Snapshot – Along with new car launches, the next four months will see a host of facelifted cars being launched in India. All the facelifted cars bring something new to the table. CarToq has picked out six such facelifted cars, scheduled to hit Indian roads over the next four months, which are quite significant, both for their makers and the car buyers in India.
Ford Fiesta Facelift
Ford didn’t have a good run with the all-new Fiesta sedan, first launched in 2011. Nearly three years since, Ford is attempting a comeback with the facelifted model. The Fiesta Facelift features a bold, new front grille and other styling changes to emerge much fresher than ever before.
Apart from minor feature additions/changes on the inside, the real story around the Fiesta is Ford’s decision to go diesel-only with the facelifted model. The Fiesta Facelift is likely to be priced sharply in its second coming to the Indian market.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift
The competition in the compact sedan segment is growing each passing year. Yet, the Dzire manages to hold on to its position as India’s best selling sedan, and even thrive. The next couple of months will see Maruti Suzuki launch a facelifted Dzire to make the car more appealing to buyers, who now have a slew of interesting and well priced choices in the compact sedan segment.
The facelifted Dzire will get a mild cosmetic makeover and feature additions. In terms of the mechanicals, the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engines will be carried over, along with manual and automatic gearbox options that are offered currently.
Mahindra Scorpio Facelift
The facelifted Mahindra Scorpio SUV is one of the most visible test vehicles on Indian roads. Mahindra is said to be using the facelifted Scorpio as a dress rehearsal for the all-new model, slated to be launched in a couple of years’ time. The facelifted Scorpio will come with revamped design, new interiors, additional features and is also expected to get a suspension revision. The 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine will continue to remain the mainstay of the Scorpio range while the cut price EX model is likely to continue with the 2.5 liter M2DiCR diesel engine.
Volkswagen Polo Facelift
The Polo will get a mild facelift in the next few weeks, in line with that of the international model. The car’s front end will see minor changes and so will the interiors. The car will also gain a new 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engine, a downsized version of the 1.6 liter TDI motor. The new engine is expected to allow the GT TDI model of the Polo become more affordable due to the lower excise duty that the engine change results in. The Polo Diesel is also expected to get a DSG dual clutch gearbox.
Volkswagen Vento Diesel Automatic
The Volkswagen Vento Diesel will see its 1.6 liter TDI motor being replaced by a new, 1.5 liter unit. Accompanying the engine change will be a dual clutch DSG automatic transmission. The Vento DSG will be a unique offering in its segment, as the first dual clutch diesel powered automatic C-Segment car in the country.
The Vento DSG’s engine and gearbox combination is expected to eventually filter down to the Polo hatchback. The Vento will get a bigger revamp, replete with a new front fascia next year. Both the Polo Facelift and the Vento Diesel Automatic are expected to prop up sales for Volkswagen in India.
Renault Duster 4X4
Renault will launch a 4X4 version of the Duster SUV during the festive season in India. The 4X4 system, replete with a low ratio, will unleash the true capability of the Duster in its natural, SUV environs. Although the Duster 4X4 isn’t expected to be a big sales spinner, it will offer off road enthusiasts a comfortable 4X4 SUV that is more fuel efficient than the likes of the Scorpio and Safari Storme 4X4 SUVs. The 4X4 option will be offered on the top end Duster Diesel, which gets a 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine with 108 Bhp-248 Nm power and torque outputs.