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.
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.
Honda Launched the New WR-V In West Bengal, Everything You Need To Know About The Crosshatch
Honda Cars India Limited has launched the all new WR-V in West Bengal. The WR-V is a new sports lifestyle vehicle which underpins the same Jazz platform. The WR-V also happens to be the first model which is developed by Honda R&D India along with Honda R&D Japan. The R&D i9n India has worked particularly on the design and engineering concept suitable for the right-hand drive and India based powerplants.
MR Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO Honda Cars India LTD, said at the launch event that India is one of the fast evolving markets of the world and here they have strong demands for the compact vehicles which are stylish,.comfortable and also gets premium features. He also included that the WR-V would provide everything that one looks for when they take the vehicle out for recreational usage and comfortable driving for daily use within the city.
The WR-V is developed under the concept of "Refresh For Urban India". This concept focuses on three things which include Urban Active lifestyle, smart compact exterior and pleasurable high-quality interiors. The WR-V Crosshatch is made available in two exclusive trims only the VX and the S trims. The new Crosshatch shares the same drivetrains with the Jazz hatchback. The petrol variant6 gets the 1.2 Litre SOHC i-VTEC motor which produces about 90 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4, 800 rpm. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the tried and tested 1.5 Litre DOHC i-DTEC motor which churns out about 100 Ps of peak power at 3, 600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The petrol variant gets the 5-speed manual a 6-speed manual paired to the diesel trim. Honda claims that they have tweaked the gearbox to extract more performance from the petrol variant.
Prices for the Honda WR-V S MT Petrol starts at INR. 8, 04, 500 while the diesel S MT trim priced at INR 9, 11, 400. The top end VX MT Petrol priced at
INR 9, 31, 900 while the top of the line diesel VX trim priced at INR 10, 35, 600.
All the above are ex-showroom based prices Kolkata.
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.
2017 Honda WR-V
Honda unveiled the WR-V Crossover last year in Brazil. The compact SUV made its world premiere at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016 which commenced from the second week of November.
We all know the demand for Crossovers and SUV’s in the Indian market and the compact SUV segment is flooded with many brand new products. So it was quite obvious that Honda would have introduced this new Crossover too in the Indian market as well after its launch in the markets of Brazil and some other countries in South America.
The car was also caught a couple of times testing on the road with full camouflage. For all your information this newest Crossover WR-V is based on the Jazz hatchback platform and is the same car under the hood. It will make it to the Indian market as well to take on some other sub-compact Crossovers.
Update 16.03.2017:- Honda Launched the WR-V Crossover in India today. The newest Crossover joins the Honda lineup and is made available with both diesel and petrol drivetrains. The overview article has been updated with all the information.
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Honda To Launch WR-V Crossover Tomorrow Launches New Teaser: Video
Honda unveiled the Jazz based Crossover the WR-V last year in Brazil, and to everyone’s surprise, the Japanese Automaker actually decided to launch it in the Indian market. Now, that they already sell the Jazz hatchback here the WR-V is based on the same hatch. The WR-V is the smallest Crossover from Honda which will launch in the Indian market and will be positioned above the existing hatchback.
Honda has already started the production of this Crossover at their Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Hopefully, this new Crossover will be able to bring some sales numbers for the company because apart from the City and the Amaze none of the Honda products was actually able to impress the Indian crowd.
Coming to the WR-V, the Crossover looks exactly like the Jazz hatchback besides few additional changes that we usually witness in a hatchback based Crossover. The front profile gets a restyled headlamp design followed by a new hood and also new bumpers which also gets skid plates. The large front grille also gets a thick looking Chrome bar with the Honda logo in the middle. Towards the side profile, the WR-V also gets sporty looking alloy wheels. The Crossover also gets turn indicators on ORVM’s.
Just like the exterior the interior too gets plenty of new features like a one-touch open and close sunroof, climate control. The WR-V will also get the new 7.0-inch Digipad touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation which is carried over from the City sedan. The infotainment system also gets an internal memory of 1.5 GB and also supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Honda Discontinued The Mobilio MPV From India
It might come to many as a shock, but Honda has discontinued their only MPV offering Mobilio from the Indian market due to poor sales figures and demand. They will also decide within the next two months whether they will bring back the new version of the entry-level people mover or not.
The reports also suggest that the Japanese car maker has stopped manufacturing the vehicle and exhausted all their current stocks. Honda launched the Mobilio MPV back in July 2014, and it evidently impressed the crowd with its clean exterior and interior and even managed to outsell its biggest rival the Maruti Ertiga in India soon after its launch. Until now Honda was able to sell a total of 40, 789 units till date but the demand for the people mover declined slowly, and last month Honda was not able to sell even a single unit of this MPV.
The Honda officials said that they are still thinking and taking a decision on whether they will launch the facelifted model in the Country or not. India will implement the new safety regulations soon, and the current Mobilio does not match the safety confrontations. So to continue the sale of the vehicle the company needs to invest a lot of money to modify the car to make it compliant with the norms.
Now, the new car is already available for sale in the markets of Indonesia the company is thus still wondering whether to launch the facelifted car in India or not. The Mobilio was developed entirely at Honda’s R&D facility in Bangkok and was for sale exclusively for the Asian markets. During the time of the launch, the car was priced in between INR. 6.49 lakhs to INR. 10.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The current prices of the base variant of the Mobilio rose to INR 7.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) presently.
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:-
Honda WR-V Launch On 16th March Teased On Indian Website
Honda is all set to introduce the WR-V in India on 16th March 2017 and they have also teased the new upcoming Crossover on their Indian website. Honda has also released the Countdown timer for their new WR-V Crossover which also said that the launch is on 16th March. Like you all know the WR-V made its World debut at the 2016 Sao Paula Motor Show. According to Honda The ‘WR-V’ acronym for ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’.
For the Indian market the WR-V will take on the likes of Toyota Etios Cross and the Volkswagen Cross Polo. The WR-V in simple words is the rugged variant of the Jazz hatchback and shares a lot with the former car. To make it appear more brawny the WR-V gets an additional body claddings, roof rails and a slightly larger wheels. The front profile features a chrome appliqué for the front grille, stylish looking headlamps which looks slightly different than the Jazz hatchback the headlamp unit also gets integrated LED DRL’s as well. The lower front bumper also features faux skid plates as well. Towards the rear the WR-V features LED taillamps. Inside the cabin the WR-V gets leather seat upholstery and a touchscreen infotainment system carried over from the new City sedan, the top end trim will also feature a sunroof as well.
Seven Popular Cars which Are Making A comeback Soon!
Remember the good old times, not more than a decade ago, when the Indian car market was much lesser crowded than what it was. The first 10 years of the 21st century saw the advent of most of the big giants in the country, which initiated their journey with some world class products which were much popular overseas. However, call it the end of their long lifecycle, their much-ahead-of-the-time or their ill fate of not being received with open hands, most of these globally hit cars died off after a time frame.
Thankfully, all their parent manufacturers still have some soft corners in their hearts for these cars, which is why some of them are making a full-fledged comeback, in all new generation models. These cars will now feature massive changes in and out and are planning to now shake up the well-settled up segment, rather than just creating them what their previous generation models did. Following is a list of seven such previously available cars which are making a comeback in 2017 in the Indian car market:-
Honda WR-V Interior Revealed In New Spyshots Launch In March!
Honda will be launching the Jazz based Crossover WR-V soon in India. The vehicle was spotted a number of times being tested and also in some spyshots where it was seen arriving at some dealerships. However, until now no details of the interiors were revealed. Recently Team-BHP was able to get their hands on some interior shots of the soon to be launched Crossover which reveals quite a number of details about the interior as well as the list of equipment which you can expect from the upcoming Crossover.
As you can clearly see from the spyshots the WR-V will get a completely blacked-out dashboard. The steering wheel, as well as the instrument cluster too, has been shared with the hatchback. While the list of equipment which you can expect in the WR-V Crossover includes a sunroof which will definitely be available with the top end trims, the rest of the interior equipment includes push button start, new touchscreen infotainment system which is also shared with the recently introduced facelift City sedan. This will also be a 5-Seater Crossover and the seats too have been taken from the Jazz hatchback as well.
If we talk about the exterior styling then surely the WR-V looks completely different from the Jazz hatchback. It gets completely different looking headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps, restyled front and rear bumpers and also different style wheels.
10 Affordable Cars Which Features An Automatic Transmission
In recent years, we have seen a lot of new changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of human lifestyle. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new techniques and features which have resulted in a surge in car sales, thus increasing the number of cars on the roads day by day, resulting in a kind of chaos and traffic problems, especially in metropolitan cities.
Due to rising inconvenience caused by poor traffic management, many prospective buyers are shifting towards cars which are offering the convenience of automatic transmissions. As a result, many budget cars are now being offered with an automatic transmission. In the recent years, we have seen a lot of new technologies implemented on automatic cars compared to old days; the entry-level mass market cars were available with the option of only conventional torque converters. In the recent times, we have all seen many manufacturers switching out to new and more contemporary options of automatic transmissions like CVT and AMT, which do offer the convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox, but not at the expense of lower fuel economy and higher maintenance.
In this feature, we are going to throw some light on the ten most affordable automatic cars available in the Indian car market right now, which are aimed at those potential car buyers who wants to enjoy the convenience of an automatic car but without shelling too much from their bank balance.
New Cars Launching In March 2017
The year 2017 started on a positive note; we already have witnessed a couple of new launches from some of the most influential auto makers of our country. Now that we are stepping into the third month of this New Year, we are happy to inform you that we all will witness plenty of new cars launching in the next month as well.
The two biggest launches, however, will come from the stable of our homegrown auto manufacturer Maruti and the renowned Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini. So we can assure things are going to heat up in the next month.
So without any further due let us provide you all with the list of new car launches that will take place in the month of March 2017 in India:-
Honda To Launch WR-V Crossover On March 2017!
According to the recent reports, Honda is all set to launch the WR-V Crossover next month here in the Indian market. The Crossover was revealed last year in Brazil, and It was also spotted recently in India. The WR-V will also be the first sub-4 meter Crossover which will hit the Indian market from the Japanese auto manufacturer stable.
Under the hood expect the WR-V to get the 1.2-litre petrol unit which will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission while there will also be a CVT transmission on offer as well. The diesel variant, on the other hand, will be the same 1.5 Litre unit which powers some of their other cars including the newly launched facelift City sedan. The diesel variant will come paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Talk about styling and the WR-V surely won’t disappoint you at all because this car underpins the Jazz platform and is the same Jazz hatchback under the skin. However, the WR-V gets tweaked headlamps, redesigned front grille and bumpers. It further also gets a raised ground clearance. If we talk about the interior, expect the WR-V Crossover to be identical to the Jazz hatchback.
The soon to be launched sub-4 meter Crossover will compete directly with the Hyundai i20 Active and Fiat Avventura Urban Cross Crossover. Expect it to be priced in the range of 8-10 Lakh rupees ex, showroom.
Did You All Watched The New 2017 Honda City Sedan TVC: Video
Honda launched the facelift City sedan in India on 14th February 2017. The prices for the facelift sedan starts from 8.50 Lakhs onward and it gets both petrol and diesel drivetrains under its hood.
The new sedan is available in S, SV, V, and VX grades, while Honda also reintroduced the ZX grade as well. If we talk about changes the sedan gets completely new LED headlamps which also integrated LED daytime running lamps as well. The front profile also gets a new bumper as well which also houses a new set of LED fog lamps. Towards the side profile, the car gets a new set of 15-inch wheels for the mid and lower variant while the top end variants get bigger 16-inch diamond cut two-tone alloy wheels. The rear profile also gets a restyled LED taillamps and a new integrated trunk spoiler completed with LED brake lamps.
On the inside the sedan now features Beige upholstery; the biggest change, however, comes in the form of a new 7.7-inch Digipad touchscreen infotainment system. This new infotainment system also gets integrated satellite navigational system, voice navigation, and Mirror link system. This new system also gets a 1.5 GB of internal storage as well.
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:-
2017 Honda City
The City sedan has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and has ruled the segment with its road presence and that impressive IVTEC motor. Then when it was time Honda introduced the diesel motor as well along with a few other updates. Now with the rising competition, Honda has actually decided to introduce the facelift variant City sedan after almost three years since it’s got its last update. This is a mid-cycle update that the car will receive before Honda introduces the new generation sedan.
Honda has already unveiled the 2017 City sedan facelift last month in Thailand and it will also make it to the Indian shores on 14th February 2017. Honda has officially confirmed that they will be launching the updated sedan on the above mentioned date. What is even more interesting is that they have teased the soon to be launched sedan on a recently launched teaser video.
Now that we have received official confirmation from Honda about its launch, we have updated the preview article with all the information available at this moment.
Update 14/02/17:- Honda launched the City Facelift in India today. The new sedan prices start from INR. 8.50 lakh onward. We have updated the review accordingly
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Honda To Launch City Sedan Facelift Tomorrow
We already have reported this earlier that Honda will be launching the City sedan in India on 14th February. The pre-bookings for the sedan has already commenced in India and Honda has also released a teaser video of the car at the same time.
The new facelift car takes its styling inspiration from the new generation Civic, it gets a restyled front headlamps which now gets full LED units and also integrated LED daytime running lamps as well. The front grille too looks bold and gets a dash of chrome to it. While the front chin of the car also gets a sharper looking bumpers. Just like the front, the side profile of the car gets a slightly bigger 16-inch alloy wheels which will most probably be available with the higher grades but the lower and mid grades will get the same 15-inch alloy wheels. The rest of the side profile hasn’t received any major change. Coming to the rear profile of the sedan the only noticeable changes comes in the form of restyled LED taillamp and a boot spoiler with integrated stop lamps. The overall silhouette of the car has remained unchanged though.
Just like the exterior, the interior too to get some subtle updates in the form of an all-new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and a mobile mirroring app co-developed with Blaupunkt. Expect the interior too also get new upholstery as well.
For the safety of the passengers inside, the City sedan gets 6 airbags, while also expect it to get ABS, rear parking sensor, EBD, child lock safety etc.
Honda City Facelift Teased For The Indian Market Launch On 14th February
Honda unveiled the facelift City in Thailand last month and now the auto manufacturer has officially confirmed that they will be launching the facelift sedan in India on 14th. Not only have they mentioned the launch date but even shared all the details along with a teaser video of what you could expect from the upcoming car. The company even commenced the pre-bookings of the new car at all the Honda Dealerships across the country. One can pay a token amount of INR. 21, 000 to book the new car.
The facelift sedan now gets a completely new face which takes its inspiration from the new generation Civic and Accord. The facelift sedan gets slightly tweaked LED headlamps along with integrated LED daytime running lamps as well. The chrome grille towards the front also looks new and like we already said takes its inspiration from the new gen Civic and Accord. Besides the new headlamps and grille the City facelift has also received a new bumper as well, the front bumper also houses fog lamps. Besides the front fog lamps the side profile also gets new Diamond cut alloy wheels(while the middle grade variants gets 15 inch alloy wheels). Towards the rear profile the sedan gets a redesigned LED taillamps along with an integrated boot spoiler which also gets LED stop lamps.
7 Upcoming Cars Launching This February 2017 (Updated!)
We have witnessed two of the biggest launch of this year already in the month of January 2017 in the form of the Tata’s Flagship offering the Hexa and Maruti Suzuki Ignis Crossover. Now as we have stepped into the second month of the year we will witness plenty of new launches as well. The good thing is that in the month of February we will not only witness new car launches but also cars both for the mass market as well niche segment.
We have provided the complete list of cars that will be launching in the month of February 2017 here in India.
List of hatchbacks which are made to look like SUVs/crossovers
Given the fact of immensely rising popularity of compact SUVs and crossovers in the Indian market, it is a no surprise how deeply we Indians have a thing for owning SUVs. It is this serious love for SUVs among Indian customers of today, which is why all the manufactures, especially the global ones, have gone back to their design tables and come up with models which are designed in India for the world. Such is the fascination for SUVs among Indians, that the automakers are not shying off from coming up with hatchback based crossovers.
A category of vehicles rather unheard globally, the hatchback based crossovers come with some added design elements and changes inside and out, which make them look more rugged than their hatchback counterparts. Though, it doesn’t mean that they are off-road ready, for the changes are just aesthetic rather than being functional. The majority of the automakers have taken this rather unique step to raise their sales in the market, which surprisingly is paying them as well.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all those hatchback based crossovers, which have turned to be game changers for their respective parent manufacturers. Following is a complete list of all such hatchbacks which look like jacked up SUVs.
What to Expect From The Honda City Facelift Launching On 14th February 2017
Autocar India has just reported that Honda is all set to introduce the facelift City in India on 14th February 2017. The sedan was already teased in the markets of Thailand while according to the recent report bookings for the facelift sedan has also commenced in Malaysia.
There is no doubt about the capabilities of this sedan and this also been one of the best sellers of this segment. However in the recent years the biggest threat that the City has received is from Ciaz from Maruti. The sedan even managed to outsell the City sedan in number of occasions. So in order to cope with the current competition Honda has decided to give the sedan fresh new updates.
Now that the launch date of the facelift sedan has been confirmed below provided are all the details that you can expect from the soon to b elaunched Indian spec Honda City facelift.
Honda Jazz Based Crossover WR-V Spotted In India
Honda took the covers off the Jazz based Crossover at Brazil towards the end of 2016. Called the WR-V, this Crossover although is based on the hatchback but you will need expert eyes to understand that it is based on the same Jazz hatchback because quite honestly the WR-V looks a lot different than the Jazz. Unexpectedly Honda has decided to launch this hatchback based Crossover in India soon and according to some rumours the production of this new Crossover has already commenced at their Tapukara plant in Rajasthan.
Now this is actually a bold move from the manufacturer considering the fact that they still have not decided to launch a compact Crossover in the Indian market although of the segments popularity within the Country. Their last offering the BR-V did not performed well in terms of sales figures and their only popular offering being the City sedan right now.
We have provided all the details that you need to know about this newest upcoming Crossover below