Auto Expo 2018 is approaching and it may be a couple of months before the automotive gala begins but we're thrilled already in anticipation of all the upcoming cars that will be launched or showcased at the event. India's largest automotive gathering sees participation from the biggest car manufacturers in the country, and this year too a lot of new products are expected to launch and new concepts will be revealed. This year has already been quite eventful with several new car and motorcycle launches, and in addition, there were also sightings of cars that are expected to be launched in the country and hence are likely to be seen at next year's expo. Although Volkswagen Group will not be participating in next year's expo, major car brands like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota, Tata Motors will showcase their latest products. India's largest motor show, the Auto Expo has been scheduled to be held from February 9-14, 2018.
The venue of the show is not likely to be changed and it will be held at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The component show, however, will have a separate venue. It will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from February 8-11, 2018. The business hours will be from 10:00 to 13:00 on weekdays and the time allotted for visitors will be 13:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and till 19:00 on weekends.
The motor show is being organised in collaboration with Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), and accredited by OICA. The following cars are likely to break cover at the event:
New Maruti Suzuki Swift has been much awaited in India and the one to launch here will come with a number of changes. Unlike the Suzuki Swift which is powered by a hybrid powertrain, the Indian model of the hatchback is expected to carry forward the existing 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engine options. The diesel unit should also come with Suzuki's mild-hybrid technology, SHVS.
There will be a number of changes on the inside, the most prominent being a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Japanese model gets Mirrorlink as well which may also be carried forward in the Indian-spec model.
Other changes include a flat-bottom steering wheel, automatic climate control as well as a new layout of the dashboard. The exterior would have a similar front-end design when compared to the Dzire but the rear door handles have now been integrated into the C-pillars. Expected price: Rs 5-8 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz can be attributed to for elevating Maruti's image to a premium carmaker, especially after the introduction of the premium car dealership, Nexa. The 2018 Ciaz will come with a host of updates such as LED headlamps with DRLs, chrome accents on fog lamps, reflectors, redesigned bumpers and sunroof on the higher variants. In addition, it could also get a larger MID screen and rain sensing wipers. Inside the cabin, the new Ciaz will get touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Maruti Suzuki is also planning to give a new 1.5-litre engine to Ciaz. According to reports, the company has successfully tested the sedan with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and the unit has been developed in-house by Suzuki. It is expected that the manufacturer may introduce new 1.5-litre engine in both petrol and diesel forms. Expected price: Rs 7.5 lakh onwards.
2018 Hyundai Santro
New Hyundai Santro was recently spotted testing in India. Hyundai has previously announced that it was working on a new small car. While there has not been an official statement on the matter from Hyundai India, it is widely believed that the new small car from the South Korean brand will be the new 2018 Hyundai Santro.
The new Hyundai Santro will have Hyundai's popular 'tall boy' stance and the windows and C-pillar appear similar to those of the Hyundai i10. Likely to be revealed at Auto Expo 2018, the new Hyundai Santro will be positioned between the Hyundai Eon and Hyundai Grand i10 in the company's portfolio as the company has discontinued the i10. The new Santro is likely to be powered by a 1.1-litre iRDE that will make about 62 hp of maximum power. The same engine also powered the Santro Xing. Expect the new Santro to look radically different from the previous model. Expected price: Rs 4 lakh.
2018 Honda Jazz
2018 Honda Jazz will feature changes on its exterior styling and interior trim. For the first time, the European spec Honda Jazz features a new 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine shedding out 128.2 hp of power. Exterior changes align the Jazz with the latest Honda family style which we have seen on the Honda Accord hybrid, 2017 Honda Civic and the new Honda CR-V, incorporating the ‘Solid Wing Face’ headlight signature and grille.
Claimed mileage on the car is around 18 kmpl. Honda Jazz will also get an optional CVT automatic transmission. Honda has upgraded CVT gearbox to deliver a more linear and a refined response under acceleration. In all possibility, this new face will come to India and if Honda Cars India decides to be aggressive then it might showcase the car at the upcoming 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Expected price: Rs 6-9 lakh.
Tata Tiago EV
Tata Motors wholly-owned UK-based subsidiary Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) showcased the Tiago EV concept at an event at Millbrook in September. Tata has claimed the Tiago EV will accelerate from 0-100 kph in about 11 seconds in sport mode and is capable of a top speed of 135 kph. The all-electric variant of the Tiago uses an 85 kW motor that churns out 200 Nm of torque.
It will also deliver a claimed range of 100 km on one full electric charge. The Tiago EV is expected to make it to India soon as the pictures suggest the car is nearing its production stage. Since the Tiago is underpinned with a new low-cost platform, Tata may manage to offset the costs of the electric powertrain, battery and other components.
Slated to be India's first kit car, Tamo Racemo is a mid-engined two-seater coupe. It is a part of Tata Motors' performance sub-brand Tamo. The brand claims it will accelerate to 100 kmph in six seconds, which is quite an impressive figure. It is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol aluminium engine that develops 186 hp and 210 Nm of torque.
In July, Tata shelved the plans to put Racemo in production, which needed a budget of about Rs 250 crore to have it rolling off the production line, as Tata Motors board decided that the investment should first be put to use in the commercial vehicle segment. However, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said when the Racemo received a German design award for Exceptional product design, ““The RACEMO connects with the aspiring customers of India, making it a perfect extension of our customer’s personality. We hope to continue on this path towards innovation and disruption in product design and technology.” Hence, the Racemo may not be launched, but it will be a treat to behold at the expo.
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2018 Renault Duster
French automaker Renault introduced the 2018 edition of its popular Duster SUV earlier this month. The next generation Duster witnesses some significant changes on the inside and out, including revised headlamp section which now gets LED DRLs and a reworked bonnet with a U-shaped line.
The cabin of the 2018 Renault Duster will be more upmarket than before. The steering wheel is a bit different and resembles the unit that comes fitted in the Captur. The dashboard has been given a touch of chrome and the touchscreen infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Renault Duster will be available for sale in both, petrol and diesel engine options. The compact SUV will be offered with automatic and manual transmissions with an optional 4x4 as well. Expected price: Rs 9-13 lakh.
The Indian arm of the French automaker, Renault is planning to showcase its electric concept DeZir at the 2018 Auto Expo. The two-seater coupe concept was first showcased at 2010 Paris Motor Show. Renault Dezir concept is powered by an electric motor and 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack at the rear. The electric motor produces 148hp of power and 226Nm of torque. The power is given to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.
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Globally, Renault has not confirmed if the DeZir concept will make it into production. However, the R&D done on this electric sports car will help the company to develop other mass-market electric cars and SUVs. This will be another concept to look out for at the expo next year.