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.
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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Confirmed! Maruti To Sell Ciaz Sedan Through The Nexa Dealerships
Maruti launched the Ciaz sedan back in 2014 after the Ciaz concept was showcased at the Auto Expo the same year. The mid-size sedan quickly became popular amongst the crowd and also earned the crown of being called a worthy competitor to the popular Honda City. Until now Maruti used to sell the Ciaz through their standard Maruti Suzuki dealerships along with their other products, but there were constant rumours that Maruti will perhaps start selling the Ciaz via their Nexa dealerships when they first inaugurated the dealership in India last year.
Currently, Maruti sells a total of 4 cars via their premium dealership Nexa, which includes the SX4 S-Cross, Baleno, Baleno RS and the Ignis Crossover. We have already reported earlier that Maruti perhaps has plans to sell the Ciaz sedan via their Nexa dealerships with a Nexa kind of badge spotted towards the rear profile of the Ciaz sedan.
Now according to the recent reports, it’s been confirmed that Maruti Suzuki’s flagship sedan offering for the Indian market will be sold through the Nexa dealerships soon. It will also be available in 5 trim levels. While the four trim levels include Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha variants. There will be an additional new trim which will be offered as well in the form of a new S (Sport).
Undisguised New-Gen Maruti Swift Dzire Spotted As Production Starts
The new generation Maruti Swift Dzire has been spied once again but this time without camouflage. The new compact sedan will be launching soon in the Indian market and according to the latest reports has already entered production at Maruti’s Manesar plant.
Expect the launch to take place in around the month of May here in India the new generation sub-4Meter sedan will be a lot different than its predecessor. There are also rumours that Maruti will even drop the Swift badge from the sedan and will only call it Dzire.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Swift Dzire is one of the best-selling compact sedans of the Indian market. The new generation sedan is based on an entirely new platform which also supports the Baleno hatchback as well. This lightweight platform will help the Swift Dzire in the fuel efficiency department. If we talk about styling, then the next generation will take all its design cues from the new Swift.
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:-
Maruti To Launch 4 New Cars In The Next Fiscal 2017-18
According to the recent reports, Maruti is all set to launch four new products in the next fiscal. India’s largest car manufacturer has launched atleast two new products each year for the past couple of years but now they want to accelerate the growth of their launch and products in order to catch a big share of the Indian Auto market.
Maruti Suzuki has already announced earlier that they will be bringing atleast 15 new products by the year 2020 and until now they have launched eight new products already, the Ignis and the Baleno RS being their last two. Now, although Maruti Suzuki officials did not mention the names of their upcoming cars but they did mention that out of the 4 upcoming products w will be completely new cars while the other two will be upgrades of their existing model.
Now it is not hard to make out that the upcoming four models will include the all new Swift Dzire and the Swift hatchback, while the upgrades will include the facelift S-Cross Crossover and the Ciaz sedan.
Maruti also has plans to increase their market share from 47 percent to 50 percent and their aim is to grow faster than the industry.
Below provided are few details of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki products that you can expect to launch in the Indian market with the next Fiscal.
New Generation Suzuki Swift Showcased At 2017 Geneva Motor Show India Launch In 2018
The new generation Swift made its World premiere at Japan last year December. Now recently Suzuki showcased the all new European-specific Swift at the 87th Geneva Motor show. The car is codenamed YSD internally, and reports state that it will launch in the Indian market early next year.
The new generation Swift is based on an entirely new lightweight platform which also underpins the Baleno as well as the Ignis Crossover. However, the platform has been tweaked to keep the sporty character of the hatchback intact which is found in the International spec hatchback. The new platform is also expected to be lighter and more rigid which will help the new car to loose some weight and also improve its handling characteristics.
The Indian spec Maruti Swift will be heavily localised to keep the prices in check. The reports also state that the new Swift will also be tuned to deliver the best performance and to handle Indian roads. The Indian spec hatchback will also get a slightly higher ground clearance to cope with Indian road conditions. To make the product even more lucrative, Maruti will sell the new Swift through their regular dealership to increase their reach across the Country instead of their premium dealership Nexa.
Presently we are still unaware of the Indian specs, but it will get the Boosterjet direct-injection turbo-petrol. The car will also get an automatic transmission beside the standard unit in both diesel as well as petrol drivetrain. At a later stage, Maruti could also introduce a sportier version of the Swift just like they have done with the Baleno.
2017 Maruti-Suzuki Baleno RS
Maruti showcased the Baleno RS Concept at the 2016 Auto expo and although this looked identical to the standard Baleno hatchback with fewer exceptions but actually features a more powerful engine under the hood. Maruti already launched the Baleno in India and after a year after of the 2016 Auto Expo, in an attempt to impress the Indian customers who love performance-oriented hatchbacks they now launched the Baleno RS hatchback.
Like we already mentioned above the Baleno RS gets a slightly more powerful engine under the hood and is actually a performance oriented hatch and one of its kind from the stable of Maruti Suzuki. The RS variant is positioned above the existing hatchback and is sold through the Nexa showrooms.
The report suggested that the newest performance-oriented hatchback gets a slightly more powerful 1.0-liter Boosterjet unit. The new engine which also makes its Indian debut promises to deliver an impressive amount of power and torque figures along with an exceptional fuel efficiency figures.
Update 06.03.2017:- Maruti launched the Baleno RS hatchback in India and the prices and details are updated in this review.
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Maruti Vitara Brezza Adds Another Milestone To Its Name Crosses sells over 100,000 units
It has not exactly been one year since Maruti introduced the Vitara Brezza in India and within this short period the compact SUV went on to become the best seller in the compact SUV segment for eight months in a row. MSIL was able to sell over 100,000 units of the SUV.
The compact SUV was launched last year March after it was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The entire SUV was designed in-house by Maruti engineers. Presently the compact SUV is available only with a single 1, 248 cc, four cylinder turbo-diesel unit which is capable of producing about 90 Ps of peak power and 200 Nm of torque. The engine paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox which sends power to the front wheels.
The Brezza is one of the smartest SUV of the lot because it gets plenty of interior features to keep the occupants happy, for instance, the compact SUV gets a whole new infotainment system which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple car play, cooled upper glove box and much more. For the exterior enhancement, the SUV comes equipped with automatic projector headlamps with LED DRL’s, dual tone colours options. While for the safety of the passengers inside the SUV gets ABS and airbags as standard across the range.
The Vitara Brezza is a direct competitor of the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and the Mahindra TUV300.
5 Quick Points About The Maruti Baleno RS Launching On 3rd March
We all have talked about this car so much recently that we do not need to re-introduce the Baleno RS once again. The car was showcased first at the 2016 Auto expo and after exactly a year Maruti has decided to introduce the RS variant of the hatchback in India. Recently they also have revealed all the details of the soon to be launched hatchback along with some images as well.
Before we head into anything else let us remind you that Maruti will be launching the Baleno RS in India on 3rd March 2017. This hatchback will be positioned on top of the standard Baleno and will be sold via the Hexa dealerships.
The Indian spec Baleno RS will be powered by a completely new 1.0, three cylinder Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine which will produce about 75 KW/ 102 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 150 Nm of peak torque at 1700-4500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission only. Talking about the new powertrain, this is the same detuned variant o the 1.0 Litre unit which powers the International spec Baleno hatchback. The completely new 1.0 Litre unit will also debut with the Baleno RS as well and could power some future Maruti products as well.
Now like we promised here are the 5 quick points that you should know about new Maruti Baleno RS hatchback.
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:-
Maruti Baleno RS 1.0 Teased Ahead Of Its Launch: Video
Maruti is all set to launch the sportier variant of their Baleno hatchback which they launched back in 2015. The Baleno like you all are already aware of is the most expensive hatchback from Maruti’s stable on offer in India and sits above the Swift.
The Baleno hatchback offered with the 1.2 Litre petrol and the 1.3 Litre diesel unit which also powers the Swift hatchback. It competes directly with the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Fiat Punto. The Baleno RS, on the other hand, was teased at the 2016 Auto Expo and is slightly a sportier variant of the hatchback, powered by 1.0 Litre, three cylinder Boosterjet petrol engine.
The 1.0 Litre petrol unit will also make its Indian debut with the Baleno RS; this is the same unit which powers the UK spec Baleno. However, the same engine is expected to deliver around 101 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 150 Nm of peak torque at 1700-4500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission while according to some reports there will also be a 6-speed auto unit on offer too.
As far as the changes the Baleno RS will get subtle updates to its exterior as well as interior to make it appear sportier than the standard Baleno. The front profile will get a restyled front and rear bumper. While towards the side profile will get a slightly bigger 16-inch alloy wheels. The Baleno RS might also receive dual tone exterior colour option. Expect the interior to appear almost identical to the standard Baleno. However, some reports on the internet suggest that the car might get a flat-bottomed steering wheel and RS logo on the seat upholstery.
Maruti Baleno RS Spotted Undisguised before Its Launch Next Month
The Baleno hatchback surely gathered lots of appreciation since its launched last year officially here in India. Now after almost a year, Maruti has planned to introduce a sportier variant of the same hatchback. Called the Baleno RS, this car made its first official appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Maruti has confirmed that they will be launching the Baleno RS in India on 3rd March 2017.
Recently Gaadiwaadi was able to click some undisguised images of the sportier Baleno variant of the hatchback which gives us an idea about the things which you can expect from this upcoming hatchback variant.
Before we get into anything else, let us remind you that the Baleno RS will be positioned on top of their existing hatchback and will only sell through the Nexa dealerships. That said, the car will get a new 998 cc Boosterjet turbocharged three-cylinder direct-injection engine, although the engine is smaller than the 1.2 Litre unit which powers the standard hatchback it makes more power than the 1.2 Litre unit. The new 1.0 Litre Ecobooost unit produces about 101 Hp of peak power at around 5500 rpm and 150 NM of torque in between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. The engine will paired to a five-speed manual unit.
Talk about styling, and the new Baleno RS gets few exterior updates which come in the form of a new body kit which will include sportier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, chrome garnishes towards the front grille and perhaps slightly beefier tires.