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We look ahead at the upcoming cars in India in the year 2014. The Indian car market may have slowed down in 2013, but it is still a very new and immature market which has a lot of potential if car-manufacturers can get things right. Many companies are eyeing for the largest market share in the respective car segments, while Maruti is trying to move upmarket through the crossover and MPV markets, many companies like Nissan, Volkswagen, Ford etc are trying to get  a better hold of the small-car / hatchback market of which Maruti is still king. The popularity of crossovers is undeniable, Indians dig a smallish vehicle with the looks of an SUV, the space of an MPV and the driving dynamics of a car. Though Ford has got a big start over the other companies with it’s EcoSport, production constraints, long delivery times and price hikes have not helped its cause, and other companies are rushing in to fill the void. The highlight of the year will be the 2014 Indian Auto Expo – The Motor Show, which will preview the things to come in the India market. We look briefly of what cars might grace out shores this coming year.

2014 Audi A3

2014 Audi A3

Price?: Rs. 22 – 28 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The smallest and the cheapest Audi on offer in India when launched, the Audi A3 will take on competition like the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Its arrival will certainly hot up the small-but-luxurious car category that Mercedes-Benz has been dominating with the help of the A-Class and the B-Class. Expect it to be be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine delivering 150 BHP / 320 Nm and 1.8-litre TSI engine delivering 180 BHP / 250 Nm.

2014 Audi A8L

2014 Audi A8L

Price?: Rs. 1.10 – 2.00 Crore

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: A minor facelift in terms of styling, the Audi A8 facelift will get a lot more in terms of equipment. The highlight being the new Matrix headlihgt system which is one of the world’s first intelligent lighting systems using LEDs. Being the flagship luxury car in Audi’s lineup, the A8 facelift gets a lot of new features which make it better than before. How will it fare against the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, we will have to wait and see.

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

Price?: Rs. 1.20 – 1.30 Crore

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The flagship of BMW’s ‘i’ division of environment friendly vehicles, the i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car. A technology showcase on wheels, the car benefits from use of lightweight materials all around, which limits to weight to about 1500 Kg. BMW’s new hybrid system which consists of a 1.5-litre 228 BHP / 320 Nm petrol motor combined with a 129 BHP / 260 Nm electric motor which lends the car a 0-1– KMPH time of 4.4 seconds while delivering a fuel-efficiency of about 33 KMPL, total range of the car will be about 500 Kms.

2014 BMW X5

2014 BMW X5

Price?: Rs. 58 – 80 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The 3rd generation of the BMW X5 gets a proper facelift with added styling features, is wider, longer and lower than the previous model and gets a whole host of new features. The basic silhouette of the SUV has not been changed, though elements at the front and rear make it look pretty different than before. The new design takes away some of the bulk from the previous design, though the X5 is still a very big SUV. Like all new BMWs, you get trim levels that let you choose the way the SUV looks inside out, and there is a lot of custom options available too if you can afford it, like driving assist plus, parking assistant etc.

2014 BMW 3-Series GT

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

Price?: Rs. 30 – 37 lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: Bmws progressive activity coupe (PAC) range sought to introduce a new segment of cars in the luxury car market which would cater to those who wanted a car with features of both an SUV and a grand tourer (a very fast car which can be used for long distance driving). The first in this series was the 5-series Gran Turismo, which was based on the 5-series sedan, but was as long as a 7-series, had the interior space of a 5-series and had the headroom and seating position like the X5 SUV. The car was so popular that BMW has decided to aplly the same formula to the 3-series sedan, and hence you get the new BMW 3-Series GT.

2014 Chevrolet Beat facelift

2013 Chevrolet Beat

Price?:  Rs. 4 – 6 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: This facelift of the stylish mini-hatchback from Chevrolet was introduced for global markets in 2013 and has taken a long time to be introduced in India, where the car is not doing that well. The styling has been updated by the addition of skirts all around the car, a larger two-piece grille that extends almost all the way down, new fog lamp housing, new ORVMs, slightly altered headlamps and tail-lamps and new chrome strips around the car. Mechanically the car will not receive any changes. New equipment could be added though.

2014 Chevrolet Trax

2014 Chevrolet Trax

Price?: Rs 8 – 13 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: Chevrolet’s contender in the compact SUV segment, the Chevrolet Trax will go up against the likes of the Ford EcoSport. The Trax will be the second SUV in Chevrolet’s lineup in India after the Captiva, which it shares its styling cues from. The chunky styling makes it look bulkier than it actually is, which could work in it’s favour as Indian’s love their SUVs looking very macho. The interiors of the Trax borrow a lot from the Beat, Cruze and Captiva and are very funky looking. Engine wise, expect Chevrolet to offer a 1.7-litre turbocharged engine with 138 BHP / 175 Nm which delivers 22 KMPL mileage and is connected to a on-demand AWD system.

2014 Datsun Go

2014 Datsun Go

Price?:  Rs. 3 – 4 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The first model for the resurrected brand, the Datsun Go will battle it out in the mini-hatchback segment, offering big interior space, fuel-efficient engines, first-in segment features and low cost of ownership. Datsun promises a good buying and ownership experience when it is launched in India, and will target those first time buyers offering a sensible alternative to the other cars in the segment.

2014 Fiat Linea facelift

2013 Fiat Linea

Price?:  Rs. 8 – 10 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: A long awaited facelift, first photos of the car were revealed in 2012, 3 years after the car was launched in India and 5 years after it was launched in other markets. The Fiat Linea facelift is essentially what the word means; a bit of chrome here, a new bumper there and slightly updated interiors. Expect no changes in terms of mechanicals, but Fiat could introduce new features to make the car more attractive.

2014 Honda Brio facelift

2104 Honda Brio Facelift

Price?: Rs. 4.5 – 6.5 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: We chose this photo because that is what the new Brio will feature. The Brio has been well received thanks to it being one of the best quality mini-hatchback in the country, along with being one of the powerful too. The facelift will mainly offer a new hatch-door, which will replace the all-glass one found on the current model. The hatch-door will get new additions that hide the luggage compartment from prying eyes and the top end models will also feature a defogger and wiper.

2015 Honda Jazz

2015 Honda Fit

Price?: Rs. 5 – 8 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Honda Jazz when launched in India 2009, was a perfect example of how Honda work’s its magic in terms of interior packaging, and all-around quality. But the high-sticker price did not help matters, it was bad luck too for the company that the period saw the rise of interest in diesel powered cars and the Jazz flopped. An aggressive price cut later did help a bit, but Honda could not sell as many units of the car as it had hoped and production of the hatch was stopped early in 2013. The new Jazz is a whole new car, inside-out and will get the 1.5-litre ‘Earth Dreams’ diesel engine found on the Amaze and City sedans, which ought to increase it’s popularity. It will feature the touch-panel for the A/C first launched on the City and other equipment which oguht to make it a value-for-money buy.

2014 Honda Mobilio

2014 Honda Mobilio

Price?: Rs. 8 – 10 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: Another vehicle based on the Brio, the Mobilio will go up against the likes of the Maruti Ertiga. The MPV features an extended wheelbase chassis of the one found on the Brio, and Amaze and will be offered with 7-seats. Design wise, at front it looks a lot like the Brio / Amaze, move to the side and you see that designers have tried to hide the bulk of the MPV with smart lines, move to the rear and there is a whole new design which look smart. Interior space, as reported, is pretty good. Feature wise, the Honda will be on top too, the biggest talking point though is the 1.5-litre diesel engine that has earned a lot of praise in the City and the Amaze.

2014 Honda Accord

2013 Honda Accord

Price?: Rs. 21 – 23 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Honda Accord was once the go to car if you wanted to flaunt your status in society. It was luxurious, sporty and was the showcase of Honda’s build quality and reliability. The Skoda Superb came along and took some of the thunder away, because it offered a diesel engine too. Honda’s insistence that the diesel quality in India wasn’t good enough for it to introduce diesel engines here ultimately let to it’s downfall as the competition took advantage of the situation. The latest Honda Accord gets a big change in terms of styling inside out, should get a diesel motor when launched and a lot of features inside to make it a better prospect.

2014 Hyundai Elantra facelift

2014 Hyundai Elantra

Price?:  Rs. 13 -17 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:  The Hyundai Elantra topped the segment when it was launched in 2012, beating the Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze and Skoda Octavia due to it’s aggressive styling, a lot of equipment for the money and extensive service network. The launch of the new Skoda Octavia and the threat of the upcoming Toyota Corolla has made Hyundai a bit jittery though, and it will bring a facelift of the car to hold the fort till an all new car is launched sometime later in 2015.

2014 Hyundai Tucson (Hyundai ix35)

2014 Hyundai ix35

Price?: Rs. 16- 19 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: Hyundai is trying to up it’s image in the Indian market, it’s earlier ventures into the premium segment (with the Elantra and Sonata) was not successful. But the newly desiged , feature-laden cars from the company has given it a better image in the Indian customers mind. This has led the company to take more risks and it wants to launch the Hyundai Tucson again in India, which will sit below the Santa Fe and take care of competition like the Skoda Yeti, Mahindra XUV 500 etc. Hyundai’s ‘Storm Edge’ styling will be prominent on the new SUV, which gives it a purposeful look without being too macho, equipment levels should be on par or better than the competition.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Price?: Rs. 23 – 26 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The first generation Santa Fe launched in India faced tough times because of various reasons. First, it’s styling was very quirky and did not muster up to the Toyota Fortuner or Ford Endeavour which looked like ‘proper SUVs’. Though it was more powerful, and has as much interior space as the Fortuner, it felt old (it was, it had been in production around the world since 2006). The new Santa Fe addresses all of these flaws, it get Hyundai’s new ‘Storm Edge’ design which lends it a very macho but classy look, both inside-out. It will be loaded to the gills with features, as is the case with all Hyundai cars sold in India.

2014 Hyundai Grand i10 Sedan

Hyundai-Grand-i10-Sedan-spied-rear

Price?: Rs. 5 – 8 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Grand i10 is a hit for Hyundai in India, thanks to it being a value-for-money proposition, a good-looking car and being backed by Hyundai’s extensive service network. Hyundai wants a pie of the compact-sedan category in India, which at present is dominated by the like of the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, enter the Grand i10 sedan. It will add a boot to the Grand i10 hatch, will be as or more spacious than the hatch and have the same level of equipment and to top it all a frugal diesel-engine.

2015 Hyundai Sonata facelift

2011 Hyundai Sonata

Photo of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata used for illustrative purposes only

Price?:  Rs. 19 – 22 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Sonata, in our eyes, gets the most extreme implementation of Hyundai’s much acclaimed ‘Fluidic’ design theme, and may not be attractive to everyone. The very sharp design cues make the car look a bit whale-like if you ask some, and that does not help things when the car has to compete with the likes of the Skoda Superb, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry etc. The new Sonata will feature better styling, as in it will be more easy on the eyes while retaining the fludic design philosophy that has made so many people a fan of Hyundai cars. It will obviously get a lot more equipment, and Hyundai wants it to become a value-for-money proposition in the segment.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Price?: Rs. 1.2 – 1.5 Crore

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The most beautiful car to come out of Jaguar’s stable in a long time, and it’s hark back to the legendary E-Type, the F-Type will now be available in the coupe variant. The F-Type coupe will be available in three trim levels, the F-Type Coupe, F-type S Coupe and F-Type R Coupe, available with a 335 BHP / 450 Nm 3.0-litre V6, a 375 BHP / 460 Nm 3.0-litre V6 and 542 BHP / 680 Nm 5.0-litre V8 engine respectively. The F-Type’s allure lies in the critically acclaimed design which was penned by Jaguar’s chief designer Ian McCallum, and it’s powerful engine options. Being the car maker’s flagship, the F-Type gets a whole host of customisation options which improves it’s appeal.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB

2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB

Price?: Rs. 1.9 – 25 Crore

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The long wheelbase version of the Range Rover, the most luxurious SUV made by Land Rover, gets an additional 200 mm in terms of wheelbase as compared to the normal variant. To be offered in 4 trim levels, the Vogue, Vogue SE, Autobiography and Autobiography Black. The extended wheelbase allows for more space and additional reclining for the second-row seats. The variant also adds a lot in terms of features. The Autobiography Black will get exclusive design elements both at the front and rear. No changes will be made to the mechanicals though.

2014 Land Rover Discovery 4 facelift

2014 Land Rover Discovery

Price?: Rs. 1 – 1.20 Crore

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Discovery series is lanf Rover’s contender in the mid-sized luxury SUVs capable of going off-road if the owners want.  Competition includes the Toyota Land Cruiser 200, Mercedes-Benz GL, and Audi Q7. The Discovery though is the most capable off-road as it has all the intelligent assist offered by Land Rover. The facelift sees new styling changes inside out, while retaining most of the features found on the pre-facelift model. The new additions should make it a better buy for the cost, something that has stopped it from being sold in large numbers.

2014 Mahindra Scorpio facelift

2014 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift

Price?: Rs. 8 – 12 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: Mahindra has made it clear that it will not launch any new vehicles in light of the slow Indian automotive market, but it has to remain competitive and it will be updating it’s existing range. The Mahindra Scorpio is a pretty good SUV, even though the basic design has not changed for some years, the facelift will a refresh inside will bring it in line with the competition. Expect the Scorpio to get features that make it one of the most value-for-money buys in the segment.

2014 Maruti Suzuki Celerio

2013 Suzuki A-Wind Concept

Price?:  Rs. 3 – 6 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The replacement to the soon to be discontinued A-Star and Estilo, the Celerio will occupy the vacant space elft between the Wagon R and the Alto 800. The Celerio will be the first hatchback to receive an automated manual / a clutchless manual transmission. It will be better specced than the A-Star and Estilo and help Maruti retain customers who have a budget between Rs. 3-5 Lakh.

2014 Maruti Suzuki YL1 Sedan

2013 Suzuki Authentics Concept

Image of the 2013 Suzuki Authentics Concept used for illustrative purposes only

Price?:  Rs. 7 – 10 lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The replacement for the Maruti Suzuki SX4, the YL1 sedan will be more feature laden than before to take on the competition like the Volkswagen Vento, Fiat Linea etc. The biggest threat though is the Hyundai Verna, which with it’s design, value-for-money image and number of variants, has become a favourite among Indians. The YL1 will get Maruti’s in-house developed diesel motor in 2015, meanwhile it will be powered by the K-series petrol and Fiat sourced diesel motors. Expect it to be better specced than before and very aggressively priced.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Price?: Rs. 24 – 29 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The CLA will be Mercedes-Benz’s first attempt at a front-wheel drive compact four-door luxury sedan, going against the likes of the Audi A3 and the BMW 2-Series. The CLA class takes design cues from the larger CLS-class which was, in Mercedes-Benz market speak, a 4-door coupe. Which means that, at least styling-wise you get the feeling that the car has a very sharply falling roofline like a coupe. It is pretty stylish, we admit; all the lines and surfaces on the car also function to reduce the aerodynamic drag, it has one of the lowest drag co-efficient of any production car in the world. Mercedes-Benz would like to replicate the success it has had with the A-Class, providing a stylish but small luxury car for those who do not want to own a big Merc.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 350 CDI

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Price?:  Rs. 1 Crore

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: Mercedes-Benz has already launched the S-Class in India, but in the top end S500 variant. It will get all the bells and whistles which the S500 gets, including the all LED lighting, Magic Body Control suspension system, active and passive safety systems etc. Expect a 258 BHP / 620 Nm diesel motor to be powering the S350 CDI.

2014 Nissan Teana

2014 Nissan Teana

Price?:  Rs. 22 – 27 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Nissan Teana has always been the underdog among its competition but those who have experienced the car will swear by it’s interior quality and the comfortable ride, especially for the rear passengers. The Nissan Teana has had the best rear bench in it’s segment, consecutively it has had the lowest power in it’s category and also suffers from being one of the costliest. The new Teana will be better looking, will continue to be targeted towards those who want to be chauffeur driven and be better equipped than before to take on the competition.

2014 Nissan X-Trail

2014 Nissan X-Trail

Price?:  Rs. 21 – 27 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Nissan X-Trail is a capable soft-roader that did excel in the Indian market thanks to it’s quirky design and not so-hunky proportions. The missing third row of seats also didn’t help matters. The 2014 Nissan X-Trail (or Rogue in some markets) is stylish, more spacious and gets better interior trim than before. It also gets an updated AWD system that is one of the best in the segment. It will also be loaded to the gills to take on the Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V etc.

2014 Renault Duster facelift

2014 Renault Duster facelift

Price?:  Rs. 7.5 – 11 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Renault Duster blew people away when it was launched in India in 2012, it was a pretty spacious SUV with 5-seats (and two jump seats as an option), with features at a price unheard of before. The ride and handling quality, engine refinement, and most importantly the fuel-efficiency helped make it one of the best selling SUVs in India. The Duster enjoyed a huge success till the Ford EcoSport came along, it’s better interiors and features stole the show. The Duster facelift will get better interiors, more features and retain the fine handling and engine characteristics which made the first model a success.

2014 Renault Fluence facelift

2013 Renault Fluence

Price?: Rs. 12 – 16 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details: The Renault Fluence was the first sedan to be launched by the company after it broke up it’s partnership with Mahindra. A contender against the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis and Chevrolet Cruze, the Fluence sold in very small numbers compared to the competition. Reason? It is only available in 3 variants, one petrol and two diesel (for some time after launch there were only two variants available), the entry-level diesel is pretty sparsely equipped and the petrol is only available with a power sapping CVT. The biggest problem though was that because the car is essentially a left-hand drive variant hastily converted into a right-hand drive car, the ergonomics was just terrible. The facelifted Fluence, we hope, will be better engineered and better specced.

2014 Skoda Yeti facelift

2014 Skoda Yeti

Price?: Rs. 12 – 16 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Skoda Superb facelift

2014 Skoda Superb

Price?: Rs. 19 – 26 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Tata ‘Falcon 4′ hatchback

2014-Tata-Vista-facelift-spied-1024x673

Price?: Rs. 5 – 7 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Tata Aria facelift

Tata Aria Facelift

Price?: Rs. 10 – 16 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Tata ‘Falcon 5′ compact sedan

Price?: Rs. 5 – 9 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis

Price?: Rs. 13 – 17 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Volkswagen Taigun

2012 Volkswagen Taigun Concept

Photo of the 2012 Volkswagen Taigun Concept used for illustrative purposes only

Price?: Rs. 9 – 13 lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

2014 Volkswagen Up!

2013 Volkswagen Up!

Price?: 4 – 7 Lakh

When?: 2014 Auto Expo

Details:

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