The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest auto show in the world where automobile manufacturers from across the globe come together to showcase their concepts, production variants and even collaborations. The 87th Geneva International Motor Show is about to end, and we re-look at some of the India-Bound cars unveiled for the first time at the show. These cars, some production ready and some concept, will be launched in the coming years in the country.
Here goes the list of the top 5 India-bound unveilings at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show!
The biggest and most prolific unveiling at the Geneva Show had to be the TAMO RaceMo sports car (well, at least for us Indians). The recently announced sub-brand of India's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer - Tata Motors is already making a lot of news in the market and now, they have taken the game internationally by revealing the car at the Geneva Motor Show.
The RaceMo sports car is powered by unconfirmed 1.2-litre Revotorq engine that produces 190PS of power and 210 Nm of torque. The two-seater race car is already revealed in its production format and will make its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. Since this is the first a big Indian manufacturer has come up with such a product, we are excited about it as is the whole world.
2018 Volvo XC60
Another product all set to make its way to India and has been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the 2018 Volvo XC60. The younger sibling of the popular XC90 shares a lot of components, engines and looks from the XC90 itself, which makes it a special product. The XC60 will have the same Hammer Thor headlights and XC90 inspired looks, albeit in a reduced proportion.
The 2018 XC60 will also get the familiar cabin design as seen in the XC90 and S80 and will have top-of-the-line safety features (as seen in a crash test video by Volvo). The engines will be inline with the elder sibling - a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-litre T6 motor and a plug-in hybrid T8 unit. Launch date is not confirmed yet.
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
Next up is the first four-door GT sportscar from the house of Mercedes-AMG - the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept car. The super stylish sportscar will feature an AMG powered twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol motor combined with an electric motor, giving the hybrid a massive 805 bhp output. The car is expected to go into production by 2019.
Given the track record of Mercedes-Benz to launch every AMG model in India, including the Mercedes-AMG GT and GTS, we are sure the unnamed four-door GT Concept will be available for sale in India too. Talking about the design and architecture, the GT Concept will use a modified MRA platform borrowed from the C-Class and E-Class.
The Mahindra owned Ssangyong is a South Korea based manufacturer who specializes in SUV making. Ssangyong has unveiled the XAVL (eXtreme Authentic Vehicle Long) Concept at the 2017 Geneva International Motorshow which reveals the future design of Ssangyong SUVs, which revolves around three principals - Robust, Specialty and Premium.
The XAVL Concept draws its cues from the iconic Korando SUV of 1990s and adds convenience and modernity to the masculine and robust SUV. Since Mahindra is the largest producer and seller of UVs in India, we hope they will launch the 7-seater SUV in India as soon as it is production ready. The product can get an immense response in the country given the affinity towards big and bulky products.
One of the most revered SUV brands across the globe, Land Rover creates a certain level of excitement every time they announce a launch and this time it was real special with the all-new Range Rover Velar at the Geneva Motorshow. The Velar is the fourth model in the Land Rover’s premium line-up and sits between the existing RR Sport and smaller RR Evoque.
The SUV looks utterly premium with a striking low roofline, pop-out door handles leaving an unusually uncluttered side profile and a central adaptable touch screen enabling a noticeable absence of buttons. Described as ‘a new Range Rover for new Range Rover customers’, the new Velar will go head to head with the likes of the Porsche Macan and Mercedes GLC when it arrives this summer.