The showstopper of Mahindraâ€™s stall at the 2016 Auto Expo was the XUV Aero Concept. Based on the XUV500, this concept has been designed by Pininfarina and gets a driver side suicide door and a coupe-like rear similar to the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450AMG Coupe. The XUV Aero Concept isÂ powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk engine which can produce 210PS and 410Nm of torque. Mahindra says that it can attain a 0-100kmph run in under six seconds.
Mahindra also showcased the Ssangyong Tivoli compact SUV which is expected to reach our shores this year. The e Verito also graced Mahindraâ€™s stand at the Auto Expo and is likely to reach showrooms by the end of March this year. Overall, the e20 Sport was one electric vehicle that attracted a fair amount of attention with its wide body kit and racing bucket seats. Apart from the sporty look and kit, itâ€™s electric motor generates 143PS and 180Nm and can hit 100kmph in 8 seconds.
Maruti unveiled four models at the Auto Expo 2016. The new VitaraBrezza compact SUV was revealed first which gets powered by the proven 200 DDiS engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The new Baleno RS Concept was unveiled next which gets powered by a direct injection, 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Ignis compact SUV concept too was showcased which is based on the iM-4 concept that was revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. A limited edition of the S-Cross was on display as well which gets a few cosmetic changes but no mechanical updates.
Renault unveiled the Kwid Climber Concept, the Duster facelift along with an AMT version, Eolab concept along with the Kwid 1.0 and itâ€™s AMT version. The Kwid Climber concept in a more practical form could possibly make it to our market in 2017. As expected, the Duster facelift gets a few cosmetic tweaks while the AMT transmission will most likely be offered only on the diesel variant. Â As the name suggests, the Kwid 1.0 isÂ powered by a new 1.0-litre engine and itâ€™s Easy-R version gets an all-new 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission.
Chevrolet showcased the 2016 Camaro and the Corvette Stingray at the 2016 Auto Expo which understandably attracted quite a bit of attention. Also on display was the Beat Essentia which is a sub-four metre sedan that showcases GMâ€™s new design language. The Beat Activ concept gets body cladding all around and looks like a more rugged version of the Beat hatchback. Both the Essentia and the Beat Activ are based on the current generation Beatâ€™s M300 platform. Both are expected to launch in India in 2017.
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