Crossovers based on hatchbacks are getting more attention than the normal hatchbacks

The compact hatchbacks are certainly a very popular and widely selling segment in Indian market, which is now seeing a new trend. Several automakers are introducing the crossovers based on popular hatchbacks. At the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year automakers like Chevrolet, Tata Motors and Volkswagen showcased new crossover based on the hatchbacks like Beat, Tiago and the Polo respectively.

All these three hatchback based crossovers are set to launch in the country in a few months. While the Volkswagen Cross Polo has been in the Indian market since quite a few years ago, the Chevrolet Beat Activ and the Tata Tiago Aktiv will be all new fresh models to be introduced in the Indian market.

Let’s take a close look at these three hatchback based crossovers, which marks the segment as soft roaders.

CHEVROLET BEAT ACTIV

2016 Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept Exterior
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Chevrolet Beat Activ was showcased at 2016 Auto Expo as a concept car, and the American automaker is going to launch the model later this year. Based on the new generation Chevy Beat hatchback the Beat Activ looks quite stylish and capable for both the urban roads and a little bit of off roading, which has garnered it the name of a soft roader. The car is powered by a range of engines which comprise both the petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine is a 1.2 litre SMARTECH engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, while the diesel variant is powered by the 1.0 litre SMARTECH engine paired with 5 speed manual gearbox. Both the engines are derived from the next generation Chevrolet Beat, and these engines are pretty fuel efficient and peppy on performance.

Launch date: December, 2016.
Expected price: INR. 3.8 lakh.

TATA TIAGO AKTIV

2016 Tata Tiago Aktiv Exterior
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Tata Tiago Aktiv was shown as an accessorized version of the Tata Tiago regular hatchback at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year in February. The Tiago Aktiv is based on the Tiago, and it gets the same structure of the sporty looking small hatchback. The Tiago Aktiv will be sporting a heavily accessorized appearance, which will incorporate thick black plastic claddings at the front fascia and side profiles, splitters etc. Power source for this car will be the same 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine and a 1.05 litre Revotorq diesel engine, both of which will be mated to 5 speed manual transmissions and both these engines will come as fuel efficient units. Interestingly, the Tata Tiago Aktiv is going to be one of the most affordable crossovers based on a hatchback in Indian market.

Launch date: October, 2016.
Expected price: INR. 3.75 lakh.

VOLKSWAGEN CROSS POLO

2016 Volkswagen Cross Polo Exterior High Quality
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Volkswagen Polo is the most popular upmarket looking hatchback in its segment, and based on the car is the Cross Polo, which has been in Indian market for quite some time. The 2016 edition of the car was showcased at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year. The Cross Polo comes with a muscular appearance incorporating claddings and skid plate. Although cosmetically the car comes souped up, but on the mechanical front the car is unlikely to get any change. The power source for this car is a 1.2 litre MPI petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, while the diesel variant of the model is equipped with a 1.5 litre TDI engine paired with the same 5 speed manual transmission. The Cross Polo is expected to be priced at around INR. 8.8 lakh.

Launch date: 2016.
Expected price: INR. 8.8 lakh.

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