Top 5 Upcoming Small Cars

Published: 05th May 2009
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Small cars are the demand of present day generation. The key factors contributing to demand of small cars in India are higher interest rates, growing awareness of fuel-efficient cars, and growing consumer debt.

Small cars also meet the rising demand of economical, fast, practical, and low emission vehicle. With this rising demand there are many small cars that are expected to roll out on Indian roads in the coming years.

Here are the top 5 upcoming small cars in India:

Nissan Pixo

Nissan is all set to introduce its small car Pixo in the Indian car market. The car will be manufactured on the platform of Maruti Suzuki A-Star and will use the same 1.0-litre KB series of engine that is employed in the A-Star. The upcoming car Nissan Pixo may have an automatic transmission option in the car and will be rolled out on Indian roads by October 2009 with a price tag of Rs 3.5 Lakh to Rs 5 Lakh.

2009 Maruti Suzuki Alto

Maruti Suzuki Alto is one of the highest selling small cars in the Indian car market. Even in the time of downturn the car has experienced good sales. Witnessing the success of Alto in India Maruti Suzuki decided to introduce the facelifted version of the car by third quarter of 2009. The upcoming 2009 Alto will be rolled out with fresh cosmetic changes. The major changes will be witnessed on the front fascia of the car and the top-end variant of the car will come with dual-tone interiors. Expected to roll out with a 796cc petrol engine the 2009 Alto will be priced between Rs 2.5 Lakh to Rs 3.5 Lakh.

2009 Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Maruti Suzuki Wagon will undergo modification to keep its look fresh and anew. The structure and style of the car won't be modified but it will have a new bumper, redefined headlamps, and a honeycomb mesh grille. The heart of the 2009 WagonR will either have the same 1.1-litre engine of the existing variant or the powerful 1.0-litre engine from the Alto. The car is likely to roll out during the festive season of Diwali this year with an estimated price range of Rs 3.5 Lakh to Rs 5 Lakh.

Mitsubishi Colt

Like the other car manufacturers Mitsubishi is also trying to share the small car segment with the launch of Mitsubishi Colt. The Colt will come to India with the nose of the Evolution X and a 74 bhp 1.1-litre petrol engine. It will also have an optional 95 bhp 1.5-litre Di-D engine that is developed by Mercedes. The boot space and rear space will be less as compared to other small cars in the industry but yet the Colt will have the best of features to entice small car buyers in the country. The Mitsubishi Colt will be rolled out on Indian roads by third quarter of 2009 with a price range of Rs 4.5 Lakh to Rs 6 Lakh.

Chevrolet Beat

Chevrolet Beat is another small car from General Motors that will roll out on Indian roads by third quarter of 2009 with an estimated price tag of Rs 5 Lakh. The car will be designed in South Korea and manufactured in India probably at General Motor's Talegaon plant. The Beat concept made its first debut at the 2007 New York Auto Show. The car in India will roll out with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and will be positioned between Spark and Aveo. In the later years the car may even get an optional engine of 1.0-litre engine.

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