Maruti Suzuki Ignis Launching On January 13th 2017
According to the recent reports Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the all new Ignis Crossover in India on January 13th 2017. The Ignis will be the third car which will be sold via the Nexa showrooms after the Baleno and the SX4 Cross.
During the time of the launch the Ignis will most probably be powered by the 1.2 Litre petrol unit while the diesel variant will get the tried and tested 1.3 Litre unit. While the same vehicle is offered with petrol or a petrol hybrid unit, as far as the Indian market is concerned, expect both the diesel and the petrol unit to be powered by 5 speed manual gearbox while later most likely it will also be offered with an automatic variant.
Unlike other Maruti Suzuki offerings the Ignis will be a completely new car which not only looks different but also will get a completely new interior which has never ever seen before in any of the Maruti products available in the Indian market.
The Ignis Crossover will compete directly with the Mahindra KUV100 when it is finally launched in the Indian market. As far as the pricing is concerned expect it to be priced in between INR. 5.5–8 lakh (ex showroom).
Renderings of BSA and JAWA have landed
Last week we had featured an interesting piece of news about the Indian auto major Mahindra and Mahindra’s subsidiary, Classic Legends Pvt Ltd. (CLPL) purchasing the iconic British biker BSA Motorcycles and rights to the JAWA brand to launch new products which “will capture the character, DNA and ethos of these brands”, and that it will “develop products that are in sync with the DNA of the BSA and Jawa brands”. Check it here.
While we know that it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’, rendering artists across the globe have already started letting their imagination run wild. They say that ’Imagination is a place where all the important answers lies’ and I guess we have started to get ours.
An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi and is also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looks of concepts which might be expected from the Mahindra stable in the future. They include desert runners, scramblers and street build concepts. Let’s have a look at these:
Watch How The 2017 Duke 390 Handles Corners In This New Promo: Video
KTM unveiled the second generation Duke 390 recently at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show. This streetfighter has received a complete overhaul in terms of overall design however what is disappointing is the fact that the motorcycle hasn’t actually received any change in terms of powertrain. As a result the new Duke 390 is still powered by the same 373.2 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected unit, this unit is capable of producing about 44 ps of peak power 37 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox while the new Duke also gets the slipper clutch as well. There is also a new ride by wire throttle system added for the first time in this baby Duke which provides different riding modes. For the safety of the rider the Duke 390 also gets a duel channel ABS setup as well.
As far as some other changes are concerned KTM has actually decided to reduce the overall wheelbase of the new motorcycle by almost 10 mm which has made the motorcycle more nimble machine. The result of that change is clearly visible in this new promo video of the Duke 390 where the motorcycle attacks corner quite efficiently. What else is also new is the headlamps that’s right the Duke 390 has received a full LED headlamps for the first time, while it also has received a new TFT instrument cluster as well. All these styling changes have actually made the motorcycle appear more aggressive than the earlier variant.
The promo video of the Duke 390 shows the rider is riding his motorcycle and taking on the corners with ease.
Expect the all new 2017 KTM Duke 390 to hit the Indian market in 2017 and it will be priced slightly higher than the existing variant.
Tata Motors To Launch Hexa SUV On January 18th 2017
So its official Tata Motors is all set to launch their much waited Hexa Crossover on 18th January 2017 in India. This Crossover will be replacing the Arya in the market and will compete with some other big names like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Toyota Innova Crysta.
The production variant of the Hexa made its first appearance at the 2016 Auto expo this year and recently the manufacturer conducted media drive for the press, they even opened Tata Hexa Experience centre where people can come and experience in person what the Hexa Crossover is actually capable of and can book the vehicle directly.
Powering the Hexa Crossover is the same 2.2 Litre Varicor diesel unit which will be available in two states of tune. The Varicor 320 will power the entry level trims while the top end trims will be powered by the Varicor 400 unit. The 2.2 Litre Varicor 320 unit is capable of producing about 150 Hp of peak power and around 320 Nm of torque. While the more powerful Varicor 400 unit is capable of producing about 156 Hp of peak power and 400 Nm of torque. The Crossover will be paired to a 6 speed manual transmission as standard while there will also be 6 speed automatic transmission offered as an option as well. As you all already know by now that the Hexa Crossover will be made available with both four wheel drive as well as two wheel drive option.
MV Agusta “Ballistic Trident” by Rough Crafts
When I approached Phil, who happens to be my boss, to discuss featuring this article on our page, he looked at it for atleast a couple of minutes without saying a word while I just stood there. And then, I saw his face changing. Squinting confusion to pale blank to awe struck excitement. Then he looks at me and I’m already giving him the ‘Yeah I know. I did that too’ face. Tinngg!... there, I just got myself a brownie point.
The rule of three, or “omne trium perfectum” as it was first written in Latin, debates that everything that comes in threes’ is perfect. This maybe the reason why the MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is that good. An exotic Italian motorcycle that reached a new pinnacle of technical development and performance with that biblical three cylinder power mill. And where the looks of this bike goes, it is so good that it was voted the most beautiful bike of the year at EICMA 2016. This bike oozes sex appeal unlike any other brand or motorcycle could offer.
Just when you thought MV pulled off a great show with this Brutale, and you started walking back with awe filled in your body, everything goes pitch dark and the spotlights turns to the ‘Ballastic Trident’. Metal sparks fly everywhere. At first you don’t know what to think of it, you’re brain is confused. It is still not developed enough to handle the dripping sexiness. But give it some time and you’ll thank me later for the hankering lust.
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
When we talk about the Indian two wheeler market in person, this fastest growing market in the world for two wheelers, which perhaps will become the biggest as well in the upcoming years surpassing the markets positioned above it, has shown a tremendous shift in terms of customer preferences. Within this market, if we talk about the performance oriented segments as well, the category of 200-250cc motorcycles has become the range starting class, unlike that of the 150cc commuters as before.
Due to this shift, sense of increased maturity and flow of money, the riders are now looking out for middleweight motorcycles more, while upgrading their riding skills from a 200-250cc motorcycle. This has resulted in an increased interest and sales numbers of middleweight category motorcycles. Since the liter class superbikes are a bit impractical for their upgrade and usage, the middleweight motorcycles are currently considered to be the best bet to be their next purchase. The middleweight segment of motorcycles consists of all kinds of motorcycles right now, with the segment of roadsters being the most practical and preferred ones, which is quite reflected in their sales numbers as well. Currently, the Indian market has four different motorcycles in this space of 600-800cc roadsters – Kawasaki ER-6n, Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N.
However, Kawasaki has recently announced that it will soon be replacing the aging and dated ER-6n with an all new generation motorcycle, the Z650, which is a roadster based on the new generation Ninja 650. Like the ER-6n, the Z650 will continue the rivalry of Kawasaki with its competitors – Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N, all of which have varying strengths of their own. All these four motorcycles are made here via the CKD route, which explains their affordable pricing as well. Which brings us to the quest that which one of the four emerges out to be the best bet for your money? Let’s find out:-
Next Generation Maruti Swift Dzire Gets LED Taillamps
The next generation Maruti Swift Dzire was spotted testing once again in India. This will make its debut in our market way before the 2017 Swift does. For all your information the next generation Swift Dzire is expected to make its entry into the Indian market towards H2 2017.
The images quite clearly reveal that the upcoming Swift Dzire hatchback will get LED brake lamps which are integrated inside the taillamps cluster. While the taillamps design seems to be all new the headlamps too has been redesigned as well and now integrated a projector units along with LED DRL lamps. Apart from all that the front profile also gets completely new much more aggressive bumpers which also gts bigger air dams. The side profile too receives its fare share of change which comes in the form of side turn indicators integrated into the ORVM’s and new set of wheels.
The next generation Swift will also get a completely new interior as well which will feature a completely new steering wheel, new instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system and much more comfortable seats.
Under the hood the new generation Swift and Swift Dzire will get 1.2L Dualjet 4-cyl petrol engine will come equipped with SHVS technology while the other engine on offer will be the 1.0L Boosterjet (turbocharged) 3-cyl petrol engine. This engines will be paired to a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic transmission.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki has received tremendous response when they actually launched the Ciaz sedan in the Indian market. This sedan not only helped Maruti Suzuki to compete with the most popular mid-size sedan Honda City but also actually helped Maruti to enter the premium segment of the Country. Both these sedans have been in the Indian market for quite some time now and have received minor updates of their own but now when Honda has decided to launch the facelift City which is expected to receive plenty of new updates and perhaps a redesigned exterior as well. Now when Maruti’s rival is all set to launch an updated City how can they stay behind. So according to the recent reports Maruti is all set to introduce the facelift variant of the Ciaz next year.
The Maruti Ciaz facelift is expected to launch towards the first of 2017 and because this is a facelift so don’t expect any major changes apart from cosmetic updates. Expect Maruti to sell the new sedan via their Nexa outlet which currently sell the SX4 Cross and the Baleno hatchback.
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2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special
Touring is synonymous with motorcycles; it’s an integral part of the riding experience. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire to freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling just becomes uncanny. Harley Davidson is one company that understands your emotions and requirements and have been giving us some of the greatest hits of the touring motorcycles since the beginning of the 20th century.
For the year 2017, this American legend will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact. Running under the hood of each of them will be the all-new Milwaukee-Eight, the ninth generation of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines that delivers power and reliability unlike no other before.
Running this new power mill will be one of HD’s iconic tourer, the venerable Road Glide Special. The bike takes the touring must-haves and wraps them in a no-apologies style making it the motorcycle of choice for the high-mileage road warrior.
First Undisguised Photos Of Next-Gen Maruti Swift Leaked
We all know by now that Suzuki is working on a new generation Swift which will make its debut in the year 2017. This new generation model will replace the current generation model globally We have all seen the Swift in disguised form couple of time but for the first time ever we were able to view the undisguised image of the upcoming hatchback for the first time.
We actually all saw the rendering of the new generation hatchback in March and the undisguised image of the Swift looks almost like the leaked rendering image.
The new generation hatchback will be completely different from the existing hatchback and besides all the new features this will also be based on a completely new aluminium platform which is lightweight and also supports the new Baleno hatchback.
Coming to the styling it is quite clear from the images that the new generation Swift hatchback gets more aggressive and sharper styling. The front profile has received projector headlamps, hexagonal mesh grille with chrome garnish surrounding it. The rear bumper also looks completely new and houses new fog lamps. The side profile gets diamond cut alloy wheels and also side turn indicators integrated on the ORVM’s. Expect the Swift hatchback to also be bigger and wider than the current generation hatchback.
Big Dog Motorcycle opens shop in India
If you haven’t heard of them before, don’t feel like an outcaste because you are not alone. Big Dog Motorcycles is an American manufacturer based out of Wichita, Kansas. They are touted as the world’s largest manufacturer of custom motorcycle builder of high-performance on-road cruisers and choppers since its inception in 1944. The chopper style of motorcycles are perhaps the most extreme of all custom styles, often using radically modified steering angles and lengthened forks for a stretched-out appearance, which has been the dream American projects since the ‘60s. Till date, there are close to 30000 Big Dog Motorcycles that run on streets across the globe and the most interesting part of this story is that none of the bikes resemble the other. All their builds are a ‘one off’.
Although the concept of custom motorcycles is still at a very nascent stage in India, outfits such as Vardenchi Motorcycles and Rajaputana Customs will chop your motorcycle for you and give it a whole new outlook that suits your individual tastes; handcrafted and visual cynosures. Big Dog has now entered Indian territories and will do the same for you but in a factory setting; mass produced.
2017 Kawasaki W800
When the name of Kawasaki strikes in our minds, we have always drooled over the flashy supersports under the ‘Ninja’ brand and the ‘Z’ range of naked streetfighters. These motorcycles from Kawasaki offer a perfect amalgamation of sharp looks, sharp performance and sharp riding dynamics, making them modern by all means which are stuffed with cutting-edge technologies as well.
Though, there’s another side of the story of Kawasaki, which most of the Indians are unaware of. Much like its European rivals, Kawasaki also makes some motorcycles in off-beat segments, with that of the retro roadsters being one of them. In the European markets, Kawasaki has been highly successful with the W800, a retro roadster which is high on retro design ethos and make you feel astonished that it comes from the same factory of Kawasaki which makes one of the most futuristic looking and high performing motorcycles of current times.
As we all know that how serious is Kawasaki for the Indian market, so much that it is contemplating to bring in the W800 to the Indian shores, which is quite understandable considering the amount of success other retro roadsters in its segment such as Triumph Bonneville range as well as Ducati Scrambler range are tasting in the middleweight segment of India. So, let’s have a quick look on one of the most unique offerings from Kawasaki, the W800:-