Best Of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Worth Giving A Second Look
Budget cars always fascinated Indian customers and although we have plenty of new manufacturers stepping into India’s competitive car market, they have atleast one product well within the budget of ordinary people. Now as times have changed Indian customers have become more conscious about their cars and how they look. Most of the budget car conscious customers want a car which not only is featured pack, fuel efficient or easy to maintain but, what they also look for now is that the cars should look equally premium and stylish as well.
So now the Auto manufacturer have to face an extra task of making their products look premium as well which can be a tough job sometimes when you have budget and cost cutting at the back of your mind. However, some auto manufacturers surely have succeeded well in making their products look good and different from the rest of the rivals out there.
We here at top speed have decided to create a best of 5 series, where we will bring some exclusive contents and stories under this category. So without any further due let us dive straight into the 5 best looking budget cars of India.
7 Quick Facts About The Tata Tigor Compact Sedan Launching Tomorrow
Tata was the first manufacturer in India to launch a sub-4 meter compact sedan. The first compact sedan to hit the Indian market came in the form of the Indigo ecs. Currently, Tata already has another car in this segment as well in the form of Zest which based on their Bolt hatchback. The Tigor will be their second offering in this segment for the Indian auto manufacturer.
Quite honestly what did you all expect when you came to know that Tata is launching another compact sedan? Honestly we though it will be some boring and annoying styled car. But when Tata actually revealed the Tigor right in front of our eyes recently we all got super excited. No wonder Tata Motors won many hearts when they unveiled the production variant of the Tigor at the 2017 Geneva Motor show and later showcased it at a media event in India.
Now that we all know that the compact sedan will be launching tomorrow in India here are some quick facts about this soon to be launched car which is also expected to be the cheapest offering of its segment.
2017 Nissan Terrano
Nissan has launched the facelift Terrano in India today. The updated SUV gets minimal changes to the exterior while inside is where one will find the maximum number of changes. The Terrano was launched in India back in 2013 and based on the same platform which Renault uses to underpin their Duster SUV as well. The updated Terrano get 22 brand new features which have been provided to strengthen the SUV’s smarter and bolder appeal to customers.
Nissan says that the SUV will compliment the lifestyle of today’s Indian customers. The updated Terrano although does not get any mechanical upgrades to its engine. It still continues with the same 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.5 Litre diesel unit. Transmission option for the facelift car includes a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a six speed automated manual which is made available only with the more potent diesel variant.
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Honda Launched the New WR-V In West Bengal, Everything You Need To Know About The Crosshatch
Honda Cars India Limited has launched the all new WR-V in West Bengal. The WR-V is a new sports lifestyle vehicle which underpins the same Jazz platform. The WR-V also happens to be the first model which is developed by Honda R&D India along with Honda R&D Japan. The R&D i9n India has worked particularly on the design and engineering concept suitable for the right-hand drive and India based powerplants.
MR Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO Honda Cars India LTD, said at the launch event that India is one of the fast evolving markets of the world and here they have strong demands for the compact vehicles which are stylish,.comfortable and also gets premium features. He also included that the WR-V would provide everything that one looks for when they take the vehicle out for recreational usage and comfortable driving for daily use within the city.
The WR-V is developed under the concept of "Refresh For Urban India". This concept focuses on three things which include Urban Active lifestyle, smart compact exterior and pleasurable high-quality interiors. The WR-V Crosshatch is made available in two exclusive trims only the VX and the S trims. The new Crosshatch shares the same drivetrains with the Jazz hatchback. The petrol variant6 gets the 1.2 Litre SOHC i-VTEC motor which produces about 90 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4, 800 rpm. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the tried and tested 1.5 Litre DOHC i-DTEC motor which churns out about 100 Ps of peak power at 3, 600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The petrol variant gets the 5-speed manual a 6-speed manual paired to the diesel trim. Honda claims that they have tweaked the gearbox to extract more performance from the petrol variant.
Prices for the Honda WR-V S MT Petrol starts at INR. 8, 04, 500 while the diesel S MT trim priced at INR 9, 11, 400. The top end VX MT Petrol priced at
INR 9, 31, 900 while the top of the line diesel VX trim priced at INR 10, 35, 600.
All the above are ex-showroom based prices Kolkata.
Aston Martin Valkyrie Is The New Hypercar Which Can Talk With The Wind: Video
Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies are developing a revolutionary Hypercar which was formerly codenamed as AM-RB 001, now officially being called Aston Martin Valkyrie.
The name starts with the letter ‘V’ which is actually Aston Martins tradition of naming their cars which began back in 1951 when they named their car Vantage. The Vantage name was given to their high-performance variant of their standard production car DB2 back then. The Vantage back in 1952 produced an impressive 125 Bhp of peak power while the standard variant produced around 102 Bhp. The Vantage sticker was also first used on the side of the DB5.
Now after almost 7 decades of the first use of the Vantage nameplate Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this uniquely distinctive and lyrical family of model names to the next level. The Valkyrie is the ultimate Aston Martin. The name of the car has been inspired by the ancient mythology but it is equipped with all the modern technologies of the world.
Although no details of the Hypercar is available at this moment but it will have the performance which will be on par with some other LMP1 cars. While the reports also state that Aston Martin could also make a street legal variant of this Hypercar as well in the near future which will also be their flagship offering. The Valkyrie will most probably use the 6.5 Litre V12 unit along with an electric motor. Thus it will actually be powered by a hybrid motor.
We will definitely inform you with more details of this Hypercar as soon as something comes up. So till then enjoy the teaser image and video of this new upcoming beast.
Bollywood Actor Boman Irani Adds A New Jaguar XF To His Garage
Only recently we informed you that Jaguar started manufacturing the locally made XF for the Indian market at their Pune plant. Now, we came to know that of the famous Bollywood Actor, Boman Irani who is well known for some of his unique roles in movies like 3 Idiots and PK gifted himself a brand new XF sedan. The car keys were handed to him by none other than Mr Rohit Suri, Managing Director & President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd.
The all new locally manufactured XF is one of the most popular cars of the Jaguar lineup since its introduction in 2009. The new sedan is all about performance, technology combined with an entirely new blend of design. The new XF takes its design inspiration from their flagship sportscar F-Type. The car also gets an updated interior as well which now features an InControl Touch Pro system with the all-new 25.9 cm (10.2) touchscreen infotainment system and a Meridian Sound System.
The new XF is made available with a 2.0 Litre petrol unit and a 2.0 Litre Ingenium diesel unit. The diesel unit is capable of producing about 132 KW of peak power at 4000 rpm and 430 Nm of peak torque in between 1 750-2 500. The 2.0 Litre petrol unit, on the other hand, churns out about 177 KW of peak power at 5500 rpm and 340 Nm of torque in between 1 750-2 000 rpm. Both the engines paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. While the petrol unit promises to return around 13.12 km to a litre the diesel unit, on the other hand, returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 19.33 km to a litre.
Police Van Hits Motorcyclist & Then Escapes From The Scene: Video
In a bizarre accident which took place in Noida, a Police van hits two motorcyclists and then fled away from the accident scene. Luckily the entire incident was captured by CCTV camera. The accident took place in Sector 11, Noida at 11 around AM on Sunday morning.
As you can watch in this CCTV footage, two motorcyclists on a Royal Enfield Thunderbird were trying to cross the road when the speeding PCR van carrying a constable and a driver appointed by the Noida law body rear-ended the Thunderbird motorcycle. Both the rider and the pillion were thrown up in the air because of the impact before hitting the ground. After hitting the motorcyclist the PCR van stopped for a few seconds as it is quite clear in the CCTV footage before fleeing away from the spot.
After the accident took place surprisingly the PCR van escaped from the spot instead of saving the accident victims and taking them to the Hospital. The local residents gathered at the spot and then rushed both the victims to the nearby hospital. The reports say that both the motorcycle riders are in seriously injured and are still not out of danger. Both the riders have broken legs and also suffered several other injuries to other parts of their body as well.
However, this is not the first time where an accident victim was not saved by the onlookers. There were many instances where the accident victim died on the spot because they were not taken to a hospital in time where their life could have been saved. But Indian Government has quite clearly passed a law which does not prevent any onlookers to rush an accident victim to the Hospital. The person won’t have to answer anyone about why he brought the victims to the Hospital.
2017 Maruti Alto K10 Plus
Maruti Suzuki has launched a special edition Alto K10 in India today called the K10 plus. This special edition hatchback gets plenty of new features which are missing in the standard variant.
Maruti introduced the K10 which is the premium variant of their entry level Alto 800 hatchback. The Alto K10 powered by a slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre petrol unit, and it also gets an AMT Transmission as well. The K10 competes directly with the Alto KWID 1.0 Litre unit and the Hyundai Eon 1.0 Litre in the Indian market.
This special edition Alto K10 Plus is only offered in the VXi trim and gets a total of ten new features.
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Confirmed! Maruti To Sell Ciaz Sedan Through The Nexa Dealerships
Maruti launched the Ciaz sedan back in 2014 after the Ciaz concept was showcased at the Auto Expo the same year. The mid-size sedan quickly became popular amongst the crowd and also earned the crown of being called a worthy competitor to the popular Honda City. Until now Maruti used to sell the Ciaz through their standard Maruti Suzuki dealerships along with their other products, but there were constant rumours that Maruti will perhaps start selling the Ciaz via their Nexa dealerships when they first inaugurated the dealership in India last year.
Currently, Maruti sells a total of 4 cars via their premium dealership Nexa, which includes the SX4 S-Cross, Baleno, Baleno RS and the Ignis Crossover. We have already reported earlier that Maruti perhaps has plans to sell the Ciaz sedan via their Nexa dealerships with a Nexa kind of badge spotted towards the rear profile of the Ciaz sedan.
Now according to the recent reports, it’s been confirmed that Maruti Suzuki’s flagship sedan offering for the Indian market will be sold through the Nexa dealerships soon. It will also be available in 5 trim levels. While the four trim levels include Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha variants. There will be an additional new trim which will be offered as well in the form of a new S (Sport).
Jeep To Introduce Their Entry Level Compass SUV In India This April
Jeep is all set to unveil the Indian spec Compass SUV on 12th April 2017. The Compass will be India’s first Jeep vehicle to manufacture in India at the Fiat’s facility in Ranjangaon. However, Jeep will only showcase the SUV on 12th April whereas the launch is still far away. For the International model, the new Compass will replace the existing outgoing Compass and Patriot SUVs while this new SUV will also be a major product for the Indian market as well.
The Jeep Compass SUV positioned in between the entry level Renegade and Cherokee SUV in the automaker lineup. Although the Compass SUV was spotted testing a couple of times in India the engine details are not out yet, but it will most probably get the Multijet 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine which is expected to churn out about 170hp of peak power and 350Nm of torque. The engine paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The Petrol variant of the Compass, on the other hand, will get the 1.4-litre Multiair engine which is expected to produce around 140 Hp of peak power. The Transmission options will include a 9-speed automatic, while a manual gearbox is also likely to be offered as well. The new Compass SUV will stay true to its SUV offroading genes and thus expect the top end variants will get the 4X4 system along with a low ratio and a traction management system for various terrains like sand, mud, rocks, etc.
2017 Tata Tigor
Tata Motors have revamped their image for the Indian market; they already created a lot of hype in the Indian automobile market with their latest hatchback offering Tiago. If you all remember alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata had also showcased a Tiago based compact sedan at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo as well. There was no doubt that both the Tiago hatchback and the compact sedan based on the hatchback grabbed people’s attention at the Auto show. The sub-4 meter car was codenamed Kite5 while later it was officially renamed as ‘Tigor’.
There is no denying the fact that Tata Motors started the trend of compact sedans in the Indian market, but later the segment was overtaken by their rivals. But Tata Motors was determined to get their hold back once again here, and as a result of all that, they have launched some modern generation products with refined styling and improved overall interior and exterior. Their new generation products cetainly worked fror the Indian market and after almost a year of launch, the Tiago hatch still sells like hot cakes.
Tata Motors used the same strategy and introduced the Tigor compact sedan as well which is based on the same hatchback platform. But Tata called it Styleback because it did not have the typical styling of a small car. As a matter of fact, the Tigor is the most unique looking car of its segment. I mean honestly look at this car which falls under budget compact sedans category but it still has the appeal of a premium offering which will impress many.
Yes, the Tigor shares the same drivetrain with the Tiago hatchback gets the same face with few tweaks, but the similarities end there.
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Undisguised New-Gen Maruti Swift Dzire Spotted As Production Starts
The new generation Maruti Swift Dzire has been spied once again but this time without camouflage. The new compact sedan will be launching soon in the Indian market and according to the latest reports has already entered production at Maruti’s Manesar plant.
Expect the launch to take place in around the month of May here in India the new generation sub-4Meter sedan will be a lot different than its predecessor. There are also rumours that Maruti will even drop the Swift badge from the sedan and will only call it Dzire.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Swift Dzire is one of the best-selling compact sedans of the Indian market. The new generation sedan is based on an entirely new platform which also supports the Baleno hatchback as well. This lightweight platform will help the Swift Dzire in the fuel efficiency department. If we talk about styling, then the next generation will take all its design cues from the new Swift.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Launching In India This April
There is no denying the fact that Lamborghini now takes the Indian market very seriously, they are on a launching spree and already introduced almost all their products in the Indian market. The recent rumours are that they are even planning to bring the more powerful and wild Huracan variant in India as well.
The Huracan Performante unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor show where it attracted lots of attention because this happens to be the wildest Lamborghini till date. Not only does this Lamborghini gets many race specs accessories but also is powered by the most powerful V10 engine that Lamborghini ever built.
There is no doubt that the Huracan Performante designed for sheer performance and it was even able to set a new Nurburgring Lap time of 6:52:01. Although it still is powered by the same 5.2-litre V10 engine which powers the standard Huracan this engine has been tweaked to produce an impressive 630 bhp of peak power and peak torque of 600 Nm. The engine still paired to the same 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The Huracan Performante gets few upgrades which come in the form of new titanium valves, revised intake and lighter exhaust system.
Audi A3 Facelift Will Launch In India On 6th April 2017
Some of the reports on the internet suggest that Audi will be launching their entry level compact sedan on 6th April 2017. The A3 will be the German premium auto manufacturers third launch after the A3 Cabriolet and the A4 diesel variant for the Indian market; they have planned 10 new products for the Indian market for the year 2017.
The 2017 model A3 gets few cosmetic updates both on the exterior as well interior but the most interesting part though is that it gets a new petrol engine under the hood as well.
Visually the cosmetic updated made to the facelift sedan includes a slightly larger hexagonal shaped grille and also new LED headlamps as an option, the standard version, on the other hand, gets Bi-xenon lights. The headlight unit also integrated LED daytime running lamps as well which looks a lot sharper. Besides the new grille and the headlights, the A3 facelift also gets a redesigned front grille as well which gets bigger air vents. The side profile, however, remains identical to the pre-facelift variant however the updated sedan does get new 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear profile just like the front gets a revised bumper and tweaked and revised taillamps.
Just like the exterior the interior too has been changed as well. The dashboard remains unchanged and gets the same multimedia screen that pops out from inside. Now the Audi A3 also features a wireless mobile charger. Unlike the other International models, the A3 facelift also misses out the Virtual cockpit but instead gets the analogue instrument console.
2017 Force Gurkha
Force Motors has introduced the updated 2017 Gurkha in India. The new Gurkha has been confronted to meet the BSIV emission norms and is now available with both three and five doors body configuration. The updated SUV is provided with two body variants called Xplorer and Xpedition. The updated Gurkha is not exactly a new generation offering and thus gets minor tweaks to the exterior and interior styling along with the drivetrain.
There is no doubt that the Gurkha has achieved a lot and proved its toughness and durability since its introduction back in 2008. A true contender to the Mahindra Thar Force Motors has tried to retain the offroading genes even in this updated version and made it even more comfortable and upmarket.
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Tata Starts Taking Pre-Bookings For Tigor Styleback Launch On 29th March
Tata Motors today commenced the pre-Bookings for their soon to be launched Tigor Styleback from today onward. The Tigor is the production variant of the Kite5 sedan which was showcased at the 2016 Auto expo and will be launching in the Indian market on 29th March 2017. The bookings for the upcoming compact sedan like we said has already commenced across all the dealerships in India with booking amounts of INR, 5000.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Tigor brings a fresh new air of break freestyling to its segment. The the new styling and design approach is meant to the new and fast generations of the Country according to Tata Motors.
Coming to the car, in particular, the Tigor is the third car from the Tata Motors lineup which embodies IMPACT design philosophy. The Tigor definitely is one of the most stylish car from Tata that will be plying the Indian roads soon. The Coupe like styling an impressive boot space of 419 Litres at the rear, 5-speed opening doors for easy access, a hexagonal detailing on the front grilles are some of its exterior highlights. While the LED elements at the taillamps and chrome bar running in between the rear taillamps are some of the premium elements that is worth praising. Inside things are equally interesting as well compared to the hatchback Tiago the compact sedan has an extended wheelbase by 50 mm which has also helped significantly in improving the rear leg room as well. The compact, besides getting a redesigned seats also gets a touchscreen infotainment system as well.