Whats New on offer?
Mahindra has just introduced a top spec trim of their Compact SUV TUV300. The high spec T10 variant is priced at INR. 9.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and INR. 9.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Launched during the time of the festive season this top spec surely will turn heads because it offers plenty of goodies to keep the buyers happy. On the outside, the top spec trim gets a slightly tweaked front grille with Black Chrome inserts. The redesigned, headlamp units make the SUV one of the first in its segment to receive static bending lamps which will help illuminate the corners, especially when driving at night. The front profile also gets stylish fog lamps with premium Black inserts. Apart from these changes one another major cosmetic change comes in the form of a new Grey alloy wheels alongside new Metallic Grey roof rails. Lastly, the top spec TUV300 also gets an additional glossy metallic Grey finish on the tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
Inside the cabin, there are few sophisticated changes as well which has helped in making the interior look plusher. The TUV300 T10 variant gets a new faux leather seat. There is a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well which gets Wireless Bluetooth calling music and Audio calling besides GPS navigation USB video and image playback option.
A treat for Fortuner loves during this festive season
Toyota launched a new Fortuner variant in India just a few days before the Festive season. Called the Fortuner TRD Sportivo this trim is priced at INR. 31.01 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Sportivo variant is developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and is available in Indian market only in the 4x2AT variant.
Now to distinguish it from the standard variant this unique trim gets few cosmetic updates both on its exterior as well as interior. However, there were no changes made under the hood. Launched back in 2009, the Fortuner has dominated the Indian market since then. The updated new generation SUV was launched last year, and it managed to score fairly in the Indian market as well.
Under the hood, the Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo gets the same 2.8 Litre four-cylinder diesel unit that produces about 175 bhp of peak power and 450 Nm of peak torque. Besides this diesel unit it also gets a 2.7 Litre petrol engine as well which is capable of producing about 164 bhp of peak power and 245 Nm of peak torque. The Fortuner gets a 6-Speed manual or a 6-Speed automatic gearbox as an option along with 4WD for some variants.
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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 age Verna loaded with modern tech and features
Hyundai released a new teaser image of the new generation Verna sedan hinting its arrival a few months ago. The South Korean Auto manufacturer introduced their popular c-segment sedan back in 2009, and it even went onto become the best-selling vehicle in its segment.
Hyundai revealed the 2018 Verna as a concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto show, while later it was launched in Russia with a different name. The new Verna sedan is called Solaris locally in Russia while the same car is sold under the Accent nameplate in Canada. Thankfully Hyundai still retains the Verna nameplate for their vehicle in India. Do not forget the fact that the Verna is important to Hyundai like the City is to Honda or the Ciaz is to Maruti. The bookings for the fifth generation sedan have already commenced in our Country about a month ago, and finally, the car is launched here.
The sedan not only underpins a new platform but is also longer wider and has an increased wheelbase which automatically results in more interior space. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the sedan not only received cosmetic updates but mechanical updates as well.
Update 22.08.2017:- Hyundai launched the new generation Verna sedan in India. The prices and other details have been updated in this review.
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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.
The entry level made in India Jeep product is all set to grace Indian roads soon
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after a long delay finally made their India debut back in 2016 with two exciting products which included the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Both these SUV’s were sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and thus were expensive and well above the reach of many. However, that is all going to change now because Jeep has decided to launch a new SUV which is well within reach of buyers.
Jeep has unveiled the Compass SUV in India today, and the good thing is that the compact SUV is made in India product which also means that the new product will also be priced quite aggressively as well. The brands new product will be locally assembled at their Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra from June onward. The new Jeep Compass replaces the old Compass and Patriot SUV in the International market, and apart from the Indian market, the same SUV is also produced in some other Countries as well. However, the good news is that India will be mother hub for right-hand drive Compass SUV from where it will also be exported to some other right-hand drive markets as well. For all your information the Compass SUV is offered with 17 engine options for different markets of the world.
Update 31.07.2017:- Jeep launched the Compass SUV in India today and this also happens to be their most affordable SUV till date.
Now that Jeep Compass is revealed in the Indian market below provided are all the details that you need to know about this new SUV
A compact SUV from Tata Motors which opens new doors
Tata Motors is a household name which we are all familiar with not exactly for their passenger’s cars but for their array of commercial vehicles which ply on our Indian roads. However, the entire scenario changed since the year 2014 when our homegrown auto manufacturer decided to introduce their new generation lineup for the Indian market. In that particular year, Tata Motors also showcased a sub-4 meter SUV concept at the 2014 Auto Expo which looked futuristic and way ahead of its time. Later we came to know Tata Motors received a lot of enquiries about the particular concept car which encouraged them to give a green signal to the project.
Move ahead to the year 2016 Auto Expo where we saw an almost production ready Nexon concept which looked futuristic and promised to bring with it an array of new features to this segment. The SUV was spotted being tested a couple of times on the Indian road and other various conditions. We also got to see a glimpse of the production variant of the Nexon at the 2017 Geneva Motor show. Tata Motors has also confirmed that they will be launching the much awaited Nexon sub-4 meter SUV towards the month of September.
The sub-4 meter SUV is a direct rival to the popular Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford Ecosport. Initially, we thought that it would be launched only with a diesel engine under its hood, but now we have received the confirmation that Tata Nexon will be available with both diesel and petrol engines which also give it a slight edge over its rival the Vitara Brezza.
Tata Nexon definitely has the looks to catch everyone’s attention but does it have everything to tick all the boxes? Find it out here in our overview of this new sub-4 meter SUV from Tata Motors.
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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The newest entry level Crossover from Jaguar will join the F-Pace and I-Pace pack soon!
Almost every other Auto manufacturer has atleast one compact SUV or Crossover in their lineup because of their popularity across the World. Jaguar compared to some of its other rivals entered this competition little late but definitely with a bang with their big sporty Crossover F-Pace last year. Now Jaguar wanted some sales numbers and what else could bring them that except a crossover which collaborate almost all the qualities of their flagship Crossover in a small exciting yet affordable package.
Our spy photographers managed to capture the first testing sessions of the E-Pace Crossover towards early last year with the help of that we can assume that the development of this car began atleast one year before.
So now the question is will the E-Pace be as successful as its big brother the F-Pace? Well, the initial impression of the Crossover picked up lots of positive reviews from across the world. It definitely looks sporty and shares almost the same DNA with its successful brother the F-Pace, the E-Pace based on the modified version of the JLR D8 platform which also underpins the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery 4. Although the Crossover looks compact, it offers plenty of space inside, but the small shape gives it a more sporty appeal. What else is also interesting is also the fact that the E-Pace gets the 2.0 Litre Ingenium diesel and petrol engines which also powers some of the other cars of the JLR family.
So it already has almost all the right formula which is needed to make this product successful, and Jaguar calls this compact SUV "A seriously smart small SUV. Designed and engineered to be beautiful, fun and bright", but does it live up to its name?
We find out everything that you should know about this new addition which will begin its delivery from early next year and offcourse this will come to the Indian market as well.
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An Estate car who won’t mind getting its shoes dirty
Volvo has launched a total of 3 cars Worldwide since the year 2014, which includes the XC90, S90 and the V90. Out of these 3 cars, Volvo has introduced the XC and the S90 in the Indian market already. There is a common link in between all these above-mentioned cars; they all are based on the Swedish auto manufacturer’s latest scalable product architecture (SPA) platform. This flexible lightweight yet safe architecture allows a number of body forms on a single platform allowing the auto manufacturer to save cost. This new platform which underpins all these unique cars made its debut with the XC90 SUV back in 2014.
According to Volvo officials, the new 90 series cars offers a unique driving experience and they call it "Relaxed Confidence". India is definitely not a popular market for Estate cars but Indian customers always are open to something new and unique. Talking about uniqueness, the Volvo V90 Cross Country definitely falls under one of the most under this unique breed of cars. It carries the ‘Cross Country’ moniker along with its name which clears many of our doubts about its purpose.
Sweden is known for its extreme weather, where the temperature can go upto -40 degree Celsius during winter. The people too are also known for their adventurous nature thus making the Volvo V90 Cross Country an ideal car for this surroundings because it combines off-road capabilities into an Estate car. The raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive capability have given the V90 a whole new meaning.
The reason why we are interested in this particular car is because of the fact that Volvo actually has plans to introduce the V90 Cross Country in the Indian market within this year, so we are here to provide you with all the details available about this truly unique car in detail.
Update 12.07.2017 :- Volvo has launched the V90 Cross Country in India today. The Estate car is offered with only top of the line D5 trim and with total of 7 exterior colour options. The new V90 Cross Country prices and other details has been updated in this review.
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A Hooligan On Four Wheels
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has taken the covers off their latest monster. Based on the standard XE saloon this extreme performance Jaguar is capable of touching 321 km/h mark. The Project 8 is the second Jaguar collector’s edition car after the F-TYPE Project 7 introduced back in the year 2014.
So to explain the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in few sentences, it’s a hand built four-door sedans which have a performance of a Supercar. This car is meant particularly for the driving enthusiast because it gets a huge 5.0 Litre supercharged V8 motor under its hood which will be capable of producing about 600 Ps of peak power and an equally impressive amount of torque. The sedan will be available worldwide in four-seat configuration. Jaguar will make only 300 examples worldwide, and you can expect atleast one or two to arrive in India as well. The car will be assembled at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry. The car will be making its first debut later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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What changes do you expect in this popular SUV
The Scorpio is a household name in the Indian car market since the year 2002; the SUV has many accolades to its name including ‘Best car of the year’, ‘Best SUV of the year’ and much more. While the first generation SUV was introduced back in 2002, the second generation was introduced just after four years in 2006. Much later Mahindra decided to up their game and introduced the third-generation SUV back in 2014. Now after almost three years of its production Mahindra has decided to launch the facelift variant of the SUV.
The 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift variant will most likely get some exterior and interior updates while there won’t be any significant change under the hood. The SUV was caught testing couple of times already which gives us an idea that it will most probably launch towards the end of 2017.
The Scorpio is one of the first SUV’s which was developed in-house by M&M engineers. M&M engineers also developed the 2.2 Litre mHawk engine which powers some other Mahindra suvs at the same time. While the launch of the new Scorpio facelift is nearing, we are here to provide you all the details of the facelifted SUV available at this moment.
This is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand with the four rings
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is a major player of the R8 brand, and they recently rolled out the Spyder variant of the Coupe from the workshop of Audi Sport GmbH. According to their reports, this is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand ever. Powered by a V10 unit and the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive this Spyder variant is surely a stunner.
This is the same R8 which comes with a soft top and few other modifications to increase the safety of the passengers inside while they are driving with the top open. Powering this beast is the same mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 powerplant which also happens to be Audi’s most powerful series production engine. This unit is capable of producing almost 70 + Bhp more than the standard unit, and luckily for us Indians, Audi decided to introduce the R8 V10 Plus variant only instead of the standard variant. So you also expect The R8 V10 Plus Spyder also to be launched in the Indian market soon.
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