With the arrival of the COVID-19 virus, the whole world has come to a standstill. India has been under lockdown for more than 25 days, many businesses are suffering a tremendous loss including the automobile sector. To cope up with these losses, many have switched to the virtual world and this is a boon for the automotive industry. Many car manufacturers decided to launch their upcoming models online due to social distancing and restriction on public gatherings in the country.
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Let’s have a look at the cars launched amidst the coronavirus lockdown in India.
On March 25, Mahindra and Mahindra launched the BS6 Bolero. With an updated front fascia equipped with fog lights and new headlight design, Bolero is priced at INR 7.76 lakhs (ex-showroom India).
The BS6 compliant mHawk75 diesel engine comes with Mahindra’s micro-hybrid technology. The 2020 Bolero churns out 75PS of horsepower at 3,600rpm and torque output of 210Nm@1,600rpm.
Variant wise Prices for 2020 Mahindra Bolero BS6
Mahindra Bolero B4: Rs 7.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Mahindra Bolero B6: Rs 8.42 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Bolero B6 Optional: Rs 8.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
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The much-awaited BS6 compliant 2020 Hyundai Verna was launched in mid-March and for the first time, the sedan comes equipped with a turbocharged petrol engine. The 1.5-litre BS6 petrol engine variant Verna is available with a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional CVT. The Verna churns out 116PS of max power and 144Nm of max torque. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol version gets a 7-speed DCT gearbox and churns out 121PS of power and 172Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre diesel engine comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a torque converter automatically produces 116PS & 250Nm of torque. The new Hyundai Verna starts at a price tag of INR 9.31 lakhs (ex-showroom India)
MG came up with a BS6 compliant diesel powertrain for its leading model, the MG Hector on April 9. This addition was obviously with a price hike of INR 40,000-45,000 turning the base model price to INR 13.88 lakh and the top variant shooting up to INR 17.72 lakhs.
The SUV runs on the FCA-sourced 2.0-litre engine that is also incorporated in the Jeep Compass & Tata Harrier. The power (170PS) and torque (350Nm) outputs remain the same. The Hector offers ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, dual front airbags, hill assist, and traction control. The top variant gets the distinction of a 360-degree camera, rain-sensing wipers, six-airbags, panoramic sunroof, a powered tailgate, and heated ORVMs.
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Honda decided to open the bookings for 2020 WR-V which comes with a significant facelift. Though not released officially, Honda WR-V is powered with the 1.2-litre i-Vtec petrol mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox making 90PS & 110Nm while the 1.5-litre i-Dtec turbo-diesel motor comes with a 6-speed manual transmission churning out 100PS & 200Nm.
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