The year 2015 saw car makers pouring in many new models. Our data indicates over 30 cars, including launches, facelifts and engine changes, have entered the country. We have compiled a list of 15 important cars from the list that made headlines in the chronological order.
Nissan's low-cost brand Datsun launched another affordable offering Datsun Go+ MPV on 15 February. The Go+ MPV debuted with a price tag in the range of Rs 3.79-4.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Go+ is powered by a 1.2-litre engine developing 67bhp and peak torque of 104Nm coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. The MPV also returns a fuel efficiency of 20.62kmpl.
Tata Motors launched Bolt hatchback on 22 January with a price tag of Rs 4.44-6.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Under the hood, the petrol variant of Bolt gets 1.2-litre Revotron turbo-charged engine, which is tuned to generate 84bhp at 5,000rpm and a torque of 140Nm of 1,750-3,500rpm and the diesel model packs 1.3-litre Quadrajet motor that can generate 73bhp and peak torque of 190Nm.
BMW launched it hybrid sports car, the i8 on 18 February. Priced at Rs 2.29 crore (ex-showroom), the BMW i8 is powered by three-cylinder, 1.5-litre, twin turbo charging petrol engine, in combination with an electric motor. The petrol engine generates a power of 231bhp, a peak torque of 320Nm and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox transmission. The electric motor of the i8 is tuned to generate 131bhp power and 250Nm torque, taking the total output to 362bhp and 570Nm. The car is capable of attaining 0-100kmph speed in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph, along with a fuel efficiency of 40kmpl.
French auto-maker Renault pulled the wraps off its Lodgy MPV in India on 9 April. Powered by 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine, which is tuned to churn out two states of tunes — 85PS and 110PS — the Renault Lodgy MPV is available in seven variants: four in 85PS and three in 110PS. The MPV is priced Rs 8.19-11.79 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Swedish car-maker Volvo launched thoroughly reworked XC90 on 12 May priced at Rs 64.9 lakh and Rs 77.9 lakh, (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the Momentum and Inscription Luxury trims. The second-generation XC90 is based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and powered by 1,969cc in-line four cylinders, twin turbo-charged diesel engine that develops 225bhp at 4,250rpm and a peak torque of 470Nm. The engine is mated to eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Honda Cars India Ltd launched the new Jazz hatchback on 8 July. Under the hood, the Jazz packs 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops 90bhp and 110Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor pumps up 99bhp of power and 200Nm torque. The transmission is taken care by either a five-speed manual or a CVT with paddle shifters in petrol variants and six-speed manual transmission in diesel Jazz. The prices for the Jazz start at Rs 5.30 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.59 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Pune-based DC Design launched the Avanti, touted as the first "Made in India" sports car at a starting price of Rs 35.93 lakh, ex-showroom. The sports car is powered by Renault-sourced 2.0-litre, four cylinder, turbo petrol engine that develops 250bhp at 5,500rpm and 340Nm of torque at 2,750-5,000rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The sports car runs 0-100kmph in six seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 200kmph.
The Indian car of the year 2016, the Hyundai Creta compact SUV was launched on 21 July. Priced between Rs 8.59 lakh and Rs 13.60 lakh at the time of launch, Creta is being offered in both petrol and diesel-engine options. The 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine churns out 121bhp and 151Nm of torque, while the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine develops 126bhp and 259Nm of torque. The 1.4-litre CRDi diesel unit churns out 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. The entire engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.6-litre CRDi is also available with six-speed automatic transmission.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Maruti Suzuki kick-started its premium product offering with the launch of S-Cross crossover launched on 5 August. Priced from Rs 8.34 lakh to Rs 13.74 lakh, S-Cross is offered only in two diesel-engine options. The 200 DDiS 1.3-litre diesel motor churns out 89bhp of power and 200Nm of torque while the 320 DDiS 1.6-litre diesel is tuned to pump out 118bhp and 320Nm of torque. The DDiS 200 engine comes paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, the latter gets six-speed manual transmission.
Ford Figo Aspire, Figo hatchback
Ford launched Figo Aspire sedan on 12August and the Figo hatchback on 23 September. Priced from Rs 4.89 lakh, Ford Figo Aspire is offered in a total of eight variants — five petrol and three diesel. Under the hood, Figo Aspire packs three engine options: 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol, 1.5-litre TDCI and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT motor and the transmission is taken care of by either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Figo hatchback uses the same engine lineup in a different state of tune. The petrol Figo has been priced from Rs 4.29 lakh, while the diesel Figo has a starting price of Rs 5.29 lakh.
Mahindra launched the compact SUV, the TUV300 on 10 September. Priced between Rs 6.9 lakh and Rs 9.12 lakh, Mahindra TUV300 is offered in three variants — TUV300 T4, TV300 T6 and TUV300 T8. The SUV is powered by 1.5-litre three-cylinder, mHawk80 diesel engine, tuned to churn out 84bhp power and 230Nm torque, paired to either a five-speed manual or an AMT gearbox.
One of the most anticipated cars on 2015, the Renault Kwid launched on 24 September with an impressive starting price of Rs 2.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Launched in four variants — Standard, RxE, RxL and RxT — the Renault Kwid is powered by a 799cc three-cylinder petrol motor, which is tuned to churn out 54PS and a peak torque of 72Nm with a five-speed manual gearbox. The Kwid is the first car to be built on the CMF-A platform and offers best-in-class mileage at 25.17kmpl.
Fiat Abarth Punto
Fiat India has expanded its high-performance Abarth range with the launch of the Abarth Punto on 19 October with a price tag of Rs 9.95 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The 1.4-litre T-JET turbocharged petrol engine develops 145bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual transmission in Abarth Punto. The hot hatch runs 0-100kmph in 8.8 seconds and comes with an impressive fuel efficiency of 16.3kmpl.
General Motors India launched the Chevrolet Trailblazer full-size SUV on 21 October and priced it Rs 26.4 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Trailblazer is powered by 2.8-litre Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that develops 197bhp of power at 3,600rpm and 500Nm of torque at 2,000rpm mated to six-speed automatic transmission. The SUV has been selling only in a single variant and rear-wheel driven version.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The second car via Maruti Suzuki Nexa premium dealerships, the Baleno hatchback was launched on 26 October. The premium hatchback has been priced in the range of Rs 4.99-8.11 lakh (ex-showroom). Under the hood, it comes with 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. While the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine is tuned to develop 83bhp and 115Nm of torque, the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel mill churns out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission and the petrol engine is also available with a CVT automatic gearbox. The Baleno diesel delivers ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency of 27.39kmpl and the petrol unit returns 21.4kmpl.