Electric vehicles are the talk of the town nowadays and this trend can be seen at the Auto Expo 2018 as well. Almost every carmaker has an example of electric mobility at their stand in some or the other form. Renault wasn’t one to be left out and has showcased its performance-focused Zoe e-Sport at the motor show.
Essentially a more powerful iteration of the Zoe electric hatchback, the e-Sport is a technology demonstrator for the French carmaker at the ongoing biennial event. Drawing inspiration from Renault’s Formula E involvement, the Zoe e-Sport is powered by two electric motors that produce a combined 466hp and 640Nm of peak torque; its claimed 0- 100kph time is a rapid 3.2sec.
Though there is no information on when this EV will launch in the Indian market, we had earlier reported that the Zoe hatchback has been spotted testing in Bengaluru. From this, we can infer that Renault is evaluating the EV for an India introduction.
The standard Zoe is powered by a new 41kWh battery, up from the 22kWh unit that was used in the previous model. It has a driving range of up to 400km (under the European driving cycle) and takes 65min for an 80 percent charge via a quickcharger. Renault claims a real-world driving range of 300km and also a full-charge time of 8-9 hours using a standard 7kW charger.
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Kia SP Concept - Shapur Kotwal
It takes a while normally for car companies to be on the ball here in India, but one look at Kia’s SP Concept and you know this company is going to hit the ground running. The bright work up front may be exaggerated and even so on the wheels, but this show car, in essence, is what we’ll see on our roads come 2019. The same spot-on proportions, the same fantastic stance and then there’s the tightly stretched skin. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it; especially those subtly flared wheel arches and the seamless manner in which the white roof merges with the rest of the car. Expect a lot from Kia.
Kia Stinger GT - Gavin D'Souza
There are more powerful sports sedans than the Kia Stinger GT, there are also better looking ones, ones with more desirable badges and more luxurious ones too. If given the option, chances are, many would not give it a second look, and simply put even more money down on something more familiar. But just the fact the Stinger GT exists at all makes it my pick from the 2018 Auto Expo. With 370hp and a 100kph time of 4.7sec, it’s no slouch, and unlike almost every other Kia, this one uses a proper, handling friendly rear-wheel-drive chassis! Kia could have just stuck to its affordable hatchbacks, family crossovers and planet-hugging hybrids, but they went and did this too. Please put it on sale here.
Tata H5X - Nikhil Bhatia
First up, kudos to Tata’s social media team. I think the cryptic teaser images they released in the run up to the Auto Expo 2018 were really nicely done. They got all and sundry genuinely excited about Tata’s big SUV reveal at the motor show. And you know what? The SUV really lived up to the hype. Bold, chunky and sexy even, the H5X, in my book, just takes Tata SUV design to the next level. I love the design and I love the detailing, and the techy cabin is really cool too. Now if only the final production version can stay true to concept.
Suzuki e-Survivor - Nishant Parekh
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Tata Racemo - Akbar Merchant
I had my eyes on this little Tata right from its first showcase at Geneva last year. The ‘Racemo’ attempt by Tata has a really huge potential. The looks that are just right, the two-seat setup and that small, yet powerful engine could give India its own version of the Mazda Miata. Look at it! It’s surely a head-turner! Its combination of just about the right proportions, overall striking and ‘in your eye’ looks, a futuristic and youth oriented interior, and the 190hp motor – I find these to be just the perfect recipe for a unique product from Tata. Give it a few minor interior and exterior tweaks to make it production ready and there we have it! We've seen the Tiago, the Tigor, the Hexa and the Nexon, and not to forget the stylish H5X and the 45X at the Auto Expo – they have surely made Tata Motors one of the most exciting mass-market car brands in recent times. Although chances are bleak, but I think a production version of the Racemo could just be an icing on that delicious cake that many of us are looking for.
Tata 45X - Amaan Ahmed
It'd be easy to draw up a list of stunning supercars, fancy sedans and burly SUVs. The list of jaw-dropping hatchbacks, though a short one, would definitely have the Tata 45X figure on it. There couldn't be a better way to introduce the IMPACT 2.0 design language. It's long and low-slung, the face displays just the right amount of aggression, the split rear spoiler looks funky and the detailing is just exquisite. Even the colour was done to perfection, and to add to the effect, Tata had placed it inside a glass showcase, so we were all looking at it like chil [...]
Mahindra had lots of electric vehicles on display at Auto Expo 2018, one of which was the eKUV100. The all-electric version of the KUV100 hatchback is part of Mahindra’s plans to electrify its range in the future, and it will be launched in India in 2019.
The eKUV100 concept on display uses the same 30kW motor and lithium-ion battery pack as the eVerito already on sale. Mahindra claims a range of 140km on a single charge and that the battery is capable of fast charging, with 80 percent being charged in less than an hour. However, the Mahindra Electric official we spoke to said that the eKUV100 could run an updated motor and battery pack by the time it launches in 2019.
In terms of design, both inside and out, there isn’t much to differentiate the electric version of the KUV100 from the standard internal combustion model, besides the EV badging and minor detailing. However, the lack of a standard transmission tunnel means there is more space liberated for the front passengers, meaning a six-seat layout is easier to configure.
Like the e2o, the Mahindra eKUV100 is equipped with smartphone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling and real-time location tracking. The car will also monitor driving styles and calculate battery status depending on accelerator and driving inputs.
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Hyundai has launched the facelift to its i20 hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo, in Delhi. Apart from minor cosmetic changes to the exterior, the new version also gets additional kit on the inside.
The facelift will continue to carry the powertrain options from the previous-gen i20, however, an all new CVT transmission will be mated to the 1.2-litre Kappa engine. This is a replacement, of sorts, for the earlier car's 1.4-litre petrol engine with the four-speed torque convertor.
The new i20 offers five variants – the Era, Magna Executive, Sports, Asta and the top of the line Asta (O). Below is the equipment and safety that is on offer in each variant.
ERA (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 5.34-6.73 lakh
5-speed MT/6-speed MT
Dual front airbags
Speed-sensing door locks
Manual climate control
Power windows for the front, only
MAGNA EXECUTIVE (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 6.00-7.31 lakh
Body-coloured door mirrors
Wheel covers for steel wheels
Audio player with front and rear speakers
AUX and USB ports
Rear power windows
Rear AC vents
Electrically adjustable ORVM
SPORTZ (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 6.59-7.83 lakh
Front fog lamps
DRL (near fog lamp)
Turn indicators on ORVMs
Electric folding ORVMs
Rear parcel tray
Height adjust for driver's seat
Front and rear tweeters
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ASTA (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 7.12-8.36 lakh
Rear camera with reverse parking sensors
7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
15-inch alloy wheels (16-inch wheels on the dual-tone variant)
Adjustable rear headrests
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto , MirrorLink
Arkamys audio system
Automatic climate control
Tilt/Telescopic steering adjust
ASTA (O) (Petrol/Diesel) Rs 7.91-9.16 lakh
Side and curtain airbags
ISOFIX child seat mounts
Height-adjustable seatbelts for driver and passenger
LED DRL with projector headlamps
Chrome door handles
Leather-wrapped steering with gearknob
Steering position reminder with service reminder
Rear wiper with washer
Hyundai i20 technical specificationsEngine1197cc/1396ccPower83hp at 6000rpm/90hp at 4000rpmTorque115Nm at 4000rpm/ 220Nm at 1500-2750rpmTransmission5-speed manual/6-speed manualLength3985mmWidth1734mmHeight1505mmWheelbase2570mmTyre185/70 R14 - 185/65 R15 – 195/55 R16Boot space285 litresFuel tank40 litresBrakes (f/r)Disc/DrumSuspension (f/r)MacPherson strut/ Torsion beam
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