In the past few years, Tata Motors has revamped its passenger car policy and the result of the same can be seen in thier current model lineup. The manufacturer has developed all-new platform along with a new family design language, both of which will be used on several of its upcoming cars. Speaking of which, Tata plans to launch a few new models in 2020 along with facelifts and new variants of several of its existing cars. Let’s now take a look at 8 upcoming vehicles by Tata that will be here before the end of 2020
Expected launch: Q1 2020
First on the is the Tiago facelift that is expected to be here in the first quarter of 2020. The major change on the exteriors will be its new front end design that is inspired by the Altroz hatchback. Apart from this, Tata will equip the Tiago facelift with a fully digital instrument cluster which will be a first in the segment. The engines will be updated to be BSVI compliant and a few new features may be introduced along with a hike in its pricing when launched.
Expected launch: Q4 2020
Based on the H2X concept, the Tata Hornbill micro SUV is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo in production guise. When launched, the Hornbill will sit below the sub-4 meter SUV segment and will provide an alternative to people who are in the market for a hatchback. It is designed in accordance with Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and will be built upon the ALFA platform. We expect that Tata would equip the Hornbill micro SUV with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission options.
Expected launch: January 2020
The Tata Altroz is likely to be launched in January next year. It will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz and the Hyundai Elite i20 among others in the premium hatchback segment when launched. It will be built on the ALFA platform is designed on the lines of Tata’s IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. It will come with well-equipped interiors which includes a 7-inch floating touchscreen, auto climate control, large MID and flat-bottom steering among others. As for the powertrain options, the Altroz is likely to be offered with a Nexon sourced 1.5-litre diesel engine mated to a manual box initially. Later on, other engine options and automatic gearbox option will follow.
Expected launch: February 2020
Tata is currently testing the facelifted version of the Nexon in various terrains in India. The car was recently spotted in the Ladakh region with a new, split headlamp set-up. The car’s front-end is expected to be updated thoroughly and it will get new, bigger headlamps and a more boxy design. The Nexon facelift will get the same 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine options in the Indian market.
Expected launch: Q3 2020
The Altroz EV was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show where it wowed the onlookers. The advanced EV from Tata will share its platform and design language with the regular Altroz hatchback but it will be powered by a Permanent Magnet AC Motor that will come with a single-speed gearbox. The battery on the Altroz EV can be charged up to 80% in just 60 minutes and the car will have an estimated range of about 250-300 km. Expect the launching to be done somewhere in 2020, probably during the third quarter. As for the price, Tata is planning to put the base variant under Rs. 10 lakh price mark.
Expected launch: Q2-Q3 2020
Currently undergoing rigorous testing in the high altitudes of Ladakh, the Nexon EV will be launched in mid-2020 and it will feature a similar design as the facelifted Nexon. The car will get IP67 rated waterproof lithium-ion batteries that are expected to keep the car going for around 300 km on a single charge. The Tata Nexon EV will also get connected technology that will allow the owners to track the percentage of the charge and other things in the Nexon EV. When launched, the Nexon EV will become the most affordable electric SUV in the Indian market.
Harrier BS6 (170 PS & AT)
Expected launch: Q1 2020
The Tata Harrier will get a few updates early next year which will help it stack up better against the competition. Tata will offer an updated BS6 engine that will produce a maximum of 170 PS, which will be 30 PS gain from the current 140 PS. The torque output of 350 Nm will remain the same. Apart from this, the manufacturer will also launch the Harrier AT which will be equipped with a 6-speed torque converter gearbox sourced from Hyundai. Apart from this, Tata is also expected to offer a petrol-powered Harrier in the market but that will happen at a much later date and details about the same are not available yet.
Expected launch: Q1 2020
The Buzzard will be positioned as the flagship vehicle of the company when launched early next year. It will be built on the OMEGA platform and has been designed on the lines of the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy. Simply put, it is a 7-seater version of the Harrier as both the SUVs will even have the same wheelbase. Changes on the Buzzard include bigger overall size, more powerful 2.0-litre KRYOTEC engine, and an extra set of seats in the last row. Expect the pricing to start at around Rs. 15 lakh when it gets launched. It will chiefly rival the 7-seat MG Hector which will be launched next year.