List of Cars Best Suited For Hardcore Travellers
In recent years, the words like ‘travel’ and ‘roadtrips’ have become much more synonymous than ever before. The new generation of Indians is now much open to the idea of travelling, and that too on four wheels by enrolling the concept of drive and reach, to make their journeys much more memorable. Thankfully, the cut-throat competition among all the manufacturers has resulted into some cars which make perfect sense and match with the idea of road trips. For falling under this category of vehicles, the primary requirements of a car are the spacious and well-thought cabin, powertrain options punchy enough to breathe comfortably for long miles and a ride quality which is plush sufficiently to keep the people inside the cabin as free of fatigue as possible.
In this feature story, we are pointing and throwing some light on all such cars made for mass market buyers which fulfil all the requirements mentioned above to call themselves the best cars with which you can write new travel stories and memories. Following is a category-wise list of all such cars which are best suited for travel lovers, which ranges from an entry-level mini hatchback and going all the way up to a full-fledged SUV.
10 Most Fun To Drive Hatchbacks In India
We Indians buy cars for a variety of reasons. Some buy for only ferrying themselves and their family members and friends from point A to point B, some buy for fulfilling their business purposes. However, there is one section of buyers in India, which buys car for the pure driving pleasure and to fulfill their craving and love for automobiles. They drive cars to enjoy every bit of it - the way the engine kicks down, the way the gears shift with precision, the way the steering handles with a certain perfection. There are very few such cars which fulfill these requirements and wishes of driving enthusiasts of India, for the market is more tilted towards making feature rich and fuel efficient cars
However, there exist some budget hatchbacks which do fulfill the aforementioned criteria of giving a thrilling experience every time its driver is behind its steering wheel. Some cars are purposely built to give a focused driver’s appeal, while some of them have unknowingly became the cars which are more targeted towards functionality, general appeal and fuel efficiency. Following is a list of ten such hatchbacks in the Indian mass market for cars, which are made for those driving enthusiasts which do not have pockets deep enough to splurge on a proper sportscar, but then these cars are worthy enough to be fun to drive as well as practical at the same time. Here you go:-
The List Of Ten Exciting Budget Cars Which No One Actually Buys Anymore
Every car manufacturer has the core aim of only one thing – to sell as much cars as possible and position itself as a strong player. With this aim, they seldom produce cars which although being groundbreaking on most of the aspects, fail to click in the minds of the customers. This happens with almost every manufacturer at one point of time or the other. Blame it for the wrong pricing, bad timing or simply bad luck, there are some products which fall under this category.
In this feature story, we are going to take a look on ten such cars which unfortunately are selling in less numbers despite being great products in one aspect or the other. Following is a list of those ten cars which deserve to sell more for the great products they are:-
The Endeavour Now Features Ford’s Latest In-Car Technology SYNC 3 System
Ford did debut their latest voice activated in-car technology SYNC 3 system today. The in car infotainment system which was unveiled internationally in the year 2014 finally made its India debut on Ford’s flagship SUV offering the Endeavour.
Ford’s latest in car infotainment technology enables both Android and Apple users to access their phones messages, audio calls safely. Apart from all these some of the other new features include seamless integration of AppLink which helps to access the phones apps easily. There is also Siri Eyes-Free capability for Apple iPhone and software updates via Wi-Fi.
The SYNC3 system was the first system which featured voice activation to control the Smartphone features. It additionally also provides potentially lifesaving Emergency Assistance system which automatically calls the emergency services like Ambulance or a fire brigade in the event of an accident when the airbags are deployed. This has actually helped save lives in the past.
The SYNC system helps the drivers to keep their eyes and attention on the road whiles their hands on the steering wheel.
The SYNC 3 infotainment system will be available only on Ford Endeavours top-end Titanium trim level as of now, priced at INR 27,93,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 4X2 automatic model and INR 30,89,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 4X4 automatic model.
What Just Happened Here! Ford Mustang Received 2 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test
To everyone’s surprise Ford Mustang actually scored just 2 stars at the recently conducted Euro NCAP crash test. This also happens to be the lowest score received by a renowned manufacturer since the year 2008.
The Mustang Coupe scored really badly at the frontal offset test, while the dummies get good protection of the knees and femurs while later after further analysis it was revealed that the driver’s head had ’bottomed out’ the airbag which means that the airbag did not provided adequate space pressure to the airbag thus resulting the dummies head hitting the steering wheel, while the side passengers head collided with the dashboard all because of the insufficient inflation of the dashboard. This is the reason why the scores of the front crash were penalized. The front passenger’s protection was good but the chest protection was adequate in full width rigid barrier test. The rear seat passengers on the other hand slipped under the lap portion of the seatbelt thus compromising on the safety of e knee, femur and pelvis body region thus resulting in weak score.
The Tests on the front seats and head restraints also demonstrated a marginal level of protection against any whiplash injury during the event of a rear-end collision. The current generation which is one sale is also not equipped with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The 10 year old dummy which sat on the booster cushion which gave the occupant limited rear space. In the frontal offset test protection of the 10 year old dummy was rated as the least adequate. In the side barrier test the safety ratings of the dummy was good but the head protection was not adequate.
2017 Ford Ecosport Platinum Edition
Ford India today introduced the Ecosport Platinum Edition in India today. This new compact SUV not only getssome technology ugrades but few cosmetic updates as well. The Ecosport compact SUV has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and while its other rivals has received quite a few updates recently Ford has decided not to make any major changes to their popular compact SUV. Now when we all thought that Ford will introduce the new facelift variant of the Ecosport which was showcased at the New York Auto show last year Ford has instead decided to update the current variant and sell it as the 2017 model until and unless the new Coimpact SUV is launched in India.
The Ecosport Platinum Edition as already mentioned above gets few cosmetic as well some technological updates as well.
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2017 Ford Ecosport Spotted With New Touchscreen System
We already have shared the information that Ford will be launching an updated 2017 variant of the existing Ecosport in India before they actually bring in the facelift variant of the compact SUV which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the end of this year.
We also have reported that the My 2017 Ecosport Titanium+ variant exclusively will get a completely new 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system for the very first time which will be an upgrade from the current unit. Today we have got our hands on some spy images of the updated 2017 Ecosport variant which were clicked by Mr. Nagaraj Muthuswamy of Ford EcoSport Owners & Fans Facebook page.
The completely new touchscreen infotainment system gets integrated with features like satellite navigation system, DVD player, Door Ajar warning. While the Screen also doubles up and projects images when the rear view camera is active.
Apart from the touchscreen infotainment system MY 2017 Ecosport also sports a new and chunky 17 inch alloy wheels which has been borrowed from the Ecosport sold in the other International markets. The new wheels also get wrapped with 205/50/R17 rubber. However expect these new set of wheels to also be exclusive to the top end Titanium+ variant only.
Unfortunately Ford India has actually decided to delete some of the features which were available with the current Ecosport in this new 2017 variant. The list of features includes driver seat armrest, cooled glove box, leather-wrapped handbrake and gear shift knob etc.
What To Expect From The Upcoming Ford Ecosport Compact SUV
Now there have been rumours surrounding the upcoming Ford Ecosport facelift while some are saying that Ford will be introducing the new facelift Ecosport which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the second half of this year while other are saying that Ford will add some new features to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will launch it first before they introduce the new facelift SUV.
Whatever be the case the good news is that we are getting the new facelift compact SUV which will replace the current SUV by this year only. Coming back to the reports of Ford making some changes to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will sell it in the Indian market until and unless the new Ecosport is introduced.
Today we have decided to provide you all the details about what you can expect from the updated pre-facelift variant as well as the upcoming all new facelift Ecosport which was unveiled at the 2016 New York Motor show.
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A Look Back In 2016: List Of SUV’s Launched Last Year
The year 2016 has been an eventful year for all of us. We have witnessed plenty of new launches previous year from different auto manufacturers. One particular segment which has left a really deep impact on the minds of Indian customers and also in the industry is the SUV segment especially the compact SUV segment.
Maruti for the first time in many years offered a compact SUV which went on to become the Indian car of the year. Renault on the other hand too introduced the facelift variant of the Duster which was equipped with plenty of new features and above all an AMT transmission system.
Now as we have already stepped into the New Year we have decided to take a look back at the list of some popular SUV’s launched last year.
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Ford Aspire Titanium Automatic Variant Gets Seven Airbags Now!
Ford has once again updated their Figo Aspire sedan and this time the top end Titanium trim gets the newest addition. According to the recent reports Ford has now included a total of seven airbags in this trim. Previously the top of the line compact sedan variant was equipped with total of 6 airbags and now Ford has decided to include a driver knee airbag as well beside the other six airbags which includes dual front airbags for the driver and the front passenger and curtain airbags for the rear passenger.
The manual variant of the Titanium trim on the other hand gets the dual front airbags only while the other safety measures includes ABS which is available as standard. The top end Titanium+ trim however does not any changes in the safety measures and continues with the same 6 airbags.
With the inclusion of the knee airbag the Ford Figo Aspire Titanium AT becomes the first car in the sub 10 Lakh rupee segment which gets a total of seven airbags in total. Apart from the airbag Ford recently also included ABS in their mid-level Trend trim recently as well.
Recently plenty of Indian manufacturers has also increased airbags as standard in their cars but Ford on the other hand surely stays ahead of the race when it comes to safety of the occupants.
2018 Ford Ecosport
Ford has finally unveiled their 2017 Ecosport compact SUV ahead of the Los Angeles Motor show which will commence from November 18th. This is not exactly a new generation SUV but a mid life facelift which Ford has given to the Ecosport. This compact SUV will make it to the Indian market in 2017 and it was caught also caught couple of times being tested on road.
This car is targeted for those audiences who want both space saving convenience and SUV capability at the same time. The Compact Crossover has received a completely new face which looks much in line with some other Ford products including the Ford Edge. Apart from the new face the US Spec Ecosport has also received plenty of new updates to the interior as well.
India’s compact SUV market is booming and the demands of this compact SUV has risen to a great height recently we have also got plenty of new products in this segment which has given Ford some tough competition. The recently launched Hyundai Creta has won most of the heart with its feature packed interior and powerful engines. Hopefully Ford will be able to win back some of their consumers nheart after they introduce this new and updated compact SUV.
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5 Powerful Yet Fuel Efficient Hatchbacks Worth Buying
Indian market is definitely one of the leading markets of the world when it comes to small cars and every other carmaker who has been doing business in this country knows that they atleast have to launch one small car if they want volume and profit. Until now Maruti Suzuki ruled the market with some of their small cars like the 800 and the Alto for quite some time which was just basic four door hatchbacks which came with puny engine and limited features inside. However now the Indian automobile market is changing and for good people is looking for new and better options and the competition is also getting intense.
Now we have plenty of new options in our hands which are worth exploring and giving a shot. Now we also have a new segment in the Indian market called the compact sedan which is basically the same hatchback with an extended boot. What is even more surprising is also the fact that people are actually showing more interest in getting their hands on the hatchback alternative.
So today we have decided to guide you readers and provide you a list of some of the most exciting yet fuel efficient hatchbacks and compact sedans available in the Indian market within your budget. Hopefully this article will help you if you are planning to get your hands on a hatchback or a compact sedan which is not only powerful but doesn’t burn a big hole in your pocket as well.
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List of hatchback-compact sedan pairs of Indian market
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.
Ford To Take Covers Off The Facelift Ecosport Globally This Month
According to the recent reports on the internet Ford is going take the covers off the 2017 Ecosport facelift in China this month. Although the source was tight lipped about exactly which event the unveiling will take place though.
The facelift compact SUV was caught testing couple of times and as far as we know most of the changes are carried out towards the front face of the compact SUV. The expected changes which one might notice on the facelift Ecosport might come in the form of a completely redesigned front headlamps and a new bigger and bolder grille. The compact SUV might also receive a redesigned front and rear bumpers. Towards the side profile the facelift Ecosport gets newly designed wheels. Lastly the entire tailgate has also been redesigned to match with the new front end.
The cosmetic changes will not be limited towards the exterior though; the compact SUV will also get some changes inside the cabin as well. We are not yet sure but the facelift Ecosport might receive a completely new dashboard inside. The other features might also include a new steering wheel and perhaps a new instrument cluster as well. The SYNC system might also be updated with perhaps new and improved display while you can also expect navigation and a reverse camera to be integrated with the system.
2016 Ford Ecosport Signature Edition
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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Watch The Ford Mustang In Action At BIC: Video
Ford launched the Mustang recently in India and it definitely has become one of the hottest selling cars of this Country and why not the conic American Muscle is available in India at an amazing price. You can take home a part of the American history by paying INR. 65 lakhs.
The new generation Ford Mustang is launched in India only in its GT fastback variant and thus it is powered by 5.0 Litre V8 unit which produces about 401 Ps of peak power and 515 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to 6-speed automatic transmission which sends all that power to the rear wheels. The new Mustang gets automatic HID headlamps on the outside. While on the inside it gets ambient lighting system, duel zone climate control. It also gets an 8-inch touchscreen voice-controlled infotainment system. While it also gets 6-Way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats.
In this video you can watch the Ford Mustang in action and this car definitely will leave you spellbound with its moves. The video is shot at the Buddh International circuit in New Delhi and just watch the video to find out what it is really capable of.
Ford Figo & Aspire Sedan Prices Slashed In India
We have definitely got some good news for the Indian customers who are planning to buy a new car for their family. Ford India has actually slashed prices of their Figo hatchback and the Aspire sedan between INR. 25, 000-91, 000, this definitely came to us as a surprise because while other Auto makers are actually increasing the prices of their existing products Ford has actually done the opposite.
Ford launched both the Figo and the Aspire back in 2015 and while the new generation Figo replaced its predecessor here the Aspire sedan was launched to take on its other compact sedan rivals in India. Both these cars featured segment first six airbags for the safety of the passengers inside, while it also featured SYNC with AppLink.
As a result of the cut in prices the new Ford Figo Aspire sedan will now cost you INR. 680,150 (Ex-showroom Delhi) for the Petrol variant and INR. 789, 850 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the top end Titanium+ trims. While the Next generation Figo hatchback top end trim will set you back INR. 628,700 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the Petrol variant and INR. 717,750 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the Diesel variant. These prices are applicable with immediate effect.
Ford’s New Ecosport TVC Salutes Today’s Women: Video
Ford wants that the passenger’s and the occupant’s safety should be in their hands and that is the reason why their new TVC too focuses on the new theme. Ford also explained that the Indian women are confident, bold and also self reliant and the new Ecosport too with its class leading safety features helps the passengers to take their own safety in their hands.
Ford has introduced dual airbags as standard across all the variants of their only compact SUV offering the Ecosport. This also means that their entire updated product portfolio now gets airbags as standard. In this new video you can actually watch Bollywood Actress Kalki Koechlin actually celebrates the essence of Raksha Bandhan by tying a Rakhi on her own hand before actually getting inside the Ford Ecosport.
According to their latest report Women drives over 10 percent of their sales in India and they also are also hopeful that this trend will grow even further in the upcoming years because of their changing mindset and rise in education level which also leads to rise in career opportunities.
As far as the Ford Ecosport is concerned the compact SUV was launched back in 2013 in India and has been one important car for Ford and an equally important contender in the compact SUV category.
Upcoming Ford Ecosport Facelift Spied: Few Things You Should Know
The Ford Ecosport left quite a impact and actually also happens to be India’s very first compact SUV offering in the Indian market. Now after almost 5 years of its launch it definitely faced lot of new competitors in the Indian market and although it received few nips and tucks but haven’t yet received a complete overhaul; yet. However a new version of the SUV was caught couple of times being tested but we came to know that the car which was being tested was a facelift variant instead of a new generation vehicle.
However the good thing about the facelift variant is that it will receive Ford’s new design language and also some mechanical changes as well. Apart from all that it will also received some new features inside which will actually make it feature enriched and much in line with its other compact SUV rivals. Recently the 2017 Ford Ecosport facelift was again spotted being tested on the streets of Brazil.
We have tried to provide you some important details of this soon to be launched SUV which also happens to be one of the most popular compact SUV’s of India.