Homegrown automakers Mahindra and Tata Motors will make a few big splashes at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo, India’s biggest car and bike show that happens once in 2 years. We look at the cars and SUVs these automakers plan to showcase at the show.
Mahindra has imported the Tivoli into India for “research and development”, ahead of a possible launch by the end of this year, or in 2017. The compact SUV, Ssangyong’s latest, has received a good reception internationally. In India, it’s likely to be Mahindra’s Duster/Creta rival. It packs in 1.6 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines, and is a five seater. The Tivoli is sold with manual and automatic gearboxes. Here’s more about the latest compact SUV from Mahindra.
Halo electric sportscar
The Halo electric sportscar was first shown as a concept, at the 2014 Auto Expo. Two years hence, this car’s production version is likely to be showcased. The Halo is a high performance electric sportscar, meant to serve as a brand builder for Mahindra-Reva, India’s best known electric car maker. Apart from a 160 kilometers range, the two seat Halo promises a sub-10 second sprint to 100 Kph from standstill. Also see – 6 car & SUV surprises for 2016
Mahindra will launch the KUV100 tomorrow, but the micro SUV’s big stage will be the Auto Expo, from where it’ll reach a large audience, both Indian and international. While the pricing of the KUV100 will be revealed tomorrow, tweaked examples of the vehicle are likely to be showcased at the Expo. With the KUV, Mahindra plans to make a dent on the B-Segment hatchback market. Also see – KUV100 – All you need to know
The facelifted Quanto will be unveiled at the Auto Expo. The facelift for the compact SUV is a comprehensive one, and will involve a major design tweak. The facelifted vehicle is expected to sit in between the KUV100 and the TUV300 in terms of price and positioning. The latest set of tweaks are meant to make the Quanto more appealing. So far, the compact SUV has seen little success in India, mainly due to its odd ball styling.
The electric version of the Verito was shown at the last Auto Expo as well. This time around, a production version of the car, along with a price tag, is expected to be revealed. Web reports indicate a 14 lakh rupee price tag for the car, which if true will limit its market by quite a bit. Yet, as an indicator of the direction in which electric car technology is moving, the Verito Elecric is an important marker for the Indian car industry as a whole.
Safari Storme 400
At every Auto Expo, it’s customary for Tata Motors to showcase dressed up versions of its SUVs. This time around, the Safari Storme 400 is expected to get a once over. The customized vehicle could be showcased at the Expo. Also, the customizations showcased are likely to be made available in kit form a few months down the line. The Storme 400 Custom will be eagerly awaited by Safari fans. Also see – Safari Storme beats XUV and Fortuner
The Hexa is the next big launch from Tata Motors, and the production version of this luxury SUV is likely to be revealed at the Expo. The Hexa concept was first revealed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and ever since, there’s been steady interest building around the vehicle. A reimagined Tata Aria, with visual, interior and mechanical improvements, the Hexa will be Tata’s flagship vehicle. Also see – Incoming enthusiast-only cars
The Zica hatchback will be launched days from now, but the Auto Expo of 2016 will be the big stage for the all-new hatch from Tata. One off versions of the car are expected to be showcased. One more eagerly anticipated version of the Zica is the AMT equipped variant. It remains to be seen if such a variant makes its debut on the big stage.
Sway compact sedan
The Sway is the compact sedan version of the Zica hatchback. The big takeaway here is that the Sway will be the least priced compact sedan in India, sitting below the Zest in Tata Motors’ product range. The Sway will replace the Indigo eCS and will be produced at Sanand, where it’ll share the production line with the likes of the Zica and the Nano. The Sway will share engines, transmissions and features with the Zica.
The Nexon compact crossover will be launched by the end of this year. However, the production version of the first sub-4 meter compact SUV/crossover offering from Tata Motors is expected to be revealed at the Auto Expo. Notably, the concept version of the Nexon was first showcased at the 2014 Expo. The production version will not only reveal the look that the vehicle will take, but also could give us an idea on the features and engine options on offer. Also see – 15 hot SUVs coming to the Auto Expo