A year that brought the world to a standstill, 2020 hasn’t been great for most of us. With nations crushed under the weight of COVID-19, 2020 made us rethink mobility. With buses and other modes of transport becoming the centre of virus transmission, the automobile industry didn’t lose its ground. Despite heavy losses looming the entire industry as a whole, several manufacturers launched new vehicles to keep the spirits high. And the mere fact they were launched in the dreaded 2020, makes them iconic. While there were plenty of of new launches in 2020, here are the 7 most iconic and awaited new cars of 2020.
Coupled with exciting marketing and a strong hype, the Sonet was launched with a bang. Sitting in the supremely competitive compact-SUV segment, Kia aggressively priced the Sonet between Rs.6.79 – 13.35 Lakhs. Powered by three capable engines, the Sonet comes with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol (120PS/172Nm), a 1.2-litre NA (83PS/115Nm) and a 1.5-litre diesel (100PS/240Nm). With great looks, coupled with a diverse powertrain, the Sonet has a little something for everyone.
A hatch that has a legacy of over a decade, the next-gen Hyundai i20 had everyone hooked. Launched in November 2020, the 3rd Generation Hyundai i20 is a complete evolution. With looks that kill and an interior damn smart, the Hyundai i20 has got all hatch lovers jumping with joy! Powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol (83PS/114Nm), a peppy 1.0-litre turbo (120PS/172Nm), and a 1.5-litre diesel engine (100PS/240Nm), the all-new i20 is as exciting as it gets. Priced between Rs. 6.85 – 11.34 Lakhs, the i20 is surely an iconic hatch.
No matter whether you love it or hate it, we are sure you simply can’t ignore it! That’s what the cult Mahindra Thar is. Launched in 2020, the latest iteration of the Thar had the entire community glued. Powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol (150PS/up to 320Nm), and a 2.2-litre diesel unit (130PS/300Nm), the 2020 Mahindra Thar gets an automatic and manual with a 4×4 drivetrain as standard. With several new features on-board, the 2020 Thar is priced between Rs.12.11 – 14.16 Lakhs, and with waiting periods crossing an entire year, it would be a sin not calling the Thar one of the most iconic new car of 2020.
5th Gen Honda City
Talking about iconic vehicles it is difficult not to mention the C-segment queen of India. Yes, it is the Honda City and yes, it is yet again one of 2020’s iconic vehicles. Launched in 2020, the 5th Generation of India’s favourite sedan brings in evolutionary looks, top-notch interiors and Honda’s tried and tested engines. Powered by the iconic 1.5-litre i-VTEC (121PS/145Nm) and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines (100PS/200Nm), the 5th Gen City also brings in Honda’s peppy CVT. Priced between Rs. 10.99 – 14.94 Lakhs, the Honda City is worth all the attention.
Launched to rival the new Hyundai I20, the Gold Standards of premium hatchbacks, the Tata Altroz is another iconic launch of the year 2020. Initially powered by a 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated petrol (86hp/113Nm) and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel (90hp/200Nm). Both engines were powered only by a 5-speed manual. Priced between Rs. 5.79 – 9.55 Lakhs, the Altroz can now be had with automatic and new 1.2-litre turbo petrol as well, making it worthy enough to be called a people’s icon.
A true icon in the subcompact SUV segment, since the day the Creta was first launched, it has been a star. And in 2020, the Creta received its much-awaited generation upgrade. The new-gen Creta comes with entirely new looks that are sharper, more aggressive and quite muscular. Powered by a 1.5-litre NA petrol (115PS/144Nm), a 1.5-litre diesel (115PS/250Nm), and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol (140PS/242Nm) engine, the new-gen Creta comes with a smart clutchless manual, CVT, DCT and a manual too. Priced between Rs. 9.99 to 17.70 lakhs, the Hyundai Creta has kept everyone hooked.
Indian consumers care a lot about vehicle pricing. Probably this is the reason why Nissan launched its subcompact SUV Magnite, for the price of a hatchback. Powered by either a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol (72PS/96Nm) or a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol (100PS/160Nm), the Magnite can be had with manual/CVT transmission. The iconic thing about the Magnite however, is its price that ranges between Rs. 5.59 – 10.00 Lakhs; something that makes the Magnite one of the most loved new car of 2020.
So these were 7 of the many new cars that hit the Indian market in 2020. We know there are a lot of others worth mentioning, so there is always scope for part 2! Comment your favourite launches from 2020, and stay pinned to the GoMechanic Blog.