Looking back: These are all the sports car introduced to India in 2016
We already did mention in some of our earlier articles that there is no doubt in the fact that the year 2016 has been one eventful year for the Indian auto industry. We have seen plenty of launches from different manufacturers but what shocked the world were manufacturers like Aston Martin, Lamborghini introducing their newest supercars and sports cars just few days after their launch in the global markets which quite clearly explains that India has now also become an important market for these sports cars.
Now there are couple of interesting supercars and exotic cars launched last year including some special edition cars as well. We have provided all the details of these sports cars launched back in 2016 below.
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2017 Nissan GT-R
Are these Japanese sportscars better than the ones found in the European other side of the World? Well! This has always been a controversial question and quite honestly many of us avoid or ignore to answer it. Offcourse they are technologically advanced and are full of electronic aids which make them safest and easily drivable car on road but they never actually fit in the garage of pure car enthusiasts. The Nissan Skyline which has broken number of records and won many prestigious awards was produced in between the time period of 1969-2002. Later the Japanese auto manufacturer decided to withdraw the Skyline GT-R and introduce its successor the Nissan GT-R which no longer was a part of the Skyline range but was technologically advanced and was powered by a much more powerful powertrain.
I clearly don’t have any idea how many of Indian supercar enthusiasts are fan of these beast but you can surely find the car now at Nissan’s dealership because the Japanese auto manufacturer recently launched the facelift 2017 model here. Nissan showcased the pre-facelift model at the 2016 Auto expo and it gathered plenty of interest afterall this is their flagship sportscar that is offered to the world. Nissan unveiled the 2017 updated model at this year’s New York Auto show in March.
Although the updated car hasn’t received any major change but the subtle updates made to the Godzila surely makes it more attractive and interesting.
Update 02/12/2016:- Nissan has unveiled the 2017 GT-R in India. The prices and the other details has been updated in this article
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2017 Nissan GT-R Launched In India Important Things That You should Know About The Godzila
Nissan launched their flagship offering GTR in India priced at INR. 1.99 Crores (ex showroom Delhi). This is the facelift model which was first showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show while the car which was showcased in India at this year’s Auto expo was the pre-facelift model.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is powered by the 3.8-litre V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine which is capable of producing about 570hp at 6800rpm and 637Nm of torque. Both the power and torque output has received slight bump compared to the pre-facelift model. The hand built engine is paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission which transfers all that power to the four wheels via the all wheel drive system. Talking about performance the Godzila is capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h mark in less than 3 seconds while it has a top speed of 315 km/h mark.
Now talking about the exterior changes the facelift GT-R actually looks a lot sharper than the old car thanks to the redesigned V motion grille which now has been finished in chrome. The grille not only looks nice but it also has some practical purpose as well. The larger grille opening now helps in providing better cooling the engine. But the bigger opening does not mean that the car lost its old drag coefficient values, Nissan has made slight altercations to the hood. The front bumper also received new chin spoiler as well which actually contributes to the sharp styling as well. What hasn’t received is those signature four ring taillamps. The updated car has features a new titanium exhaust system as well.
List of AMT equipped cars in India
In recent years, we have seen a lot of changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of lifestyle and technology. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new technologies and features which have resulted in a surge in car sales, thus increasing the number of cars on the roads day by day, resulting in a kind of chaos and traffic problems, especially in metropolitan cities.
Due to rising inconvenience caused by poor traffic management, many prospective buyers are shifting towards cars which are offering the convenience of automatic transmissions. This is a result that many budget cars are now offered with automatic transmissions. However, most of these cars are specifically built to a cost factor, which is why most of the car makers are preferring to offer automated manual transmissions over the pricey conventional torque converters and CVTs. Speaking of the automated manual transmissions, these gearboxes facilitate manual gear changes by pressing the clutch pedal at the same time as changing gears with the usage of electronic sensors, pneumatics, processors and actuators. Adding to their popularity is the fact that these gearboxes aren’t too costly over manual counterparts, thus making them quite value for money.
In this story, we are going to throw some light on all the cars in the Indian market which are available with the choice of automated manual transmission, popularly known as AMT. Here we go:-
Among all the markets for automobiles around the world, the Indian car market is turning out to be the most savage for the auto makers, not because of the economic conditions, but for the fact that it has the most cut-throat competition, which has forced all the auto makers to evolve themselves at a faster than expected rate, and those who don’t evolve with this pace, lag behind in the race in terms of volumes as well as reputation too.
If we talk about the Indian car makers in general, all the manufactures have gradually started keeping the aspect of sales numbers above the aspiration value of offering something unique and distinctive. And they are bound to do so, as the Indian market is yet to become mature to accept something radically different. Because of this ever-increasing hunger of achieving more and more numbers, all the automakers are carrying out various steps. While they offer a number of features and variants in their already existing models, some of them are now offering multiple models in the same range, which they claim are targeted towards Indian audience with different perspectives.
However, there is one more way in which the car makers are trying to multiply their sales numbers – that of selling the pre-facelifted models with the ones which have replaced them globally. Some of the auto makers are carrying this step for the models which have helped them in establishing in the Indian market, with a touch of emotional appeal attached with them. There are some cars, which are now happily co-existing with their respective previous generation models, although, as expected, their pre-facelift models are repositioned as more basic and pared down models, so that their sense of upgrade and premium appeal is not affected.
Following is a list of all those currently available new generation cars and their respective pre-facelift models, which though are available with new names and slightly pared down and dated appeal, but still offer great practical value. Here you go:-
2017 Nissan Versa Note
Launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation Note arrived on a new platform that Nissan introduced with the Micra. Although slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Note had a significantly lower roof, trading the former MPV-style looks for a more standard hatchback layout. The Note crossed the pond to the U.S. in 2013, when it replaced the hatchback version of the Versa and was renamed the Versa Note. The North American model also sports the biggest engine available with the nameplate globally, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. In other markets, the Note uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder and a 1.5-liter four-pot diesel. The Versa Note was redesigned for the 2017 model year, when it received Nissan’s recent styling language and a few interior updates.
Much like all recent redesigns and facelifts, the updated Versa Note adopted Nissan’s "V-Motion" grille, a design highlight that is already available on the majority of the company’s vehicles. In the U.S., the Verso and the Verso Note were the last models to not feature the grille. Thanks to the new "V-Motion" element, the Versa Note bears a closer family resemblance to the larger Nissan Sentra, Altima, and Maxima, while also boasting a sportier design that’s more in line with recently updated competitors such as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and Ford Fiesta.
"Versa Note and Versa sedan combine to be America’s best-selling nameplate in the entry level segment," said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning. "The enhancements for the new model year give Versa Note a fresh new look, which should help keep the Versa pair in the number one position again in 2017."
It remains to be seen whether Bunce’s comment proves to be accurate with so many cars fighting for supremacy in this segment, but until those sales figures come rollin’ in, let’s have a closer look at what the facelifted Versa Note brings to the table.
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Indian Spec Nissan GTR Details Out Gets The V8 Petrol Unit Under Its Hood
Nissan is all set to introduce the legendary GT-R in India on November 2016, now as you all know by now the pre-bookings for the sportscar has already commenced in the Indian market. Recently The Automotive India was able to snap some images of the 2017 GT-R which was wrapped and read for pre-delivery.
The updated GT-R was first showcased at the 2016 New York Motor show the car which was showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto show was the pre-facelift model though.
The Indian spec Godzila will extract all its power from the 3.8 Litre twin Turbo V8 unit which is capable of producing about 570 ps of peak power and 633 Nm of torque. Now all that power and torque is transferred to all the four wheels via the help of 6 speed DCT gearbox.
The updated 2017 Nissan GTR gets mild cosmetic updates on its exterior which comes in the form of Nissan’s V-motion grille, while the mesh pattern towards the front face also looks like it has been updated as well. The front hood also gets a redesigned pattern as well. While the front and rear bumpers have also been redesigned as well. The car also has received a new set of alloy wheels.
Just like the exterior the interior too has been revised as well, compared to the pre-facelift variant the interior looks much more refined and Nissan has also eliminated number of switches to make it more accessible and easier for the person driving the car. The interior also gets a 8 inch touchscreen display while the seats has also been revised as well.
2016 Nissan Terrano
Nissan will be introducing an updated variant of the Terrano soon which will also get quite a few changes along with an additional AMT transmission. Recently Nissan has provided us all the details of this soon to be launched compact SUV.
As you all might already know the Terrano is based on the same Duster platform and even shares the same powertrain as well. Renault unveiled the updated Duster back at the 2016 Auto Expo back in February. The new Duster has received few cosmetic updates on its exterior and a slightly upgraded interior. While mechanically the new compact SUV gets a new AMT transmission as an option.
Like we expected the same changes will also be carried over to the Nissan Terrano SUV as well. However the Terrrano has not received any major updates on its exterior but it has received the new 6 speed Automated Manual transmission as an option along with 14 other new enhancements spread across its range.
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Pre Bookings For The Nissan Terrano AMT Variant Commences From Today
Nissan India today started taking pre bookings for their soon to be launched Nissan Terrano AMT variant. Like we already mentioned in our last post of the Nissan Terrano that the 6 speed automatic transmission will be available only with the top-of-the-line XVD Premium grade.
This came as quite a surprise to us because wile Renault offers the AMT variant with the mid variant Nissan has decided to offer it only with the top end grade. So the same 6 speed Advanced AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) is paired to the 1.5-litre diesel engine which is capable of producing about 110 Ps of peak power and 248 Nm of torque. The addition of the new gearbox will help make driving the SUV much easier specially in the city traffic as well on the highways. For the drivers assistance the drive the AMT variant further benefits from Hill Assist Control and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for added traction and safety.
Besides the new gearbox the AMT variant also gets a total of 14 new enhancements which is spread across its model variant. These enhancements includes folding exterior rear view mirrors with integrated turn signals, anti-pinch driver side windows, a new driver armrest, soft touch plastics on the dashboard, and door trim.
Besides all these the compact SUV also gets a completely new body colour in the form of Sandstone Brown. The ARAI rated fuel efficiency of the new AMT variant stands at 19.61kmpl.
The Nissan Terrano AMT variant will be priced in between INR. 13.75 – 13.85 lakh range, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Nissan Terrano AMT Variant Teased Ahead Of Its Official Launch
Nissan India has teased their upcoming Terrano AMT variant on their social media pages including twitter and facebook.
Renault not so long ago updated their Duster compact SUV and also added the 6-speed Easy-R AMT transmission to the Duster lineup. The ZF sourced gearbox is made available only with the top end 1.5 Litre 110 Ps diesel unit. Now because both these SUV’s share the same platform as well as the engines, expect Nissan too to equip the 6 speed AMT gearbox with the top end variant as well.
The Terrano will definitely get few mechanical updates on their AMT variant but do not expect any cosmetic changes though. Expect the new 6-speed Easy-R AMT gearbox to be paired with the 1.5 Litre K9K four-cylinder diesel engine which develops around 110 PS of peak power and 248 Nm of torque. The diesel unit promises to return around 19.64 km/l of fuel which will remain unchanged even after the addition of the new automated gearbox.
What we are also excited about is the fact that because Renault has introduced the CMO10 & T4 E&E (Engine and Electronics) architecture when they launched the updated Duster SUV in March 2016. Hopefully Nissan too will walk in the same path and introduce the same engine and electronics architecture in the Terrano as well which will lead to better handling and performance.
The Terrano AMT variant will definitely help Nissan to garner some attention during the festive season. Expect the AMT variant to be priced slightly higher than the manual variant.
2018 Nissan Micra
Compact hatchback segment is surely the most popular, crowded and also the competitive segment in Indian automobile market. Indians love small cars. We want maximum out of the compact small boxes called hatchbacks. In the growing competitive segment, Nissan Micra tried to bring some fresh air around half a decade ago. Now with so many competitors and fresh designs around it, the Nissan Micra is all due for a major change.
Recently a heavily camouflaged Nissan Micra test mule was spotted. The new Nissan Micra sports a radically aggressive design. When Nissan showcased the Sway concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it gave us a preview of the next generation Nissan Micra. The test mule we have seen in the spyshots look exactly like the Sway concept. Now the next generation Nissan Micra test mule has been spotted, expect the car to reach the market next year. Meanwhile we have a rendered image by our designer which gives the speculative idea of the upcoming hatch.
Now that the car is finally unveiled infront of the public we are pretty sure that it will definitely turn some heads. This new hatchback is wider, and longer than its predecessor which definitely has resulted in more interior space as well. The hatchback also gets a completely new drivetrain and also an agile chassis.
Update 29.09.2016:- Nissan unveiled the next gen Micra at the 2016 Paris Motor show. We have updated the images and all the information in this article
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Nissan Releases The First Teaser Image Of The Next Generation MIcra Ahead Of Its Debut
Just few days before the Paris Motor show Nissan has released new teaser image of the new generation Micra hatchback. The car will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motors show which will commence from the end of September. The new-gen hatch was spotted testing couple of times on road already. The new Micra is based on the new Renault-Nissan CMF-B platform which will help generate more space inside.
The new Nissan Micra gets a restyled exterior as well as an updated interior. Towards the front the Micra gets a smaller V-Motion grille and the top portion of it flows to the sharp creases that rise all the way to the hood. Then there are these angular headlamps which look sharp. The side profile of the Micra hatchback has not been revealed yet. Towards the rear profile the hatchback gets horizontally positioned taillamps and a sloping rear windshield and also an integrated roof spoiler as well. Like promised the new generation Micra obviously draws its styling inspiration from the Sway concept
There is still no word which engines will power this new hatchback but some reports suggests that the Micra will most probably get both 4 cylinder diesel and petrol engines as well under its hood. There is also a fair chance of a completely new three cylinder petrol engine as well. All the powertrains will be paired to a 5 speed manual or an optional CVT transmission as well.
Although the car will go on sale in some other International markets by early 2017 but expect it to reach Indian market only towards the end of 2017.