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upcoming-cars-in-2016-827_827x510_51456125835With 2015 having brought some much needed cheer to the Indian automotive industry, carmakers will be looking to carry forwards their momentum into the new year. The general sentiment in the industry is a positive one, especially since the initiation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign which aims at increasing foreign investments in India. As a result, more and more foreign automakers are spending big in India which should see localisation, productivity, job opportunities and export figures soar. The Auto Expo saw record footfall and a host of upcoming vehicles were displayed which indicates that the thriving Indian auto industry is set to grow in leaps and bounds over the next couple of years despite tighter emissions regulations coming in to play in order to combat the alarming pollution levels.

2015 did end on a blip as the automotive industry was rocked by a series of emission scandals both in India and internationally. This includes Volkswagen’s use of emissions cheating devices in its diesel offerings sold all over the world as well as the ban on sales of diesel cars with engine capacities more than 2,000cc in New Delhi. Nevertheless, carmakers are surging ahead with their launch plans to ensure that 2016 is as successful if not more successful than 2015. Here’s a list of the top 10 upcoming cars expected to launch in India this year.

1. Tata Zica / Tata Zica Sedan

The Tata Zica (codename: Kite) is an exciting new product that is scheduled to be launched in March by the Indian carmaking giant. The car was first unveiled in January and ran into some unforeseen trouble with its name as the name Zica, derived from ‘Zippy Car’, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the ‘Zika’ virus that continues to spread across the world. Tata has announced that in order to avoid compromising the brand’s image by going forwards with such a controversial name, the Zica will in fact be renamed before it becomes available for purchase. The new name is likely to be one of the following three: Adore, Civet or Tiago.


Tata Zica Hatchback

The car’s contemporary design and well thought out interiors seem to tick all the right boxes, especially if launched at a competitive price point. A subcompact sedan version of the hatchback will also arrive in India this year. The Tata Zica Sedan was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 bearing the codename Kite 5. Tata’s new hatchback will slot in between the smaller Tata Nano and larger Tata Bolt hatchback whereas the Zica Sedan will sit below the Tata Zest in the company’s product line. Both cars are expected to share powertrain options. The Zica will be available with a choice of 3-cylinder petrol and diesel engine units. The 1.2-litre petrol Revotron engine, also used in the Bolt  and Zest will pump out 83bhp and 114Nm of torque whereas the 3-pot, 1.05-litre diesel unit can make 67bhp and 140Nm of torque.


The Tata Zica Sedan (codename: Kite 5) was showcased at Auto Expo 2016

The Tata Zica will come fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission although an AMT version is also likely to arrive in the future. The hatchback will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio andHyundai i10 and should cost between 3.5 lakh and 5 lakh. The Tata Zica Sedan will rival the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Figo Aspire, Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, and Hyundai Xcent and should cost 4.5 lakh – 5.5 lakh.

Tata Zica Launch: March, 2016

Tata Zica Expected Price: 3.5 lakh – 5 lakh

Tata Zica Sedan Expected Launch: October, 2016

Tata Zica Sedan Expected Price: 4.5 lakh – 5.5 lakh

2. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza subcompact SUV made its highly anticipated global debut at Auto Expo 2016 and is expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of this fiscal. The Vitara Brezza has witnessed a very good market reaction upon its unveiling owing to its contemporary styling. The subcompact SUV will enter a very popular segment that currently features the Mahindra TUV300 andFord EcoSport. The EcoSport in particular will be its main rival given the immense success that it has enjoyed thus far.


The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza made its global debut at Auto Expo 2016

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will arrive with a solitary powertrain option. The car will be powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine goof for 88.5bhp and 200Nm of torque. The car will initially arrive with a 5-speed manual gearbox although an AMT offering is also a possibility. In terms of cost, the car is expected to come bearing a ballpark figure of around 6 lakh to 9 lakh.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Expected Launch: April, 2016

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Expected Price: 6 lakh – 9 lakh

3. Renault Duster

The facelifted Renault Duster is all set to be launched in India this upcoming March. The new car hasn’t undergone too many major visible changes barring the addition of a twin slat chrome front grille, hawk eye cluster headlamps, a silver skid plate and bullbar-like setup at the front. The side profile remains relatively similar and features flared wheel arches, new gunmetal-finish alloys, kayak roof rails and electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators. The rear too maintains the old car’s shape and proportions but the addition of new waterfall LED tail-lamps make it look more premium.


The New Renault Duster Facelift with AMT was showcased at Auto Expo 2016

On the insides too, the new Renault Duster facelift has been updated with the addition of soft touch materials, anti-pinch power windows, a navigation equipped infotainment system, automatic climate control, and redesigned seat covers. In terms of electronic aids, Renault has fitted the car with a cruise control system with a speed limiter as well as an ECO mode for improved efficiency during city commutes.

Also Read: Renault Duster Facelift to Be Launched in India in March 2016

Mechanically, the powertrain options have remained the same which includes a 1.6-litre petrol unit and a 1.5-litre diesel engine available in 2 states of tune; an 84bhp/200Nm version as well as a 108bhp/245Nm variant. The big announcement though has been that the diesel variant will now be available with an EasyR AMT gearbox. AS yet it is still uncertain as to which state of tune of the diesel engine wil come mated to the new EasyR autobox. Prices are expected to remain relatively unchanged although the AMT version may cost around 1 lakh more than the manual version.

Also Read: Renault Duster AMT vs Hyundai Creta AT vs Mahindra Scorpio AT: Spec Comparison

New Renault Duster Expected Launch: March, 2016

New Renault Duster Expected Price: 9.5 lakh – 15 lakh

4. Volkswagen Ameo

In an event prior to the Auto Expo, Volkswagen globally unveiled its made-in-India, made-for-IndiaVolkswagen Ameo subcompact sedan after which the car was showcased at the German manufacturers pavilion at Auto Expo 2016. Based on the Polo hatchback, the Ameo is the company’s first compact sedan offering in India and also boasts of the highest percentage of localisation in Volkswagen’s Indian product portfolio.



Volkswagen Ameo subcompact sedan

In terms of looks, the car is very similar to the Polo, particularly at the front. The square tail-lamp clusters at the back are similar to those found in the Polo and new Vento. Engine options are the same as those found on the Polo which includes a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel option. The gearbox too has been carried forwards from the Polo as the Ameo will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG autobox which will be available on the diesel variant.

Also Read: Auto Expo 2016: Volkswagen Ameo Subcompact Sedan Makes Global Debut in India

Volkswagen Ameo Expected Launch: August, 2016

Volkswagen Ameo Expected Price: 5.5 lakh – 8.5 lakh

5. Skoda Superb

Czech carmaker Skoda is launching the new-look Superb in India on 23 February, 2016. Updated features include Skoda’s new look butterfly grille, a more angular design language, sharp crystalline shaped head-lamps with DRLs, and LED tail-lamps. The cabin has been worked on as well with the addition of an improved audio system, high-quality plastics and more interior space thanks to its 28mm longer wheelbase.

The all-new Skoda Superb

The new Skoda Superb is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform resulting in the car weighing 75kg less than its predecessor. Visibly, the car takes a bunch of design cues from the Skoda Vision C concept which was showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Superb is likely to arrive with the same engine transmission options as the Octavia i.e., a 1.8-litre petrol unit that makes 177.5bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel unit that churns out 141bhp.

Skoda Superb Expected Launch: 23 February, 2016

Skoda Superb Expected Price: 22 lakh – 28 lakh

6. Tata Nexon

Tata unveiled the production ready iteration of its upcoming Nexon subcompact SUV at Auto Expo 2016. Developed on the X1 platform, the good looking and well proportioned car will be positioned between the Zest and Safari Storme in Tata’s range. The car’s design both on the inside and outside, borrows heavily from the Zica hatchback.



Tata Nexon Subcompact SUV

Upon its launch, the Tata Nexon (codename: Osprey) will compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, and upcoming Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The car was initially thought be powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel unit that currently powers many other hatchbacks like the Swift, although new reports have suggested that Tata is planning on fitting it with a more powerful 1.5-litre diesel unit. This punchy new engine is good for 108bhp and 260Nm of torque and will likely come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 1.2-litre Revotron petrol option will also be available. The engine currently features on the Tata Zest and churns out 89bhp and 140Nm of torque.

Tata Nexon Expected Launch: October, 2016

Tata Nexon Expected Price: 7 lakh – 10 lakh

7. Tata Hexa

Tata is all set to create chaos in the people carrier market when it launches is Innova Crysta competitor called the Tata Hexa. On the outside, the car looks to be a heavily reworked and better styled version of the Tata Aria. Upon its launch, the Aria replacement will sit above the Safari and will become the Indian manufacturer’s flagship model in India.

Tata Hexa Tuff Concept

The Tata Hexa features a muscular design template, Tata’s signature honeycomb mesh front grille, a redesigned air dam, and projector head-lamps. The sporty element to its styling is further accentuated by its horizontal LED tail-lamp clusters, huge wheel arches with rubber wrapped 19 inch alloys sat inside them, and blacked out door pillars. The cabin features a host of intelligent driver aids, an intelligent media system, premium quality materials as well as 2 individual bucket seats in the middle row. The 6-seater Hexa SUV comes equipped with ESP, ambient lighting, 6 airbags, auto head-lamps, and rain-sensing wipers.

Power is derived from a 2.2-litre diesel unit sourced from the Safari Storme VARICOR 400. The engine makes 154bhp and 400Nm of torque and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Tata Hexa Expected Launch: Mid-2016

Tata Hexa Expected Price: 13 lakh – 18 lakh

8. Toyota Innova

The 2016 Auto Expo saw the long awaited new-look Toyota Innova Cryst break cover in India. The updated model is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and is lighter than the outgoing version. The Toyot Innova Crysta features a completely re-done front end with swept back head-lamps, a new front grille, LED DRLs and new fog-lamps while the rear end gets a new bumper along with updated tail-lamp clusters.


New Toyota Innova Crysta

Inside the more premium cabin, the new Toyota Innova will include a host of bells and whistles including an intelligent touchscreen multimedia system with inbuilt navigation. Power will be provided either by a 2.0-litre petrol or a newly developed 2.4-litre diesel engine unit, the manual versions of which put out 137bhp/183Nm and 147bhp/342Nm respectively. A 6-speed automatic gearbox will be available on diesel variants in which torque has been upped to 360Nm.

Toyota Innova Expected Launch: May-June 2016

Toyota Innova Expected Price: 10 lakh – 16 lakh

Also Read: Toyota Innova Crysta: 11 You Need to Know

9. Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Auto Expo 2016 saw Maruti Suzuki unveil its upcoming Ignis subcompact crossover-SUV. Set to compete in a relatively new segment of sub-4 metre SUV-styled cars, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will maily compete with the recently launched Mahindra KUV100. The car features tall proportions and a heavily stylized front fascia which includes large U-shaped LED DRLs in the head-lamp units that are infused with the front grille.


Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Based on the details obtained from the Japanese-spec model, the Ignis’ SUV-like traits should include flared wheelarches, a 180mm ground clearance, and Suzuki’s All Grip AWD system. Electronic features will include a USB and Bluetooth equipped media system, Suzuki’s adaptive Dual Camera Braking System (DCBS), lane management system, hill decent control, and camera equipped front and rear parking sensors. ABS and EBD will be available as standard as will dual front airbags. Power will be sourced from its 1.3-litre engine although a 1.2-litre offering may also be in the pipeline. Transmission duties will likely be performed by either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT unit. At the expo, Maruti Suzuki confirmed that the Ignis was likely to arrive during the festive season.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Expected Launch: October, 2016

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Expected Price: 4 lakh – 5.5 lakh

10. Honda BR-V

Japanese manufacturing giant Honda showcased its compact SUV contender called the BR-V at Auto Expo 2016. The Honda BR-V will be launched in India sometime around June, 2016. The BR-Vs form is visibly based on the extended Brio platform and features multiple design elements borrowed from Honda’s current range of vehicles such as the Mobilio, Jazz and City. Capable of seating 7, the compact SUV will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.



Honda BR-V compact SUV

The Honda BR-V is powered by the same set of engines that drive other Honda offerings like the City and Mobilio. Engine options include a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission box. The petrol unit makes 117bhp and 146Nm whereas the diesel puts out 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. Its features list will include dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist, and Hill Start Assist.

Honda BR-V Expected Launch: September, 2016

Honda BR-V Expected Price: 9 lakh – 13 lakh





The idea of introducing a big brother to the BMW X5 was abandoned after the financial crisis in 2008. Keeping with the trend of downsizing, BMW thought it was wiser to spend on projects like smaller cars such as the Active Tourer, plugging product gaps with the 2- and 4-Series carlines, releasing a new crossover X4, and introducing successors of current vehicles.


BMW announced that it would produce the X5′s bigger brother at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA. To be branded ‘X7′ the all-new crossover would be exclusively manufactured in the USA and exported worldwide.


According to a report published on Automobile Magazine, the BMW X7 would be launched in 2017. Sources tell the French publication that the SUV would measure over 5 m long and have generous space for seven passengers and their luggage. Its main rivals would be the Mercedes GL Class and the Audi Q7.


On the mechanical side, the SUV would draw power from six- and eight-cylinder engines, signalling its priority markets – USA, China and Middle East.



BMW said last week that it was investing one billion dollars (Rs 5.98 crore approx) towards expanding capacity from 300,000 to 450,000 vehicles annually by the end of 2016 in Spartanburg. One part of the expansion is to manufacture the BMW X4 while some of it would be to accommodate the X7.


Source: IndianAutosBlog




Replacing the already successful Sinnis Max I, this mark II version isn’t a bad little naked bike. The engine makes 9.6bhp, it’s got a five-speed box, 18” wheels, front disc (rear drum) and even a digital speedo, rev counter and fuel gauge. It’s built to be practical so comes with a low 770mm seat-height and a rear luggage rack as standard.



While Bugatti has been inventing some of the fastest cars in the history of racing, a lesser known fact is the company’s involvement in airplane racing. So it was only a matter of time that they would go out of their way and bring to you this  news: Bugatti, in association with Mullin Automotive Museums, has announced the debut of the exact reproduction of its ground-breaking aircraft, Bugatti 100P, which was first built way back in the 1930s.


This rare airplane was built in 1937 when founder Ettore Bugatti believed that he could win the Deutsch de la Merthe Cup Race by building a plane. Although it is considered to be one of the most technologically-advanced airplanes of the era, it never took flight; until now. Bugatti fans have built an exact replica of this masterpiece, which will be showcased at the Art of Bugatti exhibition and make its public debut on March 25, 2014 in Oxnard, California.


Ahead of Its Time

The 100P with its cutting-edge aerodynamics, forward pitched wings, zero-drag cooling system and computerised flight controls predated the development of the best Allied fighters of World War II. The plane was designed to reach speeds up to 500mph with twin 450-hp engines, something an aircraft can otherwise only achieve with twice the horsepower. The genius who created this bird might’ve not even realised how ahead of his time he was!


However, even with all that techonolical awesomeness, the 100P was concealed in 1940 and all work was stopped in its development, to prevent the German military for discovering it. And the plane did survive the war, albeit being left unfit to fly.


History Repeats Itself

Le Reve Blue took it in their hands to create a replica of this legendary airplane in 2009, using the same materials and production processes as the original one, and after much precision, are ready to unveil the finished project at the Mullin Museum.


The team behind the plane consists of John Lawson, Simon Birney and Scott Wilson, who said, “For the first time, this incredible piece of engineering and design will receive the broad recognition it deserves, 77 years later.”


Let’s hope that their plan of taking the Bugatti 100P up in the air materialises sooner than later.


Bugatti 100P


Whoa, a sportsbike for £1,899! Yes folks, this is the WK Bikes 125 Sport, a fully-faired 125cc motorsickle from China. If you’re looking for modern styling, top spec components and sex appeal, you’ll need to save your pocket money for a bit longer. What you are getting is 1980s styling with an uninspiring but economical four-stroke engine. Although it’s not a bad bike by any stretch of the imagination, it’s not likely to get you a new girlfriend down the local chippy either. The WK Sport is for the geeky teenager or middle-aged novice with rose-tinted visor. Go for the naked 125R and you’ll save £200, or the Trail for just £1,499.



India’s biggest sport biker maker Bajaj Auto has lost marketshare over the past 15 months. In fact from being the strong number two to Hero’s number one position, Bajaj has since been overtaken by both Honda and TVS too in monthly sales. Now as it fights to regain marketshare, it is seeing traction for its products, and will therefore have to expand capacity at its Chakan plant. Bajaj currently makes motorcycles at three locations. The plant in Waluj makes the Platina, CT100 and Discover as well as the Boxer for exports. Pantnagar is the location for the Platina and Discover family too. And it is at Chakan that its high displacement and also high-margin products are made, namely the Pulsar range, Avenger, Kawasaki Ninja and KTM brand bikes. Again the production focus here too is a mix of export and domestic sales.
The reason Bajaj is considering the move to a higher production output, despite seeing a decline in demand last year, is because it is now armed with a new range of products. The Pulsar family has now got the NS, AS and RS series – besides the existing 135, 150, 180, and 220 cc Pulsars. The AS and RS have now begun to add to the demand that Bajaj is once again seeing, and so there has been an 8% rise in month-on-month sales since January this year. In the last quarter of this fiscal Bajaj will also launch the CS 400 – where too it sees a stronger demand than many believe. The newly launched RS 200 has in fact seen a very strong market demand, resting in a supply crunch. When I met Eric Vas, President of Bajaj Auto’s Motorcycle division, he told me the company is well aware of the waiting periods building up on the RS 200. He said, “Certainly we do have a slight capacity constraint on the race sport currently, we have customers who have been waiting for 45 days for that product and fortunately it is not something unmanageable, we are fairly competent at expanding capacity so we will hike capacity as the market goes along. Maybe it will take us a month, a month and a half to ramp up capacities a little bit, more because constraints at vendors rather than our end.”

So in the short-term Bajaj will realign its production by tweaking the number of shifts and daily output from Chakan. But that will certainly not tide it over as demand continues to increase, and the new bikes – AS in particular gain traction in the domestic and export markets for Bajaj. Add to that the upcoming CS series and future products, and Bajaj know it needs to increase production output – and more so at Chakan which makes the more sophisticated products. “That is the part of the game. (At) the Chakan plant there is some discussion about capacity expansion”, says Vas and expect a formal announcement on this from Bajaj by the second quarter of the current fiscal. At present Bajaj has the installed capacity to make close to 51 lakh motorcycles a year (Chakan plant capacity accounts for approx 12 lakh units), as compared to Hero MotoCorp’s 70 lakh and HMSI’s 48 lakh unit annual capacity.



Maruti Suzuki India first unveiled the Vitara Brezza at the Auto Expo 2016. The new sub-4 metre SUV from the Indo-Japanese carmaker is based on the bigger, Suzuki Vitara that retails in a number of global markets. Though nearly the same size as the Ford EcoSport, the Vitara Brezza is more beefy, aggressive, and bettering looking SUV compared to the EcoSport. The SUV comes with a number of style additions like projector headlamps, dual tone body colour and other customisation options that gives it a more premium feel. The car will be available only with the 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 88.5bhp and a peak toque of 200 Nm that comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.



BMW X1 is a mighty SUV which can roar its way over all kind of terrainIt is the embodiment of impressive functionality, sporty and bold character and sensible technologies. The EfficientDynamics technology and BMW ConnectedDrive feature makes it the perfect outdoor companion. The BMW X1 is available in three variants – the X1 sDrive20d, X1 sDrive20d xLine and the X1sDrive20d Sport Line. All the variants are equipped with plush interiors, distinctive exterior contours, superb workmanship and breathtaking features.

The 5-seater luxury SUV is available in an array of these colours – Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue, Glacier Silver, Marrakesh Brown, Midnight Blue, Mineral White and Valencia Orange.


After the Audi RS6 Avant, Audi India’s next launch in the country will be the Q3 facelift – on June 18, 2015. The Q3 SUV facelift will feature only cosmetic changes, and will continue to be powered by the same engine as the old model. The Q3 SUV first arrived in India in 2012 as a completely built unit (CBU). However, the German luxury carmaker started locally assembling the Q3 next year i.e. 2013 at its Aurangabad facility.

Exterior changes on the new Audi Q3 SUV will include a new single-frame grille, new bumper with comparatively larger airdams, refurbished head-lamps, and new alloy wheels among others. The head-lamps will be offered along with optional LED lighting. As far as the rear is concerned, the SUV’s bumper has undergone some minute changes. Changes in the cabin may include a new steering wheel along with new accents for the dashboard and door trims.

The Audi Q3 facelift will derive power from the 2.0-litre TDI 4-cylinder diesel motor that puts out 177bhp and 380Nm of maximum torque. It will be mated to a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox, while power will be delivered to all the wheels via the company’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

As far as the stripped-down version i.e. the Q3 S is concerned, we strongly believe Audi will only benefit from its re-introduction. The old Q3 S was offered with a front-wheel drive system and a 6-speed manual gearbox instead of quattro and automatic transmission. That being said, the new Audi Q3 will compete with the BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class upon its arrival here.