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Dhaka Motor Show 2018 – what to expect

The only automotive show in Bangladesh kicks off tomorrow at International Convention City, Bashundhara. Organised by CEMS Global alongside a Bike Show, Commercial Automotive Show and Auto Parts show, the 13th edition of the Dhaka Motor Show will feature a host of automotive dealerships. Here's a run-down of what you can expect to see there.

Toyota FT1 Concept

With the Supra name all set to return very soon, the FT1 Concept making an appearance in Bangladesh is delightful news for local automotive enthusiasts. This will be the first time a globally recognised concept car will be shown at the yearly Dhaka Motor Show, and that's ground-breaking in its own right. Hopefully other dealerships catch on and manage what Navana is doing with the FT1.



Toyota Mirai

Alongside the FT1, we'll be treated to the Mirai, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle of the future. It has  a production model that is sold in the US and Japan, but lack of a viable re-fueling infrastructure means it's lagging behind electrics in the race for finding alternative power for automobiles. It's fitting that we're getting to see it – with most of the cars in Bangladesh run on CNG (and soon, LPG), it'll be an essential glimpse into what might power the future.



Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Ford's authorised distributor, AG Automobiles, brought in a couple of Ford Mustangs, the halo car being powered by the small but efficient 2.0 litreEcoboost motor. They'll be likely to display one of the Mustangs, since nothing draws a crowd like a two door sports car with an iconic American badge.



Toyota i-Road

Replace the motorbike with a gyrating monopod of a car? That's a novel idea, but the i-Road is supposedly the perfect city car, utilising nearly non-existent dimensions that help fit it inside tight city traffic and a leaning mechanism that helps take tight turns. If Toyota ever makes a non-demonstration model, that is.



Peugeot 508

The newly launched Peugeot brand will be at the motor show to get some exposure with possibly their entire range of vehicles for Bangladesh. Even if the 2008 and 3008 aren't there, the 508 will at least be present, since AG Motors launched the showroom with the executive sedan.



Mercedes Benz GLC

Mercedes' baby crossover SUV is the latest car to come to our shores, and Rancon Motors Ltd will be eager to show off the GLC. The small-ish CLA sedan might make an appearance as well, so watch this space.



Toyota Vios

The new Vios isn't really new. It comes with an updated face, improved materials and is largely the same underneath, still utilising the gutsy but economical 1.5 litre motor that we tested it with previously. Considering how the cosmetic pieces are quite important to the average Bangladeshi customer, the new Vios should do well here.



Honda CRV

The all-new CRV is an exciting prospect – the smallish 1.5 litre 4-cylinder motor puts out more than enough power at 190 HP and 179lb-ft torque, which means it's gutsy yet efficient. Honda has packed the CRV with a bunch of high-end equipment as well, yet the price stays competitively low compared to its bigger displacement rivals in the SUV segment.

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