Upcoming New Cars
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1. Tata Bolt
When to expect:December 2014
Estimated Price:4.20 6.60 lakhs
The Tata Bolt is the Pune based automaker s new hatchback for the Indian market. Based on their X1 platform which underpins the Indica Vista hatchback, the Bolt features an all too familiar silhouette but is a whole new animal in terms of features and overall design philosophy. It was unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and is expected to be launched later this month.It is the second new vehicle from Tata Motors after the Zest compact sedan and is expected to be joined by another compact sedan as well as a crossover both of which will make their debut in 2015.
This next generation global car from Tata Motors showcases the new DNA of the company and boasts of newness in terms of design (DesigNext), drivablilty (DriveNext) and connectivity (ConnectNext). The company says that the name Bolt itself signifies speed and represents, according to the company, a winner s attitude.At the front it gets an aggressive fascia, new grille and sleek headlights that stretch from the middle of the bonnet to the grille. This fascia is very similar to that of the Zest CS and thanks to the large amounts of chrome looks quite premium.On the sides, the window lines swoop down in a curve towards the rear hatch which now seems to be devoid of the Christmas tree lamps. However, what the rear does get are rounded edges and certain styling cues from slightly more premium cars. The Zest looks a little odd due to the compact sedan philosophy but the Bolt looks like a much more complete product.
Interior features a white and black combination interior setup with seemingly premium plastics as well as gauges mounted behind the steering and a touch screen created by Harmann for the Tata Bolt and Zest CS. However, on the lower spec variants we expect that Tata will offer beige interior. The overall design and feature list is expected to be dead similar to that of the Zest compact sedan. It seems that the variant nomenclature too will remain the same which means there will be eight variants excluding an automatic option which is not scheduled to be launched right now.
n terms of engines, Tata will offer this hatchback with the 1.2 litre Revotron engine which is petrol powered and produces 84bhp/140Nm. The diesel engine on the other hand is the 1.3 litre Quadrajet diesel. The only transmission options expected to be offered at the time of the launch is a five speed manual. The diesel AMT is expected to arrive at a later date and will be a first in segment.
We expect that Tata will price the Bolt in the range of Rs 4.20 lakh to Rs 6.60 lakh and it will have four petrol and three diesel variants. When launched it will compete with the Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Chevrolet Sail and the Ford Figo.
2. Datsun Go Plus
When to expect:February 2015
Estimated Price:5.70 7.50 lakhs
In February, the Datsun brand was born again when parent company Nissan launched the Go hatchback at a function in Delhi. It was the first car in the line up as well as the first car in what the Japanese automaker called locally designed cars for local markets . At the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show, Datsun unveiled the second car in the line up; the Go+ MPV, designed to cater to MPV crazy Indonesia but also with the intention that it will be available in Datsun s other markets too.
The Datsun Go+ looks like a stretched version of the Go hatchback and shares many of its design cues including the front fascia and the overall shape. It is 1.6 meters wide, 1.4 meters high and more importantly 3.95 (wheelbase of 2450mm) meters long qualifying it for the concessions available under the sub four metre rule when it is launched in India. The rear end too is the same as the Go hatchback but looks proportionately larger due to this being a bigger vehicle.In a bid to keep costs down and follow what is now an accepted practice among manufacturers to maintain economies of scale, the Datsun Go+ gets exactly the same interior features as the Go hatchback. Everything is exactly the same including the accessories like the mobile phone charging dock.
However, since this an MPV, we expect that on higher spec variants Datsun will offer features like AC vents for the second row and foldable third row seats to increase boot space and unlike the industry trend of captain seats in the second row on the highest spec variant, the Datsun Go+ will continue to have split bench design. From the looks of the pictures, the third row does not get openable windows and passengers will be sitting higher up so as to get breeze from the second row windows and front AC vents.
The engine and underpinnings are the same as the Go hatchback. It makes use of the 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of torque. However since this is the larger vehicle, we expect that Nissan may increase the power. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a five speed manual gearbox. In India, we expect that they will also offer the Go+ with the 1.5 litre diesel engine.In Indonesia, the Go+ will be priced below 100million Rupiah (Rs 5.52 lakh). However in India, we expect that Datsun will price the Go+ in the range of Rs 5.7 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh for the top spec diesel engined variant. It is expected that they will display the car at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and launch it a few months after the Indonesia market gets it, the latter being scheduled for the first part of next year.
3. Mercedes Benz CLA
When to expect:January 2015
Estimated Price:25 30 lakhs
Mercedes Benz is no longer the highest selling luxury car brand in the country. In fact Merc is not even incontention;the battle for the top is between BMW and Audi. Even the global numbers reveal a similar story the three pointed star is lagging behind. Their plan is to get back to the top in India by 2016 and their new range based on MFA (Modular Front wheel Architecture) will spearhead the challenge in this all German battle.Mercedes Benz are perceived as old man s cars due to their conservative styling. Also the BMW and Audi are relatively new and carry a bit more of novelty value. But this has not hurt Merc as much as the fact that they don t have an entry level sedan or crossover, like the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. This is changing with the new MFA platform; the B Class is the first front wheel drive Mercedes car in India and soon we will have another hatchback, entry level sedan and a compact crossover based on the same architecture.
The new front wheel drive sedan christened as the CLA will be launched in India later this year. The 2014 CLA unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show is Mercs new entry level sedan that will be positioned below the C Class. It is basically a sedan version of the A Class, which will also be launched here in the next few months.The CLA shares many of its design cues with the A Class like the floating dots grille, massively sculpted air intakes and chin spoiler that sits rather prominently in the front. Mercedes has really been working hard on giving the car clean sculpted lines and this is very evident on the side and in the back especially the rear bumper and the rather sharp looking boot lid. The company also said that the CLA has a drag coefficient of 0.23 that is the lowest among any series production vehicle.
The interiors of the CLA are similar to that of the A Class hatchback. The company has not revealed the features list as yet, the same will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, where the car will make its first public appearance.The CLA will be offered with three petrol engine options producing 122bhp (CLA 180) 156bhp (CLA 200) and 211bhp (CLA 250)( in the pictures) and one diesel mill which produces 170bhp (CLA 220 CDI). Power will be transmitted to the wheels via a seven speed dual clutch gearbox and the (optional) 4matic four wheel drive system. Mercedes will also launch a performance version of the sedan called the CLA 45 AMG. Similar to the A45 AMG, this will also be 335bhp version that will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Mercedes Benz will launch the CLA in India around September, just before the festive season. The sedan will be assembled in India at their Chakan facility and the prices for the petrol version should start around Rs 25 lakh.
4. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Facelift
When to expect:December 2014
Estimated Price:4.90 7.50 lakhs
India s hottest hatchback the Maruti Suzuki Swift has been on sale in its current avatar since August 2011, while its compact sedan sibling came into the market in February 2012. Now both are up for a facelift. The former got a host of cosmetic updates in Europe and Japan last year and will soon make its way to India by the end of this year. It will be joined by a facelifted Dzire a short while after the hatchback. Suzuki has stuck with the formula of continuity and has not changed anything in terms of overall design but has added chrome to up the premium factor of the car.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire in terms of external design will remain the same as before and now gets silver detailing on the lower front bumper but is likely to be offered only on the ZDI and ZXI variants. There is also added chrome on the grille and the bumper. Apart from that, Suzuki is also offering a high mounted LED stoplight. However, for the Indian market, we expect that this will only be offered with the VXi, VDi and the ZXi and ZDi variant.
The interior of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire facelift will now feature cruise control, keyless entry and a button start. Since the top spec version of the car already gets features like climate control, faux leather seats and a music system with Bluetooth, AUX and iPod compatibility we expect that they will continue even in the facelifted models too. However, we expect that the India spec car may now get rear AC vents and maybe electric seat adjustment in a bid to update the feature list and keep it on par with the competitors.
Engines and gearbox
The facelifted Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is expected to continue with the 1.2 litre petrol mill and the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine. The former produces 85bhp/114Nm while the latter does 74bhp/190Nm. The Dzire will continue to be offered with the four speed AT which the current model uses.
Price and competition
The facelifted Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 4.90 lakh to Rs 7.50 lakh when it is launched later this year. It competes with the Tata Indigo eCS, Hyundai Xcent, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid and the production version of the Ford Figo sedan in the B+ compact sedan segment.
5. BMW i8
When to expect:December 2014
Estimated Price:1.55 2.20 crores
BMW stunned the world in early 2011 when it announced the i division for hybrid cars and electric vehicles. The first car to come out of this development was the i3 pure electric car and then the i8 hybrid. During the 2014 Auto Expo, BMW under the auspices of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar unveiled the i8 plug in hybrid for the Indian market and announced that the car would be launched for India by the end of the year.
The external design of the BMW i8 harks back to that of the 8 Series range of cars that were sold in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This design is characterised by low slung body style, large hood and stubby back, something that the i8 has managed to embody and yet, still look modern as possible.The front is dominated by a colourful and rather flat twin kidney grille, it gets an oblong shaped full LED headlights and a strange looking bumper that has aerodynamically enhanced wings just below the headlamps. The wind shield is raked sharply and further adds to the low look of the car.The side profile is low and characterised by the scissor doors which opens upwards and out providing the i8 with true sportscar credentials. It gets its own special design for the alloy wheels as well as various aerodynamic creases and lines for improved efficiency and to add to the futuristic appearance.The futuristic appearance of the i8 comes alive at the rear end where the prominent features include a futuristic interpretation of BMW s current tail lamp design, bits of body work that act as spoilers. The rear bumper appears to be wider towards the edges in a bid to maintain an even design over the flared wheel arches. While being purposeful, it also adds to the cars muscled appearance.
vThe i8 gets the standard BMW interiors with a few space age touches like the digital gauges and what appears to be a 10 inch display to interact with the iDrive system. The 2 seater car has been trimmed out in a combination of leather, chrome plastics for the centre console and high quality plastics for the rest of the cabin.
For those who don t drive in Europe and America, the cabin may look a little plain and obviously very similar to that of the other BMWs and this is down to the fact that customers in Europe and America place a larger emphasis on vehicle performance and feature more than eye catching design for the interiors. There is also the fact that BMW s cabin design is actually pretty good and does not really look out of place in such a car.
This is where the i8 comes alive. It is powered by a 1.5 litre three cylinder twin scroll turbo engine that produces 231bhp and 320Nm of torque and power is sent to the rear wheels via a six speed AT. The front wheels are connected to an electric motor via a two stage AT box. This motor produces the equivalent of 131bhp and is mated to a 5kWh lithium ion battery. This combination takes the total output to 362bhp and 570Nm of torque allowing the i8 to do 0 100kmph in 4.4 seconds. This setup also gives the i8 a very impressive 39.9kmpl (under European test conditions).
We expect that BMW will price the i8 in the range of Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2.2 crore when it is launched in India. There is no competition for such a vehicle in the Indian market and BMW will be the first one to launch such a car.
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