New Delhi, June 11, 2017: The year 2016 has been a great year for the Indian four-wheeler industry with most car makers recording decent growth. The credit for this goes to multiple new launches that took place this year, besides positive market sentiment. In order to further improve sales in 2017, car makers are planning to launch several new products in India. Here is our list of 2017’s most-awaited cars-
1. Skoda Kodiaq
This will be Skoda’s first-ever fully-fledged SUV that offers seat for 7 adults. Built on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that also underpins VW Tiguan SUV, the Kodiaq SUV will come in two engine options – a 2.0-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. It will rival against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Isuzu MUX. The SUV will be brought into India as CKD and then assembled at the company’s Aurangabad facility. It is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 28 lakh to Rs 35 lakh.
Launch – Mid 2017
2. Jeep Compass
Fiat will launch the much-awaited Jeep Compass SUV in the Indian market by mid 2017. It will be the first Jeep model to be locally developed, which also makes it the most affordable Jeep SUV in India. Production of the car will commence from June, while bookings for the SUV have already commenced. Set to rival Hyundai Tucson, the Compass is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 24 lakh. The vehicle will be introduced with two engines – a 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre MJD diesel.
Launch – Mid 2017
The country’s most popular B-segment hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will finally enter its next-generation this year. The vehicle has already been introduced in Japan, and the Indian market will get it in the second half of 2017. The new-gen model gets an all-new hexagonal grille, new headlamps with L-shaped LED units, blackened A, B and C-pillars and all-new tail-lamps. The vehicle’s cabin too receives some changes including the new flat-bottomed steering wheel and new touchscreen infotainment system, though it retains the all-black colour theme. While the Japanese model will get a 1.2-litre petrol, 1.2-litre SHVS petrol & 1.3-litre diesel engines, the India-bound model will continue to derive its power from the existing 1.2-litre petrol & 1.3-litre diesel mills. With lighter weight, the new-gen Swift will be better in performance & mileage.Launch – Late 2017 or Early 2018
4. Honda Civic
The Japanese automaker is all set to bring back its popular Civic brand in the Indian market this year. Adding to it, the company is also considering the Civic hatchback for India. Talking about sedan, the car is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that will also power the CRV SUV. The petrol version will get a 1.8-litre TSI unit. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic.
Launch – end of 2017
Renault India has tasted a huge success in year 2016, all thanks to the Kwid hatchback. With an aim to capitalise on the positive sentiments of the brand, the French carmaker will bring in the Kaptur 5-seater SUV in the Indian market. This compact SUV will take fight against the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Hexa.Launch – Second half of 2017
New-generation Hyundai Verna will be the only major launch from the South Korean carmaker in 2017. The new model of the sedan will see significant cosmetic upgrades and a bunch of new features. Mechanically, the saloon will remain unchanged. However, there are reports suggesting that it might get mild hybrid technology to withstand against the Maruti Suzui Ciaz SHVS.Launch – Mid-2017
7. Tata Nexon
The second big launch from the Pune-based carmaker will be the Tata Nexon compact SUV. Based on the brand’s new “IMPACT Design” philosophy, the Nexon will face heat from cars like Mahindra TUV300, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Packed with a 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol and a 1.5-itre turbocharged diesel engine, the new Tata compact SUV will be the most powerful car in its segment.Launch – During 2017 Festive Season
Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker is planning to launch the updated version of the S-Cross crossover in the country. Already on sale in select international markets, the facelifted model will be sold through NEXA dealerships in India. First previewed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the new model is claimed to be bolder, stronger and more efficient than the outgoing model. The SUV will receive comprehensive cosmetic updates similar to the global model. However, the crossover will retain the current engine line-up – 1.3-litre MJD and 1.6-litre MJD diesel. Adding to it, the company could also introduce a powerful version of the crossover, which is likely to get a 1.5-litre unit.
Launch – Festive season, 2017
Previewed in Los Angeles in November 2016, the new Ford EcoSport will come with comprehensive design changes and features. While the global version of the compact SUV will receive the 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost or a 2.0-litre petrol engine, the India-spec model will retain its existing engine lineup. For 2017, the EcoSport will get a new SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.Launch – End of 2017
After launching the updated City, Honda is now planning to introduce the facelift version of the Jazz hatchback in the country. The updated Jazz has already been revealed for the Japanese market, and similar changes are likely to be offered on the India-spec model. It will also be equipped with Honda’s new 7-inch Digipad infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Mechanically, the hatchback will retain the existing engine lineup that includes a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol.Launch – End Of 2017