10 LATEST AND UPCOMING CARS IN INDIA 2020-21

10. SKODA SUPERB 2020


Skoda superb to be available in two variants, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India unveiled the Superb facelift at Auto Expo 2020 in Delhi. The model was showcased in two variants, including the Sportline and L&K (Laurin and Klement).


Feature Highlights of the Skoda Superb facelift include all LED lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, virtual cockpit, multiple drive modes, panoramic sunroof, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SmartLink connectivity, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with ventilation, three-zone climate control, and ambient lighting. The facelifted Skoda Superb comes equipped with safety features such as seven airbags, ABS and ESC.


The Skoda Superb facelift will be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The 2.0-litre turbocharged direction-injection TSI petrol engine produces 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine will produce 138bhp and 400Nm of torque. Both engines will be paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.


Expected Price: ₹26 Lakh

Expected Launch: May 2020 (Tentative)



9. VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC



The Volkswagen T-Roc is a sporty SUV and takes a lot of inspiration from Audi. For instance, it features LED projector headlights and LED DRLs, along with a subtle hint of chrome accents. It sits on a wheelbase that measures 2590mm. It gets LED taillights and a spoiler too. The Volkswagen T-Roc rides on 17-inch machined alloys wheels that are paired with 215/55 section tyres. Interiors of the T-Roc are typical of all Volkswagen cars with a classier layout and a cool interplay of soft-touch materials and horizontal lines. The Volkswagen T-Roc features a touchscreen multimedia system replete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and App-Connect. It also gets a two-zone climate control system.


The Volkswagen T-Roc is powered by a BS6 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol motor that comes with ACT (active cylinder technology). This system allows the engine to deactivate two cylinders whenever required to boost efficiency. The motor makes 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox that also gets a sport mode, and you can work the gears with the paddle shifters as well. And it gets an electronic parking brake.


Price: 19.99 Lakh onwards

Launched: March 2020


8. VOLKSWAGEN TAIGUN


Taigun SUV A closer look, however, reveals that Volkswagen accounted for Indian tastes by using liberal amounts of chrome on the grille and bumpers. The bonnet’s more angular too. Coming to the rear, the LED light bar adds distinction. In a nutshell, the Taigun is unmistakably Volkswagen in design, with its understated, yet attractive, styling.

Like every Volkswagen that has gone on sale in India, the Taigun’s cabin boasts a high level of fit and finish. The general layout is neat and uncluttered, and all the switchgear and buttons feel built to last. The multi-layer dashboard has the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted high – it’s at the same height as the full-digital instrument cluster. Connected car tech will definitely be on offer, as will creature comforts like a sunroof and automatic climate control.


Volkswagen has now had also revealed that the Taigun will get the 1.5-litre TSI engine with the seven-speed DSG. This is a three-cylinder engine producing 108bhp/175Nm, an output similar to that of the 1.2-litre TSI engine. It is being offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.


Expected Price: 10 Lakh

Expected Launch: Dec 2020



7. HYUNDAI I20



The all-new Hyundai i20 boasts a sportier design, as for the available pictures, it has also grown slightly bigger in size.


At the front, it features completely new headlamps crowned with the LED DRLs. The headlamps merge into the bigger 'backed-out' radiator grille with a honeycomb pattern. The hood of the car now has muscular bulge lines.


At the sides, it gets new alloy wheels, the LED taillights have a futuristic 'Z-shaped' design and are connected via a reflector light strip. The rear bumper is also new.

Its dashboard now sits more upwards and features luxury cars like connected AC vents running across the width of the dashboard. Moreover, there is a completely new steering wheel which guards a 10.25-inch virtual instrument cluster, it also gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The car also features LED ambient light which certainly ups the ante in terms of features.


In terms of mechanicals, for India, the car is expected to arrive in three engine configurations: a 1.2-litre MPi unit, a 1.0-litre T-GDi unit and a 1.5-litre U2 CRDi unit.


Expected Price: ₹5.6 Lakh*

Expected Launch: Aug 15, 2020



6. TATA GRAVITAS



Tata Motors unveiled the production-ready Gravitas at the 2020 edition of the Auto Expo in Delhi. Essentially a seven-seater version of theTata Harrier, the Gravitas is scheduled to be launched in India later this month.


The exterior design of the Gravitas is almost the same as the Harrier, excluding the extended rear overhang, new LED taillights and rear bumper. Also on offer is an integrated spoiler with integrated brake light.


Tata Gravitas have the electric parking brake, cup holders between the front seats, auto-hold function and the additional bench seat in the third row. The second row of seats in the Gravitas will be offered in a bench seat format as well as the captain seat format.

The third row of seats also receives a set of AC vents with a dedicated switch to control the flow with the help of a knob located on the right side of the seats. These seats also feature adjustable headrests.


the Tata Gravitas is a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine producing 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. This engine will be available with a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission.


Expected Price: ₹18 Lakh

Expected Launch: Apr 2020 (Tentative)



5. FORCE MOTORS GURKHA



Force Motors is set to launch the new Gurkha by June 2020. The carmaker had debuted the latest iteration of its off-roader at the 2020 Auto Expo earlier in February.


The new SUV may look similar to the outgoing Gurkha on the outside, but it has been thoroughly reworked. On the inside, the new Gurkha SUV features creature comforts like power windows, and a touchscreen infotainment system – a first for the model.


The mechanical changes on the off-roader are even more significant. The Gurkha sports an all-new ladder-frame chassis and coil springs all around.  Force Motors has made these changes in an effort to change the Gurkha’s image from being a utilitarian off-roader to a viable second car.


Under the hood is a BS6-compliant 90hp, 2.6-litre diesel engine, which is accompanied by a four-wheel-drive with lockable differentials. There are talks of a more powerful 2.2-litre engine being considered for later. The carmaker has stated it has plans to introduce a two-wheel-drive model, more body configurations, and multiple wheelbase options as well.


Expected Price‎: ‎₹9.75 Lakhs onwards

Expected launch: June 2020



4. HONDA JAZZ



The 2020 Jazz still looks familiar thanks to its tall-boy profile. However, the design is now a tad softer with smooth flowing lines. Like the Amaze, the 2020 Jazz gets a flat nose with a body-coloured grille that connects the big projector headlamps with DRLs. In profile, the fourth-gen model looks familiar to its predecessor. However, the roof now slopes smoothly down at the rear while the character line has moved higher up. Complementing the profile is the new dual-tone alloy wheels. Split LED tail lamps top the look of the Jazz.


Inside, the Jazz comes with a premium dashboard that doesn’t have any identity with its predecessor. It looks premium yet simplistic. The central console is dominated by a new floating central console. This is a good move as you can’t keep shifting your eyes from the road to operate the climate control. Other changes include a new two-spoke steering wheel and digital dials that up the ante.


This brings us to the notable equipment in the 2020 Jazz include Magic rear seats, digital dials, a bigger infotainment unit, connected-car tech, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, climate control, cruise control, steering-mounted control, multi-info display as well as keyless entry with push-button start. You also get convenient features such as Auto headlamps, Auto rain-sensing wipers and electrically adjustable, foldable ORVMs.


Safety features include electric parking brake with auto hold, airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and electronic stability control. It also comes with Honda’s SENSING, which is basically collision mitigation braking, that utilises a front wide-view camera and eight sonar sensors.


The 2020 Jazz will continue to be powered by the same 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol engine and a 1.5-litre iDTEC diesel engine from the previous model.


Expected Price: ₹7.55 Lakh*

Expected launch: Dec 2020 (Tentative)



3. HONDA CITY



The 2020 Honda City is a completely new car inside and out. It is also dimensionally bigger than the model it replaces, with the overall length increasing by more than 100 mm.

In terms of design, it looks a lot more modern than before. The front-end features sharp-looking LED headlights and dollops of chrome on the front grille. The side profile remains highly similar but the alloy wheels now look more modern. The rear-end features stylish wrap-around LED taillamps that seem to have been inspired by those of the latest BMW 3-Series.


The interior, like the exterior, is thoroughly more modern and is expected to come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car will be sold in three trims – V, VX and ZX. The new model will come with features like an electric sunroof, cruise control, automatic aircon, wireless smartphone charger, etc. The 2020 Honda City will be available in both petrol and diesel engine variants. The former will output 121 PS, which will make it the most powerful car in its segment. The current City, for reference, outputs 119 PS.


Expected price: ₹10.0 Lakh*

Expected launch: May 2020 (Tentative)


2. HYUNDAI CRETA



The Hyundai Creta has now entered a second generation for the Indian car market. It is being offered with three engine options, 14 variants and with nine colour options. This second-generation Creta sports a new exterior design with highlights like the three-dimensional cascading grille with muscle like vertical and horizontal patterns and sculpted bumper with skid plates. The flared wheel arches with thoughtfully crafted crease lines enhance its overall appeal. It gets separated boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, LED Head Lamps and smartly positioned fog lamps to give the SUV a futuristic look.


Inside, the new Hyundai Creta gets all-new dual-tone black and beige cabin with chrome inserts around the air-con vents and door handles. The updated SUV gets a flat-bottom steering wheel with silver highlights and a seven-inch instrument cluster display. The highlight of the dashboard is a large horizontally placed 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The feature list includes paddle-shifters, remote engine start/stop, Bose sound system and two-step seat reclining function.


The 2020 Hyundai Creta shares its BS6 engines which are 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol (115PS/144Nm), a 1.5-litre diesel (115PS/250Nm), and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol (140PS/242Nm). A 6-speed manual transmission is available with the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.


Price: ₹9.99 lakhs*

Launched: March 2020


1. SKODA KAROQ



Skoda Karoq is essentially Kodiaq's five-seater version and the two SUVs have a lot in common, especially in terms of design. The Karoq sports the signature butterfly grille flanked by swept-back LED headlamps with LED eyelashes. The bumper gets sleek air dams mesh-pattern grille and a splitter.  Other notable features on the Karoq include alloy wheels, slide cladding, flared wheel arches, and split tail lights with C-shaped LED signature and wide SKODA lettering across the boot lid.


The Skoda Karoq will be available only in a fully-loaded variant and will get features such as a panoramic sunroof, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, 17-inch alloy wheels, full-LED headlights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, 12-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat and nine airbags.


For now, the only engine option for the Skoda Karoq in India will be the 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol, developing a healthy 150hp and 250Nm of torque and mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic. 0-100kph time for this version is a claimed 9sec, with top speed rated at 202kph. There is a 4x4 option available internationally, but Skoda has chosen to bring only the front-wheel-drive model to India.


Expected Price: 20 Lakhs*

Expected Launch: May 2020 (Tentative)



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