With the introduction of the new strict BS6 emission norms, all the carmakers are forced to raise their R&D game up a notch. This has led them to either change their vehicles generation or get new vehicles all-together. After many new launches in 2020 still, there are cars that might come around this festive season. Here are 10 upcoming cars in India you might just be waiting for.
The Chinese owned British carmaker ‘MG’ recently unveiled its premium SUV, ‘Gloster’ last week. With its launch just around the corner, MG has started taking books of the Gloster with a booking amount of Rs. 1 Lakhs. That said, MG Gloster offers a very promising package with all the top tech when compared to its rivals. FYI, its rivals include Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
MG Gloster for starters is more powerful than its competition. MG even has some first in segment features like heated and cooled seats, massaging driver seat and a premium infotainment system up to its sleeves. We can expect the SUV to go on sale anytime in the next couple of months.
It’s good to see that Mahindra has taken #VocalforLocal very seriously. Mahindra Thar will be the latest offering from this Indian carmaker and is said to launch on 2nd October. We expect the prices to be really competitive as Mahindra offers the right engine options and equipment with this off-roader. So, to begin with, Mahindra Thar gets two engine options, petrol and diesel.
The petrol one is a 2.0-litre turbo engine that pushes 150ps of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque for the manual and 320 Nm for the automatic. Whereas, the diesel churns out 130 ps of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque in both the transmissions. The best part is both the engines can be opted with 4X4 that too with an automatic.
One of the cars we’ve been eagerly waiting for is the new generation Hyundai i20. The hatch has already been unveiled globally but is yet to be launch and showcased here in India. This premium hatchback will be one of the best offerings from Hyundai and it is expected that the car will give its rivals run for their money. We expect that the new i20 will be getting many first in segment features.
So, this includes, a plethora of engine and transmission options, all-digital instrument cluster, ventilated seats and much more. So the USP of the new Hyundai i20 might be the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with an exciting 7-Speed DCT transmission. This hatch is expected to come anytime in the upcoming months in 2020.
We are glad to see another entry from an Indian carmaker ‘Tata’ in this list. Tata with its versatile chassis in the Harrier is set to launch its bigger brother Gravitas soon. We expect that Tata Gravitas to be offered with the same engine option as the Tata Harrier. For you to know, the engine is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that pushes 170 ps of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque.
But the engine will be mated with either of the two transmission options, a 6-Speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The major difference between the Harrier and Gravitas will be an additional third row of seats making it a practical 7/8-seater vehicle. The SUV might arrive somewhere near the new year.
Tata has a serious of vehicles set to launch in the near future, HBX is one of them. The new sub-compact SUV is set to fallow Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 design scheme. Surely this SUV will be a head-turner when running on the road. We expect the car to offer only a petrol engine that is the tried and tested, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol Revotron engine. Diesel might be offered later.
This 3-cylinder motor also comes in the Tata Altroz and churns out 85hp of peak power and 113Nm of max torque. So it is expected to come with a different state of tune as Tata HBX will rival the SUV-ish Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Renault Kwid. It is hard to say but we expect the car to come in the first quarter of 2021.
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SUVs have taken not only the Indian automotive market but also the global market with a storm. With that, all want a piece of this cake, so Nissan is no behind. This carmaker is set to launch its another SUV in the domestic market the ‘Magnite’ in the future. Nissan Magnite could be the missing piece for the company’s success in India. This is something that the time will tell. Though we can assume that Nissan will unveil the car in early 2021.
Keeping that aside, it is said the Nissan Magnite might come with 2 engine options a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and 1.0-litre turbo petrol which will obviously be more powerful. So the new Nissan Magnite will feature the companies new design scheme and will be the first one to offer the same here in India. So, Nissan will pitch this sub-compact SUV against segment leader Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, newly launched Kia Sonnet and more.
With Nissan and Renault sharing parts, Renault Kiger is expected to be the nearest cousin of the Nissan Magnite. Like the other cars, we expect the Renault Kiger to have the same engine options as the Nissan Magnite. Keeping that aside, Expecting a big and brawny appeal on the outside of the vehicle will not be wrong, as seen in the camo testing vehicle.
Well, this SUV is no way a 7-seater and will feature a 5-seat arrangement. On the feature part, we can also expect the car to have a fully digital instrument cluster. So, Like the Magnite, this car will rival the likes of Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Kia Sonnet and more. The expected launch date is somewhere in October. Indeed, this is one of the hottest segment here in India.
With the new 2020 Force Gurkha, there are no major changes. The major change to distinguish between old and new Gurkha are the headlights, which now have a back tone and are offered with LED DRLs. In the powertrain department, the engine is expected to remain the same, that is a 2.6-litre diesel engine. This motor pushes 90 ps of max power and peak torque stands at 260 Nm. We might see this off-roader anytime in the upcoming months of 2020.
This motor is mated to 5-speed manual transmission only and no automatic will be available. This transmission coupled with 4X4 drivetrain makes the car a really good off-roader. So, Mahindra Thar is the only rival that comes close to Gurkha. Not close enough though, as the new Thar surpasses Gurkha in every aspect.
Toyota Yaris Black
All black theme with the cars is going haywire with time. It was Tata that introduced this dark scheme with its Harrier. Now many of the carmakers are opting for the same. From Ford to Tata and now Toyota. Toyota is said to launch its new All-Black sedan ‘Yaris’. Like the other black edition cars, Toyota Yaris also has only cosmetic changes and is deprived of any mechanical changes.
Yaris only comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 7-step CVT transmission. And, this motor is capable of producing 105 hp and 140 Nm of peak torque. The launch of this black sedan is just around the corner.
Land Rover Defender
Coming into the premium segment Land Rover is the one to have the latest SUV in the Indian market. After it’s a global launch, Land Rover will be launching its hard-core off roader, ‘Defender’ here in India on 15th October. Talking about the SUV, this will be coming in two options a long and short wheelbase.
And, both the options share the same engine that is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that churns out 300ps of max power and 400 Nm of peak torque. Only one automatic transmission is available with this Rover. The Land Rover Defender has no compromise when it comes to the off-roading tech. We expect the car to come anytime this year.
So, these were the cars that we expect to launch in the near future this year or in the first quarter of 2021. What do you think, do the cars listed look promising and have what it takes to conquer the Indian market? Let us know in the comment section below.
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