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With 2020 coming to a close, we look back at some of the most important cars to be introduced in the Indian market. The Indian auto industry got off to a flying start with the 2020 Auto Expo, held in February 2020. It, however, quickly came to a grinding halt due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown between March and June 2020.
Having said that, the Indian auto industry has managed to make significant recovery month-on-month, since the reopening of the markets. They have done this by introducing a number of new products across all segments, catering to all types of customers.
While we cannot list out each and every car introduced in the Indian market in 2020, we have picked out our top-10 car models. These ten models managed to create the biggest hype in the Indian market over the course of the year.
(here are our top-10 list, not arranged in any particular order)
The Kia Sonet is the third model to be introduced in India from the South Korean carmaker. The Sonet is positioned in the compact-SUV segment and is offered with a price tag of Rs 6.71 lakh, ex-showroom (India). The Kia Sonet sits below the brand's Seltos SUV and like its larger sibling, has managed to receive an extremely positive response in the country.
The Kia Sonet comes powered by three engine options: two petrol and one diesel, including the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol unit. All three engine options are further offered with a number of transmission options as well.
The Nissan Magnite is yet another compact-SUV offering in the Indian market. The Magnite was introduced in India earlier this month and comes with an extremely competitive price tag starting at Rs 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi). This helps it undercut all its rivals in the segment, making it a great value-for-money alternative.
Nissan has also left nothing to chance and have packed their B-SUV with a host of features, equipment, along with a striking design and powerful engine options as well. The Nissan Magnite comes powered by two petrol engine options, including the 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit mated to an automatic transmission.
All-New Hyundai i20
The all-new Hyundai i20 was introduced in India in November 2020. The premium hatchback offering from Hyundai is now in its third-generation iteration and comes with a completely revamped design and styling. The new Hyundai i20 now looks more sporty while also being powered by strong engine options, making it perfect for enthusiasts.
The new Hyundai i20 has already garnered a huge demand in the Indian market. The premium hatchback comes with a price tag starting at Rs 6.80 lakh, ex-showroom (India). It is powered by a set of three engine options, including a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol mated to a DCT automatic transmission unit.
Mahindra finally introduced the next-generation iteration of the iconic go-anywhere off-roader, the Thar in the Indian market. The all-new Thar carries forward all the elements from the old version but is now packaged completely differently. The new Thar feels modern and more upmarket than before while being powered by both petrol and diesel engines.
The new Mahindra Thar is offered with a starting price of around Rs 11 lakh, ex-showroom. The SUV has already managed to garner so much demand, that the waiting period for the new Thar has exceeded to over 6 months across the country.
New Hyundai Creta
The new-generation Hyundai Creta went on sale in March 2020, just before the announcement of the lockdown. When the markets eased up, the Creta quickly went on to occupy the best-selling SUV title and has managed to retain the position since. The Hyundai Creta comes with a completely new design, while its powertrain is borrowed from its cousin, the Kia Seltos.
The new Hyundai Creta comes with a starting price of just under Rs 10 lakh, ex-showroom. Apart from the design update, the interiors have also been completely revamped and the mid-size SUV now packs a host of additional features and equipment as well.
New Honda City
Honda introduced the fifth-generation City sedan in the Indian market earlier this year. The new-generation Honda City is currently sold alongside its older-generation version. However, the new City sedan comes with significant design changes, increased dimensions, feature-packed cabin and a slightly revised powertrain as well.
The new Honda City is priced at a premium compared to its older-generation model. The new City sedan comes with a starting price of Rs 10.90 lakh, ex-showroom (India) and is available in both petrol and diesel-powered variants.
Kia introduced the Carnival MPV in the Indian market at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Kia Carnival is a premium MPV offering from the brand, which comes with a competitive price tag of around Rs 25 lakh, ex-showroom (India).
The Kia Carnival is filled with a host of features, equipment, electronic assists, premium upholstery on the interiors and a strong performing turbo-diesel engine. The Carnival was introduced as a more premium rival to the Toyota Innova Crysta in the Indian market.
The MG Gloster is the latest product to be introduced from the British car brand in the Indian market. The Gloster is also MG Motor India's flagship model, positioned in the full-size SUV segment.
The Gloster comes powered by a diesel engine with either a single or bi-turbo setup, giving it immense pulling power on the highway, which combined with its large dimensions offers a massive road presence on the streets.
The MG Gloster is also the country's first premium SUV to feature ‘Autonomous Level 1' Park assist, among a host of other driving aids. The Gloster is available with a starting price of Rs 29 lakh, ex-showroom, (India).
Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender was launched in India earlier this year. The Defender is one of the most iconic SUVs in the world and makes its way to India for the first time, in an all-new iteration. The Land Rover Defender is offered in two body styles: 90 (3-door) and 110 (5-door), both of which are available in the Indian market.
The Land Rover Defender prices start from Rs 73 lakh and go up all the way to Rs 89 lakh for the range-topping 110 first edition variant. All prices are ex-showroom (India). The Defender in India rivals the likes of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the brand's first full-electric product in the Indian market. The new Mercedes-Benz EQC comes with a price tag of Rs 90 lakh, ex-showroom (India). The EQC currently doesn't have any direct rivals in the segment, however, it will rival the likes of the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace.
Thoughts On The Top-10 Car Launches In India In 2020
So, there our pick of the top-10 car launches in the Indian market. Did we miss out on any? Or do you have a different list? Let us know.