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Published on March 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM
We list some of our favorite models which are shown at the current Geneva Motor Show.
From extravagant concepts and production-ready models to hypercars with enticing price tags, the 2019 Geneva Motor Show has welcomed them all. The show hosted the world’s most expensive new car, the unique Bugatti La Car Noire, as well as more down-to-earth SUVs and sedans such as Skoda’s new entry-level Kamiq and the all-new Tata Altroz.
Here’s a look at some of the important cars at the show:
The production version of the 2018 45X concept hatchback, the Altroz, will be Tata’s entry into the premium sedan segment. Showcasing the automaker’s Impact Design 2.0 design philosophy, the Altroz closely follows the 45X in design, with the grille blending into the wraparound headlights, prominent body lines and a sleek profile. Inside, the instrument panel follows a tiered theme, with a stand-alone touchscreen atop the center console. A partially digital instrument panel and a large multifunction steering wheel are other interesting details in the interior. For the Indian market, the Altoz will be offered with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine in both turbocharged and non-turbocharged form, as well as a 1.5-liter diesel engine. The car is expected to be marketed in India during the second half of the year.
Tata Altroz EV
Along with the standard Altroz sedan, Tata has also revealed its EV sibling which is also slated to go into production within the next two years. Compared to the standard hatchback, the electric vehicle has some cosmetic changes, such as the bumpers and wheels, as well as a Jaguar-style rotary control for the gearbox inside the cabin. Tata said the car would have a range of 250-300 km on a single charge and achieve fast charging capability, allowing it to reach 80 percent charge in an hour.
The highly anticipated seven-seater Harrier derivative, the Buzzard, has made its public debut on the international stage. Compared to the Harrier, the Buzzard is 63mm taller, due to a larger rear overhang, as well as structural and cosmetic changes to the rear to accommodate a third row of seats. Scheduled to arrive later this year, the SUV will be powered by the Harrier’s 2.0-liter diesel, but in a state of higher tuning, and will also get an automatic gearbox option. Keep in mind that the name Buzzard is only a working title, with the production SUV being given a different name.
Concept Tata H2X
The star of the show at Tata’s booth was the H2X concept which heralds a micro-SUV for the Indian market. It features styling cues seen on the Harrier and gets the two-piece headlight treatment with high-tuned LED DRLs sitting above the main headlight unit. The concept features an upright stance with prominent pleats, thick front and rear skid plates and a glass roof. Inside, the cabin features two 10.2-inch displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, along with some rather interesting air vents on the dashboard and front seat backs that use technology similar to Dyson’s bladeless fans to circulate cool air throughout the cabin. Production H2X is set to debut next year with styling that is expected to remain in line with the concept, albeit much more toned down.
Mahindra-owned Pininfarina launched its eye-catching hypercar, the Battista, in Geneva. The very first car bearing the Pininfarina badge features a simple yet elegant design, with plunging lines and styling cues that combine form and function. The cabin features a driver-centric design and has three screens surrounding the steering – one controlling vehicle dynamics, one for controlling on-board functions, and the third displaying driving data.
The hypercar is powered by an all-electric powertrain with an electric motor at each wheel, giving the hypercar a total output of 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque and a claimed 0-100 km / h time. less than 2 seconds. The hypercar will offer a range of 450 km. Pininfarina only plans to build 150 Battistas, each costing around $ 2 million (Rs 14 crore, approximately).
Skoda’s smallest SUV, the Kamiq, is its new entry-level SUV that sits below the larger Karoq in the brand’s international lineup. Backed by the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, the Kamiq follows Skoda’s latest design philosophy seen in its SUV family, with a split headlight setup, vertical grille, prominent body lines and a clean rear design. . Under the hood, the SUV offers a range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, paired with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. The Kamiq also showcases a future India SUV from Skoda that will be based on an India-specific iteration of the MQB platform.
Another brand owned by Mahindra to launch a model in Geneva was SsangYong with its Korando SUV. Sitting between the Tivoli and the Rexton, the new Korando borrows styling details from its siblings and achieves an upright stance, prominent hips, a narrow grille, prominent pleats, and an angular C-pillar. Inside, the next-gen SUV follows a cleaner, clutter-free dashboard design, with a large center touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster that minimizes the use of buttons. Under the hood, the SUV is offered with the choice of a 1.5 turbo petrol or 1.6 diesel engine.
Ferrari F8 Tribute
The 488’s successor, the F8 Tributo, apparently follows an evolutionary design from the predecessor, while borrowing styling cues from the 488 Pista. Under the hood is an improved iteration of the brand’s 3.9-liter V8 from the 488 and develops 720 hp and 770 Nm of torque (50 hp and 10 Nm more than the 488). The extra power and 40kg weight gain on the Tributo is reflected in its performance. Ferrari claims a 0-100 km / h time of 2.9 seconds (down 0.1 seconds) and a top speed of 340 km / h.
Bugatti The Black Car
What you see here is the most expensive new car in the world – The Black Car. This is a unique creation from the French company, made in homage to the iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic. The Black Car sports aggressive styling, with a more pronounced grille than the Veyron or Chiron, while the headlights recede above the wheel arches rather than being placed horizontally above the bumper. The most definitive styling element, however, is the back seam that runs up the bonnet, between the windows and onto the roof of the body (borrowed from the Type 57). At the rear, a continuous taillight runs along a rear end in the form of a grille, with the stenciled Bugatti below. All of this sits on top of a bespoke exhaust setup featuring six separate pipes running away from the 16-cylinder 8.0-liter 1,500 hp engine. Price? 11 million euros (around Rs 88 crore) although it won’t matter as the car already has an owner.
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