Here’s a handy guide to navigate through the many, many concepts and production cars that will make an appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The motor show in Geneva, among the most important ones on the calendar of global auto shows, will kick off this week. Much like always, it will be teeming with the creme de la creme of the automotive world. The 89th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will see about a 150 debuts from a variety of carmakers worldwide. Suffice it to say that there’s much to look forward to this year.
To help you navigate through the dizzying array of concepts and production cars making a beeline for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, we put together a quick guide of the most important names that you should keep an eye on.
1. Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz, previously known as the 45X, will debut in its production form at Geneva. Set to compete with established names in the premium hatchback segment, such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, and Volkswagen Polo, the upcoming Tata car will be launched in India in mid 2019. Based on the company’s ALFA platform, the Tata Altroz engine options will include a 1.2-litre turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel.
2. Tata H7X
Joining the Altroz hatchback at Geneva Motor Show 2019 will be the seven-seater version of the Tata Harrier i.e. the H7X SUV. The company has released a handful of teasers of the upcoming SUV over the past few days, offering a decent preview of the car. The Tata H7X will feature the Impact 2.0 design language, same as the Harrier. Besides that, expect the upcoming Tata SUV to get 18-inch wheels, roof rails, and a rotary gear selector among other features and provisions.
3. Tata 45X EV
At this point, it would be redundant to say Tata Motors has exciting stuff planned for its 21st tour of duty at the Geneva Motor Show. The carmaker will also present the 45X electric concept with the aim to showcase the scope of electrifying cars underpinned by the ALFA architecture. While not much is known about the Tata 45X electric vehicle at this point, there’s a good chance that it will make it to the production line.
4. Skoda Kamiq
Kamiq, Skoda’s contender for the entry-level SUV segment, will be positioned below the Kodiaq and Karoq in the Czech carmaker’s SUV line-up. Based on Volkswagen AG’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, the Skoda Kamiq SUV will arrive in India in 2020, where it will face competition chiefly from the Hyundai Creta. And as far as engine options go, it will be offered with a total of five turbocharged options: two 1.0-litre petrol engines, a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine, a 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine, and a CNG engine.
5. BMW 7 Series
Among other cars, BMW’s display will include the facelifted iteration of the 7 Series. The BMW 7 Series facelift, which was unveiled earlier this year in January, gets not only cosmetic updates but also enhanced technology. And since the German carmaker has been intently focused on interior luxury off late, the sedan will also feature improved materials besides other provisions aimed at delivering better refinement levels. It will continue to be offered with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines as well as a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid version.
6. Honda e Prototype
An evolution of the 2017 Urban EV Concept, the Honda e Prototype brings together advanced functionality, fetching driving dynamics, and a novel design. Aimed for the ‘urban environment’, Honda has loaded the concept with a plethora of unique design elements, such as pop out door handles and compact cameras that replaced the side view mirrors. The company added that the Honda e Prototype will offer a driving range of more than 200 kms and will come with a ‘fast charge’ functionality that enables an 80 per cent battery charge in 30 minutes.
7. SsangYong Korando
The upcoming SsangYong Korando SUV will also make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year. The car, which will be positioned between the Rexton and Tivoli in the Mahindra-owned carmaker’s global line-up, will borrow design cues from that SIV-2 design concept, which also made its public debut in Geneva a couple of years ago. This upcoming SsangYong SUV’s list of engine options will include a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, updated 1.6-litre diesel engines, and all an fully electric variant. It must be noted that the EV will most likely be introduced at a later stage.