We're nearly at the end of December, 2012 with only an odd 2 weeks left for the new year. Now the new year brings many things with it and for motoring enthusiasts it means a slew of new car launches. So to keep you updated on some of the most popular upcoming car launches in 2013, CarDekho brings to you a list of the most anticipated upcoming diesel cars in India that will debut in the year 2013.
Easily one of the most anticipated sedans of the year 2013, Honda plans to launch the Amaze by the next financial year with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel option for the Amaze will house a newly developed engine for better refinement levels and will be more suited to the Indian market. Since the sedan is expected to come in sub 4-meter length and will be , the excise duty benefits will assure competitive pricing. The Honda Amaze is expected to offer competition to the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Tata Indigo and from what we can tell, it may well emerge as the winner.
Chevrolet Sail (Sedan)
General Motors recently launched the Chevrolet Sail UVA in the Indian market and had originally planned the launch of the sedan version by December, 2012. However these plans were delayed and we now expect the Sail sedan launch to take place in early 2013. GM has already announced plans for an extra 4-5 models being launched over the next 4-5 years. From the looks of it, GM has aggressive expansion of its Indian car line-up in mind. The Sail sedan will replace the existing Chevrolet Aveo model due to it being obsolete and is expected to compete with entry-level sedans like Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios and Tata Indigo and Honda Amaze. Additionally, the Chevrolet Sail sedan will house the same Fiat sourced 1.3-litre TDI engine that also works under the hood of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.
Unlike General Motors, Hyundai India has pre-poned their plans for the i10 diesel launch in India. Hyundai has originally planned to launch the i10 diesel by hte second half of the year 2013; however, our sources revealed that the diesel version of the i10 will actually come to Indian shores by the first quarter of 2013, possibly by March. Unfortunately, Hyundai has not been as forthcoming about the engine specification but we expect the i10 diesel to house a next-gen 3-cylinder diesel engine. The Hyundai i10 diesel is expected to offer competition to Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel, Maruti Suzuki Ritz, Fiat Punto, the newly launched Chevrolet Sail U-VA and a few others that are powered by the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre MultiJet engine.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R
Yet another eagerly awaited diesel vehicle is the Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R diesel. According to our expectations, the diesel version of the Wagon-R will hit the Indian market by mid-2013. As for the engine, we expect MSI to give the Wagon-R diesel a 1.0-litre Fiat sourced engine that the company is currently working on. While we are fairly certain about the possible engine options for the Wagon-R diesel, the Wagon-R diesel mileage is as yet unknown. However, the expectations are that the diesel motor will be able to offer up to 25kmpl. Hyundai's i10 diesel will be the main competitor against the Wagon-R diesel.
The famed Tata Nano is soon to come with a diesel heart. According to Tata Motors, the Tata Nano failed to live up to its full potential due to several mistakes on the company's part. While a refreshed version of the Tata Nano is in the works, what majority are interested in, is the diesel version of the Tata Nano. The CNG version of the Tata Nano is expected to come out in the first half of 2013 after which will follow the Tata Nano diesel launch in the last quarter of 2013.
The Ford EcoSport is easily the most anticipated launch of the year 2013, which is why we saved it for last. So far, it seems the Renault Duster has little to no competition in the Indian market and is currently thriving on high sales numbers. The Ford EcoSport is expected to give the Duster a run for its money. Interestingly, the Ford EcoSport launch has been confirmed for March end, 2013 in Nepal, which means that Indian is all set to get the EcoSport at around the same time. However, reports indicate that only the petrol version of the EcoSport will be launched first with the diesel engine to follow. The EcoSport that is destined for Nepal and India as well, will house the famed 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine that cranks out roughly 118bhp along with 170Nm of peak torque. As far as mileage goes, we have no concrete details as yet, but the expected Ford EcoSport petrol mileage is in the proximity of 20kmpl.