The Auto Expo 2016 saw some of the world’s latest and best cars on display in Delhi, and of course we took the opportunity to pick out our favourites to add to our trader toy wish list. Read on to find out which of the vehicles on show caught our eye, and why…
Audi R8 V10 Plus
The scoop from the show: “The fastest Audi ever in India” was unveiled to a celebrity audience including cricketer Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Alia Bhatt. The new generation of Audi’s dream sports car has shed 45kg but kept all of its speed and power. If we had to pick just one highlight of the Auto Expo 2016, this would be it.
The techie stuff: The Audi R8 V10 plus packs a 5.2-litre V10 engine with 610 bhp, makes light work of 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 330km/h.
We love: The subtle hints at the Lamborghini Hurcan’s underpinnings and Audi’s cool new drive-focused virtual cockpit with digital display.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is available now – if you’ve got the cash to splash.
Watch the launch:
The scoop from the show: Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif unveiled the car at the show, and because nothing’s really happened until it’s been documented on social media, the launch was also broadcast live via Facebook Mentions. The online broadcast of the launch was shared 2,274 times and racked up 29,404 likes.
The techie stuff: There are five different engines to choose from in the new Jag – go for the top-of-the-range version and you’ll get a 336bhp 3.0 litre supercharged V6 that’ll do 0-100km in just 4.9 seconds.
We love: The hefty safety tech that brings it down two insurance groups lower than you’d expect a car like this to sit – from autonomous emergency braking to slipping fixings that limit damage if you get into an argument with a kerb.
The Jaguar XE is available now.
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BMW 7 Series
The scoop from the show: Alongside the BM X1, the new generation 7 Series (a.k.a. the new toy of CEOs everywhere) made its India debut at the Auto Expo, unveiled by legendary cricketer and Member of Parliament Sachin Tendulkar. Billed at the first mass-produced car to integrate carbon fibre in its construction, it was one of the show’s most-hyped releases and didn’t disappoint on the day.
The techie stuff: The fastest (and most pricey) iteration of the new 7 Series will do 0-100km/h in 4.6s with 544bhp.
We love: Its luxurious feel – you’ll feel right at home swanning around Mayfair in this. (Chauffeur optional but highly recommended.)
The BMW 7 Series is available now.
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Mercedes GLC 300
The scoop from the show: Merc’s upcoming GLC 300 4Matic was teased to the Indian market at the show, marking the first time the compact SUV has been imported to India – and it definitely turned heads at the Delhi Expo. With full details of the options available in India still to be revealed, it’ll be much-hyped ahead of its midsummer launch.
The techie stuff: A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine via Merc’s nine-speed automatic transmission, with 370Nm of torque split 45/55 (front/rear) – and it’s equipped with 4Matic. Further tech specs have yet to be revealed.
We love: The design – and the well-equipped interior cabin typical of Merc means it’s something to look at, inside and out.
The Mercedes GLC is set to be launched in India in mid-2016.
Take a look inside:
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The scoop from the show: Continuing with the compact SUV theme, we couldn’t write about the Delhi Auto Expo without a mention of India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki’s latest release. The Maruti Vitara Brezza is the first product from the Indo-Japanese carmaker to be developed and built completely by the Indian development team, with all decisions and judgements made by the Indian R&D team with no input from the parent company in Japan.
The concept version was revealed at the 2012 Auto Expo and with four years between concept and production, it was one of the Delhi Expo’s top bills and most-anticipated releases.
The techie stuff: With full details yet to be revealed, speculators reckon the car will come with a diesel mill in the form of a 1.3-litre unit sourced from Fiat. So okay, it’s not going to compete with that supercar you’ve got stashed away in the garage when it comes to power.
Bookings are now being taken in India for the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
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