The Indian car industry is bracing up to receive several highly capable affordable vehicles and here are the 8 most awaited of them
Manufacturers are gearing up to launch many new models in different segments especially in the SUV space as it is the fastest growing segment in the country. This year, a couple of new manufacturers are coming to India and the first models from these companies will be SUVs as it will help them to establish in the market.
1. Kia Seltos
Expected Price: Rs. 9- Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: July/August 2019
Kia officially announced its India entry at the 2018 Auto Expo and the Korean manufacturer has already commenced works on its first manufacturing plant, which will start its operation soon. The first model from the company will be the production version of SP2i concept showcased at the Expo and it is going to be a Hyundai Creta rival.
The upcoming model is based on the next generation Creta platform and the production version carries forward most of the design cues from the concept as it is unveiled recently as Seltos. The interior will be modern and in line with other Kia models.
The SUV will be powered by newly developed 1.4 L petrol and 1.5L diesel engine with manual and auto gearbox options.
2. MG Hector
Expected Price: Rs. 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: 27th June 2019
MG Motor is coming to India and the first model from the company will be Hector SUV, which is based on the Baojun 530 and it is currently on sale in the Chinese market. Both models share lots of components but MG has made some design tweaks like new black finished front grille with new alloy wheels and bumper.
The interior is modern as the dashboard is dominated by vertically placed touch screen infotainment system, which comes with lots of features like internet connectivity and more. The Hector is packed with features like the fully digital instrument cluster, full panoramic sunroof etc. The engine options include petrol and diesel with manual and auto gearbox options. MG is going to launch Hector in India on 27th June and this SUV will rival the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Upcoming Kia Seltos and Jeep Compass.
3. Renault Triber
Expected Price: Rs. 5-8 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: July 2019
Renault officially announced the name of its upcoming MPV, which is Triber and it is expected to be introduced later this year in India. The Triber is expected to be based on the CMF-A platform as it is based for Kwid hatchback as both models share lots of components to keep pricing low.
The exterior design of Triber takes inspirations from the Kwid as the front gets the new grille with big headlamps and tail lamps along with new bumper. The interior is packed with features like touch screen infotainment system and more. The MPV gets lots of standard safety features and it is powered by a 1.0L petrol engine with manual and AMT options.
4. Tata Altroz
Expected Price: Rs. 5.5-8.5 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: Q3 2019
Tata Motors showcased the Altroz premium hatchback for the first time at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and the production version will be introduced in India later this year. The Altroz is based on the ALFA platform and the hatchback design theme is based on the Impact Design 2.0. The front gets black-finished grille and projector headlamps set up.
The rear gets LED tail lamps and big alloy wheels while the interior took design inspiration from the Nexon as the dashboard gets new touch screen infotainment system. The instrument cluster gets big MID display and it is loaded with lots of info. The Altroz is powered by a petrol engine and an EV model will join next year.
5. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Expected Price: Rs. 4-7 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: H2 2019
Maruti Suzuki is working on the production version of Concept Future S and it has been already spotted testing in public roads. It will get a completely new design theme and it took SUV-based styling inspiration from the concept, which made its debut at 2018 Auto Expo. Likely to be badged as S-Presso, upcoming Maruti small hatch will be launched at the end of this year in India.
The interior of S-Presso will be modern with instrument cluster mounted on the centre and the infotainment system placed below it. It is likely to be based on the Heartect platform as the new model have to meet the upcoming crash test and safety norms. It will be powered by a new petrol engine with manual and auto gearbox options.
6. Hyundai Grand i10
Expected price: Rs 5.2 lakh, Launch: August/September 2019
Hyundai is working on the all-new second-generation of the Grand i10 in the Indian market, and it has been spotted testing on the Indian roads too. The all-new car will be based on a new platform and will be compliant with the upcoming BNVSAP standards that will be enforced in October 2019.
The Grand i10 is expected to offer a new front-end while the 1.2-litre engine will be upgraded to a new BS6 unit. Hyundai may not provide the all-new Grand i10 with a diesel engine option though. Also, the car will get connected features like the Hyundai Venue.
7. Maruti Ertiga Cross
Expected price: 9 lakh, Launch: August/September 2019
Maruti Suzuki is working on a crossover version of the Ertiga. It will get rugged body claddings on the outside while the cabin will be more premium than the regular Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The new car will offer a 6-seat set-up with captain seats in the middle row. It will be launched only with the 1.5-litre petrol engine.
8. Tata Buzzard
Expected price: 15 lakh, Launch End 2019
The Tata Buzzard SUV will be the 7-seater version of the highly popular Harrier in the Indian market. The all-new SUV was showcased at the Geneva Motor show and gets a similar face to the Tata Harrier. Both cars share the platform too.
The Buzzard will also get the same 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine that produces a maximum of 140 PS in the Harrier. However, it will produce around 170 PS in the Buzzard and will also get an automatic transmission.