In India, Diwali is considered by many as the best time to make a car purchase. Manufacturers understand the sentiment, and to enhance sales and make the most of the festive occasion, they offer impressive discounts. This time around, many new cars would be launching as well. Let's have a look which are they.
EcoSport is the car that started it all, and now manufacturers and buyers alike, are interested in the segment more than ever. Manufacturers want to have an offering in the segment to increase sales, while buyers are looking for a more suitable option since they have more choice. EcoSport now faces heat from competition, and it’s no surprise that Ford would be launching the facelift soon.
The facelift would have an all new face, comprised of larger headlamps and a single-piece grille (which now reduces the overall bulk). The choice of engines, in terms of capacity, is likely to remain unchanged and you would get a 1.5-litre diesel and similar capacity petrol along with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol. The 1.5-litre petrol unit would be Dragon petrol and would use a three cylinder construction this time. Interiors too, would be all new and offer the new SYNC 3 infotainment system.
It’s perhaps the most anticipated car in the segment and Tata has high hopes for it. We drove the car a few weeks ago and were impressed with it. Nexon would offer two engine choices (1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre turbo petrol) and 6-speed manual transmission to start with. Plans for AMT have been announced and it has been caught testing, however, it would be offered sometime later.
Tata Nexon is expected to undercut the competition by a long margin and offer a lot of features as standard. A few of the features that the car would offer are – Driving modes, 8-speaker infotainment system from Harman with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 6.5-inch floating display screen. Both engines develop 110PS of power and offer nice ride quality, however, when it comes to driveability, the diesel is our pick.
The all-new, second generation Audi Q5 is based on the same platform as the A4 i.e. MLB. Since it’s about 90kgs lighter than the previous model it offers significantly better performance. The car is likely to come equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel and similar capacity petrol, with regards to the expected motors making their way to India, the diesel would put out 250bhp of power while petrol would deliver around 190bhp.
On the inside expect Audi’s MMI system, wireless charging, an 8.3-inch screen with Bang and Olufsen music system with other features. Expect typical Audi quality with the Q5, and in the market, it would take on the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3 etc.
Like the Renault Duster, Kaptur would be based on the MO platform, so you can expect it to be robust. Selling alongside the Duster it would compete with the cars like Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass etc. Kaptur is expected to be powered by the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine and would most likely offer manual transmission to start with.
We expect the interior to be functional and the overall quality is expected to be better than what Duster offers at the moment. The car may not offer 4x4 transmission system, however, like automatic, it’s expected to join the line-up later.
Kodiaq is Skoda’s first offering in the SUV space. The Skoda Kodiaq shares the platform with the Volkswagen Tiguan but unlike the Tiguan, it offers a third row which many buyers in India would appreciate. Skoda has managed to do this with a length of just 4697mm. Kodiaq will most likely only one engine choice, a 2.0-litre TDI that develops 150bhp along with the 4x4 transmission. It would most likely offer a 7-speed DSG automatic as the gearbox.
Expect the class-leading equipment and features like ESC, Traction control, Active Cylinder Technology etc. and Skoda-like build quality. Expected to be priced around Rs 30 lakh, it would prove to be a worthy competitor to the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Santa Fe etc.