With 2013 being a good year for automotive enthusiasts, 2014 promises to be a better year for a wider variety of customers. Here’s a glimpse at some of the most awaited cars this year.
Probably a direct competitor to the Nissan Micra/Renault Pulse and the host of Hyundai ‘i’ series of cars, this take on a 5 door hatchback from Mitsubishi might be just want the hatchback market needs.
The boxy little car owned my Captain Slow (James May of Top Gear) “maybe a very exciting car that you can enjoy at normal speeds” but it will mostly get a toned down engine for Indianizing it but even with a slightly less powerful engine, this car will be a very utilitarian means of transport for people who don’t mind a not-so-striking looking car.
The Datsun name was brought back from its grave by Nissan and the Go may be based on Nissan V platform like the Micra but there is nothing similar to how the car feels. Datsun Go will be an interesting addition to the market in the ever competitive 5 door hatchback market.
If you think this is just a Datsun GO with a longer body and a bigger price tag then you are in for a shock because despite sharing the name and an element of the looks, the performance promises to please the seven passengers that you can have on your trip.
Only the fifth car that the French car maker will make in India, the Laguna, like the Fluence will focus at the premium D+ segment of cars. Auto transmission is slated for a launch but a manual gearbox might also follow later.
Since Renault Duster popularised it beyond belief, the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano have had a major impact a created a new market. The Trax from the American car manufacturer will be one more option in this new exciting market.
A major improvement from the Punto and Palio which never enjoyed exceptional sales, the Bravo slotted between these two cars will be another attempt by the owners of Ferrari to take on the small car C+ segment in India.
With a EURO NCAP rating of three stars, the Lodgy may not be the best looking car but it is a great car for taking long trips with family and friends. The multipurpose vehicle is very comfortable and a great choice for a big family.
Honda Vezel (also available as Hybrid)
With Honda’s trustworthy 1.5 litre engine at the front and option between petrol and diesel, the Indian customers can now choose to but a CRV type of car without buying a CRV. Priced under 12 lakh, it will take the competition direct to the Renault Duster and the Ford EcoSport.
Fiat Punto Abarth
Fiat’s Punto gets a major upgrade with the Abarth name. Abarth is the in-house performance house of Fiat that tunes its mass production cars. Adding a 1.3 litre and a 1.4 litre engine in the variants will certainly add a punch to the hatchback’s performance.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (A-Wind concept)
Powered by a 1 litre engine, the successor to the Maruti Suzuki A-Star will pack a punch with a slightly smaller body with better managed interiors making it more spacious than the A-Star.
Probably the most ambitious attempt made in the small car market by any car manufacturer, Volkswagen Up! will be a four door slightly bigger car as compared to the 4 door European model. The interiors do take a little bit of space which will see the Up! getting a 1 litre engine instead of the 1.2 litre engine but it will be more economical.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
The 1.6 litre crossover model of the well-received SX4 will hit the markets sometime in 2014 giving the customers who want something of a luxury sedan which also doubles as a part time off-roader and people carrier. Having the Maruti Suzuki bade, the car will be easy to repair, insure and economical to run.
Published Date: January 5, 2014 2:40 PM IST | Updated Date: January 7, 2014 11:40 AM IST