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

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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! Also Read: Upcoming Cars in India 2018

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. Pictures and technical specifications of the Tata Bolt

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

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. Spy pictures and details of the Tata Nano AMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEDANS:

Maruti Dzire face-lift

Upcoming cars 2015 Swift DZire

What is it?

The national best-seller will see an update for 2015, including a slightly revised front fascia which includes a new, thick chrome lipped grille, revised front bumper with lots of chrome around the fog lamps and such. On the inside, other than the push start button, the car is expected to get an upholstery/trim change and Auto Up feature for the driver’s side window. Other new features could include electrically retractable ORVMs, keyless entry, Bluetooth and Auto headlamps. The car seen here sports a new blue shade, indicating that there would be new colors on offer, like the Swift.

Power-train

Mechanically, the car is expected to remain unchanged, which means that the 1.2 litre, four pot, normally aspirated K12B petrol engine and the 1.3 litre, four pot, turbocharged, Fiat sourced mill will continue to do duty. However the new engines will also reflect some updates made on the Swift face-lift which give it better fuel economy.

  • Expected launch: February 2015
  • Expected price: 5.5- 8 lakhs INR
  • Rivals: Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Indigo CS, Mahindra Verito Vibe

Hyundai Elantra face-lift

Upcoming cars 2015 hyundai Elantra

What is it?

Hyundai Motors had unveiled the face-lift Elantra for the Thailand market with the addition of “Sport” tag earlier this year. The car receives hints of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture v2.0 design. The changes are mainly cosmetic while the engine is likely to remain similar to the outgoing model. Changes on the outside include revised front and rear bumpers, new projector headlights with DRL’s, newly shaped fog lamps, chrome outline on the window sills, new LED combination tail lights and new 17-inch wheels.

Power-train

Elantra will feature a tweaked 1.6 GDI gamma petrol engine and a 1.6 liter CRDi U2 diesel engine. The output and performance figures will be better than the current gen Elantra.

  • Expected Price: 13-16 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Early-mid 2015
  • Rivals: Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Solaris (Verna face-lift)

Upcoming cars 2015 Verna facelift

What is it?

Hyundai Solaris is essentially the Russian version of the Verna. The Russian car recently received a face-lift and the same will soon reflect on the Hyundai Verna in India. In fact, last month, a near production ready model was spotted, completely undisguised, on Indian roads. The 2015 Verna will receive projector headlamp. The front end would also receive a two slat grille along with a redesigned bumper. The rear gets a newly designed bumper and tail lamps. The rear bumpers also receives integrated reflector.

 Power-train

Expect to see the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines that are found on the current generation Verna. The 1.6-litre petrol engine churns out 121 hp of power and 155 Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre diesel, on the other hand, puts out 126 hp of power and 259 Nm of torque. The current generation Verna also comes with a 1.4-litre diesel unit which pumps out 89 hp of power and 224 Nm of torque.

  • Expected Price: 7-9 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Early 2015
  • Rivals: Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Rapid

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata

What is it?

Hyundai unveiled the seventh generation Hyundai Sonata earlier this year. This new Sonata is expected to replace the current generation sedan that Hyundai sells in India sometime next year. The upcoming Sonata will receive a complete design overhaul and will not carry any body part from the current generation. In terms of dimensions, the car is 1.2 inches wider and 1.3 inches longer. The seventh generation of Sonata will don company’s evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The front of the car will feature a new grille while the bumpers will house the LED daytime running lights (DRLs). On the rear, the new Sonata gets a redesigned set of tail lights and features clean and tapered lines.

Power-train

Powering the 2015 Sonata will be a 2.4-litre petrol engine that churns out 198 hp of power and 250Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed manual or a SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission. What’s interesting is that Hyundai may also offer a CRDi diesel engine to compete in the ever growing diesel car market.

  • Expected Price: 22-24 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Early/Mid 2015
  • Rivals: Toyota Camry, Audi A3, Skoda Superb

Toyota Camry face-lift

Upcoming cars 2015 Toyota Camry

What is it?

Unveiled at the Moscow motor show, the new, global-market 2015 XV50 Toyota Camry facelift could reach Indian shores next year. Styling wise, the front now features a more aggressive fascia while the sides remain mostly unchanged. The rear gets a new re-sculpted bumper and a thin chrome strip bridges the tail-lamps, which are carried over from the last Camry. The alloy wheels feature a new design and appear to be relatively fresh.

The interiors get a new back-lit instrument panel with a 4.2-inch color TFT display that sits between the dials, an updated three spoke steering wheel and a restyled center console with a new 6.1- or 7.0-inch screen. Also, the instrument cluster now features a two-pod layout as opposed to the pre-face-lift car’s three-pod setup.

Power-train

Powering the new Camry will be a 181 hp 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine along with a 249 hp 3.5 liter V6. Both engines will be mated to a six-speed auto box and there is still no news if the facelift will extend to the Hybrid version too.

  • Expected Launch: Anytime in 2015
  • Expected Price: 25 – 30 lakh INR

Ford Figo sedan

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What is it?

Ford Figo hatchback will soon be followed by a compact sedan version which will replace the “Classic” in India. Ford Figo sedan’s concept was unveiled in India a day before the Auto Expo. The Ka+ sedan would be under four-metre length to save taxes and keep the price of the vehicle low.  The Ka+ which will arrive in India as the Figo Sedan will sport a diesel engine putting it in direct competition with Honda’s highly successful Amaze and Maruti’s Swift Dzire.

Power-train

Ford Figo sedan would receive 1-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that churns out 84 bhp and 105Nm of torque. The top line variant would sport a 1.5-litre 109 bhp engine that powers the Fiesta.

  • Expected Price: 6-8 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Early 2015 (Along with or just after the Figo hatchback)

Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS

What is it?

Like its predecessor the vRS badged Octavia will be a go-faster version of its vanilla sibling. More power, some stylistic changes and more equipment will define this enthusiast friendly sedan.

Power-train

Petrol version comes with a 2.0 liter turbo engine with 220bhp and 0-100 timing of 6.8 seconds. The 2.0-litre diesel version kicks out 184bhp of power and has a 0-100 timing of 8.1 seconds. Transmission duties are taken care of by the seven-speed DSG dual clutch transmission

  • Expected Price: Rs 22 lakh
  • Expected launch: There is no certainty about the launch of this go-faster Octavia. If Skoda plans to bring it here, we may see it sometime by mid-2015
  • Rivals: Audi A3, Skoda Octavia, VW Jetta

All-new Audi A4

New 2014 Audi A4 with 177bhp (90)

What is it?

The new generation Audi A4 will be revealed in early 2015. The new car, though very identifiable as the nameplate, will feature sharper design and more attention to detail. Expect the new car to be longer and wider than the current gen car. The new single frame grille will find place on the new car’s face. The 2015 Audi A4 will make use of Audi’s new MLB platform. The new car is also expected to be lighter by 100 kg. A new interior, along with addition of some nifty new tech is also a given.

Power-train

The bread and butter engine for the new A4 would be the 2.0 liter TDI unit, also powering a bevy of other Audi cars in India. The new gen engine will have 184 bhp of power and 340Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to the seven speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission.

  • Expected Launch: Mid-2015
  • Expected Price: Rs 28-40 lakh
  • Rivals: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-series, Volvo V40

BMW 3 Series LCI

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What is it?

The face-lifted BMW 3 Series is due to arrive in the UK in the middle of 2015, and it is expected to be more efficient than ever as BMW bids to stop the Jaguar XE stealing sales. As with all LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) face-lifts, expect BMW to have subtly tweaked the styling and improved the interior feel of the popular executive car. On the outside you’ll find a new front bumper and slightly redesigned headlights, while inside the cabin will decked out with more premium materials and new infotainment features.

Power-train

BMW has yet to confirm the range of engines that will be available. However, the face-lifted 3 Series is expected to get the new range of turbocharged three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines that are now available in the 2 Series Active Tourer. Both are 1.5-litre units and are expected to be more fuel efficient than the current engines in the 316d and 316i models (won’t come to India). However there’ll be an upgraded, more fuel efficient BMW 320d.

  • Expected Launch: end-2015
  • Expected Price: 30-50 lakh INR
  • Rivals: Mercedes Benz C Class, Audi A4, Volvo S60

BMW 7 Series new

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What is it?

New for 2015, BMW’s flagship 7-Series, codenamed the G11, will make extensive use of carbon-fibre and other lightweight technologies borrowed from BMW’s “i” brand, to help reduce weight. The “i” brand know-how and reduced weight will also help to lower the car’s emissions and improve fuel efficiency without BMW having to tamper too much with the engine and other key parts.

Power-train

Powertrain options for the 2015 7-Series will likely include six-, eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, all with direct-injection and turbocharging.

  • Expected Launch: late 2015
  • Expected Price: Pricing, while not revealed yet, is expected to be a bit higher than the current models in the range.
  • Rivals: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ

Mercedes Benz CLA

Mercedes CLA

What is it?

Substantially updated for 2015, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will come with a host of new features like autonomous partial braking, Traffic Sign Assist, Attention Assist, and the optional Keyless-Go starting.  It will be as feature-packed on the inside too, featuring a freestanding 8-inch display with Mercedes’ Connect Me, Convenience Telephony, and a new Media Interface that integrates with Apple’s proprietary Lightning.

Power-train:

With a little bit of tweaking to the existing 178PS, 350Nm engine, the CLA 220 CDI will sprint from 0-100 kmph in 8.2 seconds, and onto a top speed of 232 kmph

  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Expected Price: 27-35 lakh
  • Rivals: Audi A3, BMW 2-Series

Jaguar XE

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What is it?

The baby of the Jaguar range, the 2015 XE was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show last October to create the most affordable three-door Jaguar yet, and create a product which takes the fight straight to the base models of the German big three.

Power-train

First up is the entry-level 2.0-litre ‘Ingenium’ turbodiesel that produces 163 PS, yet does 31 kmpl on paper, making it the most efficient Jag ever. Available with a choice of automatic or manual gearboxes, it can do 0-100kmph in 7.1 seconds. Then there’s the 340PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 from the F-Type, propelling the XE executive saloon from 0-100kmph in 5.1sec and on to a top speed of 250kmph.The remaining pair of petrol engines is the 2.0-litre turbo units already available in the XF and XJ, and the XE will be available in five trims.

  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Expected Price: 35-50 lakh
  • Rivals: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3 series

Mercedes- AMG C63

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Saloon Paris Motor Show Launch - 2

What is it?

The new C63 will come with Mercedes-AMG branding to differentiate it from the lowly Benz plebs. It will also have a sportier and more powerful S version.

Power-train

Both models will be powered by AMG’s all-new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, delivering 473PS and 650Nm in the C63, and 505PS and 700Nm in the C63 S. The 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 is also promised to have the best fuel economy for V8 performance cars, boasting almost 12 kmpl in the European combined cycle. With power sent only to the rear wheels, Mercedes estimates that the C63 S model can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 3.9 seconds, with the standard C63 just a hair slower at 4.0 seconds. Top speed in both models will be limited to 250kmph.

  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Expected Price: 80 lakh – 1 crore
  • Rivals: BMW M3, Audi RS5

Mercedes Benz CLS

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What is it?

Next year will see the introduction of an all-new entry-level car in Mercedes-Benz’s CLS-Class, called the CLS400. The CLS400 will be offered in both rear and all-wheel drive and should be priced substantially lower than the CLS550. Style-wise, the 2015 CLS-Class gets the new corporate grille and LED headlights with matte chrome trim. Darkened taillights and new wheels dress up the rest of the exterior. Inside, there’s a larger 8-inch infotainment screen displaying the brand’s latest entertainment and navigation software.  Air suspension with adjustable damping will also be standard on the CLS550, while CLS400 models will have steel springs and damping tuned for comfort.

Power-train

The base model CLS400will feature Mercedes’ new twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, good for 330PS and 480Nm. Rest of the lineup remains the same.

  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Expected Price: Rs 1 crore
  • Rivals : BMW 6 series Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera, Audi A7 Sportback

SUVs:

Tata Safari Storme face-lift

Upcoming cars 2015 Tata Safari Strome Facelift

What is it?

The Tata Safari Storme facelift has been spied in Pune, indicating that another storm is brewing over at Tata Motors. An answer to the revised Mahindra Scorpio, the Storme face-lift carries minimal, re-tweaked exterior embellishments which include a new grille with a new honeycomb pattern and different front bumper work. Changes to the interiors are unclear at the moment, but it is being said that the new Tata Safari Storme will benefit from an updated touchscreen equipped infotainment system and a proper, front facing third row of seats.

Power-Train

The updated Safari Storme is also rumored to borrow the 2.2 liter VARICOR turbo diesel engine from the Aria in its highest state of tune, producing 150 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque. The 5-speed manual gearbox will be retained and so will be the rear wheel drive layout, along with the shift-on-the-fly four wheel drive system from Borg Warner on the top-end variant of the Storme.

  • Expected launch: Early 2015
  • Expected price: 9-15 lakhs INR
  • Rivals: Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster 110

Mahindra S101

0 Upcoming cars 2015 Mahindra S101 Compact SUv

What is it?

Driven by miserable sales of the Quanto – a hasty, half-baked effort to grab a chunk of the sub-4 meter compact SUV pie, Mahindra will be back again with all guns blazing in 2015 with fresh, well-rounded SUVs.  The crux of attention will be on the new sub 4 meter compact SUV, codenamed the S101. The car will go head to head with Ford’s hot-selling Ecosport. Although there have been numerous sightings of the S101 prototype, camouflaging has been heavy and stylistic details are scratchy at best.

Power-train

Two new, highly modern, small capacity petrol engines from Mahindra will fill up the engine bay. These engines are currently being developed with assistance from Ssangyong. While one of these engines would be a three pot unit, the other would be a four pot petrol unit. The upcoming engines won’t even be remotely related to any of the older Mahindra petrol engines. Mahindra could also offer the 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder mCR100 unit with S101 which currently powers the Mahindra Quanto.

  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 5-8 lakhs INR
  • Rivals: Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster, Maruti Compact SUV

Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid

Upcoming cars 2015 Mahindra XUV500 HYbrid

What is it?

Soon hybrid technology will start making its presence felt in the lower end of the market. The Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid is one such car that’ll face the hybrid bandwagon.  The manufacturer claims that the new XUV500 Diesel Hybrid is as much as 18 percent more fuel efficient than the regular diesel powered variant.

Power-train

The new car’s power-plant consists of a regular internal combustion diesel engine and an electric motor. Providing juice to this permanent magnet synchronous motor is a lithium ion battery. The electric motor provides the diesel engine with power assistance at low engine speeds and also while the car is undergoing acceleration. The XUV500 Diesel Hybrid’s advanced powerplant makes use of regenerative braking to revitalize the battery.

  • Rivals: Tata Safari Storme

Mahindra Ssantong Tivoli

Upcoming cars 2015 Ssangyong Tivoli

What is it?

Set for a Korean launch by January 2015, the all-new Ssanyong Tivoli (initially code-named the X100) B-segment crossover will go on sale in the UK and globally from mid-next year. Together with its name, SsangYong has also revealed the latest rendered images of the car’s exterior and interior. The exterior features the look of a dynamic, urban SUV with a relatively modern silhouette and stance, while embracing SsangYong’s new design language. Its styling picks a leaf from the two new Ssangyong Concepts showcased at this year’s Paris Auto Show – the XIV-Air and XIV-Adventure. The fascia looks fresh, the sides are pretty muscular, but the rear didn’t go down too well with us.

Power-train

Mahindra-Ssangyong should be launching the Tivoli in India sometime next year, with an expected price of 9-15 lakhs. More details are scratchy, but its supposed to come with a 1.6 liter engine (speculative) offering both diesel and petrol power.

  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 9-15 lakh INR
  • Rivals: Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari Storme

Renault Duster face-lift

Upcoming cars 2015 Duster Facelift

What is it?

It’s been almost 2 years since Renault has launched the Duster face-lift internationally, and we sincerely hope that they get it here by next year. The Renault Duster face-lift adds new “double-optic” headlights from its Dacia cousin and the same goes for the new roof rails and 16-inch Dark Metal alloy wheels. On the inside, the Renault Duster facelift gets steering-mounted controls, revised instrument cluster, updated center console, centre armrest and a new Renault infotainment system.

Power-train

It isn’t yet for sure but there are good chances that the engine options would be carried over from the pre-facelift model. Also, there are good chances that the Duster facelift would have got the new 1.2-liter TCe turbocharged petrol engine that is available with the Dacia Duster facelift. Other engines would include a 1.6-liter four cylinder normally aspirated petrol and the highly acclaimed 1.5-liter K9K turbo diesel engine.

  • Expected launch: early-2015
  • Expected price: 7-9 lakhs INR
  • Rivals: Ford Ecosport, Maruti YBA Compact SUV

Maruti XBA Compact SUV

Upcoming cars 2015 Maruti XA Alpha

What is it?

Next year will see Maruti’s upcoming XA Alpha (codenamed XBA) Compact SUV. With styling that draws heavily from the  Suzuki iV-4 concept SUV shown at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, this new Maruti compact SUV shall finish under 4 meters in length. To take on the Ford Ecosport, the XBA will fill the void that Maruti Suzuki has been looking to fill since compact SUVs took the nation by storm.

Power-train

The XBA will borrow its engines from the existing Maruti range, so expect the 1.3 liter DDis unit for sure, apart from the 1.4 liter petrol unit from the Ciaz/Ertiga.

  • Expected launch: late-2015
  • Expected price: 7-10 lakh INR
  • Rivals: Renault Duster, Ford Ecosport

Hyundai ix25 compact SUV

Upcoming cars 2015 Hyndai ix25 compact SUV 2

What is it?

Hyundai Motor showcased the production version of the China spec ix25 compact SUV at the ongoing Guangzhou Auto Show. The compact SUV features Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture version 2.0 design philosophy. The car will feature electrically adjustable ORVMs, electronic front seats, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, heated seats, panoramic sunroof, an optional differential lock and hill descent control.

Power-train 

We expect the ix25 to receive the 83PS 1.2 litre petrol and 90PS 1.4 litre diesel engines that are offered in the i20 as well. The petrol engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel will get a 6-speed manual.

  • Expected Price: 10-13 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Rivals: Renault Duster, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Compact SUV

Two new Mitsubishi SUVs

All-New-Mitsubishi-ASX

What is it?

In a bid to bolster product sales in India and other emerging international markets, the reeling Japanese manufacturer has coined the ‘New Stage 2016′ strategy. In India, the freshly launched Pajero Sport 4×2 Automatic is a part of that strategy, and will be followed by a couple of brand new SUVs in 2015. In terms of pricing and size, the existing Pajero Sport will be sandwiched by the oncoming couple.

For the next two to three years, Mitsubishi India’s focus will be only on the SUV segment. The company will also look at entering the passenger car segment after two to three years. Apart from that, the Japanese automaker is set to expand its dealership reach across the country, by more than 50 % in the next few months. By March 2015, the automaker plans to have 48 dealerships in place around India, up from the current number of 31.

Although details about the forthcoming SUVs haven’t been revealed yet, the smaller one could be the ASX (pictured above), previewed as the Concept-cX at the Frankfurt motor show in 2007  Although Mitsubishi has a long history of SUVs, this is the first time it has produced one that can be classed as a crossover, having smaller, hatchback-like dimensions- perfect for India with a little tweaking all around. The front-wheel drive 1.8-litre diesel is likely to be the most popular of the lot, although four-wheel drive and a 1.6-litre petrol engine are also offered. The other SUV could be the new face-lifted 2015 Pajero, for all you know- Watch this space.

  • Expected launch: Mid-2015
  • Expected price: 8-30 lakhs INR

Ford Endeavor

2015 Ford Endeavour (10)

What is it?

The India bound, 2015 Ford Endeavour (Everest for Chinese market) was recently launched in China. India will get the 2015 Endeavor as Thai-made CKD kits which will be assembled at Ford’s Chennai plant by sometime next year. The new Endeavor boasts a 225 mm ground clearance and capable is of 800 mm of water-wading.

Power-train 

The 2015 Ford Endeavor will be available with a 3.2-litre 5-cylinder diesel engine, a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 2.0-litre twin-scroll EcoBoost petrol. Power is sent to all four wheels via a standard 5 speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. India, however, is likely to get only the diesel engines.

  • Expected Price: 18-22 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015

Ford Ecosport face-lift

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What is it?

Ford EcoSport has enjoyed a good run in the Indian compact SUV space. But to keep up with changing times, the company will unveil a refreshed, face-lift of this high selling compact SUV very soon. Well, the new 2015 Ford Ecosport face-lift has been spied for the first time sans the rear mounted spare wheel. Apart from that, the 2015 Ford Ecosport is not likely to receive any major visual updates.

 Power-train

Expect the same 1.5 TDCi (Diesel), 1.0 Ecoboost (Petrol) and 1.5 TiVCT (Petrol) versions to soldier on for next year as well.

  • Expected Price: 7-9 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015

Volkswagen Taigun/Tiguan

VW Taigun

What is it?

The Taigun shares its platform with VW’s entry level Up! small car and creates the illusion of an SUV by virtue of angular styling and jacked up ride height. The Taigun follows Volkswagen’s design template and looks rather smart with a bit of funkiness thrown in. 3,859mm long, 1,728mm wide and 1,570mm tall with 2,470mm wheelbase, the Taigun falls within the sub-4 meter length category to avail of the excise duty cut in India. The Mini-me version of the bigger Tiguan, the four seat Taigun should appeal a lot to those who want a premium compact SUV on a budget.

Power-train

The Taigun is expected to be powered by a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine with 110bhp and 175Nm of torque. Expect the engine to come with an option of 5-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic. Claimed top speed is 180kmph+ and 0-100 acceleration is well under 10 seconds.

  • Expected launch: Mid-2015
  • Expected price: Price Rs 6 – 8 lakh

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

What is it?

It’s been some time since Jeep was expected to launch the Grand Cherokee in India. For some reasons, however, Fiat India haven’t brought the legendary marquee to the showrooms yet. A big, brawny SUV with legendary off-roading heritage – the Grand Cherokee can carry five people to unchartered destinations in both style and comfort. Touted as one of the most awarded SUVs ever, the Grand Cherokee has the personality and character to appeal to the customers in the premium segment. Jeep could assemble the Grand Cherokee in India and that would mean pricing could undercut European rivals.

Power train

The primary engine powering the Grand Cherokee for India will be the 3.0-litre diesel with 243 PS of power and 569 Nm of torque. Another option is the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 petrol with 290bhp of power and 353 Nm of torque. Both engines come mated with 8 speed automatic transmissions.

  • Expected price: Rs 60-65 lakh
  • Expected launch:  Early 2015
  • Rivals: Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI, BMW X5, Volvo XC90

Jeep Wrangler

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

What is it?

In its fourth generation now, the Wrangler embodies the spirit of freedom, adventure and off-roading. With its maverick attitude and muscular appearance, the Wrangler would appeal immensely to the off-road enthusiasts. For India, the vehicle may be offered in two wheelbase variants with two and four doors respectively.

Power-train

Powering the Wrangler for India will be a 2.8-litre diesel engine with 200PS of power and 460Nm of torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by a five-speed automatic transmission. Command-Trac four-wheel drive system relays power to all four wheels.

  • Expected launch: Early 2015
  • Expected price: 35-40 lakh
  • Rivals: Mercedes-Benz ML 250 CDI, BMW X3

Audi Q3 face-lift

Audi Q3 face-lift

What is it?

Audi have refreshed their hot selling Q3 SUV and it’s slated to be launched very soon. While the interior and underpinnings of the car remain more or less the same, the exterior has been given a more angular look in the newest iteration. The new Q3 smartens up by wearing a completely new front fascia, which constitutes primarily of what Audi likes to describe as, a ‘3D-effect Singleframe’ grille housing a few slats, the four rings and the front registration plate. Inside there’s a new steering wheel with a round centerpiece, new instrumentation and an updated MMI system, while optional goodies include LED interior lighting package, power-adjustable front seats, several driver assistance systems and more.

Power-train

The updated 2.0 TDI diesel now makes 181bhp of power and 38.74kgm of torque and is mated with the 7-speed S-tronic transmission. Quattro all wheel drive is also available.

  • Expected launch: February 2015
  • Expected Price: Rs 28-40 lakh
  • Rivals: Mercedes GLA, BMW X1, Volvo V40 Cross Country

All-new Audi Q7

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What is it?

The model Year 2016 Q7, set to debut worldwide in January next year, will sit on an all-new platform and take the legacy created by its imposing predecessor forward. The new Q7 will make use of the MLB Evo platform. The modern architecture, making use of lighter construction techniques and materials will shave off an incredible 500 kg from the heavy behemoth that the current gen Q7 is. The seven-seater SUV will feature Quattro all wheel drive system as standard. Expect a sharper, slashier design following Audi’s slightly tweaked approach to its design language. The instrument console and interior will also be brand new.

Power-train

The Q7 will be powered with slightly tweaked and upgraded version of the current 3.0 TDI diesel engine with close to 250bhp and 550Nm of torque. Internationally, there will also be new plug-in hybrid using the same engine in conjunction with electric power for even more power and torque. The monstrous 4.2 liter TDI diesel with 335 bhp and monstrous 800Nm of torque will also be offered in India.

  • Expected launch: Late 2015
  • Expected Price: 70 – 90 lakh
  • Rivals: BMW X5, Mercedes ML350CDI, Volvo XC90

2015 Volvo XC90

2016-Volvo-XC90-11

What is it?

The 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV is the current flagship of the Swedish manufacturer’s range. The new Volvo XC90 SUV rides on the new Scalable Product Architecture Platform ( SPA ) from Volvo. The SPA has been undergoing development for the last four years, and will underpin a number of upcoming models from Volvo. According to the company, the SPA is very flexible and dynamic. Dimensions of the SPA can be changed to produce differing vehicle types like sedans, SUVs or Crossovers, thus reducing developing costs in the future.

Volvo officials have confirmed that the new XC90 will be launched in India in the middle of 2015, although customers will have to wait till August for the deliveries to commence. The first 200 units for India will be the top-spec variants (available in 2-3 colors), though more variants will be offered at a later stage at a lower price.

Power-train:

The XC90 will be available in the Indian market with Volvo’s latest 2.0 liter, four-cylinder diesel mill which churns out 245 bhp and 470 NM of torque. This engine belongs to the new Drive E engine family that has fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions as its key attributes. The power and torque figures are an improvement over the outgoing which uses the 2.4-liter, five-cylinder oil burner. The other engines on offer are : the 190 hp and 400 Nm strong D4 diesel, the T5 petrol four-cylinder with 254 hp and 350 Nm and T6 with turbo and supercharger which now delivers 320 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. The new XC90 will also be more frugal than the model it replaces due to the use of an eight-speed gearbox instead of the six-speed automatic. The XC90 sold in India will come with an all-wheel drive system. There is a low probability that Volvo will also launch the petrol variant of the XC90.

  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 70-90 lakhs INR

BMW X6 new

BMW X6

What is it?

Although the new 2015 BMW X6 looks very similar to the model it replaces, BMW says that almost every panel on this model is actually new. The X6 will also develop a capability to seat 5, with a seat and a belt for the central occupant in the second row. Another impressive aspect is that the massive SUV is 40 kg lighter than the previous iteration, thanks to the clever use of high-strength steel, aluminium and thermoplastics.

Power-train

The new X6 will feature permanent four wheel drive across all versions, with an eight speed transmission bringing power to the wheels. Three engine options available are a 50d boasting of a triple turbo unit churning out 381bhp with a claimed 0-100kph in 5.2 seconds. There is another less urgent 30d version, more suited to the Indian market. Then there is the turbo petrol 50i version for those who don’t mind guzzlers. An xDrive 40d (313bhp) and an xDrive 35i (306bhp) will be added to the range later.

  • Expected price: 70 lakh to 1 crore
  • Expected launch: Mid 2015
  • Rivals: Upcoming Mercedes GLE Coupe, Upcoming Audi Q8

BMW X4

BMW X4

What is it?

Previewed by the X4 Concept, the production avatar of the X4 Sports Activity Coupe inherits styling cues from the bigger sibling – the X6, and is based on the X3. Featuring an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille flanked by twin headlights and fog lights, the X4 embodies the BMW SUV design ethos to the core. At the rear, the car has a swooping roofline akin to the X6. The model also boasts of L-shaped LED taillights and a faux rear diffuser. The BMW X4 measures 14 mm longer and 36 mm lower than the X3. The cabin closely resembles the one found in the X3.

Power-train

A variety of engines would be made available internationally for the X4, of these the three mentioned below have a strong probability of making it to India.

  • 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four pot diesel producing 190 HP and 400 Nm of torque
  • 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six pot diesel producing  258 HP and 560 Nm of torque
  • 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four pot petrol producing 184 HP and 270 Nm of torque
  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 50-65 lakh INR

All-new BMW X1

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What is it?

The second generation BMW X1 is just around the corner. Next year, BMW will lift off the veil and showcase the new F48 X1. The new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option as well. To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space while retaining the driving dynamics.

Power-train:

The 2016 BMW X1 will get a new range of engines, all turbocharged, from the new MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer, which includes the new three-cylinder 1.5 liter with 136 hp and four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 231 hp. A 2.0 liter four-cylinder 150 hp diesel will be offered as well and most likely another more powerful diesel model will join the X1 lineup too. A six-speed manual and a ZF 8-speed automatic will send power to the wheels. A plug-in hybrid based on the recently unveiled eDrive platform will be included in the offering also. We expect to see a three-cylinder 1.5 liter engine assisted by an electric motor with a total power output of around 190 hp.

  • Expected Launch: Late 2015
  • Expected Price: 28-35lakh
  • Rivals: Audi Q3, Mercedes Benz GLA, Volvo V40 Cross Country

Mercedes Benz GLE (face-lifted M class)

2016-Mercedes-Benz-GLE-Coupe

What is it?

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature, the current M-Class will turn into the GLE-Class from next year onwards, to better reflect its positioning in the E-Class range of cars. Expect a rounder and more elegant look for the headlight and grille area, bringing the styling closer to that of the 2015 GLA-Class as well as the GLE Coupe.

Power-train

As the 2015 model year has already seen some major updates, we don’t reckon that many huge revisions in the new GLE’s engine line-up. The entry-level model is currently an ML250 BlueTEC diesel with a turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel. This is followed by the ML350 with a 3.5-litre V6, after which comes the ML400 instead of the previous ML550. The new ML400 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, and capping it all up is the ML63 AMG with its twin-turbocharged 5.5-litreV8 unit.

  • Expected Launch: Late 2015
  • Expected Price: Rs 60-70 lakh
  • Rivals: BMW X5, Audi A5, Audi A7

Mercedes Benz GLE SUV Coupe

2016-Mercedes-Benz-GLE-Coupe

What is it?

As part of an overhaul of Mercedes Benz’s naming system, the M-Class will morph into the GLE next year. New among this range is the GLE crossover coupe, expected to be available late next year as a 2016 model and to be offered with rear- and all-wheel drive options. Sharing much of the design cues we’ve seen in Mercedes-Benz’s Concept Coupe SUV at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the GLE will do battle with the likes of the BMW X6 and whatever Audi has got up its arsenal for next year (read Q8).

Power-train

3.5-liter V-6 with 300 bhp of power and 370Nm of torque, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good with 329 bhp of power and 480NM of torque. More info, yet to be revealed

  • Expected Launch: Late 2015 / Early 2016
  • Expected Price: 80 lakh – 1.1 crore
  • Rivals: BMW X6, Audi Q8

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport

What is it?

The Land Rover Freelander will be replaced early next year by the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, a slightly bigger 5+2 seater SUV that will kick-start a new family of models sold with the Discovery name.

Power-train

The only engine option available initially is a 190PS 2.2-litre diesel that produces 420Nm of torque and gives the car a 0-100kmph time of 8.4sec. AWD is standard, while there’s a choice of automatic or manual transmissions on offer.

  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Expected Price: 45-60 lakh
  • Rivals: Audi Q5/Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X3/X5

MPV/MUVs:

Tata Aria face-lift

Upcoming cars 2015 Tata Aria Facelift

What is it?

For 2015, the Tata Aria will go for a mild technical makeover and a comprehensive face-lift. A new fascia, rear and improved interiors are also on the anvil.

Power-train

Powering the Aria facelift will mostly be the same 2.2 litre VariCor four cylinder common rail diesel engine that powered the earlier car. This turbocharged unit has been re-tuned to produce a max power of 150PS at 4,000 rpm, which is 10PS more than what the motor produced in the pre-facelift model. This engine has a peak torque of 320Nm between 1,500 rpm and 3,000 rpm

  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 10-15 lakhs INR
  • Rivals: Tata Safari Storme, Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster 110

Mahindra Quanto AT

Mahindra-Quanto-autoshift

What is it?

Mahindra displayed its compact MPV, the Quanto, fitted with automated manual transmission (AMT), dubbed as ‘Autoshift’, at the 2014 Auto Expo and is planning to introduce the vehicle by the beginning of 2015.

Power-train

The engine will continue to be the same m-Hawk motor, but the highlight here will be the autoSHIFT transmission, which works in combination with an advanced ECU and hydraulic actuation system that senses demand and initiates gear changes on a highly optimized shift map providing good fuel efficiency. Mahindra says the Quanto autoSHIFT is also equipped with regenerative braking technology, in which kinetic energy is recovered through an alternator and stored in the battery which reduces the need of generation during subsequent travel, which would lead to fuel saving of up to 40 liters per year.

  • Expected launch: early-2015
  • Expected price: 7-9 lakhs INR
  • Rivals: Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster, Maruti YBA Compact SUV

Renault Lodgy

Upcoming cars 2015 Renault Lodgy 2

What is it?

Renault is expected to introduce its Lodgy MPV for the Indian market in early 2015. The upcoming MPV from the French carmaker was spotted doing test runs on the Indian roads along with the Duster compact SUV. The Lodgy is also marketed as Dacia product but will be sold as a Renault in the Indian market. This upcoming MPV is larger than Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio which gives it more cabin space and luggage room than its prime rivals.

Power-train 

Initially, Renault may sell the Lodgy MPVs with a K9K 1.5-litre turbo diesel that would produce 85 hp of power. A 105 bhp version of the same engine is expected to follow soon.

  • Expected Price: 8-11 lakh
  • Expected Launch: Early 2015
  • Rivals: Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia, Ashok Leyland Stile

New Toyota Innova

Upcoming cars 2015 Toyota Innova

What is it?

The new Toyota Innova will be based on an all-new body-on-frame chassis which boasts of more rigidity, better fuel efficiency and lower NVH levels. The MPV will also sport a newer front-fascia with a different grille, differently designed headlamps, a different set of bumpers and tail-lights. The 2016 Innova also seems to have grown in a few aspects. The car is definitely longer and wider than the current iteration and the roofline has come down a wee bit, too. The increase in length and width means that the 2016 Toyota Innova could be marginally better in terms of interior space than the current model.

Power-train

The current 2.5-litre diesel unit will be replaced with a newer power-train which promises to be more powerful, refined and frugal. Toyota might also offer an autobox to go along with the manual.

  • Expected Launch: Late 2015
  • Expected Price: 10 – 16 lakh INR

Datsun Go+

Upcoming cars 2015 Datsun Go+

What is it?

Datsun has already begun production of the GO+ at its Renault-Nissan plant, at Oragadam on the outskirts of Chennai. GO+ will have some features carried over from the hatchback including the spinal-support seats, Follow-me home (FMH) headlamps and tear-drop wiper (first-in-class). We will soon review the car and bring you a detailed review

Power-train 

The GO+ will come with the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that is found on the Go hatchback. The engine produces 68 hp of power and 104 Nm of torque. A 1.5-litre K9K diesel unit is also likely to be borrowed from the Micra which will crank out 66 hp of power and 160 Nm of torque.

  • Expected Price: 5-7 lakh INR
  • Expected Launch: Early 2015
  • Rivals : Maruti ertiga, Tata Sumo

Sports cars/Supercars:

Ferrari/Maserati

Ferrari Maserati

What is it?

For 2015, the biggest story in this section is the official India re-entry of Ferrari and Maserati. The Fiat Chrysler Group, owner of the two hallowed Italian marques, is keen to set up Ferrari and Maserati shops back in India as it sees a great opportunity in the higher-end niche car segment in India, which, incidentally is seeing a slow decline due to rising import duty.

Following the opening of a national sales company, Maserati plans to start selling its range of cars in India, which include the Ghibli, Quattroporte and the GranTurismo for now,from the second half of 2015. The range will be joined next year with a luxury crossover and the stunning Alfieri Coupe.

On the other hand, Ferrari’s Indian operations will be managed by the group’s base in Dubai, and plans are being finalized about the new, upcoming outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. If all goes well, Ferrari should see its Indian come-back in the first quarter of 2015 with cars like the California T convertible, FF, 458 Italia/Spider, and the F12 Berlinetta. The LaFerrari, of course, is all sold out!

  • Expected launch: mid-2015 (Maserati), early 2015 (Ferrari)
  • Expected price: 4-7 crores INR (Ferrari), 1.5-5 crores INR (Maserati)

2015 Porsche 911 GTS range

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What is it?

The newest additions to the burgeoning 911 range, the new GTS range includes a Coupe and a Cabriolet, both being offered in rear- or all-wheel drive guises. Positioned above the Carrera S/4S, the ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ range brings in a little more power from the screaming 3.8 liter flat six motors, tweaked chassis setup and a few bespoke, subtle styling touches. Visual enhancements include a set of matte black, centre-lock 20 inch wheels, smoked headlamps with bi-Xenon illumination, sportier front bumpers from Porsche’s Aerokit Cup package for the 911, dark chrome exhaust finishers, blacked-out badges/rear air-vents and GTS logos on the doors. Inside, the seats and door panels are trimmed in a combination of Alcantara and leather, with the steering wheel and the headliner are also finished in Alcantara.

Power-train:

Power is now pegged at 424hp (430PS), a 30hp bump over the Carrera S, letting the PDK double-clutch gearbox fitted GTS Coupe to dismiss 100km/h (62mph) in 4.0 seconds. The GTS Cabriolet does the same in 4.2 seconds. The fastest of the GTS line-up, the Coupe with a 7-speed manual and rear-wheel drive will reach 306km/h (190mph), while the others will also manage over 300 km/h (186mph). Toys like Porsche’s Sport Chrono package, the PASM active damper system that lowers the car’s ride height by 10mm over the Carrera S, and a sports exhaust system as standard throughout the range.

  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 1.7- 2.2 crores INR

2015 Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 Targa

What is it?

The new 991 Porsche 911 Targa takes plenty of cues from the classic Targa of yore, from the 1960s. Just like the legendary original 911 Targa model, the new model features a characteristic wide bar/roll hoop in place of the B-pillars aft of the doors, a movable roof section above the driver and passenger, and a wrap-around rear window — with no C-pillar. But, unlike the classic models, the roof segment of the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When the button is pressed, the fully automatic system stows the roof top behind the rear seats, providing a real spectacle.

Power-train:

As with the prior model, the new Targa comes in two versions available exclusively with all-wheel drive. A seven-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp (257 kW) flat-six engine. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Package, this model can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 175 mph. Fuel consumption on the NEDC is between 29.7 mpg and 32.5 mpg Combined, depending on transmission, which corresponds to CO2 emissions between 223 and 204 g/km.

The top model is the 911 Targa 4S, which delivers 400 hp (294 kW) from a displacement of 3.8 litres. This model reaches a top speed of 184 mph and, with the PDK and Sport Chrono package options specified, is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Fuel consumption on the NEDC is between 28.2 mpg and 30.7 mpg, depending on transmission, which corresponds to CO2 between 237 and 214 g/km.

  • Expected launch: early-2015
  • Expected price: 1.7-2 crores INR

Porsche Cayman/Boxster GTS

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What is it?

The GTS trim sharpens up the Boxster and Cayman range, featuring a slightly more powerful engine, a new body kit, new 20 inch Carrera S alloys, new Bi-Xenon headlights, and new sports exhaust system over the vanilla Cayman/Boxster. The car is longer than their standard counterparts by 1.2 inches and the new sport suspensions allows the Cayman/Boxster GTS to have a 20mm lower ride height.

Power-train:

The engine now produces 340 hp, and can achieve a 0- 100 kph in 4.6 seconds. Both are now capable of a top speed of 285 kph which it did not reach on the track, however, watching that red car go around a narrow piece of tarmac, sliding it’s rear wheels, affirms that the world is a curve and Porsche is out to play. The Cayman GTS, however will have that very slight dynamic edge over the Boxster, due to its fixed roof

  • Expected launch: mid-2015
  • Expected price: 1.5 crores INR

New 2016 Audi R8

Audi R8 V10 Plus review (84)

What is it?

The second generation of Audi’s flagship sports car, the R8 will make its international debut next year, followed by an India launch. The new gen model will follow the basic design template of its forebear, though with a more angular theme. In its newest avatar, expect the R8 to be sharper, sexier and even more powerful. The next-gen R8 will again use a mid-engine platform, which it will share with the Lamborghini Gallardo’s replacement. The new car would also be lighter, thanks to the introduction of lighter components in the chassis.

Power-train

There isn’t complete clarity on the engines for the new car. We expect a twin-turbo V-8 and a naturally aspirated V-10 as the leading engine options. There could also be a plug-in hybrid version.  S-tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will handle the transmission duties.

  • Expected Launch: Late 2015
  • Expected Price: 1.8 – 2.4 crore
  • Rivals:  Lamborghini Gallardo, Jaguar F-Type V8

BMW i8

BMW at Pebble Beach 2014-i8-6

What is it?

The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid hi-performance sports car with fuel consumption and emission levels of a city car. The i8’s construction involves a carbon fibre capsule bolted on an aluminum/magnesium chassis. However, the drive train is a nod to the future- a 3 cylinder turbo-charged engine driving the rear wheels and an electric motor at the front. The car is designed from scratch -a proof of BMW technological excellence and a firm answer to ambitious new players in the automotive business, like Tesla.

Power-train

The BMW i8 features two engines, and an electric motor on the front capable of 131hp and 250Nm (the same used on the i3) and a three cylinder, direct injection, 1500 cc turbo at the rear capable of 231 hp of power and 320 Nm of twist. Combined power output stands at 362 bhp. Performance figures are impressive, with a 250km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.4 seconds.

  • Expected launch: Early 2015
  • Expected price: 1.55-2.0 crore
  • Rivals: Jaguar F-Type coupe, Audi R8 (actually none)

Mercedes-AMG GT

Mercedes AMG GT

What is it?

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT and GT S both share the same underpinnings as the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but that’s where the similarities end. Though base GT models come with passive dampers and a mechanical limited-slip differential, the GT S models come with electronically controlled dampers and an electronically controlled limited slip diff.

Power-train

Riding on a 2-inch-shorter wheelbase and utilizing an all-new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, the AMG GT produces 462 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. The AMG GT S, meanwhile, ups the ante to 510 PS and 650 Nm, making it capable of doing the 0-100kmph dash in just 3.7 seconds, and onto an electronically restricted top speed of 310 kmph.

  • Expected Launch: Mid 2015
  • Expected Price: Rs 2 crore
  • Rivals: Porsche 911, Porsche 911 Turbo

DC Avanti

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What is it?

Laying claim to being India’s first sportscar, the Dilip Chhabria-designed DC Avanti is finally ready for sale. DC plans to build 200 cars next year, hoping to raise output to 2000 cars the year after. A Honda-sourced V6 version is also in the works, so stay tuned.

Power-train

Powered by a mid-mounted Ford-sourced, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 265 PS and 251 Nm, the Avanti is good enough for a 0-100 time of 7.7 seconds. Not much for a sportscar that looks like a cross between a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Lamborghini Gallardo, but certainly commendable for an indigenous machine.

  • Expected Launch: Early 2015
  • Expected Price: 30-35 lakh
  • Rivals: Pretty much none, at this price range

Jaguar F-Type AWD/manual

Jaguar F-Type AWD

What is it?

Jaguar’s mind-bendingly beautiful F-Type will be getting a host of new options for 2015, top of which is the all-wheel drive version, and a manual tranny. The F-Type will also be the first jag to get electric power steering.

Power-train

Unfortunately, the manual will be available only with the supercharged V6 engine option. From next year onwards, all V8 F-Types will come standard with AWD, including the V8 R Coupe. The F-Type Roadster also receives AWD, but the V8 S Roadster will now be replaced by a V8 R Roadster. That means all V8 F-Types are now powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 making 560PS and 680Nm, sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic.

  • Expected Launch: Late 2015
  • Expected Price: 1.5-1.8 crore
  • Rivals: Porsche 911, Audi R8

Audi TT new

Audi TT

What is it?

In its latest generation, the Audi TT gets a more angular design. The car’s front end gets new LED headlamps, and the latest iteration of Audi grille. The classic TT shape has been retained and the new model is clearly identifiable as an evolution of the legendary nameplate. Use of modern materials has shaved off 90 kg from the car’s weight, making it quicker and more agile.

Power-train

Petrol power comes from a 2.0 liter TFSI motor with 230PS of power and 370 Nm of torque. There’s also the 2.0 liter diesel with 184 PS

  • Expected launch: Early 2015
  • Expected price: Rs 55-60 lakh
  • Rivals: Porsche Cayman, BMW 4-series
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