India is mainly a hatchback oriented market. Given the traffic conditions in the country, a small and compact hatch makes complete sense. Since a hatch occupies less space on the road, it is easier to drive in traffic and easier to park as well. Here are 13 new hatchbacks to look out for.
2017 Maruti Swift
The Swift has been in the Indian market for just over a decade now. There has been one major facelift given to the car in this decade. Now the time has come for an all new Swift to come. The vehicle is slated to reach our shores sometime later next year. Now that they have the Baleno as the premium hatch, the Swift will dawn a sportier avatar in their product line up.
The Swift was always more focused towards the enthusiastic driver. This one is headed in the same path. Internationally, the vehicle will get a 1.0 liter and 1.4 liter Boosterjet petrol engine. The Indian version will get the 1.2 liter K series engine as well as the famous 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine. The car will be made in Maruti’s new Gujrat facility and will be exported from there as well.
The Ignis will replace the Ritz in Maruti’s Indian portfolio. The vehicle is slated for launch later this year, according to a report by Financial Express. The car will take on the KUV100 due to its 180 mm ground clearance and will be sold through their premium Nexa outlet.
The Ignis will come with the 1.2 liter petrol engine making 83 Bhp and the 1.3 liter diesel unit. A 5 speed manual as well as an AMT is expected on the Ignis.
Maruti Baleno RS
Along with the Ignis, the hot hatch version of the Baleno will also be launched this year. In the looks department, the car will get a new body kit which will give it a sportier look.
Under the hood, the car will get a new 1.0 liter turbocharged engine making 110 Bhp and 170 Nm. Maruti wants to make it the fastest hot hatch and is betting on the fact that the Baleno doesn’t weigh much. Another important addition will be disc brakes at the back as opposed to drum brakes on the normal Baleno.
Volkswagen Polo GTi
The hot hatch that all the enthusiasts in the country are waiting for, the GTi will launch later in the year as per VW. The GTi that will be sold in India will be the 3-door version and the vehicle is expected around the 20 lakh mark since it will be a CBU.
The GTi is powered by the same 1.8 liter TSi unit on the Octavia, however it has been retuned and now makes a larger 189 Bhp and 250 Nm. Since we will only be getting the 7 speed DSG, the torque is limited to 250 Nm. The car does 0-100 in 6.7 seconds. For those who want more, a simple remap will boost power to above 210 Bhp. Certainly good times coming our way.
Tata Tiago Plus & Tiago AMT
The Tiago has been very successful for Tata Motors. Tata was always looking at entering the hot hatch segment, earlier with the Vista and then with the Bolt. Ever since news has come that the Bolt is going to be discontinued, the focus for the sporty hatch has come on the Tiago.
A sportier version of the Tiago is expected to come later in the year. It will get a turbocharged unit of the 1.2 liter engine that is currently on offer in the Tiago. It is a 3 cylinder unit. The engine is expected to make around 118 Bhp of power and this engine is expected to do duty on the upcoming Nexon SUV as well.
Tata is also working on an AMT version of the Tiago which should come out soon. The vehicle has already been caught testing and will take on the Celerio AMT.
In what comes as shocking news, Skoda India has revealed the plans of launching the all new Fabia hatchback in the Indian market. In an interview to Autocar professional, MD, Sudhir Rao said that the new Fabia will be heading our way as a volumes seller. Currently, the Rapid is the smallest car in Skoda India’s portfolio.
Little details are known on what engine options of the Fabia will make it here. It could either be the same engines that are on the Polo or Skoda could also look at bringing in engines from their international portfolio. The new vehicle looks very sharp and follows Skoda’s new aggressive design theme.
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