This year’s India Auto Expo that starts on February 5 will have numerous unveilings and launches, perhaps too many to keep track of. Here’s a list of some of the most important ones from the five-day extravaganza that should be on your must-see list:
The Audi stall will have the new, sizzling R8 on display. The fastest car ever made by Audi, the new R8 is propelled by a 5.2-litre engine derived from Lamborghini that delivers power by an overhauled Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The stall will also play host to the all-new A4. Though familiar in looks, the new A4 features more powerful engines, a better suspension set-up and lots of new tech.
VW is going to showcase the all-new Passat. The car on display will be a plug-in hybrid, loaded with tech and features. The VW Tiguan, the first VW SUV to be built on the company’s flexible MQB platform, will be on stand too, alongside the Ameo, a compact SUV based on the Polo. Stealing the show, though, will be the 189bhp two-door Polo GTI, the hottest hatch to make it onto Indian soil.
BR-V, Honda’s compact SUV, will be shown at the Auto Expo, alongside the new Accord, which will be offered with a petrol-hybrid option. However, the stars at the Honda stall will be the McLaren-Honda MP-4 30 F1 car, and the intriguing Project 2&4 concept – a track-focused vehicle that bridges the gap between cars and motorcycles.
On display at the Ford stall will one of the most iconic cars ever made – the venerable Mustang. Offered in international markets with a right-hand drive, for the first time ever, the sixth generation Mustangs will come to India with a 435bhp 5.0-litre V8 under their hoods. The base version costs $24,000 (Rs 16.4 lakh) in the US.
If you thought the Range Rover Evoque looked good, wait till you walk up to the JLR stall at the Auto Expo and see the Evoque convertible. Unquestionably hot, the Evoque convertible will stand alongside Jaguar’s new entry-level premium sedan, the XE, the all-new XF and the F-Pace SUV.
After much teasing, American SUV major Jeep is finally here with its Wrangler Unlimited, the Grand Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee SRT. The three will be on display at the 2016 Auto Expo and will give off-roaders much reason to rejoice. The iconic Wrangler is expected to be launched in the middle of the year.
Building on the rampant success of the Baleno hatchback, India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki will showcase the Vitara Brezza, a compact SUV, the Ignis concept, a crossover-hatchback and the Baleno RS, which will house Maruti’s new family of engines called Boosterjet.
Even after having regained the number one luxury carmaker position in India, Mercedes has not slowed its roll. The GLC-Class will complete Merc’s Indian SUV line-up, and the S-Class Cabriolet marks the return of the convertible bodied S-Class after 44 years. The AMG Petronas W06 Hybrid F1 car will also be present on the stall.
Home-grown automaker, Tata Motors, will show the crossover SUV Hexa, the slick Nexon compact SUV and the first Indian hot hatchback – the Bolt Sport. Tata will also showcase the Tata Zica, the company’s new hatchback that will compete with the Hyundai i10 and Maruti Celerio.
(In partnership with Autocar)