The Indian market is witnessing the entry of several world-class cars and motorcycles, but we feel some manufacturers may still be missing a trick or two when it comes to their offerings in the country.
We feel that there are some cars not offered here that would actually do well in the country, and have compiled a list of 10 such examples for you. While it's tempting to include sports cars and performance hatchbacks and sedans in the list, we thought we'd save that for another day, and bring you our Top 10 cars that we would like to see in India.
1. Toyota Vios
The Toyota Vios is the sedan version of the Toyota Yaris, and is also called the Toyota Yaris Sedan in some foreign markets. The Vios can put up a decent fight against the Honda City's dominance in the country. This sedan is sold with a choice of four engines, two 1.3-litre and two 1.5-litre powerplants.
2. Chevrolet Trax
The Chevrolet Trax is a compact crossover SUV that has been manufactured since 2013, and is sold in several markets around the world including China, Thailand, Japan, and South Africa. The crossover has received reasonable acceptance globally and could compete well against the Renault Duster, and possibly even the EcoSport.
3. Ford Ka
Ford first showcased the Ka in the country at the 2014 Auto Expo, and we're wondering why the impressive little car hasn't showed up here yet. It looks great, and will probably drive well too, if we go by Ford's track record in India. The Figo is beginning to show its age, the Ka can be a worthy successor.
4. Hyundai ix25
Test mules of the Hyundai ix25 are being spotted regularly around the country at the moment, but we wish the Korean manufacturer would launch the small SUV already! It promises to be a success, given its good looking exterior and expected long feature list.
5. Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is a historical icon, and while it will no doubt be pricey when it reaches our market, there will no doubt be plenty of wealthy enthusiast takers for the desirable 4x4. The Jeep Wrangler features three engine options: 3.8-litre and 3.6-litre petrol mills and a 2.8-litre turbodiesel. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a 5-speed auto box.
6. Volkswagen Up
This cute, stylish little hatchback would suit our country well, if launched at the right price. Quality levels will eclipse the Japanese and Korean competition, and the car should be able to command a small premium and still make money for VW, like the Polo did. The German manufacturer offers the Up with two petrol engines, with outputs of 60 PS and a 75 PS.
7. Audi A1
This is one car we eagerly wish would come to India. The Audi A1 can enter the luxury hatchback market in India currently dominated by the Mercedes A-Class. With its combination of great looks, impressive driving dynamics and a high-quality interior typical of Audi, maybe it's time for the German manufacturer to make a dent in the sales of the A-Class and BMW 1 Series.
8. Renault Clio
India is going to see more and more examples of ‘warm' hatches, and what better car to drive this segment. The Renault Clio is a car that has seen huge worldwide success over its almost 15-year production cycle, and has often set standards in hatchback segments globally. The Renault Clio has been voted European Car of the Year twice during its production run.
9. Nissan Qashqai
The Qashqai is a compact crossover that is sold in markets like the Middle East, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Qashqai would do well to enter the Indian market with its combination of good looks and relatively compact dimensions. The crossover is offered with three petrol engines and two diesels, with transmission options of a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
10. Honda CR-V Diesel
It's a trifle hard to understand why Honda Car India still hasn't launched the diesel-engined version of their flagship SUV. Especially since the company already has a diesel engine in their foreign line up. A 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel producing 138 hp is offered in several markets abroad, and it's long overdue in our country. Honda should learn from the success of their 1.5-litre iDTEC engine in the City and the Amaze.