Delhi Auto Expo 2016 preview: All you need to know
It is set to be the biggest show in its history with BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Maruti Suzuki, Abarth, Jeep, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra, Tata and many more in attendance, bringing their latest offerings to the Indian market.
Autocar India will be bring to you the very latest from the show floor, and these are all the new cars you can look forward to seeing on display at the expo.
The new luxury flagship sedan has received a major update and comes packed with high-tech features in its classy interior, along with improved ride and sharper handling. The updates help make the new model a much more serious rival to the Mercedes-Benz S-class.
The outgoing generation of the X1 was accused of being more a jacked-up estate than a compact SUV, but BMW has completely reworked it for this generation to give it a distinct crossover look. The new car has a more spacious cabin than its predecessor and will be up against fellow premium rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. It’s expected to get BMW’s 189bhp, 2.0-litre diesel engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive xDrive system.
Updated 3-series The compact executive gets minor cosmetic tweaks, which includes a new front bumper, and LED headlamps on some models. The 2.0-litre diesel engine from the current car is expected to be carried over for the Indian market.
Chevrolet Beat concept As well as displaying the new Spark, Chevrolet will also showcase the next-generation crossover-styled Beat as a concept car. The teaser image released shows the front of the car, which includes LED daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps, as well as a thick cladding on the front bumper and roof rails, which hints at the crossover styling. The next-generation Beat is set to be in showrooms in 2017. Also, the American carmaker will display its new flagship car, the Trailblazer SUV, at the show. Also on display will be the updated Cruze and Beat. Both these models receive mild cosmetic tweaks and additional features through its line-up. Like last year, there are rumours of the Chevrolet Corvette on display too, but unlike the Mustang, there has been no news of an India launch for the Corvette.
The iconic Mustang will be available in right-hand drive for the first time when the sixth-generation model arrives in India. The full-blooded 437bhp, 5.0-litre V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox is likely to be the only option available in the country, and prices could be around Rs 80 lakh. It’s lighter than its predecessor and comes with a bigger, better quality cabin, as well as 19-inch alloys, a 2.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and four driving modes.
Honda BR-V SUV
The BR-V marks Honda’s entry into the popular small SUV segment. It’s based on the same platform as the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio and will rival the Hyundai Creta as well as the new Maruti Vitara Brezza, which will make its debut at the Auto Expo 2016. The BR-V will come with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines and three rows of seats. Production is not expected to start before April 2017.
The Accord returns to the Indian market with a petrol engine and a more expensive petrol-hybrid powertrain. It will be sold as a CBU model and will be a direct rival to the Toyota Camry, but is likely to be priced above the Toyota.
Jaguar F-Pace SUV
The manufacturer’s first ever SUV will be a key sales driver globally when it goes on sale this year. It could launch in India towards the second half of 2016, priced somewhere around Rs 60 lakh. Based on the same platform as the XE and XF, the exterior styling of the F-Pace draws on elements from the F-Type coupe but translates it into the SUV segment with a kerb weight of 298kg and, according to Jaguar, class-leading ground clearance of 213mm.
Jaguar XE sedan
The all-new compact executive sedan becomes the entry-level car in the Jaguar range and will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Pune. It gets an all-aluminium chassis and is expected to be competitively priced around Rs 38 lakh, with the launch set for February 3. The XE is rear-wheel drive and has been designed to be the lightest and stiffest Jaguar saloon yet, and it counts the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class among its rivals. Two variants of the 2.0-litre petrol engine will be available – 197bhp and 237bhp – and there will be a choice of six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Next-gen Jaguar XF
The second-generation premium sedan is lighter, stiffer, roomier and more frugal than its predecessor. The infotainment system gets a big overhaul, too, with the introduction of the manufacturer’s InControl Touch Pro multimedia system operated through a large touchscreen.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
This year will mark the entry of the Jeep brand to the Indian market, and the Grand Cherokee is one of three models it’s launching with. The big SUV will come in top-spec Summit trim with plenty of equipment, and it will be powered by a 237bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Grand Cherokee SRT
The off-road branch of Fiat Chrysler Automobile will also launch its high-performance SRT brand in India with a hot version of the Grand Cherokee. The SUV gets a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 engine with 475bhp and 64.2kgm of torque, and can complete the 0-100kph sprint in 5 seconds. It is expected to be priced around Rs 1.4 crore when it goes on sale, and will rival the BMW X5 M.
The long wheelbase four-door Wrangler Unlimited Overland Sahara is the third model to be offered in Jeep’s India line-up, and is likely to be priced around Rs 40 lakh when it launches. The 197bhp 2.8-litre diesel engine is paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. Jeep will open dealerships in Mumbai and Pune, but will eventually set up more in other cities.