India has a mounting population of 1.27 billion, a bigger chunk of which is the rising middle class. These 350 million people are at the target of the automobile industry and almost every month we see new cars being launched specifically for this segment. Renowned names in the automobile industry like Honda, Ford, Nissan, Renault and many others are coming up with new family car models with a variety of world-class features that the middle class Indian can buy under the price range of 10 lakhs. Let’s take a look:
When the Czech manufacturers first came to India, they would not have expected such a warm response from the Indian market. But, Skoda Rapid proved all guesstimates wrong and become one of the most adored cars in its segment. The car is a comfortable family car with five door liftback and hatchback body style with a luggage capacity of 550 liters. Available in two (5 gear & 6 gear) manual and one (7 gear) automatic transmission, the car has a top speed breach of 175 – 205 kmph. The prices for Skoda rapid petrol variant start from Rs. 6.75 lakhs and at Rs. 8.15 lakhs for diesel variants.
Certainly, the most reliable names when it’s about car safety, Hunyadi promises a complete takeover over in the middle class car segment with its most lovable and latest model of Verna. Although, Hyundai has three major models (EON, i1o, i20) at a lesser cost then the Verna, but nothing compares with the impressive safety of six air bags and wheels controlled by ABS with EBD and disc brakes. The latest model known as Hyundai Verna Fluidic has a 1.6 L CRDi VGT engine producing 128ps@ 4000 rpm and a 1.4 L engine that delivers optimum fuel mileage of 23.5 Km/L(Diesel) and 17.43 Km/L (Petrol). Prices for Fluidic- petrol start from Rs. 7.28 lakhs and Rs. 8.47 lakhs for diesel. Also Read: RIP Maruti 800! 5 Reasons Why Thousands Of Indian Families Will Miss The Car That Defined Modern India
The roads in India are never going to be good and even if they do, our monsoons are capable of spoiling it all in a matter of few days. The French manufacturers, Renault understood this theory brilliantly well and thus launched a compact sport utility vehicle called Duster for the normal day Indian. Based on the front-engine and front-wheel-drive, Duster has 5 door wagon body style with carrying ability over 1,600 liters. The car is a perfect blend with comforts of a sedan and rugged strength of an off-roader. The petrol variant starts from 7.78 Lakhs and has a fuel economy of 13.2 kmpl in manual transmission. However, the diesel variant starts from 8.62 Lakhs with average of 20.5 kmpl in manual mode.
No one knows Indian roads better than Maruti. The leading automobile name in India, brings the impressive Maruti Swift Dzire as the most comfortable car of the middle class section of India. Concluded as the practical compact sedan with superior interiors, Dzire is a sedan version of the Swift hatchback with an approximate boot space of 318 liters. The car has McPherson strut and Torsion beam suspensions in front and rears respectively. The car has a total of seven variants with the lowest staring at 5.2 Lakhs and goes up to 7.8 lakhs, making it the most affordable luxury sedan in its class.
Maruti might be the sovereigns of Indian roads, but Ford has the supremacy on roads all over the world. For Indian roads and middle class section, Ford came up with Eco-Sport, which is basicallya mini sport utility vehicle. The car is second generation concept model to 2003 Brazil model with 5-door wagon body style and Front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. The SUV gets its impressive power 120 PS from British-designed 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine. The car has variety of advanced features that you won’t find in any other car of the same range. With a six gear manual and automatic transmission, Eco-Sport has a fuel economy of 22.7 kmpl in diesel variants and 15.8 kmpl in petrol. The petrol variant with manual transmission starts from 6.15 Lakhs whereas, the diesel variant with manual transmission starts at 7.19 Lakhs.