Top 5 upcoming SUV, MPV, Crossover launches under 10 lakhs in 2014
Here we compile information on top 5 upcoming big car launches under Rs. 10 lakhs this year that would be worth waiting for. List includes upgrades, facelifts and all-new cars from popular manufacturers like Honda, Datsun, Fiat, Mahindra and Renault, in the form of Mobilio MPV, Go+ MPV, Avventura Crossover, Scorpio facelift and Duster 4×4 SUV respectively.
Engine options on Honda Mobilio will be same as City’s, with Earth Dreams 1.5 litre diesel unit producing 100 PS max. power and 200 Nm peak torque. This engine on Mobilio is more powerful and efficient as well, but Honda has limited top speed at 143 kmph, giving rivals the advantage of taking over on highway. For instance, Maruti Ertiga can get past 160 kmph.
Petrol model gets renowned 1.5 litre iVTEC engine that sends out 119 PS max. power and 145 Nm peak torque. It gives mileage of 17.3 kmpl. Yet again, this engine makes Mobilio throw more punch whilst saving more fuel than competitors.
Check our review of Honda Mobilio Petrol and Diesel variants to know more about the stylish 7 seater MPV.
Datsun Go+ – While MPV segment is booming in India, another new arrival, from Datsun, would definitely be welcomed and appreciated by buyers on budget. Since it is based on entry level hatchback Datsun Go, price of Go+ MPV would be highly compelling. In Indonesia, launched in May 2014, base variant starts at Rp 85 million (Rs. 4.42 lakhs approx.) and price of Go+ high end is Rp 102.9 million (Rs. 5.36 lakhs approx.). 5 variants in between the price bracket was launched there.
Petrol engine from Datsun Go hatchback will be shared by Go+ MPV. 1.2 litre motor with inline 3 cylinder and 12 valve configuration has Dual Over Head Camshaft (DOHC) and Electronic Gasoline Injection System (EGIS). Maximum power of 68 PS at 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 104 Nm at 4,000 rpm are churned out by the engine. Cable type 5 speed manual transmission system with hydraulic clutch operating system does duty on Go hatchback. Datsun Go+ MPV will not receive a diesel engine, at least when it is launched. More on Datsun Go+ MPV here.
Fiat Avventura – MPVs apart, if you want a 5 seater with bigger and sportier appeal than a hatchback, you might add Fiat Avventura to the list. Expected to launch by November 2014, Avventura crossover based on Punto EVO hatchback will be functionally better equipped than its rivals Volkswagen Polo Cross and Toyota Etios Cross.
For starters, expected off-road assist features like increased ground clearance to 200mm, protective lower body cladding, projector headlamps, compass for navigation, inclinometer, tilt meter, etc would make Fiat Avventura convincing for mild / weekend off-roaders. Not to mention the rugged appeal of muscular bodywork and tailgate mounted spare wheel.
Powertrain kits would be shared from Fiat Punto EVO; include a 1.2 litre petrol engine making 68 PS & 96 Nm, a 1.4 litre petrol unit pushing 90 PS & 114 Nm, two 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel engines, one producing 76 PS and other sending 93 PS out, all through front wheels. 5 speed transmission is only available option, no AMT.
Learn more about Fiat Avventura crossover here.
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