Auto Expo 2020 is the largest auto carnival, exhibiting concepts, displaying production-spec cars and witnessing visitors from various fields like auto companies, start-ups, EV and alternate fuel firm, social media etc. This is Asia’s biggest pageant, where the finest brains come together on a single podium to unveil their best and enlighten enthusiasts related to technologies, trends and products. The 15th edition of Auto Expo was organised by ACMA, CII and SIAM and explored the future of mobility with futuristic designs and newer concepts. Let’s have a look at the beauties that walked the ramp this year.
Tata Harrier AT – Harrier comes updated with BS6 compliancy. A new feature loaded XZ+ trim and automatic transmission have been introduced. The SUV attracted inquisitive eyes with its ‘Calypso Red’ paint scheme and renovated ORVMs. Priced at Rs 13.69 lakh to Rs 20.25 lakh, it seems worth its value for all the comfort it intends to provide.
Kia Carnival – The attention drawer of day one comes with an alluring price tag of Rs 24.95 lakh. Available in 3 trims and 7, 8 or 9-seat plan, this premium MPV is for buyers wanting to upgrade with dignity from Toyota Innova Crysta. The diesel motor and the plethora of features promise a lot.
Mahindra Funster Electric concept – Out of four EVs showcased by the brand in the show, this is the most desirable car drawing maximum attention. Equipped with 59.1kWh battery pack, it claims a range of 520km per charge. It is offered with dual electric motor and AWD arrangement. Funster holds futuristic EV aspects, muscular proportion and roadster design, promises 0-100kmph in 5 seconds without any extra effort. This is the most affordable EV in our country with Rs 8.25 lakh beginning price. It offers 147km on a single charge with efficient battery pack and electric motor. The battery can have appreciable 80% charge in an hour with a DC fast charger.
MG Motor’s Marvel X – It is claimed to be the world’s first mass production car with integrated internet and level-3 autonomous efficiency. Adorned with lithium ion battery that enables the car to have a complete charge in 8.5 hours through a standard AC charger and 80% through a fast DC charger, Marvel X has raised eyebrows in the show. The battery is tagged with three electric motors producing 302 hp and 665 Nm torque. It has energy reverse system – generates power while braking or resting and reserves it for later use.
Maruti Concept Futuro-E – Designed especially for the ambitious Indian youth, this car is a captivating blend of coupe with SUV. The encouraging geo-organic style cabin form, the sporty front, the exciting features and silver nebula matte body colour with purple tinted glass resembles vibrant mood of the young consumer. This car is expected to stand up to the brand’s claim of fulfilling its ‘Mission Green Million’ campaign which plans to woo people to buy green cars over the next few years.
Skoda Vision IN – Intended for Indian market, it is the newest in the line up where the exterior design gives an idea of what to expect. Though it resembles the previous version in design but the new MQB AO IN versatile platform, features and BS6 compliant 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine makes it value for money vehicle. With a tag of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 16 lakh it will compete with Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta and MG Hector.
Hyundai Tucson – The sleek rear and prominent front makes it stand apart from the rest. The fluidic design, the security provider features and the spaciousness perfectly blends comfort with innovation. Available in 8 variants, Tucson is priced at Rs 18.78 lakh to Rs 26.99 lakh. Competing with Honda Civic, Jeep Compass and MG ZS EV, this car is going to be a winner.