Tech-laden star cars of Auto Expo 2016

Take a look at the cars we fell in love with at the 2016 edition of Asia’s largest motor show

With the world’s leading marques and a few hundred thousand visitors, Auto Expo might be the biggest mela since the 80s, when the brothers Ram and Shyam got separated and ended up on opposing sides of the law.

But don’t fret if you couldn’t battle your way through the crowds. We’ve got all the skinny on all the cars that really set our pulses racing.

Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²

In a nutshell Take a G500, pump it full of steroids, send it to the gym and then ask it to prepare for the motoring equivalent of MMA fighting. That’s what the G500 4x4² is

Claim to fame Nearly half a metre of ground clearance and wading depth of a metre makes it more moon buggy than supermarket runabout. And it’s fierce-looking to the point it could frighten an Abrams tank

Tech on the menu Rally-derived suspension and twin driving modes means this behemoth (never has that word been so apt) might be just as easy on winding tarmac as it is out in the boondocks

Best driven… In Iceland, on the moon and anywhere you won’t encounter people of a nervous disposition

Status Prototype vehicle

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

In a nutshell You don’t have to settle for copycats, now that the real deal’s here!

Claim to fame It’s the Jeep. Get it in full SRT trim and you’ll get to taste an insane 470hp from the 6.7L Hemi V8. Combine that with Quadra-Trac 4x4 and you get a continent- devouring monster!

Tech on the menu This bonafide, rock-crawlin’, mud-pluggin’ 4x4 has Launch Control, 8-speed auto, paddle shifters, an 8.4in touchscreen and a 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds. Yup, it could embarrass many a supercar

Best driven… Wherever you may want to roam (And don’t forget to put on some Metallica on the stereo and hang up a Stars-and-Stripes out of the window)

Status On our roads soon

Price tba

BMW 7 Series

In a nutshell The ultimate CEO chariot, now in a smarter avatar

Claim to fame Melds driving pleasure and fancy toys with enough luxury to keep a Fortune 500 boss in a good mood even during recession

Tech on the menu Where do we even begin? Laserlight adaptive headlights, DisplayKey, which puts a touchscreen on your keys and comes in handy when using Remote Control Parking, infrared Night Vision, Heads-Up Display... Or just put on some music via the Touch Command screen, place your phone in the wireless charging cradle, and check out the stars through the panoramic sunroof!

Best driven… Sipping champagne in the back as you celebrate the success of your billion-dollar startup’s IPO

Status Go buy it now!

Price from 1.11 crore

 
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