Auto Expo 2018: Big names missing but expect these sweet rides in showrooms
The 2018 Auto Expo the Motor Show kicked off with some of the big auto makers missing but no let up in the fanfare and the excitement surrounding the event.
From master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, Greater Noida has already seen a bevy of celebrities make their way to this somewhat remote location.
The action has not been confined to the Bollywood stars as cars, bikes and concepts have also been adding to the sizzle with over 20 launches already and over 100 new products being unveiled and put on display.
We bring to you the highlights from the car launches at the Auto Expo as well as cars that are being shown for the first time in our country and the manufacturers have confirmed that they will be launched here.
The government will release in the next two months the draft of a new auto policy aimed to address issues faced by the industry in the wake of emergence of new technology such as EVs and demand for eco-friendly mobility, heavy industries minister Anant Geete said at the launch. He also said he has to run in order to match the work of Nitin Gadkari.
Former PM Indira Gandhi walked so fast that other ministers had to run. Such a similar thing is there between me and Gadkari but you please don't worry. Gadkari and myself, we are ministers of the same government. We have collective responsibility on behalf of the government.
(With inputs from agencies)
Hyundai Elite i-20: Hyundai's refreshed Elite i20 was launched at the expo. The visual changes are quite comprehensive. With a new front grille, and no chrome outline, harder-to-spot changes include a redesigned projector headlamp cluster, fog lamps, tweaked bumpers and new 5-spoke alloy wheels. At the rear, the number plate has been moved to tailgate. The taillights also have a new cluster design. The updates inside boast Apple and android connectivity. Mechanically, it remains unchanged, with 1.2L petrol and 1.4L diesel. Price starts at Rs 5.34 lakh (petrol) and Rs 6.73 lakh (diesel). -By Simran Rastogi
Maruti Suzuki Swift: Maruti Suzuki launched the new-gen version of Swift. This one is quite different from the outgoing one. One can notice that the rear door handles have been relocated to the C-pillar and are to give the look of a coupe. The interiors have also been spruced up with a new dash and instrument panel. Cabin space too has improved. Powering the Swift will be the tried and tested duo of the 1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel engine, twin airbags and ABS. Now one can also get the Swift with AMT. It is priced from Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh ex-showroom. - By Rahul Ghosh
Mini Countryman: BMW Group, which is the owner of the Mini brand, has announced that it will be launching the second generation Countryman in India. Countryman is the SUV version of Mini and was the bestselling Mini in the country when it was available in its earlier avatar. BMW has also announced that the second generation will be made in India and will thus become the first Mini to be locally assembled. That also means that the price of the vehicle will be more affordable and BMW has announced that though the SUV will be launched in a few months, it will be available for test drives at Mini dealerships in a couple of weeks from now. -By Yogendra Pratap
Honda Amaze: First launched in India in 2013, Honda Amaze moves to its second generation. The new-gen compact sedan is based on an all-new platform, while styling seems inspired by the latest Accord Hybrid available globally. The front end is bold and fresh with a large chrome grille and sharp headlamps. At the rear, the square-off boot is a big departure from the outgoing model. The switch to the new platform does make for a marginally wider car than before and we can confirm backspace is improved besides the layout of the dash, with a large touchscreen and simplistic lines taking precedence. The same 1.2L iVTEC petrol and 1.5L diesel to carry forward in the new version is expected. This one will be launched in later half of 2018. -By Simran Rastogi
BMW 6GT: Launched by Sachin Tendulkar, the first ever 6GT is one of the many cars unveiled by BMW as part of its new product offensive and gives credence to its simply unstoppable motto for 2018. It is a Grand Tourer built on BMW's now flexible architecture that underpins its new cars like the 5-series and is positioned between the executive sedan and the luxurious 7-series. Priced at `58.9 lakh for the 630i petrol variant, it promises the dynamism of the smaller 5-series and the comfort of the 7-series. With air suspension at the rear as well as individually adjustable rear seats and plenty of space, it is also a good alternative for the larger seven as a chauffeur driven car. - By Yogendra Pratap
Honda Civic: Honda showcased the 10th generation Civic on Thursday. It will be launched here later this year and is quite a radical looking machine and a worthy advisory to the model, which was discontinued a few years back. It features a sporty design language and is loaded with LED headlamps and taillamps, and sporty alloy wheels.While the version featured here is the sedan, the rear end design sure makes it look like a fastback and we love it for that. It has 1.8L petrol motor for India. An automatic transmission is also on options list. -By Rahul Ghosh
Merc S650 Maybach: For luxury customers, Mercedes has launched the ultimate S-Class. Badged under the exclusive Mercedes-Maybach marque, the two new models to the portfolio are the S560 and S650. Maybachs are completely re-engineered, with an eight-inch stretch in wheelbase and handcrafted interiors. This means theres even more room in the rear. Maybachs get AIRMATIC adaptive suspension and a host of active safety systems. The S650 has a surprise under the hood, in the form of a 6-litre V12 engine with 612bhp and 1,000Nm torque, while the S560 uses a 4-litre V8. S560 is priced at Rs 1.9 cr while S650 will cost Rs 2.73 crore. -By Simran Rastogi
Merc 220 AT: Adding to the new E-Class range launched just in 2017, Mercedes-Benz showed off the all-wheel drive E-Class All-Terrain. Apart from the new estate body style for India, it boasts of increased ground clearance thanks to a lifted suspension and the larger 19-inch wheels. More rugged styling includes a front skid plate, roof rails and plastic cladding on the sides and rear. Minor trim variations differentiate the interiors, while the All Terrain drive mode sets up the vehicle for off-road use, making the best out of the Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive tech. The engine is the same as on the E-Class 220d, a four cylinder 2L diesel producing 193bhp power and 400Nm torque. Launch expected later this year. - By Simran Rastogi
Toyota Yaris: Toyota has confirmed that it will be launching the Yaris sedan in India and unveiled it on Thursday. It is built with the philosophy of being the new value pioneer and will be positioned in between the Etios and the Corolla. It will be equipped with many class leading features, including roof mounted vents for the rear seat passengers, seven airbags, rear camera, traction control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and hill start assist. It will be powered by a 1.5L petrol engine mated to a CVT (with seven-speeds in manual) and a six-speed manual transmission. We expect it to be launched in the middle of this year and it will take on Hyundai Verna and the Honda City. - By Yogendra Pratap
Mahindra G4 Rexton: The Mahindra G4 Rexton has been infused with the Mahindra design DNA and comes with a new grille. HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, dual zone climate control, 8in touchscreen system all add to its luxury quotient. Mahindra has also thrown in nine airbags to enhance the safety of the Rexton. Powering the Rexton is a 2.2L diesel engine offering 178bhp and 420Nm of torque. A seven-speed Mercedes Benz derived automatic gearbox sends power to the wheels. - By Rahul Ghosh