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13 amazing cars on display at Auto Expo 2014

Last updated on: February 11, 2014 17:04 IST

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At the Indian Auto Expo 2014, there have been some awesome cars on display since the gates were thrown open to general public on February 7. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the show, we take you through the best four-wheelers at the event.

Etios Cross

Toyota unveiled the Etios Cross at the ongoing Auto Expo 2014 saying that it will be launched in May 2014.

The Etios Cross is built on the same platform that underpins the Etios and Etios Liva hatchback and has been launched in South America.

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Etios Cross

The Etios Cross will be powered by the same engines that the sedan and hatchback use - the 1.5-litre petrol engine that develops 90 hp, a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 80 hp and a 1.4-litre diesel engine that puts out 69 hp.

It measures 3,895 mm in length, ducking under the four-meter length to extract excise duty benefits, 1,735 mm in width and 1,555 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,460 mm.

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Etios Cross

The pseudo-crossover will get rear window defogger, centrally mounted tachometer and speedometer unit with a digital clock, MacPherson struts at the front and torsion beam setup at the rear.

It also gets height adjustable driver seat, leather wrapped steering, audio system with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in, CD player and remote control, steering mounted audio controls and OVRMs with indicators.

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Maruti Swift Volt customised

Maruti Suzuki has shown a wide variety of customided cars at the Auto Expo. These modified cars are displayed for customer feedback purposes and demand withstanding, you can expect them to launch in the future as a special edition or influence a special edition.

The Maruti Swift Volt is an interesting take on the popular Swift hatchback. Before you start day-dreaming, let us inform you that the Swift Volt is not an electric/hybrid concept (as its name suggests), but is in fact a regular Swift with a nice body kit.

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Maruti Swift Volt customised

Sporting a red contrast roof and a dual-tone paint job, the Swift Volt displayed is powered by the 1.2-liter K-Series petrol engine.

The headlight cluster is seen featuring projector lights and a dark tint, while the area surrounding the grille is painted in black.

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Maruti Swift Volt customised

Featuring an extensive body kit with low-set skirts and multi-spoke alloy wheels, we find the wing mirrors of the Volt particularly interesting with their almost concept-car like design.

Towards the rear, we became a huge fan of the dual exhaust pipes which are neatly integrated in the aggressively-styled bumper. The interior is similar to the road-going version with the exception of racing seats.

All in all, the Swift Volt sports a tasteful modification which we would like to see the company offer as accessories in the very least.

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Maruti Swift Range Extender

Tucked away in a small hall housing hybrid vehicles at the Auto Expo 2014 was the Maruti Swift Range Extender.

The Swift Range Extender is a plug-in hybrid that houses both a 658 cc petrol engine and a 73 hp electric motor.

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Maruti Swift Range Extender

According to Maruti Suzuki India’s internal tests, the Swift R.E gets a combined fuel efficiency of 48.2 kmpl, while its pure electric range is around 25.5 kmpl.

The Swift R.E is powered by an inline 3-cylinder 658 cc petrol engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor that develops 73 hp.

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Maruti Swift Range Extender

The Swift R.E’s weight has gone up considerably, despite using a small engine and a fixed gear automatic gearbox, tipping the scales at 1,600 kg.

The front-wheel drive car gets lithium-ion cells that take 1.5 hours to charge fully.

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Vision XS-1

The Vision XS-1 is a crossover utility concept created by Honda as a creative study model.

Based on Honda’s original ‘Man Maximum Machine Minimum’ philosophy, the Vision XS-1 fuses together two different values of sporty exterior styling and spaciousness, in a compact body.

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Vision XS-1

The Vision XS-1 will form the basis for a generation of vehicles as it has been laid out as the proposal for a next generation vehicle featuring 3-rows with 7-seats with sliding doors and large openings in a compact crossover utility vehicle body.

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Verito electric sedan

Mahindra showcased the Verito electric sedan at the Auto Expo this year. At the 2012 edition of the Expo, the Verito electric was showcased, but the car displayed at the 2014 Auto Expo is the facelifted model, with the dimensions and interior shared with the petrol-powered sibling.

The Verito electric was caught testing in Bangalore recently, hinting that Mahindra may soon launch the vehicle, it can be the company’s second electric vehicle in showrooms.

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Verito electric sedan

According to the official claim, the car takes seven hours for a full charge (a fast charge takes an hour) and has a maximum range of 80 km. The top-speed is rated at 85 km/h.

Apart from the Verito electric, Mahindra Reva launched an updated version of its e2o small car. The e2o, with its Quick2Charge technology which uses a DC Fast Charging system, can be fully charged in under 60 minutes. A 15 minute charge will provide a range of 25 km.

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Cruze Stealth

The Cruze Stealth edition is based on the refreshed Cruze, which was launched late last year.

The sedan gets its hood, roof and bootlid wrapped in a carbon fibre finish.

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Cruze Stealth

Other customisations include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and custom-split LED taillights. Inside, the Cruze Stealth gets black leather seats with contrast stitching, special inserts on the door trims and a navigation system.

Mechanically, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder 166 PS engine is offered with a manual and automatic transmission.

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Chevrolet Sail Custom

Though the Sail at the Expo isn’t as aggressively modified as the Cruze, it still caught our attention with its dual-tone color scheme.

The gold highlight extends to the wheels, badges, wing mirrors, grille and foglight enclosure.

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Chevrolet Sail Custom

Inside, traces of gold can be found on the AC vents and door handles of the car as well.

The Sail seen here features ART leather seats with contrast stitching.

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Audi A3 Sedan

The Auto Expo witnessed the introduction of the Audi A3 Sedan. When it goes on sale in India, it will be the smallest and most affordable model in Audi India’s range.

Built on parent VW’s MQB platform, the A3 Sedan was unveiled to the world in April last year at Auto Shanghai 2013.

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Audi A3 Sedan

The A3 Sedan is offered with three engine options in Europe - 1.4L TFSI, 1.8L TFSI and 2.0L TDI.

The 1.4-litre TFSI makes 140 hp and 250 Nm and is paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission, the 1.8-liter TFSI makes 180 hp and 250 Nm and is paired to the same gearbox, while the 2.0-liter TDI churns out 150 hp and 320 Nm and is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox. A performance oriented S3 Sedan is also available in Europe.

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Audi A3 Sedan

The car brought to the show features the 1.8L TFSI engine. We expect the A3 Sedan to have a starting price of below INR 25 lakhs.

“The Audi A3 Sedan is a car that reflects technology, everyday suitability and comfort but most of all true luxury,” Joe King, Head of Audi India said.

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A3 Cabrio

Audi showcased the top-less version of the A3 at the Auto Expo. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the new A3 Cabriolet is based on the sedan’s MQB platform and measures 4.42 meters in length and comes with a wheelbase spanning 2.6 metres.

The soft cloth roof is stretched using a kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel. It takes 18 seconds to close and can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

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A3 Cabrio

While the A3 Cabrio is available with 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol engines apart from a 2.0-litre diesel, Audi chose to display the higher capacity petrol variant at the Expo.

This 1.8-litre TFSI unit produces 180 hp and comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic.

Audi will soon launch the A3 Sedan in India. There is a good possibility that the A3 Cabrio may be offered as a niche, lifestyle product.

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Nissan Friend-ME concept

Amongst the showstopping Datsun Redi-Go concept, the Datsun Go and the Datsun Go+, Nissan presented its Friend-ME concept at the Auto Expo 2014.

The Friend-ME concept was first unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show last year.

According to the company, the Friend-ME concept channels its passion for design excitement and originality.

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Nissan Friend-ME concept

The concept explores the possibilities for a next-generation saloon car. The concept is a combination of sportiness and dynamic design features, says Nissan.

The interiors of the Friend-ME showcase Nissan’s vision of in-car technology and entertainment.

The company also says that even the most innovative feature showcased on the Friend-ME concept is a link to a production reality and it delivers a tempting vision of what customer can expect from Nissan.

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The concept gets a low and wide stance with both front and rear overhangs, to showcase its aggressive, chunky and sporty impression compared to most sedans.

The concept’s headlamps and taillights get a unique boomerang shaped lighting signature.

The concept’s interior shows a huge centre console stretching from the dashboard to the rear seats where everything from information regarding the music playing to vital information like the car’s speed, fuel level, etc is displayed and is accessible to all passengers.

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Chevrolet Corvette

GM India brought along the new Corvette and the Camaro ZL1 to the Auto Expo.

The new Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces 450 hp and 610 Nm of torque.

This enables the supercar to hit 100 km/h from rest in 4 seconds. Transmission is aided by a newly developed 7-speed manual gearbox which features Active Rev Matching technology to match the engine’s revs while upshifting/downshifting.

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Chevrolet Corvette

The Vette’ gets a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel, composite materials for its fenders, doors and rear quarter panels, carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame to reduce weight.

For more images of the Corvette, head to our coverage of its world premiere from NAIAS 2013.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine which outputs 580 hp at 6,000 rpm and 753 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

A 6-speed manual transmission drives the rear wheels enabling the muscle car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds and achieve a top-speed of 296 km/h.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

For more images of the Camaro, head to our New York Auto Show 2013 coverage.

GM India has not announced the launch of the performance vehicles.

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Piaggio NT3 concept

Piaggio unveiled the NT3 prototype at the Auto Expo, four years after it was first shown at the 2010 EICMA Moto Show in Milan.

The NT3 seats features four wheels and three seats with the driver placed forward in a central line.

The company decided to term the NT3 a “light 4-wheeler,” adding that it would be in a space that is of particular interest in India today.

The NT3 protoype is powered either by a 230 cc or 350 cc petrol engine. Piaggio has also developed a 350 cc hybrid powertrain for the four-wheeler.

The NT3 has a top speed of 80 kph, returns up to 33 kmpl and has a benchmark exhaust figure of 70 g CO2/km.

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