Economy, Hatchback, Sedan or SUV. New car launches have been postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Automakers, in a first, reported ZERO sale in the month of April. However, slowly and steadily the industry is trying to pick up the pace. Car manufacturers are reporting production and tentative launch dates for their new cars. Today, we bring you 5 upcoming sedan cars that will make its debut in later 2020 or the first quarter of 2021.
Launch Date (Tentative): June 2020
Probably the most anticipated sedan in India. The Honda City is not just a car, its a legacy. Honda City owners and enthusiasts vouch for it reliability and frugality. Hence, it is no surprise that Honda lovers are so eagerly waiting for the 2020 City to make its debut.
The New City was supposed to launch by 16th March 2020 but now has been postponed for later on. The New City has been unveiled in the Thailand market back in November 2019.
It is speculated that the India-bound Honda City will be longer and get more ground clearance (for obvious reasons) and will feature only 3 variants on offer (V VX and ZX).
The new Honda City is expected to feature the revised BS6 compliant 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol (120bhp) and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine (99bhp). Both these engines will get a 6-speed manual transmission with an option of a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), unlike the current generation model, where only the petrol gets the CVT.
Launch Date (Tentative): October 2021
Next on our list is another much-awaited car launch from the Czech carmaker Skoda.
The sedan will be powered by a BS6 compliant 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine which will be replacing the current TDI and MPI engines. It can produce 113.42hp of power and a peak torque of 200Nm. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG.
Zac Hollis, director, sales, service and marketing, Škoda Auto India said that the state-of-the-art 1.0-litre TSI engine will offer remarkable fuel efficiency and excellent power output.
The Škoda Rapid 1.0-litre TSI will be racing against Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna. It is expected to be priced around ₹9 lakhs. For the exact pricing and features, we will have to wait for a while.
New MG RC-6
Launch Date (Tentative): October 2021
The MG RC-6 was revealed at the February-held Auto Expo 2020. MG plans to venture into the premium sedan category with the RC-6 rivalling the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Skoda Octavia and the Hyundai Elantra.
The MG RC-6 is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of 147PS of power and 245Nm of torque. Power is put down via a 6-speed manual and a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
New Kia Rio
Launch Date (Tentative): August 2021
The Kia Rio was showcased back in the Auto Expo 2018. And now Kia is working on readying the Rio Sedan for India. The Rio will very likely rival the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Tata Tigor in India. As of now, Kia is concentrating on launching their Compact SUV, the Kia Sonet in India.
The Kia Rio Sedan is based on the Hyundai-Kia GB platform. Engine options on the Rio sedan are expected to be similar to that on the Hyundai; 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petro and diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission. Stay tuned for more info.
2020 Nissan Sunny
Launch Date (Tentative): November 2020
The 2020 Nissan Sunny or the Nissan Versa, as it is known in the American market. The Nissan Sunny has been on sale in India since 2011 and Nissan is working on introducing the 2020 refreshed 11th generation Nissan Sunny into the domestic market. The Nissan Sunny rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Skoda Rapid in India.