2017 Jeep Compass
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after a long delay finally made their India debut back in 2016 with two exciting products which included the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Both these SUV’s were sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and thus were expensive and well above the reach of many. However, that is all going to change now because Jeep has decided to launch a new SUV which is well within reach of buyers.
Jeep has unveiled the Compass SUV in India today, and the good thing is that the compact SUV is made in India product which also means that the new product will also be priced quite aggressively as well. The brands new product will be locally assembled at their Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra from June onward. The new Jeep Compass replaces the old Compass and Patriot SUV in the International market, and apart from the Indian market, the same SUV is also produced in some other Countries as well. However, the good news is that India will be mother hub for right-hand drive Compass SUV from where it will also be exported to some other right-hand drive markets as well. For all your information the Compass SUV is offered with 17 engine options for different markets of the world.
Update 31.07.2017:- Jeep launched the Compass SUV in India today and this also happens to be their most affordable SUV till date.
Now that Jeep Compass is revealed in the Indian market below provided are all the details that you need to know about this new SUV
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Since there is still some time before Maruti launches the new generation Swift hatchback in India, the Swift Dzire is definitely the next big thing that we all have been looking forward from the Indian auto manufacturer. Now that we know Maruti will be launching the new generation Swift Dzire in India on 16th May 2017 thus expect the bookings to commence from 1st of May onward. Let us get straight into the details of the most popular compact sedan of India.
Maruti had already made quite a name for themselves when they introduced the first generation Dzire back in 2008 and now with the new generation Dzire they surely expecting bigger sales figures. What is surprising is also the fact that Maruti has even dropped the Swift nameplate from the car to give the compact sedan its own identity.
The best thing is that the new generation Dzire will be based on a whole new platform which has helped in reducing the overall weight of the car.The only bad news is that The Dzire will continue to be powered by the same 1.2-litre VVT, while the diesel is the 1.3 DDiS, we also do not expect the numbers to be a whole lot different than the existing car.
Update 16.05.2017: - Maruti launched the new generation Dzire in India today. The new sub-4meter compact sedan is available with both petrol and diesel engines under its hood. We have updated the overview with all the details
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2017 Honda WR-V
Honda unveiled the WR-V Crossover last year in Brazil. The compact SUV made its world premiere at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016 which commenced from the second week of November.
We all know the demand for Crossovers and SUV’s in the Indian market and the compact SUV segment is flooded with many brand new products. So it was quite obvious that Honda would have introduced this new Crossover too in the Indian market as well after its launch in the markets of Brazil and some other countries in South America.
The car was also caught a couple of times testing on the road with full camouflage. For all your information this newest Crossover WR-V is based on the Jazz hatchback platform and is the same car under the hood. It will make it to the Indian market as well to take on some other sub-compact Crossovers.
Update 16.03.2017:- Honda Launched the WR-V Crossover in India today. The newest Crossover joins the Honda lineup and is made available with both diesel and petrol drivetrains. The overview article has been updated with all the information.
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2017 KTM Duke 390
KTM surely knows how to impress their fans and enthusiastic motorcycle riders of the country alike. It’s been four years since KTM introduced the Duke series which consists of the entry level Duke 200 and the Duke 390. Since their launch, they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs which came in the form of new colour schemes. Yet, they sold like hot cakes.
Last year it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first, then on Indian roads. Much later the new motorcycle was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Like we all expected, KTM unveiled the completely new 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, and it inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features.
The naked bike has gone through a decent amount of mechanical upgrades and surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive Super Duke who happens to be the most powerful naked streetfighter.
For the first time since it came into existence, it also has received the ride by wire throttle system which makes sure that the throttle response is more crisp and accurate. There are plenty of other hardware upgrades which the Duke 390 received which comes in the form of a new 5-way adjustable clutch and brake lever, bigger disc brakes towards the front full LED headlamps and daytime running lamps and a new subframe.
2017 Audi A3
One of the main reasons for the popularity of the A3 is because this is still one of the most affordable sedans that you can buy in India from Audi’s stable. The car launched back in 2014 became an instant hit because of its premium build quality, compact size which proved beneficial in City traffic and also its zippy drivetrains.
Now after almost three years since its launch Audi decided to update the popular sedan to keep it fresh until and unless they introduce the new generation model. The A3 takes on the Mercedes-Benz CLA both in the National as well as the International model.
The updated Audi A3 sedan has received subtle cosmetic updates as well mechanical changes under the hood.
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2017 Honda City
The City sedan has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and has ruled the segment with its road presence and that impressive IVTEC motor. Then when it was time Honda introduced the diesel motor as well along with a few other updates. Now with the rising competition, Honda has actually decided to introduce the facelift variant City sedan after almost three years since it’s got its last update. This is a mid-cycle update that the car will receive before Honda introduces the new generation sedan.
Honda has already unveiled the 2017 City sedan facelift last month in Thailand and it will also make it to the Indian shores on 14th February 2017. Honda has officially confirmed that they will be launching the updated sedan on the above mentioned date. What is even more interesting is that they have teased the soon to be launched sedan on a recently launched teaser video.
Now that we have received official confirmation from Honda about its launch, we have updated the preview article with all the information available at this moment.
Update 14/02/17:- Honda launched the City Facelift in India today. The new sedan prices start from INR. 8.50 lakh onward. We have updated the review accordingly
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2018 Maruti-Suzuki S-Cross
The Indian automotive scenario has been changing drastically in last few years. Indian customers are opening up toward fresh new designs, new niche. The compact SUVs and crossovers have becoming more and more popular day by day in the country like the rest of the world. In 2015 Maruti-Suzuki also tried its luck in the compact crossover segment with the S-Cross.
Now with almost two year after the launch of the model the automaker has developed a facelift version of the S-Cross. Suzuki has showcased the facelifted S-Cross in front of a selected audience in Hungary. As we got a glimpse of the car, it looks absolutely mean compare to the outgoing model. Any SUV lover wants his car to be rugged looking. And the new S-Cross looks exactly so. It can impress with its aggressive styling.
Maruti discontinued the SX4 sedan and launched the S-Cross Crossover in the Indian market. But there is no denying the fact that the S-Cross was not able to leave an impression in the minds of the India Customers. The S-Cross was then completely erased from the mind when Maruti introduced the Vitara Brezza compact SUV which was priced almost in the same range of the Crossover.
Suzuki already introduced the facelift Crossover in some other International markets already and there is a fair chance of Maruti introducing the updated Crosssover soon in India. Although there are no official words from the manufacturer yet but we have decided to provide you some new details of facelift the Crossover.
Update 20.07.2016:- Suzuki Italia recently released a new video of the Suzuki S-Cross and we have added the video with this review do check the new S Cross in action
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Looking back: These are all the sports car introduced to India in 2016
We already did mention in some of our earlier articles that there is no doubt in the fact that the year 2016 has been one eventful year for the Indian auto industry. We have seen plenty of launches from different manufacturers but what shocked the world were manufacturers like Aston Martin, Lamborghini introducing their newest supercars and sports cars just few days after their launch in the global markets which quite clearly explains that India has now also become an important market for these sports cars.
Now there are couple of interesting supercars and exotic cars launched last year including some special edition cars as well. We have provided all the details of these sports cars launched back in 2016 below.
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If This Is The All New Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 Then This Is An Absolute Stunner! : Video
Almost all the 150 cc segment has received its update and even new motorcycles but one popular motorcycle has not received any updates since the last 2 years. But now that is all going to change soon we are talking about Yamaha and their soon to be launched motorcycle the much awaited new generation Yamaha R15.
Some spy pictures of the new generation Motorcycle are doing rounds on the internet and here is the latest one which quite clearly reveals the front fascia of the upcoming motorcycle. The new motorcycle was caught testing in Indonesia and the initial impression says that the motorcycle looks much sharper and sportier than the current generation motorcycle. The duel headlamps looks like that they will receive an all LED headlamps which will be first in its segment, while the other features might also include an all digital instrument cluster with blue backlit display. On the mechanical font the motorcycle gets an upside down forks towards the front which will definitely contribute towards better handling while there are also rumours that the motorcycle will also get a much more refined engine which will produce more power and torque.
Expect the new generation motorcycle to make it to the Indian market next year and this is definitely something worth waiting for.
Toyota Launches Its First Driving School In Kolkata One Of Its First In Eastern India
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has launched their first “Toyota Driving School” in Eastern India at Kolkata to promote their new safety mission ‘Safest Car with Safest Driver’. This entire campaign is being managed by Toyota’s leading dealership Topsel Toyota. Before Kolkata Toyota has already has setup 5 different schools across India but this happens to be Eastern zones first driving school and fifth all over India. The four other driving schools across India are present in Kochi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai.
The distinguished guests who were present on the occasion included Mr Suvendu Adhikari, Transport Minister, West Bengal, Mr Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Honorable Transport Secretary, Government of West Bengal,Mr Ashok Manaktala, Dealer Principal, Topsel Toyota, Mr Amit Manakatala, Director, Topsel Toyota and Mr N. Raja, Senior Vice President & Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
The Toyota driving school is an unique step taken by Toyota to improve the safety standards of the Indian road by making every student responsible and safe driver. The entire programme will provide comprehensive driver training by providing high quality and futuristic training approaches. Toyota has also made arrangements for training models like the driver simulator mechanism which is expected to deliver a realistic experience. The realistic driving simulator gets an actual steering wheel and seats from the original Etios car. The simulator is an important part of the training programme which is expected to provide a hand on experience on how to handle in car controls like steering wheel, accelerator, brakes and gear shifts. The simulator also can replicate various weather conditions as well including dim light, uphill and downhill terrain. This also happens to be the only simulator in India which gets Full High Definition Computer graphics in an immersive Curved Projection environment.
2017 Maruti-Suzuki Swift
Maruti-Suzuki Swift is a very popular compact hatchback in India, since its launch in the country. This is also one of the most sold cars from Maruti-Suzuki’s stable. With the growing competition in the compact hatchback segment from Hyundai, Fiat Maruti-Suzuki is now eyeing a makeover for the Swift. Recently spyshots of the 2017 Maruti-Suzuki Swift from a dealer’s conference has surfaced in web world. Although the images we have seen are of Swift Sport, but it surely gives us the preview of the new generation Swift.
The Swift looks absolutely gorgeous in its new avatar. Unlike the outgoing model the new 2017 model looks aggressive, stylish and sporty despite containing the same DNA from the outgoing model. No wonder, this can be the next star in the Indian compact hatchback segment. The new Swift comes with several changes at the exterior and interior as well.
Update 27.12.2016:- Suzuki unveiled the Japanese spec hatchback infront of the global media. We have updated the review with the available information about the new generation Swift here.
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2016 Moto Guzzi MGX-21
Moto Guzzi has been the greatest brands in the motorcycling world and boasts of nearly a century of rich history and expertise helping them produce motorcycles that are often ahead of their time. The company has not, even for today, compromised its Italian soul be it the race track or the streets. And for the first time in the company’s portfolio, it has developed a motorcycle that expresses the same influence of its past in an increasingly personal and an exclusively styled machine that you can tour and put your favourite music on.
Given the evocative sobriquet as the “Flying Fortress”, the MGX-21 is Italian’s take at the traditionally styled cruisers and tourers or what we also call as Baggers, a mainstay of motorcycling in America.
It has been nearly thirty-five years since McLaren first made use of carbon-fibre to build a monocoque chassis for its Formula One car. Since then, it has come a long way into making its use as both an aesthetical and functional unit of high-end production products as this MGX-21 which is abbreviated for Moto Guzzi eXperimental and 21’, the year when the first motorcycle came out of the Mandello del Lario factory.
This motorcycle was primarily developed to boost the brand’s American sales and now has entered the Indian shores along with the V9s’. As stealth as something on two wheels can get, this motorcycle features everything you would expect in a bagger. Half-fairings, sound system, hard panniers, comfy saddle and a whole lot of flair being exuberated; if you can still see it after it has absorbed all forms of radiations.
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new naked roadster and adventure tourer motorcycle launches in the middleweight and liter class segments of the Indian two wheeler market, which do form niche categories on their own, but then have seen a tremendous growth in terms of sales in recent years. Following are those all new naked roadster and adventure tourer launches meant for the niche buyers who have prime focus on design and performance, with the criteria being 500-1200cc category and above the price point of Rs. 6 lakh:-
Tata’s Upcoming Kite 5 Sedan’s Top Variant Spied Completely Undisguised
Some recent completely undisguised photos of Tata’s upcoming Kite 5 compact sedan are going rounds on the internet. Tata Motors showcased the compact sedan for the first time at the 2016 Auto expo and after that it was also spotted couple of times being tested on road.
The model which was spotted in this spyshot is most probably the top end trim and it not only gets a completely new exterior paint but also gets plenty of exciting new features. To begin with the top end trim gets stylish diamond cut alloy wheels, side turn indicators integrated on the ORVM’s, a thick chrome line bar in between the two taillamps at the rear. Although the front profile of the sedan is not highlighted in these images but gets the same face like the Tata Tiago hatchback. However we do feel that the top end trim might get projector units as well instead of the regular halogen units. The biggest advantage of the Tata’s new compact sedan is that it promises to offer an impressive amount of boot space at the rear. Tata claims that the Kite 5 compact sedan will offer around 420 Litres of boot space.
Coming to the interior expect the upcoming compact sedan to get a completely an all Black interior with some contrasting colour accents. As far as the drivetrain are concerned expect this new compact sedan to share the same 1.2 Litre Revotron petrol and 1.05 Litre Revotorq diesel engine under the hood. Both this engines will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission however there can be an AMT transmission on offer as well.
Expect the Tiago based compact sedan to hit the showrooms in mid 2017 and wit will take on some other rivals like the Honda Amaze and upcoming Chevrolet Beat Essentia sedan.
Yamaha’s Upcoming Entry Level Performance Motorcycle Spotted: Walkaround Video
Yamaha’s upcoming mystery motorcycle is making rounds on the internet for quite some time now. We all are quite excited to know that atleast this won’t be another commuter from the Japanese two wheeler brand but an entry level performance motorcycle instead which will be positioned below the R3 and will be priced aggressively.
This is the first walkaround video of the test mule which was spied during testing on India road. Now whether this is the more powerful FZ or a completely different motorcycle is still unknown. However Yamaha has announced that they will be launching a new motorcycle on January 24th 2017. So we all can assume that this is perhaps the more powerful FZ variant that we all have been eagerly waiting for. The motorcycle shares some of its parts from Yamaha’s existing lineup take the disc brakes or the foot pegs for example but the powertrain seems to be an all new oil cooled unit. Now sharing parts with other existing Yamaha products means that Yamaha will definitely price the motorcycle aggressively.
When launched the all new Yamaha FZ200/250 will take on the Duke 200, Bajaj Dominar 400, Bajaj Pulsar AS200, RS200 and also the TVS ApacheRTR 200.
The spy video quite clearly shows that the new Yamaha motorcycle gets sleek and sharp looking headlamps cluster towards the front which also gets integrated LED daytime running lamps, while it also features a chiselled fuel tank with extended cowl, full digital instrument cluster, split seats and fatter rear tyres. The motorcycle gets disc brake towards both front and rear wheels and we are still not sure whether this motorcycle will come fitted with ABS or not.
2017 KTM Duke 390 Caught Testing On Indian Road After Official Unveiling
KTM unveiled the new Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show and after its unveiling the motorcycle was caught testing for the first time on the Indian road courtesy Rushlane. Expect this new generation Duke to arrive in India by the first half of 2017.
Apart from some cosmetic change the new Duke 390 also gets some mechanical updates as well which comes in form of the powertrain getting EUROIV norms in Europe while in India it will get the BSIV update. The Duke 390 continues to be powered by the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 44 Hp of peak power and 37 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to the 6 speed gearbox.
The Duke390 has been fitted with upside down forks and same monoshock suspension setup. While to bring it to a stop the Duke 390 gets 320 mm disc brakes towards the front and 240 mm disc brakes towards the rear. The Duke390 gets a duel channel ABS setup as standard. In terms of new additions the updated streetfighter gets full LED headlamp setup complete with an all integrated LED daytime running lamps, a completely new digital instrument cluster and more aggressive styling and also the inclusion of ride by wire throttle for the first time.