The largest segment in the market will be even more crowned in the upcoming years with various new launches across the industry.
This year and probably the next years will mark a significant transition of the automobile market into a stricter and more sustainably-oriented industry thanks to the arrival of new stringent safety and emission norms. Carmakers are set on to renovate their whole range with facelift and generation updates in response to the upcoming regulations. That’s why 2019 will see a wave of new vehicles to embark on the market. Many among these new vehicles will target at the SUV space, apparently, as the result of the recent surge in demand for SUVs. But the dominant force in the market remains to be the hatchback. That’s also why hatchbacks will still be at the centre of 2019 launches. Here is the list of all models that will soon be introduced in 2019.
Renault Kwid Facelift
Launch date: Late 2019
Renault Kwid is Renault’s best-selling models. With an affordable price tag and decent feature offer, Renault Kwid has been one of the most favoured staples on the table. The company is reported to work on the new Kwid for a year now. The launch is expected to arrive at the end of 2019.
To come to terms with the new safety standard, the Kwid will come with a driver side airbag, ABS and EBD. Moreover, other entertainment aids are also expected to be featured on the new Kwid. That’s said, the underneath powertrain is likely to stay unchanged. It will bring forward the existing engine options including a 0.8-litre (54PS/72Nm) and 1.0-litre petrol engine (68PS/91Nm).
Even with more techs under its belts, Renault Kwid is unlikely to lose its biggest selling point – the aggressive pricing.
In 2019, Maruti Alto will gain a complete cosmetic and mechanic overhaul. As revealed in the recent spy pictures, Maruti Alto will take design clues from the Future S Concept which was previously displayed at the Auto Expo 2018. Now presented in a new tallboy stance, the Alto will feature an SUV-like style which is far different from its recent avatar.
Beyond exterior updates, Maruti Alto will receive a new HEARTECT platform. Moreover, interesting interior updates like a revised instrument cluster and new infotainment system are expected to be starred inside the new Alto.
Under the hood, the old 0.8-litre petrol engine will be replaced by a bigger 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine. The new engine with 68PS and 90Nm on tap will be mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT box. No price hike seems to take place. It will continue to take on other models from entry-level hatchback space like Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-Go.
Hyundai Grand i10
Launch date: Late 2019
Hyundai Grand i10 is making big money for the South Korea manufacturer. In 2019, Hyundai will give this popular hatchback a huge revision. To keep up with its Santro sibling, Hyundai i10 will get upgraded with a new touchscreen infotainment system alongside connectivity supports like Mirror Link, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The details of the Grand i10 are yet revealed, but in all likelihood, it might carry forward the same 1.2-litre petrol engine with minor updates to meet the new emission norms.
It seems that the fourth quarter of 2019 will be a big time for the India automobile market as most of the hatchback on this list are expected to roll off around this same time. Among all the familiar names, we will see a brand new face – Tata Altroz.
The all-new Altroz, previously known as Tata 45X, was displaced at the Geneva show earlier this year. The Altroz is based on the ALFA platform shared among Blackbird and Hornbill. Just like the current new models introduced by Tata, the premium hatchback will feature the IMPACT 2.0 design language which has inspired the Harrier SUV.
There is no doubt that Tata will equip this long-awaited model with various advanced features including a 7-inch floating touchscreen, auto climate control, and a bigger multiple information display.
With regards to the engine setting, Tata Altroz will two petrol and one diesel motor. A 1.2-litre turbocharged and a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated motor will be featured on the petrol trims while the diesel version runs solely on the 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Launch Date: July - September 2019
Toyota Baleno is the long-awaited product developed under the highly-expected partnership between Toyota and Baleno. Maruti Baleno is a successful hatchback and the Toyota-rebadged Baleno is expected to bring out the best of both car manufacturers.
In the first year, Toyota will be provided with 25,000 units. On joining Toyota’s line-up, the Baleno will undergo necessary cosmetic changes and inherit the powertrains and technologies that are currently doing well on the Maruti Baleno.
Toyota Baleno. Source Image: GaadiWaadi
Interestingly, besides the common internal combustion vehicles, there is also a slew of new EVs to spice up the competition. Here are some new EV that will be launched in the upcoming years.
Tata Altroz EV
Launch Date: 2020
Even when the Altroz hasn’t arrived yet, Tata Altroz has planned to put out the EV version of the hatchback. The EV Altroz also appeared at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the regular Altroz. Tata Altroz will be launch possibly in 2020.
The EV Altroz basically shares the platform and design with its internal combustion counterpart. About the powertrain, the Altroz will make use of the Permanent Magnet AC Motor mated with a single speed gearbox. This powertrain is expected to deliver the range of around 250-300km. At this range, it is not a bad option compared with the current offers in the India market.
Tata Altroz EV
Renault Kwid EV
Launch Date: 2021
Here is another EV version of a hatchback to arrive in India. The EV Kwid will Renault’s first EV ever in the India market. Compared with the current Kwid, the EV variant will come with some updates including full-LED headlights along with a refreshed bumper. Apart from these, the Kwid EV will stay mostly the same. The specifications of its powertrain haven’t been revealed, but it is expected to feature the range of around 250km. It will not be soon until the arrival of this EV. This engine might make it to India in two or three years, after debuting in the Chinese market.
Renault Kwid EV
Tata Tiago EV
Launch date: May 2019
Tata Altroz EV is not the only EV that Tata is schemed for launching in India. Well before the launch of the Altroz, Tata will introduce the EV version of the Tiago hatchback. This EV is expected to go on sale in March. Packed an 85kW electric motor under the hood, the Tiago EV has 115PS and 200Nm on tap. The power will be sent to the wheel via a single-speed gearbox. The car range is estimated to reach 140Nm.