Honda X-Blade unveiled at Auto Expo 2018, launch confirmed in March
Feb 11 2018
The combination of hurdles means that electric vehicles are still a drop in the ocean for India's automotive market, now the world's fifth largest and forecast to become the third biggest - behind the USA and China - by 2020.
The large SUV offers three rows of seating and is loaded with typically expected features like three-zone climate control, powered boot lid, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HSAC), all-round camera view, lane departure warning system and blind spot detection.
Mahindra also showcased SsangYong Motor's new SUV G4 Rexton, which will be launched in India under a new brand name, and the TUV Stinger, the first Indian convertible SUV.
Going by Tata's past concepts such as the Nexon, we can expect the production-spec model to retain most of the elements of the flashy 45X concept.
The government says all new vehicles sold in the country must be electric from 2030.
Most of these vehicles will be working models that are two or three years away from making their way on to the road, unlike in other auto shows where electric vehicles are seen largely in concept forms.
Kia that has announced its foray in India, unveiled the striking new SP Concept, which made its public premier at Auto Expo 2018 along 16 global models. The concept electric vehicle has autonomous driving capability, among other features.
Tata Motors' platform was built around the theme of "Smart Mobility, Smart Cities" and they showcased an electric version of its compact sedan Tigor, which is a fully electric bus.
In the premium segment, UM Lohia two wheelers Pvt Ltd showcased world's first electric cruiser - The Renegade Thor - starting at Rs 4.9 lakh. It will be also be showcased at the company's experience stores in Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Mumbai. The company showcased the concept e-SURVIVOR targeting it to take to the electric transition taking place in the country. The X-Blade will be available in five colour options- Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Matte Frozen Silver Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Pearl Igneous Black and Matte Marshal Green Metallic.
Speaking at the event, Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran said Tata Motors is committed to the future of mobility, specially the governments vision in the electric vehicles space.
The company has priced Comfort E Auto HS at Rs 1.49 lakh (ex showroom Delhi) and comes with facilities such as central locking and Global Positioning System. The Diesel version starts at Rs 6.73 lakh and goes way up to Rs 9.15 lakh. Hero MotoCorp unveiled a 200cc adventure motorcycle "Xpulse".