A lot’s shown at the Auto Expo but not every car and SUV that’s showcased makes it to the road. Today, we’ll take a look at half a dozen cars and SUVs, which wowed showgoers, but may not be launched in India. Of course, we want them on the road and so could you.
The Ford Mustang has been confirmed for India. Why then should the Chevrolet Camaro not be launched here? Well, General Motors did showcase the latest Camaro muscle car at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. A launch in India remains unlikely for this iconic machine as right hand drive versions of it are yet to be engineered.
Even in case of the Mustang, it took five generations of the car before it could be made available in right hand drive guise. In case of the Camaro, 6 generations of this car have been launched, and not one did feature a right hand drive layout. So, the chances of seeing this muscle car on Indian roads is quite bleak.
Chevrolet Corvette StingRay
At almost every Auto Expo, General Motors brings along the Corvette to wow showgoers. The 2016 edition of the Expo was no different. The Corvette StingRay was shown this year, but this American supercar isn’t coming to India. And the reason is quite predictable. Like the Camaro, the Corvette too doesn’t have a right hand drive version engineered. What this means is, many big car markets around the world can’t have this car on sale through General Motors dealerships. And that’s a bummer, for India’s supercar scene has really picked up over the last couple of years.
General Motors continued to tease show goers, and for a change, the focus shifted from sleek and muscular fastbacks to a butch and brutish SUV. Well, the Colorado pick up truck was shown at the Auto Expo. Unlike the Camaro and the ‘Vette though, the Colorado is available in right hand drive guise as the pick up truck is sold in many ASEAN markets. If the lifestyle pick up truck markets in India picks up, GM will know what to bring here. For the record, the Colorado shares it underpinnings with the Trailblazer SUV, and that includes the 2.8 liter Duramax turbo diesel engine.
Tata Safari Storme Tuff
At every Auto Expo, Tata brings a customized version of the Safari or the Safari Storme. However, these customized vehicles never make it to showrooms, even as accessory kits for the buyers. This time around too, the Safari Storme was customized, and named the Tuff. Steel bumpers at the front and rear, an LED light bar on the roof, chunky mud terrain tyres, a spare wheel mounted on the tail gate and of course the customized interiors with a new infotainment system were some of the changes on the Storme Tuff.
Tata Hexa Tuff
The Hexa will soon be launched in India, and Tata Motors has already given enthusiasts a glimpse of how the luxury crossover can be customized, by showcasing the Tuff concept. The Hexa Tuff is essentially an all-black version of the crossover. It looks meaner, and much more menacing than the regular Hexa. One can only hope that Tata would offer the Hexa Tuff’s looks to regular buyers through their vehicle personalization program.
Motormind is a design and car customization outfit based out of Bangalore. The firm has put together its first show car, in the Hyperion-1 concept. The concept is said to be inspired by an F1 car’s design. It looks somewhat like a cross between an F1 car and the KTM X-Bow.
The Hyperion-1 is a twin seat sportscar that aims to offer race track performance for the road, which means it should be able to negotiate potholes and speed breakers. The car may head to production soon. For now though, it’s just a concept that shows how small outfits in India are rethinking sportscars.