Upcoming Cars in the Auto Expo, to be launched in 2021

The Auto Expo, last held in February 2020, is a biennial event held in Greater Noida at the India Expo Mart. It is the largest gathering of automotive brands in the country for new car launches, upcoming car models, electric cars and concepts of future cars for the Indian market.

The following are few of the upcoming cars, showcased in the Auto Expo. Some models are likely to be delayed due to the Covid scenario.

1) Tata Gravitas – It is a 7-seater version of the Harrier & one of the best SUVs in its class in terms of safety and features and a direct rival to the MG Hector plus. The SUV has the updated 173bhp 2.0-litre BS6 engine, an automatic transmission & the rear with extended window line and newly designed tail-lamps. Expected in Q2

2) Tata HBX – It is a small SUV below the Tata Nexon., currently undergoing test runs. .Competition expected from Hyundai. It is based on the Tata’s ALFA architecture and has design features from other SUVs in the brand’s portfolio. Expected in Q1

3) Hyundai Alcazar- It is the name of The Hyundai Creta 7-seater, expected in Q2 of 2021 with a new front fascia, redesigned LED headlamps and DRLs, new tail-lamp design and a host of new powertrain options. Expected in Q1

4) Maruti Celerio Next Gen – It is under testing. It is going to use the HEARTECT platform, is rigid and safer than the previous platform. Expected in Q1

5) Maruti XL5 – It is going to be a NEXA product of the Wagon R. Expected in Q3

6) Wagon R Electric – It was spotted long time back and possibly Maruti is waiting for the charging infrastructure to be ready to launch it. Expected in Q1

7) MG ZS – The next car from MG, it is expected to come along with the Hector facelift. Expected in Q1

8) Renault Kiger – It will visually look like Triber from the front with the rear side like the Nissan Magnite. Expected in Q1

9) FORD XUV 500 – Based on the XUV 500, it is expected to be launched in Q1 of 2021, it is the C segment SUV with a new grille. Expected in Q4.

10) Mahindra XUV 500 – It is the next gen generation XUV 500 with level1 of assisted driver aids, a new logo and slightly bigger than the earlier generation. Currently undergoing test runs. Expected in Q2

11) Mahindra Scorpio 2021 – It is being renamed as the Mahindra Sting and will be bigger in dimensions than the previous generation with slight increase in pricing. Expected in Q2

12) Skoda Vision IN – It will also form the basis for Skoda’s new cars in 2021.Based on the Skoda Kamiq it will be an SUV specially made for India. Expected in Q2

13) Skoda Rapid – The next gen version will be launched after VW Vento and both will be based on the same platform with very few changes. Expected in Q2

14) VW Vento – It will be launched before the new Skoda Rapid. Both cars will be based on same platform and powertrain, with marginal difference in engine tuning and output and possibly VW Vento will host a different gearbox to give a different driving feel. Expected in Q3

15) Volkswagen Taigun – Expected in Q1 2021.It will rival Hyundai Creta & Kia Seltos

16) Hyundai AX – It will rival the Tata HBX. It will use the Santro platform and will be based on the Bayon. Tata HBX will be launched prior to Hyundai AX

17) Jeep Compass 7-seater – It will be a full-size SUV and is expected after the launch of the existing Jeep Compass is face-lifted. Its pricing is expected to be higher with premium features. The 7-seater Jeep Compass will rival the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and FORD Endeavor. Expected in Q4

18) Citroen C5 AirCross – Expected in Q1 2021. It will house a 2-liter engine and will compete with the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier with possibility of autonomous driving system, also. Expected in Q1

19) Altroz EV – It will be based on the same electric specification like Tata Nexon, albeit with a longer range and a different battery management system. Expected in Q1

20) Octavia 2021 – It will be with 2-liter engine, as Skoda Superb and a single DSG gearbox option. Compared to the current Octavia available in limited units as RS245, the new RS will be a hybrid, with a smaller engine. Expected in Q2. It will compete with the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic

21) Swift Hybrid – Expected in Q1 however delayed due to Covid. It has a very good mileage for a petrol car of 25kmpl. The Swift Hybrid has a 1.2-litre petrol engine linked to an electric motor and a battery pack. The 1.2-litre petrol engine in the Swift hybrid produces 90bhp and 118Nm of torque and features paddle shifters paired to a 5-speed AMT transmission.

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