2018 looks like a busy year for the automobile industry as top manufacturers are geared up to launch a number of new cars that are set to raise the bar when it comes to power, looks and efficiency of a vehicle. A plethora of new launches are lined up for the full year that ranges from pocket-friendly vehicles which start at Rs.2 lakh and go all the way up to Rs.60 lakh. Automobile giants like Honda and Maruti are set to meet their customer's needs and requirements with these vehicles. To aid the people in procuring their dream vehicle, banks have been introducing a number of car financing schemes at affordable car loan interest rates.
Tata Tigor (Kite 5)
The new Tata Kite 5 hatchback will wear a compact sedan look like its predecessor, the Tata Indica. The sedan has now been christened as Tata Tigor. The Kite hatchback will have similar interiors and front-end styling like the Indica whereas the rear of the vehicle features a notchback shape. The car comes with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.05-litre diesel. The car is set to meet a launch date in April this year and is set to be priced between Rs.4.25 lakh and Rs.6.5 lakh. The Tigor will become a direct competitor for automobiles like Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, and Ford Aspire.
The new Chevrolet Trailblazer will be the result of a facelift on the Chevrolet Trailblazer that was launched in 2016. The new 2017 model comes with a brand new front fascia with a revised front bumper and sleeker headlamps. The car is set to be released in mid-2017. With an estimated price tag of Rs.26-27 lakh, the new Trailblazer will come with a 2.8-litre diesel engine and is a direct competitor with the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
The Isuzu MU-X was launched in the first half of 2017 and this car replaces the MU-7 in India. The Isuzu MU-X will be a direct competitor with the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and Chevrolet Trailblazer. The car comes with a 3.0-litre diesel engine and the estimated price will be between Rs.23-27 lakh.
Mahindra is working on a larger variant of the TUV300 and will now feature 3 rows of seats. The new TUV300 is rumoured to be christened as “TUV500”. The car comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and is estimated to be priced between Rs.8.50-10.50 lakhs. The TUV500 will be launched in October or November this year and will be direct competitor with the Honda BR-V, Renault Duster, and the Hyundai Creta.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny/2018 Maruti Gypsy
The next generation of the Jimmy will be produced by Maruti in India and could possibly be launched in India as the new Gypsy. The car will be launched in early 2018 and is estimated to be priced between Rs.5.50 lakh and Rs.6.60 lakh. The car runs on a 1.0-litre petrol engine and will compete with the Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100.
2017 Maruti Swift
The new Maruti Swift will enter the Indian auto markets by early 2018. The new model by Maruti comes with a number of new features like making the car lighter, provides higher performance, higher cash protection, higher fuel mileage. The engine from the current model will be carried over to the new model when it is released. The car will come with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine variant. The estimated price of the car is said to range between Rs.4.7 lakh and Rs.6.5 lakh.
2017 Maruti S-Cross
The sale of the Maruti S-Cross has been relatively slow, which is why the car is going to get a makeover. The new variant of the S-Cross will hit the streets by October-November this year. The S-Cross comes with a new premium front-end and a host of new features. The engine of the car will come if a 1.5-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel, and a 1.6-litre diesel engine variant. The estimated price of the vehicle is said to range between Rs.7.20-11.52 lakh. The new Maruti S-Cross will compete with the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta.
The Chevrolet Essentia is the compact version of the Chevrolet Beat. The compact sedan was displayed at the Auto Expo in the month of February, 2016. The Essentia will be the cheapest among the existing set of sedans which are sold in India. The car comes with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre diesel version and is estimated to be priced between Rs.4.5 lakh and Rs.6 lakh.
New Hyundai Verna 2017
The stylish new Verna by Hyundai will be launched in the middle of 2017 and the expected price varies from Rs.8.10-13.47 lakh. The new Verna’s rivals are the Maruti Ciaz and Honda City. The new Hyundai Verna comes with a sharper design and will come with a number of new features. The engines for the new Verna are said to be carried forward from the older models.
2017 Toyota Corolla Altis
The Toyota Corolla Altis facelift will be launched in India at the end of 2017 even though the car is available in the international market. . Running on a 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine, the Corolla Altis has already generated a lot of hype and attention with its reasonably priced. The upgrade of the Altis will be entirely cosmetic while keeping the engine options the same. The estimated price of the car ranges between Rs.14 lakh and Rs.20 lakh. Direct competitors of the Corolla Altis are the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, and the Hyundai Elantra.
Tata Tiago Sport
The Tiago Sport by Tata has will be launched at the end of this year. The Tiago precedes the launch of the Bolt Sport. The car will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre, three cylinder petrol engine at around 120PS. The car comes with sportier alloy wheels, a new body kit, and a bigger end-can. The expected price of the Tiago Sport is said to be between Rs.6-7 lakh.
The new Skoda Octavia is due to be launched towards the end of 2017 and comes with noticeable changes to the exterior. The car comes in a few variants such as the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine, and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The car churns out a torque of 250 Nm, 250 Nm and 320 Nm respectively. The main feature that has been upgraded is the quad headlamp setup as well as revamped tail lamps. The car also gets a couple of new features like a new touchscreen as well as twerks made to the instrument console. The estimated price (ex-showroom) of the car may range between Rs.17-22 lakh.
The new Kodiaq 7 seater SUV will be brought out by Skoda in the second half of 2017. Running on a 1.4-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, the car comes with an all-wheel drive system which can be opted for. The estimated price of the car would range between Rs.25-30 lakh.
Tata Nexon Compact SUV
The Nexon Compact SUV is on the road to being launched in Q4 of 2017. Tata has rolled out a number of new products which were met with a warm response. High levels of quality and state-of-the-art equipment ensures that every vehicle that rolls out of a Tata factory is made with top-class precision. The Nexon follows the Tiago and Zest in terms of style, design, and equipment. With an estimated price ranging between Rs.7-10 lakh, the Nexon is destined to compete with the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.
The new Honda Civic will soon enter the auto market again at the end of 2017. The latest generation of the Civic will address issues that have arised from its predecessor especially in the areas of fuel economy as well as the lack of a diesel engine. The estimated price of the Honda Civic will range between Rs.13-15 lakh and will come with a 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel variants. The Honda Civic be a direct competitor for the Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis, and the Skoda Octavia.
Chevrolet Beat Activ
After the Chevrolet Beat Activ was showcased at the Auto Expo in the month of February, the car has gathered a lot of attention from potential customers. This is a crossover variant and comes with a 1.0-litre diesel and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The Chevrolet Beat Activ is estimated to be priced between Rs.4.5-6 lakh. The Chevrolet Beat Activ’s direct competitors are the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Tata Tiago.
The Volkswagen Tiguan will be launched towards the end of after it drew a large following after the car was kept on display at the Auto Expo. The starting price of the Tiguan will be around Rs.30 lakh and employs a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The car generates 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The Tiguan will be equipped with a 7-speed DSG Automatic gearbox to give a stiff competition to its rivals like the Nissan X-Trail and the Skoda Kodiaq.
The Renault Kaptur will prove to be a direct competitor to the immensely popular Hyundai Creta. The Kaptur proves to be unmatched in terms of features and style and is also a little bigger in dimension compared to the Duster. The estimated prices of the Renault Kaptur is set between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.15 lakh. The Kaptur comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The car is set to be launched at the end of 2017 and will be a direct competitor to the Maruti Vitara Breeza and the Ford EcoSport.
The Audi Q2 is expected to be launched in mid-2017. The price of the Audi Q2 is estimated at Rs.23-30 lakh depending on the type of car. The Q2 comes with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. The price range for these specifications makes the Q2 the cheapest Audi SUV in the country.
Honda WR-V (Jazz Based SUV)
Another new car that will be launched soon is a crossover version based on the Jazz hatchback. The new model will be called the WR-V and comes with a number of new features such as a new exterior along with a number of SUV design traits. The launch date for the WR-V is set for mid-2017 and will come with a 1.5 litre diesel and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The estimated price of the car is said to range between Rs.7-10 lakh. The Honda WR-V’s main competitors are the Volkswagen Cross Polo, Hyundai i20 Active, and Fiat Avventura.
Datsun Go Cross
Datsun India is getting ready for the launch of the Go Cross which is based on Go+ MPV. The Go Cross comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and gives a mileage of 20 KMPL. The car is said to be more stylish compared to the GO+ MPV. The Go Cross will meet a mid-2017 launch date and is estimated to be priced between Rs.5.5-8 lakh. Its main competitors are the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Ignis.
New 2017 Nissan Micra
Another attractive model that will be launched soon is the New 2017 Nissan Micra. The next generation Micra will be launched in late 2017 or early 2018. The car comes with a few new cosmetic features while keeping the mechanical aspects of the car the same. The car comes in different variants of engines like the 0.9-litre Turbo-Petrol, 1.2-litre Petrol, and the 1.5-litre Diesel engine and is estimated to be priced between Rs.6.50-9 lakh.
In summary, 2017 is pegged to be the year for a number of new arrivals in the automobile industry. Simultaneously, banks and lenders have also come up with attractive car loan schemes to help car buyers purchase their dream vehicles.