2017 Force Gurkha
Force Motors has introduced the updated 2017 Gurkha in India. The new Gurkha has been confronted to meet the BSIV emission norms and is now available with both three and five doors body configuration. The updated SUV is provided with two body variants called Xplorer and Xpedition. The updated Gurkha is not exactly a new generation offering and thus gets minor tweaks to the exterior and interior styling along with the drivetrain.
There is no doubt that the Gurkha has achieved a lot and proved its toughness and durability since its introduction back in 2008. A true contender to the Mahindra Thar Force Motors has tried to retain the offroading genes even in this updated version and made it even more comfortable and upmarket.
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2017 Honda WR-V
Honda unveiled the WR-V Crossover last year in Brazil. The compact SUV made its world premiere at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016 which commenced from the second week of November.
We all know the demand for Crossovers and SUV’s in the Indian market and the compact SUV segment is flooded with many brand new products. So it was quite obvious that Honda would have introduced this new Crossover too in the Indian market as well after its launch in the markets of Brazil and some other countries in South America.
The car was also caught a couple of times testing on the road with full camouflage. For all your information this newest Crossover WR-V is based on the Jazz hatchback platform and is the same car under the hood. It will make it to the Indian market as well to take on some other sub-compact Crossovers.
Update 16.03.2017:- Honda Launched the WR-V Crossover in India today. The newest Crossover joins the Honda lineup and is made available with both diesel and petrol drivetrains. The overview article has been updated with all the information.
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2017 Toyota Corolla Altis
Toyota launched the Corolla Altis Facelift in India yesterday. The Altis is the potential rival to the Octavia and Elantra in India. The Indian spec Corolla Altis resembles a lot to the Thai-spec Corolla.
The Corolla according to Toyota is built on Toyota’s legendary Quality, Durability and Reliability with significantly enhanced quality in every aspect of its design and engineering. This global sedan has been appreciated throughout the world Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow, San Francisco and Rio - de- Janeiro. There is no doubt that this global sedan has made its presence felt across 150 countries across the world and also was able to bring smiles to the faces of over 44 million customers worldwide.
The Corolla Altis Facelift is available in India with both diesel and petrol drivetrains and an option of both manuals as well as an automatic transmission.
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2018 Tamo RACEMO
Last month when Tata Motors introduce their new sub-brand Tamo in India, they did inform at the time of introduction that they will also be taking covers of the first product from the same sub-brand at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor show. They indeed kept their promise and showcased the first product which surprisingly was a two-seater sports coupe.
The newest Sports Coupe is called ‘Racemo’ and is still in its concept form but this will soon turn into a reality and will go on sale in the Indian market in the year 2018 promised the Tata Motors officials. The Tamo is an experimental platform for Tata Motors which will not build mass oriented cars but some exciting products equipped with all the modern features and technology in limited numbers.
The Racemo designed at the company’s studio in Italy, and it gets its styling inspiration from Tata Motors IMPACT design language. The recent reports also suggest that the production variant of the car will also be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo before it finally hits the Indian road.
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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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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover has added another member to their Range Rover family. The new SUV is called Range Rover Velar and it will be positioned in between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport. The new SUV was unveiled Infront of the World on 1st March 2017 and will be showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor show.
Like they have promised Land Rover deed introduce the Velar on the first day of March. This is actually the fourth member which has joined the RR family. According to Land Rover there are five elements which define the all new Velar SUV. These are driven by reduction, the entire SUV has been designed and engineered with belief in reductionism. The second element that the British auto manufacturer has kept in mind while building the Velar is it has been equipped with technology-enabled design which will provide the next logical step in expanding the RR portfolio. The third and perhaps the most important point about the Velar is that, the entire RR range originated from the original Velar prototypes of 1969. The last element which influences the Velar is that it also promises to incorporate advanced technologies and attention to detail. Land Rover also claims that the Velar has also been refined for every occasion.
The new Velar is based on JLR’s new lightweight Aluminium Architecture and can take on any terrain thrown in its way. So without any further due let us get straight into the details.
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2018 Volvo XC60
Volvo has teased the new 2018 model of the XC60 Crossover which will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Although Volvo has not released any major details yet they did announce some exclusive safety features that the soon to be launched Crossover will get.
The new XC60 will be based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform; this is the same platform which also underpins the bigger XC90 SUV. Volvo hasn’t revealed any exterior details yet but has left some teaser image of the upcoming all new Crossovers.
Apart from the new styling, the XC60 will also feature three new advanced driver assistance features aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class long-wheelbase
If you love to driven around the town by a chauffeur but don’t want to extend your budget for the high-end S-Class or the Maybach, then worry no more because Mercedes has got just the car for you. The Long-wheelbase E-Class which was originally introduced for the first time at the Auto China 2016 in Beijing will now be launched here in India as well on 28th February 2017.
The long wheelbase E-Class measures an extra 140 mm in length, and thus the passengers seating at the rear of the saloon gets to enjoy the extra benefit of a larger legroom and also a host of comfort features with the rear seats. So getting in and out of the car is actually easier now because of the larger foot entrance clearance at the foot level.
Mercedes has also taken care of those needs of those who want to get their hands dirty behind the wheels during the weekends outing with their family or close friends by providing a powerful V6 motor alongside the 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder petrol unit as well.
Now that we know that Mercedes is all set to launch this LWB sedan in India soon here are all the details available at this moment about the sedan.
Update 28.02.2017: - Mercedes-Benz launched the new Long wheelbase variant of the E-Class in India today. The prices and other details have been updated in this review
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2017 Tata Motors C-Cube Concept
Tata Motors is taking some big steps to promote their future products and platform. They have already tied up with Microsoft for their future infotainment system. This tie-up will increase in car infotainment convenience while also making sure that the driver is safe and fully concentrating behind the steering wheel. Now the recent news also suggests that the Indian auto manufacturer has actually also displayed a concept car called the ‘C-Cube’ at the Future Decoded 2017, which was an event organised by Microsoft India.
The C-Cube, showcased as a part of the product transformation theme at the event. With this newly introduced concept, Tata Motors tried to showcase their advanced structural technology which will enable them to develop more of their breakthrough products from TAMO.
TAMO like you all know is a sub-brand which was introduced recently by Tata Motors and its main objective is to redefine mobility solution in India. They also have plan to unveil a new two-seater sports car at the upcoming 87th Geneva Motor show, while there is still some time before the Motor show let us provide you all the information available at this moment about the newly unveiled C-Cube concept.
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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The concept of Hybrid vehicles might still be new for most of us Indians, and our Government is not doing enough to promote Green vehicles in our Country. But, some Auto manufacturers like Toyota, Mahindra and BMW has introduced Hybrid vehicles for our Indian market with very few takers, though.
Toyota Motor Corporation has sold more than 10.5 million Hybrid vehicles globally and has made constant efforts to Hybridise India. Recently they have introduced two new hybrid vehicles for the Indian market which includes the new Camry Hybrid and the Hybrid Pioneer: All-new Toyota Prius. According to Toyota these environment-friendly vehicles definitely can have a positive impact on the environment if they are used across the globe. They also did mention that they are euphoric to announce that they already have sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles globally.
The Camry sedan is definitely India’s first Hybrid car which is manufactured here in India. The car promises a revolutionary hybrid technology, a modern and sporty exterior, the highest level of comfort inside and unmatched safety standard. All these features make the Camry hybrid a complete package.
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2017 Audi A3
One of the main reasons for the popularity of the A3 is because this is still one of the most affordable sedans that you can buy in India from Audi’s stable. The car launched back in 2014 became an instant hit because of its premium build quality, compact size which proved beneficial in City traffic and also its zippy drivetrains.
Now after almost three years since its launch Audi decided to update the popular sedan to keep it fresh until and unless they introduce the new generation model. The A3 takes on the Mercedes-Benz CLA both in the National as well as the International model.
The updated Audi A3 sedan has received subtle cosmetic updates as well mechanical changes under the hood.
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