We've already witnessed many 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 Jeep Compass and luxury sedans, car makers have a lot to offer this year. Following is a list of cars 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. It will have a design language similar to Ford's other current models including a large hexagonal grille with horizontal chrome slats.
Powering the Ford EcoSport will be the existing set of engines, a1.5 litre petrol and diesel duo as well as the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol motor. 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.
2017 Hyundai Verna is speculated to be launched by the end of August, 2017 and will rival against the likes of the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The new 2017 Hyundai Verna is expected to be priced slightly higher the current model at between Rs 8.5 to 13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The upcoming Verna is likely to be powered by a 1.4 litre petrol and a 1.6 litre diesel that will be paired to a 5 and a 6-speed manual transmission. Some petrol variants will also get a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The company is expected to tune the powertrains in order to deliver improved performance and fuel efficiency. Read more here
Tata Motors had showcased the Tata Nexon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and is expected to be launched in India around the festive season around October 2017. When launched in India, the Nexon will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV 300. It is expected to be priced at Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Nexon is likely to be powered by a 1.5 litre Revotorq turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit, paired to 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol version is expected to be powered by a 1.2 litre Revotron three-cylinder engine, paired to 5-speed manual gearbox. Tata may also launch the car with an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) unit along with three driving modes.
The interior of the top trim of the Nexon is likely to receive a touchscreen infotainment system, similar to the one equipped on the Hexa. View spy shot here
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift
Suzuki showcased an S-Cross intended for international markets at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, and is now speculated to be launched in India before the festive season commences. The refresh will be sold out of Nexa Showrooms alongside the Ciaz, Baleno, Ignis and the Baleno RS.
The global updated S-Cross will get the 1.4 booster jet petrol engine, however the S-cross in India will be sold 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.