Upcoming Cars in India under Rs 50 Lakh in 2020-2021: From Audi A3 to Citreon C5 Aircross

by Harish Kumar | 25/08/2020
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It's known that the Indian auto enthusiasts don’t often have many choices for a luxury sports car under 50 lakh. However, here’s the list of all upcoming cars under Rs 50 lakh in India in 2020 – 2021 that includes models like MG Gloster, Citroen C5 Aircross, Audi A3, etc.

The automobile manufacturers in India are having a wide range of vehicles ranging from basic budget-end cars to the more premium lot. While the Indian buyers are stricter on buying a new car, the segment of cars between Rs 20 to 50 lakh are scoring better in the popularity stakes in recent times. In 2020 – 2021, most of the brands are readying to launch a lot of cars within the Rs 50 lakh budget. Read on to discover the list of upcoming cars under 50 lakhs in India that includes models like MG Gloster, Citroen C5 Aircross, Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan and more.

1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan

Expected Launch

October 2020

Engine

Turbocharged Petrol, 1.5L Turbocharged Diesel

Transmission

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

Since Mercedes-Benz has been the largest-selling premium car brand in the Indian market, it’s quite a pleasure that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will be launched in India in late this year. For the uninitiated, the LWB version of the A-Class Sedan has been a resounding success of the brand in the Chinese market, we expect the same will go for the Indian-spec model, as long as it’s equipped and priced well in our country.

mercedes-benz a-class sedan front three quarters

What we don’t know is that if we get the special LWB variant of the A-Class from China or the standard model. However, given the roaring success of the LWB model in China, we bet on that variant to make it into our country.

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be powered by BS6-compliant, 1330 cc turbo-petrol engine, developing 163 PS of power and 250 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 7-speed DCT option. There’s are also a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit that makes 116 PS of power and 260 Nm of peak torque. The oil burner comes coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Once launched, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will take on the likes of BMW 1-Series or Audi A3 in India.

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2. Audi Q3 2020

Expected Launch

Late 2020

Engine

2.0L Turbo-Petrol

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

The list of upcoming cars under 50 lakh in India continues with the Audi Q3 which is slated for the launch in around October 2020. When it comes to the SUVs from Audi, the Q3 is quite a popular nameplate. We expect that the new-gen Q3 will have a lot more to bring in the table upon its official launch. While the design of the new Q3 is quite identical to the previous-gen model, the all-new SUV will be bigger than the outgoing car by quite a margin.

2020 audi q3 front three quarters

The refreshed Q3 will measure 4,485 mm long, 1,849 mm wide and 1,585 mm high, along with the wheelbase of 2,680 mm. It carries on using the large and hexagonal front grille that features vertical chrome stripes. The LED tail lamps have been tweaked a bit to get a Lamborghini look at the back.

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Powering the upcoming Audi Q3 2020 will be a 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo-petrol engine that generates 228 PS of power and 258 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission combined with an All-wheel-drive system. On the inside, the Audi Q3 2020 will be loaded with premium features like 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control, a premium audio system to name a few.

3. Volkswagen Passat 2020

Expected Launch

October 2020

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Petrol

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

Volkswagen is considering reintroducing one of its flagship sedan, the Passat in the Indian market. Though not doing well in terms of sales in the new car market, VW is still an auto company that delivers the most reliable cars in the Indian space. The 2020 VW Passat is looked to follow that pathway.

VW Passat 2020 front three quarters

As for a VW car, the upcoming Passat looks quite sleek on the outside with a sharp front grille with chrome accents, muscular bonnet, rectangular LED headlamps and angular tail lamps. The VW Passat comes with a spacious and comfortable cabin, in line with most of the brand’s vehicles. The upcoming VW car will bring in a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 174 PS of power and 206 Nm of torque under its skin, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission that offers the front-wheel-drive capabilities. The expected price of the VW Passat 2020 will be at around Rs 34 – 35 lakh. If it’s to be believed, the VW Passat will be one of the hot car launches among the upcoming cars under 50 lakhs in India in 2020-21.

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4. Citroen C5 Aircross

Expected Launch

January-March 2021

Engine

2.0L diesel, 1.6L Turbo-Petrol

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

PSA Group is all set to enter our market with its Citroen brand, be it the Citroen C5 Aircross coming as the very first Citroen car in India. Bound to be launched in India in late 2020 at the beginning, the launch of the Citroen C5 Aircross has been pushed to January – March 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic and country-wide lockdown.

upcoming cars - citroen c5 aircross front angle

Sources suggest that the Citroen C5 Aircross will be locally assembled in India, with the price starting from Rs 30 lakh onwards (estimated, ex-showroom). The upcoming SUV will be sold in a single trim and looked to come with features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, split-LED headlamps with DRLs, panoramic sunroof among others. Under the hood of the Citroen C5 Aircross sits a 2.0-litre diesel engine tuned to produce 180 HP of power that comes linked with an 8-speed torque converter automatic option.

Citroen is not planning to sell the all-new C5 Aircross SUV in larger numbers in the Indian market. Instead, it is said that the French company will bet big on its forthcoming made-in-India products from the C-Cubed programme that includes the C21 compact SUV or the CC21 hatchback. With a Rs 30 lakh price point, the Citroen C5 Aircros is one of the upcoming cars in India under 50 lakhs.

5. MG Gloster

Expected Launch

November 2020

Engine

2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel, 2.0L Turbocharged Petrol

Transmission

8-Speed ZF Automatic

The India launch of the MG Gloster is just around the corner as MG Motor has recently listed the Gloster on its official website. The all-new MG Gloster is expected to go on sale in India after the MG Hector Plus but the official launch date is yet to be announced. Once launched, the Gloster is MG’s fourth product for the Indian automobiles space.

The MG Gloster has been teased and spotted testing in India for more than several times. The upcoming 7-seater SUV will make use of a 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine that is good enough to produce 220 PS/ 480 Nm along with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor making 220 PS/ 365 Nm of peak torque. There will be an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox option with an AWD system on board for both engine options.

Similar to what’s offered on earlier MG cars, the imminent MG Gloster will be packed with some advanced features and tech like a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree camera view, a panoramic sunroof, six airbags, ABS with EBD and more.

6. Jaguar E Pace

Expected Launch

December 2020

Engine

2.0L Petrol, 2.0L Diesel

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual

Jaguar’s competitor to the models like Audi Q3, BMW X1, the Jaguar E-Pace is the next upcoming car under 50 lakh in India here. Sitting below the F-Pace and I-Pace in the company’s product range, the Jaguar E-Pace was developed on the Evoque’s platform and is offered with a Jaguar Land Rover-derived 2.0-litre Ingenium set of 150 PS, 180 PS and 240 PS Turbo-diesel engines internationally.

There’s also a 250 HP turbocharged petrol motor option on offer. The AWD system is available on all variants but the 150 HP diesel engine can be had with a front-wheel-drive system.

jaguar e-pace red colour front three quarters

7. Mercedes-Benz GLA 2020

Expected Launch

Late 2020

Engine

2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Petrol

Transmission

7-Speed DCT Automatic

The smallest crossover from Mercedes, the GLA 2020 is destined to hit the premium car segment in India by storm in later this year. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA is designed to look sportier and perform better on the drive. It comes with shorter overhangs, aggressive 18-inch wheels and raked windshield at the front. The oversized Mercedes-Benz branding makes the front grille look a bit smaller but it’s not something that depreciates the GLA’s overall look.

upcoming cars under 50 lakhs - mercedes benz gla 2020 front three quarters

Under the hood of the GLA 2020 lies a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine tuned to make 208 PS of max power and 258 Nm of peak torque. Mated to this engine will be a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Since the German carmaker always prioritizes safety in Mercedes cars, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA 2020 is fitted with a range of advanced safety kits like airbags for the front and rear, ABS with EBD, traction control, child safety locks, parking cameras, stability controls among many others.

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Currently, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is priced between Rs 32 – 41 lakh (ex-showroom). We expect the new GLA to require a slightly higher price bracket due to the changes and updates involved. Still, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 2020 sits among the upcoming cars below Rs 50 lakh in India in 2020.

8. Skoda Octavia 2020

Expected Launch

Early 2021

Engine

1.5L Petrol, 2.0L Diesel

Transmission

6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed DSG

The upcoming Skoda Octavia was initially slated for an October 2020 launch which has been now pushed to early 2021 because of the COVID-19 impact. All that mean the Skoda’s key product, Octavia will be missing for the rest of the year since the older-gen sedan was not upgraded to meet the stringent BS6 standards.

upcoming cars- 2020 skoda octavia front three quarters

The fourth-gen Octavia will arrive here in January next year and bring a lot in the table when it comes to performance, durability and usability. The upcoming sedan car will sport a myriad of features both on the outside and inside its plush interior, namely a large touchscreen for the infotainment, a digital dashboard, three-zone climate control among more.

Powering the Skoda Octavia 2020 will be a combo of 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine together with a 2.0-litre diesel unit. Both the mills can be had with either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission as an option.

9. Skoda Kodiaq 2020

Expected Launch

January 2021

Engine

2.0L Petrol

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

Alongside the new-gen Skoda Octavia, the all-new Skoda Kodiaq 2020 is about to come to us in the early days of next year. Just like the sedan sibling, the Kodiaq 2020 was due to go on sale in the Indian market this year but its launch has been shifted to 2021 owing to the virus outbreak.

upcoming cars in india under 50 lakhs - skoda kodiaq 2020 front angle

Given the Czech carmaker’s plan to sell petrol-powered BS6 cars in India only, the all-new Skoda Kodiaq will be packed with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine option under the bonnet, the same also powers the Superb facelift in India. The mill is expected to churn out 190 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque and come paired with a standard 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

10. Kia Stinger

Expected Launch

April 2021

Engine

2.0L Petrol, 3.3L Twin Turbo V6 Petrol, 2.2L Diesel

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

Kia is eyeing on the premium sedan segment of India, thus preparing for the introduction of the new Stinger in the market. However, one looking for a premium Kia sedan will have to wait a bit as the all-new Kia Stinger is set to hit the country in the first half of 2021 and with the current situation, we’re not sure if the official launch date of the Kia Stinger would be delayed or not.

upcoming cars under 50 lakhs - kia stinger

The Kia Stinger is promised to be an aggressive car. It looks sharp on the design and powerful on the mechanical package. Powering the new Stinger will be a 2.0-litre gasoline burner good for 247 PS of power and 353 Nm of peak torque. The performance-spec GT variant, on the other hand, will come with a bigger 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine making a mighty power and torque of 370 PS and 510 Nm, respectively. Besides, the Kia Stinger can be had with diesel engine option as well, in the form of a 2.2-litre diesel engine set to produce 200 PS/ 440 Nm of peak torque. All the engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.  Expect Kia to price the Stinger at around Rs 50 lakh mark, thereby making it the best cars under 50 lakh in India in 2020-21.

11. Audi A3 2021

Expected Launch

Mid-2021

Engine

2.0L Petrol, 2.0L Diesel

Transmission

7-Speed DCT

If there was a luxury sports car under 50 lakh that’s majorly awaited in India, it should be the Audi A3 2021. Stylistically, the 2021 Audi A3 sports no major changes in terms of design compared its predecessor but a more coupe-like stance is likely to make it the new A3 sedan.

2021 audi a3 front three quarters

Audi is set to introduce the new A3 2021 with three engine variants at launch: a 35 TFSI petrol, a 35 TFSI petrol-hybrid and a 35 TDI diesel motor option. Transmission duties will be carried over by either a 6-speed MT or a 7-step S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox, depending on the variant. Read our detailed report on new Audi A3 2021 to know the exact specifications of the new model.

In India, Audi is likely to price the new A3 2021 at the price ranging around Rs 35 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom). It will directly rival the like of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine when it goes on sale in our country.

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12. MG G10

Expected Launch

Mid 2021

Engine

2.0L Diesel, 2.0L Turbo-Petrol

Transmission

6-Speed Manual, 6-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed Automatic

The MG G10 MPV had its first public debut at the Auto Expo 2020, hinting at the imminent launch of a proper family mover in the Indian space. While the previous iteration of the MG G10 didn’t make it to our shores, the Chinese-owned British brand has announced that the new version of the G10 will be launched in India in 2021.

mg g10 front angle

The Toyota Innova Crysta rival will be powered by two engines – including a 163 PS/ 375 Nm 2.0-litre diesel and a 224 PS/345 Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. The MG G10 will be available with both manual and automatic transmission. The interior of the upcoming MG car will be equipped with a number of comfort features including a power sunroof and a moon roof, a large HD touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, multi-zone climate control, a 6-speaker sound system to name some highlighting equipment.

13. Volkswagen Tiguan 2021

Expected Launch

April 2021

Engine

1.5L TSI Turbo-Petrol

Transmission

Manual, Automatic

While the previous generation of the VW Tiguan has been discontinued by the German carmaker for quite a time back, the company has revealed its plan to re-introduce the Tiguan in its facelifted version sometime next year.

vw tiguan 2021 front three quarters

In comparison with the older VW Tiguan, the facelifted SUV will feature a new bumper with a larger air dam at the front. The grille is expected to get a tweak as well while the LED headlamps and DRLs might be refreshed as well. Under the bonnet, the new upcoming VW Tiguan will be powered by a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine that develops 150 PS of max power. The Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 is expected to be positioned within the Rs 25 lakh mark so it is one of the upcoming cars under 50 lakhs rupees in the Indian space next year.

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