India’s love affair with small cars has been getting stronger every time. The nation’s car buying crowd usually prefer their vehicles to be small in size but big on features and preferably an SUV. With India’s demand for small cars not showing any signs of slowing down, we take a look at the upcoming sub-4-metre compact cars coming to India in the next six months.
South Korean carmaker Hyundai will revive the iconic Santro name on the 23rd of October 2018 for its brand new tall boy hatchback. The new Santro is based on the previous i10’s platform and will use an updated version of Hyundai’s 1.1-litre petrol engine. The Santro will be the first Hyundai to sport an AMT gearbox when it arrives later this month.
With Hyundai set to launch the all-new Santro in India, Maruti is readying its counter to the tall-boy hatchback. Reports suggest that the new WagonR will arrive in India in early 2019 to counter the Santro. The Indian version of the new WagonR is expected to feature toned down design compared to the Japanese car. The new car will not be based on Maruti Suzuki’s new heartect platform to keep costs down and will retain the current car’s 1.0-litre petrol engine. Maruti is also working on an all-electric WagonR but that will not arrive till 2020.
The QXi is based on the Carlino concept from the 2016 Auto Expo and will be Hyundai’s answer to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The new QXi will be launched in India in March 2019 and is expected to arrive with Hyundai’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine along with the i20’s 1.4-litre diesel unit. The QXi which could bear the name Styx when it is launched will be the second Hyundai car after the Santro to feature an AMT gearbox.
Mahindra KUV100 Diesel AMT
Mahindra launched the facelifted KUV100 NXT in October last year and the company had stated then that it was working on an AMT version of the micro SUV. Now reports suggest that the diesel variant of the KUV100 will be getting the AMT gearbox before the end of the fiscal year (March 2019). The diesel KUV100 is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 77bhp and 190 Nm of torque.
Tata Tiago & Tigor JTP
At Auto Expo 2018, Tata Motors revealed the JTP versions of the Tiago hatchback & Tigor compact sedan. The Tata Tiago JTP & Tigor JTP are performance versions of the regular cars and will be launched in India before Diwali this year an could arrive alongside the special edition Tigor on the 10th of this month. both cars featured lowered ride heights and springs thanks to reworked suspension setups. Both cars will borrow the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine from the Nexon which is rated at 108.5 Bhp and 150 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a reworked version of the 5-speed manual gearbox found on both cars.
Tata Tigor Special Edition
The Tata Tigor was launched last year as the sedan version of the Tiago in 2017. However, unlike the hatchback, the Tigor hasn’t really charged up the sales charts. Now Tata Motors is all set to invigorate the Tigor with an all-new Special Edition that will launch on October 10th. The Tigor Special Edition brings with it revised headlamps and taillights. The interiors of the Tigor Special Edition are also set to be updated and there will be new paint scheme options on offer as well. No mechanical changes are expected.
Datsun Go Cross
Japanese carmaker Datsun is expected to bring the 7-seater (5+2) Go Cross cross hatch in India by early 2019 and while the new cross looks similar to the facelifted Go+ MPV, the Go Cross is a brand new car. The Go Cross will sport the 1.2-litre petrol engine found on the Go and GO+ but the powerplant is expected to be in a higher state of tune. The Go Cross is also expected to feature the AMT gearbox as an option.