Fastest Road legal production car from Mercedes is here!
Mercedes-Benz has launched their much-awaited flagship sports Coupe and drop top Roadster in India. The GT-R happens to be the road legal version of their award-winning GT3 race car also made quite a name for it by winning the Nürburgring 24-hour-race. The GT-R recently also broke all hell loose when it set a new record of fastest ever lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the car was able to lap around the green hell in just 7:10.9 minutes thus earning the tag of being the fastest road going sports car ever tested. The car even won hearts here in India even before its launch by setting a new lap record around the Buddh International Circuit in just 2min 9.8sec.
The flagship Mercedes-AMG GT-R priced at INR. 2.23 crore ex-showroom while the Roadster variant has a sticker price of INR 1.19 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Compared to the AMG GT the AMG GT-R gets an active rear axle steering, intelligent lightweight construction and an active aerodynamic section in the underbody.
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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Bookings Already open for the soon to be launched sedan
The Verna has been one of the principal players of the game for Hyundai quite a long time. Now Hyundai is all set to introduce the fifth generation Verna sedan in India, and it also was unveiled recently by Hyundai at an event. Bookings for the car have also commenced, and the bookings will close on 21st August. The Verna is a worthy competitor to the other B-segment sedans of the Country like the Maruti Ciaz and the Honda City since its introduction back in 2006.
We have managed to gather some relevant information which will help you to know this soon to be launched sedan soon.
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
Future plans and expected products details!
Many Indians might still not be familiar with the Kia brand name yet, but for all your information Kia Motors Corporation is also a South Korean Auto manufacturer just like Hyundai. The Seoul based Auto maker is planning to enter the Indian market with their array of new products to attract the attention of people.
The reports state that they are investing around $1.1 billion in building its very first factory in India. Kia Motors Indian website has also gone live recently which also reveals their factory location. Kia chose Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh to build their new facility which will have a production capacity of 300,000 units annually. The plant is set up on 23 million square feet (2.16 Km² or 536 acres) site area. Their official Indian website also reveals that they have started taking dealer and job applications as well.
Although Kia has not announced their Indian lineup yet, they are planning a dealer roadshow soon, and thus you can expect Kia to showcase some products which definitely will also be launched in the Indian market. Kia Motors will enter the Indian market and start selling their cars from the year 2019.
Some reports online state that Kia will enter the Indian market with a compact sedan and an SUV while they will later also introduce some new cars as well. There are possibilities that their first small car is none other than the Kia Rio. The fourth generation Rio sedan was showcased recently at the 2017 New York Auto show.
For all information, Hyundai Motors even owns a minor stake in Kia and thus when they finally launch their products expect them to be highly localised and might even share some of its parts with Hyundai products as well.
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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The Vulcan just received an upgraded performance package
Aston Martin is trying every formula to make their AMR brand famous. They already have introduced few cars with the AMR touches including the Vantage, and now this British Auto manufacturer has just launched a wilder Vulcan variant which is their track focused car. Now imagine the Vulcan was Aston Martin’s wildest car ever and now this particular car has received performance upgrade package which has been developed by their performance brand AMR. The car will make its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of speed.
The Vulcan is limited to just 24 units and is already delivered to their respective customers back in 2016. The owners who owned this beautiful machine has received step by step drivers training from the Auto manufacturers expert team of instructors including Aston Martin Racing works driver and three-time Le Mans winner, Darren Turner. The Vulcan is not a street legal car and thus the owners were given a chance to drive their respective cars at some of the world’s best Formula One circuits. These tracks included the Circuit of the Americas in the USA, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi and, Aston Martin’s very own home circuit, Silverstone.
For all your information the Vulcan is powered by a naturally aspirated 7.0-litre V12 engine which has been tuned to generate 804 Hp of peak power which is paired to a Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox.
Below we have provided all the details of what the new Vulcan AMR Pro has received
The seventh generation 5 series is bigger, better lighter and is now on sale
BMW has launched the new 2017 5-series in India today; the covers were taken off from the new generation model last year October. The new 5 Series replaced its predecessor codenamed F10, and it was an immensely popular model and was on sale until now.
BMW introduced the new 5 Series with three trim levels which include Sport Line, Luxury Line and M-Sport along with the choices of three engine options at the same time. The prices for the new 5 series start at INR 49.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the top end model is priced at INR 61.3 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Apart from the powerful engine the new 5 Series is also more technologically advanced machine offering plenty of advanced techs both inside and outside.
Below we have provided complete details of the all new 5 series and what does this new sedan brings to the table that its predecessor didn’t and also many more interesting stuff.
The car will go into production from 2019 onward
Aston Martin announced that they would be introducing their very first all-electric production car and it will go on sale from the year 2019 onward. The all-electric car will be based on their Rapid model and will be called RapidE. However, Aston Martin also confirmed that the number would be limited to just 155 units. The car is made to take forward the manufacturers low and zero-emission vehicle strategy which is headed by Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.
The upcoming car will be based on the original Rapid E concept. The all-electric vehicle will be built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering which is located in Grove, Oxfordshire.
The car will share its underpinnings with the Rapide AMR Concept which will be the most powerful Rapide ever produced. As far as the car’s styling is concerned, it will take its inspiration from the same car while for its drivetrain is it will be replacing the six-litre V12 unit. The all-electric Aston promises to offer a unique driving experience which has never been experienced before.
Although Aston Martin hasn’t released the official spec figures of the upcoming Electric car, it is expected to generate above 549 Bhp of peak power. All that power will be sent to the rear wheels. As far as the driving range is concerned, it is expected to cover 300 km on a single charge.
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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We answer all your queries and provide you with the right answer
The Redi-Go is the joint venture effort of Renault and Nissan which was not quite successful mainly because of the hatchbacks compact dimension which resulted in an insufficient interior room. The Redi-Go, when launched, was priced at INR. 2.39 Lakhs ex-showroom making it even more affordable than the Alto 800.
Now according to the recent reports, Datsun is all set to launch a slightly more powerful variant of the Redi-Go hatchback. Now just like the smaller 799 cc unit this 1.0 Litre, three-cylinder unit will also be borrowed from Renault. This is the same unit which also powers the KWID hatchback as well. Now the good news is that just like the KWID the Redi-Go will also get the AMT transmission as well which will be sold as an option beside the manual transmission.
Now installing a slightly more powerful engine and an AMT will be enough to make the Datsun Redi-Go hatchback a reliable entry level car? Well, we try to find out answers to all your questions.
we have given you enough reasons on why the Nexon will be a hit amongst Indian car buyers
Tata Motors never left a mark in the SUV market in the recent times their only product Safari was able to leave some mark, but that was nothing compared to its rivals. To increase their shares and get a better hold of the market Tata Motors introduced the Hexa Hexa Crossover which replaced its Predecessor Arya which never was a successful product.
But now the future is looking bright for Tata Motors because recently they have introduced two of their new generation products in the form of the Hexa Crossover and the Tiago hatchback. Both of these new products were well appreciated amongst the Indian buyers mostly because they bring the modern feel with their upgraded features and better quality materials and not to forget frugal yet powerful engines.
Tata Motors will be launching another new compact SUV soon which was showcased as a concept for the first time at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Nexon was spotted being tested on Indian roads many times and the launch will most probably happen later 2017 or early 2018.
We have found out why and how this upcoming SUV can be a game changer for Tata Motors and the secret behind its success formula.
Also gives us a preview of its new autonomous technology
Audi is slowly and steadily revealing few of the details of their soon to be launched new generation A8 sedan. Earlier they gave us a sneak peek of the exterior of the car (you can read about that here) and now they have shown us a small preview of the interior of the upcoming sedan.
The video not only shows us the interior but also reveals a new autonomous driving technology called Audi AI traffic jam pilot. This new technology can help the car to accelerate, brake and also steer and even start automatically upto speeds of 60 km/h mark. However, the good things are that the sedan gives us a preview of the cabin and also its new virtual cockpit and new touchscreen infotainment system.
The new generation Audi A8 which is codenamed D5 internally takes its styling inspiration from the Audi Prologue concept. As far as its drivetrains are concerned the new sedan will source all its power from the turbocharged V6 and V8 for the base and mid variants while the top end variants will get a bigger W12 unit which according to the recent reports will also get electric turbocharging as well.
Expect the new Audi A8 to be launched in the markets of Europe towards the end of this year while expecting it to hit the Indian market sometimes towards the year 2018.
Compass will be available in 5 trim levels and with both diesel and petrol drivetrains
FCA India has officially confirmed the commencement of bookings of the new Jeep Compass SUV yesterday. People now can book this affordable entry level SUV by using either its official website, dealer showrooms and also malls spread across 26 Cities.
Like we already did mention above that a leaked brochure did reveal that the Compass SUV will be available in 5 colour options, three variants and also with both 2WD as well as 4WD drive options. There are no official words on when exactly will it launch in India but seeing all the progress you can expect Jeep to launch the Compass SUV towards the end of this month.
The leaked brochure of the Compass SUV said that the Compass would be available in three main trim levels which include Sport, Longitude and Limited, while the Longitude and Limited trim will also get an additional optional sub-trim as well in the form of Longitude (O) and Limited (O).
The base Sport trim gets 16-inch steel wheels, projector headlamps, electrically adjustable and power folding ORVM on the outside. While inside the cabin it gets 5-inch U Connect infotainment system and an all black interior. For the safety of the passengers inside the base variant of the Compass gets dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, four-wheel disc brakes, ESC and TC.
The Compass Longitude trim gets slightly bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lamps, projector headlamps and black roof rails. On the inside, the cabin gets keyless entry, push-button start, rear parking sensors and beige/black interior, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control.
The top end Compass Limited trim gets a new LED taillamps, Ski-Grey interior, seat upholstery and steering wheel finished in leather. It also gets Selec-Terrain Traction Management System with 4WD system. For the safety of the passengers, it further gets new curtain airbags along with the front airbags and rear camera. The Longitude(o) trim gets HID headlamps in addition to dual tone exterior paint.
5 interesting points about the new generation hatchback which you need to know
The Volkswagen Polo is one hatchback which has won people’s hearts since 1975; this Supermini is practical as well as stylish at the same time which perhaps attracted the attention of many. Now after almost 2009, Volkswagen introduced the sixth generation Polo which not only is evolutionary but also uses an entirely new platform developed by VW group.
There is no doubt that the new generation Polo surely looks much more matured, technologically advanced as well as spacious and balances practicality and sportiness correctly. There is almost everything in the hatchback which the new and young buyers looks forward in their first car.
Below provided are five quick but important points that you should be aware of the new generation Polo hatchback
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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The sixth generation Polo looks sportier and will be well equipped
There is no doubt that the Polo is a popular name throughout the world when it comes to compact or supermini cars since the year 1975 until now VW was able to sell 14 million worldwide which itself speaks about its popularity.
Today, Volkswagen unveiled the new generation Polo in Berlin. The German Auto giant recently shared two teaser images of the new hatchback online which gives us a glimpse of its exterior styling and now that the car is out infront of the public we must tell you that the new generation Car takes the game to a whole new level. Such tremendous amount of technology and details were not expected from VW.
The reports online also stated that the new Polo is bigger than its predecessor and features a new evolutionary design but like you all knew Volkswagen will never interfere with the Polo’s overall DNA and thus kept the hatchbacks distinct identity intact. The hatchback is all set to enter production this month only; this is the sixth generation Polo which underpins Volkswagens new MQB AO platform. You can also expect the hatchback also to get new petrol and diesel engines under its hood. The lightweight platform will automatically translate into much more responsive handling.
Update 16.06.2017:- Volkswagen has taken the covers off the new generation Polo hatchback at VW Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany today. ER have updated the overview accordingly.
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