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2019 is almost nearing its end. The year has proved to be quite eventful for the Indian market, with various cars being introduced even when the entire automotive industry was facing its worst-ever slowdown.
Many brands introduced new products in the market. The country also saw major brands such as Kia Motors and MG Motor enter the Indian market for the first time with successful products as well. It was also the year, which seems to have kick-started the EV segment, with Hyundai introducing its first all-electric SUV, the Kona EV in the country.
Without being arranged in any particular order, here are some of the most important car launches which took place in India in 2019:
(Click on the car model names to get the pricing, specifications and all other details)
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is the latest product to be introduced from the largest car manufacturer in the country. The S-Presso is an entry-level product offering from the brand, positioned above the Alto hatchback.
The Maruti S-Presso comes with an almost SUV-ish design, including an upright styling and a large ground clearance. It is offered with a 1.0-litre petrol engine which is BS6-compliant and rivals the likes of the Renault Kwid in the Indian market.
The Mahindra XUV300 is the brand's latest product in the competitive sub-4 metre compact-SUV segment. The Mahindra XUV300 is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options. The XUV300 carries forward sharp styling elements and is offered with a host of features and equipment.
Mahindra recently updated the petrol engine on the XUV300 to comply with the BS-VI emission norms. The diesel engine, however, is yet to be updated soon.
The Hyundai Venue is probably the most-popular sub-4 metre compact-SUV in the Indian market. The car is also the first compact-SUV offering from the brand in India, offering a host of features and equipment.
The Hyundai Venue is also offered with a choice of three powerful engines, making it perfectly suited for the Indian driving conditions. The Venue is a very popular model, which even went on to become the best-selling SUV in the country during its initial months since launch.
The Renault Triber is the first sub-4 metre compact-MPV from the French brand in the Indian market. The Renault Triber comes with a host of options, including features and accessories; making it a very practical people-mover in the budget MPV segment.
The Renault Triber since its launch has been accepted well in the Indian market, allowing it to even rival the likes of the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in terms of sales.
The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS is the latest entrant to the brand's portfolio in the Indian market. The NIOS is essentially the next-generation iteration of the Grand i10 which is still sold alongside the new model.
The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS brings in the company's latest design language, giving the hatchback a premium, modern and stylish design. The NIOS is positioned between the entry-level and premium hatchback segments in the brand's portfolio.
The Toyota Glanza is essentially a re-badged version of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno for the Indian market. The Toyota Glanza is an important model for the two Japanese brands as it is the first product to come out of their partnership in India.
Although a re-badged version of a different car, the Toyota Glanza has been accepted surprisingly well in the country. The Glanza has even managed to overtake the likes of the Hyundai Elite i20 in terms of sales in the country; making it the second-best premium hatchback in India after the Maruti Baleno.
The Kia Seltos is the very first product from the Korean brand in the Indian market. The Kia Seltos offers a host of features, powerful engine options and comes loaded with equipment. It even offers sharp styling, giving it a modern and very attractive design.
The Kia Seltos is currently the best-selling SUV in the Indian market, rivalling its cousin, the Hyundai Creta. The Kia Seltos was launched back in August 2019 and since then has led the sales charts in the SUV segment.
The Tata Harrier is the first product from the Indian manufacturer to feature the brand's new ‘Impact 2.0' design language. The Tata Harrier was launched at the start of 2019 and performed well in the Indian market. However, over the past few months, with competition growing rapidly in the segment, the Harrier has lost out on sales.
Having said that, the Tata Harrier is still a very attractive offering in the mid-size SUV segment. The car is based on Land Rover's D8 platform and is one of the first products to start the dual headlamps trend in the market.
The MG Hector, similar to the Kia Seltos is the first product from the British brand in the Indian market. The Hector offers a long, almost MPV like design giving it great presence on the Indian roads. The Hector is also the first car in the country to come with internet connectivity and a bunch of other smart features as well.
The Hyundai Kona EV is the first all-electric SUV from the brand in the Indian market. The Kona EV comes with a powerful electric motor, offering an impressive range of 452km on a single charge. It is also one of the first all-electric SUVs to be introduced in the Indian market, kick-starting the EV SUV segment in the country.
Thoughts On The New Car Launches In India In 2019
These are only some of the cars to have gone on sale in the country, apart from these there have also been multiple facelift models, new variants and special edition cars to have gone on sale. 2019 also saw a number of luxury and sports cars being introduced in the Indian market as well.
With the Auto Expo coming up in February 2020, it will be interesting to see the next set of new vehicles which are expected in the coming year.