Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, we have seen several new cars coming to the market. In July alone we saw 5 new car launches and August is expected to be similarly eventful.
As the nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, people have started adapting to the new normal. Strict hygiene protocols and social distancing are the need of the hour and several manufacturers and industry experts believe that given this situation, there will be a growing demand for personal mobility among consumers to boost safety. This was also confirmed in the carandbike survey that was conducted earlier this year. Encouraged by this notion, a lot of manufactures have been launching new models despite the ongoing lockdown, and in July alone we saw 5 new car launches. And August is expected to be similarly eventful.
2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross:
After discontinuing the diesel-only S-Cross, Maruti Suzuki confirmed that it will bring back the crossover with a petrol engine, and we even saw the car at the Auto Expo 2020. But due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, the launch was delayed, and now the company will launch the much-anticipated Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol on August 5, 2020. Visually, the 2020 S-Cross will see no changes whatsoever, and while the cabin too will remain unchanged, it will get the new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s equipped with the Smart Play Studio 2.0 interface that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity options.
However, the biggest change is under the hood. The 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will come with the company’s 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with the Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki or SHVS mild hybrid system. The motor is also BS6 compliant and churns out 112 bhp and develops 134 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed automatic torque converter unit.
Honda Jazz Facelift:
Yes, we too have been waiting for the updated Honda Jazz BS6 for a while now. Honda had planned to launch it much earlier, however, like with other carmakers, the company had to postpone launching the Jazz until production resumed, which happened earlier in June. Now, with the City and WR-V launch out of the way, the 2020 Honda Jazz BS6 is the next obvious choice. However, given the fact that production is still not at 100 per cent, the company is likely to launch the updated Jazz towards the second half of August 2020.
As for the car, the 2020 Honda Jazz will come with some minor updates that include new all-LED headlamps integrating the LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) along with a revised grille and new fog lamps. The front bumper has been tweaked as well to sport those new fog lamps and looks sharper with more pronounced character lines. Powertrain wise, the Jazz will be a petrol-only model and it will get a BS6 compliant 1.2-litre i-VTEC motor tuned to churn out 89 bhp and 110 Nm of peak torque. The engine will get a 5-speed manual gearbox, along with an optional CVT automatic transmission.
While we were expecting the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC to be launched in July 2020, the launch appears to have been postponed to August, possibly due to the extension of lockdown. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first electric vehicle from the carmaker in India and will be sold under the EQ brand. It gets a futuristic exterior design featuring LED headlamps, large alloy wheels, and LED taillamps, along with a luxurious cabin with the signature single unit display with split screens for infotainment and instrumentation. Of course, the SUV will also get the company’s MBUX system with connected car technology.