Snapshot – With a constant churn in the Indian car market due to the launch of new car models, discounts on cars that will soon be replaced are ongoing phenomena. On the other hand, hotly anticipated new car launches see incumbent market leaders go on a discounting drive to ensure that their leadership positions are maintained. On the whole, car discounts are here to stay and there’s always a nice, chunky discount to be had if you shop around. CarToq profiles this week’s five large discounts on cars sold in the sub-10 lakh rupee segment.
Fiat Grande Punto Active Diesel available at 4.79 lakh rupees
Fiat will launch the facelifted Grande Punto Evo in the next few days. The older version of the Punto is therefore, available at a large discount of over 1 lakh rupees. The Punto Active Diesel’s latest ex-showroom price in Pune is 4.79 lakh rupees and Fiat is also offering a free insurance scheme with the car. The on-road price of the Punto Active Diesel comes up to about 5.5 lakh rupees, which makes the car a fantastic, value buy. The Punto Diesel is powered by a 1.3 liter Multijet engine that outputs 75 Bhp-197 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox is standard. The Punto is known for its vault like build, sublime ride and sure footed handling. If you want a big-car feel for a small car price, the Punto Diesel at the discounted price makes a lot of sense.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV sees 85,100 rupee discounts
The Honda Mobilio MPV is here and market leader, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, seems to be intent on protecting its turf. Both petrol and diesel powered variants of the Ertiga are available at big discounts of 85,100 rupees each. This discount includes a 35,000 rupee cash offer, a 50,000 rupee exchange bonus and a 5,100 rupee corporate offer. At the discounted price, the Ertiga makes a lot more sense than the Honda Mobilio MPV and Maruti Suzuki seems keen on ensuring that the Mobilio has a very tough time at the hustings. The Ertiga Petrol uses a 1.4 liter K-Series engine (94 Bhp-130 Nm) and the diesel model uses a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet engine (90 Bhp-200 Nm). Both engines use 5 speed manual transmissions.
Chevrolet Sail Sedan selling at a 80,000 rupee discount
The Chevrolet Sail sedan is spacious, frugal and no-nonsense offering. However, the car has failed to enthuse buyers in the Indian market. The result is a 80,000 rupee discount on both the petrol and diesel versions of the Sail sedan, making a car a sensible buy if you want a sedan that is larger than the compact sedans such as the Maruti Dzire and the Honda Amaze. The Sail Petrol Sedan uses a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder engine that outputs 85 Bhp-113 Nm while the Sail Diesel features the 1.3 liter-4 cylinder diesel engine (Multijet) that outputs 78 Bhp-205 Nm. Both engines use 5 speed manual transmissions to drive front wheels.
Renault offering 90,000 rupees off on the Pulse & Scala
Badge engineering clearly doesn’t work in India and in a reflection of this trend, both the Renault Pulse (Rebadged Nissan Micra) hatchback and the Scala (Rebadged Nissan Sunny) sedan have come a cropper in the market. Renault India is offering 90,000 rupee discounts on both petrol and diesel versions of the Pulse and the Sunny. The Pulse hatchback uses 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol (67 Bhp-104 Nm) and 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K9K turbo diesel (65 Bhp-160 Nm) engines while the Scala sedan is offered with 1.5 liter-4 cylinder HR15DE petrol (99 Bhp-134 Nm) and 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K9K (85 Bhp-200 Nm) turbo diesel engines. The Pulse gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the Scala adds a CVT automatic gearbox to its petrol variant, in addition to a 5 speed manual transmission.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 gets a 90,000 rupee discount
The Maruti Suzuki SX4 is on its way out and will soon be replaced by the Ciaz. With the Ciaz due for a launch in a couple of months from now, Maruti Suzuki has cranked up the discounts on the SX4 to get this C-Segment off shelves. The car is available with petrol, CNG and turbo diesel engines, and the discount figure has now hit the 90,000 rupee mark. The petrol engine of the SX4 is a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder unit that pumps out 104 Bhp-145 Nm while the diesel engine is a Fiat Multijet unit with a 90 Bhp-200 Nm rating. The petrol powered SX4 gets a 5 speed manual gearbox with a 4 speed automatic transmission as an option while the diesel powered model is available with a solitary 5 speed manual gearbox. In CNG mode, the petrol engine outputs 87 Bhp-122 Nm.
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