Here is a list of upcoming hatchback cars in India in 2018 & 2019 that prospective buyers should look up to.
As the Indian automotive market expands into a larger space with carmakers venturing into new segments the affinity for hatchbacks remain intact. SUVs might have clinched the limelight from hatchbacks, but India’s love affair with the small vehicles continue as it is still the most favoured choice when it comes to budget segment. What has changed during the course of time is the shift towards the premium models which were earlier sidelined due to high pricing. Interestingly, the onset of similarly priced crossover and subcompact sedan segments has not averted the popularity of premium hatchbacks. On the other hand, in the budget hatchback space, revolutionary cars like Renault Kwid have redefined the rule-book and carmakers are addressing aspects which were earlier considered trivial. Hence, the above theory affirms our liking for hatchbacks and this brings us to the new models rolling out in the next two years. Here is a list of upcoming hatchback cars in India in 2018 & 2019 that prospective buyers should look up to.
First launched in 2005, the Maruti Swift has been one of the best-selling hatchbacks in the country. Now, the company is planning to launch the next generation model in the country. The new gen Swift model is indubitably one of the eagerly awaited upcoming hatchback cars in India. Already on sale in select international markets, the new model will go on sale in our market in early next year. Sporting radical changes, the new Swift is based on the lighter and stiffer Baleno platform that enables improved performance and increased fuel economy.
To upgrade the hatchback visually, Maruti has added new elements to the exterior including the large hexagonal grille in front, new headlights, floating roof, new tail-lights, Chevrolet Beat inspired rear door handle etc. Updates to the interior will be comprehensive too with changed styling and additional equipment. That said, the cabin will be shared with the new Swift Dzire, featuring new steering wheel, HVAC control, new dashboard, new SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and new upholstery.
Under the bonnet, the new Swift will remain unchanged. It will continue to feature the current 83bhp, 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 74 bhp, 1.3-litre oil burner. Torque figure for both the models stands at 115Nm and 190Nm respectively. Transmission duties will be carried out by a five-speed manual or an AMT unit. Maruti could also launch the hybrid version of the Swift, which is claimed to deliver 32kmpl.
Expected Launch Date – 2018 Auto Expo
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition – Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo
Buoyed by overwhelming response for its entry-level B-segment hatchback – Tiago, Tata Motors is now planning to enter into the premium hatchback space. Codenamed X451, the new premium hatchback will be based on Tata’s new Advanced Modular Platform (AMP). Like Nexon, this car will be designed with collective inputs from Tata’s design studios in Pune, UK and Italy. Besides, Tata’s British subsidiary, JLR will also give its inputs for the designing. The styling is expected resemble that of a crossover with an aggressive face sporting projector headlamp units, low positioned fog lamps and DLRs on turn indicators. Other bits such as the sporty roof rails, pronounced wheel arches, roof-mounted spoiler, body cladding and wrap-around tail-lamps will further accentuate the assertive character.
Interior will take styling inspiration from the upcoming Nexon model, with the multi-layered design and rear AC vents as well as centre console design resembling an Indian lattice-work. Tata will pack touchscreen infotainment system with voice commands, SAT-NAV and multi-functional steering wheel inside. The engine line-up will be shared with Nexon, using a 1.2-litre Revotron unit for petrol variants and 1.5-litre TDI powertrain for diesel variants. These engines will be paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an AMT unit likely to be available with select variants.
Expected Launch Date – 2018
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition – Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz
Next model in our list of upcoming hatchback cars in India is the 2018 Elite i20 facelift. Rolled out with comprehensive changes and a new nameplate, the current generation Hyundai Elite i20 will soon receive a mid-life facelift comprising subtle aesthetic updates. It is expected that exterior will receive minimal tweaks, arming new grille, bumpers and redesigned alloy wheels. Similarly, revisions made to the interior will be subtle with new upholstery and additional kit making it more desirable. There will no mechanical changes, implying use of 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder Kappa petrol and 1.4-litre CRDi oil burner on the carline. In terms of the power, the petrol engine puts out 81.83bhp and 114.7Nm of torque as opposed to the 88.73bhp of power and 219.7Nm of torque produced by the oil burner. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed auto box.
Expected launch Date – Early 2018
Expected Price – Rs 5.7 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Competition – Maruti Baleno and Honda Jazz