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New cars that will sizzle this summer

Last updated on: March 4, 2013 09:06 IST

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The year has barely begun and so has the launch spree that is going to continue throughout 2013.

While some pretty exciting cars like Mercedes Benz G63 AMG, BMW X1, Renault Scala AT and Honda CR-V have already made it to the launch stage, a whole lot of enticing models still await their turn.

Over the coming months, a number of enthralling rides are going to be rolled out by manufacturers from across the globe. Here are few that have been slated for release over the next two months.

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Volkswagen Polo automatic

Eluding the launch stage since December last year, the automatic version of the now discontinued top of the line Volkswagen Polo 1.6-litre petrol variant is now being speculated to hit the roads by the month of March.

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Likely to house the same 1.6-litre engine that powered its petrol predecessor, the soon-to-arrive Volkswagen Polo AT is expected to borrow its automatic transmission system from its sedan sibling, Vento.

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Besides a new gearbox, this new model will also be receiving some interesting cosmetic updates like sporty alloy wheels and revised headlamps along with modifications in the cabin as well.

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Mahindra Reva E2O

Successor to the pioneering Reva i and the first four-seater electricity-driven offering of the Mahindra Reva camp, Mahindra Reva E2O is expected to be rolled out some time next month after the Union Budget 2013-14 is presented.

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Nearly four months behind its original launch schedule of November 2012, this electric car has been waiting for the announcement of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) by the Indian Government.

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Employing an array of lithium-ion batteries to work as the power source, this EV can travel over a distance of 100km on a single charge.

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Maruti Suzuki SX4 Facelift

Maruti Suzuki SX4, a well-known but not-very-successful member of the extensive fleet of Maruti Suzuki India, is soon going to be out in a refreshing avatar, sporting much more alluring features and aiming to recapture its lost ground in the Indian sedan market.

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Likely to be launched in March or April, this new version will basically receive a cosmetic make-over with hardly any changes to boast of in the mechanical department.

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Keeping the price nearly the same as the existing models, the sedan is expected to pack some exciting interior changes besides several exterior updates involving a newly-restyled front grille, tweaked headlamps, new bumpers embellished with new fog lamps and redesigned tail lamps.

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Nissan Sunny Automatic

Nissan India, the Indian arm of the famous automaker from Japan, will soon be rolling out an automatic version in the petrol range of its flagship sedan, Nissan Sunny.

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Expected to hit country-wide dealerships of the company some time in March or April, this automatic car is speculated to be placed in the price bracket of Rs 8 - 8.5 lakh, bringing it in direct competition with the likes of Ford Fiesta, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

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Presently available with a hi-tech CVT gearbox in its international version, Sunny is surely going to attract a much larger crowd of buyers in India once it drives forward with an autobox residing under its hood.

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Tata Nano CNG

The smallest car from one of the largest sellers of passenger cars in India, Tata Nano, will soon be seen in a new CNG version.

Expected to cost around Rs 20,000 - 30,000 more than the existing range, this upcoming model will most probably be walking out of its stables in March or April.

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The car, in its new environment-friendly avatar, made its debut appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo last year, where a 35kg CNG tank was featured under its front row seats.

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The production model, however, is expected to receive a smaller tank, besides featuring a slight dip in power and performance figures.

On the bright side, though, the running cost of the car is also going to witness a major dip - a welcome prospect for Indian buyers.

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Mahindra Verito Compact Sedan

To compete with segment leaders like Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire and Tata Indigo eCS, Mahindra & Mahindra are going to introduce their personal version of a compact sedan some time over the next two months.

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Built off the same platform as the dashing Verito, this new car has been named as Mahindra Verito CS, and will be borrowing most of its design cues from its elder sibling.

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Falling in the category of sub-four-metres, the car qualifies for the 12 per cent tax sop offered by the Government of India, which translates into very affordable pricing.

As for the fuel option; for now, the car will be made available only in a diesel version that will be powered by the same 1.5-litre K9K mill that powers the Verito.

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Honda Amaze

Based on the peppy and perky Brio hatchback, the eagerly-awaited entry level sedan from the celebrated Japanese automaker, Honda Amaze, is finally going to be launched in the month of April.

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Likely to be driven by a newly-developed 1.5-litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams diesel engine, this new car is going to be the first oil-burner model ever to be launched by the Honda camp, which makes it all the more significant for the millions of admirers that the company has earned itself over the years.

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Besides this efficient diesel engine that is speculated to return an impressive mileage of 24 - 25kmpl, Amaze will also offer a 1.2-litre petrol mill, which it borrows from the Brio.

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Ford EcoSport

Another big launch of the year that has kept the Indians waiting with bated breath for months now, the sensational Ford EcoSport, will finally be hitting the road in April.

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To be made available initially with three engine options - a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre turbo diesel and the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol mill, the EcoSport is also expected to be rolled out in an automatic version soon, which will be equipped with the ultra-efficient Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission system.

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