Upcoming cars in India: New-generation Hyundai i20, new Honda City, Kia Sonet, and Skoda Karoq are some of the most awaited cars that are expected to be launched in India over the next couple of months.
The Indian automobile industry has been battling a severe sales slowdown since late 2018 and 2019 was the worst year for carmakers in the last two decades. But given the India is one of the largest car markets in the world, the companies were gearing up to go more aggressive and stimulate car demand by launching a raft of new vehicles in 2020. However, coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lock down caused a serious damage to those plans, pushing the launches by months. But now that things are approaching some level of normalcy in India, carmakers are charged up to launch new vehicles in a bid to improve to improve sales. So, over the next few months, we will have a large number of new cars hitting the market. Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated car launches scheduled to take place after lock down 4.0.
1. New-gen Hyundai i20
The next generation Hyundai i20’s India launch is pretty much on the track and we expect it to go on sale by mid-2020. It is an entirely new vehicle and gets a radically different design than the outgoing model. New i20 will also be more feature loaded and come with provisions like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, BlueLink connectivity suite, fully digital instrument panel, etc. The premium hatchback will be offered with a choice between three engine options — 1.2-litre MPI petrol, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel motor.
2. New-gen Honda City
Just like i20, the new generation Honda City was also expected to make an appearance in April. The fifth generation City will get a new LED headlamp cluster with DRLs, new grille, different design for alloy wheels, and redesigned split tail lights with LED signature. The new City will also come sporting an all-new interior layout and improved feature list including a wider touchscreen infotainment system, new steering wheel, semi-digital instrument cluster, electric sunroof, etc. As for the engine options, it will be available with a choice between 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel units.
3. Datsun Redi-Go
Datsun recently teased the 2020 Redi-Go and the entry-level hatchback is likely to be launched this month or the next. In its new avatar, the Redi-Go has undergone significant design changes and will come sporting a new honeycomb-shaped grille, sleeker headlamp cluster, L-shaped LED fog lamps, and alloy wheels. It will also come with several new features like a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, a digital instrument panel, etc. Powering the Redi-Go will be updated 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre petrol engines.
4. Kia Sonet
A sub-compact SUV, Kia Sonet was showcased as a concept at Auto Expo 2020. It gets contemporary styling highlighted by a wide Tiger-nose grille, sleek LED headlamps with DRLs, muscular silhouette, chiselled bumper, etc. The feature list has not been revealed by the carmaker but we can expect the Sonet to get provisions like a widescreen infotainment system, connected technology, electric sunroof, automatic AC, etc. The sub-four metre SUV will most likely borrow petrol engines from its cousin Hyundai Venue. These include 1.2-litre naturally aspirated and 1.0-litre turbocharged units. The diesel engine will be Seltos’ 1.5-litre motor that well be de-tuned to be slightly less powerful but more fuel-efficient. Kia Sonet is expected to be launched in India the second quarter of FY 2020-21, so somewhere between July and September.
5. MG Hector Plus
Hector’s three-row sibling, the Hector Plus was also showcased at Auto Expo 2020. Visually, it looks quite similar to regular Hector but gets a handful of cosmetic tweaks like a restyled grille, redesigned front bumper, black masking for the headlamp unit, different LED DRL signature, restyled tail lights, and new boot lid. The Hector Plus will be available as a six-seater SUV as standard but buyers will also have the option of a seven-seater model. Powering the Hector Plus will be the same 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine. Even the feature list will be the same as that on the five-seater sibling. The Hector Plus will most likely hit the market by mid-2020.
Honorary mention: Skoda Rapid TSI, Karoq, and Superb facelift
Skoda Auto India will kick start its product offensive by launching Rapid TSI, Karoq, and Superb facelift in India on 26 May, 2020. Karoq is the most awaited Skoda car out of the three given that it is an all-new model to join the company’s India portfolio. A compact SUV, the Karoq will be available in single, fully-loaded variant only and will be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with DSG gearbox. Skoda Superb facelift, as compared to the predecessor, gets a handful of design tweaks but a number of new features. It will be available in two trims and will use a 2.0-litre TSI engine. Last, Skoda Rapid; BS6 Rapid looks the same as the BS4 model and doesn’t even get any additional features. However, it will be available with a new 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine only.