India is all set to get no less than eight high-performance cars, and six of these cars will be in the super affordable category. From Tata Motors to Ford, and Jeep to Skoda, there is a lot of exciting stuff to look forward to. Jump right in for details.
Tata Tiago JTP
Tata showcased the Tiago JTP at the 2018 Auto Expo. JayemAutomotives and Tata have collaborated to make this hot hatch happen. Hence, the suffix JTP. The Tiago JTP will be the most affordable hot hatchback in India upon its launch. It will carry a sticker price of around Rs. 6 lakhs, which is quite a bargain when you look at the competition.
Cosmetic upgrades include an air intake on the bonnet, refreshed black grille, redesigned bumpers, and a JTP logo on the grille. It will be powered by the same 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Nexon. However, the engine will be re-tuned to churn out a maximum of 108 Bhp and 150 Nm. Like a true blue hot hatch the Tiago JTP will sport a manual transmission only. It will be launched next month during the festive season.
Ford Figo S
The Ford Figo facelift is just round the corner and Ford has already made plans to rekindle the enthusiast in us. The company will bring in a S version of the car too which, as the name suggests, will be a sportier version of the regular car. There will be a new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine that has made its debut on the Freestyle. This engine churns out 95 Bhp of power and 115 Nm of Torque. The diesel engine will remain unchanged from the last model.
The rest of the design will be in lieu with the upcoming facelifted model, which includes a new front bumper and a sleeker front grille. The Figo S will also have a different set of alloys, a black roof and an all-black interior to make it stand out from rest of the pack.
Tata Tigor JTP
The Tigor JTP was also showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo alongside its twin hatch. It will be the first performance-oriented sedan from the brand. Just like its smaller sibling, the Tigor JTP will take the crown of being the most affordable performance-oriented sedan of the country.
Design changes will include changes to the front and rear bumper. Some panels may be blacked out to give a hint of sportiness. The engine option will be the same as that of its twin Tiago JTP meaning the 1.2-litre turbocharged three-pot petrol oil burner will be on duty here also. It will be launched next month during the festive season.
Ford Aspire S
The Aspire S will also be based on the updated Figo that we’ve talked about in the above section. It will come with a new grille and a handful of minor updates to look fresher. It will feature the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine variants as on the Figo S. Visual updates and a sportier suspension are among the things that set apart the S trim from the rest of the pack.
The Aspire S will offer all the visual updates that will debut in the facelift. Additionally, you can expect it to get a set of more stylish alloy wheels, a black interior and S decals. Handling and suspension are set to get improved along with the whole package which will translate into enhanced driveability.
Tata Nexon JTP
In line with its sedan and hatchback updates, Tata has planned a third JTP vehicle for the Indian market. The Nexon JTP is expected to come in 2020 but the thought of having a sportier version of this already excellent vehicle grabbed our attention. Since the launch is far away now, the JTP version could be based on an updated Nexon too.
The current Tata Nexon petrol is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine that outputs 108 Bhp and 170 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or an AMT unit. The JTP version will have shorter gear ratios and much more power and torque out put to make driving a fun experience.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
News of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. The latest reports indicate that it will be launched in the early 2019. It was intended to be launched by mid-2018, but the upcoming BSVI norms could have a hand in this delay.
In India, the Compass Trailhawk will get the same 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine that churns out a maximum of 173 Bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. It gets a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and will be offered in a single variant. The price tag is expected to be around Rs. 25 lakhs.
Skoda Kodiaq RS
The Kodiaq will be the first SUV by Skoda that will don the RS badge on its grille. The car will get a 2.0-litre TDI twin turbo engine which produces 236 Bhp of power and an earth-moving 500 Nm of torque. This is the most powerful diesel engine made by the company ever.The Skoda Kodiaq that is sold in India too gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine which makes 148 Bhp and 340 Nm while being paired to a 7-speed DSG. But the twin turbo and the vRS magic sauce have turned the tables on this one.
When launched, it will be the quickest 7-seater SUV in its category. The pricing of this new model will be quite high as compared to the current one sold in India, which is priced at Rs. 34.84 lakh.
Skoda Superb Sportline
Skoda has already listed the sportline version of its executive saloon, the Superb, on its official website. The car will get black treatment on both the exterior and the interior and will look much more sporty than the current models. The mechanicals, however, will remain the same and the 1.8-litre petrol motor along with the 2.0-litre diesel engine will be on offer.
On the outside, the car gets a blacked-out grille, headlamps, side mirrors, side skirts and boot lid spoiler. They will all get a glossy black finish and the car will also have 19-inch glossy black wheels on offer. The same story will continue on the insides with all black interiors. The black leather seats will get sporty red stitching to boot. Expect the pricing to be at a slight premium over the standard Superb, which is priced from Rs. 23.49 lakh to Rs. 32.99 lakh.
All prices listed are ex-showroom Delhi.