2017 Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Refresh
We already have reported few days earlier that Suzuki was planning to introduce the next generation Wagon-R soon. The leaked images of the next generation hatchback were also doing rounds on the internet and also on Japanese social media channels. We also have provided you all the information which is available about the new Japanese spec Wagon-R in our overview article. That said, we were actually quite surprised when we found out that Autos Arena in their latest reports said, Maruti actually has no plans to introduce the next generation Wagon-R in India anytime soon but instead of launching the new generation hatchback they have decided to give some updates to the old car and launch it as the new 2017 model.
The biggest news is that the new updated 2017 model will actually be based on their current Stingray variant. While the Stingray nameplate will be taken off their product chart. Furthermore the lineup will now also have a new top end variant as well.
The big decision was taken by Maruti Suzuki after they realized that the Stingray sells in very few numbers. What is even more surprising is also the fact that most of the dealers have now even stopped taking bookings for the top of the line Stingray variant.
Before we get into any other details let us inform you all that the updated 2017 Wagon-R model will be renamed as Wagon-R Refresh and it will be on sale in the Indian market soon.
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2017 (Maruti) Suzuki Ignis Motocross Style Edition
Only yesterday we have reported that Suzuki has showcased the new Swift Racer RS concept which was based on the new generation Swift although no details of the production variant is out yet but there is a fair chance that Suzuki might introduce it first in the markets of Japan and then perhaps it might also land on the Indian shores sometimes in the near future. Now at the same show Suzuki showcased another sportier variant of the Ignis Crossover which was launched here in India last week only.
Just like what we have seen on the Swift Racer RS Concept exhibition cars, the Ignis Crossover too has been given a unique cosmetic upgrade too. Called the Ignis Motocross Style Edition, this is the same Ignis Crossover with all the added colours.
The Ignis Crossover was launched recently and is positioned below the Vitara Brezza SUV. The car is being sold in the Indian market via Maruti’s Nexa dealership and is offered with both diesel and petrol powertrain options. Transmission on offer is a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT offered as optional with both petrol and diesel variants.
That said, we have tried to provide you all the information about this funky looking avatar of the new Suzuki Ignis Motocrosser style exhibition car which was showcased at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
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2017 Renault Kwid Live For More Edition
Renault launched their entry level KWID budget offering back in 2015 and this hatchback instantly went to become hot favourite for many Indian customers who wanted a stylish looking, features packed car within a budget. The KWID went on to compete with some other entry level hatchbacks from manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. Recently back in 2016 Renault introduced a new variant of the hatchback which was powered by a slightly more powerful 1.0 Liter unit. Transmission options offered were a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT unit which is offered only with the 1.0 Liter variant only besides the standard 5 speed manual unit.
Until Now Renault already sold more than 1 Lakh unit of the KWID hatchback in India and to celebrate the success of their new hatchback the French car manufacturer has introduced a new special edition variant of the KWID.
Called the Kwid Live For More Edition, this new special edition model is offered with both 800 cc and the slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre variant as well. Now although the changes to the special edition model are limited to cosmetics only still we are pretty sure that you all will love what Renault has offered with this special edition hatchback.
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2017 Maruti Swift Racer RS Concept
Suzuki unveiled the all new generation Swift hatchback in Japan towards the last week of December 2016 and being one of the most popular models of the Indian market expect this all new hatchback to make it to the Indian shores by the second half of 2017. But before that at the Tokyo Motor Salon Suzuki has showcased the slightly sportier Concept variant of the Swift hatchback. Dubbed as the Swift Racer RS this sportier variant of the hatch gets new livery and some added cosmetic updates over the standard variant.
There were rumours that Suzuki has plans to introduce a slightly sportier and powerful variant of the Swift hatchback. Although still in its concept form there is a fair chance of the production variant of this concept car making it to the Indian market sometimes in the near future. This may compete directly with some other hot hatchbacks of India like that of Fiat.
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2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki unveiled the Ignis Crossover at the Tokyo Motor show and since then we knew that Maruti definitely will bring it to the Indian market. And after almost a year we were assured by the Maruti officials that they certainly will be introducing the new Ignis in India.
Now coming to the iconic Japanese auto maker Suzuki, they have been known for their small cars across the globe while their recent plans also are to launch almost 20 global car models. Maruti have already launched the Baleno hatchback which is the production variant of the IK-2 Concept and this is actually a global product which mens better build quality, improved interiors and impressive safety features feature for the passengers inside. Let’s not get into all those details and focus completely on the car which was launched today on 13th January 2017 at a gala event where Swedish DJ, Axwell performed live. To all our surprise Maruti has priced the Ignis compact Crossover quite aggressively which is actually a good thing.
The Ignis Crossover has derived from the IM-4 concept; the car was already previewed at the 2016 Auto expo and was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The Ignis Crossover is positioned below the Vitara Brezza hatchback and will compete with some other B-Segment hatchback & Crossovers like the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.
Update05.01.2017:- Maruti has launched the all new Ignis in India today and we have updated the review with all the information, prices and specs available at this moment about the new Ignis
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2017 Ford Ecosport Spotted With New Touchscreen System
We already have shared the information that Ford will be launching an updated 2017 variant of the existing Ecosport in India before they actually bring in the facelift variant of the compact SUV which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the end of this year.
We also have reported that the My 2017 Ecosport Titanium+ variant exclusively will get a completely new 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system for the very first time which will be an upgrade from the current unit. Today we have got our hands on some spy images of the updated 2017 Ecosport variant which were clicked by Mr. Nagaraj Muthuswamy of Ford EcoSport Owners & Fans Facebook page.
The completely new touchscreen infotainment system gets integrated with features like satellite navigation system, DVD player, Door Ajar warning. While the Screen also doubles up and projects images when the rear view camera is active.
Apart from the touchscreen infotainment system MY 2017 Ecosport also sports a new and chunky 17 inch alloy wheels which has been borrowed from the Ecosport sold in the other International markets. The new wheels also get wrapped with 205/50/R17 rubber. However expect these new set of wheels to also be exclusive to the top end Titanium+ variant only.
Unfortunately Ford India has actually decided to delete some of the features which were available with the current Ecosport in this new 2017 variant. The list of features includes driver seat armrest, cooled glove box, leather-wrapped handbrake and gear shift knob etc.
Top five rivals the new Maruti Suzuki Ignis needs to watch out for
Till now, we have heard a lot about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis, which has generated a lot of anticipation and hype in the market. Some are in awe with the way it looks and is kitted up to the brim with some very new and first-in-segment features, while the trusted buyers of Maruti Suzuki are eying on it as their next viable purchase, owing to the tried and tested engine options and service network of Maruti Suzuki which the company is offering for the Ignis.
However, the going for the Ignis is not going to be that easy, as it is entering that space of the Indian automobile market, which witnesses the maximum number of sales. Each and every competitor with which the Ignis will be locking its horns has some very strong credentials to bank up on. In this feature story, we are having a look on the top five rivals which Ignis will be having in its crosshairs, in the same price bracket off course. Here we go:-
2018 Suzuki Gymny/ Maruti Gypsy
Rumours suggest that Maruti might reintroduce the Gypsy in the Indian market in the coming years. According to the latest reports Suzuki might manufacture the next generation Jimny in India. The Jimny was showcased last time at the 2012 Auto Expo and it received quite a positive response from the people. Although there is not much depth in the possibilities right now but the next generation Jimny perhaps might be sold in India as the next generation Gypsy.
For all your information the Gypsy was the long wheelbase version of the Gymny compact SUV. Some of the reports also suggests that the next generation compact SUV will actually be built on the same lightweight platform which also underpins the current Baleno and the Ignis Crossover and hatchback. The next generation SUV will also be exported onto some other International markets from India as well.
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Maruti To Launch Ignis Crossover Tomorrow!
Maruti is all set to launch the Ignis Crossover tomorrow in India. Like you already know that the Crossover will be sold in the Indian market via the Nexa dealership alongside the Baleno and the S-Cross. The Ignis Crossover first made its debut at the 2016 Indian auto expo and was showcased alongside the Baleno RS hatchback. The bookings for the Ignis Crossover have already started in the Indian market and once can book the mini SUV by paying a token amount of INR. 11, 000.
The Ignis Crossover will be offered with four different variants which include:- Sigma, Alpha, Delta, Zeta. These are the same variants which are also available with the Baleno and S-Cross Crossover. The Ignis underpins a completely new platform which is not only lightweight but rigid at the same time. This lightweight platform has also helped improving the handling and also high speed stability. As far as the styling is concerned the Hexa Crossover gets all the styling inspiration from iM4 concept previewed at the Geneva Motor Show . The Crossover boasts sporty looking bumpers square looking headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps. While the front grille gets some chrome accents. The side profile gets slightly bigger wheels while the overall profile gets Boxy design the rear profile gets LED taillamps which actually goes well with the overall design.
Honda City Facelift Completely Revealed In These New Set Of Spy Images
We already have reported earlier that Honda will be launching the City facelift in the markets of Thailand on 13th January 2017 and offcourse! The Indian launch too isn’t far away.
The City facelift was already caught undisguised but this new image reveals the front and rear profile of the sedan completely. Like we already said before the front end of the sedan now looks like that they have taken inspiration from the new generation Civic and Accord. The headlamp shape also has been slightly redesigned as well furthermore the headlamps unit now also gets integrated daytime running lamps. The new bolder looking grille runs into the headlamp area and gives the front profile a slightly more shaper look. The front bumper has also been designed and it now gets 3 air intake slots along with the fog lamps as well. The other change comes in the form of new 16 inch alloy wheels and a slightly tweaked rear bumper.
On the inside the City facelift sedan will most likely get an all new infotainment system which is compatible with both Apple car play and Android Auto system. This new touchscreen infotainment system also gets a navigation system as well. The City facelift will likely also get the all black interior as well. While for the safety of the passengers it will feature six airbags as well along with ABS and EBD.
According to the reports the Thailand spec City facelift will retain the 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engine capable of producing 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. While the other variant gets the CVT Transmission as an option.
Land Rover Introduces Petrol Variant Of The Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover launched the facelift Range Rover Evoque in India in December 2016 and now after a month the British auto manufacturer has introduced the petrol variant of the Evoque in India. The diesel variant which was introduced was during the time of the launch was powered by the new 2.0-litre Ingenium motor which replaced the 2.2 Litre unit.
Now the petrol variant which was introduced earlier today gets the 2.0-litre petrol mill which produces about 241 Hp of peak power. This is the same unit which powers the Discovery Sport as well. The Petrol variant of the Evoque is available only with the SE trim. The other variants which are available with the diesel unit include Pure, SE, SE Dynamic, HSE and HSE Dynamic trims.
Some other features which are available on the facelift variant of the Evoque include redesigned headlamps with xenon headlights, the headlamps unit also gets integrated LED DRLs lamps, panoramic sunroof and also17-inch alloy wheels as well towards its side profile. The rear profile on the other hand gets redesigned taillamps as well. Inside the updated Evoque features height adjustable driver seat, a completely new eight-inch InControl Touch infotainment system with navigation.
The petrol variant Range Rover Evoque rivals the likes of the new BMW X3 which also recently introduced its petrol variant.
2017 Honda Mobilio
According to the recent reports on the internet Honda is all set to introduce the facelift Mobilio in the Indian market. The Mobilio is direct rival of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and perhaps is the only MPV which was able to give some stiff competition to Maruti’s Ertiga.
The Honda Mobilio was launched back in 2013 and it was able to impress the crowd with its spacious interior great handling and ride quality. But recently the MPV segment of India has taken a back seat as the sale of the MPV has dwindled down in recent years because of the increasing demand of the compact SUV. Honda recently updated the Amaze compact sedan and Brio hatchback and they are also all set to introduce the City facelift as well soon in the Indian market which also happens to be their best selling product.
Recently the first set of spy images of the facelift Mobilio surfaced online recently in Indonesia where the updated facelift variant will be launched soon. Today we have collected all the information available at this moment about the refreshed Mobilio MPV.
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Honda City Facelift Spied On Indian Soil For The First Time
Honda will be launching the City facelift in India after it launches in the market of Thailand on 12th January. The car was teased in Thailand social media couple of times but the midsize sedan was caught on the Indian soil undisguised for the very first time during a TVC shoot. Now as already reported earlier the sedan sports a design inspired from the new generation Civic and Accord.
The City facelift for the first time gets wraparound new LED headlamps, redesigned bumper and fog lamps towards the front. While towards the rear the sedan gets a LED taillamps as well. While towards the side profile it gets 16 inch diamond cut alloys. The City sedan facelift also gets an all black interior. The slightly redesigned dashboard houses a new touchscreen infotainment system which also integrates an Apple car play and Android Auto compatibility.
The City facelift will continue with the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC diesel engines but offcourse Honda will make some improvements. The drivetrain will be paired to the same 6 speed manual as well as 6 speed automatic transmissions.
Expect the City facelift launch to take place towards the month of February 2017 after its Thailand launch. As far as the pricing is concerned it will be priced slightly higher than the pre-facelift variants.
What To Expect From The Upcoming Ford Ecosport Compact SUV
Now there have been rumours surrounding the upcoming Ford Ecosport facelift while some are saying that Ford will be introducing the new facelift Ecosport which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the second half of this year while other are saying that Ford will add some new features to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will launch it first before they introduce the new facelift SUV.
Whatever be the case the good news is that we are getting the new facelift compact SUV which will replace the current SUV by this year only. Coming back to the reports of Ford making some changes to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will sell it in the Indian market until and unless the new Ecosport is introduced.
Today we have decided to provide you all the details about what you can expect from the updated pre-facelift variant as well as the upcoming all new facelift Ecosport which was unveiled at the 2016 New York Motor show.
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