Keeping with the changing times, automakers in India are launching new features and options on cars, which set the trend for future vehicles. Here are ten recent cars and SUVs that have significantly changed the game.
First hatchback to get stylish looks in the cheapest car segment
Renault in India tasted grand success with the launch of Kwid hatchback. The car gets a butch design inspired by the Duster. It gets a high ground clearance, flared wheel arches and muscular body lines, setting it apart from the other vehicles in the segment.
The Kwid also started the trend of bringing features from higher segments to the affordable car segment. The car is the first and only vehicle to feature touchscreen navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity. The Kwid has certainly set the trend of bringing premium features to cheaper cars and exploiting the strong looks in a car.
Toyota Innova Crysta
Cheapest car to offer 7 airbags
Toyota Innova Crysta is the segment leader since the launch of its predecessor, Innova in India. The multi-utility vehicle is also the cheapest car in India to offer 7 airbags. The top of the line, ZX variant of the vehicle comes with dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags and additional drive side knee airbag. It sure is game changing given the importance of increasing safety in family cars.
Maruti Celerio AMT
Kickstarted the AMT segment
Maruti Celerio became quite famous in the Indian market. One of the best selling points of the Celerio AMT is its gearbox, which makes it one of the cheapest automatic vehicles in India. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) has the basic skeleton of a manual gearbox but with additional equipment that helps to keep the cost at minimal. While the arrival of Celerio AMT kickstarted a revolution which was followed by many manufacturers later. The Celerio AMT provided customers with low-cost automatic solutions bringing ease of driving experience to them.
Maruti Ciaz SHVS
First affordable hybrid car of India
When the national capital of India was reeling under the pressure of odd-even rule, Maruti played a very smart move and launched the Ciaz SHVS. The car received tax benefits under the FAME scheme and became cheaper than the non-hybrid version of the Ciaz.
Even though it is not a full hybrid system, the Ciaz hybrid boasted of extra mileage and a lower price. The Ciaz uses a mild hybrid system that uses regenerative braking to store energy in the new bigger batteries of the car. The energy is then used while the vehicle is accelerating. The system assists the vehicle’s engine, lowering the fuel consumption.
Mahindra Scorpio Hybrid
First affordable hybrid SUV of India
Mahindra launched the Scorpio mild hybrid making it India’s first affordable SUV with hybrid technology. The Scorpio hybrid retains the existing 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine but adds the hybrid system to the vehicle. Because of the hybrid system, the car gets FAME benefits, reducing the price of the vehicle.