Snapshot – In a month from now, a bunch of facelifted cars will arrive into the Indian market. These cars have their tasks cut out. Each one of these automobiles is not doing very well at the hustings, which is what has prompted the mid life makeover. These interventions, the makers of these cars will be hoping, will make their vehicles more appealing, and better sellers.
Tata Nano GenX
On the 19th of this month, the world’s least priced automatic car, the Tata Nano GenX AMT, will make its debut in one of the world’s most value conscious market, India. In its latest iteration, the Nano GenX AMT will play up the value quotient instead of being positioned as a bare bones means of four wheeled transport. An automated manual transmission, better interiors, a usable boot with an openable hatch lid and refreshed exterior styling are the various upgrades that the Nano GenX comes with.
Tata Safari Storme Facelift
The Tata Safari Storme will receive a mild facelift in the next few days. The base variant of the SUV will lose equipment. A slightly tweaked front end with a new grille and bumper job are the major cosmetic changes on the outside. On the inside, a new center console with an integrated stereo system, and steering mounted audio controls are the major changes. Under the hood, the 2.2 liter Varicor turbo diesel engine makes 148 Bhp-320 Nm, which is ten more ponies to play with. The 5 speed manual gearbox, rear and four wheel drive layouts, and the tough ladder frame chassis are retained, while a new, self adjusting clutch is added.
Maruti WagonR StingRay AMT
The WagonR StingRay is literally sting less and the automated manual transmission is Maruti Suzuki’s big hope for this car. The engine will continue to be the tried and tested 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol motor, with the AMT unit coming from Italian autoparts maker Magneti Marelli. Essentially, the StingRay variant of the WagonR will get the same engine-transmission combination that the likes of the Alto K10 and the Celerio feature. A price increase of about 45,000 rupees is expected from the StingRay equipped with an AMT.
The Mahindra XUV500’s mid life makeover will involve a touched up front end, an unchanged profile and a mildly updated rear. On the inside, customer feedback has been taken seriously to iron out the few drawbacks that the pre-facelifted XUV500’s cabin had. The engine and gearbox are likely to remain the 2.2 liter mHawk (140 Bhp-330 Nm) unit and the 6 speed manual transmission. Front wheel and all wheel drive layouts will continue to be offered. Diesel-Electric hybrid and automatic variants are likely to roll out in due course of time.
Mahindra Quanto Facelift
The Mahindra Quanto compact SUV will be facelifted soon. Mahindra’s design department will focus on giving the sub-4 meter, ladder frame equipped offering a new look that differentiates it from the Xylo. The 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped diesel motor will be retained, with a 5 speed manual gearbox. A new addition would be an automated manual transmission sourced from Ricardo. The other major changes on the Quanto will be in the suspension department, to make the ride more pliant.