2018 is finally coming to an end and the year has been one full of launches and unveilings as car manufacturers pushed forward to try and gain a bigger share of the market. Now, the New Year is nearly here and in this post, we’ll take a look at 6 of the biggest car launches you can look forward to in early 2019.
The Tata Harrier is perhaps the most hyped SUV that is set to arrive in 2019. The all-new Harrier was first showcased as the H5X concept at Auto Expo 2018 and will be launched in January 2019. The Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine sourced from Fiat that produces 138 Bhp at 3750 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1750-2500 rpm. At launch, the Harrier will be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Harrier will also come packed with a host of features include a terrain response system with multiple driving modes alongside the regular 3 driving modes.
The Mahindra S201 will be the second all-new SUV from the carmaker that it is based on one produced by its subsidiary Ssangyong after the Alturas G4. The Mahindra S201 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli but unlike the South Korean SUV it will measure in at under the 4-metre mark in terms of length. The S201 will be powered by the same 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine that produces 121 Bhp.
Nissan stopped production of the Terrano SUV in India earlier this year. However, Nissan has not given up on the compact SUV segment currently dominated by the Creta. The India-spec Nissan Kicks is larger in size compared to its international siblings as it is based on a different platform which allows for more space, especially on the inside. The Kicks is expected to arrive in India with the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines found on the Renault Duster. The Kicks will launch in January 2019.
The Civic was one of the most popular sedans among enthusiasts when it first came to India with its brilliant engine, cool design and a futuristic interior. The Civic will be the third and final car from Honda to be launched in India of the three vehicles shown at Auto Expo 2018 after the Amaze and CR-V. The Civic is expected to arrive in India in February 2019 and will be offered with a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel.
Maruti Wagon R
Maruti Suzuki is on a roll with the launch of the facelifted Ciaz and the all-new Ertiga. In early 2019, Maruti will launch the new-gen Wagon R in India and while it will retain the 1.0-litre petrol engine the carmaker is expected to bring an all-electric version in 2020. The Wagon R which is already on sale in Japan but the Indian version is expected to feature a slightly toned down design compared to the one sold in Suzuki’s home market.
Hyundai introduced the Carlino concept at Auto Expo 2016. The production-spec version of the Carlino, which could bear the name Hyundai Styx is expected to arrive by around April 2018. The Hyundai Styx will compete with the likes of the Maruti Brezza and the Ford EcoSport when it arrives. The Styx will be powered by Hyundai India’s first-ever turbo-petrol engine along with the i20’s 1.4-litre diesel motor.