Top car/SUV/EVs expected to debut at Delhi Auto Expo


The Indian automotive industry has seen a significant number of launches this year and the industry will kick start the new year will Asia’s biggest motor show – Delhi Auto Expo. A lot of auto manufacturers are getting ready to launch and debut their new cars, SUVs and EVs.
Here are the vehicles which are expected to make their India debut at Delhi Auto Expo
1. Maruti Jimny 5 door
Maruti has been spotted testing the five-door Jimny quite a few times already and recently it was spotted testing in Leh. When launched, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will compete with Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha.
The Jimny 5-door will retain most of the styling elements from the three-door version. The five-door version gets a five twin-spoke alloy wheel design, a large bumper with a honeycomb mesh pattern, fog lamps on both ends, and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
Talking about the interior, the cabin layout of the SUV is expected to remain the same but Jimny might get a bigger touchscreen system with connected car tech. The feature list will include Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 360-degree camera, Wireless charging, steering-mounted controls and many more.
Mechanically, the Maruti Jimny is expected to retain the same 1.5-litre, 4-cyl, NA petrol engine which also powers up the newly launched Grand Vitara and Brezza. This engine produces 100 bhp and 130 Nm of torque.
We expect Maruti to price the five-door Jimny starting from Rs 8 lakh and when launched, the Jimny will take on Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha.
2. 2023 Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the Indian market for almost 15 years. The updated Swift was launched in the Indian market in 2018 and now is due to get a major facelift.
The 2023 Swift was recently spied testing in Europe. The hatchback’s all-new model is likely to make a global debut by the end of 2022 and its India launch might take place in early 2023.
The 2023 Swift will feature sleeker headlamps with new LED elements, a completely new front grille, updated bumper with wider and lower air intakes. The fog lamp assembly will have new C-shaped air splitters. Some of its other design highlights will include larger, dual-tone alloy wheels, new body panels, blacked-out pillars and a spoiler.
Rumour suggests that the new 2023 Maruti Swift could get mild-hybrid tech with the 1.2L K12N Dualjet petrol engine in the European markets but in India getting a hybrid tech is highly doubtful.
3. Maruti Baleno cross
The Maruti Baleno Cross has also spied testing on Indian roads multiple times.
The vehicle features a distinctive sloping roofline with a slightly more upright front fascia and higher ground clearance.
From the spied images, the front grille looks much larger and wider and it also shows highlights like split headlamps with lower-set main headlights and streaks of daytime running LEDs above them.
The test mule also wears black coloured alloy wheels which are likely 16-inches. The squared-off wheel arches and dark body cladding can also be seen. At the rear, key highlights include a raked windshield, chunky bumper and boot-lid integrated spoiler.
The cross Baleno also wears roof rails which gives it an SUV stance and it is also expected to come with front and rear skid plates and body cladding all around.
Talking about the powertrain, the Baleno cross is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated K12C Dualjet petrol engine from the Baleno. This engine produces 90 bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque and comes mated with a 5-speed manual or an AMT.
It is also expected that Maruti might bring back the turbocharged 1.0-litre, 3-cyl, petrol engine which was available in the Baleno RS.
The Baleno cross is said to make its debut at the 2023 Auto Expo and when launched, it will compete with Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger and Citroen C3.
4. Kia Carnival
The facelifted Kia Carnival was unveiled globally in 2021. While its India launch timeline is yet to be revealed by the carmaker, it’s expected to come sometime next year.
Globally, the Carnival is being offered with the 3.5L V6 MPi petrol, new 2.2L Smartstream and 3.5L GDi V6 Smartstrem engine options. In India, the 2023 Kia Carnival is likely to be made available with the 2.2L diesel motor making 200bhp and 440Nm. Transmission duties will be done by an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Some features that will be included are blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, surround view monitor, forward collision avoidance assist, and high beam assist.
Talking about the dimensions, the new Carnival measures 5155mm in length, 1995mm in width and 1775mm in height.
5. Kia Seltos facelift
The Kia Seltos was the first car to be launched in India from Kia. The SUV was launched in the Indian market back in 2019 and is due to get a facelift.
The 2023 Kia Seltos was recently spied testing on Indian roads, Since the SUV was extensively covered, it’s hard to tell anything about its new design. But its upright silhouette looks similar to the existing model.
The upright silhouette looks similar to the existing model. We expect no changes in terms of dimensions but since this will be the first facelift for the Seltos, what we can confirm is that the model will be getting redesigned front and rear bumpers, a new re-designed headlamp setup, revised tail-lights, re-designed alloy wheels and some additional features such as a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, head-up display and ADAS tech.
As mentioned the 2023 Seltos will get re-designed alloys, however, the test mule spied is wearing existing alloys from Seltos. Moving on to the interior, the layout design is expected to remain the same as the previous generation but Kia might tweak the materials inside the cabin to make the cabin feel modern and upmarket.
Additional features such as a panoramic sunroof, digital instrumental cluster, bigger touchscreen infotainment, 360-degree camera, head-up display, and ADAS tech is expected to be offered by Kia.
Talking about the Engine and Transmission, we expect the 2023 Seltos to continue with the same engine and transmission options, which include a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol with 6-speed MT and 7-speed DCT, a 1.5-litre NA petrol with 6-speed MT, CVT and 6-speed iMT and a 1.5-litre diesel with 6-speed MT and 6-speed AT. Models overseas might get mild-hybrid tech, but in India, it could be seen a little later.
The outgoing model has priced from Rs 10.19 lakh to Rs 18.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), and we expect the new Seltos to be costlier by at-least Rs 50,000.
When launched, the Seltos will continue to compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder.
6. Tata Altroz EV
Tata showcased the all-electric variant of the Altroz premium hatchback at the Geneva Motor show in 2019. The Tata Altroz EV is based on the same ALFA platform which is compatible with electrification.
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to borrow many features from the already launched Nexon EV such as the same electric powertrain, PDU (Power distribution unit) and battery pack. The car is expected to come with connected car technology which lets you access the car’s stats such as the remaining battery, and charging history and even locate the nearest charging stations for you.
The Tata Altroz EV is expected to be priced around Rs 12- 15 lakhs in India.
7. Citroen C3 EV
Citroen India recently launched the new and updated 2022 Citroen C5 Aircross SUV to the Indian market. The C3 compact hatch was also launched recently to focus on more volumes. The next product from Citroen to India will be the 2023 C3 EV.
Talking about the C3 EV, the car was recently spied testing in Indian roads. The front fender of spied car was camouflaged and it looks to be covering the charging port. The EV will be based on the ICE C3 as the side profile and the design elements look the same as the ICE counterpart. However, we expect Citroen to make some noticeable cosmetic changes to differentiate itself from the regular model.
Talking about the powertrain and battery, it is expected to be offered with multiple battery options, one of which is the global-spec 50kWh battery pack with a WLTP-claimed range of over 350km, present in the Peugeot e-208 which is based on the same platform. The EV is expected to be powered by an electric motor that produces 136 bhp and 260Nm of torque. There’s a possibility that the EV could also feature a smaller battery pack with a range of about 300km.
When launched, the EV will compete with Tata Tiago EV and Tigor EV.


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