Check out the top 10 new cars that will be launched in H2, 2019.
In the past 6 months, the Indian automotive industry has witnessed some important car launches including Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, New Honda Civic and new-generation Maruti Suzuki WagonR. Besides this, several popular models get mid-life update including Baleno, Alto, TUV300 and more. The second half of 2019 will surely be more exciting as there are many awaited big launches. So, let’s go straight to it and check out the top 10 new cars that will make their way to India in the H2, 2019.
Hyundai Kona will be the first electric vehicle from the South Korean carmaker in India. Slated to launch in July, the Kona will be initially sold in 16 cities. While the global version of the SUV comes with a 200bhp, 64kW battery pack, the India-spec model will receive a 39kW battery pack generating 133bhp of power and 395Nm of torque. It will deliver an electric range of 300km. The Kona comes with a host of comfort and connectivity features including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an 8-speaker KRELL sound system with a subwoofer, BlueLink connected features, heated and ventilated seats, live services, etc.
Launch – July
Tata Altroz, the production-ready version of the 45X concept, is surely the second big launch from the home-grown carmaker in 2019. Similar to the Tata Harrier, the Altroz features the new-generation IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy and retain most of its design bits from the concept. It’s the first Tata car based on the new AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) that’s said to be compatible for different wheelbases, lengths, widths and suspension setups. Engine options of the Tata Altroz will include 85bhp, 1.2L petrol, 102bhp, 1.2L turbo petrol and 1.5L turbo diesel engine options. Reports suggest that the hatchback might also receive a 48 volt mild hybrid engine with idle start stop function. Both manual and automatic transmission will be on offer.
Launch – July
Kia Motors India is ready to kick start its Indian operations with the Seltos compact SUV. Here, it will be stacked up against the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur. Kia Seltos, which is essentially the production avatar of Kia SP concept, will be offered with multiple engine, transmission and colour options. The carmaker has confirmed that the SUV will be available with two petrol and one diesel powertrains including a powerful 14L turbo diesel for GT Line. There will be four gearboxes – a 6-speed MT, a 7-speed DCT, a 6-speed torque converter and a CVT. The Seltos is one of the most feature-loaded cars in its segment.
Launch – In Late August
Renault’s highly popular hatchback – Kwid – is ready to get its first update in the second half of 2019. The latest spy pictures reveal that the updated version might share some of its design bits with the China-spec Kwid EV. Save for the side profile, the front and rear ends will receive minor cosmetic updates including new headlamps with LED DRLs, newly-designed grille and revised taillamps. Inside, the hatchback might get an updated infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new seat upholstery, climate control and rear AC vents. It will also have more safety features to offer. The Renault Kwid facelift will feature the BS6-compliant version of the existing 800cc and 1.0L petrol engines.
Launch – August or September
The French carmaker is ready to roll out its all-new Renault Triber 7-seater MPV in the second half of 2019. Based on the slightly modified CMF-A platform, the Triber will take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra Marazzo. Renault’s new MPV is claimed to offer ‘super spacious’ cabin with segment-first flexible third row seats. It offers a cargo volume of 625L in 5-seat configuration. Some of its key features include a 20cm touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, dedicated AC vents for third seat passengers, wide headlamps with LED DRLs and roof rails. The engine bay will feature a 1.0L, 3-cylinder petrol engine developing power worth 71bhp with 96Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT unit.
Launch – Around Festive Season
Renault’s highly popular compact SUV – Duster will receive a mid-life update in the second half of 2019. While the SUV will retain the original design, it will receive minor aesthetic upgrades including new grille with chrome treatment, revised headlamps with new LED DRLs, chrome finished skid plate, new roof rails and new black plastic cladding. Under the hood, the new Renault Duster will feature the BS6-ready version of the existing engines. That means, the new model will feature the same 1.5L petrol motor churning out 105bhp with 142Nm and a 1.5L diesel unit making power worth 108bhp with 248Nm. The 85bhp, 1.5L diesel motor will not be offered on the facelifted version. While the gasoline mill will come with a 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox, the oil burner will get a 6-speed manual and an AMT transmission.
Launch – Festive Season
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is the production version of the Concept Future S that was previewed at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The mini SUV, which is currently in its testing phase, will be gun up against the Mahindra KUV100 and the upcoming Tata H2X. The S-Presso will stay close to its concept, featuring upright stance, wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs, beefy bumpers with black plastic cladding, roof rails and alloy wheels. Inside, the mini SUV is likely to get Suzuki’s SmartPlay infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a multi functional steering wheel and rear parking camera. As far as engine is concerned, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will get WagonR’s BS6-ready 1.0L, K-Series petrol engine with manual and AMT gearbox options.
Launch – Festive Season
8. Honda HR-V
Honda Cars India has already introduced the much-awaited new-generation Civic sedan in the country. In H2 2019, the Japanese carmaker will bring in its second important product – Honda HR-V. It will sit above the BR-V and below the CR-V. This new SUV will be imported as CKD unit, and stacked up against the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and MG Hector. While the official engine details are still under the wraps, the Honda HR-V is likely to share its powertrain with the new Civic sedan. That means, it will come with a 1.8L i-VTEC engine that’s good enough for 139bhp. Rumor has it that the HR-V diesel could be offered with a 1.6L i-DTEC motor generating 118bhp with 300Nm. Transmission on offer will be a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit.
Launch – Festive Season
9. Tata Buzzard
Tata Buzzard is essentially the 7-seater version of the Harrier compact SUV. The SUV had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. The carmaker will introduce the Buzzard in India with a different nameplate and if reports are to be believed it will be christened ‘Tata Cassini’. Compared to the Harrier, the Buzzard will have longer and boxier B-pillar along with revised rear bumper and taillamps. Though, it will share its platform, features and styling elements with the 5-seater Harrier. In fact, the Buzzard will make use of the same 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine. Though, it will deliver more power (170PS) than the Harrier. While a 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard across the lineup, a 6-speed torque converter unit will come as an option.
Launch – End of 2019
10. MG eZS
MG Motor has started its Indian innings with the Hector 5-seater SUV. The British carmaker has already confirmed that its next product for India will be the MG eZS electric SUV. Production of the vehicle is already underway at the company’s Halol plant. First previewed at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show, MG eZS shares some of its design elements with ZS compact SUV. Face of the SUV has aggressive appeal, thanks to its sleek projector headlamps wit LED DRLs, chrome highlighted grille and wider airdam. It also gets dual-tone wing mirrors, sloping roofline, machine-cut alloys and LED taillamps. For power, the electric SUV might use a 52.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack offering a claimed range of over 400km.
Launch – December