Will cost: Rs 1-1.4 lakh
Most awaited Tata Motors ‘Nano’ likely to launch before mid 2009. We would have been looking at this car as a current product had it not been for the Singur fiasco, which now makes it one of the most anticipated cars of this year the world over.

Will cost: Rs 3 lakh onwards
The Beat was introduced as a concept at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, and can be seen as an evolution of GM’s current international small car, the Spark (known as the Matiz around the world).

Will cost: Rs 4.5 lakh
After their first attempt at an all-electric car, Maini is all set to launch an improved, larger version of the REVA later this year.

Will cost: Rs 6-7 lakh
Thoroughly Italian in its looks and European in appeal, the Fiat Bravo was set to take CBU route into India and act as a brand builder for Fiat.

Will cost: Rs 5-6 lakh
Another stunner from the Fiat stable up for a 2009 launch is the Grande Punto hatchback. The car has been an global success for Fiat, with markets ranging from Europe to South America enjoying the Italian large hatch.

Will cost: Rs 8-12 lakh
If there is one car that Ford India needs in its portfolio to have a well-rounded catalogue, it is a good family hatchback.

Will cost: Rs 5-6 lakhs
Honda Siel is expected to see mid-2009 as time ‘Fit’ to launch its stylish 5-door hatchback, the Jazz. Already having made its mark in Japan and across the world, this smart city car will come with a 1.3-litre inline-4 petrol VTEC engine keeping in mind the economy demands of the segment, but if Honda feels generous (we wish it does) a peppier 1.5-litre engine could also be offered, making the Jazz a nice hot hatch.

Will cost: Rs 4-5 lakh
Nissan has been calm and quiet with its presence in India thus far, but 2009 could mark a change in its fortune.

Will cost: Rs 4-5 lakh
Maruti Suzuki’s already cramped hatchback space will accommodate another model in 2009 in the form of the Ritz. Known as the Splash around the world, the spacious hatchback is expected to carry an engine from KB series just like its recently launched cousin, the A-Star.

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