Best Of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Worth Giving A Second Look
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.
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.
Next Generation Mahindra Thar Coming Soon!
Mahindra introduced the Thar back in 2010, and since its launch, the vehicle has always attracted the attention of those who loves some serious offroading with their vehicle. Now, this is one machine with ample amount of torque that can take on any terrain with ease. The Thar received its first major facelift back in 2015 and while the demands are slowly fading away because of some potential rivals in this segment. According to some recent reports, Mahindra is all set to introduce the next generation Thar in India.
Although not much information is available at this moment, we can certainly say that it will still take some time for Mahindra to introduce the new generation vehicle in the Indian market. However, there are few things which we can certainly inform you at this moment about the upcoming car.
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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.
2017 Mahindra XUV500 Sportz Limited Edition
Mahindra launched the XUV500 Sportz Limited Edition in India yesterday. This special edition SUV is based on XUV’s W10 trim. Mahindra first introduced the Sportz Special edition with the pre-facelift XUV couple of years ago.
This special edition XUV500 Sportz edition features few cosmetic upgrades to the exterior while just like the exterior, the interior too gets some significant updates of its own.
The cosmetic updates that the XUV500 Sportz Edition has received comes in the form of new Bonnet decals, exclusive mirror decals, side decals positioned towards the lower half of the SUV. While other cosmetic updates include Red inserts on front fog lamps, door handles finished in sporty red appliqué and roof racks finished in elegant Red color. This special edition SUV also gets gray alloy wheels and brake callipers painted in Red, lastly, it also has received the signature sports badge towards the rear profile.
The facelift XUV 500 on which this special edition variant is based on gets vertically slated grille, projector headlamp units and also LED daytime running lamps integrated in the headlamp unit.
Inside the special edition SUV carries over all the features from the W10 grade. Thus the XUV500 Sportz Edition features premium Black and Beige leather upholstery. The Sportz Edition also gets a 7 inch Color Touch Screen Display which has been integrated with GPS, USB (Audio / Video), and Bluetooth Audio, Handsfree Call, iPod connectivity & Picture Viewer. This is the same unit carried over from the W10 grade.
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.
New Spyshot & Details Emerges Of The Upcoming Long Wheelbase TUV
We have already reported that Mahindra is working on a long wheelbase version of the TUV which will most probably be called TUV500. Recently Autocar India was able to spot the upcoming SUV while it was being tested on the Indian roads. Although the SUV was wrapped in heavy camouflage but the source was able to extract information about the powertrain which will sit underneath the hood of this new upcoming SUV.
The good news is that compared to the TUV300 which has received many negative reviews because of its underpowered engine, the long wheelbase version will be powered by a bigger 1.99 Litre diesel unit. This is the same diesel mill which also powers Scorpio, Xylo as well as the XUV500.
The 1.99 Litre engine is the downsized version of Mahindra’s renowned 2.2 Litre M-Hawk engine. This engine was introduced not so long ago in the Indian market so that they could sell the SUV’s in the markets of Delhi and NCR regions. The engine capacity has been downsized by reducing the engine strokes. Although this is actually a smaller engine compared to the 2.2 Litre unit but it produces more power when compared to the bigger unit.
The XUV500 with the new 1.99 Litre unit produces about 142 Hp of peak power instead of 140 Hp on the bigger 2.2 Litre unit. While the Xylo with the smaller unit now produces about 122 Bhp instead of 120 Bhp with the bigger unit.
Expect the new upcoming TUV500 to also get the same 1.99 Litre engine which will produce around 120 Hp of peak power.
Did You All Watch Mahindra’s Live Young Live Free TV Ad Sequel: Video
When it comes to Auto manufacturer’s ad campaign there is no denying in the fact that the Mahindra & Mahindra are on top of their game. Their ‘Live For Young’ TVC seriously caught all the adventure enthusiasts attention specially the music and now quite honestly it has actually become an anthem for the adventure seekers of the Country and those who drive Mahindra cars. Quite honestly there is actually no other auto manufacturer who provides such variety of vehicles at such lower price. This has what made M&M one of the most renowned auto makers of the Country.
While in the first TVC campaign we saw a group of adventure seekers go to extreme heights for the sake of adventure with their Mahindra SUV’s. The second version of the Ad campaign too showcases almost the entire SUV range of Mahindra starting from the entry level KUV100, Nuvosport , Quanto, XUV500, Scorpio, Thar and even Bolero.
The second version of the TVC campaign has also actually focussed on the outdoor lifestyle of the Mahindra vehicle owners. The audio too have also been slightly revised and if you want to enjoy this TVC then you should also actually turn up the volume.
2017 Mahindra KUV100 Anniversary Edition
Mahindra & Mahindra showcased the KUV100 Anniversary edition in India and this special edition compact Crossover will also be launching soon in the Indian market along with the updated variant. Just like we recently reported in our recent preview article of the updated 2017 KUV100 that Mahindra launched the KUV100 exactly a year ago in India and initially the vehicle was in high demand but gradually the demand for the SUV has declined and was at its lowest in the month of December 2016.
What is even more interesting is also the fact while the KUV100 was the only Crossover which dominated its segment because it had no other potential threats from any rivals and definitely offered more than any other hatchbacks at this price point. But now after the launch of the Maruti Ignis which actually is more features rich and definitely more fuel efficient. Mahindra definitely needed something fancy in their plate to drive the attention from the recently launched rival on to their own product.
Now in order to increase its sales figures Mahindra surely needed something which could bring back the customers interest back to their entry level offering and hence the anniversary edition. Now unfortunately this special edition KUV100 does not get any major updates under the hood but it surely gets few cosmetic updates which has made the car more attractive.
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2017 Mahindra KUV100
Mahindra launched the KUV100 exactly a year ago in India; the auto manufacturer pitched it as a small SUV and their entry level offering for the Indian market. Basically this is actually a beefed up hatchback and gets both petrol and diesel engine under the hood. Although the KUV100 made a fiery start in terms of sales when it was launched initially but slowly the sales number declined and in the month of December 2016 only 1953 units of the vehicle was sold which is actually its lowest numbers since its launch.
Like you all know that the Mahindra KUV100 is definitely not a compact SUV and is also priced lower than most of the other compact SUV offerings. This car now competes directly in the B+ segment hatchbacks and locks horns directly with the recently introduced Maruti Suzuki Ignis which too is actually a beefed up Cross hatchback.
Now that its rival has been launched here how can Mahindra possible stay behind? Thus they have decided to introduce the updated variant of the hatchback. According to the reports of Autocar India not only the KUV100 will get some cosmetic updates but some mechanical updates as well which will make the crossover even more fuel efficient and refined.
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List of MUVs available in India
India has always been one country, where all the aspects and facts related to unity get affirmed with facts. Be it its cultural and linguistic diversities or the bonds between different generations, everyone has been coexisting with dignified unities. And when it comes to families, the Indians have always shown a warm bonding between all the members, speaking in particular.
Speaking of the automobile industry, given the varying needs of different members of families, the need of a single vehicle complying to all of these needs in a single package has risen in recent times. This is why the segment of multi utility vehicles (MUVs) has seen a positive growth in recent times. This upward growth of MUVs is the reason why all the manufacturers are trying to have a piece of profit in this category, and are not shying off by experimenting too. In the last two years, we have seen everything starting off from a sub four meter compact family wagon to a full fledged luxury seven seater.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all the seven seater MUVs which are existing in the Indian market, catering to varying needs of different people, or to be specific, families. Here is a complete list of all the MUVs available in India:-
Mahindra Planning To Launch A Premium SUV To Take On Fortuner & Endeavour
It seems like Mahindra now wants to enter deeper water and according to the recent reports the home grown auto manufacturer are now planning to launch a completely new SUV. Their upcoming SUV will also be their flagship offering and will be positioned above their current SUV offering the XUV500.
The all new SUV will be the production variant of the next generation Rexton which was showcased as LIV-2 concept at the 2016 Paris Motor show. Codenamed as Y400 the SUV showcased was actually a full sized SUV. The new SUV which was showcased was the next generation Rexton but the production variant will be rebadged and sold with the Mahindra nameplate in India. The new SUV will be based on body on frame chassis and will provide seating for 7 passengers inside.
The reports also states that M&M also plans to gain more advantage over the other SUV’s of its segment by equipping the SUV with best in class features. The LIV2 concept which was showcased at the Paris Motor show was equipped with plenty of premium features like a huge infotainment screen on the dashboard which gets plenty of features like Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There are different screens for the rear seat passengers as well and through the rear console the passengers can even control the front infotainment system as well. The concept variant was equipped with captain seats; some other features might also include mood lighting inside the cabin.
2018 Mahindra TUV 500
A mysterious Mahindra SUV wrapped in heavy camouflage was spotted recently being tested on road leaving a hint that Mahindra is actually planning to add another SUV to their vehicle lineup.
The new SUV which was recently spotted had lot of similarities with the already existing TUV300. However the SUV which was spotted wrapped in heavy camouflage appeared like it was longer than the existing compact SUV, This actually means that perhaps this upcoming SUV is based on a long wheelbase platform and thus expect this upcoming SUV to get three row seating like some of the bigger SUV’s of the Mahindra lineup.
This SUV was spotted for the first time which means that Mahindra has already started testing the SUV on road and thus all of you can expect this SUV to hit the Indian road sometimes next year. So without any further due below provided are all the details of this new upcoming SUV from Mahindra.
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11 SUV’s in Indian Market That No one Actually Buys Well Almost!
The Indian car market has always been one tough battlefield to conquer. While it has proved to be a big game changer for many car manufacturers and products, which due to their performance in the Indian market have gained a huge reputation worldwide, there have been some names which have been struggling very hard to make their impact, yet are being accepted by a handful of buyers.
Today is the time of SUVs in the Indian market – SUVs of all sizes and dimensions. In this immensely popular category of cars, there are still a number of products of whose sales numbers are even lower than the number of fingers in both your hands. In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on those SUVs which literally have extremely few or very lower number of buyers in the market. Here is that list of those unfortunate SUVs.
List of AMT equipped cars in India
In recent years, we have seen a lot of changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of lifestyle and technology. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new technologies 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. This is a result that many budget cars are now offered with automatic transmissions. However, most of these cars are specifically built to a cost factor, which is why most of the car makers are preferring to offer automated manual transmissions over the pricey conventional torque converters and CVTs. Speaking of the automated manual transmissions, these gearboxes facilitate manual gear changes by pressing the clutch pedal at the same time as changing gears with the usage of electronic sensors, pneumatics, processors and actuators. Adding to their popularity is the fact that these gearboxes aren’t too costly over manual counterparts, thus making them quite value for money.
In this story, we are going to throw some light on all the cars in the Indian market which are available with the choice of automated manual transmission, popularly known as AMT. Here we go:-
2016 Mahindra e2o Plus
Although the Indian all electric car market has not flourished completely yet but still makers like Mahindra is trying their level best to manage, provide and develop an all electric car which definitely could provide a solution and perhaps even can replace the everyday car which runs on fossil fuel.
After lot of developmental work Mahindra launched the updated e2o back in 2013; this two door hatchback replaced the previous model. The two door hatchback which replaced its successor was more practical and also had a longer range. The e20 which is powered by a Lithion-Ion battery takes around 5 hours to fully charge the battery and also has a top speed of 90 km/h. The car is manufactured at Mahindra’s Bangalore factory. There is no doubt in the fact that the e20 is definitely one tech loaded car and perhaps also one of the advanced car of its class as well.
The e20 Plus on the other hand will definitely add more practicality to daily use because believe it or not, the e20 Plus will be Mahindra’s second car after the Verito electric to get 5 doors. So you get the same electric car advantage but with a better space inside.
Mahindra is all set to launch the new car on October 21st in India and below provided are the details of this soon to be launched four door hatchback.
Update21.10.2016:-Mahindra launched the four door all electric hatchback e2o Plus in India today. The prices and the other details has been updated accordingly
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The Four Door All Electric Car Mahindra e2o Plus Launched
Mahindra today launched the e2o Plus in India which is basically a four door variant of the e2o two door all electric hatchback which is on sale in India at this moment. The word e2o means electric to oxygen and plus, this all electric hatchback promises zero emission, low running cost and also efficient home charging. This four door variant definitely promises to be more practical because it provides more space inside the cabin and also comes with an increased range.
The new e2o Plus is available in four different variants which includes P2, P4, P6 and the top end P8 variants. This all electric car is priced in between INR. 5.46 Lakhs for the base P4 variant to INR 8.46 Lakhs for the top end P8 variant(ex-showroom Delhi, post state subsidy and FAME incentive).
Although the new four door electric hatchback had not lost its original identity but it still definitely looks a lot different than the two door variant. The e2o plus sports a new grille designs towards the front which also gets vertical slats. The swept back headlamp design looks identical to the two door variant though but gets projector units. The front profile also features a newly designed bumper as well. This hatchback now also features a longer wheelbase. The C pillar has been extended a bit to fit the additional rear door.
Mahindra TUV300 Gets New Duel Tone Colours
Mahindra has launched a completely new duel tone paint scheme for their compact SUV TUV300. This initiative was taken by Mahindra during the festive season to boost sales of their compact SUV.
The duel tone colour scheme gets a combination of silver exterior body colour while the roof gets painted in Black. Besides the Black roof the pillars are also blackened as well. The new duel tone paint scheme T8 variant also gets this front and rear bumpers too finished in duel tone colour scheme as well.
This completely new duel tone paint scheme will only be available with the top end T8 variant manual transmission. The T8 variant gets the M hawk 100 diesel drivetrain which is capable of producing about 100 Bhp of peak power at 3, 750 rpm and 240 Nm of peak torque in between 1, 600-2, 800 rpm.
The new colour variant is priced at INR. 9.15 lakh(Ex showroom, Delhi) for the top end T8 variant which is actually INR. 15, 000 more than the standard colour variant. The other colours options which are available with the TUV300 include Verve Blue, Dynamite Red, Molten Orange, Glacier White, Majestic Silver, Bold Black and Bronze Green.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis Vs 2016 Mahindra KUV100
Mahindra introduced their newest sub compact SUV in January 2016 and it was also showcased at the 2016 Auto expo. Reports also stated that the newest sub-compact SUV garnered positive feedback and response from people because it provided much better deal than the other hatchbacks of this range. Well! Maruti too seems to walk the same path because they are all set to introduce their own version of a micro SUV too soon in India.
Now as you all know by now Maruti will soon introduce the Ignis in the Indian market as well which will take on the above mentioned rival directly. The Ignis is based on the Suzuki IM-4 concept which was displayed at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show and the production variant too draws most of its inspiration from the concept. This is also based on the same platform as the Baleno and will get both Diesel as well petrol drivetrains under its hood. While this will also be positioned under the Vitara Brezza SUV which is definitely the most popular UV in The Indian market right now.
The Mahindra KUV100 on the other hand is offered with a diesel as well as a petrol drivetrain as well. Quite honestly the only worthy competitor to the soon to be launched Ignis is definitely the KUV100 and below provided are a complete comparison review of both these cars in terms of their styling, prices, specification etc.
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2017 Mahindra Bolero Power+
Mahindra may not have too successful in the sub 4 meter SUV segment, the Quanto being the biggest example however they have not taken a step back. Their last few launched in the same segment includes the TUV300, Nuvosport and the KUV 100 definitely proved the fact that that they learn from their mistakes quickly and try to provide the best possible product to the adventure enthusiast as well as the Utility vehicle lovers of the Country.
Autocar India revealed the fact that Mahindra was actually working on a completely new sub-4m SUV which will be based on the Bolero. The new SUV was also spotted being tested on the road which actually gave all of us a hint that the launch is not far away. Now that Mahindra has launched the new Bolero Power+ SUV in India this is actually their latest SUV offering in India and will actually be the second product after the Xylo to receive some major change.
Now that the new SUV is launched in India we are here to provide you with all the information available about the Bolero Power+ SUV. The new SUV gets a completely new engine under its hood but unfortunately Mahindra has not paid much attention towards its styling and thus the new Power+ SUV too looks almost identical to the standard Bolero..
Update12.09.2016:- Mahindra has launched their new SUV in the Indian market. The Bolero Power+ SUV is available in three trims SLE, SLX and the ZLX and its prices and other details are provided below
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Sub-4M Mahindra Bolero Power+ Launched Gets A New More Powerful Engine
Mahindra has launched their new sub-4meter Bolero SUV today. Called the Bolero Power+ SUV, it is available in three grades SLE, SLX and ZLX being the top end variant. The prices of the newest compact SUV of the block starts at INR. INR 6.59 Lakhs(ex-showroom Mumbai) while the top end variant is priced at INR. 7.57 Lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai).
Mahindra hasn’t paid much attention towards the styling the Bolero Power+ SUV gets Bolero’s signature grille towards the front as well as those signature bumpers as well. The blue vision headlamps and the body decals help in adding some sporty details to the SUV.
Coming to the interior the new Sub 4 meter SUV gets a duel tone interior. The cabin compared to the exterior looks modern because it gets this stylish digital instrument cluster, a driver information system and also a voice messaging system. The duel tone interiors also help in adding some colour to the SUV’s character not making the interior look bland.
Coming to the main highlight of the SUV its engine, the new Bolero Power+ SUV gets the reliable mHawkD70 engine which is capable of producing about 70 bhp of peak power at 3,600 rpm and 195 Nm of peak torque between 1,400-2,200 rpm making it almost 13 percent more powerful than the existing Bolero. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox which sends all that power to the rear wheel of this SUV.
Spec Comparison: Tata Hexa Vs Mahindra XUV500
Tata will soon be launching the Hexa Crossover in the Indian market and this will take on the Mahindra XUV500 directly. The Hexa Crossover was already showcased at the 2016 Auto expo and recently it was spotted un-camouflaged on road which gives us a hint that the newest Crossover is almost ready for its launch.
The Hexa is said to be the successor of the Aria Crossover which was launched back in 2010 but never actually became popular here in India. Although the Crossover provided plenty of features inside when it was launched. What was even more interesting was the fact that the Aria Crossover was also offered with both 2 wheel as well as 4 wheel drive option.
Now will the new Hexa which now gets a SUV’ish appearance but underpins the same Aria platform will be able to take on the renowned player of the game which already has cemented its place in India. Wel!l Find out in our spec comparison article below.
Soon To Be launched Sub four meter Bolero To Be Called Bolero Power+
We have already informed all of you earlier that Mahindra is all set to introduce a new variant of the Bolero soon in India. According to Motor Octane’s latest reports this upcoming SUV will be called Bolero Power+ and will be their latest sub-4meter offering in the Indian market.
As far as the styling is concerned do not expect a lot of change made to the exterior of the vehicle. Mahindra has actually redesigned the Bumper and the Bonnet area to reduce the overall length of this SUV. There most probably will be no other changes on the SUV’s overall exterior apart from some new sticker work. According to the reports this will actually be a sub-4 meter SUV which means that the soon to be launched SUV will get all the tax benefits. Thus also expect the pricing to be lower than the existing Bolero variants as well.
As far as the interiors are concerned expect this SUV to offer seats for seven passengers just like any of their compact SUV’s like the Nuvosport or the TUV300. The report also states that Mahindra will not curtail any feature found on the bigger Bolero and thus this smaller variant will also get almost all the feature carried over the standard Bolero SUV including the digital instrument cluster as well.