Upcoming cars

Ranging from the Hyundai Elite i20 to Kia Carnival, here is the list of long-awaited upcoming cars in India with prices and specifications. Also, read on to find out the best time to buy a car as well as which car to buy in India.

I. Top 5 upcoming cars in India

Brand Model Body Type Expected Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi) Expected Launch Date
Hyundai Elite i20 2020 Hatchback Rs 5.60 lakh November 05, 2020
Tata Gravitas SUV Rs 15.00 lakh November 10, 2020
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV Hatchback Rs 8.00 lakh September 09, 2021
Tata Tiago EV Hatchback Rs 6.00 lakh December 15, 2021
Kia Carnival MPV Rs 25.00 lakh March 15, 2022

Hyundai Elite i20 2020

Awarded the 2015 Indian Car of The Year (ICOTY), the Hyundai Elite i20 has become one of the top-selling cars in India ever since its entrance to the domestic market. In its latest avatar unveiled earlier this year, the third-gen i20 seems to be given some modifications both inside, outside and under the hood. While it is likely to be larger and lower than the current model, the upcoming hatchback also looks sportier and more stylish.

Performance-wise, the next-gen Hyundai i20 will be equipped with the powerful engines seen on the Venue, including two petrol and diesel. While the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine can make 83PS/114Nm, the 1.0-litre turbo petrol from the Venue will develop 120PS/172Nm. The first petrol version will be mated to a 5-speed MT and a CVT. In the meantime, the latter will be paired with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT as seen on the Venue. The diesel unit is also the Venue’s 1.5-litre diesel which can put out 100PS and 240Nm and will get a 6-speed MT.  The automatic gearbox will be missed out on the diesel version. The third-gen i20 is expected to enter the market in November 2020. Priced at around Rs 5.60 lakh, the Hyundai Elite i20 2020 will continue to take on the likes of the Honda Jazz, Tata Altroz, Maruti Baleno, and VW Polo if launched. 

 Hyundai Elite I20 Rendering Indianautosblog

Tata Gravitas

Initially revealed at the Auto Expo 2020, The Tata Gravitas is the three-row version of its popular sibling, the Harrier. While the 7-seater SUV looks identical to the Harrier in many ways, the main difference is that the upcoming model will sport a longer rear end and a more spacious cabin. On the inside, most entertaining and safety features in a standard Harrier will also be seen in the Gravitas, namely the innovative 8.8-inch infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, among others.

Talking about the powertrain, the Tata 7-seater SUV will share the same BS6-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine seen on the updated version of Harrier. It might also come equipped with a 170PS 1.6-litre petrol engine but we are yet to hear the official confirmation of the same.The highly-anticipated Gravitas is expected to come out in November 2020 and get a starting price of 15 lakh (estimated), which is 1 lakh higher than that of its famous predecessor, the Tata Harrier. If launched, it will directly rival the Mahindra XUV500 and the MG Hector Plus.

Tata Gravitas Dark Edition Rendering 820a

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV

The next model in the list of upcoming cars in India is the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV. Showcased at the MOVE Summit in September 2018, the Maruti’s first electric hatchback was supposed to be introduced to the Indian market by 2020. However, the expected launch of the new Wagon R-base EV has been delayed for the next stage of nation-wide testing only starts in 2020. According to the current situation, the all-electric hatchback is anticipated to enter the market in September 2021.

As an all-electric hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV will get an automatic transmission along with electric car options. While much information about the EV is yet to be known, the vehicle is likely to offer a claimed mileage of around 25.42 kmpl. If launched, it will take on the likes of the Hyundai Santro, Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Ciaz, among others at the expected price of Rs 8 lakh.

Marutisuzuki Wagon R Ev Upcoming

Tata Tiago EV

Another candidate in the list is an electric model of Tata Motors, the Tiago EV. Among the most awaited upcoming cars in India, the Tiago-based EV succeeded in grabbing domestic enthusiasts’ attention when it was showcased alongside the Tigor EV back in 2018. While it looks similar to the current fuel-powered model, the Tata next electric hatchback also seems to witness some cosmetic enhancements, including the blue accents all around.

Performance-wise, the upcoming Tata EV is expected to be powered by a 30kW electric motor and a 216Ah battery pack. With these specifications in place, the electric model will be able to cover a range of 130 km and reach a top speed of 100kmph on a single full charge. The Tiago EV is expected to be released in December 2021 at a price of around Rs 6.00 lakh (estimated). If launched, it will go against the Maruti Swift, S-Presso, and Baleno, among others.

Tata Tigor Ev Upcoming

Kia Carnival

Breaking cover in June 2020, the fourth-gen Carnival was unveiled just a few months after the launch of the third generation in India. Under the SUV-inspired design, the upcoming Carnival stands out with a more stylish and sharper look. Besides, the next-gen MPV will also witness some exterior renovations. For example, the headlamps will be updated with integrated LED DRLs and LED elements in the rear light bar. On the inside, the Carnival MPV will be loaded with premium features such as a Mercedes-like panoramic digital console on the dashboard, horizontally-placed sleek AC vents, back-of-seat USB chargers, and a newly-added rotary dial for the shift-by-wire transmission.

While the specific information remains unclear, the Kia Carnival 2021 is highly likely to bring in petrol and diesel engine versions. The premium MPV is expected to get some electrification options as well. The Kia Carnival 2021 will be available in the Indian market in March 2022 at an estimated price of Rs 25.00 lakh and indirectly rival the Toyota Innova Crysta, Toyota Vellfire, and Mercedes-Benz V-Class.

2021 Kia Carnival Front 3 Quarters 2 6d07

 II. What time of the year is the best to buy a car in India?

Buying a car should be the most important personal purchase after buying a house as it is not only a means of transportation from point A to point B, but also represents its owner’s social status. When it comes to purchasing a car, time is one of the most crucial factors. Perfect timing helps you save a significant amount of money, which adds to the great joy of owning a dream car. So, what is the best time to buy a car in India? In general, big offers on cars come at the end and the beginning of the year, festive seasons, and before and after a new launch of a model.

1. The end and the beginning of the year

Arguably, the year-end is the absolute best time for car purchases in India. First of all, the end of the year is the time of the stock clearance; therefore, auto manufacturers and dealers often roll out many appealing car deals. At this point of the year, you can benefit from various offers and discounts, including manufacturer-approved ones. Apart from stock clearance sales, many dealers also offer incentives to push sales even further to meet their quotas both quarterly and yearly goals. As a result, the year-end, especially the final days of December and the first few days of January next year, usually witness the highest amount of incentive spending. 

The beginning of a new year is also the right time to get the best deals ever. While year-end discounts on cars extend to January next year, prices of the models manufactured in the past year will tend to drop drastically to make space for the freshly-made models. According to TrueCar, you can get a discount of up to 8.3% off the car price on New Year’s Eve instead of any other day.

2. Festive season

Many domestic consumers wait for the festive season because it is the perfect time to get their most desirable car. During the season, which starts from mid-September to the final days of October, car sales recorded usually come in leaps and bounds. Many automakers and dealers bring in special offers and discounts to entice more customers. Therefore, you are most certainly to win a good deal if buying a car during this period. 

3. Before and after a new launch

A good rule of thumb is that newly-launched models translate to further discounts on the current ones. In the automotive industry, manufacturers continuously introduce facelifted or new-gen models to make the vehicle look fresh and innovative. In response, dealers are more likely to come with huge offers on the existing stock to boost sales and make room for the newly-launched model. This is when you can jump in and get an currently available model at an attractive price.

In the meantime, you can also buy a new model after its launch. Usually, manufacturers launch their models at introductory prices to attract sales. Interestingly, these prices are often lower than that later on. After recording a first few thousand units sold, the model will come at higher prices. With a bit of speed and luck, you can take advantage and buy a newly-launched model at a lucrative price. However, it is worth noting that not all models come with such pricing strategy

III. How do I choose a car in India?

With a plethora of car manufacturers offering a diverse array of models, one of the difficult tasks that buyers have to face is choosing a car. To answer the question of “How do I choose a car in India?” it depends on many factors. However, the top two concerns should be your budget for the vehicle and car body type that suits your needs best.

1. Body types

Regarding types of cars, the Indian automotive industry is currently dominated by hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, and MPVs.

Hatchbacks

For starters, hatchbacks refer to those cars which have a smaller bodyline than others. The most distinctive feature of a hatchback is that its seats can be folded to create a larger room for storage. With these characteristics, the hatchback is considered the best car for families of 3-4 members. Besides, a huge plus of the vehicle is that it can easily maneuver through the traffic in city driving. Some popular hatchbacks available in the market are the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Baleno,Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Tata Tiago, and Volkswagen Polo, among others.

Sedans

Then, there exist the sedans. An average sedan car comes with a 3-box configuration vehicle design (engine, passenger, and cargo). In comparison to the hatchback, while the sedan is dimensionally longer, it also gets a separate boot compartment for luggage storage that makes it a better fit for those who value comfortable space and have a family of 3-4 members. Currently, the largest-selling sedans in India are the Maruti Dzire, Honda City,Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Aura, Tata Tigor, Volkswagen Vento, etc.

SUVs

Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, are available with a combination of passenger cars and off-roaders. Generally speaking, an SUV brings in bigger sizes and a larger cabin, offering the driver a better driving quality and practicality. These characteristics are also what differentiates SUV from other types of cars. Performance-wise, SUVs boast of its sturdy powertrain and its capacity to handle various terrains, ranging from off-road driving to urban driving. With these features, an SUV is more of a perfect choice for families of 5-7 members. Some of the best SUVs in India are the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue and many more.

MPVs/MUVs

MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle), or MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), is also a common type of car in India. While the MPV is often mistaken for an SUV, the main difference between these two body types is that the MPV offers more seats to transport passengers in cities and highways. Moreover, MPVs have more claimed fuel economy than SUVs. As a passenger car, an MPV provides enough comfortable room for large families of over five members. Some of the most popular MUV cars available in India include the Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti Ertiga, Renault Triber, Maruti XL6, and Mahindra Marazzo.

2. Budget

After deciding which types of cars you prefer the most, it’s time for you to consider the budget. As India is a mature automotive market, there are plenty of options for each type of car, including both existing and upcoming models. Thus, it is really up to how much you have in your pocket. If you are on a tight budget, a hatchback might be the best choice as hatchback models usually come at reasonable prices, offer decent fuel efficiency and require low maintenance and servicing costs. Otherwise, you can set your eyes on second hand vehicles to save money.

If you favor a vehicle with a long list of features and are willing to spend a bit more, a sedan will naturally suit your needs. Those with a generous budget will, of course, have more diverse options. However, an SUV or MPV is generally highly recommended. These cars are often considered the best as they provide multiple premium features, the most satisfying experience, and the most powerful engine options. 

IV. FAQs on Upcoming cars

1. What are the upcoming car launches in India in 2020?

There are many upcoming cars set to be launched in 2020. Specifically, the Indian market will welcome the entrance of the 2020 Hyundai Elite i20 and the Tata Gravitas in November this year.

2. What are the upcoming cars under 10 lakh in India?

The list of upcoming cars under ten lakhs includes the Hyundai Elite i20 2020, Mahindra eKUV100, Nissan Magnite, Maruti Swift 2020, Toyota Yaris 2021, Renault Zoe, and Renault HBC, among others. The prices will vary between the lowest Rs 5 lakh and the highest Rs 9 lakh.

3. Is it the right time to buy a car in India?                                                                                                       

In consideration of safety concerns and money-saving, the answer is yes. While the Covid-19 pandemic remains unpredictable, owning a personal vehicle will help limit social interaction, which reduces the chance of exposure to the disease. Besides, given the sharp decline in overall sales for the first half of 2020, most carmakers, including big brands, are trying to get back on track. To boost sales, they are likely to bring in hefty offers and discounts on vehicles. In fact, the market witnessed Honda Cars India’s upfront discounts of up to Rs 1 lakh on many of their select models.

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