The Indonesian Auto Show is currently underway. You maybe wondering what relevance it has to the us? Well we shall tell you just that. A lot of cars with Indian relevance have made their presence felt there in variants or trim levels that aren’t sold in India yet. They looked good enough for us to be interested in them. Here are the cars.
The India made Baleno was also on display at the Indonesian International Auto Show. What’s so special? For starters, people who have been following the brand closely will notice that the Baleno is in a black shade, something that Maruti doesn’t offer in the Indian market. What is also new is the body kit that the Baleno is sporting.
There is an all new chrome front lip, chrome highlights on the side skirts and an all new rear bumper with a sporty diffuser. Under the hood too the story is different. Where due to excise regulations the Indian spec Baleno gets the 1.2 liter K12 engine, the Indonesian spec car gets the larger 1.4 liter engine from the Ciaz and the Ertiga.
Power figures weren’t revealed but the same engine produces 90 Bhp and 138 Nm on the Ertiga. Maybe India might get the sportier avatar and the new colour option soon.
The i20 also made its Indonesian debut at the auto show in a stunning black shade. The reason why we are mentioning it is that even Hyundai doesn’t offer black on the Indian spec i20. When the car is launched there, it will be made in India and exported there. The show car featured an aerodynamic body kit with a red front lip and red accents on the side skirts. At the back, there is a new bumper and a rear spoiler as well.
The vehicle also got aftermarket 5 spoke alloys that were finished in black and this suits the car a lot. Under the hood, this i20 gets a 1.4 liter engine which was there on the previous i20 in India. It produces 99 Bhp and 133 Nm.
The reason why this engine is interesting is because we will soon be getting an automatic variant of the i20 and it will sport the same 1.4 liter engine. The automatic will be a 4 speed unit though.
Honda Brio RS
The Brio is Honda’s cheapest offering in the country. Some how the car didn’t do the numbers that Honda was hoping for. A new face lifted version of the car is expected in the Indian market soon. The same was shown at the motor show. The vehicle which was showcased was in a bright yellow shade and was in the RS trim, something that we don’t get in the Indian market currently. In the RS trim, the Brio gets a more aggressive front end which includes new headlights, a new front and rear bumper and a new rear spoiler.
Another thing worth noting is the fact that the Brio gets a rear wiper there, something that Honda has decided to skip on for Indian market. We hope Honda brings this shade when the launch the facelift in India.
The Ignis will be launched some time later this year or early next year in the Indian market. It will be a replacement for the Ritz. The Ignis will be positioned as a cross over hatchback. It will basically be a hatchback with high ground clearance (180 mm). The Ignis that was showcased at Indonesia was the Water Activity Concept. It sports a Matt khaki paint shade with orange highlights and gets larger tyres with bigger wheel arches.
The rims have been blacked out as well. The main motive behind this concept was that Suzuki designers wanted to showcase how it could cope with rough roads, something that is a must for India. In Indonesia, the car will be available with the 1.2 liter petrol unit with 83 Bhp and 115 Nm. It will have both an AMT and a manual transmission as an option.
The new Jazz has been in the Indian market for a year now, but it hasn’t really jazzed up the market. It has been the more practical and spacious choice if anyone wanted a family hatchback. The Indonesian market likes the Jazz a lot and hence at the auto show, there is a bright yellow one on display. It is in the RS trim, something that India misses out on. In the RS trim, the Jazz gets a new grill, a new bumper and LED positioning lamps. Maybe Honda should bring in the Jazz in RS trim to spice up their model line-up.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Vitara Brezza is extremely popular in the Indian market. Since its launch a few months back, it has managed to do very well for Maruti. In India, the Brezza only comes with a diesel engine option and that too only with a manual gearbox. The compact SUV made its Indonesian debut at the motor show. No, that is not the reason why we have listed the car. The reason why the car is on the list is because when the car is launched there, it will be available with an automatic gearbox, something which the Indian market is yet to get. Now whether India will get a conventional AT or an AMT, only time will tell. But since the car will be made in India for exports, we can expect such a variant here as well.
Maruti S Cross
Though the S Cross is getting a facelift soon and the new version has been digitally revealed, the India made SX-4 S-Cross as it is known there made its debut at the auto show. The car hasn’t been very successful in India because of its stance. It is positioned as an SUV to take on the Creta, but doesn’t have the looks unfortunately to do so. However the car is very capable mechanically and has a really good 1.6 liter diesel engine that is damn fast. But there is no petrol option as of now.
We reported a few months back that Maruti is planning a 1.5 liter petrol version of the S Cross. Well, this is the exact reason why this car is on the list. The S Cross that was unveiled there comes with the 1.5 liter engine that makes 107 Bhp and 138 Nm. The engine comes mated to either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. This same engine is expected in the Indian market as well.