Five most awaited cars for launch in August 2014
Fiat Punto EVO – Slated to launch tomorrow the 5th of August 2014, Fiat’s upgraded product in premium hatchback segment is already admired and appreciated. Pricing of which is to decide the fate of Italian car in India, we expect in the range of Rs. 5 to Rs. 7.5 lakhs.
New front grille, new headlamps, new chrome detailing, new rear tail lights, new rear fog lamps and all other new features in Fiat Punto EVO’s exterior make it a desirable hatchback, not to mention new colours, Glitterati Gold, Tuscan Wine, Hip Hop Black, Exotica Red, Minimal Grey, Magnesio Grey and Vocal White.
Interiors get same dashboard and equipment seen in 2014 Fiat Linea in same rich quality. But absence of trendy features like automatic headlights, automatic wipers and lane change indicators may strike as bummer to some. Rest of usual equipment like bluetooth enabled audio system, steering mounted controls, voice commands, etc are loaded in 2014 Fiat Punto EVO; but there is another catch, bluetooth connectivity with smartphones does not support audio streaming, strictly for answering calls.
Fiat Punto EVO received same 1.3 litre MultiJet, in two power specs, 92.72 PS & 209 Nm and 76 PS & 197 Nm. We have driven Punto EVO Sports variant (diesel), check out review and photo gallery here. Also read detailed comparison review of Volkswagen Polo facelift and Fiat Punto EVO diesel here.
Audi A3 sedan – New entry level and what would be the most affordable Audi in India is about to launch on 7th August 2014 in Delhi. A3 sedan will be launched with both petrol and diesel engines, 1.8 TFSI pushing out 180 PS maximum power and diesel unit generating 143 PS, which have also done duty in Audi A4.
Showcased at Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year, new compact luxury car will come with roomy cabin with plenty of leg, head and shoulder room both in front and rear. Front seats can be electronically adjusted, and leather wrapped four spoke steering wheel can be tilted and pulled in or out (telescopic). Sporty two pod instrument console makes note of various driving parameters and Multimedia Infotainment System with 7 inch display on centre console will help keep jazz high in cabin. Sculpted dashboard features jet turbine inspired air vents with rotating aluminium inserts controlling air flow, also seen in Audi TT sports coupe. Learn more about upcoming Audi A3 sedan here. Also read, Audi A3 sedan production begins in India, launch on 7th Aug 2014, here.
Hyundai Elite i20 – Second generation premium hatchback from Hyundai will launch on 11th August 2014 in completely new guise. Spy shots surfaced online have revealed exterior and interior looks of new Hyundai Elite i20, latest one of which shows illuminated cabin controls.
Front fascia of new i20 gets triple air dam on new bumper, stylish headlamps and redesigned fog lamps, while rear end receives fresh tail lights, tweaked centre stop lamp, new bumpers and boot opener. Overall dimensions of Hyundai Elite i20 sees change; length is made shorter but width, wheelbase and ground clearance are increased, making it easier on Indian roads and traffic.
Second generation Hyundai i20 will be available with 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmission options in 1.2 litre petrol engine producing 83 PS, 114 Nm and 1.4 litre diesel unit generating 90 PS, 220 Nm respectively. There will be no Automatic variant in Hyundai Elite i20. Find more details on features, specifications and variants of upcoming Hyundai Elite i20 here. For visual comparison between Elite and older i20 head here.
Tata Zest – Compact sedan segment, one of most preferred in Indian car market will see all new Zest compact sedan from Tata Motors on 12th August 2014. Fresh fascia, projector headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), bold design cues, loud body lines, stylish Day Light Opening (DLO), chic tail lamp and compact boot structure make an inviting product like never before from Tata Motors.
Interiors get dual tone colour theme, matching seat fabric, modern dashboard design, sporty steering wheel, first in segment touch screen infotainment unit and more attractive features will surely pull crowd in Tata showrooms. Speaking of which, most dealerships are renovated, have new and well trained sales representatives, trendy technology to advise buyers and guaranteed improvement in customer experience.
Powering Tata Zest will be all new 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine with City, Sport and ECO driving modes, mated to 5 speed manual transmission only. It produces 90 PS peak power @ 5,000 rpm and 140 Nm peak torque @ 1,750 – 3,000 rpm. Acclaimed 1.3 litre Quadrajet diesel engine will also be seen doing duty in Tata Zest compact sedan, mated to 5 speed manual gearbox or 5 speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). It generates 90 PS peak power @ 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm maximum torque @ 1,750 – 3,000 rpm.
Volkswagen Polo GT – During last week of August 2014, Volkswagen will launch GT variants of newly launched Polo facelift. VW Polo GT TSI will get 1.2 litre TSI (Turbocharged Stratified Injection) petrol engine producing 105 PS max. power @ 5,000 rpm and 175 Nm peak torque @ 1500 – 4100 rpm. VW Polo GT TDI will host new 1.5 litre TDI (Turbo Direct Injection) diesel engine pushing out 105 PS @ 4,400 rpm and 250 Nm @ 1500 – 2500 rpm.
Polo GT TSI will get same 7 speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) seen in earlier model of Volkswagen Polo and GT TDI variant will get same 5 speed manual gearbox seen in regular TDI model that was launched last month.
2014 Polo is treated with subtle styling enhancements that elevated its classy presence on road and Volkswagen managed to do the same with interiors, with new shade of dual colour interiors and new motifs on centre console and steering wheel. Price of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and TDI will be Rs. 7.99 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. Read review of new Volkswagen Polo 1.5 litre TDI. Also read on paper comparison of 2014 Volkswagen Polo with Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20.