Please Tell Us Your City

Knowing your city will help us provide relevant content to you.

Sorry! No matching results found. Try again.Error Identifying Your Location.

Log in to CarWale

Please enter your password
Forgot password?
Please enter your registered email

Or Login with

Sign In with google

Sign up to CarWale

Please enter your name
Please enter your mobile number
Please enter your password
Please enter your password

5 New MPV launches in 2016

December 23, 2015, 09:56 AM IST by Sagar Bhanushali
5 New MPV launches in 2016

Nothing probably screams practicality or efficiency louder than MPVs. Love them or hate them, these high-riding, 5-seater plus vehicles remain the choice for family of all sizes where responsibilities are diverse and efficiency is on high priority. 

While they aren’t necessarily fun to drive or brilliant looking, modern MPVs are more than good at ferrying big families in relative comfort or hauling loads of luggage. And the upcoming 2016 lot is ought to live up to these traits, and then some.

So what’s new for MPVs in 2016?   

New Toyota Innova

Come 2016 and we will finally have an entirely new replacement for the Toyota Innova which is perhaps India’s most loved family vehicle. The 2016 model features Toyota’s new global design language that makes the Innova quite a looker, on paper at least.  The interior, too, is all-new with the dashboard, steering wheel and instrument cluster taken off Toyota’s tough as a nail Hilux pickup.

Despite being around for over a decade, the Innova has been at the top of its game, thanks to its bulletproof reliability and resilient build quality. There is a downside though and it’s the old 100bhp 2.5-litre diesel engine’s lack of grunt, especially out on the highways. The 2016 model, however, is expected to fare much better with its new 2.4-litre diesel engine producing 149bhp of power and 359Nm of torque.   

Chevrolet Spin

The last couple of years have seen a healthy surge in demand for MPVs and as a result, automakers are now planning to expand their presence by having models at different price ranges. Chevrolet, for one, already sells the entry-level Enjoy MPV and is about to scale up with the new Spin which will be positioned at a relatively higher shelf in the MPV space.  

The Chevrolet Spin is expected to come in both petrol and diesel models and with cabin space to match the likes of Renault Lodgy and the Honda Mobilio. Expect Chevrolet to take the covers off this new model at the Auto Expo in February next year. 

Mahindra Quanto facelift 

Mahindra has stopped making the Quanto and is instead working on an upgraded version which is due next year. While the overall design will be similar to that of the discontinued model, the heavily camouflaged prototypes caught on test suggest that the upgraded Quanto will get some major cosmetic upgrades. The compact MPV, in fact, will come with revised DRL-infested headlamps, a new front grille and bumpers as well as new alloy wheels for the top-end trim. Inside, Mahindra will include a revamped beige theme for a more inviting look and a new audio system with Bluetooth and voice recognition system.

Mechanically, the Quanto facelift is likely to borrow the TUV 300’s drivetrain. This means one can expect this model with the same 1.5-litre 3-cylinder mHAWK 80 turbocharged diesel engine. Developing around 85bhp and 230Nm, this unit will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The upgraded Quanto is expected to arrive early next year. However, given that it’s among the more affected manufacturers due to the interim ban on sale of 2-litre plus diesel vehicles in Delhi, Mahindra would want to speed up the launch of the new Quanto to somewhat compensate for the ban on affected vehicles like the Scorpio and the XUV500.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer  

The 2 Series Active Tourer is quite an unusual car for BMW. Aside from being the first-ever front-wheel-drive BMW, it’s also the brand’s first attempt at making a genuine 7-seater MPV. In essence, the 2 Series Active Tourer may go against everything BMW traditionalists would vouch for but as a practical luxury buy, it promises a lot. 

While its European rivals range from models like the Ford S-Max to the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, the 2 Series Active Tourer’s arch nemesis here in the Indian market will be the Mercedes. BMW, however, will have an edge over the Stuttgart-based automaker thanks mainly to the added versatility of the seven-seater configuration on the Active Tourer.    

Tata Hexa

It’s an open secret that the Aria is a sales disaster, especially when pitted against something like a Toyota Innova. Tata, though, hasn’t given up on wanting to grab a share of the hotly contested MPV segment and is counting heavily on the all-new Hexa which will be debut at the 2016 Auto Expo.

The Hexa is first of the all-new breed of utility vehicles currently under development by Tata. Inside, the concept featured a six-seat configuration with captain seats in the middle. It is expected to be powered by a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder, VARICOR diesel engine developing 154bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. 

While we are hoping for a 6-speed manual gearbox in the Hexa, this new model’s drivetrain highlight could come in the form of the optional all-wheel drive that Tata may offer. The latter option certainly will widen the Hexa’s appeal among MPV buyers as well as those who would otherwise opt for a Renault Duster or the Mahindra XUV500. 

Tags:Tata,Chevrolet,Toyota,New Innova,Quanto,Mahindra Quanto,Toyota New Innova,Spin,Chevrolet Spin,Tata Hexa,Hexa,MPV launches in 2016,2016 car launches
  • FaceBook Logo
  • Twitter Logo
  • Email Logo
Show CommentsHide Comments

Toyota Innova Crysta Price in India

CityOn-Road Prices
Bangalore₹ 18.84 Lakhs onwards
New Delhi₹ 17.53 Lakhs onwards
Hyderabad₹ 18.21 Lakhs onwards
Kolkata₹ 16.8 Lakhs onwards
Mumbai₹ 17.99 Lakhs onwards
Chennai₹ 18.37 Lakhs onwards
  • Upcoming Cars

Hyundai Grand i10 NIOSHyundai Grand i10 NIOS

20th Aug 2019

6L - ₹ 8L
Maruti Suzuki XL6Maruti Suzuki XL6

21st Aug 2019

8L - ₹ 12L
BMW New 3 SeriesBMW New 3 Series

21st Aug 2019

50L - ₹ 60L
Kia SeltosKia Seltos

22nd Aug 2019

11L - ₹ 17L
Renault TriberRenault Triber

28th Aug 2019

5L - ₹ 7L
All Upcoming Cars
Ask the experts1800 2090 230Mon-Fri (9 AM - 8 PM)
Sat (9 AM - 5:30 PM)
Sun (9 AM - 7 PM)
Toll free

Select your city to avail offers

Currently available only in