The Auto Expo is less than a week away and if you’re a budget buyer, this biennial auto show will hold a lot of importance for you. In fact, no less than a dozen budget cars will be unveiled at the Auto Expo, and we’re bringing you all the details about these cars and SUVs. So, don’t make that booking yet. First read this.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Images of the Vitara Brezza have just leaked onto the interweb and so have the vehicle’s variant details. The only mysteries surrounding the vehicle are now the pricing, engine details and the date of launch. The Brezza will be unveiled at the Auto Expo. Here’s all you need to know.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
The Baleno could become the fastest “affordable” hatchback in the country, if rumours on the interweb are to be believed. The car is likely to get the 1 liter-3 cylinder BoosterJet turbo petrol engine, good for 120 Bhp-170 Nm. This motor, allied to the Baleno’s sub-900 kilogram weight, should make it faster than the Punto Abarth. Here’s more.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
The Ignis is all set to be Maruti’s lowest priced compact “SUV”. In fact, the hatchback sized Micro SUV will take on the Mahindra KUV100. The vehicle will be shown at the Auto Expo, followed by an official launch by the end of this year. Engine details are awaited.
Volkswagen is serious about growing volumes in the Indian market and has built a car specifically for India in the form of the Ameo. The car is a compact sedan version of the Polo, and is likely to share the latter’s engines and gearboxes. The Ameo could be the best built, and fastest compact sedan in the country. Here’s why.
Renault Duster Facelift
The Duster is facing significant headwinds with rising competition in the compact SUV space. The vehicle’s lost sales, and the facelift is meant to be regain some of the lost ground. A visual makeover, addition features and a new 6 speed AMT option are the likely changes on the facelifted model, which will be launched at the Auto Expo.
India’s least priced compact sedan, the Tata Indigo eCS, will soon be replaced by the Sway. The Sway is the compact sedan version of the Zica, with whom it’ll share mechanicals. The car will be priced below the Zest, and is likely to be an attractive option for those who want a sedan on a tight budget.
The Nexon is a sub-4 meter crossover meant to lock horns with vehicles such as the Ecosport and the Vitara Brezza. Tata is even packing in an AMT option in this vehicle, to make sure that it has all the goods to make it big in the market. The Nexon will be sold with petrol and diesel engines.
The RediGo is a frugal hatchback that looks butch. A lower priced version of the Kwid with the Datsun badge, the RediGo is expected to be launched at the Auto Expo. Apart from the CMF-A platform, the car will also share most of the mechanicals with the Kwid. It could be the lowest priced Datsun in India, with a price tag under 2.5 lakhs.
The Go-Cross on the other hand, promises to be the most expensive Datsun in the country. A compact SUV that could be a cheaper option for those who find the likes of the Ecosport and Vitara Brezza too pricey, the Go-Cross is expected o pay the value card. A launch by the end of this year is likely.
Toyota Innova Crysta
The Crysta moniker has been appended to the 2016 Toyota Innova meant for India. What this means is, the new model could co-exist with the older one. More premium than the current Innova, the Crysta also benefits from a downsized yet powerful and frugal turbo diesel engine, more features and safety options. The price will be higher too.
Honda will seek to carve out a pie of the compact SUV market with the BR-V, a vehicle that comes with 5 and 7 seat options internationally. If Honda goes with a 7 seat layout and prices the BR-V in the vicinity of the Dusters and Cretas of this world, the value proposition will be quite strong indeed.
Fiat Punto Pure
Fiat’s bringing back the discontinued Punto in the form of a Punto Pure, a decontented version. The car will sit below the Punto Evo, and is expected to be aimed at value conscious buyers. A strategy similar to that of the Linea Classic is likely for the Punto Pure.