2017 will see a number of launches in the hatchback segment in India. We make a list of all of them that are expected to arrive in 2017.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Many renderings and spy shots have revealed that Suzuki is working on a brand new version of the highly popular Swift hatchback for the global market. The new Swift is expected to get new powertrains which include a 1.0-litre turbo petrol BoosterJet engine, and a diesel SHVS hybrid version as well. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will get a total design change on the exterior as well as the interior. The all new Maruti Suzuki Swift is expected to arrive in the first half of 2017.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
The Baleno which Maruti is marketing in India through its premium NEXA dealership network that has been received quite well in India. Maruti is expected to launch the car with a sportier design and an all new 1.0-litre turbo petrol BoosterJet engine which will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Maruti will launch the Baleno RS in India in the first quarter of the 2017.
General Motors has been struggling when comes to selling cars in the Indian market. But for 2017, They plan to launch a few cars in India that may help them boost their sales. In the hatchback segment, though a new car is not expected, the Chevrolet Beat that has gone too long in the tooth, will get a facelift. The updates will include cosmetic changes to the exterior but the interior is expected to remain the same. However, more refinement in terms of comfort and offering better space in the cabin will most likely be made. The engines powering the car will remain the same, but it may get updated performance in addition to the top spec getting ABS and dual front airbags. Chevrolet will launch the Beat facelift in the first half of 2017.
Hyundai Grand i10
The Hyundai Grand i10 has been given a facelift which was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The updates include an all new redesigned front bumper and head lamps, with round LED DRLs mounted in the front grille. The tail lamps and have a new module, but the shape remains the same, however the rear bumper is now a two tone piece with a black panel and rear fog lamps. The cabin is similarly designed to the current Grand i10, but it gets a black and red dual tone dash and door panels. Hyundai has fitted the new Grand i10 with loads of creature comfort and safety features, but it remains to be seen which one of them makes to the Indian market.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Expected to arrive in the first half of 2017, Maruti will offer another product from their Nexa range. A car that has been built from scratch called the Ignis will be launched in India next year. The Ignis will feature the same 1.3-litre diesel and the 1.2-litre petrol engine and will be sold as a compact SUV featuring high ground clearance and some off road ability. As standard, the Ignis will get a 5-speed manual geatbox, but an automatic version may also be offered.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
After making a mistake with the initial pricing of the S-Cross, Maruti Suzuki will soon launch a facelifted S-Cross which has been showcased at the Paris Motor Show this year. The facelift includes major updates to the feature offering and exterior styling of the the car. The front grille is more prominent with a chrome grille featuring vertical bars giving the car a more aggressive look, the rear is similar to the current car, but the tail lamps have been updated. The S-Cross facelift is expected to be launched in India round the festive season in 2017.
Tata Tiago Sport
To cashing in on the success of the new Tiago, it has been rumoured that Tata is working on a performance version of the car which will be launched in 2017. At the Auto Expo, Tata had showcased the Bolt Sport, but due to its lack of takers in the India market, Tata have scrapped the idea and have decided to make a Tiago Sport instead. The Tiago will not get the engine from the Bolt. Tata is expected to give the small car a 120hp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo charged petrol engine which may also feature on the upcoming Tata Nexon compact SUV. Though nothing has been confirmed from the manufacturer, if Tata does put the Tiago Sport into production, it will only go on sale near the end of 2017.