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Upcoming Hatchback Cars In India – Complete List

Upcoming Hatchback Cars

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.

Upcoming Hatchback Cars In India

1. Tata 45X

Buoyed by overwhelming response for its entry-level B-segment hatchback – Tiago, Tata Motors is now planning to enter into the premium hatchback space. In fact, Tata Motors has showcased the concept version of the car at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Called Tata 45X, the hatchback is undoubtedly one of the most awaited upcoming hatchback cars in the Indian market. 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.

In terms of styling, the new Tata hatchback looks like a futuristic car with lots of premium features and advanced tech. It comes equipped with aggressive face sporting projector headlamp units, low-positioned fog lamps and surround camera in-place of ORVMs. 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 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 – 2019
Expected Price – Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh
Competition – Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz

2. New Ford Figo Facelift

Next in the list of upcoming hatchback cars in India is the new Ford Figo facelift. Besides Figo facelift, Ford will launch the new Figo based crossover-hatchback – Freestyle in India. Figo will receive the first major facelift since its launch in India in September, 2015. The updated model will receive subtle aesthetic and feature upgrades. Few of the design highlights will include new larger headlamps, new grille with chrome surround, revised dashboard, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Figo facelift will be equipped with a new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Dragon engine. This naturally aspirated, 3-cylinder petrol engine offers 95bhp of power and 115Nm of torque. Adding to it, the updated model will also get a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine that is good for 110bhp of power and 136Nm of torque. The oil burner will be a tried & tested 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that produces 99bhp and 215Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Expected Launch Date – Early 2019
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition – Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift

3. New Nissan Micra

Upcoming Hatchback Cars - New Micra

Nissan had launched the new generation Micra hatchback in the international market in early 2017. The company will launch the next generation model in the country in the next 2 years. It receives styling updates to exterior and interior, in line with the Sway concept. The global market is based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF-B small car platform whereas in India, it will use the existing V-platform.

Other than aesthetic changes, the hatchback will also witness change in proportions measuring longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model. In terms of design, the new generation Micra will sports radical changes with the quintessential V-shaped grille, angular air-conditioning vents and sleek headlamps infuse sporty character. View from the side will be more aggressive sporting sharp creases across the length of the car and sleeker roofline. Round the back, the hatchback will receive redesigned tail-lamps and roof-mounted spoiler from the Sway concept. Under the hood, it is expected to get a choice between the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel powertrain.

Expected Launch Date – 2019
Expected Price – Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh
Competition – Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, Maruti Baleno and Volkswagen Polo

4. New Volkswagen Polo

Next in our list of upcoming hatchback cars in India is the new generation Volkswagen Polo. The company has unveiled the sixth generation Polo hatchback for the global markets. Instead of the PQ25 platform, the new model is based on the MQB-A0 platform that also underpins the T-Cross compact SUV. With the help of Skoda, the German automaker is planning to locally develop the affordable version of this platform in India. The next Polo for Indian market will be developed on this architecture.

In terms of dimensions, the global-spec Polo is 4,053mm in length, 1,751mm in width and 1,446mm in height, making it 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm taller than the fifth generation model. Though, India-spec model will sit under 4 meter in length. The wheelbase has been increased by 63mm, while the boot space is up by 71-litres to 351-litres. Likely to be launched in 2019, the next Polo is likely to come in petrol version only. The hatchback could get a turbocharged 1.0-litre or a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engines. Both manual and automatic versions of the car will be on offer.

Expected Launch Date – 2020-21
Expected Price – Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Competition – Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo

5. New Maruti Alto

2017 Maruti Alto

Maruti’s most selling mini-hatchback, Alto is set for a generation change. The hatchback will receive copious cosmetic upgrades to the exterior and interior. Styling changes will be made to give it crossover-like looks. Under the skin, Alto is likely remain unchanged using the same 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engines that power the current model. However, recent reports suggest that the vehicle could get a new 660cc 3-cylinder engine. The next model is also likely to be the most fuel efficient car in the country with over 30kmpl of mileage. The petrol engines will come with a choice of five-speed manual unit and an automated manual transmission. In a bid to make the hatchback perform well and more frugal, Maruti could use a new lightweight platform.

Expected Launch Date – 2019
Expected Price – Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh
Competition – Renualt Kwid and Datsun redi-GO

Upcoming Hatchback Cars In India

6. New Maruti WagonR

New Maruti Wagon R 2017 rear

The tall boy hatchback from Maruti continues its successful run in India. Having undergone a generation change in 2010, the entry level B segment vehicle is readying to take a leap into the next generation after a long gap. Taking into account the comprehensive changes WagonR is likely to receive it is expected to take around 2 years to hit production. One of the major changes on the next gen WagonR will be the 7-seat layout. It is to be noted that the hatchback will continue to be offered with the 5-seat layout.

While the quintessential tall-boy design will be retained, the hatchback will get a new face, rear and entirely new interior. No changes will be made to the engine set up and the new WagonR will continue using the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine good for 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. The 5-speed manual unit and AMT gearbox will be retained from the current model.

Expected Launch Date – Early 2019
Expected Price – Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
Competition – Chevrolet Beat, Renault Kwid and Tata Tiago

New Hyundai hatchback (Santro)

The next generation Santro is the next model in our list of upcoming hatchback cars in India. The South Korean automaker is working on a compact hatchback for the Indian market. The small car will be positioned between the Eon and the Grand i10. It will have a crossover-ish look, which will make it a direct rival to the likes of Renault Kwid Climber, Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100. The small car is expected to be developed on the Grand i10 platform; however, details are yet to be revealed by the company. It was speculated that the new model could be named New Santro. Though, few reports suggest that the hatchback will get a new name. The small car will be powered by a new 1.0-litre petrol engine. Additionally, it will be the first Hyundai to feature an AMT gearbox.

Expected Launch Date – October 23, 2018
Expected Price – Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
Competition – Renault Kwid Climber and Tata Tiago

8. Tata Tiago JTP

Next in our list of upcoming hatchback cars is the Tata Tiago JTP. This is basically the performance version of the regular hatchback, which was unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. JTP stands for ‘Jayem Tata Performance’; Jayem Automotives is the Coimbatore based manufacturer. The Tata Tiago JTP will be powered by a tried & tested 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine that produces 110bhp and 150Nm of torque. It will be more powerful than the Maruti Baleno RS, which gets the 100bhp, 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine.

In terms of styling, the Tata Tiago JTP will get all-new bumper, blacked-out headlamps, revised grille, new fog lamp housing and large air intakes. It rides on newly developed 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The hot hatch also gets a lowered suspension and stiffened dampers, which enhances the overall performance and handling. The hot hatch also gets bigger disc brakes.

Expected Launch Date – 2018 festive season
Expected Price – Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh
Competition – Maruti Baleno RS

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