The Indian car market has opened up far more in the past decade than it ever has before. Floodgates have been opened and manufacturers from all over the globe have been bringing in all sorts of cars. The section of cars aimed specifically at keen drivers has seen a particularly noticeable spike in the last few years. In this article, we list out the cars coming to India in 2017 that enthusiast drivers would be angling for.
Skoda Octavia RS
The Skoda Octavia is unquestionably an extremely fun car to drive but, next year, the Czech automobile maker will bring the Octavia vRS to India. The vRS avatar of this car will be put on sale in both petrol and diesel versions. Both engines will be 2.0 litres and turbocharged, with the petrol developing 217 bhp and the diesel producing 184 bhp.
Volkswagen Polo GT
Being a hot hatchback, the Volkswagen Polo GT was one of those cars that brought the realm of performance motoring within closer reach of a much wider section of car buyers. Next year, Volkswagen may bring the new version of the Polo GT in its 3 door guise to the Indian car market. Among its engine options will be the new 1.4 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged TSI petrol motor.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
The Baleno RS will be the very first hatchback from Maruti Suzuki that aims to deliver a hot hatch feel to its buyers. This car will be driven by the 1.0 litre, turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine that produces 110 bhp and a peak torque figure of 170 Nm. Its sporty theme is accentuated by its black alloys and blacked out interiors with brushed aluminium highlights. It will go on sale in its top end trim level only.
Honda Jazz RS
After its return to the Indian market, the Jazz has fared better than when it was originally introduced. Now, Japanese car maker Honda could launch the RS version of the car later in the year. Similar to the Mobilio RS, the Jazz RS could feature only styling upgrades and a few additions to the list of features. The engine powering the Jazz RS will most likely be the same 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel motor that puts out 99 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport
We recently saw the new Maruti Suzuki Swift would look like and, without a doubt, we think it is excellent and will continue being the resounding success that the Swift has always been in India. Additionally, the company might also bring the Sport version of the Swift to the country in 2017. Although unconfirmed, the Swift Sport could be powered by both a 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine and the new 1.0 litre, turbocharged, Boosterjet petrol motor.