The Indian Automobile industry is facing a slowdown that hasn’t been seen in decades. Sales have slowed down owing to various factors and manufacturers have reduced the output. Some even have announced no-production days on one end and huge discounts on the other to prevent stock pileup. Despite this slowdown manufacturers have shown a keen interest in launching new products and facelifts. Here, we list out the most awaited and upcoming cars and SUVs in the Indian Market.
Next Generation Mahindra Thar
Heading our “upcoming cars” list is the next generation Mahindra Thar. With the first generation Thar driving into sunset with the Limited edition Thar 700, no doubt the next generation Thar is much awaited SUV. It has developed a cult following among the off-road community. There is very little offerings our market that could match Thar’s off-road prowess. The next generation Thar is based on a completely new platform which it will share with the next gen Scorpio. As a result, the new generation Thar is considerably longer, wider or in other words, Huge in comparison to the current Generation Thar. It also resembles the Jeep Wrangler with this updated design. The Thar will get a modern interior and will offer multiple seating layouts.
Next Generation Mahindra Scorpio
Foll0wing the Thar, the next in the list of upcoming cars is the next generation Mahindra Scorpio. The next-gen Scorpio shares its newly developed ladder frame chassis with the second generation Thar. It has been spotted testing few times. The Scorpio will feature a BS6 Compliant diesel engine. The new Scorpio will be longer and wider than the outgoing model, At the same time, it will be shorter than the model it replaces, thereby will be stable. Also, it is very likely to have only forward facing third row seats owing to the crash safety norms. It will also get the 8.0 inch touch screen infotainment system from the Alturas G4.
Tata’s Altroz is easily the most anticipated hatchback of the year. The pre-production model was showcased at this year’s Geneva motor show. The Altroz was to be launched in August 2019, but delayed due to unknown reasons. The car is based on an all new alpha arc architecture. The Altroz stands testimony to Tata’s commitment in terms of product design and features. The Altroz is expected to be powered by the 1.2 L petrol engine from the Nexon in a different state of tune. Tata might also offer the 1.5L diesel motor that does its duty in the nexon. The Altroz will go against the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20 and Maruti Swift.
Tata Nexon facelift
Next in the list of upcoming cars is Tata’s Nexon facelift. The has been spied a few times and is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto expo. The Nexon facelift will feature a completely new front end design – following the lines of the impact design 2.0. The interior will also be updated and will get the steering wheel from the Altroz. While the side profile will remain largely the same, updates are expected at the rear in terms of bumper. The facelift might also sport new alloy wheels and some new features. It will debut with the BS6 compliant versions of the current engines.
Next in line for debut is Tata’s Cassini – the seven seater version of the Harrier. The car debuted in pre-production form at the Geneva Motor show, dubbed as Buzzard. The Cassini will get the same engine as in the Harrier – FCA sourced 2.0 Litre engine, but in a higher state of tune. Tata might also debut the Hyundai sourced Automatic gearbox as an option. The Cassini was recently spied with updated 18 inch alloy wheels. Tata might also offer an optional 4×4 system as the powertrain is already capable of being equipped. But that will also bump up the prices. We will have to wait and watch how Tata plays.
Hyundai Verna Facelift
The next in line of our Upcoming cars is the Hyundai Verna facelift. The Verna facelift was unveiled at the Chengdu motor show. Exterior changes include new front and rear bumpers, new headlamps, new grille and new alloy wheels. There is also an thin LED light strip that runs across the boot, connecting the two tail lamps. The interior sports all black theme with new fully digital instrument cluster. The India-spec Verna is expected to get a new set of BS6-complaint 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.
Hyundai Creta Facelift
The next big thing for Hyundai is the Creta facelift. The Creta Facelift will employ the new design philosophy that debuted with the Hyundai Palisade and the recently launched Hyundai Venue Compact SUV. The car was globally unveiled in the 2019 Shanghai auto expo. The Indian version is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The grille is visibly larger than the current generation Creta. The headlamp setup is also unique and is pretty similar to what is seen on the venue with slight changes in the DRL positioning. It is also expected to get the BlueLink connectivity feature
Renault Kwid Facelift
The next in our upcoming cars list is the Renault Kwid facelift. The Kwid has been around for some time and a facelift is long overdue. The interiors of the Renault Kwid facelift will come equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration borrowed from the Triber, fully digital instrument cluster, redesigned air vents and more. The facelift is expected to borrow design elements from the global KZE model. The headlamp is placed lower on the bumpers. The DRLs and turn-indicator cluster will be placed on either side of the grille. The taillights will be revised with a new C-shaped LED unit.
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