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While MG is still days away from revealing prices for the new Astor mid-size SUV, we got up close and personal with the new offering earlier today. Here are some images for you to go through..
Essentially a petrol variant of the ZS EV, MG Motor’s upcoming mid-size SUV will be launched soon
The MG Astor aims to give a tough fight to other offerings like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the upcoming VW Taigun. While launch is still a few weeks away, we do know a lot about this upcoming 5 seater SUV. So if you are in the market for a Rs 12-16 lakh SUV, should you be excited?
Hyundai’s latest EV, the Ioniq 5, lands on the Indian soil; but don’t expect it to arrive at the dealerships anytime soon
Hyundai has built its new India headquarters in Gurugram. Haryana’s CM, Manohar Lal Khattar, inaugurated it in the presence of Hyundai India’s MD and CEO, Seon Seob Kim. While this is big news for Hyundai Corporate, for us enthusiasts, the cars there caught our attention. Hyundai noted that the headquarters will have 14 EV charging points, and at one of them, the new Ioniq 5 EV was on display. Given that the Ioniq 5 made its global debut earlier this year, it is surprising to see it in India. Was it just to give the headquarters a little more glamor, or is it a hint that the Ioniq 5 is going to make its Indian debut?
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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could this mean that Honda will perhaps be relaunching the new Civic once again?
Yes! I too have the same question in my mind. What is this new generation Civic doing at the Honda’s factory in Tapukara, Rajasthan. Now according to the reports on India today there is a possibility of Honda launching the new generation Civic in India within this year. The Civic introduced in 2006 and later discontinued in 2013 due to weak sales numbers. One of the leading causes of such poor sales figures was the lack of a diesel engine option.
Now that the new Civic was spotted recently at the Tapukara facility in Rajasthan could it mean that Honda is planning to relaunch the sedan in the Indian market once again?
The bigger engine will get an advanced 10 speed automatic transmission
Honda has released a new teaser image of their tenth generation Accord which will launch later this year. The new generation sedan according to Honda has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for the year 2018. There is no doubt in the fact that the Accord has been the number one choice for individual American car buyers since 2010.
The new generation Accord will also get two new turbocharged petrol engines in the form of 1.5 Litre, direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC)-litre and a 2.0-litre unit. Both engines will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox Moreover the 1.5 Litre unit will also get an optional CVT gearbox, while the 2.0 Litre unit will get an advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The sedan will be launched first in the US where it has been the best seller in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016). For the first five months of 2017, according to the Sales Data, the Accord is still the top-selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall.
Although the car has not been revealed in the images, it will get a wider and athletic stance. The additional details of the new sedan will be released within the next few weeks.
The facelift Ciaz with cosmetic updates will make its presence felt in India soon
Maruti Suzuki surely made a wise decision by launching the Ciaz sedan. It not only gave them an opportunity to compete with the Honda City but also helped them to up their ante in the premium market of our Country. The Ciaz became quite popular in our Indian market, and it even went on to steal the spotlight from the popular Honda City. Now it’s been quite sometime now that the mid-size sedan has been launched in the Indian market while its biggest rival already received a facelift for the year 2017 now it’s time for MSIL to add their updates to the Ciaz to keep things fresh at their end.
Maruti made a bold move by deciding to sell the Ciaz via their premium Nexa dealerships. Now the reports state that Maruti will be launching the facelift Ciaz in the coming months with the focus mostly on cosmetic updates and some updates to the feature list. While the launch is on the cards, do not expect Maruti to hike the price extensively to stay in the competition.
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The switch will most probably take place from 1st of April
So the rumours are indeed turning out to be true. A couple of weeks ago we came to know that Maruti now has plans to sell the Ciaz sedan via their premium dealerships. Maruti launched the Ciaz back in 2014, and since then it has been sold via the regular Maruti dealerships. But recently they have decided to sell their flagship Ciaz sedan via their more premium Nexa dealerships.
What even makes the point obvious is also the fact that the Maruti has released a teaser image as well which also indicates towards that obvious switch. The Ciaz sedan was also cught using Nexa liked badges towards the rear profile while the Ciaz logo positioned towards the right side of the boot lid. The car which was caught carrying the Nexa like stickers also had the variant badges removed from the sedan. According to the recently leaked reports, the Ciaz sedan will be sold in five trim levels including the four regular NEXA variants i.e. Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha, and an entirely new S (Sport) variant sold as a top end trim.
The car hasn’t received any mechanical changes though and thus will continue with the same 1.4-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. Both these engines are paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox while there is also be an optional 4-speed AT transmission available as well.
The Ciaz will be the fifth car to be sold via their premium dealership Nexa
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).
The Facelift sedan gets few cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior
Toyota launched the Corolla Altis Facelift in India yesterday. The Altis is the potential rival to the Octavia and Elantra in India. The Indian spec Corolla Altis resembles a lot to the Thai-spec Corolla.
The Corolla according to Toyota is built on Toyota’s legendary Quality, Durability and Reliability with significantly enhanced quality in every aspect of its design and engineering. This global sedan has been appreciated throughout the world Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow, San Francisco and Rio - de- Janeiro. There is no doubt that this global sedan has made its presence felt across 150 countries across the world and also was able to bring smiles to the faces of over 44 million customers worldwide.
The Corolla Altis Facelift is available in India with both diesel and petrol drivetrains and an option of both manuals as well as an automatic transmission.
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The new Tv Commercial on some of the main features of the 2017 City sedan
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.
These cars can provide the same level of excitement while also being pocket friendly at the same time
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:-
The updated City sedan is expected to get a refreshed exterior and interior
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 will revive the ZX moniker with the facelift sedan
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.
The S-Cross facelift looks mean and aggressive
The Indian automotive scenario has been changing drastically in last few years. Indian customers are opening up toward fresh new designs, new niche. The compact SUVs and crossovers have becoming more and more popular day by day in the country like the rest of the world. In 2015 Maruti-Suzuki also tried its luck in the compact crossover segment with the S-Cross.
Now with almost two year after the launch of the model the automaker has developed a facelift version of the S-Cross. Suzuki has showcased the facelifted S-Cross in front of a selected audience in Hungary. As we got a glimpse of the car, it looks absolutely mean compare to the outgoing model. Any SUV lover wants his car to be rugged looking. And the new S-Cross looks exactly so. It can impress with its aggressive styling.
Maruti discontinued the SX4 sedan and launched the S-Cross Crossover in the Indian market. But there is no denying the fact that the S-Cross was not able to leave an impression in the minds of the India Customers. The S-Cross was then completely erased from the mind when Maruti introduced the Vitara Brezza compact SUV which was priced almost in the same range of the Crossover.
Suzuki already introduced the facelift Crossover in some other International markets already and there is a fair chance of Maruti introducing the updated Crosssover soon in India. Although there are no official words from the manufacturer yet but we have decided to provide you some new details of facelift the Crossover.
Update 20.07.2016:- Suzuki Italia recently released a new video of the Suzuki S-Cross and we have added the video with this review do check the new S Cross in action
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The Ciaz will be the fourth product that will be sold via the Nexa Showroom
According to the latest reports on Team-BHP Maruti will sell the new Ciaz sedan through their premium Nexa Showrooms. Although Maruti haven’t made the official announcement yet but the Ciaz sedan was recently spotted at the Nexa showroom wearing Nexa like badges.
Currently, Maruti’s newly launched Ignis Crossover, Baleno hatchback and the S-Cross Crossover are sold through their premium Nexa showrooms. The CIaz will actually be the fourth product which too will be sold via their premium dealership. Maruti will be launching the Baleno RS performance hatchback soon which will sit on top of their existing Baleno hatch and we pretty sure that it will also be sold via the Nexa showrooms as well.
The car which was photographed at the Nexa showroom gets the Ciaz moniker badge towards the left, while the SHVS sticker positioned towards the right side of the rear. What is missing through is the variant name at the rear of the sedan. All the above hints are leading to the confirmation of the Ciaz sedan will most probably be sold via their Nexa showrooms to give a rich and premium buying experience to the customers.
Maruti also has plans to launch the facelift Ciaz sedan towards the last quarter of 2017.