In the fast lane: Top cars and bikes showcased at Auto Expo 2020
GREATER NOIDA : Auto Expo 2020 has begun with a roaring bang with a long list of launches, showcases and updates from the Indian automotive sector. While the overwhelming focus has been on electric vehicles - present and future, big-ticket updates on conventional cars have been massive crowd pullers as well.
Auto Expo opens its doors to the public on Friday (February 7) and will be held till Wednesday (February 12). Here are some of the top cars and bikes showcased in the past two days that will be on display for automotive enthusiasts at Greater Noida's Knowledge Park:
Hyundai Creta 2020
Creta has been a runaway success in the premium compact SUV segment in the country since it was first launched back in 2015. The car has stylish looks, comfortable ride, capable drive qualities and a feature-packed cabin. The Koreans have now only upped the game by showcasing the second-generation Creta which gets massive styling updates and an upgraded cabin. It is powered by BS 6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, and there is a 1.4-litre turbo engine option as well. That it was unveiled by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, brand ambassador of Hyundai, was enough to steal the spotlight. (Full report here)
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Maruti Suzuki Brezza 2020
Brezza was first showcased at Auto Expo 2016 and became an instant crowd-puller. It set the compact SUV segment on fire and manages to sell in tremendous volumes. Its position at the top of sales chart, however, came under duress as it was being offered only in diesel engine options and also because rivals had successfully closed the gap with their respective offerings. Maruti promises to update the Brezza and it bore fruit at Auto Expo 2020. The car gets revised styling elements on the outside and a more premium cabin with better features. Most importantly, it now comes in a 1.5-litre K Series petrol engine with progressive mild hybrid technology and the option of auto transmission. (Detailed report here)
Maruti Suzuki Concept Futuro-e
Staying with the country's largest car maker, the Concept Futuro-e has been showcased at Auto Expo 2020. It is a car that highlights Maruti's intent on a shift towards cleaner and greener mobility. It's futuristic looks will also influence the design language of all Maruti cars which will hit the roads in the times to come. (Detailed report here)
The electric-car space in India was charged up massively when Mahindra launched the e-KUV100. The compact power player has been priced at ₹8.25 lakh (ex showroom) and is directed towards city commuters. A range of 150 kilometers on a single charge, the e-KUV100 is the cheapest electric car in the Indian market currently. (Full report here)
Piaggio set the right tempo for the two-wheeler's contingent at Auto Expo by showcasing the SXR160 under the Aprilia brand. A stunner to look at, the visual appeal of the stylish SXR160 is enhanced by generous additions of chrome to the body panels. The company says that while it has been designed in Italy, it has been developed specifically with the Indian market in mind. (Full report here)
Okinawa Concept Electric Cruiser
Okinawa has been a serious player in the Indian electric two-wheeler segment and at Auto Expo 2020, showcased its Concept Electric Cruiser. A 4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack promises to give the cruiser a healthy range of 120 kilometers and Okinawa says it has a top-speed of 100 kmph.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo
An MPV with a bed? If it is a Mercedes, you'd better believe it. Launched at ₹ ₹1.38 crore (ex showroom), the German giants are targeting the ultra rich traveler with the V-Class Marco Polo edition which features a fold-away bed, a kitchennette, several cabinets as well as foldaway tables and chairs. Under the hood is a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine which is BS 6 compliant and the MPV generates 161 bhp of power and has peak torque of 380 Nm. (Full report here)