Despite the restrictions in 2020, there were quite a few car launches that gave a much needed boost to the automotive industry in India. 2021 looks to carry on where 2020 left off with a slew of upcoming cars across a range of segments. From hatchbacks to SUVs, these upcoming cars in 2021 will be cleaner, greener, and more feature-packed than ever before. Let’s have a look at the imminent upcoming launches of 2021, and see what they will bring to the Indian market.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Nearing its debut in the Indian market, Citroen is all set to launch the Citroen C5 Aircross premium SUV. The design of this SUV has generated a lot of excitement in India and incorporates many modern features. In the front, the C5 Aircross gets several modern cues such as split headlamps, which subtly integrate into the dominating split grille. At the rear, the vehicle gets additions such as rectangular LED tail lamps.
Citroen C5 Aircross Features and Powertrain
The debutant Citroen C5 Aircross will be offered in a couple of variants that will feature a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor that will return 180 PS of maximum power. Transmission wise, it will come paired exclusively to an 8-speed torque converter automatic. Additionally the vehicle will also feature several premium features such as:
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
- Electronic panoramic sunroof
- Dual-zone climate control
- Electronic tailgate with gesture control
- Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
Citroen C5 Aircross Expected Price
As per reports, the French Automaker plans to launch the C5 Aircross SUV as a CBU unit which could be priced at ₹30.0 lakhs (ex-showroom). The C5 Aircross is expected to compete against the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq when it launches.
Tata HBX compact SUV
Spied testing several times now, the much anticipated compact SUV from Tata is just round the corner. The Tata HBX concept was first showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, and was said to be based on the same ALFA platform that underpins the current gen Altroz hatchback. As a compact SUV, it will be entering a hotly contested segment featuring the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos, and Tata Nexon.
Tata HBX Features and Powertrain
The Tata HBX is expected to feature similar engines and transmission options as the Tata Altroz. A 1.2-litre petrol and turbo petrol engine would work very well in Tata’s newest compact SUV. Following other Tata cars, the HBX is believed to be equipped with several premium features like:
- Split headlamp design
- 8-spoke alloy wheels
- Tata’s Signature Smiling Face Grille
- Multi-Functional Steering
- Floating Infotainment system
- Harman sound system
Tata HBX Expected Price
Tata has earned a reputation for pricing their cars extremely competitively. With an expected launch date of Q1 2021, the Tata HBX could be expected to be priced starting from ₹5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
2021 Skoda Rapid Successor
Completing a decade since its launch in 2011, the Skoda Rapid is one of Skoda’s most popular cars in India. Skoda, however, has decided not to upgrade the Rapid, but will replace it with an all new sedan that will carry a brand new name. As per Skoda’s announcement the sedan will be based on the MQB A0 platform which is the company’s localized version of the global MQB platform. In terms of design, it can be expected that the new sedan will be more in line with the Skoda Octavia and Superb.
2021 Skoda Sedan Features and Powertrain
Skoda’s engine offerings have always been exciting, with powerful and fast engines being a regular feature. The 1.0 TSI turbo petrol engine paired with a smooth automatic can be expected to power the new Skoda sedan when it launches. The sedan would be heavily localised and the manufacturer is expected to fill it up with features such as:
- A premium digital instrument panel
- A 8-10 inch touchscreen infotainment
- Dual zone climate control
- Electronic sunroof
- Wireless charging
2021 Skoda Sedan Expected Price
Being a heavily localised production, the price of the upcoming Rapid successor won’t be sky-high, but is still expected to be more than the Rapid’s price tag. Expected prices could range from ₹8.2 lakhs-15.5 lakhs (ex-showroom). The sedan successor to the Rapid is said to hit the roads by the end of 2021.
SUVs are the name of the game in 2021 with a number of cars in this segment being launched in just the first two months. Another SUV joining the fray is the Skoda Kushaq, a compact SUV based on the MQB A0 platform. This completely made-in-India compact SUV will feature a new aggressive design that will certainly live up to the premium standards of Skoda.
Skoda Kushaq Features and Powertrain
The Skoda Kushaq is expected to be equipped with 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines paired with automatic and manual transmissions. Staying true to their tradition, Skoda will pack the Kushaq with premium features like:
- Digital instrument cluster
- Panoramic sunroof
- Electronic Stability Control
- A large 8-10 inch floating infotainment system
- Premium upholstery
Skoda Kushaq Expected Price
The Skoda Kushaq is set to compete against the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, and Hyundai Creta and pricing can be expected to match these SUVs.The Skoda Kushaq could be launched in Q2 2021 at an expected price range of Rs. 18-21 lakhs (ex-showroom).
2021 Mahindra XUV500
While 2020 has been a great year for Mahindra and it looks like more is coming in 2021. One of the most awaited cars from Mahindra is their flagship SUV, the Mahindra XUV500. The new XUV500 will feature a completely new chassis and a more modern design. To rival SUVs like the new Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and Tata Harrier, the 2021 XUV500 will feature a much bolder and aggressive design than the current generation flagship Mahindra SUV.
2021 Mahindra XUV500 Features and Powertrain
The engines to feature on the new Mahindra XUV500 have already debuted on the 2020 Mahindra Thar. The XUV500 will be equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with manual and automatic transmissions. Spied testing several times, the interior of the new XUV500 is said to receive several upgrades and techy features such a as:
- Large touchscreen infotainment system
- Panoramic sunroof
- Digital Instrumentation Cluster
- All-Wheel drive system
- Cruise control
2021 Mahindra XUV500 Expected Price
Expected to launch somewhere around June 2021, the new Mahindra XUV500 could be priced around Rs. 14-20 lakhs (ex-showroom). As a mid-size SUV, the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be a worthy competitor in India.