After a brief lull, the Indian automotive industry is back with a season full of impending launches. And here is a list of all the upcoming launches in the coming two months, as many as 9 of them. It includes facelifts and new models ranging from hatchbacks to sedans, MPVs and one luxury compact sedan!
Upcoming Launches in July and August 2014:
1. Nissan Sunny:
This C-segmenter from the house of Nissan gains sharper lines and a new face. Headlamp unit gains more character and so does the rear boot lid. In fact the whole car now looks better and more pleasing to the eye!
On the inside, one will be greeted by a new steering wheel which looks….okay sorry but it does look boring. The backlit instrumentat cluster though seems to be a nice touch. The engines remain the same but the diesel has been tinkered a bit to give more feel. It is scheduled to hit our roads next month and will be a priced around similar levels as the existing Sunny.
2. Honda Mobilio:
One of the biggest launches for Honda this year after the City is the 7 seater MPV Mobilio. Honda’s answer to Maruti Ertiga is finally coming to us late July. The car promises utility, decent build quality and ample interior space (even though it is based on the Brio).
It shall get the much critiqued, and now known 1.5L i-DTEC, the most fuel efficient diesel mill in this country. Mobilio is expected to be launched at a starting price of around 6-6.5 lakhs, making it a direct competition to Ertiga. It will also come with the 1.5L petrol mill and a CVT variant is also being rumored.
3. Fiat Punto Facelift:
Though Fiat has not officially showcased the new 2014 Punto yet, but through its leaked pic as well as the roaming mules have cleared that it will be based on the design lines of Avventura. This means we can expect sharper and more muscular looks on the outside. On the inside, new Punto will get very similar interiors like the Linea.
The car will feature the same set of petrol and diesel engines in a variety of power outputs. The classic Italian looks blended with modern technology will make it one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country. Also rumoured are LED daytime running lights. Launch is expected around August at prices very similar to the current Punto.
4. Volkswagen Polo Facelift:
The solid Polo facelift does not get a lot of changes in terms of design. It has a few subtle changes on the front and rear bumper. The thin chrome strip on the front grille for a change looks decent. The tail lamp cluster has also been slightly redesigned. LED strip will also be provided as an option.
Apart from the 1.2L petrol motor(s), 2014 Polo will get the new 1.5L TDi diesel engine which is the biggest change on the car. The interiors, which have been revealed recently, shall carry the same no-nonsense theme forward. The car also gets a new 3-spoke steering wheel. Launch is expected in July at slightly higher prices than current Polo, specially for the diesel version.
5. Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift:
The car has recently won the title of the country’s largest selling car. From the only spyshots available on the net, it gets clear that the new Dzire gets an overdose of chrome which, in first impressions, doesn’t look good.
The larger fog lamps and protruding lower lip of the front bumper is supposed to make the car look sportier. It might get LEDs on the top variant and is rumored to get a start-stop button, while the engine options are to remain the same. The new Dzire will be launched by late August.
6. Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift:
Come July the Swift update is something which many of us have been waiting for. Features like keyless entry, push button start, cruise control, LEDs, and a slightly sharper exterior styling are the main changes which have been speculated.
The Indian Swift facelift is expected to be different than the international version and we believe it may also get a similar treatment like the Dzire with very few changes to distinguish the siblings. Just as the Dzire, the new Swift will also carry forward the same engine options.
7. Tata Zest:
According to our sources, Tata Zest will be launched by the first week of July. Tata’s upcoming compact sedan might just turn out to be a game changing model for the company. With frequent spyshots emanating almost daily, a lot about Zest is already known. The car has been projected to be a pretty big upgrade from what Tata cars are known for. Tata intends to portray Zest as an aggressive looking car with a new petrol engine and an overall feature loaded package.
Once launched, Zest will become India’s cheapest automatic (AMT) diesel sedan. Prices are expected to be real aggressive and petrol Zest may start at prices around Rs 4.5 Lacs.
8. Tata Bolt:
Unveiled just before the Auto Expo along with its larger sibling Zest, the Bolt is Tata’s answer to the plethora of hatchbacks available in the country. It also gets the same new 1.2L Revotron petrol engine. The car (as well as the Zest) has been tuned as per the recommendation of Narain Karthikeyan, giving us high hopes of it being a great, fun to drive car.
The Bolt may or may not be launched along with Zest.
9. Audi A3:
The most expensive cars in this list is also the World Car of the year! The luxury car maker is providing surprisingly practical engine options, the 1.8L TFSI petrol and the 2.0L turbo diesel. The A3 will be the cheapest Audi sedan in the country and is expected to be priced around 23-23.5 lakhs for the base variant. The car is expected to be launched in July.