Diwali is considered as one of the busiest season of the Indian auto industry. It is a time when automakers gear up to serve huge chunk of customers, who are out there looking for a perfect car that they can bring home during this auspicious period. One can find market flooded with offers, discounts and great promotional events that auto brands host in order to take maximum advantage of consumer positive buying behaviour. Due to all the pros of this particular time frame, brands are usually interested in bringing forward their latest creation this time around. As they are very well aware of the fact that a prospective consumer likes checking out new things rather than going for the same available options that are been running in the market from past few years.
So, if you are a prospective buyer, who is looking for a car that you can bring home this Diwali season then here is a list of expected near Diwali car launches. Go through it and see if you can find your dream car in any of these upcoming cars.
1. Tata Tiago Sport
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One of the biggest Diwali car launches of the season is expected from the house of Indian bound automaker, Tata. It has been only a while since Tata Motors launched its stylish hatch Tiago that from the very day of its debut has created a never seen before hype for the brand (especially in this segment). Now, keeping the consumers interest intact around the car, Tata is soon expected to bring along Tiago power sibling, the Tiago Sport. Well, nothing about Tiago Sport is confirmed by the company but speculative reports are going strong around its arrival.
The internet is flooded with unofficial rendered images of Tata Tiago Sport, so saying anything about its actual look and feel is too early. But one thing that comes guaranteed with the Sport tag is a performance theme exterior and interior transformation. As for the engine configuration, market report suggests that it’ll come fitted with a 120 PS churning 1.2-litre turbo 3-CYL Revtron petrol mill.
2. Volkswagen Vento
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An entry this festive season is also expected from Volkswagen India. Well, it wouldn’t be a new car but an impressive addition to its existing sedan, Vento. News has been going around in the auto industry that Volkswagen India is under plans to launch Volkswagen Vento top-ranging variant. The Highline variant until now received mixed response (due to its high price bracket) but adequate consumer rating as well, which VW wishes to take to further heights with Vento Highline Plus trim.
The Vento Highline Plus trim in the recent months have been spied quite a sometime and on the lines of which, we expect to see an updated design language. The new variant will get cosmetic updations like LED-powered headlights (first in the segment) and gloss black alloy wheels. Apart from these changes, the car is expected to remain same and untouched. The new Vento top variant will house features like auto dimming IRVM, rain sensing wipers, Mirrorlink connectivity, phonebook/SMS viewer and new touchscreen infotainment system.
No changes are expected on the engine front, the car will continue to remain available in 1.6-litre MPI petrol, 1.2-litre TSI petrol and 1.5-litre TDI diesel engines. However, an updated version of the said 1.5 TDI mill is expected in the near future. As for the transmission, the 1.6 MPI and 1.5 TDI options will be paired with the standard 5-speed manual gearbox. It is however the 1.2 TSI engine that will be coupled with seven-speed DSG transmission system.
3. 2016 Hyundai Tucson
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Over the past few months one car that has been spied the most, covered in black and white camouflaged sheet is the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The spy images show a close to production model that make all-new Tucson a strong contender of expected Diwali car launches list. Up till now, we have only seen the car from outside, but only a few days back a spy photographer was able to grab its interior shoots too. What we see inside is an all-black cabin with sliver accents surrounding on centre console, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, controls mounted leather wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control and cruise control.
As for the engine configuration, 2016 Tucson will be powered by all-new Elantra borrowed 2.0-litre MPI 4-CYL mill. It will be paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox with the option of AWD available in only top variant.
4. Mahindra e2O 4-Door
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Next, in our list is Mahindra e2o 4-Door, a green car that was primarily designed for the European market and will be soon seen running down the Indian roads by the end of the festive season. Well, some reports suggest that the Mahindra green car will be launched somewhere near end of this year, making it a good farewell treat for 2016.
As for its design language, the information remains scarce and limited to what is visible in the spied images. With the latest images of the car clicked in Bangalore, where it was seen covered more than ever before. Well, from what is evident by its good collection of spied images, it’s expected to come along with many exterior modifications making it distinct from the 2-door version. The spy shots of all-new e2o 4-door reveal a signature vertical slats grille, sporty bumper, large headlamp and round fog lamps. The rear is said to receive a new bumper, larger tailgate and LED taillamps. Also, the wheelbase seemed to have been stretched to a noticeable extent to fit in extra doors.
Information regarding its mill setup is still under cover, but it is expected to witness a revision over the existing 19kW battery. Also, inclusion of Mahindra Quick2Charge Technology is expected to feature in car’s top variant that will significantly reduce the battery charging time frame.
Topping it all and making the buying decision much more simple Mahindra 4-Door e2o will avail tax benefits and incentives from the government, all in regard to its green nature.
5. Fiat Urban Cross
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Finally, a car that’ll stand next to Punto and Avvevtura at Fiat dealership network across the country. If reports are to be believed the 2016 Auto Expo showcased Fiat Urban Cross will be next Fiat to get to the Indian roads. Fiat Urban Cross, the expected Diwali car launch is considered to fall in the hot-selling crossover segment and its exterior feature very well supports this fact. Fiat Urban Cross as seen in the auto show is bestowed with distinguishing cabin that has never been seen in a Fiat before. The car features amenities like 16-inch alloy wheel, Touchscreen AVN system, automatic climate control, ABS with EBD and dual airbag.
As for its under hood setup, the car is expected to be offered in two mill options – a 1.4-litre T-Jet producing 140PS/210Nm and a 1.3-litre Multijet turbo diesel engine churning 93 ps/209 Nm. Both these mills will be offered with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox that is tuned to send power to the front wheels.
With this, our expected Diwali car launch list comes to an end, now the wait is for these expected launches to become a reality and provide consumers with better and wider choice.