Some very interesting cars in the Rs 20-50 lakh range coming our way in 2020. Skoda will bring in three new products this year – the Karoq, Octavia RS 245 and the Superb facelift. Citroen will also bring in their first product for India – the C4 Aircross and Audi will introduce the new Q3 .
Expected Launch: June 2020 Price: Rs 22-25 lakh
Skoda India has confirmed that they will bring the Karoq here in 2020. The Karoq will be a replacement to the now-defunct Yeti, and, as a result, it will compete in the premium mid-size SUV space. The company plans to bring it into the country initially as a CBU, and depending on the demand, it’ll then decide if the Karoq can be produced here in the future. The Karoq is based on VW Group’s MQB platform. In global markets, it’s offered with four engine options – a three-cylinder 114bhp 1.0-litre turbo petrol, a four-cylinder 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol, a 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 2-litre diesel mill, which is available in two trims – 148bhp and 188bhp. The bigger diesel engine is also offered with a 4×4 option. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, and a seven-speed DSG automatic is also expected to be on offer.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Expected Launch: October 2020 Price: Rs 25-30 lakh
Citroen has officially begun its India operations, and the French carmaker has confirmed that its first model for India will be its flagship C5 Aircross crossover SUV. And it will be offered with a leasing option right from the start. Not much is known about the India-spec model as of now. However, in international markets, it’s offered with either a 1.2-litre petrol motor that pumps out 130bhp or a 2.0-litre diesel motor that churns out 180bhp.
Skoda Superb facelift
Expected Launch: May 2020 Price: Rs 27-32 lakh
Skoda will launch the refreshed Superb in the Indian market in May 2020. Featuring a new design language and a couple of new features in the cabin, the Superb facelift is expected to be launched in the country with a single petrol powertrain. The engine in question here is a 2.0-litre TSI motor that produces around 188bhp and 320Nm of torque. Of course, it’ll be BS-VI compliant. Power transmission duties will be carried out by a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Among other highlights, the new Superb will come with Matrix LED headlamps and a Virtual Cockpit Display (fully-digital instrument cluster).
Skoda Octavia RS 245
Expected Launch: March 2020 Price: Rs 30-32 lakh
2020 is going to be a good year for performance seeking car enthusiasts, as Skoda has confirmed that they will launch the Octavia RS 245 in the country. The Octavia RS 245 uses the same 2.0-litre TSI motor as the previous Octavia RS from 2017 but delivers 242bhp and 370Nm – a gain of 15bhp and 20Nm over the old RS. The power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG transmission, and it also gets a limited-slip differential. The RS 245 will be sold here in limited numbers, though, as only 200 units will be brought into the country.
Expected Launch: June 2020 Price: Rs 35 lakh
The Kia Carnival will redefine the MUV segment once it hits the Indian market, as it will be the first minivan of its size to be offered in India. Nevertheless, it’ll be the most practical MUV on our market – a perfect upgrade for Innova customers who really have nowhere to move up to. Powertrain options, initially at least, will be limited to a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Expected Launch: May 2020 Price: Rs 40-55 lakh
The Q3 has gone on to become one of the most successful models for Audi ever since its launch in 2011. So, it was natural for Audi to launch the second-generation model as quickly as possible. The interior is typical of modern Audi cars, meaning that most of the buttons are now replaced by touch panels. The dashboard now features an 8.8-inch touchscreen (standard), while higher trims get a bigger 10.1-inch display. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is finally available in the Q3. Powertrain options include a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre petrol engine, while there’s also a 2.0-litre unit.