Upcoming Cars 2015: Hatchback, Sedan, MPV and SUV launches you should look forward to

Upcoming cars

Year 2015 is going to be a blockbuster year for car enthusiasts. Indian car market is all geared to witness the launch of more products than it has ever seen in a single year. In what is possibly the biggest online list of upcoming cars in India for 2015, we have put together more than 60 products here. Mind, the list does not include the surprises the industry may pop at us as the year progresses. So here it is, the most exhaustive compilation of the possible launches for the coming year, broken down into sub-lists comprising hatchbacks, SUVs, sedans, MPVs / MUVs and sportscars for your convenience. Enjoy the read!

P.S. Some images are purely for representative purposes, because images of still-to-be-launched vehicles are hard to come by.

Hatchbacks:

Tata Bolt

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What is it?

2015 will start off with the Tata Bolt hatchback- the Zest without a boot and essentially a re-skinned Indica Vista, to take on the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Elite i20/i10 Grand. The new design showcases the manufacturer’s new design semantics which is a culmination of their best ideas from their three design studios based in Pune, Coventry and Turin. It will also feature a touchscreen multimedia system by Harman Kardon, along with first-in-segment smoked projector headlamps.

Power-train

To be made available in both Petrol and Diesel formats, the Tata Bolt petrol will be the segment’s first hatchback to be powered by a turbocharged, 1.2-litre MPFI engine that will be equipped with selectable driving modes, outputting 90 PS @ 5000 RPM of power and 140 Nm @ 1500-4000 RPM or torque. The Diesel version will be powered by a 1248 cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with 75 PS @ 4000 RPM and 190 Nm @ 1750-3000 RPM or torque. AMT is also on the cards.

Expected launch: January 2015

Expected price: 4.5-6.5 lakh INR

Rivals: Maruti Swift/YRA/Ritz, Hyundai i10 Grand/Elite i20, Nissan Micra, Toyota Etios Liva

Tata Nano AMT with 1 liter petrol engine

Upcoming cars 2015 Tata Nano AMT

For more spy pictures and details of the Tata Nano AMT, click here

What is it?

The Tata Nano had missed its point ever since its inception in 2012. After slapping on a power steering and up market interiors this year, Tata now wants to widen the Nano’s appeal with an updated motor and AMT to take on the Maruti Alto K10 AMT. Shown first at the 2014 Auto Expo, the upcoming Nano AMT with minor stylistic updates has been caught on test on multiple occasions, suggesting that the official launch could be happen next year. The diesel powered Nano seems to have been shelved for the moment.

Power-train

The Nano AMT will be powered by a new 1-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine with close to 40 PS on tap, clubbed with the AMT gearbox, which is likely to be the same F-Tronic unit currently seen in the new Zest compact sedan.

Expected launch: April 2015

Expected price: 2.5-3.5 lakh INR

Rivals: Tata Kite, Hyundai Eon 800, Maruti Alto 800

Tata Kite hatchback/sedan

Upcoming cars 2015 Tata megapixel Kite

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What is it?

Eager for a large bite of the sub-compact pie, Tata will launch the all-new Kite hatchback next year. The Indica based Kite will sit below the Bolt and take on the Honda Brio, the Hyundai Eon and the Maruti Alto K10.  The hatchback will also spawn a boot to cater to the sedan loving Indian customers. The Kite compact sedan will replace the ailing Indigo CS and sit below the Bolt. Following the Kite hatchback, the compact sedan is supposed to launch sometime next year.

Power-train

To be produced at the Sanand plant in Gujarat the Kite hatchback / sedan will feature the two new engines by Tata – an all-new 1.05-litre three-cylinder common-rail diesel engine and a new petrol unit which is to displace 1.2-litres. The oil-burner will make 64 horses and a 142 Nm of torque and both the engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual and Tata’s popular automated manual transmission (AMT) might also find its way inside the Kite. The Tata Kite will also be one of the very few cars in the Indian market to have a Euro IV rating for being more polar bear friendly. And the car may also come with variants offering CNG and LPG for fuel.

Expected launch: late 2015

Expected price: 3.5-5.5 lakh INR

Hatchback Rivals: Maruti Alto K10, Hyundai Eon 1.0, Datsun Go, Nissan Micra Active

Sedan rivals: Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze

Maruti YRA hatchback

Upcoming cars 2015 Maruti Suzuki YRA

For a complete set of clear spy pictures and details of the Maruti YRA hatchback, click here

What is it?

To be positioned above the Swift in the Maruti food chain, the new Maruti YRA premium hatchback will lock horns with the newly launched Hyundai Elite i20. The car gets completely new styling all around, with the front getting an unique U-shaped grille unlike any other Maruti we’ve ever seen. The head-lamps bear a striking resemblance to the ones on the Swift though, while the mildly aggressive front bumper packs a couple of vertically placed DRL strips. The waistline is high-set, while the rear windscreen is quite raked and swooping, and the whole posterior of the YRA somehow reminds one of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. Apart from that, the top-end  YRA will come with LED infused tail lights, 15 inch, multi spoke alloy wheels, chromed door handles, chrome trimmings below the windows and the rear windscreen, while the basic versions seem to skip these aforementioned exterior embellishments.

The interiors have been party spied too and this is where Maruti has become a little adventurous, with all the funky looking elements and the touch-screen infotainment system. The instrumentation looks cool, with blue lighting and a driver information display nestled between the dials. The top-end variants will also get automatic climate control, reverse parking sensors, ABS, ESP and dual front airbags as part of standard kit. The Smart Play infotainment system from the Ciaz could also be offered on the YRA premium hatch in India.

Power-train

The Maruti Suzuki YRA should finish under 4 meters and get the same 1.2-liter petrol and 1.3-liter diesel engines from the Swift. The European versions should get a 1.4 liter petrol motor. The YRA is expected to make its Indian debut sometime early next year, possible ahead of its European debut.

Rivals: Hyundai Elite i20, Fiat Punto Evo, Toyota Etios Liva, Tata Bolt, Nissan Micra/Renault Pulse

Maruti S Cross

Upcoming cars 2015 Maruti S-Cross 1

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What is it?

The S Cross will be a SX4 (now defunct) based cross-over to take on the likes of the segment leading Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano. The new S-Cross rides higher than the SX4, on newly designed alloy wheels, has a faux skid plate, new fog lamp inserts and a revised grille. The car also has a hint of aluminum on the side skirts, chrome door handles, ORVMs on the side rear view mirrors, and a dash of chrome on the rub-strip.

Power-train

For the Indian market, we expect Maruti Suzuki to persist with the K14 1.4 liter petrol engine powering the Ertiga and the Ciaz with 90bhp or thereabouts on tap, depending on the state of tune. While the car is available in the European market with a 1.6 liter diesel, for India it would be propelled by a 1.3 liter oil burner with VGT turbo. This unit, again, is the same as the one found under the bonnets of the Ciaz and the Ertiga.

Expected launch: January 2015

Expected price:  7-9 lakhs INR

Rivals: Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster, Maruti YBA Compact SUV

Hyundai Elite i20 Cross

Upcoming cars 2015 Elite i20 Cross

For spy pictures and other details of the Hyundai Elite i20 Cross, click here

What is it?

Hyundai will soon reveal a crossover variant of its newly launched hatchback, the Elite i20. This upcoming crossover has already been spotted on several occasions in India and we expect Hyundai to announce more details in months to come. The Elite i20 Cross will gain a few millimetres in terms of ground clearance with the aid of a taller suspension. The Elite i20 Cross will also feature roof rails, body cladding, projector headlamps and Daytime Running Lights.

Power-train:

The Elite i20 Cross is expected to be powered by the same engines that are found under the hood of the hatchback. So expect to see a 1.2 litre petrol engine that churns out 82 hp of power and 114.7 Nm of torque and a 1.4 litre diesel motor outputs 89 hp and 220 Nm of torque.

Expected Price: 7-9 lakh INR

Expected Launch: Early 2015

Rivals: Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo

New Ford Figo Hatchback

Upcoming cars 2015 Figo Hatchback

For spy pictures and other details of the 2015 Fod Figo, click here

 What is it?

Ford Figo nameplate will get a complete makeover to keep up with the changing times and stand against the ever increasing competition. Test mules of this upcoming hatchback were spotted last month doing the runs in India. 2015 Ford Figo hatchback has already made its debut at the Sao Paulo Motor Show 2014. The new gen Figo rides on the same platform as the Fiesta sedan and will share a number of components from the latter.

Power-train

Powering the hatch will be 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre DV5 turbo-diesel engines. Ford could also surprise us by launching the Figo with the new 80bhp, 999cc petrol engine, likely to be derived from the 1.0-litre EcoBoost sans the turbo.

Expected Price: 4-6 lakh INR

Expected Launch: Early 2015

Rivals: Fiat Punto, Toyota Etios Liva, Volkswagen Polo, Tata Bolt, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse

Datsun Redi-Go

Datsun redi-GO Concept

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What is it?

Unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo, the “Redi-Go” is a micro-SUV based on an all-new Renault platform on which the XBA compact will also be based. The Redi-Go will feature a noticeably higher ground clearance to tackle rough road conditions. The wheelbase is 2,350 millimeters, and along with the short overhangs, 15-inch wheels, rear underrun protection elements and flared wheel arches give the Redi-Go a micro- SUV look. The design is centered around the unique, trapezoidal Datsun grille from the Go and Go+. Kerb weight is expected to be a light 760kg.

Power-train

The car is expected to be powered by an 800cc three pot petrol motor paired with a manual transmission.

Expected price: 4-5 lakh

Expected launch: Mid 2015

Rivals: None

New Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

For more information on the Honda Jazz/Fit, click here

What’s it?

Having made its debut at the Auto Expo, the new Jazz is expected to hit the showrooms by March 2014. Sharing its platform with the City, the Jazz boasts class leading space along with unmatched flexibility inside the cabin. The previous gen Jazz was priced very optimistically, before Honda rationalized the price tag, miffing a lot of its customers in the process. The new Jazz is expected to be priced more competitively.

Power-train

There new Jazz, unlike its predecessors will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol motor would be the 1.2-liter i-VTEC with 88 PS of power and 109 Nm of torque. The diesel engine will be the 1.5-liter i-DTEC which makes 100 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque on the Amaze, City and Mobilio. Both engines will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine will also get a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Expected Price: Rs 5.5 -7.5 lakh

Expected launch: March 2015

Rivals: Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti YRA, VW Polo

Also read; our other lists related to the year 2014-15

Fiat Punto/Avventura Abarth

Fiat Punto Abarth

For spy pics of the Fiat Punto Abarth in India, click here

What is it?

After having launched the Punto Evo in India, which by itself is a very desirable car for the segment, Fiat may be looking at launching the Punto Abarth. A go-faster version of the Punto, the Abarth would be powered by an engine that would put every other hatchback in and around its segment to shame. Some examples of the Punto Abarth EssEsse variant have been caught testing in India. A powerful engine, bigger 17 inch wheels, better equipment, some changes made to the interior and of course a re-tuned suspension for sharper handling would differentiate the Punto Abarth from its vanilla sibling. Abarth branding with some sporty stickering will be the big differentiators. Apart from that, we hear that an India-specific Avventura Abarth is on the cards too!

Power-train 

The Fiat Punto Abarth Evo is expected to be powered by a 1.4 Litre T-Jet turbo petrol motor that has a max power output of 114 Bhp and a peak torque figure of 207 Nm. The Punto Abarth is expected to have a top whack of more than 200kmph and a 0-100 Kmph timing of less than 8 seconds. The motor is expected to be mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox.

Expected price: Rs 9-11 lakh

Expected Launch: June 2015

Rivals : Polo 1.2 TSI / 1.5 GT

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

To see our review of the Fiat 500 Abarth in India, click here

What is it?

The cute looking Fiat 500 has a sting in its tail in the Abarth avatar. Producing 158 bhp of power from its turbocharged 1.4 liter petrol motor, the Fiat 500 comes across a tiny packet of big joy. The chassis and the suspension have been tuned to match the power and the 500 Abarth has what it takes to entertain you like no other car across segments.

Power-train

The Abarth is powered by Fiat`s MultiAir 1.4L 4 pot intercooled turbocharged petrol engine. This power plant pumps out 158 BHP@5500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque @3000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed heavy duty transmission

Expected launch: The Fiat 500 Abarth was expected to be launched in 2014. For some reason, however, the launch has been delayed. Expect the car to hit the showrooms sometime in early 2015.

Expected price: Rs 30 lakh

Rivals : None

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Nice compilation! great work!

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Good work .. seems similar to yearly horiscopes