With the new year underway, various manufacturers are set to kickstart 2019 with a flurry of new cars. These include all-new versions of popular nameplates like the Maruti WagonR and Hyundai Grand i10 to updated versions of others like the Ford Figo. Apart from these, expect a slew of new EVs as well. Here’s a list of hatchbacks that are headed our way this year.
2019 Maruti WagonR
Let’s start the list with one of the most popular hatchbacks in the country, the Maruti WagonR. The latest generation of the tall boy hatchback is likely to sport significant cosmetic and feature updates over the outgoing generation. While it's set to be powered by the same set of petrol and CNG-powered engines as the outgoing model, it could also receive an all-electric powertrain somewhere down the line.
Launch Timeline: 23 January, 2019
Expected Prices: Rs 4.10 lakh to Rs 5.50 lakh
2019 Ford Figo
After giving the Aspire a major overhaul in 2018, Ford is set to do the same to its popular hatchback, the Figo. The updated hatchback will receive a new set of petrol engines and with ever-tightening emission norms, it could even be offered with a CNG powertrain. This could make the Figo the only hatchback in its segment to feature a CNG-powered engine. Like the Aspire, expect a host of cosmetic and feature updates, including Ford’s new SYNC3 infotainment system, as well.
Launch timeline: March 2019
Expected prices: Rs 4.75 lakh to Rs 7.50 lakh
Granted, this is not your everyday hatchback. This one is for eco-warriors with deep pockets. The Nissan Leaf will drive the Japanese carmaker’s eco-friendly ambitions in India. It could also become the first long-range EV that we can buy in India. It will be quite powerful and feature loaded too.
Launch timeline: April 2019
Expected prices: Over Rs 30 Lakh
Tata Tiago EV
Since we are on the topic of EVs, why not talk about a relatively affordable and accessible one. The much-awaited all-electric Tata Tiago is expected to make its appearance on showroom floors this year. It’s likely to pack a range of up to 140km. Further, it’s expected to be competitively priced thanks to various subsidies under the government’s FAME II policy.
Launch timeline: May 2019
Expected Prices: Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh