Best Cars at Auto-Expo 2018.
The biggest festival of Automobiles i.e., Auto-Expo 2018 has started. We’ve had a busy day at Auto Expo 2018. On display there are mad concepts, new models that you would be able to buy soon, as well as the odd racing machines. Here are some of the cars you just can’t miss at India’s largest motor show.
Tata H5X concept
Radically styled and designed H5X concept is easily one of the stars of the show. It’s big, bold and unlike any other Tata’s SUV you have seen before. The SUV carries Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 language and is an attention-grabber. The concept previews a production SUV that Tata Motors is working on. Isn’t it a good news?
Tata Racemo EV
The Tata Racemo dropped jaws when the covers came off it at the 2017 Geneva motor show, and it has the same effects at the 2018 Auto Expo too. 2018 Auto Expo marks the first time the Racemo has been put on display in India, and what makes it more special is the unveiling of an electric version of the car, in addition to the original turbo-petrol concept.
The all-electric version of the Racemo that has been named ‘Racemo +-‘, something interesting Right? Racemo +- comes powered by a 150 kW or about 203 hp electric motor that draws charge from a lithium-ion battery pack. Tata claims a full charge gives the Racemo +- a range of almost 350 km. The Racemo +-‘ also has the option of fast charging for the battery pack, but there’s not much information at the moment.
The regular Racemo has been shown with the same mid-mounted powertrain as the car in Geneva – a 190hp, twin-turbo version of Tata’s three-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol engine. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via six-speed AMT gearbox that can be operated via paddles at the steering wheel.
DC motors, a familiar name. Isn’t it? Do you remember that film, Tarzan? That car named Tarzan was made by DC motors. At the Auto-Expo 2018, Sonakshi Sinha takes the wraps-off from the TCA. The all new TCA sportscar is also the firm’s most sophisticated car yet. It uses titanium, carbon-fibre and aluminium in its construction and hence named ‘TCA’. It has some impressive specs as well. The power comes from a 320hp mid-mounted 3.8-litre V6 that helps the TCA charge from 0-100kph in just 4.5 seconds.
BMW i8 Roadster
The BMW i8 Roadster is nothing but only has visual drama. The drop-top version of the i8 Roadster is drop-dead gorgeous and even gets upward-opening doors for added impact. Like the coupe, it runs on a hybrid powertrain, with a combine power output of 374hp. And the surprising thing is that India launch is this year.
Maruti Concept Future S
Maruti Suzuki ‘a well known car brand’ in the Indian market has rocked again in the Auto-Expo 2018 with its latest Concept Future S, a SUV-inspired hatchback that will be big on space. The interesting part is, the production model will be out within this year. You can look at the images. Isn’t it beautiful? But it is a concept so the production model will be a bit different.
Kia SP Concept
Kia, the Korean carmaker’s first model for India that will go on sale in 2019. Take a close look at the image of the SP Concept because this is the best pointer yet from the company. The SP Concept is a smartly turned-out SUV which comes with the right proportions. The final product that will be available for purchase will be a rival to Kia’s parent company, Hyundai’s Creta.
Kia Stinger GT
Kia has its entire international line-up at the Auto Expo 2018 but of all the models, Stinger GT is the one that will get up your pulse racing. It has got a sexy silhouette and looks very different from the BMWs and Mercedes from which it is going to compete with. Power comes from a 370 hp, 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine. But pity India won’t be getting the Stinger.
Mahindra Stinger concept
From kia’s stringer to Mahindra’s there are so many interesting things at the Expo. Though this one is a concept but Mahindra might just bring the Stinger concept to reality. Stinger, a convertible SUV concept is interesting in looks, and does have some neat elements like the semi-exposed spare wheel at the rear.
Mahindra owned korean car brand SsangYong launched its latest SUV Rexton in the International market (except India) prior to the Auto-Expo. We know that the new-gen SsangYong Rexton would sport the Mahindra badge for India, and things were made official at the Auto Expo 2018. Though the name of the car is not decided yet but whatever the name may be, this is a smart-looking SUV and it launches in India within 2018.
The second-gen Amaze has made its global debut at the Auto Expo 2018 and you’ll probably agree that this one is more visually pleasing than its predecessors. The cabin also takes a big step up in terms of quality, while retaining the same level of roominess. The powertrain will be carried over from the outgoing one but the news is the unique option of a CVT for the diesel engine version.
Hyundai has brought the Kona to the 2018 Auto-Expo. The Kona fills the role of a small SUV in Hyundai’s international line-up. It is a fairly premium model and stylish too. Take a close look at its image because it could just be headed our way in the future in an all-electric form.
Toyota is all set to give tough competition to the Honda City. And here is the Yaris. It has got some interesting angles, and promises to score big with its practical cabin. It will come powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, and there’ll be a CVT option on offer as well. Toyota’s reliability and ease-of-ownership will help Yaris in reaching towards buyers too.
Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain
Mercedes unveiled its Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain at the Auto-Expo 2018. It is a rugged version of the E-class estate with enhanced ground clearance and all-wheel-drive hardware as well. Cherry on the cake, it will be launched in India soon too. Adventurers get your pockets ready for this car.
Another car from Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Maybach S650 is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine that makes, ohh hold your breath, 1,000Nm of torque. Isn’t it great? The performance promises to be effortless, as it is a luxury, Mercedes.
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