5 Upcoming hatchbacks under 5 lakh will be soon on the road are Renault Kwid, Ford Figo(new generation), Tata Kite, Mahindra S101 hatchback and lastly, the diesel fuelled Maruti Alto. India has all been about the small cars. Maruti Suzuki made a car affordable and rightly so, has the upper hand in this segment. However, things are looking bit different this festive season. Never have we seen so much competition in this segment. There are no less than 5 launches slated in these three months, making life difficult for the existing products.
1. Renault Kwid
The Renault Kwid has been positioned directly against the best-selling Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon. The official launch would take place sometime next month. The Kwid looks stylish and has the advantage with a tall stance and SUVish looks with high ground clearance(Features loved by Indians). With localization of almost 98%, Renault must have succeeded in keeping the cost really low, which could be a threat to the existing cars. The features list on the Kwid is long, something customers will appreciate. Manual ORVMs and body-coloured tailgate spoiler, while it sits on 13” or 14” inch wheels. Interiors will get front power windows, chrome air vents and the optional driver airbag. Top-end variants will receive a 7” color touchscreen MediaNav system with Bluetooth besides AUX and USB connectivity. It will come with 800cc engine initially and the bookings have already begun at Rs 25,000. The car will cost 3.75 lakh ex-showroom.
2. Ford Figo
The 2015 Ford Figo was recently spotted on the streets on Mumbai. Under the hood, the engines will be shared from the Figo Aspire, a 1.2l TiVCT Petrol and the very familiar 1.5l TDCi Diesel, albeit in a lower state of tune to maximize fuel economy.The Figo hatch has similar underpinnings as the recently launched Figo Aspire Compact Sedan. Ford stopped selling the present version of the Figo a while ago to pave the way for the 2015 Figo and will launch it soon. Given the aggressive pricing on the Figo Aspire, we expect the base variant to be priced under the Rs 5 lakh mark.
3. Tata Kite
The Kite will feature a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with aluminium block and 4-valves per cylinder layout.The new engine is expected to have a power output of around 75 bhp. The diesel mill will be 1050cc three-cylinder turbocharged motor which was employs counter balancer shaft to keep NVH in check. A power output of around 63 PS is expected. Both motors will be mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission. Now that automatic gearbox is the flavor of the season, expect Tata to strap it on onto the top end Kite as well. The Kite is expected to be priced around Rs. 4 lakh. The car will be launched in a couple of months.
4. Mahindra S101
Mahindra’s first ever attempt at a compact SUV goes by the code name 2016 Mahindra S101 SUV. This car has been spied many times. The S101 will be built upon a new monocoque platform which will also be used for other upcoming Mahindra vehicles. Since it will be an entry-level SUV, the S101 will be a sub-4 metre vehicle. Powering the vehicle could be the same 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine that does duty to the Quanto. It could start at 4.5 lakh going all the way up to 6.5 lakh.
5. Maruti Suzuki Alto(Diesel)
Maruti Suzuki India is planning to bring in the diesel version of its top-seller Alto 800 as well. Set to launch by the end of this calendar year, the Maruti Alto 800 diesel will become the country’s most affordable diesel car returning a healthy mileage of 28-29 kmpl. After giving a diesel engine option on the Celerio, Maruti will most likely offer the same 793cc, two-cylinder diesel units that is produces 47bhp and 125Nm of torque. It could be priced around 4 lakh rupees.