Upcoming Cars of 2013 under Rs 5 lakh
New Variants of Tata Nano
Expected: First half of 2013, Price: Rs 2-2.4 lakh
The much hyped Tata Nano hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations since its launch in 2009. To give it a new lease of life, Tata Motors is planning to upgrade the Nano range. The primary upgrade for the 2013 model will be the inclusion of a power steering. Other changes include alloy wheels, glove compartment and a hinged tailgate. However, these upgrades will raise the car’s price by around Rs 30,000. Apart from the upgrades, CNG and diesel variants may be launched before the end of 2013. The diesel variant will be powered by 700cc, 2-cylinder engine. The diesel will sport the world’s smallest Common-Rail Diesel Engine (CRDI) developed by Bosch and will return 30-35kmpl.
Ford's Compact Hatchback
Expected launch: End 2013, Price: Rs 2.8 - 4 lakh
Despite a slowdown, the new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 racked up over 10,000 bookings before going on sale. Hyundai too has found success with its Eon, that has gone on to rewrite the rules for the entry level car in India. Ford India is focusing on the segment and intends to launch an entry level small car priced between Rs 2.80 lakh and Rs 4 lakh to take on the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon. Ford’s entry level hatchback will be a stripped out model with no power steering, stereo, air-conditioning and manual windows while the top-of-the-line model will pack all that plus power windows up front and an airbag. In all likelihood, Ford may knock off a cylinder from the Figo’s 1.2-litre petrol engine, turn it into an 800cc, three-cylinder mill for its entry level compact hatchback. The small car battle is going to give people greater choice and improved products
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