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First unveiled to Indian audiences at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi, the EcoSport is all set to become the American company's first compact SUV offering in the country. The bold design that breaks away from convention certainly makes the EcoSport one of the most unique looking cars we've seen in a long time, and is the first from Ford to boast
AUDI A3 SEDAN
First shown off in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the production version of the A3 sedan has been spotted undergoing final testing across Europe recently and it looks like it will break cover next year. Keeping in line with Audi's (relatively) aggressive plans on expanding in the Indian market, there's more than a chance that this car will hit land on our shores very soon after its international debut. Slotted a segment under the Ingolstadt based company's entry level sedan in India, the A4, expect the A3 sedan to be priced similar to the Q3 baby-SUV
MARUTI SUZUKI XA ALPHA
With the success of the Mahindra XUV 5OO and Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki unveiled its own all-new mini-SUV concept, the XA Alpha at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. Based on the Swift platform and sticking to the SUV DNA, this new mini-SUV has extremely short front-and-rear overhangs, a stylish front-end design and a chunky C-pillar. The interiors are likely to be similar to the Swift and Swift Dzire. It will sport the K-series petrol engine and 1. 3-litre diesel powerplant. It will be interesting to see how this one is priced
TATA NANO DIESEL
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. The diesel variant will be powered by a 700cc 2-cylinder engine. The diesel will sport the world's smallest Common-Rail Diesel Engine (CRDI) developed by Bosch and will return 30-35 kmpl
Japanese auto major, Honda, will debut the Amaze sedan mid-2013 in India. Debuted in Thailand on November 23, the Honda maiden diesel offering is one of the most eagerly awaited of the company's products. The 1. 5-litre i-DTEC oil-burner has been developed by the former Honda F1 team. In Thailand, the Amaze was launched in four variants including two manuals, S MT and V MT and two automatics, S AT and V AT. India is likely to get the same. The Honda Amaze will be positioned against the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Toyota Etios and Tata Indigo CS
The new A-Class which debuted earlier this year has already created waves all over the world. It will soon be doing the same on Indian shores. What the stunning A-Class is also sure to do, is welcome buyers to the three-pointed star club at a very attractive price since it will be the most affordable Mercedes-Benz car in India. With large hatchback dimensions, loaded with features and a three-pointed star upfront, and a projected price point of well under Rs 20 lakh, Mercedes-Benz is definitely on a roll
There has been constant debate on whether BMW India would ever introduce the 1-Series in India. Now, however, it's time to lay all rumours and stories to rest. BMW India has confirmed that the 1-Series hatch will be making its Indian debut in 2013. The car itself is a premium hatchback and boasts of the best of BMW's DNA. For enthusiasts who are looking for a pure driver's machine, the 1-Series fits the bill perfectly. It's small, powerful, well-kitted, agile and said to handle like it's on rails
Bajaj Auto created quite a stir when it showed off the RE60 at the Auto Expo at the beginning of 2012 and this is one of the more anticipated launches of 2013. It may not be big in size or loaded with luxury, but it's got the perfect formula for success when it comes to putting a nation on wheels. The four-wheeler will have a 200 cc, water-cooled, fuelinjected DTSi engine that will put out roughly 20 PS of power, but the light kerb weight of just 400 kgs gives the vehicle a power-to-weight ratio similar to A-segment cars in India. The engine is mounted at the rear of the four-wheeler and as a result boot space is limited to 44 litres. Expect it to hit showrooms around mid-2013
The Octavia was a raging success when launched in India. And now, Skoda is all set to relive the success with the all-new Octavia. It looks more premium than the outgoing model, but, on the other hand, it does borrow a lot of its styling cues from several cars in the VW Group. The Skoda Octavia will ride on the MQB platform that underpins the new VW Golf. It will be lighter than the secondgen model and will be offered with more premium features for the highend versions, without compromising the affordable variants that made the car a success in Europe and India
Brainchild of Indian auto designer, Dilip Chhabria, the Avanti is set to be the country's first indigenous sports car. Radical design, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, a spaceframe chassis, sportily tuned suspension and fat sticky tyres, the Avanti has all the right ingredients for a perfect sport-car cocktail. Powering this beast is a 2. 0-litre version of Ford's EcoBoost motor which will deliver about 240-horsepower to the rear wheels. Seen in concept form at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the working prototype of this car is currently undergoing testing and will head to the ARAI for homologation early next year
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