We've already seen many upcoming cars in India in the form of new models, facelifts, next-generation models and mild upgrades in the year 2017, but it turns out the year still has a lot in store. From the very popular Mahindra Scorpio to the much awaited Maruti suzuki S-Cross, car makers have a lot to offer this year. Following is a list of upcoming cars in India that you can expect to launch in the coming months and we begin with the Ford EcoSport. One of our readers recently shared a fresh set of images of the 2017 EcoSport being tested near the company's production facility on the outskirts of Chennai.
The EcoSport facelift is speculated to launch in India by the end of this year. The Ford EcoSport will have a design language similar to other Ford's models including a large hexagonal grille with horizontal chrome slats.
Powering the 2017 Ford EcoSport will be the existing set of engines, a 1.5 litre petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel unit as well as the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine. While the 1.5 litre petrol unit will be available with a choice of automatic as well as manual gearboxes, the other two engines will come only with a manual transmission. The updated Ford EcoSport will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV 300, Hyundai Active i20 and the Volkswagen Cross Polo. Read more here
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift
Suzuki showcased the S-Cross at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, and the company is now planning to launch the car in India before soon. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift will be sold at the company's premium dealers, Nexa Showrooms, alongside the Ciaz, Baleno, Ignis and the Baleno RS. The S-Cross in international markets will get the 1.4 booster jet petrol engine, however, the S-Cross in India will be available with the same 1.3 litre diesel engine that powers the present model. Read more here
Mahindra Scorpio facelift is expected to launch in India in the second half of 2017. The facelifted version of the much-admired SUV will receive a host of cosmetic updates. The current model of the Scorpio is sold at Rs 9.40 - 14.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and we expect the facelift to priced slightly higher.
The new Scorpio may get a 2.2-litre m-Hawk engine that will be retuned for better power and torque figures.
The current version of Mahindra Scorpio comes with three diesel engine options - a 2.2 litre, 1.99 litre and a 2.5 litre unit. The 2.2 litre and 1.99-litre m-Hawk engines produce 122 hp of power and 280 Nm of torque, while 2.5 litre m2DICR engine comes with micro-hybrid technology that produces 76 hp of power and 200 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual and automatic transmission. View spy shot here
The new Volkswagen Passat is based on the MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform and is powered by a 2.0L TDI engine mated to a 6-speed DSG gearbox. It has also received many upgrades to the entertainment and safety features, which will include nine airbags.
The model is expected to be assembled at VW's Aurangabad facility and is expected to be priced between Rs 32-34 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Passat is likely to launch sometime this year. It will compete against the likes of Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.