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 Tiago breaking the norms with unconventional styling, carmakers are attempting to match the bar raised by this home make. As we are ready to 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 years.
Upcoming Small Cars In India Under Rs 5 Lakh
Hyundai will revive Santro nameplate in India which is expected to undergo complete transformation. It’s surely one of the much-awaited upcoming small cars in India. 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. The spy pictures give us a fair idea about changes the hatchback will receive. Retaining its ‘tall boy’ stance, the new Santro will feature a revised trapezoidal grille and full wheel cover on steel wheels.
Interior of the hatchback could be updated with some new features including a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The system, however, could be reserved for the top-spec model. Engine setup of the new Santro might include a 1.2-litre Kappa unit and a 1.1-litre iRDE unit sourced from the old Grand i10. These engines will come with an option between a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox. Rumour also has it that the carmaker might offer the factory-fitted CNG powertrains.
Expected Price: Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
Expected Launch: 2018 Festive Season
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 kit edition, 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, alloy wheels and silver painted skid plate at the rear.
Features such as fog lamps with DRLs, illuminated logo, puddle lamp, door visors, sunroof and lots of chrome treatment will also be on offer. The vehicle will get new equipment on the inside. There will be new seat covers, window shades cushion and reading light. Power will continue to come from the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and 1.05-litre Revotorq oil burner from the standard model. The former makes 84bhp with 114Nm, and the latter one delivers 69bhp with 140Nm.
Expected Price: Rs 4.50 lakh to Rs 5.05 lakh
Expected Launch: 2018-19
The next on the list of upcoming small cars in India is the new WagonR. Maruti Suzuki’s popular hatchback, Wagon R will soon receive a generation change in the Indian market. A major departure over the current model, the new WagonR will see completely new design, lighter and stronger chassis and comprehensive new feature list. Similar to the company’s new breed cars, the hatchback will use Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform. The hatchback will continue to feature the tall boy design and boxy stance. Though, it will get split headlamps, revised front grille, bumper and hood, repositioned ORVMs and horizontal tail lamps, a larger rear windshield and new roof mounted spoiler.
Engine setup of the new WagonR is likely to remain unchanged. The new model will continue to use the same 1.0-litre K-series petrol engine that’s good for 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. However, the new WagonR could be a lot better in terms of performance – thanks to its new lightweight platform. It will also improve the fuel efficiency of the car. Transmission duties on the small car will continue to be performed by a 5-speed manual gearbox and an AMT unit.
Expected Price: Rs 4.50 lakh to Rs 5.50 lakh
Expected Launch: 2021
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 in 2016 followed by the Climber edition in March, 2017. 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. The heavily accessorized Kwid Racer will receive additional features and new elements.
The Racer edition will get sporty enhancements over the regular model. Some of its highlights will include sporty front fascia, 18-inch alloys with low-profile tyres, thickly cladded wheel arches and an integrated rear spoiler. Inside, there will be leather-trim steering wheel, four-point harness bucket seats, a digital rev counter, etc. Powering the vehicle will be the same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that’s good for 67bhp and 91Nm of torque.
Expected Price: Rs 4.50 lakh
Expected Launch: 2018-19
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 vehicle sometime next year. Taking a leap into the new generation, Alto will see comprehensive cosmetic updates for a changed look. We have already seen the patented sketch of the hatchback that seems inspired by the Suzuki Alto Lapin. However, it is reported to feature some crossover-ish design bits to compete with new-age rivals like Kwid. The new Alto could be based on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform, thus making it lighter, safer and more fuel efficient than before.
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. Rumor also has it that the new Maruti Alto might get a 658cc petrol engine that does duty in the global-spec Suzuki Alto Lapin. However, the technical details of the new-gen are yet to be revealed by the carmaker.
Expected Price: Rs 3 lakh – Rs 4 lakh
Expected Launch: 2021
The new-generation Honda Brio made its global debut at the 2018 GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show). Interestingly, the new Brio hatchback will share its platform with the new Honda Amaze subcompact sedan that will make it lighter, stiffer and safer the outgoing model. The same architecture will also be used in future Honda products. In terms of design and styling, the new Honda Brio will be heavily inspired by the updated Mobilio MPV, especially the front fascia. Most of its features are likely to be carried over from the new Amaze. Some of its key features will include blacked dashboard with sliver lining, a 6.1-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and HFT function, semi bucket seats, digital air-conditioning, etc. No changes will be made under the hood. The new-generation Brio will use the same 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine that’s good enough for 89bhp and 110Nm of torque.
Expected Price: Rs 5.5 lakh – Rs 9 lakh
Expected Launch: 2019 – 2020