The year 2019 has been an eventful year for the automobile industry. It witnessed one of the worst slowdowns in the auto industry. The reasons are many like the downturn in the economy and the uncertainty over BS-VI emission norms, to name a few. However, the year is ending on a positive note with the sales of almost all the brands picking up. Maybe, the year-end discounts are doing the trick. Nevertheless, it is providing ample room for cheer.
The year 2019 had its good moments, as well. It marked the entry of new auto manufacturers like Kia and MG Motors in the Indian auto market. The reputed manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai also came up with new launches of their own. It gives a lot of room to have a positive approach towards the New Year. The year is beginning with the 2020 Auto Expo at Noida from February 7 to 12, 2020. Though some of the top manufacturers are giving it a miss, one can expect others to move in and fill the gaps.
Here are the top 10 car launches to expect at the 2020 Auto Expo. A plethora of car launches is in store at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Auto Expo 2020 will concentrate on BSVI-compliant models and electric cars that have become the flavour of the day today.
We shall begin with the market leader in India, Maruti Suzuki. After nearly four years of running on diesel, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will get a BS-VI compliant petrol engine. The engine will be the same 1.5L 4-cylinder mild-hybrid system that is present in the Ertiga. Maruti Suzuki is also likely to introduce the S-Cross with either a petrol or diesel motor. One can also expect a low-cost Jimny SUV from the Maruti stable at the Auto Expo. There is massive speculation that Maruti Suzuki might showcase an electric car concept at the Auto Expo, as well.
Hyundai would like to retain its premier position as India’s foremost Smart Mobility Solutions Provider. As things stand, there is a possibility of Hyundai launching the sensuous sedan Hyundai Aura at the Auto Expo. Having revealed the design a couple of days ago, the formal launch of the sedan could be at the Auto Expo. Besides, Hyundai is also launching the facelifted versions of the Creta and the X-cent. A 7-seater MPV is in the works, and the Expo might witness a concept of the same. There are also possibilities of Hyundai releasing some of its existing models with BS-VI upgrades.
Tata Motors is concentrating on capturing the EV segment. The company has recently unveiled the Tata Altroz in December. The Tata Nexon EV is due for a launch at the Auto Expo. The Nexon EV could be the first vehicle to come with the Ziptron EV architecture. The Tata Altroz launch is also on the cards to rival the Hyundai i20 and the Suzuki Baleno. A 7-seater version of the Tata Harrier, most likely to be named as Tata Buzzard is waiting for a debut, as well.
Mahindra would love to maintain its reputation as a top SUV manufacturer in India. Apart from showcasing a range of BSVI-compliant models, Mahindra plans to launch the upgraded version of the Thar at the Expo. The BSVI-compliant vehicle will offer greater comforts like the soft and hardtop roof options and an all-new touchscreen infotainment system. The new-gen XUV500 could also make a grand debut. The final production version of the e-KUV might be the centre of attraction.
Kia has been one of the top success stories with Kia Seltos managing to do well despite the slowdown in the auto market. Kia plans to carry the momentum forward by showcasing the MPV, Kia Carnival. This vehicle could be available both as a 6-seater and a 7-seater version. Besides, the Kia Stinger GT and the Soul EV models could offer a peek into their interiors at the Auto Expo in February.
The launch of the MG Hector generated positive vibes with the vehicle becoming extremely popular in 2019. The success of the MG Hector has spurred the company to plan the showcasing its electric SUV, the ZS EV at the Auto Expo 2020. Along with the ZS EV, one can also experience a range of future technology for some of its upcoming products.
The Skoda Volkswagen Group will be showcasing its future range of products under the India 2.0 Strategy. The Skoda Octavia Facelift version could be one of the highlights of the Auto Expo, as can be the Volkswagen T-Roc, tailored for the Indian market. The Skoda version of the Volkswagen T-Roc can generate a few eyeballs at the Auto Expo.
Mercedes-Benz is one of the premium luxury car manufacturers expected to showcase its forthcoming products at the Auto Expo. The EQ range of electric cars will be there to attract visitors. One can expect the showcasing of its new GLS, GLE, and GLB models at the Expo. Mercedes could also come up with a few details of its expansion plans in India. The new A-Class sedan could end up as one of the surprising launches at the Auto Expo.
Renault is another manufacturer that is concentrating on electric car launches in the coming year. With the launch of the revamped Kwid hatchback earlier this year, Renault will be ready to announce the timelines of its all-electric City KZ-E. At the same time, the BSVI-compliant versions of Renault models will be on the line at the Expo.
Great Wall Motors
Great Wall Motors, a prominent Chinese automaker, could make a debut at the Auto Expo 2020 with its range of SUVs and pick-up trucks.
We have seen a range of new cars and facelifted versions that could witness a launch at the Auto Expo in February. The Auto Expo 2020 could well prove to be the catalyst to spur the auto market back to good health. The surfeit of electric cars and the mandatory compliance of BS-VI emission norms will make this Auto Expo 2020, an environmentally friendly one. The entire industry is looking forward to the Expo, as it has the capability of playing a stellar role of bringing the Indian economy back on its feet.