Amidst the horde of vehicles coming to India in 2015, let us take a look at some of them.
Hyundai is working hard ever since it has tasted success with the launch of the Elite i20 in India and is now working on a crossover based on this hatchback. The Hyundai i20 Active is all set to increase Hyundai’s market share and improve domestic volumes by March 2015. It will share the same platform of the Elite i20, but will get additional features. The crossover will be seen with the new fluidic design. The engine options are expected to be the same petrol and diesel mills from the Elite i20. The crossover may be put in a price bracket of Rs 6 lakh to Rs 11 lakh. When launched, it will go up against the upcoming Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura.
Renault is entering the MPV market with the Lodgy, a product of its Romanian subsidiary Dacia. When launched in March 2015, the MUV it will compete directly with the Toyota Innova. The Lodgy, just like the Duster, gets a lot of chrome on the front. The interiors are spacious and can seat seven adults. Even the third row gets ample legroom and headroom. Renault may offer only the diesel engine in India; the same 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that generates 110 PS power and 240 Nm of torque. The expected price is from Rs. 10 to 15 lakhs.
Honda is jazzing up its presence with a new car – Honda Jazz in the year 2015. Come April 2015, the roads will see a new and refreshing Jazz. The front fascia is completely redesigned and it gets a new grille design. The sides and the bumpers are sculpted, while the tail cluster gets a more compact design. The car is also expected to have a class-leading 390-litre boot. The Jazz may get a 1.2-litre petrol mill and a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Jazz will be positioned below the Amaze, and is expected to cost around Rs 4.7 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.5 lakh for the diesel.
When Tata Motors came out with their Nano, everyone loved this small car. But it came with a few disadvantages. Tata updated the Nano with power steering and an upmarket interior and came out with an XT variant. To help improve the small car’s performance in the entry-level segment, Tata are coming out with an AMT. Showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the upcoming Nano AMT might used a new 1-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, in place of the 624 cc engine. The expected launch is in March 2015 and the expected price range is Rs. 3 to 3.25 lakhs.
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