Upcoming Affordable Cars in India: Tata HBX to Hyundai AX1 

by Vivaan Khatri | 20/11/2020
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Next year, the hatchback segment will see some new models to enter the market. Check out the details of these upcoming entry-level hatchback in India 2021

The SUV segment has seen a significant rise in popularity in recent years. The share of the SUVs in the total car sales number has increased accordingly. Despite this growing trend, the market still remains dominated by the hatchback segment, which mostly caters to the first-time buyers or customers with smaller budgets. While trying to strengthen its influence in the SUV segment, car manufacturers still keep their eyes on its hatchback line-ups. Even though the hatchback segment is not as active as the SUV space, there are still a couple of new hatchback models waiting to enter the market in the near future. Here's our list of Upcoming affordable cars in India 

Upcoming Affordable Cars in India

Upcoming hatchbacks 

Expected Launch Date

Expected Price

Tata HBX

April-May 2021

Rs 4 lakh – Rs 6 lakh

Maruti Celerio

Late 2021

Rs 4.5 lakh – Rs 6.5 lakh

Hyundai AX Micro SUV

Late 2021 – Early 2022

Rs 4.5 lakh – Rs 6.5 lakh

Tata HBX

It is confirmed that Tata HBX, Tata’s new hatchback, will arrive the market in early 2021. The upcoming hatchback will share the similar ALFA modular platform with the Tata Altroz. This hatchback will get the SUV-ish styling inspiration. At launch, the micro-SUV will rival against the likes of Maruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100 NXT.

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In terms of features, the upcoming hatchback will be packed with a host of functions. It gets automatic AC, rear parking sensor, reverse camera, automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, multi-functional steering wheels and many more. As far as the safety features are concerned, the Tata HBX will be equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensor, speed alert, and seat-belt reminder as standard.

Under the hood, Tata HBX is powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine used on the Tata Tiago and Altroz. This engine is powerful enough for a maximum power of 86 Bhp and a top torque of 113 Nm. Tata HBX will get both manual and AMT version.

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New-gen Maruti Celerio

Maruti has set to launch the new-gen Maruti Celerio during the first haft of 2021. The new hatchback was spotted during testing for a few times. Underpinned by the lightweight HEARTEC platform, the new-gen Celerio will welcome a variety of updates, cosmetically and mechanically.

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Exterior, as per the spied images, the all-new Maruti Celerio will be larger. Some exterior highlights of the new-gen model include new projector headlamps, LED DRLs, refreshed alloy wheels, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, and redesigned front/rear bumper.

As for the features, Maruti Celerio is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, automatic climate control, multiple-functional steering wheel, and 12V power socket. Under the hood, the new Celerio will get two engine options, a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol unit. These engines are powerful enough to churn out 83 Bhp/113 Nm and 63 Bhp/90 Nm. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be available as standard across the range while a 5-speed AMT will be offered as optional.

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Hyundai Micro SUV

Besides Tata and Maruti, Hyundai is working on a brand new micro SUV. Codenamed Hyundai AX1, his new model is currently developed in South Korea. The new micro SUV will rival against the Maruti S-Presso and Tata HBX. As far as the design is concerned, the new micro-SUV will be inspired by the Hyundai Venue with an upright stance and boxy body structure.

hyundai-ax-1-concept

Hyundai AX1 will compete against the Maruti S Presso and Tata HBX

The new micro SUV is likely to be based on the K1 platform which is also underpinned the Hyundai Santro. Under the hood, the upcoming micro SUV will employ a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine that churns out 67 Bhp of top power and 100 Nm of maximum torque. The transmission choices include a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox option. Besides, it is possible that Hyundai will also offer the 1.0-litre gearbox which is currently used on the Santro for the lower variants of this new hatchback.

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