Snapshot – Half of 2015 has whizzed past us, leaving in its wake a flurry of car launches. More is to come in the second half of the year, especially in the budget car segments, where no less than 10 new cars are primed to enter the Indian car market. This compilation will give you an overview on what to expect from the upcoming all-new cars, and the prices at which they’re likely to be pegged.
Honda Jazz Premium Hatchback
The all-new, 3rd generation Honda Jazz will be launched in India on the 8th of July, 2015. The premium hatchback will be sold with 1.2 liter petrol and 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine options. The petrol motor will also get a CVT automatic option. The Jazz will gun for the Hyundai i20 Elite and is likely to be priced between 5-8 lakh rupees.
Hyundai iX25 Compact SUV
The Hyundai iX25 compact SUV has all the trappings of being the nemesis of the Ford Ecosport and the Renault Duster. In pricing terms, the iX25 will be priced close to the Duster than the Ecosport as it measures over 4 meters in length. The iX25 will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines. Hyundai is also said to be preparing petrol-automatic and diesel-automatic options on this SUV. Prices are likely to range between 8 and 12 lakh rupees.
Ford Figo Aspire Compact Sedan
The Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan will measure under 4 meters in length and will replace the Classic full-sized sedan. The car is currently on a whirlwind India tour, through which it is being showcased to prospective buyers. The Figo Aspire will be offered with 1.2 liter Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine options. A twin clutch automatic gearbox is expected to be on offer with a larger 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol engine. 5-8 lakh rupees is the price band that the Figo Aspire is likely to operate in.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Crossover
The S-Cross crossover will be Maruti Suzuki’s maiden entry into the compact SUV market of India. The S-Cross has all the trappings of being a Duster competitor. Petrol and turbo diesel engines in 1.6 liter capacities will power this crossover, which could be sold in front wheel guise in India. In international markets, the S-Cross gets an all wheel drive layout. Expect this 5 seat crossover to be priced between 8-12 lakh rupees.
Maruti Suzuki YRA Premium Hatchback
The YRA hatchback was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show as the iK-2 concept. This premium car will soon be launched in India, as Maruti Suzuki’s costliest hatchback. The car will take aim at the likes of the Hyundai i20 Elite and the Honda Jazz. Pricing between 5-8 lakh rupees is likely. The YRA will pack in turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, a combination that is a first on a Maruti Suzuki car.
Mahindra S101 Micro SUV
Mahindra will seek to pull buyers from budget hatchbacks by offering a 6 seat micro SUV at a very attractive price point. The S101 codenamed micro SUV is the vehicle that is targeted to do just this. The S101 will be offered with 3 cylinder petrol and turbo diesel engines displacing 1.2 liters each. Manual and automated manual transmissions will be offered on this monocoque, front wheel driven utility vehicle. Expect prices to be slotted between the 5-7 lakh rupee marks.
Mahindra U301 Bolero Compact SUV
The U301 Bolero is the best selling MUV’s move into compact SUV territory. A sub-4 meter length and a 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped engine will lead the U301 Bolero’s latest move even as the rugged ladder frame chassis and the rear wheel drive layout will be retained. Like the S101, the U301 Bolero will benefit from manual and automated manual transmissions. The 6-8 lakh rupees segment is where the U301 Bolero could be slotted in.
Renault Kwid Budget Hatchback
The Kwid has been unveiled but the production version of the car will be launched in India only by the end of this year. The least priced Renault in the world, the Kwid’s prices will range between 3 and 4 lakh rupees, making the car a competitor to the Maruti Altos and Hyundai Eons of this world. An 800cc, triple cylinder petrol engine with 57 Bhp on tap is likely to power the Kwid, which could also gain an AMT in due course of time.
Ford Figo Hatchback
The 2015 Figo hatchback, with a completely new top-hat design will replace the first generation model. A launch by the end of this year is envisaged. Like its compact sedan sibling, 1.2 liter and 1.5 liter petrol motors, and a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine, could be offered on the new Figo. Revised interiors that look and feel more plush and that feature good equipment levels, is likely for the new Ford entry-level car. Prices are expected to range between 4-7 lakh rupees.
Tata Kite Budget Hatchback
The Tata Kite budget hatchback is a technically an Indica replacement but only for personal car buyers. The cab segment is likely to be serviced by the Indica and the Vista. The Kite will use petrol and diesel engines, and will slot in above the Nano in terms of price and positioning. The car is expected to be priced between 3 and 5 lakh rupees. An AMT option is also on the anvil for the Kite, whose compact sedan twin is also expected to arrive into India soon.