Most of the upcoming models are either SUVs or hatchbacks as sales in other segments are very low
Manufacturers are gearing up to launch so many new models in different segments especially in the SUV space as it is the fastest growing segment in the country. This year 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 SP2i
Expected Price: Rs. 9-15 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: June or July 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 will carry forward most of the design cues from the concept. The interior will be modern and in line with other Kia models. The SUV will be powered by newly developed 1.5 L petrol and diesel engine with manual and auto gearbox options.
2. Hyundai Venue
Expected Price: Rs. 7.5-12 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: May 21
Hyundai is going to enter the sub-four meter SUV segment in India with the Venue, which made its global debut at the New York Auto Show last week. The design theme of Venue is inline with new Hyundai models like Santa Fe as the front get cascading grille with dual headlamps set up in which LED DRLs on top and projector headlamps below it.
The Venue is based on the same platform as Grand i10 and the interior gets a new design theme. The steering wheel is a new three-spoke unit with tablet-like touch screen and round design for climate control. The compact SUV is loaded with lots of features and connected car technologies. The Venue is powered by two petrol and one diesel engine with dual-clutch auto and manual.
3. MG Hector
Expected Price: Rs. 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: June 2019
MG Motor is coming to India and the first model from the company will be Hector, 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, sunroof etc. The engine options include petrol and diesel with manual and auto gearbox options.
4. 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 might take 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 petrol engine with manual and AMT options.
5. 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.
6. Production Future S Micro SUV
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.
The interior 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.
7. Tata Hornbill (H2X)
Expected Price: Rs. 4.5-7.5 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: 2020
Tata Motors showcased the H2X concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and it is internally named as Hornbill. The upcoming model is going to compete against the Mahindra KUV100 as it gets an SUV theme with muscular front end with high ground clearance and it will be based on the Impact Design 2.0.
The platform is expected to be AFLA like the Altroz and the interior will take inspirations from the Nexon and Harrier as the centre console get touch screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay while the instrument cluster will be a mix of digital and analogue. The H2X will likely be powered by the same engine from Tiago.
8. Toyota Baleno
Expected Price: Rs. 5-8 lakh (ex-showroom) Launch: June 6, 2019
Toyota and Suzuki announced a new partnership last year as they will share some models between each other to expand the portfolio and expand the market share. Maruti Suzuki will share its premium hatchback Baleno and Toyota’s version will be introduced in early June.
The exterior design theme will be slightly different as the front will get new grille along with tweaked bumper and headlamps while the rear gets new tail lamps. The interior is expected to be the same from Maruti Suzuki and it will continue with the same features. Toyota Baleno may only get the 1.2 L K series petrol engine.