The country’s economy is in a downward spiral, but that isn’t stopping the automobile manufacturers to launch their products this year. With the implementation of BS6 vehicles from the 1st of April, there are going to be plenty of launches to attend. We shall cover them as and when they are launched in the market. For now, we give you a tiny glimpse of what concept cars were showcased in the Auto Expo 2020. Only cars? Yes. Because apart from a few motorcycle brands, the rest of the manufacturers sat this one out. Nevermind the disappointment. These concept cars, however, made it up to the lack of motorcycles in the expo.
Tata Sierra EV Concept
Times were different when the Sierra was first launched in India and times are different now. However, one thing has been constant, that is, the love for the Tata Sierra. Of the many who have owned a Sierra in their lives, there will be a sense of nostalgia seeing the Sierra badging come alive once again. In its new avatar, the Sierra is an electric SUV focused to improve the deteriorating environmental conditions. You can take hints with green touches on the dashboard and at the rear. Its iconic panoramic glass roof is retained and houses a fancy sliding door for rear passengers to get inside. I reckon if Tata’s heard those voices, then sometime in the future, the Sierra will be a production ready EV. I really hope they do.
Mahindra Funster EV Concept
When you let your designers on the loose, this is exactly what you get. An absolutely stunning piece of art. A convertible SUV that’s adding a lot of FUN to its overall character. This concept car could be the next XUV500’s underpinning. The front end too looks quite similar to the current generation XUV300. Under the hood or floor, Mahindra’s fitted a dual motor along with AWD system that produces a mindboggling 516 PS of power and a 100 km/h sprint time of 5 seconds. Not only this but the 60kWh battery will also take the Funster to a max top speed of 200 km/h. Since this being an EV, the range on a full charge is about, hold your breath, 520 kilometres. What else is stunning on this? A convertible electric SUV that has scissor doors. Mahindra covering up for not showcasing the next generation Thar.
Skoda VISION IN Concept
Call it an SUV offensive or love for SUVs. They are here to stay for long and Skoda has proven a point to let them stick around for longer than we all would want. Can’t really blame them, but the VISION IN is one purposefully built concept car. Based on the new MQB-A0-IN platform, in a couple of years’ time, Skoda will bring it into production. On it, the most striking part is the LED headlights with crystalline elements. This makes it even more aggressive than the vertical grille slats. Under the hood, the SUV will have a 1.5-litre TSI engine producing 150 PS of power that will power the SUV to the 100 km/h mark in 8.7 seconds. A panoramic sunroof, new SKODA logo at the rear, sharper looking L-shaped LED taillights and an aluminium rear diffuser.
Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E Concept
If you look at the Futuro-E from afar, you’d be surprised that it is from Maruti Suzuki. Well, how much of it will make it to the production models. That question, the S-Presso will be able to justify better, but at the end of the day, designs are always a subjective point. However, there is another point to talk about, Maruti Suzuki taking up the challenge to sell one million green vehicles by 2022. People are going to buy them and mark my words Maruti Suzuki will be successful at it. Well, I would definitely buy one if Maruti Suzuki India stays true to its concept vehicles. Anyway, kudos to Maruti Suzuki India for taking a substantial step forward in the Indian EV market. For now, we can wait until they start launching a plethora of EVs our way.
KIA Sonet Concept
Mesmerizing from every angle. That’s what the Sonet concept is. Kia is certainly setting a high standard as far as design is concerned. The Sonet will take the fight in the compact SUV market. Another tough segment to battle for the South Koreans. On the concept, there’s very little chrome that is beautifully integrated with the grille, DRLs and the LED headlights. Subtly taking away all the attention from any chrome hater. And the flowing taillight does make the Sonet an appealing compact SUV. KIA has transitioned its concept vehicles to production ones with utmost honesty. I hope they follow the trend with the Sonet too, once they finally unveil it in the second half of 2020.