For auto lovers in India, the coming months are going to be exciting as car-makers are expected to roll out a string of models to cash in on the approaching festive season. The list of upcoming cars from various manufacturers range from entry-level hatchbacks to luxury models. Among them is also the crossover, which is gaining momentum in the domestic market now. Car-makers are aiming to turn their fortunes around with new offerings in what is turning out to be an intensely competitive segment.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming crossovers:
Tata Tiago Aktiv
Tata Motors Tiago hatchback, which made its market entry earlier this year, has proved to be successful, but Tata does not want to rest on its laurels. Overwhelmed by the response for the Tiago in the market, the maker of the Nano is now getting ready to offer a crossover based on the Tiago hatchback. Likely to be called the Tiago Aktiv, the crossover from Tata is expected to become the most affordable offering in its segment when launched.
Under the hood, the Aktiv is said to get the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol and 1.0-litre three-cylinder Revotorq diesel mills that do duty in the Tiago hatchback. While the petrol mill churns out 83.8bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, the 1.05-litre diesel engine produces 69bhp of power 4,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 1,800-3,000rpm. Both the engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The features expected include black plastic cladding on the tailgate, a skid plate at the rear, alloy wheels and cladding around the body.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
The Ignis, the small crossover from Maruti Suzuki, is expected to hit the showrooms during this festive season. It will be the third offering to join the Nexa line-up in India after the S-Cross and the Baleno.
Unveiled at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show last year, the Ignis made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2016. In India, the first compact crossover of Maruti Suzuki will be pitted against Mahindra KUV100. The Ignis is likely to get a 1.2-litre VTVT petrol engine and a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel unit and the transmission is likely to be taken care of by a five-speed manual gearbox and a CVT unit. Rumours have also said that the Ignis could get an all-wheel drive option. In terms of dimensions, the Ignis measures 3,700mm in length, 1,660mm in width, and 1,595mm in height. The vehicle comes with a wheelbase of 2,435mm and has a ground clearance of 180mm.
Nissan X-Trail hybrid crossover, which made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in February, will also go on sale in India soon. The India spec X-Trail will be powered by a petrol and electric hybrid engine setup. The powertrain will be a 2.0-litre MR20 DD petrol engine working in tandem with an electric motor to develop a combined output of 179bhp. It will be mated to Xtronic CVT transmission.
The new X-Trail is based on the Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture. It is expected to cost between Rs. 30 and Rs. 40 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift
Maruti Suzuki will also bring the facelifted avatar of its premium crossover s-Cross in India soon. In the new avatar, the S-Cross is expected to accommodate changes in the interiors, like new instrument cluster dials with MID and new seat upholstery with contrast stitching. New interior colour combinations are also likely to be offered.
In the international markets, the S-cross is currently sold with the options of a 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine. In the facelifted version, the S-Cross will also get Suzuki's 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine, which can churn out 139bhp of power and 220Nm of torque.
In India, the S-cross is likely to be sold with the same 1.3-litre and the 1.6-litre diesel engine that comes in the existing model.