Premium small cars to be launched at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo!

The 2012 Delhi Auto Expo will see some interesting premium small car launches. Here’s a list of the premium small cars that will be showcased and launched at the Expo.

The premium hatchbacks you can look forward to seeing at this years Auto Expo are the Renault Pulse, Fiat Grande Punto Evo, Chevrolet Sail  and the  Hyundai Fluidic i20. Let’s take a quick look at all of these cars.

Fiat Punto Evo

Expected launch: January 3

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Looks: The Punto Evo will boast of a horizontal chrome strip on the front end and a Fiat logo at the middle as seen on the Fiat 500. . The rear end of the Punto Evo too has been changed and now gets detailing in tail light cluster and the rear bumper which has been reworked giving a better character to the Evo.

Performance: Fiat will use the same 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines offered on the present models of the Punto. Hence, there will be no change in performance of the Punto Evo with that of the present model.

Mileage: the Fiat Punto Evo will likely have same fuel economy as the current model. The ARAI-certified mileage of Punto ranges between 14 – 15 kmpl for the petrol variants and 19 – 20 kmpl for the diesel variants.

Variants and prices: The Punto Evo may be priced at a slight premium as against the present model. At present, the Punto petrol has a price range of Rs. 4.30 lakh – Rs. 6.00 lakh and the Punto diesel has a price range of Rs. 5.16 lakh – Rs. 6.83 lakh.

Chevrolet Sail

Expected launch: January 5

Looks: The India bound Sail small car looks similar to the Sail hatchback sold by GM in China. The bow tie grille, which is now familiar and common among other Chevrolet cars such as Beat and Cruze, now decorates the Sail small car as well. The side profile of the Sail shows large ORVMs but retains the old door handle design of the present model. The rear of the car has tall mounted tail lamps, bland boot door and rear bumper reflectors.

Performance: The Sail is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol motor that powers the Chevrolet Beat. This 4-pot engine develops 79.5 bhp and 108 Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The diesel version of the Sail may get the 1.3-litre Multijet engine from Fiat alike the Maruti Swift and the Tata Vista. The Sail diesel will likely be the volume driver for Chevrolet in its segment.

Mileage: Expect the mileage of Sail petrol in the range of 14 – 17 kmpl while that of the diesel in the range of 18 – 22 kmpl.

Variants and prices: The key proposition for the Chevrolet Sail will be its pricing and the features offered. The Sail will likely have higher local components to help GM price it competitively. We expect the price to be in the range of Rs. 4 lakh – 6 lakh.

Hyundai fluidic i20

Expected launch: January 5

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Looks: The upcoming i20 will have fluidic design elements as found in Hyundai’s fluidic Verna. There are no interior photos of the fluidic i20 available now and hence, we have to wait to see if Hyundai will refurbish the interiors completely or not.

Performance: The face-lifted i20 will likely come with the same engines that the present models are equipped with. The present model sports a 1.2 litre petrol engine (80 bhp & 112 Nm), a 1.4 litre petrol (100 bhp) and the 1.4 litre CRDi diesel engine (89 bhp and 220 Nm).

Mileage: The fluidic i20 will offer a mileage close to the present model’s fuel economy figures. Currently, the petrol versions of the i20 have ARAI-certified mileage of 18.15 kmpl and 15.05 kmpl while the diesel version has a mileage of 21.93 kmpl.

Variants and price details: The 2012 i20 will likely be offered in four variants: Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. Expect the new i20 to be priced at a small premium compared to the present model which ranges between Rs. 4.56 lakh – 7.68 lakh.

Renault Pulse

Expected launch: January 6

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Looks: The Renault Pulse is nothing but a “badge-engineered” Nissan Micra, with a few small cosmetic changes. The Pulse has been given aggressive looking head lamps, a large sporty hexagonal radiator grille, reworked bumper, with a sporty air dam and integrated fog lamps.

Performance: The Pulse is powered by Nissan’s tried-and-tested K9K, 1.5-litre diesel engine that puts out 63 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. it has been mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Mileage: The mileage is a claimed 23 kmpl for the Pulse and since it is no different from the Micra mechanically, real-world figures of 20 kmpl can be expected. Read more about the Renault Pulse here.

Variants and price details: The Pulse will be offered in two variants, a base variant and a sports variant scheduled for a later launch. It will be only be available with a diesel engine at tentative prices ranging from Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh.