In the Indian car market, the demand for SUVs remains high all the time but hatchback cars also continue to generate significant volumes in the country due to their affordability and convenience. In addition, hatchbacks are ideal for city driving, are easy to park and maintain. With the increased demand for small cars, automakers are gearing up to launch new models in the small car segment with enhanced designs and advanced safety features.
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If you are willing to buy a new hatchback, these are some of the upcoming models that you should wait for.
MG Comet EV
MG Motor India is bringing a new electric car to the Indian market named MG Comet EV which is a renamed version of the Air EV. The Comet EV will be the cheapest and smallest electric vehicle from the brand. MG is likely to launch this compact EV by April 2023 in India.
The electric hatchback is based on the Global Small Electric Vehicle (GSEV) platform developed in a joint venture between SAIC-GM-Wuling. It is also rumoured that the battery of Comet EV will be sourced from Tata Autocomp and will use Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) cells.
Further, the Comet EV is likely to get the same battery options as the MG Air EV. The first will be a smaller battery pack having a capacity of 17.3 kWh while the other will be the larger pack made up of 26.7 kWh. However, there is no official confirmation on which ones will be finally offered in India. The expected price of MG Comet EV is likely to be under Rs 10 lakh and it will compete against Tata Tiago EV.
Tata Altroz CNG
Another much-anticipated hatchback is the Tata Altroz CNG which is scheduled to be launched by June 2023 in the country. The model was also showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2023 alongside the Altroz Racer. The premium hatchback is most likely to get a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine which in its CNG guise is expected to deliver a maximum power output of 73 bhp with 95 Nm of peak torque. Although we cannot expect any new features to be added to the CNG model, it may come equipped with iRA-Connected Car Technology, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, and more features. Current prices for the Tata Altroz range between Rs 6.45 lakh to Rs 10.40 lakh (ex-showroom). Its CNG variant is likely to carry a premium pricing of about Rs 90,000 to Rs 1 lakh over the corresponding petrol trims.
2023 Maruti Suzuki Swift
The next car on the list of upcoming hatchbacks in 2023 is Maruti Suzuki Swift. It could be launched anytime in March with the expected starting price of Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom). As revealed in the spy shots, the New-Gen Swift will be sharper and sleeker than the outgoing model. In addition, the 2023 hatchback will get ESP as a standard feature across all its variants.
Talking about its powertrain, the hatchback will get the same 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine (90 bhp and 113 Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox. It will also include a factory-fitted CNG option. Besides, Maruti will offer its New Maruti Swift with a strong-hybrid engine option. In terms of features, the hatchback is expected to include 6 airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages, and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP).
Next-Gen Tata Tiago
Tata Motors is going to launch its much-anticipated Tiago sometime around 2024 or 2025. The hatchback will be based on the new Alfa (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture. Expect the model to be larger on the inside due to the new architecture. Although there is no official confirmation on the features, the upcoming Tiago might get advanced technology and safety features.
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