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.
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 – 2019-20
Expected Price – Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh
Competition – Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz
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 – 2018
Expected Price – Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Competition – Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift