Mid-range vehicles for 2020

Sudeep Koshy

The world is recovering: not solely from a debilitating pandemic but additionally from the ruinous impact it’s having on the financial system. It inevitably despatched the world’s fourth largest automotive market right into a cautious crawl — an {industry} that accounts for nearly half of the nation’s manufacturing GDP. But the excellent news is that if experiences from final month are any indication, the indicators are of a gentle restoration, albeit sluggish. From what was a dismal 40,000 in May, the variety of vehicles offered has risen to nearly 2,26,000 in August, bucking the downward pattern with a reassuring 7.5 per cent progress. Kia and Maruti have emerged as beacons of risk and consistency, respectively. The Korean model jumped from being the 15th largest automotive model to the fifth, with a wide ranging 64 per cent progress, whereas Maruti reiterated market management with an 18.Eight per cent progress.

As automobile manufacturers pat the mud off their ready inventory and make house for brand new arrivals in showrooms, we’ve got new mannequin launches and facelifts to stay up for. As to be anticipated, the market setback has pushed a few of them in direction of a later date. Even as they introduced the Thar with nice fanfare, Mahindra has reserved the XUV300 Turbo Sportz variant for early 2021; simply what Tata has performed with their 7-seat Gravitas. The value section of Rs10 lakh-Rs15 lakh (ex-showroom) is, maybe, probably the most attention-grabbing as we come throughout fashions in quite a lot of shapes and sizes — from 5 to 9 seat configurations and from hatchbacks and sedans to crossovers and SUVs. So, from this thrilling array of latest and upcoming vehicles which are BS6 compliant, we’ve got picked 10 fashions that may make 2020 truly look good!


Kia Seltos remains to be reasonably new. The echoes haven’t settled, of the uproar it created when greater than 32,000 of them had been offered even earlier than its launch. Yet, Kia has now up to date the function listing with improved voice help, smartwatch connectivity and distant engine begin that justify the hike in value by as much as Rs25,000 for the petrol variant and as much as Rs30,000 for the diesel.Seltos now comes with three engine choices, all BS6-compliant: a 1.5-litre petrol (115PS/144Nm), 1.4L turbocharged petrol (140PS/242Nm), and 1.5L diesel (115PS/ 250Nm). The turbo engine is ready aside for the GT Line variants with a 6-speed guide gearbox or a 7-speed twin clutch transmission. What differentiates Seltos within the section are the obtainable security and luxury options like a 10.25” contact display screen, an 8” head up show,six airbags, ABS with EBD, digital stability management (ESC), hill help management (HAC) and a 360º parking digicam.

HYUNDAI CRETA  Rs9.99 lakh to Rs17.2 lakh Available since: March 2020


Sibling rivalry is benevolent when it evokes excellence. Within three months of its launch, the brand new Creta has clocked 30,000 bookings, which is uncannily much like what Kia Seltos achieved. The Creta, too, is accessible with an array of three engines — a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre petrol turbo GDi and a 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel. The compact SUV guarantees a fascinating drive with modes like eco, consolation and sport, in addition to traction management modes like snow, sand and dust. In its first main improve, the Creta will get an all-new entrance fascia, refreshed tail lights and a variety of security options like rear-view digicam and rear parking help. It showcases some industry-firsts like distant engine begin and spectacular options like voice-activated sunroof, an inbuilt air air purifier and wi-fi charging.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Rs 8.39 lakh to Rs12.39 lakh
Available since: August 2020

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

It seems that BS6 implementation gave Maruti-Suzuki the possibility to not solely adjust to emission norms but additionally to reply to a longstanding demand from shoppers — a petroleum engine for the S-Cross. So, Maruti has changed the 1.3L diesel engine with a brand new BS6 compliant 1.5L petrol engine, which has an influence output of 105 PS and 138 Nm of torque — the identical engine that drives the Ciaz and the Vitara Brezza. Another landmark change within the new S-Cross 2020 is the introduction of an automated transmission. Maruti’s Okay-series petrol engine additionally gives sensible hybrid expertise with each the 4-speed automated and 5-speed guide. Keeping the present listing of options unchanged, S-Cross 2020 provides a 7-inch touchscreen with android auto and Apple carplay, whereas commonplace security consists of twin entrance airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors.

MAHINDRA THAR Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 12.49 lakh Availability: Launch in October


As Mahindra Thar enters a brand new technology, the acquainted design is refreshed simply sufficient to construct a contemporary identification for the SUV whereas ensuring to not alienate “Jeep-lovers”. Perched on a model new platform, new Mahindra Thar is 65mm longer with a 20 mm longer wheelbase. With 4-wheel drive as commonplace, the brand new Thar has made dimensional adjustments that encourage one to take the highway much less travelled extra typically, like its 650 mm wading depth, trendy multi-link suspensions and floor clearance that has elevated from 200 mm to 226mm on newly fitted 18” tyres. For the primary time, Thar will get a petroleum engine and this 2.0L turbo charged 4 pot makes 150 PS whereas the two.2L diesel now makes 130. The drivetrain gives two new transmission choices — a 6-speed automated or a 6-speed guide!

FORCE GURKHACurrent mannequin Rs9.75 lakh to Rs13.30 lakh Availability: Launch in December


If appears to be like can encourage journey, Mahindra Thar and rival Force Gurkha have been doing that over time. A single-slat grille and rounded headlamps are nonetheless part of the tall and slender presence that reminds one of many ‘Gelandewagen,’ however the brand new mannequin will function LED DRLs, new bumpers and switch indicators on the entrance fenders. A brand new roof-mounted service and 17-inch alloy wheels add extra adventurous proportions to the profile. The SUV sticks to its ladder-on-frame development however would probably have modern gear like a touchscreen infotainment system, energy home windows, twin entrance airbags and ABS. The BS6 compliant 2020 Force Gurkha turns to a 2.6 L diesel engine from Mercedes-Benz that also generates 89 bhp however is wealthy in torque at 280 Nm. Off-roading aficionados can stay up for a 5-speed guide gearbox and a guide 4×Four system.

TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER Rs8.2 lakh to Rs11.65 lakh Availability: Launch this month


If you fancy the reliability of a Maruti Vitara Brezza with Toyota enhancements, the upcoming Urban Cruiser is the one to be careful for! Toyota’s first under-4m crossover, the Urban Cruiser shall be obtainable in three trim ranges, all powered by the unique 1.5 L Okay-series petrol engine mated to a 5-speed guide transmission or a 4-speed automated. Interestingly, the automated variants function the superior Li-ion battery expertise from Maruti with regenerative braking and idle start-stop capabilities for improved gas financial system. The spectacular specs within the increased variants embody LED lighting in entrance and rear, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a 7-inch smartplay touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple carplay and android auto, and different conveniences in connectivity.

Renault Duster Turbo Rs10.49 lakh to Rs12.99 lakh Available since: August 2020

Renault Duster Turbo

The French model that made SUV goals possible for the typical Indian automobile patrons has simply introduced one other dream inside attain — the will for a robust SUV. Renault Duster Turbo turned probably the most highly effective SUV in its section when the variant powered by a 1.3L turbo petrol engine was launched final month. Its 154 Hp output and torque of 254 Nm shall be delivered to the wheels by both a guide transmission or an X-Tronic CVT. However, this automobile is not only about energy. Technologies comparable to gasoline direct injection (GDI) improves efficiency and effectivity whereas twin variable valve timing (VVT) facilitates increased torque at decrease rpm whereas retaining emissions decrease.

MG Hector Plus Rs13.49 lakh to Rs18.54 lakh Available since: July 2020

MG Hector Plus

Hector is the “Internet car” that related Indian shoppers to MG Motors. In 2020, the three-row, six-seat model of the Hector has been launched, with the 2 enjoyable captain’s seats within the second row anticipated to attraction to those that want to be chauffeur-driven in an SUV. Features just like the multi-function steering wheel, 10.4-inch touchscreen, 6 airbags and 360º digicam are much like that of the 5-seater however what’s totally different is the hands-free opening of the tailgate and the ‘chit chat’ alerts within the related car tech. The drivetrain combos embody a 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed guide gearbox and a 143Hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol that gives the choice of a 6-speed twin clutch transmission. The latter may also be paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system.

HONDA CITY Rs10.89 lakh to Rs14.64 lakh Available since: July 2020


Honda has invigorated the fifth technology of the Honda City with sufficient lifestyle-empowering expertise, in addition to providing three fuel-efficient variants. A 1.5L petrol engine that makes 121 PS and 145 Nm torque mated to a 6-speed guide transmission or a 7-step CVT; a 1.5L diesel engine producing 100 PS and 200 Nm mated to a 6-speed guide. The new Honda City sparkles with LED lights however probably the most spectacular tech is within the cabin: like an 8-inch contact display screen infotainment system that gives android auto, Apple carplay and weblink help; ambient lighting; Amazon Alexa distant management and related automobile expertise; and security options like Honda’s very personal lane watch digicam that relays what’s beside your automobile whereas altering lanes!

Tata Altroz EV Rs14 lakh Availability: Launch in December

Tata Altroz EV

Among the upcoming vehicles of 2020, Tata Altroz is particular — an electrical car that falls within the Rs12 lakh- Rs15 lakh bracket, alongside the electrical variations of Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon (with whom the Altroz EV shares the powertrain). Driven by a 95kW motor, the Altroz will draw its energy from a 30kWh Li-ion battery that may give the automobile a variety of greater than 300 km. Tata expects 80 per cent of charging to occur in lower than an hour, which matches a good distance in making lengthy journeys time-efficient.

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