2017 Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Refresh
We already have reported few days earlier that Suzuki was planning to introduce the next generation Wagon-R soon. The leaked images of the next generation hatchback were also doing rounds on the internet and also on Japanese social media channels. We also have provided you all the information which is available about the new Japanese spec Wagon-R in our overview article. That said, we were actually quite surprised when we found out that Autos Arena in their latest reports said, Maruti actually has no plans to introduce the next generation Wagon-R in India anytime soon but instead of launching the new generation hatchback they have decided to give some updates to the old car and launch it as the new 2017 model.
The biggest news is that the new updated 2017 model will actually be based on their current Stingray variant. While the Stingray nameplate will be taken off their product chart. Furthermore the lineup will now also have a new top end variant as well.
The big decision was taken by Maruti Suzuki after they realized that the Stingray sells in very few numbers. What is even more surprising is also the fact that most of the dealers have now even stopped taking bookings for the top of the line Stingray variant.
Before we get into any other details let us inform you all that the updated 2017 Wagon-R model will be renamed as Wagon-R Refresh and it will be on sale in the Indian market soon.
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2017 Renault Kwid Live For More Edition
Renault launched their entry level KWID budget offering back in 2015 and this hatchback instantly went to become hot favourite for many Indian customers who wanted a stylish looking, features packed car within a budget. The KWID went on to compete with some other entry level hatchbacks from manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. Recently back in 2016 Renault introduced a new variant of the hatchback which was powered by a slightly more powerful 1.0 Liter unit. Transmission options offered were a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT unit which is offered only with the 1.0 Liter variant only besides the standard 5 speed manual unit.
Until Now Renault already sold more than 1 Lakh unit of the KWID hatchback in India and to celebrate the success of their new hatchback the French car manufacturer has introduced a new special edition variant of the KWID.
Called the Kwid Live For More Edition, this new special edition model is offered with both 800 cc and the slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre variant as well. Now although the changes to the special edition model are limited to cosmetics only still we are pretty sure that you all will love what Renault has offered with this special edition hatchback.
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2017 Maruti Swift Racer RS Concept
Suzuki unveiled the all new generation Swift hatchback in Japan towards the last week of December 2016 and being one of the most popular models of the Indian market expect this all new hatchback to make it to the Indian shores by the second half of 2017. But before that at the Tokyo Motor Salon Suzuki has showcased the slightly sportier Concept variant of the Swift hatchback. Dubbed as the Swift Racer RS this sportier variant of the hatch gets new livery and some added cosmetic updates over the standard variant.
There were rumours that Suzuki has plans to introduce a slightly sportier and powerful variant of the Swift hatchback. Although still in its concept form there is a fair chance of the production variant of this concept car making it to the Indian market sometimes in the near future. This may compete directly with some other hot hatchbacks of India like that of Fiat.
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List Of New Cars Launching In February 2017
We here in Topspeed are creating lists of all the cars launched last year and also number of cars launching in the coming months. We already have provided you the list of the vehicles that will be launching in the month Of January 2017. Now we are here to provide you the list of the cars that you all can expect to make their presence felt in the Indian market in the coming month of February 2017.
There is no doubt in the fact that the year 2017 will bring a revolution in the Indian market whereas in one hand we get to see plenty of new launches while on the other we also get our hands on plenty of products which are being launched in the Indian market that matches the highest global standards in terms of quality as well as safety. So this is definitely good news that the Indian customers are getting plenty of new cars which match the Global standards in terms of quality.
With that said we will witness two big launches that will take place in the month of January from two biggest auto manufacturers of all time Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki. But don’t get disheartened because if those two cars do not match your taste or budget then few other auto manufacturers have plenty more to surprise you with in the coming months as well.
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2017 Suzuki Wagon-R
Recently the images of the Japanese spec Suzuki Wagon-R leaked online , the images quite clearly reveals the new model and details and also gives all of us an idea about what the new generation Wagon-R will look like. Although this is the Japanese spec model and thus the overall styling looks like some typical Japanese small car. However expect the Indian spec variant to take some serious styling inspiration from the Japanese spec hatchback.
There is no doubt that the Wagon-R is definitely one of the most sold hatchbacks of the Country. The car is popular for its tall boy styling which helps in providing enough room for the passengers inside. Now according to the recent reports Maruti Suzuki also has plans to introduce the next generation Wagon-R in India towards the end of this year or early 2018.
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List Of New Cars Launching In The Month Of January 2017
We already mentioned in some of our earlier articles that the year 2016 has been one important and eventful year for both the auto manufacturer as well the buyers. Now that we stepped into the New Year we definitely will start the year with a bang. We have reported that Tata Motors have already introduced their first product now it’s time for other manufacturers to launch their exciting new products in the Indian market as well.
So today we have decided to make a list of most exciting new car launches that will happen within the next two months.
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Features and Details Of The All New 2017 Suzuki Swift : Video
Suzuki has unveiled the new generation Swift hatchback in Japan last week and while it will launch in Japan within few more weeks the hatchback will also make its way into India by next year only.
Now this is an important video that we found on You tube which describes the whole car in detail. This is third generation Swift that was introduced infront of the World in Japan. The hatchback is known as YSD internally; the car is able to break new ground in terms of technology but also is able to retain the old Swifts identity as well. If we continue talking about styling then the new generation Swift hatchback gets clamshell like bonnet along with a new wider single piece grille and new headlamps, wide wheels arches towards the side profile A and B pillars finished in Black leaving a floating roof like effect. Like we already mentioned earlier as well the new Swift hatchback is underpins a completely new lightweight and rigid chassis. While the hatchback has a slightly longer wheelbase but the car is slightly shorter in length than the Baleno hatchback.
Just like the exterior the interior definitely looks new and sporty which matches with overall sporty styling of the car. While the dashboard too looks all new and houses round circular vents while the side profile gets rectangular vents. The steering wheel looks all new as well with multifunction switches and flat bottom.
As far as the drivetrains are concerned the Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback will most likely continue with the same petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol unit will most likely get the 1.2 Litre unit while the diesel unit will get the 1.3 Litre unit. But reports also states that Maruti might replace the old diesel unit with a new diesel mill completely built inhouse Maruti.
2017 Maruti-Suzuki Swift
Maruti-Suzuki Swift is a very popular compact hatchback in India, since its launch in the country. This is also one of the most sold cars from Maruti-Suzuki’s stable. With the growing competition in the compact hatchback segment from Hyundai, Fiat Maruti-Suzuki is now eyeing a makeover for the Swift. Recently spyshots of the 2017 Maruti-Suzuki Swift from a dealer’s conference has surfaced in web world. Although the images we have seen are of Swift Sport, but it surely gives us the preview of the new generation Swift.
The Swift looks absolutely gorgeous in its new avatar. Unlike the outgoing model the new 2017 model looks aggressive, stylish and sporty despite containing the same DNA from the outgoing model. No wonder, this can be the next star in the Indian compact hatchback segment. The new Swift comes with several changes at the exterior and interior as well.
Update 27.12.2016:- Suzuki unveiled the Japanese spec hatchback infront of the global media. We have updated the review with the available information about the new generation Swift here.
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5 Upcoming Cars Which Could Leave Serious Impact In The Year 2017
As we all are almost on the verge of saying goodbye to the year 2016 and welcoming year 2017, Indian Auto manufacturers too has some big plans stored for the Indian market this New Year. Not only are they refreshing their existing lineup but also actually will be launching plenty of new products which could leave some serious impact on the Indian Auto market.
Some of these upcoming products are not only new but will set new standards in their individual segment. So today we actually have decided to select five such cars from our very own homegrown auto manufacturers which are expected to bring new revolution in the Indian auto segment in the year 2017. They not only come loaded with modern features but actually also promises to set the standards quite high. These upcoming cars gets new lightweight platforms, completely new and modern interiors completed with all the modern equipments and comfort features that you find in some other International and premium cars and above all plenty of safety features which has been one of the most important topic of discussion and concern amongst the Indian buyers.
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Refreshed Hyundai Eon On The Works Launch In 2017
Compared to the other entry level hatchbacks the Hyundai Eon is perhaps the only car which hasn’t received any major updates since its introduction back in the year 2011. The only change perhaps came in the form of an addition of a slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre mill under its hood.
Now according to the reports Hyundai is working on a new facelift variant of the hatchback which will likely be introduced in the year 2017. Expect the new hatchback to get minor changes on both its exterior as well as interior. But you all will also be delighted to know that the South Korean auto manufacturer has also plans to introduce the new generation model as well which will get plenty of modern updates and perhaps a new platform as well.
Coming to the facelift variant, expect the refreshed Eon to get a restyled front as well as rear bumper, while it might also receive a slightly tweaked head and taillamps as well. Just like the exterior expect the interior too to get minor changes which might come in the form of a new upholstery and slightly updated music system. There won’t be any changes under the hood.
The Hyundai Eon facelift will continue with the same 0.8-litre iRDE, three cylinder and the 1.0-litre Kappa Dual VTVT three-cylinder petrol engines. Both these engines are paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
Next Gen Japanese Spec Suzuki Swift Brochure Leaked Reveals Plenty of New Details
Before the new Swift hatchback hits Indian market it will be first unveiled in Japan in the month of January 2017. But even before the cars official unveiling the Japanese spec Suzuki Swift’s brochure was leaked online.
This brochure quite clearly gave everyone clear idea about how the new generation Swift hatchback will look like. Compared to the existing variant the new generation Swift hatchback looks sportier and is also lighter and spacious than the old generation hatchback.
The leaked brochure explains that the new Swift hatchback will get petrol as well as a mild hybrid tech engine for the markets of Japan. However this drivetrain won’t make it to the Indian market, as far as our Indian market is concerned the new generation Swift hatchback will most likely continue with the same 1.2 litre K series petrol engine and the 1.3 Litre diesel unit. There is also a fair chance that the new car will also get the 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit as well under its hood which will most likely produce around 100 ps of peak power and which powers the Baleno RS hatchback launching soon. Apart from both these engine the new hatchbacks diesel variant will most likely get the slightly more powerful 1.5 Litre unit as well which is developed in house Maruti.
The Prices for the new Suzuki Swift hatchback starts from ¥ 1.3 million which translates to about INR 7.75 lakh for the base petrol 2WD variant while the top end hybrid 4WD variant is priced at around ¥ 1.9 million which translates to around INR 11.21 lakh.
2017 Volvo V40
The entry level flag bearer of Volvo might not be popular in the Indian market but this definitely is one of the popular small cars when we talk about some other International markets of the World. Volvo introduced the V40 hatchback in the year 2012 and it came and relieved theS40 off its duty which was actually doing was performing its task since 1995. The new hatchback was actually introduced to take on the likes of some other entry level premium offerings from different auto manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
The Volvo V40 is based on global C platform which was actually developed for compact cars. After the successful stint in the market Volvo decided to introduce a Cross Country version of the hatchback as well in the year 2013 which actually came with some additional protective body panels, slightly bigger wheels and an increased ride height. The Cross Country variant was launched in India back in the year 2013.
The V40 hatchback on the other hand was introduced later and it actually was offered with only a single D3 Turbo diesel unit which is paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. Now after almost 5 years of its existence, Volvo has decided to introduce the facelift variant of the hatchback. As you all already would have expected the updates are cosmetic and unfortunately it has not actually received any mechanical upgrades under its hood. However there are talks that Volvo will launch the new generation V40 soon.
Now before arriving in the Indian market Volvo will showcase the new facelift hatchback at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. But you actually don’t have to wait that long because we are providing you with all the details of the facelift V40 in this article.
Update 16.12.2016:- Volvo has launched the updated V40 in India. The prices and other details has been updated in this article
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Volvo Launches the 2017 V40 & V40 Cross Country In India
Volvo has launched the updated V40 and the V40 Cross Country in India. This is the updated V40 which was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor show and received minor updates on both its exterior as well as interior.
The most significant changes comes in the form of Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights which has now becomes the signature styling of Volvo cars. Moreover the model also gets full LED headlamps as well. Apart from the restyled headlamps the front grille gets a redesigned front grille as well which gets Volvo’s signature logo. The lower front bumper too has been slightly redesigned as well; it gets a big air inlet in the centre while there is a second air dam as well towards the sides as well. Both the Volvo V40 siblings gets a newly designed alloy wheels as well.
Inside the updated hatchback gets the same dashboard continued from the earlier car. Changes come in the form of a new upholstery option. The other new updates includes powered front seats with memory functions, it also gets panoramic sunroof, park assist pilot with front and rear sensors and parking camera. What else is also new is the inclusion of introduction of the pedestrian airbag which actually makes it the first car in its country to have one.
Mini Has Launched The Second Generation Clubman In India Priced At INR. 37.90 Lakhs
Mini introduced the Clubman in India today, the second generation Clubamn has been priced at INR. 37,90,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi) and will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU route.
This is the first time in India’s car history that Mini introduced the elongated Cooper in India. In India the Clubman is available only in the Cooper S model which means that it gets the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit which is capable of producing about 192 hp of peak power at 5, 000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm. The engine is paired to a 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. If we talk about performance the Clubman is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 7.2 seconds while it has a top speed of 228 km/h mark.
As far as the exterior styling is concerned the Mini Clubman looks identical to the Cooper hatchback till the B-Pillar. Towards the front the car gets round headlamps which get LED headlamps and also integrated LED dfaytime running lamps as well. While there is chrome surround as well towards the edges of the headlamps. It also gets round shaped LED foglamps as well which is housed inside the front bumpers. The side profile gets 17 inch alloy wheels while the rear profile features chrome plated duel exhausts, LED taillamps and signature Barn doors.
Maruti Baleno RS To Launch In February 2017 Few Facts About This Hot Hatch
Maruti showcased the Baleno RS for the first time at the 2016 Auto expo; this is Maruti’s version of the hot hatchback. According to the recent reports Maruti is all set to introduce the sportier variant of the Baleno in India towards the month of February 2017 and it will be the fourth car which will be sold via their Nexa outlets (the other three being the standard Baleno hatch, the SX4 Cross and the soon to be launched Ignis Crossover).
The Baleno RS was caught testing on Indian road couple of times and although the car was covered in camouflage but we can assure it will get some cosmetic updates both on its exterior as well as interior to make it appear different from the standard Baleno.
Now we already have some hot hatchbacks in the Indian market while some are priced within 10 Lakh rupees other are priced well above 20 Lakh rupees. As far as the Baleno RS is concerned expect it to be priced at a premium over the standard Baleno hatchback and in par with the Fiat Punto Evo Abarth and Volkswagen Polo GT.
First Undisguised Photos Of Next-Gen Maruti Swift Leaked
We all know by now that Suzuki is working on a new generation Swift which will make its debut in the year 2017. This new generation model will replace the current generation model globally We have all seen the Swift in disguised form couple of time but for the first time ever we were able to view the undisguised image of the upcoming hatchback for the first time.
We actually all saw the rendering of the new generation hatchback in March and the undisguised image of the Swift looks almost like the leaked rendering image.
The new generation hatchback will be completely different from the existing hatchback and besides all the new features this will also be based on a completely new aluminium platform which is lightweight and also supports the new Baleno hatchback.
Coming to the styling it is quite clear from the images that the new generation Swift hatchback gets more aggressive and sharper styling. The front profile has received projector headlamps, hexagonal mesh grille with chrome garnish surrounding it. The rear bumper also looks completely new and houses new fog lamps. The side profile gets diamond cut alloy wheels and also side turn indicators integrated on the ORVM’s. Expect the Swift hatchback to also be bigger and wider than the current generation hatchback.
3 Upcoming Renault KWID Variants For India
Renault surely made significant improvements in the Indian auto market in the recent year courtesy their two really popular products. The French automaker introduced the Duster compact SUV back in 2012 and it won plenty of hearts with its compact size and fuel efficient drivetrains and above all aggressive pricing. Now although there are plenty of other compact SUV’s available as well but there is no denying the fact that the Duster actually started the trend for compact SUV’s in India.
After the Duster Renault introduced their second most popular product KWID back in 2015 which was actually an entry level hatchback offering but the small car was designed cleverly to look like a crossover. This was something totally new for this segment which made entry level customers go weak on their knees. Not only the hatchback looked different than its rivals but it also offered plenty of new features such as a digital instrument cluster and a toucshscreen infotainment system which were segment first. Powering the hatchback was also a completely new drivetrain as well.
The KWID actually is also based on a new CMF-A platform which was developed by Renault and Nissan. Renault has also done some cost cutting as well to price it aggressively and in par with its rivals.
At the 2016 Auto Expo Renault has showcased two new concepts based on the KWID hatchback and reports are that Renault actually has plans to bring them into production and launch it in the Indian market in the next couple of years. So today we have decided to provide you all a brief overview of the upcoming Renault KWID variants.
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2018 Hyundai Santro
There is no denying the fact that the Santro hatchback is that one car which has helped Hyundai to establish them as a brand in India. The car became so popular that it even challenged the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto. The small hatchback was introduced in 1998 and was actually phased out in 2014. Although Hyundai tried to replace it with a better and much more premium looking hatchback i10 but it definitely did not achieved what the Santro has achieved in its 16 year career.
Now according to current reports Hyundai has decided to relaunch the new generation Santro which will actually be positioned above the Eon and will replace the i10 available in the Indian market. Now although the car was not yet spotted being tested on road but expect it to be bigger, more premium and obviously will get a more powerful and improved engine which will also be fuel efficient at the same time. Some reports on the internet also suggest that Hyundai has already started on their upcoming hatchback.
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5 New Hatchbacks That Will Launch In India In 2017
Hatchbacks have always been a crowd favourite for obvious reasons. There is not a single manufacturer who builds budget cars for the Indian market does not have a single hatchback in their lineup. The year 2016 has been an average year for the auto manufacturers however one particular manufacturer won plenty of Indian hearts by launching one of the most anticipated hatchbacks of the year 2016 Baleno.
The Baleno hatchback was positioned above the Swift hatchback and was launched to compete with the popular Hyundai Elite i20 and the Fiat Punto Evo. The year 2017 will also bring plenty of new hatchbacks for the Indian market starting from entry level offerings to some hot hatchbacks and we can’t actually wait till the next year to provide you all the information about these exciting hatchbacks.
So below provided are the list of upcoming hatchbacks which will be launched here in 2017. This particular list includes some exciting new hatchbacks from Chevrolet, Maruti Suzuki and many more.
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Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift Coming In 2017
Hyundai revealed the facelift Grand i10 in UK few months ago now according to the recent reports Hyundai the second largest auto manufacturer of Indian market will be introducing the new and updated hatchback in India in the month of January 2017.
For all your information the car already was snapped being tested on the Indian road already and it comes with plenty of exterior as well as interior updates as well. In terms of exterior change the new facelift hatchback gets a newly designed hexagonal grille towards the front which also gets integrated round shaped LEDE DRL lamps as well. Although the headlamp unit remains unchanged but changes comes in the form of a tweaked front and rear bumper.
Inside the hatchback gets fresh and new upholstery finished in Black and Blue while to give it a more premium interior it also gets an updated leather upholstery as well.
As far as the drivetrain are concerned the Hyundai Grand i10 will continue with the same 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine while the diesel variant will continue with the same 1.1-litre, three-cylinder, U2 VGT unit. The engine will be paired to 5 speed manual gearbox while there is also an automatic transmission on offer too only with the petrol variant.
Among all the markets for automobiles around the world, the Indian car market is turning out to be the most savage for the auto makers, not because of the economic conditions, but for the fact that it has the most cut-throat competition, which has forced all the auto makers to evolve themselves at a faster than expected rate, and those who don’t evolve with this pace, lag behind in the race in terms of volumes as well as reputation too.
If we talk about the Indian car makers in general, all the manufactures have gradually started keeping the aspect of sales numbers above the aspiration value of offering something unique and distinctive. And they are bound to do so, as the Indian market is yet to become mature to accept something radically different. Because of this ever-increasing hunger of achieving more and more numbers, all the automakers are carrying out various steps. While they offer a number of features and variants in their already existing models, some of them are now offering multiple models in the same range, which they claim are targeted towards Indian audience with different perspectives.
However, there is one more way in which the car makers are trying to multiply their sales numbers – that of selling the pre-facelifted models with the ones which have replaced them globally. Some of the auto makers are carrying this step for the models which have helped them in establishing in the Indian market, with a touch of emotional appeal attached with them. There are some cars, which are now happily co-existing with their respective previous generation models, although, as expected, their pre-facelift models are repositioned as more basic and pared down models, so that their sense of upgrade and premium appeal is not affected.
Following is a list of all those currently available new generation cars and their respective pre-facelift models, which though are available with new names and slightly pared down and dated appeal, but still offer great practical value. Here you go:-