Upcoming Cars in India
Hyundai Motor India is expected to launch facelifted Tucson this year. The 2020 Tucson will get mechanical changes and comes with BS6 compliant 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engine.. The petrol motor churns out 151hp of power while diesel engine produces 184hp of power. The 2.0 litre diesel engine is mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. In terms of features, the SUV gets first in segment features such as Hyundai Blue Link, Infinity sound system, wireless phone charger and 8-way adjustable power seats. The all new Tucson comes with HTRAC-4WD and Automatic Traction Cornering Control. The new Hyundai Tucson comes equipped with six airbags, hill assist control and downhill brake control. The 2020 Hyundai Tucson competes with Volkswagen T-Roc and Jeep Compass.
The MG Hector Plus is the 7-seater version of the standard Hector SUV which will be offered in 6-seater configuration as well. This model was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The model on display had minor cosmetic updates in comparison to the standard Hector. The LED daytime running lights, as well as the design for the front bumper feature a slightly different appearance. The interiors of the Hector Plus are likely to remain the same as before. Though not confirmed, the MG Hector Plus will continue with the same engine line-up i.e. the 1.5-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The next-generation Honda City is set to launch in India during the month of April 2020. The new iteration of this C-segment sedan has already been unveiled in the international market. The 2020 Honda City will feature a completely new exterior design along with an updated interior layout. Not only this but the feature list of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz rival will also be updated. As far as engine line-up is concerned, the new City is likely to continue with the same engine line-up as before. The current iteration's 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine will be carried over to the new model. However, both these power units will be upgraded to meet the upcoming BS6 emission regulations.
Tata Gravitas is basically the seven seater version of the Harrier and is all set to be launched in India in the month of February 2020. That said, there is a high possibility that the SUV will be making debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. Talking of design, the Gravitas gets the same design as the Harrier expect for the fact that this one is bigger being a proper seven-seater. Talking of features, the Tata Gravitas gets bits like LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps, a floating touchscreen infotainment system, digital analogue instrument cluster and more. The Gravitas is expected to get either a standard sunroof or a panoramic one. Powering the Tata Gravitas will be the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that propels the Harrier. However, Tata's flagship SUV will get a differently tuned engine that will have a higher power output of 170hp along with a peak torque of 350Nm. Transmission options to include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Tata Harrier is currently priced in India in the range of Rs 13 lakh and Rs 16.96 lakh. The upcoming Gravitas will demand a significant premium and is expected to be launched between Rs 14.5 lakh to Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched, the Gravitas will go up primarily against the likes of the Mahindra XUV500.
Audi e-Tron is the manufacturer's first ever pure electric car that will soon make its way to India. The design of the Audi e-Tron is quite similar to the brand's Q series of SUVs which is a good thing in our opinion. The reason being, you get a sharper styling along with all the stunning visuals that you would expect typically from an Audi. The Audi e-Tron will come with two electric motors, one mounted on each axle. While the motor on the front is good for churning out 168hp power, the one on the rear sheds out 188hp. That said, the combined power output is 356hp. The peak torque output is rated at 561 and in the boost mode, the power output is further increased to 410hp. Audi e-Tron has a claimed top speed of 200 km while the electric SUV can cover a total distance of 400 km per single full charge. The Audi e-Tron gets a 95 kWh lithium ion battery pack and the company will be offering an 11 kW wall charger with the e-Tron that claims to charge the battery completely in 8 and a half hours. The Audi e-Tron will head to the market in India sometime this year, possibly by November. The brand will announce the price of the vehicle then only and we expect the e-Tron to be launched at a price of over Rs 1 crore.