Upcoming Diesel Cars in India: Tata Curvv, Kia Carnival Facelift and More

Although there is a lot of conjecture worldwide over the operation of diesel cars, the powerplant isn't likely to leave the Indian automotive sector anytime soon. Here are some of the upcoming diesel cars in India.

By Sanorita | on February 18, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

While India's regulations for diesel-powered vehicles are becoming stricter, it's unlikely that the engine will be phased out anytime soon. Many Indian buyers prefer diesel engines for their fuel efficiency, resale value, and excellent torque. In the coming months, the range of diesel-powered vehicles in our market will expand and improve, with various automakers introducing more options. We've compiled a list of upcoming diesel-powered cars from well-known automakers such as Tata Motors, Mahindra, Kia, and others. These upcoming diesel cars in India include both new models and facelifted versions. Read on for more details about these models.

Tata Curvv

A 1.5-litre diesel variant of the much-awaited Tata Curvv was displayed at the Bharat Mobility Expo in a near-production-ready form. It is expected to be available for sale in India by the end of the year, although no formal announcement has been made yet. Contrasted with the model showcased at the Auto Expo last year, the version recently unveiled at the Delhi Mobility event featured some changes, including a revised front bumper, modified fog lights, and adjusted headlight housings.

Mechanically, the Curvv will feature the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that powers the Tata Nexon facelift. It will be tuned to deliver 260Nm of torque and 113bhp of power, paired with a manual six-speed transmission. The upcoming Curvv is expected to have several features, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a two-spoke steering wheel with an illuminated logo in the centre, a 10.25-inch digital driver's display, adjustable front seats, and more. The diesel variant of the Tata Curvv is expected to retail for Rs 11.50 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.

New Kia Carnival

Kia Carnival facelift jpg

At the 2023 Auto Expo, the South Korean firm unveiled the all-new Kia Carnival (KA4) featuring rectangular projector headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, an updated grille with polished silver parts, dual-tone alloy rims, and wraparound two-piece LED taillights. While the fourth-generation Carnival has been on sale in other parts of the world for approximately three years, Kia plans to introduce the Carnival Facelift in India this year.

Mechanically speaking, the new Carnival will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel motor, producing 200bhp and 440Nm and mated to an eight-speed Sportsmatic automatic gearbox. Although pricing details are yet to be revealed, Kia may introduce the car into our market for a starting price of roughly Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom), given the various functional and aesthetic upgrades that the new Carnival will feature

For those unaware, the 2025 Kia Carnival made its debut with a hybrid drivetrain at the most recent Chicago auto show. The LX, LXS, EX, SX, and SX Prestige are the five variants of the Kia model. Except for the entry LX model, all variants will be offered with the hybrid drivetrain.

Mahindra XUV300 Facelift

Mahindra XUV300

The redesigned Mahindra XUV300 is set to go on sale in India shortly. It has repeatedly been spotted undergoing road tests in the country on numerous occasions. According to the most recent spy pictures, the car features notable cosmetic modifications, including a streamlined grille, new split LED headlights, revised front and rear bumpers, and linked LED taillights.

In terms of the powertrain, the SUV will most likely remain the same, which means that it will continue to be offered with the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine options, paired with either a manual or an automatic transmission. It hasn't been officially announced, but the SUV is likely to get a 10.25-inch touchscreen. The current XUV300 features a 7-inch infotainment system. The SUV may also get a new digital instrument cluster, an auto-dimming IRVM, and an automated parking brake, among other features. The car is expected to be more expensive than the current model, which starts at Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom).

Hyundai Alcazar Facelift

Hyundai Alcazar Front Three Quarter

The Alcazar Facelift currently in development has been sighted undergoing road tests on multiple occasions. Although Hyundai has not issued a formal statement, industry speculation indicates that the redesigned Alcazar will be available for purchase in India during the first half of 2024. As a part of the upgrade, it will probably get refreshed alloy rims, a revamped grille, reworked headlights, and new front and rear bumpers.

Inside, the model is expected to feature an extensively redesigned dashboard with a dual-display arrangement for the instrument panel and infotainment. It will continue to be offered with a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.0-litre NA petrol unit. Although it hasn't been officially announced, a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol motor could also make the list.

Mahindra Thar 5-Door

Mahindra Thar Front Right Three Quarter

Mahindra has been conducting road tests of the Thar 5-Door in India, and images of the vehicle have frequently surfaced on the internet. It was seen standing next to the Thar 3-door in the most recent spy photos, revealing some visual differences between the two. Mechanically, the five-door Thar will be offered with the same 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engine options as the three-door variant.

While the turbo-petrol engine can produce 150bhp and 320Nm, the diesel unit delivers 130bhp and 300Nm. The car is expected to get a few upgrades, including a 10-inch touchscreen, a revised steering wheel, and an improved armrest. In terms of price, the upcoming Mahindra Thar 5-door is anticipated to retail between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 18 lakh. Both are ex-showroom prices.

Tags: Tata Curvv Mahindra Thar 5-Door Mahindra XUV300 Facelift Hyundai Alcazar Facelift New Kia Carnival

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