India has become one of the largest car markets in the world and is still growing at an exponential pace. The stiff competition to get the customers’ attention is pushing carmakers to be innovative and launch game-changing cars. Here are ten such cars that are game changers in the Indian automotive world.
The Renault Kwid became a runaway success for the brand soon after its launch. It was the first small car in India with the SUV-inspired design. The Renault Kwid’s flared wheel-arches and bulky design inspired many vehicles to follow the same path. Even though the Kwid’s popularity has gone down due to extreme competition, the vehicle changed the way many Indians look at the small cars in India.
The Tata Tiago has become the best-selling car for the Indian brand. The Tiago is a revolutionary car for many reasons. It gets a sharp design, quality parts and is loaded with features too. The Tata Tiago became the first car in the segment to offer ECO driving mode that increases fuel efficiency. It also gets an app-enabled turn-by-turn navigation system, which is also a first in the segment.
Mahindra KUV 100
The Mahindra KUV 100 looks quite intimidating on the roads, thanks to its SUV-ish looks. Mahindra launched the KUV 100 in the market when the popularity of SUVs was on the rise. The hatchback does looks radical but it is not all about its looks. The KUV 100 is the only car in the segment to offer 6 seats. The front seat is a bench seat that accommodates three people.
The Hyundai i20 was the first premium hatchback in India and opened the segment for all other vehicles. The i20 is in its second-generation now and continues to lead the way with a long list of features. Hyundai is known for offering a number of unique features and it introduced many new features in the market that were adopted by the other car makers.
Even though Ford EcoSport was not the first sub-4-meter SUV in the segment, it surely changed the game. The EcoSport became extremely popular soon after its launch and many other manufacturers used the same strategy. The EcoSport also introduced the turbocharged petrol engine in the segment and was the first car in the affordable segment that offered emergency calling. The older generation of the compact SUV also offered dual-clutch transmission.
After the SX4’s retirement from the market, Maruti tried their luck again with the Ciaz. The mid-size sedan became quite popular and on a few instances dethroned the mighty Honda City from the top position on the sales chart. Maruti recently launched the new Ciaz, and with the update the car now gets the mild-hybrid system with both petrol and diesel engine options. The mild-hybrid system increases the mileage by a great deal making the Ciaz the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment.
Honda Amaze has now entered its second-generation and the sub-4-meter sedan has become the top-selling product of the Japanese brand. The all-new Amaze utilises an all-new platform and looks quite radical too. The best part of the new Amaze is the diesel engine and CVT automatic transmission combination. It is the only affordable car to offer CVT with a diesel engine.
The Toyota Innova has no real competitor in India. It is the best-selling car in the segment and the premium price tag that it carries does not affect sales at all. The Innova is the only comfortable 7-seater in the market and is the first choice of cab-aggregators. Toyota launched the macho looking Crysta in the Indian market and it has now become a top choice of many private car buyers too.
Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra XUV 500 has remained the segment leader since its launch. The XUV 500 is not only popular in India but in many other global markets. The XUV 500 offers a strong intimidating look and a long list of unique features including Mahindra BlueSense, a tyre pressure monitoring system, sunroof, sic airbags and so on. The XUV 500 still rules the segment, many years after its launch.
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
After several failed attempts by manufacturers in the pick-up truck segment, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross found success. The butch-looking pick-up has gained extreme popularity in India, and enthusiasts flock to the pick-up from Isuzu. This is a success story and we expect other manufacturers to follow the same route.