Subtle yet Sporty
Renault surely knows how to keep their customers entertained. The French Automaker launched their entry level product KWID almost two years ago in India and to celebrate its second anniversary they have introduced yet another special edition variant based on the same hatchback. Now the reason why we are calling yet another variant is that there are plenty of Renault variants available in India already. However, this new edition joins the long list of KWID hatchback again.
Called the KWID 02 Anniversary Special Edition. This particular edition as usual and expected comes with plenty of cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior. Unfortunately just like every other special edition cars available in India the KWID 02 anniversary edition does not get any mechanical changes under the hood. However, it is available with both with 0.8-Litre & 1.0-Litre variants but only with the RXL and RXT trims.
So by paying all the extra money find out what you are actually getting with this special edition KWID
The new generation Swift Sport will be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor show
The Suzuki Swift Sport is an attractive performance hatchback which is already on sale in many parts of the world. We can call ourselves little unlucky because Maruti has decided not to launch the sportier variant of the Swift yet because performance hatchbacks were not popular in the Indian market. However, that is all going to change soon, according to the recent reports, there is a huge possibility that Maruti will be introducing the new generation Swift Sport in India keeping in mind the fact that hot hatchbacks are now finding places in the garages of many young Indian customers who want slightly powerful hatchbacks.
We already have many popular performance hatchbacks introduced in India recently by few favourite Auto manufacturers including Fiat and Volkswagen. Even Maruti too launched the Baleno RS which is their iteration of performance hatchback based on the Baleno.
Recently Suzuki has released a teaser video of their soon to be launched new generation Swift Sport hatchback which is based on the current generation Swift that was launched recently in the International markets. The new generation Swift hatchback like we all know will be launched in India towards early 2018 while the Swift based sedan is already available for sale in the Indian market. Suzuki will be showcasing the new Swift Sport at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor show. Although we are not sure at this moment, there is a high possibility that Suzuki might showcase the new Swift Sport alongside the new generation Swift hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo.
So now that we have little information about the upcoming 2018 Swift Sport hatchback clicks past jump to read about the performance hatchback.
The hatchback gets cosmetic and accessory updates but no mechanical changes
Maruti Suzuki has introduced a new Limited edition Celerio hatchback in India. The Celerio like you already know one of the most popular hatchbacks from the manufacturer and was one of the first small family car which came with an Auto Gearshift feature. Previously it was available with both petrol and diesel engine options while later Maruti decided to discontinue the diesel variant.
The limited edition Celerio hatchback does not get any mechanical change, but it does get few cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior. We have provided all the details of this limited edition Celerio hatchback below.
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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5 interesting points about the new generation hatchback which you need to know
The Volkswagen Polo is one hatchback which has won people’s hearts since 1975; this Supermini is practical as well as stylish at the same time which perhaps attracted the attention of many. Now after almost 2009, Volkswagen introduced the sixth generation Polo which not only is evolutionary but also uses an entirely new platform developed by VW group.
There is no doubt that the new generation Polo surely looks much more matured, technologically advanced as well as spacious and balances practicality and sportiness correctly. There is almost everything in the hatchback which the new and young buyers looks forward in their first car.
Below provided are five quick but important points that you should be aware of the new generation Polo hatchback
The sixth generation Polo looks sportier and will be well equipped
There is no doubt that the Polo is a popular name throughout the world when it comes to compact or supermini cars since the year 1975 until now VW was able to sell 14 million worldwide which itself speaks about its popularity.
Today, Volkswagen unveiled the new generation Polo in Berlin. The German Auto giant recently shared two teaser images of the new hatchback online which gives us a glimpse of its exterior styling and now that the car is out infront of the public we must tell you that the new generation Car takes the game to a whole new level. Such tremendous amount of technology and details were not expected from VW.
The reports online also stated that the new Polo is bigger than its predecessor and features a new evolutionary design but like you all knew Volkswagen will never interfere with the Polo’s overall DNA and thus kept the hatchbacks distinct identity intact. The hatchback is all set to enter production this month only; this is the sixth generation Polo which underpins Volkswagens new MQB AO platform. You can also expect the hatchback also to get new petrol and diesel engines under its hood. The lightweight platform will automatically translate into much more responsive handling.
Update 16.06.2017:- Volkswagen has taken the covers off the new generation Polo hatchback at VW Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany today. ER have updated the overview accordingly.
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well the Brazilian spec KWID definitely looks well equipped find out what is different
Renault launched the KWID back in 2015, and this was their first attempt to make their mark in the entry level car segment of India. After the KWID’s launch, its aggressive pricing and the features that it offered in an entry-level hatchback made the car an instant hit. The KWID even bite into the sales shares of some other entry level products from renowned manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. The Indian customers appreciated everything about the car till Global NCAP crash tested the compact entry-level hatchbacks to measure the safety standards that they offered to the occupants inside. To our surprise and shock, the KWID failed the safety standard test horribly. The fate of the KWID at the crash test was similar to some other entry level cars like the Maruti Alto800 and Hyundai Eon.
Renault then assured the Indian buyers that they have reworked on the structure of the hatchback and launched the updated car. Later when the KWID has tested again, it managed to score 1-star safety rating. The reports stated that Renault although took steps in reinforcing the structure but they have made changes only to the driver side where as the passenger side structure was left untouched.
Now Renault has recently launched the KWID hatchback in the markets of Brazil, and it comes with plenty of upgraded equipment as well as cosmetic updates as well. Below we have provided all the difference between the Indian spec KWID and the Brazilian-spec KWID find out which one offers better equipment and safety features at the price point.
Will most probably get few cosmetic updates to the exterior and a new set of alloy wheels
A pre-production test mule of the upcoming 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift was recently spotted caught being tested in India. The test mule was covered in heavy camouflage but what caught everyone’s attention was the new set of fancy alloy wheels. The design of the new alloy wheels looked identical to that of the Mercedes CLA Sport’s 17-inch 5-spoke unit.
The test mule was covered in heavy camouflage, but the facelift i20 apparently will continue with the same fluidic design language of the current generation hatchback. The premium hatchback will continue with the same hexagonal shaped grille towards the front with chrome slats. However, we do feel that the facelift variants front bumper will be tweaked while it will most probably also gets a redesigned headlamps as well. We will be happy if Hyundai launches the facelift variant of the hatchback equipped with a fancy set of alloy wheels. Towards the rear expect the hatchback also to get a redesigned rear bumper and taillamps. Although the test mule was covered and the interiors were not visible expect it to get an updated seat upholstery and a multi-information display in between the twin instrument cluster pods and a new touchscreen infotainment system as standard across all its variants.
All the cars listed here posses all the qualities that an average Indian car buyers looks for
If you are an average Indian car buyer and have around 10 Lakh to spend for your family car then what are the few things that you keep in mind?
‘Fuel efficiency’, this particular word has become part and parcel of an Indian Auto industry now people tends to get their hands on the most fuel efficient cars that they could buy in India. The second thing that most of the Indian buyers are concentrating on these days is the safety that the cars provide, so if you are spending your hard earned 10 Lakh rupees behind a car, you should make sure that it is safe for you and your family. Beside all these, there are few other factors that you also have to keep in mind which include weather you like to choose between a diesel or petrol cars and whether the vehicle has some modern features in it or not.
So to put an end to your confusion we have picked out five cars which are all rounder in almost all the sense and qualities and also priced within the 10 Lakh price bracket.
This changes adds a personalized touch to the overall hatchback
There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that the Renault KWID is the most sold Renault car in India which even went on to beat the Duster SUV regarding overall sales. One of the main reason for its impressive sales figures is definitely the different various and types that are on sale alongside the standard variant. Renault has actually worked hard on this particular product of theirs to keep things fresh and exciting. They recently introduced the Renault Climber variant which was the cosmetically updated KWID. Last year they even added a more powerful KWID 1.0 Litre which is now on sale alongside the standard KWID which is powered by the 0.8 Litre unit.
Now recently they have introduced a new line of special edition KWID which Renault is calling ‘Live for More Collection’. There are seven different graphics option which includes Sports, Race, Rallycross, Chase, Ziip, Turbo and Classic. All these seven colour options come with various colour options which include Red, Ice Cool White, Moonlight Silver, Outback Bronze and Planet Grey. These colour options also get different graphics as well. The Live for more collection not only gets different colour options but some personalization options such as chrome grille inserts, alloy rims, full chrome door handle, new mud flaps, roof rails, illuminated sill plate, bumper protectors just like ones found in the Climber variant, and also bumper garnish.
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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The Successor Of The Punto Hatchback has been unveiled In Brazil and it looks damn good!
Fiat has unveiled the new Argo which is their latest hatchback and is expected to replace the ageing Punto both in the International as well as Indian market. The Fiat Punto arrived on the market back in 2005, and it’s already been 12 years since it has been on sale and there was no better time that Fiat could think of launching its replacement.
Now although the Argo is the successor of the Punto hatchback Fiat decided not to continue the Punto name for the successor. Although, Fiat hasn’t released any details yet except those two images but rumors on the internet state that this car will go on sale in Brazil in the next couple of months while the hatchback will also reach other International markets including the markets of Europe towards Q3 2017. As far as the Indian market is concerned to expect the hatchback to replace the Punto Evo In India when it launches here sometimes towards 2018.
Update 06.02.2017:- Fiat has released images of the new Fiat Argo along with some information about the drivetrains which will power the new hatchback. We have updated the details in this overview article of the hatchback
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Unfortunately this is not the same variant which is coming to India early next year
When we all were preparing to welcome the new generation, Swift hatchback after the Swift Dzire Euro NCAP dropped a bomb once again. The latest crash test reports released by Euro NCAP stated that the new generation Swift was able to score 3-star safety ratings at their latest crash test with standard safety features. These ratings were given on the cars overall performance in crash test protection as well as crash avoidance technologies provided in the car.
The car used in the crash test was equipped with basic safety features and was the 1.2 Litre GL, right-hand drive variant. This particular variant was fitted with both driver and front passenger airbags and also belt pretensioner and Belt Loadlimiter for the front passengers. The 2017 Swift was the International spec hatch, and thus it also featured side head airbag for the front as well as the rear passengers. The Car also featured side chest airbag and side pelvis airbag for the front passengers. The kerb weight of the five-door hatchback rated at 855 Kilogrammes.
The car scored 83 percent for the overall safety of the adult occupants inside while for the safety of the child it scored 75 % and 69 % for the pedestrian safety. Regarding overall safety assists, the Swift hatchback scored only 25 percent. Although the car scored fairly in the European NCAP crash test the key difference between the Indian spec Swift and this car tested here will be a lot. The Indian spec Swift variant will likely get only the front airbags as standard while this particular got 4 additional airbags.
what to expect from this upcoming hatchback
Some of the rumours state that Maruti will be launching the new facelift Celerio in India soon. This car, when launched back in 2014, was popular for its AMT transmission; as a matter of fact, the Celerio was the first Maruti hatchback which featured AMT transmission. The upcoming hatchback will receive its first mid-life update soon, and the rumours also suggest that that the car will be made more attractive and will feature some new technologies to compete with some of its rivals who has earned lots of popularity within the few years of their launch.
The details of the changes to the facelifted hatchback are scarce at this moment, but it will definitely get a restyled exterior as well as interior to keep things fresh until and unless Maruti launches the new generation car. As far as the drivetrain is concerned Maruti has no intentions of making any changes under the hood of this hatchback. Maruti introduced a diesel variant of the Celerio back in 2015 but was later discontinued due to poor sales figures.
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The three new launches include two facelift cars and another completely new offering
Maruti surely has planned a series of launches for the year 2017, they already introduced the sportier Baleno RS and the new generation Dzire, and now they are planning to launch some more products before the end of this financial year. The already launched cars include the Baleno RS which is the sportier variant of the existing Baleno hatchback powered by a new 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit. The Dzire, on the other hand, is a new generation sub-4m sedan which is based on an entirely new platform and also gives us a glimpse of the new generation Swift hatchback.
Now according to the recent reports Maruti has also planned three new products for the year 2017 out of this three new cars two will receive mid-life facelift while the other one will be a new generation car.
Below provided are the list of cars which will be launched by Maruti Suzuki in the next couple of months
The Jazz hatchback gets its first mid-life facelift
It looks like Honda has been readying the facelift Jazz hatchback in Japan. This is the mid-life facelift that the new generation hatchback will receive. Some Reports states that the facelift Jazz hatchback which is popularly known as Honda Fit will be launching within the next few months in the markets of Japan. Now the popularity of the premium hatchback from Honda has risen to a great extent in the recent year’s credit goes to the Indian consumers who are now getting their hands on the premium hatchbacks as well.
The upcoming Jazz hatchbacks according to the leaked reports on the internet are getting plenty of exterior as well interior changes. These changes will make the hatchback a far better competitive rival to the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno.
Update 16.05.2017: - Honda has unveiled the new facelift Jazz (Fit) for the markets of Japan. This is the mid-life facelift that the hatchback from Honda has received. We have updated this overview with all the available details of the facelift Jazz hatchback.
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These are perhaps the most unpopular cars of the Indian market
There are popular cars which help keep the sales graph positioned towards North for the auto manufacturers then there are some unpopular cars which people either forgot or does not show any interest in buying. Today we bring you 5 of the most unpopular cars which are on sale in the Indian market, but people don’t actually buy them anymore.
So without wasting more words let us get straight into the list of 5 of the most unpopular cars of India
5 sure shot launches of the year 2017
The year 2017 has been an outstanding year for the Auto manufacturers as well as the Indian customers. We have already seen plenty of new launches within the first 4 months. Now as we are almost approaching towards the middle of the year 2017 the Automakers have stacked plenty of new products for the year 2017. While some of them are good budget and economy cars, others fall under the premium category of cars. Whatever may be the case we can assure that there will be atleast 5 assured car launches within the next couple of month.
So without any further due let us get straight into our topic of 5 new cars launching in India within the next few months.
Get all the details that you need and also our view of the new generation hatchback
Some reports suggest that the new generation Chevrolet Beat will be launching within the next few months here in India. This is a new generation hatchback which is commonly known as Spark in Global market. However, there is a difference between the International spec hatchback and the hatchback which will launch in India.
While the International Spark underpins a whole new platform called G2XX platform, which is the successor to GM’s Gamma 2 platform and underpins some other GM vehicles like Aveo and Bolt EV, the Indian spec Beat will continue to use the old Beat’s platform to cut the cost. So you can say that the new generation Beat is an updated variant of its predecessor.
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The Figo S gets plenty of cosmetic updates but no mechanical updates under the hood
Ford launched the new generation, Figo, back in 2015 which replaced the old Figo in India. Offered with a whole new platform and three drivetrain options which include two petrol and a single diesel engine option. The new generation Figo became a hit amongst the crowd because it offered plenty within the package infact this is the only small hatchback which also provides a total of 6 airbags for the safety of the passengers inside.
According to the recent report, Ford Figo is all set to get a Sports edition which will most probably be termed Figo S. The new S
sports variant will launch later this month, the Figo S will be based on the top end Titanium Plus variant. The Figo S won’t get any mechanical changes though but expect it to feature plenty of cosmetic updates to both its exterior as well as interior.
Update 17.04.2017: - Ford launched the Sportier, Trendier and Fun to Drive Figo Sport in India today. The prices and other details have been updated in this overview
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The Eon will be the second entry level hatchback after Renault KWID which offers a touchscreen now
Hyundai has silently introduced a sports edition of their entry level Eon hatchback. The Eon Sports edition gets some styling updates on its exterior while the big surprise comes in the form of a new touchscreen infotainment system inside the cabin. The prices for the Hyundai Eon Sports edition start at INR. 3.88 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Era plus trim while the Eon Magna Plus trim priced at INR. 4.14 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The changes to the exterior look minimal; this special edition model get a side body moulding which will help protect the side profile from any scratches; the other change comes in the form of new roof rails. On the inside, this trim now gets an entirely new touchscreen infotainment system. The 6.2-inch touchscreen system AV system gets phone link which means the occupants inside can connect their Smartphone and access the navigation system and also play music directly.
The touchscreen system definitely will enhance the convenience and style quotient of the hatchback. The hatchback introduced back in 2011, and this is the first time that Hyundai has included a touchscreen infotainment system. The Eon is the second entry level hatch now after the Renault KWID which offers a touchscreen infotainment system now.
There are no mechanical changes made to this edition, and thus the Eon continues to be powered by the same 0.8-litre iRDE three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 56 PS at 5,500 rpm and 74.53 Nm of torque. The engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The more powerful 1.0 Liter unit surprisingly does not get this option. The hatchback offered in base D-Lite, D-Lite+, Era+, Magna+, Sportz+ and Magna+ (O) (O) trim levels. However, the Sports trim is provided with Era+ and Magna+ trim levels only.
The White Polar is the only colour option available with the Hyundai Eon Sports edition.