The festive season in India is that time of the year, when many new cars and bikes are sold. Automotive manufacturers look upto this season and hence we see many new launches taking place during this period. So lets have a look at the top five new cars you should be watching out for this festive season.
Maruti will be launching the second generation Ertiga in the Indian market by next month. It is one of the most sold MPV’s in the Indian market with an average sales of 4500 units a month all over India. This new generation Ertiga was showcased at the 2018 Indonesia Motor Show which was held in the month of April. The new Ertiga will be powered with an all new 1.5 litre K15B petrol engine that is capable of producing 101 bhp of power. With the launch of the new petrol engine the current 1.4 litre petrol unit will be discontinued. On the other hand, the diesel unit will be the same 1.3 litre engine but it is expected to get a AMT gearbox as well. Also this being a new generation for this MPV, it will also come loaded with new modern features, technology and cosmetic updates on the exterior and interior.
After the discontinuation the Santro some years ago, this is the most awaited hatchback to be launched in this festive season. The Korean car manufacturer will be unveiling this hatchback on the 9th of October 2018 and the name for it will be officially revealed. Hyundai had run a campaign on it’s official website, where it gave an opportunity for the masses to choose the name for this upcoming hatchback. Many test mules of the Santro have been spotted, but all have been hidden under heavy camouflage. The engine specs haven't been known, but it is expected to be powered with a 1.0 litre petrol mill. Whereas there is an official confirmation that the Santro will be the first hatchback from Hyundai to get the AMT transfer case. Once launched the Santro will be placed under the Grand i10.
Talking about the SUV segment, Honda will be launching the 5th generation CR-V in the Indian market on the 9th of October 2018. The main highlight of this launch is that, Honda will be bringing in a diesel motor for this SUV along with a seven seater version. This will be a 1.6 litre unit and it will also come with the 2.0 litre petrol engine. Both the engines will get an option for a manual and automatic transmission. With its sleek design and modern features and equipment, the new generation CR-V will lock horns with the Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq and the Ford Endeavour.
Ford will be updating its compact sedan Figo Aspire with a facelift which is scheduled to be launched in October 2018. The facelift model will get in cosmetic changes on the exterior and some revised styling as well. In addition to this, the compact sedan will also come equipped with many features and equipment. Along with cosmetic updates and changes there will also be some mechanical changes as well. This includes, the addition of new 1.2 litre dragon petrol mill which can produce 95bhp of power. This is the same engine which is seen on the Freestyle. On the other hand, the 1.5 litre diesel engine will remain the same and both the engines will be coupled with a five speed manual gearbox. However it is also expected that Ford will offer this facelift compact sedan with an automatic transmission.
Looking for a fun ride with a peppy engine, well Tata has something in store for you. The Indian auto manufacturer has collaborated with Coimbatore based Jayem Automotives and they will be launching the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP editions. These models were showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo India. Along with styling updates on the outside and inside, both the Tiago and Tigor JTP will come equipped with stiffer and advanced suspension system. Also under the hood will be a 1.2 litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine which will be generating 108 bhp of power and 150Nm of twist. Looking at the standard Tiago and Tigor, the petrol engine just manages to produce 84bhp of power and 114Nm of torque. In addition to this, the turbo petrol mill will be coupled with an gearbox with optimised gear ratio for better performance.