Exclusive! New Cars for 2011

We bring you confidential info on all the cars being launched in 2011.

Maruti Kizashi (November 2011)
Maruti hasn’t given up on the luxury car market and wants a serious crack at it with the upmarket and distinctive-looking Kizashi saloon, which is Suzuki’s flagship. In fact, the Kizashi looks more European than Japanese in its outlook. Last year we drove the Kizashi which is currently on sale in the US market and found it very intriguing (August 2010 issue). The interior quality is a step ahead of even a Toyota or a Honda but don’t expect it to be Skoda or Volkswagen-tough. The Kizashi’s 185bhp motor gives it plenty of performance, the handling is sharp and responsive, and there is sufficient space and comfort on the inside too. Like the Swift, this much sportier take on a car in this class may be just what the doctor ordered for Maruti. But since it is imported, Maruti won’t be able to price it aggressively.

See Maruti Kizashi images here

New Maruti Swift (April 2011)
The new Swift looks uncannily like the car that’s currently on sale, even though the platform and every panel are all new. The headlights and tail-lights are longer and curvier and the boots loading lip is higher. It is also fractionally larger. The engine options remain the same, both the tried and tested 75bhp Fiat 1.3-litre Multi-jet and the 84bhp 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor which we are already familiar with, continue to do the duty in the all-new Swift. The new Swift will be 20kg lighter than the model it will replace. This, according to associates who have driven it, makes it a car that’s even more fun to drive.

See New Swift images here

Mercedes C-class face-lift (Mid-2011)
Mercedes has revealed the pictures of the face-lifted C-class saloon, with an official launch at the forthcoming Detroit Motor Show. As can be seen from the images, the C-Class update looks quite modest for the new model year.The majority of changes made to the C-Class are found under hood, where Mercedes-Benz will offer a new range of all-new petrol and diesel engines. Design tweaks are limited to a new aluminum hood with slightly restyled headlamps and LED running lamps down below. In addition to new engines, the face-lift C-Class benefits from a restyled interior, mimicking what we've grown accustomed to in the E-Class.

See face-lift Mercedes C-Class images here

Maruti YE3 (End-2011)
In order to hold on to its 50 percent share of the car market, Maruti Suzuki is developing a brand new small car. The new car, based on an existing small car platform, is being developed by Indian engineers. Codenamed YE3, it is expected to plug the gap that will be left in Maruti’s stable when the M800 gets phased out. The YE3 will compete with the likes of the Tata Nano and the upcoming Hyundai Small Car. Details of the platform being used are sketchy, but what’s clear is that the new car will not look anything like the car it is based on. Also expected is a two-cylinder version of the K-series motor. What’s not clear is whether the car will have either twin cams or four valves per cylinder. The design will make very good use of space and, like the Nano, is expected to look like a monovolume as well.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (Mid-2011)
The Pajero Sport is based on Mitsubishi’s very tough and attractive-looking Triton Pickup. It has the looks of the Pajero Evo and Paris-Dakar Raid car — tough and modern at the same time. Production of the Pajero Sport and the Triton is based at Thailand, one of the largest pick-up markets in the world, and this car is likely to be imported from there as a kit. You can expect typical Mitsubishi off-road talent, bullet-proof reliability and some amount of driving pleasure as well. A 2.5-litre 136bhp diesel and a 3.2-litre 163bhp diesel also mean this car will have the perfect choice of powertrains.

See Mitsubishi Pajero Sport images here

Nissan Micra saloon (Late 2011)
Nissan had officially unveiled its 'New Global Sedan’ at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in China last year. As we reported earlier, the new saloon will be called as Sunny in China and some other countries. Based on Nissan's versatile 'V' platform, the Sunny sports all-new styling and looks very different as compared to the Micra. The 'New Global Sedan' will make its Indian debut in the second half of 2011, which will also be rolled out from Nissan's plant at Oragadam, Chennai. Internally known as the X02B, this saloon will come with a four-cylinder version of the motor that powers the Micra as well as a more powerful version of the 1.5 dCi diesel.

See the Micra saloon images here

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