India will see a great influx of cars in the recent future. The rollout of new safety standard – BNVSAP and new pollution norms – BS VI will see a lot of updates of current vehicles and a breed of all-new vehicles. What are the vehicles that are worth waiting for? Let’s find out.

Tata H5X

Tata H5X SUV

Why should you wait for it? Tata stays very close to the concept models when the production version comes out. The H5X looks stunning and can be feature-rich.

The H5X concept was revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo and it was quite a stunner. Tata’s head designer claims that the car production vehicle will be about 80% similar to the concept. It will be underpinned by Land Rover Discovery Sport’s L8 platform. The SUV is also expected to get a long list of features, similar to the Tata Hexa. It will be powered by the same 2.0-litre Multijet engine that powers the Jeep Compass but it will get a different state of tune. It will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta in the market and is expected to be launched by 2019.

Tata 45X

Why should you wait for it? The 45X concept looks stunning. Will be a value for money product.

Tata, for the first time, will enter the premium hatchback segment in India. The 45X will take on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and the Maruti Baleno in the Indian market, which is quite competitive. The car will be launched by late-2019. The car will be powered by petrol and diesel engines borrowed from the Tiago. However, we may see variable geometry turbocharger that will increase the power output of the vehicle. The car will get manual gearbox as standard while there can be a twin-clutch automatic transmission on the offer.

Hyundai Santro

2018 Hyundai Santro Render in Red

Why should you wait for it? The all-new car will offer a longer list of features and will be a fresh product in the segment.

Internally named as AH2, the Santro hatchback is all set for a comeback in the Indian market. The all-new car is expected to be launched in the Indian market by August and will be priced under Rs. 3 lakh. The car will fill the void left by the i10 in the market. It will get the same platform and will also use the same petrol engine. The engine is a 1,086cc engine that generates a maximum of 70 Bhp and 100 Nm. It is also expected to get AMT.

Honda Amaze

2018 all-new Honda Amaze Front

Why should you wait for it? All-new product from Honda that looks quite good in its segment. First diesel CVT.

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 now looks 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.

Toyota Yaris

Why should you wait for it? It will offer a good number of features plus Toyota’s reliability.

The Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City rival, Toyota Yaris was revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo. This is the first time Toyota will launch a vehicle in this segment and the expected price is around Rs. 8 lakh. The Yaris is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine but the power output and not known yet. It will get a 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT too. The sedan will get 7-airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, reverse parking sensor, TPMS, hill hold, and unique features like roof mounted AC vents.

Mahindra XUV 700

Why should you wait for it? Mahindra’s flagship SUV will offer many first-in-segment features. Will be extremely value-for-money.

The seven-seater SUV gets a Mahindra family grille and Mahindra logo on the body. It will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in the market. 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 the year-end. The price is expected to be around Rs. 21 lakh.

Ford Figo Freestyle

Why should you wait for it? Powerful engine and looks solid.

The Freestyle will also come the same 1.5-litre diesel engine that powers the EcoSport, Figo and Aspire

This is Ford’s contender against the likes of Hyundai i20 Active, Cross Polo and the likes. It will be launched later this year. It is based on the upcoming Ford Figo that will also get a facelift later this year. The car is the rugged version of the Figo hatchback and gets a high ground clearance of 185mm as against the 170mm of the Ford Figo. It will be powered by an all-new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine while the 1.5-litre diesel engine will continue to be the same.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Why should you wait for it? The best-selling MUV in an all-new avatar would be a great deal!

Speculative render of the upcoming Ertiga

Maruti did not showcase the upcoming Ertiga at the 2018 Auto Expo but the car will be launched later this year. The brand will update its only seven-seater MPV in India with a host of changes The all-new version will be launched somewhere around August 2018 and it has been already spotted testing in India. The new Ertiga will grow in size on the outside but will continue to remain shorter than the Innova Crysta. The new Ertiga will also utilise the HEARTECT platform and will lose significant weight. The new MPV is expected to be powered by the new 1.4-litre engine that is being developed by Maruti Suzuki. The petrol engine will also be an all-new 1.5-litre.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport

Why should you wait for it? Swift Sport will be quick, affordable and will get the Maruti’s trusted network.

India is slowly becoming a market for enthusiasts with the launch of Abarth Punto, Polo GT, Baleno RS and upcoming Tiago and Tigor JTP. Data shows that the Baleno RS is quite popular and is selling in good numbers. The Swift Sport can re-create the magic in a much better way. This will be the first Swift Sport to come to India and will be launched later this year. The new Swift Sport will be powered by the 1.4-litre turbocharged Boosterjet engine that develops a maximum of 138 Bhp and 230 nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

Mahindra S201

Why should you wait for it? Most powerful engine in the segment. Will be a hoot to drive.

This will be Mahindra’s answer to the sub 4-meter compact SUV segment that comprises of Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the likes. It is the rebadged version of the SsangYong Tivoli and will be Mahindra’s third offering in the segment after NuvoSport (Quanto) and TUV 300. The SUV will be powered by an all-new turbo-petrol engine that generates 140 Bhp and a new turbo-diesel engine that generates 125 Bhp. The car will be available in long wheelbase version to rival the Hyundai Creta too.