TVS Apache RTR 300 (TVS AKula) spotted On Test: Video
The production version of the TVS Akula 310 Concept which was showcased at the 2016 Auto expo was spied recently in a new video in its production avatar. Although the motorcycle was covered in heavy camouflage but still the rider who was actually capturing the footage on his helmet cam realised that it was indeed the production variant of the Akula Concept.
The production variant of the Akula concept will most probably be called the Apache RTR 300 and it adorns a full fairing which will also make this motorcycle the first ever production motorcycle from TVS to get a full fairing. The new motorcycle is based on the same platform as the BMW G310R which too will make its entry in the Indian market soon.
What is even more interesting is also the fact that Apache RTR 300 will also use the same 313 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine which was developed in collaboration with BMW and TVS. This engine powers the BMW G310R, The 313 cc mill produces around 34 Hp of peak power at 9, 500 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 7, 500 rpm on the BMW motorcycle. However TVS will tune it differently for their own Apache variant. What will remain same is the gearbox. The Apache RTR 300 will also be the first motorcycle to get the 6 speed manual gearbox.
Although the production variant of the Apache RTR300 won’t get carbon fiber parts as seen on the concept but rumours are that it will retain the Upside down front forks setup even on the production variant while the rear will get the monoshock setup. The Apache RTR300 will also use sticky rubbers and duel channel ABS setup for the safety of the rider.
Expect the motorcycle to be launched towards the end of this year and it will be priced in between INR. 1.50-2.0 Lakh rupees (ex showroom).
Maruti Swift Deca
Maruti is all set to introduce a limited edition Swift model called the Swift Deca. The current generation Maruti Swift has been here in the Indian market for a long time now. There are also rumors that Suzuki might introduce the new generation model towards next year in India which will replace the current generation model. Nonetheless there is no denying in the fact that the Swift nameplate has done wonders for Maruti Suzuki not only in India but also in the International model as well.
Coming to the Swift Deca, Maruti has teased the new special edition hatchback via a video recently. The report states that this special edition Swift will get plenty of new and exclusive features on the inside, while it will also feature some cosmetic updates too on its exterior.
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2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The brand Jeep needs no introduction and the nameplate itself has already given you all a clear idea exactly what we we will be talking about here. Currently the Jeep brand is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and it offers five models however there are a total of 9 vehicles under the brand which includes some special and limited editions too.
The reason why we are interested in this particular brand is because Jeep has recently stepped in the Indian market after a long wait and as you already would have known by now that their Indian website has also gone live. Jeep as already planned has introduced three new products as of now which includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Wrangler Unlimited being the entry level offering from the Sports Utility vehicle manufacturer.
Now the reason why the Wrangler Unlimited is a practical model is because of the fact that it offers 4 door accessibility and a comfortable rear seat. The Jeep Wrangler definitely is not cheap here in India and thus people other than the hardcore adventure enthusiast who plans to buy this SUV will definitely look for comfort factors and practicality as well inside the cabin and that is exactly where the Wrangle Unlimited will be able to deliver.
There is no doubt in the fact that apart from a powerful diesel engine and an impressive offroad capability which no other car can match the Wrangler Unlimited also offers a refined interior at the same time.
Under the hood the 2016 Wrangler Unlimited gets a 3.6 Liter V6 Penstar Petrol unit for some International markets which is capable of producing an impressive power and torque amount however it is offered with a 2.8 Litre diesel engine for the Indian market.
Update 30.08.2016:- Jeep launched the Wrangler Unlimited in India today. The entry level offering prices and details are provided with this article
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The Iconic Jeep Enters India Launches Wrangler Unlimited & Grand Cherokee
The iconic American Jeep brand has finally entered the Indian auto market today with two of their latest offerings including the Wrangler Unlimited which is actually their entry level offering and the Grand Cherokee.
The prices definitely are a shocker because the entry level Wrangler Unlimited four door prices starts at INR. 71.39 Lakhs (ex showroom, Delhi). The Grand Cherokee Limited variant is priced at INR. 93.64 Lakhs (ex showroom, Delhi), the Grand Cherokee Summit is priced at INR. 1.03 Crores lastly the top end variant the Grand Cherokee SRT is priced at INR. 1.12 crore (ex showroom, Delhi).
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is made available in the Indian market only in the long wheelbase and ‘Unlimited’ grade. The Wrangler packs a 2.8 Litre CRD turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine which is capable of producing about 200 PS of peak power at 3,600 rpm and 460 Nm of peak torque at 1,600-2,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed automatic gearbox. All the power from the engine is channelled to the four wheels of the SUV with the help of Command-Trac 4WD system available as standard.
As far as the styling is concerned the new Jeep still carries the iconic styling with round headlamps and 17 inch big wheels. Inside the updated SUV gets 6.5-inch UConnect touchscreen entertainment system, GPS navigation system, heated front seats, automatic temperature control and also tyre pressure monitoring system.
The Grand Cherokee on the other hand is offered with three trim levels which include the Limited, Summit and their flagship offering Grand Cherokee SRT.
Tata Nexon Production Variant Spied Reveals New Details
Recently Carwale posted a new spyshot image of the production variant of the upcoming Tata Nexon SUV. This SUV was caught testing in Maharashtra recently. The most interesting part is that the compact SUV featured very little camouflage over the rear profile which gave us some details of how exactly the rear profile of production variant will look like.
Just like we have seen at the 2016 Auto expo the Nexon will feature a duel tone finish towards the rear profile. This particular prototype which was caught testing featured a Black strip while the rest of the body gets silver finish to it.
The Nexon is definitely the most anticipated product from Tata Motors which will go head to head with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza which has taken the Indian market by storm since its launch and also the Mahindra TUV300 and the Ford Ecosport. The production variant of the Nexon will most probably get the turbocharged variant of the 1.2 Litre, three cylinder Revrotron unit which will also power the soon to be launched more powerful and sportier variant of the Tiago. This powertrain is expected to produce around 120 ps of peak power and an equally impressive torque amount at the same time. The engine will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
Get The Details Of Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Automatic Variant Launching Soon
According to the recent reports Hyundai will be launching the automatic variant of the Elite i20 in India soon. The automatic variant will be made available only with the petrol variant as of now. This decision was taken all of a sudden after Hyundai showcased the automatic variant of the i20 at the Indonesia Auto show recently.
The automatic variant will be offered with the more powerful 1.4L Gamma VTVT petrol engine which too will debut with this variant as well. The more powerful 1.4 Litre unit is capable of producing about 100 Ps of peak power and 135 Nm of peak torque. The new 4 speed automatic will also be the only car in its segment to get the conventional torque converter unit. The automatic variant is expected to deliver an overall fuel efficiency around 17 kmpl.
Currently the other petrol engine on offer under the hood of the Elite i20 is the 1.2 Litre dual VTVT unit which is actually capable of producing about 83 ps of peak power and 114 Nm of torque. This particular engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The automatic variant of the i20 hatchback will compete directly with the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz and the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI.
Unfortunately the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic variant will be available only with the Magna trim level. The Magna trim in particular features projector headlamps on the exterior, keyless entry, rear parking assist. While inside the cabin this trim feature touchscreen infotainment system and automatic Air conditioning. For the safety of the passengers the Magna trim is loaded with dual airbags for the front passengers as standard however it misses out on ABS and EBD.
What You Should Know About The Toyota Etios Facelift Twins Launching During Festive Season
According to the recent reports Toyota will be launching the facelift Etios sedan and Etios Liva hatchback during this festive season. Both the cars have received their mid cycle facelift and also was spotted testing on the Indian roads. Like every other auto manufacturer Toyota Motors too is targeting the festive season to launch their new products.
Both the Etios twins are available on sale for a long time now but they haven’t been able to win all the hearts here in India and thus their sales figures too are below average. Perhaps this new facelift Etios twins with their redesigned exterior and refurbished interior will be able to pull some buyers.
Toyota has recently introduced the next generation Innova Crysta which has definitely impressed the people what is even more interesting is also the fact that Toyota has also introduced a petrol variant as well along with the diesel engine options. Below provided are some of the important details that you should know about this upcoming Etios compact sedan and hatchback.
List Of Entry Level Performance Motorcycles Launching This Festive Season
After the 2016 Auto Expo we have seen plenty of new cars as well as motorcycles launch in the Indian market making this year extra special for Indian customers and auto enthusiasts. But the festive season is when most of the Auto manufacturers get even more active and try to avail plenty of exciting offers besides introducing new products as well. Apart from some four wheelers you can also expect plenty of two wheelers too to make it to the Indian market during the festive season.
The last two years definitely has been the sweetest year for the motorcycle enthusiasts of the country. Not only they have seen plenty of new launches but also some major motorcycle brands entered the Indian market as well.
This year three major two wheeler manufacturers have actually decided to launch some exciting new products, the list includes Yamaha, Benelli as well as Bajaj. While Bajaj is all set to launch their much awaited VS400 which was also caught testing several times on the road, Benelli and Yamaha will also be introducing two new products of their own.
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Yamaha To launch A New 100 CC Commuter Next Year
According to the recent report Yamaha motors India is all set to launch a new 100 cc motorcycle i9n the Indian market. This new motorcycle will be positioned below the 110 cc Saluto RX which is already available for sale in the Indian market. While the Saluto RX is powered by a single cylinder 110 cc engine which produces about 8 Bhp of peak power the new upcoming motorcycle will actually be powered by a completely new 100 cc engine.
The new upcoming motorcycle will be built on the same Saluto platform and you can expect the motorcycle to be extremely lightweight which will help improve its fuel efficiency as well as performance at the same time. Do not expect it to come equipped with high end features because Yamaha will use this motorcycle to push sales volume in the Indian market. As far as the styling is concerned expect the new motorcycle from Yamaha to get a simple styling which might include round headlamps towards the front and a analogue instrument cluster. Offcourse this won’t be getting disc brake option as well.
This motorcycle however will help the two wheeler manufacturer to achieve their 1.2 million sales mark in 2017.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as they are available.
After YZF R3 MT-03 Too Will Join The Yamaha Lineup This Festive Season
According to the reports Yamaha perhaps will launch the MT-03 in India towards this festive season. The MT-03 which is actually a naked variant of the R3 will be launched exactly a year after Yamaha introduced the faired variant of the motorcycle in India.
As far as the styling is concerned the MT-03 looks almost similar to the non faired variant of the R3 and identical to the smaller sibling the MT-25 with few minor changes. The naked variant of the YZF-R3 gets a chiselled and beefy looking fuel tank, while the exposed frame and the sharper creases and edges give the motorcycle an aggressive and imposing stance.
Power comes from the same 321cc, liquid cooled engine which also powers the faired variant as well. This engine is capable of producing about 41hp of peak power at 10,750 rpm and peak torque amount of 30 Nm at 9000 rpm. The engine will be paired to a six speed transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. Unfortunately do not expect it to be equipped with ABS just like the faired variant can be a big concern for many riders and buyers.
As far as the pricing is concerned expect the naked variant of the motorcycle to be priced below the 3 Lakh mark which make it much cheaper than the R3. This will be direct rival to the Kawasaki Duke 390, Benelli TNT 300 and the upcoming BMW G310R.
Get the Details Of India Bound Toyota Fortuner Launching 2016 End Or Early 2017
Toyota is actually taking some time to launch the new generation Fortuner in India. The reason why Toyota was delaying the launch was because of the ban on diesel cars imposed by Government in the Delhi NCR regions. But now that the ban on diesel cars has been lifted you can expect Toyota to introduce the SUV soon in the Indian market. They already launched the new SUV in some ASEAN countries as well as in Australia in 2015. Now according to the reports Toyota will be bringing the new Fortuner which will replace the current model towards the end of this year or in early 2017.
Coming to the new SUV as you all know by now the new generation Fortuner underpins Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform which is shared with the new Innova. The new Fortuner’s test mule was caught couple of times being tested on Indian roads. As far as the styling is concerned the Fortuner gets a more aggressive looking front profile. Towards the front profile the SUV gets a completely new headlamp design followed by aggressive looking bumpers as well. Toyota has also used plenty of chrome elements as well on the vehicle. However the side profile of the SUV looks more or less like the current generation SUV which is already on sale in the Indian market but it gets a different looking window line. The SUV also gets a 17 inch wheels towards the side profile while towards the rear the new SUV also gets a redesigned wraparound taillamp cluster.
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.