We’re under 3 weeks away from India’s biggest car and bike show, the Auto Expo. There will be about 80 unveils at the show, making the 2016 Expo the biggest in history. We bring you 10 such show stoppers from assorted car brands.
Ford’s big reveal at the Auto Expo will be the fifth generation Mustang, which the world got a while ago. Ford has begun making the Mustang in right hand drive, which means that the legendary pony car is ready to go on sale in India. The Mustang is expected to start from about the 50 lakh rupee mark. A launch in 2016 is expected.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki will finally join the sub-4 meter compact SUV brigade. Nearly 4 years after being first showcased as the XA Alpha concept, the Vitara Brezza compact SUV will be launched in India. The vehicle will be unveiled at the Auto Expo, and is expected to be the big splash from Maruti for the event.
Hyundai sub-4 meter compact SUV
Hyundai surprised all of us a few weeks ago, by saying that it’ll do a sub-Creta SUV for India, and that such a vehicle would be showcased at the Auto Expo. Well, everything about this vehicle remains a mystery, and the build has begun in full earnest for its unveil at the Expo.
The GT-R will be Nissan’s big brand builder for India, going forward. The high performance supercar, which counts Sachin Tendulkar as one of its celebrity owners, will soon be made available across Nissan dealerships in India. The price announcement could happen at the Expo.
Volkswagen Compact Sedan
Volkswagen has built its first made-for-India car in the form of a compact sedan based on the Polo (PQ25) platform. The car, which will sit in between the Polo and Vento in terms of price and positioning, is likely to be called the Ameo. An Auto Expo launch is on the cards for the Ameo.
Jeep will kickstart its Indian innings with two brand builders – the Grand Cherokee luxury SUV and the Wrangler off roader. Of these, the Wrangler is expected to be the bigger draw considering that it’s an American icon of sorts. The Wrangler will also be more affordable than the Grand Cherokee.
The BR-V from Honda is the automaker’s first affordable SUV for the Indian car market. Already unveiled and showcased in Thailand, the Expo will be the big stage for the Honda SUV. The BR-V will rival the likes of the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, but with 7 seats on offer.
The Toyota Innova is India’s best selling MPV, and is a vehicle loved both by private car buyers and cabbies. An all new version of the Innova is due in 2016, and the Auto Expo is expected to be the place where the big reveal could happen. The new Innova will get lighter, more powerful and feature loaded.
The Hexa is Tata Motors’ new flagship passenger offering. The luxury crossover, which replaces the Aria, will make its India debut at the Expo. The Hexa looks much more aggressive than the Aria, while the interiors have been given a once over. The crossover is now more powerful, and convenient given the 6 speed automatic gearbox.
The Camaro will be another show stopper, but strictly that as it won’t be sold in India. The reason? The muscle car isn’t available in right hand drive guise. Unlike the Mustang, which will go on sale this year, the Camaro will merely be a showcase of what Chevrolet is capable of building.