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TechLekh’s Top 5 New Car Picks from NADA Auto Show 2019!

NADA Auto Show 2019 is here! Honestly, I can barely contain my excitement! We’ve been waiting for months, and its finally here! This is perhaps one of the most exciting events to happen to Nepali Auto Industry in a very long time. It’s not just exciting because it’s the Biggest Auto Show event in Nepal.

Rather, it is exciting because of the sheer volume of new cars and motorcycles, we’re seeing right now. Compared to the previous year’s NADA, this year has electric cars, electric motorcycle, premium cars, premium motorcycles, and many more.

So, there are about 23 brands of four-wheelers, 19 brands of two-wheelers, 14 brands of garage-auto components, 13 financial institutions, 12 brands of lubricants, 9 brands of tires, and 5 brands of batteries.

Despite our best efforts, it’s going to be physically impossible to cover everything. Well, that’s very unfortunate.

However, I’m sure, other news sites will cover the better part of that. On the other hand, let’s try to do something different.

So, among the 23 cars brand which are being showcased at the event, we’ll list out TOP 5 Cars Showcased at the NADA event, something like a TechLekh Edition. Of course, these are some of the cars that kind of caught our eye.

We will also list out our Top 5 New Bikes in Nepal. So, stay tuned for that!

Top 5 New Cars in Nepal


TATA H5

It should be pretty obvious, right? Tata H5 was launched internationally as Tata Harrier, but due to a copyright issue with Toyota, the name was changed in the internationally to what we know today.

Firstly, Tata takes a drastically different approach when compared to all the old SUVs we’ve seen so far.

Starting off with the performance, Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-liter Kryotec Turbocharged Diesel Engine with 1956cc engine displacement. This can generate max torque of 350Nm at 1750-2500rpm and max power of 140Bhp at 3750rpm. Furthermore, it is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

You get these awesome looking Dual Function DRLs that can act as a turn indicator, lower mounted Xenon HID Projector Headlamps, 3D LED taillamps. Moreover, you’ll also get to see the piano black finish here, premium oak wood finish dashboard there, and leather-wrapped interiors.

Talking about the features, you get the latest infotainment system, voice recognition, and segment-first 7-inch TFT color instrument cluster!

Tata H5 will be available in four trims: XR, XM, XT, and XZ. As for the starting price, Tata H5 price in Nepal is Rs. 56,66,000 Lakhs for the base variant. Moreover, it goes all the way to Rs. 74.55 Lakhs for the top variant.

2019 TATA Harrier Key Specifications

  • Engine: Kryotec 2.0L Turbocharged diesel, in-line 4-cylinder
  • Displacement: 1956cc
  • Mileage: 20kmpl
  • Transmission: 6-speed Manual
  • Max Power: 140BHP at 3750 RPM
  • Max Torque: 350NM at 4200 RPM
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 50L
  • Ground Clearance: 205mm
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Tires: 235/65 R17 (with ABS, Front Disc and Rear Drum)
  • Kerb Weight: 825 kg

Tata H5 Price in Nepal (XE): Rs. 56,55,000

Tata H5 Price in Nepal (XM): Rs. 64,55,000

Tata H5 Price in Nepal (XT): Rs. 69,55,000

Tata H5 Price in Nepal (XZ): Rs. 74,55,000


Jeep Trailhawk

Moving on, we reach the iconic Jeep stall. There are few Jeep Compass being showcased here, but that’s not what we are here for. It’s this one

Jeep Compass Trailhawk.

If you didn’t know, Jeep launched the now-popular Jeep Compass in Nepal at last year’s NADA. This year, it’s the all-new Jeep Trailhawk.

The overall red-black color looks exciting, to say the least. It just gives it an eye-catching look that simply separates it from the other compass siblings.

While the Trailhawk is still powered by the same 2.0-litre Multijet Diesel Engine, which can produce 170PS of max power and 350Nm of max torque. But there’s a slight catch!

You’ll get an entire off-roader with a 4-wheel drive along with 9-speed automatic gearbox! Plus, you get these chunkier off-roading tires that make the entire SUV look even more of a killer in the styling department!

Moreover, a lot of features have been derived from the Jeep Compass Limited Plus variant. However, a powered driver seat, auto headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers are missing.

As expected, this one will cost you pretty heavy. Jeep Compass Trailhawk price in Nepal is set at Rs. 1,24,00,900.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Key Specifications

  • Engine: 2.0L Multijet Turbo Diesel
  • Displacement: 1956cc
  • Mileage: 16.3kmpl
  • Transmission: 6-speed Manual
  • Max Power: 1700BHP at 3750 RPM
  • Max Torque: 350NM at 4200 RPM
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 60L
  • Ground Clearance: 205mm
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Tires: n/a
  • Kerb Weight: n/a

Jeep Compass Trailhawk Price in Nepal: Rs. 1,24,00,900


Hyundai Venue

Moving on to the Hyundai stall, you can see plenty of eye-catching treats! Likewise, you can also see Hyundai’s best-selling electric car, “Hyundai Kona”.

Originally, Hyundai Kona was supposed to be on my Top 5 list, but its bigger cousin, the Hyundai Venue which was launched just days before the NADA event, took away its thunder.

Everything about Hyundai Venue is appealing, the exterior grill, the funky headlight, the attractive design along with modern features.

Hyundai Venue will be available in three different variants: 1.2L petrol (base variant), 1.0L Turbocharged Petrol, and 1.4L U2 CRDi Diesel (top variant). Moving on, the base variant which is powered by a 1.2-liter petrol engine can generate max torque of 115Nm and max power of 83bhp. Interestingly, the overall power numbers and torque numbers vary slightly, depending on the variant.

So, let’s talk pricing, Hyundai Venue price in Nepal is set at Rs. 34.96 Lakhs for the base variant. The overall pricing will be higher based on the variant and additional features.

2019 Hyundai Venue Key Specifications

  • Engine: 1.0L Petrol, 1.2L Petrol & 1.4L Diesel
  • Displacement: 1197cc
  • Mileage: 15-20kmpl
  • Transmission: 7-speed DCT, 6-speed MT & 5-speed MT
  • Max Power: 118bhp, 82bhp & 89bhp
  • Max Torque: 172Nm, 115Nm & 220Nm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 45L
  • Ground Clearance: 200mm
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Tires: 215/60 R16 (with ABS, Front Disc and Rear Drum)
  • Kerb Weight: 1066 kg

2019 Hyundai Venue Price in Nepal (1.2 Kappa Petrol): Rs. 34,96,000*

2019 Hyundai Venue Price in Nepal (1.0 Turbo Petrol): Rs. 41,96,000*

2019 Hyundai Venue Price in Nepal (1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel): Rs. 42,96,000*

*Starting Price (Base Variant)


Mahindra XUV 300

You don’t need me to point out the symbolic popularity behind the name, “Mahindra”. It is one of the most preferred and reliable auto manufacturers in Nepal. Known for its superior build and simple design, Mahindra has even become a household name.

Mahindra XUV 300 will be offered in two engine variants: 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel. Talking about the petrol engine, it will produce a max power of 110BHP and max torque of 200Nm. Although, the diesel variant is far more superior with 115BHP power and 300Nm torque.

As for the pricing, Mahindra XUV price in Nepal for the petrol engine starts at Rs. 39,75,000, going all the way up to Rs. 56,50,000. Likewise, Mahindra XUV price in Nepal for the diesel engine starts at Rs. 41,25,000 going all the way up to Rs. 57,25,000.

Mahindra XUV 300 Key Specifications

  • Engine: 1.2L Petrol / 1.5L Diesel
  • Max Power: 110BHP / 115BHP
  • Max Torque: 200Nm / 300Nm
  • No. of Gears: 6
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Seating Capacity: 5 Person
  • Safety Features: ABS, EBD, ISOFIX, Airbag

Mahindra XUV 300 Price in Nepal (W4 – Petrol): Rs. 39,75,000

Mahindra XUV 300 Price in Nepal (W8 O – Petrol): Rs. 56,50,000

Mahindra XUV 300 Price in Nepal (W4 – Diesel): Rs. 41,25,000

Mahindra XUV 300 Price in Nepal (W6 – Diesel): Rs. 45,00,000

Mahindra XUV 300 Price in Nepal (W8 – Diesel): Rs. 51,50,000

Mahindra XUV 300 Price in Nepal (W8 O – Diesel): Rs. 57,25,000


Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Nepal announced it at the last minute, which kind of had us head over heels over the entire thing.

If you didn’t know, Toyota kind if took charge over the entire “Hybrid Car” movement.  So, you should know that this is a big deal!

Going by the look alone, it checks almost all the boxes for being an awesome car. It is stylish, it is premium, and better yet, it is a hybrid!

Unfortunately, this is a sedan. Right now, the market is hot for SUVs. Nonetheless, it comes with a Toyota reliability, future-proofed with the hybrid engine, along with premium design.

That’s more than I bargained for!

As for the pricing, the Toyota Camry Hybrid price in Nepal is 1,31,00,000. It is definitely more expensive than I was hoping for. Personally, I am split thinking if it’s worth it or not. One hand, it’s a Toyota hybrid. On the other, it’s an expensive sedan.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Key Specifications

  • Engine: 2.5L, 4-cylinder Gasoline Engine
  • Displacement: 2487cc
  • Hybrid Motor Generator: Hybrid Dynamic Force Engine (118BHP, 204.1Nm)
  • Mileage: 15-20kmpl
  • Transmission: 6-Speed CVT
  • Max Power: 178BHP at 5700rpm
  • Max Torque: 221Nm at 3600-5200rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 65L
  • Ground Clearance: 160mm
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Tires: 235/45R18
  • Kerb Weight: 1665 kg

Toyota Camry Hybrid Price in Nepal: Rs. 1,31,00,000


So, that was the list for our choices for the Top 5 New Cars in Nepal. Plus, I want you to know that picking out just five cars from the list of twenty-three brand was a very difficult task.

Plus, I would like to include few honorable mentions like Ford EcoSport Thunder Edition, ISUZU D-Max (Single Cab), Nissan Kicks, Peugeot 5008, Mahindra Marazzo, Toyota RAV 4, and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

Honestly. I would’ve picked the Audi E-Tron too. But they weren’t there for the event.

Obviously, everyone has a different taste, your “Top 5” might differ from ours. So, let us know your favorite “Top 5 Cars You’ve Seen at the NADA Auto Show” in the comments down below!


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