Jeep’s India Launch Preponed
Previously we were informed that Jeep will launch their much awaited SUV’s on 1st of September 2016 in India. According to the reports Jeep will be launching three of their new products which includes the Wrangler Unlimited which will be their entry level offering for the Indian market followed by the Grand Cherokee and the SRT. But recently Jeep announced that they have preponed their launch date to 30th August 2016.
You all read that right! For those who are interested can actually book their favorite Jeep SUV from 30th August onward.
Coming to the products as already mentioned above Jeep will be launching three of their latest offerings in the Indian market as of now. The Jeep Wrangler unlimited which will be the brands entry level offering is powered by the 2.8-litre diesel motor which is capable of churning out about 197bhp of power and 460Nm of torque. The engine will be paired to a 5 speed automatic transmission which will send power to all the four wheels at the same time. The next vehicle on offer is the Grand Cherokee, this SUV is comparatively larger than the Wrangler Unlimited and is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine which produces about 240 Bhp of peak power and 570 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a eight speed automatic transmission. For those who wants the best out of the brand Jeep also offers DRT variant as well which is the flagship offering from the brand.
The Jeep SRT is powered by 6.4-litre V8 engine to churn out 470bhp of power and around 640 NM of torque. The same eight speed automatic transmission does duty on the SRT variant as well.
Six Entry Level Small Cars Making News In India
There is no doubt in the fact that small cars is the most competitive car segment of the Indian market and also is one of the toughest. We cannot also deny the fact that this segment is also the driving force behind the car sales in India. Those Auto manufacturers doing business in India knows very well that they have to launch atleast one small car if they want to push sales volume in the country.
Recently we have seen plenty of new offerings in this particular entry level segment while some impressed the crowd others are still trying to make a name. Some of the major auto manufacturers who actually launched their new offerings in this segment include Datsun, Renault and Tata while definitely the most loved autlo brand when it comes to small cars is Maruti. Now that there are plenty of options available in the market we tried to pick out 5 best choices in this segment and arranged it according to their prices to make things easier for you all.
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Petrol Variant Of The Mercedes-Benz GLE Launched In India
Mercedes-Benz India introduced the petrol variant of the GLE today priced at INR. 74.90 lakh (ex showroom Delhi). This new variant joins the Diesel GLE 350D and the GLE 250D variant which is already on sale. The new SUV will be sold via the CBU route initially but the local assembly of this new SUV will commence towards the end of this year.
The Petrol variant of the GLE400 4MATIC which is actually the facelifted variant of the M-Class is powered by the same 3.0 Litre twin turbo V6 unit which is capable of producing about 333 Hp of peak power in between 5250-6000 rpm and an equally impressive 480 Nm of peak torque between 1,600-4000 rpm. The engine is paired to 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission as standard, which sends power to all four wheels via the 4MATIC all wheel drive system.
Apart from the petrol engine the diesel engine on the Mercedes GLE250d constitutes of the 2.2L, inline 4 cylinder unit capable of producing about 204 Ps of peak power and 500 Nm of torque. The more powerful GLE350d is powered by 3.0L V6 engine which produces about 285 Ps of peak power and 620 Nm of torque. Both the engines are paired to 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard.
Mercedes also has plans to launch 12 new products this year in India and they launched 7 products already which include the new GLE.
What You Need To Know About The Indian Bound Nissan Kicks Crossover
The Nissan Kicks is the production variant of the Nissan Kicks concept which was first showcased at the 2014 Sao Paolo Motor show. The best thing about this Crossover is the fact that Nissan has actually retained the original shape as seen on the concept. Reports are that the newest Crossover from the Japanese auto manufacturer will be first launched in Brazil and then to almost 80 more International countries worldwide which also includes India.
The Nissan Kicks made its first appearance at a media event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Initially to meet the demands it will be produced at Nissan’s benchmark plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Expect the Crossover to make it to the Indian market by the year 2017. Reports states that the new Crossover will be positioned above the Terrano SUV which is already on sale in the Indian market.
As far as the styling is concerned Nissan engineers has paid most of their attention to make this Crossover as aerodynamic as possible. This has been done not only to improve its aerodynamic performance but also to reduce the wind noise. The interior too boasts of a futuristic design while at the same time also promises best in class room for the rear seat passengers.
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Tata Motors Planning To Launch Hexa During This Festive Season
Tata perhaps will be launching their all new Crossover Hexa during the month of October in India. The Indian auto manufacturer already showcased the vehicle at the 2016 Auto Expo where it attracted quite a bit of attention.
The Hexa shares the same platform with the Aria however compared to the Aria the Hexa surely is miles apart. The new Hexa Crossover has received a thorough change on both its exterior as well as interior and now looks more proportionate and purposeful at the same time.
On the exterior the Hexa gets lots of angular lines, bigger wheel arches and modern touches which give it a more SUV’ish appearance. On the inside the Hexa gets three row seats, a completely new dashboard fitted with a big 5.0 inch touchcsreen which also acts as the screen for the reversing camera. The instrument cluster on the other hand gets a 3.5 inch TFT display instead of the regular analogue console. There is also a 10 speaker JBL setup provided inside as well.
Under the hood expect the new Hexa Crossover to get 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine which is capable of producing about 154 Bhp of peak power and an equally impressive 400 Nm of torque. The engine will be paired to 6 speed manual transmission while there will also be a 6 speed automatic transmission available as an option as well.
Expect the newest Crossover from Tata to be priced slightly lesser than the Innova Crysta when it finally launches here.
Hyundai Elantra VS Rivals
Hyundai has launched the sixth generation Elantra in India which replaces the fifth generation car introduced in 2010. The much anticipated Elantra surely brings a lot to the plate and thus is considered as one of the major contenders of this game.
The new Elantra is launched with both petrol and diesel engine options and also with a manual as well as an automatic variant. The prices of the new sedan start from INR. 12.99 lakhs and goes all the way upto 19.19 Lakhs for the top diesel trim. The new Elantra as you all know by now has received its new exterior styling inspiration from Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture 2.0 design language and as a result the new generation car is also low slung than its predecessor and also gets a sharper exterior design. A lot has changed inside the cabin as well and the new Elantra now gets a more premium interiors and plenty of new features.
The Hyundai Elantra competes directly with the VW Jetta, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla in India and we have provided a complete specification table to help you find out what the Elantra really offers.
2017 Tata Tiago Plus (Sport)
There is no doubt in the fact that the Tiago is a leap ahead of every other Tata Motors cars we have witnessed so far. Be it quality, features or the styling this little hatchback surely won hearts. At the recent auto show 2016, Tata Motors showcased the Bolt Sport which was actually a more powerful Bolt variant which not only received a new engine but also some exclusive cosmetic upgrades too on its exterior to differentiate it from the regular variant. We all expected that Tata Motors will actually go ahead with the new project to take on some other entry level hot hatchbacks.
However according to the recent reports the Indian auto manufacturer has shelved all their plans of launching the Bolt Sport variant because of its unimpressive sales figures. Tata Motors officials also said that they are not quite happy with the way the Bolt is getting a response in the Indian market but their new product Tiago hatchback comparatively has done pretty good business until now. Since its launch the Tiago hatchback has received more than 40, 000 bookings, there is even a waiting period for this hatchback as well.
So this is actually a good time to cash in the success of the Tiago and introduce a more powerful variant of the hatchback instead. If everything goes according to plan then we can actually watch this car in flesh during this year’s festive season.
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2016 Hyundai Elantra
Despite being launched in 2010, the fifth generation Elantra was quite fresh looking, thanks to the facelift it received in 2014. Just one year after the Korean auto giant launched the sixth generation Elantra which gives a clear message how passionate they are about this particular nameplate. There is no doubt in the fact that the Hyundai Elantra is one popular compact sedan all around the world since its introduction in 1990. We got the first glimpse of the restyled and reengineered car when the South Korean auto manufacturer revealed some images of the new generation sedan towards the beginning of last year. Later Hyundai launched the new Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The popular compact sedan looked upscale with its new design language despite being the entry level C-segment sedan.
The sixth generation Elantra gets sharper headlamps, larger front grille and stylish LED tail lamps. Although everything comes in new package but the Elantra still hasn’t lost its familiar shape. Hyundai not only gave their magical touches to the exterior but the interior too has been revamped completely. Hyundai has equipped the car with new and modern in car technologies, restyled seats for better comfort and also plenty of safety features which are meant to keep the passenger safe.
The all new Elantra is now way more attractive, aggressive and appealing. The new sedan offers better performance, better comfort, better handling and of course better experience.
Update 23.08.2016:-Hyundai has finally launched the new sixth generation Elantra in India today. We have updated all the information and prices below
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Jaguar F-Pace Spotted In India
The only SUV offering from the luxury British automaker Jaguar was spotted in India. You read that right! We are talking about the new F-Pace Crossover which was spotted at a dealership backyard. This actually tells us that the new SUV will be displayed on display at the showroom soon.
Expect the new SUV to hit the Indian market towards the festive season of Diwali. Expect the new F-pace to be made available in four variants which includes Pure, Prestige, R-Sport and First Edition. While the first two variants will get the JLR’s completely new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine which produces about 180 PS of peak power and 480 Nm of torque. The other two top end variants will get the more powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine which is capable of churning out about 300 PS of peak power and an equally impressive torque amount of 700 Nm. Both the engines will be paired to a 8 speed automatic transmission which will send power to all the four wheels at the same time.
Just like the new XE and XF the newest Crossover from Jaguar is also based on the iQ aluminium intensive architecture which actually makes it nimble and responsive.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as they are available.
Sixth Generation Hyundai Elantra Debuts In India; Prices Starts From 12.99 Lakhs
The sixth generation Elantra debuted in India today. This is a mid-sized sedan which will take on the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Octavia and the Volkswagen Jetta. The new Hyundai Elantra is launched with both Petrol and diesel engine options under its hood. Prices of the newly launched sedan start from INR. 12.99 Lakhs (ex showroom, Delhi) while the top end diesel variant is priced at INR. 19.90 Lakhs (ex showroom, Delhi).
The new sedan is available with five trim levels which include S, SX, SX AT, SX (o) and SX (O) AT. Under the hood the Elantra gets a completely new and powerful 2.0 Litre, four cylinder, MPi petrol motor which produces about 152 Hp of peak power and 19.5 Kg.m of torque. Hyundai retained the old 1.6 Litre, four cylinder, CRDi motor which used to power the previous generation car. This unit churns out about 126 Hp of peak power and 26.5 kg.m of torque. The engines are paired to a 6 speed manual as standard while there is also an option of a 6 speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels.
The new car is based on a revised version of the fifth generation car platform but is actually 40 mm longer and 25 mm wider than its predecessor. The new Hyundai Elantra measures 4,570 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,465 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm.
As far as the exterior styling is concerned the sixth generation sedan’s overall design is influenced by Hyundai’s latest Fluidic sculpture 2.0 design language. The new features apart from the new styling includes a projector headlamp setup available from the SX trim onward, boomerang shaped LED daytime running lamps, bigger 16 inch alloy wheels, LED rear combination taillamps, high mounted stop lamps, shark fin antenna, chrome outside door handles.
Bajaj V15 vs Honda Unicorn 150 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Hero Hunk
If there is one segment in the Indian two wheeler industry which has seen a massive evolution and number of changes, it has to be the segment of 150cc commuters. From a segment which was restricted to only two choices at the time of inception, Bajaj Pulsar and Hero Honda CBZ, the segment now spans with a total range of Rs. 25000, i.e, you can buy a 150cc commuter motorcycle as cheap as Hero Achiever or as sophisticated as the new Honda CB Hornet 160R. In effect, we have a wide range of 150cc motorcycles to choose from, depending upon the features, performance and usability of yours.
On closely inspecting this segment, we do find that the motorcycles of the higher and premium end of this segment, which comprises of motorcycles like the CB Hornet 160R, Yamaha FZ-S FI and Suzuki Gixxer, are now churning up impressive numbers. But then, it is the lower end of the segment which is forming up the biggest chunk of this segment, as far as volume is concerned. Till date, the pioneer of this segment, the Bajaj Pulsar, was undisputedly reigning this segment, but now, with the arrival of newer competitors, the going for Bajaj Pulsar is not easy anymore. The motorcycle did found an apt competitor in the form of Honda CB Unicorn almost a decade ago. The Honda doesn’t come with flashy features, but then, has a huge following for itself as well, thanks to the no-nonsense approach strengthened by its robust build quality, refinement and the introducer of the technology of rear monoshock in the Indian market. Then Hero came with the Hunk, a highly underrated motorcycle, which shares its engine with the Unicorn, but then comes with the feature set list similar to that of the Bajaj Pulsar. Lately, Yamaha also opened its cards by launching the SZ-RR Version 2.0 below the FZ range, which serves as its most affordable 150cc offering.
And now, to cater to the reducing customer interest in Pulsar, Bajaj is trying to retain its potential customers with the all new V15, a motorcycle which is quite unique to this entry-level 150cc segment, thanks to its individualistic design and the fact that it contains the metal of the very famous INS Vikrant. There is one thing common between all these motorcycles – they are now too long in the tooth. In this story, we are going to compare all these four motorcycles which form the lower end of the 150cc segment, to find out which one fits the tag of the segment leader in actual sense:-
2016 Aprilla SR 150
Aprilla is trying hard to enter Indian market for a long time now although they did not have a successful stint in the Indian market with their range of motorcycles so now they are all set to enter the Indian scooter market as well. That’s right! Aprilla showcased their newest scooter at the 2016 Auto Expo where it surely attracted lot of attention and why not the scooter will be manufactured in the Indian market which means that it will also be priced aggressively as well. This will also be powered by a powerful 150 cc unit which actually means that it will be one of the most powerful scooters available in the Indian market.
Indian scoter market was on its top position during the mid early 90’s till the mid 90’s era but suddenly the introduction of brand new commuter motorcycles was the cause of decline of Indian scooters. But the trend of Indian scooters once again started from the mid 2000 and people once again started proffering scooters over motorcycles for their daily commute.
There is no doubt in the fact that scooters are definitely more practical than motorcycle when it comes to riding within city traffic. However we are not so sure whether the market for premium scooters is still there or not. Aprilla has plans to launch their newest offering in India in the month of August and we are here to provide you all the details available at this moment about the soon to be launched Aprilla SR 150.
Update 22.08.2016:-Aprilla has launched the SR150 scooter in India. The prices and details has been provided below.
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