Here is a list of upcoming hatchback cars in India in 2017 & 2018 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 2017 & 2018 that prospective buyers should look up to.
Topping the popularity chart even 12 years after its introduction in 2005, the new Maruti Swift is indubitably one of the eagerly awaited upcoming hatchback cars in India. With sketches already revealed, the curiosity is only mounting for the next generation model that is set for an official unveil at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. 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 will equip new elements to the exterior including the large hexagonal grille in front, new headlamps, floating roof, new tail-lamps, Chevrolet Best 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 layered with new steering wheel, new HVAC controls with circular vents, redesigned dashboard, new twin-pod instrument panel with large MID, new SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system and new upholstery.
Under the skin, the hatchback will remain unchanged, deriving power from 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. For transmitting power, the five-speed unit will be carried over from the current model, whereas Maruti could add an AMT gearbox.
Expected Launch Date- End of 2017
Expected Price- Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition- Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo
After carving a niche sport in the entry level B segment with Tiago, Tata Motors has set its sight on the premium hatchback space. The premium hatchback will be based on Tata’s new Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) and 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
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-Mid 2017
Expected Price- Rs 5.7 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Competition-Maruti Baleno and Honda Jazz