There are a few hundred models of cars that are on sale in the Indian market right now. Many of them are mass segment cars while many of them belong to the premium segment. However, there are quite a few vehicles in the mass segment that can become a classic vehicle in the future.
Such vehicles can be identified by their current market following and how individual and enthusiastic they are! Here are five such vehicles that you should keep an eye on if you want to be the owner of a future-classic car.
Fiat Abarth Punto
Abarth is the performance arm of Fiat and they make a few interesting vehicles that are available in the international markets. The Abarth Punto is the most affordable Abarth vehicle that you can buy in India. Why it can be a future classic? Well, it is the most powerful vehicles across all the segments that are priced below Rs. 10 lakhs. The Abarth Punto available in India has been customised for the market and gets a few racy decals on the body. It is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 145 Bhp and a peak torque of 210 Nm. The Abarth Punto can reach 100 km/h from standstill in just 8.8 seconds!
Even though Mahindra Thar seems like an immortal SUV that has been around for a long time now, the new safety standards will soon see drastic changes in the vehicle. Mahindra is working on an all-new Thar that would comply with all the safety standards according to the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assesment Program (BNVSAP). The current version of the Thar is one of the most modified vehicles in the country with many different examples of it around. The Thar’s timeless design and rugged semi-body is something that is unique and is well-cherished by the off-road enthusiasts. It won’t be long before it becomes a classic vehicle.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
The Maruti Suzuki has lived a grand life. It has been around for ages now and many of them still serve in the Indian Army. Even though Gypsy has become made-to-order now due to the low demand by the civilians, Maruti would soon discontinue the product. Again, the new BNVSAP safety norms would make it difficult for the Maruti Gypsy to survive and it has been already discontinued in the international markets. The Gypsy is the most affordable 4X4 vehicle that you can buy and is quite unique because of its petrol engine. It draws power from a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine and is extremely lightweight that ensures that the SUV reaches extreme situations.
The Force Gurkha is one of the most underrated vehicles in India. It takes on the Mahindra Thar in the market but the product never gained any momentum in the market due to lack of promotion and brand-value. Force Gurkha looks quite good and resembles the design of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Well, the Mercedes-Benz connection is also present in the engine of the SUV. The 2.6-litre diesel engine that powers the Gurkha has been derived from the Mercedes-Benz engine.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is loved by the enthusiasts. The timeless design of the Polo combined with the powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and sublime. The engine produces a maximum power of 103 Bhp and 175 Nm of peak torque that powers the front wheels of the vehicle. Volkswagen has already launched the all-new Polo in the international markets and we can expect an Indian-spec version of the same in the coming years, which will make this current generation GT TSI a classic!
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