10 Affordable Cars Which Features An Automatic Transmission
In recent years, we have seen a lot of new changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of human lifestyle. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new techniques and features which have resulted in a surge in car sales, thus increasing the number of cars on the roads day by day, resulting in a kind of chaos and traffic problems, especially in metropolitan cities.
Due to rising inconvenience caused by poor traffic management, many prospective buyers are shifting towards cars which are offering the convenience of automatic transmissions. As a result, many budget cars are now being offered with an automatic transmission. In the recent years, we have seen a lot of new technologies implemented on automatic cars compared to old days; the entry-level mass market cars were available with the option of only conventional torque converters. In the recent times, we have all seen many manufacturers switching out to new and more contemporary options of automatic transmissions like CVT and AMT, which do offer the convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox, but not at the expense of lower fuel economy and higher maintenance.
In this feature, we are going to throw some light on the ten most affordable automatic cars available in the Indian car market right now, which are aimed at those potential car buyers who wants to enjoy the convenience of an automatic car but without shelling too much from their bank balance.
Tata’s Upcoming Compact Sedan Tigor Spotted Without Camouflage Wearing The Badge
Tata Motors Tigor sedan has surely become on of the most anticipated car of the Indian market now. It was showcased for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo and we loved every bit of it. Now recently we also came to know that the upcoming compact sedan will be called Tigor.
Recently the sedan was caught without a camouflage wearing the Tigor nameplate which actually builds up our anticipation even more. According to some reports Tata Motors will most probably launch the new compact sedan during the month of April 2017 in India.
Expect the Tigor’s front profile to be identical to what you have seen on the Tiago hatchback however expect the rear profile to be completely different. The sloping roofline perfectly meets the boot lid and also gets a rear roof spoiler as well while the tail section gets a wraparound taillamps and LED mount stop lamps. The top end petrol and diesel trims is also expected to feature a diamond cut alloy wheels available on the top end Tiago hatchback.
Under the hood expect the Tata Tigor hatchback to get the same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder diesel and the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit taken from its hatchback sibling. Both the engines are paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox while Tata will also introduced an AMT transmission as well.
If we talk about pricing then expect the Tigor compact sedan to be priced quite competitively, some reports suggests that the starting price of the Tigor sedan could be as low as 4 Lakh rupees ex, showroom.
The Tata [Tigor->article156403> will lock horns with some other subcompact sedan like the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent.
2017 Audi A3
One of the main reasons for the popularity of the A3 is because this is still one of the most affordable sedans that you can buy in India from Audi’s stable. The car launched back in 2014 became an instant hit because of its premium build quality, compact size which proved beneficial in City traffic and also its zippy drivetrains.
Now after almost three years since its launch Audi decided to update the popular sedan to keep it fresh until and unless they introduce the new generation model. The A3 takes on the Mercedes-Benz CLA both in the National as well as the International model.
The updated Audi A3 sedan has received subtle cosmetic updates as well mechanical changes under the hood.
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Tata Motors Tigor To Launch In March 2017
Tata Motors have recently revealed the name of their upcoming compact sedan which is based on their Tiago hatchback. The Tigor will be based on the same XO platform which also underpins the Tiago hatchback. The recent reports suggests that the Tata Motors will be launching the all new Tigor compact sedan towards the month of March here in the Indian market.
The Tigor like we said will be based on the Tiago hatchback and will look identical to the hatchback; however the compact sedan will definitely get some changes of its own from the C pillar onward. Tata Motors have worked extensive in making this compact sedan look aggressive and there is no doubt that the compact sedan definitely looks modern. The sedan gets a coupe- like roofline while the rear profile also features completely different and sharp-looking taillights. Tata Motors already showcased the compact sedan at the 2016 Auto expo where we already got a hint about its looks.
Just like the exterior the interior too will get all the components from the Tiago hatchback. The top end sedan will get some important features like climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system as well. Expect the Tigor sedan to get an impressive boot space as well which will be class leading.
Under the hood the Tigor will carry forward the same powertrains from the Tiago hatchback. It will get the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol unit which is capable of producing about 85 PS of peak power and 114Nm of torque. The diesel engine is equipped with the 1.04-litre, 3 cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 70 PS of peak power and 140Nm of torque. Both the engines will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
2017 Tata Tigor
Tata Motors has already created a lot of hype in the Indian automobile market with their latest hatchback offering Tata Tiago, which was earlier codenamed as the Tata Kite. Alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata Motors had also showcased a Tiago based compact sedan at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. The compact sedan was yet to be officially named when it was displayed at the Auto expo.
Both the Tiago hatchback and the compact sedan based on the hatchback grabbed people’s attention at the Auto Expo 2016. This compact sedan will get the same powertrain options like its sibling Tiago, while the front fascia, interior of the compact sedan will also boast similarities with the Tiago hatchback.
But does the mew compact sedan can turn the fortunes for Tata motors in India?
Update 09/02/2017:- Tata Motors has officially named their soon to be launched sedan Tigor. We have updated this review with all the latest information about this soon to be launched compact sedan
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Hyundai Xcent Facelift Sedan Spotted Testing Just Few Days Before Its Launch
Only recently we have reported that Hyundai is all set to introduce the Grand i10 hatchback facelift in India. It was already spotted at a local dealer and we have provided you all the details of this upcoming hatchback. Now Hyundai will also be launching the facelift Xcent sedan as well which is actually based on the Grand i10 hatchback.
What is interesting is the fact that the facelift Xcent sedan was spotted testing on the Indian road recently which actually gives us an idea that Hyundai won’t be waiting much longer to launch the facelift sedan in India. It looks like after Hyundai introduces the facelift Grand i10 hatchback they will be launching the sedan as well.
As far as the changes are concerned expect the sedan to receive the same cosmetic updates which will be seen on the Grand i10 hatchback.
For all your information expect the Xcent sedan to get an updated front grille while the front bumpers too houses new fog lamps. The side profile however will remain identical to the pre-facelift variant though what it might get are perhaps new set of wheels. Just like the front profile, expect the rear profile too to also get an updated rear bumper and perhaps slightly tweaked rear taillamps.
List of compact SUVs and crossovers available in India
We Indians buy cars for majorly enhancing or depicting our social status and growth among others, which is a hard fact but truth. No matter whatever our need is, we want the best possible package in the minimum possible price range, which has made almost all the automobile manufacturers scratch their brains and come out with unique and different products from the models available globally. Thus, there is no surprise to the admission of almost all the automakers that India is a tough market to understand.
Take for instance, the segment of compact SUVs. Now, previously, the SUVs were perceived to be an epitome of perennial success achieved by the elite class, as a result of which SUVs were totally out of reach for all the common man and middle class of the country. However, times have changed, and today, we have a huge range of compact SUVs and crossovers to choose from, which offer the versatility and road presence of large SUVs, but at a price of a premium hatchback or a C-segment sedan, making them good options for upgrading from an entry level hatchback or a sedan. Lately, we have also seen a handful of sub four meter SUVs from notable manufacturers, which was almost an unthinkable concept few years ago.
In this feature story, we have noted down all the compact SUVs and crossovers, both sub four meter and above four meter of length, which have dramatically changed the scenario of automobile manufacturers in the country. Such is the popularity of this segment in India, that all the models mentioned here are among the bread earners of their respective makers. Here’s a list of all the compact SUVs and crossovers available in the Indian market today:-
Maruti Launches Swift Dzire Allure Limited Edition In India (Brochures, images and details inside)
Maruti Suzuki compact sedan model which is already on sale in the Indian market.
The cosmetic updates that the Dzire Allure edition compact sedan receives are a special Allure badging towards the side profile to make things appear slightly more elegant. It also receives a chrome corner bumper protector towards the front as well as the rear. To make things slightly sportier, the side profile gets additional side skirts. Last but not least the rear profile of the sedan features a lower lid garnish as well. The sedan also gets an additional window frame kit as well.
What is worth praising is the fact that that the Allure Edition features inside the cabin. The already feature rich cabin further gets a luxurious boost with the newly added premium duel tone seat cover and pillows and door sill garnish. For the comfort of the driver this limited edition model also gets a front seat centre arm rest, white ambient lighting and Beige carpet mats. For the music fanatics there is a separate music kit available as well as an option which includes woofers, amplifiers and speakers.
2017 Mahindra KUV100 Anniversary Edition
Mahindra & Mahindra showcased the KUV100 Anniversary edition in India and this special edition compact Crossover will also be launching soon in the Indian market along with the updated variant. Just like we recently reported in our recent preview article of the updated 2017 KUV100 that Mahindra launched the KUV100 exactly a year ago in India and initially the vehicle was in high demand but gradually the demand for the SUV has declined and was at its lowest in the month of December 2016.
What is even more interesting is also the fact while the KUV100 was the only Crossover which dominated its segment because it had no other potential threats from any rivals and definitely offered more than any other hatchbacks at this price point. But now after the launch of the Maruti Ignis which actually is more features rich and definitely more fuel efficient. Mahindra definitely needed something fancy in their plate to drive the attention from the recently launched rival on to their own product.
Now in order to increase its sales figures Mahindra surely needed something which could bring back the customers interest back to their entry level offering and hence the anniversary edition. Now unfortunately this special edition KUV100 does not get any major updates under the hood but it surely gets few cosmetic updates which has made the car more attractive.
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2017 Mahindra KUV100
Mahindra launched the KUV100 exactly a year ago in India; the auto manufacturer pitched it as a small SUV and their entry level offering for the Indian market. Basically this is actually a beefed up hatchback and gets both petrol and diesel engine under the hood. Although the KUV100 made a fiery start in terms of sales when it was launched initially but slowly the sales number declined and in the month of December 2016 only 1953 units of the vehicle was sold which is actually its lowest numbers since its launch.
Like you all know that the Mahindra KUV100 is definitely not a compact SUV and is also priced lower than most of the other compact SUV offerings. This car now competes directly in the B+ segment hatchbacks and locks horns directly with the recently introduced Maruti Suzuki Ignis which too is actually a beefed up Cross hatchback.
Now that its rival has been launched here how can Mahindra possible stay behind? Thus they have decided to introduce the updated variant of the hatchback. According to the reports of Autocar India not only the KUV100 will get some cosmetic updates but some mechanical updates as well which will make the crossover even more fuel efficient and refined.
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2017 Ford Ecosport Platinum Edition
Ford India today introduced the Ecosport Platinum Edition in India today. This new compact SUV not only getssome technology ugrades but few cosmetic updates as well. The Ecosport compact SUV has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and while its other rivals has received quite a few updates recently Ford has decided not to make any major changes to their popular compact SUV. Now when we all thought that Ford will introduce the new facelift variant of the Ecosport which was showcased at the New York Auto show last year Ford has instead decided to update the current variant and sell it as the 2017 model until and unless the new Coimpact SUV is launched in India.
The Ecosport Platinum Edition as already mentioned above gets few cosmetic as well some technological updates as well.
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2017 (Maruti) Suzuki Ignis Motocross Style Edition
Only yesterday we have reported that Suzuki has showcased the new Swift Racer RS concept which was based on the new generation Swift although no details of the production variant is out yet but there is a fair chance that Suzuki might introduce it first in the markets of Japan and then perhaps it might also land on the Indian shores sometimes in the near future. Now at the same show Suzuki showcased another sportier variant of the Ignis Crossover which was launched here in India last week only.
Just like what we have seen on the Swift Racer RS Concept exhibition cars, the Ignis Crossover too has been given a unique cosmetic upgrade too. Called the Ignis Motocross Style Edition, this is the same Ignis Crossover with all the added colours.
The Ignis Crossover was launched recently and is positioned below the Vitara Brezza SUV. The car is being sold in the Indian market via Maruti’s Nexa dealership and is offered with both diesel and petrol powertrain options. Transmission on offer is a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT offered as optional with both petrol and diesel variants.
That said, we have tried to provide you all the information about this funky looking avatar of the new Suzuki Ignis Motocrosser style exhibition car which was showcased at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
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2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki unveiled the Ignis Crossover at the Tokyo Motor show and since then we knew that Maruti definitely will bring it to the Indian market. And after almost a year we were assured by the Maruti officials that they certainly will be introducing the new Ignis in India.
Now coming to the iconic Japanese auto maker Suzuki, they have been known for their small cars across the globe while their recent plans also are to launch almost 20 global car models. Maruti have already launched the Baleno hatchback which is the production variant of the IK-2 Concept and this is actually a global product which mens better build quality, improved interiors and impressive safety features feature for the passengers inside. Let’s not get into all those details and focus completely on the car which was launched today on 13th January 2017 at a gala event where Swedish DJ, Axwell performed live. To all our surprise Maruti has priced the Ignis compact Crossover quite aggressively which is actually a good thing.
The Ignis Crossover has derived from the IM-4 concept; the car was already previewed at the 2016 Auto expo and was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The Ignis Crossover is positioned below the Vitara Brezza hatchback and will compete with some other B-Segment hatchback & Crossovers like the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.
Update05.01.2017:- Maruti has launched the all new Ignis in India today and we have updated the review with all the information, prices and specs available at this moment about the new Ignis
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