1. Maruti Suzuki eVX concept
The first thing shown off this year was the Maruti Suzuki eVX concept, a sneak peek at Maruti’s first electric car, which will go on sale in 2025. This new platform will be built with Toyota. The eVX is about the same size as the current Creta. It is 4,300mm long and has a wheelbase of 2,700mm.
The eVX concept has a new design language that differs from Maruti’s current range of IC (internal combustion) engines. The SUV concept has very short overhangs, a high ground clearance, bulging wheel arches, a sloping roof like a coupe, and rugged cladding all around. Maruti has said that this new eVX SUV concept will have a 60kWh battery and a range of about 500km in real life. There will also be a cheaper model with a smaller battery of about 48kWh and a real-world range of about 400km.
2. Kia EV9 Concept
The EV9 concept shows what Kia’s best all-electric SUV will look like. It will be almost as big as the Range Rover and will go into production at the end of 2023. The EV9 concept has a 77.4kWh battery pack, but we need to learn how far it can go or how much power it can put out. It is built on the E-GMP platform and has an electrical architecture with 800V that lets it charge quickly at up to 350kW. When it goes into production, the EV9 is likely to have a top-of-the-line model with two motors and four-wheel drive, as well as an entry-level model with a single motor driving the rear axle.
The new EV9 has a square shape and a new take on the “tiger nose” grille, a brand trademark. It stands straight, has clean lines, flat surfaces, and a large glass roof with a sharp bend after the C-pillar. Inside, the EV9 concept has a simple dashboard with two screens for information and entertainment, a flat-bottom steering wheel with no spokes, and no physical controls.
3. Lexus LF-30 and LF-Z concepts
At Auto Expo 2023, Lexus showed off two concept cars: the LF-30 and the LF-Z EV. The first one, which has Lexus design cues, is as far out as concepts get. Its interior is similar to the brand’s Tazuna concept, which is about making a space where the driver can focus on driving. The front passenger seat is said to look like a first-class seat on an aeroplane. Four electric motors power the LF-30 concept. Together, they make 544hp and 700Nm of torque. The LF-30 has a WLTP-rated range of 500km and a 110kWh battery. The Lexus LF-30 can also charge wirelessly, which is an exciting feature.
The LF-Z concept, which also has the Tazuna’s interior, looks like the Toyota BZ4X but is made by Lexus. It uses AI to learn the driver’s tastes and habits so that the audio playback, navigation, and choice of drive mode can be tailored to the driver. The LF-Z works with two electric motors that make 544hp and 700Nm of torque together. The range of the 90kWh battery is 600km.
4. Tata electric concepts
Tata Motors stole the show at this year’s Auto Expo, with as many as four concepts on display. These included the ICE version of the Curvv Concept, the Avinya Concept, the new Harrier EV Concept, and the Sierra EV concept, the last two of which are close to being ready for production.