Best 5 Upcoming Cars in India for 2009

Published: 11th February 2009
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The title 'Upcoming Cars' could pass a mixed bag of emotions to the reader. Its surprising that the car manufacturers are planning new car launches even thought the car market is still in the grip of economic recession and tight financial market.

Despite the heavy squeeze on car loans in a tight financial market and the doldrums major car manufacturers are optimistic about growing car sales as well as India's growing economy.

Here are the best 5 upcoming cars for India in 2009

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe is a premium midsized SUV that will be introduced with a powerful 2.2-litre engine. Priced in the range of Rs 23-26 Lakh, the car will be adorned with stylish exteriors and comfortable interiors. With a pack of features along with advanced safety technologies, the Santa Fe is sure to find attraction with not more than a small section of the market.

Fiat Grande Punto

Fiat has a long history directly linked to the heritage of India. The car manufacturer is now gearing up to to launch its Grande Punto and bring a new revolution in the small car segment. The excellent styling, functional interiors, and advanced safety features may push the car beyond limits. The Punto is expected to be powered by Fiat's 1.3-litre multijet engine that delivers 75 bhp. In the Indian car market, it will be placed in the Rs 5-7 Lakh range, where it will compete with Maruti Swift, Tata Indica Vista and the Hyundai i20.

Honda Jazz

Honda is one of the leading car manufacturer in India and has rejoiced several years of success in the country. The manufacturer now plans to introduce its small car, Honda Jazz in India with a blend of style, performance, luxury, and comfort. It is sure to attract Indian car buyers with its advanced engine technology along with its striking looks and comfortable interiors. Powered by a 1.2-litre engine that delivers 77 bhp, the car will be available in the price range of Rs 5-6 Lakh. In the Indian car market, the Jazz will compete with Fiat Grande Punto and the Skoda Fabia.

Maruti Suzuki Ritz

After the success of Maruti Suzuki Swift, the leading Indian car manufacturer plans to introduce another small car, Splash, which is now re-christened as Ritz. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that delivers 75 bhp. It will also have an option of a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine. The style, the features, and the technologies that the new car will spark a new revolution in the small car segment. Priced between Rs 4 and 5.5 Lakh, the car will best suit the taste and lifestyle of Indian car buyers.

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner is scheduled for an early 2009 launch with both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant of the car will be powered by a 2.7-litre engine whereas the diesel variant will be powered by 3.0-litre. Expected to carry a price tag of Rs 16-18 Lakh, the car will definitely lead the segment.

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