Here are 5 Indian cars from almost various segments that you can buy to support PM Modi's Vocal for Local initiative.
In April 2020, the local automotive industry registered ‘Zero’ sales of cars. It was courtesy of the nationwide lockdown that was imposed to curb the spread of the deadly disease that has crippled the entire world. The pathogen outbreak has not just affected India; the entire world is fighting against the odds to stop the menace. Unfortunately, the nationwide lockdown imposed to slow down its spread has harmed the country’s economy.
Thus, PM Modi has asked citizens to stay self-dependent for as long as possible and give a supporting hand to the Indian manufacturers by buying locally-produced commodities. He has named this initiative as “Vocal for local”. Well, the automobile industry is full of foreign manufacturers, but there are a few Indian carmakers that are selling some of the best vehicles in their respective segments. Let’s check them out.
Tata Altroz was launched earlier this year in January at a starting price of Rs. 5.29 lakh. The premium hatchback is offered with 2 engine options – 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel. The Altroz comes packed with features, looks good, has a decent ride and a spacious interior. Also, it is expected to get a powerful turbo-petrol engine by the end of this year. Tata Altroz rivals the likes of Maruti Baleno and is a strong contender in the B2-segment.
With ever-increasing heat in the compact-SUV space, Mahindra launched the XUV300 last year to take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford Ecosport. Prices for XUV300 start at Rs. 8.30 lakh and top out at Rs. 12.69 lakh. It comes with the 2 engine options – 110 PS petrol and a 117 PS diesel. The diesel motor is also the torquiest in its segment with 300 Nm of peak torque. The XUV300 is also the only compact SUV in the country that offers 3 steering modes.
Tata Harrier is one of the best looking SUVs currently on sale in the country. It starts at Rs. 13.69 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 18.95 lakh. It sources power from a 170 PS 2.0L diesel motor, which can be had mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. It comes with a super-long list of features to ensure the comfort, convenience, and safety of its occupant. The Harrier also gets 3 driving modes and 3 terrain response modes. A full-size panoramic sunroof is also offered on the Harrier. It faces competition from MG Hector and can be a decent option over the rather MPV-ish SUV.
Tata Nexon EV
With the world accepting electricity as a replacement for fossil fuel, it would’ve been a bad idea to not include an EV in the list. The Nexon EV is the first high-voltage EV of the country. With a peak power and torque output of 127 BHP and 245 Nm, respectively, it can reach the 100 kmph mark from a standstill in just 9.9 seconds. It also boasts of a practical range of well over 300 kilometres. At a starting price of Rs 13.99 lakh, Nexon EV is a viable option in comparison to the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, both of which start at a shade over Rs. 20.00 lakh mark.
Force Gurkha Extreme
With increasing standards of living, Indians have started indulging in overlanding. The Isuzu V-Cross is often considered as the best overlanding or lifestyle vehicle in the country. The indigenous Gurkha, however, can put the V-Cross to shame if driven by some experienced hands. It comes with a super-reliable 2.2L diesel engine that has 321 Nm of torque at its disposal from as low as 1,600 RPM. The Gurkha comes with Dana-sourced live rigid axles at both the ends with locking differentials. It also gets a special ECU that can automatically control the engine speed by sensing the inclination angle while Gurkha is going uphill or downhill. Force Motors will soon launch the BS6-compliant Gurkha in the market, which will feature updated exterior and interior.