Updated: Apr 9
2020 Hyundai Tucson
Unveiled at the Auto Expo in February, the launch of the 2020 Hyundai Tucson was scheduled to require a place in March. However, that has not been the case. Although Hyundai India did silently launch the Verna facelift recently, there’s no word on when the Tucson facelift will arrive within the market.
The updated Hyundai Tucson boasts a mildly revised exterior with changes to the grille and headlamps, new alloy wheels, also redesigned taillights. Inside, the changes are more prominent with an all-new search the dashboard complete with an 8.0-inch freestanding touch screen. The Tucson also willaccompanyBlueLink connected car tech. Under the hood, the Hyundai Tucson facelift houses either a 150bhp & 192Nm petrol engine or a 182bhp & 400Nmdiesel. The diesel variant is going to be offered with an 8-speed AT replacing the outgoing model’s 6-speed AT.
Skoda Rapid 1.0
On March 16, Skoda Auto commenced bookings for the Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI petrol that was the first showcase at the 2020 Auto Expo. The engine that has also been introduced with the BS-VI versions of the VW Polo and Vento develops 110bhp and 175Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic (torque converter). With the arrival of BS-VI emission norms, the Skoda Rapid diesel has been discontinued. While Skoda never announced a launch date within the first place but it had been expected to require a place in April. But with the continued shutdown, that unlikely to happen.
Along with the Rapid 1.0, Skoda Auto also opened bookings for the Karol SUV in March. It too was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and therefore the Skoda Karol India launch was required place in April. We expect Skoda to launch the SUV once the lockdown ends. It could even do a soft launch following within footsteps of sister company Volkswagen who took that approach for the VW T-Roc last month, an immediate rival of the Karol.
The Skoda Karol will accompany a 15-liter turbo petrol engine capable of manufacturing150bhp and 250Nm paired with a 7-speed DSG.there'll be just one variant on offer loaded with features including a panoramic sunroof, virtual cockpit, and nine airbags. The Skoda KaroqinvolvesIndia via the CBU route with an expected tag of around Rs 19-20 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Mercedes-Benz EQC was unveiled in India in January 2020 followed by an appearance at the Auto Expo in February. the corporate intended to launch the EV in India in April. However, keeping the present situation in mind, Mercedes-Benz will need to postpone the India launch of the EQC. Mercedes plans to bring the EQC via the CBU route. Consequently, it' accompany the hefty tag. The Mercedes-Benz EQCis predicted cost upwards of Rs 1.0 crore (ex-showroom) in India. The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 packs an 80kWh Lithium-Ion battery pack good for 408bhp and 700Nm and a claimed range ofquite400km. While there are currently no direct rivals within the market, the Encore going to be challenged by the Audi e-iron and therefore the Jaguar I-Pace once 2continuesale in India
Mahindra XUV300 Sports
Another Auto Expo 2020 unveiled that was scheduled for travel on sale in Aprils that Mahindra XUV300 Sports. Powered by afresh1.2-liter turbocharged petrol motor part of the medallion family, the XUV300 Sports has power and torque figures of 130bhp and 230Nm respectively making it more capable than the present1.2-liter turbo petrol by 20bhp and 30Nm. Visually, the sole really differences those the Sportz decals, but it remains to be seen whether those will make it to the launch model or not. Mahindra XUV300 Sport’s power and torque figures are above the other petrol sub-4m SUV currently on sale.
The Mahindra XUV300 petrol BS-VI was launched back in December with prices starting forms 8.30 laky to Rs 11.64 laky (ex-showroom). It’s possible that Mahindra will offer the XUV300 Sports with the more powerful petrol engine alongside the present1.2-liter petrol variant as a sportier alternative.
Honda WR-V facelift
In early March, bookings for the Honda WR-V facelift commenced across the country with a launch expected to require a place in April. However, those plans seem stuck in limbo with the continued lockdown triggered by the Corona virus pandemic. Updated to the 2020 Honda WR-V include replacement front grille, LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED front fog lamps andtaillightswith LED detailing.there'llbe no changes to the engine options aside from the mandatory BS VI upgrade for the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel mills. The addition of the aforementioned features is probably going to steer to an increment within thee-showroom prices of top-end variants.
Renault Duster 1.3
Renault surprised everyone with the unveil of the Duster withal replacement1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. With 155bhp and 250Nm on tap, the Duster 1.3 will become a more exciting alternative tithe present petrol variant that comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor producing 105bhp
And 142Nm. Pairing with the new engine are going to be 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT. While Renault never revealed the precise launch date at the Expo, the launch of the Duster 1.3 petrol was expected to require place in April. However, which will not be the case and that we will have more clarity on the Duster 1.3’s launch once the present situation improves and therefore the lockdown is lifted.
One of the foremost talked about vehicles at the 2020 Auto Expo was the Tata HBX Concept. It’s going toarelabelledan idea, but Tata admitted that it had beenveryon the brink of production ready. In fact, 90% of what we seaware going to be carried over to the production-spec version of the micro SUV. The Tata HBXmay is asub-4m SUV that measures 3,840mm long, 1,822mm wide and 1,635mm tall sitting on a 2,450mm wheelbase. Because the dimensions suggest,it'llbe smaller than the Nexonand can compete with the likes of the Mahindra KUV100and therefore thesauri Suzuki Ignis.it'sthe second Tata productsupportedthe ALFA architecture after the Altos. The HBX will usean equivalent1.2-litre petrol engine because theAltrozalsoandis predicted to return with manual transmission and AMT options. While Tata was looking to commence production of the HBXwithin the last half of 2020 and launch the car sometime during the festive season, with the COVID-19 pandemic induced plant shutdown in mind, the micro SUV isn’t likely to travel on sale until the top of 2020 or early 2021.
Another victim of the drastic measures the country’s automobile manufacturers have had to require thanks to tithe outbreak of COVID-19is that the Tata Gravitas. Essentially a 6-7 seat version of the Tata Harrier, the Gravitas has an equivalent wheelbase at 2,741mm but is 63mm longer and 80mm wider resulting in the increased cabin space necessary to accommodate 3rdrow of seats. Upon launch, the Tata Gravitas will become the company’s flagship offering taking the mantle from the Harrier. The engine and transmission options are going to be equivalent because the Harrier. While Tata was initially targeting an April to September 2020 launch, the plant shutdown will definitely push the Tata Gravitas launch minimum of to the half-moon of 2020.