Auto Expo 2023: With a variety of brand-new product launches, unveilings, announcements, and concepts, Day 1 of the 2023 Auto Expo came to a close. The eVX electric SUV concept was unveiled by Maruti Suzuki to start the day, and afterwards MG India revealed prices for the 2023 Hector and Hector Plus SUV facelifts. Additionally, MG India showcased the eHS, the MG4, and the MG5 Estate electric cars, which are global models and will be available in India in the coming years. The Auto Expo 2023 is currently underway at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. This year's Expo features major automakers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, MG, Kia, BYD, Toyota, Lexus, and Tata Motors. However, several important players such as BMW, Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and others have not been a part of the event this year. Now, let's have a closer look at the key highlights from Day 1 of the event.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Launched
The much-anticipated Ioniq 5 EV was launched by Hyundai at the Auto Expo, with an introductory price of Rs 44.95 lakh (ex-showroom) for the first 500 customers. This makes the CKD Hyundai Rs 16 lakh less expensive than the CBU Kia EV6. It has a 214bhp electric motor and a 72.6kWh battery, which gives it an ARAI-certified range of 631 kilometres.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes equipped with more than 60 connected car features, including a three-year free Bluelink subscription and features like remote door lock/unlock, live location, and SOS services. Regarding safety, there are six airbags, disc brakes on each of the four wheels, and level 2 ADAS features like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Smart Cruise Control.
MG Hector, Hector Plus Facelifts Price Reveal
One of the bustling booths at Auto Expo 2023 was MG Motor's, where the automaker launched the updated Hector and Hector Plus SUVs, with starting prices of Rs 14.73 lakh and Rs 20.80 lakh (ex-showroom), respectively. Both SUVs have an extensively modified exterior, an entirely new interior, and ADAS technologies. But mechanically speaking, the Hector and Hector Plus are identical to the models from before the facelift.
An updated diamond pattern grille that is substantially larger than the previous generation is added to the exterior of the all-new Hector. With a new ADAS sensor module, the lower bumper has also undergone change. On the other hand, the LED headlamps and DRLs are unaltered. New connected blade LED taillamps from MG have been added, and they seem to be rather fashionable. Additionally, the rear end receives Hector branding, a fresh chrome accent, and an updated lower bumper that resembles the Gloster. The 18-inch alloy wheels and every other body panel are still in place.
BYD Atto 3 Special Edition Launched
BYD launched a new limited edition model of the BYD Atto 3 electric SUV in India at the auto show. The new BYD Atto 3 Forest Green will only be available in 1200 units and cost more than the Atto 3 standard model. For the uninitiated, the base price of the BYD Atto 3 in India is Rs 33.99 lakh (ex-showroom), and the limited-edition Forest Green BYD Atto 3 will cost Rs 34.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The BYD Atto 3 is unchanged other than the new colour option. Previously, there were four colour choices for the BYD Atto 3- Ski White, Boulder Grey, Parkour Red, and Surf Blue.
The BYD Atto 3 has a variety of features, such as a 12.8-inch rotating centre screen with the most recent smartphone connectivity, a 5.0-inch digital instrument cluster, powered front driver and passenger seats, a wireless phone charger, synthetic leather upholstery, multicoloured ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, a powered tailgate, and more.
Ioniq 6 EV Showcased
Hyundai Motor unveiled the new Ioniq 6 EV in India at the Expo. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was revealed in June 2022 and is the brand's third electric vehicle globally, following the Kona EV and the Ioniq 5. It is based on the E-GMP architecture of the brand. According to Hyundai, in its most basic version, the vehicle would be among the most energy-efficient in the world. Hyundai also says that the EV will use less than 14kWh per 100 kilometres due to the smaller battery and 18-inch wheels. With a single motor and a larger 77.4kWh battery, the Ioniq 6 can travel up to 610 kilometres on a single charge, competing with the Tesla Model 3. The Ioniq 6's interior shares a flat centre console with the brand's previous electric cars and the Genesis GV60 SUV that is sold internationally. The minimalist dashboard houses the two 12-inch touchscreens and a two-spoke steering wheel.
Tata Harrier EV Makes India Debut
As a part of Tata's impressive portfolio, the Harrier EV made its debut in India at the Auto Expo 2023. The Tata Harrier EV features several EV-specific distinctive features. It gains connected LED DRLs, an illuminated Tata logo, a new, vertically slated bumper, peculiar alloy wheels, connected LED tail lamps, and a modified bumper. However, the overall form and appearance are extremely similar to that of the SUV with a diesel engine. A larger touchscreen infotainment system with more connected car technology features is among the cabin's further EV-specific enhancements. The EV incorporates ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) and a 360-degree camera for further safety. The Harrier EV is expected to launch in 2025.