It’s quite often that the want for road-going versions of concept cars is so huge that we enthusiasts desperately wait for that to happen. And more often than not carmakers understand how it feels, so they oblige with the production versions, albeit a little late in some cases. There are a couple of these at the ongoing 2016 Auto Expo, and we list them here:
Renault Kwid Climber and Racer
The company might have not decided to put the two into production but both the Climber and the Racer concepts based on the Kwid are way better to look at, in comparison to anything and everything in the segment.
The Racer gets a full bodykit, a two-seater layout, a roll cage, and of course, 18-inch wheels. Other notable features include bucket seats and two-tone paintwork. The Climber on the other hand, takes the crossover styling of the Kwid to another level. Better off-road protection and fatter tyres make the production Kwid look timid in comparison.
Honda Jazz Racing Concept
With enough attention from tuners, the Honda Jazz is far from ordinary once it’s in the right hands, but it’s certainly not the most exciting thing right out of the showroom. The Jazz Racing Concept thankfully is a totally different story. It’s based on a regular Jazz but gets a body kit, slick tyres, and stickers on the outside. On the inside, it gets a stripped interior, a full roll cage, removed rear seats (Magic Seats what?), and Recaro racing seat for the driver. Since it’s far from production, other details are scarce, but we won’t mind the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine from the City (to start with)…
Fiat Urban Cross
Based on the Avventura, the Urban Cross is a more city-oriented version of the crossover. It might sound absurd to make a crossover based on a hatchback first and then retrace the path, but in reality, the vehicle looks pretty neat. What stood out, apart from the concept car lights and radiator grille, are the 17-inch wheels, and luxurious-looking (if a little loud) interior. Notice the boot-mounted spare wheel is gone, too. Thankfully the Urban Cross will be headed to the market later this year, and is likely to continue with the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol Abarth unit as the Avventura Powered By Abarth (140 PS and 210 Nm).
Tata Safari Storme Tuff
Stood outside the Auto Expo halls is the Safari Storme Tuff. It’s based on the regular Safari Storme but benefits from an added tent on the roof, off-road bumpers both up front and rear, tasteful body graphics on the sides, an LED bar on the roof, a winch… the list goes on. Much like the Hexa Tuff (read more about it below), this one too has been created by Tata’s Personalization Studio.
Oh, and it also gets a TPM (Tyre Pressure Monitor) and HUD (Heads Up Display) inside, apart from the water resistant seats.
Tata Hexa Tuff
While the Hexa is yet to reach the market (and it looks rugged even in the base form), it’s the Hexa Tuff that draws more attention, especially the enthusiasts’. Instead of the chrome parts, the Tuff gets black units, adding to the stealth look. While the Storme Tuff which is targeted at the more off-road type of a buyer, the Hexa Tuff makes do with a cycle carrier outside, and 3D mats, a TPM, an HUD, and a navigation system inside.
Safari Tuff and Jazz Racing Concept images courtesy of IAB.