Premium hatchbacks is currently one of the most popular segments of cars in India which also features the segment establisher, Maruti Swift. Many established car makers are ready with their updated premium hatches which will try to attract as many hatch lovers as possible. Here are the top 5 upcoming premium hatches which you must consider before buying.
New Honda Jazz
Later this year India will once again witness the entry of Honda's much applauded and only premium hatch, Jazz. The car will now be locally produced and is likely to get a much lower price tag than before. The car will share its platform and 1.5L 98bhp diesel engine with the new City which will help Honda to keep prices in check. Apart from this, new Jazz will retain its powerful 1,2L 88bhp petrol engine. The new styling of Jazz has given it a much dynamic and aggressive face than before and the strong body lines, bigger alloy wheels and air-inlets in its bumpers further enhance its aerodynamics.
This will be Mautis take on the Hyundai Elite i20. Codenamed YRA, this hatch will be under 4-meter in length but will be significantly larger and wider than Swift and most of the competitors. It is likely to measure over 1900mm in width with a wheelbase of more than 2500mm. It will have the front styling similar to Swift but rest of the body styling is quite different and stylish particularly from the back thanks to its sloping roofline and more pronounced hatch. Now revealed in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept called as iK-2 shows what to expect from the production version.
The list of features in India may include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control and audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls. Other features will include push button tart, electrically foldable side mirrors, rear parking sensors and ABS with EBD and dual front airbags. Technically, the international version of the car will be powered by a new 1.0L BOOSTERJET petrol engine. The technical specifications are not out yet but we can expect this engine to be more powerful than the 1.2L K-series engine of Swift and Ritz.
The power output could be more than 90bhp. The engine is likely to be served with a five-speed manual gearbox and with an optional automatic transmission. In India, the second engine will surely be the 1.3L Multijet diesel engine of Fiat but it is yet to be seen that what will be the power output of the engine. However, looking at the rivals, we can expect the engine to be in the 89bhp state equipped with a five speed manual gearbox only. Maruti can also equip the YRA with its upcoming new range of diesels.
New Ford Figo
The new Figo will replace the current ageing model and would try to regain the strong foothold in our market. This car has already been launched in international markets like Brazil where its known as Ka. Unlike the current Figo, the new model shares its styling cues with the new gen Fiesta and looks much more aerodynamic and aggressive than before.
There will be big improvements in the interiors as well and Ford is expected to add many new comfort and premium features in the new car such as auto folding mirrors, push button start, 15-inch alloy wheels and auto climate control. Ford will launch the new Figo only after the arrival of its sub four meter sedan based sibling in our market and after that we are likely to get better picture about its technical aspect.
For now, it is speculated that the new Figo will ditch its old 1.2L petrol engine for a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine which is likely to produce a power and torque output of 85bhp and 107Nm respectively. This petrol engine will be the same engine which is currently powering Ecosport but here it will be available without Turbocharger resulting in less power output but higher fuel efficiency which is the biggest concern for the buyers of this segment. This engine will be served with a five speed manual gearbox similar to its diesel version. The diesel engine is expected to be carried forward from the current car which is a 1.4L 68bhp SOHC engine.
New Skoda Fabia
We can also expect the return of Skodas only hatch in India, Fabia. The new gen Fabia is based on the MQB platform of VW which is also used in Polo. The new gen Fabia looks much sharper and stylish than before thanks to the new designing. The Indian version of Fabia can be expected with the new 1.5L diesel engine which is also doing duty in the Polo and looking at the rising demand of the powerful hatchbacks in India, we can also expect Fabia to get the 1.2L TSI petrol unit of Polo with a 7-speed gearbox.
Words- Nitesh Sharma