List of nominees for Indian Car of the Year 2023
Before we dig into the list, it should be mentioned that the cars are judged based on their price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, and how suited they are to Indian conditions. Here are the 10 cars that have qualified based on this category.
The fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson was launched in India priced from Rs 27.69 lakh. It is available in two trim levels – Platinum and Signature. Both are available with either a 2.0-litre petrol engine or 2.0-litre diesel engine. Both the engines come mated to automatic transmission gearboxes. However, the petrol is available with a 6-speed, and the diesel engine is available with an 8-speed. Check out our review of the Hyundai Tucson below:
Citroen’s entry-level product for the Indian market, the C3 is dubbed a hatchback, despite its SUV-ish stance, making it a crossover. The C3 is available in two trim levels. The base Live trim is priced at Rs 5.70 lakh, while the top-spec Feel trim is priced at Rs 8.05 lakh. Moreover, the Citroen also offers 56 customization options, along with 70 accessories, and additional package options, namely, Vibe, Elegance, Energy, and Convenience. Check out the review below.
The 2022 Kia Carens is the manufacturer’s first “Made in India” product built at its Anantpur facility. It is based on the K2 platform that also underpins the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Alcazar, however, Carens stands out for its unique styling and features list. It is powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol unit that churns out 138 hp and 242 Nm of peak torque. There’s also a 1.5-liter N.A engine option that produces 113 bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque. Both engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
“The Big Daddy of SUVs”, the Mahindra Scorpio-N was 2022’s biggest launch. Bigger than that was the overwhelming response that the SUV got, which led to longer waiting periods. In fact, the delivery period for some variants even go up to two years. The Mahindra Scorpio-N also comes equipped with some interesting first-in-segment features like WATTS Link suspension and Frequency Damping technology, and the shockers get advanced MTV-CL technology. To know more about the Scorpio-N check out the review video below.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
India’s most bough sub-compact hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 was thoroughly updated for 2022. The exterior is completely revamped with a new grille design flanked by updated headlamps. The interior has also been slightly tweaked for a more premium appeal. Powering the Alto K10 is the same K-series 1.0-litre Dual Jet, Dual VVT engine that produces 66.62 Ps and 89 Nm of peak torque.
The engine can be had with either a 5-speed manual transmission or AGS. Prices for the new Alto K10 starts from Rs 3.99 lakh with the base Std variant, while the top-spec Vxi+ variant with the AGS costs Rs 5.83 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza
Maruti Suzuki launched the second generation of the compact SUV with just the Brezza tagline, dropping the prefix ‘Grand’ from the previous generation. As part of the update, the compact SUV was revamped with a new exterior design. Maruti Suzuki has also loaded with several first features like an electric sunroof, heads-up display, brand new dashboard design, 360-degree camera, heads-up display, hill-hold assist, etc. The CNG variant of the Maruti Suzuki Brezza is also expected to launch in the coming months. The details have already leaked online, check out the article here.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is the brand’s first fully hybrid offering in the Indian market. The 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine (from Toyota) in conjunction with the electric motor has a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.97 km/l and an electric range of 25 km.
While the 1.5-liter engine with the mild-hybrid technology has a claimed fuel efficiency of 21.11 km/l with a 2-wheel-drive manual version. This powertrain is also available with Suzuki’s All-Grip all-wheel-drivetrain, and the mileage with this setup is rated at 19.38 km/l.
The Virtus was launched in India as part of the Volkswagen group’s India 2.0 strategy. It is based on the heavily localised MQB A0 IN platform that also underpins the Skoda Kushaq and Slavia, and the Volkswagen Taigun.
Given the flexibility of this platform that underpins both SUVs and sedans, the resultant products end up having quite the flexible character as well, like high ground clearance, big on space. It also comes fitted with two equally different and potent turbocharged petrol engines, the 1.0-litre TSI engine and the 1.5-litre TSI engine. On top of that, the VW Virtus has also been awarded 5-stars by the GNCAP.
Just like the Virtus, the Slavia is also based on the MQB A0 IN platform, enjoys a full five-star rating from the GNCAP, and gets both the 1.0-litre TSI and the 1.5-litre TSI engine option. The Slavia is available in three trim levels, Style, Active and Ambition. Prices for the Slavia sedan starts from from Rs 10.99 lakh to Rs18.39 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi) at the time of launch.
The Slavia has proven to be a real success for Skoda Auto India, alongside the Kushaq SUV, both of which were launched as part of Volkswagen Skoda group’s India 2.0 strategy. In fact, the company registered sales of 48,933 units from January to November 2022. This sales was mainly spearheaded by both Slavia and Kushaq.