We have listed the top fifteen upcoming cars in India.
1. Maruti Jimny 5-door
Maruti has been spotted testing the five-door Jimny quite a few times already and recently it was spotted testing in Leh. When launched, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will compete with Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha.
The Jimny 5-door will retain most of the styling elements from the three-door version. The five-door version gets a five twin-spoke alloy wheel design, a large bumper with a honeycomb mesh pattern, fog lamps on both ends, and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
Mechanically, the Maruti Jimny is expected to retain the same 1.5-litre, 4-cyl, NA petrol engine which also powers up the newly launched Grand Vitara and Brezza. This engine produces 100 bhp and 130 Nm of torque.
Globally, Jimny is offered a 4X4 system which comes with a low-range transfer case as well. In India, we can expect the same 4×4 system to be offered with the 5-door version.
2. Maruti Baleno Cross
The Maruti Baleno Cross has also spied testing on Indian roads multiple times.
The vehicle features a distinctive sloping roofline with a slightly more upright front fascia and higher ground clearance.
From the spied images, the front grille looks much larger and wider and it also shows highlights like split headlamps with lower-set main headlights and streaks of daytime running LEDs above them.
The test mule also wears black coloured alloy wheels which are likely 16 inches. The squared-off wheel arches and dark body cladding can also be seen. At the rear, key highlights include a raked windshield, chunky bumper and boot-lid integrated spoiler.
The cross Baleno also wears roof rails which gives it an SUV stance and it is also expected to come with front and rear skid plates and body cladding all around.
Talking about the powertrain, the Baleno cross is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated K12C Dualjet petrol engine from the Baleno. This engine produces 90 bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque and comes mated with a 5-speed manual or an AMT.
It is also expected that Maruti might bring back the turbocharged 1.0-litre, 3-cyl, petrol engine which was available in the Baleno RS.
The Baleno cross is said to make its debut at the 2023 Auto Expo and when launched, it will compete with Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger and Citroen C3.
3. 2023 Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the Indian market for almost 15 years. The updated Swift was launched in the Indian market in 2018 and now is due to get a major facelift.
The 2023 Swift was recently spied testing in Europe. The hatchback’s all-new model is likely to make a global debut by the end of 2022 and its India launch might take place sometime in 2023.
The 2023 Swift will feature sleeker headlamps with new LED elements, a completely new front grille, updated bumper with wider and lower air intakes. The fog lamp assembly will have new C-shaped air splitters. Some of its other design highlights will include larger, dual-tone alloy wheels, new body panels, blacked-out pillars and a spoiler.
Rumour suggests that the new 2023 Maruti Swift could get a new 1.2-litre, 3-cyl Petrol engine with strong hybrid tech. It is also expected that the new Swift will have up to 30 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
4. Maruti Brezza CNG
Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the Brezza CNG soon in the Indian market. The car was recently spied on at the company’s dealership.
The Brezza CNG looks identical to the petrol counterpart and we expect no changes to its exterior and interior styling. The spied video shows the CNG cylinder mounted in the boot. We expect that Maruti could offer the SUV’s mid-spec VXI and ZXI variants with the CNG option.
Moving on to the powertrain details, the Brezza CNG will be powered by a 1.5-litre NA Petrol engine which produces 100 bhp and 136 Nm of torque in petrol mode and 87 bhp and 122 Nm of torque in CNG mode. It will only get a five-speed manual transmission and could claim a fuel efficiency of around 30 km/kg.
Talking about the pricing, the petrol variant Brezza is priced from Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 13.80 lakh (ex-showroom).
The CNG variants are expected to command a premium of around 70,000 to 80,000 over their petrol counterparts. When launched, the Brezza CNG will be Maruti’s eleventh CNG car with the XL6 and Baleno being the most recent additions to the list.
5. Toyota Innova Hycross
TKM recently unveiled the new Innova Hycross to the Indian market. Along with the unveiling, the company also started the bookings for the MPV at a token amount of Rs 50,000.
Toyota Innova Hycross will be available in a total of 5 variants GX, G (petrol engine) and VX, ZX and ZX (O) with the hybrid-electric version. It will be offered with both 7- and 8-seat configurations.
The Innova Hycross features an SUV-centric design with a large new front grille, flanked by sleeker LED headlamps. The front bumper looks aggressive and the MPV now makes use of 18-inch wheels with a fresh design.
On the inside, the Toyota Innova Hycross gets two new colours- Black and Dark Chestnut and Chestnut. Some key interior features include a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a 9-speaker JBL audio system seats, powered ottoman seats in the second row, mood lighting and a powered tailgate.
The Innova Hycross will be powered by a 2.0-litre strong-hybrid engine that will provide a fuel efficiency of 21.1 km and an impressive range of 1097 km on a full tank. It will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 mph in 9.5 seconds.
The new TNGA 2.0-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine with CVT puts out 174 PS of power, whereas the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-hybrid engine with e-drive has a max power output of 186 PS.
Toyota is expected to launch the Hycross to the Indian market in January 2023. When launched, the MPV will compete with MG Hector Plus, Kia Carens, Tata Safari and Mahindra XUV700.
6. Citroen C3 Aircross
The Citroen C3-based 7-seater MPV was recently spied testing on Indian roads.
The prototypes are fully covered in camouflage, but the front fascia and the rear-end design are expected to be more or less similar to the C3. However, the MPV appears much longer than the compact hatchback. It could even get a slightly larger wheelbase to accommodate an additional row of seats.
Styling-wise, Citroen might provide the 7-seat C3 with a few updates on the outside, to make it stand out. Sitting above the C3 in the company’s portfolio, the three-row car will serve as a rival to the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, while also facing competition from the Renault Triber. We do expect the Citroen MPV to be more affordable than the Ertiga though.
7. Kia Seltos facelift
Recently Kia launched the facelifted version of the Seltos overseas and Kia India is getting ready to introduce the facelifted version in India.
The face-lifted Kia Seltos will come with notable exterior updates to differentiate itself from the existing model. The front fascia composes a revised LED headlight cluster, newly designed LED Daytime Running Lights that stretch into the grille section, redesigned front bumper and a prominent air intake shrouded by a faux aluminium skid plate.
Moving on to the side, the SUV will also feature newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels and at the back, it gets sleeker LED tail lamps.
Moving on to the interior, the SUV will feature a 10.25-inch infotainment system with connected car tech and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features will include an electric sunroof, ventilated and electric seats, a 360-degree camera, a digital instrument cluster and many more.
Mechanically it is expected to be unchanged, the SUV will be available in two petrol and one Diesel engine options. 1.5-litre four-cylinder NA petrol developing 115 bhp and 144 Nm, the 1.4-litre turbo petrol which produces 140 bhp and 242 Nm, and the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel which produces 115 bhp 242 Nm of torque will be offered.
8. Mahindra Thar 5 door
Mahindra & Mahindra is currently strengthening its SUV portfolio in India. All three SUVs launched by Mahindra in the span of three years have been blockbuster hits (Thar, XUV 700 & Scorpio-N). After launching the new Scorpio-N Mahindra is now getting ready to showcase the 5-door version of the Thar at the Delhi Auto Expo in January 2023.
The 5-door Mahindra Thar is expected to be based on the same platform as the new Scorpio-N and the Thar will get Mahindra’s pentalink suspension system with Watt’s Linkage at the rear, giving it better handling and comfort.
Talking about the powertrain, the upcoming Mahindra Thar 5-door will be powered by the same engine options 3-door Thar.
Engine options include a 150 bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor and a 130 bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel.
Gearbox choices will include the 6-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic, along with a four-wheel-drive option and a low-ratio transfer case.
Talking about the features, the Thar 5-door is expected to borrow the same features as the current vehicle such as a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, navigation, cruise control, follow-me-home headlamps, tyre direction monitoring system, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, and more.
When launched, the Mahindra Thar 5-door will compete with the upcoming Force Gurkha 5-Door and Maruti Suzuki Jimny.
9. MG Hector facelift
MG Motor India recently launched the facelifted MG Gloster to the Indian market and now the company is ready to roll out the new and updated MG Hector.
The updated MG Hector will get a revised front end with a large “Argyle-inspired” diamond-mesh grille with prominent chrome surrounds at the grille’s top.
The updated MG Hector is also expected to get Level-2 ADAS tech which includes lane keep assist, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
Moving on to the interior, the SUV will now feature a massive 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system with embedded e-sim. Apart from that, the SUV will get a revised dashboard design with new horizontal AC vents, and a centre console that gets a new flowing design, along with a new gear lever.
Mechanically no changes are expected, the SUV will be offered with two 143hp, 1.5-litre petrol engines – one with mild-hybrid technology – and a Fiat-derived 2.0-litre multijet turbo Diesel engine which produces 170 bhp of power.
The 2022 MG Hector is likely to be priced around Rs 1.5 lakh-2 lakh more than the current model. When launched, the SUV continues to compete with Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Nissan Kicks.
10. Force Gurkha 5-door
Force Gurkha 5-door is all set to hit the Indian market soon. The car was recently spied on in the dealership hinting the launch is imminent.
The Gurkha 5-door looks identical to the 3-door from the outside. It gets the same set of the front end, the headlights, snorkel, bumpers, and tail lamps all are the same. The 5-door gets the addition of two more doors, newly designed alloy wheels with A/T tyres, an increase in length and, as a result, a longer wheelbase.
The five-door Gurkha spied gets a bench seat in the second row and captain seats for the third. It is also expected that Force might provide different seating options, including captain seats for the second row and opposite-facing seats for the third.
Talking about the powertrain, the five-door Gurkha will be powered by the same Mercedes-derived 2.6-litre common rail turbo diesel which produces 90 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque and will be paired with a 5-speed manual.
11. 2023 Kia Carnival
The facelifted Kia Carnival was unveiled globally in 2021. While its India launch timeline is yet to be revealed by the carmaker, it’s expected to come sometime next year.
Talking about the dimensions, the new Carnival measures 5155mm in length, 1995mm in width and 1775mm in height.
Globally, the Carnival is being offered with the 3.5L V6 MPi petrol, new 2.2L Smartstream and 3.5L GDi V6 Smartstrem engine options. In India, the 2023 Kia Carnival is likely to be made available with the 2.2L diesel motor making 200bhp and 440Nm. Transmission duties will be done by an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Some features that will be included are blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, surround view monitor, forward collision avoidance assist, and high beam assist.
12. Citroen C3 EV
The Citroen C3 EV was recently spied testing on Indian roads.
The front fender of spied car was camouflaged and it looks to be covering the charging port.
The EV will be based on the ICE C3 as the side profile and the design elements look the same as the ICE counterpart. However, we expect Citroen to make some noticeable cosmetic changes to differentiate itself from the regular model.
Talking about the powertrain and battery, it is expected to be offered with multiple battery options, one of which is the global-spec 50kWh battery pack with a WLTP-claimed range of over 350km, present in the Peugeot e-208 which is based on the same platform.
The EV is expected to be powered by an electric motor that produces 136 bhp and 260Nm of torque. There’s a possibility that the EV could also feature a smaller battery pack with a range of about 300km.
The existing ICE C3 lacks basic features such as cruise control, rear wipers, rear defogger, manual adjustment for ORVMs and many more. The electric Citroen C3 is expected to be equipped with more features than its petrol counterpart.
The all-electric is expected to be launched in India by April 2023 with an expected starting price between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom).
When launched, the EV will compete with Tata Tiago EV and Tigor EV.
13. Tata Altroz EV
Another most expected car on the list is the Altroz EV. Tata showcased the all-electric variant of the Altroz premium hatchback at the Geneva Motor show in 2019. The Tata Altroz EV is based on the same ALFA platform which is compatible with electrification. The electric premium hatchback is expected to be launched at the Auto expo 2023.
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to borrow many features from the already launched Nexon EV such as the same electric powertrain, PDU (Power distribution unit) and battery pack. The car is expected to come with connected car technology which lets you access the car’s stats such as the remaining battery, and charging history and even locate the nearest charging stations for you.
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to be priced around Rs 12- 15 lakhs in India.
14. Grand Vitara CNG
Maruti Suzuki India recently launched Alto K10 CNG to the Indian market. And now, the company is all set to launch another CNG model.
The Grand Vitra CNG will be powered by a 1.5-litre NA Petrol engine which produces 103hp and 136Nm in petrol mode and 88hp and 121.5Nm in CNG mode.
The Grand Vitara CNG is expected to only get the 5-speed manual gearbox and is expected to deliver 26.10km/kg of claimed fuel economy.
15. Mahindra XUV 400 electric
Mahindra and Mahindra recently unveiled the XUV 400 electric to the Indian market. The XUV400 is based on the XUV300 and is a direct competitor to the Tata Nexon EV, i.e. the current best-selling electric car in India.
Mahindra has revealed that the XUV400 will come equipped with a 39.4 kWh battery pack that returns a claimed range of 456 km on a single full charge. This battery pack can be charged from 0% to 80% in 50 minutes through a DC fast charger.
The XUV400 will be equipped with a permanent magnet synchronous motor that belts out 150 PS (110 kW) of power and 310 Nm of peak torque. This powertrain will help the electric SUV sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in just 8.3 seconds.
We expect the company to launch the XUV400 electric SUV at a base price of around Rs 15 lakh.