Be sure to catch the most exciting unveils at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020.
After creating waves at the Geneva Motor Show last year, Tata will unveil the H2X compact SUV concept’s production version at the Auto Expo. The new SUV is expected to be powered by the 1.2-litre BS-VI petrol engine, the one that also powers the Altroz. Apart from this, Tata will also showcase 12 passenger vehicles, including the 2020 Harrier, which will come with an automatic transmission, a panoramic sunroof, and the same 2-litre diesel motor as in the 5-seater Harrier, which has been sourced from Jeep but now will boast more power. The much-awaited 7-seater Gravitas will also be displayed – is powered by the same 2-litre diesel engine and mated to the same automatic gearbox like the one in the Harrier. Tata Motors will also showcase electric concepts, like the Altroz EV.
Maruti Suzuki will unveil the facelifted Vitara Brezza on February 6th. It will be powered by a 103bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, which will be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic torque converter. The auto variant is also expected to come with Smart Hybrid technology. Continuing with SUVs, the Futuro-e will make its global premiere at the Auto Expo. This coupe SUV concept will change Maruti’s design philosophy. So, will it be the much-awaited rival of the Seltos and the Creta? Well, we will find out soon enough. Maruti’s first EV, which is based on the WagonR, will also be showcased.
It’s been a long time coming! The second-generation Thar will finally be showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The new Thar will retain its rugged design, but now it will be bigger and come with modern features like touchscreen infotainment, an automatic climate control, and even steering mounted controls. Mahindra will also unveil the next-generation XUV500 and the new Scorpio. Both SUVs, along with the Thar, will get a 2-litre diesel motor. The XUV500 will also come with a 2-litre petrol engine and all-wheel drive, while the Thar and the Scorpio will come with four-wheel drive. Mahindra also plans to showcase the facelifted TUV300, XUV300 EV, eKUV100, and some futuristic concepts.
MG Motor India has a list of 14 vehicles that it’s all set to unveil at the upcoming Auto Expo, including hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, and concepts, like the new Vision-i concept. The Vision-i concept made its debut at the Shanghai auto show in 2019 under the parent company’s banner, SAIC. Apart from showing its eco-friendly, next-generation mobility solutions, its flagship SUV, MG will also flex its muscles at the Auto Expo by displaying the Maxus D90 SUV. Currently, it’s powered by a 2-litre petrol motor, but for India, the company is working on a diesel engine. The D90 will go up against the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. MG will also showcase the six-seater Hector.
Volkswagen will unveil four SUVs — the A0 SUV, T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace, and ID. Crozz electric SUV. Based on the MQB A0 IN platform, the A0 SUV is basically an India-spec T-Cross and will take on the Seltos and the new Creta. The Tiguan Allspace is a seven-seater version of the Tiguan, with plenty of cabin space. Then there is the T-Roc, which will take on the likes of the Jeep Compass. It’ll only be available in petrol. Lastly, we have the most advanced SUV in the line-up, the ID. Crozz. Based on the MEB platform, the I.D. Crozz is a zero-emission four-wheel-drive SUV, with a top speed of 180 km/h and a power output of 225kW. It offers a driving range of up to 500kms on a single charge.
FAW Haima Automobile Co. Ltd. has confirmed its presence in the Auto Expo. Haima will showcase a versatile range of vehicles like hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, and EVs. It will enter the market with its Indian partners, Bird Automotive, who is a dealer for BMW and Mini. Even though Haima hasn’t revealed the vehicles it’ll unveil, it does have a plethora of vehicles to fit the bill, for examples EVs like the Aishang 360 hatchback, E7 MUV, E5 SUV, and E3 sedan. Haima also has a mid-size SUV, the 8S, which could be an attractive option for the company.
Great Wall Motors
China’s biggest SUV and pick-up truck manufacturer is all set to showcase its Haval brand and electric vehicles. Last month, GWM India confirmed through a tweet that it’ll introduce the Havel brand in India. It also posted photos of its flagship SUV, the Haval H9, the H2, and the Ora R1 electric. However, the major showstopper at their stall will be the H4, a Kia Seltos rival, and its bigger sibling, the H6.
Renault’s new compact SUV, codenamed HBC, has been creating a lot of news. This production-version of the SUV is almost ready and will make its global debut at the Auto Expo. Based on the CMF-A platform, like the Kwid and the Triber, it’ll be powered by a new 1-litre turbo petrol engine, which will be mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT. Renault is expected to unveil a concept of a sub-4-metre sedan, the Triber AMT, and some international models, like Zoe EV, which will show their electric prowess.
After sweeping the market with the Seltos, Kia Motors has now become the fourth largest auto manufacturer in India. To kick start the Auto Expo 2020, Kia will launch the premium MPV, the Carnival, which will be priced above the Toyota Innova Crysta. In all fairness, the spotlight will be on Kia’s brand new sub-4-metre SUV, codename QYI. Based on the Hyundai Venue, the Kia SUV will look completely different from its cousin and will flaunt its signature Tiger Nose grille. As expected, its powertrains will be borrowed from the Venue, but more importantly, it’ll be interesting to see how it’s priced, as the QYI will go up against the facelifted Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport, and the new Renault compact SUV.
The second-generation Creta will certainly be one of the major attractions of the Auto Expo 2020. As reported by us earlier, the Creta will be unveiled at the Expo, but it’ll be launched later in March. The Creta will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines that power the Kia Seltos. Apart from this, the Creta may also come with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol motor. It will be interesting to see if the made-in-India SUV will get the massive 10.4-inch multimedia system like the one in the ix25 in China. Hyundai will also showcase the facelifted Tucson. The 2020 version SUV will get BS-VI complaint 2-litre petrol and diesel engines and a slew of features, like a new infotainment system and BlueLink connectivity. Apart from the usual suspects, Hyundai will also showcase some cars from its N Brand high-performance line-up.
Mercedes-Benz will showcase a slew of new vehicles at the expo. Starting with the entry-level offerings, it will unveil the A-Class Sedan and the GLA. The Stuttgart-based company will display its might by showcasing the 635bhp AMG GT 63 S 4 door coupe and the Mercedes Maybach GLS. The EQC 400 4MATIC Edition 1886 will also be unveiled – it’s expected to make its debut in April 2020. Mercedes will also display the new E-Class and the full-sized GLS.
Skoda’s mid-size SUV concept, Vision IN, will be revealed at the upcoming Auto Expo. Based on the first sketches of the SUV, it’ll be similar to the Kamiq in appearance and will be based on the MQB A0 IN platform. As of now, no details about the powertrains have been revealed, but expect it to be available only with petrol motors. The SUV will make its debut in 2021 and will take on the likes of the new Creta, Seltos, Hector, and, even, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki SUV. Skoda will also reveal the facelifted Rapid, with a new 1-litre turbo petrol engine, new Karoq, 245bhp Octavia RS 245, Kodiaq petrol, and facelifted Superb.