Auto Expo 2023: Shah Rukh Khan launches Hyundai's EV Ioniq-5, Maruti Suzuki unveils ethanol-powered Wagon-R
Asia’s biggest Auto Expo has begun in Delhi. Its 16th edition has been named ‘The Motor Show’. Maruti Suzuki first introduced its first electric SUV concept EVX at the expo. After this, MG Motors launched the world’s first electric MPV ie vehicle carrying more people. Maruti Suzuki has also come up with flex fuel Wagon-R, which will run on up to 80 per cent ethanol mix fuel.
The center of attraction on the first day of the show was Shah Rukh Khan, who had arrived to launch Hyundai’s electric SUV Ioniq -5. This premium car from India’s second largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motors has a battery pack of 72.6 KwH. This battery generates power of 214BHP and torque of 350Nm. On full charge, this SUV will get a range of 631 km.
The company says that the Ioniq-5 can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes. A 350kW DC charger will be used for this. The company has kept the initial price of the car at Rs 44.95 lakh, which can increase according to the variant.
Flex fuel version of the Wagon-R will run on 20 to 80% ethanol
Maruti Suzuki showcased the flex fuel prototype of the WagonR at the Auto Expo. This car can run on E85 fuel. Such vehicles have been developed to run on ethanol blending ranging from 20% to 85%.
Flex fuel vehicles are very cheap to run, as ethanol fuel is available at a much lower cost than diesel-petrol. The special thing about these vehicles is that they give good performance and better running cost like diesel-petrol. The company also introduced a CNG-powered model of the compact SUV Brezza.
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Maruti unveils 1st electric SUV, will get advanced connectivity features
Maruti also showcased its first electric SUV concept EVX at the event. Regarding this car brought with Imaginext Vision, the company claims that it will be able to run 550 KM in a single charge. The EVX is the first offering from Maruti in the electric vehicle segment.
Therefore, the company used Metaverse in its presentation. Maruti claims that the new SUV made by Suzuki will get advanced connectivity features along with performance. The company has also announced an investment of Rs 10,000 crore for electric SUV production.
Many big auto makers will not attend the event
This time luxury vehicle companies Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi will not be seen at the event along with Mahindra & Mahindra, Skoda, Volkswagen and Nissan. Apart from this, the presence of major two-wheeler companies such as Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Company will be limited to the display of their ‘flex fuel’ prototype vehicles in the ethanol pavilion.
Entry for common people from 13 to 18 January
The Auto Expo Motor Show will be held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. Although the Auto Expo 2023 event will start from January 11, but January 11 and 12 are reserved for the media. It will be organised for the general public from 13 to 18 January. Its timing will be from 11 am to 8 pm.
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