Year 2012 has been a happening one for the automotive world. In the Indian market alone, 47 new models were launched. Global launches and concept unveilings have kept enthusiasts on their toes, with everything from eco-friendly compact urban runabouts to stonking performance cars in the mix. Here are the most intriguing concept cars unveiled in 2012, which we hope will hit the streets soon.
Home grown automobile maker Tata, in collaboration with Tata Technologies, their cutting edge IT department, came up with the eMO (short for electric MObility) electric concept car.
Unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show, the Tata eMO is powered by liquid-cooled dual motors that generate 25PS of power. The electric motors are driven by a lithium ion battery that gives the eMO a driving range of 160km on full charge and a top speed of 105km/h.
The eco friendly Tata eMO is built from recycled materials and its mould-in coloured panels ensure that its construction has a low carbon footprint.
A large glass panoramic roof, large windows, an LCD tablet in place of a conventional dashboard and an almost non-existent centre console make the eMO feel even more spacious than it appears. It seats four adults in comfort, and its massive front doors and rear suicide doors provide easy ingress and egress.
With an estimated price tag of $20,000 (Rs 11 lakh) the eMO is a affordable futuristic electric vehicle that could fare well on streets across the globe.
The Duster developed as a budget SUV was beginning to show its age and therefore in 2012 Renault gave it a new lease of life in the form of the D-Cross concept.
Essentially a run-of-the-mill Duster under the skin, the D-Cross features a stronger power dome on the bonnet, radically styled grille and what seem to be LED headlamps, sporty lower guard for the bumper along with futuristic fog lamps. It gets a coat of green paint, a roof rack with the spare wheel mounted atop, raised ride height and new chunky wheels and tyres for a more butch look.
At the back, the angular rear quarter glass livens up the otherwise flat glasshouse and the new tail lights look fairly modern. The D-Cross concept gets a new rear bumper with a red reflector strip running across it with rear fog lamps at both ends. There is a new silver air diffuser in the centre to add to its sporty appeal.
What powertrain it’ll use is not known but SUV crazy Indian will love a four-wheel drive system.
Land Rover Defender DC100
Originally slated to replace the iconic Land Rover Defender, the Defender DC100 concept is being designed to meet the requirements of armed forces and humanitarian groups like the Red Cross.
When it was first showcased in Frankfurt, Land Rover stated that the new Defender will come loaded with gizmos to make sure that the driver is always aware of the terrain and has the necessary capabilities to tackle it. A Terrain-I scanning device will warn the driver of unseen off-road obstacles, Wade Aid sonar technology will assess water depth and advise optimum speed, the new Defender DC100 will also feature a driver activated spike tyre system ‘Always-on’ connectivity and telematics along with built-in induction charging stations.
The powertrain options will use the latest technology to optimise performance and fuel efficiency both on the road and off it. The Land Rover Defender DC100 is sure to usher in a new era of rugged and capable off-roading.
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