The Indian automobile industry has started gaining momentum after the unlock 1.0. In fact, most of the carmakers registered decent sales growth in June as compared to April and May, 2020. The new car launches will further improve the sales figures and help recover market sentiments. In July 2020, there will be 7 new car launches in different segments. Here’s the brief on the upcoming new cars that will hit roads this month.
The Japanese carmaker has confirmed that it will launch the 2020 Honda WR-V facelift on 2nd July, 2020. The updated model will receive the BS6-compliant version of the existing 1.2L i-VTEC petrol and 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engines. In their BS4 form, the gasoline motor makes 89bhp with 110Nm and oil burner delivers 99bhp with 200Nm. The power and torque figures of the BS6 engines are likely to remain same. Transmissions on offer will include a 5-speed manual (petrol) and a 6-speed manual (diesel). There will be a slight drop in mileage figures. The WRV facelift will also get a new touchscreen infotainment unit, new seat upholstery, LED lighting package, new grille and front bumper.
Soon after the updated WR-V, the carmaker will bring in the BS6 Honda Jazz hatchback. This time around, the model lineup will drop the existing 1.5L diesel engine and will be offered with BS6-complaint 1.2L petrol motor. The gasoline’s BS4 version pushes out a peak power of 90bhp against 110Nm of torque. There will be two gearboxes on offer – a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. Minimal changes will also be made to its exterior and interior. On the exterior, the hatchback will get a new front bumper and LED headlamps. Inside, there might be an updated 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, new seat fabric and a few new features.
Prices of the new BS6 Honda Civic diesel will also be announced in the month of July. Official bookings have already been commenced across the nation. One can pre-book the model at any authorized Honda dealership or online via ‘Honda from Home’ sales platform. Powering the Civic diesel will be a BS6-compliant 1.6L i-DTEC turbocharged engine that’s good enough for 118bhp and 300Nm of torque. The motor will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox and return fuel economy of 26.8kmpl. The executive sedan is also available with a 1.8L i-VTEC petrol engine making power worth 140bhp and 174Nm of torque. Design and features of the BS6 Civic diesel will be exactly similar to its petrol counterpart.
The fifth-generation Honda City will be biggest launch from the Japanese carmaker this month. The new model can be pre-booking online or at any Honda dealership in the country. The carmaker has equipped the new City with several segment first features such as Alexa remote, a new 7-inch HD full colour TFT meter with G-meter, agile handling assist (AHA), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and lane watch camera. Significant changes have been made to its design and dimensions. Measuring 4569mm in length, 1748mm in width and 1489mm in height, the 2020 Honda City is the biggest vehicle in its segment. The new City will come with the BS6-compliant 1.5L petrol and diesel engine options. While the former makes 119bhp with 145Nm, the latter is good enough for 98bhp with 200Nm. The sedan will be offered with a 6-speed manual (standard) and a CVT automatic (petrol variants only) gearbox option.
Previewed at the 2020 Auto Expo, the MG Hector Plus is ready to hit showrooms in July. Initially, the SUV will be made available with 6-seats configuration only. Its 7-seater version will come later. The Hector Plus is the bigger and more spacious and feature-loaded than the Hector 5-seater. The SUV comes with Leg Swipe boot opening feature along with the revised front grille, new lower bumpers, slimmer LED headlamps with DRLs and new taillamps. At the heart of the 6-seater Hector Plus will be a 2.0L turbo diesel motor making a top power of 170bhp against 350Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be done by a 6-speed manual gearbox.
2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will also arrive in the month of July. The updated model lineup will drop the existing entry-level Sigma trim and come in 3 trims – Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The talking point of the S-Cross is the 1.5L K15B petrol engine borrowed from the new Vitara Brezza. The BS6-compliant motor boosted with Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system and delivers power around 105bhp and 138Nm of torque. It can be had either with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque convertor automatic transmission. No other significant changes will be made to the new S-Cross.
The new-generation Force Gurkha is one of the new cars that will see a release in July, 2020. The off-road SUV will be powered by the BS6-complaint version of the existing 2.6L diesel engine. However, the updated motor will be more powerful (5bhp) than its BS4 version. It will develop a maximum power of 90bhp and com with the FWD drivetrain system. Visually, the 2020 Force Gurkha appears more rugged and premium that the outgoing model. In fact, its interior has also been revised comprehensively. The SUV has more comfort goodies and safety features to offer.