The year 2019 was witness to an invasion of premium and considerably larger luxury cars essentially getting facelifts and lifecycle makeovers, but with the rising preference for SUV body style in India, automakers are lining up more SUVs as well as luxury cars in the Indian market than ever before. Below are listed the top 5 upcoming SUV and Luxury cars in India to be launched this year: –
1. Audi Q3
Out for almost one-and-a-half years now, the second-gen Audi Q3 is marked for launch in India sometime during the second quarter of 2020. Audi has booked Q1 2020 for the first-ever Q8 and the all-new A8, but dimensionally, the Q3 is made bigger. The refreshed model measures 4,485 mm in length, 1,849mm in width and 1,585 mm in height, along with a wheelbase of 2,680 mm. The legroom, knee room and shoulder room have been revised. On the design front, the redesigned Audi Q3 dawns much of the inspiration from the recent flagship SUV, the Audi Q8, featuring a huge octagonal grille, Matrix LED headlamps and larger and sharper LED tail lamps. On the inside, the new Q3 will flaunt a much-improved dashboard design comprising a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit.
2. Volvo S60
Introduced back in June 2018, the all-new Volvo S60 is finally set to hit the Indian showrooms this year. The up-to-the-minute Volvo S60 features an all-new design, resembling a scaled-down version of Volvo’s flagship sedan, the S80. Wearing Volvo’s now trademark ‘Thor’s hammer’ LED headlamps, a concave grille, doubled with protracted profile and an enhanced boot-lid design with sleeker C-shaped LED tail lamps, the Volvo S60 is undoubtedly a huge departure from the former generation model. Things have changed drastically on the inside, too, with an advanced cabin layout with a complete TFT instrument console, a bigger and portrait-style infotainment system and vertical AC vents, all of which appear to have been lifted off from the Volvo XC40.
3. BMW X1 (facelift)
When it comes to condensed luxury SUVs in India, one of the earliest nameplates, the BMW X1, received a facelift last year.The latest model is scheduled to go on sale during the first half of the year.
The diminutive outer changes are visible in the form of a set of new LED headlamps that are sleeker, with the all-inclusive detailing on the inside, a new larger and undivided double kidney grille, sleek LED fog lamps, advanced alloy wheels and tweaked LED tail lamps. Like the outside, the inside changes have been kept minimal, for instance, new upholstery options, 10.25-inch touchscreen, 5.7-inch TFT info display in the instrument console and optional LED ambient lighting with six color variants. It is likely for BMW to offer the all-new X1 in India with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine (141 PS/220 Nm) and a 2.0-litre diesel engine (190 PS/400 Nm).
4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
Brought out as a substitute to the Land Rover Freelander 2, the Land Rover Discovery Sport has proven to be one of the highest-selling automobiles for Land Rover in India, mainly owing to the availability of a 7-seat version.
To be launched in the second half of 2020, the facelifted Land Rover Discovery Sport is supposed to get new inserts and lighting pattern, as well as new front and rear bumpers, LED headlamps and tail lamps.
Since the original form and silhouette remain more or less unaltered, it is on the inside of the SUV where the changes appear heftier.
The cabin gets a new dashboard and steering wheel from the Discovery, along with a new 10.25-inch Touch Pro HD infotainment system, 12.3-inch full TFT instrument console, massage facilities for front seats and wireless smartphone charging.
Land Rover will be launching the facelifted version of the Discovery Sport with a choice of two engine options – a 2.0-litre 180 PS turbocharged diesel and a 2.0-litre 200 PS turbocharged petrol engine.
5.Audi A4 (facelift)
Upon receiving a facelift in June 2018, the fifth-gen Audi A4 made it to the Indian market in November 2019, followed by another and more extensive facelift, which will be brought here likely in the second half of the year.
The second-time-facelifted sedan flaunts a broader grille, new Matrix LED inserts for the headlamps, sportier-looking front bumper inserts, and a set of larger LED tail lamps stimulated from that of the Audi A7.
However, the inside changes of the new Audi A4 will be limited, one of them being a new infotainment system from the MIB3 family of the Volkswagen Group.
Audi is likely to introduce the updated A4 in India with a 2.0L petrol engine in the 150 PS/270 Nm version or the 190 PS/320 Nm version.
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