The Indian car market looks pretty exciting over the next year with a slew of launches of SUVs and sedans in the pipeline. 2017 holds a great promise for the auto industry and there are a whole bunch of great upcoming cars this year. It’s the year which is building up to the Auto Expo 2018. While earlier car manufacturers used to wait for the Expo to showcase their products, now the race to win the consumer’s hearts has made them introduce cars much before the scheduled launch. Here is our take on the 10 upcoming cars in India in 2017.
Top 10 Upcoming Cars In India 2017
1. New Gen Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The third generation of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been officially unveiled in India recently. The car looks much more upmarkt than the previous models. The car looks very much similar to the new generation Swift, but is much more proportionate which gives it a proper sedan look . Other than the cosmetic additions, the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire gets a list of new features including a touchscreen infotainment system.
Coming back to it’s looks, the new Maruti Dzire gets a whole new face that has been thoroughly redesigned to bring out that new upmarket look. The primary highlight is the new four-slat grille surrounded by heavy chrome and the the new sculpted bonnet. The engine options will remain unchanged as the Dzire will continue to use the 1.3-litre DDIS unit, along with the tried and tested 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine. The engines will come mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is also the option of an AMT unit on both engines.
Expected Launch: May 2017
Expected Price: ₹ 5 lakh to ₹ 8 lakh
2. New-Gen Hyundai Verna
It has been quite a long time since the Hyundai Verna got a generation upgrade in India. Hyundai gave the Verna a facelift last year and the car maker is now working on the new-gen model which is set to be launched next year. The new gen Hyundai Verna would be based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, which will make it look more angular and appear similar to the all-new Elantra sedan. The swept back headlamps look similar to that of the existing model but the face now looks sharper, thanks to the overall design of the car. The cluster comes shod with LED DRLs, projector lights while the bumper gets angular fog lamps.
It has an all black cabin which looks premium. It also gets brushed silver finish all over. There would be a large 8-inch touchscreen display in the centre console and it’ll also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options (which we’ve seen in the Elantra). Other features will include sunroof, push button start auto climate control, and much more.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna will be powered by 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines that will pump out 98 bhp to 120 bhp of power respectively. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox. The automatic will be available only on the 1.6-litre versions of the car though.
Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: ₹ 8 lakh – ₹ 12 lakh
3. Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen’s last two years in India has proved that it is truly getting serious about the Indian market. The launch of products like the new-gen Beetle, Polo GTI, the all-new Ameo have shown us that the German carmaker is expanding its product portfolio in India with products in various different segments. VolksWagen is all set to enter the premium SUV segment with the launch of the it’s new Tiguan SUV. To be launched in early 2017, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is based on Volkswagen popular MQB platform and comes with a host of new design and cosmetic changes.
The Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that pumps out a maximum of 147bhp. In the India-spec Tiguan, the 1968cc turbocharged motor will come mated to the company’s tried and tested 7-speed DSG automatic unit . However, European markets will get the four TSI petrol engines churning out 123bhp, 147bhp, 177bhp, and 217bhp along with the TDI motor along with the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox as well.
Expected Launch: Mid 2017
Expected Price: ₹ 30 lakh
4. Nissan X-Trail Hybrid
The Nissan X-Trail Hybrid has already made its first appearance in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. On launch, it will become the only hybrid SUV in the country and India will become the new X-Trail hybrid. Due to its poor monthly sales, Nissan had withdrawn the X-Trail from India a few years ago. That said, this model is built on a completely new platform and will be introduced at a time when Indian buyers are accepting premium SUVs in India with both hands. The X-Trail Hybrid would be built on the CMF-C platform, which will also be a first in India.
The dimensions of the SUV are 4,640mm in length, 1,820mm in width and 1,715mm in height and it will be a 5 seater vehicle. The wheelbase is a good 2,705mm. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine which would pump out 142bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. There would also be a 31kW electric motor that would be coupled with the engine which would take the total power output to 183bhp. The transmission duties will be handled by the X-CVT unit which would also be specified with an AWD system. The Nissan X-Trail Hybrid will be launched in India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and therefore, will be carrying a premium price.
Expected Launch: Mid-2017
Expected Price: Rs 32 Lakh to Rs 35 Lakh
5. New-Gen Toyota Camry
Toyota will be launching the new generation Camry sedan and its hybrid. The Camry has been one of the best-selling models in Toyota’s line-up, globally. The success of the hybrid sedan in India has been a great example. As with the outgoing model, the new-gen Camry would be available in both its sedan and hybrid avatar. According to Toyota the model will be very dynamic and will offer much improved handling and comfort. Additionally, Toyota says claims that the next generation Camry will definitely be positioned as a performance-oriented and fun to drive sedan.
The technical specifications of the Camry are yet to be announced. However, specification-wise and price-wise, the new Camry will have varied versions to suit the different markets. The Camry should be launched sometime next year, with market introductions by 2018 at the very latest. It is expected that the car could can make its debut in the 2018 auto expo.
Expected Launch: 2018
Expected Price: ₹ 30 lakh to ₹ 35 lakh
6. Tata Nexon
The Tata Nexon subcompact SUV which can be another game changer in the Indian market made its debut as a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. The roduction ready version was also on display at the Auto Expo this year. The Nexon would fall in the sub 4-metre segment and will be competing with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra TUV300, Ford EcoSport.
Specifications are not yet revealed, however the Tata Nexon is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and likely by a newly developed 1.5-litre diesel engine. Transmissions duties will be taken care by a 6-speed manual and AMT units. The Nexon is expected to have a feature rich cabin and is expected to have touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity and a lot more. The Nexon will be the smallest SUV to come to India from Tata Motors.
Expected Launch: Late-2017
Expected Price: ₹ 6.5 lakh to ₹ 10 lakh
7. 2017 Jeep Compass
Finally Jeep made its way to India and even though its current SUVs are far from the reach of the common man, the American automaker will be introducing a much more affordable SUV in the second half of 2017. The SUV would be locally manufactured for domestic and global markets in the Right-Hand-Drive (RHD) configuration. The Jeep Compass was unveiled recently in India at the company’s Ranjangaon facility which will act as a global manufacturing hub.
The Compass gets its design language from the Grand Cherokee and looks very much like the Jeep from all angles. The model is a package of host of features and premium comforts. It would rival with the likes of Hyundai’s Tucson and the higher variants of the Mahindra XUV500. Compass, the 5 seater from Jeep can off-road equally well as its bigger models. The engine options will include the 1.4-litre petrol and a new 2.0-litre diesel, while transmissions duties will be taken care by manual and automatic units options. The Jeep Compass will be equipped with 4×4 right from its launch, keeping the brand’s off-roading heritage intact.
Expected Launch: Late-2017
Expected Price: ₹ 18 lakh to ₹ 22 lakh
8. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift
Now that the 2017 Honda City facelift has already arrived and amassed well over 5000 bookings, Maruti Suzuki is in no mood to let go of its leadership in the C-segment sedan space. This is why the Indian auto giant is readying up the facelifted version of the Ciaz sedan that will be brought in the country later this year. Launched in 2014 for the first time, the Ciaz will be receiving major changes over the outgoing version. However, we do not expect major updates to the design or powertrain of the model. The sedan will see premium touches being added to the exterior and interior.
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift is expected to get alloy wheels and a revised grille along with new daytime running lights, revised headlamp and tail light cluster as part of the changes. It is also expected to get a sunroof. The interiors will also get a more upmarket appearance while the feature list is likely to remain the same, except a few minor additions. Powertrain options will include the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines and 1.4-litre K-Series petrol with the earlier one getting the mild-hybrid SHVS system. A marginal price hike is also expected.
Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: ₹ 8 lakh to ₹ 13 lakh
Also Read- Maruti Ciaz Facelift Launch
9. Skoda Kodiaq
After the Kodiaq’s first unveiling in Berlin and a comprehensive review, it has been finally seen being tested in India and this definitely is a good news. The launch is not far and we are waiting to see when Skoda is going to launch the Kodiaq in India. The Kodiaq is the Czech carmaker’s first large SUV and also its first 7-seater car. Though it is a 5-seater, Skoda will offer the optional 7-seat configuration as well.
The Skoda Kodiaq has dimensions of 4697 mm in length, 1882 mm in width and 1676 mm in height. The SUV’s wheelbase measures a good 2791 mm. It offers a rear legroom of up to 104 mm. Skoda is very likely to offer the Kodiaq with the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine mated to the 7-speed DSG. A petrol version may also be launched in the future.
Expected Launch: September 2017
Expected Price: ₹ 25 lakh to ₹ 30 lakh
10. Renault Kaptur
The all-new Renault Kaptur is a completely car when compared to the Captur subcompact crossover sold in the European market. Having got immense success in the SUV segment with the Duster, Renault India is now looking to capitalise on the same and hence is in the process of introducing the new Kaptur premium SUV next year. The new Renault Kaptur shares its design with the carmaker’s popular compact SUV Duster, but will be positioned above the latter in India. The styling looks very European and comes with the V-shaped grille up front and the massive Renault diamond.
On the other hand, the rear profile, gets a raked windscreen with wraparound tail lamps and a roof spoiler. It is expected that the familiar 1.5-litre dCi four-cylinder diesel engine will make its way to the Kaptur and that will pump out 108 bhp of power and 245 Nm of torque . The engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Renault is likely to offer the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) gearbox on the SUV, instead of the Easy-R AMT unit seen on the Duster, given its premium position.
Expected Launch: December 2017
Expected Price: ₹ 13 lakh to ₹ 17 lakh