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We bring you a detailed analysis of what is coming to Indian shores in 2014

Chevrolet Beat Facelift 

Expected Launch: Early 2014

Expected Price: Rs 3.75-5.00 Lakh

Chevrolet Beat Facelift

 The Chevrolet Beat is one of the funkiest hatchbacks one can buy in India. Made famous by the ‘Transformers’ series of movies, the Beat features crisp futuristic styling and a futuristic interior. However, the new Beat will take the styling quotient to another fathom with edgy details on the front bumper coupled with an even larger grille combined with Chevrolet’s bowtie logo placed prominently in the centre. The interiors too will get a touch of spice in certain places with a reworked console and upholstery. The Beat will feature both a petrol and diesel mill, the same that powers the small Chevy currently.

Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R / Stingray Diesel

Expected Launch: Early 2014

Expected Price: Rs 3.25-4.75 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Diesel

The Wagon R has long been one of Maruti’s best selling models due to its sheer versatility and driving ease. Currently, the Wagon R is available only in a Petrol or CNG option. However, Maruti will soon be plonking a diesel engine into the Wagon R, making it one of the best ‘value for money’ cars ever. In all probability, the same 1.3 DDiS engine that powers the Swift will power the Wagon R too producing in the region of 75PS of peak power. If priced correctly, expect the Wagon R’s sales figures to surge like never before possibly even overtaking the Alto to gain the number 1 spot in India.

Tata Nano Update and Diesel

Expected Launch: Late 2014

Expected Price: Rs 1.5-2.75 Lakh

Tata Nano Updates

The Tata Nano has fizzled out both in terms of popularity and in terms of sales figures in recent times due to several issues. Predominantly, Tata’s positioning as the ‘cheap car’ may be to blame for the long-term failure of the Nano. The Nano though is not a bad car for what it costs and the new updated Nano that was launched a few months ago has incredible fit and finish considering how cheap it actually is. Mechanically though, with the exceptions of small improvements in certain areas, the Nano has remained unchanged since launch. Now though, the new Nano is all set to get a long awaited upgrade: Power Steering. This first upgrade will come in the mid-2014 time frame followed by the highly anticipated Nano Diesel and new turbocharged petrol engine options. Although there have been very strong rumors to suggest that the Nano Diesel project has been internally scrapped due to Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) issues, the time and money spent on the project will ensure that the Nano Diesel will see light of day. The New Nano will also receive a facelifted front and rear bumper and will see a slight redesign in the headlights and tail lights as well. The new Nano will also feature an operable tailgate for east access to both the boot and the engine compartment.

Maruti-Suzuki Cervo 

Expected Launch: Early 2014

Expected Price: Rs 2.00-3.50 Lakh

Maruti-Suzuki Cervo

The Maruti Cervo is set to be priced cheaper than the already cheap Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. The Cervo though will be more of a ‘tallboy’ hatchback as compared to the likes of the Alto800. However, expect the exact same power train, suspension and other mechanical components to be shared with other Maruti offerings. With the introduction of the Cervo, Maruti will go head on with the already faltering Tata Nano. Expect the Cervo to be powered by a 800cc engine and to come with a CNG variant within a few months of launch.

Maruti-Suzuki A-Star facelift

Expected Launch: Early 2014

Expected Price: Rs 3.5-5.5 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki A-Star Facelift

Maruti will continue its product salvo early in the year with the launch of the new Maruti-Suzuki A-Star facelift. The new facelift has already debuted in China features edgy styling as compared to the older curvaceous styling that we have currently. The new A-Star will feature similar proportions overall and will have the same mechanicals as it currently does. The new A-Star will be powered by the K10 engine and will be available in both Petrol and CNG options. Apart from the redesigned front, the A-Star facelift might also get the new smaller diesel engine that Maruti-Suzuki has been working on recently. The facelift combined with a possible diesel option may propel the A-Star to greater popularity.

Volkswagen Up

Expected Launch: Mid 2014

Expected Price: Rs 4.00-6.00 Lakh

Volkswagen Up

With Volkswagen having generally slowed down their pace in 2013, the upcoming year seem to be an important year for the German giant. The Volkswagen UP is one of the most significant car launches of 2014 and will be priced to take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, the Hyundai i10 family and the Datsun GO. Priced significantly lower than the likes of the Polo, the UP will be based on an all new platform which will be shared by the likes of the Skoda Citigo. The Up will be powered by a 1.0 Litre engine that will produce either 60PS or 75PS depending on the state of tune Volkswagen decides to offer in the country. Also expect a small diesel engine to power the Up, details of which are still a little sketchy. Volkswagen will be pricing the Up extremely competitively as with the UP they will be going headfirst into the highly cut throat volume segment of the Indian automotive industry. We also thinkVolkswagen might equip the UP with an Automatic gearbox to take on other small automatics like the A-Star and Grand i10 head on.

Skoda Citigo

Expected Launch: Mid 2014

Expected Price: Rs 3.70-5.70 Lakh

Skoda Citigo

The Skoda Citigo is the badge engineered version of the Volkswagen Up. With less spec on the interior front and a slightly less beautiful exterior, the Skoda Citigo will garner massive public response if launched at the price we estimate.  The Citigo will be powered by the same 1 Litre engine and will make 60-75PS depending on how Skoda tunes the engine. Like the Volkswagen Up, Skoda’s Citigo will pushSkoda into the mainstream manufacturers segment. This means Skoda will have to strengthen its dealership network and more importantly it’s after sales network if it intends to create a dent into the likes of Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata Motors. The Skoda Citigo will be priced extremely competitively at about Rs 3.50-5.50 lakhs, which will be about Rs 30 thousand less than the equivalent Volkswagen Up.

 

 

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