Top Cars and Bikes launched at 2018 Auto Expo
2018 Auto Expo concluded last month and it attracted more than 6 lakh audiences. But, what made it so interesting? Well yes, the cars and bikes that were launched. We take you through all the major products that were launched by the exhibitors.
Hyundai Elite i20
2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift with upgrades was launched on the first day of the 2018 Auto Expo . It has been launched at a starting price of INR 5.35 lakh for the base petrol and goes all the way to INR 7.90 Lakh for the top trim. On the other hand the diesel variant starts at INR 6.73 lakh and goes up to INR 9.15 Lakh for the top variant. The prices are introductory and expect an increase in the coming months. High gloss front grille, fresh alloy wheel design, updated tail lamps, DRLs with fog lamps, diamond cut 16” alloy wheels, air curtain glossy C pillar and a redesigned tail gate are some of the changes.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback launched at an introductory price between INR 4.99-8.29 Lakh. New HEARTECT platform, completely new design, new headlamps, LED tail lamps, diamond cut alloy wheels, flat bottom steering wheel and a touch infotainment system are some of the noticeable changes. In terms of dimensions new Swift is 40 mm wider with 20 mm longer wheel base. Powertrains are carried over without change.
DC launched a new sports car TCA at INR 39 lakh. It would be limited to 299 units only. DC TCA is a mid engine sports car positioned as premium and above DC Avanti. It gets red and black interior colour scheme with a touchscreen infotainment system and a colored instrument panel. DC TCA gets power from a 3.8 liter engine which is capable of churning out 320 bhp and takes it to 100 kmph from stand still in just 4.5 seconds.
Powered by a 6.0 liter V12 petrol engine Maybach S650 churns out an outstanding 621 bhp of power and 1000Nm of torque. Yes, 1000Nm. This luxurious limo is packed with a lot of features and gets a price tag of INR 2.73 crore. To make the drive silky smooth it is equipped with radar-based driving aids and Magic Body Control system.
Finally the Japanese manufacturer is entering the segment which has been ruled by Honda City for quite some time or should we say decade. Toyota showcased the Yaris sedan which would be powered by a 1.5 liter petrol engine with a power output of 107 bhp and 140Nm of torque. With a CVT and manual option Yaris could create a lot of problem for Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Pricing and launch details are not yet announced.
Honda showcased their compact sedan Amaze with updated styling which looked more like a smaller City, with bolder looking front with thick chrome grille. Cabin looks more premium than the outgoing model. Powertrains would be carried over, while CVT would be introduced for the diesel variant. There was no announcement related to pricing and launch, but expect it to launch in the coming months.
Yamaha R15 v3
India Yamaha Motors Private Limited (IYM) launched the updated 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 at INR 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). On the first day of 2018 Auto Expo, IYM announced the updates to its super-sports bike offering which gets a 155 cc, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC and fuel injection technology mated to a 6-speed gearbox. 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 (Version 3) styling is highly inspired by its siblings YZF- R1 and YZF- R6, making the front almost identical to the YZF- R1.
UM Renegade Thor
Um also launched India’s first electric geared cruiser bike Thor at an ex-showroom price of INR 9.99 lakh. A more affordable version of the same would also be launched by 2020 which would be priced at INR 4.99 lakh. It would get three different battery options – Low range 7.5 kWh unit offers a range upto 81 kms, the mid range 15 kWh battery is capable of a range of 149 kms while the top end 27 kWh battery pack will offer a range of 270 kms.
Twenty Two Motors, a 2016 established startup announced its first product in the form of an electric scooter in its concept form named – Flow. It is priced at INR 74,740 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Flow electric scooter looks good and gets round headlamps with integrated LED ring and a clean angular design. With some unique features also on offer which have not seen day light on other scooters like a reverse gear, cruise control, Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), programmable LED lights and Dual ABS. Deliveries to start by second quarter of 2018.
Bangalore based electric two-wheeler startup Emflux Motors launched India’s first electric superbike Model1 at the AutoExpo2018. Model1 electric superbike will compete in the 600-650cc segment. The electric superbike is priced at INR 6 lakh for the standard variant and INR 11 lakh for performance upgrade. Powering the superbike are lithium-ion batteries by Samsung. It churns out a 50KW (67bhp) peak power and 84Nm of torque at 8400 rpm. It is equipped with a 7″ touch TFT Display, GPS navigation, real-time vehicle diagnostics, auto updates, mobile app and bike-to-bike Connectivity.
Menza motors, Ahmedabad based start-up launched its first electric bike Lucat. Menza Lucat body type, seat height, foot rest position and handle bar position are all customizable. Lucat is powered by an 18kW electric motor offering 24 bhp power and 60 Nm torque. Battery is capable of full charge in 4 hours via a regular charger or in 90 minutes via a fast charger. It can be pre booked at INR 10,000 via Paytm and is priced at INR 2,79,999 lakh.
UM Renegade Duty
UM launched two versions of Renegade – Renegade Duty S and Duty Ace at a price point of INR 1.10 lakh, making them most affordable bikes in its line up. Both Duty S and Duty Ace are powered by 223 cc engine churning out 17hp and 17Nm of torque.
Yamaha YZF R3
The sports bike was launched by companies brand ambassador at INR 3.48 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is INR 23,000 more than its predecessor. The R3 now gets Metzeler tyres and more safety features like dual channel ABS (anti-lock brakes). Lack of ABS in the predecessor was a deal breaker for many. Even though mechanicals remain the same, cosmetic upgrades includes new colour options and graphics – Racing Blue and Magma Black.
BMW 750 GS/850 GS
BMW 850 and 850 GS bikes launched with upgraded engines and styling. New 853 cc engine is introduced to replace 798 cc engine. BMW 750 GS is priced at INR 12.20 lakh and 850 GS is priced at INR 13.70 lakh. Deliveries to commence in Mid-2018.