The Indian automotive scene is getting hotter with every passing day. There are a handful of new cars that are set fo launch, in the near future. Other than this, some existing cars are also about to receive some important upgrades. Here is a list of 10 cars that will soon get major UPGRADES.
Ford EcoSport Titanium S and Signature
Ford India will soon launch the Titanium S and Signature Edition variants of its popular Compact SUV. The new variants will likely boost the sales of the recently facelifted sub-4m SUV. The Signature Edition will come with a handful of cosmetic changes. It will be available with both petrol and turbocharged diesel engines. The Titanium S variant will be a sportier variant that will likely offer the 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol motor and a stiffer suspension.
Tata Nexon AMT
The Tata Nexon AMT is very close to its launch. The Nexon has already received a good response from the market and the introduction of the Automated Manual Transmission on petrol and diesel engine variants should give the Nexon a clear edge over the Mauti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. Since it is an AMT, the new gearbox won’t affect the mileage. Also, thanks to AMT, the upcoming variant won’t be much costlier than the regular variant. The upcoming Tata Nexon AMT will be a well-priced petrol and diesel compact SUV that offers the convenience of automatic gearshifts.
Tata Tiago JTP
Tata Motors and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives have formed a partnership to work on a performance-focused version of the Tiago. To be known as the Tata Tiago JTP, the upcoming variant will be powered by the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that powers the Nexon compact SUV. The engine offers 110 PS and 150 Nm. Other than the more powerful engine, the Nexon AMT will also get a performance-tuned suspension and transmission.
Tata Tigor JTP
It’s not just the Tiago that’s taking the JTP route. Even the Tigor will get more power and a performance-focused suspension. Much like the Tiago JTP, even this car will get its power from the Nexon-sourced 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine that pumps out 110 PS and 150 Nm. Both the JTP cars will get some styling updates for their exteriors and interiors. The racy looks will compliment the bump in performance. The TIgor JTP will become the most affordable performance sedan in India.
Mahindra KUV100 AMT
Mahindra will soon launch an AMT-equipped version of the KUV100. The Mahindra KUV100 AMT will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. This should help the micro-SUV find some more buyers. The KUV100 is yet to post healthy sales figures. However, things are expected to improve with the advent of the AMT version.
Mauti Vitara Brezza petrol
The Maruti Vitara Brezza will get a petrol variant later this year. So far, the compact SUV has been available with a diesel engine only. While it enjoys segment-leading sales, the much-awaited petrol variant can further help it establish an even stronger foothold in the market. Powering the upcoming variant of the Brezza will be either the same 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that powers the Baleno RS hatchback or the upcoming 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that powers the new-gen Ertiga.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Jeep India will launch the Trailhawk variant of its cheapest SUV later this year. The upcoming Jeep Compass Trailhawk will likely offer a 9-speed automatic transmission. It will come with the same 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine that powers the current car. This engine offers 170 bhp and 350 Nm. The Trailhawk is a better off-roader than the regular Compass. It offers Jeep’s Active Drive low-range 4WD, hill descent control, ‘Rock Mode’ for its Selec-Terrain 4WD system and optimized Approach- and Departure-angles. It will even offer an additional ground clearance of 20 mm.
Maruti Swift Sport
India is expected to get the new Maruti Swift Sport by the end of the current financial year. The Swift Sport will become the most powerful hatchback to wear the Maruti badge. It will be powered by a 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine that will produce 140 bhp and 230 Nm. The engine will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The car will ride on 17-inch wheels. In most likelihood, it will be even quicker than Fiat Punto Abarth.
Maruti Swift 6-speed
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) is said to have developed an all-new 6-speed manual gearbox that will make its debut in the latest-generation 2018 Swift. Thanks to a tall sixth cog, the new gearbox will end up boosting the fuel mileage of the Swift. The shorter lower ratios will help it provide stronger acceleration. Even NVH-levels are expected to go down due to the additional gear.
While the Figo will soon get a facelift, the real reason for its presence on this list is the new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine that it will come with. The new petrol engine has already made its India-debut in the Freestyle. This engine has been derived from the 1.5-litre Dragon series engine of the new EcoSport. The engine outputs 96 bhp and 120 Nm.
Even the Aspire is about to get a facelift and a new 1.2-litre engine. The new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine will replace the current 1.2-litre TiVCT motor that has received a lot of flak for the lack of grunt. The new engine, however, offers a better performance than the current motor and will surely make the Aspire a better car to drive. Even for this compact sedan, it will offer a maximum power of 96 bhp along with a peak torque of 120 Nm.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus
The Mahindra TUV300 Plus will not only offer more seats but will also come with a more powerful engine. The regular TUV300 is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The TUV300 Plus, however, will get the same 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine that powers the Scorpio. It outputs 120 bhp and 280 Nm. The motor comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission.