‘Tis holiday season and the year is coming to an end. 2019 was a year that saw a lot of ups and downs for the automotive sector in the country. Right from the slump and the slowdown to the anticipation for the new emission norms to be implemented from April next year, automakers across the country had a busy time planning for the year to come. 2020 is all set to arrive and so are a number of new cars waiting to hit showrooms.

Although the sedan is often considered to be the one to rule the roads, hatchbacks have a special place in the hearts of the Indian people. Be it the Auto Expo or sales records, hatchbacks have held their own and broken records too. They’re compact, comfy and often not too much of a burden on the pocket. They’re also easier to maneuver, especially in city traffic and even easier to park. We could go on and on, but we’d rather just let this list of upcoming hatchbacks speak for itself.

2020 Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz has had more than a decent stint on Indian roads and the next-gen Honda Jazz is all set to make its grand entry here at the Auto Expo 2020 in February next year. Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 in the fall of 2019, the new Honda Jazz has a softer design and claims to have really comfortable interiors. Under the hood, the new Jazz is expected to be a hybrid, pairing a 1.5L petrol engine with two electric motors. We’re really hoping to see the new next-gen Jazz in our showrooms soon.

Tata Altroz (and the Altroz EV)

Unveiled first at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in early 2019, there was a lot of speculation on this hatchback from Tata Motors launching in India this year itself. However, the company has confirmed that the Altroz will be launching in January next year and we just can’t wait to take one for a spin. Being termed as ‘Gold Standard’ by Tata, the Altroz is exquisitely designed, and is comfortable to the core, with a flat floor design and ample leg room. There are also talks of an EV version of the Altroz being released soon and for those worrying about emissions, even the petrol and diesel versions will be BS6 compliant.

2020 Hyundai i20

This hatchback from Hyundai has just about singlehandedly managed to change the fortunes of the company in India. And we’re about to see the third-generation of the i20 release in India at the Auto Expo 2020 next year. The new i20, currently in its testing phase, has been spied a few times already and it looks spiff. It is expected to sport a segment-first sunroof, split-LED taillights and shiny new alloys. As for engine options, it will be available in 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel, all BS6-compliant. If the past is any indication, this new i20 should take the hatchback segment in India by storm as well.

Maruti Suzuki XL5

We’ve all been wondering as to when the Wagon R would be getting a makeover and it’s finally here. And while the Maruti Suzuki XL5 might be based on one of the most successful hatchbacks released by the company, the XL5 takes premium to a whole new level with its snazzy design that includes slit-like headlamps and all-black alloys and interiors. It also gets other premium features such as automatic climate control and will be available with a BS6-compliant 1.2L K12B petrol engine. Way to go, Maruti Suzuki!

Nissan Leaf

We do not know if there’s any other hatchback that has managed to create as much hype and anticipation in India as the Nissan Leaf. One of the world’s leading EVs, in terms of popularity and sales, the Nissan Leaf is expected to finally make its debut in India next year. The Leaf is all-electric and comes with a 40kWh battery pack that allows it to boast of a range of more than 400km. It is also popular for the use of e-pedal tech that allows the driver to control the acceleration as well as the braking using a single pedal. 2020 is sure to be a good year to go for a hatchback.

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