over equivalent models of the Punto.
Audi A3 Sedan
Audi will launch the A3 sedan in mid-2014. The car is based on the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform and is the first Audi in India to be introduced with the new platform. The car will be launched with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options, with DSG dual clutch automatic gearboxes. Assembly will happen at Aurangabad through CKD kits. The A3 will be the most affordable Audi car to be sold in India, with a starting price of about 22 lakh rupees.