The new generation sedan is built on a completely new platform and is lighter than its predecessor
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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A special edition GO+ MPV with subtle updates to its exterior and interior
Datsun has now become a household name in the Indian market and is known to provide some of the well-packaged products at a very low price. To celebrate their three years in the Indian market Datsun has introduced a special edition of their existing product the GO+. Datsun GO+ is the only family car priced under 5 Lakh mark which provides 7 seats for its occupants inside. The Go+ is the second product from Datsun to cater the Indian market.
The GO+ was designed to fulfil the needs of people who wanted a slightly bigger car for to accommodate a family of 7 persons. Datsun hasn’t made any massive changes to the exterior or interior of the GO+ MPV. However, the GO+ MPV is slightly wider and higher than the standard GO hatchback and also has a little longer wheelbase as well than the standard GO hatchback. Talking about this special edition GO+ Anniversary Edition Although the car hasn’t received any changes under the hood it undoubtedly has received plenty of cosmetic updates to keep things fresh and new.
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We were able to get our hands on the top end ZDI+ variant
We all have at least one single nostalgic moment attached with the Maruti 800. After all, for all the kids, youth or middle age men belonging to the era of nineties, this one car happened to be their first ever family car, thus being a part for most of their memorable moments. However, over all these years, the Indian car market as well as Maruti Suzuki itself have evolved a lot, which not only has made the average Indian car buyer mature as well as picky, but at the same time, has made the Indian car makers competitive enough to make cars which are better and modern in one way or the other.
Speaking of Maruti Suzuki, the manufacturer has come a long way from being a maker of small mini hatchbacks to a name which now makes everything from an entry level hatchback to a premium crossover. And yes, it now also has a significant contribution in the fastest growing segment of today’s times – that of the compact SUVs. Now, the combination of Maruti Suzuki and SUVs never happened to be popular in the past, with its only offering in the SUV segment in the form of Grand Vitara being a big flop in India in the past, due to the image of Maruti Suzuki as only a small car maker.
But that’s now a thing of the past, and as Maruti Suzuki too is being perceived as a maker of value for money premium car makers, it has made its debut in the compact SUV segment in the form of Vitara Brezza. Developed fully in and for the Indian market, the Vitara Brezza since its launch in August 2016 has been shattering all the records and benchmarks of the sub-four meter SUV segment and is consistently finding a place in the top ten selling cars in the Indian market, thus putting Maruti Suzuki as a prominent name in the highest UV seller in India, one title which nobody would have thought it would bag.
Now, for a compact SUV which is consistently raking in 8000-10000 units per month and at the same time, commanding a waiting period of nearly six to seven months, the Vitara Brezza needs to be special. What all things are making the Vitara Brezza this popular and special, which is managing to outsell its competition? Let’s find out:-
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Do you all remember the sub-4meter SUV concept showcased by the South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai at the 2016 Auto expo? Well! We have got news for you.
Hyundai officials now actually have decided to officially launch the production variant by 2019. The reports also suggest that Hyundai has already started working on their new sub 4 meter SUV. Codenamed QXi, this compact SUV when launched will be positioned below the Creta and will take on the Ford Ecosport, Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Tata Nexon SUV.
The Carlino concept surely did pick lot of interest at the Auto show and keeping the current Indian automotive scenario in mind there is no denying in the fact that the compact SUV segment surely has become the most competitive segment of the Country with so many worthy competitors from different manufacturer. The Carlino will be a sub 4 meter offering which means that it will enjoy the excise duty benefits from the Government.
We have tried to provide you all the details of this sub 4 meter compact SUV which is available at this moment
The popular luxury compact sedan gets some valuable updates
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the refreshed CLA models for the year 2016 even before its debut in New York. The updated CLA and the CLA Shooting brake models are the fourth and fifth models in the German luxury auto maker’s compact list, the other compact models includes the A, B and the GLA Class. There is no doubt in the fact that the compact models are immensely popular all over the globe and the sales of these compact cars have also reached an amazing 582,531 in 2015 which is almost 25.8% increase over the last year sales figures.
The sporty overall appeal, powerful and dynamic design and sensual rounded contours are some of the design highlights of the new CLA. Now the changes to the facelift model of the CLA are subtle but ask anyone and you will get to know the popularity if this compact sedan which was introduced back in 2013. The CLA was launched to take on its other compact car rivals from Audi and BMW. After staying in the market for 3 years it was time for Mercedes to give it a facelift and that is what they have done exactly.
The changes to the exterior and interior are subtle though and these updates are the same kind of updates that they have given in some other compact cars recently as well including the A Class. We have provided you all the details that are available at this moment about the updated Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan.
Update 30.11.16:- Mercedes-Benz launched the all new 2017 CLA facelift sedan in India which also happens to be their most affordable sedan for the Indian market. Available with both petrol and diesel engine option under its hood. The prices and other details has been updated with this review
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The only competitor to the existing Mahindra KUV100
Maruti Suzuki is all set to introduce their newest compact Crossover the Ignis which will be positioned below the S-Cross and the Vitara Brezza. The Crossover was already showcased as a concept at the 2016 Auto expo and was also caught testing on Indian road couple of times.
The new Suzuki Ignis will be launched here in India towards the first half of 2017, until now we knew that Maruti will be launching their newest mini SUV towards this year end only however that was not the case. The new Ignis will compete directly with the other compact SUV’s of the Indian market which include the Ford Ecosport. The reason for the delay of the launch of the Ignis compact Crossover was the high demands of the already existing products like Vitara Brezza and the Baleno hatchback. Thus in order to cope with the high demands of their existing products the auto manufacturer has decided to delay the launch of this product.
Below provided are all the details of the upcoming mini SUV valong with its expected pricing and launch dates
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Received new updates which looks identical to that of the A Class
Mercedes Benz is all set to introduce the facelift 2017 CLA compact sedan in India on November 30th. This will replace the existing sedan which was launched almost two years ago has definitely hit the sweet spot with its aggressive pricing and out of this world styling.
The facelift CLA has received subtle updates to both its exterior and interior and these updates looks identical to those that are found of the facelift A-Class. The updated CLA now gets LED DRL lamps which looks a lot sleeker while the low beam headlamps use projector technology while the main high beam lamp beam uses LED reflection technology. The front profile has also received a new radiator grille as well. It also gets a light weight alloy wheels as well. Towards the rear the facelift CLA gets LED taillamps which also comes with gets the automatic intensity control which actually reduces the dazzling effect for the car that follows behind.
The interior on the other hand gets seat covers. The freestanding 8 inch toucshscreen now also looks slimmer and gets a new glass cover as well. The electrically adjustable seats and the switches associated with it also gets quality upgrades. The freestanding display gets integrated with COMAND infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features. The interior also gets new colour options as well which includes matt black ash and wood finish.
The new facelift S-Cross gets a completely new front profile and some mechanical changes as well
Suzuki unveiled the facelift S-Cross towards earlier this year and now it’s already on sale in Europe. Now according to the latest reports on Autocar India, Maruti will be introducing the facelift S-Cross in the Indian market towards the second half of 2017.
The Crossover was recently showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor show as well. In terms of changes the new facelift Crossover gets an upright grille with vertical slats, while it also received a completely redesigned front bumper which gets a slightly bigger radiator grille. The headlamp unit too has been redesigned as well and it now gets a projector units. Towards the side profile the Crossover appears to be little muscular thanks to the new diamond cut alloy wheels. The blackened B pillar also helps it to get an upmarket appearance.
Inside things look quite interesting as well, the facelift Crossover gets plenty of changes which includes an updated instrument cluster dials with completely new multi information display. It also gets new interior colours combination in seat upholstery. Furthermore the seat upholstery gets contrast stitching. The dashboard in particular gets a touchscreen SmartPlay system gets mirrorlink connectivity besides Apple carPlay.
Under the hood the [Maruti-> S-Cross Crossover facelift gets completely new 1.6 Litre petrol as well as diesel engine option under the hood. While the 1.4 Litre Boosterjet petrol unit. As far as the Indian market is concerned it will be sold with the same drivetrain options which includes the 1.4 Litre diesel and the 1.6 Litre unit only. However there is a fair chance that Maruti might introduce a petrol variant of the Crossover here which will be paired to a manual transmission.
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When it comes to the popularity and volume churner segment of the Indian market, the Indian market has become a bit more mature than before and has moved up the ladder and is investing in more premium and up-market cars, owing to increasing need for adequate space and safety. It is the reason why in urban markets, the trend of want for premium hatchbacks and compact sedans based on them is increasing day by day. While the segment of entry level and compact hatchbacks has been witnessing the same level of growth in the rural and Tier II and III cities, it is in the metros and Tier-I cities, where the demand of premium hatchbacks and sedans based on them has seen a commendable growth.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on all the pairs of hatchbacks and the compact or sub-4 meter sedans based on them, and the essential points which make them so important for the Indian market and its growth. Here you go.
The biggest rival to the upcoming TGata Kite 5 compact sedan
When everyone is worried about the upcoming Toyota Fortuner and the Honda Accord Hybrid we definitely like to attract your attention towards another upcoming car which will surely give some hard time to its rivals. First showcased at the 2016 Auto expo Chevrolet surely was able to pull some crowd towards their counter when they showcased the Beat Essentia concept. This concept surely looked practical and also was almost ready for production. Recently the Beat Essentia compact sedan test mule was spotted for the first time while it was being tested on Indian road; this actually gave everyone a hint that Chevrolet will be introducing the new sedan sooner or later.
Details reveal that the car will be launched in the Indian market towards March 2017. This compact sedan will take on some other rivals of its segment like the upcoming Tata Kite5 compact sedan which will also be launched in2017.
The Beat Essentia concept which was showcased at the Auto expo was definitely borrowed all its design cues from the next generation Beat hatchback and also shares most of its components with the hatchback.
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The Duster Adventure Edition gets some additional body cladding and also an all wheel drive system
Renault India has launched the Duster Adventure Edition variant which is based on the updated facelift model. The Duster Adventure edition was already available with the pre-facelift model and now this is the new model which is based on the updated Duster that was introduced towards the beginning of this year.
The Duster Adventure Edition is based on the current generation Duster and it gets some cosmetic updates on its exterior which actually makes it look even more rugged. This compact SUV will attract the attention of those who seeks little adventure and get out of the daily hustle of urban life.
The Adventure Edition is made available only in RXL and RXZ diesel variants. The best part is that this Adventure edition is offered with an all wheel drive mode as well.
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This special edition model gets few cosmetic updates on both its exterior as well as interior
Ford has announced a new special edition Ecosport in India during this festive season in order to attract some attention towards their compact SUV. This new Special edition model is based on the Ford Ecosport Black and gives the owners plenty of personalisation option.
Since its launch back in 2013, the Ecosport has been the best selling compact SUV of the Indian market but now it lost its number one spot to the recently introduced Maruti Vitara Brezza. However there is no doubt the Ecosport is considered as one of the fiercest rival amonst the compact SUV segment of the Country.
Powered by both diesel and petrol engine options the Ecosport still has what it takes to impress the crowd.
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