In the next 8 weeks, India’s mass market will get a host of interesting new options. From budget hatchbacks to compact SUVs, there are quite a few vehicles lined up. Here’s a quick summary on what’s coming in.
Mahindra will launch the Nuvosport on the 4th of April, 2016. The compact SUV is a refreshed version of the Quanto, replete with a new front grille, new headlamps, a new bumper and a revised rear end. The vehicle continues to use the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped diesel motor with 98.6 Bhp-240 Nm on tap. A 5 speed manual and an AMT make for gearbox options. The Nuvosport sits on a new chassis borrowed from the facelifted Scorpio, and even gets cruise control. It’s likely to be priced lower than the TUV300.
The Tata Tiago will finally hit the Indian car market on the 6th of April, as the replacement to the Indica, the car that put Tata Motors on the map as far as passenger vehicles are concerned. The Tiago will be built at Sanand, and will be sold with 1.2 liter petrol and 1.05 liter turbo diesel engine options. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard on both the engines while an automated manual transmission option will be offered as an option in due course of time. The Tiago will be priced below the Bolt, and will be pricier than the Nano AMT.
Datsun will premiere the RediGo on the 14th of April, and the car is all set to hit the Indian market as Nissan’s lowest priced model. Based on the CMF-A platform, the RediGo shares plenty of parts with the Renault Kwid. It’ll roll out from the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam. The car’s expected to share the 800cc petrol engine with the Kwid although reports state that the 1.2 liter HR12 motor from the Go and Go+ could also make it to the little hatchback. The RediGo, like the Kwid, will have plenty of ground clearance, and a muscular stance.
Toyota Innova Crysta
Toyota’s stopped producing the Innova in India, paving way for its replacement – the Innova Crysta. The Crysta is a substantial upgrade over the outgoing model, and is also an all-new model. Apart from adding space and being larger, the new MPV will also get more powerful turbo diesel engines, a petrol engine option, an automatic transmission, and better safety. The MPV is expected to be about 10 % pricier than the outgoing version. 7 and 8 seat layouts are also likely to be standard fare given that the Crysta will also cater to the taxi market. A May launch is on the cards.
Honda recently stopped producing the slow-selling Mobilio MPV, perhaps to make way for the BR-V compact SUV. The BR-V will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster, but will offer 7 seats instead of the regulation 5. The compact SUV shares its platform with the Mobilio, which in turn uses the Brio’s underpinnings. The 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol (118 Bhp-145 Nm) and i-DTEC turbo diesel (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm) motors will power the SUV, while 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions should be offered on the petrol and diesel engines respectively. A CVT automatic option will be a nice addition to the petrol motor. Expect BR-V prices to start from 8.5 lakh rupees. A May launch is likely.