With the lockdown still in place and the pandemic spreading faster than ever, the financial sector all over the world have taken a huge hit. Creating massive job losses and decrease in the salaries, the after lockdown effects are expected to last for a few years. With restricted socialism, social distancing and working from homes, our lifestyle has changed drastically and with the virus being mutated further, it is expected to last longer. The concept of social gatherings has become a thing of the past and will also impact the public transport industry. As a result, people may prefer to travel by a private vehicle instead for the safety of their families. With this, the sales in the auto industry are expected to rise further post lockdown.
The recent trend of SUVs may soon end replacing them by hatchbacks at a lower price range. The post lockdown sales will include lower budget hatchbacks more due to decrease in budget and increased traffic. Since the BS6 era has already increased the prices of previously bs4 car models, the entry level hatchbacks will be the winner of 2020.
Here are few of the low-budget Hatchbacks of 2020
Maruti Suzuki Alto
The alto comes with a BS6 compliant CNG variant that produces 41PS power and 60nm while the 800cc petrol produces 48 PS power and 69 Nm torque. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Alto offers a Fuel efficiency of 31.59 km/kg for the BS6 CNG Alto. The car is priced between Rs 2.94 – 4.36 lakhs
Initially launched in 2015, the Kwid has received updates from time to time. The car is now available in a BS6 1.0 liter petrol engine producing 67 bhp power and 91 Nm torque while the 0.8 liter engine producing 53 bhp power and 72 Nm torque. The Kwid will also be receiving a suv version which is to be launched later this year. The Kwid competes with Maruti’s Alto but is better in terms of space and mileage. The car is priced between Rs 2.83 – 5.01 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
One of the most recently launched by Maruti is a small compact car based on Future-S Concept of the company. The car is offered in BS6 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder petrol engine producing 68 bhp power and 90 Nm torque. The engine comes paired to a 5 speed manual and an AMT. The mileage is around 20 kmpl for all variants. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is based on the company’s HEARTECT-K platform that gets a distinct interior and exterior than other Maruti cars. The car is priced between Rs.3.7-4.99 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
The Celerio is one of the few low cost BS6 hatchbacks to receive an amt version. The car is offered in a 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder petrol engine producing 67 bhp power and 90 Nm torque. The CNG produces 57bhp. The Celerio may be replaced by a new model in 2021. The car is priced between Rs 4.41 – 5.58 lakhs.
The car was re-launched by Hyundai in 2018 and updated to meet the current norms and styling. The changes include, roomy cabin, passenger side AC vents and reverse parking camera which are new in its segment. It is the most affordable car by Hyundai pricing between Rs 4.57 – 6.2 lakhs. The car is powered by a BS6 1.1 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine producing 67 bhp power and 99 Nm torque and comes mated to a manual and AMT while. The car offers a Fuel efficiency of 20 kmpl on petrol and 30.48 km/kg on CNG.
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