From production-ready cars that can be purchased, to concept vehicles that will launch in the upcoming years— Auto Expo 2023 unveiled a wave of creativity. Here are our picks from the event to get your heart racing. Quite literally!
BYD, or ‘Build Your Dreams’, has already made a mark in India with its E6 and Atto 3 EV models. Now, they aim to seal the deal with its upcoming model, BYD Seal, boasting a coupé-like all-glass roof, flushed door handles, boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, a split headlamp design, and a connected LED light bar at the rear. It will also feature BYD’s signature touchscreen infotainment system. Press a button to rotate the display, and it transforms into a tablet! The long-range 82.5kWh unit battery pack model, offering 700 kilometres on a single charge, is likely to launch in India later this year. BYD also claims a 0–100kph time of 3.8 seconds!
From ₹70 lakh; bydautoindia.com
LEXUS RX SERIES
The fifth-gen Lexus RX launched two trims at the Auto Expo: RX 350h Luxury and RX 500h F Sport Performance. The RX 350h Luxury is powered by a 2.5-litre turbo-charged petrol engine that produces 247hp, 0–100kph dash in a claimed 8.1 seconds. While the RX 500h F Sport Performance, the higher-performance version, churns out 366hp with a 0–100kph time of 6.2 seconds! In terms of design, the standard model gets chrome accents in the bumper and the F-Sport gets piano black. The RX 500h F Sport Performance also flaunts an F-Sport body kit with some visual differences over the standard model. Set to hit the market this month.
From ₹1 crore; lexusindia.co.in
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 300
The behemoth returns after 14 years! The Land Cruiser 300 stands out, thanks to its large, chrome-rich, horizontally slatted grille. Under the hood, the car has a 3.3-litre turbo V6 diesel and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Inside, the layout is completely new, with a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 14-speaker JBL audio system. The booking in India began last August and with the first batch of SUVs sold out, the waiting period for the next could easily be over a year—a true testament to this vehicle’s popularity. What’s more, it even gets a new Multi-Terrain Select system that adds ‘Deep Snow’ and ‘Auto Modes’, along with a Multi-Terrain Monitor system with an underbody camera!
From ₹2.17 crore; global.toyota
KIA EV9 CONCEPT
The year 2024 will see this South Korean car manufacturer challenge the big SUV market with its EV9 Concept SUV. A solar panel on the hood, a pop-up steering wheel, a 27” ultra-wide display, and an interior crafted with sustainable fabrics made of recycled materials, such as reclaimed fishing nets and other discarded plastics, are all true testament to what future EVs will look and feel like. The concept features a three-row layout, wherein the second-row seats can be folded completely flat, and the first row of seats can swivel around to create a lounge-type seating. It will come with autonomous driving facilities, over-the-air software update compatibility, and features-on-demand options.
From ₹80 lakh; kia.com
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5
World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Electric Car of the Year 2022 (as awarded at the World Car Awards 2022)— just some of the awards won by this amazing debut in India. The retro-futuristic design language gives this all-electric vehicle a vibe that hearkens back to Steven Spielberg’s Back to the Future movie franchise. The Ioniq 5 is powered by a 72.6kWh battery, with an ARAI-certified range of 631 kilometres on a single charge. It also supports superfast 800V charging, taking the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes! A unique V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) feature lets you power your electric gadgets anywhere, anytime. You can plug in your projector to the Ioniq 5 while camping and even make popcorn in a microwave, all on-the-go!
From ₹44.95 lakh; hyundai.com
TATA SIERRA EV(CONCEPT)
Get ready to take a trip down memory lane. This concept electric vehicle (EV) inherits its overall design from the original Tata Sierra of the ’90s, with huge rear glass panes. But underneath that illusion of floating glass are four conventionally opening doors like you get on a standard SUV. Tata confirms it will offer petrol and EV powertrain options to let all kinds of customers savour the pleasures of this magnificent car. The EV version will offer a range of 500km and boast a panoramic sunroof, new-age digital displays, and connectivity options. With the largest SUV fleet in the Indian market, Tata is set to capture even more market share with the Sierra EV.
From ₹25 to 35 lakh; tatamotors.com
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