The Indian car market is set to rock in 2018 with a slew of new launches that India has never seen before. All the car segments will see new launches.
We present below our top 10 picks with representation from each segment.
This is the market belonging to the super rich where price is of no concern. Our pick is the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
At a price tag of Rs 8 crore (Rs 10 crore for customization), car lovers will get the 8th generation Rolls Royce Phantom powered by a 6.75-liter V12 turbocharged twin-engine belting out 900Nm@1700 rpm and 571hp@5000rpm. The highlight of this car is the roof interior resembling a milky way created by hundreds of tiny lights. The ride is super quiet.
Can you imagine an SUV from the Lamborghini stable? Well, the Lamborghini Urus is a winner all the way. Its power comes from a V8 4-liter twin-turbo engine that can reach 100 Km per hour in just, hold your breath, 3.6 seconds. For that kind of thrill, the SUV costs upwards of Rs 3.5 crore.
Lexus LS 500h
Among the high-end cars dominated by Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, BMW and Lexus, we like the Lexus LS 500h.
This competitor to Mercedes S-Class and BMW-7 Series sports a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine. The speciality is the twin electric motor delivering 354hp. The cabin boasts front seats with massage, cooling and heating functions adjustable for 28 positions. The rear seats come with additional functions that include individual adjustment capability and backrest with 48-degree tilt and their own ottomans. The price is Rs 1.5 crore.
Tata H5 SUV
Tata Motors will release its H5 SUV. Tata is launching its first SUV built on the JLR platform but with a distinct Tata Motors pedigree. The Tata H5 will accommodate a 140 hp and a 180 hp engine. The price is a mouth-watering Rs. 15-20 lakh in the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta range.
Datsun Go Cross
After daring to be different, Datsun from the Nissan family is adding to its Go and Redigo range with an extremely well priced (Rs 5-7 lakh) car that will delight the lower end customers. You will almost get an SUV though the car is at the higher end of the hatch. The features such as fancy tail lights, spoiler, roof tray with rails and projector headlamps will warm the cockles of car enthusiasts. This Cross may become the first 1.5-liter diesel engine car from Datsun.
Hyundai is the second largest car manufacturer in India. It is bringing the plug-in hybrid sedan Hyundai Ioniq to the Indian market. The Ioniq sports a 1.6-liter 4 cylinder petrol engine and an 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery to run either on electricity or petrol. Passengers can enjoy a quiet ride within the city when driven on electric power.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Maruti’s very popular Swift is receiving a thorough makeover with a new engine platform known as HEARTECT. The lighter engine brings more agility to the drive. Besides, the new Swift is up to global standards in safety.
Tata Motors is bringing two variants in its electric range. The popular Tiago will boast an engine delivering 85 kWh power at 200 Nm torque. Its performance characteristics include a top speed of 135 km per hour and an acceleration of 0-100 km per hour in 11 seconds. Tata is likely to revamp its Nano and launch with an electric engine under a new sub-brand – Pelican.
The Ford Freestyle boasts 3 variants with differing power options – two petrol variants and a diesel variant. The petrol variants offer 17-18 km per litre mileage while the diesel variant will provide 25 km per litre. Ford’s new launch will perk up the Rs 6-8 lakh segment giving its competitors such as Maruti Swift, Honda Jazz and Hyundai Grand i10 a tough fight.
Mahindra S 201
Mahindra is introducing its S 201 model in 2018. Mahindra is using the SsangYong Tivoli platform for this model. The car will boast quality features – an amalgam of Tivoli’s quality features and Mahindra’s penchant for India specific offerings. This is taking on the likes of Renault’s Captur, Hyundai Creta and Maruti’s Vitara Brezza.
The year 2018 promises a great year for car buyers with all the automakers vying for the buyer’s attention with advanced features, new technologies, attractive price points and safety and performance standards including electric powered cars and highly fuel-efficient vehicles.
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