- While the end of the first half of 2020 succumbed to lockdown, the second half promises to be exciting.
- Honda Jazz BS6
- Maruti S-Cross Petrol
- Mahindra New Thar
- Mahindra Marazzo
- Mahindra XUV300 – 130hp Petrol
- Renault Duster 1.3-Turbo Petrol
- Toyota Urban Cruiser
- Kia Sonet
- MG Gloster
- All-New Hyundai i20
- Tata Gravitas (HBX)
- New Force Gurkha
- Land Rover Defender
- BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
- Mercedes Benz A-Class Sedan
- Mercedes-Benz GLA
- Audi Q2
- Nissan Magnite
While the end of the first half of 2020 succumbed to lockdown, the second half promises to be exciting.
With the first half of the year nearing its end, the automakers of the country are desperate to release their expected cars which were supposed to have launched earlier. Cars like the next-gen Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid Rider, Honda WRV and others have already made their way to market. Let’s see what’s in store for the auto geeks in the latter half of the year 2020.
Honda Jazz BS6
|Expected launch||July 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 7.50 – 9.80 lakh|
After the City and WRV, Honda will be launching Jazz with a BS6-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine. There will be no diesel on offer this time. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox. In terms of changes, it gets subtle tweaks to the front grille and bumper with LED headlamps. Prices are likely to increase slightly compared to the earlier version.
Maruti S-Cross Petrol
|Launch Month||July 29, 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 9.90 lakh – Rs 12 lakh|
For the first time, the Indian-spec Maruti S-Cross will get a petrol-automatic combination. The 1.5-litre motor generates 105PS and 138Nm with mild-hybrid tech. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Expect impressive mileage figures too. From the variant list leaked earlier, the S-Cross will be available in only three trims – Delta, Zeta and Alpha – dropping the base-spec Sigma.
Mahindra New Thar
|Launch Month||November 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 11 lakh – Rs 13 lakh|
The all-new second-generation Mahindra Thar is all set for a grand launch in August 2020. The SUV will get a factory-fitted hardtop option this time around along with a plethora of interior embellishments. The cabin receives a massive step up with big infotainment system, the front-facing rear row of seats and excellent overall built quality along with fit and finish. The diesel motor of the Thar will embrace both manual as well as automatic transmission options. We might also see a petrol Thar for the first time in this upgrade! Officially confirmed, it will be launched in November 2020.
|Launch Month||August 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 10.50 lakh – Rs 15 lakh|
Setting off in late 2018, the Mahindra Marazzo MPV will get a facelift soon. It is likely to come with a Ssangyong Korando-sourced 1.5-litre BS6 petrol engine. While the 1.5-litre diesel puts out 123hp with auto gearbox, the new 1.5-litre turbo motor will return 160.77bhp of massive power and 280Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to both manual as well as automatic transmission options.
Mahindra XUV300 – 130hp Petrol
|Launch Month||August 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 11 lakh – Rs 12.50 lakh|
The under-4m SUV, Mahindra XUV300 will be getting a new 1.2-litre direct-injection petrol engine very soon. The motor produces a maximum power of 130hp and 230Nm of max torque. It will be only mated to a manual gearbox.
Renault Duster 1.3-Turbo Petrol
|Launch Month||August 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 10 lakh – Rs 13 lakh|
The French automaker will be soon arming its dark horse, Renault Duster with a new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine to step up the excitement level of the SUV. The turbo motor is sourced from the Nissan Kicks and puts out a class-leading 156hp of power. It will be paired to a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed CVT automatic gearbox.
Toyota Urban Cruiser
|Expected Price||Rs 7.50 – 11.50 lakh|
Heating up the under 4m SUV space, the Toyota Urban Cruiser is all set to make a way in October 2020. It is a rebadged version of the Maruti Vitara Brezza but gets lighter interior colour theme, subtle tweaks to the bumper, grille and headlamp to create a distinct identity. Just like the Brezza, it will be available in a single petrol engine with 48V mild-hybrid tech. It is expected to be offered with both manual as well as automatic options.
|Expected Price||Rs 7 lakh – Rs 11.50 lakh|
The most-awaited launch of the year, Kia Sonet would be happening in August 2020. The sub-4m SUV shares its underpinning with the Hyundai Venue. However, it differs with Venue in design as it gets muscular design language with a big, 10.25-inch touchscreen, 360-degree camera, Bose sound system and multiple drive modes. It will come with two petrol and a single diesel engines with a combination of manual and automatic options with each engine.
|Expected Price||Rs 45 lakh|
After creating a buzz at the 2020 Auto Expo, the mighty MPV from MG motors will be launched during the festive season. It will be equipped with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine which produces 218hp of max power and 480Nm of max torque. The premium SUV is expected to be offered with both 5-seat and 7-seat combinations.
All-New Hyundai i20
|Expected Price||Rs 7-10 lakh|
The South Korean automaker is all charged up this year. It will be launching the next-generation Hyundai i20 during the festive season. It wears a new sporty design with a large grille flanked by angular headlamps. The looks are simply jaw-dropping. The sporty front bumper and boomerang-shaped tail lamps will make anyone drool. It is expected to come with a 1.2-petrol or turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Tata Gravitas (HBX)
|Expected Price||Rs 18 -21.50 lakh|
The 7-seat version of the Tata Harrier, dubbed as Tata Gravitas is expected to launch in India around the festive season. However, Corona outbreak may delay the launch. It adds an extra row and redesigned rear end to differentiate from the Harrier. It will carry the 2.0-litre turbo diesel churning 170hp and 350Nm. It will be paired with a 6-speed AT (torque converter sourced from Hyundai, also available in the Harrier SUV).
New Force Gurkha
|Expected Price||Rs 18 -21.50 lakh|
For enthusiast looks for a serious companion for off-roading, the all-new Force Gurkha is here to launch before Diwali. Displayed at the 2020 Expo, the next-gen model gets LED DRLs, updated interiors with features like the infotainment system. It will be pulled by a massive 2.6-litre BS6 diesel engine generating 90hp and 260Nm. Above all, it gets the traditional four-wheel-drive setup with a low range ratio.
Land Rover Defender
|Expected Price||Rs 69.99-86.27 lakh|
The mighty Land Rover Defender would be making its India-appearance for the first time ever. Initially, the Defender 110 will be launched. It is the longer wheelbase version of the Defender. The new Defender will be available with a 2-litre turbo engine generating 300hp. It gets an 8-speed automatic and a 4WD drive-type. It also comes in a Defender 90 version but, that seems to launch next year in India.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
|Expected Price||Rs 32 -38 lakh|
The India-bound BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been already launched in the Philippines market. Swooping roofline and pillarless doors combined within your face BMW design and the large grille makes the 2 Series an exciting buy for first-time BMW buyers. It gets two engine options – 2.0-litre petrol 220i 192hp and 2.0-litre diesel 220d 190hp.
Mercedes Benz A-Class Sedan
|Expected Price||Rs 32 -40 lakh (non-AMG variants)|
Among the luxury vehicles coming to India is the Mercedes Benz A-Class sedan. Based on the A-Class hatchback, the sedan version gets a large front grille and angular headlamps with overall sporty styling. It will go against the BMW 2 Series Grand Coupe. The launch may be postponed to early next year due to Corona pandemic.
|Expected Price||Rs 38-40 lakh|
The second-gen GLA is a key model for the German marquee in India. With a lot of expectations, it takes on the likes of BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and the upcoming Audi Q2. It will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.
|Expected Launch||September 2020|
|Expected Price||Rs 35 – 48 lakh|
The baby Q from Audi is confirmed to launch in September 2020. The entry-level compact SUV from Audi packs in 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 190hp and 320Nm. It sprints from 0-100kmph in a mere 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 228kmph. It will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission along with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive technology.
|Launch Month||January 2021|
|Expected Price||Rs 5.25 – 8.00 lakh|
Nissan will be entering the sub-4m SUV space with its Magnite SUV. It is expected to be launched by early 2021. It gets two 1.0-litre petrol engine options –naturally-aspirated and turbo. Both will come with manual and automatic options. You can expect a plethora of features such as connected car tech, large touchscreen and 360 parking camera. Nissan has to come up with aggressive pricing to keep buyers hooked to its subcompact SUV.