2017 Renault Kwid Climber
Renault KWID has been an instant hit after its launch in the Indian market and there is no doubt in the fact that after the Duster, the KWID is definitely their most successful product which has helped them to plant a firmer foot in the Indian automotive market.
Renault showcased two of their wild concepts based on the KWID hatchback at the 2016 Auto Expo last year. The two concepts which were showcased included the KWID Climber and the Racer concept. While the Racer concept focused on the racing genes of the KWID, the Climber variant, on the other hand, was Renault’s effort to make the KWID appear more purposeful and brawny.
According to the reports, Renault has sold more than 1,30,000 unit of the KWID hatchback till date and perhaps to share the success of the hatchback with the customers, the French Auto manufacturer now has decided to introduce perhaps a special edition of their popular hatchback in the form of KWID Climber.
Update09.03.2017:- Renault launched the KWID Climber in India today. The prices and other details has been updated in this review
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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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Renault To Launch KWID Climber Variant Soon?
According to the recent reports, Renault perhaps will be launching the KWID Climber variant in India soon. They already have started dealers training for this upcoming KWID variant which indicates to one thing that is the launch of this new KWID variant isn’t far away.
Renault showcased the KWID Climber concept at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo; the KWID concept was just a visually enhanced variant of the existing KWID hatchback which also happens to be the most favourite car of their lineup. The KWID Climber concept which was showcased at the Auto show equipped with redesigned front bumpers which also featured skid plates towards the front; the grille too looked slightly beefier as well. There were also black claddings surrounding the headlamps as well as the taillamps. Towards the side profile, the ORM’s too looked completely new while the wheel design was also entirely different and sportier. The KWID Climber variant also featured slightly thicker body claddings around the wheel arches as well.
Just like the exterior expect the interior also to get new treatment which might come in the form of dual tone colours, new upholstery and door mats.
As far as the drivetrain is concerned to expect the Climber variant to get the more powerful 1.0 Litre three-cylinder engine which will come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard now we are still not sure whether Renault will equip this single variant with the AMT gearbox or not.
Hyundai To Launch 8 New Products Including Carlino Sub-4 Meter SUV Within Next 3 Years
According to the recent reports, Hyundai soon will be expanding their product portfolio in the Indian market. They have plans to introduce not one not two but a total of eight new products by the year 2020. Expect all the upcoming products to be technologically advanced, while three of these vehicles will be new segment products the rest will be full model changes apart from regular facelifts and updates.
However, the Hyundai company officials also made sure that besides just introducing new models they will also focus on bringing new technologies as well. These technologically advanced products will include "mild" and "full" hybrid, manual and automatic transmission and a turbo petrol engine.
The officials also said that they would showcase the Strong Ioniq Hybrid in India at the 2018 Auto Expo while they will also be launching the three new segment oriented products followed by the suv-4 meter SUV towards the first half of 2019.
Now, this is what brings us to our main discussion here. The new sub-4 meter SUV that Hyundai is talking about is most probably the production variant of the Carlino concept which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The SUV caught all our attention when it showcased at the last year’s show.
So we are here to provide you with some interesting facts about this upcoming compact SUV which will be launched here in 2019.
2017 Tata Tigor
Tata Motors have revamped their image for the Indian Automobile market; they already created a lot of hype with their hatchback offering Tiago. If you all remember alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata had also showcased a Tiago based compact sedan back at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo as well. There was no doubt that both the Tiago hatchback and the compact sedan based on the hatchback grabbed people’s attention at the Auto show. The sub-4 meter car was codenamed Kite5 while later it was officially renamed as ‘Tigor’.
There is no denying the fact that Tata Motors started the trend of compact sedans in the Indian market with their product the Indigo ecs but later the segment was overtaken by its rivals. Tata Motors was determined to get their hold back once again here, and as a result of all that, they have launched some modern generation products with refined styling and improved overall interior and exterior. Their new generation products certainly worked for the Indian market, and after almost a year of launch, the Tiago hatch still sells like hot cakes.
Tata Motors used the same strategy and introduced the Tigor compact sedan as well based on the same hatchback platform. But Tata called it Styleback because it did not have the typical styling of a small car. As a matter of fact, the Tigor is the unique looking car of its segment. Look at this car which falls under budget compact sedans category, but it still has the appeal of a premium offering which will impress many.
Yes, the Tigor shares the same drivetrain with the Tiago hatchback gets the same face with few tweaks, but the similarities end there.
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2017 Tata Hexa
Tata Motors is currently on a spree to revise its entire portfolio, in order to stop the exponential decline in sales that the Indian automaker is currently experiencing. With the Tiago hatchback already accumulating huge praises from customers and critics, Tata has turned its attention to other upcoming products in its lineup. The Indian origin automaker has been making gradual improvement in their design language, and they are bringing bold and fresh products to the Indian market without hesitation. And the next big thing coming our way is a premium SUV Crossover, christened as the Tata Hexa. What do we know about this Tata crossover? Well, read-on to find out.
Earlier, when Tata Motors showcased the Tata Hexa concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we all knew it would be a replacement of their Tata Aria MPV which didn’t do well in terms of sales in the Indian market. But, at the recently concluded 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased the production version of Tata Hexa, and it took everyone by surprise. The Hexa really impressed us. Rather than being a restyled Aria it came with an individual identity, which made it look a lot different to its stable siblings. The car looks like an MPV in terms of size, but it is actually a stylish and tough looking crossover equipped with the latest off-roading technologies.
The all new Tata Hexa looks sporty and muscular, yet stylish. Not only at the exterior, but the interior too get plenty of attractive features which are luxurious and provide a new-age character to this upcoming Tata Crossover.
Update 18.01.2017:- Tata Motors launched the Hexa Crossover in India today. The new Crossover is the flagship offering from Tata Motors and the prices and details have been updated in the overview article of the Crossover
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Production Variant Of The Hyundai Carlino Sub-4 Meter SUV Launching In India In 2019
Do you all remember the sub-4meter SUV concept showcased by the South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai at the 2016 Auto expo? Well! We have got news for you.
Hyundai officials now actually have decided to officially launch the production variant by 2019. The reports also suggest that Hyundai has already started working on their new sub 4 meter SUV. Codenamed QXi, this compact SUV when launched will be positioned below the Creta and will take on the Ford Ecosport, Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Tata Nexon SUV.
The Carlino concept surely did pick lot of interest at the Auto show and keeping the current Indian automotive scenario in mind there is no denying in the fact that the compact SUV segment surely has become the most competitive segment of the Country with so many worthy competitors from different manufacturer. The Carlino will be a sub 4 meter offering which means that it will enjoy the excise duty benefits from the Government.
We have tried to provide you all the details of this sub 4 meter compact SUV which is available at this moment
2016 Hyundai Tucson
It is not too long not to remember all the hypes around the Hyundai Creta. The stylish compact SUV launched in India last year made quite an impression in the Indian automobile industry. Just before the launch Hyundai received more than 20000 bookings for Creta. Compact SUVs are the new found love of this country’s automobile buyers. More and more automakers are bringing their compact SUVs in Indian market, and the competition is rising to present us none but some stunning looking upmarket higher standard cars.
Next to Creta two gorgeous SUVs set to enter the Indian market and impress us are Hyundai Santa Fe facelift and the Hyundai Tucson. The Tucson is an absolutely stunning vehicle with lots of similar moulds like the Creta, steeply upmarket than the Creta albeit. Tucson was first introduced to the world in 2004. In the meantime Hyundai has revamped the car several times, and the India bound Tucson will be the third generation model. This car is all set to be launched in India in a few months and placed in between the Santa Fe Facelift and Creta. Before the launch of this car, the South Korean automaker will showcase the car at the upcoming 2016 Indian Auto Expo at New Delhi in coming February. In 2005 Hyundai briefly sold this car in India at a price of INR. 14-15 lakhs.
As I have seen the car, it really impressed me. It adorns stylish international standard design, classy feature packed interior and of course a powerful powertrain to give you a ride to the places you want to go. How would you like to rate it? Take a look at the car and read our detail review before you make up your mind.
Update 14/11/2016: Hyundai has introduced the all Tucson in Indian market. The prices and other details has been updated in this article
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2016 Volkswagen Ameo
It has been the talk of the town for quite some time that, Volkswagen is all set to launch their first compact sedan in Indian market. As the compact sedan is one of the most happening segments of Indian automobile market, the most popular German brand in India cannot afford to keep itself away from the race. Therefore Volkswagen is bringing their compact sedan in the fray, which will be christened as the Volkswagen Ameo, as the German automaker has confirmed.
The name “Ameo” is derived from the Latin word “Amo”, which means “I love”. Volkswagen claims, it will be a game changer in the Indian market and this car will come with a package of best in class safety features great build quality and of course a great driving experience. The sub four metre sedan is manufactured on the VW Polo platform. The German automaker has been testing the car at the Chakan plant since long time. Now they have also confirmed that the Volkswagen Ameo will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, the production will be started around middle of the 2016 although. Interestingly, despite having a long Indian model line up, Volkswagen is planning big with the compact sedan in the country. They have earlier announced about investing a total of INR. 1500 crores in the market, while a total of INR. 720 crores were allotted for the compact sedan.
Now before the car gets unveiled at the Auto Expo we took the opportunity to bring you a brief review of the car. Take a look.
Update 30.09.2016:- Volkswagen has introduced the Diesel variant of the Ameo in India today. The article has been updated with all the information
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2016 Renault KWID 1.0 Litre
There were rumours that Renault is all set to add another new variant to their popular entry level hatchback KWID. Now this has been done to get a fair share of this popular entry level hatchback segment which does not have a lot of competition. Renault launched the KWID recently and it quickly became popular in this segment because of its one of a kind features and offcourse out of the box Crossover type styling never seen before in a hatchback. The KWID competes directly with the Alto800, Hyundai Eon and the recently launched Datsun RediGo and we have to agree that it is actually giving some tough time to its rivals.
Now all the above mentioned cars uses a 800 cc displacement motors including the KWID but in order to get the attention of other auto makers Renault needed a bigger engines and that is why they have decided to introduce one more powerful variant to their existing KWID hatchback. Maruti who has completely changed the game with their product Alto has a 1.0 Litre engine placed under the hood of the K10, while the Korean auto maker Hyundai too has a powerful 1.0 Litre variant of the Eon as well.
So in order to cope with its competition Renault decided to introduce a new variants of the KWID at the 2016 Auto show powered by a completely new 1.0 Litre engine. The best thing about the new engine is that it not only gets a manual transmission but an optional AMT transmission as well with the 1.0 Litre variant. We successfully managed to click some images of the car from the Auto show floor and also were able to collect some new information as well which we updated in this article.
Update 22.08.2016:- Renault launches the KWID 1.0 Litre in India today. The prices and the details are provided below
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Chevrolet Essentia Sub-Compact Sedan Launching In 2017 Few Things You Need To Know
Chevrolet quite honestly has not been able to do wonders in the Indian market recently although their stall at the 2016 Auto Expo attracted lots of attention because of some of their promising future product lineup. The two products which definitely attracted all the attention was the Beat Essentia which is actually the sub-compact sedan based on the new generation Beat hatchback and the other was the Beat Active concept which was a Crossover based on the new generation Beat hatchback.
Now although there is still some time for the launch of new generation Beat hatchback in India but according to the recent report Chevrolet is actually planning to introduce the Beat Essentia sub-compact sedan in the Indian market next year.
Beat Essentia will definitely help Chevrolet with some volumes because this car will compete in one of the most competitive and growing market segments of India. We already have some interesting cars in this segment from Maruti, Hyundai and Ford while Tata will too enter this segment soon with their new compact sedan.
GM will be building parts of the Essentia locally which will help them to keep the prices down. According to the reports GM will be sourcing atleast 80 percent of the parts which will be used to manufacture the car.
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2016 Toyota Innova Crysta
The Toyota Innova surely set a new standard in the MPV market of India, this vehicle also replaced the Toyota Qualis which itself was also a very successful product from the Japanese automaker and known for its capability of transporting large family from one place to another comfortably. The Toyota Innova replaced the Toyota Qualis and instantly became a hit and popular for its spacious and quality interior.
Things were going well for this people mover until recently the MPV market took a whole new turn after Maruti Suzuki entered the market with their new offering called Ertiga in 2012, while Honda later introduced the Mobilio. Although there are few other offerings from Chevrolet and Nissan but honestly they are not as popular compared to the above mentioned names. The best things about the new generation MUV’s are that they are the cheaper alternative to the ageing and comparatively expensive Innova which existed in the market for a long time.
Now that its backdated styling has taken its toll in its sales figures Toyota decided that this was the best time to introduce the next generation people mover to the scene.
The new generation Innova’s images and details surfaced online recently when Toyota unveiled the car in Indonesia and later launched it there. Now that almost all the information and details are available we have decided to give you the first impression of this people mover.
To begin with let us first inform you that the new generation Innova has been built on a completely new ladder frame platform which also supports the new generation Fortuner and Hilux Revo. As far its drivetrains are concerned the new Innova ditches its KD engines and has gone for downsized GD engines which are actually more powerful as well as fuel efficient at the same time.
At the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016, Toyota showcased the new Innova christened as Innova Crysta. The car looked identical to the one we have seen in the Indonesian website. The Crysta badging is probably an effort to give the new Innova a more distinguished identity. The new generation Innova looks sharp and upmarket, way more stylish than the previous model and it gets plenty of new updates as well
Update 08.08.2016:- Toyota introduced the Petrol variant of the Innova Crysta in India. The Innova Crysta petrol is available with three trims including the GX, VX and the top end Z trim. The top end Z trim is available only with automatic transmission.
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2016 Ford Mustang
Ford who happens to be the creator of the Model T, the first ever car built in the year 1908 with a removable cylinder head or the Model A, the very first car which was introduced with a safety glass windshield is also the creator of this pure American muscle car that roams with pride and honor on the streets of US even today. We are sure that many might have even guessed it by now, Pat your back if you have guessed the ’Mustang’ because today we are bringing you an exclusive review of this car which started its journey way back in the year 1964 and just few months before the car turns 50, Ford has stunned the world by taking cover off the 6th generation Mustang.
Yes!! Ford motors have officially unveiled one of their most iconic cars today, which is the sixth generation Mustang. Many might wonder what is so special about this car and why there is so much hype surrounding it?
it is because this 6th generation Mustang is the latest global model which was developed under ‘one Ford plan’ and will be launched in the month of April 2014, which is exactly 50 years after the official launch of the very first Mustang in the US. So to reach out globally and share the rich experience and history with the World, Ford has planned to launch the Mustang with the right hand drive for the very first time in the markets of United Kingdom, Japan and Australia and there is also a huge possibility of it making its way into our Indian market.
Update 12.07.2016: Ford India has launched the new generation Mustang in India at INR. 65 lakhs (ex showroom, New Delhi). We have updated the review with new information.
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Apart from the Fiat competizione, the Abarth Punto and the Urban Cross there was one more car which caught lots of attention at Fiat pavilion of the 2016 Auto expo and this was the new Linea 125s. Now the Linea 125s is based on the same Linea sedan which was actually launched way back in the year 2009 in India and honestly this car has started aging now. Perhaps Fiat wants to give this car a new lease of life until they launch a replacement for the Linea sedan.
Coming to the 125s, this variant of the Linea actually does not get a lot of cosmetic upgrades but what it gets instead is this interesting 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol unit under the hood of the sedan. Now you must be wondering what is so special about this new 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol motor, so for your information this is actually the same engine which powers the newly launched more aggressive and sportier Punto Abarth and the 595 Competizione.
We were able to click some images of the car at the 2016 Auto Expo and was also able to upload this article with some new information about this upcoming sedan which will be launched in India this year.
Update 08.07.2016: Fiat has launched the Linea 125S in India and we have updated the review with new information.
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2016 Volkswagen Cross Polo
Volkswagen Polo is certainly one of the most popular hatchbacks available in Indian market. The German automaker made hatchback sports a premium appearance with appealing features. The car being a bestselling model fetched attention from different segments. Crossovers are the latest trend in automotive sector. Several automakers have been selling their popular cars with side body cladding, which make the cars look muscular and off-road capable. Volkswagen also tried their hand in making the Polo capable for off-roading duty by manufacturing Cross Polo, which is a standard Polo with some typical off-roading capability.
Volkswagen introduced the Polo compact hatchback way back in 1975. The car has been a very popular model around the globe for the German automaker. In June 2010 Volkswagen introduced the Cross Polo, which was the fourth member Polo range. The 2016 Volkswagen Cross Polo was showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year in February. Here let’s take a close look at the VW Cross Polo.
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Three door Volkswagen Polo GTI spotted testing in Pune
German automaker Volkswagen is all set to introduce the most powerful hot hatchback of the country in a few months in form of Polo GTI, which will be the first three door hot hatchback of India. Prior to launch the car has been spotted testing near Pune.
The Polo GTI will mark the entry of Volkswagen into the country’s performance oriented car segment. Unveiled at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year the Volkswagen Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8 litre TSI four cylinder petrol engine which will churn out 189 hp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duty will be done by a 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox, and power will be sent to the front wheels. The car is able to accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 236 kmph.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI three door model comes with identical looking sharp headlamp clusters with integrated LED daytime running lights, which are different looking. The headlamps are equipped with automatic range adjustment technology, headlight washers, and static cornering function for the fog lamps. The front air intake sports honeycomb grille. The Polo GTI sports GTI specific front bumper. At the rear the car comes with twin exhausts, tinted taillights. Inside the cabin, the Volkswagen Polo GTI gets leather wrapped three spoke steering wheel with the GTI badge, aluminium pedals, and sporty seats with Jacara upholstery. The dashboard also sports GTI style decorative inserts. The upholsteries sport red contrast stitching, which enhances the appeal of the car.
2016 Honda BR-V
When Honda India unveiled their budget crossover, the BR-V, at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, it marked the Japanese automaker’s entry into a segment that has been facing competition from a various spectrum of brands. But with Honda’s reliability and refinement, and the famous Crossover architecture, can the BR-V open the doors of Honda’s success in this segment? Well, we try to answer just that!
Compact SUVs and crossovers are a very popular trend in the Indian market and thus, this segment has become one of the most lucrative market spaces. In recent past we have seen almost every other auto maker launching their models in the segment, with each one of them getting positive response from the market. The Indian crossover market was fueled with the launch of the Renault Duster in India, which provided a tasteful combination of car like ride and SUV like presence. Then, a few years later, Hyundai launched the Creta, which was instantly deemed a big hit. The Japanese auto makers like Mitsubishi and Toyota are all set to bring their own models in the near future. But there is one more Japanese auto giant, which was highly awaited to join the Crossover party.
Honda has been in the Indian market for quite a long time, but they didn’t actually try their hands in the compact SUV or Crossover segment. The Honda CR-V, though a crossover, has never been a popular model among Indian customers, especially due to the fact that Honda never gave it a diesel mill, and it was priced exorbitantly.
As the scenario has changed in the last couple of years, Honda is trying to grab a larger share of the Indian automobile market. At the recent 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, we saw the Japanese auto maker unveil their highly anticipated budget crossover, the Honda BR-V, which has been launched already in several countries in South East Asia. Honda has managed to rope in exceptional sales from the BR-V in neighboring ASEAN countries, and the Japanese giant is expecting to carry forward this success in India as well.
But before the official Honda BRV launch date in India, we put it to a detailed test to find out whether the new Honda Crossover is capable of stirring up the existing market player.
Update 5.05.2016: Honda BR-V launched in India. We have updated the review with new information and images.