Hatchbacks have evolved greatly over the past few years to suit the requirements of the car buyers, especially in India. These cars are smaller but almost at par with sedans in comfort and style.
They are also the perfect answer for the traffic infested roads in the bigger cities. 2018 witnessed many hatchbacks from Renault, Tata, Maruti, Hyundai and other top car manufacturers gain in popularity and the trend is all set to continue in 2019 as well. Here are the top 5 hatchbacks that are on the threshold of being launched in this new year.
A premium hatchback from Tata Motors, Tata 45X utilises the signature Alpha platform along with Impact Design 2.0 philosophy. In fact, it is easy to connect this hatchback with the Tata name, given its piano black plaque, huge front frille, proportionate headlamps – all reminiscent of Tata design. Safety has been given a lot of importance through dual front airbags and parking assist. The classy interiors provide a floating touchscreen infotainment system that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This hatchback is all set to bump shoulders with Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 in this segment.
Mercedes Benz A-class
The Mercedes name never bears down easy on the pocket and this hatchback is no different. The Mercedes Benz A-class also essays the trademark sophistication and style. The entire surface has been designed to be aerodynamically efficient. Modern technology brings down fuel consumption while keeping noise to a minimum. The A-class can be customized to make it stand apart, quite like the other premium vehicles from Mercedes. Visual highlights and various accessories can be added by choice and configured to meet the highest safety and quality standards.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Despite its robust design and sturdy looks, the WagonR has always been able to catch eyeballs. This hatchback takes credit for being the longest running brand by Maruti in India. It has the same tall-boy design with BS-VI compliant engine. This third generation model has a new front grille with better designed headlights. The fog lamps are enclosed inside a new unit on the bumper. The tail lamps at the back also flaunt a new look. The car now feels more spacious being built on the Heartect platform. It is also stronger and safer.
Ford Figo Facelift
The new Ford Figo Facelift looks quite different from its former version if you consider the front grille, headlamps and bumpers. A rear wiper has been added with a stop lamp on the rear spoiler. Like the Tata 45X, this hatchback too will offer a floating infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Inside, the upholstery has a novel appearance with steering mounted audio controls and automatic climate control. In fact, the interiors along with the engine and transmissions are similar to the Aspire. The hatchback hopes to hold its own against contenders like Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10.
Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 by Hyundai was launched in 2017 and is now all ready to reappear in a new avatar. The exterior of the hatchback has a sportier bumper, with DRLs and LEDs. There are large, circular reflectors on black cladding along with diamond cut allow wheels. Wide black belts make up the side moldings with cascade designed front grille and dual-tone bumper. The Asta, which is the top-end variant, offers 1GB internal memory to store songs. Voice commands have been built in to the touch-screen infotainment system.