Carmakers couldn’t resist launching models even it meant doing that over the internet to introduce their upcoming models.
Under the situation where the fight against coronavirus has put the world in lockdown, the launch of several key models was scheduled to go on sale this season if the situation was normal. With regard to this, many automakers couldn’t hold back and endorsed to the internet to launch their upcoming cars in 2020.
Below is the list of all the cars and SUV launched during the time of lockdown.
MG Hector BS6 Diesel
The Internet carmaker, MG Hector India, who launched the petrol variant of BS6 in February earlier this year, witnessed a price surge of Rs 26,000. On 10th April, the company launched silently the BS6 Hector diesel with a starting price of Rs 13.88 lakh and goes to Rs 17.72 lakh (ex-showroom price) for the top model, prices have gone higher by Rs 44,000 as compared the BS4 diesel. In every aspect, this new variant is identical to its predecessor except limited to emissions. The power out remains the same at 170 bhp at 3,750 rpm and at 350nm a peak torque with 1,750-2,500 rpm, which is powered Multijet diesel engine powered by Fiat-sourced 2.0 liters. With the same six manual gearboxes for speed, the engine comes mated. Major rivals are Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, and the XUV500.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio BS6
On 2nd April, calmly Maruti Suzuki took to their website to announce the launch of B26 CelerioX with starting price for base variant VXI is Rs 4.90 lakh and touches the highest of 5.67 lakh with top model of ZXI (O) variant. The vehicle in India is available with four variants – VXI, VXI (O), ZXI and ZXI (O), this time Maruti Suzuki took a step further and a nominal price surge of Rs 15,000 has been decided. The designed engine put out has 66bhp at 6000 rpm and 90 Nm at 3500 rpm and has the same 1.0 litre, three-cylinder that has powered Maruti’s entry-level hatchbacks till date but has been upgraded to meet the industry standards of BS6. With the option of AMT transmission, it comes out mated with 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The carmaker claims the fuel economy for both variants stands at 21.63 kmpl. This latest car will compete against Renault Kwid 1.0, the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and the Hyundai Santro as well.
Tata Nexon XZ+ (S) With Sunroof
No matter what the situation is, companies stick to their deadline, TATA Nexon XZ+ (S) was launched on the declared date of 3rd April with petrol variant priced at Rs 10.10 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 11.60 lakh for the diesel variant (ex showroom India). The newly launched automobile comes with the line up of XZ+, XZ+ (S) and XZ+ (O). As compared to base model XZ+ and XZ+ (S), the top end model gets connected car technology features such as iRA connected app, remote vehicle control, live vehicle diagnostics, vehicle live location, go-fence, valet mode among others. The electric sunroof with tilt function put ups to its advantage and also gets auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, multi-drive modes, rear AC vents, fully automatic climate control, smart key push-button start and more.
2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift
South Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai, launched it premium class vehicle Hyundai Verna Facelift 2020 on March 30 which comes with few styling updates; base model priced at Rs 9.33 lakh going up to Rs 13.99 lakh. Flaunting its way into the market with new LED headlamps and signature-style cascading chrome grille gets the BS6 engine borrowed from the Venue. The redesigned front bumper and new diamond-cut alloy wheels are also new add ons along with new wing mirrors, silver door handles, revamped LED taillamps, new rear bumper, and redesigned boot lid. Variants are equipped with 1.5-litre, four-cylinder MPi petrol, 1.0, three-cylinder Kappa Turbo GDi petrol engine and 1.5-litre, four-cylinder U2 CRDi diesel. While the 1.5-litre petrol engine puts out 113 bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque, the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo motor is more powerful churning out 118 bhp and 172Nm of peak torque. Maximum power, diesel engine of 1.5-litre belts out is of 113 bhp against 250Nm of torque. Both 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines come mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard along with optional IVT, 6-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes respectively.
2020 Mahindra Bolero BS6 Facelift
Mahindra established in 1945, the Indian carmaker company announced its BS6 Bolero Facelift on March 25. The market price starting at ₹ 7.76 lakh and top-notch model goes up to ₹ 8.78 lakh, all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. The biggest update of course is to the engine where the 1.5-litre three-cylinder mill has been upgraded to meet the BS6 standards. It still puts out 75 bhp at 3,600 rpm while the peak torque output is 210 Nm at 1,600 – 2,200 rpm. The 5-speed manual gearbox remains standard. It also gets a revised grille up front along with a refreshed bonnet and headlamps which are still halogen units but get a neat partition, integrating the beam light, hazard light, and parking light. The front bumper has been completely redesigned as well with a new air dam and fog lamp housing. At the rear, changes are limited to refreshed tail lamps and door handle for boot gate.