If you plan to buy a new car, it might be worth waiting for these. Here is our annual list of new cars that you can expect to see in the showrooms near you over the next 12 months. There’s something for everyone — hatchbacks, small saloons, big saloons, MPVs and SUVs of all shapes and sizes. Read on to find out what exciting new metal is in store starting this month.
Chevrolet Beat facelift
Its funky design may still be as striking as ever, but the Beat is due to get its first styling update sometime in 2013. As part of the refresh, the Beat will get reprofiled bumpers, a larger honeycomb grille and different wing mirrors, apart from tweaks to the front and rear lights. The mechanicals are likely to remain unchanged though.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre diesel Power/torque: 79bhp/10.9kgm, 58.5bhp/15.2kgm Kerb weight: 965-1027kg L/W/H: 3640/1595/1520mm Expected: Mid-2013 Price: Rs 3.8-5.7 lakh*
Fiat Punto Evo
Free from its unsuccessful sales and service tie-up with Tata Motors, Fiat now needs fresh products to get customers back into its showrooms. And the Punto Evo could be just the right model to get the ball rolling. With a new front bumper, different grille and reworked head- and tail-lights, it looks quite different from the Punto on sale today. The European car also gets a new dashboard, though it is not certain whether this will make it onto the India-spec version. All other mechanicals are likely to be carried on from before, though.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel, 1.3-litre diesel Power/torque: 67bhp/9.76kgm, 89bhp/11.67kgm, 75bhp/20.08kgm, 90bhp/21.3kgm Kerb weight: 1090-1144kg L/W/H: 3987/1687/1495mm Expected: Mid-2013 Price: Rs 5-7.5 lakh*
Hyundai Grand i10
Hyundai’s new Grand i10 may no longer be the massive seller that it once was, but that could change with the arrival of the new model in September 2013. The new car is longer and wider than the current i10 and will sit above the current car which will also be sold alongside. Engine options will include the variable valve timing-equipped 1.2-litre Kappa petrol motor from the current i10 and also a new 1.0-litre petrol unit from the same engine family. But what will seriously boost the i10’s appeal is the new 1.1-litre common-rail diesel engine. A lengthy features list and competitive pricing should mark this out as one of the cars to wait for in 2013. A compact saloon based on the new i10 is also believed to be under development.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.0-litre petrol, 1.2-litre petrol, 1.1-litre diesel Power/torque: NA, 79bhp/11.4kgm, NA Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: September 2013 Price: Rs 3.5-6 lakh*
Maruti A-star facelift
The slow-selling Maruti A-Star is scheduled to receive a fairly comprehensive makeover in 2013. On display at the recent Chengdu Motor Show in China (where it is sold as the Alto), the updated car looks a lot more grown up than the current model. It gets larger and more angular headlamps that flow into a new grille and also different front and rear bumpers. Changes to the cabin are likely to be restricted to new upholstery only, and the K10 engine will carry on unaltered.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.0-litre petrol Power/torque: 66bhp/9kgm Kerb weight: 895kg L/W/H: 3500/1600/1490mm Expected: Mid-2013 Price: Rs 3.7-4.5 lakh*
Issue: 187 | Autocar India: March 2015
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