This list gives you an insight into the new upcoming small cars slated for launch in the coming months.
We Indians have a penchant for small cars and our obsession for it is not coming to an end anytime soon. Much before Tata envisaged developing a ‘laktakiya’ car and inspiring Renault to follow suit with Kwid, India got its first official ‘small car’ the iconic 800 model. Sadly, all good things have to come to an end and so did the 800 car, but its lineage lives on with the Alto 800, a much modern rendition of the original model.
With Kwid breaking the norms with unconventional styling, carmakers are attempting to match the bar raised by this French make. As we enter into a new financial year, we bring you a list of upcoming small cars in India expected to be priced in the vicinity of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. So if you are planning to upgrade from a two-wheeler to a four-wheeler, or pondering to switch your old car with a new one, this list gives you an insight into the new upcoming small cars slated for launch in the coming months.
Launched in 2011 to defy Maruti Alto’s reign in the budget segment, Hyundai Eon is set to receive its first facelift. Hyundai had high hopes from the hatchback but it could not overpower Alto’s presence in its space. With Kwid the competition got intense and Hyundai is now ready to bestow new updates on the Eon. The hatchback will receive styling changes in line with Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Engine options on the carline will be retained from the pre-facelift model but it can get a new automatic gearbox along with the manual unit. Additionally, the hatchback will also get new comfort goodies and safety features.
Expected Price- Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh
Expected Launch – Festive Season
Buoyed by the unprecedented success of Kwid, Renault is determined to bring more derivatives of the hatchback in phased manner. The company rolled-out 1.0-litre and AMT variants last year followed by the Climber edition early this year. Renault had brought both the versions at the 2016 Auto Expo, while the Climber edition is out for retail, the Racer version will soon be added to the line-up. Currently there is no timeline for the launch, but it expected that Renault will launch the Racer edition sometime this year priced. The heavily accessorized Kwid Racer will receive additional features and new elements.
Expected Price-Rs 4.50 lakh
Expected Launch – End of 2017 or Early 2018
Maruti’s bread and butter model, Alto will witness a generation change, but it will be done in due course of time and we could see the concept model at the 2018 Auto Expo. Taking a leap into the new generation, Alto will get comprehensive cosmetic updates for a changed look. Engine choices will be retained from the current model, though Maruti could tune the 800cc petrol engine for increased output. The engine will continue to use five-speed manual transmission and an AMT unit.
Expected Price-Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh
Expected Launch – 2018
Hyundai will revive Santro nameplate in India which is expected to undergo complete transformation. First launched in 1998, Santro was Hyundai’s first product in India which was taken off production in 2014. It is believed that new Santro will be introduced as a replacement to the old i10 that has been taken off production lately. The hatchback will not only receive copious cosmetic updates, but it will also get new engines including 1.2-litre Kappa unit and the 1.1-litre iRDE engine from the old Grand i10. These engines will come with an option between a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox.
Expected Price-Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
Expected Launch – 2018
Honda is working on a new 1.2-litre oil burner which will be used in the next generation Brio. The new unit will essentially be a stripped down version of Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that currently powers other models in Honda’s line-up including Mobilio, Amaze and Jazz. The 1.2-litre petrol engine on the other hand will be carried over from the current model. Aside from the mechanical changes, the hatchback will undergo cosmetic changes. It is expected that Honda is aiming 100% localisation for new –gen Brio, in a bid to curb pricing.
Expected Price- Rs 4.5 lakh
Expected Launch-Sometime in 2018
Internally named as Pelican, Tata Motors is developing a more premium version of its micro-hatchback Nano. The hatchback has been spotted testing in India lately and is likely to launch in India sometime this year. Tata will make subtle design changes to give it a more upmarket look. Power on the Pelican Nano will come from the 1000cc, three cylinder petrol engine. It is expected that Tata will position Pelican above GenX Nano in its line-up, however we believe that Pelican will take design cues from Nano Europe concept. On the inside, it will be reminiscent of Tiago and other upcoming cars from Tata.
Expected Price-Rs 2.50 lakh to Rs 3.50 lakh
Tata is betting big on its stellar model Tiago and is planning to roll-out more derivatives in future. Codenamed Tiago 4, the Aktiv version is expected to be launched as a special edition initially, though Tata could retain the model permanently if it receives good response from customers. While there will be no radical changes, the Aktiv version is likely to get additional accessory package that will include body cladding, roof rails, side stickers, sportier bumper and new equipment on the inside. Power will continue to come from the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.05-litre Revotorq oil burner from the standard model.
Expected Price-Rs 4.50 lakh to Rs 5.05 lakh
Expected Launch-Sometime in 2017