Auto Expo 2020, the 15th edition of the country’s best automotive show, is scheduled to start on 5th February.
Ahead of the biennial event, the Indian automotive market has put a lot of hopes and expectations for the near future just like it did during the previous Auto Expo 2018. Being quite the venue to show the best and latest of all automotive and associated names alike, many new cars and motorcycles are expected to make their official debut at Auto Expo 2020.
That said, here are over 50 new cars (in no particular order) that would most probably be the highlights of the show. Do keep in mind that we have compiled all the vehicles based on early reports from trusted sources and convincing internal rumours. Once the event officially starts, you may find some of these models missing or might even see a good extra number of items — our bets are on the latter!
Starting with the market leader, Maruti Suzuki plans to introduce a few products at Auto Expo 2020 and some improved or alternate versions of its existing line-up. Highlight of the show will be Futuro-e electric SUV coupe concept. It has already been teased, as seen in the image above.
In addition, the Swift Sport, which is the performance-focused version of the international-spec Suzuki Swift, is expected to make an appearance despite having a minimal possibility of an India-launch. The Maruti Brezza facelift will launch with a much-awaited petrol variant while the brand’s latest offering, the S-Presso, could get a crossover makeover (strictly cosmetic). Rumours state that a premium version of the Wagon-R or a shorter version of the XL6 (dubbed as XL5) might be introduced as a NEXA product. The Indian brand is also expected to showcase the Suzuki Jimny SUV.
This time around, Tata Motors will be showcasing a whole range of products including a few EVs. The recently-unveiled Tata Altroz, will make India debut in EV avatar. Similarly, the facelifted Nexon compact-SUV will share the stage with its EV version. The Tiago/Tigor facelifts will also be there on stage.
Of course, the much-awaited 7-seater Harrier AKA the Gravitas will make its official debut at Auto Expo 2020. The Harrier BS6 with 18 inch alloys, panoramic sunroof and 6 speed automatic will also be launched at the Expo.
Other displays may include the Tata Blackbird (to take on the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta). Tata H2X or Hornbill will debut in production form. It is a small SUV, cheaper than Nexon – to take on Maruti S-Presso. Tata Motors is not participating at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show for the first time since 1998. Hence, expect the company to showcase its greatest at the home event.
Hyundai India is the second most-successful automotive company operating in the country. For the same reason, a lot of expectations are burdened upon the South Korean brand. Auto Expo 2020 will see the introduction of the all-new Hyundai Creta, updated Verna and Tucson facelift; some of which may be launched then and there.
The globally-unveiled 2020 Hyundai Sonata will be one of the primary highlights, alongside the launch of the Aura compact-sedan. Coincidentally enough, both vehicles look odd against the rest of the portfolio. The much-awaited third-generation Hyundai i20 might not make it to the gallery, but will be launched at a later stage.
Mahindra Automotive has been on an aggressive product strategy in recent years and Auto Expo 2020 will act as a venue to accentuate it even further. The much-awaited Mahindra XUV500, with all the essential equipment and specifications, could make an appearance as concept, to woo customers away from some of the serious players in its segment.
The popular Mahindra Scorpio will also undergo a major revamp while the XUV300 comes with an electric powertrain (alongside the growing number of other Mahindra Electric products). Chances of an XUV400, based on the SsangYong XLV or Tivoli 7-seater, to debut are high as well. However, the the all-new Mahindra Thar will not make its debut at the Auto Expo.
Mahindra XUV300 electric is expected to debut while KUV100 electric will be launched, with a price tag of under Rs 9 lakhs – making it the cheapest electric car in India. There will also be the Atom concept based electric quadricycle, which will also be launched at the Auto Show.
Kia Motors made its Indian debut with a strong start thanks to the well-rounded Seltos, which was unveiled as the SP Concept back at Auto Expo 2018. The company showcased all its global products back then and is expected to do the same at Auto Expo 2020. However, one of the major attractions of this year would be their new sub 4 meter SUV concept. It is based on Hyundai Venue, and will be launched by July 2020 in India. It has been officially teased, as seen in the image above.
In addition, there will be Kia Seltos based concepts, the Soul tallboy hatchback, Sportage crossover, Stonic compact-SUV, Sorento 7-seater SUV, Rio premium hatchback and Picanto mid-level (in Indian context) hatchback. For Kia fans, the Stinger GT sports sedan and the stunning Telluride full-size SUV might be the highlights. The Kia Niro EV, which shares its powertrain with the Hyundai Kona, could be on display as well.
MG Motor is the brand other than Kia Motors which could witness decent sales performance in the country despite being an entirely new name. The company currently sells only the Hector 5-seater SUV while the 6-seater avatar of the same will see its introduction at Auto Expo 2020. Alongside, the MG ZS EV will be on display while the Maxus D 90, aimed to take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4, might make an appearance. Maxus is a sub-brand under SAIC.
This is the first time MG Motor is participating at the Auto Expo. Their stall will be one of the biggest, housing one of the largest number of passenger cars, sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks, electric vehicles and tech. One of the biggest attraction will be an all new MPV, which will take on the likes of Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova and Mahindra Marazzo.
Volkswagen India may not be doing very well on the Indian market, but that is not stopping the German brand from showcasing some interesting products at Auto Expo 2020. The T-Roc compact crossover, T-Cross SUV, Tiguan Allspace (long-wheelbase Tiguan with three-row seating) and ID Crozz concept are sure bets. The new Passat saloon could also be on display, as it has already been spied on test in India.
In addition to this, Volkswagen India will showcase the indigenously developed Polo Winter RX racecar with a 1.8-litre TSi engine. We suggest you keep your hopes down about the launch of the global-spec MQB Polo at the Auto Expo. However, the company had shared that it is working on an India-specific MQB A0 IN platform. There will be the new Vento on display. This is the same one, which is sold as Virtus in Brazil. It will be launched in India by 2021.
The Czech-origin brand has a decent presence in the entry-level luxury market and its products are often considered as a cheaper alternative to the likes of the popular Germans. At Auto Expo 2020, the company plans to showcase the next-generation Octavia, facelifted Superb and two SUVs sitting further down the Kodiaq: Kamiq and Karoq.
Highlight will be the made in India SUV concept, which has already been teased as Skoda Vision IN. The all-new Rapid (analogous to the Volkswagen Vento) is also expected to make its appearance ahead of its launch later in 2020. The limited-run Octavia RS245 (based on the current-generation Octavia) will be on display as well.
Renault India is strengthening its entry-level portfolio with the popular Kwid budget hatchback and now, with the Triber mini-MPV. At the Auto Expo, we can expect the Kwid electric to be on display. Reports suggest that the French company is planning on launching Kwid electric in India. Kwid based EV was recently launched in China. There will also be a new sub 4 meter SUV based on Triber on display, codenamed HBC as of now.
Besides all the above-mentioned brand and vehicles, there will be a whole range of showcases and experience zones from various other makers and suppliers. Almost every car on sale at that time on the Indian market will be on display (with at least a BS6 upgrade) and some brands may even showcase an interesting range of products from their motorsports division as well.