Here is the list of upcoming new small cars that will be priced under Rs 6 lakh in India
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 6 upcoming cars in India under Rs 6 lakh –
Maruti Suzuki’s top-selling hatchback – Wagon R – is all set to enter its new-generation towards the end of this year. The hatchback’s new model (Suzuki Wagon R) is already on sale in the Japanese market, and the India-spec model could take a bit of its design inspiration from that. The 2018 Wagon R will continue to carry its tall-boy design with significant cosmetic updates. The interior, too, will be more feature-rich and practical than the current model. Though the engine details are yet to be revealed, it is likely to come with the same 1.0L K-Series petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual and an AGS (Auto GearShift) gearbox.
Expected Launch – Second half of 2018
Expected Price – Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh
Nissan’s low-cost brand, Datsun introduced its entry-level Redi GO hatchback in June 2016. Initially, the car was made available with a 0.8-litre petrol powertrain only. The company expanded the carline by adding the 1000cc (1.0-litre) model about a year later in July 2017. Now, the Japanese carmaker will bring in an AMT (automated manual transmission) variant of the Redi GO. Reported to be launched in early 2018, the Datsun Redi GO AMT could be offered with the T (O) and S variants. Power for this new variant will come from the same 67bhp, 999cc iSAT engine that does duty in the 1000cc version of the car. For performing transmission duties, the car will receive a 5-speed AMT gearbox. In terms of design and features, the Redi GO AMT will remain unchanged. It will continue to feature the LED DRLs, hexagonal grille with honeycomb pattern, all-black cabin, AC vents with silver finish and other equipment.
Expected Launch – January 2018
Expected Price – Rs 3.8 lakh to Rs 4 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 is likely to return in October 2018. 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. Colliding head on with Kwid, the new Santro could use the the 1.1-litre iRDE and 1.2-litre Kappa petrol units with a choice between a manual and an AMT unit. While in terms of design, it is likely to sport futuristic elements to defy the Kwid’s reign in the budget segment.
Expected Launch – Mid 2018
Expected Price – Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
How can we not talk about Maruti’s most loved hatchback, Swift that is set to embrace a new design and styling. Interestingly, Swift occupied second spot on the list of top-selling cars in India in May 2017 witnessing jump in sales by 4000 units (approximately) over the same period last year. The third generation Swift will not only receive dimensional changes and radical cosmetic updates, but it will be more feature rich with new connectivity, comfort and safety bits. Though, the major update has been made to the underpinning of the car. The new model will be based on the Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, thus making it lighter, safer and more fuel efficient than the current model. No changes will be made to its engine lineup. The hatchback’s new model will retain the existing 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motors. Though, it could get an additional CVT along with the standard manual unit.
Expected Launch – Auto Expo 2018
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Another model from the stables of Maruti Suzuki India is an unnamed small car that will go squarely against Renault Kwid in the budget hatchback segment. This cross-hatch is rumoured to be based on the Crosshiker concept that first broke cover at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. Sporting futuristic design and progressive styling, it makes to our list of top upcoming cars under Rs 6 lakh. This new small car is currently in its initial design and development phase. While the details are obscure, it is expected to feature SUV-ish looks and a high ground clearance. If all goes well we could see its concept or pre-production model at the next year’s Auto Expo in Greater Noida among other upcoming models from Maruti.
Expected Launch – Sometime in 2018
Expected Price – Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh
New-generation Maruti Alto is the next one in our list of upcoming cars under 6 lakh. While there is no any official announcement about its launch, reports in media suggest that it could be rolled out in 2018 or 2019. Aesthetically, the hatchback will receive copious updates giving it a refreshing and more evolved look. Interior, too, will witness significant changes including a pack of new features. Engine details of the car still under the wraps. Though, it’s reported to come with the two powertrain options – an 800cc petrol and a 1.0-litre. Both the motors will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Rumour also has it that Maruti might offer a new 660cc engine on the carline. This unit will be calibrated to return fuel economy above 30kmpl.
Expected Launch – 2018- 2019
Expected Price – Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh