Upcoming Cars of 2013 from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh
Current-gen Honda City*
Face-lifted Honda City
Expected: Late 2013, Price: Rs 7.20 – 10 lakh
Japanese car maker Honda is expected to launch a face-lifted version of the City by late 2013. The Sedan will not feature any design changes, but Honda will bring in the 1.5- litre i-DTEC oil burner to take on the Volkswagen Vento TDi and Skoda Rapid TDi.
The introduction of the diesel engine is part of Honda’s plan to boost annual sales from three million to six million units by 2017. The petrol engine option will sport the acclaimed 1.5-litre i-VTEC tweaked to improve performance and fuel efficiency.
The interiors are expected to remain the same.
Expected: Mid-2013, Price: Rs. 7-10 lakh
Badge re-engineering is the mantra of the day, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance is prime example of it being a win-win situation. With the Micra-Pulse and Sunny-Scala on the streets, it is only a matter of time before Renault brings in their version of the Evalia. Like the PULSE and the Scala which are priced higher than the Micra and Sunny respectively, Renault’s Evalia based MPV too will be priced marginally above the Evalia. Under the hood, this new MPV will have the 1.5-litre dCi mill from the Evalia.
Renault Duster *
Nissan Compact SUV
Expected: August 2013, Price: Rs 7.5 – Rs 11 lakh
As a part of badge re-engineering between Nissan and Renault, the Japanese car maker will launch a compact SUV similar in design and build to the Duster. The SUV is expected to go on sale by August 2013 at a more aggressive price tag.
Overall, the vehicle, code named NH79 is expected to have minor changes to the exterior design while the interior is expected to remain the same similar to what has been seen with the Micra and Sunny being re-badged as Pulse and Scala respectively.
*Image for representational purpose only