Tag: Upcoming Cars

Volkswagen Passat to launch in July 2017

Volkswagen Passat to launch in July 2017

Volkswagen India has confirmed that the all-new Volkswagen Passat and Tiguan models to be launched in this year in the Indian market. The Tiguan to be introduced in the coming month of May 2017, whereas the VW Passat is expected to enter the passenger vehicle market in July 2017. There is no official confirmation about the Passat launch but, it will be assembled at the company’s Chakan plant along with the Tiguan.

Related: Next generation Volkswagen Polo production starts in June 2017

Both cars, Tiguan and Passat will be received the VW group’s MQB platform for the Indian market. The VW Passat will enter the Indian market in its latest B8 avatar with the measurements of 4,767mm length, 1832mm width and 1456mm height. It comes with the wheelbase of 2,677mm and single engine that will be the four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel.

The Passat GTE petrol hybrid to be featured with the combination of 115bhp electric motor and 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine rated at 154bhp of power. As per the information, the VW Passat will also get the sportier version with the 2.0-litre 177hp diesel engine for the Indian market.

Related: Volkswagen to focus on petrol hybrids

To expand the network as well as become as one of the strong players in the passenger market, Volkswagen India is introducing all-new models with different platforms. The upcoming cars will be expensive compared to the existing cars and priced Rs. 30 to 35 lakhs on the Tiguan and Rs. 32 to 34 lakhs on the Passat.

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Upcoming Cars in India in 2017

Upcoming Cars in India in 2017

The Indian passenger car industry welcomes 2017 New Year with the variety list of upcoming cars from the different auto manufacturers. The top upcoming cars like Maruti Ignis, Maruti Baleno RS, Volkswagen Tiguan, Next-gen Hyundai Verna, Tata Hexa, Hyundai Grand i10 Sportz (CNG) and Volkswagen Passat have been scheduled to launch in the early months of 2017. Besides, some of the companies announced the launch dates, Maruti Ignis to launch on January 13 and the Baleno RS planned to introduce in February month.

Maruti Ignis:

Maruti Suzuki to be opened the E-bookings for the upcoming sub-4metre hatchback in the first week of January, while the model to be made its launch on 13th January.

Key features of Ignis:

  • Small hatchback/crossover
  • Available in petrol and diesel versions
  • AGS support
  • Affordable

The Ignis will rival the small car range models, especially Renault Kwid in terms of design, price and specifications.

Maruti Baleno RS:

The Baleno RS is the upcoming performance based hatchback that features three-cylinder Boosterjet engine introduced in the global-specific Baleno. The Nexa network to sell the Baleno RS in the country along with the Ignis, Baleno and S-Cross.

Volkswagen Tiguan:

The German carmaker has sincerely considered the Indian market for the last two years and launched the new models. The Volkswagen Tiguan is the premium SUV expected to be launched in the first half of 2016.

Next-gen Hyundai Verna:

Hyundai is seriously working on the next-gen Hyundai Verna that is scheduled for the next year and featured the bumper with angular fog lamps, projector lights and LED DRLs. Priced between Rs. 10 to Rs. 15 lakhs in ex-showrooms.

Tata Hexa:

With a muscular design template, the Tata Hexa will enter the Indian car market in January 2017. It is to be received the redesigned interior with the specially decorated cabin and exterior. The model equipped with the advanced safety features. Expecting price should be in the range of Rs. 12 to Rs. 18lakhs.

Maruti Baleno RS to introduce in February 2017

Maruti Suzuki has previewed the Baleno RS at the 2016 Auto Expo in February 2016 and now, the company is likely to launch the hatchback in the country in February 2017.  Currently, the carmaker is testing the Baleno RS, performance based variant of the regular Baleno, on the Indian roads. It retrieves the total design layout and features from the existing Baleno but, the new one offers with the new engine specifications and additional features.

Related: Maruti Ignis crossover launch on January 13, 2017; teased on Nexa site

The biggest advantage with the upcoming hatchback is all-new Boosterjet engine offered in the country. The RS will be powered by the three-cylinder 1.0-litre 111hp Boosterjet turbo petrol engine, which is currently offered in the global-specific Baleno. The gearbox options are not revealed while the model could feature the either 6-speed automatic or 5-speed manual options.

The highly-demandable model features the disc brakes, black painted alloy wheels, minor body kit, Bi-xenon automatic headlamps, LED DRLs, ABS, dual airbags, SmartPlay Infotainment System, navigation support, electrically adjustable folding wing mirrors, rain sensing wipers, as well.

Related: Suzuki Ignis previewed at the 2016 Bologna Motor Show

Like the Baleno premium hatchback, the Baleno RS to be sold via the Maruti Suzuki Nexa dealerships. It expected to be priced higher than the existing one and offered in the seven attractive colors. The production capacity of the Baleno has increased at the production plant, even though it has received the waiting period in the domestic market due to the highly demand.

The Baleno RS will rival the existing premium hatchback models like the VW Polo GT TSI and Fiat Punto Abarth. In fact, the model confirmed for the festival season in 2016, but the launch has been postponed as of Vitara Brezza and Baleno demand. The Baleno RS will be definitely launched before the Ignis crossover that is scheduled to launch on January 13, 2017.

All Mahindra cars to get petrol variants from 2018

All Mahindra cars to get petrol variants from 2018

Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian biggest UV maker is planning to introduce the petrol versions of all Mahindra models from 2018. Each and every product will have the petrol variants in the coming years and the company is working on the new petrol engines, according to Pawan Goenka, ED of M&M. As per the reports, Mahindra is developing on the 1.5-litre petrol engine and the 1.2-litre (mFalcon G80) petrol engine is already introduced in the Mahindra KUV 100, new small crossover. Accordingly, the upcoming Mahindra portfolio will be offered with any of three petrol engines, 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre.

Currently, the petrol variants have more demand in the Indian market due to the Supreme Court’s order, registration ban of heavy diesel vehicles with the more than 2000cc diesel engine. To catch the increasing demand for petrol cars, the automakers are planning to introduce the petrol powered cars. Mahindra’s best-selling cars, XUV 500 and Scorpio, have been affected in the Delhi and NCR with the SC’s order so that the UV maker has introduced the 1.99-litre mHawk engine in both models.

Mahindra_KUV_100_General_Pearl_White_2016_india_carcroxAccording to the SIAM report, the contribution of diesel cars declined from 44 percent to 41 percent in the total passenger vehicle sales in this fiscal year, compared to the same period of previous fiscal.  While the petrol car’s share is increased to 59 percent in this fiscal from 56 percent in the last fiscal year.

KUV 100 is the first crossover from Mahindra introduced with the diesel and petrol engines in January 2016. Most of the Indian customers opt for the KUV 100 petrol versions as of the affordable price and the several restrictions on diesel vehicles. The carmaker expected that the 40 percent of customers interested to buy the petrol versions, but the result was 50 percent in India.

We expected that the upcoming compact Bolero will get the petrol as well as automatic versions to target the segment brands. Mahindra is considering the new-generation models, which will be developed by the association of SsangYong, for the domestic market. Along with the petrol segment, Mahindra is also concentrating on the category of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Source: Automotive

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016

The second half of this year is expected to see the number of launches in both hatchback and sedan segments in the domestic market. Almost ten to twelve new cars will be introduced to target the existing respective segment-based models. The upcoming hatchbacks, Volkswagen Polo GTI, Baleno RS, Maruti Ignis and Mini New Clubman whereas the sedans, new Audi A4, new Hyundai Elantra, new Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord Hybrid, Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Bez E-Class, new Toyota Etios, Mercedes CLA facelift with AMG, Skoda Octavia RS, as well.

New Hatchbacks:

The domestic market to receive hot hatchbacks by the end of this year and the hatchback segment will become stronger with the affordable and premium based cars.

Volkswagen Polo GTI:

The Polo GTI is the performance based version of the existing Volkswagen Polo and it is going to launch in the festival season. It will come with the pack of the 1.8-litre TSI engine and the 7-speed DSG gearbox and capable of meeting the acceleration speed 0-100kph in just seven seconds. The Indian-specific Polo GTI will receive the similar design of the existed global-specific model. If launched, it will rival with the Abarth Punto.

Expected Price: Rs. 17 lakh

Maruti Baleno RS:

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016 - Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

Maruti Suzuki has committed to introduce the performance rich version, Baleno RS in the Indian market with the highly efficient 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol engine. The same model has already available as an Indian-made Baleno in the export markets. In fact, the existed Baleno petrol and diesel versions have more demand in India, even though the carmaker has decided to launch the Baleno RS to meet the high potential customer’s requirements.

Maruti Ignis:

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016 -Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Maruti Ignis will be the affordable hatchback and priced around Rs. 4 to 5lakhs in India. The crossover has scheduled to launch in the festival season of this year, but the introduction date is postponed to the end of this year due to the high demand of Vitara Brezza and Baleno models. It will receive the premium design cues from the IK-4 concept to target the small crossovers, Renault Kwid and Datsun RediGo.

Versions: Petrol and Diesel

Expected Launch: End 2016

Mini New Clubman:

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016 - Mini Clubman

The second generation Mini Clubman is expected to launch by October 2016 with the around price range of Rs. 35 to 38lakhs.

New Sedans:

Along with the compact SUV and hatchback segments, the sedan segment is expanding with all-new design models.

New Audi A4:

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016 - New Audi A4

The new Audi A4 will come with the lightweight architecture compared to the existing model and the Indian range engines. All-new features, virtual cockpit, the digital instrument display with the high resolution, as well available in the upcoming luxury sedan.

Expected Launch: August or September 2016

Estimated Price: Rs. 35 to 42 lakhs

Rivals: Volvo S60, Mercedes-Bens C-class, BMW 3-series

New Volkswagen Passat:

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016 -New Volkswagen Passat

The eight generation Volkswagen Passat will come to the Indian market with the bigger architecture, more stylish and luxurious design and more capable of engines. The hybrid variant of the VW Passat is expected to be offered to the Indian customers.

Expected Launch: End 2016

Expected Price: Rs. 30 to 35lakh

New Hyundai Elantra:

Upcoming Hatchbacks and Sedans for H2 of 2016 -New Hyundai Elantra

The upcoming hatchback, the sixth generation Hyundai Elantra is 20mm longer and 25mm wider than the existed model and to be available with the more cabin space. The new Elantra comes with the engine options of 2.0-litre 147Bhp petrol, 1.6-litre 130bhp petrol and 1.6-litre 134bhp diesel and transmission options of 6-speed manual and automatic as well as the 7-speed dual clutch automatic.

Expected Price: Rs. 14 -18 lakh

Rivals: Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Corolla