These are the cars worth getting excited in the 2023 Auto Expo

India’s largest automotive event ‘Auto Expo’ is scheduled for 2023 (January) and we are all excited for it. Cars from various manufacturers that are expected to launch in the future are usually showcased in the Auto Expo. The Auto Expo 2022 was cancelled by the organisers of the event due to Covid-19 scare. Indian car manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra along with foreign car manufacturers like Hyundai, Skoda and Kia will be presenting their upcoming cars in the Expo 2023.

Here is a list of important cars that we are excited for in the 2023 Auto Expo.

Mahindra Thar 5-Door

The Mahindra Thar (2nd generation) is selling like hotcakes in India. Since, its launch in 2020, the off-road vehicle has been a dream car for many and the waiting period for it has ranged up to 1 year at some parts of the country. The 5-Door version of the popular SUV is expected to be available in 2023 or later.

The powertrain of the car is expected to be the same. However, the seating and luggage carrying capacity of the car will be more than the regular Thar. The Mahindra Thar 5-door version is expected to have larger wheel base than the current version. The current 3-door model of the SUV has a length of 3,985mm and a wheelbase of 2450mm. It is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine or a 2-litre Stallion petrol engine.

Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door

The Maruti Suzuki Jimny which is already present abroad is expected to arrive in India as a 5 door avatar. This version of the Jimny is expected to offer more space and luggage carrying capacity. The engine is expected to be a 1.5 Litre petrol engine that is offered in various Maruti models.

Maruti Suzuki YTB

The Maruti Suzuki YTB is expected to be the SUV version of Maruti’s popular hatchback car Baleno. We expect the car to offer the same engine that is present on the Baleno. However, the tunning of the engine will be different as compared to the Baleno’s engine. The Baleno gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates a power of 90PS and a torque of 113Nm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual/ AMT transmission option. The ARAI fuel economy of the Baleno is 22.35 kmpl/ 22.94 kmpl depending on manual or automatic variants.

Hyundai Creta Facelift

The Hyundai Creta has been one of the popular SUVs sold in India in a budget of Rs 15 lakh. We expect the new Hyundai Creta to receive a design change (inspired from the Tucson). However, the engine of the current generation of the Creta is expected to be retrieved in the next generation.

In terms of engine, the Hyundai Creta diesel engine is 1493 cc while petrol engine is offered in 1497cc and 1353cc. The fuel tank capacity of the SUV is 50 litres while the boot space is 433 litres.

Some key features of the Hyundai Creta include power steering, power windows front, anti-lock braking system, multiple air bags for safety, automatic climate control, front fog lights etc.

Kia Forte

South Korean automaker Kia is all set to launch its sedan that will have specs similar to that of Skoda Octavia available in India. The company is expected to reveal the details of the car soon.

Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda’s first electric car ‘Skoda Enyaq iV’ is expected to launch in India in 2023. The SUV will be based on the company’s MEB platform which is also shared with the Audi Q4 e-tron. The car will offer a 77kWh battery battery pack and will support a DC fast charger along with regular charger. A range of more than 450 kms is expected on a full charge.

Skoda Octavia Hybrid

The Skoda Octavia RS iV plug-in hybrid sedan in India is expected to launch in India soon (around mid-2023). The car will be powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine along with an electric motor. The combined power of the car is expected to be 245 PS while the torque will be 400 Nm. According to reports, the all electric mode on the Skoda Octavia RS iV plug-in hybrid can offer a range of 60km. The price of the Octavia RS iV is expected to be more premium than the current model. It is expected to be offered at a price more than Rs 40 lakh as it launches in India.

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