A bunch of all-new cars are all set to replace existing models, in India. In the process, some new brands are likely to be recreated while existing ones will be strengthened. Here’s all you need to know about five new cars that’ll soon make it to the Indian market.
Hyundai Eon out, Santro in
Hyundai’s successful compact hatchback, the Eon, is at the end of its life cycle. The car to replace it in the market will be none other than the Santro. An iconic name, the Santro, is likely to feature the same 1.1 engine, which previously did duty on the discontinued i10. It will also be Hyundai’s first car in the country to come with an AMT transmission.
As the new car will be bigger and better than Eon in almost all aspects, it is likely to be positioned a bit above the Eon. The car will also score big on safety and features. Cabin space and comfort will be better than Eon or even the discontinued i10. Expect the car to be launched by the end of this year with a price tag between Rs. 3.5 Lakh to Rs. 5.5 Lakh.
Old Maruti Ertiga out, new Ertiga in
The Ertiga was a successful car by Maruti. After its launch, it faced no direct competition in its segment. Now that it has gained quite a few competitors, the company seems ready to take them on with the new Ertiga. It now gets an all new headlamp unit, a new grille and a reworked bumper to complete the look. It looks more composed and mature in its new avatar.
Talking about the cabin, there’s an all-new design theme with a touchscreen infotainment system, taking the centre stage. Improved cabin space and dynamics are to be expected too. The same old 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be entrusted with the powertrain charges. According to reports, the company’s newly developed 1.5-litre diesel engine is likely to replace the old 1.3-litre four-cylinder motor. Expect pricing to start at Rs. 6.5 lakh. The new Ertiga is expected to be launched around October.
Old Honda CR-V out, New 7 seat CR-V in
The popular soft-roader CR-V is all set to come back in its latest iteration. The new CR-V shares its platform with the new Civic. The exteriors are likely to have the same design that the company has been using on other models. A thick chrome bar sits at the centre of the front that changes the whole look of the vehicle. New angular headlamps and a reworked bumper are also worth mentioning. It will sport all LED lights and DRLs to complement its look.
The new CR-V will be sold in India with a 1.6-litre, 120PS diesel engine and 2.0-litre, 154PS petrol. Manual for now is not on the cards, with the AT as the only option. The diesel-powered model will have three rows. AWD will be present in the diesel engine variant while the petrol will have 2WD. The vehicle will be launched on October at a price above Rs. 27 lakh.
Old Maruti WagonR out, all-new WagonR in
One of the most reliable car of its segment, the Wagon-R, is expected to be replaced by a new model around the festive season. While the new Wagon-R will retain its basic tall-boy design, the car will have more cabin space and boot space. Also expect LED lights, a new interior theme and a dashboard design upgrade.
The car is expected to be powered by a 67-hp 1.0-litre petrol engine that will come paired with a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT automatic gearbox option will also be available. Its main rival will be the upcoming Hyundai Santro. With prices starting at Rs. 4.5 lakh, It still will be a great VFM product.
Old Maruti Alto out, all-new Alto in
Maruti’s old workhorse, the Alto, is up for a replacement too. The older gen car is not expected to continue after the BS VI emission norms are enforced. The new model will be based on the Japanese version though many changes will be made before launch.
Maruti is also expected to use the new 660-cc engine that powers the Japanese Alto. The three-pot motor produces a maximum of 51 Bhp and 63 Nm, in the Japanese market. It is likely that the specifications may change to suit the Indian market. The new Alto will be BS VI compliant. Expect it to be launched around February next year.