Tata Gravitas will be launched in the first half of FY2021. The Gravitas is expected to command a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the corresponding Harrier variant.
Gravitas will be powered by the same BS6-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine found in the updated Harrier, where it produces 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque in a higher state of tune like the Jeep Compass. It will be paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Tata is also working on a 1.6-litre petrol engine that could find its way into the Gravitas later in 2020.
The 7-seater Gravitas is offered with machine-finished 17-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto AC, 9-speaker sound system, and a 6-way powered driver seat.
The Gravitas will be a direct competitor to the Mahindra XUV500 and the MG Hector Plus.
The Porche Taycan is the first-ever electric vehicle from Porsche which is based on the Mission E concept. This is one of the many electric cars which will mark its debut in India under the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. The vehicle will be produced at the new factory in Zuffenhausen and it will be introduced in Indi via the CBU route when it arrives later this year.
Mechanically, the Taycan is powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 93.4kWh. Porsche claims a range of 280 miles (412km) in Turbo and around 256 miles (approx. 340km) in Turbo S under WLTP cycle. The 800-volt architecture allows quick charging from 5 to 80 per cent in around 22 minutes. In true Porsche fashion, the Taycan is fitted with active air suspension (PASM), chassis Control (PDCC), rear-axle steering, torque vectoring (PTV Plus) and much other hardware and software to make it precise yet accessible. There’s also an affordable trim with 390kW (523bhp) and a range of 250km from 79.2kWh battery pack.
The Suzuki Jimny has remained in production for more than four decades, making space for itself among the longest-running nameplates like the Volkswagen Beetle and the Land Rover Defender. The Japanese carmaker is expected to bring in the fourth-generation Jimny later this year. Soon after its global unveils, the model is also expected to be launched in India too, possibly as the new Gypsy.
Fans of the car have been eagerly looking forward to the new Jimny. Sticking to its roots, this new-generation model will continue to be based on a ladder frame and will come with a 4×4 system. Just like the model on sale currently, it won’t be the most comfortable to drive in the city, but the four-wheel-drive system will surely make it fun to head down the unexplored road. More importantly, the Jimny will now be under 4 metres in length, which means it will make the most of the subsidies that sub-4 metre cars get. This can in fact make it the most affordable 4×4 SUV on sale in India (all other sub-4 metre SUVs are front-wheel drive).
The India-spec model is likely to be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with the choice of a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. Its output would likely remain the same at 105PS and 138Nm. With Maruti working on bringing back its 1.5-litre diesel engine in the BS6 era, it could be an option for the Jimny too. Maruti will likely offer a 4×2 drivetrain on the India-spec Jimny.
All the additional features and improvement in quality is sure to demand a premium, but then the new Jimny will also receive subsidies. Keeping that in mind, we don’t expect it to be priced much different from what it is currently.
Hyundai is all set to add the all new 3rd generation of Hyundai i20 to the Indian market soon. It was supposed to be showcased at the Geneva motor show but had to be put off in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. It is expected to hit the showrooms by the first half of 2021. This would also be the first time that Hyundai would be bringing its N-line trim to the i20 but it is awaited whether that would be available for Indian markets or not. The new i20 in India is expected to come with 3 engine option – 1.5 liter diesel engine, 1.0 liter turbo and 1.2 liter naturally aspirated petrol trim. It is expected to get an all new platform and with the shots available it seems to be on the same lines as the new versions of Hyundai Verna and Elantra.
The car is expected to bring in a lot of new features like the connected car technology, a change in the instrument cluster and infotainment systems. It is expected to be priced around Rs 7-11 lakhs (ex-showroom price). It will be pitted in one of the most competitive segments in India Auto market and is expected to rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Tata Altroz and Honda Jazz.
Mercedes-Benz has commenced bookings of the A-Class Limousine in India at a token amount of Rs 2 lakh. It is expected to be priced from Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be available in petrol, diesel, and AMG variants.
The carmaker took the wraps off the A-Class sedan at Auto Expo 2020. The sedan will replace the previous A-Class hatchback and will slot below the upcoming CLA sedan. Exterior highlights of the A-Class sedan include a front fascia featuring curved surfaces, soft lines, a minimalist grille and air inlets.
Interior highlights consist of a driver’s instrument display in one half and an infotainment system in the other.
In the international market, the A-Class sedan is available with two engine options. The A 200 variant is powered by a 1330cc turbocharged petrol engine that makes 163PS of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A 180 d, on the other hand, gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 116PS and 260Nm, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Since the A-Class sedan will be a CBU import in the country, we expect the India-spec car to be powered by the same set of petrol and diesel engines.
Audi’s top-of-the-line RS model, the RS Q8 is just around the corner as the Ingolstadt-based carmaker has commenced bookings at a token amount of Rs 15 lakh. Bookings can be made online or at authorised dealerships. The RS Q8 is powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that produces 600hp and 800Nm. Power is channelled to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It also gets a host of other mechanical upgrades to its brakes and suspension. Official figures put the RS Q8’s performance in supercar territory with a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.8sec and a limited top speed of 250kph (304kph with the optional dynamic package). The RS Q8 does uphold the claimed numbers by being the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
On the outside, it is spicier than the standard Q8 with a blacked-out single-frame front grille, bigger air dams on the front bumper, dark-tinted Matrix LED headlights, 22-inch dual tone alloy wheels and dual exhausts at the rear. It also features a wider track width than the standard Q8. The cabin receives sports seats and an RS theme for its three screens. The virtual cockpit features driver-focused information such as lap time, G-force meter and shift lights.
Expect the Audi RS Q8 to be priced at around Rs 2 crore (ex-showroom). Rivals include the the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Kia’s answer to the Vitara Brezza is based on the successful Hyundai Venue. It will also share the powertrain options with the Venue. We expect to see the same 120PS 1.2-litre T-GDI motor along with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Sonet is also expected to have a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine.
The Kia Sonet was unveiled in the pre-production avatar but the company said that the exteriors of the car would be 90% untouched for the production-spec. Interiors of the car were not revealed but expect it to be something cool and funky. The manufacturer has decided to sell this car as an urban commuter. Though the pandemic has delayed other projects, Kia is confident that they will be successful in launching the production car by the festive season this year i.e. August-October 2020.
In terms of features, the Sonet will be offered with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, connected car technology, climate control, and a Bose sound system. Other expected features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wireless phone charger, cruise control, a multi-info display, and keyless entry with push-button start. Expected safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
Previously, the City was spotted testing undisguised in India for the first time. It looks largely similar to the international-spec model with sleek split LED tail lamps, a revised tailgate and new bumpers. The City also gets India-specific changes like the new alloy wheel design. Inside, the India-spec City will come with a black-beige interior. The dashboard is expected to be similar to the international-spec model with a minimalist layout. We also expect Honda to add more piano black and aluminium inserts to uplift the ambience.
Details about the petrol variants of the 2020 Honda City have emerged ahead of its March 16 India reveal. The 2020 Honda City petrol will be offered in three variants: V, VX and ZX. It’ll continue to utilise Honda’s tried and tested BS6-compliant 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The document reveals that this motor develops 121PS of power, 2PS more than the current City’s engine. The petrol City will be offered with a manual transmission and CVT options. Honda will offer the CVT unit on all three variants. Prices for the 2020 City are expected to start above the current model (Rs 9.91 lakh, ex-showroom). The 2020 Honda City will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento BS6, Hyundai Verna 2020, Toyota Yaris and the upcoming Skoda Rapid TSI.
The muscular Mahindra Thar 2020 is ready to become bold and massive. The next-gen Mahindra Thar already got spotted being tested for the first time in India. The looks suggest that the car seems longer as well as wider than the prior model.
Thar lovers, its time to rejoice. Because the new Thar will be offered with not 1 but 2 engine options.
The Mahindra Thar Facelift will be based on the latest ladder-frame chassis which is developed in coordination by Ssangyong and Mahindra. It will still retain the appearance of the classic Jeep CJ5 which came into existence from the 1960s. However, we can expect a canopy, much longer wheelbase and wider wheel arches on the facelift. The 2020 Mahindra Thar facelift will be featuring an all-new diesel engine which will comply with the BS BS6 emission norms. Currently, Thar is powered by a 2.5-L CRDe engine, which puts out a max power of 107 PS and 247 Nm of max torque, and DI diesel engine, which puts out a max power of 63 PS and a peak torque of 195 Nm, but the current version of Mahindra Thar doesn’t meet BS6VI emission norms. Having said that, not much information is available at the moment regarding the engine specs of the facelift. Initiated by the year 2010, the Thar at present is in its last phase. It got its mid-life modification in the year 2015 with some interior and cosmetic up-gradation. Designed in retro style and being a capable 4X4 off-roader, the Thar carries forwards its distinctiveness in the automotive industry. We can expect the 2020 Mahindra Thar Facelift features to include an anti-lock braking system, airbags, hill assist in the next-gen Thar 2020 for proving its off-roading prowess.
Skoda’s most awaited car will finally hit our shores.
Skoda India has commenced bookings for the Karoq SUV for Rs 50,000. The Karoq will be powered by a BS6 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine which makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. Its feature highlights are a panoramic sunroof, virtual cockpit, and 9 airbags.
Previously, the carmaker unveiled the Karoq SUV at Auto Expo 2020. It sits below the Kodiaq and rivals the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen T-ROC. The premium midsize will be brought as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) and is slated for launch in April 2020. Prices for the premium midsize SUV are expected to start from Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Karoq does seem to have great potential in the SUV savvy market in India
The Karoq will be offered with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre TSI engine that develops 150PS and 250Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. Features in the Karoq include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connected car technology, powered front seats, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control as well as a panoramic sunroof. Safety features include ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability program, traction control and more