Every two years, the Auto Expo showcases and launches some of the best machines from around the world. We list out some exciting ones which will draw attention this time
SUV: HONDA BR-V
Renault Duster’s arrival in India spawned the compact SUV segment. So, it is only natural for manufacturers to try and grab a pie of this segment. This is precisely why Honda will be launching the BR-V in India during the Auto Expo 2016 — to take on Duster, Creta, Terrano and EcoSport. The BR-V will be the only 7-seater in this segment as it features foldable third row. It will be rich in features too. For example, it is expected that the BR-V will get a touchscreen infotainment system. Honda will most probably give two engine options with a 100bhp diesel and a 119bhp petrol coupled with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. With the coming of the BR-V, customers will be spoilt for choice in this segment.
MOTORCYCLE: RE HIMALAYAN
Keeping in line with the advent of adventure tourers and affordable performance motorcycles in India, Royal Enfield is all set to launch the Himalayan at the upcoming Auto Expo 2016 in Greater Noida. It follows an ADV design and is the first ever to come out of RE stables. It gets a brand new 410cc engine, flat handlebars and a monoshock, which again is a first ever in an RE motorcycle. The new engine will be churning out 28-30bhp of power and around 32Nm of torque.
LUXURY CAR: JAGUAR XE
It’s been a while since Tata-owned British luxury manufacturer has had a launch in India. Coming from an illustrious lineage of Jaguar’s sport sedans, the XE will be initially offered with two petrol engine options which offer 200PS and 240PS respectively. It will be taking the A4, 3-series and the C-Class head on. Jaguar says the XE will have path-breaking features and never-seen-before technology to help it to take the fight to the German troika of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
HATCHBACK: SUZUKI IGNIS
Maruti-Suzuki is the biggest-selling automotive manufacturer in India and it doesn’t seem that they are going to give up their crown any soon. First showcased at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Ignis will be the perfect answer to the Renault Kwid. It will get a crossover like design cues such as flared wheel arches, an SUVish stance and so on. The Ignis might get a 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.3-litre DDiS and the SHVS tech along with CVT transmission as an option.
VOLKSWAGEN AMEO The Indian Compact Sedan (Ameo) will play in the same segment as the Amaze, Swift Dzire, Figo Aspire and the Xcent. Volkswagen is pretty tight-lipped about the specs but says that it will definitely have some best-in-class features and superior technology. Ameo will be manufactured at VW’s Chakan facility in Pune. No word on the pricing as yet but VW will surely price it aggressively so as to ruffle the feathers of other manufacturers in the segment.
1 lakh 85 people are expected daily at the 13th edition of Auto Expo India
Auto Expo 2016
- Will comprise a components show, scheduled from February 4-7 at Pragati Maidan, and a motor show from February 5-9 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida
- Over 900 Indian companies and 600 international exhibitors will showcase products in this components show
The motor show will occupy 73,000 square metre gross indoor exhibition space
85 people are expected daily at the 13th edition of Auto Expo India launches are expected for this year’s show.
written by : Kingshuk Datta