As the Indian automotive market expands into a larger space with carmakers venturing into new segments the affinity for hatchbacks remain intact. SUVs might have clinched the limelight from hatchbacks, but India’s love affair with the small vehicles continue as it is still the most favoured choice when it comes to budget segment. What has changed during the course of time is the shift towards the premium models which were earlier sidelined due to high pricing.
Interestingly, the onset of similarly priced crossover and subcompact sedan segments has not averted the popularity of premium hatchbacks. On the other hand, in the budget hatchback space, revolutionary cars like Renault Kwid have redefined the rule-book and carmakers are addressing aspects which were earlier considered trivial. Hence, the above theory affirms our liking for hatchbacks and this brings us to the new models rolling out in the next two years. Here is a list of upcoming hatchback cars in India in 2017 & 2018 that prospective buyers should look up to.
Topping the popularity chart even 12 years after its introduction in 2005, the new Maruti Swift is indubitably one of the eagerly awaited upcoming hatchback cars in India. With sketches already revealed, the curiosity is only mounting for the next generation model that is set for an official unveil at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Sporting radical changes, the new Swift is based on the lighter and stiffer Baleno platform that enables improved performance and increased fuel economy.
To upgrade the hatchback visually, Maruti will equip new elements to the exterior including the large hexagonal grille in front, new headlamps, floating roof, new tail-lamps, Chevrolet Best inspired rear door handle etc. Updates to the interior will be comprehensive too with changed styling and additional equipment. That said the cabin will be layered with new steering wheel, new HVAC controls with circular vents, redesigned dashboard, new twin-pod instrument panel with large MID, new SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system and new upholstery.
Under the skin, the hatchback will remain unchanged, deriving power from the current 83bhp, 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 74 bhp, 1.3-litre oil burner. Torque figure for both the models stands at 115Nm and 190Nm respectively. For transmitting power, the five-speed unit will be carried over from the current model, whereas Maruti could add an AMT gearbox.
Expected Launch Date- End of 2017
Expected Price- Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition- Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo