The 15th edition of India's biggest auto show is set to take place in February this year and coincidentally, the BS6 emission norms come into full force in about two months after that. Hence, we expect a majority of manufacturers to launch new models for their current BS4 compliant cars at the Auto Expo 2020, which will take place from 7th to 12th February at the Indian Exposition Mart in Greater Noida.
Here’s a list of the leading manufacturers who are set to launch new models of their existing cars with new BS6-compliant engines –
Hyundai Motor India Limited
One of the leading passenger vehicle manufacturers in India, Hyundai will certainly dazzle with its new lineup at the Auto Expo 2020. The Korean carmaker is all set to reveal the second-gen Creta, as well as facelifts for the Verna and the Tucson at the said event.
The new-gen Creta has already been launched under the ix25 moniker in China, and heavily camouflaged test mules of the car have been spotted a few times in India as well. What we do know is that the next-gen Creta will share its platform with the Kia Seltos, and also borrow the latter’s BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol (115 PS/144 Nm) and diesel (115 PS/250 Nm) engines.
The Verna Facelift will retain its overall silhouette from the current-gen model, but will still get a major design overhaul. The sedan has also made its way to the Chinese market, and will likely be offered with the same BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines as the next-gen Creta. Apart from that, the carmaker will also be launching the Aura sub-4m sedan, which made its Indian debut earlier this month.
The Tucson Facelift will also be largely similar to the current model on sale in India but will feature a few changes like the addition of a bigger cascading grille with chrome strips running across it, new alloy wheels and redesigned LED elements for the headlamps and tail lamps.
The car will continue to be offered with the 2.0-litre petrol (155 PS/192 Nm) and diesel (185 PS/400 Nm) engines but in a BS6-compliant state.
Mahindra & Mahindra
The Indian manufacturer is set to bring new-gen versions for a host of its cars next year. The current-gen Mahindra cars need to be made compliant with the new pedestrian protection norms, as well as the BS6 emission norms. Hence, the carmaker believes that it is the best time to launch a new-gen model for the Scorpio, Thar, XUV500 and the Bolero.
The next-gen Mahindra Thar has been continually spied over the past couple of months and by now we know that Mahindra will equip it with alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, along with front-facing rear seats on some variants. The car’s interiors have been thoroughly improved and look plush now.
Under the hood, we expect the new Thar to come equipped with a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 140 PS of max power and 320 Nm peak torque. The said engine might also be offered in different states of tune with the next-gen XUV500, as well as the Scorpio.
On the other hand, the test mules of the next-gen XUV500 have also been spied and were equipped with flush door handles, a large floating touchscreen infotainment unit, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and even a digital instrument cluster.
Tata Motors has been making headlines for its upcoming new launches, including the Altroz, the Nexon EV, Nexon Facelift as well as the seven-seat Gravitas. While the former two are set to be launched next month itself, we will have to wait till February for the arrival of the Nexon Facelift and the Gravitas SUV.
We have already (almost) previewed the Nexon facelift in the form of the Nexon EV, albeit with few cosmetic updates. Even though Tata Motors will be launching the Nexon EV in January, the car it will be based on will make its debut later at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines will be carried over to the facelift, but of course, it will be BS6 compliant now.
The seven-seat version of the Harrier, the Tata Gravitas (Buzzard) will also be launched in India at the Auto Expo 2020. Over the Harrier, the car will get an extended rear overhang along with the third row of seats. The seven-seat SUV is expected to be offered with the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine as the Harrier, but will likely be returned to churn out more power and torque since there’s an increase in the weight of the car over the Harrier.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited
Since Maruti Suzuki has decided to discontinue diesel engines in the BS6 era, the diesel-only Vitara Brezza is set to receive a petrol power train to save the highest-selling subcompact SUV from extinction.
The SUV is also in dire need of a refresh, and the Japanese manufacturer will likely be revealing a mid-life update for the car at the Auto Expo 2020. Apart from cosmetic changes, expect the car to also get a few additional features over the current model on sale. The Maruti Vitara Brezza Facelift will likely be offered with Baleno’s BS6-compliant 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine which is good for 90 PS and 113 Nm.