2019 was a fantastic year for the new arrivals in the flourishing auto space in India. Healthy competition among the likes of Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra and Tata notwithstanding, large decisive lines were drawn by magnificent new offerings from the Renault and MG stable. If one would go back to 2019 then one would immediately think of the Triber and the Hector, two cars that dominated attention and scaled to national headlines. But this is a different time altogether. Against the standard byline belonging to the Electric Cars, 2020 is expected to be a kind of a litmus test to the cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE).
These are the early days of the new year. And this is the start of a brand new decade. Yet, one cannot possibly wait to unravel the new cars launching in India in 2020 already! Usually, our excitement hits the crescendo and knows no bounds upon hearing about the new machines that are to touch the floor in the forthcoming times. On that count, one cannot possibly wait to study and explore what lies ahead in the trenchant trajectory of an already crowded yet exciting Indian auto space.
So let’s immediately deep dive to understand the new cars launching in India in 2020:
Never a dearth of excitement when there’s news in the offing about Hyundai. This year, the Aura is expected to lead the new cars launching in India in 2020.
The Aura is the next and most awaited offering in the sub-4 meter sedan, available in both 1.2-liter petrol and diesel engines, as well as the AMT. The engines shall be B6S-compliant.
The Aura, it’s not hard to note is the follow-up to the mega-hit Grand i10 Nios.
Expected launch date: 21 January 2020
Price: INR 6 lakh-9 lakh
The Tata Altroz is inarguably among the new cars launching in India in 2020. But the premium hatchback has actually been in the works for a while now, the past year already generating a lot of buzz about the impending launch.
Upon its launch, the Altroz, it’s believed, won’t be available in an automatic transmission, however, the renowned Indian carmaker confirmed that the dual-clutch transmission shall be made available at a later stage.
Expected launch date: 22 January 2020
Price: INR 5.5 Lakh-8.5 lakh
MG ZS EV
If this was 2019 and you were someone keenly awaiting the launch of a promising SUV, then it would have to be the Hector, the widely-selling hitmaker from the house of MG Motors.
The last clear clearly belonged to a top of the line SUV from the famous English brand. But this year, Hector’s follow-up is a purely-electric one-of-a-kind offering from MG: the widely-anticipated ZS EV.
The powerful EV is also expected to take up the mantle of reforming the largely sedan and hatchback-centric Indian mindset as it’ll be expected or bringing about an attitudinal shift in the mindset toward adopting the EVs.
Expected launch date: second half of January 2020
Price: INR 20 Lakh-25 Lakh
Tata Nexon EV
After the successful run-in with the curious Indian consumer, the Tata Nexon EV is the next big offering from one of the most widely respected carmakers in all of India.
The Nexon EV can be conceived as a big attempt by one of India’s legacy brands to flex its muscle in the domain of the EV. The all-electric sub-4 meter SUV based on the Nexon is expected to counter an already seemingly competitive EV space powered by the arrival of the ZS EV of MG and the popular Kona Electric.
Expected launch date: second-half of January 2020
Price: INR 15 lakh-17 lakh
Among the most keenly-anticipated new cars launching in India in 2020, the Tata Gravitas almost instantaneously strikes an impression with a radiant name that pretty much says it precisely what to expect.
The Gravitas is a robust and powerful flagship SUV from the house of one of India’s most trusted homegrown brands and is as such expected to complement one of the more successful recent offerings from the house of Tata: the Harrier.
It’s confirmed that the design, powertrain and the features spectrum of the brand new Tata Motors offering will bear similarities with the Harrier, the new SUV slated to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo.
But while much of the looks department may seem to remind one of the Harrier, one of the staple hits of 2019, the Gravitas has accommodated for change internally, thanks to the extra row of seats and an elongated rear section. As such the design of the tailgate also carries a tweak of a difference and the tail lamps also get a new design, unseen thus far in the Harrier.
Expected launch date: February 2020
Price: INR 15 Lakh to 17 Lakh
Among the vastly popular foreign carmakers in India, the mere sound of the Kia Motors is one that could be tied to both excitement and the promise of offering something enterprising.
That’s exactly what the buyer felt with the arrival of the Seltos, among the hot-selling cars from 2019. So can that be the trend associated with the Carnival as well?
For starters, this is a car that’s been positioned above the Toyota Innova Crysta, powered by a 2.2-liter diesel that produces 440 Nm, the Carnival is a big capacity car that can seat up to 7 to 8, with the captain seats being a standout feature.
Expected launch date: February 2020
Price: INR 25-30 Lakh