In last few years, the compact cars has changed the scenario of automobile Industry in India as well as in the offshore markets. The cleverly developed cars have taken the automobile engineering next level. Presently, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze dominate the compact sedan segment in India, while the Ford EcoSport boasts itself as the C-SUV segment leader in the country. Considering the huge potential in the segments, several automakers are developing their products and planning to onslaught the market in the coming months. Interestingly, the 12th edition of AutoExpo India will start next month in Delhi, India where a lot of manufacturers are supposed to showcase their dazzling concepts and to-be-in-production models. To bring a brief insight over the upcoming compact models, we have shortlisted five interesting cars that are due for the Indian market in the coming years.
The first much-awaited model in the compact segment is the Hyundai Grand i10 Sedan. The first compact sedan from the Korean automaker is derived from its already victorious hatchback model. The company will introduce the i10 Sedan in both diesel and petrol options. The petrol powertrain will feature the 1.2-litre Kappa engine while the diesel powered model will be equipped with the 2nd generation 1.1-litre U2 CRDI engine. The Grand i10 Sedan will be loaded with the class leading comfort and convenience features alongwith the utility of economically sound engine options. The model is expected to be a success in the Indian market like its hatchback already has done. The company is all set to launch the model on 4th February which will befit the company's stall at the AutoExpo.
Honda Vision XS-1
Honda! A brand name that was considered as an expensive and prestigious marquee, presented only in the mid-size segment a few years back in India, has now reached out to the entry level cars in the market. The introduction of Brio hatchback, Amaze and now the company will showcase its upcoming compact crossover concept, Vision XS-1 at AutoExpo India. The Vision XS-1 is likely to be based on the Brio platform with similar engine options as the Honda Amaze. Honda is developing Vision XS-1 for the developing markets like India, Indonesia and Thailand and to price the model aggressively, the company will maximize the assembling locally here in India. However, the model is not expected to reach the Honda outlets before 2015 but its debut at AutoExpo will bring clarity to the product.
Tata Indigo Manza CS
Arguably, the Tata Indigo CS has been one of those cars which served a great companionship to the fleet operators in our country. But the model has never done good in the Individual buyers market. However, the home-grown automaker is now planning to introduce the dinky version of the Indigo Manza. The upcoming Manza CS (Project Falcon) will sport a host of new features alongwith the introduction of newly designed 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine. The Manza CS will rival the Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire in Indian market and expected to reach the Tata outlets soon after its debut at AutoExpo.
Maruti Suzuki XA-Alpha
The country's largest selling automaker has been doing good with its Swift hatchback, Ertiga MUV and Dzire sedan in the Indian market. But company’s presence in the C-SUV segment is nil even when the segment is amplifying at a rapid rate. However, company unveiled its compact-SUV concept, XA-Alpha, at 2012 AutoExpo India which was anticipated to be launched within a year that time. But unproductive business policies in India and extensive product development has resulted delay in its launch. Interestingly, a near production version of XA-Alpha is likely to get showcased at the upcoming AutoExpo. The XA-Alpha will be a sub-four meter C-SUV that is supposed to get power from the company's tried and tested 1.3-litre DDIS MultiJet diesel engine. The company might also introduce the 1.5-litre MultiJet powerplant under its hood.
And the last compact car that is supposed to gather a lot footfalls at the Volkswagen's stall is the Taigun. The German giant is basically developing the model for the developing markets like India and Brazil. The Taigun will sit on the VW's NSF (New Small Family) platform that is also used by the company's smallest hatchback, Up!. However the design of Taigun seems boxy but the overall character looks simple and classy. Interestingly, VW will also introduce a new range of petrol and diesel engines on the India-bound Taigun. The all-new baby 'Wagen will probably be encountered on Indian roads by 2016.