Tata Nexon, Renault Captur Or Jeep Renegade which one is your pick!
Indian automotive market has been changing and fast. Flooded with many renowned national as well as International Auto Manufacturers who are bringing their brand new products people now have plenty of options to choose. For the past couple of years, the biggest trend in our automotive scenario is SUV’s.
Indian people love big cars which not only can carry their friends and families comfortably but their luggage as well for weekend getaways. However, we all have moved on from boring boxy suvs to modern looking vehicles which not only look good but are well equipped with all the modern technologies as well. Apart from getting powerful drivetrains Indian customers now want an SUV which is safer and fuel efficient. It offcourse is a bonus if the vehicle can perform well when there is no tarmac.
For those of you who are planning to invest their hard earned money on a car which matches our criteria mentioned above then we have got some news for you. Some renowned Auto makers are planning to launch three of the most exciting SUV’s soon. So below provided are the list and all the new features which they will be bringing with them that makes these upcoming SUV’s unique and worth buying.
2017 Renault KWID 2nd Anniversary Edition
Renault surely knows how to keep their customers entertained. The French Automaker launched their entry level product KWID almost two years ago in India and to celebrate its second anniversary they have introduced yet another special edition variant based on the same hatchback. Now the reason why we are calling yet another variant is that there are plenty of Renault variants available in India already. However, this new edition joins the long list of KWID hatchback again.
Called the KWID 02 Anniversary Special Edition. This particular edition as usual and expected comes with plenty of cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior. Unfortunately just like every other special edition cars available in India the KWID 02 anniversary edition does not get any mechanical changes under the hood. However, it is available with both with 0.8-Litre & 1.0-Litre variants but only with the RXL and RXT trims.
So by paying all the extra money find out what you are actually getting with this special edition KWID
2018 Renault Duster: What’s New About This Not So New Looking SUV
Dacia has released few images of the new generation Duster recently and quite honestly while many appreciated the new generation SUV while others were not so happy about it.
The new generation Duster according to the officials was built from scratch, and they have tried to resolve the previous issues that the SUV had in this new generation vehicle. What you will find in the images is the five seater SUV although there are talks that Dacia is also interested in launching a seven seater variant of the SUV as well soon.
The reports state that Dacia has plans to introduce the new Duster at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor show while you can expect its presence at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. There is also a possibility of Renault launching the next generation Duster at the Auto Expo itself for the Indian market, but nothing is official yet.
So now that we have provided you with some information about the 2018 Renault/Dacia Duster we are pretty sure that all of you have also grown some interest about this iconic SUV which has started the revolution of affordable SUV in India.
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5 Budget Cars That Received Massive Price Cut Post-GST
In our previous article about GST, we have explained to you all the details of the SUVs which have received the biggest price cut post-GST. In this section, we will inform you about five budget cars which have relieved most significant price cut post-GST in the Indian market. As a result of that owning a budget, car has now become even more affordable.
For all your kind information all the sub-4 meter cars which have an engine capacity below 1.2 Litre petrol and 1.5 Litre diesel will now attract 28 percent tax rate along with 1 percent cess for petrol engines and 3 percent cess for diesel engines.
Below provided are the list of 5 budget cars which has received the maximum price cut post-GST
Next Generation Renault Duster Likely To Make Its Global Debut On 22nd June 2017
According to the latest reports on the internet Dacia will be taking the covers off the Duster SUV most probably on 22nd June 2017. The reports also state that it will make its public appearance at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor show later this year. For all your information Renault sales the Duster under the Dacia brand in Europe while Renault itself sells it in some other markets of the World including India.
The spy images of the new generation Duster has already been released and which gives us ideas that Renault will be making an evolutionary design to the new generation SUV. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the new SUV will also be bigger than the current generation SUV. There were also rumours that Renault might also launch a Grand Duster later as well which will also get a third-row seating.
The spyshots did reveal few details of the exterior, expect the new generation Duster to feature a V-shaped grille along with sharper and sleeker looking projector headlamps which will also come integrated with LED DRLs as well. The overall silhouette, however, will remain identical to the current generation SUV.
The next generations Duster will most likely carry forward the current generation Platform will few modifications. There are no other mechanical details available at this moment. However, expect it to get a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Expect the new generation Duster to be launched in the International market towards the end of this year while it will make its India debut later towards 2018.
Brazil Spec Renault KWID VS Indian Spec Renault KWID
Renault launched the KWID back in 2015, and this was their first attempt to make their mark in the entry level car segment of India. After the KWID’s launch, its aggressive pricing and the features that it offered in an entry-level hatchback made the car an instant hit. The KWID even bite into the sales shares of some other entry level products from renowned manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. The Indian customers appreciated everything about the car till Global NCAP crash tested the compact entry-level hatchbacks to measure the safety standards that they offered to the occupants inside. To our surprise and shock, the KWID failed the safety standard test horribly. The fate of the KWID at the crash test was similar to some other entry level cars like the Maruti Alto800 and Hyundai Eon.
Renault then assured the Indian buyers that they have reworked on the structure of the hatchback and launched the updated car. Later when the KWID has tested again, it managed to score 1-star safety rating. The reports stated that Renault although took steps in reinforcing the structure but they have made changes only to the driver side where as the passenger side structure was left untouched.
Now Renault has recently launched the KWID hatchback in the markets of Brazil, and it comes with plenty of upgraded equipment as well as cosmetic updates as well. Below we have provided all the difference between the Indian spec KWID and the Brazilian-spec KWID find out which one offers better equipment and safety features at the price point.
India Bound Renault Captur Crossover Scores 4 Out Of 5 Stars In Latin NCAP
The crash test results of the India-bound Renault Captur (Kaptur) are out, and quite honestly it scored pretty well in the overall crash test conducted by Latin NCAP. The Renault 5 door SUV was able to score 4 out of 5 stars for adult safety and 3 out of 5 stars for Child Safety.
The version that was tested was equipped with four airbags, electronic stability control, Isofix system for securing child seats in the back seat and seat belts with pretensioners. During the time of frontal impact, the Captur offered adequate protection to the driver and front passenger neck area. The chest protection of the driver was marginal while the passenger was good. Both the front passenger’s knees were also safe. The driver tibias showed adequate protection while the passengers showed good protection. The bodyshell of the SUV was also rated stable during the side impact. The side head-thorax airbag was offered good protection to the adult to the head, abdomen and pelvis area.
As far as the child safety of the SUV is concerned the child seat for the 3year-old child was not able to prevent forward movement during the frontal impact. However, the during side impact both the child dummies were well protected. The Captur also offers a 3 point belts in all seating positions as standard, and all of them met international technical standards. Thus like we already mentioned above the SUV was able to score 3 stars concerning Child safety standard.
Renault Launches Seven New Graphic Designs For KWID Calls It ‘Live for More Collection’
There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that the Renault KWID is the most sold Renault car in India which even went on to beat the Duster SUV regarding overall sales. One of the main reason for its impressive sales figures is definitely the different various and types that are on sale alongside the standard variant. Renault has actually worked hard on this particular product of theirs to keep things fresh and exciting. They recently introduced the Renault Climber variant which was the cosmetically updated KWID. Last year they even added a more powerful KWID 1.0 Litre which is now on sale alongside the standard KWID which is powered by the 0.8 Litre unit.
Now recently they have introduced a new line of special edition KWID which Renault is calling ‘Live for More Collection’. There are seven different graphics option which includes Sports, Race, Rallycross, Chase, Ziip, Turbo and Classic. All these seven colour options come with various colour options which include Red, Ice Cool White, Moonlight Silver, Outback Bronze and Planet Grey. These colour options also get different graphics as well. The Live for more collection not only gets different colour options but some personalization options such as chrome grille inserts, alloy rims, full chrome door handle, new mud flaps, roof rails, illuminated sill plate, bumper protectors just like ones found in the Climber variant, and also bumper garnish.
2018 Renault Duster
There is no doubt in the fact that the Duster has kept Renaults cash register ringing since its launch. It has been a pocket-friendly SUV which had almost every quality in it to stay on top of its game. But, If we consider the competition now it’s already been quite some that Renault introduced the Duster in India and they should start thinking of adding the updated one now. Renault although launched a facelift variant of the SUV last year with few new nips and tucks still it is now facing lots of competition from its rivals like Maruti and Hyundai.
The good news is that the next generation Duster was recently caught testing and although it’s from Dacia the same vehicle is rebadged and sold in the Indian market by Renault. The almost production ready prototype was recently spotted testing, and the good news is that most of the body panels that has been used will be carried over the production ready variant as well.
Although the prototype was covered in heavy camouflage, it is quite evident that the new generation Duster won’t be a revolutionary model instead it carries over some of the design cues from the popular Duster SUV. Now, the prototype which was caught testing was Dacia Duster, but we can assure you the rebadged Renault Duster won’t get much of a change though.
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Renault Duster Non Airbag Variant Scores Zero Stars In Global NCAP
In the second set of test for #SafercarsforIndia campaign Global NCAP has released their latest crash test results. The latest car to fall victim to the Global NCAP crash test is the new Renault Duster. The Duster which comes without airbags was tested, and it scored zero stars while on request of the manufacturer they even tested the air bag equipped variant as well which comes with an optional airbag.
The Duster which comes without an airbag disappointingly scored a big zero for adult occupant protection. The crash test quite clearly showed that the car which lacked the essential safety features like a driver airbag would have injured the adult occupant so severely that the chances of survival were zero. However, the same car was able to score 2 stars for rear seat child occupant protection.
After the test, Renault requested Global NCAP to test the version of the Duster which included a single driver airbag. This variant of the Duster was able to score 3 stars for adult occupant protection; while the child protection remained the same at 2 stars.
What is even more surprising was the fact that while the single driver side airbag equipped Latin NCAP tested duster, it managed to score 4 stars. Upon investigating Global NCAP found out that the Indian Duster airbag which was tested recently had a smaller sized airbag than the Latin American Duster.
5 Cars Which Indian Customers Do Not Buy Anymore
There are popular cars which help keep the sales graph positioned towards North for the auto manufacturers then there are some unpopular cars which people either forgot or does not show any interest in buying. Today we bring you 5 of the most unpopular cars which are on sale in the Indian market, but people don’t actually buy them anymore.
So without wasting more words let us get straight into the list of 5 of the most unpopular cars of India
Renault Launches Updated Duster Gets A New Petrol Engine & CVT Gearbox
Renault has updated the petrol variant of the Duster for the year 2017. The updated Duster Petrol variant now gets a new engine under the hood which replaces the old 1.6 Litre unit and is paired to an optional CVT automatic transmission. So does it get a manual gearbox option? Off course it does. The new H4K 1.5-litre motor is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The CVT Transmission option is available only with the RXS trim and comes with a price tag of INR. 10,32,215 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The base Petrol RXE (Petrol) manual transmission prices start from 8,49,575 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The RXL (petrol) manual transmission is priced at INR. 9, 30, 215 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Besides the new petrol engine options, the [Duster->article156568 also gets a 1.5 Litre Dci diesel motor which is available in two states of tune. The 1.5 Litre diesel engine is available with 85 Ps and 110 Ps option. Both the diesel variant promises to return around 19 km to a litre of fuel while the newly introduced 1.5 Litre petrol motor promises to return an ARAI tested fuel efficiency of 14.99 km/l. Remember this is the same petrol motor which also powers the Nissan Sunny and the Renault Scala sedan.
Best of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Equipped With Touchscreen Infotainment System (Part II)
Yesterday, we started our best of 5 series article list, and we also have informed that we will try to bring you five different interesting topics related to car’s each day for the next five days. (You can read our first topic of the best of 5 series by clicking the link here) Today we have decided to inform you about five budget cars which feature a touchscreen infotainment system.
The ‘Touchscreen infotainment system’ is the latest luxury gadget that the auto manufacturers fit in their cars. Although, there are not plenty of cars which get this feature but still Auto manufacturers know that people love operating touchscreen provided infotainment system in their cars.
The modern touchscreen infotainment system which replaces the standard car stereos mostly combines music players, reverse cameras, car data and navigation. Now the touchscreen featured in some budget cars might not have highly responsive touch sensitive screens like the ones fitted in some premium cars and thus takes some time and patience to operate. As a result of that, the driver might even have to take their eyes off the road to operate these systems and put their fingers in the right place on the screen to work it. Although it may not be safe still people loves this new feature because it adds the premium feel inside the cabin.
So, now that we explained all the positive and negative bits of a touchscreen infotainment system let us now get straight to the point.
Best Of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Worth Giving A Second Look (Part I)
Budget cars always fascinated Indian customers and although we have plenty of new manufacturers stepping into India’s competitive car market, they have atleast one product well within the budget of ordinary people. Now as times have changed Indian customers have become more conscious about their cars and how they look. Most of the budget car conscious customers want a car which not only is featured pack, fuel efficient or easy to maintain but, what they also look for now is that the cars should look equally premium and stylish as well.
So now the Auto manufacturer have to face an extra task of making their products look premium as well which can be a tough job sometimes when you have budget and cost cutting at the back of your mind. However, some auto manufacturers surely have succeeded well in making their products look good and different from the rest of the rivals out there.
We here at top speed have decided to create a best of 5 series, where we will bring some exclusive contents and stories under this category. So without any further due let us dive straight into the 5 best looking budget cars of India.
List of Cars Best Suited For Hardcore Travellers
In recent years, the words like ‘travel’ and ‘roadtrips’ have become much more synonymous than ever before. The new generation of Indians is now much open to the idea of travelling, and that too on four wheels by enrolling the concept of drive and reach, to make their journeys much more memorable. Thankfully, the cut-throat competition among all the manufacturers has resulted into some cars which make perfect sense and match with the idea of road trips. For falling under this category of vehicles, the primary requirements of a car are the spacious and well-thought cabin, powertrain options punchy enough to breathe comfortably for long miles and a ride quality which is plush sufficiently to keep the people inside the cabin as free of fatigue as possible.
In this feature story, we are pointing and throwing some light on all such cars made for mass market buyers which fulfil all the requirements mentioned above to call themselves the best cars with which you can write new travel stories and memories. Following is a category-wise list of all such cars which are best suited for travel lovers, which ranges from an entry-level mini hatchback and going all the way up to a full-fledged SUV.
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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Renault To Launch KWID Climber On 9th March
According to the ET Auto, Renault is all set to introduce another new variant of the KWID tomorrow. This is the much awaited KWID Climber variant which was showcased first at the 2016 Auto Expo.
The reports also state that this is the French Automakers strategy of introducing entirely new KWID variants every six months. Until now they already have launched three variants of their entry level offering including the 800 cc variant while later after almost a year they introduced the 1.0 Litre followed by the AMT (Easy-R) option later.
The Renault KWID Climber is powered by the more powerful 1.0 Litre, three-cylinder unit which might also feature the AMT gearbox as an option. The KWID Climber is the same KWID hatchback with few cosmetic updates made to its exterior as well as interior so also expect it to be priced reasonable as well.
As far as the cosmetic changes are concerned to assume the KWID Climber to get a redesigned front grille and bumper while you can also expect the front nose to adorn faux skid plates as well to make the front profile look slightly more brawny and purposeful. Although the side profile of the hatchback will remain the same, the rear profile might receive new bumper and perhaps a protective covering around the taillamps. There won’t be any big changes made to the interior though however expect the KWID Climber variant to get a new set of upholstery inside to keep things fresh and different from the standard variant. The KWID Climber will be flagship offering from the KWID brand thus expect it to get the same 7-inch infotainment system with navigation unit from the top KWID variant.
The KWID definitely has been a successful product for Renault since it joined the lineup and also has helped the French Automaker to achieve a market share of 4.5% by the end of 2016.
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.
Renault Duster Oroch Patented In India Could This Mean The Launch Is Near?
According to the earlier reports, Renault was planning to introduce a pickup truck in India, and those rumors now seem to be coming true. Only today Gaadiwaadi has released a patented image of the Duster Oroch Pickup truck. Yes! Duster Oroch is the same vehicle that built for the South American market and was showcased at the Brazil Auto show almost two years ago.
The reports also suggest that Renault has patented the image in India. Now like we all know India has never been a Pickup truck friendly market, but there is obviously some competition that Renault will have to face if they consider launching the Oroch in India. Last year when CEO and MD Mr Sumit Sawhney was asked whether there were any plans to introduce the Pickup Truck for the domestic market his reply was a big No. However, it seems like Renault might change their mind soon.
India already has some lifestyle pickup trucks from the likes of Mahindra and Isuzu. However, the Duster Oroch could create an amount of interest mainly keeping the popularity of the Duster in mind.
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.