The Indian automotive industry is a highly competitive market. Several cars launch each decade in a bid to impress the masses. While some of them succeed in becoming an icon, some bite the dust never to be seen again. Here are 10 great cars, which went on to become iconic during the 2010s.
A project close to Ratan Tata’s heart, the Tata Nano was launched to fulfil the dream of owning a four-wheeler for every Indian. Priced at around 1 Lakhs rupees, the Tata Nano was powered by a 624 CC SOHC petrol burner placed at the rear of the vehicle. Paired to a manual gearbox, the vehicle returned a mileage of 25 kmpl. With 37 PS of power and 51 Nm of torque, the Tata Nano became a respectable four-wheeler for millions in India.
Entering the market in March 2010, Figo was Ford’s attempt to capture the Indian market. Built as a capable hatch, the Figo brought in a choice of either a 1.2-litre petrol (71PS/102Nm) or a 1.4-litre turbo-diesel (69PS/160Nm) engine. What started off as an attempt to capture the market, went on to capture the hearts of both avid Ford Lovers and critics alike, making the Figo even bag the 2011 ICOTY Award.
Another iconic car of the 2010s, the Etios was Toyota’s take for the hot compact sedan market. Powered by a 1.5-litre petrol burner, the compact sedan churned 90 Ps of power with 132 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual. Returning 17.6 Kmpl of mileage, the Etios was complete value for money. And with Toyota’s reliability on board, the Etios became quite an icon back then, before being discontinued in 2020.
With Chevrolet leaving India back in 2017, two cars that continue to remind us of the great brand are the Chevrolet Beat and the Chevrolet Cruze. Hitting the Indian markets in 2010, the Beat was initially pushed as the Ritz biggest competitor. But who knew then, that the Beat would become more than just a typical hatch, and rise to become a classic icon. Powered by a 4-cylinder 1.2 litre engine (79bhp/106Nm), the Beat was compact, well balanced and iconic.
A worthy contender to the Innova back then, the Aria too was launched in 2010. Powered by a 2.2-litre Di-Core Diesel burner, the Aria produced 140 Ps of power and 320 Nm of torque. The figures were more power-packed than what the Innova offered. Additionally, the Aria had more comfort features on offer as well. As an iconic vehicle, the Aria has a little something for everyone.
As early as 2012, Renault launched a supremely capable compact SUV in India. Yes, it was the Duster. Hitting the sweet spot the Duster was a blend of power, performance and style. Powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.6-litre petrol burner, the Duster gained massive popularity in no time. This is the reason why the Duster came as a 4×4 in 2014, gathering more die-hard fans and lovers. As an iconic car of the 2010s, the Duster had it all.
Even before the Duster entered the Indian market, Skoda did something that was simply out of the league, and the rest is history. Credited with starting off the premium compact SUV segment in India, the Yeti was launched in 2010. Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produced a punchy 108 BHP, the Yeti came in both 4X2 and 4X4 avatars; a fact that makes the Yeti an icon in itself.
Ford Eco Sport
Even though it wasn’t the Eco Sport that started the compact SUV segment in India, it surely was the one to take it to another level. Powered by award-winning engines such as the 1.0 litre Eco Boost, 1.5 litre Dragon engine and the peppy 1.5-litre petrol burner over the decade, the Eco Sport made its presence felt in a very short span of time. To date, the Eco Sport continues to be a badass icon.
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