Whether you are just another car enthusiast or are considering buying a new car, 2018 has some upcoming hatchback cars worth checking. Our top picks are listed here.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has long been one of the most popular hatchbacks in India. The upcoming model will be sharper and redesigned. In terms of appearance, the frontage of the car will look bolder with sharp headlamps sporting integrated LED daytime running lights and a large hexagonal grille. The interior of the car will receive a facelift too, with a multifunction steering wheel, dual pod instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system. Both a diesel and petrol engine will be available, with the latter in two options, namely the 1.2 l K-series and 1.0 l Boosterjet. It should be priced at around 5.5 lakhs.
Tata Tiago Sport
The Sport could potentially be the most affordable hatchback for 2018. Expected to look aggressive and be aerodynamically enhanced; other cosmetic upgrades could include new body graphics and sportier wheel alloys. You can look forward to its availability in an attractive range of paint colours. The new Tiago Sport is likely be powered by Nexon’s 1.2 litre Revetron turbo-petrol engine, producing approximately 110hp. A stiffer lower suspension system promises a more comfortable riding experience. The top-model is expected to be priced under 7 lakhs.
This once ubiquitous car is all set to re-enter and replace the already discontinued Hyundai Grand i10 in India. The next gen Santro will look contemporary, aligned to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. A significant transformation will be seen in the front fascia fitted with sharp headlamps and a remodelled grille with a sleek chrome trim. The interiors too will be attractively redesigned with added features like an analog and digital instrument cluster and multifunction steering wheel. In terms of power, it will get a more efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine for better performance. It is expected to be priced in the range of 4 to 6 lakhs.
In the premium hatchback segment, the 2018 Honda Jazz gets a facelift to look snazzier. It will sport new LED headlamps, integrated LED daytime running lights and a revised bumper with chrome trimmings in front. The rear profile will have a roof spoiler, LED taillights and an updated bumper. The interiors will look attractive and upmarket with better seats and upholstery. It will boast of a multi-function steering wheel, an updated instrument cluster with analog dials and digital MID, and added safety features. Power-wise, it will have two options, a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Its expected price would be in the range of 6.2 to 9.7 lakhs.
The next gen VW Polo with its edgier look for 2018 could easily take the prize for best looking premium hatchback. The front fascia will get headlamps with projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights, along with a sportier bumper. The rear profile will get revised taillights with LED units. The greatest change will be the MBQ platform that is expected to make this hatch 70 kg lighter. The interior will look even sharper with upgrades like a multi-function steering wheel, instrument cluster with updated analog and digital display, and a larger touchscreen infotainment system. There will be no change in the engine options. The expected price is within 6 to 10 lakhs.