Snapshot – The 2014 Guangzhou Motor Show is underway in China and a plethora of cars have been showcased. Out of the many car models that made the show floors at Guangzhou, half a dozen cars are India bound. CarToq picks out the six cars that were displayed at Guangzhou, which will eventually arrive into the Indian car market.
Honda Jazz Hatchback
Delayed, but not denied. That is the story of the 2015 Jazz B+ segment hatchback, which is India bound. Shown at the 2014 Guangzhou Motor Show, the Jazz hatchback will arrive into India before the middle of next year, missing its earlier target of an early 2015 launch here. The Jazz sold in India will get both petrol and turbo diesel engines. Only one generation (2nd) of the Jazz was sold in India, before the hatchback was pulled off in 2012 owing to poor sales. The third generation Jazz will feature a high amount of localization so that Honda can keep its price competitive.
Hyundai iX25 Compact SUV
The Hyundai iX25 Compact SUV, which has already been launched in China, will arrive into India next year. Here, the iX25 will be the South Korean automaker’s maiden compact SUV offering, seeking to take on the might of the Renault Duster. Measuring over 4 meters in length, the iX25 is likely to be positioned as a premium offering in the compact SUV segment, with plenty of features and creature comforts to boot, especially since Hyundai will not be able to claim excise benefits and position the SUV as a price warrior. The iX25 sold in India will get petrol and turbo diesel engines.
Toyota Camry Sedan Facelift
Toyota D-Segment offering, the Camry sedan, received a mid life makeover earlier this year. The facelifted version of the car is India bound, with a launch slated for 2015. In facelifted guise, the Camry gets more aggressive front end styling whereas the profile remains more or less unchanged. The rear end styling gets a mild refresh, and so do the interiors. The Camry Facelift will use the same crop of 2.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol engines, for the regular and hybrid variants. The car will retain its CKD kit import status for the Indian market.
Ford Endeavour SUV
A hotly anticipated vehicle in the 7 seat-luxury SUV class, the 2015 Endeavour will be launched here next year. The new Endeavour makes a major stylistic departure when compared with the older model. Style apart, the interiors get a completely once over while features have been added. The bouncy leaf spring layout of the older version makes way for a coil over set up. The Land Roveresque terrain sensing feature is new on the 2015 Endeavour, which retains its ladder frame and Ranger pick up truck underpinnings. New 2.2 liter and 3.2 liter turbo diesel motors make it to the SUV’s engine bay.
Jaguar XE Luxury Sedan
The Jaguar XE is the British luxury car maker’s answer to the A4s and 3-Series sedans of this world. The car will make the cut into India in 2016 and CKD assembly is a possible route. The Jaguar XE luxury sedan will also spawn a high performance variant with the S moniker. The regular variants will use 4 cylinder turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines from the newly developed Ingenium engine family. The XE sedan will sit on the aluminium heavy iQ[AL] platform and will be Jaguar’s least priced car in markets around the world.
Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV
The Discovery Sport will be Land Rover’s Freelander2 SUV replacement. The Freelander2 is one of Land Rover’s best selling SUVs in India, and the world. The Freelander2’s replacement is not just larger in terms of dimensions, but is also capable of accommodating more passengers – 7 as opposed to the outgoing model’s 5. The Discovery Sport will be powered by the Freelander2’s current line up of turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, which are curiously not from the Ingenium range. The SUV is expected to be priced slightly higher than the outgoing Freelander2, with CKD assembly on the cards.