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Jul 06 2014, 15:26 IST
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SummaryThere’s a slew of new cars headed your way soon. Here are a few to watch out for...

Mahindra Compact SUV

The Quanto may not have lived up to Mahindra’s expectations, but there’s a new compact SUV that the carmaker is working on, which is codenamed S101. The S101 is built on a new, car-like monocoque platform. Unlike most conventional cars that have two bucket seats upfront, the S101, it is reported, has a single driver’s seat with a wide two-seat passenger bench alongside (similar to the front seats of Datsun Go).

Tentative price: Rs 5 lakh

Engine: 1.5-litre diesel

Hyundai compact SUV

Hyundai is developing a compact SUV that is expected to be launched in 2015. The compact SUV will be based on an all-new platform (codenamed GC) and will be the first vehicle from Hyundai’s stable to carry an India-specific name. Hyundai’s compact SUV is unlikely to duck under the crucial four-metre mark to avail of tax benefits. The good news is Hyundai is looking to price this new car quite competitively, at under R10 lakh.

Tentative price: Rs 8-10 lakh

Engine: 1.6-litre diesel, 1.5-litre petrol

Mercedes-Benz GLA

The GLA-class is the latest model to make use of Mercedes’ front-wheel-drive MFA platform. It will be the company’s first proper rival to the likes of Audi Q3 and BMW X1. The front end features perhaps the most modern treatment yet of Merc’s new design language, with just two chunky bars of metal on the front grille with a big three-pointed star at its centre. Overall, the GLA looks almost coupe-like.

Tentative price: Rs 30-40 lakh

Engine: 1.6-litre petrol, 2.1-litre diesel

Tata Bolt

The launch of Tata Zest is around the corner, but before the end of this year, the Pune-based car maker will also launch its new hatchback that is basically Zest without the boot. Based on Tata’s X1 platform that underpins the Indica Vista hatchback, Bolt features an all too familiar silhouette, but is a whole new product in terms of features and overall design philosophy. It will, in all probability, be offered with Tata’s new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol mill, as well as the 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine.

Tentative price: Rs 5-6 lakh

Engine: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel

Audi A3

The A3 is Audi’s answer to Mercedes-Benz CLA and the BMW 1 Series. But it could also hit the sales of segment-size bigger cars such as Toyota Camry and Skoda Superb. Audi A3 made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2014. It will slot in below the A4 as one of the entry-level models for the German marque. Expected to be launched

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