Snapshot – More than 10 existing cars and SUVs in India will be replaced by facelifted models or all new vehicles over the next one year. We give you a low down on these 10 cars, on how their replacements will look, and on when they’ll be launched in India. Buying an older model will leave you with increased depreciation once the new version arrives. So, do make a considered and informed choice before opting to buy any of these 10 cars and SUVs.
On the 22nd of July, Mahindra will launch a facelifted version of the Thar. The Thar Facelift will have completely revamped interiors and a few tweaks to the exterior looks. The off roader could feature a few mechanical changes to improve its performance off the road. However, the 2.5 liter CRDe turbo diesel engine is likely to be unchanged, and so could be the case with the 5 speed manual gearbox and the Borg Warner 4X4 transfer case.
Ford Classic Sedan
Production of the Ford Classic sedan seems to have already ground to a halt. The car will be replaced by the Figo Aspire, a brand new, sub-4 meter compact sedan. The Figo Aspire will be quite aspirational, for it will be the most powerful compact sedan in the country, in addition to its status as one of the safest in its segment. The car will be launched in weeks from now.
The Mahindra Quanto’s Facelift is waiting in the wings. The compact SUV will get a major revamp in terms of its looks and interiors. Additional features and creature comforts are also likely to be added to this slow selling Mahindra vehicle, ostensibly to spur sales on. The Quanto will continue to use the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped diesel motor, and will retain its seven seat layout in the 5+2 configuration.
Ford Figo Hatchback
In a few months from now, the Ford Figo hatchback will be replaced by a new model styled on the lines of the Figo Aspire compact sedan. Apart from the new styling, a bunch of other important changes will make it to the new Figo. More powerful petrol and turbo diesel engines, better interiors that have more equipment on board and better fuel efficiency are the new bits likely on the 2016 Figo hatchback.
By the end of this year, Ford India will preview the all-new Endeavour, which will be launched here early next year. The new Endeavour is a big step up from the current version, in terms of looks, features offered and mechanicals. However, the rugged ladder frame chassis will continue to underpin the new SUV, giving it a modicum of performance off the road.
Production of all but the base variant of the Toyota Innova will soon be stopped, in order to make way for the new model. The next generation Innova will be larger, and will also have more equipment on board. The styling will be new and so will be the features on offer. The new Innova is also expected to carry a higher price tag. An India launch in early 2016 is on the cards.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will receive a facelift for the Indonesian market on the 20th of August, following which the facelifted model is also expected to make it to Indian shores. By the end of this year, expect the refreshed Ertiga to be on streets here. Apart from tweaked looks, additional features on the inside, on the lines of the Swift and Dzire Facelifts are likely. An AMT option, though widely speculated, may not make it to the facelifted Ertiga.
The all-new Fortuner has been spotted uncamouflaged on Thai streets, even as the SUV’s official unveil is scheduled for the 17th of July. The all-new version of the Fortuner is dramatically different looking than the outgoing version. It gets more fuel efficient, downsized turbo diesel engines under the GD range, which are also more powerful and torquey.
The all-new Skoda Superb luxury saloon will hit Indian shores in early 2016. The car will replace the current Superb. The new version looks different, and also offers more space on its innards. Based on the MQB platform, it is lighter and more fuel efficient too. The new Superb will carry an all-turbo petrol and diesel engine line up, just like it’s outgoing version.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
The new Pajero Sport luxury SUV, based on the Mitsubishi Triton pick up truck, has been revealed to the world. The SUV will rival the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Continuing with a ladder frame chassis, the Pajero Sport features a new exterior design with plenty of chrome up front. The SUV also gains a new turbo diesel engine and new 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions.