Speed freaks have their eyes set on the Auto Expo to be held in New Delhi next month. We give you a heads up on seven participants who are guaranteed to drive you crazy. All these vehicles are expected to hit the streets this year.
Maruti Suzuki’s Future S
Future S is Maruti Suzuki’s bet on a compact car with SUV-like features. The automakers will collect feedback from the concept model to be presented at the expo and integrate them to the model before it is launched later this year. Future S will be cheaper than Vitara Brezza. No longer than four meters, the car is powered by the newly developed 1.5 liter Maruti diesel engine and 1.2 liter petrol engine. The box designs resembles a conventional SUV. The car is noted for its higher ground clearance and muscular body. It has not forgotten connectivity, devise compatibility and other gimmicks to attract the new-gen customer.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The wait is over. The new Swift may be unveiled at the Auto Expo but chances are there that the car may make its appearance in the showrooms even before the start of the expo. The new-generation Swift is based on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform. The model may house the 1 liter booster jet engine that made its debut in India in Baleno. The car may also have the 1.5 liter diesel engine and the 1.2 liter petrol engine.
Mahindra XUV 700
Mahindra & Mahindra is bringing to India the latest SUV from its South Korean partner Ssangyong. XUV 700 is Ssangyong Rexton for the Indian market. Rexton was not very well-received but Mahindra expects to find a market for the SUV in India under its own brand name. The SUV will be put in direct fight with Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. It will have the best in class facilities in the premium SUV category. At 4.85 length, 1.96 meter breadth and 1.8 meter height, XUV 700 will have more of a premium look than the existing Rexton. Powered by a 2.2 liter diesel engine, the car will come in automatic and manual versions. There will be five- and seven-seater models. With 181 bhp and 400 Nm torque, XUV 700 may be priced at up to Rs 5 lakh lower than its rivals.
Tata’s answer to Maruti’s premium hatchback Baleno is expected to hit the streets in the latter part of the year. Codenamed X451, Tata’s new offering comes on the new advanced modular platform shared by Tiago, Tigor and Nexon. X451 may resemble Nexon more than any other model. The new car will have all the engine variations of Nexon.
The ever popular Santro is taking yet another rebirth. The new Santro, placed somewhere between EON and i10, will give a tough fight to Maruti Celerio and Tata Tiago. Santro first came to the Indian market in 1998 and held the market share until 2014. The car stayed popular among customers even three years after it went off production, prompting Hyundai to launch it again.
MG Motors small SUV is a newcomer in India. The first offering of the company in India turns out to be sporty, in looks and use. It has a 1.5 liter diesel engine, 1.2 liter petrol engine and a turbo-charged petrol engine. It comes with 120 ps and 125 ps.
The Honda favorite is back. The second-generation compact sedan comes with a brand new look including transformed grills and interiors. It has more facilities than the old one but will stay with the 1.5 diesel engine and 1.2 liter petrol engine.