Big surprises come in small packages and hatchbacks in India are a perfect example of that. Recent trends have shown that more and more consumers are opting for premium hatchbacks. The success of Renault Kwid is also an example of the popularity celebrated by entry-level crossover hatches. The french offering has garnered an overwhelming response which resulted in the suspension of its bookings and amping-up of production. So, considering how hot the segment is right now and the quality products which are making their way to us, we have lined up a list of 5 upcoming hatchbacks. Let’s check them out:
1) Maruti Baleno BoosterJet
Baleno’s 1-liter petrol BoosterJet variant which is capable of producing 110bhp of power and a peak torque of 170Nm might make its way into the Indian market. The car is already in production as India is the global manufacturing hub of Baleno, but the premium hatchback still has not been introduced in market. Recently spyshots of the car being road tested surfaced online and the possibility of souped-up hatch being launched in India got a lot more promising.
2) Tata Zica
Tata’s upcoming hatchback features various segment-firsts, which include an eight speaker Harman sound system with USB, AUX & Bluetooth connectivity, dual front airbags, ABS and alloy wheels. The car will also feature the Juke-car app which helps occupants share and access playlists wirelessly. Also making its debut is the self-explanatory Navigation app. Under the hood, Zica will feature the all new 1.05-liter, 3-cylinder Revotorq engine, which produces 69bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. The petrol variant will feature Tata’s 3 cylinder 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which delivers 83bhp of power and 114Nm of peak torque. In terms of power, the engines trump figures produced by its rivals like the Chevrolet Beat and Maruti celerio. The car will be launched on 20th of this month and will be priced around Rs. 4 lacs.
3) Honda Brio Facelift
Honda’s B-segment hatchback Brio will feature refreshed aesthetics and the vanity-oriented updates might also trickle inside the cabin. Although the mechanicals of the car are expected to remain unaltered, we do believe that it may come with certain refinements. The diesel powerplant which produces 100PS in the company’s premium hatchback is not likely to make its way into the little hatch.
4) Datsun Redi-GO
Like I pointed out earlier, Renault Kwid received an overwhelming response from the Indian consumers and in a bid to capitalise on the same, Datsun will be launching its iteration of the entry-level hatch. The car will be based on Renault-Nissan’s low cost CMF-A platform, which it will share with Kwid. Datsun Redi-GO will feature a more Origami-esque design, as compared to Renault Kwid’s self-proclaimed muscular SUV-inspired analogy.
5) Mahindra KUV100
Culminating our list is KUV100, which is relatively popular at the moment. The car is Mahindra’s micro-SUV/B-segment hatchback and features the company’s first ever mFalcon power plant. The petrol engine produces 82PS of power which is quite impressive, as it outshines its competitors like Chevrolet Beat and Maruti Celerio. The 77PS mFalcon diesel mill also takes on its rivals like Maruti Swift, Tata bolt, Grand i10 and even premium hatches like Baleno.