Here’s a look at the top 7 new cars which are ready to hit roads in October, 2018.
Festive season is just around the corner, and most of the car manufacturers have lined up a slew of new cars for launch. The October month will witness variety of offerings in different segments, right from hot-hatch to full-fledged SUV. A couple of facelift models will also see a release. Here’s a look at the top 7 new cars which are ready to hit Indian roads next month.
1. New Ford Aspire (4th October)
The new Ford Aspire facelift will be the first one to arrive in the market. Official bookings of the sedan have already been commenced across the nation, and its launch is slated to happen on 4th October. For the 2018 model year, the sedan receives minor aesthetic upgrades along with a pack of new features. The new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift will also get a new 1.2L, three-cylinder Dragon family petrol engine that’s good enough for 95bhp and 120Nm of torque. Though, the diesel version of the car will continue to use the 1.5L that pushes out 99bhp with 215Nm of torque.
2. Honda CR-V (9th October)
Honda Cars India has confirmed that it will launch the fifth-generation Honda CR-V SUV on October 9, 2018. This time around, the Japanese carmaker will introduce the 7-seater version of the SUV along with 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine. The oil burner, paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox, delivers 118.3bhp at 4,000rpm and 300Nm at 2,000rpm. The petrol variants source power from a 2.0L i-VTEC unit producing 151.8bhp at 6,500rpm and 189Nm of torque at 4,300rpm.
The gasoline mill matched to a CVT gearbox. Besides this, the new Honda CRV receives multiple design changes and feature upgrades. The SUV’s new model gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a power panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, electric parking brake and power driver’s seat.
3. Datsun GO & GO+ (Early October)
Datsun India will soon introduce the updated version of the GO hatchback and GO+ MPV. While the official launch date is yet to be announced, it’s reported to hit showrooms early next month. Both the facelifts will see revised front grille, new headlamps with LED DRLs, newly-designed front bumper and ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights, a new pair of alloys and new LED taillamps.
Inside, the 2018 Datsun GO and GO+ will get new seat upholstery, power windows, mobile docking system, power steering and a touchscreen infotainment system. No changes will be made under the hood. Both the models will continue to feature 78bhp, 1.2L, three-cylinder petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
4. Mahindra Rexton (Mid October)
Mahindra Rexton SUV, previewed at this year’s Auto Expo, is ready to go on sale in October. This premium 7-seater SUV will take on the segment leaders – the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Interestingly, the Rexton will be Mahindra’s first vehicle to use the quad-frame body frame, composed of 63% 1.5pa-grade high strength steel. Powering the SUV will be a 2.2L, e-XDi220 LET turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a peak power of 184.4bhp and a peak torque of 400Nm (MT) – 420NM (AT).
Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic unit sourced from Mercedes-Benz. It will get a part-time 4WD drivetrain system. Besides a pack of comfort and connectivity features, the Mahindra Rexton will come with several advanced safety fitments including 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, hill descent control, active roll-over protection and more.
5. Tata Tiago JTP (Mid October)
Tata Motors will bring in its first ever performance hatchback in Indian market. Called the Tata Tiago JTP, the hot-hatch made its public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. It has been developed under the partnership of Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives. This performance-oriented hatchback is propelled by a 1.2L Revotron petrol engine, which has been calibrated to generate extra power and better performance.
In the hot-hatch, the gasoline motor delivers a maximum power of 109bhp and 150Nm of torque. This makes it around 25bhp more powerful than the standard Tiago. In order to further enhance its performance, the carmaker has fitted the hot hatch with more optimized gear ratios, bigger brakes and tuned suspension setup.
6. Hyundai Santro (23rd October)
The new-generation Hyundai Santro (codenamed – AH2) is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest launches of this year. Due for 23rd October, the new Santro hatchback shares its platform with the Hyundai i10 – i.e HA architecture. Aiming to enhance its safety quotient, the South Korean carmaker might offer rear parking sensors, dual airbags and antilock braking system (ABS) as standard fitments on the carline.
Reports suggest that the hatchback will first car its segment to get rear air-conditioning vents. It might also get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that might support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Under the hood, the new Santro is likely to house a 63bhp, 1.1L Epsilon petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox.
7. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Late October)
Maruti Suzuki’s popular MPV – Ertiga – is all set to enter into its next generation in October, 2018. Though, the official launch date is yet to be revealed by the carmaker. A few media reports suggest that the certain dealers have begun accepting pre-orders for the new Maruti Ertiga 2018 at an initial sum of Rs 50,000. Unlike the existing generation, the new model will be based on the HEARTECT platform and will have slightly bigger dimensions.
The next-gen Ertiga will feature a new 103bhp, 1.5L, four-cylinder K15B petrol engine with SHVS mild hybrid technology. This makes it 10bhp more powerful than the outgoing model. The diesel version of the MPV will continue to derive its power from the 1.3L MJD motor.
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