Upcoming cars under Rs 10 lakh promising affordable performance

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for anyone looking for affordable performance. While some of the present stars of the genre like the Abarth Punto and Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS will officially bow out in the months to come, Hyundai, Tata, Kia, and Volkswagen are lining up models to fill in the blanks. Each of the new models will be available with a punchy turbo-petrol engine and we can’t wait for them to hit the roads. What’s coming our way? Read on.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios 1.0 turbo-petrol

International-spec i10 N Line used for representation only.

Come early 2020, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is going to get a sportier variant, which will be powered by the Venue’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, albeit in a 100hp state of tune. Unlike the Venue with the same engine that also gets a dual-clutch auto, the souped-up Grand i10 Nios will only get a 5-speed manual gearbox. Along with the more powerful engine, the Nios 1.0 will also get the show to match the go – expect to see all-black interiors and a sportier body kit. Also expected is an ex-showroom price tag in the region of Rs 8 lakh.

Hyundai Aura 1.0 turbo-petrol

Like its hatchback counterpart, the Hyundai Aura compact sedan will also get the same, slightly detuned version of the Venue’s 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine. Whether a sportier suspension setup and styling will be on offer with this version is yet unknown, although it will almost certainly be the range-topping version and available with all the kit expected of any top-spec variant.

Hyundai i20 1.0 turbo-petrol

Hyundai’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine will also make its way to the next-gen i20. Expected in 120hp state of tune, the engine should give the i20 the right oomph. Buyers will get the option of manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Expect the hotter i20 to also get a sportier body kit.

Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI

Current model used for representation only.

Volkswagen will soon withdraw the Polo GT TSI’s likeable 1.2-litre, turbo-petrol engine. In its place, the GT TSI will get a new BS6-compliant 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine. The new engine is expected to be available in its higher 115hp/200Nm state of tune – figures that would better the outgoing GT TSI’s 105hp and 175Nm of torque. The engine will come paired with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and a manual may also be offered, this time around.

Tata Altroz JTP

Standard model used for representation only.

When the Altroz arrives at a Tata showroom near you, it’ll have just two powertrain options – an 86hp, 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated petrol-manual and a 90hp, 1.5-litre diesel-manual. While a dual-clutch automatic will be offered on the former at a later date, a more exciting 115hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine-powered Altroz is also in the works. Expected to be called the Tata Altroz JTP, the BS6-compliant 1.2-litre, turbo-petrol mill will be shared with the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. The go-faster Altroz is also expected to get design changes inside and out to match the boost in power.

Tata Tiago, Tigor JTP facelift

Current model used for representation only.

The Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP are set to get an upgrade. The duo will get a facelift and also receive a BS6-spec version of the current 1.2-litre, turbo-petrol engine. We expect power to remain unchanged at 117hp and 150Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be a standard fit.

Kia compact SUV

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Kia will take the wraps off its new compact SUV for India at Auto Expo 2020. The SUV will be available with a range of engine-gearbox options but keen drivers will be happy to note a turbo-petrol with manual and dual-clutch auto options is also part of the mix. The engine will be the same 120hp, 1.0-litre unit that powers the Hyundai Venue. Remember, Hyundai and Kia come under the umbrella of the Hyundai Motor Corporation. However, the new Kia could come with a sportier suspension.