Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Unveiled At 2017 NYIAS: Video
The Dodge Challenger DRT Demon was not the only wild car showcased at the 2017 New York Auto show this year. Jeep also took covers of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk which is a wilder variant of the standard Grand Cherokee. Now this car is not only powerful but can also reach a top speed of 180-mph.
Powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, this unit is capable of producing about 707 Hp of peak power. This is the same unit which also powers the Hellcat as well. The FCA engineers surely made some serious amount of effort to swap the whole engine. The V8 is capable of producing about 707 Hp of peak power and 645 lb-ft of torque. Believe it or not but the Trackhawk can sprint from 0-60 mph mark in 3.5 seconds. Furthermore, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also gets a computer-controlled adaptive suspension system which enhances the overall driving experience. Furthermore, it also gets many different driving modes as well including Track mode which transfers 70 percent of the power output to the rear wheels. The SUV further also gets bigger brakes towards the front wheels. The overall aerodynamics of the SUV has also been improved to make it faster. However, the ride height of the SUV has been lowered to improve the handling dynamics.
To further enhance the track driving experience the Trackhawk also gets a launch control. Although, this is not as wild as the Challenger SRT Demon remember that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can comfortably sit five occupants inside and can still do its job.
So keeping all that in mind finally we can say that Land Rover Range Sport SVR finally has competition? Do leave your views on what exactly do you think about this beast of an SUV.
Top 5 Cars Showcased At 2017 New York Auto Show
New York Auto show is one of the biggest auto shows of the World, and the 2017 edition is not so different either because it will usher in the latest automotive technologies and trend along with cutting edge design and extraordinary innovation. According to the reports, North America’s biggest Auto show of New will display more than 1000 vehicles this year. The Auto show will be open to the public from April 14th through Sunday, April 23rd.
Below provided is the list of top 5 cars displayed at the 2017 Auto show.
2017 Tata Tigor
Tata Motors have revamped their image for the Indian Automobile market; they already created a lot of hype with their hatchback offering Tiago. If you all remember alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata had also showcased a Tiago based compact sedan back 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 with their product the Indigo ecs but later the segment was overtaken by its rivals. 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 certainly worked for 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 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 unique looking car of its segment. 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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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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2018 Tamo RACEMO
Last month when Tata Motors introduce their new sub-brand Tamo in India, they did inform at the time of introduction that they will also be taking covers of the first product from the same sub-brand at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor show. They indeed kept their promise and showcased the first product which surprisingly was a two-seater sports coupe.
The newest Sports Coupe is called ‘Racemo’ and is still in its concept form but this will soon turn into a reality and will go on sale in the Indian market in the year 2018 promised the Tata Motors officials. The Tamo is an experimental platform for Tata Motors which will not build mass oriented cars but some exciting products equipped with all the modern features and technology in limited numbers.
The Racemo designed at the company’s studio in Italy, and it gets its styling inspiration from Tata Motors IMPACT design language. The recent reports also suggest that the production variant of the car will also be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo before it finally hits the Indian road.
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Tata To Launch Nexon Compact SUV In October 2017
At a recent interview, Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butscheck has confirmed that Tata Motors will be launching the all new Nexon compact SUV in India towards the month of October 2017. To make it more clear the Tata Nexon SUV will launch in Indian market before Diwali 2017. There is no doubt in the fact that the car sales are highest during the festive seasons and almost all the auto manufacturer either comes up with a new product or tries to offer big discounts on their existing products.
Coming to the Nexon, this is Tata’s new generation product which was showcased as a concept for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo and now recently it was showcased in its production form alongside the Tigor compact sedan which will launch in India on March 29th.
The range-topping compact SUV will get plenty of sophisticated and advanced technologies and features. The exterior will receive new projector headlamp unit and a LED daytime running lamps as well. The front grille gets finished in gloss black besides that front bumper will also house round shaped fog lamps. Towards the side profile, the SUV will feature bigger 17-inch alloy wheels. While the contrast roof will certainly also draw attention, the side profile will also feature roof rails as well. Towards the rear, the Nexon gets a stylish LED taillamps.
Watch The Mclaren 720S In Action That Took The Center Stage At 2017 Geneva Motor Show: Video
Mclaren inevitably attracted a lot of crowd at the 2017 Geneva Motor show when they unveiled the second generation Super Series. The 720S which was unveiled at the show will replace the 650S and will sit below the P1. The car was codenamed P14 and is not only a price of art but also is practical and performance oriented at the same time. I mean look at the front or the rear profile of the 720S, this thing looks serene from every possible angle, but this also is Mclaren’s stunning new interpretation of design language and their dedication towards aerodynamic principles.
This car has a whole new design and everything looks nothing exactly like what we are used to seeing in a Mclaren. The headlight design towards the front is all new one and will perhaps slightly remind you of the Mclaren logo, the headlamp unit, in particular, is an adaptive LED light unit which gets carbon fibre surround. The lower portion of the headlamp unit has a duct for cooling. The lower front profile has an air duct which channels all the cool air from the lower portion of the car towards the side profile. Walk towards the side profile and these big air intakes surely looks purposeful there is another air cooling duct positioned towards the lower portion of the car. The first thing which will draw your attention towards the rear profile of the car Is the new Aerowing which helps in braking as well as creating downforce in normal driving conditions. The slash cut shaped exhaust system looks almost identical to the 675 LT exhaust, but this one is lighter. The new car uses Carbon fibre chassis based on Monocage II and is 40 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. The Mclaren 720S weighs 1,283kg.
India Bound Jeep Compass SUV Showcased At 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Jeep has showcased their newest SUV the Compass SUV at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor show. This will be the cheapest SUV offering from Jeep for the Indian market and reports are that it will be launched in India towards mid-2017 and the good thing is that it will be priced under 20 Lakh rupees as an introductory price.
The lower price tag of the Compass SUV will be possible because Jeep decided to localise most of its parts in India at the FCA’s Ranjangaon plant. The reports state that Jeep will introduce the new Compass in three variants which include Sport, Longitude and Limited variants.
While the Compass takes its styling inspiration from the bigger Grand Cherokee SUV but under the hood, it will most probably get the 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine which produces 165PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic transmission depending on the trims. Hopefully, to truly bring out the capabilities of the SUV, Jeep will offer it with an all-wheel drive system as well.
If we talk about styling, then Compass gets the muscular appeal but it also receives a boxy design. The front profile gets the signature 7 toothed grille while towards the rear the Compass gets LED elements in the taillamps. The SUV showcased at the Auto show gets black-silver finished alloy wheels. Which definitely looks bold and rugged at the same time. Expect the interior to also be well equipped with all the luxury bits which will include a U connect touchscreen infotainment system positioned in the middle of the dashboard, infact this is the only Jeep SUV which will get an option of 3 different touchscreen infotainment system, it also gets a sunroof as well.
Apart from India the Jeep Compass will also be sold across 100 other Countries across the world.
2017 Geneva Motor Show: Lamborghini Showcased The Huracan Performante
Lamborghini showcased their range topping Huracan at the ongoing 87th Geneva Motor show. The range-topping Huracan will be called Huracan Performante. The Coupe comes with new styling and offcourse some tweaks to the powertrain. As a result of that the 5.2 Litre V10 unit now has become the most powerful V10 drivetrain ever installed in a Lamborghini.
The new Huracan Performante combines all the lightweight technologies, active aerodynamics with aero vectoring and a new set-up of chassis. It further also gets an all wheel drive system along with an improved powertrain. This car has been built to achieve the best lap time in the circuit and also provide the most engaging drive experience on the road.
To keep the overall weight down Lamborghini has used hybrid aluminium and carbon fibre frame to keep the overall weight down. The forged composite carbon fibre has also is used to make the front and rear spoiler, rear bumper and diffuser. All the use these lightweight materials have helped in reducing the overall weight of the car by 40 kilograms. The new car also features companies latest Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva which is their newest active aerodynamic technology which provides maximum downforce and low drag setup by adjusting the front flaps and spoiler at the rear. Just like the exterior the cabin also features carbon fibre materials for some cabin parts like AirCon vents, transmission paddles behind the steering wheel, door handles, and the centre console. It further also gets new digital cockpit displays which can be used to configure different driving modes: Strada, Sport or Corsa, with a display dedicated to the ALA detailing data on downforce and drag.
2017 Renault Kwid Climber
Renault KWID has been an instant hit after its launch in the Indian market and there is no doubt in the fact that after the Duster, the KWID is definitely their most successful product which has helped them to plant a firmer foot in the Indian automotive market.
Renault showcased two of their wild concepts based on the KWID hatchback at the 2016 Auto Expo last year. The two concepts which were showcased included the KWID Climber and the Racer concept. While the Racer concept focused on the racing genes of the KWID, the Climber variant, on the other hand, was Renault’s effort to make the KWID appear more purposeful and brawny.
According to the reports, Renault has sold more than 1,30,000 unit of the KWID hatchback till date and perhaps to share the success of the hatchback with the customers, the French Auto manufacturer now has decided to introduce perhaps a special edition of their popular hatchback in the form of KWID Climber.
Update09.03.2017:- Renault launched the KWID Climber in India today. The prices and other details has been updated in this review
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Land Rover Showcased New Range Rover Velar At 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Land Rover showcased the fourth member of their Range Rover family at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new Velar positioned in between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. The SUV has refined for every occasion and uses unique and sustainable materials and advanced engineering which will help Land Rover to continue their drive to go above and beyond.
The new Velar underpins Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive IQ platform which also underpins the F-Pace Crossover. The SUV comes with many class leading features on both outsides as well as inside. Towards the exterior the Velar gets Matrix LED headlamp unit which is the most slender looking headlamp unit ever used in a Land Rover, the Velar is also the first Land Rover SUV in the RR range to feature flush deployable door handles. The Velar also gets Burnished Copper coloured detailing on the front bumper blades and fender vents. This SUV also gets four corner suspension system which promises to deliver the highest level of comfort and control.
Just like the exterior the interior too also gets many first in class features like two high definitions 10-inch touchscreen while there is a separate 12.3 inch HD display along with a Heads up display for the driver. The driver and front passenger get 20-way adjustable seats. There is also a 1,600-watt, 23-speaker Meridian Signature Sound audio system for the entertainment of the passengers. The new Velar will be available with three trim levels including the S, SE and HSE trims.
New Generation Suzuki Swift Showcased At 2017 Geneva Motor Show India Launch In 2018
The new generation Swift made its World premiere at Japan last year December. Now recently Suzuki showcased the all new European-specific Swift at the 87th Geneva Motor show. The car is codenamed YSD internally, and reports state that it will launch in the Indian market early next year.
The new generation Swift is based on an entirely new lightweight platform which also underpins the Baleno as well as the Ignis Crossover. However, the platform has been tweaked to keep the sporty character of the hatchback intact which is found in the International spec hatchback. The new platform is also expected to be lighter and more rigid which will help the new car to loose some weight and also improve its handling characteristics.
The Indian spec Maruti Swift will be heavily localised to keep the prices in check. The reports also state that the new Swift will also be tuned to deliver the best performance and to handle Indian roads. The Indian spec hatchback will also get a slightly higher ground clearance to cope with Indian road conditions. To make the product even more lucrative, Maruti will sell the new Swift through their regular dealership to increase their reach across the Country instead of their premium dealership Nexa.
Presently we are still unaware of the Indian specs, but it will get the Boosterjet direct-injection turbo-petrol. The car will also get an automatic transmission beside the standard unit in both diesel as well as petrol drivetrain. At a later stage, Maruti could also introduce a sportier version of the Swift just like they have done with the Baleno.
Tamo Racemo Two Seater Sports Coupe From Tata Motors Showcased At 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Tata Motors recently introduced their sub-brand ‘TAMO’ which promises to add new technologies to define future mobility solutions. Tata Motors will use the TAMO platform to add small volume, low investment models to provide fast-tracked proves of techniques and concepts. The Indian Auto Maker already announced during the launch of their new sub-brand that they will be introducing their first car at the upcoming 87th Geneva Motors show and like they promised, TAMO unveiled their first product at the Motor show. The new car is called ‘RACEMO,’ and what makes this even more interesting is that this is the brand’s first two-seater, mid-engine sports coupe.
The ‘RACEMO’ sports coupe designed at the Tata Motors studio in Italy, and it gets its styling inspiration from Tata’s impact design language. The Sports Coupe is the first product from Tata Motors sub-brand TAMO and rumours are that it will make it to Indian market towards the end of this year and showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The Racemo is India’s first ‘phygital’ car, which merges both digitals as well as the physical world. Besides that, this also happens to be India’s first connected car which brings in many new connected technologies like advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring. This sports coupe also features over the air updates using Microsoft cloud-based technologies.
Tata Motors Showcases The Tigor & Nexon At The 2017 Geneva Motor show
Tata Motors today showcased two special edition cars at the 87th Geneva Motor show. These cars are special because these cars belong to their next generation product lineup. The two products which we are talking about here are the India’s first ‘Styleback’, the Tata TIGOR and the bold, elegant and sporty compact SUV, the Tata NEXON.
Now Tata definitely has plans to introduce both these cars in the Indian market soon and before that, we got a preview of both these cars at the Geneva Motor show. Now before we get into any other details let us inform you Tata Motors also announced that they will be launching the styleback in the Indian market on 29th March while they also announced that they will also be introducing the Nexon compact SUV in India later this year.
Both these cars were showcased at the Tata Motors pavilion at the show, While the Tigor is Tata designers rendition of their first styleback. The compact sedan brings forward a lively and dynamic stance. This car is perhaps the first car in its segment which does not have a boxy stance. While the Tata Nexon compact SUV, on the other hand, gets a sculpted body structure which according to Tata Motors portrays a sense of power as well as agility. The Nexon showcased at the Motor show gets duel tone exterior color scheme.
With all these exciting products on the line, Tata Motors definitely wants to become one amongst the top 3 players of the Indian passenger vehicle market. Their new strategy is to provide advanced products to their customers which are advanced in terms of design, technology, and innovation.
Renault To Launch KWID Climber Variant Soon?
According to the recent reports, Renault perhaps will be launching the KWID Climber variant in India soon. They already have started dealers training for this upcoming KWID variant which indicates to one thing that is the launch of this new KWID variant isn’t far away.
Renault showcased the KWID Climber concept at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo; the KWID concept was just a visually enhanced variant of the existing KWID hatchback which also happens to be the most favourite car of their lineup. The KWID Climber concept which was showcased at the Auto show equipped with redesigned front bumpers which also featured skid plates towards the front; the grille too looked slightly beefier as well. There were also black claddings surrounding the headlamps as well as the taillamps. Towards the side profile, the ORM’s too looked completely new while the wheel design was also entirely different and sportier. The KWID Climber variant also featured slightly thicker body claddings around the wheel arches as well.
Just like the exterior expect the interior also to get new treatment which might come in the form of dual tone colours, new upholstery and door mats.
As far as the drivetrain is concerned to expect the Climber variant to get the more powerful 1.0 Litre three-cylinder engine which will come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard now we are still not sure whether Renault will equip this single variant with the AMT gearbox or not.
2018 Volvo XC60
Volvo has teased the new 2018 model of the XC60 Crossover which will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Although Volvo has not released any major details yet they did announce some exclusive safety features that the soon to be launched Crossover will get.
The new XC60 will be based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform; this is the same platform which also underpins the bigger XC90 SUV. Volvo hasn’t revealed any exterior details yet but has left some teaser image of the upcoming all new Crossovers.
Apart from the new styling, the XC60 will also feature three new advanced driver assistance features aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble.
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Hyundai To Launch 8 New Products Including Carlino Sub-4 Meter SUV Within Next 3 Years
According to the recent reports, Hyundai soon will be expanding their product portfolio in the Indian market. They have plans to introduce not one not two but a total of eight new products by the year 2020. Expect all the upcoming products to be technologically advanced, while three of these vehicles will be new segment products the rest will be full model changes apart from regular facelifts and updates.
However, the Hyundai company officials also made sure that besides just introducing new models they will also focus on bringing new technologies as well. These technologically advanced products will include "mild" and "full" hybrid, manual and automatic transmission and a turbo petrol engine.
The officials also said that they would showcase the Strong Ioniq Hybrid in India at the 2018 Auto Expo while they will also be launching the three new segment oriented products followed by the suv-4 meter SUV towards the first half of 2019.
Now, this is what brings us to our main discussion here. The new sub-4 meter SUV that Hyundai is talking about is most probably the production variant of the Carlino concept which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The SUV caught all our attention when it showcased at the last year’s show.
So we are here to provide you with some interesting facts about this upcoming compact SUV which will be launched here in 2019.
2017 Tata Hexa
Tata Motors is currently on a spree to revise its entire portfolio, in order to stop the exponential decline in sales that the Indian automaker is currently experiencing. With the Tiago hatchback already accumulating huge praises from customers and critics, Tata has turned its attention to other upcoming products in its lineup. The Indian origin automaker has been making gradual improvement in their design language, and they are bringing bold and fresh products to the Indian market without hesitation. And the next big thing coming our way is a premium SUV Crossover, christened as the Tata Hexa. What do we know about this Tata crossover? Well, read-on to find out.
Earlier, when Tata Motors showcased the Tata Hexa concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we all knew it would be a replacement of their Tata Aria MPV which didn’t do well in terms of sales in the Indian market. But, at the recently concluded 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased the production version of Tata Hexa, and it took everyone by surprise. The Hexa really impressed us. Rather than being a restyled Aria it came with an individual identity, which made it look a lot different to its stable siblings. The car looks like an MPV in terms of size, but it is actually a stylish and tough looking crossover equipped with the latest off-roading technologies.
The all new Tata Hexa looks sporty and muscular, yet stylish. Not only at the exterior, but the interior too get plenty of attractive features which are luxurious and provide a new-age character to this upcoming Tata Crossover.
Update 18.01.2017:- Tata Motors launched the Hexa Crossover in India today. The new Crossover is the flagship offering from Tata Motors and the prices and details have been updated in the overview article of the Crossover
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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 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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