A new year brings a lot of excitement and fun. With every calendar page that we flip, we await something or the other. The year 2020 will be among the most memorable years in the history of mankind! Okay, coming to what we are good at, automotive! This year seemed to be promising but did not turn out to be one. All of us know the reason already. In today’s featured, we are going to talk about some cars that we expected to arrive here this year but they were either postponed or cancelled! Here are 10 cars that didn’t launch in India this year.
GWM Haval F5, F7, H9
Great Wall Motors – A name that all of us have definitely heard of. Those who were that at the Auto Expo 2020 know that this Chinese giant was all set to enter the Indian market but the Chinese virus has put a complete halt to their plans. Team GoMechanic was there at the Expo too and according to the GWM executives, we would have seen the Hafal F5, Haval F7 and Haval H9 on the Indian roads for sure if the pandemic would not have been there. Following a similar reason, we don’t have the ORA R1 electric hatchback here as well. We hope things get better for this Chinese brand in India really soon!
Mahindra XUV500 (Next-Gen)
We think Mahindra gave us a hint of how the next-gen XUV500 would look. Now that we have caught the test mule many times, we have seen the front profile, we have seen the central console which looks very similar to what Mahindra showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. We guess the pandemic induced lockdown made Mahindra delay the Cheetah’s launch in India. It was expected to launch in 2020 but its already December end and it has not even shed the camouflage yet! We hope they launch it in the first half of 2021.
This was supposed to be the most affordable EV that India would have on the roads this year. We guess the pandemic delayed this one too. If Mahindra would have launched the eKUV100, the EV game would have been a lot more different in India. What are your thoughts on the eKUV100? Do let us know in the comments section below!
Some know it by the name of Buzzard while others know it’s now called Gravitas! Whatever you may call it, all of us wanted the car to arrive in the market this year. Tata had similar plans too. We still don’t know what went wrong in the process which has delayed the launch of this 7-seater version of the already successful Harrier.
Micro SUVs seem to be the new trend and Tata definitely wanted to hit this segment with the HBX. All of us saw the HBX at the Auto Expo and we had huge expectations from the brand to launch the S-Presso rival this year only. Sadly, the pandemic made HBX land in the list of cars that didn’t launch this year too.
Skoda Vision IN
While Creta and Seltos are leading the market in terms of sales, Skoda was also supposed to launch their contender in the segment. Showcased as the Skoda Vision IN in the Auto Expo 2020, the Vision IN is also among the cars that didn’t launch this year in India.
While Mahindra has successfully launched the Thar despite the ongoing pandemic, we expected Force to launch the Gurkha too. Unfortunately, Force didn’t launch Gurkha this year and all the Gurkha lovers will have to wait more as there is no official information on the launch yet.
Maruti’s Electric Car (& the Jimny)
We still don’t know what they will call it once they launch it officially. This is why we have mentioned it as Maruti’s Electric Car! MSIL had all the plans to launch an electric car in India this year but all of us know they didn’t! Also, the Jimny is also arriving quite late because people have already had their hands on the Mahindra Thar! We think MSIL should hurry before it’s too late. You know what we mean right?
These were the cars that didn’t launch in India as per the proposed plans. We know 2020 has hit us like a storm and many things got delayed and even cancelled. New policies had to be designed, new decisions had to be made. Although the industry has already begun reviving itself there’s a lot more to do. We hope 2021 will be a better year and will make us witness several new launches in India!