We have compiled an array of exciting new cars coming in the next 12 months. Read on to find out what exciting new metal is in store for you.
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.
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.
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.
Bigger and better than the model it replaces, the latest Beetle could be on its way to India in 2013. The retro-chic styling has evolved, the cabin is more spacious and the new underpinnings promise to make it better to drive too. Engine options could include a 158bhp 1.4-litre petrol and even a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel. That should give the new Beetle enough ammo to take on the Mini Cooper – its only rival in the niche high-end hatchback market. Cute and cheerful as it may be, the new Beetle will cost serious money, with pricing in the region of Rs 25 lakh.
Mini-SUVs are the next gold rush for manufacturers, and even Volkswagen has plans to enter the segment in December 2013 with the launch of the attractive Polo-based crossover. As is evident inthe picture, the Cross Polo looks like a rugged version of the standard Polo hatch, and much of its appeal stems from the plastic cladding on the lower portion of the bumpers and doors, its smartly finished roof rails and, of course, those 17-inch wheels. On the inside, different upholstery will distinguish this car from the standard Polo. The Cross Polo will be the first VW product to get the new, made-for-India 1.5-litre diesel engine. A 1.2-litre TSI turbo-petrol mated to a seven-speed DSG auto could be an option as well. A Rs 6-8 lakh price-tag seems realistic for this crossover.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.2-litre turbo-petrol,1.5-litre diesel Power/torque: 104bhp/24.2kgm, NA Kerb weight: 1171kg L/W/H: 3970/1682/1462mm Expected: December 2013 Price: Rs 6-8 lakh*
As the interesting XA-Alpha concept from the Auto Expo made quite obvious, Maruti is developing its own mini-SUV, which could go on sale in the latter part of 2013. To be built on the Swift platform, the SUV will be a clean-sheet design and will come with lots of butch SUV elements. For starters, the SUV will have very short front and rear overhangs, which are also essential to keep length under the four-metre mark. The concept’s high-set five-block grille, heavy frontal cladding, oversized wheel arches and thick C-pillar are some of the other interesting design elements we expect to see on the production model. To keep costs in check, the new SUV could come with the Swift’s dashboard. Maruti will offer the production XA-Alpha with its range of K-series petrol engines and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine and there will be a four-wheel-drive version too. It will be interesting to see how Maruti prices its own mini-SUV vis-à-vis the Ford EcoSport.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel Power/torque: 86bhp/11.6kgm,88.7bhp/20.4kgm Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: End-2013 Price: Rs 7 lakh*
Nissan’s model range is set to receive a fillip with the introduction of a new Renault Duster-based small SUV. Remember, Renault and Nissan are alliance partners and have succesfully badge-engineered each other’s products in India. The Pulse and Scala are, in effect, Renault’s versions of Nissan’s Micra and Sunny respectively. While the new Nissan SUV will adopt the Duster’s broad-shouldered basic design, it will differ from its Renault sibling with a restyled front-end, a new tailgate and possibly even some changes to the sheet metal. Changes to the cabin are likely to be minimal to keep costs in check and even the engines will be the same as on the Duster. However. the car is likely to cost around Rs 50,000-75,000 more than the Duster it is based on.
The Endeavour that sells in India is essentially an SUV version of Ford’s Ranger pickup from the Thai market. With the new Ranger already on sale overseas, it’s only a matter of time before the new Endeavour breaks cover. In terms of design, the new Endeavour will look far more modern than the current model and even the cabin will benefit from a smarter design and better materials. Ford could also use the Endeavour as a launchpad for its new 148bhp 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine in India, and this motor could be offered with six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. What is all but certain is that with the new model, the Endeavour will lose the current price advantage it has over its rivals.
FACTFILE Engine: 2.2-litre diesel Power/torque: 148bhp/38.2kgm Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: Late-2013 Price: Rs 22 lakh*
Hyundai New Santa Fe
Hyundai’s latest Santa Fe is out and it’s headed to India by mid-2013. Edgier, sharper and sportier, the new SUV’s design is a big departure from the current model’s tepid styling. It’s more of the same on the inside as well, with the new layered dashboard design among the highlights. The Santa Fe for India will sport an identical 2700mm wheelbase as the current model, but thanks to a larger rear overhang, space for third-row passengers will see an improvement. As before, the Santa Fe will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel. While power and torque figures remain unchanged, the engine comes with tweaks for better efficiency and emissions. Hyundai could also bring in a smaller, 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel engine to try and give the SUV a better entry price-point. With an estimated price of Rs 24-25 lakh, the new Santa Fe looks set to build on the outgoing car’s strengths.
Given the huge popularity of SUVs in India, it was only a matter of time before American SUV icon Jeep took the plunge into our market. The manufacturer, that is part of the Chrysler Group (now owned by Fiat), is studying the possibility of bringing in its line-up of SUVs to the country – starting with the attractive Grand Cherokee. Exterior styling carries the tough and rugged ethos of the Jeep brand, while its spacious cabin is quite attractive too. Powering the model for India will be a 3.0-litre common-rail V6 diesel engine that will come mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. In keeping with its go-anywhere appeal, the SUV will also get a low-ratio transfer case as well as Jeep’s Selec-Terrain off-road electronics. Interestingly, the Grand Cherokee is built on the same monocoque platform as the Mercedes M-class owing to Daimler’s earlier ownership of Chrysler, and this should translate to good on-road dynamics too. Jeep officials are aware that importing the Grand Cherokee could price it out of contention, so don’t be surprised if it is assembled in India by Fiat and launched under Rs 40 lakh.
Tata knows all too well how successful a formula it is to chop a mid-size saloon’s boot to bring length under the crucial sub-four-metre mark to avail of the consequent excise duty benefits on small cars. Its sub-four-metre Indigo CS has been selling well since its launch, and Tata will hope to emulate this success with the Manza CS too that arrives in late 2013. In its CS form, the Manza will feature a substantially smaller boot section and is likely to get the Vista’s 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. Pricing will be competitive and will allow Tata to plug the gap between the Indigo CS and the regular Manza.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel Power/torque: 65bhp/9.8kgm, 74bhp/19.3kgm Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: End-2013 Price: Rs 6-7.5 lakh*
* Estimated, ex-showroom, Delhi
Fiat Linea facelift
The turkish market received the updated Linea earlier this year and Fiat is planning to bring it to India in 2013. As part of its mid-life makeover, the Linea will get a new grille and a completely redesigned front bumper with lots of chrome embellishments. The tail is quite different too, with the most notable changes being the respositioning of the number plate from the bumper to the bootlid and the addition of a thick strip of chrome lower down. While the update also brings with it a new dashboard overseas, this is unlikely to make it to India. Expect the refreshed Linea to be accompanied by a small bump up in prices.
Last month’s Paris Motor Show saw the unveiling of the facelifted Ford Fiesta hatchback. We expect many of the styling updates to trickle down to the saloon version as well. Leading the list of changes is a larger hexagonal grille, in keeping with Ford’s new global design language. The headlights are slightly different too, while new creases give the bonnet more definition. This visual makeover could also be accompanied by the fitment of the tech-laden 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol motor that will eventually be offered on all of Ford’s small and mid-size cars.
Maruti may have an expansive product line but believes there is still room for another saloon that can slot between the Dzire and SX4. This new saloon will not be under four metres and will come with a full-sized boot. Details about this new saloon are still sketchy but what the grapevine tells us is that this car will be built on a completely new platform and will have a new design language as well. What is safe to assume is that this new saloon will come with the same 1.3-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol motors from the Ertiga. A December 2013 launch is possible.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.4-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel Power/torque: 93.7bhp/13.2kgm, 88.7bhp/20.4kgm Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: December 2013 Price: Rs 6.5-8.5 lakh*
The A-Class hatch may not go on to be a big-volume seller, but its saloon sibling headed here in late 2013 could be. The new CLA's striking looks will mark a radical departure from traditional Merc saloon design. As the CLA concept saloon laid bare, frontal styling is aggressive, while the nicely arced roof and tightly skinned boot make this an attention-grabbing design. This saloon will be significantly smaller than the C-class, but thanks to Merc’s packaging-friendly front-wheel-drive MFA platfrom, space will be decent. The cabin is likely to carry much of the exterior’s sporty theme. Power will be via a 1.6-litre turbo petrol and 1.8-litre diesel, and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be standard. With prices likely to range from Rs 20-24 lakh, the CLA could turn the entry luxury car market on its head.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, 1.8-litre diesel Power/torque: 121bhp/20.4kgm, 134bhp/30.55kgm Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: End-2013 Price: Rs 20-24 lakh*
Skoda New Octavia
Skoda started its Indian innings with the Octavia and the name is all set to make a comeback to India on the Czech carmaker’s new D-segment challenger, which will go on sale in late 2013. Built on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform, the latest Octavia will be longer and wider yet lighter than the current-gen model, which is sold in India as the Laura. Styling will also be much sharper and will carry Skoda’s edgier new design language. Like its predecessors, the new Octavia will be a notchback. Thanks to its larger exterior dimensions, the new car’s cabin will be more spacious, which should translate to a better rear-seat experience. The car could feature new engines but the 2.0-litre diesel and 1.8-litre turbo-petrol are likely to be carried forward. What remains to be seen is how Skoda will position the new Octavia, given that the Laura continues to be a strong seller even after all these years.
FACTFILE Engine: 1.8-litre turbo-petrol, 2.0-litre diesel Power/torque: 160bhp/25.5kgm, 140bhp/32.6kgm Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: Late-2013 Price: Rs 16-20 lakh*
Tata Manza facelift
Tata is working on a comprehensive styling update for the Manza saloon. The car is expected in mid-2013 and may carry many elements from the Manza Hybrid saloon shown at this year’s Auto Expo. Frontal styling will be completely different, with a new smiling grille, sharp creases on the bumper and hawk-eye headlights. Moreover, the Manza could be the first Indian car to feature bi-Xenon headlights. Changes at the rear will include reshaped tail-lamps, a more angled bootlid and plastic cladding on the lower portion of the bumper to camouflage some of its bulk. The interior could benefit from a revised centre console and improved quality, though the current engine options are likely to be carried forward.
Once the king of its segment, the Honda Accord has lost ground to newer rivals like the Skoda Superb. Things could change when Honda brings in the all-new Accord in mid-2013. As is clear in the pictures of the India-bound US model, the design is a lot more mature than the current car’s, with crisper lines and a more athletic stance. The cabin sees an improvement too with a classier dashboard and even more space than before. Engine options will include a new, and more efficient, direct-injection 2.4-litre petrol (with the choice of a CVT gearbox), but there will be no V6 petrol as on the current car. The sad news is that, like before, there are no plans for a diesel variant, which will invariably limit the big Honda’s appeal in India.
Skoda will give its cars a new corporate identity and the Superb will be the first recipient of the new look in India. The luxury saloon will get a larger, more angular front grille and the headlights get sharper detailing as well. Daytime running lights are another possibility. The makeover will extend to tail styling as well, with reshaped lights and a new bootlid that will now house the number plate. A slighlty revised dashboard could also be part of the update.
If the Stile looks familiar, that’s because it is Ashok Leyland’s version of the recently launched Nissan Evalia MPV. But where the Evalia is targeted at private car buyers, the Stile will be positioned primarily for commercial users and tour operators, and as a result will be sold at a considerably lower price point. The Stile will feature a different nose and, in keeping with its intended purpose, will also come with a toned down cabin. You can also expect the Stile to do without many of the Evalia’s safety features like ABS and airbags. However, the Stile will still be powered by Renault’s 1.5-litre K9K engine, but possibly in a lower state of tune. There could also be a CNG version in the future.
Spurred on by the continued success of the Mahindra Bolero, Force Motors is readying a new version of its long-running Trax utility vehicle. The new Trax will come with smarter styling and updated interiors, and will feature the OM616 diesel engine that uses a two-valve common-rail system. Since it’s BSIV compliant, this engine will enable the new Trax to be sold in the metros as well. Spec for spec, the Trax’s pricing is likely to mirror the Bolero’s. Force Motors is also working on reviving the Gurkha to take on the Mahindra Thar.
FACTFILE Engine: 2.6-litre diesel Power/torque: NA Kerb weight: NA L/W/H: NA Expected: Mid-2013 Price: Rs 5.5-6.5 lakh*
Force Motors MPV
With the soaring popularity of MPVs, Force Motors may have an ace up its sleeve with its own people-mover, which is scheduled for launch in late 2013. The MPV will be a Force Motors-badged version of the Viano that will be built under license from Mercedes-Benz. Larger than the current lot of MPVs on sale in India, the yet unnamed model could be sold as an eight-seater. We expect the MPV to come with the 139bhp Mercedes-Benz-licensed OM611 2.2-litre diesel engine, which also does duty in the Force One SUV. While prices are not known yet, we estimate Force Motors will launch this MPV with a price in the Rs 10-15 lakh band.
The concept you see here previews some of the styling cues you can expect on Hyundai’s new MPV for India, which could make production by late 2013. Going by the 4.3-metre-long Hexa Space show car’s design, the production version (codename: HND-7) will have a distinct bonnet section and won’t be a mono-volume MPV like its contemporaries. Details like the peeled-back headlamps, flared arches and boomerang tail-lights could make it to the final version too. Built on an approximately 2.7-metre-long wheelbase, the MPV could be offered as an eight-seater with a unique 3+3+2 seating layout. Likely to sell with the 1.6-litre diesel from the Verna and Elantra, the concept’s turbocharged 1200cc Kappa petrol motor and six-speed automatic gearbox hint at some of the other possible powertrain options. You can expect Hyundai to price this interesting MPV on par with the Maruti Ertiga.
The S4 has already made its India debut and will be joined by other cars from Audi’s red-hot S performance range soon. Among the models due for launch are the S6 and S7, each of which is equipped with a stonking 414bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The S8 is on its way here too. It gets all the luxury trappings of an A8 and the same twin-turbo V8 as the S6 and S7, albeit with 513bhp on tap. It’s the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. While the S6, S7 and S8 will cost a sizeable amount more than their current range-topping variants, the S5 coupé will actually cost less than the RS5 already sold here. It will also be less powerful than that car, but with 329bhp on tap, still promises to be an absolute blast to drive.