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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.