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Delhi Expo: Tata, Mahindra SUVs a big hit

INDIAN car-makers Tata and Mahindra have made an impact at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo, with a series of concepts and new production models creating buzz for both brands on the show stands.

India’s market leader Tata showed off a couple of SUV models in production guise, indicating they will be ready to be sold in India in the coming months, GoAuto reports.

First was the Nexon crossover, a diminutive high-riding hatch comparable in size with the Mazda CX-3 and Indian-built Ford EcoSport.

Revealed at the Delhi show two years ago as a concept, the Nexon will be paired with either a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, or a 81kW (108hp)/260Nm 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit.

Tata also revealed the Hexa (below), a larger, more richly appointed SUV based on the Aria MPV, a people-mover sold in India.

hexa

The Hexa’s cabin features a 5.0-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, six airbags and a reversing camera.

It will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 115kW and 400Nm.

Indian rival Mahindra ripped the covers off the XUV Aero (main pic), which channels the design of the BMW X4/X6, with its sloping rear end and muscular front fascia.

It is based on the existing XUV500 SUV which uses a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 103kW/330Nm.

Maruti Suzuki, the Indian arm of the Japanese brand, also premiered a bunch of new models at Delhi.

This included the Ignis, the production version of the previously-shown iM-4 concept first shown at the 2015 Tokyo show.

Suzuki says that the Indian version will largely be the same as its Japanese sibling, with only a few minor changes being made for the local market.

The company also showed off the Baleno RS, which is essentially the same model as the Baleno that was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The Baleno RS will use a peppy turbocharged three-pot engine, and will go on sale in India later this year.

The three-cylinder turbo engine is not exclusive to Maruti Suzuki and will be used on international models of the Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki also exhibited the new Vitara Brezza (below), a car that shares most of its DNA with the new Vitara. It will use a 1.3-litre turbo-diesel engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission.

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