The year 2016 has had its ups and downs for the auto industry. The year started with the Delhi diesel ban and odd-even rule, but since then, things has gotten a lot smoother. Now, we have entered the second half of the year and it’s time for some exciting new and facelift/update launches. While these cars will be launched across the span of next five months, most of them are expected to arrive around the festive season. Here is a list of 19 cars which will cost less than Rs 19 lakhs.
1. Renault Kwid 1-Litre and AMT
The chatter for this car began a long time ago and it was finally teased to the Indian audience at the 2016 Auto Expo. The 0.8-litre Kwid is doing phenomenally well in the Indian market with its segment above features and muscular looks. The 1-litre and AMT variants are also expected to be very successful in the market.
2. Tata Tiago (AMT)
The Tata Tiago has started to gain momentum in the market. This car will soon be launched with an AMT transmission, which will make it more attractive in the market. The AMT offers a comfortable city drive which becomes a blessing in the bumper to bumper traffic.
3. Tata Kite 5
Another entry from Tata, this car is highly acclaimed for its design. It is essentially a Tiago with a boot. This sedan looks beautiful and might get some feature upgrades too.
4. 2016 Chevrolet Beat
This car has been on the books for a long time. Finally, there are signs that this car will debut around September. The car has also been spotted in the country, which means it is in its final phase of testing.
5. Mahindra Small Bolero (Sub-Four Metre)
Expected to launch this month, this Mahindra is being entrusted to revive the Bolero name in the country. As this will be smaller than four metre in length, the carmaker will most likely install a 1.5-litre mHawk diesel engine, which is also found in the other sub-four metre SUVs of the brand.
6. Volkswagen Polo, Vento (Updated 1.5-Litre TDI)
The 1.5-Litre TDI engine of the Polo and the Vento is undergoing a turbo update. This engine will develop more power and will be launched soon.
7. Volkswagen Ameo TDI (Diesel)
Launched recently, the Ameo is the first sub-four metre sedan by the German automaker. The sedan is as of now only available in three petrol trims and the diesel variants will be on sale in the festive season. The TDI Ameo was last spotted testing a few days back, check it out.
8. Maruti Ignis
The next big thing from Maruti, the Ignis hatchback will be placed below the Baleno and above the Swift and will most likely be sold through the NEXA outlets.
9. Hyundai Elite i20 Automatic
A phenomenal success, the Elite i20 is one of the highest-selling Hyundai models. To take it a step further, Hyundai will soon introduce an automatic variant of the car, which will be mated to the petrol engine.
10. Maruti Baleno RS
The Baleno on steroids, this car has fans eagerly waiting ever since it was showcased at the Auto Expo. Featuring a turbocharged 1.0-litre motor, this car has the power of 108 horses under its belly and gets all disc brakes all around. THis car will most likely be launched in late October.
11. Toyota Etios Facelift
The entry-level Toyota sedan will undergo minor changes this year. The facelift will have reworked front and rear bumper along with minor body changes.
12. Fiat Avventura Urban Cross
Showcased at the Auto Expo, this crossover hatchback is a more luxurious avatar of the Avventura. It is expected to come with a 1.4-litre petrol motor and a 1.3-litre 16V MULTIJET engine. It will also feature plush interiors with a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
13. Skoda Rapid Facelift
It’s about time Skoda rolls out the updated Rapid. This car will feature minor body tweaks along with an upgraded equipment list.
14. Tata Xenon
Tata’s take on an adventure vehicle, this pickup has been the go-to vehicle for the people who like to take the road less travelled. Now, Tata is coming out with a facelift for this pickup which will boast both equipment and design changes.
15. SsangYong Tivoli
SsangYong has seen some success with the Rexton SUV in India. To further capture the SUV space, it will launch the Tivoli in India, which is a global success. This is a compact SUV and will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
16. 2016 Hyundai Elantra
The next-gen Elantra is all set to be the next head turner for Hyundai. It has a beautiful shape and comes packed with features. It is based on the second iteration of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language and will be launched in September in India.
17. Tata Hexa
Tata’s answer to the Innova Crysta, the Hexa will be a sedan SUV cross and has muscular looks. It will come feature packed with a 400Nm diesel engine.
18. Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol
The Toyota Innova Crysta has witnessed an overwhelming response in India. It has become the highest-selling MPV/SUV in the country, beating the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Vitara Brezza. The bookings for the petrol variants of the MPV have begun and it will be launched soon.
19. Volkswagen Polo GTI
The mighty Polo GTI is all set to rip off its rubber on Indian tarmac. This car launches itself from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.7 seconds, courtesy the 1.8 TFSi petrol motor which produces 192PS of power and 250Nm of torque.
These cars have the potential to change the Indian automotive market. With majority of the cars being from Tata, Maruti and Hyundai, customers all over India will soon have a wide new range of vehicles to choose from.