The first half of 2019 witnessed a slow pace of the Indian auto industry due to decreased demand and impending elections. However, with a stable government at the centre, things are looking up and the auto sector is looking forward to its launches in the second half of the year with much enthusiasm. While more than a dozen cars are going to be launched, Truebil has picked out the top 5 for you.
India is eager to see its first connected car – the MG Hector. To be manufactured in Halol, Gujurat, the SUV will be available in 50 cities across the country, competing with Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier etc. This sensible and family SUV with iSMART connectivity promises to enchant the nation with its style, superior amenities and service quality. With a price tag of Rs 16 – 20 lakh, four variants and five alluring colours, the Hector is set to win the hearts of millions.
Ready to hit Indian roads in August, the Kia Seltos, deriving its name from the Greek mythology, is expected to be priced between Rs 10 – 16 lakh. Adorned with a plethora of features aiming to enhance beauty and safety, this compact SUV targeted at young tech lovers promises to be the show stealer of 2019. Its UVO connect technology, sharp body line, stylish interior, suave leather upholstery, Merc-like magnificent dashboard, powerful 1.5-litre smartstream B6 compliant engines, all combine to create a super machine that could very easily beat rivals like Creta, Nissan Kicks and Captur.
Meant for the mass market with an accommodative price range of Rs 5.5 – 9 lakh, Altroz from Tata Motors is the 45X concept version and an aggressively styled car. Based on the AMP, this is the first Tata car to openly challenge Baleno, Elite i20 and Jazz. Since its appearance in Geneva motor show, enthusiasts have been waiting for it with much excitement. The Impact 2.0 design, ALFA architecture, forceful petrol engine and amazing features are a testament to Tata Motors’ desire to rise above the pack.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
To conquer road trippers and adventurers, Jeep India is ready to deliver Trailhawk which will be available in the later part of the year. Its improvised off-road power, cosmetic changes and engine capability are aimed to attract buyers looking for comfort and functionality. Available between Rs 26 – 30 lakh, Trailhawk is empowered with Selec-Terrain Traction Management system and Jeep active drive low 4 by 4 systems.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Expected to be in by August/ September, the S-Presso is planned to be a welcoming vehicle for first time SUV buyers. It is set to compete against Mahindra KUV100 and Renault Kwid. With a plan to escalate Maruti’s sales figure, the launch of S-Presso is to be held during last part of the year, the festive season. The new design line, BSVI compliant petrol engine, amazing ground clearance, sharp exterior and trimmed interior are the play areas which may very well be the factors that propel this one to the pole.