In coming years, the Indian automobile industry will witness some important changes right from electrifications of the vehicles to new advanced connectivity and autonomous technologies. Several global car manufacturers will mark their entry in the Indian market including Tesla, Citroen and Great Wall Motors. There will also be several new product launches across segments. Here’s a brief of the upcoming new-generation models of the country’s 6 popular cars from Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors.
Maruti Suzuki’s top-selling subcompact SUV – Vitara Brezza – is ready to enter into its new generation during 2021 festive season. The model will receive significant changes inside and out along with a new platform. If reports are to be believed, the 2021 Maruti Vitara Brezza will be based on the modified version of the Suzuki’s Global C-platform. The same architecture used in the new Suzuki Vitara SUV. The carmaker might also introduce a new, stronger 48V SHVS hybrid system to the model lineup.
The Indo-Japanese carmaker might also bring in the new-generation Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 sometime this year. The hatchback’s new model is reported to be designed on the Heartect platform that’s likely to improve its NVH levels, performance and safety quotient. As of now, details of the 2021 Maruti Alto are scanty. Though, it’s likely to receive a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and a few more feature upgrades. Under the hood, it might feature a 48bhp, 796cc naturally aspirated petrol engine with manual and AMT gearbox options.
The new-generation Mahindra XUV500 is surely one of the much-awaited new car launches of this year. While its official launch date is yet to be announced, the SUV is reported to arrive in April 2021. With the generation change, the model will take a big leap in terms of design, features and performance. The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will come with 190bhp, 2.0L turbo petrol and 185bhp, 2.2L mHawk diesel engines and 6-speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. Some of its key features will include ADAS, a 3D panoramic vision, eyelid tracking mechanism and more.
The new-generation Mahindra Scorpio is expected to launch before June 2021. The SUV’s new-generation model will be designed on the new GEN-3 platform that also underpins the new Thar. Compared to the outgoing model, the new one will be bigger and more spacious. Comprehensive changes will be made to its exterior and interior. The 2021 Mahindra Scorpio will receive a new infotainment unit, a factory-fitted sunroof, HUD, leather seats, reverse camera, and more. Its engine setup will include a 152bhp, 2.0L turbo mStallion petrol and a 132bhp, 2.2L turbo diesel motor. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be on offer.
5. Tata Nexon
Tata Motors will give a generation change to its top-selling Nexon subcompact SUV in coming years. The model will receive significant cosmetic changes and feature upgrades along with a new Alfa platform. It’s the same architecture that underpins the Altroz premium hatchback. The compact SUV is likely to receive a few segment-first features and more safety fitments. Engines and gearbox options might be carried forward from the current model. It includes 118bhp. 1.2L turbo petrol and 108bhp, 1.5L turbo diesel motors with 6-speed manual and AMT gearboxes.
6. Tata Tiago
Similar to the new Nexon, the second-generation Tata Tiago will be built on the Alfa platform that compatible to multiple body styles and powertrains. It’s claimed to be designed to offer ample luggage space, rear legroom and utility space around the driver. The carmaker will make noticeable design changes and feature upgrades to the new Tiago. Things remain unchanged under the hood. The all-new Tata Tiago is likely to come with the same 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol engine that’s good enough for 86bhp. The model lineup can be had with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT transmission.