The 15th edition of Asia’s biggest and world’s second largest automobile event is scheduled to take place from 7th to 12th February at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. Several car and two-wheeler manufacturers will showcase their new products at the biennial event. There will be lots to look forward to and we will bring you all the action live from the ground. Before that, let’s take a look at the top 6 new-generation car models that will debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020.
Hyundai India will unveil the new-generation model of its highly popular premium hatchback – Elite i20. The 2020 Hyundai Elite i20 will witness comprehensive changes inside and out. In fact, the engine setup will also get BS6-ready and more powerful units. The hatchback will receive the new 1.0L, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that’s good enough for 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. It’s the same powertrain that does duty in the Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV. The diesel model will get a 1.5L motor replacing the existing 1.4L unit. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The next-generation Honda City will be among the much-anticipated cars that will debut at the Auto Expo 2020. Design and styling of the sedan’s new model will be inspired by the Accord and Insight. Material quality, fit and finish and NHV levels will also be improved. The 2020 Honda City will come with the BS6-compliant versions of the existing 1.5L i-VTEC petrol and 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engines pushing out 118bhp with 175Nm and 99bhp with 200Nm respectively. Reports suggest that the new-generation City will also receive a mild hybrid powertrain. Both petrol and diesel powertrains will be paired to a CVT gearbox.
The second-generation Hyundai iX25 that previews the new-gen Hyundai Creta, had its world premiere at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. The SUV will make its India debut at the Auto Expo 2020. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2020 Hyundai Creta will be longer (30mm), wider (10mm) and shorter (8mm). The wheelbase will also be increased by 20mm. That means, the SUV’s new model will have more cabin space to offer. The new Creta is reported to come with 3 engine options – a 1.5L diesel, a 1.5L petrol and a 1.4L petrol. All three powertrains are BS6-compliant and will be sourced from the Kia Seltos. There will be 4 gearbox options – a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque convertor, a 7-speed DCT and a CVT.
Mahindra XUV500, the highly popular SUV from the home-grown carmaker, is all set to enter into its new generation. The 2020 model will be based on an all-new monocoque platform that will also be used in the upcoming Ford C-SUV. Reports suggest that the new XUV500 will ditch the existing 2.2L diesel engine for a new, BS6-ready 2.0L turbocharged diesel unit generating power close to 180bhp. This time around, the carmaker might also introduce a new 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine to the SUV linup. Its power output is likely to stand at 185bhp. The design of the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 could be inspired by the new-generation Ssangyong Korando.
The Mahindra Scorpio will be one of the new-generation models that will be unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020. The SUV’s new model will be based on the thoroughly updated ladder-frame chassis and feature a new design language. Though, it will retain the upright stance and rugged body built. Powering the 2020 Mahindra Scorpio will be a new, BS6-compliant 2.0L diesel engine that will produce power around 170bhp with 400Nm of torque. Initially, the SUV lineup will be made available with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The wheelbase will be increased that will translate into more legroom. Some of its features could be borrowed from the Alturas G4 SUV and Marazzo MPV.
At the Auto Expo 2020, we will also witness the unveiling of the new-generation Mahindra Thar. The new model will be designed on the updated GEN3 ladder frame chassis and feature a new 140bhp, 2.0L turbocharged diesel powertrain. The new motor will meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms that will be enforced from 1st April, 2020. It will get a 6-speed manual gearbox along with an optional 4WD system. Interestingly, the 2020 Mahindra Thar will come with the factory-fitted hardtop. In order to offer more cabin space, the carmaker will make minor dimensional changes. The new Thar will also comply to new safety norms.