Upcoming Cars From Mainstream Carmakers In India In 2020

by Mohammed Burman | 10/01/2020
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In the following article, we will compile a list of upcoming cars in India 2020, along with details on their prices, specs, and other features

The Indian car market is about to witness the entry of a lot of different car models by various manufacturers. Besides the luxurious car segment which is going to develop remarkably this year, many cars from mainstream automakers will also be introduced to the Indian auto market including both the newcomers and the ones which have created a certain prestige in the country. In line with this, following is our list of Upcoming Cars in India 2020. 

Kia Carnival

The first car from in the list of upcoming cars in India 2020 is the Kia Carnival. Expected to be the second offering of the South Korean automaker for the Indian auto market, the Kia Carnival will target the auto buyers who prefer a more upmarket and bigger MPV than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Once launched in India, the Kia Carnival will be available in a seven-seater layout with the middle row being captain seats along with 6- and 8-seat layout. A 2.2-litre oil-burner (diesel engine) which is mated to a 6-speed AT will be standard across all variants.

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Kia Sonet (Kia QYi)

The Kia Sonet (codenamed Kia QYi) is a sub-4-metre SUV that will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 as a concept car. The production of the model will begin in the second half of 2020. The SUV is expected to share its platform and engine options with Hyundai Venue, although there will be quite a lot of changes as well.

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Hyundai Aura

Being the 4-door sedan version of the Grand i10 Nios, the Hyundai Aura is expected to borrow both exterior and interior features from its hatchback counterpart. Nevertheless, apart from the 1.2-litre gasoline and oil-burners, the Hyundai Aura will also receive its power from a 1.0-litre petrol motor. The transmission duties will be handled by a 5-speed MT or an AMT.

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New-gen Hyundai Creta

The next in the list of upcoming cars in India 2020 cannot exclude one of the best-selling SUVs in India, the Hyundai Creta. The new-gen Creta will be almost identical to the brand-new Hyundai ix25 which was recently launched in China. The new Creta is sure to be more premium-looking than the outgoing model, thanks to the brand-new design philosophy and many new features. The new model will also be available in a 7-seat version which will be introduced next year.

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Also readHyundai Creta 2018 Review India: Specs, Prices and Performance

Facelifted Hyundai Verna

Although the current-gen Hyundai Verna looks extremely sharpy and sporty, especially compared to its competition, the South Korean automaker still wants to make it more attractive to the customers by giving it an extensive update in 2020. The upgrades are expected to include a restyled exterior and interior as well as brand-new 1.5-litre gasoline and oil-burners.

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Also readThe Hyundai Verna 2018 India Review - A Thorough Walkthrough

Facelifted Hyundai Tucson

The next model in our list of upcoming cars in India 2020 is the updated Hyundai Tucson, which comes with a sharper styling but with subtle upgrades and a mild-hybrid setup, which are just a few among the new features. The other outstanding new features in the India-bound Verna are expected to include LED headlights, an 8-inch infotainment system and Qi wireless charging.

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New Honda City

The Honda City will be thoroughly updated the fifth-gen model. The City will be bigger and designed in harmony with the latest Honda Accord and Honda Civic. The sedan will receive its power from a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated gasoline burner and a 1.5-litre turbo oil-burner. Both of these will comply with the BS-VI emission standards. In this new model, the diesel version will also be available with a CVT unit.

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Also readHonda City 2018 Review in India

Tata Altroz

Being the successor to the Tata Bolt, the Tata Altroz will be the first car to be underpinned by Tata’s Alfa architecture. The Tata Altroz will be available with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated gasoline burner and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel motor right from the beginning as well as a 1.0-litre gasoline burner which will be introduced later also in 2020. Once launched in India on 22 January 2020, the Altroz will rival the Hyundai i20 and the Maruti Baleno.

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Facelifted Tata Tiago

The small hatchback from Tata Motors, the Tiago, will also receive a styling upgrade with a new grille, new inserts on the headlights, restyled front and rear bumper, etc. For the facelifted Tiago, the home-grown automaker will also discontinue the production of the 1.1-litre oil-burner and replaces it with the standard 1.2-litre three-cylinder gasoline-burner which will conform to the BS-VI emission norms. The transmission duties will be implemented by both a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT.

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Facelifted Tata Tigor

Tata Tigor is a compact sedan based on th Tiago, and as such it borrows the aesthetic and mechanical alterations from its hatchback counterpart. The changes include a new grille, new front and rear bumpers and a fully digital instrument console. Even the diesel motor production will also be shelved from production and only the 1.2-litre oil burner which is mated to a 5-speed MT/AMT will be available on the lineup.

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Also read2018 Tata Tigor Facelift Review: A New “Tiger” Of Tata

Tata Gravitas

The Harrier, despite recording a decent sales number, has caused a certain deal of disappointment among the Indian auto buyers due to the absence of the 7-seat version and an automatic gearbox. The long-anticipated 7-seat version of the Tata Harrier, the Tata Gravitas, will be introduced to the Indian auto market in early 2020, perhaps at the Auto Expo. It will be identical to the Tata Buzzard which was debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The 170 PS version of the 2.0-litre diesel motor will serve as the power source for the Gravitas. The SUV will also be available with a 6-speed AT unit as well.

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Tata Nexon EV

The new Nexon EV has already been previewed and is slated for launch in the Indian auto market in the first half of 2020. Based on the Nexon but with a redesigned front fascia and a totally different powertrain from the Nexon, the EV will be the first pure electric sub-4-metre SUV in India. The Nexon EV will receive its power from and a single electric motor with a 30.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery which can deliver 127 PS against 245 Nm. The vehicle is able to travel for a range of 300 km on a single charge.

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Also readTata Nexon 2018 Review: Stunning Design with Appealing Price

Maruti Vitara Brezza Facelift

While the details are limited, the new Maruti Vitara Brezza will be introduced to the Indian auto market with few atheistic upgrades in both the front and the rear. The most important change to the new version will be an all-new powertrain. Maruti will stick to its commitment of excluding the diesel engines from its lineup and will offer the updated Maruti Vitara Brezza with only a new BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre gasoline burner, which is also the unit used in the XL6 and the Maruti Ciaz.

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Also readMaruti Vitara Brezza 2018 Review

New-gen Maruti Celerio

The Maruti Celerio might have lost its popularity recently. However, its sales number has a marvellous chance to be improved, thanks to the full model update this year. The new-gen Maruti Celerio (codenamed Maruti Y1B) is expected to be launched just before Diwali.

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Also readMaruti Suzuki Celerio 2018 Review: Images, Specs, and Prices

Facelifted Maruti Ignis

Except for the addition of roof rails, the Maruti Ignis has not received any updates since its official launch in 2017. This year, it will experience an update with some remarkable alterations. The Indian largest automaker has yet to reveal the launch date of the hatchback.

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Maruti Eeco Facelift

The Maruti Eeco has not received any remarkable cosmetic alterations since its launch nearly a decade ago. In this facelift, the Maruti Eeco will also receive several noticeable visual upgrades in both the front and the rear. Having said that, the most noteworthy alteration to the new version is the new powertrain which will completely conform to the BSVI emission standards.

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Maruti Suzuki all-electric crossover

The Maruti Futuro-E concept, which will make its debut at the Auto Expo 2020, will be launched in its production model this year, too. The vehicle will be an A-segment crossover which will borrow the platform from the Maruti Wagon R. It sales will be limited to only government bodies and fleet customers.

MG 6-seat SUV

The new MG 6-seat SUV will be an upmarket, three-row version of the MG Hector. This vehicle will come with a new three-row seating layout with the second seat row being captain seats. Some design alterations in both the front and the rear will also help it distinguish itself from the Hector. The new SUV will borrow the 1.5-litre petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine from its donor vehicle. Both of these will be BSVI-compliant right from the launch.

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The MG ZS EV, the first-ever all-electric SUV from the British auto manufacturer for the Indian auto market will be launched in India next year to become a formidable competitor against the Hyundai Kona EV. Coming with the same design as the regular MG ZS, the electric ZS has its own unique selling point, which is an all-electric motor coupled with a 44.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery package. The electric motor can deliver 150 PS against 350 Nm, which are quite brilliant figures, especially for a compact SUV.

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New-gen Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar has been well-known as an affordable choice for Indian off-road enthusiasts. However, after a long time without any remarkable updates, the Mahindra Thar will receive an update in its new generation this year. The 2020 Mahindra Thar will get thoroughly updated exterior with a wide range of more top-notch comfort and convenience features. All of these help the new Thar become a safer and more practical vehicle. The vehicle will be revealed at Auto Expo 2020 and not long after that, will be officially launched in India, enlisting itself in the upcoming cars in India 2020.

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New-gen Mahindra Scorpio

The Mahindra Scorpio has almost remained its overall design with only some marginal alterations since its launch three years ago. Eventually, a new-gen Mahindra Scorpio will arrive this year with a brand-new body shell and interior, which will make the new Scorpio much more attractive to the Indian auto customers. Apart from the cosmetic changes, the new Scorpio will also receive a new 2.0-litre diesel engine, and maybe even a 2.0-litre petrol motor.

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Mahindra Bolero facelift

For the last two decades, the Mahindra Bolero has managed to maintain its decent sales number despite the fierce competition from other more modern SUVs. Nevertheless, to increase its competitiveness, the home-grown auto manufacturer has decided to introduce a new Bolero with some aesthetic alterations along with new BSVI engines to comply with the upcoming stricter emission norms.

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Also readMahindra Bolero 2018 India Review: Look, Performance, Specs, Price

Mahindra eKUV100

Mahindra has been well-known for being a pioneer in EVs, with models like the eVerito and the e2o. Thanks to the upcoming eKUV100, the home-grown automaker will step into a new phase of EVs. The micro electric SUV will be identical to its ICE-powered counterpart apart from only the 16 kWh battery package in the former.

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Renault sub-4-metre SUV

Once the BSVI norms take effect, the 1.5-litre K9K oil burner will be shelved from the engine lineup of the French auto manufacturer. As a result, the already slow-selling Captur and Duster SUVs production might be discontinued. The concept model of a sub-4-metre SUV, codenamed HBC, will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The production model will be launched in the latter half of 2020.

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Datsun sub-4-metre SUV

The sub-4-metre SUV segment seems to develop so fast that many automakers want to penetrate more deeply into this space. Datsun is not an exception. The upcoming sub-4-metre SUV from Datsun will be a cousin of the Renault HBC and will be introduced to the Indian auto market in late 2020.

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Facelifted Jeep Compass

With the introduction of the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier in the aggressive SUV segment, the Jeep Compass’s sales number has been affected to a certain degree. The current Jeep Compass is going to reach it three-year-old mark soon; as a result, a mid-life update of the vehicle will be introduced this year. In this update, the automatic gearbox will be mated to more diesel variants. A 7-seater version will be introduced in 2021, perhaps as a separate model.

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Volkswagen T-Cross

There are a lot of upcoming Volkswagen cars in India that we are excited about. The first one is the VW T-Cross, Volkswagen's smallest SUV yet for the Indian market. The T-Cross will be based on the same A0 platform which underpins the Skoda Kamiq. The car is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel producing 115PS and 350Nm of max power and torque respectively. There might also be a 1.2-litre or 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine on offer, in order to keep the base price low.

Volkswagen T-Cross India

Volkswagen T-Roc

Positioned between the VW T-Cross and the VW Tiguan, the Volkswagen T-Roc is will be imported through the CBU route with the sales being limited to only 2,500 units each year. It is expected to be priced in the range from INR 20 lakh (ex-showroom, India).

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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

The Tiguan has not recorded a decent sales number in India, due to the absence of a 7-seat version. Therefore, a Tiguan Allspace is going to serve as a substitute for the slow-selling Tiguan. The former has been available in both 5-and-7-seat versions with only the latter coming to India. A 2.0-litre TSI petrol motor will be standard across all variants.

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Volkswagen Passat Facelift

While the VW Passat might not record a great sales number since it is the first model from the brand for the Indian auto market, it is an important product of the German automaker here. The facelifted version, which will be introduced in 2020, will get some slight updates to both the front and the rear, a new infotainment unit with connected functions. Under the hood of the vehicle will be a 2.0-litre gasoline burner which conforms to the BS-VI emission standards.

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Volkswagen ID Crozz EV

Electric vehicles are all the rage right now, with every manufacturer jumping in on the action. Volkswagen has to have one too, right? Of course it does! Enter the ID Crozz Electric SUV concept. First showcased at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, Volkswagen ID Crozz is a coupe-styled SUV, like BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe.

Volkswagen ID Cross India

Skoda Karoq

Skoda has enjoyed a decent success in India with the Kodiaq SUV. Now, the Czech carmaker is expected to launch its new compact SUV, the Skoda Karoq, in April 2020. Being the replacement of the slow-selling Yeti, the Karoq is expected to record a decent sales number after its launch in the country.

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Skoda Superb facelift

The Skoda Superb is sure to be included in the big plans of Skoda for the upcoming cars in India 2020. The flagship sedan will get a mid-life update with some minimal tweaks to the front and rear. Moreover, the diesel motor will be excluded from the powertrain options and the sedan will only be available with a gasoline burner.

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Also readSkoda Superb’s 2018 Facelift Overall Rating

Skoda Octavia RS 245

The Skoda Octavia RS 230 has recorded a great sales number for the Czech carmaker and sold out in a very short time. To satisfy the increasing demand from the auto customers, the company has an intention of introducing the Skoda Octavia RS 245 at Auto Expo 2020. The RS 245 will come with a more powerful version of the 1.8-litre turbo motor which can deliver 245 PS. The RS 245 will be imported to India through a CBU route. Its price range will start from INR 40 lakh (ex-showroom) and its sales will be restricted to only 200 units.

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2020 Skoda Octavia

The new Skoda Octavia will be introduced to the Indian auto market in the fourth quarter of 2020. It is likely to be powered by only a 150 PS 1.5-litre TSI Evo gasoline burner. The Octavia is easily among the most awaited upcoming cars in India 2020 if we think about D1 sedan. 

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Citroen C5 Aircross

The C5 Aircross will be the first offering from the French automaker for the Indian auto market. The compact SUV has been known for its strange and outstanding design. The C5 Aircross will arrive in India as a CKD unit to keep its pricing as aggressive as possible. Once launched in India, it is expected to be priced in the ranger from INR 20 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Toyota Vellfire

You are looking for a more premium alternative to the Innova Crysta; the upcoming Toyota Vellfire will be an ideal choice for you. To be imported as a CBU unit to India in early 2020, the Toyota Vellfire is expected to get a luxurious cabin and the middle seat row being captain seats which will be offered as a standard feature across all variants. The hybrid powertrain will also be standard. Once launched in India, the Vellfire will have a price tag of INR 80 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf will be imported via the CBU route. It will be powered by an electric motor with a 40 kWh battery pack which can generate 150 PS against 320 Nm. With a starting price of INR 40 lakh (ex-showroom), the Nissan Leaf’s sale will be limited to only corporate customers.

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Next-gen Force Gurkha

The direct competitor of the Mahindra Thar, the Force Gurkha will also experience a full revision this year. It will become a more practical, comfortable, safer, and more powerful vehicle.

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Ford Mustang Facelift

The new Mustang has already been released in the international market and is expected to be launched in India this year. Besides the minimal alterations to the front and the instrument console, the most outstanding new feature of the facelifted Ford Mustang is the more powerful version of the 5.0-litre V8 gasoline burner which is mated to a brand-new 10-speed AT unit, which leads to an improvement in its already impressive performance.  The new version is expected to be launched at Auto Expo 2020 with a price of INR 75 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Above is a list of upcoming cars from mainstream carmakers in India 2020. Are you planning to buy any of the vehicles above, share with us in the comment section below.

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