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
The second model on our list of top 6 upcoming cars under Rs 6 lakh is the Tata Tigor AMT. Launched in India recently, the sedan twin of Tata’s stellar model, Tiago is currently available with a manual option. As promised at the time of launch, the company will add an AMT unit to the line-up. The AMT unit will only be offered with the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol unit good for 83bhp and 109Nm. With contemporary looks and affordable price tag, Tigor is a lucrative choice in the burgeoning subcompact sedan space. Just so you know, the sedan is built on the same XO platform that underpins Tiago and features Tata’s new IMPACT design tenet.
Expected Launch – End 2017
Expected Price – Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5.5 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. Under the hood, it will remain unchanged, with same set of 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner powering the carline, 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 was first previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. Sporting futuristic design and progressive styling, it makes to our list of top 6 upcoming cars under Rs 6 lakh. While the details on the underdevelopment hatchback are obscure, it is expected to feature SUV-ish looks and a high ground clearance. If all goes well we could see it 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
First launched in India in February 2014, Maruti Celerio was launched at the 2014 Auto Expo. A breakthrough model in the entry-level hatchback segment, Celerio was the first AMT equipped car in India that is up for its first upgrade. The car will remain unchanged in terms of design and dimensions, albeit it will come with styling changes most of which will be made to the front profile. Sporting a new grille with chrome embellishment, the Celerio facelift will also come with revised bumper and new alloy wheels for a sportier look. While the rear design could remain largely unchanged, it will receive additional goodies on the inside including a new entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity etc.
Expected Launch-Festive season 2017
Expected Price-Rs 4.4 lakh to Rs 5.7 lakh