Best upcoming small cars in India 2018: India has been the best market for small car manufacturing companies with more people preferring fuel-efficient cars. And due to the increasing demand for fuel economy and comfort, more companies are coming forward to make their way to the Indian automotive market.
Let’s explore the best upcoming small cars in India under 3 to 5 lacs.
Tata Tiago Aktiv
Tata is not anymore the same company that would manufacture cars for the commercial purpose. They are nor targeting the people who love to drive comfortably for their personal use. Tata is betting on its best-selling model Tiago this year and is planning to launch its reinvented version – Tata Tiago Aktiv. It is expected to be launched as kit edition with the additional accessory package that will include side stickers, roof rails, body cladding, sportier bumper, alloy wheels and silver painted skid plate at the rear.
It is also expected to have some additional inclusions like the illuminated logo, fog lamps with DRLs, puddle lamp, door visors, etc. with the whopping 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and 1.05-litre Revotorq oil burner.
Hyundai Santro Facelift
Hyundai’s Santro has been winning hearts of its owners. And the company is planning for its complete transformation this year. Hyundai Santro Facelift is one of the much-awaited upcoming small cars in India. The new Santro will be introduced as a replacement to the Hyundai eon. The hatchback will not only receive copious cosmetic updates.
The company is likely to update its interior with some new features including a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay to make drive more fun. Engine setup of the new Santro might include a 1.2-litre Kappa sourced from the old Grand i10.
Maruti is the biggest player of Indian automotive industry, and it’s going to launch its reinvented version of Maruti WagonR in coming months. The new WagonR is likely to see complete new design coupled with lighter and stronger chassis and comprehensive new feature list, making it one of the best upcoming small cars in India. The all new hatchback by Maruti is likely to use Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform. It will come with the following changes:
- Split headlamps
- Revised front grille
- Horizontal tail lamps
- Repositioned ORVMs
- Bumper and hood
Its 1.0-litre K-series petrol engine is good for 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. The car comes with a lightweight platform, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.
Renault Kwid Racer
Renault has been a great success in the Indian market with its Kwid that stands atop the most-sold cars in India. The company is all set to bring more derivatives of the hatchback in phased manner. Earlier in 2016, the company rolled-out 1.0-litre and AMT variants followed by the Climber edition the next year.
This year, Renault is all set to launch its Racer edition which is likely to be an accessorized edition that will receive additional features and new elements.
It is going to come with sporty enhancements over the regular model coupled with 18-inch alloys with low-profile tyres, sporty front fascia, thickly cladded wheel arches and an integrated rear spoiler. Its 1.0-litre engine gives it an added performance capacity.
New Generation Maruti Alto
You have seen the Maruti Alto moving around the country and almost 1 in every 10 people own Maruti Alto. Now, in the 2018 Maruti is all set to give the hatchback a generation change, but it will be done in due course of time. The vehicle is likely to be launched in next year. The hatchback is likely to have some cosmetic updates for a changed look, making it one of the best upcoming small cars in India. Sources claim that the company has already prepared its patented sketch that seems inspired by the Suzuki Alto Lapin.
It will have the same engine as the current model, but will deliver better fuel efficiency. The engine will continue to use five-speed manual transmission unit.