Indian car industry is on rejuvenation phase since a year or so. We have seen a lot of new concepts but they didn’t turned out to be very pleasant one for several car makers. We are half way through 2015 and still some auto majors are struggling to see green in their ledgers. The festive season is just around the corner and carmakers are pepping up to bring the new models in order to fully capitalize it and increase their market share in the country. Let us see what July 2015 has in stores for the car lovers.
Volvo S60 T6 Petrol:
First launch of the month will be the S60 T6 petrol version by Swedish car maker, Volvo. This will be Volvo’s fourth offering of the year after V40 cross country, all new XC90 and Volvo V40 hatchback. Three diesel variants of S60 sedan are already on sale in India, launched in 2013 and T6 will be the first petrol variant in the premium sedan line-up. On design front, it will remain same as it diesel counterparts while it gets some new equipments such touchscreen infotainment, electronic climate control etc.
Expected launch: 3rd July 2015
Expected price: Rs. 32-35 lakh (ex-showroom)
New Honda Jazz:
The Honda Jazz came to India in 2009 with the one petrol engine and steep price range. As a result, it failed to create any buzz and great sales figures for the company at that time. Now, Honda cars India is readying its second GEN model for India with 90 percent localization, a diesel engine and an automatic gearbox. All new Honda Jazz diesel will return 27.3 KMPL of ARAI certified mileage which makes the most fuel efficient car in the segment and second most in India. New Jazz comes with more space, premium equipment list and all new design cues which pose a serious threat to Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Fiat Punto Evo.
Expected Price: Rs. 5.5-8 lakh
Expected launch: 8th July 2015
The Hyundai Creta aka Baby Santa Fe is probably the most awaited cars of the year which is all set to be launched this month. Hyundai Creta is a five seater SUV and carries the same set of petrol and diesel engines that does duty on Verna sedan. The compact SUV will be packed with bunch of best in segment features and space. The Creta is inspired by Hyundai’s 2.0 fluidic sculpture design philosophy and somehow looks alike Santa Fe. Apart from design and features, the South Korean car maker equips its first compact SUV with an automatic transmission. It will take against the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and upcoming Maruti S-cross.
Expected price: Rs. 8-13 lakh (ex-showroom)
Expected Launch: 21 July 2015
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross:
India’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki has probably the longest line up of cars in India covering almost every segment except SUV, Crossover and premium hatchback. But that is about to change soon when Maruti Suzuki will launch its first premium Crossover named as S-Cross. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was initially showcased at 2014 Delhi auto expo followed by recent unveiling at this year’s IIFA awards. The booking for the Crossover has already begun at the token amount of Rs. 25,000-50,000 depending on the variant and location. The premium Crossover will be available in three engines- 1.4L K series petrol, 1.3L and 1.6L DDis diesel engines. Transmission options include 5 speed and 6-speed manual transmission with no confirmation about an AT gearbox.
Expected Price: Rs. 8-12 lakh (ex-showroom)
Expected launch: Third/fourth week of July 2015
Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione:
Not a long ago, Fiat India has teased Abarth 595 Competizione on its official website. The car was revealed at 2014 auto expo and the car was expected to get launch by end of last year, but for unknown reason it kept getting delayed. The Abarth 595 Competizione will be getting some aesthetic changes outside and inside as well such as Sunroof, sporty decals, sabelt seat belts and many more. The performance variant of Fiat 500 will be powered by a 1.4L T-jet petrol engine and will come with AMT and a Sports mode.
Expected Price: Rs. 28-30 lakh (ex-showroom)
Expected Launch: Last week