While the 15th Auto Expo was held in February 2020, the 16th edition of the show was postponed to January 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Considering India’s ongoing rapid transition from ICE to electric vehicles, it will be raining EVs at the 2023 Auto Expo! While we can’t be certain about all EVs that will be displayed, here is a list of the top 5 that we expect to be showcased at the Auto Expo in January next year –
Tata Altroz EV
With the recent launch of the Tiago EV, India’s most affordable electric car, Tata Motors now has 3 EVs in its line-up. However, a fourth one is set to join the lot soon. First showcased at the last edition of the Auto Expo, the Tata Altroz EV is finally expected to be launched at next year’s auto show.
The Altroz EV will be based on the same ALFA platform as the Nexon EV, however, will likely be plonked with a slightly smaller battery pack. A range of around 350 – 400 km will see the Altroz EV slotted between the Tigor EV and the Nexon EV in the carmaker’s portfolio. Price-wise too, it is expected to sit between these two Tata electric cars.
MG affordable EV
MG Motor India is working on introducing an affordable EV in the country, which as per ongoing rumours, could be called either the’City EV’ or ‘Air EV’. The mass-market electric car is expected to put up against the Tiago EV in the market. The compact EV has already been spied on test in India, however, fully covered in camouflage.
Wuling Air EV. Image used for representative purpose.
That said, the upcoming MG EV is expected to be based on the Wuling Air EV, that is manufactured by SAIC-GM-Wuling and sold in China and Indonesia. The EV has a slightly unorthodox design, however, it is yet to be seen if MG decides to launch the car without any visual changes.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Being the second biggest car manufacturer in India, Hyundai is expected to have a hefty stall at the 2023 Auto Expo, just like the previous editions of the show. While Hyundai is expected to showcase a range of products at the event next year, one electric vehicle that is confirmed to make its debut is the Ioniq 5.
Specs of the India-spec Ioniq 5 haven’t been revealed so far, but we expect it to undercut its cousin Kia EV6, considering that the latter is a direct import while the Hyundai EV is expected to be assembled here itself. Hyundai could offer the Ioniq 5 in India with its smaller 58 kWh battery pack and single motor rear-wheel drive layout in order to keep the price in check.
Mahindra Born Electric SUVs
At the 2020 Auto Expo, Mahindra & Mahindra had showcased its first electric SUV – an electrified version of the XUV300. That car went on to be developed as the XUV400 which is all set to go on sale in the market in January as well. Prior to the XUV400’s debut, Mahindra had showcased five EV concepts as a part of the ‘Born Electric’ campaign, including a fully-electric version of the XUV700 SUV.
We do expect these SUVs to be a part of the Mahindra stable at the 2023 Auto Expo in a bid to gauge feedback for its upcoming electric vehicles. The SUVs will likely be showcased in concept or near-production form, considering that the launch will still be over a year away in 2024.
Toyota Innova Hycross
While it won’t be a proper EV, the Toyota Innova is still going partially electric, and it is definitely worth a mention considering its popularity in the country. Toyota is rumoured to be planning to phase out the Innova diesel completely, and instead, introduce the Innova Hycross with a strong-hybrid powertrain.
Toyota Innova Crysta. Image used for representative purpose.
The new Innova Hycross could make use of a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, mated to an electric motor. The MPV will likely be based on a monocoque architecture with a front-wheel drive setup, and will continue to be sold alongside the ladder-frame RWD Innova Crysta.