Carmakers at the Auto Expo 2020
Carmakers at the Auto Expo 2020

Auto Expo 2020 | The future on wheels in pictures

Carmakers at the Auto Expo showcased new tech and innovations in the mobility ecosystem, unveiling a mix of traditional vehicles, electric vehicles and concepts

Carmakers at the Auto Expo showcased new tech and innovations in the mobility ecosystem, unveiling a mix of traditional vehicles, electric vehicles and concepts

New and refreshed

Maruti Suzuki launched the petrol engine version of its compact sport utility vehicle Vitara Brezza, which till now was available only in diesel. The new variant will be available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. Vitara Brezza was launched by Maruti in 2016 and helped the company become the leader in the segment. Maruti will discontinue the diesel engine variant from 1 April 2020.

Maruti Suzuki launched the petrol engine version of its compact sport utility vehicle Vitara Brezza, which till now was available only in diesel.
Maruti Suzuki launched the petrol engine version of its compact sport utility vehicle Vitara Brezza, which till now was available only in diesel. (Photo: Ramesh Pathania)

Hyundai showcased the second generation of its most popular sport utility vehicle, the Creta, on Thursday at the Auto Expo. Launched in 2015, the Creta helped Hyundai establish itself as one of the leading players in the segment. The second iteration of the vehicle, it will come with BS-VI diesel and petrol engines. The company, though, did not announce the price of the vehicle.

Launched in 2015, the Creta helped Hyundai establish itself as one of the leading players in the segment.
Launched in 2015, the Creta helped Hyundai establish itself as one of the leading players in the segment. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Kia Motors launched its new premium multi-purpose vehicle Carnival as its second product in the Indian market. The vehicle will come in seven-, eight- and nine-seater versions. The Carnival will be positioned above Toyota’s Innova which is the most popular vehicle in the segment. Kia launched its first vehicle Seltos in 2019.

Kia Motors launched its new premium multi-purpose vehicle Carnival as its second product in the Indian market
Kia Motors launched its new premium multi-purpose vehicle Carnival as its second product in the Indian market (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Gravitas is the new offering from Tata Motors in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. This will be the company’s fourth offering in the segment after the Nexon, Hexa and Harrier. The new SUV will be positioned above the Harrier and will have seven seats. The company is hopeful of increasing its market share with the product.


The new SUV will be positioned above the Harrier and will have seven seats.
The new SUV will be positioned above the Harrier and will have seven seats. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Cars as concepts

The Symbioz is an electric and autonomous vehicle concept from French carmaker Renault. According to the company, the vehicle comes with a fully connected ecosystem. The concept has three driving modes, classic dynamic and autonomous. The driving modes can be changed by touching the Renault logo or the hologram in the middle of the steering wheel.

The Symbioz is an electric and autonomous vehicle concept from French carmaker Renault.
The Symbioz is an electric and autonomous vehicle concept from French carmaker Renault. (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

China’s Great Wall Motors showcased its Vision 2025 concept model at the show. This is the first time the company is taking part in the once-in-two-years event. Great Wall Motors is the biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles in China and has set up a factory in Maharashtra. It will focus on the sport utility vehicle segment and will also bring electric vehicles into India.

China’s Great Wall Motors showcased its Vision 2025 concept model at the show
China’s Great Wall Motors showcased its Vision 2025 concept model at the show (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Maruti Suzuki showcased its electric vehicle concept Futuro-e on the first day of the Auto Expo. It was designed by the company’s engineers in India. According to the company, Futuro-e will introduce a fresh global design perspective to the Indian automobile landscape. The car is an electric sport utility vehicle-coupe defined by its bold and sporty characteristics.

Maruti Suzuki showcased its electric vehicle concept Futuro-e on the first day of the Auto Expo.
Maruti Suzuki showcased its electric vehicle concept Futuro-e on the first day of the Auto Expo. (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Plugging in

Seemingly intent on making a mark on its debut, Great Wall Motors also showcased its R1 electric vehicle among its many vehicles on display . The small electric car, which is positioned under GWM’s sub-brand Ora, is powered by a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 33kW electric motor. The Ora R1 will also come equipped with artificial intelligence and connectivity features.

The small electric car, which is positioned under GWM’s sub-brand Ora, is powered by a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 33kW electric motor.
The small electric car, which is positioned under GWM’s sub-brand Ora, is powered by a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 33kW electric motor. (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

M &M’s electric variant of its compact sport utility vehicle XUV300, the eXUV300, is confirmed for commercial launch in the domestic market in 2021. It is also expected to be the first long-range electric vehicle from M&M’s stable that will be powered by lithium-ion cells borrowed by the carmaker from its partner and South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem.

M and M’s electric variant of its compact sport utility vehicle XUV300, the eXUV300, is confirmed for commercial launch in the domestic market in 2021
M and M’s electric variant of its compact sport utility vehicle XUV300, the eXUV300, is confirmed for commercial launch in the domestic market in 2021 (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Renault’s Zoe is a 100% pure electric small car, which according to the company comes with a 52kWh battery that offers a driving range of up to 394km. Renault globally offers a warranty of eight years or 160,000km. The French carmaker is evaluating the electric vehicle for India and is expected to tweak the battery and electric motor according to Indian environment conditions.

Renault’s Zoe is a 100% pure electric small car, which according to the company comes with a 52kWh battery that offers a driving range of up to 394km.
Renault’s Zoe is a 100% pure electric small car, which according to the company comes with a 52kWh battery that offers a driving range of up to 394km.
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