Auto Expo 2012: Our Top 10 picks
The recently concluded Auto-expo 2012, New Delhi saw quiet a good number of machines right from hot and ready for launch to concept cars that dazzled the visitors. From big daddies to fringe players every one got something to show and here is our top pick amongst the cars. Yes, we have omitted the big daddies like BMW and Audi but narrowed our picks to those that has a wider general appeal in the market.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
With Ertiga, country’s biggest automobile manufacturer re-enters the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment. The 7 seater will be powered by next generation K-series 1.4litre V V T engine, Ertiga will offer a mileage of 16.02 kmpl while the diesel variant will sport 1.3L DDiS engine and promises to deliver an impressive 20.7 Kmpl.
This UV from Maruti is sure to give a tough competition to Innova and Xylo, since it would be sporting a competitive price tag.
Expected date of launch: Around march-April, 2012.
Ford has set high targets on Indian automobile pie and is all set to unleash its new urban SUV, the sophisticated looking EcoSport. The car definitely looks a charmer with its modern and upmarket look. Don’t understimate the one-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine thanks to the EcoBoost technology, the company claims it would match the performance of 1.6L engine.
Scheduled to arrive the later half of the year, Chevy’s new hatchback is sporty and trendy. This spacious car sports GM India’s latest Smartech engines and would be available both in petrol and diesel engine.
Looks familiar? Well, Pulse shares the same platform that Nissan’s Micra sits upon, the reason being both the companies are partners in
crime share holdings. So the Pulse is strikingly similar to Micra except for face lifts.
This yet to be named MPV from chevy is slated to arrive in mid-2012 and sports a 94.6bhp, 1.4-litre petrol engine and a diesel engine would be unveiled later.
Seems like Renault is very serious about Indian market what with 5 cars lined up for 2012. With 5 variants and the base price of approximately 7 lakhs, this SUV might be one of the hottest to look out for from the Renault staples.
Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha
This concept SUV from Suzuki looks beasty and macho. In XA Alpha, the ‘Alpha’ represents trendiness and newness that the youth connect to. The ‘A’ signifies that this compact, 4 metre long concept, is designed for customers wishing to enter the utility vehicle segment and the ‘X’ denotes cross-over category.
Hyundai Hexa Space
Love the new MPV from Hyundai? You might have to wait for some 3-4 years before you could own it. This 8 seater is just a concept car in display and let’s wait and watch.
I must admit , I hate the lousy looks but all is not just is about looks right? Let’s see what Nissan has packed into Evalia, right now they are tight lipped about the specifications.
Enough of jokes have floated around after Bajaj revealed its first 4 wheeler. Is this a car? metal bodied 4 wheel auto? or a pulsar with 4 wheels? Ouch, am i joking too here? No. When the country’s second largest two wheeler and the largest three wheeler manufacturer decides to come up with a product like this that too when we have the cute looking Nano dotting our city roads, definitely Rajiv Bajaj might have done some homework. So for time being, let’s enjoy some jokes and watch the game plan of Bajaj.