Cars at Auto Expo 2020 - New Launches, Upcoming Cars, Date, Schedule of 2020 Auto Show in Delhi India with details on Maruti, Hyundai, Mahindra, Tata cars
Indian Auto Expo is one of the biggest automotive events in the country. Now, this bi-annual automotive event has considerably expanded in size and turned into an international event. The 2020 Auto Expo, which will take place from February 7th - 12th, 2020, will be focused on new auto technologies and innovation. Numerous automakers will grab this chance to showcase their new vehicles here. Below is a list of the upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020.
Hyundai Creta, which has dominated the Indian compact SUV segment, is going to be one of the most important cars at Auto Expo 2020. To increase the competitiveness of its flagship compact SUV in this fiercely competitive segment, the South Korean auto manufacturer is going to bring the new-gen Hyundai Creta to India with updated features from inside out and also a new set of engines. The new Hyundai Creta will borrow design cues from three of its siblings, the new Palisade, the new Santa Fe and the new Sonata. The new model will feature a bolder design than the current one but will look more compact.
Specifically, the car will sport three features in the front which set it apart from other compact SUVs in the India auto market. The first one is the large and high cascade grille, which resembles that on the Hyundai Venue. The second one is thin indicator lights positioned on top of the headlamps which feature the split design borrowed from the new Kona. The last one is the unique typical vertical DRLs surrounding the headlights. On the side profile, the car will also be equipped with some new features such as a revised set of alloy wheels and a roof which will feature a black treatment. The side panels will be finished in brushed silver. Additional cladding is added to the side profile to make the car look more rugged.
Like the front, the rear of the vehicle will also feature a split setup with some features like redesigned LED taillights, brake and turn signals. Overall, the new-gen Hyundai Creta will look more robust than the current model but still maintain its urban and sporty appearance. The new Hyundai Creta is expected to have a connected cabin like the Hyundai Venue with a wide touchscreen infotainment system with minimal button usage. The car will also come with eSIN technologies, which enable a wide range of features such as remote start/stop, remote AC control, speed warning, etc. The new Creta is expected to be launched in India in the second half of next year after the BS-VI standards take effect; therefore, it will be powered by a new BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre motor. The vehicle will compete against the Nissan Kicks, the Tata Harrier, the Jeep Compass and the forthcoming Kia SP2i.
The next-gen Hyundai Creta will bear a strong resemblance to the Hyundai IX25, which was showcased in China earlier.
The next-gen i20 will be another of the upcoming Hyundai cars at Auto Expo 2020. The 2020 Hyundai Elite i20 has been spotted testing and some spy images have revealed some details about the vehicle. However, not much has been known about this vehicle. It will borrow some exterior features from the Sonata with some cosmetic alterations such as a wider and sharper grille, restyled LED headlamps and LED projector fog lamps. A set of alloy wheels will replace the machine-finished units on the current model, but will still maintain the same size (16-inch) as the current model. Particularly, the traditional antenna mounted to the roof of the current model will give way to a shark fin unit. In the rear, the vehicle will get smaller LED tail lamps; the license plate will be located at the bumper.
Since the test mule was heavily camouflaged, not much detail has yet to be revealed about the cabin. However, we expect it to borrow the Hyundai Blue Link technologies from the Hyundai Venue which allow a series of functions to be implemented through smartphone such as engine on/off, car lock/unlock, etc. As regards the motor options, the new i20 is expected to borrow the engine options from the Hyundai Venue. Therefore, the current 1.2-litre gasoline and 1.4-litre diesel motor will be maintained and the Venue’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor will be added to the i20’s motor options with a power tuned to 100 PS. The transmission duties on the Elite i20 is likely to be undertaken by both MT and DCT units, like the Hyundai Venue. The new Elite i20 is anticipated to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo launched before its launch at the beginning of the latter half of 2020. While the base price is unlikely to considerably go up, those of the diesel variants may get much higher due to the BS-VI emission standards.
The Hyundai Elite i20 will come with a wide range of updated features along with a new set of engine borrowed from the Hyundai Venue.
The facelifted Hyundai Elantrawas unveiled in August before its official launch which is likely to take place in late 2020. It will get considerable updates inside out but remains unchanged in terms of the powertrain. The new exterior features which will be present on the facelifted Elantra include Hyundai’s new cascading grille, LED sharp headlights and the creases on the bonnet. Fashionable alloy wheels and Hyundai i30-inspired sharp tail lamps will be also added to the vehicle.
As regards the facelifted Hyundai Elantra interior, the most impressive expected feature will be the new 8-inch infotainment setup which is integrated with a smartphone and wireless charging on the top variant. The facelifted model will also offer a higher level safety with a wide range of additional safety features which consist of collision alert, automatic parking, a safe exit assist which can warn the passengers of the upcoming dangers before getting out of the car, etc. The powertrain options of the facelifted Elantra will remain unchanged with a 150 bhp 2.0-litre naturally aspirated gasoline burner and a 125 bhp 1.6-litre oil burner. The Elantra facelifted will continue to compete against the Honda Civic, the Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Corolla Altis in the Indian auto market
The facelifted Hyundai Elantra will come with updated features from inside out but the powertrain options will remain the same.
Although the Hyundai Sonata was discontinued in India in 2002 due to stagnant sales, the new-gen model is going to be among the cars at Auto Expo 2020. Earlier in April this year, it was officially debuted at the New York International Auto show. The new Hyundai Sonata will be equipped with a cascading grille with some chrome elements. The DRLs will extend from the LED headlights to the A-pillar. Multi-spoke alloy rims will contribute to the sportiness of the luxury sedan. The roofline will descend to the boot, lending it a notchback silhouette. The rear will feature a redesigned diffuser and sharp tail lamps.
The cabin will get a Bose sound unit which utilizes digital signal processing tech so that all the occupants can listen to the sound regardless of their position. In the centre of the dashboard will be a touchscreen infotainment system. Other outstanding features will include ambient lighting and satin chrome components on the driving wheel. The powertrain of the new Hyundai Sonata has not been revealed yet, but it is likely to receive the power from a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated gasoline burner with plug-in hybrid technologies. Once launched in India, the Sonata is expected to rival the Toyota Camry, the Volkswagen Passat and the Toyota Camry.
The competitors of the Hyundai Sonata in India include the Toyota Camry, the Volkswagen Passat and the Toyota Camry.
Hyundai Verna facelift
The upcoming Hyundai Verna will also be making an appearance at the Auto Expo. The facelifted model has been showcased at the Chengdu Motor Show in China, and it looks quite handsome. Compared to the current model, the new one is slightly smaller in dimensions and features new front grille, headlights, tail lights design, and bumper design. The interior design will remain the same, but there will be a new touchscreen infotainment system, the same unit that we currently see on the Hyundai Venue. The instrument cluster will also be digital, keeping in line with the premium-image of the car. Hyundai Verna will sport the same engine as the Kia Seltos, 1.5-litre Petrol and 1.5-litre Diesel. Both these engines are BSVI compliant.
The upcoming Hyundai Verna facelift has a very aggressive design
Hyundai might also bring the updated Tucson SUV to Auto Expo 2020, although the change in looks is minimal. This premium SUV follows the same design, with slightly redesigned headlights and taillights. There might be some improvements in the infotainment system, but other than that, it won't have any significant changes. Currently, the Tucson is offered with two engine options; a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and a 2.0-litre Turbo-Diesel engine. There is another engine available internationally, a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which might not make it way to India.
2020 Hyundai Tucson will only feature a minor facelift
New Hyundai Aura
With the launch of the new Grand i10 Nios, Hyundai has reinvigorated public interest. Now, the company is also planning to the Xcent sedan, based on the Grand i10, with a new one, based on the Grand i10 Nios. The new sedan, called the Hyundai Aura, will feature styling updates in both, interior and exterior design. It will offer the same engine options as the i10 Nios, which consist of a 1.2-litre BS6 compliant Petrol engine, and 1.2-litre BS4 compliant Diesel engine. The latter will be replaced by a BS6 compliant motor, probably before the car is launched. The current Hyundai Xcent offers plenty of space on the inside, along with a usable amount of boot space as well. The new Hyundai Aura will probably improve on the space, while still maintaining its compact dimensions.
The new Hyundai Aura will be based on Grand i10 Nios
Hyundai i30 N Fastback
One of the most exciting cars at Auto Expo 2020 will be the Hyundai i30 N Fastback. According to a few reports, Hyundai might be showcasing its internationally-sold performance four-door coupe in India. Sadly, knowing how badly mid-tier performance vehicles sell in India, it is highly unlikely that the car will be launched in India. The global version of i30 N fastback will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine that produces 275PS and 378Nm of peak torque. A petrol engine of such cubic capacity will struggle to find takers in India, especially with the rising prices of fuel these days. That said, Hyundai could try to bring in an affordable version of the coupe to India in the near future. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine from the Seltos, which produces 140PS of peak power and 242Nm of max torque, would be a smart option to consider. Regardless of whether the car will be sold in India or not, it will definitely garner a lot of attention from Indian auto enthusiasts.
Hyundai i30 N is the epitome of affordable performance internationally.
Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept
Hyundai has been coming up with the most sensuous designs for its products in the market. These elegant designs of Hyundai cars are actually backed by the manufacturers 'Sensuous Sportiness' design theme, which was first seen on the Le Fil Rouge concept car. The Le Fil Rouge was showcased at 2018 Geneva Motor Show for the first time to the masses and it attracted a lot of love and attention for itself. The story is going to be same at the 2020 auto expo as Hyundai has confirmed the presence of this gorgeous coupe. It has squat-stance, which in tandem with fastback-like roof, and massive alloy wheels gives the Le Fil Rouge an elegant silhouette. The concept car also had a full-digital instrument cluster and futuristic interiors. The extravagant design cues of the Le Fil Rouge have been used as an inspiration for cars like Sonata, Lafesta, Aura, and more. The upcoming Tucson facelift is also expected to use some of these futuristic design elements on the inside. With so much bling and character, the Le Fil Rouge is going to be one of the best-looking concept cars at the Auto Expo 2020. To woo the crowd, Hyundai would also be showcasing some of the most attractive production cars that the manufacturer sells in the international market.
While not bound to launch here, the sports version of the renowned hatchback could be one of the upcoming Maruti cars at Auto Expo 2020. The Maruti Swift has been the best-selling hatchback in India for quite some time now; however, its performance has been outdone by other vehicles in the same segment so it is facing the threat of losing its popularity. This raises the need for a powerful hatchback. The Swift Sport deserves to be called a hot hatch in terms of both its performance and its appearance. In the international auto market, it is powered by a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo gasoline burner with 140 PS against 230 Nm. The motor is coupled with a 6-speed MT unit which sends the power to the two wheels. Thanks to the lightweight which is achieved by the HEARTECT platform, the vehicle’s 0 - 100 kmph acceleration time is only 8.1 seconds.
The Swift Sport is equipped with a Monroe suspension system¸ sports seats and bigger brakes. It also features a large grille in the redesigned front, 17-inch alloy rims on the side profile and restyled two-tone rear bumper with twin exhaust pipes. The vehicle will be locally manufactured in India to get the price down to INR 9.5 lakh. Its competitors in the Indian auto market will include the Abarth Punto and the Polo GT TSI.
The Maruti Swift Sport is a hot hatchback both in terms of its design and its performance.
Maruti's sub-compact SUV has had a good run until now, which brilliant sales figures throughout. There were a few hiccups now and then, especially with the launch of the Hyundai Venue, but seems like Maruti Suzuki has recovered from their little stumble. Regardless, the Vitara Brezza is in dire need of a facelift, especially now that the competition has grown better looking. With the approaching BS6 deadline, Maruti is already working on a petrol-hybrid powerplant for the Brezza, which will replace the current diesel one. It is speculated that the new powerplant will debut on the facelifted car, so we are expecting it to be the centre of attraction at the Maruti Suzuki section of the Auto Expo 2020.
The current 1.3-litre DDiS Diesel engine in the Vitara Brezza will be discontinued
Apart from giving the Vitara Brezza a facelift, the Indian largest automaker might introduce the next-gen Vitara Brezza to the Indian auto market. The current Vitara was even spotted in India. Like the existing model, the new one is expected to sit on monocoque construction with a built-in ladder frame and be underpinned by the fifth-gen Global C platform. The old Vitara has been not welcomed by the Indian SUV enthusiasts since it was a little bit ahead of its time. Nevertheless, thanks to changing customers' perception of premium cars, the new model is expected to become a popular SUV with Indian buyers. With a more top-notch cabin and greater dimensions, the new-gen Maruti Vitara will be positioned above the Vitara Brezza and compete against the Jeep Compass and the second-gen Hyundai Creta. The new SUV is another one of the important upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020
The third-gen global-spec Suzuki Grand Vitara was launched in 2015 and recently received a facelift.
The Maruti Jimny has been reported to be manufactured in India and even be exported to the foreign markets. But before all of these things happen, the vehicle is expected to be among the cars at Auto Expo 2020. The vehicle will serve as a substitute for the Maruti Gypsy which has been discontinued due to its failure to comply with the upcoming safety standards. If this happens, the Jimny will directly compete against the Mahindra Thar with a price range of INR 6.6 - INR 9.6 lakh. The vehicle, once launched in India, will become the most affordable off-roader in the country. The global-spec Maruti Jimny receives its power from a 1.5-litre petrol motor which can produce 100 PS against 130 Nm and is coupled with a standard 5-speed MT unit and an optional AT unit. The Jimny comes with a 4WD system with a transfer case and a ladder-and-frame chassis.
Once launched in India, the Maruti Jimny will become the most affordable off-roader here.
Maruti-badged Toyota Corolla
Toyota and Maruti Suzuki joined in a partnership with each other last year and their first product for the Indian auto market could be the Maruti-badged Toyota Corolla. The Toyota Corolla-based Maruti sedan will be the most premium product of the Japanese automaker in the country and is expected to be launched in India in 2020. The vehicle will get a redesigned front and rear against its donor vehicle. The car will be powered by a 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine borrowed from the Maruti Ciaz but with full hybrid technologies which will help the vehicle conform to the BS-VI emission standards. Maruti-badged Toyota Corolla is anticipated to have a starting price of INR 15 lakh and compete against the Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia. The sedan is anticipated to be the pioneer in the process to popularize the petrol-hybrid vehicles in India.
The Maruti-badged Toyota Corolla will come with a restyled front and rear along with a BSVI-compliant petrol motor
Maruti's latest strategy for retailing premium cars in India seems to be a simple one; tag on the Nexa badge and hope for the best. This has worked for a few models, like the Ciaz and Baleno, but some, like the Ignis, seem to be struggling a little. Maruti has decided to introduce a new premium variant of the Wagon-R, which is currently being speculated to carry the name 'XL5'. The XL5 will feature the same mechanicals as the WagonR, like the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine and the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine, paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT.
Maruti XL5 will be based on the new Wagon R
Maruti Ignis facelift
2020 Maruti Suzuki Ignis - International Teaser
Previously, it was rumoured that the Maruti Ignis will be replaced by the above-mentioned XL5, due to disappointing sales of the Ignis. Now, however, it has been confirmed that Maruti will be introducing a minor facelift for the Ignis, in order to keep it relevant among Indian consumers. As for the changes, there don't seem to be many. Maruti has decided to mainly go with a few cosmetic updates, including chrome-details on the front grill and a new skid plate under the front lip. The powertrain is expected to be the same as the current model, but upgraded to meet the BS6 emission norms.
The 2020 Maruti Ignis (facelift) will only feature cosmetic upgrades, no mechanical changes
Maruti S-Presso X
Maruti's most recent launch has created a lot of buzz in the market, and Maruti will be showcasing an off-road-esque concept based on it. Just like the Celerio X, the S-Presso X will have some rugged design features, like extra side cladding, a more prominent front bumper, skid-plates on the front, and higher ground clearance. The concept car might make it into production based on the audience response, although the chances of it are quite low. Unlike Celerio, the S-Presso already has an SUV-inspired stance, so there won't be many differences between the S-Presso and S-Presso X, but still, it would be an interesting addition to the list of cars at Auto Expo 2020.
Maruti S-Presso X looks more serious and rugged as compared to the regular S-Presso
Maruti Wagon R EV
Readers of IndianAuto already know that the Maruti WagonR EV test vehicle has been spotted multiple times during road testing in Gurugram, Haryana. The aggressive testing of this vehicle leads us to believe that Maruti is checking the long-term reliability of the product thoroughly before its launch. That said, we also know that Maruti will delay the launch of the WagonR EV till India has a sustainable electric vehicle infrastructure to support daily-driver EVs. Currently, there has been a spike in the sales of electric cars, but most of them are limited to commercial fleets and electric cab services. If Maruti is able to price the electric Wagon R correctly, we might see the general public adopting EVs as well.
Wagon R EV has been spied during testing multiple times in Gurugam
Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e Concept
Maruti Suzuki has recently announced a new car for India, and that too another EV! Yes, electric cars are slowly gaining popularity among car manufacturers, although buyers are still a few steps away from accepting these as practical daily drivers. Regardless, the new concept car, Maruti Futuro E, will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, primarily to gauge audience interest in the product. There has been no announcement about the specs and other details, but we expect the upcoming Maruti EV to fit in the same space as the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra XUV300 EV (which is also expected to be showcased the Expo). The range of Maruti's electric compact SUV should be around 250-300 km, making it as potent as the other two competitors. Needless to say, it will be one of the most exciting cars at Auto Expo 2020.
Maruti will showcase the Futuro-e concept at the upcoming Auto Expo to gauge audience reaction
After the Kia Seltos, which is expected to launch in India on August 22, the second product of the South Korean automaker for the country will be the Grand Carnival which will be introduced at the 2020 Auto Expo. Also known as the Kia Sedona in the global market, the Grand Carnival will receive its fourth facelift and serve as Kia’s brand builder in India. The Kia Grand Carnival is said to be offered in only a top-spec variant with a price tag of INR 25 lakh (ex-showroom). The vehicle is believed to come with a seven-seat layout instead of an 11-seat one like the international model. The India-spec model is going to be delivered to India as a CKD unit but Kia is considering locally manufacturing it if the demand is enough.
Once launched in India, the vehicle is expected to be powered by a 2.2-litre CRDi oil burner which can generate 202 BHP against 441 Nm. The transmission duties are implemented by a 6-speed AT unit. The expected Kia Grand Carnival prices range from INR 22 lakh to INR 30 lakh. With this price range, Kia’s MPV will compete against the Toyota Innova Crysta.
The Kia Grand Carnival is reported to be available in only a top-spec variant.
Kia Stinger GT
The sister company of the Korean giant Hyundai will be showcasing its halo car, the Stinger GT. This sporty saloon was also showcased at the previous Auto Expo held in Delhi in the year 2018 and attracted a lot of eyeball to itself as the sportiest sedan from the manufacturer.
Currently, Kia has no plans to launch the Stinger, but a launch can be expected sometime later in 2020. Powering this sports saloon is a petrol-powered 3.3L twin-turbo V6 engine, which churns out 365hp of peak power to reach the tonne under 4.6 seconds. The power to all-4 wheels is sent through LSD equipped AWD system with 8 different gear ratios offered on the automatic transmission. The Stinger also gets a lot of sports car equipment up its sleeve like the Brembo brakes on all 4 corners, electronically controlled suspension system, 19-inch alloy wheels, drive mode select system with drift mode and more. With so much to pull enthusiasts towards the Stinger, the car will be priced northwards of Rs. 35 lacs, once launched.
Kia Stinger GT is the performance version of the Stinger Sportback sedan
Another car from the Korean marque that will be grabbing attention from the crowd is the Telluride. The Telluride is Kia’s answer to the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. This mammoth SUV with massive dimensions measures 5 meters in length, 1990 mm in width and 1750mm in height. The Telluride looks menacing and with the increasing demand for SUVs in the market, it is expected to be launched in the Indian market after making its first Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2020. Powering this humongous and stylish SUV is a 3.8L direct-injection V6 petrol motor, which delivers 290hp and 350nm as its peak output.
Kia Telluride offers immense interior space owing to its massive dimensions
The Sportage from Kia is a mid-size crossover that is based on Hyundai Tucson. In comparison to Tucson, the Sportage has a higher oomph factor with its flamboyant styling. Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille at the front and swept-back headlamps, with ice-cube LED fog lamps are a few styling components that differ the Sportage from the Tucson and give it a more premium appeal. The international model of the Kia Sportage is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 240hp of peak power. However, the India-spec car would be launched with a similar set of 2.0L petrol and diesel engine as seen on the Hyundai Tucson.
Kia Sportage would be an interesting choice for the Indian market
Upcoming Kia compact SUV (Kia QYi)
Apart from all the cars mentioned above, Kia will also be showcasing a brand new SUV for India, and that too a sub-4-metre one! Small SUVs have been steadily gaining popularity in India, prompting all the manufacturers to either join in or up their game. Hyundai had launched the Venue SUV last year to the Indian market, and now it's the turn of its sister brand, Kia, to bring in another competitor to the segment.
Kia has released the teaser for its upcoming SUV
Kia has recently released the official images of the company's upcoming subcompact SUV, codenamed Kia QYi. Although there has been no announcement regarding the specifications and other details, we can make an educated guess based on how the auto sector in India is currently functioning. To save costs and ease the manufacturing process, the Kia SUV will share a lot of parts with the Hyundai Venue, including the platform, interior design and parts, and the petrol engine options (1.0-litre turbo and 1.2-litre naturally aspirated). As for the diesel engine option, it will be the same 1.5-litre BS6-compliant engine that we see on the Seltos, but it might be detuned to offer less power and more fuel economy.
The upcoming subcompact Kia SUV will borrow butch styling cues from the Seltos
Nissan and Datsun Cars at Auto Expo
Nissan has recently teased an upcoming compact SUV for India, codenamed EM2. The new C-SUV from Nissan will be a sub-4-metre vehicle, and thus will compete with Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, and Ford EcoSport. According to the teaser image released by Nissan India, the upcoming vehicle will a crossover rather than a true-blue SUV, just like the competitors mentioned above. The side profile is also quite sleek and the car feels rather low-slung. It also has a floating roof design. In fact, the car will share some design cues with its bigger sibling the Nissan Kicks.
The upcoming compact Nissan SUV will be built on Renault’s CMF platform, and will share components with the upcoming Renault compact SUV (codenamed HBC). The car will feature a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The engine will be BS6-compliant (obviously) and will also be featured under the hood of the Renault Triber MPV. Apart from that, expect a host of connected technology on board as well.
The upcoming compact Nissan SUV will be built on Renault’s CMF platform
Renault Cars at Auto Expo 2020
New Renault Duster
Another interesting model among the upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020 is the new Renault Duster. The vehicle is expected to feature some cosmetic changes from inside out with unchanged powertrain options. The alterations to the exterior will include redesigned headlights, a bolder bumper, a much wider grille, projector headlamps and LED DRLs in the front. Other outstanding exterior features will consist of new alloy wheels and roof rails.
In terms of the interior, the new Renault Duster will be equipped with a redesigned steering wheel, a new infotainment unit with the same size but a new interface along with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, etc. The powertrain options are expected to remain the same with a 1.5-litre petrol motor and a 1.5-litre K9K diesel unit. The transmission duties will continue to be undertaken by a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed MT/AMT unit. The Renault Duster is expected to have a starting price of INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Nissan Kicks in the highly competitive SUV segment in India.
The new Renault Duster is expected to feature redesigned exterior and interior but the engine and transmission options will be unchanged.
Renault Kwid EV/Renault K-ZE
Renault has recently launched the Renault K-ZE in China, and it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that Renault would also launch the car in India. The K-ZE is based on the recently facelifted Renault Kwid, and features the same exterior and interior design as well. Even if the launch of the EV will take a long time, it makes sense for Renault to showcase the product to gauge public interest in the product. The K-ZE, or Kwid EV, has one of the most impressive battery range among budget EVs, up to 271 Km on a single complete charge. Not only that, but the battery supports fast charging, and can be charged from 0% to 80% in just 50 minutes.
Renault K-ZE is based on the facelifted Renault Kwid.
Renault Zoe EV
Renault has confirmed the Zoe EV's Indian debut at Auto Expo 2020 with a teaser video.
Battery-powered EVs are seen as the next step forward in the league of transportation. Every manufacturer is coming up with their part in the EV race and Renault will not stay behind either. The manufacturer has confirmed that it will be showcasing the Zoe EV, which is also going to be the centre of attraction at Renault’s space during the auto expo. The Zoe EV looks chic and is a smart street-car in terms of its appearance. By measuring at just 4087mm in length, 1787 in width, and 1562mm in height, Zoe EV is a small car by all means. As of now, it is sold only in international markets and it is a successful product from Renault’s lineup internationally. In India, the manufacturer will be importing the car as CKD units and will only commence with production in India if there’s sufficient demand to suffice the investments. Renault is currently testing the vehicle in India, but there’s still some time for the launch of this EV. However, the French manufacturer will showcase it on the expo floors as the best-looking Renault cars at auto expo 2020 that one could gaze at.
Renault is betting big on the EV market, as the shift from fossils to moving electrons will bring up a major change in the automotive industry. So talking about the shift, Renault is set to unveil two EVs. One is going to be a CBU import and will sit on the extreme end of 20 lakh rupee mark, while the other one will cater to the mass-market segment. The K-ZE sold in China will be this mass-market EV, which basically is a Kwid with an electric powertrain with a range of around 270 km. In terms of looks, the K-ZE will look a lot like the Kwid facelift. The reason being Kwid facelift was inspired from the K-ZE concept itself. Talking about the EV’s price, it is expected to be priced around Rs. 7 lakhs, as the car costs 71,800 Yuan in China. By pricing the EV competitively, Renault would not compromise on the safety and reliability aspects of the car. To hold high on these words, Renault has claimed that the lithium-powered battery can withstand a 60-min deep immersion in the water. With a healthy range and competitive pricing, the K-ZE or the Kwid EV will be one of the most important cars at 2020 auto expo as the mass-market EV segment is still in a very nascent phase.
Jeep Cars at Auto Expo 2020
While the Jeep Compass was a great success for the American auto manufacturer in the Indian auto market, this SUV has been outdone by other more modern new vehicles in the same segment. Instead of giving the Compass a facelift, Jeep is more likely to introduce a new Renegade to the country. The Jeep Renegade is the best-selling SUV from the company in some foreign countries; however, it has started to show its age so its new avatar is expected to be introduced to India with a high level of localization after the domestic debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Renegade is likely to be positioned below the Jeep Compass and be priced at around INR 10 to INR 16 lakh (ex-showroom). This aggressive price will help it effectively compete against the Hyundai Creta, the Nissan Kicks and the Kia SP, etc.
While the mechanical specifications of the Jeep Renegade have yet to be revealed, the SUV is anticipated to borrow the 1.4-litre turbo gasoline and 2.0-litre oil burner from the Jeep Compass, but with a lower state of tune. The two SUVs are also likely to share the transmission options with each other with a 6-speed MT and a 7-speed DCT unit. Being well-known for its off-road capabilities, the Jeep Renegade is expected to become a popular vehicle with Indian SUV enthusiasts.
Thanks to its impressive off-road capabilities, the Jeep Renegade has potentialities to become a popular SUV in India.
The next vehicle to be showcased at the Auto Expo is the 6-seater version of the MG Hector. Currently, the 5-seater version is the largest SUV in its segment; nevertheless, the British auto manufacturer has not been satisfied with this seating layout and is having an intention of introducing a three-row version to India by March 2020. Initially, it was thought to be a 7-seater, but newer reports claim that the vehicle will be a 6-seater, with caption seats for the second-row. The vehicle is expected to feature a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with smartphone connectivity, USB charging ports and AC vents in the rear seat row. Noteworthily, the MG Hector is based on the Baojun 530, which was recently launched in a 6-seater version in China. The dimensions of the SUV will see little-to-no changes, especially since the large 587-litre boot can easily save some space for the third seat row.
The 7-seater MG Hector will receive its power from a 1.5-litre turbo engine which can generate 140 BHP against 250 Nm. The vehicle's price is likely to be at a higher range than the 5-seater version, which is currently priced at INR 12.18 - INR 16.99 lakh. At this price range, it will compete against the new Mahindra XUV500, the Buzzard, and the 7-seat version of the new Hyundai Creta.
The large boot space of the MG Hector can spare enough space for the third seat row.
It isn't news that MG Motor's second product for India will be an Electric Vehicle. A Prototype mule of the MG ZS has already been seen testing in India. The 'ZS' is based on MG ZS, a compact-size SUV comparable to Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. The ZS will offer 150 PS of maximum power and 350 Nm of maximum torque, and the maximum range of the vehicle will be 335 Km, which is extremely impressive, but significantly short of Hyundai Kona's range of 452 Km.
MG eZS will be the second vehicle by MG Motors to hit the Indian Roads
MG compact SUV
The British auto manufacturer has intentions to enter the compact SUV segment with a brand-new model, based on the Baojun RS-3. This compact SUV might also be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020. The Chinese-spec Baojun RS-3 is 4,300 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 1,625 mm high with a 2,550 mm wheelbase. The India-bound version is expected to be modified a little bit to suit the Indian auto customers' demands. The compact SUV is likely to be powered by two petrol motor options: a 1.5-litre unit which can produce 104 BHP and a 1.2-litre turbo engine which can generate 128 BHP.
The compact SUV will compete against the Renault Captur, the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Creta. Other information regarding the vehicle has not been revealed yet. So stay tuned to keep updated with the latest news which will be informed by us once MG Motor reveals it.
The forthcoming MG compact SUV will be based on the Baojun RS-3.
MG Gloster (Re-Badged Maxus D90)
MG will be bringing a bigger SUV to its Indian dealerships soon. With dimensions measuring 5,005mm in length, 1,932mm in width, and 1,875mm in height the car will bigger than its rivals. The car we are talking about is the Maxus D-90 and MG will rebadge it, call it MG Gloster, and place it against the likes of Mahindra Alturas G4, Ford Endeavour, and Toyota Fortuner. The task that MG is taking up to take a direct competition against these well-established cars is touch, but the Gloster has a lot to offer apart from the massive dimensions, which will make the competition feel small with its road presence. It will be one of the biggest cars at Auto Expo 2020 in terms of dimensions.
Other than that, MG Gloster will come loaded to the brim with features like adaptive LED headlamps, 8.0-inch digital screen for the instrument console, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 360-degree camera, panoramic sunroof, and automatic climate control. The safety quotient would be paid much attention as well and we expect the Gloster to pack itself with six airbags, Electronic Stability Program, Hill-Descent Control, Hill-Hold Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System among others. Overall, in terms of road presence, the upcoming MG SUV is stronger and in terms of features, it is even better. Currently, it gets a 225 horsepower 2.0-litre petrol motor, which we expect would make it to the India-spec car. Also, a diesel engine is expected to be plonked under the hood, given the market requirement. The Gloster will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and is expected to attract a lot of eyeballs and footfall for itself.
MG Gloster will be the flagship SUV from the British Marque
Entering the Indian market with SUVs is a trend that has been working well for the manufacturers, but body styles like saloons and notchbacks also add up on a fair amount of market share. To target the D-Segment sedan market in India, MG will be launching its RC-6 sedan in India after its unveiling at the 2020 auto expo. The RC-6 is currently on sale only in China and India is expected to be the second country where this Sedan-Coupe-Crossover would go on sale. Once launched, RC-6 will compete against the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla, and more. RC-6 will have an added advantage of its proportions and the jacked-up suspension up its sleeves when compared with its rivals. The black cladding around the lower skirt of the car and a fastback-like roof will, however, be the distinctive styling elements of this Chinese Cross-Sedan, thus making it one of the very unique cars at auto expo 2020 that can be seen in person.
MG RC-6 will be the re-badged Baojun RC-6 Cross-Sedan that is sold in China.
The Tata Altroz EV was first showcased at the 2019 Geneva motor show, which helps the home-grown automaker “show off” their great determination to adopt advanced technologies. Scheduled to be introduced to the Indian market in two years, the Tata Altroz EV will be the second pure EV from Tata, after the Tata Tigor EV and will cost at least INR 10 lakh. Despite its high price, Tata believes that with attractive design, a top-notch cabin and impressive performance with a spectacular travel range (250 - 300 km per charge), the Altroz EV can appeal to numerous Indian auto buyers. The vehicle can be charged to 80% after 60 minutes. In the Auto Expo 2020, the vehicle will make its official debut. Here's another really important model among all the upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to attract numerous Indian car buyers, thanks to its appealing design, high-quality cabin and impressive performance.
Another upcoming product from Tata for the domestic market is the Tata Blackbird, which is also expected to be displayed at the Auto Expo 2020. It will be positioned between the Nexon and the Harrier and will compete against the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. The vehicle will borrow the ALFA platform from the H2X and the Altroz, but the design will resemble the Harrier more. The Tata Blackbird is expected to be equipped with a wide range of features, among which some of the most outstanding ones include automatic headlamps, speed control, leather upholstery, wireless charging and electric sunroof.
As for the mechanical specifications, the Blackbird is likely to borrow the 1.5-litre oil burner from the Nexon but it will be altered for a higher speed of tune. Plus, since Tata is said to be developing a new 1.6-litre petrol motor for its products from now on. If this is true, this motor could also become the power source for the vehicle. The transmission options are expected to include a new DCT unit borrowed from Altroz besides a standard MT one.
The Tata Blackbird will share the platform with the H2X and the Altroz but will resemble the Harrier in terms of design.
Before its upcoming debut in the production model at the 2020 Auto Expo, the concept model of the Tata Hornbill, codenamed the H2X, was showcased at the 2019 Gevena Motor Show. Sharing the same ALFA-ARC platform with the Altroz, the H2X concept gets a boxy design with an upright stance. In the front, like the Harrier, it comes with a split headlight design. A tri-arrow pattern has been adopted for the bumper. On the side profile, a sharp shoulder line and a large wheel arch have been equipped to the vehicle. The rear of the vehicle features a huge bumper and small taillights. We expect the production to resemble the concept in terms of the exterior design by 80%
As regards the interior, some outstanding features of the H2X include a floating touchscreen system and dual-zone climate control. The micro SUV is likely to share its petrol motor with the Tiago: the 1.2-litre gasoline burner with 85 PS/114 Nm. Since Tata has an intention of discontinuing diesel motor, the H2X is expected to be powered by only a petrol motor. The concept model does come with an AMT option, which is also expected to make its way to the production model as well. The vehicle is expected to start to go on sale in India by 2020 with prices ranging from INR 5.5 lakh – INR 8.5 lakh. The vehicle will compete against the Maruti Ignis, the Maruti Swift and the Mahindra KUV100.
The Tata H2X comes with a robust design and an upright stance.
Tata Tiago and Tigor Facelift
Tata Tiago and Tigor are the most successful cars from the Tata stable and carved a niche for the manufacturer in the small car space. But, the cars have now started to look dated and need to go under the knife to look fresh and appealing again. The folks at Tata Motors know about their ageing cars, and the facelifts are already under works. The Tiago and Tigor facelifts have been spotted quite a few times during their test runs and the launch is right around the corner after the unveiling at the upcoming 2020 Auto Expo.
The Tiago and Tigor facelift are expected to adopt the new design philosophy of Tata Motors as seen on the Altroz. Re-sculpted bumpers, refreshed interiors, and the new design for the alloy wheels will be a few changes the cars will see on the exterior. The interior is also expected to be refreshed. However, the top-end variants of the cars have already received a digital instrument console. The cars will also see a few changes to the engine, to comply with upcoming BS-6 emission norms.
Tata Tigor and Tiago facelift models will arrive early next year
Tata Harrier BS-6 with Panoramic Sunroof
Started in the form of H5X concept, then launched in early 2019, the Harrier is an attention seeker for sure. The car received a lot of attention during its initial days of launch, but slowly the footfall pace at the showrooms for the Harrier went mundane. The lack of a few key features is what disturbed the sales figure graph of the Harrier. To address this issue, Tata is working over to add a new top-end variant to the Harrier’s line-up. It will be named as XZ+ and will sport 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
Apart from these updates, it will also receive a few changes to the powertrain. The engine will see a 30ps bump in its peak power output. To comply with the BS-6 emission norms the fiat sourced 2.0L engine will do with the new injector units and an advanced catalytic convertor that will incorporate the process of selective catalytic reduction to curb the NOx constituents from the exhaust gases.
Tata Harrier is the best-looking Tata car ever
The Expo floors in the year 2020 will see another Tata Harrier, one with 7 seats though. It's the Tata Gravitas. The company will showcase the 7-seater version of the Harrier, which was showcased as Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The 7-seater Buzzard has a similar face as the Harrier, but right after the B-pillar, Buzzard has a different design to accommodate 7 seats on the inside.
The vehicle will feature a BS-6 compliant 170PS 2.0L diesel engine, in conjunction with a Hyundai-sourced automatic gearbox. The Gravitas is expected to carry a different name here in India, which is rumoured to be Cassini. Tata Motors will price it a tad bit higher in comparison to the 5-seat Harrier. It will also get a panoramic sunroof and an AWD system on offer as an option.
Tata Gravitas will be the 7-seater version of the Harrier
Tata Nexon Facelift and Nexon EV
Filling the Tata floor at the auto show would be another SUV, a sub-4m one indeed. The Nexon is a quite old and reputed contender in the sub-4m SUV show. The car will now be getting a refreshed face design as a part of its mid-life update. The facelift version has been already spotted on test a few times, thus a lot of details are there with us on the same.
It now gets a new design for its headlamps and bumper to give it a fresher face. With the facelift, sheet metal on the Nexon will also be resculpted to give it a meaner look, and fall in line with the Impact design language 2.0 that is seen on the Harrier and other upcoming Tata cars. Alongside the Nexon facelift, Tata Motors will also showcase the Nexon EV. It is expected to be the most reliable indigenously developed EV. Tata Motors is also showcasing its capabilities on YouTube in the form of a travelogue.
The upcoming Tata Nexon will feature aggressive styling
Another vehicle which will also be debuted at the Auto Expo 2020 is the second-gen Mahindra XUV500. The new-gen XUV500 is expected to be launched in the Indian auto market in 2020 to compete against the seven-seat Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, and the Tata H7X. The vehicle will be underpinned by a new platform, which will help it have greater dimensions with a more amber cabin. It will also get a more spacious cabin with roomier boot space. While the current XUV500 is well-equipped, the new model is expected to be equipped with additional safety equipment and new driver assistance.
The new-gen XUV500 is reported to receive its power from a more powerful BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre oil burner which can generate up to 180 HP and will replace the current 2.2-litre unit. This is another of the important SUVs among upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020
The new Mahindra XUV500 is expected to take on the likes of the MG Hector and the Tata H7X.
The new Mahindra Scorpio is projected to be launched in India in 2021 after its debut at the Auto Expo 2020 and will be the most thorough update among all the four generations. The new model is expected to conform to both the more rigid safety standards and the BS-VI emission norms. The new Scorpio has been spotted testing several times in India. The vehicle appears to be larger than the outgoing model and gets a different exterior design with a lower roofline, slated grille, slightly raked windshield and flared wheel arches.
As regards the interior, the new Scorpio is expected to get a complete improvement with a wide range of top-notch features such as high-quality upholstery, a wider touchscreen infotainment unit, more comfort and connectivity creatures and extra safety equipment. The new Scorpio is likely to keep under its hood a 2.0-litre diesel motor which can generate 158 BHP which witnesses a 20 BHP increase in comparison with the current engine. A petrol motor is also expected to serve as the power source for the new model to ensure that it will comply with the upcoming emission standards. The transmission duties will be undertaken by a 6-speed MT and an optional AT unit on the all-wheel-drive version.
The new Scorpio will have updated exterior and interior design along with a new set of motors.
The domestic automaker has started the development of the new-gen Mahindra Thar, which will be debuted at the 2020 Auto Expo. The vehicle will receive a thorough update with aesthetic and mechanical alterations against the current model to become a formidable competitor against the Force Gurkha. Specifically, the new Mahindra Thar will come with new styling with redesigned body panels, front and rear bumpers, a brand-new soft top and an optional hardtop. Thanks to the outstandingly flared wheel arches, the Thar will feature a more masculine design. The front of the vehicle will also come with some new features to comply with the upcoming pedestrian safety standards.
Thanks to the increased dimensions, the Thar will get a more amber cabin with a wide range of top-notch features such as a new instrument cluster and a driving wheel with media controls along with a more comfortable seating layout. Furthermore, it will also be equipped with some additional safety features to ensure that the vehicle satisfies the upcoming crash test norms. As regards the mechanical specifications, the new-gen Thar will receive its power from a BSVI-compliant 2.2-litre 4-cyl turbo oil burner with 140 HP against 300 Nm. The new model is also reported to borrow the 2.2-litre gasoline burner from the XUV500 for the first time.
The new Mahindra Thar will be powered by a BSVI-compliant diesel motor and the first-ever petrol motor.
The electrification of automobiles is a gravity-defying transition from fossil fuels, and Mahindra XUV 300 will soon a part of this process. The recently launched sub-4m SUV will be seen with batteries and electric motors replacing the engine and the fuel tank. Expected to launch sometime later in the second half of 2020 with an expected range of more than 300kms, the XUV300 will be a direct rival to the Nexon EV.
Mahindra XUV300 EV will compete with and undercut Hyundai Kona
Mahindra XUV 400
The XUV name from the Indian manufacturer Mahindra is has a reputation of its own and the manufacturer sells 2 different cars under this name, another car is also under works. Mahindra is silently developing the 7 seat version of the recently launched XUV 300. The sub-4m XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, the 3-row XUV400 will be based on the larger Tivoli XLV which is a longer version of the same car.
Mahindra XUV400 will the only car in this segment to sport a third row or 2 extra seats. However, this will increase the overall length of the car surpassing the 4m band and will make the car attract higher road tax. It is also expected to draw power from the XUV300’s 1.5L diesel and 1.2L petrol engine and will come up as the showstopper for the Mahindra pavilion.
Mahindra XUV400 will be based on the Ssangyong XLV (Tivoli 7-seater)
Mahindra Funster is expected to be the platform that next-gen XUV500 will be based on.
Mahindra has teased yet another concept named Funster. It will be an electric SUV, which is also expected to underpin the successful and old XUV500. As of now, the concept is teased with a video that Mahindra shared on various social platforms, but the concept will be unveiled in all of its glory at the 2020 auto expo. With sharp-crisp XUV-like lines, the concept gives a clear idea of what the next-gen XUV500 would look like in person. XUV500 is more than a decade old car in the Indian market, it surely needs a refresh. We assume that the refresh will be based on the lines of this Funster concept. Also, with the unveiling of this concept, it would be pretty clear that Mahindra will be introducing a full-size electric SUV apart from all other-EV offerings manufacturer has planned for. Thus, the Funster is expected to be a major unveil from the manufacturer and also an important car at auto expo 2020 for the Mahindra fans.
Toyota Cars at Auto Expo 2020
Next-gen Toyota Corolla/Toyota Corolla Altis
Toyota Corolla may be the best selling car of all time globally, but its sales figures in India have been disappointing for quite a while. The current model on sale, the Corolla Altis, is one of the most comfortable and reliable cars in its segment but is struggling to compete with the newcomer, the Honda Civic. To generate interest in the Corolla, Toyota has been planning to bring in the next generation Corolla to India. The new model would be a little longer than the outgoing one and might include more engine options, including a hybrid powertrain as well.
The upcoming Toyota Corolla will be much more aggressive-looking than the current one
Toyota-Rebadged Vitara Brezza
Toyota has had a decent amount of success with the rebadged Maruti Baleno as the Glanza. Now, Toyota is thinking of expanding its Maruti-based line-up, and the next product in line would probably be based on the Vitara Brezza. SUVs, especially compact and sub-compact SUVS, are immensely popular in the Indian market right now. Even with the current market slowdown, manufacturers like Kia and MG have had an overwhelming response from buyers. Toyota currently has no offering in these segments, so it would be wise to introduce a Brezza-based SUV to gain more momentum in sales.
Toyota will also be entering the compact SUV segment in India
Toyota Rebadged Maruti XL6
Toyota's most popular vehicle in India is undoubtedly the Innova MPV, primarily because of the massive space on offer inside. The only problem with the Innova is its high price tag, which makes it inaccessible to budget consumers. Toyota understands this and is working on a budget MPV based on the recently launched Maruti XL6, which itself is based on the Ertiga. Currently, the cheapest variant of the Innova (Innova Crysta 2.7 GX 7S) retails for around Rs. 14.93 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi), whereas the top-end variant of the Maruti Suzuki XL6 is priced at just Rs. 11.46 lakh. The new model, which will be one of the cars at Auto Expo 2020, will be priced in the same vicinity.
Similar to the Glanza, Toyota might simply rebadge the XL6 without significant exterior changes
Ford Cars at Auto Expo 2020
Ford-Mahindra JV Compact SUV
Ford's operations in India are now taken over by Mahindra, but that doesn't mean the former will now be less active in India. On the contrary, Ford has been engineering a new compact SUV in association with Mahindra. The new vehicle will have sharp driving dynamics, just like we've come to expect from the EcoSport and Freestyle, but will not compromise on interior space. As production will be local, maintenance and availability of spare parts should not be an issue, and as it will be powered by Mahindra's powerful new engine, performance would be sweet as well.
Mahindra and Ford are co-developing a compact SUV
Ford Aspire EV
As the Indian Auto-Industry is moving towards electrification of vehicles, Ford will be bringing one EV as well. The American manufacturer is working on an electric version of the Aspire sedan for India. It will compete with the current crop of EVs in the market, like Mahinda eVerito and Tata Tigor EV. Reports suggest that Ford is considering the long-wheelbase version of the Aspire, which offers more space than the regular one. It might not be able to enjoy the sub-4-metre tax-break, but there will be many more benefits under the FAME scheme, so it will balance out.
Ford Aspire EV will be based on the long-wheelbase version of the Aspire sedan
Isuzu Cars at Auto Expo 2020
2020 Isuzu D-Max
The only lifestyle pickup truck currently on sale in India, Isuzu D-Max will undergo a major overhaul next year. The next-gen D-Max features different styling, better interiors, and might also get an updated touchscreen infotainment system. The powertrain will probably remain the same, although the engine will be upgraded to meet the BS6 emission norms. The new model was earlier revealed in Thailand, and it looks absolutely amazing, with butch lines, angry headlamps, huge front grille, and an overall muscular and rugged look.
The 2020 Isuzu D-Max looks meaner and muscular than the current model
Another interesting model among the upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020 could be a premium SUV from Honda. The Japanese automaker has revealed its plan to introduce new SUVs to the Indian market, one of which is the Honda HR-V. The compact SUV will help Honda gain more share in the teeming Indian SUV segment in which it will compete against the Hyundai Creta, the Jeep Compass and the recently launched premium MG Hector, etc. The Honda HR-V will share the platform with the City and Jazz. The vehicle has been spotted in the capital. The test mule was heavily camouflaged; however, it does reveal important details about the vehicle. Some features such as a sloping roofline, a rising window line, a steeply raked windscreen can be easily recognized.
The powertrain options have yet to be disclosed yet, but the 1.5-litre iVTEC motor of the Honda City is expected to serve as the power source for the HR-V. Considering the upcoming BS-VI emission standards which are going to take effect next year, whether the Japanese automaker will equip its upcoming sedan with a BSVI-compliant engine remains unknown.
The Honda HR-V is expected to share the platform with the City and the Ciaz, but borrow the engine from the City.
New Honda City
Honda has started the development process of the new-gen Honda City, which is expected to start to go on sale in India around December 2020. In the Indian auto market, the new model will replace the fourth-gen one, which went on sale in the country four years ago. Once launched, the new City will rival the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Ciaz. The new Hyundai City is anticipated to be inspired by the design of the India-spec Honda Civic with a wide grille and all-LED sharper headlights in the front. On the side profile, the most outstanding features will be the coupe-like sloping roofline, wider ORVMs and a roof-mounted shark-fin antenna. The car will be larger than the current model, with a well-sculpted boot lid, sharper boot lid and LED wraparound taillights.
The upcoming model is expected to be unveiled at the 2019 Thailand Motor Show. It is confirmed that the interior of the new Honda City will be shared with the new Honda Jazz. Since the new Honda City is likely to be launched in India after the BS-VI emission norms take effect, it will be powered by new engines, both petrol and diesel. The petrol engines will be a 1.0 turbo 3-cyl petrol motor and a 1.5-litre 4-cyl petrol with mild-hybrid assist. The diesel option will be the same 1.5-litre 4-cyl engine as the current City, but will be upgraded to comply with the upcoming emission norms. The transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed MT and a CVT unit. Honda also claims the new model will be more fuel-efficient than the current one, by approximately 33%. The new Honda City will be definitely among the most important of the upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020
The new Honda City will compete against the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Ciaz in the Indian auto market.
The next-gen Honda Jazz is the last vehicle in the list to be introduced in the Auto Expo 2020. Before this, the image of the global-spec model has been leaked online. The new model comes with a sportier appearance, particularly in the Type R variant. The new Jazz will feature a sharp front with jewel-shaped head maps, LED DRLs and projector headlights. On the side profile, the large black alloy wheels look attractive. While we cannot see the rear, it is expected to sport new wraparound LED tail lamps and a redesigned bumper. According to numerous spy images, the new Honda Jazz’s cabin will come with a thorough update with a floating touchscreen infotainment setup, a new instrument console and a driving wheel.
The premium hatchback will be powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol motor (with hybrid technologies) and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, both of which will adhere to the BS-VI emission standards. Both of the two engines are adherent to the BS-VI emission standards. While the next-gen Honda Jazz will start to be available in the international market next year, its Indian launch is projected to take place in 2021.
The launch of the new Honda Jazz will take place in 2021.
Honda had launched the facelifted Amaze sedan back in 2018, but the Brio wasn't updated alongside it. There were even rumours that Honda would be discontinuing the car soon. Now, it seems like the company will be introducing the Brio facelift in India next year. It is also possible that the car will debut before the 2020 Auto Expo, but chances of that happening are pretty slim. The new Honda Brio will sport the same 1.2 Litre Petrol engine as the current model, along with a new 1.5-litre Diesel motor. The new Brio will be much sportier-looking than the current model, and also seems more premium looking.
The upcoming Honda Brio will look very upmarket compared to the current model
Based on the MQB A0 platform, T Cross is a small crossover from Volkswagen. While Volkswagen is already selling it in the international markets, the India spec car will be showcased at the coming Auto Expo 2020. It will be the first time the car will be displayed to the masses in India. With a wheelbase of 2561mm, the India spec T-Cross would do with a length just a millimetre lesser than 4 meters.
The Indian version of the car would also be longer and affordable than the international spec car. It is also expected to come with a long feature list, and a sunroof will be a part of it. The powertrain will be comprised of two different engine options, a 1.5L, 4-cylinder, 130hp EVO TSI unit and a 1.0L, 3-cylinder, 115hp TSI unit. However, Volkswagen has no plans to introduce a diesel engine for the T-Cross in the Indian market, but a CNG version of the car can be expected at a later stage.
Volkswagen is set to enter the compact SUV segment with the T-Roc
Volkswagen will also be showcasing its smallest SUV for India, Volkswagen T-Cross. The upcoming Brezza competitor will be debuting in India at the 2020 Auto Expo. The car will surely be based on the T-Cross though, sharing the same A0 platform as the Skoda Karoq, and we expect Volkswagen to localise a lot of parts and production to reduce prices.
VW T-Cross will be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 110 PS and 250 Nm of max power and torque respectively. It will be paired to two gearbox choices; a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic. Other than that, there could be a smaller petrol engine on offer; either the 1.2-litre TSI or the 1.0-litre TSI offered on Polo.
Volkswagen T-Cross will be VW India's smallest SUV yet
Volkswagen Tiguan AllSport
Volkswagen Tiguan AllSport is the long-wheelbase, 7-seater version of the Tiguan. VW has confirmed that it will be showcasing the Tiguan AllSport at Auto Expo 2020.
The Tiguan AllSport will feature a 2.0-litre oil-burner that produces 145 PS and 340 Nm of max power and torque respectively. It will come coupled to a 6-speed DSG automatic, with probably no manual gearbox option on offer. VW Tiguan AllSpace will compete against Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and the upcoming Tata Gravitas. Prices are expected to be upwards of Rs. 37 lakh.
VW Tiguan will offer a 7-seater configuration
Volkswagen ID Crozz EV
Volkswagen will also be introducing an Electric Vehicles at the 2020 Auto Expo. That, dear readers, will be Volkswagen ID Crozz. The ID Crozz is an MEB platform based coupe-styled SUV. The sloping roofline lends it a very sporty and funky design.
We expect the car to sport an insanely high price tag. Manufacturing electric vehicles isn’t cheap, and considering that this will a CBU import to India, the cost will surely be high. To justify the high costs, the ID Crozz EV will offer great specifications, at least on paper. We expect the driving range to be around the 300Km ballpark and the performance to rival entry-level sports cars. Surely feels exciting, doesn’t it?
Volkswagen ID Crozz is an all-electric Coupe-styled SUV
Volkswagen Polo Motorsports Winter RX Race-car
Another Volkswagen on our list is a cup car from the manufacturer and is named as aggressive as it is. The Polo RX Winter project car is a rally-spec Polo that Volkswagen India has developed it indigenously and we should applaud them while adoring this brutal beauty at the Auto Expo 2020.
The RX Winter project car gets a rear-mounted 1.8L TSI engine that produces 250bhp. The Ameo cup car was the first competition car from the manufacturer to use this engine, and Volkswagen has plonked the Polo RX with this engine. But, the peak power here is limited to 210hp and transmission duties are taken care of by a sequential gearbox with paddle-shifters. The turbo-charged Polo RX also gets FMSCI approved safety nets of race-rated wiring harnesses, roll-cage, and 5-point seat belt.
Starting from the smallest car of the Czech manufacturer, the Rapid is here to join the list of Cars at Auto Expo. The badge-engineered Volkswagen Vento is a brilliant car, but hasn't set the sales charts on fire. As the images of the new India-spec Rapid have already surfaced over the internet, the car is bound for its first unveiling at the Auto Expo. The new Rapid will be more in line with Skoda’s family design aesthetics as seen on the latest Skoda cars such as Kodaiq and Superb. The Ciaz competitor with new design and Volkswagen derived powertrain is expected to improve its sales chart once the new version is launched in the market.
Skoda will not provide a BS6 diesel engine on the Rapid
The Skoda Octavia is due for a generation change, and the new generation of the car will be showcased at the upcoming 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. After its display to the masses at there, the second appearance to the masses is expected at the Auto Expo 2020. Octavia is the most selling car form, Skoda, thus it is expected to be there at the expo floors. The power source is expected to be carried over from the current generation of the Octavia.
The next-gen Skoda Octavia will borrow styling cues from the upcoming Skoda Superb
Skoda Superb Facelift
While Skoda has recently unveiled the Superb facelift, it is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo floors. The refreshed Superb is sleeker and longer than the outgoing model, thanks to the refreshed bumper design. For the very first time, a Skoda will feature a hybrid powertrain on the Superb. The VisionX inspired boot lid will see a bold Skoda lettering replacing the wing logo. The drivetrain of the Superb, however, will remain identical to the current offering.
Skoda Superb is one of the most sensible luxury sedans ever, with class-leading build quality
The Skoda Kamiq is an entry-level crossover from Skoda. It is currently on sale in the international markets and is confirmed for launch by the Skoda India Director, Zac Hollis. The Kamiq will be positioned against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and so. With sleek and sharp styling cues it is expected to register a fairly large amount of footfall for itself.
Skoda Kamiq might be launched in India in 2020
Another SUV from Skoda to join our list of cars at Auto Expo is Karoq. It is a mid-size crossover that is currently on sale in the markets abroad. As a part of the Skoda India’s “India 2.0” project, it is confirmed to be launched in India soon. The Karoq sits in between the Kamiq and the Kodiaq in the Skoda line-up and will rival the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CRV, Jeep Compass, and the likes, once launched in India.
Skoda Karoq looks more premium than its competitors
Mercedes-Benz Cars at Auto Expo 2020
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan
Out of the three German luxury carmakers (BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz), only Mercedes-Benz has confirmed to attend the 2020 Auto Expo. The carmaker from Stuttgart will be showcasing all the upcoming Mercedes cars in India, a list which includes the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan. The new A-Class will be the most affordable Mercedes you can buy in India, an offer too lucrative for many people to pass. It is expected to sport two engine options. First is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 163PS and 250Nm of max power and max torque respectively, while the second one is a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 116PS and 260Nm.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan will be the most affordable Mercedes car in India
The current Mercedes GLA was quite a popular car among Indian buyers looking for a small and affordable luxury car. With the launch of the A-Class sedan, the GLA won't remain the first choice for these buyers, but it will certainly be on top of their wishlist. Also, considering the popularity of small SUVs in India and the bad condition of Indian roads, it would make a lot of sense to go for the GLA instead of the low slung A-Class. Both the cars are built on the company's MFA platform, all will be brought to India via the CKD route to reduce costs.
Mercedes GLA will be available in India via the CBU route
Mercedes AMG GT 4-door Coupe
One of the most exciting cars at Auto Expo 2020 will be the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door Coupe. This supercar shares its platform with the E-Class and CLS, and will be the most powerful Mercedes cars sold in India. The GT63 S produces a mindblowing max power of 645PS from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The engine is coupled to a 9-speed automatic (9G-Tronic) gearbox. To help control that power, the 4-door GT comes with Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system as standard.
Mercedes-AMG GT63 S is oOne of the most exciting cars at 2020 Auto Expo
Mercedes-Benz EQC EV
Apart from the cars mentioned above, we will also be catching a glance at the company's first electric SUV for India, the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The EQC electric SUV is based on the EQ concept car that was on display at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and is expected to launch in India around April 2020. The SUV will be an all-wheel-drive vehicle with two electric motors, one powering the front axle and one powering the rear. To improve the driving range, the EQC will predominantly function as a front-wheel-drive car. The rear wheels will only kick in when there is a demand for performance by the driver. The company claims a range of 415 Km on a single charge and a top speed of 180 Kmph. Now that is some sweet performance!
Mercedes-Benz EQC is based on the EQ concept car from 2016 Paris Motor Show
Above is a list of all the upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020. Please bear in mind that this is only our expectations. The list will continue to be updated. Therefore, stay tuned with IndianAuto to get the latest information.