New car launches in July 2020

New car launches in July 2020

8th Jul 2020 11:50 am

July is a busy month for carmakers.


About a dozen car launches have taken place since lockdown restrictions were eased towards the end of May. The list of new arrivals is set to grow this month as carmakers are keen to make up for lost time. Read on to know what’s coming and when.

MG Hector Plus – July 13


Bookings have opened for the 6-seat version of the Hector, which will be available in six versions – three diesel variants (Super, Smart and Sharp), two petrol-automatic variants (Super and Sharp), and one petrol-electric-manual variant (Sharp). Powertrain options are shared with the 5-seat Hector, though there’s visual differences inside and out to mark the Hector Plus apart. While MG Motor India’s three-row Hector will rival SUVs like the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Gravitas, the MG Hector Plus will also be pegged as an alternative to the Toyota Innova Crysta. Expect prices in the Rs 15.85-18.80 lakh (ex-showroom) range. 

MG Hector Plus
Engine 1.5-litre turbo-petrol; 2.0-litre diesel
Max power 143hp; 170hp
Max torque 250Nm; 350Nm
Gearbox 6-speed manual/DCT auto (non-hybrid petrol only); 6-speed manual
Expected price (ex-showroom)Rs 15.85-18.80 lakh

Hyundai Tucson facelift – July 14


Hyundai’s Tucson SUV will get a mid-cycle update with refreshed looks, more equipment and BS6 petrol and diesel engines. The previously offered 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options will continue with upgrades to meet BS6 norms, though the diesel will get a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. There’ll be two variants on offer – GL Option and GLS – with the range-topping diesel trim getting an all-wheel drive system too. Competition for the Hyundai Tucson facelift will come from the Jeep Compass and Honda CR-V.

Hyundai Tucson facelift
Engine2.0-litre petrol; 2.0-litre diesel
Max power150hp; 182hp
Max torque192Nm; 400Nm
Gearbox6-speed torque converter auto; 8-speed torque converter auto
Expected price (ex-showroom)Rs 22.8-28 lakh

New Honda City – July 15


Honda has updated its line-up for BS6 compliance over the year, with the WR-V being the latest revision, but the Japanese carmaker’s most important model launches on July 15. The 2020 City is a step up on every metric – it’s bigger and more spacious (as it’s based on a lighter yet stronger platform), and better equipped (there’s a segment-first lane watch camera and in-car connectivity tech) too. Our review of the new City found that the all-new 121hp DOHC petrol engine is definitely better than the older model’s SOHC unit and the diesel engine is quieter too. The new City will be more expensive compared to rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna, but we’ll have to wait until July 15 to find out by how much. In a first for Honda, the new-gen and previous-gen models will be sold alongside each other.

New Honda City
Engine 1.5-litre petrol; 1.5-litre diesel
Max power 121hp; 100hp
Max torque 145Nm; 200Nm
Gearbox 6-speed manual /CVT auto
Expected price (ex-showroom) Rs 10-15 lakh

Audi RS7 – July 16


Audi’s range-topping four-door coupe will be back in the German brand’s India line-up in second-generation form. It comes with a 600hp/800Nm, 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. All this helps the super sedan sprint from 0-100kph in just 3.6secs. Outside and inside, the RS7 is new-age, sporty Audi, through and through. Audi RS7 prices are expected north of Rs 1.8 crore (ex-showroom).

Audi RS7
Engine4.0-litre V8 turbo-petrol
Max power600hp
Max torque800Nm
Gearbox8-speed torque convertor auto
Expected price (ex-showroom)Rs 1.8 crore

Hyundai Venue iMT


A version of the Venue turbo is coming soon that combines an automatic gearbox-like clutchless drive experience with the tactile feel of shifting a manual gear. Meant to provide the best of both worlds, the iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission)-equipped Venue will be sold alongside the 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic versions. Expect Venue iMT prices to be about Rs 30,000 higher than the manual versions.

Hyundai Venue iMT
Engine1.0-litre turbo-petrol
Max power120hp
Max torque172Nm
Gearbox6-speed iMT
Expected price (ex-showroom)Rs 9-11 lakh

Honda Civic BS6 diesel


UPDATE: BS6 Honda Civic diesel launched

The Honda Civic is set to get its 120hp, 1.6-litre diesel engine back - the unit had been removed from the executive sedan’s line-up in the initial stages of the BS6 era. As before, a 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard. Honda Car India has begun accepting bookings for the BS6 Honda Civic diesel. The Civic diesel directly takes on the Hyundai Elantra diesel, which is the only other offering in the segment with a diesel engine option.

Honda Civic BS6 diesel
Engine1.6-litre diesel
Max power120hp
Max torque300Nm
Gearbox6-speed manual
Expected price (ex-showroom)Rs 20-23 lakh

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