With the Indian automobile industry on revival mode, major four-wheeler makers including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota reported decent sales growth in the first half of 2015. Though companies like Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra are yet to get back to where they were in the past, their sales are showing signs of improvement. So from the industry point of view, the passenger car market has been able to maintain a moderate growth despite last year’s bad monsoon and degrowth in rural sales. Other than the reduced fuel prices and positive sentiments, launch of some really good products propelled growth in the passenger car market.
We have seen several all-new cars in the first half of this calendar year, but the story doesn’t end there. Our carmakers have plans to launch several more all-new cars during this year’s festive season.
Here’s a list of the 10 most anticipated upcoming cars in India.
Maruti Suzuki doesn’t have any crossover or SUV in its current line-up, but that will not be the case in the year 2015. The company is planning to bring a sub-compact SUV and a crossover – the S-Cross – in the Indian market. Of the two aforementioned products, the SX4 S-Cross will come first. It will be launched as early as August 2015, since the pre-bookings for the car have already begun across India.
The crossover resembles the European SX4 hatchback based ‘S-Cross’. However, it will get some exterior and mechanical updates. The SX4 S-Cross will feature a 1.3-litre (89bhp, 200Nm) and 1.6-litre (118bhp, 320Nm) multiet diesel units.
Also Read: Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Review
Expected Launch – August 1st Week
Expected Price: Rs. 6.5 lakh – Rs. 9.5 lakh
Engine options: 1.3-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel
Maruti Suzuki India is planning to bring in a new premium hatchback in 2015 to take on the Hyundai i20 and the yet-to-be-launched new-generation Honda Jazz. The vehicle was recently unveiled as a concept, named the Suzuki iK-2, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle will be launched in several international markets including India. Powering the petrol model of the YRA hatchback will be a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, while the diesel model might get the 1.3-litre multijet diesel unit that also powers the Ciaz.
Expected Launch: By the end of 2015 or Early 2016
Expected Price: Rs. 5.50 lakh – Rs. 8.5 lakh
Engine options: 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, 1.3-litre diesel
The next all new product from the South Korean carmaker will be the much-awaited Creta. Scheduled to launch on July 21, 2015, the Creta will take on the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross upon its launch.
Taking its design cues from the Santa Fe, the Creta is based on the company’s evolved ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy. Measuring 4270mm in length, 1780mm in width, 1630mm in height, the car is slightly smaller than the Duster. That said, 2590mm of wheelbase ensures a spacious cabin for five passengers. The engine options to be offered with the Creta will be a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel, a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel and a 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine that also power the Hyundai Verna.
Also Read: Hyundai Creta Review
Launch Date: July 21, 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 8.0 lakh – Rs. 12 lakh
Engine options: 1.4-litre CRDi diesel, 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, 1.6-litre VTVT petrol
4. Renault Kwid
While in the first half of 2015, Renault launched its MPV – the Lodgy – in India, the much-awaited 800cc hatchback, the Kwid, will be launched in September 2015. The small hatchback is built on the CMF-A platform that has been jointly developed by Renault and Nissan. Upon its launch, the Renault Kwid will take on the likes of Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.
Expected Launch: September, 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 3 lakh – Rs. 4 lakh
Engine: 800cc, 3-cylinder, petrol
5. Mahindra S101 Mini SUV
The home-grown automaker, Mahindra & Mahindra, is currently working on a range of new products for India which includes three compact SUVs and an MPV. The one we are talking about is the mini SUV – S101 (code-name) – that will take on the Ford EcoSport and other upcoming sub-compact SUVs. The S101 will be built upon a new monocoque platform which will also be used for other upcoming Mahindra vehicles. Since it will be an entry-level SUV, the S101 will be a sub-4 metre vehicle. Powering the vehicle could be the same 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine that does duty to the Quanto.
Expected Launch – Festive Season
Expected Price – Rs. 4.5 lakh – Rs. 6 lakh
Engine – 1.5-litre diesel
6. Mahindra U301 compact SUV
Mahindra & Mahindra is also working on a compact SUV, the U301 that is on test in India for quite a long time now. To be positioned above the Bolero and the Quanto, the U301 will offer a more comfortable cabin and better driving dynamics than the other two. Though the vehicle might feature the same 1.5-litre diesel unit that powers the Quanto, it will be tuned for better fuel efficiency and performance.
Expected Launch: Festive Season
Expected Price: Rs. 6 lakh – Rs. 8.5 lakh
Engine option: 1.5-litre diesel
Unveiled as a concept in February 2014 in India, the Ford Figo Aspire was first launched in the Brazilian market as KA+ sedan last year. The Brazilian version of the sedan measures over 4 metres in length, though the India-bound model will be sub-4 metre in length, and thus will take on the Maruti Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze. The sub-compact sedan is expected to be offered with two engine options – a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.
The production model of the car looks almost similar to the concept showcased in India, save for some practical changes made to the head-lamps. With a lighter, high tensile strength steel platform, the Figo Aspire will deliver high fuel efficiency and a good performance.
Expected Launch: Mid 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 7.50 lakh
Engine options: 1.5-litre diesel (90bhp), 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol (123bhp)
8. Tata Kite twins
Tata is in mood to leave no stones unturned to reclaim its lost position in the market. In the last 1 year or so, Tata brought the Zest and Bolt, and it’s now planning to launch a small hatchback and an affordable sub-compact sedan. Codenamed as the Kite hatchback and the Kite sedan, these two will replace the Indica eV2 and Indigo eCS respectively in the Indian market. Since both the vehicles are already on test in India, expect these to come in the second half of 2015.
Powering the kit twins will be a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel engines. While the 1.2-litre petrol unit will be an all new engine, the 1.05-litre three-cylinder mill will be the downsized version of the 1.4-litre DiCOR diesel engine.
Expected Launch: Kite hatchback (Festive season) Kite sedan (End of 2015 or Early 2016)
Expected Price: Kite Hatchback – Rs. 2.5 lakh – Rs. 4 lakh; Kite sedan – Rs. 3 lakh – Rs. 4.5 lakh
Engine options: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.05-litre diesel
9. Chevrolet Trailblazer
Based on General Motors’ Colorado pick-up truck’s ladder frame chassis, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer is a full-fledged sports utility vehicle (SUV) that the company will launch during this year’s festive season. The vehicle will be brought as CKD kits and then assembled at the company’s Halol plant. Upon its launch, the vehicle will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero, Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming new-generation Ford Endeavour.
Powering the Trailblazer is a 2.8-litre diesel engine that, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, churns out a maximum power output of 180bhp and 470Nm of torque. The company might also launch the vehicle with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
10. Ford Endeavour
Unveiled earlier this year, the new-generation Ford Endeavour will go on sale in several markets this year including India. The new-gen model will be based on Ford’s Edge design philosophy and will be more upmarket than its predecessor. In order to improve the vehicle’s off-roading capabilities, the company has built it on a new ladder frame chassis.
While the global model of the vehicle will be offered with two engine options – a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel and a 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder diesel unit, though the Indian model might continue to feature the existing 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre diesel units.
Expected Launch – September, 2015
Expected Price – Rs. 22 lakh – Rs. 28 lakh