Several carmakers are also planning to showcase new hatchbacks in the Expo which consists of both petrol and electric-powered cars. With the approaching BS-6 norms many manufacturers have decided to not only update their line-up with new engines but also with new looks and features to their existing and new products.
Auto Expo is one of the most popular automobile events in the country, where different manufacturers showcase their new upcoming cars, which are meant for the Indian market. The Auto Expo 2020 will start from 7th till 12th February (5th-6th are media days). Several carmakers are also planning to showcase new hatchbacks in the Expo which consists of both petrol and electric-powered cars. With the approaching BS-6 norms many manufacturers have decided to not only update their line-up with new engines but also with new looks and features to their existing and new products. Given below is a list of updated and upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020.
New-gen Hyundai Elite i20
The new-gen Hyundai Elite i20 is the first car in our list of upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020. The Hyundai Elite i20 is one of the most popular premium hatchbacks in its segment and its rival with the likes of Maruti Baleno and recently-launched Tata Altroz. The carmaker is now planning to introduce a new-gen model of the car at the Auto Expo. It has been snapped under camouflage a few times while getting in India. The exterior design of the premium hatchback will be based on the Sonata. One can expect the car to feature a broader and sharper grille along with LED headlights and LED projector headlamps. The car will employ the same 16-inch wheels, but the ongoing diamond-cut alloy wheels will be replaced by machine-cut alloys. Moreover, conventional antenna mounted on the roof will get substituted by a shark-fin antenna. The rear section of the new-gen model will employ smaller LED taillights, and the license place will be placed on the bumper. It is also expected that the car will feature Hyundai’s Blue Link technology, which is also offered with the company’s sub-four meter SUV, Venue. The Bluelink technology allows a person to use a series of functions like an engine on/off, car lock/unlock and much more. Moreover, it is expected that the new-gen Hyundai Elite i20 will get propelled from the same engine option, which performs the same duties in Venue. The Hyundai Venue derives power from a 1.2-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre diesel mill. The sub-compact SUV also gets a more potent 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol unit, which churns out 100 PS of power. All these engines will be offered with the new-gen Hyundai Elite i20. Like Hyundai Venue, the transmission duties will be done by a manual gearbox along with a DCT. The premium hatchback will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, and the launch of the car will happen somewhere around the second half of 2020.
It has been snapped under camouflage a few times while getting in India
Maruti Swift Sport
On our list of upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020, the second car on our list is the sports version of Maruti Swift, which is one of the hot-selling hatchbacks in its segment. It competes against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and Tata Tiago. The competition in that particular segment has been steadily increasing. As such Maruti is worried about Swift’s popularity declining in recent times. That’s why the company is planning to introduce a more potent version of the car named Swift Sport. In terms of looks and performance, the Maruti Swift deserves to be named as a hot hatch. In foreign markets, the car derives power from a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol unit, which puts out power and torque outputs of 140 PS and 230 Nm. Transmission duties are done by a 6-speed manual transmission. The Swift Sport sprints from 0-100 kph in just 8.1 seconds. Once launched, it’ll rival with the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and Abarth Punto. The car employs a redesigned huge grille, dual-tone bumper, 17-inch alloy wheels, a new-looking rear two-tone bumper with twin exhaust pipes.
The Swift Sport sprints from 0-100 kph in just 8.1 seconds
The Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki is also planning to introduce a premium version of Wagon R into the India market named as XL5. This new Maruti hatchback will be retailed through the company’s Nexa dealership network. The Maruti XL5 will be powered by the same engine, which does duty on Wagon R. It’ll get propelled by 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine, and a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder mill, which comes coupled to a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT. The rumours are out that upcoming Maruti XL5 will replace Ignis in the company’s portfolio because the car seems to struggle a bit.
This new Maruti hatchback will be retailed through the company’s Nexa dealership network
Maruti S-Presso X
Maruti has recently launched the S-Presso into the Indian market, and the entry-level Maruti car is now getting quite popular among the buyers. Like Maruti Celerio X, the carmaker is now also planning to introduce a more rugged version of the S-Presso names as S-Presso X which consists of some extra cladding, skid-plates upfront, higher ground clearance and a more prominent bumper. The production of S-Presso X will be based on the people’s response towards the car at the Auto Expo 2020. This SUV-inspired crossover hatchback is an amazing addition on the list of upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020.
This SUV-inspired crossover hatchback is an amazing addition on the list of upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020
Maruti Wagon R EV
The Wagon R EV is the last Maruti car on our list of upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020. The electric tallboy has been spotted several times, while getting tested on the roads of Gurugram, Haryana. The company is testing this car from a long while, which simply means that the carmaker is examining the long-term reliability of this vehicle. We expect that Maruti will delay the launch of Wagon R in India because right now there is no sustainable electric vehicle infrastructure in the country. Recently, there is an increase in the sales of EVs, but it is only limited to commercial vehicles and EV cab services. In the near future, if Maruti price the Wagon R EV at a decent price tag, then general people can start to think to invest on EVs over gasoline and diesel-powered cars.
The company is testing this car from a long while, which simply means that the carmaker is examining the long-term reliability of this vehicle
Renault K-ZE (Kwid EV)
After Hyundai and Maruti, the third carmaker on our list of upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020 is Renault. The French carmaker will showcase the K-ZE EV at the Expo. The company has recently introduced the Kwid EV in China. The interior and exterior design of Renault K-ZE is based on the company’s ongoing facelifted Kwid. The electric hatchback derives power from a 26.8kWh battery pack along with a 33kW electric power. The powertrain offers NEDC driving range of 271 km in one full charge. Moreover, Renault K-ZE or Kwid EV is being offered in two different charging modes namely- normal and fast. In the normal charging mode, the car charges from 0-100 in 4 hours, while in fast charging mode, it only takes 50 minutes.
The French carmaker will showcase the K-ZE EV at the Expo
Tata Altroz EV
In our list of upcoming cars at Auto Expo 2020, we have Tata Altroz EV. Tata Altroz has been recently introduced in our market it’s the first premium hatchback from the Indian carmaker. It competes with the likes of Hyundai i20 and Maruti Baleno. Tata first showcased the Altroz EV at the Geneva Motor Show, 2019, and now the carmaker is planning to showcase the same EV at the Auto Expo 2020. The company has plans to launch Altroz EV in India in two years. After Tigor EV, the Altroz EV will be the second full-electric car from Tata. In terms of looks, the Altroz EV looks quite similar to the ongoing Altroz. Moreover, it will offer top-notch interior along with impressive performance. In one full charge, the hatchback can offer a range of 250-300 km. We expect that EV can attract a good number of Indian buyers.
In terms of looks, the Altroz EV looks quite similar to the ongoing Altroz
Volkswagen Polo Motorsports Winter RX Race-car
The last car on our list of upcoming small cars at the Auto Expo 2020 is the Volkswagen Polo Motorsports Winter RX Race-car. This car is a rally-spec Polo, which is developed by the Volkswagen India. Moreover, the carmaker has confirmed that they will showcase the potent rally-car at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020. It is rumoured that the car will derive power from a 1.8-litre TSI mill, which develops 250bhp of power. The engine comes coupled to a sequential gearbox along with paddle-shifters. The Ameo rally car was the first car by Volkswagen Motorsport to use this motor. The Polo Winter RX Race-car also employs some FMSCI approved safety features like race-rated wiring harness, 5-point seatbelt along with a roll-cage.
The Polo Winter RX Race-car also employs some FMSCI approved safety features like race-rated wiring harness, 5-point seatbelt along with a roll-cage
These are all the upcoming small cars at Auto Expo 2020. Many manufacturers have also started disclosing more cars, which they are planning to introduce at the Expo. If there are some cars which we miss or some that you wanted to see on this list, feel free to reach out to us or you can leave a comment below.