Top Hatchbacks to Launch in India; Citroen eC3, MG Air EV and More


This year will probably see the launch of quite a few hatchbacks by the Indian luxury car maker. Some models, such as the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Facelift and the Citroen eC3, are all but confirmed to be very close to entering India, but some cars are still in doubt about their debut. In December 2022, several hatchbacks took the top spot in sales for the month. Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Hyundai i20 are his among the best-selling cars in India in the last month. We expect the new year to be promising for the hatchback segment as many new and updated models are likely to have a nationwide presence soon. Here’s a list of reportedly India’s most anticipated hatchbacks.If you’re planning to invest in a small car in 2023, take a closer look at the following models.

Also read: Citroen eC3 EV Official Video Released Ahead of India Launch

Citroen eC3

If going green is your motivation this year, here’s a closer look at the upcoming Citroen eC3 EV. Pricing for the model has yet to be revealed, but the manufacturer has finally revealed the model in India ahead of its official launch. I have already told you that you will. Its motor sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 6.8 seconds, fulfilling his ARAI certified range of up to 320 km. The battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in 57 minutes with a DC fast charger compared to 10.5 hours with a traditional home charger. This model offers standard and eco driving modes.

Citroen’s next EV model will feature similar features to its petrol model, including a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-speaker audio system, dual airbags and an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic braking force distribution. increase. Also on board will be his 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Tata Punch CNG

This year, Tata Motors is highly expected to launch CNG versions of the Tata Punch and Altroz ​​in India. This car was on display at Auto Expo 2023. The same He powers the vehicle with a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder Revotron engine. However, power and torque will drop slightly. From around 70bhp he produces power in the range of 75bhp and torque close to 100Nm. Like the Tata Altroz ​​CNG, it will only be offered with a manual transmission. Lower and mid-level models may offer factory-installed CNG kits. Standard features on the compact four-wheeler include front power windows, brake sway control, ABS with EBD, central locking, tilt-adjustable steering and 15-inch steel wheels. When the CNG-powered Punch goes on sale, it will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Swift CNG and the Maruti Suzuki WagonR.

hyundai grand i10 nios facelift

Updated Grand i10 Nios and Aura pricing will be announced on January 20, 2023. Hyundai Motor India has opened pre-orders for the facelifted version of the Grand i10 Nios at Rs 11,000. The new Grand i10 Nios has been updated in style with a black radiator grille, body-coloured front bumper and sweep-back projector headlights with LED DRL. The hatchback has new LED taillights, new 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a shark fin antenna.

As for the powertrain, the model will be fitted with a 1.2-liter petrol engine capable of producing 82bhp and 113Nm. The engine is combined with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic. The updated model also includes a 1.2-liter CNG bi-fuel petrol engine with 68bhp and 95Nm of peak torque. This engine will be fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission. In India, the Grand i10 Nios facelift will compete with the Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki Swift and many other models.

Also read: Auto Expo 2023: Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV launched in India at Rs 44.95 crore

MG Air EV

For the Indian market, MG Motor India is set to launch the highly anticipated Air EV. The design of the electric model is based on Wuling’s Air EV announced in Indonesia. The new entry-level MG Air EV will be built on the company’s Global Small Electric Vehicles platform, which has already served as the foundation for many vehicles. Two-door hatchbacks are said to be very popular in the Chinese market. In terms of features, it could feature large touchscreens, digital instrument panels, connected car technology, wireless networking capabilities and many other high-end amenities for India. The EV will be equipped with a battery pack with a capacity of 20 kWh to 25 kWh, which could give a range of 150 km on a single charge. The engine is expected to produce 40bhp. The Indian-spec model he could arrive at a price tag of Rs 100,000, making it more expensive than the ICE variant.


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