Readers Pick of The Month: Highlights from the Geneva Motor Show 2019
One of the most popular motor shows, the Geneva Motor Show gives an excellent opportunity to petrolheads to witness futuristic and upcoming cars. The Geneva Motor show is a 113-year-old event held annually, attracting petrolheads from all over the world.
An interesting fact is that Switzerland does not has any automotive industry but still attracts motor enthusiasts from all around the world. The show is live from 7th March 2019 to 17th March 2019. Here we will cover the cars displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, that are most likely to be launched in India in the near future.
Motor Shows are very vital events in the automotive world. These events make us familiar with the developments and progress in the automotive world. These developments can include artificial intelligence, hybrid cars, cars running on alternative fuels, electric vehicles, autonomous cars etc.
These events help the customer identify the manufacturer’s vision. From funky and cool concepts to near production or production-ready models, these shows have a wide range of products on display. Apart from that one can also interact with like-minded people and create strong networks.
One of the most anticipated hatchbacks, the Altroz will heat up the premium hatchback segment. Earlier codenamed as 45X, the concept was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo held in Delhi.
The car is based on the company’s Impact 2.0 design philosophy, the same that is utilised by the Harrier. ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) ARC platform developed by Tata Motors underpins the premium hatchback.
Price Range: ₹6 - ₹8.5 Lakhs
Expected Launch Date: Mid 2019
Length: 3988 mm
Width: 1754 mm
Height: 1505 mm
Wheelbase: 2501 mm
Engine: 1.2 Petrol, 1.2 L Turbo Petrol engine and 1.5 L Diesel engine
Transmission: Manual with the 5-speed gearbox. (expected) AMT may be provided later
Exterior: The designing of the production model is quite similar to the concept version, something that is rarely seen in cars from other manufacturers. The swept back headlamps fuse with the front grille very well. The underlining of the grille with chrome makes the front even more attractive.
The bonnet has been raised to make the hatchback compliant with pedestrian safety norms. 340 L boot space has been provided. Just like Harrier, the fog lamps and LED DRLs have been provided on the bumper. From the side profile, it is evident that there are no unnecessary quirky creases. Below the window, a lining is a black coloured element, that makes the side profile bolder.
The rear door handle is placed on the C-pillar, just like Chevrolet Beat and Maruti Suzuki Swift. The rear has been designed very uniquely with wraparound smoked finish LED taillamps.
Interior: In the interiors, one can easily catch the common interior elements from other Tata cars. Certain interior features are a 7-inch free floating infotainment touchscreen, analogue + digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents etc. The steering is different as it is a flat bottom steering wheel, first on a Tata car.
Safety features: Expect the hatchback to be equipped with best in class safety features. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts will be standard.
TATA H7X / BUZZARD
Price Range: ₹15 - ₹20 Lakhs
Expected Launch Date: January 2020
Existing Competitors: Mahindra XUV 500
Length: 4661 mm
Width: 1894 mm
Height: 1786 mm
Wheelbase: 2754 mm
Engine: 2.0 L Kryotec diesel engine, producing 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque
Transmission: Manual with 6-speed gearbox and Automatic with a 6-speed gearbox.
Exterior: Though the front resembles the Harrier, it’s the rear that gives H7X its unique identity. A redesigned and upright tailgate, new rear bumper, larger rear windscreen and more stylish taillamps. Also, the SUV has more glass area as compared to Harrier. The H7X also gets 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
Interior: The boot space isn’t of any use because space has been utilised by 3rd row which has 50:50 split seats. 3rd-row passengers also get separate AC vents, lights, charging unit and adjustable headrests.
Safety features: Expect the H7X to be one of the safest cars in India. As of now, it gets all the safety features offered on Harrier.
Another major attraction of the 2019 Geneva Motor show is the Skoda Kamiq. Kamiq is a solid, powerful and premium SUV. Presently Skoda has two SUVs in its portfolio -the Kodiaq and Karo. India bound Kamiq will be based on the MQB A0 platform.
Price Range: ₹12 - ₹16 Lakhs
Expected Launch Date: After 2020 Auto Expo
Length: 4214 mm
Width: 1793 mm
Height: 1531 mm
Wheelbase: 2651 mm
Boot space: 400 litres
Engine: 1.0 L, 3 cyl Petrol engine producing 115PS of power and 200 Nm of torque, 1.5 L TSI petrol engine producing 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque, 1.6 L TDI diesel engine producing 115 PS power and 250 Nm of torque
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 7-speed DSG and 7-speed DSG automatic
Exterior: The Kamiq gets very sleeker headlamps and LED DRLs. If you observe closely, you can make out that the Kariq has a new front grille (though it resembles other cars of Skoda family) as well as a bumper. The SUV has a sporty look thanks to the roof rails as well as the 16”/17”/18” alloy wheels.
Interior: The Kamiq boasts of premium interiors as well as a 9.2” touchscreen infotainment system. Kamiq meant for the Indian market is likely to get 8” option. Also available is the 10” digital instrument cluster.
Safety features: The car will be equipped with a host of safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, Traction control, park assist and much more.
Not meant for Indian markets, but its platform could be utilised to build the new XUV500. The Korando was unveiled by Anand Mahindra at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Korando fills the important space between Tivoli and Rexton. According to the company, an electric version is also slated for a 2020 launch.
Price Range: ₹15 - ₹18 Lakhs
Expected Launch Date: No confirmed date
Existing Competitors: Hyundai Tucson
Length: 4452 mm
Width: 1870 mm
Height: 1620 mm
Engine: 1.5 L turbo-petrol and a 1.6 L diesel engine.
Transmission: Manual and Automatic
Exterior: The SUV gets a distinct styling with sleeker front grille and air dam and full LED headlamps. At the rear, we have LED wraparound tail lamps. The rear wheel arches and roof rails, as well as the aluminium finished diffuser at the bumper, adds to its rugged look.
Interior: On the interior front, Korando has a 10.25” touchscreen infotainment system and a 9” digital instrument panel. The provision of ambient lighting makes the interiors more attractive.
Safety features: The SUV is quite safe considering the number of safety features it has – airbags, ABS with EBD, emergency braking, intelligent adaptive cruise control, driver attention assist as well as lane keeping assist.
TATA ALTROZ EV
Being an electric car, the Altroz EV has a closed front grille with an EV badge (the badge is also provided at the rear). Also, the bumper has a nice tri-aero design. The Altroz EV on display had cool looking alloys. Other designing elements are the same. The battery is placed under the body instead of the bonnet.
In the interiors, the car has a drive selector. Also, the AC vents have funky styling. Fun to drive a car, Tata Motors claims a range of 300 km making it one of the most economical EV, only if it comes into production.
Price range: Not available but expect aggressive pricing.
Expected Launch Date: 2021
Range: 300 km
TATA MICRO SUV CONCEPT (HORNBILL)
The Hornbill/H2X concept from Tata Motors is also at a display on the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. This will be Tata Motors’s first car in the micro SUV segment, a segment wherein a car has the appearance of an SUV but the functionality of a hatchback.
Price Range: ₹5-8 Lakhs
Expected Launch Date: 2020
Length: 3840 mm
Width: 1822 mm
Height: 1635 mm
Wheelbase: 2450 mm
As the Hornbill is currently a concept, we don’t have adequate information on the production model. It remains to be seen what engine options and transmission are offered as well as whether the futuristic features available on the concept will be carried on to the production car.
News and media mention about the show:
Various auto bloggers in India cover these motor shows providing walkthrough videos and high-quality images of interiors and exteriors. They also bring us all the specifications and features of the cars they cover at these shows. Some of the bloggers covering the event are - MotorOctane, Autocar India, MotorBeam, CarAndBike, RushLane, ZigWheels and others.
Upcoming auto shows:
Here is a list of the upcoming auto/motor shows in India and abroad:
Auto Show (09 March – 17 March 2019)
Dhaka Motor Show (14 March – 16 March 2019)
Columbus International Auto Show (14 March – 17 March 2019)
Vancouver International Auto Show (19 March – 24 March 2019)
India E-Vehicle & BV Tech Expo (22 March – 24 March 2019)
International Motor Show – Belgrade (22 March – 31 March 2019)
Denver International Auto Show (27 March – 31 March 2019)
Bangkok International Motor Show (27 March – 07 April 2019)
Motor Show Poznan (28 March – 31 March 2019)
Seoul Motor Show (28 March – 07 April 2019)
First Hawaiian International Auto Show (29 March – 31 March 2019)
Manila International Auto Show (4 April – 7 April 2019)
New Mexico International Auto Show (5 April – 7 April 2019)
China International Auto Parts & Guangzhou International Truck Expo (9 April – 11 April 2019)
Autoshow Praha (12 April – 14 April)
Lagos Motor Show & Auto Parts Expo (06 May – 11 May 2019)
Barcelona International Motor Show (11 May – 19 May 2019)
Automechanika Dubai (10 Jun – 12 Jun 2019)
Thus, one can expect new car launches, concept models and other technologies at these motor shows. By visiting these shows, one can get acquainted with the developments in automotive world.
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