Half a dozen all-new cars and SUVs that are India bound will either be launched or unveiled in the next 2 months. Here’s the low down on what to expect in the next 8 weeks.
Ford Figo Aspire
Ford India will launch the Figo Aspire compact sedan tomorrow. The sub-4 meter car will be the latest entrant to the compact sedan market, and will pack in quite a few segment leading features. From a full complement of six airbags, to ESP, hill hold assist and a twin clutch automatic gearbox, the Figo Aspire aims to be an aspirational compact sedan.
The car will also be the one of the most powerful ones in its class, with a 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol motor good for 112 Bhp-140 Nm and a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel motor putting out 98.6 Bhp-220 Nm. The car will also be sold with a new 1.2 liter Ti-VCT petrol engine. The Figo Aspire is likely to start from near the 5 lakh rupee mark.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
On the 2nd of September, Land Rover will launch the Discovery Sport luxury SUV in India. The new offering is a replacement to the hot selling Freelander2, and CKD assembly of the new SUV has already been kickstarted at Jaguar-Land Rover’s Chikhali factory.
The Discovery Sport is larger than the Freelander2, and will also offer optional 5+2 seating. In terms of engines and gearboxes, the new SUV will use the 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor as its staple, with an 8 speed automatic gearbox served up as standard fare. A terrain sensing all wheel drive layout will also be offered on the SUV, which is expected to be Land rover’s new entry level offering in India.
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In the middle of September, Mahindra will launch its first all-new SUV for this year, in the form of the TUV300. The SUV will roll out of Chakan. It will be the first ladder framed sub-4 meter offering to challenge the likes of the Ford Ecosport and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki YBA compact SUVs.
The vehicle will use a new mHawk 80 motor, and will be rear wheel driven. Five speed manual and automated manual gearboxes will be on offer. A seven seat layout in the 5+2 configuration is likely for the new Mahindra, whose design is said to be inspired by a battle tank. A starting price tag of under 6 lakh rupees could make the TUV300 very attractive indeed.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Suzuki has revealed that the YRA premium hatchback will be sold as the Baleno internationally. The production version of the car will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the middle of September. This unveil is quite important for India as the Baleno hatchback is the next all-new car Maruti Suzuki will launch here.
It remains to be seen if the Baleno moniker is retained by the car when it’s sold in India. Globally, the Baleno will be sold with 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol and 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine options. For India, the 1.2 liter naturally aspirated K-Series petrol motor is likely. The new car will sit above the Swift in terms of features offered, price and positioning.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer will be launched in India during October, opening the floodgates for an onslaught of luxury SUVs. The big Chevy will seat seven adults, and will be one of the largest SUVs in its class, with an imposing girth to match. The SUV is expected to arrive into India as a completely built unit.
If General Motors can price the ladder frame equipped Trailblazer lower than the Captiva, good volumes will be the result. The Trailblazer will be powered by a 2.8 liter Duramax turbo diesel engine with 200 Bhp and 500 Nm on tap. 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes, and rear wheel and four wheel drive options will be offered.
Fiat Punto Abarth
Fiat India will launch India’s most powerful affordable hatchback, the Punto Abarth, in Octover. Armed with a 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine tuned to put out about 145 Bhp and 207 Nm, the Punto Abarth promises to an enthusiast’s delight. The car will use a five speed manual gearbox but will have improved braking with four disc brake at all four ends. Apart from the customary Abarth badges and decals, the Punto Abarth will also feature stiffer suspension. However, the rest of the car will be similar to the Punto Evo, and this seems like a pointer to a competitive price in the offing. A sub-10 lakh rupee price tag is anticipated.