Top 3 Upcoming Cars in 2019
The sub-four meter SUV was first showcased at the AutoExpo 2016, and we also drove it recently. In our opinion, it’s the finest car yet from the house of Tata. From concept to production, it has not transformed much but retains most of the distinguishing design features like ceramic beltline around waist, fog lamps, wide grille, huge wheel arches etc.
It would offer great space and would be a true five seater, packaged neatly in a compact platform. Expect great amount of luggage space, making it a perfect all rounder. With the Tiago, Tata has already made a strong comeback and with the Nexon, it’s expected to retain that momentum. High set headlamps, taillight along with tall shoulder line give the car a much bolder and macho style. And in the features department, the car would offer, a navigation system, voice assistance with a touch screen infotainment system. It would also offer 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor along with the 1.5-litre diesel. AMT is under development and would be offered later. Expect the car to be competitively priced between Rs 7-10 lakh bracket as it would lock horns with the more established rivals like EcoSport, Vitara Brezza Renault Duster etc.
[img#pros]Pros: Sporty Looks, Utility
[img#cons]Cons: Brand Perception
#2 Hyundai Elite i20
The Hyundai Elite i20 by all measures look fresh, and to keep it fresher still, Hyundai is expected to launch a minor facelift early next year. Presently, Hyundai is testing the car in India.
Though the test mule has been caught several times, few details are out yet. Hyundai is expected to use the latest design language and the car would most likely come with a more prominent grille at the front. The rear too is expected to carry minor changes.
The interiors are expected to have little or no changes, though we might see a new motor in the form of 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. Not only would it be more powerful than the 1.2-litre motor, the efficiency is expected to be same as the larger 1.2-litre motor.
Equipment level, features etc. are likely to remain unchanged.
[img#pros]Pros: Modern Styling, Feature-rich
[img#cons]Cons: Yet to experience
The third generation Swift has already been shown to the world. In India however, it is yet to make a debut, and it is expected to make an appearance at the Auto Expo 2018. Also, it is expected to be launched soon afterwards. The Swift is based on an all new platform and would bear all new exterior and interior. However, it would be carrying forward the old engine options.
The petrol would be the tried and tested 1.2-litre motor and diesel would be the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre unit. This time around the car would weigh less, so you can expect marginally better performance and economy. It’s expected that this time the car is likely to offer automatic gearbox as one of the transmission options with petrol.
Like with other cars, Maruti would be offering all safety features like ABS, EBD, airbags as standard.