Snapshot – The next three months will see a deluge of new cars and SUVs being launched in India, in the run up to the festive season of the year, a time when car sales get turbocharged. In this story, we bring you the various new buying options that will open up for car buyers in the next 12 weeks.
Volkswagen Vento Facelift
Volkswagen is likely to launch the facelifted Vento on the 23rd of June, 2015. Dealers have already begun accepting bookings for the car. The facelifted sedan will get minor cosmetic changes in the form of a revised front and rear ends, and wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, while features will be added to its insides. Mechanically though, the status quo would be maintained, with 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol (103 Bhp-153 Nm), 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol (103 Bhp-175 Nm) and 1.5 liter TDI (103 Bhp-250 Nm) turbo diesel engines retained.
On all engines, mileage has gone up marginally though. The interiors of the car get a new walnut beige trim. Added features include a dead pedal, cruise control, a cooled glovebox, an external boot release button and powered wing mirrors.Compared to the existing Vento, expect to pay a slight premium for the facelifted version, which starts at lakh rupees.
On the 8th of July, a brand new Honda Jazz will be launched in India. The car’s comeback will see it being offered with a diesel engine, in addition to a petrol motor. Another key change would be the introduction of a CVT automatic gearbox on the petrol engined option. The Jazz will take on the Hyundai Elite i20, in the premium hatchback class. The car continues to score high on the versatility quotient, with spacious interiors and ‘Magic Seats’ on the top-end variants. In terms of pricing, the Jazz’s base petrol version is likely to start from the 5 lakh rupee mark.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The S-Cross is Maruti Suzuki’s first big major mass market crossover, and will operate in the compact SUV segment. Already previewed at the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) 2015, the S-Cross is primed for a July launch. The media drives of this crossover will begin in the first week of July. The S-Cross is likely to be offered with 1.6 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines, with its 1.6 liter Multijet diesel motor making it the most powerful in its class. A smaller 1.3 liter turbo diesel motor could also be offered on the crossover. The monocoqye bodied S-Cross will seat five, and is likely to start from a little over 8 lakh rupees in terms of pricing.
On 21st July, 2015, Hyundai will line up the Creta compact SUV for launch in India. The Creta is a global SUV that will be sold in many markets of the world. In India, the Creta represents the first Hyundai compact SUV, designed to take on the likes of the Renault Duster and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. With looks that make it seem like a mini-Santa Fe, the Creta has a lot going for it. Pricing will be critical though, and knowing Hyundai’s focus on extensive localization, a sharp price tag could be a part of the equation. The Creta will be sold with petrol, diesel, petrol-automatic and diesel-automatic variants.
Ford Figo Aspire
Serial production of the Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan has just begun at the American automaker’s new Sanand factory in Gujarat. The sub-4 meter car will replace the Ford Classic C-Segment sedan. To take on the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford has equipped the Figo Aspire with a 1.2 liter Ti-VCT petrol motor and a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel engin. A more powerful 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol engine is expected to be accompanied by the 6 speed, twin clutch automatic gearbox. The car will be followed by its hatchback sibling, which will arrive later this year. Prices of the Figo Aspire are likely to start from 5 lakh rupees.
Maruti Suzuki YRA
The Maruti Suzuki YRA, showcased as the iK-2 premium hatchback concept at Geneva 2015, has just been spotted uncamougflaged in India. This is seen as a sign of the launch date being close. September is when the YRA is expected to be launched here. The car will use a turbocharged version of the 1 liter K-Series petrol engine, becoming the first Maruti Suzuki car to go turbo petrol. The diesel motor will be the tried and tested 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet motor, in 90 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune. The YRA is a premium car, and will be Maruti Suzuki’s most expensive hatchback ever. Prices are likely to start from 5 lakh rupees.
Fiat Punto Abarth
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The Fiat Punto Abarth is a hot hatchback version of the Punto Evo and will be the most powerful mass market hatchback in the country, with the 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine tuned to output 135 Bhp and 207 Nm. The car is expected to be priced under 10 lakh rupees. Apart from the powerful new engine, the Punto Abarth will also benefit from a suspension job, making it sportier to drive. An August launch is on the cards for this car, whose test mules have already been spotted in India.
Fiat Avventura Abarth
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The Avventura Abarth will also benefit from the high performance T-Jet turbo petrol engine seen on the Punto Abarth, along with visual changes to differentiate the hatchback based crossover from its regular variants. However, the sporty suspension job is said to be reserved only for the Punto. The Avventura Abarth is for a different kind of buyer, one who likes exploring the countryside with plenty of power and torque on tap, rather than one who wants a low slung, high performance hatchback. A sub-10 lakh rupee price tag is what the Avventura Abarth is likely to sport.