Auto Expo 2020: Day 1 Highlights
A shortlist of the day’s best moments
The first day of Auto Expo 2020 has come to a close and it’s been a whirlwind of new cars from a wide range of manufacturers. In case you couldn’t keep up with all the action over the course of the day, here’s a quick run through today’s main attractions:
Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e Concept
The country’s biggest carmaker kicked things off early with the unveiling of its Futuro-e concept, an electric coupe SUV. Apart from the EV tech, it is also a design showcase of future Maruti Suzuki utility vehicles. The cabin of the Futuro-e features various concept elements like screens that span across the dashboard and front seats that can swivel around when driven autonomously. It could also spawn Maruti’s SUV EV offering that is set to take on the likes of the Hyundai Kona and MG ZS EV. Details here.
Maruti Swift Hybrid
What wasn’t an electrified concept was the Swift Hybrid, making its India debut at this year’s expo. It looks nearly identical to the regular Swift but uses a combination of a petrol engine and an electric motor for a claimed mileage of 32kmpl (Japanese test cycle). The 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol motor that produces 90PS/118Nm works in conjunction with the small electric motor that has an output of 13.6PS and 30Nm. Read more about the Hybrid hatchback and Maruti’s more efficient hybrid plans for India here.
Renault Triber AMT
Renault had a relatively relaxed start to the expo with the showcasing of the Triber AMT. It uses the same 1.0-litre petrol engine, recently updated to meet BS6 emission norms, which makes 72PS and 96Nm. The showcase model also featured a few cosmetic updates not seen on the regular Triber. The AMT variant is expected to be launched soon. Find out what else was new on the expo model here.
For the second time running, Tata had the most impressive showcase on the first day of the expo. The headliner was the HBX micro-SUV, which is based on the H2X that was showcased at Geneva last year. The HBX concept is closer to production than the H2X with an expected launch timeline of early 2021. Read more about Tata’s upcoming entry-level SUV here.
Tata Harrier 2020
Tata also used this occasion to launch the 2020 Harrier SUV. It now gets a BS6 compliant version of its 2.0-litre diesel engine while adding an automatic option for the first time. The updated Harrier also gets added features in its new top-spec variant. Find out the prices and details here.
The upcoming Tata flagship has made its production-spec debut in India under the name Gravitas. It was first shown at the 2019 Geneva motor show as the Buzzard. The Gravitas is essentially a 7-seater Harrier and it is expected to launch around mid-2020. Explore its differences from the regular Harrier here.
Tata Sierra Electric Concept
A surprise unveiling at Tata’s pavilion was the new Sierra Electric concept. It had all the design features that made the original Sierra so iconic but with a futuristic twist. It is based on the ALFA ARC platform, same as the HBX and Altroz. At 4.1m long, it slots in between the Nexon and Harrier SUVs in Tata’s lineup. Read more about it here.
Mahindra launched India’s most affordable EV in the form of the e-KUV100, even if it’s for commercial buyers only. It’s been a long wait since its first showcase at the 2018 Auto Expo and while most new EVs offer around 200km of range, the e-KUV100 on affordability over range. Find out more about the new EV’s range and charge times here.
Mahindra XUV300 Electric
The all-electric XUV300 made its pre-production debut this year and it looks ready to take on the likes of the Nexon EV. It is expected to offer a range of over 300km, same as its Tata rival, and would be the first long range EV from Mahindra’s stable. Details here.
While the Funster was expected to preview the upcoming XUV500, it turned out to be an all-electric roadster with scissor doors. However, its overall stance along with certain design elements, especially the front fascia, offer a glimpse at what to expect from the new XUV500 later this year. You can read more about the Funster here.
Mahindra Stallion engines
Mahindra’s showstoppers may have been a range of EVs but the carmaker also showcased its new range of BS6 turbo-petrol engines at Auto Expo 2020. Read more about the new Mahindra Stallions here.
The Kia Sonet was unveiled in its pre-production avatar at the expo. It is expected to be launched around August 2020. The Sonet stands out from the current crop of sub-4m SUVs with a more muscular design and greater road presence. Get all the newly revealed details here.
The Carnival premium MPV was finally launched in India today at prices starting from Rs 24.95 lakh. Check out the full price list here.
After the enthusiastic response to the ZS EV, MG has showcased the petrol-powered ZS compact SUV at Auto Expo 2020. More details about the upcoming SUV here.
Great Wall Motors is looking to make its entry into India with its range of Haval SUVs, most likely starting with the F7. Read more about the mid-size SUV here.
The ORA R1 is touted as the world’s cheapest electric car, thanks to the Chinese government’s subsidies for EVs. Would this feature-packed compact EV make its way to our shores? Find out here.
Haval Concept H
The Haval Concept H made its global premiere at Auto Expo 2020. You can read about this plug-in hybrid with menacing headlights here.
Skoda Octavia RS245
It’s not an EV or an SUV. It’s a family sedan with 245PS of power. Interested? Find out its details and price tag here.
The Volkswagen Taigun will be the first made-for-India compact SUV but for now, the German carmaker has showcased a sporty-looking mid-size SUV. Bookings open, details here.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
The Tiguan has become bigger and can now seat up to 7. It also gets a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine for the BS6 era. Find out more about the Tiguan Allspace here.
It may be the other big Chinese car brand to debut in India at Auto Expo 2020, but Haima has brought its best-sellers with it starting with the 8S. Details here.