Eyeballs of auto enthusiasts in India are set on Asia’s largest auto exposition. The mega event opens up for general public on 5th Feburary, 2016 and brings with it tremendous excitement. Over 1500 companies that would be participating in the 13th edition of the event this time, would be showcasing their products and technologies at the Component Show in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
While most exciting news would be announced from the halls of Motor Show that would be exhibited at a different location in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and it’s expected about 80 new vehicles will be announced in just about two days during special events organised for media on the 3rd and 4th of February just ahead of the expo.
The exciting new budget cars that would enjoy the limelight of the stalls and would eventually make their way into India are present below.
Datsun Redi GO = The Redi GO would be the third car from Datsun’s stable after the GO and GO+ MPV and would sit alongside the GO hatchback. The utterly futuristic looking car is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre three cylinder engine that powers the GO hatchback and produces 68Ps of power and 104Nm torque.
The concept car that was showcased sometime back used dual-tone scheme all around for bumpers, wheel arches along with headlights and taillights that together complement the overall design rather well. A test mule that has been caught testing several times does not give away too many details and it’s not yet clear whether if all design features would make it to the production ready version, but the car would be here pretty soon and it’s expected to be priced around Rs 2.5 – 3.5 Lac.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis = The Maruti Ignis would be the answer to the Mahindra KUV100 in the all new segment and would be placed below Baleno and Swift but above the Wagon R and Celerio in the product portfolio. A video reveals that chassis architecture can support a four wheel drive train but whether it would be offered in India is uncertain considering that the car would compete with KUV100 and would be priced between Rs 4-6 Lac bracket.
It’s expected to be powered by 1.3-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engines with CVT gearbox on offer. The diesel variant might come equipped with SHVS mild-hybrid technology too. Although the video also reveals that the compact crossover would host features like hill-descent control, dual camera braking system etc. they may not make it into the car in India.
Volkswagen Ameo = The sub-four meter sedan is a completely new product from Volkswagen and has been specifically built for India. The car will be built in India and will be exported to other markets too. The car is based on Polo but would be comparatively sharper. The entry level sedan would compete with the very successful Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent. So far, the test car that has been caught testing has been kept under wraps quite sucessfully and nothing significant about design theme is out yet other than the headlamps that would most probably use DRLs.
In terms of design, the car’s face would be much close to Polo while the rear would be taut and windscreen will have a sharper rake. Quality levels are expected to be at par with Polo and the car would be priced between Rs 6-9 Lac bracket. Power would most likely come from a 1.5-litre TDI diesel and a smaller capacity 1.2-litre MPI petrol motor that develop 90Ps and 70Ps respectively.
Tata Zica = The Zica is the end product where it seems that Tata’s efforts have finally paid off. Whether the car would be successful or not, we cannot say. But, Zica is the car that looks better than any other car that Tata has built before. All design elements exist in harmony with others and the result is extremely satisfying. The finish of plastics, seat fabrics, music system etc. as found during the test drive was satisfactory and felt at par with competitiors.
The car would be priced between Rs 4-6 Lac and will be available with two engine choices, 1.2-litre four cylinder petrol and 1.05-litre three cylinder diesel. Both engines would be equipped with five speed transmission and AMT might be offered at later stage. It would lock horns with the successful Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Wagon R MPV = In its MPV avatar, the already successful Wagon R would get a third row of seats and an extra glass between C and new D pillar. Although the car would be showcased at the AutoExpo, it would not be launched until 2016 end. A set of new and more powerful engines (1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel), borrowed from Swift will be used to power the car.
The transmission is most likely to remain the same and it’s expected that the car would be priced between Rs 4-6 Lac and will compete directly against the Datsun Go+ which is the most inexpensive MPV available in the Indian market right now.