List of cars that are being released next year. Like fine wine, the Indian car and bike scene has matured over time to provide us elevated options of luxury, style and of course, power. Here are the top 5 cars to look for in India in 2016.
1. Ford Mustang
Over five decades since the original 1964 model pioneered the ‘pony’ car segment in the US of A, the Ford Mustang is, at long last, galloping towards Indian shores. In the simplest of terms, a pony car is defined by its style, performance, and most importantly, affordability. The latest model pays a decorous tribute to the car that became a cult classic back in the swingin’ sixties with its gaping grille, segmented tail-lights and its rearward-cab stance. The new one,loaded with a lot of tech, is offered with three engine options abroad: the 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost, the 3.7-litre V6 and the 5.0-litre V8.
2. Mitsubushi Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi gave us a lot to take in when it took the wraps off the new Pajero Sport – from the radically contoured front end, the robust shoulder line, to the rear, to the runny mascara-inspired tail-lamps. And, the flash doesn’t end here. It’s been carried into the cabin, where the new Pajero Sport’s got features that have now become hygiene for the current crop of luxury cars. Although most potential Pajero Sport buyers, in all probability, won’t do any hardcore off-roading, the new SUV does come with a new 4WD system, and will delight off-road newbies, incorporating electronic safety nets like auto braking, blind spot detection and cameras that give you a bird’s-eye view of the surroundings. Power will come from the new 2.4-litre motor which produces 175bhp, and a 430Nm mountain of torque for you to play with. It will be mated to an eight-speed auto ’box.
3. Jaguar F-Pace
The sleek Jag SUV is based on the C-X17 concept. It draws inspiration from the gorgeous F-Type Coupe and is based on the company’s new all-aluminium platform – which is the same rigid frame that underpins the XE. The F-Pace is slated to be Jaguar’s most practical sportscar, yet. In India, it will possibly be available as a rear-wheel-drive-only, although four-wheel drive, too, could be offered. Expect to see the same 2,179cc four-pot diesel that powers the new Disco Sport with a nine-speed automatic ’box, possibly followed by the same sweet-sounding V8 petrol powerhouse that propels the F-Type R with a hair-raising 542bhp and 680Nm of grunt at the disposal of your right foot. Sweet, eh?
4. Maruti XA Alpha
Maruti’s mini-SUV ’s design seems tasteful, with its Evoqueish hood, the large, chunky grille and the eagle-eye headlamps, while the flared rear wheel arches and the styling out back is anything but bland. The SUV, which will be sold across Maruti dealerships, is based on the current Swift platform, and employs the range of 1.2 K-Series petrol engines and 1.3 and 1.6-litre DDiS diesel engines. So the driving and handling part of it should be just as good as the Swift, if not better. Word is that Maruti is also planning a four-wheel drive version of the XA Alpha, but that could take a while to materialise.
5. TATA Nexon
The Nexon crossover concept featured futuristic design and tech like LED head and tail lamps, cameras for wing mirrors, a floating dash, an electric motor, suicide doors, etc. Heck, even the B-pillar was missing. What remains uncertain is how much of the concept’s styling will carry over to the production-ready car by the beginning of next year. What is certain is the car will be the best-looking Tata of all time, and, being based on the same platform as the Tata Bolt and Zest and being powered by their four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines should raise Tata’s game and image a notch. Pricing will be crucial to its success.