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The Indian auto industry has suspended all operations in the country, ever since the central government announced a nationwide lockdown on the 24th of March 2020. The lockdown came into effect as a response to contain the spread of coronavirus, a pandemic which has affected the entire world.
Due to this lockdown, many companies have had to rethink their strategy for the Indian market and align themselves to the current situation. Hence as a response to the current position, carmakers have delayed the launch of multiple new products, which were scheduled to go on sale between March and May 2020.
Here is a list of all the new cars whose launches have been delayed in the Indian market, due to the coronavirus lockdown.
New Honda City
The new-generation Honda City was one of the most-anticipated sedans for the Indian market. The new Honda City was scheduled to go on sale in the Indian market in April 2020. However, this has been extended indefinitely, with the company yet to announce a new timeline for its introduction in India.
Skoda had confirmed that the Karoq SUV would be introduced in the Indian market on the 6th of May 2020. The company had even started accepting bookings for the SUV, well ahead of the lockdown. Although Skoda has not announced any changes to their launch plans yet, there is a good chance it could be delayed.
2020 Hyundai Tucson Facelift
The Hyundai Tucson facelift was scheduled to be introduced in India in March 2020, however, it did not happen. Hyundai is yet to announce a new launch date for the 2020 Tucson SUV in the Indian market. The 2020 Hyundai Tucson facelift was initially showcased in India at the Auto Expo, held in February earlier this year.
Skoda Rapid 1.0
Another Skoda model to have been delayed is the new Rapid sedan. The new 2020 Skoda Rapid was scheduled to go on sale in April, with bookings said to have already begun. However, this has been delayed, probably by a few more weeks, if not months. The new Skoda Rapid is expected to receive the new 1.0-litre engine, which also powers the Polo.
2020 Honda WR-V Facelift
Honda had announced the arrival of the WR-V facelift back in March 2020. The company had already begun accepting bookings for the SUV, with a launch initially scheduled in March-end. However, with the lockdown coming into effect, Honda had to scrap the plans and postpone the timeline. The company is yet to announce the new launch dates.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol variant was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The car was expected to go on sale then but didn't. Maruti Suzuki recently released a teaser of the crossover hatchback, with a ‘coming soon' tag. However, with the lockdown now extended in India, we might have to wait a little while longer.
Audi had planned to bring its first all-electric SUV, the e-Tron to the Indian market this year. However, amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in the country, the German carmaker has decided to put the e-Tron launch plans on hold.
Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV
Mercedes-Benz is another German brand which has deferred the launch of its electric SUV arrival in India. The luxury carmaker was scheduled to introduce the all-electric EQC SUV in India in mid-2020. However, this plan has been postponed indefinitely for now.
Tata Motors has pushed the launch of its much-anticipated micro-SUV, the HBX to FY2021. The Tata HBX was initially scheduled to go on sale in April 2020. The company showcased the near-production spec version of the SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo. The HBX has also been spotted testing multiple times in India before the lockdown came into effect.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen, the French carmaker was scheduled to enter the Indian market with their first product, the C5 Aircross in mid-2020. However, amidst the lockdown and the coronavirus situation in the country, Citroen has confirmed a delay in their arrival. The French carmaker recently announced that the C5 Aircross will now launch in Q1 2021.
Thoughts On The Car Launches Which Have Been Delayed
With the entire country under lockdown, all operations of carmakers have been put on hold. Sales have also taken a dip, recording the worst-ever performance in many years. Hence, it only makes sense for carmakers to delay the launch of new products in the market.