2017 Ford Figo S
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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Hyundai Updates Eon Hatchback With A New Touchscreen Infotainment System
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.
6 New Cars Launching in The Month Of April-May 2017
We started the year 2017 on a positive note, in the past three months car enthusiasts have seen plenty of new launches from some of the renowned manufacturers. The car sales too have gone up which definitely is also good news for the car manufacturers.
Below provided are the list of cars which will be launching within the next two months in India. We must inform you that there are plenty of exciting cars which are entering the Indian market and we have thus differentiated all these cars according to their price and segment.
2017 Datsun GO+ Anniversary Edition
Datsun has now become a household name in the Indian market and is known to provide some of the well-packaged products at a very low price. To celebrate their three years in the Indian market Datsun has introduced a special edition of their existing product the GO+. Datsun GO+ is the only family car priced under 5 Lakh mark which provides 7 seats for its occupants inside. The Go+ is the second product from Datsun to cater the Indian market.
The GO+ was designed to fulfil the needs of people who wanted a slightly bigger car for to accommodate a family of 7 persons. Datsun hasn’t made any massive changes to the exterior or interior of the GO+ MPV. However, the GO+ MPV is slightly wider and higher than the standard GO hatchback and also has a little longer wheelbase as well than the standard GO hatchback. Talking about this special edition GO+ Anniversary Edition Although the car hasn’t received any changes under the hood it undoubtedly has received plenty of cosmetic updates to keep things fresh and new.
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5 Quick Points About The Soon To Be Launched Ford Figo & Aspire Sport Models
It’s still not official yet, but Ford will be launching a Sportier variant of their existing hatchback Figo and compact sedan Figo Aspire soon in India. This slightly sportier variant of the hatchback and compact sedan will go on sale as a special edition model. The car was recently also spotted at a dealership which clearly showed that the car had received some cosmetic updates to its exterior.
The Figo Sport although won’t receive any mechanical changes under the hood and thus both the Figo hatchback and the Figo Aspire sedan will continue to be offered with three engine options under the hood including two petrol and a diesel mill.
Below provided are 5 quick points that you need to know about the upcoming Ford Figo hatch and Figo Aspire Sports sedan
2017 Hyundai Elite i20
Hyundai has updated their premium hatchback offering the i20 for the Indian market. There is no doubt that the Elite i20 hatchback attracted a lot of attention when it was launched but the sales figures dipped south when Maruti introduced the Baleno in India because it offered the better package at that price point. But Hyundai is unwilling to leave the competition yet and thus decided to updated their current premium hatchback.
Although the changes are subtle both inside and outside the additional equipment now added to the hatchback surely has made the current hatchback a better value for money product for certain. So without any further due let’s get straight to the point, shall we?
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5 Of The Most Powerful Budget Hatchbacks You Can Buy Under 10 Lakh
Hatchbacks were never meant to be powerful they were made to carry a 4 or 5 person from one place to another without much of hustle in bumper to bumper City traffic where space is limited. They are also meant to be fuel efficient and economical at the same time. However, in recent years the idea of hatchback seems to be changing people have now moved on from their humble Maruti 800 and budget hatchback concept and eager to embrace something new. As a result of all that we have seen plenty of new small cars with powerful engines under the hood recently.
Below provided is the list of 5 of the most powerful budget hatchbacks available in the Indian market.
5 Budget Hatchbacks With Best On Board Safety Features
Safety has always been one of the top priorities of Indian customers recently keeping in mind the fact that Indian roads are perhaps the most treacherous roads of the world. Now, this is not exactly a new topic because many of the Indian automotive websites already has covered the subject in the past including us (Read our top 5 budget safe cars in India here). But time has changed, and now Indian automakers along with the Indian Government are trying hard to make the Indian roads as well as the cars safe.
Now almost all the Indian Auto manufacturers provide airbags for the safety of the front passengers while some other high-tech safety equipment like ABS, EBD, and ESC are now gradually being included in some of the budget cars of India as well. So below provided are the list of 5 budget cars which gets almost all the safety features on board which makes them some of the safest cars available in the Indian market today.
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4 Performance Cars That You Can Expect From Tata Motors After The Tie Up With Jayem Automotives
Tata Motors recently announced their tie-up with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives to build performance-oriented vehicles recently. Like we already reported earlier this partnership would fully concentrate on performance oriented cars based on Tata Motors current product lineup. For all your information these cars will be developed under JT special vehicles PVT limited. So before we head into anything else let us first inform you all that Jayem Automotives is an independent Automotive R & D Company who designs, tests and manufacture a broad range of automotive components. Now, this type of collaboration is quite common amongst Auto manufacturers while some build their own units like Mercedes-AMG GMBH popularly known as Mercedes-AMG who hires independent engineers and manufacturers to customize Mercedes own product lineup. After Mercedes Jaguar too started operating their own special operational vehicles division which too develops performance oriented cars based on their current product. Then there is Fiat and Abarth.
While the names mentioned above are some of the high-ends luxury carmakers Tata Motors, on the other hand, will focus on performance-oriented cars which will be affordable and well within reach of average Indian buyers. Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives will build a workshop which will also have a design, assembly and testing facilities all under one roof. Now the reports suggest that this new collaboration will atleast be developing three cars soon and below provided are the three expected Tata Cars which will be prepared under this new 50:50 joint venture.
Best Of 5 Series: 5 Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Hatchbacks (Part III)
If you have gone through our part II of the best of 5 series list of articles then you will surely find some common cars here in this article as well.
Fuel efficiency has always been the top priority of Indian customers when it comes to buying Automobiles. The Term "Kitna Deti Hai" is common now for almost all the Automobile buyers who have also prompted the Automakers doing their bit in making their present as well as future products as much fuel efficient as they can.
When we talk about Indian Auto market, we speak of budget and economical cars meant for average Indian buyers. Hatchbacks have always been an important part and parcel of average budget frenzy Indian car buyers and why they won’t be? Let’s face the facts here they are compact, easily manoeuvrable in City traffic, not hard to maintain so there you have it.
Now is it worth buying a diesel hatchback in today’s Indian market where the petrol and diesel prices have almost levelled. The answer is WHY NOT? Do not forget the fact that the diesel vehicles still definitely are more fuel efficient than the petrol cars and although the prices of the fuel have gone up Diesel is still cheaper than fuel by some amount.
So keeping all those facts aside now let us dig straight into our topic here which says 5 most fuel efficient Budget hatchbacks.
Best Of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Worth Giving A Second Look (Part I)
Budget cars always fascinated Indian customers and although we have plenty of new manufacturers stepping into India’s competitive car market, they have atleast one product well within the budget of ordinary people. Now as times have changed Indian customers have become more conscious about their cars and how they look. Most of the budget car conscious customers want a car which not only is featured pack, fuel efficient or easy to maintain but, what they also look for now is that the cars should look equally premium and stylish as well.
So now the Auto manufacturer have to face an extra task of making their products look premium as well which can be a tough job sometimes when you have budget and cost cutting at the back of your mind. However, some auto manufacturers surely have succeeded well in making their products look good and different from the rest of the rivals out there.
We here at top speed have decided to create a best of 5 series, where we will bring some exclusive contents and stories under this category. So without any further due let us dive straight into the 5 best looking budget cars of India.
2017 Maruti Alto K10 Plus
Maruti Suzuki has launched a special edition Alto K10 in India today called the K10 plus. This special edition hatchback gets plenty of new features which are missing in the standard variant.
Maruti introduced the K10 which is the premium variant of their entry level Alto 800 hatchback. The Alto K10 powered by a slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre petrol unit, and it also gets an AMT Transmission as well. The K10 competes directly with the Alto KWID 1.0 Litre unit and the Hyundai Eon 1.0 Litre in the Indian market.
This special edition Alto K10 Plus is only offered in the VXi trim and gets a total of ten new features.
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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:-