‘New’ is always fascinating, especially when the question is about new cars. The slowing down of economic growth, the fuel prices and many more reasons are there for business of cars. Thus the carmakers have no other option but to persuade the consumers by manufacturing new exciting models. Some most awaited cars of 2012 are as follows:
1. Ertiga MPV
Ertiga, the upcoming model of Maruti Suzuki is the latest Indian Auto Expo of 2012. It has been given the name MPV (compact multipurpose vehicle) which is a seven seated car based on Ritz platform. It is expected to be priced in between 5 – 9 Lakhs. Its diesel engine generates a peak power of 95 Bhp which was only 90 Bhp in SX4 sedan. Basically it has a collection of both Diesel and petrol engines, which is 1.4 liter K-series. This feature is actually making a debut in India with Ertiga MPV. It has a peak torque of 130 Nm while Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel had 200 Nm of peak torque Ertiga’s diesel engine will be 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet engine with a variable geometry turbo. This model is a challenge to Toyota Innova.
2. New Sonata
Hyundai is launching the Sonata 2012. It has announced that Sonata will contain the company’s blue link system as standard equipment to compete the General motors and OnStar. Blue link provides updates for traffic and weather updates. It can also track of where the vehicle is being driven and how fast it’s going. This New Sonata will have a market price of around 18-22 lakhs. The car has been motivated by a new design called Fluidic Sculpture. Hyundai explains it as the design inspired by nature. The features of new sonata will overcome the likes for Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat, but it is slightly over-priced from them. The base 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine gives mileage for 24 miles per gallon. These all features make Sonata as the king of all mid-sized sedans in fuel economy.
3. Reva NXR
Reva NXR is the small electric car which is being unveiled by Mahindra. It doesn’t have any harmful emissions. It is made for Indian buyers by completely keeping their needs and demands in mind. It is very low cost compared to its predecessors, of only 3.5 – 5 Lakhs. This small compact powerful car gives you a smooth drives and is budget friendly as it runs out or electricity but not by the petrol which has a ever increasing price. It is a four-seated car containing two doors which runs for 150-200 kilometers on a single charge. As it is the only electric car in the market, it will not have any competition in the country.
4. Mini Xylo
Mahindra’s newest MUV Mahindra Xylo Mini is all set to launch in the Auto Expo 2012 where all cars makers are vowing to present with their latest models of cars. The car is made with same hooks and nooks like Mahindra Xylo Standard. This car will cost from 5 to 6 Lakhs. Mahindra Xylo Mini will have body colours bumpers, tachometer, trip meter, rear seat belts, rear A/C vent, optional music system, manual driver seat adjustment, rear wiper, remote fuel filler, central locking, and power windows. This Xylo Mini will have a surplus of 1.5 liter turbocharged CRDi engine inspired from Mahindra 2.2 liter M-Hawk CRDI diesel engine range, which ensures the free flow of oil and excellent on-road performance.
5. Renault Pulse
Renault India has revealed its third vehicle called Renault Pulse. It has a price of 4.5 lakhs to 6.5 lakhs in the market. Recently Renault has announced its third line-up from its series and named it as sub-Pulse. The CEO of Renault, Mr. Carlos Ghosn, said that they might consider sub-Pulse hatchback for challenging Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen UP in B-segment cars.The Pulse will be launched this year whereas on the other hand, Nissan is also planning to launch its small vehicle based on Nissan Micra hatchback in 2013 as Nissan in also trying to get involved in A-segment vehicles. This segment is pre dominated by Maruti. Ford India is als planning the same i.e. to introduce the hatchback under Ford Figo in A-segment.
Renault India is now trying to be autonomous in the market. It has already announced 5 models which it will launch by 2013. The Dacia Duster is the cheapest SUV by Renault. It is a five-seated SUV and this vehicle will cost around 7-9 lakhs. Renault may find it difficult to make its place as this price tag is similar to many car manufacturing companies such as the Toyota Innova, and Ford’s upcoming mini-SUV, EcoSport. This Dacia Duster will be available in 4×4 and 4×2 chambered engines with petrol and diesel facility both. It will have loads of exciting features such as, ABS, EBD and airbags etc. It is prompted that it will be imported as CKD from its Romanian plant in Piteseti. The boot of SUV has a capacity up to 475 liters and it is going to be the one of the strong and capable SUV in the developed markets.
7. NV 200 MPV
Nissan along with partner Ashok Leyland is going to launch NV 200 in India in the upcoming Auto Expo in Delhi. This car will be available in two variations – the premium version will be named as Nissan and another cost-effective version will be ALL (Ashok Leyland). The Nissan will face the Toyota Innova in the market. NV 200 MPV is the most conceptually designed car. The perception is of a ‘van on wheels’ as it looks like a van. It will price around 7- 12 lakhs in Indian market. This car was designed by the Nissan Design Center (NDC) Japan and Nissan Design Europe. The engine of this car is from Renault Logan’s 1500 cc diesel having a power of 85hp and has a torque of 200 Nm with power steering and rear leaf spring.
9. BMW Mini
The BMW mini will be launched in Auto Expo in 2012. The announcement was made during the launch of BMW X3 in Pune. It is said to be the show stopper in the Auto Expo. It is going to be launched as a completely distinct brand and hence it will have its own set of showrooms and distribution network. The Cooper Hatch, the Cooper convertible and the Countryman SUV – all the three iconic models are going to be there. The pricing of the BMW mini will be around Rs 25 – 30 lacks.
10. New Safari
The earlier safari was launched in 1990s. It is an iconic image of Tata from then on. But now Tata Motors had revealed its plan to make a new safari on the newly developed X2 platform. Its price is around 7 – 11 lakhs. It has got a 2.2 litre engine from the Aria. Aria is the same safari engine but many changes were done to refine the vibrations section. This new safari has been built by with the help of engineers from Jaguar Land Rover. With this new safari, it is a significant effort of Tata Motora to enter into the race of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
8. SAIL twins (Hatch & Sedan)
GM India has lined up with SAIL twins, hatchback and sedan from its steady partner SAIC and is now all set to launch the SAIL twins. For quite a long time they have not launched a new car but was busy launching SamrtTech engine as well as Diesel/ CNG engines. This car will cost around 4 to Rs 8 lakhs. Thus instead of the sharp looking Chevrolet Sonic replacing the Aveo twins, India will get the Chevrolet Sail Hatchback and Notchback.
- Surprises in store at Auto Expo 2012 (thehindu.com)
- Audi India may hike prices by up to 2 pc (ibnlive.in.com)
- Mahindra to hike prices of all models from Jan (ibnlive.in.com)
- Renault to greet New Year with compact car (thehindu.com)