2019 is here, and it comes with its own set of interesting car launches for the year. While I took you through the 5 striking car launched in 2018, its time to look forward to this year. As always there’s new tech coming in, the cars are getting safer, faster and smarter.
Right from the January, we have the Tata Harrier coming in. After that Nissan Kicks, new Honda Civic, upcoming Wagon R and lots more. So, let’s go through the list of the important car to be launched in 2019.
Tata Motors most anticipated SUV Harrier is all set to make its official launch on January 23, 2019. We already know everything about the Harrier. The Harrier will be 4,598mm long, 1.894mm wide, 1,714mm tall and carries a wheelbase of 2,741mm. Its the longest and widest in the competition. Harrier carries the same wheelbase as the Land Rover Discovery Sport which is not a coincidence as both the SUV share same platform.
Tata is offering Harrier with the same 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine as the Jeep Compass, which it calls as Kryotec 2.0. The engine produces 140 hp which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It gets 8.8-inch central infotainment system and a 7 inch integrated MID display. It also gets multi-drive modes which consist of Eco, City and Sports. The safety isn’t ignored either and comes with SIX airbags along with ABS, EBD, Isofix, Corner Stability Control, Hill hold and Hill descent control, roll-over mitigation and hydraulic brake assist. The price of the Harrier will be around 16-21 lakhs. Let’s hope Tata Harrier will do its magic and will take on rivals like XUV 500 and Jeep Compass.
2. Nissan Kicks
January has a lot holding for us. Apart from the Tata Harrier, Nissan is also ready with their all-new Kicks SUV. The new Kicks is developed in a B0 platform while the global variant is based on the company’s V platform. It sports many features like a Floating Roof Design, Stylish Roof Rail, Signature LED Daytime Running Lights, Shark Fin Antenna Front Fog Lamps and Door Mounted ORVM with Indicators. Nissan’s signature V-motion grille design adds boldness to the design. The interior also features an 8.0” Floating infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay support. It also has a first-in-class 360 around-view-monitor. The boot is also class leading 400-litres.
The new Nissan Kicks runs on 1.5-litre petrol or diesel engine. The petrol variant produces 105bhp and 142Nm torque. On the other hand, the diesel engine outputs 109bhp and 230Nm torque. The petrol and diesel engines are paired with 5 and 6-speed manual transmissions respectively. It is expected to price between 9-15 lakh (ex-showroom).
3. Mahindra XUV 300
Mahindra’s small XUV 500 is coming to heat up the compact SUV segment. It is based on the successful Ssangyong Tivoli. The car has a class-leading wheelbase. The resemblance to XUV 500 is there with LED with the same pattern as those of the 500. XUV 300 is neither much compact and not a full sized SUV. Mahindra also has confirmed that this car would get 17″ diamond cut alloys.
It offers premium interiors, especially the central console with the 7″ touchscreen. A sunroof and all-wheel disc will also be on offer. XUV 300 will rival the segment leader Maruti Brezza, The flashy Tata Nexon and the edgy Ecosport.
4. Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R
The successful tallboy from Maruti is coming back in a new avatar. This launch is also scheduled in January only. The upcoming Wagon R looks fresh, it gets a rectangular grille with a chrome strip in the centre. The headlamps are large and swept back, tail lamps are vertically stacked.
There will option of 2 engines, the 1 Litre 3 Cylinder K10B engine (67 BHP @ 5,500 rpm and 90 Nm of torque@ 3,500 rpm) and the 1.2 Litre, 4 Cylinder K12M engine (82 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque @ 4,200 rpm). The new platform keeps the weight in check at 845 Kg max for the AGS ZXi variant. The LXi variant sits on 13-inch wheels, whereas the VXi and the ZXi variants sit on 14-inch wheels. The price is gonna be around the same mark as the current version.
5. Ford Figo Facelift
Ford Aspire received a facelift last year. And now its turn for the Ford Figo to get the same facelift. The interior and exterior facelift design will remain same as likes of Ford Aspire. It should get 1.2-litre petrol, with 96bhp on tap and 1.5-litre petrol with 123bhp as the Ecosport and a 100 hp 1.5-litre diesel mill, mated with 5-speed manual 6-speed torque converter automatic. On the interior, it will get the same 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s Sync3.
6. Toyota Camry
The new Camry will be more spacious and comfortable as before. Sharing its platform with the Lexus ES 300h the Camry will get a longer wheelbase by 50mm. The interior of the 2019 Toyota Camry hybrid gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a new 10-inch head up display and a 7.0-inch MID, now that’s a lot of screens.! Besides that the cabin sports a 9 speaker JBL audio system, wireless smartphone charging, dual-zone automatic climate control and cooled and power reclining rear seats.
Powering the Toyota Camry hybrid is a four-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol engine with 176 hp power and 221 Nm torque. This engine works together with a 118 hp electric motor which delivers a total power of 208 hp. A six stem CVT automatic gearbox gets matted to the petrol hybrid system. It gets 10 airbags, a lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and steering assistance as standard.
7. Honda Brio
As with the Amaze, Honda will also give Brio same treatment. It will get the new bold front fascia from the Honda Amaze. After the update of Amaze, the sales of Honda has been increased, so Honda wants to share the same success with the Brio hatchback. The unique rear windscreen is now replaced for the conventional one. Brio is expected to get the same engine as Honda Amaze.
8. Tata Aquila (45X)
Tata Aquila has been caught testing many times. Even the clear pics of the interior has been spied. Based on the past year record Tata is really doing well with its range of products. Tata Aquila will be launched this year to compete with the premium hatchback segment. Like the Harrier, it gets the combo of Analog Speedometer paired with Digital tachometer looks well. A 7-inch screen does the job.
Powering the 45X can be a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol mill from Tata. Diesel version can get the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine from the Nexon.
9. Honda Civic
The wait for the Honda Civic has been much longer than expected. But now finally we will get the Facelift version of the new Honda Civic in 2019. Civic has always come in with a great set of engines this time it will get a 1.8 litre, 140hp petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel mill. It will be offered with 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic.
This will bridge the gap between City and the Accord. Civic will rival Hyundai Elantra & Corolla Altis.
10. Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The trailhawk will be the complete Jeep Compass. As it would come with much awaited Diesel-automatic variant. The offroad capability will also increase with better ground clearance, better approach and departure angles. It will also get an extra ‘Rock’ mode in the 4WD mode selector. The gearbox will be a 9-speed DSG unit.
Powering the Trailhawk is the same 2.0-litre multijet diesel engine, with 170 bhp produces a peak torque of 350 Nm. Trailhawk is likely to sell out at about Rs 2.5 lakh premium over the current top of the line variant.
11. Audi A6 & A8
Audi will come with an update to its lineup this year. Specifically the A6 and A8. The new A6 is gonna be more spacious and feature packed to compete with the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-class. The interior comes with a host of screens inside. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster panel, a 10.1 inch and 8.6 inches on the centre console itself. Powering the A6 will be hybrid petrol and hybrid diesel.
As for the new A8 the top of the line Audi. It will with a whole lot of features. As we mentioned in the upcoming tech of 2019 the car deserves a whole article to list all its tech. In the interior, it will get a similar 10.1-inch touchscreen, an MMI(Multimedia Interface), new steering wheel etc. A8 will be powered by a 3.0 litre V6, 250hp diesel engine.
12. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Expected to come around this Feb the new A-class will get roomier for sure. It gets a dual 10.3-inch digital screen for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. The new multimedia system offers MBUX(Mercedes-Benz User Experience). A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX can be individualised and adapts to suit the user.
It will get new Multibeam Led headlights with 18 individually actuated LEDs in each headlamp. The engine can be the same as the current variant with some slight power and efficiency increase.
13. Hyundai Kona EV
Hyundai step into the electric segment with Kona EV. The car was also seen testing here in India. Two options for the battery pack, A smaller 39 kW battery pack with 312 km range and a bigger 64 kW battery which can go up to 482 km on a single charge. Hyundai is expected to bring the 39 kW version makes 136nhp and 395 Nm of peak torque. It does 0-100 km/hr in 9.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 km/hr. The bigger 64kW unit makes around 201bhp and does a ton in 9.3 seconds.
The Kona Ev will be locally assembled using CKD units in order to keep costs at around the Rs 25 lakh mark (ex-showroom).
14. Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq comes in to fill the void left by the Skoda Yeti. Inspired by the Kodiaq the Karoq looks bold and stunning. In the interior the Skoda Karol gets an ambient LED lighting, it comes equipped with the multifunction leather steering wheel and pedals with stainless steel elements. The virtual cockpit system will be offered on the Karoq Scout which can be customized by the driver according to the needs.
Powering the Skoda Karoq globally are 3 engines. The 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine churns out a maximum power of 150 hp. A seven-speed DSG comes matted to the engine. On the other hand, 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine produces a maximum power of 150 hp or 190 hp. This engine comes paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while an optional offering includes a seven-speed DSG.
15. Hyundai Compact SUV(QXi)
When everyone’s coming in at compact SUV market how could Hyundai wait? They’re coming in with smaller Creta or QXi for the compact SUV segment. It carries certain design elements from the Creta. Expected to arrive in Mid 2019 it will be offered with interesting new engines. A 118hp turbo petrol and 115hp Diesel engine.
When launched it will rival with the likes of Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport and upcoming XUV 300.
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