The B-hatchback segment in India is all set to see some real hot action in 2014. Here is a list of five upcoming cars which will slug it out against the competition to snatch a piece of the pie…
1. Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift:
Suzuki Swift facelift has been in the news ever since the international Swift got one. And then we already had the suspicious test mule of Swift in India which carried higher number of features.
On the outside, Swift facelift is expected to get the new i20 inspired LED daytime running lights, sharper front bumpers, electrically operated ORVMs with integrated side indicators and some additional chrome. The car might also get keyless entry and start stop button in terms of additional features.
Its compact sedan version Dzire will also get a similar update not immediately but in due course of time. The Swift might be the best selling hatch in this segment but it has been facing a lot of competition from all sides. Let us see how does the new model face the onslaught. Launch is expected sometime between July to September.
2. Volkswagen Polo facelift:
The new Polo was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. While most manufacturers go overboard and start redesigning their cars to change its very identity, the new Polo facelift comes with very minimal cosmetic changes. It gets a new front and rear bumper, larger fog lamps, optional LEDs in the headlamp cluster and some chrome treatment.
The interiors are also expected to get some refreshments. However, the biggest changes lies under the bonnet – the introduction of the new 1.5L diesel engine, possibly in two outputs, 95PS and 105PS. With this the Polo GT TDI’s 1.6L mill be shown the door. And, though we do not like it, but the 1.2L 3-pot diesel engine is expected to continue.
Along with these, the 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol engine as well as the 1.2L TSI turbocharged engine of the Polo GT TSI are expected to continue without any changes. The car is scheduled to be launched sometime around July.
3. Next-Gen Hyundai i20:
The South Korean manufacturer is strengthening its hold on the Indian car market and the Next-Generation i20 will be an important introduction. The car appears to be longer and will most probably house softer cues giving it an elegant look. The headlamp cluster might get bigger to swallow the indicators.
The rear lamps are going to be new with a new front grille. In terms of engines, it’s expected to carry over the same mills from the present generation. The car will be unveiled in October at the Paris Motor Show and a launch thereafter is expected in India.
4. Fiat Punto Facelift:
The most stylish of the cars in the segment has not really been that great a seller but the Italians are trying to change that by strengthening its sales and after sales service. The new Punto will get inspiration heavily from the upcoming crossover Avventura. It will get a large front grille and swept back headlamps and a tiny hit of LED daytime running lights.
The rear end shall also continue flaunting its new inspirational cues. The two tone interiors as well as the dashboard will have a lot of similarities with the bigger new Linea to give that upmarket feel. The engine shall remain the same 1.2L and 1.4L petrol and 1.3L diesel. The car was originally meant to be released in the first half of the year and is now expected to hit before the festive season begins.
5. Tata Bolt:
Just before the Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased its upcoming hatchback Bolt and compact sedan Zest and managed to garner everyone’s attention. The car has jumped miles ahead of the present generation Indica’s. The build quality has also significantly improved.
The Bolt is expected to be loaded to the Brim with goodies with even the base variant getting a lot of tech and features. The car gets a new petrol engine, a 1.2L turbocharged Revotron mill producing 85PS of power and 140Nm of torque. The diesel mill continues to be the same 1.3L multijet producing 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. The car is expected to be launched within a couple of months from now.
With so many upcoming choices, which one will you go for?