These days, SUVs are in the headlines with their massive sales and India will see over 20 new SUVs within the next two years. At the same time, many of the hatchbacks, sedans and MPVs are also coming soon. At the Auto Expo, about seven automakers both mass-market and premium made it clear that they will be adding newer models to their line-ups. Here is a list of some of the cars that will launch in India within the coming two years.
Haima Automobile has confirmed that it will launch its first car in India, the E1 EV. The car is sold as the Aishang EV 360 in China. Unlike the model that had been showcased at the Auto Expo motor show, the India-spec of the E1 will have a different design, courtesy of Haima’s partner in India, Bird Electric. The car will be powered by a 28.5kWh battery pack with a range of 301km and powers a 54hp/140Nm electric motor. It will also come as a smaller 20.42kWh battery, with a claimed range of 202km that is available in the international markets. The Expected price for the Haima E1 in India is around Rs. 10 lakh. It will be arriving in early 2022.
The Grand i10 Nios Turbo will come with a 100hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine which is something to look forward to. It will produce a peak torque of 172Nm, the three-cylinder unit has been paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. There is no expectation of an automatic version. The Nios Turbo will get many cosmetic changes in its inside as well as out different from the standard model. It has a sporty look. The expected price of the car is about Rs 50,000-70,000 more than the top-spec Grand i10 Nios 1.2 petrol-manual, that has been priced at Rs 7.19 lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi). The car will be arriving in early 2020.
MG Motor India has been facing competition with the Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga with this one. The MG 360M has been expected to be available with both petrol and diesel engine options. It will be a 7-seater car with a cabin that will have all the top features The car will be arriving by the year 2021.
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MG will be bringing yet another MPV to the Indian market, the larger G10. The MG G10 is bigger than its competition, the Kia Carnival. It will be available with the same number of seating configurations, that is, seven, eight and nine. The G10 has been expected to arrive with an extensive list of features, which includes the power adjust and powered leg rests for the middle-row captain’s chairs (available on the top-spec 7-seat model), the multi-zone climate control, a large touchscreen infotainment unit, connected-car tech, a smart sensing tailgate and a powered sunroof. There still has been no confirmation made regarding which of the engine options will come with the India-spec model but the options include a 2.4-litre petrol, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and 1.9-litre turbo-diesel that are available on the international-spec MPV. The car will be arriving by the year 2021.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift
The niche hatchback by Maruti has been updated with the cosmetic features making it look exactly like the Jimny’s cousin. It will also come with the new BS6-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine. The car will also have new colour options, the new SmartPlay 7.0-inch infotainment system and the S-Connect in-car connectivity suite. The expected price of the car will likely increase by Rs 7,000-15,000 more than the price of the current model, Rs 4.74-7.23 lakh. The Nexa showrooms have started to accept the bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Ignis facelift. The car is expected to arrive by the month of March 2020.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso CNG
The car will be powered by a BS6-compliant, CNG version of the 1.0-litre K-series engine. There will be four variants of the S-Presso S-CNG including LXi, LXi Option, VXi and VXi Option. The three-cylinder engine will produce 58hp and a peak torque of 78Nm. The Maruti S-Presso CNG has been expected to be priced Rs 60,000 more than the currently available petrol-powered model. The car is expected to arrive by the month of March 2020.
Mercedes-Benz A-class Limousine
Mercedes-Benz India will be replacing the current CLA with the new A-class sedan. But, the A-class nameplate being associated with the hatchback that had been on sale earlier, Mercedes hence opted the A-class Limousine name for the upcoming premium sedan car. Although the model that has been showcased at the Expo was the AMG A35 the models likely to come to India are the 163hp A 200 petrol and the 116hp A 180d diesel. The car has been priced at approxRs 32-40 lakh. It is expected to face competition from the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé and Audi A3 rival. The car is expected to arrive by Late 2020.
Renault K-ZE EV
The Renault’s Kwid-based EV will be arriving in India. The car will be assembled locally. It will be powered by 44hp/125Nm electric motor that will get its power from a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a 271km range on the NEDC cycle. It will take about four hours for the battery to charge to 100 per cent, and a DC fast charger will be capable of charging it from up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. The car is expected to arrive by the year 2021.
Renault Triber AMT
The car is a sub-four-metre 7-seater which will arrive with two big mechanical updates including an automatic version and a more powerful version. It will come with a 5-speed AMT unit mated to the 72hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine. It is expected to arrive by late 2020.
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The Zoe hatchback will be arriving in India later this year or early next year in the Indian market. It will be expected to be priced at Rs 14-16 lakh. The Renault Zoe will come with a 52kWh battery setup that produces 134hp/245Nm electric motor. The EV has an expected WLTP-certified range of 395km. It will be charged from 0-70 per cent in just 55min using the 50kW DC fast charger. The car is expected to arrive by Late 2020-Early 2021.
The Skoda Rapid will be available with a really big update. Both the 105hp, 1.6-litre petrol and 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines will be replaced by a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that will be more powerful than them. The car will face competition with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City. The car will be offered with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The car is expected to arrive by April 2020.
Skoda Superb facelift
The new version has got some new design aspects that give it a fresh look. The car will face competition with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat. The Skoda Superb facelift will be powered by the BS6-compliant engine. This 190hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine will be replacing the 1.8 TSI petrol and the 2.0 turbo-diesel engines that were available earlier. The Price of the car will increase more than the pre-facelift petrol Superb. The car expected to arrive by May 2020.
Tata Altroz EV
The car will have Tata’s Ziptron technology. The range and the performance of the Altroz EV are expected to exceed that of the Nexon EV which comes with a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 129hp/245Nm electric motor and a range of 312km. The car is expected to arrive by 2020 festive season.