Same hatchback with a powerful 1.0 Litre engine and an affordable pricing
Datsun introduced the Redi-GO last year but unfortunately was not able to attract a lot of attention either because of its compact dimensions or lack of features or perhaps an underpowered engine. Although Datsun might not have addressed the first two issues, they took care of the third and probably the most important issue.Datsun Has decided to add a bigger engine under the hood of their entry level offering.
The redi-Go was the first model that was introduced after the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A flexible platform which is the same platform that also underpins the Renault KWID as well. The hatchback even uses the same 799cc, a three-cylinder engine which also powers the Renault KWID. The slightly more powerful Redi-Go 1.0 Litre unit is also the same engine which has been borrowed from the Renault KWID, while Renault calls it SCe (Smart Control Efficiency), Datsun has decided to go with i-SAT name.
Jerome Saigot, vice president, Datsun India, added, "Datsun is focused on offering accessible and high-value-for-money cars for aspirational "young India." The Datsun redi-GO 1.0L is the latest example of our brand’s core strengths, and we will continue to enhance the Datsun model line-up in line with our customers’ expectations."
Datsun launched the redi-Go 1.0 Litre in India and for those customers who want to get their hands on the more powerful redi-Go variant can go to any Nissan dealerships and can book theirs.
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The updated Micra for the year 2017 will come with Connected features
When we all were eagerly waiting for the new generation, Nissan Micra which was unveiled last year and already launched in some other parts of the World already Nissan decided not to launch it in the Indian market yet. Instead what you do get is the updated Micra facelift which is already on sale in our Indian markets.
The Japanese manufacturer is all set to introduce the updated 2017 Nissan Micra on June 2nd in India. Nissan has given the Micra few updates on the exterior as well as interior and although we are still in doubt but there could be a possibility of Nissan reducing the prices of this updated model and make it more accessible. Besides all these the main highlight of the updated car will definitely be its connected features which Nissan will install. So to know more about the updated car and its connected features go through the overview of the car and the current updates we have about the upcoming hatchback.
02.06.2017 :- Nissan India has launched the updated Micra hatchback for the year 2017. It comes with few cosmetic and feature updates. We have updated the review with all the information
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An updated Etios sedan with an improved appearance and features
Quite honestly Toyota has not been able to make an impact in the Indian market especially in the compact car segment. Both their offerings includes the Etios compact sedan and the Etios Liva hatchback are not as successful as their rivals. The compact car segment has plenty of competition right now and their rivals are much more feature packed, stylish and economical offerings.The Etios sedan and the Liva hatchback have been here in the Indian market for a long time now and Toyota seriously needs to refresh these products in order to get a stronghold in the B-segment car market. Recently an updated Etios was caught while it was being tested and now its finally launched in our Indian market.
Before the Indian launch took place Toyota also unveiled the updated 2016 Etios sedan the Etios Liva hatchback in Brazil. The new car has also been dubbed as Etios Platinum.The newly launched Etios twins brought along with it plenty of updates on both their exterior as well as interior. Thanks to the new updates the new cars looks more aggressive now and also packs plenty of new updates as well.
UPDATE13.09.2016:- Toyota launched the new Etios Platinum sedan in India. The prices and other details has been updated below
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The same KWID hatchback with a more powerful 1.0 Litre heart
There were rumours that Renault is all set to add another new variant to their popular entry level hatchback KWID. Now this has been done to get a fair share of this popular entry level hatchback segment which does not have a lot of competition. Renault launched the KWID recently and it quickly became popular in this segment because of its one of a kind features and offcourse out of the box Crossover type styling never seen before in a hatchback. The KWID competes directly with the Alto800, Hyundai Eon and the recently launched Datsun RediGo and we have to agree that it is actually giving some tough time to its rivals.
Now all the above mentioned cars uses a 800 cc displacement motors including the KWID but in order to get the attention of other auto makers Renault needed a bigger engines and that is why they have decided to introduce one more powerful variant to their existing KWID hatchback. Maruti who has completely changed the game with their product Alto has a 1.0 Litre engine placed under the hood of the K10, while the Korean auto maker Hyundai too has a powerful 1.0 Litre variant of the Eon as well.
So in order to cope with its competition Renault decided to introduce a new variants of the KWID at the 2016 Auto show powered by a completely new 1.0 Litre engine. The best thing about the new engine is that it not only gets a manual transmission but an optional AMT transmission as well with the 1.0 Litre variant. We successfully managed to click some images of the car from the Auto show floor and also were able to collect some new information as well which we updated in this article.
Update 22.08.2016:- Renault launches the KWID 1.0 Litre in India today. The prices and the details are provided below
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Same old hatchback under a new skin
There is no doubt in the fact that the Maruti Alto is the most popular entry level car of India and why not it carried forward the legacy of the Maruti 800 which was the only popular peoples car back then.
The Alto has been in the Indian market for a long time now and has broken many record and achieved many milestones. But recently Maruti seems to be little worried mainly because of their latest rivals the Renault KWID and the soon to be launched Datsun Redi-Go which has been gaining sales volumes mainly because of their Crossover styling and plenty of new features provided inside the cabin offered at almost the same price point.
Now for quite some time Maruti was planning to launch the updated Alto800. The car was also caught few times being tested, the reports also stated that Maruti had plans to showcase the facelift Alto at the 2016 Auto expo, but somehow that did not happen. Now that Maruti has launched the facelift variant of the Alto800 in India finally we have provided you all the information which is available at this moment about the new facelift Alto800.
Update18.05.2016:- Maruti launched the facelifft Alto800 in India today. The prices for the facelift hatchback start at INR. 2.49 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi) for the base STD variant.
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the newest hatchback offering from Datsun underpins CMF-A Platform and also shares drivetrain with Renault KWID
As promised Datsun has unveiled their newest hatchback in India; their newest offering is actually based on the redi-Go concept which they showcased at the 2014, Auto Expo New Delhi. Datsun tried to establish itself as a brand by offering low cost cars in Indian market and although we cannot actually call them successful yet In India but after their resurrection in the year 2013, Datsun really have adopted clever strategies to engineer and sell their cars.
Datsun is currently being owned by Nissan and right now they have a stronghold in the markets of Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and India. Both their products offered in India includes the Go and the Go+ definitely has their own unique appeal and although they are not the best selling vehicles of their segment but actually is able to provide a tough competition to their rivals.
Datsun has shared Nissan’s engine and platform on their products and their upcoming redi-Go hatchback will also not be different either because it will be built on the same CMF-A platform which underpins the Renault KWID (The CMF-A platform has been designed and engineered in India and was developed under Renault and Nissan alliance). We also have to mention the fact that the Datsun’s upcoming hatchback redi-Go will also use the same engine from the KWID but will also rival the car at the same time.
However unlike the Renault KWID the redi-Go will have a completely different character and offcourse a fresh new styling which the Datsun official’s thinks will be appreciated by the Indian buyers.
Although not much information is available at this moment about this upcoming hatchback but we have gathered all the information and tried to provide you our first impression of the Datsun redi-Go hatchback.
Update 14.04.2016:- Datsun has taken the wraps of the redi-GO hatchback today and they have also said that the pre-bookings will commence from 1st May while the deliveries will begin from 1st June onward
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Talk about Honda, and you must talk about Civic, which is certainly the iconic model for the Japanese automobile giant. First introduced to the world in 1972, as Civic hatchback, it has been one of the most iconic models of all time in automobile history. This amazing car has gone changes after change, and finally the hatchback has evolved into a compact sedan which is gorgeous, stylish and appealing at the same time. With due course of time every automaker needs to make serious changes and as the new generation is rapidly getting attracted towards the sporty looking vehicles, Honda too couldn’t afford to lag behind.
Very recently Honda launched the 2016 Honda Civic compact sedan in Los Angeles. As we looked at the vehicle, it comes as vehemently sporty, and stylish. Presently, what we see in form of 2015 Honda Civic compact sedan, is the tenth generation of the iconic car and the 2016 Honda Civic compact sedan will come with bit of modifications, upgradation, restyled look. The ninth generation of this model didn’t go well in the market at all. So, Honda has launched the tenth generation with lots of expectations.
How well does the 2016 Honda Civic stand? Can it stand up to the expectations of Honda? Let’s take look in our review here.
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Renault has launched the Pulse hatch couple of years ago in India and to our surprise it didn’t performed as we all would have expected although that hatchback had pretty much everything to it to make it work.
Now the French auto giant quickly needed something to pull the crowd and reach to a wider audience. After a lot of research they actually did showcase a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo and it was called the KWID concept. The KWID concept looked like a compact Crossover and we were actually delighted when we found out that the production variant turned out to be an entry level hatchback.
Say hello to the KWID hatchback which will take on its competitors like Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto K10. You definitely would have already guessed by now how this hatchback will look like in flesh didn’t you when I mentioned its competitor’s name? But if you already created an image in your mind that it will definitely look boring then you are wrong.
What differentiates Renault’s entry level hatchback from the rest is its looks and features. Who would have ever imagined that a budget hatchback offering can actually look like a Crossover? Or it may even get a touchscreen infotainment system inside and full digital instrument cluster?
The KWID is also based on a completely new CMF-A (Common Module Family – Affordable) platform. This platform beside being affordable can also support various body styles as well including a sedan, MPV and even SUV’s. The KWID also happens to be the first Renault-Nissan alliance product to actually use the new CMF-A platform. Apart from the new platform the KWID is also actually powered by a completely new 800 cc, three cylinder petrol engine which promises an impressive amount of power and also fuel efficiency at the same time.
The KWID is a Global product which is actually being manufactured at the Oragadam (Tamil Nadu) plant; it has high localization level (98 %) which has helped price it really aggressively.
Update 24.09.15 Renault launched the KWIDE in India today and we have updated the review with some new images and plenty of information.
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Tata Motors Nano started its career as one of the cheapest car available in the Indian market but it was not well received amongst the Indian owners because of many reasons. Somehow Tata decided to give it a premium touch and launched the next generation Nano which although is based on the same platform but it surely did receive some premium features not only on its exterior but interior as well which actually made this small hatchback more practical and upmarket and now is a much more able city car.
Tata introduced the new Nano with an AMT gearbox and it was christened as GenX Nano Easy Shift (AMT) that’s a really long name considering the actual size of the car but jokes apart the new and improved Nano although uses the same twin cylinder 624 cc unit but the AMT 5 speed unit surely made some difference to it which is clearly visible. The AMT Kit that the Nano has used in this new hatch is also imported from Italy’s Magneti Marelli who also supplies the Kit to Maruti in India.
Although the bookings has already started for this new GenX Nano it will be launched soon in India so if you are thinking of getting your hands on a car which comes with an AMT transmission and do not actually have a huge budget then you should definitely go through this speculative review of the hatch provided below.
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The Indian car market and the demands of the consumers are always changing and in order to cope up with the current situation the car manufacturers are trying all their new strategies while also keeping the cost cutting measures in mind.
Recently we saw Maruti who is known for dominating the small car segment of the Country introduced the next generation Alto K10. The first generation Alto K10 was launched back in the year 2010 although was not a big seller like the Alto but was actually powered by a more powerful engine than the later. The Alto K10 was powered by a 998 cc K10 petrol engine and this car in particular attracted the attention of those customers who wanted a bigger engine which translates into more power and a slightly more premium looking hatch than the entry level Alto.
The next generation hatch which was launched recently is also pinned under the new Alto 800 platform but houses the same engine that used to power the previous generation hatch. The manufacturer claims that the engine has been tweaked to return better fuel efficiency figures while the other big change is the introduction of an optional automatic gearbox beside the standard 5 speed manual gearbox. The car beside all these mechanical changes also received a completely new look now that it is based on the new Alto800 Platform and not the previous generation Alto.
What is even more interesting is the fact that the new budget hatch also becomes the cheapest car in the Indian market to be equipped with an automatic gearbox now that actually also becomes the grand USP of this hatch. So without any further due let us get straight into the other details of the recently launched Alto K10.
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It didn’t take long for the Hyundai Verna Fluidic to gain popularity when it was launched in the year 2011. Hyundai is known for offering some of the best value-for-money products and Verna was no exception.
Also, the competition back then was a bit on the back foot. The Honda City that had dominated the mid-size segment was only available with a petrol engine and the Ford Fiesta was priced at a premium.
Fiat was already struggling with the Linea and Maruti was doing any better with the SX4. So, the market was in desperate need of a comfortable, economical diesel mid-size sedan which came in the form of the Hyundai Verna Fluidic 1.4 CRDi
The Verna Fluidic was based on the Hyundai’s new design language. The average Indian buyer had got an attractive alternative to the more common Hondas and Maruti Suzukis. Hyundai has now launched an updated Verna Fluidic which retains the same 1.4-liter CRDi engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
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Mahindra is going to soon launch a sub 4 metre Verito to compete with the Tata Indigo eCS and theMaruti Suzuki Dzire. The compact version of the Verito is what the manufacturer is hoping will reignite interest in the sedan but Mahindra is not stopping there and waiting until the launch of the compact Verito and the manufacturer has now launched the Verito Executive Version. This variant is aimed at making the Verito a more premium car and has been priced at Rs 7.75 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi for the diesel version and a petrol variant in the Executive Version is also available. The top of the line diesel version up until now was launched at Rs 7.19lakhs. Speaking at the launch of the Verito Executive edition, Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Mahindra and Mahindra, said, ‘The Verito Executive edition will add a premium and aspiration quotient to the sedan. Together with the proposition of space and mileage, which the Verito is already known for, this new edition will provide premium interior and exterior features to our customers. The features of the Verito Executive edition have been carefully chosen to meet the increasing customer demand and aspiration for a stylish sedan. This will clearly take the Verito to the next level in terms of style, premiumness, convenience and comfort.’
The Tata Manza emerged as the 6th most fuel efficient diesel sedan in India and since its launch in 2009 the Manza has now been given its first facelift. Earlier this year Tata had injected new life into the Manza by launching the Manza Club Class and the manufacturer has now given their car an update with styling tweaks and new features to the cabin. Prices for the Manza now start from Rs 5.7 lakh for the entry level petrol with the top of the line diesel costing Rs 8.8 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi. The EXL diesel is the most expensive Manza on offer but the manufacturer has made no changes to improve either the build quality and there have been no tweaking to the engine either.
In 2013 the Renault Sandero and the Lodgy both of which are based on the Logan would be launched in India. Though officially there isn’t anything that has come from Renault on the launch of the two cars, the Sandero and the Lodgy would make perfect sense for a market like ours and are definitely headed our way next year. Originally a Dacia, these two cars with its clever packaging and undeniably good pricing would hope to emulate the success of the Duster. Another interesting vehicle which might come to India would be a crossover based on the Sandero. The Sandero Stepway has some changes to the exteriors along with raised ride height longer suspension travel. There would be no 4WD and the crossover would come with a 5 year warranty and 3 year service plan. If launched prices for the Stepway would start from Rs 7lakhs onwards.
It’s not often that even before the launch of a car the general perception is not of optimism but rather subdued caution. Such is the mood with the launch of the Chevrolet Sail before General Motors launches it in our market. The thinking in the automobile market is that the Sail is to ‘Chinese’ to really make it big in our market. A GM product that has caught our eye recently has been the Onix hatch which has been developed specifically for the Brazilian market. The hatch was revealed at the Sao Paulo Motor Show and though for the moment it is aimed solely for the Latin American market, the Onix is a car with which GM plans to turn around its fortunes in the area. Speaking at the unveiling at Sao Paulo, Chevrolet Marketing Director, Gustavo Colosi said, “We looked to create a car with high levels of design, comfort and technology that will exceed customer expectations.” The Onix has been designed and engineered in Brazil and prices will begin from Rs 8.5lakhs.
The monkey is finally off Renault’s back. The success of the Duster proves that the Indian customer has forgiven Renault for the mistake they made with the Logan and what the success of the Duster also proves is that we are ready to accept Dacia cars (the Logan and the Duster are both Dacia cars). Dacia has been Europe’s fastest growing automotive brand since 2004 and the manufacturer would be unveiling the 2013 Sandero hatch at the Paris Motor Show later in the month. The Sandero because of its extremely competitive pricing much like the Duster has been received well in Europe and the 2013 Sandero is definitely a car that Renault could consider bringing into India. Prices for the Sandero in India could start from as little as Rs 5lakhs and we could get the Sandero in our country either next year or in 2014.
There has been a drastic change on how the world now perceives Kia. A decade ago if you had bought any of theKia cars, it would have been labeled as a mistake. Now every automobile journalist is of the opinion that you’re not making a mistake if you’re considering buying a Kia. The Korean manufacturer has grown in leaps and bound in the last decade as a passenger car manufacturer and is one of the world’s fastest-growing car makers. Kia is considering entering the Indian market and we have already reviewed the Picanto which could be its choice for its entry into the Indian market. While the Picanto is the entry level car from Kia and competes with the Maruti Suzuki A-star and the the Hyundai i10, the Rio which competes with the Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Honda Jazz, and could be the next offering from Kia. The Rio is an important car for Kia as the brand now showcases its new confidence and success. We could get the Rio in the next 2 years and prices for this hatch could start from Rs 5.5lakhs.
The 208 we believe will be the real money spinner for Peugeot in India. Volkswagen had used the same strategy by first introducing the Passat and then the Jetta before launching the Polo which actually put the German manufacturer in the mainstream of the Indian automobile world.Peugeot it seems will go in the same direction by first launching the 508 which could be followed either by the5008 or the 301. Though the 301 sedan which has been engineered keeping in mind emerging markets like ours, we predict it would require a hatchback for Peugeot to step up into the limelight and take on other more established manufacturers. The 208 rivals the Volkswagen Polo, theSkoda Fabia, the Suzuki Swift and the Honda Jazz internationally and thought there are strong numbers in this segment to be had, the competition is really stiff. Prices for this hatch in India could be starting from 7lakhs.
Only now with the launch of the Duster has Renault been able to shrug off the ghost of the Logan. Perception is a major player in the Indian automobile market and the Logan made us perceive that Renault wasn’t as premium a brand as Volkswagen and Skoda. Renault realized their mistake of entering our market with a car as basic as the Logan and the manufacturer then was more than happy to let Mahindra deal with the Logan which is now called the Verito. Mahindra did make some changes once the Logan became the Verito and now the manufacturer has given it a facelift and also made changes to the interiors in an attempt to give it fresh impetus. Prices for the 2012 Verito start from Rs 5,49,282 to Rs 5,49,282 for the petrol and Rs6,25,614 to Rs 7,14,470 for the diesel ex-showroom New Delhi.
The idea behind the Skoda Fabia was to deliver the comfort and space of a sedan for the price of a hatch. And while doing that, to make sure that the quality is right up there as well. Launched in India in 2007, the Fabia on sale is the second generation but despite all its benefits the hatch didn’t make the same impact in the market as the manufacturer would have hoped. Skoda would have wanted the Fabia to succeed like the Volkswagen Polo but the hatch enjoyed only mediocre success in India. Skoda however is all set to come up with the next generation Fabia and the car should hit the showrooms as early as 2014. Skoda might use the platform of the New Auto Expo in 2014 to launch the Fabia as they had earlier done in 2007 when the Fabia was first launched in the country.
You know you’re doing something right when your competitors take notice of you. The Tata Indigo which was first launched in 2002 didn’t send shivers down its competition at first. Everyone one saw it as a cheap sedan which was low on quality and performance. Tata however worked on the Indigo and kept on tweaking it. In 2007 Tata launched the eCS version of the Indigo which was less than 4 meter in length and thereby allowing it to take advantage of the reduction in excise duty. The idea behind the Indigo eCS was to offer a sedan for the price of a small car. When the eCS was launched it was clear that Tata had succeeded in bringing out a product which was sheer value. In 2011 Tata made further changes to the eCS but what really caught everyone’s imagination was the ARAI claimed 25kmpl that Tata advertised as the USP of the eCS. Tata claims the eCS to be the most fuel efficient sedan in the country and prices for the diesel variant start from Rs4,83,143 to Rs6,08,662 and Rs4,71,933 to Rs523,306 for the petrol ex-showroom New Delhi.
You can understand if someone looses the war because of lack of arsenal. But to come out short with enough ammunition in hand is a ridiculous situation to be in. Such has been the case with Fiat India. One of the best small car manufacturers internationally, Fiat has been far from the aggressor in India in recent times. The Linea and the Punto were launched in 2009 but for the last three years Fiat hasn’t had a serious contender in the hatchback and the midsize car segment. Fiat however now plans to increase its line up with the launch of the new generation Panda. The latest variant of the Panda was revealed in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and if rumours are to be believed, the Panda will be coming to India pretty soon. The 2012 Panda is expected to be launched around Rs. 6,00,000 ex showroom new Delhi.