The Indian market will get a lot of new launches in the coming few months due to the change of emission norms and the safety rules
The Indian market is going through a transformation right now. With the upcoming minimal safety rules in place and stricter emission norms coming in next year, there are a lot of updates coming of the current generation of vehicles. Here is a list of eight affordable cars that will be launched shortly with the base price of below Rs 8 lakhs, ex-showroom.
1. Maruti Future S
Expected launch – October 2019
With the rising popularity of SUVs in India, Maruti Suzuki showcased a concept vehicle named as Future S at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will be a petrol-only model and will sit between the all-new WagonR and the Maruti Suzuki Swift in the market. It can even offer a mild-hybrid version, and it will be BS-VI norms compliant. The all-new car will also meet the upcoming BNVSAP safety regulations.
2. Hyundai All-new Grand i10
Expected launch – End 2019
Hyundai has started testing the all-new Grand i10 for the Indian market that will take on the likes of all-new Swift. It will be second-generation of Grand i10 in India; however, in the international markets, it will be known as i10. It is expected to get a very sharp design, which can be similar to the Hyundai Venue.
It will be offered in both petrol, and diesel engine options and the car will be launched only with BS-VI emission compliant engines. The all-new version will provide modern features like wireless phone charging and will even get the Hyundai BlueLink connected technology.
3. Tata Altroz
Expected launch – July/August 2019
The Tata’s latest in the Indian market after the Harrier will be the Altroz premium hatchback. The car has already been spied on the roads uncamouflaged. It will take on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
The Altroz gets a very modern design and looks extremely sporty. It will initially only get powered by a diesel engine option, which will be the 1.5-litre turbocharged unit from the Nexon. At a later stage, Tata may also offer the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine with the Altroz.
4. Tata Hornbill
Expected launch – 2020
Tata will launch a Hyundai Creta-challenger in the Indian market that gets the name Hornbill. It will be based on the Tata’s ALFA platform and will offer an aggressive design similar to the Tata Harrier.
The all-new SUV will be launched after the BS-IV norms are implemented in the Indian market and is likely to be powered by the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The ALFA platform can also accommodate the 1.05-litre diesel engine, but that’s not likely to be offered on the car. Tata is expected to showcase a production version at the 2020 Auto Expo.
5. Renault Triber
Expected launch: July 2019
Renault will officially unveil the all-new 7-seater affordable MPV in the Indian market, which will be known as the Triber. Codenamed as RBC, the Triber has been testing on the Indian roads for a long time now and is expected to get an entry-level price tag of around Rs 5.5 lakh.
The Triber will offer a unique removable third-row seating option and will get features like a touchscreen infotainment system. The Triber will be powered by a re-tuned version of the 1.0litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that will produce about 75 PS of maximum power.
6. Tata Tiago Facelift
Expected launch: June 2019
The Tata Tiago is the best-selling model from the brand in the Indian market. After launching the car in 2016, Tata released a few mild updates with new features in the Tiago but soon, a major facelifted version of the vehicle will be launched in the market. Tata is expected to offer additional features like LED DRL and a bigger infotainment screen.
It will also get a lot of styling updates that will keep it fresher in the market. Mechanically, it will remain powered by the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.05-litre diesel engine. Tiago NRG will also get similar updates in June.
7. Maruti Suzuki WagonR 7-seater
Expected launch: June/July 2019
After launching the all-new WagonR in the Indian market, the biggest car manufacturer in India will finally launch the much-anticipated 7-seater version of the car in the Indian car market. It will offer a longer-wheelbase and will have three-row seating for seven passengers. It is expected to be sold only through the Nexa premium dealerships.
The engine details are not known but highly likely; the WagonR 7-seater will only offer the 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that is available with the WagonR too.