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7 cars that will soon blaze Indian roads

Last updated on: October 7, 2011 10:02 IST

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Indian car market is in a perfect festive mood and bustling with brand new wagons. While many models have already hit the rodas, many more are waiting in the wings to be launched.

Diwali, considered as one of the the most auspicious times for new launches, will witness cars of all contours -- right from hatchbacks and sedans to tight-built SUVs.

The new configuration of cars are the ones that are developed from scratch and unlike every year are not just upgrades, and facelifts.

While wagons like Renault Koleos, Nissan Sunny, Honda Brio and Mahindra XUV500 have already hit the Indian roads, new vehicles are waiting in the wings.

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Hyundai Eon

The car market is abuzz with the news of Hyundai's lowest priced small car - the Eon.

For long Maruti Suzuki India has been ruling the small car segment, but with the entry of Eon in the 2nd week of October competition in this segment will definitely escalate.

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Likely to be priced at Rs 250,000, Eon is directly positioned against Maruti Alto - India's largest selling car that clocks monthly average sales of 25,000-30,000 units.

Hyundai Eon will be a mass puller powered by 800 cc petrol engine expected to churn out a maximum power of 48 bhp which is most likely to be offered in both manual and automatic transmissions.

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Image: Interior view of Eon.

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Hyundai Eon's looks are inspired from Hyundai i10 and interiors from Hyundai Santro which is likely to be phased out gradually.

Eon is most likely to sport the fluidic design of the new Verna.

The front section of Eon looks decent with body coloured bumpers and the rear sheds a crunched and curvy look perfect for a cute looking hatch.

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Image: Side-rear view of Eon.

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Tata Merlin

Tata Merlin, an SUV from the Tata Motors' stable, will hit the Indian roads soon.

To be priced at or above Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million), Tata Merlin, presently undergoing technical tests according to global standards, is ready to take on the newly launched Mahindra XUV500 which sports a starting price of Rs 10.80 lakh.

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Tata aims to clock in more sales with Tata Merlin by endowing the SUV with a powerful engine.

A 2179 cc DICOR engine is well anticipated for Tata Merlin delivering 140 bhp of peak power and 320 Nm peak torque.

A complete package of safety features like 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, fog lamps, traction control and ESP are expected to be there in Tata Merlin.

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All new Honda City

In India, Honda City has trumped the sales in its segment and proved to be a winner. The facelifted version of the car is ready to hit the Indian market this Diwali.

Honda City price in India would not be much different from the existing version.

The existing City starts at Rs 749,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) and the new version may sport a entry level price tag of Rs 870,000.

The new City is already available in Thailand.

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The upgraded City will revise the front with horizontal slabs of chrome.

The bumper will sport revised air intake and fog lamp housing. The tail lamp is redesigned with reflectors on the rear bumper.

Interior of the car will also witness some changes. The instrumentation console will have an ECO-indicator.

Besides it may also include automatic climate control and dual colour.

While the City will not be available in a diesel version, it will sport a 1.5 litre I-Vtec engine that will produce 116 bhp.

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Image: Rear view of Honda City.

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Renault B58

Renault is all set to launch a hatchback this festive season. Codenamed 'B58', the hatchback is based on the V-platform used by Nissan Micra.

This B+ hatch will target Maruti Swift. It is likely to use 1.2 litre-3 cylinder petrol or a 1.5 SOHC-4 cylinder, common rail diesel engine.

This pic is used for representational purpose. This is NOT Renault 'B58'.

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Image: Rear view of Renault Megane.

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Skoda Rapid

Skoda will launch Rapid, expected to be in the range of Rs 700,000 - Rs 10 lakh, in the last week of October or November.

The design of Skoda Rapid is greatly inspired by Skoda concept Vision D that the Czech automaker revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Vision D concept of Skoda puts it in the category of more athletic and aerodynamic cars than other Skodas.

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All new Mahindra Xylo

Close on the heels of XUV500, Mahindra is planning to launch the new Mahindra Xylo.

The upgraded variant of the popular MUV was spied in Pune during its test drive. It is expected that Mahindra will launch this refreshed version by the next two months.

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The story does not cease here as a crushed version of this long MUV is also likely to be introduced soon.

The hatchback will be called as Mahindra Xylo Mini. Mahindra has done away with the rear section of the Xylo to create a baby Xylo.

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The car is expected to be crafted with same robust and will sport aggressive looks that are brand image of Mahindra Xylo.

This "small happy legs" car will, however, not have a big boot. The sub 4-metre car is likely to be priced between Rs 500,000 - Rs 600,000.

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Audi A5

German carmaker Audi which aims to be No 1 luxury car seller in India will also try its luck during the festive season.

Audi Q5, which showcased sheer luxury in international markets, will now head towards India.

At an estimated price of Rs 39 lakh (Rs 3.9 million) the Audi A5 is claimed to be the best in the segment as far as delivering high power and torque is concerned.

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But car lovers will have to wait for this beauty till the end of this year.

Audi A5 is decked with breathtaking design and exceptional engineering in all the three variants - Audi A5 Cabriolet, Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A5 Coupe.


Image: Interior view of Audi A5.

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