As 2020 approaches closer than before, we have compiled a list of the hottest upcoming cars in India to watch out for under Rs 10 lakh, late 2019 edition. However, do note that the list is in no particular order. The prices and launch dates are just estimates and may differ after the actual launch.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is a crossover car designed in-house at the Rohtak R&D facility in Haryana. It is one of the most anticipated among the upcoming cars. The design inspiration comes from the Future-S concept. It has a boxy design with a high bonnet line. The new S-Presso will run on a 1.0-liter, 3 cylinders K10B petrol engine. This is the same as the one in the Alto K10 and produces 68hp and 90Nm of torque.
Price: Rs 4-7 lakh
Launch: September 30, 2019
The Altroz is a new hatchback from Tata which follows the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. It is also the first to be based on ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. Tata Altroz will be getting both petrol and diesel engine options. The Diesel unit will likely be shared from Nexon which is a 1.5-liter turbo diesel engine churning out 110PS of power at 3750 rpm and 260Nm of Torque. While the petrol motor which can also be shared from Nexon is a 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder turbo petrol unit making same 110PS power at 5000rpm and 170Nm torque.
Price: Rs 6-8 lakh
Launch: October 2019
3. Datsun Cross
Here is another crossover in this list. The Datsun Cross will be the next release in the country by Nissan’s subsidiary, Datsun. The Cross is based on the Go+ MPV and hence is almost similar in dimensions. The concept also gets some rugged-looking accessories like side skirts and bash plates to emulate the SUV-type feeling. It is expected to get a 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol motor.
Price: Rs 5-8 lakh
Launch: October 2019
The new Renault Kwid borrows its design from the international Kwid K-ZE. It gets a completely new grille among many other changes. It also follows the recent trend of placing the DRL above and the main headlights much below on the bumpers. The engine options will remain mostly the same with 800cc and 1.0-liter options. However, they will get an update for BS6 standards.
Price: Rs 3-6 lakh
Launch: Late 2019/Early 2020
5. Mahindra eKUV 100
Electric is definitely the future for upcoming cars. Mahindra is also on board the EV train as seen from their electric line-up at the 2018 Auto Expo. The eKUV 100 will probably be the first of those to hit the roads, and it looks it is not that far away either. It is expected to run on a 30kW lithium-ion battery pack which is also seen on the eVerito.
Price: Rs 8-12 lakh
Launch: December 2019
Maruti Suzuki is planning to bring a premium variant of the WagonR called the XL5. This will be sold via the Nexa showroom outlets which focus on the more luxurious offerings. The XL5 is based on the same platform as the regular WagonR. It will, however, feature some premium cosmetic and interior upgrades. The spy shots show a different LED tail lamp unit, LED headlamps with projectors, different rear bumper, and alloy wheels among other things. It will only get a 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 5-speed gearbox and AMT as an option.
Price: Rs 5-7 lakh
Launch: Late 2019/Early 2020
The Tata Nexon facelift will get a design overhaul along with a BS6 compliant engine, and new features both on the exterior and interior. It is expected to get a new bonnet design, projector headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, new fog lights, a fully digital instrument cluster, cruise control, and many more features. It will run on 1.2-liter Revotron petrol motor and the 1.5-liter Revotorq diesel engine.
Price: Rs 6-11 lakh
Launch: January 2020
Tata revealed the H2X concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The concept shows an SUV-like car which is expected to be called the Hornbill. It follows the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy will be based on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture which is also seen on the Altroz. The concept shows a futuristic-looking car whose front is similar to the Harrier. It has some recognizable features like the sleek DRLs placed higher than the actual headlights which take their place near the bumpers. The H2x will sit below the Nexon in Tata’s line-up. It will also compete against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Mahindra KUV 100, Ford Freestyle and others. This is also one of the upcoming cars to watch out for.
Price: Rs 6-10 lakh
Launch: March 2020
The Ford Kuga is a mid-sized SUV that is placed above the Ecosport in Ford’s line up. It runs on Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel, 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, and 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol engines. The international variants also get Plug-In hybrid, EcoBlue mild hybrid, Kuga full hybrids variants too. plug-in hybrid powertrain is a combination of an Atkinson cycle petrol engine, an electric motor and a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, all together delivering a power of 225 PS. However, the EcoBlue diesel motor that gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid tech makes a power of 148 bhp. The 2.0-liter diesel motor churns out a power of 188 bhp while the 1.5-liter diesel unit delivers a power of 118 bhp. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol motor will be available in two power output options – 118 bhp and 148 bhp.
Price: Rs 8-15 lakh
Launch: July 2020
The next generation of the Mahindra Thar has been spotted testing on roads a few times. It is also expected to have a longer and wider body. However, the overall design will remain similar to the outgoing model, complete with the slotted grille and round headlights. A 2.0-liter diesel engine may power the car. It will also get true SUV features like a four-wheel drivetrain, low-range six-speed gearbox and also a mechanical locking differential.
Price: Rs 8-10 lakh
Launch: February 2020