The Indian automotive market is super competitive. Meaning just a slight miss here and there could lead to a disaster in car sales. So, the carmakers in India strategically design and manufacture cars to cater for the audience. Along with research and development, price is also an important aspect in our country. Well, because of this situation, automakers in India tend to keep the costs down. This means these restrictions restricts the companies in introducing top of the line vehicle, like the hot hatches. So, these are the 6 hot hatches from the international marker we definitely want in India.
Chevrolet Bolt EV (200hp, 360Nm)
Starting with a pretty unusual vehicle is the Chevrolet Bolt EV. This is a little all-electric hatchback. Classifying this vehicle as hatchback will be saying too much for the vehicle as it is even smaller than the Mini Cooper or even a Maruti Suzuki Baleno. But moving on, what if we say that this vehicle is no show but all go?
Yes, you read the subheading right. This Chevy Bolt EV gets an electric motor that is capable of generating a peak power of about 200hp and a whopping 360Nm of instant punch. This ride packs quite a punch.
Kia Soul Turbo (201hp, 264Nm)
You surely know the carmaker but might not be familiar with one of the brand’s hot hatch, Soul Turbo. The vehicle does what it says on its books, that is the vehicle is powerful and is fun from the get-go. Confirming about its ‘Turbo Badge’ Kia soul under the hoods gets a powerful 201hp 1.6-Litre turbo petrol engine the pushes 264Nm of peak torque.
Also, the unique looking hatchback comes mated with a 7-speed DCT automatic. This engine and transmission combo can propel this vehicle from 0-100 in just 6.4 seconds. Which is not class-leading but definitely seat sinking.
Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line (201hp, 264Nm)
Moving on the next vehicle that is due for an update in the International market is the Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line. This hatchback faces a lot of competition but amidst with really stands out from the crowd. Why you may ask? Well, in typical Hyundai fashion, this shares its powertrain and drivetrain with many of the cars from Hyundai and as well as Kia.
Speaking of the motor, the Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line get a familiar 1.6-Litre turbo petrol engine that transfers power to the wheel via a 7-speed DCT. That said, it also sits in the same state of tune as in the Soul, i.e this motor generates 201hp of max power and 264Nm of peak torque.
Hyundai Veloster N (275hp, 352Nm)
The next vehicle on the list is also from a Koren carmaker, we have Hyundai Veloster N. This is essentially a coupe that also is a perfect weapon for occasional track days. Why occasional, you may ask? This vehicle comes with an additional package to make it a capable track machine. As a stock, it may struggle a little on the twisties.
Keeping that aside, the Hyundai Veloster N comes with Hyundai’s one of the most powerful 2.0-Litre turbo petrol engines. This motor is capable of generating a max power of 275hp and a peak torque of about 352Nm. The engine with married to a light chassis can propel the vehicle from standstill to 100kmph in about 5.1 seconds.
Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP (310hp, 450Nm)
The British carmaker Mini is a well-recognised carmaker in the world. And there hardly would be anyone that doesn’t know about Cooper. That said, this is a cute, micro (not exactly though) little hatch with a powerful engine. But talking about the vehicle called Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP, it is essentially a Mini but on steroids.
Aerodynamics? Check, Powerful engine? You got it, sub 5 sec 0-100 time? easy peasy! Well, this super hot hatchback, get a 2.0-Litre turbo petrol engine that is capable of generating peak power of 301hp and generates 450Nm of maximum twist. To handle the power from the motor, the Cooper uses an 8-speed gearbox. Back to the numbers, this hatch can clock 0-100kmph in about 4.7s.
Ford Focus ST (276hp, 420Nm)
One of the exciting vehicles to drive there has to be the Ford Focus ST. Yes, we are aware that we do get an RS but let’s save it for another subsequent. Okay, why fun to drive? The Ford Focus ST is one of the rare cars to support a manual transmission. Diving into the technicals, the Ford Focus ST gets a bigger 2.3 litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol engine.
This motor generates about 276hp and 420Nm of maximum power and torque respectively. Now unlike the RS, the ST comes only with an FWD configuration. Moreover, on the inside, it too is sporty, as it comes with a well-built cabin with original RECARO seats.
Let us know in the comment section which other hot hatchback from around the world you wish should come to India?