2016 Hyundai Tucson
It is not too long not to remember all the hypes around the Hyundai Creta. The stylish compact SUV launched in India last year made quite an impression in the Indian automobile industry. Just before the launch Hyundai received more than 20000 bookings for Creta. Compact SUVs are the new found love of this country’s automobile buyers. More and more automakers are bringing their compact SUVs in Indian market, and the competition is rising to present us none but some stunning looking upmarket higher standard cars.
Next to Creta two gorgeous SUVs set to enter the Indian market and impress us are Hyundai Santa Fe facelift and the Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson is an absolutely stunning vehicle with lots of similar moulds like the Creta, steeply upmarket than the Creta albeit. Tucson was first introduced to the world in 2004. In the meantime Hyundai has revamped the car several times, and the India bound Tucson will be the third generation model. This car is all set to be launched in India in a few months and placed in between the Santa Fe Facelift and Creta. Before the launch of this car, the South Korean automaker will showcase the car at the upcoming 2016 Indian Auto Expo at New Delhi in coming February. In 2005 Hyundai briefly sold this car in India at a price of INR. 14-15 lakhs.
As I have seen the car, it really impressed me. It adorns stylish international standard design, classy feature packed interior and of course a powerful powertrain to give you a ride to the places you want to go. How would you like to rate it? Take a look at the car and read our detail review before you make up your mind.
Update 14/11/2016: Hyundai has introduced the all Tucson in Indian market. The prices and other details has been updated in this article
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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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Yes! You Can Now Book The KWID 1.0 Litre At Your Nearest Renault Dealership
Renault KWID hatchback definitely is one of the fastest selling hatchbacks of the Country and after the compact SUV Duster this is the second successful product from the French Auto manufacturer. Now as you all should be aware that Renault is actually also planning to introduce a more powerful 1.0 Litre variant of the KWID as well and they have showcased the car at the 2016 Auto expo already. The current reports states that Renault will actually be launching the KWID hatchback with 1.0 Liter petrol motor towards August-September. The bookings for the new KWID also has commenced unofficially too at some selected dealerships.
Renault has been tight lipped about the performance figures of their soon to be launched hatchback but expect the new KWID 1.0 Liter unit to be powered by 1.0L, three cylinder SCe engine which will churn out around 65 to 70 Bhp of peak power. The engine will come paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox but you can also expect an AMT gearbox too at a later stage. The AMT equipped unit was already showcased at the 2016 Auto expo.
As far as the styling is concerned the more powerful variant will look identical to the less powerful 800 cc KWID which is already on sale now but there will be different badges to distinguish between both these cars. Also the more powerful variant might receive additional ABS and also a passenger side airbags as well.
The KWID 1.0 Liter variant will take on the Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon 1.0 Litre and thus expect it to be priced at around INR. 3.5 to 4.2 Lakhs ex showroom.
2016 Bajaj Platina Comfortec
While Bajaj was busy reviving the Pulsar and Discover sub-brands, in the process, it almost neglected one of its bread and butter model Platina, which remained almost unchanged for nearly five years. Still, the sales of Platina somewhat managed to remain consistent, which gave its competitors a reason to take a notice of it. However, while focusing on performance oriented segments, Bajaj almost lost the plot in the entry level 100cc commuter segment by mis-experimenting with the Discover platform, discontinuing the decent selling CT 100 and not paying any attention to the Platina sub-brand.
However, since last couple of years, Bajaj has realized its mistake and has started focusing on the segment which earns them the most number of volumes – that of the 100cc motorcycles. Thus, out goes the slow selling 100cc Discover, the CT 100 has been resurrected after ten long years from the ashes and the Platina was given its first major makeover in 2015 in the form of Platina 100 ES. Now, within a year of its launch, the Platina has given a mild refresh in the form of Platina Comfortec.
As the name suggests, the new variant gets some features and changes which have tried to make the motorcycle much more comfortable than the previous generation motorcycle as well as its competitors. How does the new Platina Comfortec fare in the current era of entry level 100cc commuters? Here’s our comprehensive review of the same:-
2016 Ford Mustang
Ford who happens to be the creator of the Model T, the first ever car built in the year 1908 with a removable cylinder head or the Model A, the very first car which was introduced with a safety glass windshield is also the creator of this pure American muscle car that roams with pride and honor on the streets of US even today. We are sure that many might have even guessed it by now, Pat your back if you have guessed the ’Mustang’ because today we are bringing you an exclusive review of this car which started its journey way back in the year 1964 and just few months before the car turns 50, Ford has stunned the world by taking cover off the 6th generation Mustang.
Yes!! Ford motors have officially unveiled one of their most iconic cars today, which is the sixth generation Mustang. Many might wonder what is so special about this car and why there is so much hype surrounding it?
it is because this 6th generation Mustang is the latest global model which was developed under ‘one Ford plan’ and will be launched in the month of April 2014, which is exactly 50 years after the official launch of the very first Mustang in the US. So to reach out globally and share the rich experience and history with the World, Ford has planned to launch the Mustang with the right hand drive for the very first time in the markets of United Kingdom, Japan and Australia and there is also a huge possibility of it making its way into our Indian market.
Update 12.07.2016: Ford India has launched the new generation Mustang in India at INR. 65 lakhs (ex showroom, New Delhi). We have updated the review with new information.
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The scooter segment in India has come a long way from the era of Vespa derived bulky geared scooters to the present day versions of sleek and stylish automatic ones. The segment, which was almost dead in the early 2000s resurrected back, courtesy the revolutionary Honda Activa, which put the scooters back into the game.
But since then, much has changed – the automatic scooters, which were once confined to only the fairer sex buyers has now become the necessity among all family buyers. Not only females, but also males are now inclined more towards scooters, due to the levels of convenience and creature comforts they offer over motorcycles. This has led to the development of scooters which have been designed keeping in mind both males as well as females – the segment of unisex scooters.
The scooters belonging to this segment have been crafted to suit the requirements of all kinds of buyers, irrespective of their age, size and gender. The segment was catapulted by the launch of the Honda Activa back in 2000, and since then, the segment has seen a lot of action from almost all the major two wheeler manufacturers in the country.
The recent scooter to join this bandwagon is Hero MotoCorp’s all new Duet. Hero claims that the Duet, along with the more boisterous Maestro Edge, is the first ever scooter which has been independently developed by itself, without taking any input from its erstwhile partner, Honda. But will it succeed to climb all the way to the top spot?
Going may not be so easy for the Duet, as it will have to face the mammoth popularity of Activa, which has been selling like hot cakes from day one of its launch. Not to mention the two other scooters from other players, TVS Jupiter and Yamaha Alpha, which too in recent times have proven their mettle in the segment by garnering positive responses and many new homes. Here’s a quick comparison of all the four major unisex scooters in the market, and let’s find out who is the new champ on the block.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Mercedes-Benz definitely is on a roll they have launched plenty of new products in the recent years and also given their existing products a thorough makeover starting from their sedans to the SUV’s. Many of you will obviously remember the GLK class which was compact Crossover from the German auto manufacturer which was actually launched back in the year 2008, this was obviously smaller than the GL class and shared most of its styling also.
Now in the year 2015 Mercedes Benz launched the second generation GLK class renamed as GLC as per as the new Nomenclature which was opted by Mercedes. What is interesting about the new SUV is the fact that this now looks nothing like the bigger Mercedes SUV’s rather it borrows most of its styling cues from the C-Class sedan which took us by surprise. Until now the GLK was not introduced in the Indian market but it was available in most of the International markets (so perhaps we Indians don’t know much about this Crossover) but according to the reports the new GLC will definitely come to the Indian shores because unlike the model it replaces this SUV is also made available with a right hand drive.
Expect this new SUV to arrive in India by the second half of 2016 and it is still unclear whether Mercedes will be bringing the new SUV via the CKD or CBU route and when it does arrive in the market this SUV will be positioned on top of the GLA and below the GLE Class. The new SUV was launched with three engine options including two diesels and one petrol unit. All these engines provides an impressive amount and torque output while the petrol variant is also offered with an impressive all new 9 speed automatic gearbox.
The new GLC Class definitely looks promising and also will satisfy everyone’s needs with its new styling and powerful engine options.
Update 02.06.2016:- Mercedes has launched the GLC luxury SUV in India. The new GLC is made available in both petrol and diesel variants. The prices for the new GLC has been updated in this article.
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2016 Bentley Bentayga
Have you ever though that sheer most luxury could come in a package of extreme speed, elegantly moulded masculine features and enough power to give you thrills and chills? Quite honestly even we never thought of that, until Bentley introduced the Bentayga, the fastest SUV of the world. Now we not only believe it, but we can see it in flesh, and honestly, can’t actually help ourselves from being awed!
Bentley, the British luxury auto maker has been in the business of making cars since 1919, almost a century. They produced some wonderful car, to inspire awe all over the world. Some of their early vehicles were named as ‘the fastest lorries of the world’. Now the journey of Bentley has come to such a point, where they made the fastest SUV of the world. Ironically, Bentley has never built any SUV, and when they made their fist SUV, it came out with pure perfection and that too, with sheer elegance, which is synonymous with the name Bentley.
Since last few months we have been hearing about this SUV, and recently at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto show Bentley finally unveiled it infront of the public. The moment we saw that in flesh we understood that it is not just any SUV; but, it is ’The SUV’. Two other luxury car makers Lamborghini and Rolls Royce are also working on their SUV projects, but as these projects are still under testing conditions, Bentley Bentayga has surely an edge to boast success for quite some time.
At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show many auto makers tried to impress the world with their range of cars. But no one did it like Bentley. Now Bentley is gearing up to sale and their first Bentayga will be delivered to the Queen of England, we brought you a nose tip to toe review of this stunningly gorgeous SUV.
Update 22.04.2016: Bentley launched the Bentayga in India with a price tag of INR. 3.85 crore. We have updated the review.
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2016 Mahindra Nuvosport
Mahindra failed to impress the people when they launched the Quanto compact SUV in the year 2012. Be it the compact SUV’s styling or the uncomfortable middle row seats, the Quanto was a complete disaster in the Indian market, what was even more surprising was the fact that it looked like a compact MUV Xylo whose rear profile has been chopped off. Then in 2015, Mahindra introduced the TUV300 which was also another compact SUV offering from their stable but luckily this became popular amongst the compact SUV enthusiast of the country, mainly because of its unconventional styling and that newly developed engine under its hood.
Now if you thought that Mahindra will let go the Quanto so easily, then you are wrong because India’s number one utility vehicle manufacturer planned to actually launch a facelift variant of the Quanto which will equipped with an AMT transmission as well. What was even more surprising was also the fact that Mahindra actually ditched the ‘Quanto’ name as well and they have renamed their new compact SUV Nuvosport.
Now here comes the surprising part the Nuvosport is actually also using a new third generation ladder-frame platform also underpins the new generation Scorpio and the TUV300. This new platform replaces the old ladder-frame chassis; this new chassis is actually more stable and provides better support and stability. A lot has changed in terms of styling as well and quite honestly the new sub-4meter SUV definitely lost the Xylo’s shadow and gets its very own unique identity which is definitely a good thing.
Update 04.04.2016:- Mahindra launched the new Nuvosport in India today. This new compact SUV replaces the Quanto and its prices starts at INR. 7.35 Lakhs (ex showroom, Thane). We have updated the article with all the latest information and details
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2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible
We are very much conscious about Volkswagen Beetle; those little bugs like vehicles have an irreplaceable and undeniable charm indeed. Although the German iconic car has a permanent place in every automobile enthusiast’s heart, but it is not sure why the MINI cars, which are substantially close to the Beetle’s, could not gain the permanent place in the petrol head’s heart.
Well, without going deeper we can assume Beetle has a long history and it was first produced as the first “people’s car” of the world. On the other hand, MINI vehicles have always delivered an elegant charm and aura which is not very close to the “people’s car” theory.
Coming back to India, BMW has made quite a profit in the country. But their subsidiary MINI couldn’t make it upto the mark. Only a few people of the country, mostly from the elegant class, use this car and that too, in a very small number. Getting Amitabh Bachchan as their prized customer MINI couldn’t afford a good share of Indian automobile market pie.
Convertibles bring us the charm and aura from the long gone era, when driving on street was so much pleasure, streets were not crowded. But as time evolved, convertibles also took a new face. MINI Cooper S Convertible come in the same way. The drop top version from the British iconic car manufacturer was unveiled a few days ago, just before the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. There is no news yet about the car launching in India. But as we have heard, this car may arrive in India sometime next year. Therefore we tried to bring our readers a detailed review of 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible.
Update 17.03.2016: Mini Cooper S Converticble launched in India. We have updated the review with new informations and images.
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2016 Fiat Tipo Hatchback
Fiat showcased their concept compact sedan Egea at the 2015 Istanbul Motor show and the reports are that it will replace the ageing Linea compact sedan which is available in many International markets including our Indian market. The production spec variant of the Egea concept was called Tipo for other markets while it will retain the Egea nameplate only for the markets of Turkey.
Now we are not too sure whether the Tipo will make its way into the Indian market or not but as of now we are keeping our fingers crossed because quite honestly the Tipo is an extremely good looking car and also is a complete package too as a whole.
Our spy photographers were also able to catch the Tipo hatchback while it was being tested in Europe which actually means that Fiat will be launching a hatchback as well which will help them to expand their product lineup. It is definitely not too hard to understand that the hatch will share the same platform with the Tipo sedan. Now considering the importance and popularity of hatchbacks in our Indian market we can assume that Fiat might even think of introducing the Tipo hatchback here in the near future. This will be a premium offering which might be positioned above the Punto which recently received a facelift here and might take on likes of some other premium hatchback offering like the Elitei20 and the upcoming Baleno RS. .
02.03.2016:- Fiat actually has unveiled the hatchback recently at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor show along with its other member of the Tipo family which includes the Tipo sedan and the Station Wagon. WE have updated this article with all the information available about the Tipo hatchback at this moment
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The third generation Superb surely built a lot of expectation in the minds of the people afterall it has a long history and prestige involved with it because this sedan also happens to be the flagship model of the renowned Czech Republic auto manufacturer Skoda which is currently owned by Volkswagen group.
The new generation Superb was unveiled at a gala event in Prague last year. This new flagship sedan promises to be more spacious, stylish and proportionate and more performance oriented than the car it replaces. This new generation Superb is built on Volkswagens new MQB platform and promises to blend the best of design, creativity and technology in it. The Superb also promises to offer the largest boot and interior in its class, while the passengers can enjoy extra bit of comfort because of the adaptive suspension provided in this new car.
The Superb is also powered by the EU6 compatible engines which consume 30 percent less fuel and on the other hand are 20 percent more powerful. Talking about power and performance the Skoda Superb is lighter by almost 75 Kilograms which will definitely come handy in its overall handling while the top spec model produces about 280 Ps of peak power which describes everything. It is true that the popularity of Skoda can’t be ignored because since 2001, they have sold more than 700,000 units of the sedan. The new Superb surely brings with lot of new promises but will it be able to keep its promise and turn out to be an effective competitor to its other competitors let’s find out.
Update 23.02.2016:- Skoda launched the new generation Superb in India with prices starting at INR. 22.68 Lakhs (ex showroom Mumbai). The new generation Superb is made available in two grades both style and L&K grades. We have updated the reriew with all the information and details
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We knew that this was coming the R8 has spent almost 7 years of its life on road and with the increasing competition Audi surely needed to introduce the next generation R8 soon. Equipped with all the modern technologies available at this moment, there is no doubt in the fact that the new generation R8 is one popular contender and stays towards the top of the list of sportscars available in the market today. Audi has already launched couple of special edition R8’s in the market and even some track inspired variants of the first generation coupe too and they surely was able to pull the crowd and why not the R8 has almost everything of being called the ‘perfect mid-engine sportscar’.
However as the time was passing the R8 started aging and there was a buzz that that Audi will be unveiling the new generation R8 last year and it will be replacing the current generation car. The German premium car manufacturer will be focusing on using an improved chassis with special attention to weight saving while the engines will be re engineered to produce even more power and torque and at the same time reduce the fuel consumption and also the CO2 level.
Now there were talks that Audi will unveiling the new R8 at the Geneva Auto show which will be held from 3rd March but we can consider ourselves lucky because even before the show Audi already took the wraps of their new generation R8 and also gave us the details of the new car. The second generation R8 is offered with the V10 units which is available in two states of tune and they both come with more power, better acceleration and an impressive fuel economy figures.
Update 04.02.2016:- Audi launched the new 2016 R8 in the Indian market and it will be only available in the top-end R8 V10 Plus grade. The prices and other information has been updated in this article
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