The Indian Auto Expo, a biannual automobile event, has considerably expanded in size and turned in to an international event. Especially, the Auto Expo 2020, which will take place from February 7 - 12, 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.
New Hyundai Creta
The 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 of 16 inches 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.
Toyota and Maruti Suzuki joined in a partnership with each other last year and their first product for the Indian auto market is 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.
Maruti Swift Sport
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 Heartech 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.
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 displayed at the 2020 Auto Expo. 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.
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 in December 2020. In the Indian auto market, the new model will serve as a substitute for the fourth-gen one which makes started to go 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 feature a shorter and thicker rear section with a well-sculpted boot lid, sharper boot lid and LED wraparound taillights.
Now, it is still too early to comment anything on the interior of the new Honda City. Nevertheless, we know for sure that the vehicle will get a more premium cabin in comparison with the current model with high-quality materials and more top-notch features. Since the new Honda City is likely to be launched in India after the BS-VI emission norms take effect, it has been rumoured that the sedan will be powered by a new 1.0 turbo 3-cyl gasoline motor. The 1.5-litre 4-cyl oil burner will continue to serve as the power source for the 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. 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 facelifted Hyundai Elantra was 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 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 displayed at the 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.
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.
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.
MG Hector 7 Seater
The next vehicle to be showcased at the Auto Expo is the 7-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 the 7-seater version to India by March 2020.The vehicle is expected to experience no changes in the feature list except for the USB charging ports and AC vents in the rear seat row. Noteworthily, the MG Hector is based on the Baojun 530, which is also available in both 5-seat and 7-seat version. The dimensions of the SUV will see no changes since the large 587-litre boot can easily save some space for the third seat row.
The 7-seater MG Hector 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.
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.
New Mahindra XUV500
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 leading position of the Maruti Vitara Brezza has been threatened due to the presence of other new more modern compact SUVs like the Mahindra XUV300 and the Hyundai Venue. However, instead of giving the Vitara Brezza a facelift, the Indian largest automaker is reported to 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 the changing customers' perception of premium cars, the new model is expected to become a popular SUV with Indian auto 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.
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.
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.
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.