The demand for budget friendly cars in India is on an up rise. Most automobile manufacturers are adorning new cars and ensuring that they snuggle in a limited budget. While the existing manufacturers are bringing out more and more cars, there are new players in the market promising more style, more mileage and less money. Here is my take on some of the upcoming cars that should hit Indian roads in the forthcoming months. Enjoy 🙂
5. Datsun Redi Go: Datsun is gearing up to introduce India to its third car. The Japanese automaker is known to strategize affordable cars and offer some of the most promising machines. With Nissan’s DNA flowing in each Datsun car, the 3rd car in the affordable lot was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. The existing GO and GO+ cars are going to be joined with the Redi GO. This B-Segment hatchback will be placed above the GO in Datsun’s hierarchy.
Engine: As per speculation, the Redi Go is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of torque. The power in this car will be transmitted to a 5-speed manual gearbox. You can also expect a CNG or an LPG version of this car.
Interior: Although the interiors of the Redi Go are yet to be revealed, the Redi Go should have a slight premium touch to its interiors than the existing Go and Go+. The Redi Go should have standard features like AUX-IN with two speakers, mobile charging point, beige upholstery, the dash-mounted gear lever and handbrake. Datsun might go a little lenient on the Interiors on the Redi (hopefully!)
Exterior: The following pic should definitely be a feast to your eyes and your wallets.
The Redi-GO seems to have quite a futuristic appeal than any other Datsun that we’ve seen in quite sometime. However, looks might be deceiving and hopefully Datsun does not let its customer down. Maruti Kizashi was one fine example of a design bluner. Let’s hope Datsun keeps up to this futuristic adaptation.
The Redi GO retains its the chrome hexagonal grille from the GO and GO+ but gets sleeker swept back headlights. The car has a neat bumper that is diverse from the front grille. The side profile looks pretty too and has flared wheel arches as well as aerodynamic lines that go all the way into the car’s boot and follows through the other side.
Price: The Datsun Redi-Go should be price between the Rs 3 to Rs. 5-lakh range and should be launched by the end of 2015.
4. Tata Pelican: Just like Maruti’s manesar plant, Tata’s Sanand plant is going to get real busy with its upcoming new cars. Alongside the Nano, Tata motors is developing something like a side project to the existing “Kite”. The new small car being developed is named “Pelican”
Engine: The Pelican will most likely be powered by a 1.0-litre petrol and 800cc diesel motor that Tata Motors is developing in-house. This is going to be another car from the house of Tata to share affordability, although it will have a diesel engine. It will also have a five-speed manual gearbox
Exterior: Although the information of this car is as scarce as finding hair on a bald-guy’s head, it’s only fitting that this car should be based on the Nano’s platform. This car seems to have a tallboy design along with a compressed body structure. New headlamps, tail lamps and bumpers will accompany the new design.
Interior: Sources suggest that Tata has new features lined up in their forth-coming cars. With Tata’s HorizonNext strategy along with the company’s collaboration with MapMyIndia for the use of GPS navigation technology, the Pelican (top end) should get hints of this technology as well.
Price: The Tata Pelican should be priced from Rs. 2.5 lakh onwards. It should take on competitors like Maruti Suzuki 800, Hyundai Eon and the Datsun Redi GO.
3. Tata Kite: Another possible entrant from the house of Tata will be “Kite”. As a replacement to the existing Indigo eCS, this new compact sedan should be another budget friendly sedan offering from Tata.
Engine: As per reports, the Tata Kite should be available in petrol and diesel variants. A 3-cylinder petrol motor and a diesel engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission can certainly be expected from Kite.
Exterior: New headlamps, redesigned bumpers, new alloys, new tail lamps are but a necessity. Anything apart from that should be a pleasant addition. This car is going to have the appearance of a notch-back.
Interior: This compact hatchback, apart from its abundance of technology should have plush interiors and an upgraded instrument panel.
Price: The Zest should be priced around Rs. 4 to Rs. 5 lakhs. This budget sedan is going to compete with Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, and Honda Amaze.
2. Renault XBA: Renault India is brewing its recipe for a small car that is codenamed “XBA”. The French car manufacturer will be based on the all-new CMF (Common Modular Family) platform.
Engine: The XBA from Renault might be powered by the all new 0.8-liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It will also have AMT- automated manual transmission.
Exteriors: The car seems to have a pleasing appeal along with its robust build. The car has aerodynamic superiority and style. With a slender build, uplifting front bumper and a classy roof, this car is a great hatchback from Renault. The side profile of the car is accentuated with large fenders, broad wheels and has a touch of style. The front is adorned with a well-structured grille; complete with stylish, sleek headlamps shaped like triangles.
Interiors: The XBA has great interiors that give an elegant feel. The car is as pleasing from inside as it seems outside.
Price: The XBA is going to be released for around Rs. 4 lakhs.
1. Mitsubishi Mirage: Mitsubishi has no hatchback in India. However, with rapid increase of small cars in the Indian market, Mitsubishi is developing a B-segment model for emerging markets. The Japanese manufacturer showcased a sketch of the global small car at the 2011 Geneva Auto Expo and the small car has popped up at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. The car carries the codename Mirage.
Engine: The Mirage is expected to come with a 1.2-litre, MIVEC petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1193cc. This DOHC based power plant has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 74bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 100.3Nm that is quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions. The car is expected to be mated with a 5-speed manual/automatic transmission gearbox, powering its front wheels.
Exteriors: The compact hatchback is designed with a radiator grille, which is fitted with a thick body colored strip. The car also has trendy headlight cluster featuring high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator that gives it a dynamic look. The car has a body colored bumper as well and has a large large air dam for cooling the engine. A pair of round shaped fog lamps flanks its air dam. The car has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a set of alloy wheels, a neatly designed headlight cluster, windscreen with intermittent wipers and many other such aspects.
Interiors: The car is spacious enough to accommodate 5 passengers and has ample leg space with headroom. The car has a smooth dashboard, AC, large glove box and advanced instrument panel. The car also has an advanced music system, which is equipped with several input options along with speakers. It is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience.
Price: The Mirage will compete with Fiat Punto, Nissan Micra, Maruti Swift, Renault Pulse and Hyundai i10. The price of this car is expected to be within the Rs. 5lakh range.