The compact car segment in India is not only the most crowded one, but it’s also the one with the largest volumes. And this year, it is going to get even bigger with more launches scheduled. Following is a list of six sub-4 meter cars that buyers can look forward to in 2016.
The Datsun redi-GO
Based on the super-successful Kwid, the redi-Go impresses with its contemporary tall boy looks. However, the biggest catch is its price, which is expected to be in the ballpark of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh. The redi-Go will make its way to the real world in the month of June and will be powered by the same 800cc motor from the Kwid along with the same 5-Speed manual transmission.
The Ameo is essentially a Polo, just with a notchy boot, as in the Dzire. But unlike the latter, the Ameo will meet higher levels of safety with a stronger bodyshell. Then there’s the VW quality, both in terms of the interiors and the exteriors. The car carries the same simple yet bold setup of any other VW. Under the hood, the Ameo will get a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel mill.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
Owing to the rising number of driving enthusiasts in the country, Maruti will be launching a sportier version of its popular hatchback Baleno. Hashed as the Baleno RS, it will be carrying an all-new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor, producing about 110PS of power and about 170Nm of torque.
Coupled with the low weight of the Baleno RS, this BoosterJet motor could do wonders for Maruti. The only problem is if that one would have to wait till the festive season to finally own one of these on the roads.
Tata’s upcoming compact SUV, the Nexon, grabbed a lot of eyeballs at this year’s Indian Auto Expo and rightfully so because this sporty SUV is simply impossible to ignore with its busy design. The Nexon could easily be the best car Tata has ever produced. To add to its appeal, it gets an all-new 1.5-litre diesel motor that will produce 110PS of power and a peak torque of 260Nm. Expect the Nexon to make it here by the festive season.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Going a step further in the compact SUV segment, Maruti will also bring in its much talked-about compact crossover, the Ignis. The car carries a boxy setup, but is executed in a very futuristic manner. It only measures 3700mm and is expected to weigh considerably low. Power is expected to come via the same engines powering the Baleno, but Maruti could introduce the 90Ps diesel this time. The Ignis could also feature the BoosterJet motor from the Baleno RS. Expect it to land by the festive season.
Tata Kite 5
The Kite 5 is the coupe-ish version of the Tiago. The sloping silhouette of the car lends it a very sporty appeal, not to forget Tata’s family grille, which eventually all the cars in Tata’s lineup are going to adapt to. The Kite 5 will inherit all the features from its younger sibling, Tiago, including the engines. In addition, it will benefit from the boot that promises to take up a considerable amount of luggage. Expect the launch to occur by the end of this year.