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We’re a lucky bunch of car-buyers in the new year. The new cars that should be coming to showrooms near you in 2019, reads like a list of automotive buzzwords for the future, including all our all-time favourites. SUVs, Bharat Stage 6, plug-in hybrid, electric, autonomous cars and, in the case of a few anticipated launches on this list, a mix of most of the above combined! Here’s your ready reckoner of the top new hatches, sedans, SUVs, hybrids, electric cars and luxury vehicles coming to India in 2019, to help you plan your purchase better.



Maruti Suzuki has been tight-lipped about it, but we know it will be based on the Japanese-spec car (in terms of dimensions) with restyled exteriors more in tune with Indian sensibilities. Expect a new, more spacious cabin, the existing engines with an AMT option, and all the premium features you see on larger Marutis.

How much? Rs 4 lakh, expected

When? Jan 2019

Honda Brio

New-gen small Honda has hit-or-miss styling and loses the unique glass rear hatch, though it is a size larger than the previous Brio. Good news is the cabin is similar to what’s on the new Jazz, so that does move it up a notch in terms of quality and space on offer.

How much? Rs 5 lakh onwards, expected

When? Late 2019

Tata 45X-production version

Premium hatchback from Tata, based on the beautiful 45X concept from the Expo, expected to break cover sans camouflage. It’ll go up against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and pack the Revotron and Revotorq engines, so expect the same.

How much? Rs 5.5-8 lakh, expected

When? Late 2019


Honda Civic

We’ve seen it and wanted it at the Auto Expo last year, and Honda will do one better – the facelifted tenth gen Civic is what we’ll get. Expect the new 1.6-litre diesel as in the CR-V, and the familiar 1.8-litre petrol under the hood.

How much? Rs 16-21 lakh, expected

When? Early-2019

Hyundai Elantra

New-gen sedan swaps curves for sharp, angular lines and distinctive triangular headlights. The cabin should be nicer too, with the new 8-inch floating touchscreen taking centre stage, apart from Hyundai’s SmartSense passive safety technology making it safer than before.

How much? Rs 15-20 lakh, expected

When? Mid 2019

BMW 3-Series

It’s the size of one of the last generation 5-Series, so you’re technically getting your money’s worth. New-gen car also moves BMW interiors into the future, finally. As to how it drives, head to our first drive review for more.

How much? Rs 45 lakh, expected

When? Mid 2019


Mahindra XUV300

The XUV300, is a sub-4m SUV based on the SsangYong Tivoli, and will likely have the most powerful 1.5-litre diesel in its class, as borrowed from the Marazzo. In its sights will be the likes of Maruti Suzuki’s best-selling Vitara Brezza, while the 2020-planned electric version has the future in mind.

How much? Rs 7.5-10 lakh, expected

When? Feb 2019

2016 Auto Expo Hyundai HND

Hyundai Carlino

Styx, Carlino, QXi… whatever it ends up being named, the compact SUV will be Hyundai’s answer to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (everyone’s aiming to surpass the benchmark) and will have similar design elements as the Kona. We expect to see new engines – a 1-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.

How much? Rs 8-10.5 lakh, expected

When? Early-2019

Nissan Kicks 

Larger than the one sold abroad, and with premium interiors to help lift Nissan’s fortunes in India. It’s selling point will be the beat-all ride quality (as we found out at our first outing with the SUV), while fully-modern infotainment and features will sweeten the deal. The familiar 1.5 diesel and petrol engines continue to do duty under the hood.

How much? Rs 9.5-14.5 lakh, expected

When? Jan 2019

Renault Duster

Renault dusts off the scalpel, with the next-generation of their best-selling Duster, sold internationally with the same-name but with Dacia badging. The result is immediately recognisable but with a more steeply raked windscreen, larger grille, modern lighting at both ends, and new, functional interiors to help bring the good ol’ butch SUV into 2019.

How much? Rs 9-14 lakh, expected

When? June 2019

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