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Five cars to watch out for

Last year saw the launch of many new models. And 2015 is set to see many more. Here's what you can expect in the coming months

For the Indian automobile industry, 2014 was a year of change. If sales see-sawed, falling crude prices saw petrol becoming cheaper. Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador, in service since 1957, finally drove into the sunset. The car assessment tests exposed the safety flaws in the cars being sold here, and yet the 2014 Auto Expo saw more than 70 car launches. This year is set to see more launches. We take a look at some of them.

u Sedan: Ford Figo+

Ford, which created a stir with its EcoSport, will launch the Figo+. The Figo+ is an attractive car, with neat proportions and the latest styling cues. The interiors are also nicely designed. The dashboard resembles the one in the new Fiesta but that’s because the two cars share quite a few parts. Like other Fords, this car should be fun to drive, particularly with the 1-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. Ford claims performance will not come at the cost of efficiency. Considering how stiff the competition is in this segment, expect Ford to price the Figo+ very competitively.

u Luxury SUV: New Audi Q7

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u Compact SUV: Hyundai ix25

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The new Hyundai is likely to be longer than 4m. The ix25 is expected to use the 1.6 petrol and diesel engines from the Verna but they will be tuned differently. Transmission is also expected to be the same as in the Verna, including the five- and six-speed manuals and five-speed automatic. To put up a proper fight against the competition, Hyundai is expected to launch the car around July and price it under 12 lakh—but it will still come with plenty of equipment.

u Hatchback: New Honda Jazz

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u Crossover: Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

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