Last updated on – April 6, 2017


In 2016, we have been witnessed a number of new and updated launches from a slew of automakers in the country, and 2017 will be no less or may be even more than that. While many cars have already been scheduled to enter one of the fastest growing automobile markets, the Indian auto segment, many have yet to be tagged.
Planning to buy a new car? Wait! Check out our list of Upcoming Cars in India which all are set to break their covers in this year calendar. Here in this article, we bring the top 10 cars to be launched in India 2017, read on and select which is worthy to wait for.

#1. Chevrolet Essentia -2017

The Chevy India first showcased the compact sedan, Essentia concept in 2016 Auto Expo and is expected to put the car on sale in the country soon.
The all new Chevrolet Essentia compact sedan shares platform with the next-gen Beat. The design of the Essentia is also claimed to be extracted in GM Korea Design Studio in order to give special treatment as well as to better suit the taste of the Indian buyers.

On mechanical-specs, the compact sedan is believed to be offered in both petrol and diesel engine options. While the former derivative is likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre SMARTECH 4-cylinder unit that pumps out 76 Bhp and 106 Nm. The latter will be fitted with a 1.0-litre SMARTECH 3-cylinder engine that can propel the vehicle with 56 Bhp along with 142 Nm.

Launch Date Price
2017 March
INR 5.0 Lakh

#2. Lexus ES300h – 2017 (Launched)

The luxury arm of Toyota, Lexus is gearing up to enter the Indian market and the entry will be marked in three different segment – SUV, Sedan and Crossover.
Out of which the sedan, ES300h is based on the same platform that also underpins the Toyota Camry, the Lexus ES300h sedan will be an entry level car of the brand in the Indian market.


Under the hood, it will feature the same 2.5-litre petrol engine and the electric motor assist mated to the same CVT gearbox which has also found on the Toyota Camry. Similar to the other Lexus models, the ES300h will also be a fully imported model initially. But this is likely to be the first model for local assembly in India, thanks to its shared platform with the Camry that is locally assembled here.

Launch Date Price
2017 May
INR 50.0 Lakh

#3. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 2017 – (Launched)

The most anticipated hot-hatch exclusive from the Maruti Suzuki’s luxury dealership Nexa, the Baleno has put the small car segment competition on a higher notch. One on the most selling hatch of 2016, Baleno still has a long waiting period for deliveries in several states and company has geared up to introduce a performance-oriented model, Baleno RS in this year.

maruti-suzuki-baleno-rsThe Baleno RS was first showcased at Auto Expo in February 2016 and expected to go one sale by the end of this month. In terms of appearance, the RS version will receive several tweaks over its regular model that includes a more aggressive body kit and an enhanced interior.
The major change has been done beneath the hood, the Baleno RS will be fitted with the much-awaited 3-cylinder 1.0-litre Booster Jet direct-injection turbo petrol mill. The motor is coupled with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission and is good for 112 bhp and 175 Nm.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
2017 March
INR 8.69

#4. Honda WR-V -2017  (Launched)

Honda is gearing up to take the compact SUV segment competition in India on a higher notch with the upcoming WR-V. Being a 5-seater crossover, WR-V will sit below its elder sibling, BR-V.


In terms of equipment, the sub-4 meter crossover is likely to be blessed with several techno-smart features like a touchscreen smart infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, reverse parking camera, inbuilt navigation and a touchscreen climate control setup.
Under the hood, the Honda WR-V will get the similar petrol and diesel powertrain options that are currently being offered with the Honda Jazz. The details of petrol mill include a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine with the output of 87 bhp and 110 Nm. On the other hand, The diesel motor boasts of a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mill that churns out 98 bhp and 200 Nm.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
INR 7.75 Lakh – 9.99 Lakh

#5. Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 – (Launched)

A few months back, the giant German auto producer imported a single unit of second generation 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV for testing purpose. However, this is the same 2016 Tiguan SUV which had made it Indian debut in 2016 Auto Expo.
The company also confirmed that the new Tiguan will be locally assembled in India instead of being imported as CBU. VW Tiguan is likely to be launched in a couple of months and will be assembled at the VW plant located in Aurangabad. The 2016 Tiguan was globally premiered in 2015 and is currently on sale in the United Kingdom.


Based on the MQB platform, the latest generation VW Tiguan SUV is globally offered in both petrol and diesel drivetrains. Petrol engine includes a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder motor that is capable of churning out the maximum power of 180 PS along with the peak torque of 320Nm. On the other hand, the 2.0-litre TDI turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine propels 150 PS of power output along with the peak torque of 340 Nm. Both the mills are offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG transmission with 2WD or 4WD setup.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
2017 March INR 20 Lakh – 22 Lakh

#6. Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2017 –

The hybrid SUV from the Japanese car manufacturer, Nissan X-trail was reported to launch by the end of last year, however, due to some undisclosed circumstances, it will go on sale in India from April this year.
The Nissan X-Trail SUV is not a fresh launch in India. It was on sale in the country before 2014 but later withdrawn due to poor sales. Now, after almost three years, it is making a comeback with Hybrid engine option instead of the regular powerhouse.

nissan-x-trail-hybridThe 7-seater latest generation X-trail will be fitted with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol motor, generating 145 bhp along with the 207 Nm of peak torque. Further, the petrol mill will be coupled with a 32kW electric motor and produce a combined power output of 186 bhp. The engine is mated to an XTronic CVT transmission with a 2WD or an optional all-wheel drive system.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
2017 April INR 23 Lakh

#7. Next-gen Toyota Camry 2017 –

Recently, Toyota has released a teaser image of its upcoming next-gen mid-class luxury sedan Camry, giving a hit towards its intimate launch anytime soon. The new Camry will be unwrapped at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show which will start from this January 9.
Considering some reports, it will receive changes over both exteriors as well as interiors. Spy shots of the test mule give some idea about its styling details and some alluring character line, larger windows and door-mounted mirrors.

new-gen-toyota-camryOn the mechanical front, no official information has been revealed yet. It’s too early to say whether any new engine will join the current lineup or else continue with the existing ones. However, it is said that the existing 3.5-litre V6 engine offered in the several global markets will be replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. There will also be a slightly upgrade version of the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine the does duty in the base variant, which is currently offered in India. And more important, the new Toyota Camry will also be offered with a hybrid powertrain as well.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
2017 April INR 23 Lakh

#8. Tata Nexon 2017 –

Tata Nexon, the compact SUV was first showcased at Auto Expo in February 2016 and then spied testing several times near Pune city. The test mule seems to be a production ready version which hints towards the intimate launch of the car in the country.
Tata Nexon is expected to launch by mid of this year and can be the tough competitor for the Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Ford EcoSport with the comparatively low price.

tata-nexonMechanically, it is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, Revotron petrol engine. Some rumours are also there about an all new 1.5-litre diesel motor, sourced from Revotron family, which produces around 110 Bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be handled by both a six-speed manual or an AMT (automated manual gearbox).

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
Mid – 2017 INR 7 Lakh – 10 Lakh

#9. Jeep Compass 2017 –

FCA-owned (Fiat Chrysler Automotive) renowned off-road utility vehicle manufacturer, Jeep has officially stepped-in the Indian auto market with its three popular SUV namely Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
And now another off-road beast, Jeep Compass is on the papers for its India launch. The 5-seater SUV can be launched by the mid of 2017.

2017-jeep-compassIt is reported that the India-spec Jeep Compass will be manufactured at the company’s local facility – Tata-FCV JV manufacturing plant, Ranjangaon, Maharashtra.
Globally, the all-new Jeep compass will be offered in five engine options that include three petrol and two diesel. Considering the India bound model, it is likely to offer in one petrol and one diesel powertrains along with the choice of manual and automatic transmission. It comprises, a Fiat sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine and a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol unit. The former is good for propelling the unit with an output of 165 bhp of power and 360 Nm of torque, while the latter is tuned to produce the maximum power of 140 bhp along with the peak torque of 230 Nm.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
Mid – 2017 INR 25 Lakh – 30 Lakh

#10. Next-Gen Hyundai Verna –

Hyundai displayed the 2017 Verna concept model at Beijing Auto Show in April 2016. Sporting an all-new design, it was currently on sale in the Chinese market and expected to launch in India by 2017.
No official details have been come out yet on the car’s production for the Indian market. Though, it will get 90% localization in order to keep the price competitive.
On the mechanical front, the next-gen Hyundai Verna currently offered in the Chinese market with 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines that churn out the maximum power of 100 bhp and 123 bhp respectively. In Indian, it likely to come with the bigger 1.6-litre mill that will be mated to either a 6-speed manual/automatic or a 7-speed DCT transmission, reports.

new-gen-hyundai-verna2017 Hyundai Verna will also hold a sunroof along with taller rear end plus roof mounted antenna. The cabin could receive major updates along with metallic gold finish. It will feature upmarket dashboard design, a touchscreen infotainment system and generous legroom at the rear.

Expected Launch Date Expected Price
End of 2017 INR 10 Lakh – 12 Lakh