This year saw mass market and premium carmakers try and make a greater impression in the Indian market by introducing a large number of facelifts and all-new models. 2019 is expected to see the same trend continue. Tata’s much anticipated Harrier is scheduled to arrive along with Mahindra’s proper competitor to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Luxury brands such as Audi, BMW and Porsche are also expected to launch a few new models during the first three months of next year.
Here’s our list of the cars and SUVs you can expect to be brought to showrooms from January to March 2019:
Nissan Kicks (January 2019)
While it may be larger outside and inside than its international-spec counterpart (thanks to shared underpinnings with Renault’s Captur), the India-spec Nissan Kicks looks quite similar, if one discounts a few minor cosmetic changes. Nissan is expected to equip the Kicks with a 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and segment-firsts like a 360-degree camera and a telematics-enabled smartwatch. Expect the Kicks to share the 106hp, 1.5-litre petrol and the 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel with the Renault Captur. In order to rival the Hyundai Creta, Nissan is expected to price the Kicks between Rs 9.4 lakh and Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).
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Tata Harrier (January 2019)
The new Harrier is expected to make quite a statement, thanks to its attractive styling, large dimensions (in part due to sharing the Discovery Sport’s platform) and spacious interiors. While it will only launch in front-wheel drive format with a single diesel-manual powertrain option (the 140hp, 2.0-litre engine and 6-speed gearbox have been sourced from Fiat), it will come with a terrain select mode, similar to what its rival, the Jeep Compass gets. The Harrier will also be well equipped for its class and be priced competitively for what it is – an on-road price tag of between Rs 16 lakh and Rs 21 lakh is expected.
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Toyota Camry (Janaury 2019)
The new Camry shares its all-new front-wheel-drive platform with the Lexus ES 300h that launched recently in India, which means its wheelbase has increased, thereby liberating more room inside. Probably the sportiest looking Camry yet, the cabin now gets a dashboard with a sweeping design, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporated in the centre console. The new Camry is expected to come in petrol and hybrid forms – the former is a 176hp, 2.5-litre engine while the latter combines the same petrol motor with a 118hp (88kW) electric motor, taking total output to 208hp.
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Honda Civic (February 2019)
While the India didn’t get the latest-gen Civic, it will finally arrive in facelift form with a 140hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine and the CR-V’s 120hp, 1.6-litre diesel motor. The former will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission while the latter will come with a a 6-speed manual only. The rival to the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis looks far more stylish and is much better equipped than the previous model that was discontinued a few years ago in India. This should help Honda make a bigger dent in the segment this time around.
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Jeep Compass Trailhawk (February 2019)
The coveted diesel-automatic version of the Compass will finally launch here after quite a few delays. Besides having a new 9-speed automatic, the Compass Trailhawk is also much more capable off-road as it sits 20mm higher than the standard model, better approach (30 degree) and departure (33.6 degree) angles and has a an additional 'Rock’ mode for the Selec-Terrain 4WD mode selector.
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Porsche Macan facelift (March 2019)
The refreshed Macan may not look all that different compared to the outgoing mode, but there are minor styling tweaks along with changes on the inside that include an updated infotainment system. Like its larger sibling, the Cayenne, the new Macan will not come with a diesel option, and only have a petrol engine lineup.
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Hyundai compact SUV (March-April 2019)
Codenamed the QXi, the new Hyundai compact SUV will have plenty of design cues from the current range of Hyundai cars such as the cascading grille and the Kona-like split headlamp units. From the side, the Nexon rival is expected to look like its larger stable-mate, the Hyundai Creta. Engine options are expected to include a 118hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 115hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine that is BS-VI-compliant.
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Production-spec Mahindra S201 (first quarter 2019)
Mahindra hasn’t had much success in the compact SUV segment. As the brand’s TUV300 and NuvoSport did not set sales charts on fire, Mahindra will introduce a proper, monocoque-bodied rival to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. However, it is expected to be priced at a bit of a premium compared to its rivals as Mahindra will endow it with segment-first kit in the form of a sunroof, a large touchscreen, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Essentially a modified version of the SsangYong Tivoli, the production-spec S201 is expected to be powered by the Marazzo’s 1.5-litre diesel engine and a new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor.
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Audi A8 (early 2019)
Like the current model, the new A8 will come in long-wheelbase guise and get a clean, contemporary dashboard, a restyled multi-function steering wheel and touchscreen controls similar to those seen on the Prologue concept car. The cabin will also feature a high-definition digital instrument display and a new MMI (Multimedia Interface) system with two separate displays on the centre console – a 10.1-inch unit and an 8.6-inch curved one. The India-spec A8 L is likely to be powered by a 250hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine.
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Audi A6 (early 2019)
The all-new A6 has been given significant updates to keep up with competition like the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class. Expected to come with mild-hybrid petrol and diesel powertrains , the cabin gets three large screens – a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a 10.1-inch screen on top of the central console, and another 8.6-inch screen below it. The new model is also claimed to be more spacious on the inside.
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Maruti Suzuki WagonR (early 2019)
The new WagonR continues with its traditional tall-boy design, which maximises inside space. While the latest-gen model is already on sale in Japan, the India-spec hatchback will sport a different look. The 1.0-litre petrol engine will continue with 5-speed manual and MAT options though an all-electric version is also expected at a later date. The Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago rival will not be based on Suzuki’s new Heartect platform, in order to help keep costs in check.
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Mercedes-Benz A-class (early 2019)
As the next-gen A-class is based on a modified version of the outgoing model’s MFA platform and features a 30mm longer wheelbase. The added length has increased the baby Merc’s partiality and provides more space in the cabin. Inside, the highlight of the new A-class is the widescreen cockpit display, which features twin 10.3-inch screens with digital instrumentation and touchscreen infotainment.
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Ford Figo facelift (early 2019)
The refreshed Figo won’t be all that different from the Aspire facelift that arrived earlier this year. The hatchback is expected to get the same 96hp, 1.2-litre petrol, 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine options, along with a 5-speed manual for the 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel and a , 6-speed torque convertor automatic for the 1.5 petrol. The outsides and insides will also be similar, down to the new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s Sync3.
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BMW X4 (early 2019)
The second-gen BMW X4 is noticeably larger than the X3, on which it is based. At launch, expect two powertrain options – a 252hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol in the X4 xDrive30i and a 265hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel in the xDrive30d. The interiors and equipment is shared with the new X3, which includes the latest iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display as standard or a 10.3-inch unit available as an option.
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