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Preview! 2010 Auto Expo

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The Auto Expo is back! We bring you a list of cars that are going to be showcased in Delhi between the 5th and the 11th of January.

FORD FIGO
Ford's first small car for the Indian market, the Figo is based on the same platform as the existing Fiesta saloon and Fuson hatch. It will come powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre Duratorq engine.

NISSAN MICRA
Nissan has mostly kept mum about the Micra, revealing very few details. What we do know is that Micra will come powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine, derived from the Renault Logan. Expect prices to start at Rs 4 lakh.

CHEVROLET BEAT
GM's third small car in India, the Beat, will come powered by two engines - a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine. GM doesn't have a small capacity diesel engine just yet, but are working on developing one.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO
The Polo's trump card will be its aggressive pricing, beginning around Rs 4.5lakh. The Polo will come powered by two engines - a petrol and diesel.

TOYOTA PRIUS
The world's largest selling hybrid will go on sale before the Expo. What will be made available is the 1.8-litre petrol engined version, mated to a battery pack. Toyota claims that its CO2 emissions are 43 per cent lower, while being about 20-30 per cent more fuel-efficient than a similar petrol-powered car. Pricey though, at Rs 28-30lakh.

TATA INDICRUZ
Tata's first MPV. A derivative of the 2.2-litre common-rail diesel engine found on the Safari will power it. The Indicruz will be loaded with features, which might include airbags, ABS, cruise control and automatic climate control.

SUZUKI KIZASHI
Powered by a slightly more powerful version of its 2.4-litre engine found on the Grand Vitara, it will be mated to a CVT gearbox with paddleshifters. Maruti might use the Auto Expo as an occassion to gauge people's response towards the product and accordingly decide pricing, which we feel might be in the region of Rs 14-16 lakh

HYUNDAI SANTA FE
Hyundai's third assault on the Indian SUV market. The stylish five and seven-seater Santa Fe will be powered by a new generation 2.2-litre R diesel engine. While this engine produced 194 bhp in Europe, we expect the power rating to be slightly de-tuned.

BMW 5 SERIES
The new F10 model signals a return to basics with more subtle design elements. While it does become marginally bigger on the inside as well, expect more features too. Engines will range from the usual four and six-cylinder petrols and diesels to the twin-turbo V8 petrol.

VOLVO XC60
This smaller-than-the-XC90 crossover will take on the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 with its range of four and five-cylinder engines. The XC60's five seater layout and modern styling cues should attract a lot more buyers to Volvo's showrooms, especially its price tag that should slip in just below Rs 30 lakh.