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Here’re All The Tasty New Hatchbacks Coming Our Way In 2021


2020 could see Maruti Suzuki dominate proceedings in this segment

 

2020 may have seen SUVs steal the show in the Indian auto industry, but 2021 could have hatchbacks making a strong presence in the market with facelifts and next-gen models. Here’s what to expect:

 

Tata Altroz Turbo

Good news for the enthusiast crowd as Tata is set to plonk in a turbocharged petrol engine in the premium hatchback. The engine in question will be a 110PS/140Nm 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. What’s more, is that it could be the first Tata paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission option alongside the 5-speed manual gearbox. The turbocharged hatch will launch in India on January 13 with prices likely to start from Rs 8 lakh onwards (ex-showroom). It could prove to be a worthy rival to the Hyundai i20 Turbo and Volkswagen Polo TSI.

 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift 

One of Maruti’s most popular hatchbacks looks set to get a mid-life facelift in the country. Already on sale in Japan since May 2020, the changes include subtle exterior tweaks, new seat fabrics and additional kit. The India-spec model could be powered by the Dzire’s 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine that makes 7PS more than the current K12B petrol engine.  Expect a launch around February 2021 with prices likely to be a minor premium over the current range of Rs 5.19 lakh to Rs 8.02 lakh (ex-showroom). Rivals will include the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo.

 

Tata Altroz EV

Making its debut at Auto Expo 2020 in near-production form, the all-electric iteration of the Altroz is similar to its internal combustion engined counterpart aside from a tweaked front end and a different set of alloy wheels. The main difference of course is that it’ll be powered by Tata’s Ziptron powertrain that delivers a driving range of around 300km on a single charge. Expect it to go on sale around Diwali 2021 with prices likely to start from Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).

 

Second-gen Maruti Suzuki  Celerio

The Celerio is finally set to get its next iteration after six years. Spy shots reveal a boxier and longer exterior, and an all-black dashboard layout. Also expect a variety of feature additions. An 83PS 1.2-litre petrol engine could join the current 67PS 1.0-litre petrol engine in the Celerio’s engine lineup. It is likely to go on sale around April 2021 with prices expected to be a premium over the predecessor that retails from Rs 4.41 lakh to Rs 5.68 lakh (ex-showroom). Also expect a Celerio X iteration in the future. Rivals will include the Tata Tiago, Hyundai Santro and Datsun Go.

 

New-gen Maruti Suzuki Alto

Another popular Maruti Suzuki model, the Alto will get a long overdue generational update. While details are scarce, spy shots reveal it’ll get a growth spurt and may be built on Maruti Suzuki’s latest Heartect platform. Expect some new equipment on top of what it already gets. It’ll most likely retain its predecessor’s 48PS/69Nm 0.8-litre petrol engine. There’s also the likelihood of an AMT gearbox option alongside the 5-speed manual transmission option. The new Alto is likely to go on sale around Diwali 2021 with a slight price hike over the current model that starts from Rs 2.94 lakh (ex-showroom).

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