Top 10 Interesting Foreign Cars Not Sold in India
India is one of the biggest automobile markets in the world in terms of sheer numbers, so we are lucky to have most of the global car brand and popular car models available in India. But it is not one of the most mature market and cars are still highly taxed and expensive which means latest technology or niche products still do not find a place in the Indian market. So are there some foreign cars that are available in other parts of the world that we would like to have in India? We pick the top 10 interesting cars that are not sold in India
The ID3 is an all electric hatchback from Volkswagen that is based on the new platform for EVs by them plus it is also the first launch from an all new brand (ID). It is a premium hatchback, being a Golf sized car and gets many battery options including packs of 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh. It also a range of 550km for the large battery pack version. This shows how EVs have progressed and is VW's first mass-market, pure-electric car in Europe.
Volkswagen T7 Multivan
Big Vans are popular abroad while here the iconic people mover from Volkswagen is an all new luxurious Van which is based on the mew MQB platform. It is huge in space and offers luxury but is practical for large families something which could work here too. There is a new automatic transmission and more space utilization. In terms of space or practicality, this is one of the best options out there.
Electric mobility is still yet to take off in India but abroad it is catching up at a faster rate. Electric small cars are the perfect solution but you do not want a boring one and that is where the Honda e comes. It is a good looking small electric hatchback with retro-modern design with lounge-style high tech interior. It gets a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery plus it even has cameras for mirrors!
We get the Jeep Wrangler in India and also the Land Rover Defender but we are missing out on the Ford Bronco. The Bronco is a hardcore SUV that brings back a famous name in the US for Ford. It is a proper off-roader and comes with massive 35 inch tyres as standard along with 4x4. It is also a luxury SUV and comes with an iconic design.
The best selling car in America is not a car but a pick-up and the F150 is that. In India pick-up trucks are not very successful but over in the US they are. The F150 looks tough and is highly practical while there is a range of engines on offer from a 3.5l V6 and more. It has excellent load carrying capacity plus towing. Also it is great off-road.
Maza MX-5 Miata
The Miata is one of the most famous sports cars in the world and it is a small two seater sports car which is a roadster. It is a compact roadster with a manual/ automatic gearbox options and is also very lightweight while the engine is a 2.0l petrol . It shows sports cars need not be very expensive and fun means a small sports car and not something very big.
Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Car
Fuel cell cars could be an alternative to EVs in the future since filling them is easier. The only by product is water that you get. The Nexo is one such fuel cell car and it is a crossover with a high range of 666km. The only issue being hydrogen filling stations are rare in India and in-fact there is only one in India. The car has been showcased in India at the last Auto Expo to gauge feedback on its probable launch.
Tesla Model S
The Model S is the car that established Tesla and remains the best selling battery electric luxury car. It is a futuristic EV with a lot of driving assistance technologies and also auto pilot amongst others. It also has a huge range of 630km which makes it the biggest among EVs. The newly launched version features a radical new steering wheel and even more power which also makes it the fastest luxury car in the world and also amongst the fastest cars in general.
Smart EQ fortwo
Smart is a range of electric city cars which are very small and perfect for our cities with cramped roads and traffic. The Smart EQ fortwo is just 2695mm long while it has a 60kw electric motor and a 17.6 kwh battery pack. The design is cool and there is sufficient room for two persons as well which makes this ideal for a country like India.
Renault Alpine A110
Just like the Miata the Alpine is another lightweight sports car that has a 1.8l turbo petrol engine but is incredibly light with expensive materials used in construction for a pure sports car experience. The Alpine brand has been brought back by Renault-Nissan group and is sold across select European & US markets only.
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