The 14th edition of India's biggest automotive event will witness more than 20 car and bike manufacturers launch, unveil and showcase new and exciting products for the Indian market. More than 25 launches and nearly 100 unveils are expected during the event. Leading brands such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors to Mercedes-Benz and BMW will showcase their newest creation and concepts ranging from various segments.
Before DriveSpark's Auto Expo 2018 live updates brings you all the action, here is the list of the most-expected car launches and unveils at the Auto Expo 2018.
New Maruti Swift
Maruti Suzuki has taken the wraps off the new Maruti Swift for the Indian market with several updates. The all-new Swift will be officially launched at the Auto Expo 2018, and the hatchback is expected to consolidate its leading position in the segment.
The new Swift price is expected to be in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh ex-showroom. The new-generation Swift comes with cosmetic upgrades, while it continues to employ the existing petrol and diesel engines; however, Maruti will offer the choice of AMT gearbox in this model.
New Hyundai Santro
The brand which made Hyundai a household name in India will be making a comeback. The South Korean carmaker has been testing the new Santro in India as well as in other global markets ahead of its debut. The all-new Santro will replace the Hyundai i10 in India and will sit above the Eon.
Hyundai is expected to power the new Santro with a choice of either a 0.8-litre or a 1.0-litre petrol engine which come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while an AMT option is rumoured to be offered as well. Upon launch, the new Hyundai Santro will rival the likes of Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio and the Honda Brio hatchbacks.
Hyundai i20 Facelift
The Hyundai i20 is facing product fatigue, and Hyundai is looking to refresh the premium hatchback. The Hyundai i20 facelift gets subtle cosmetic changes on both the exterior and interior, while the engine specifications will be the same.
Among the significant difference to its exterior is Hyundai's new design language with the cascading front grille in a honeycomb pattern. The facelifted i20 will feature new equipment such as touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control among others.
Toyota Vios Sedan
Toyota will enter a new and a competitive segment of the mid-sized sedan where Honda and Hyundai lead the pack with their City and Verna respectively. While the Skoda Rapid, Maruti Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento also make the segment, Toyota wants to offer a feature-rich sedan with the Vios. The Toyota Vios will make its debut at the Auto Expo 2018, while its launch will take place during March or April 2018.
While its known as the Toyota Yaris in other markets, Toyota will bring the Vios nameplate to India. The Vios will be available in both petrol and diesel engines; however, the diesel engine option will be offered at a later stage. As for the petrol unit, the Toyota Vios will be powered by a 1.5-litre engine producing 105bhp and 140Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with an option of a CVT automatic gearbox as well. Prices for the Toyota Vios is expected to be in the range of Rs 8 lakh to Rs 11 lakh.
Kia Sorento SUV
Kia Motors are all set to debut in India and will start its Indian operations from its new plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Kia will take on India's leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki as well as its parent company Hyundai. Kia has invested close to Rs 7,500 crore and leading the pack is the Kia Sorento SUV, which is tested extensively in India.
The Kia Sorento is based on the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and will rival the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, and the upcoming Mahindra Rexton. The SUV will boast of high equipment level to keep pace with its competitors. Under the hood, the Kia Sorento SUV will be available in both petrol and diesel engines, while the former is a 2.4-litre unit, the latter is a 2.0-litre engine. Both the engines will be offered in both manual and automatic gearbox with 4WD.
Maruti Future S Concept
Maruti entered the SUV segment with the Vitara Brezza, reaping massive benefits with the tag of the highest-selling SUV in India. Now, Maruti wants to bring a micro-SUV to India and will unveil a concept named the Maruti Future S similar to what the company did with the Ignis and the Baleno concept in the 2016 Auto Expo.
From the teaser images of the Maruti Future S Concept will have an upright stance like an SUV, higher seating and ground clearance. The Maruti Future S will be positioned below the Brezza and will be underpinned by the Suzuki's Heartect platform.
Tata H5 SUV
Tata Motors is all set to bring four new models to the Auto Expo 2018. The company will unveil its new 7-seater flagship SUV, which will replace the Safari Storme. Codenamed as the Tata H5, it will be one of the two SUVs which will debut at the event. The Tata H5 SUV will be based on the company's new IMPACT Design 2.0 design language and underpinned by an all-new platform.
The Tata H5 will share its platform with the Land Rover Discovery Sport L550 and will be powered by the 2.0-litre Multi-Jet diesel engine sourced from FCA, the same unit which does its duties in the Jeep Compass.
Tata X451 Premium Hatchback
Along with the Tata H5, another new product from the home-grown auto major is a premium hatchback codenamed Tata X451 which will rival the likes of Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz. The Tata X451 will be underpinned by the all-new Advanced Modular Platform (AMP). From the Tata X451 teaser images, the premium hatchback will come with advanced features and a spacious cabin.
Under the hood, the Tata X451 will share its engines from the Nexon SUV, a tried and tested 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel unit. The Tata X451 is expected to be a stylish and feature-rich premium hatchback.
Mahindra Rexton Based SUV
Mahindra will launch its flagship SUV at the Auto Expo 2018. The SUV is expected to be offered in both as 5-seater and 7-seater options. While the SUV is a not an SUV developed by Mahindra, the vehicle is based on the SsangYong Rexton facelifted model but with Mahindra badging and styling to suit the local sentiment.
The Mahindra Rexton is expected to draw power from the mHawk 2.2-litre diesel engine, while a 2.2-litre petrol engine will be on offer as well. Both manual and automatic gearbox will be on offer on the SUV.
Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept
Luxury car manufacturers will showcase new products, concepts as well as launch new vehicles at the Auto Expo 2018. Mercedes-Benz will bring its EQ concept to the auto expo which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. The Mercedes EQ Concept gives us a fair understanding of Mercedes' plan for India in the electric vehicle segment.
Mercedes-Benz will manufacture four electric vehicles based on the EQ Concept. The EQ Concept is based a new electric vehicle architecture named EVA. New products will be able to hold a battery pack of 300 kW rear-mounted engine or a 150 kW front-mounted motor. The electric motor will produce close to 400bhp and a driving range of up to 500km on a single charge.
Renault Zoe EV
Renault India brought the Kwid to India giving a stiff competition to the Maruti Alto and other entry-level hatchbacks. With India's ambitious target of moving its entire fleet to electric, Renault wants to show what it can offer for the country with the Zoe EV.
The Renault Zoe EV is currently on sale in the European market and plans to bring it to India. The Zoe EV is powered by a 41kw battery that offers a driving range of 400km and can be charged in 65 to 80 minutes at a quick charging station. Renault will gauge customer's reaction to the Zoe EV before it can evaluate if the Zoe can be launched in India.
Thoughts About The Most-Expected Car Launches Unveils At Auto Expo 2018
The list looks promising for the country and will offer a glimpse of the future of automobiles in India. Be it launches, unveils, concepts and electric vehicles, car manufacturers are lining up their best products for India. Stay tuned to DriveSpark as we bring you live coverage of the Auto Expo 2018.