Volkswagen To Launch The Second-Generation Tiguan SUV In 2017!
According to the recent reports, Volkswagen is all set to launch the Tiguan SUV in India this year while they also have plans to launch the all-new Passat as well around the month of July 2017. Now Volkswagen already used to sell the Passat but discontinued the model back in 2013 due to low sales figures whereas the Tiguan will be a completely new product which will actually help the German auto manufacturer to set foot in the executive vehicle segment of the Country.
The second generation SUV first made its official appearance at the 2015 Geneva Motor show while the first generation SUV did not reach the Indian shores. Volkswagen did showcase the second-generation Tiguan at the 2016 Auto Expo, though. The new generation SUV will also be their first SUV which will underpin their MQB platform. The car will be most likely being assembled at their manufacturing facility in Aurangabad after being imported by the CKD route.
Powering the new Tiguan SUV will be a 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder diesel unit which is expected to produce around 177 Hp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine will most likely be paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The good thing about the upcoming SUV is that it will also get a four wheel drive option as well.
Below provided are few quick points that you should know about this soon to be launched SUV
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.
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Soon Land Rover is going to add another member to their Range Rover family. The new SUV which will be called Range Rover Velar and it will be positioned in between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport. The new SUV will be unveiled Infront of the World on 1st March 2017.
The Velar will be their latest Sports Coupe which will sit in their new family. The term Valar means Veil or covered, and it was used for the first time for the Range Rover prototypes.
According to Land Rover Elegant, simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of this Range Rover SUV. The vehicle has been refined for every occasion and has been engineered to go above and beyond.
Although, no details of the Velar is available at this moment, so we decided to keep it short and straightforward. But we will update you with all the details once the vehicle showcased on 1st Of March.
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Renault Introduces New RXL Variant Of KWID 1.0 L Gets Manual & AMT Transmission
There is no doubt that the KWID has been one of the most successful products for Renault after the Duster. Recently they have introduced the Live for more edition of the KWID, and now they have announced a more affordable RXL trim of the hatchback with the 1.0 Litre variant. Previously the 1.0 Litre variant was available only with the top end RXT variants only. The best part is that the new variant is also available with both manuals as well as AMT transmission.
What is even more interesting is also the fact that the introductory prices for the new RXL are just INR. 30, 000 more than the 1.0 Litre manual transmission. Talking about prices while the 1.0 Litre RXL variant is priced at INR 3.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) the AMT transmission equipped variant priced at INR. 3.84 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Now, coming to the features that you can notice in the newly introduced RXL variants of the KWID, the hatchback gets passenger side ORVM’s, B-Pillar Painted with Black vinyl, a rear roof spoiler on its exterior. Inside the cabin, KWID RXL variants feature single din music system with USB, AUX and two speakers. However, the touchscreen system with navigation is offered only with the top end RXT trim only.
Tata’s Upcoming Compact Sedan Tigor Spotted Without Camouflage Wearing The Badge
Tata Motors Tigor sedan has surely become on of the most anticipated car of the Indian market now. It was showcased for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo and we loved every bit of it. Now recently we also came to know that the upcoming compact sedan will be called Tigor.
Recently the sedan was caught without a camouflage wearing the Tigor nameplate which actually builds up our anticipation even more. According to some reports Tata Motors will most probably launch the new compact sedan during the month of April 2017 in India.
Expect the Tigor’s front profile to be identical to what you have seen on the Tiago hatchback however expect the rear profile to be completely different. The sloping roofline perfectly meets the boot lid and also gets a rear roof spoiler as well while the tail section gets a wraparound taillamps and LED mount stop lamps. The top end petrol and diesel trims is also expected to feature a diamond cut alloy wheels available on the top end Tiago hatchback.
Under the hood expect the Tata Tigor hatchback to get the same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder diesel and the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit taken from its hatchback sibling. Both the engines are paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox while Tata will also introduced an AMT transmission as well.
If we talk about pricing then expect the Tigor compact sedan to be priced quite competitively, some reports suggests that the starting price of the Tigor sedan could be as low as 4 Lakh rupees ex, showroom.
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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.
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The concept of Hybrid vehicles might still be new for most of us Indians, and our Government is not doing enough to promote Green vehicles in our Country. But, some Auto manufacturers like Toyota, Mahindra and BMW has introduced Hybrid vehicles for our Indian market with very few takers, though.
Toyota Motor Corporation has sold more than 10.5 million Hybrid vehicles globally and has made constant efforts to Hybridise India. Recently they have introduced two new hybrid vehicles for the Indian market which includes the new Camry Hybrid and the Hybrid Pioneer: All-new Toyota Prius. According to Toyota these environment-friendly vehicles definitely can have a positive impact on the environment if they are used across the globe. They also did mention that they are euphoric to announce that they already have sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles globally.
The Camry sedan is definitely India’s first Hybrid car which is manufactured here in India. The car promises a revolutionary hybrid technology, a modern and sporty exterior, the highest level of comfort inside and unmatched safety standard. All these features make the Camry hybrid a complete package.
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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.
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.
Porsche 718 Cayman & Boxster Launched In India
Porsche today launched the new 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster in the Indian market. The Boxster is priced at INR. 85.53 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) the Cayman is priced comparatively lower at INR. 81.63 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Porsche decided to rename the Boxster and Cayman and add the ‘718’ prefix when they decided to give a mid-cycle facelift last year.
Both these cars get some subtle updates to its exterior and interior while the biggest change can be found under the hood. Both the Boxster and the Cayman now is powered by a smaller 2.0 Liter four cylinder, turbo petrol engine which is capable of producing about 300 PS of peak power and 380Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a seven-speed automatic PDK gearbox. If we talk about performance then the official figures suggests that the cars can sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 4.7sec when equipped with Porsche’s PDK automatic gearbox and Sport Chrono package and can touch a top speed of 275kph. For the International market, the Cayman is also offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as well.
Renault To Launch Kaptur Crossover Soon
While Renault’s small cars were not able to impress the Indian customers their compact SUV has done the job perfectly. Their popular offering the compact SUV space came in the form of the Duster launched back in 2012. This is definitely counted as one of their most successful product in the Indian market. Now it seems like Renault is all set to add another Crossover to their lineup. Called the Kaptur, now this particular name will sound familiar to you all because Renault already sells the car in the markets of Europe but the Crossover is called Captur there.
Now the Crossover which will be sold in the Indian market will although look identical to the ones sold in the European market but it will be based on a completely different platform here in India, while the European spec Captur underpins Clio’s platform but in India, it will be based on Duster’s platform. Now according to the reports, this has been done deliberately keeping the developing market in mind. Renault definitely has plans to keep the pricing in check and thus also will be looking to share many of its parts as well with some of their existing cars of the Indian market.
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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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
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.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class long-wheelbase
If you love to driven around the town by a chauffeur but don’t want to extend your budget for the high-end S-Class or the Maybach, then worry no more because Mercedes has got just the car for you. The Long-wheelbase E-Class which was originally introduced for the first time at the Auto China 2016 in Beijing will now be launched here in India as well on 28th February 2017.
The long wheelbase E-Class measures an extra 140 mm in length, and thus the passengers seating at the rear of the saloon gets to enjoy the extra benefit of a larger legroom and also a host of comfort features with the rear seats. So getting in and out of the car is actually easier now because of the larger foot entrance clearance at the foot level.
Mercedes has also taken care of those needs of those who want to get their hands dirty behind the wheels during the weekends outing with their family or close friends by providing a powerful V6 motor alongside the 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder petrol unit as well.
Now that we know that Mercedes is all set to launch this LWB sedan in India soon here are all the details available at this moment about the sedan.
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Tata Motors Tigor To Launch In March 2017
Tata Motors have recently revealed the name of their upcoming compact sedan which is based on their Tiago hatchback. The Tigor will be based on the same XO platform which also underpins the Tiago hatchback. The recent reports suggests that the Tata Motors will be launching the all new Tigor compact sedan towards the month of March here in the Indian market.
The Tigor like we said will be based on the Tiago hatchback and will look identical to the hatchback; however the compact sedan will definitely get some changes of its own from the C pillar onward. Tata Motors have worked extensive in making this compact sedan look aggressive and there is no doubt that the compact sedan definitely looks modern. The sedan gets a coupe- like roofline while the rear profile also features completely different and sharp-looking taillights. Tata Motors already showcased the compact sedan at the 2016 Auto expo where we already got a hint about its looks.
Just like the exterior the interior too will get all the components from the Tiago hatchback. The top end sedan will get some important features like climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system as well. Expect the Tigor sedan to get an impressive boot space as well which will be class leading.
Under the hood the Tigor will carry forward the same powertrains from the Tiago hatchback. It will get the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol unit which is capable of producing about 85 PS of peak power and 114Nm of torque. The diesel engine is equipped with the 1.04-litre, 3 cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 70 PS of peak power and 140Nm of torque. Both the engines will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
Lamborghini Urus Gets A Green Signal From Volkswagen
Lamborghini first showcased the Urus SUV at the Beijing Motor Show back in 2012, while we all thought that this concept SUV will never see daylight but Lamborghini actually proved us wrong.
According to the latest reports, the Italian supercar manufacturer will officially build the Urus SUV. Lamborghini is making great efforts to expand their lineup for quite some time now and planning to introduce a new third model to their lineup which will sell along the Huracan and Aventador two door variants. After a lot of effort Lamborghini finally got the positive nod to build the production variant of the Urus SUV from their parent company Volkswagen. The reports also state that the newest SUV will hit the showrooms by the first quarter of 2018.
The Urus Crossover when launched will compete directly with some high-end Crossovers of the World market including the Bentley Bentayga, Jaguar F-Pace, Maseratti Levante to name a few.
However don’t get too surprised on hearing Lamborghini, who are mainly popular for building sportscars trying their hands on a SUV/Crossover. Much before the popular Hummer surfaced on the scene Lamborghini did produced the LM002 which was a sturdy looking SUV powered by the powerful V12 unit.
The upcoming Crossover will be powered by the company’s first Hybrid powertrain. The new hybrid powertrain was already previewed on the Asterion concept, which was showcased in Paris. The SUV will most probably share the same platform which currently underpins the new Audi Q7.
Expect the Urus SUV to be showcased for the first time at the upcoming Shanghai Motor show and later to some selected VIP customers at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata plant.