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Upcoming Cars in India Between Rs 5 lakh – Rs 10 Lakh

Upcoming Cars Between 5 and 10 lakhs

There has been a paradigm shift in the buying behaviour of Indian customers in the last decade. While Indian market is currently undergoing a transformation from being a hatchback oriented market to a space with huge demand for UVs, one thing that remains constant is the budget. Keeping Indian customers in mind, auto giants are working on affordable yet feature-loaded models for the Indian customers. For all those planning to buy a new car, we bring you a compilation of upcoming cars priced between Rs 5 and Rs 10 lakh.

1. New Maruti Future S

At the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki had showcased the new Suzuki Future S mini SUV concept. The company has confirmed that an all-new entry-level car will be launched on this concept. This new model is expected to be launched in the country in 2019. To be positioned below the Vitara Brezza, the Future S is likely to be the company’s future budget SUV.

Featuring SUV-like stance and bold presence, the Maruti Suzuki Future S is expected to rival a range of entry level cars including Hyundai’s upcoming small car, Renault Kwid 1.0L and Mahindra KUV100 NXT. The new model is based on the company’s new generation ‘HEARTECT’ platform that also underpins the new Swift. This model is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired to either a manual or an AMT gearbox.

Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Expected Launch – 2019
Competition – Hyundai Santro, Renault Kwid 1.0L

2. New Volkswagen Polo

The German premium carmaker is planning to locally develop its global MQB-AO platform in India. The new-generation VW Polo hatchback is based on the same platform, which is also likely to be launched in the country by 2021. The new model is already on sale in select international market. It is longer, wider and more spacious than the previous model.

This premium hatchback continues to feature VW’s evolutionary styling with sharp body creases, chiselled sides, large stance and modish cues. Besides, the hatchback gets more premium and spacious inside the cabin. It is equipped with a high-placed touchscreen infotainment system, virtual cockpit digital instrument display from Audi TT, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, etc.

Upon launch, the new Polo hatchback will challenge the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the upcoming Nissan Micra. In India, the new Polo is expected to be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. If rumours are to be believed, Volkswagen is working on an all-new diesel engine based on the current 2.0-litre TDI unit. This engine is expected to power future Volkswagen budget cars in India. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit.

Expected Price – Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Expected Launch – 2019-20
Competition – Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz.

3. Toyota Baleno Hatchback

Japanese automaker, Toyota has recently joined hands with Suzuki to develop vehicles including electric cars for Indian market. Maruti Suzuki will provide the Baleno and Vitara Brezza to Toyota, which we sold under Toyota nameplate. The company will launch the re-badged Baleno hatchback, which comes with revised design and subtle interior changes.

The new Toyota Baleno is expected to improve the safety quotient of this hatchback. It is likely to come with better sheet metals. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, 3-point seatbelts for all 3 rear passengers, etc as standard. The top-spec model could receive 6 airbags, which is missing in the current Baleno. The small car will share mechanics with the Baleno hatchback, which includes a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol.

Expected Launch – 2019-20
Expected Price – Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Competition – Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Baleno

4. New-gen Ford Figo

New Ford Figo

Ford India updated its popular hatchback – Figo – in 2015. Now, the company is working on new-generation of the car, which has already been spotted testing on Indian roads. The hatchback’s next-gen model will get comprehensive cosmetic updates along with a new set of engines.

The hatchback will get Ford’s evolved design philosophy, equipped with prominent signature grille and newly designed headlamps. The cabin will be completely revised and it will feature a larger SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system with connected applications. The hatchback will also receive a new 1.2-litre Dragon series petrol engine, while the oil burner will continue to feature the same 1.5-litre engine. The sportier model will get a 1.5-litre Dragon petrol engine that also powers the updated EcoSport.

Expected Launch – 2018
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition – Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift

5. Datsun Go Cross

Datsun GO Cross Price

Nissan’s low-cost brand, Datsun brought Go Cross in concept form at the 2016 Auto Expo, where it received positive reviews from enthusiasts and experts alike. Currently, Datsun offers three vehicles in India and Go Cross will be the fourth model from the car maker. While it will receive SUV-ish styling on the outside with elements such as body cladding etc, the insides will feature five-seat layout along with a seven-seat option. Datsun will use the same underpinnings for Go Cross that are used in GO+ MPV and engine options will include a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre oil burner with a standard five-speed manual unit.

Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Expected Launch –  2018
Competition – Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport

6. Hyundai Carlino

Hyundai Carlino at Auto Expo 2016

Hyundai displayed Carlino subcompact SUV concept at the 2016 Auto Expo, which is likely to hit production by 2019. The model will ostensibly share platform with Hyundai’s premium hatchback, i20 and will be positioned below Creta in the line-up. However, reports in media also suggest that Hyundai could use the Grand i1o underpinnings instead to curb pricing. Engine options on the sub four-meter SUV will include a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi and 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine with a choice of a 4-speed automatic unit and a conventional five-speed manual unit. In its segment, the model will compete with Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon.

Expected Price – Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh
Expected Launch – First half of 2019
Competition – Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza

7. Tata 45X Premium Hatchback

While Tata is developing new SUVs for the Indian market, the car maker is also working on a premium hatchback called 45X to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20. Tata will use its new AMP or Advanced Modular Platform for the new hatchback that will also underpin other upcoming Tata cars including a mid-size sedan.

Tata Motors had showcased the new model at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, but in a concept form. The production model is expected to be launched in 2019 or 2020. Details on the engine specs of the upcoming hatchback are yet obscure. Though, it is expected that Tata could use its 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged oil burner with a choice between a manual and automatic transmission.

Expected Price – Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Expected Launch –First half of 2019
Competition – Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20

8. New Ford Aspire

Ford Aspire best mileage sedans in India

Ford Aspire subcompact sedan is ready to receive its first mid-life facelift next year. For the 2018 model year, the car will get minor styling updates along with a pack of new feature. Some of the key highlights might include new projector headlamps with LED DRLs, re-designed grille and a new set of alloy wheels. It might also get Ford’s new SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Besides this, Ford might also introduce its new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that also powers the new EcoSport. With new powertrain, the Aspire facelift will become more efficient than the current model.

Expected Price – Rs 5.60 lakh to Rs 8.50 lakh
Expected Launch- H2, 2018
Competition – Honda City, Hyundai i20

9. New-gen Nissan Micra

New Nissan Micra 2018 side profile

Nissan Micra hatchback is all set to enter into its fifth generation next year. Inspired from the Sway concept, the new Micra will carry an all-new design with features such as Nissan’s signature V Motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlamps and floating roof. The hatchback will also come with a host of new features including a 6-speaker Bose Personal Sound system, a 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay, blind spot warning, lane departure prevention, traffic sign recognition and more. Engine setup of the new Micra will include a 0.9-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.

Expected Price – Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Expected Launch- 2019
Competition – Maruti Swift, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz

10. Mahindra S201 (5-Seater)

Mahindra S201 Compact SUV S201 Compact SUV

Mahindra & Mahindra is working on a compact SUV that will be positioned against the new Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Renault Duster. The new Mahindra SUV will be designed jointly by SsangYong and Pininfarina (Mahindra owned Italian car design brand). Sharing its platform with the Tivoli, the S201 might feature sweptback headlamps with LED DRLs, sculpted hood, fog lamps with chrome surround, LED taillights and roof spoiler. With respect to engine, the SUV might share its powertrains with the TUV300 – i.e. 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel. Transmission duties are likely to be taken care of by a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an autoShift AMT.

Expected Price – Rs 9 lakh to Rs 13 lakh
Expected Launch- 2018
Competition – Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Tata Nexon

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