Here we bring you a list of top 5 iconic cars to make a comeback in India
Few of the iconic cars of the past define the Indian car industry. Cars like Hindustan Ambassador and Hyundai Santro had wtinessed the evolution of Indian auto industry at various stages. Small cars including Maruti Suzuki ZEN and Hyundai Santro were the popular names among the middle-class buyers, while the brands like Honda Civic became the household names of upper-middle class Indians. Here we bring you a list of top 5 iconic cars to make a comeback in India –
Hyundai’s most popular nameplate “Santro” is all set to make a comeback in the Indian market in October 2018. Codenamed AH2, the upcoming Santro will soon become the entry-level product for Hyundai in India. The brand is celebrating 20 years in India and the reincarnation of the iconic “SANTRO” nameplate is the best possible way to celebrate this milestone. The upcoming Santro will be powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It will also be the brand’s first car to feature an AMT gearbox.
Expected Launch – Last Week of October 2018
India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki will also re-introduce the ZEN nameplate. The company has already revived the Baleno nameplate in the hatchback avatar, which received overwhelming response from buyers. First launched in 1993, the ZEN was discontinued in 2010. This time, the ZEN nameplate will be revived in a mini SUV avatar. Yes, media reports claim that the Maruti Concept Future S based mini crossover will be called the Maruti Suzuki ZEN. It will be the brand’s smallest SUV in India.
Expected Launch – Late 2019-2020
Japanese automaker had discontinued the 8th generation Honda Civic from market due to lack of diesel variant. The company did not launch the 9th gen model as well. Now, Honda has diesel engine that will power the bigger cars. The company will re-introduce the popular Civic nameplate, which is in its 10th generation, in the first quarter of 2019. It will be powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine producing 118bhp of power and 300Nm of torque.
Expected Launch – Q1, 2019
– Hindustan Ambassador
Hindustan Motors’s owned by C.K. Birla has joined hands with PSA Groupe to develop cars for Indian market. What’s interesting is that PSA Groupe has acquired the iconic brand Ambassador nameplate for Rs 80 crore. This clearly suggests that Peugeot is interested in reviving the iconic Ambassador in India. This time, the new model could be a stylish sedan.
Expected Launch – 2020
– Mitsubishi Lancer
We informed you earlier that the next-gen Lancer will be a crossover-SUV, which is expected to arrive in 2020. Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi has joined hands to develop cars internationally. In fact, the Japanese brand is also active in India and has recently launched the new Outlander. The company plans to launch new Pajero, Eclipse and Xpander in India by 2020. Going by the popularity of Lancer, it is quite a possibility that the next-gen model will eventually arrive in India.
Expected Launch – 2021-2022.