This year saw an amazing mix of cars being unveiled and launched across the world; most of them virtually. Some cars made news for their performance, some for design, some for being electric and some for their jaw-dropping price.
We pick 10 of the coolest cars that made headlines in 2020.
As part of their expansion plan, Mercedes-Benz veered towards sustainability by launching their first-ever EV. They unveiled the EQC, a fully electric luxury SUV in India in October. Available at an introductory price of Rs99.30 lakh (on-road) for the first 50 units and comes loaded with a number of essentials, including the AC Wall Box charger, home electrical charger, 5 years unlimited on-road assistance, 5 years service package, 5-year unlimited kilometres extended warranty and 8 years/1,60,000kms battery cover. Its astounding range of 450 km on run on one full charge makes it a powerful SUV for intracity travels. Fueling it up with battery on-road is easy with a wide-ranging network of charging centres in 100+ locations, across 48 cities in India.
MG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé
In September, the all-new SUV Coupé—the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, a first in the AMG 53 series was launched by Mercedes-Benz. The much-awaited SUV combines sporty elegance and powerful performance with good off-road capabilities clubbed with innovative technologies. It comes with AMG six-cylinder in-line engine with twin-scroll turbocharging. The F1 inspired 48 V EQ-Boost achieves 435 HP and an additional temporary 22 HP and 250 NM of electric output (0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds). The AMG is equipped with seven drive programmes—
slippery, comfort, sport, sport+, individual, trail and sand. Its Mercedes Me Connect option offers multiple convenient features like remote engine start, remote lock/unlock, car locator, speed monitor, emergency e-Call, which are accessible from a smartphone or a tablet. It is priced at Rs1.20 crore (ex-showroom).
German luxury car manufacturer Audi launched its sporty all-rounder Audi Q2 in India in October. This car is the smallest addition to the brand’s Q range of SUVs and served as the carmaker’s new entry-level model in the country. Equipped with 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, it produces 190hp and 320Nm powers the Audi Q2 from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Its ‘Seven-speed S Tronic Dual Clutch Transmission’ allows quick and slick shifts. Priced at Rs34.99 lakh plus, the 5-seater measures 1,805mm in width, 4,318mm in length and 1,548mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,593mm. The luggage room is expandable from 405 litres to 1,050 litres and there’s LED ambient lighting that allows one to pick from 10 different colours using the MMI display.
In August, German automobile giant Audi launched its all-new Audi RS Q8 in India for Rs 2.07 crore. This car offers the best of both worlds; RS model’s power and SUV’s sturdiness. The car is a combination of elegance and sporty. It’s massive twin-turbo V8 with 600hp and 800 Nm of torque propels the car to 100kph from standstill in under four seconds. The car is packed with a turbocharged direct-injection V8 engine and Audi’s Drive Select Dynamic Handling System. There is a mild-hybrid system with a 48-volt main onboard electrical system. 23-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels are another highlight.
Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce (RR) unveiled its newest sedan Ghost Extended in September. It is an enhanced version of the new Ghost. Priced at Rs7.95 crore, this newer model comes with additional space in the rear seats; it is 170mm longer than Ghost. Retaining the Ghost’s minimalist style, only the rear door is extended and the body around the openings. This has cloaked the extra length and preserved the lines of the car. With a wheelbase of 3,465mm, it is equipped with 71hp, 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine. For the first time in an RR sedan, a reclining serenity seat option in the rear is available, which offers comfort similar to that of a business jet cabin. It also has a champagne fridge between the rear seats.
In September, Maserati launched its much-awaited sports car MC20 at a breathtaking event in the Italian town of Modena Circuit, “MMXX: Time to be Audacious”. This show celebrated the beginning of a new phase; Maserati’s return to racing. MC stands for Maserati Corse, while 20 is for 2020, the year of change.
The car is packed with the new twin-turbo V6 engine named Nettuno, which was developed by Maserati’s in-house team. Moreover, the car has a 630 horsepower V6 with a torque of 730 Nm. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under 2.9 seconds, delivering a top speed of over 325 km an hour. It weighs 1,500 kg and has a power output of 630 hp, making the weight/power ratio only 2.33 kg/hp. The car’s design borrows from the brand’s genetics and historic identity. The highly functional butterfly doors improve the car’s ergonomics and enable optimal access. Coupé and convertible versions can be enabled for full-electric power.
718 Cayman GT4 & 718 Spyder
In India, Porsche India launched two new cars; 718 Cayman GT4 for Rs1.6 crore and 718 Spyder for Rs1.5 crore. These additions to the 718 family of mid-engine sports cars are equipped with exciting features. These are the most powerful 718 models, which come with a newly developed 420 PS (309 kW), four-litre, six-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine. This engine is based on the turbo engines that are currently used in the 911 Carrera model series. The engine spins 8,000 rpm and generates 420 PS (309 kW), delivers a maximum torque of 420 nm from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Cayman GT4 reaches top speed of 304 km/h and the Spyder up to 301km/h. Both take 4.4 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. The GT4 is an entry-level GT road model from the German carmaker while the Spyder is geared towards open-top, dynamic driving on curvy roads.
In July, Automobili Lamborghini unveiled the Sián Roadster, a limited-edition, open-top hybrid super sports car. Only 19 units of this were made and immediately sold out. Equipped with Lamborghini’s iconic V12 engine, the hybrid technologies delivers excellent performance.
Sián’s design is absolutely classy—long sculptured contours and characteristic aero wings and the car’s low front houses the iconic Lamborghini Y-shape headlights. The rear of the car incorporates Lamborghini’s evocative hexagon design, which includes six hexagonal taillights that are inspired by their popular car Countach. The rear wing is integrated within the profile and extends out only during driving, to enhance the performance. The car’s innovative supercapacitor application, a world-first technology, stores 10 times the power of a lithium-ion battery.
3 Series Gran Turismo Shadow Edition
BMW India launched 3 Series Gran Turismo Shadow Edition in India for Rs42 lakh plus. It was manufactured at BMW plant in Chennai and is available in a petrol variant at all BMW dealerships across India. It will be sold in a single, 330i M Sport variant that can accelerate from 0 -100 km/hr in just 6.1 seconds. The model is equipped with a petrol-powered engine from the BMW EfficientDynamics. BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology has been used as well. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivers an output of 185 kW / 252 hp. The torque peaks to 350 Nm at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm.
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