SUVs might be dominating the Indian market, but the staple models are still in demand and have been incessantly doing well. Attributed to affordable pricing, low cost of maintenance and frugal engines, the entry-level models are hard to go out of demand. Interestingly, carmakers are defying the rules by coming up with contemporary designs for these mainstay models and equipping them with latest tech. For those who are planning to buy a new car and have a restricted budget, here is our list of the top 3 upcoming cars in India under Rs 6 lakh –
The Indo-Japanese carmaker is all set to give a generation change to its one of the top-selling hatchbacks – the Maruti WagonR. The company is planning to bring in the new generation model of the hatchback by the end of this fiscal year (i.e. by March, 2019). The hatchback’s new version is already on sale as Suzuki WagonR in the Japanese market. Design and styling of the India-spec new Maruti WagonR 2018 will be inspired by the Japan-spec model. Similar to the new Swift and Dzire, the new generation WagonR will make use of Suzuki’s new generation HEARTECT platform. This architecture is claimed to be lighter, stiffer and safer than the previous model. In fact, the new WagonR is expected to carry a slightly longer wheelbase to create more space inside the cabin.
Interestingly, the new Maruti Wagon R 2018 will continue to carry the tall-boy stance and boxy design. Though, it will see comprehensive cosmetic updates include split headlamps, new front grille, more sculpted bumper and flat hood at the front end. The side profile of the hatchback looks similar to the existing model, except for the few changes. It is now equipped with new wheels and ORVMs are now positioned on the door instead of the Pillar. Round the back, the hatchback gets low-placed horizontal tail-lights, new roof-mounted spoiler and a large rear windshield.
The interior, too, will be more feature-rich and practical than the current model. Rumour has it that the company might offer Suzuki’s new Smartplay infotainment system on the new Maruti Wagon R 2018. This system could be compatible to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Though, it could be reserved for the top-spec model. Other changes will include new dashboard with a centre-mounted instrument console, new AC vents and beige interior. While the official engine details will be revealed near its launch, it is reported to use the same 1.0L K-Series petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual and an AGS (Auto GearShift) gearbox. On the current model, the gasoline delivers a top power of 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. With lighter platform, the new WagonR is likely to offer better acceleration and fuel efficiency.
Expected Launch: Early 2019
Expected Price: Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh
Hyundai’s first model for the Indian market that saw popular Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan endorsing the compact hatch in its commercial was taken off production despite good demand in the market. Before you go all jittery, Hyundai is working on an all-new Santro that’s confirmed to return during 2018 festive season. In its initial years of retail in India, the hatchback received hysterical response, thanks to its contemporary looks that made it stand apart competition back then.
Codenamed Hyundai AH2, the new Santro will have a tall-boy stance and will be positioned below the Grand i10. The hatchback will come as a replacement for the i10, which was recently discontinued in the market. It will be equipped with better quality interior and SUV-like exterior design elements. Though details about design and interior are yet to be revealed, Hyundai has started testing the model on Indian roads. Some of its key design features will include an all-new front grille, larger headlamps, newly-designed bumper and high-mounted fog lamp assembly.
Colliding head on with Kwid, the new Santro could use the 1.1-litre iRDE and 0.8-litre petrol engines. The higher capacity gasoline motor will deliver power worth 70bhp with 100Nm of torque. The South Korean carmaker has confirmed that the all-new Hyundai AH2 (new Hyundai Santro 2018) will be its first car to get AMT (automated manual transmission). The carline will also be available with the standard 5-speed manual gearbox. While in terms of design, it is likely to sport futuristic elements to defy the Kwid’s reign in the budget segment.
Expected Launch: 2018 Festive Season
Expected Price: Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
Seeing the growing demand for entry-level affordable SUVs, Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch an all-new mini SUV in the country. The company had showcased the new Future S mini SUV concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Maruti has confirmed that the small car will go on sale in the Indian market in 2019. Similar to Maruti Suzuki’s new breed cars, the Maruti Future S based car will sit on the company’s new HEARTECT platform that will aid to the performance and safety quotient of the car.
Featuring SUV-like stance and bold presence, the Maruti Suzuki Future S will face challenge multiple cars including Hyundai’s upcoming small car (Santro successor), Renault Kwid 1.0L and Mahindra KUV100 NXT. This model has been designed in-house by Maruti Suzuki India. At the front end, the concept features stylish LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, thin chrome grille and large, sporty front bumper. It gets sloping type roofline, stylish alloys and stylish curves on the side profile. The rear end of the car sports LED taillights and roof-mounted spoiler.
The Future S concept has the clutter free and feature-loaded cabin. It is equipped with a nicely designed dashboard with stylish centre console. The concept is equipped with a round-shaped touchscreen infotainment system with several connected car applications. It also has orange treatment around the dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. Maruti hasn’t revealed the engine details of the car, but it is expected to feature a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol unit producing 82bhp and 113Nm of torque. The company could also use the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. Both manual and AMT gearbox options could be on offer.
Expected Launch: 2019
Expected Price: Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
Latest Video – Maruti Suzuki Future S Concept Preview