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Top 5 upcoming cars in India to watch out for!

Snapshot: Hot cars coming your way, here's a look of what's around the corner!

Hatchbacks and sub-four meter SUVs remain in flavour, and are the bread and butter of many manufacturers at large. Most do well in the Indian market despite the shortcomings. Future car models are expected to be much better in terms of overall safety, and the competition is expected to further intensify with new options. Here’s a list of top upcoming cars!

#1 Tata Nexon

The sub-four meter SUV was first showcased at the AutoExpo 2016, and is in our view the finest car that we have seen from the house of Tata. From concept to production, it has not transformed much and retains most of the design features like ceramic beltline around waist and fog lamps.

It would offer great space and would be a true five seater, packaged neatly in a compact platform. Expect great amount of luggage space, making it a perfect all rounder. With the Tiago, Tata has already made a strong comeback and with the Nexon it's expected to retain that momentum. High set headlamps, taillight along with tall shoulder line give the car a much bolder and macho style. And in the features department, the car would offer, Navigation system, voice assistance with a touch screen infotainment system. It’s expected to offer 1.2 litre turbo petrol motor along with the 1.5 litre diesel. AMT would also be in the offing. Expect the car to be competitively priced between Rs 7-10 lakh bracket and lock horns with the EcoSport, Vitara Brezza Renault Duster etc. 

Pros: Sporty Looks, Utility  

Cons: Brand Perception

#2 Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Ignis

The Suzuki Ignis is one of the most awaited hatch in India and is another tall-boy design from the house of Maruti. It started its journey as a concept name iM4 and was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show.

Production of the Ritz was recently stopped to make way for the new car. We first reported about the car from Japan and brought you the preview. It’s expected that the car would remain largely unchanged and sport the same interiors and features. The car is already on sale in Japan and in some parts of Europe. In India, it would be manufactured at the new plant in Sanand, Gujrat and sold through premium Nexa dealership.

Although details about the engines that would power it have not been revealed, but we expect it to get a 1.3 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol, both these do duties in other cars from Maruti. It also offers a 4X4 transmission system and advanced driving modes in other world markets. These features are not expected to be available in the Indian version of the car though. 

The engine would be transversely mounted and will drive the front two wheels. The latest safety trend is expected to continue with Ignis, and the car is expected to lot of safety features as standard or as an option. Revamped interiors, touchscreen system are expected to be some of the features that would be available with the top variants.

Pros: Retro Styling, Tall-boy Design 

Cons: Yet to experience

#3 Grand i10

Grand i10

One of the most successful Hyundai ever, the Grand i10 is set to receive a makeover. The changes would largely be limited to the face and rear in the form of re-profiled headlight and taillight cluster, and modified bumpers. Changes to the interiors would be minimal. Car would be powered by same set of engine, 1.2 litre petrol and 1.1 litre diesel engines.

AT would continue to be in the offing along with 5 speed MT. It’s expected that a Sat Nav system would make it as an option into higher variants of the car and many safety features would be offered as standard.

It would be interesting to see how the competition pans out as Maruti is also redying the new Swift which would compete with the Grand i10 and other hatchbacks like the Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat Activ etc.

Pros: Great Cabin Space, Refinement

Cons: Yet to experience

#4 Ford EcoSport

Ford India would manufacture the EcoSport in India and exported it to other world markets. The new car carries visual changes to the face and bigger headlamps that make it look less bulky and Kuga inspired. The overall silhouette remains unaltered though. While the car showcased did not carry a tailgate mounted sparewheel, India version is expected to retain in the latest car to complete the SUV look.

Export version of the car would offer many other engine options available in India and in addition a 4X4 system. India offing would continue unchanged and you would get 1.5 litre diesel, 1.5 petrol and 1.0 litre turbo petrol. A 4X4 transmission would also not be offered in India.

EcoSport continues to be a hot favourite in the sub-four meter SUV space despite missing out a few features that the competition offers in this space. The car is expected to overcome the shortcoming with options like SYNC 3, B&O music system with 10 speakers and a touchscreen system.

Great build quality and high-speed driving dynamics have been two USPs of EcoSport, the new car is expected to retain both characteristics. We only wish that it offered a 4X4 system, which would have made it a complete package. 

Pros: Spacious, Attractive styling

Cons: Yet to experience

#5 Chevrolet Beat Activ

Fait Avventura

The Beat did reasonably well in Indian market despite not so great portfolio performance of the Chevrolet overall. Beat Activ pulled the crowd with its funky style at the Auto Expo this year and was a major attraction of the Chevrolet stall. Though the production version may not carry every design feature, we expect it to be reasonably refreshed.

Funky theme would be carried inside too. Instrument cluster, interiors retain futuristic styling and look ultra modern. Many standard safety features are expected to on offer along with a touch-screen system on offer with highest variant. Expect it to be powered by same frugal and powerful engine options, 1.2 litre petrol and 1.0 litre diesel.  

Beat Activ based sedan is also expected to be launched soon after the Beat Activ. The car was showcase along side Activ at the Auto Expo. The sub-four meter sedan has been named Essentia, and it would compete with the likes of Figo Aspire, Xcent in the same. Ativ's USP is expected to be it's futuristic styling and tall-boy design. 

Pros: Funky and Futuristic Styling

Cons: Brand Perception

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