the second generation Innova gets shaper exterior design and premium cabin
The Toyota Innova surely set a new standard in the MPV market of India, this vehicle also replaced the Toyota Qualis which itself was also a very successful product from the Japanese automaker and known for its capability of transporting large family from one place to another comfortably. The Toyota Innova replaced the Toyota Qualis and instantly became a hit and popular for its spacious and quality interior.
Things were going well for this people mover until recently the MPV market took a whole new turn after Maruti Suzuki entered the market with their new offering called Ertiga in 2012, while Honda later introduced the Mobilio. Although there are few other offerings from Chevrolet and Nissan but honestly they are not as popular compared to the above mentioned names. The best things about the new generation MUV’s are that they are the cheaper alternative to the ageing and comparatively expensive Innova which existed in the market for a long time.
Now that its backdated styling has taken its toll in its sales figures Toyota decided that this was the best time to introduce the next generation people mover to the scene.
The new generation Innova’s images and details surfaced online recently when Toyota unveiled the car in Indonesia and later launched it there. Now that almost all the information and details are available we have decided to give you the first impression of this people mover.
To begin with let us first inform you that the new generation Innova has been built on a completely new ladder frame platform which also supports the new generation Fortuner and Hilux Revo. As far its drivetrains are concerned the new Innova ditches its KD engines and has gone for downsized GD engines which are actually more powerful as well as fuel efficient at the same time.
At the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016, Toyota showcased the new Innova christened as Innova Crysta. The car looked identical to the one we have seen in the Indonesian website. The Crysta badging is probably an effort to give the new Innova a more distinguished identity. The new generation Innova looks sharp and upmarket, way more stylish than the previous model and it gets plenty of new updates as well
Update 08.08.2016:- Toyota introduced the Petrol variant of the Innova Crysta in India. The Innova Crysta petrol is available with three trims including the GX, VX and the top end Z trim. The top end Z trim is available only with automatic transmission.
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Maruti’s first attempt at building a compact SUV. Does it tick all the right boxes?
Utter the name ‘Maruti Suzuki’, and the first image that comes to the mind of most Indians is of a reliable and famous small car manufacturing company, that is known for producing cost effective and fuel efficient cars. But off late, Maruti Suzuki is trying to shed its image of a budget car manufacturer, by expanding its portfolio and providing products around the 10 lakh price bracket. The Ciaz was an attempt in-line with these efforts to produce more premium cars, as was the highly debated decision of opening specialized premium NEXA outlets across the country.
And with Indian customer preferences shifting towards the crossover segment, it was high time that the country’s biggest car manufacturer launches its contender in the battle. Hence, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched on the 8th of March 2016, thus making Maruti’s debut in the sufficiently crowded sub-4m SUV segment.
The Brezza isn’t the first time that Maruti has ventured into the SUV segment. The Japanese car maker launched the Grand Vitara almost a decade ago, though it could not make its presence felt in the market. Therefore, the Brezza carries huge responsibilities of establishing Maruti’s presence in the SUV segment, while competing with established head-on competitors.
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The Mid-Size sporty utility segment of India may not be crowded but it surely has some worthy competitors in it take Ford for instance who is one of the major players of this game launched their Endeavour SUV almost 10 years ago in India which really became popular amongst the crowd initially because of its big brawny size, spacious and practical interiors and those powerful diesel engines under the hood. As time passed its fame and glory started to fade away, now there can actually be two major reasons behind it, the Japanese manufacturer Toyota introduced their Fortuner SUV already in this segment which also possessed almost the same characteristics that the other SUV had or with the introduction of more premium entry level vehicles from renowned manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes their customers have actually moved to a totally different segment.
After Ford saw the falling sales figures there were actually two things that Ford could have done, either they could completely let go or try to revive the Endeavour SUV which is definitely a worthy vehicle in this segment.
During August last year the Blue oval showcased an Everest Concept (Endeavour is also known as Everest in other International markets) SUV in Australia which actually indicated that their next generation Endeavour SUV will be coming soon and look exactly the same as the concept because Ford has a reputation of not messing too much with the overall styling of the concept when they turn it into a final production ready vehicle, we have seen that in time of the Ford Ecosport too.
Ford recently unveiled their production ready Endeavour and believe it or not the production variant looks exactly the same as the Everest concept which was showcased a year ago in Australia. Ford claims that their new Everest SUV seamlessly blends rugged offroad capability with exceptional ride quality and also dynamic handling, it also gets a new sculpted chiseled exterior styling along with many technological updates which makes it an all rounder. The new SUV will be launched on January 15th 2016 and it will made available with 2.2 Litre diesel as well as a powerful 3.2 Litre diesel paired either to a manual or automatic transmission.
Update 20.01.2016:- Ford Launches the Endeavour in India today. The prices and details has been provided below.
Update 24/12/15:- The details about the Indian spec Ford Endeavour has just surfaced and we have updated the review according to the information available
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There is absolutely no point for telling, that the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the best selling and most popular compact sedan of India. In India, where people searches for luxury and comfort at a cheaper price, compact sedans fulfill the demand for them when they go to buy a car. Maruti Suzuki, being the most trusted brand of India in the automobile sector has launched the swift based compact sedan on 26th March, 2008. It came replacing the Maruti Esteem.
The popular sub four metre sedan draws power from two different powertrains, which are 1.2 litre K-Series petrol and 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engines. Till now, the compact sedan has been equipped with 5 speed manual gearboxes in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant had a 4 speed automatic option albeit, but the diesel variant was equipped with 5 speed manual transmission only. Recently we have spotted the top end diesel variant with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), and Maruti Suzuki just launched the AMT variant of its most popular car in India. Not only that, this is the first sedan from the Indo Japanese automaker with an AMT gearbox.
As we have already said, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the most popular compact sedan in the country, getting an AMT set up in the diesel variant will give the car even more sales boost.
Update 07.01.2016:- Maruti Suzuki has officially launched the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire ZDI AMT at a price of INR. 8.39 lakhs. ZDI is the top end variant of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire model. The details regarding the powertrain, price of the new model are out along with new images and press release. We have updated the review with the new information, press release and images.
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Ford might not be at the forefront of the Indian automobile industry, but they have found a strong foothold with their offering in the compact SUV segment of Indian market. Ford Ecosport is one of the best selling and most popular cars in India, which has gave the American automaker lot of confidence. Now, as the Indian automobile market is expanding rapidly, and people are tending to buy more and more expensive vehicles, Ford is trying to grab a strong share of the market pie with their latest offerings.
A few days ago they launched Ford Figo in the compact hatchback segment and Ford Figo Aspire in the compact sedan segment. Both these vehicles belong to a completely new generation and sport new dynamic design language. In upcoming few years the American auto giant has a plan to launch several other cars in India, among which Ford Mondeo will be a prime one. Expected to be launched sometime around middle of the 2016 this car will be a stylish offering from Ford.
Mondeo is a popular midsize sedan from Ford since its introduction in 1992, which is also known as Ford Contour and Ford Fusion in North America. The present generation Ford Mondeo is the fourth generation version of the model. Since its introduction in 1992, this car has gone through several facelifts and design changes. The latest generation model sports the present generation design language of Ford and it looks uber cool and stylish.
Before this car gets launched in India, we brought you a detailed review of the car. Take a look.
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Tata Motors might not be the strongest player in the SUV segment of the Indian automobile market, but their Tata Safari is surely one of the strong players in the segment. Amidst the wait for the launch of Zica, Tata Motors has just launched Safari Storme Varicor 400, which is a more powerful variant available with the Tata Safari Storme VX top end trim. The 400 of the name indicates a more powerful torque amount which is 25% higher than the outgoing variants.
The new Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 doesn’t boast any notable exterior or interior changes. The only major change come in form of the new powertrain. This car expected to give other SUVs like Mahindra XUV500 a tough competition with its powerful powertrain. Let’s take a look at the new SUV.
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Mercedes-Benz entered India in 1994 and pioneered the luxury market in the country. Their attack was led by the C-Class which was launched globally in 1993 as a replacement for the 190 range. The fourth generation C-Class (W205) was released at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and is the first car to use the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform. The car went on to win the prestigious 2015 World Car of the Year. In India, the car is being assembled at the company’s Pune plant and is available only as a sedan.
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To be honest the premium hatchback market of India is again booming and different auto manufacturers are actually also launching some brand new products besides refreshing their old products. Honda who actually launched the Jazz few years ago was forced to withdraw the premium hatch because of its low sales numbers mainly because of the reason that it was overpriced.
But that is all about to change because Honda will soon be launching the brand new Jazz in India, Indian people got a glimpse of the new generation hatch already at the 2014 Auto expo which was held in Delhi but after that there has been some delay in its launch because of some internal problem but now the roads looks clear which is a good news especially for those buyers who are looking for a spacious and comfortable hatchback.
The hatchback which will be launched in the Indian market is a new model and has been built from scratch however take a first look and you will instantly realize that it is definitely the Jazz. The modern Jazz takes some styling cues from Honda’s modern styling dictionary though and quite honestly it looks stylish as well as sporty at the same time and definitely way more practical. Lets us also inform you that the Jazz also happens to be the most spacious car in its segment and provides ample of room for all the five occupants inside. Honda will be offering the Jazz with both diesel and petrol variants which will come mated with both automatic as well as manual transmission option from its launch.
Definitely the new Jazz will be priced lower than the previous Jazz that was launched in the Indian market earlier which will also give it some more edge in the market.
Update 08.07.15Honda Launched the new generation Jazz in India today with prices starting at INR. 5.30 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi)
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Why do we actually buy diesel cars? We do because Diesel prices are still comparatively low when compared with petrol fuel prices and moreover the auto manufacturers are really taking the technology to a whole new level where even the diesel cars too started to return a descent amount of fuel efficiency.
The Auto manufacturer Maruti does not really needs any introduction and they have launched their popular hatchback Celerio last year at the 2014 Auto Expo and the special feature of this car apart from its good looks was that it came with an AMT Transmission which eliminated the usage of clutch which actually helped the owners to drive the car without any hustle within the city traffic. However the only disadvantage of this car was that it came only with the petrol engine option and there was no diesel option for this particular hatch.
Recently Maruti was working hard to develop a diesel engine which was used for the first time under the hood of their popular hatch Celerio. The specialty of this diesel unit was that it was developed fully in-house Maruti and this diesel engine also happens to be the Suzuki Motor Corporation’s first diesel engine. This 793 cc unit although does not promise huge amount of power though but it surely excels in the fuel efficiency department.
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Mitsubishi as a manufacturer may not have left its mark in the Indian market but its SUV the Pajero Sport surely did. On 14th November 2014 Mitsubishi launched their Pajero Sport Automatic in India priced at INR. 23.55 Lakhs (ex showroom Delhi).
This new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport beside getting the all new 5 speed automatic gearbox also comes with few exterior updates as well, which comes in the form of a new chrome grille at the front, redesigned front bumpers and fog lamps surrounds, beside that everything else remains almost similar to the ongoing version. Unfortunately Mitsubishi is offering the 5 speed Automatic gearbox which also comes with paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel only with the 4X2 variant whereas the 4X4 variant is available with the same 5 speed manual gearbox (The Manual variant is priced at INR. 23.80 Lakhs). Powering the Pajero Sport is a 2.5-litre 16-valve, intercooled, turbocharged DOHC engine which produces about 175 bhp of peak power and a meaty 400 Nm of torque.
Inside the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport you will also find few changes which includes a completely new infotainment system which also comes with a new multi information display, Reverse Parking Camera and an automatic climate control (expect all these new features to be available with the top end Automatic trim only).
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Automatic will take on its other competitors like the recently launched Hyundai Santa Fe and the mighty Toyota Fortuner.
The Indian consumers has become much more open towards their approach in experimenting with various kinds of automobile brands and genres of vehicles that is available in the Indian market today, which is also the reason why the premium auto manufacturers in India are getting the courage of experimenting with different products. 5 years before who would have even thought that there can be a segment of premium compact crossovers well! Standing in the year 2014, we can certainly say it was made possible. Now, Audi who are best known for their luxury sedans launched their Q range SUV’s in Indian and we Indians are lucky enough considering the fact that we can get our hands on some of the most capable, technologically advanced offroader that are available in the International market which actually make offroading fun.
Recently Audi launched the Q3 Dynamic in the Indian market, I know many are thinking that the Q3 is not a new vehicle in India and you are absolutely right! This is not actually a new vehicle infact the updated Q3 was launched in the year 2013 in the Indian market and the Q3 Dynamic is only a new variant which will sit on top of the Premium+ trim level and comes with many exciting features.
The Audi Q3 Dynamic will only be available with a diesel variant in the market and comes with the Audi Quattro all wheel drive system and the Audi Drive select via which you can configure the suspension settings of the car. Now that is what makes things interesting, perhaps this is Audi’s answer to Mercedes Benz who will be launching their own version of a premium compact SUV the GLA Class on September 30th in the Indian market and boy oh boy! That is one Crossover that we all are looking forward to. That said the Q3 is not an uninteresting compact SUV either we have provided you all the details of the recently launched Audi Q3 Dynamic below along with its prices.
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Porsche today launched a special edition Cayenne SUV in the Indian market called the Cayenne Platinum Edition. We all know that Cayenne was introduced back in the year 2002, to the Porsche lineup and since then it had scored fairly in terms of sales and is one popular SUV amongst the crowd.
The Cayenne is popular amongst the crowd for its powerful engine and better handling features what is even more interesting is the fact that Porsche recently introduced the facelift Cayenne in the International market which will soon make its way in the Indian market as well via the CBU route. You can read all the details of that in our review of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne but today we will give you all the details of this special edition Cayenne which has just been launched in the Indian market.
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Every premium brand in our country is targeting a new type of audience and trying to build a new market segment in India, we have seen that from the premium brands like Mercedes Benz, BMW and Volvo who has already launched their entry level offerings in the Indian market but still Audi has not launched anything in this market segment yet. Mercedes Benz is leading this segment with two of their most recent launches the A Class and B class hatchbacks recently they even launched special edition of those two hatches in order to celebrate their first anniversary in the Indian market . All these entry vehicles from the premium brands are priced well under the 30 lakh rupees price bracket. BMW too has launched their X1 earlier in the year 2010 previous year they launched the launched their entry level hatch 1 series. Then it was turn of the Swedish premium car manufacturing brand Volvo, who also recently launched the V40 Cross Country, which too has a blend of a hatchback along with a SUV or in other words a crossover. So now the German luxury car manufacturing brand Audi will enter this race with the new A3 saloon to give the other premium car manufacturers tough competition.
The A3 saloon has been offered with many engine options in the International market but India most probably will be getting two engines as an option. The first and the most the most powerful engine that Audi placed under the hood of their entry level sedan A3, is a 1.8TFSI Petrol engine which delivers 180bhp of maximum power. While the other engine on offer will be a 2.0-litre diesel version which will produce about 141 Bhp of peak power now both these engines are powerful and definitely powerful than the rest of the entry level cars available in our market presently so let’s find out every details about these powertrains and also the most awaited car from Audi for the year 2014.
UPDATE 07/08/14Audi Launched the A3 sedan in the Indian market today with prices starting at Rs.22.95 Lakhs (Ex Showroom Delhi. The details has been updated below)}}
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