2017 Ford Ecosport Platinum Edition
Ford India today introduced the Ecosport Platinum Edition in India today. This new compact SUV not only getssome technology ugrades but few cosmetic updates as well. The Ecosport compact SUV has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and while its other rivals has received quite a few updates recently Ford has decided not to make any major changes to their popular compact SUV. Now when we all thought that Ford will introduce the new facelift variant of the Ecosport which was showcased at the New York Auto show last year Ford has instead decided to update the current variant and sell it as the 2017 model until and unless the new Coimpact SUV is launched in India.
The Ecosport Platinum Edition as already mentioned above gets few cosmetic as well some technological updates as well.
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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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2017 Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Refresh
We already have reported few days earlier that Suzuki was planning to introduce the next generation Wagon-R soon. The leaked images of the next generation hatchback were also doing rounds on the internet and also on Japanese social media channels. We also have provided you all the information which is available about the new Japanese spec Wagon-R in our overview article. That said, we were actually quite surprised when we found out that Autos Arena in their latest reports said, Maruti actually has no plans to introduce the next generation Wagon-R in India anytime soon but instead of launching the new generation hatchback they have decided to give some updates to the old car and launch it as the new 2017 model.
The biggest news is that the new updated 2017 model will actually get a new top end trim which will be based on the current Stingray variant. While the Stingray nameplate will be taken off their product chart. The big decision was taken by Maruti Suzuki after they realized that the Stingray sells in very few numbers. What is even more surprising is also the fact that most of the dealers have now even stopped taking bookings for the top of the line Stingray variant.
Before we get into any other details let us inform you all that the updated 2017 Wagon-R model will be renamed as Wagon-R Refresh and it will be on sale in the Indian market soon.
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2017 (Maruti) Suzuki Ignis Motocross Style Edition
Only yesterday we have reported that Suzuki has showcased the new Swift Racer RS concept which was based on the new generation Swift although no details of the production variant is out yet but there is a fair chance that Suzuki might introduce it first in the markets of Japan and then perhaps it might also land on the Indian shores sometimes in the near future. Now at the same show Suzuki showcased another sportier variant of the Ignis Crossover which was launched here in India last week only.
Just like what we have seen on the Swift Racer RS Concept exhibition cars, the Ignis Crossover too has been given a unique cosmetic upgrade too. Called the Ignis Motocross Style Edition, this is the same Ignis Crossover with all the added colours.
The Ignis Crossover was launched recently and is positioned below the Vitara Brezza SUV. The car is being sold in the Indian market via Maruti’s Nexa dealership and is offered with both diesel and petrol powertrain options. Transmission on offer is a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT offered as optional with both petrol and diesel variants.
That said, we have tried to provide you all the information about this funky looking avatar of the new Suzuki Ignis Motocrosser style exhibition car which was showcased at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
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2017 Renault Kwid Live For More Edition
Renault launched their entry level KWID budget offering back in 2015 and this hatchback instantly went to become hot favourite for many Indian customers who wanted a stylish looking, features packed car within a budget. The KWID went on to compete with some other entry level hatchbacks from manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. Recently back in 2016 Renault introduced a new variant of the hatchback which was powered by a slightly more powerful 1.0 Liter unit. Transmission options offered were a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT unit which is offered only with the 1.0 Liter variant only besides the standard 5 speed manual unit.
Until Now Renault already sold more than 1 Lakh unit of the KWID hatchback in India and to celebrate the success of their new hatchback the French car manufacturer has introduced a new special edition variant of the KWID.
Called the Kwid Live For More Edition, this new special edition model is offered with both 800 cc and the slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre variant as well. Now although the changes to the special edition model are limited to cosmetics only still we are pretty sure that you all will love what Renault has offered with this special edition hatchback.
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2017 Maruti Swift Racer RS Concept
Suzuki unveiled the all new generation Swift hatchback in Japan towards the last week of December 2016 and being one of the most popular models of the Indian market expect this all new hatchback to make it to the Indian shores by the second half of 2017. But before that at the Tokyo Motor Salon Suzuki has showcased the slightly sportier Concept variant of the Swift hatchback. Dubbed as the Swift Racer RS this sportier variant of the hatch gets new livery and some added cosmetic updates over the standard variant.
There were rumours that Suzuki has plans to introduce a slightly sportier and powerful variant of the Swift hatchback. Although still in its concept form there is a fair chance of the production variant of this concept car making it to the Indian market sometimes in the near future. This may compete directly with some other hot hatchbacks of India like that of Fiat.
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2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki unveiled the Ignis Crossover at the Tokyo Motor show and since then we knew that Maruti definitely will bring it to the Indian market. And after almost a year we were assured by the Maruti officials that they certainly will be introducing the new Ignis in India.
Now coming to the iconic Japanese auto maker Suzuki, they have been known for their small cars across the globe while their recent plans also are to launch almost 20 global car models. Maruti have already launched the Baleno hatchback which is the production variant of the IK-2 Concept and this is actually a global product which mens better build quality, improved interiors and impressive safety features feature for the passengers inside. Let’s not get into all those details and focus completely on the car which was launched today on 13th January 2017 at a gala event where Swedish DJ, Axwell performed live. To all our surprise Maruti has priced the Ignis compact Crossover quite aggressively which is actually a good thing.
The Ignis Crossover has derived from the IM-4 concept; the car was already previewed at the 2016 Auto expo and was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The Ignis Crossover is positioned below the Vitara Brezza hatchback and will compete with some other B-Segment hatchback & Crossovers like the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.
Update05.01.2017:- Maruti has launched the all new Ignis in India today and we have updated the review with all the information, prices and specs available at this moment about the new Ignis
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2018 Suzuki Gymny/ Maruti Gypsy
Rumours suggest that Maruti might reintroduce the Gypsy in the Indian market in the coming years. According to the latest reports Suzuki might manufacture the next generation Jimny in India. The Jimny was showcased last time at the 2012 Auto Expo and it received quite a positive response from the people. Although there is not much depth in the possibilities right now but the next generation Jimny perhaps might be sold in India as the next generation Gypsy.
For all your information the Gypsy was the long wheelbase version of the Gymny compact SUV. Some of the reports also suggests that the next generation compact SUV will actually be built on the same lightweight platform which also underpins the current Baleno and the Ignis Crossover and hatchback. The next generation SUV will also be exported onto some other International markets from India as well.
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2017 Honda Mobilio
According to the recent reports on the internet Honda is all set to introduce the facelift Mobilio in the Indian market. The Mobilio is direct rival of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and perhaps is the only MPV which was able to give some stiff competition to Maruti’s Ertiga.
The Honda Mobilio was launched back in 2013 and it was able to impress the crowd with its spacious interior great handling and ride quality. But recently the MPV segment of India has taken a back seat as the sale of the MPV has dwindled down in recent years because of the increasing demand of the compact SUV. Honda recently updated the Amaze compact sedan and Brio hatchback and they are also all set to introduce the City facelift as well soon in the Indian market which also happens to be their best selling product.
Recently the first set of spy images of the facelift Mobilio surfaced online recently in Indonesia where the updated facelift variant will be launched soon. Today we have collected all the information available at this moment about the refreshed Mobilio MPV.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Mercedes has recently taken the covers off the facelift GLA Class which will be sold as the 2018 model. The car was recently unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The GLA was launched for the first time back in 2013 and it impressed everyone with its handling and refinement characteristics. Some of the main highlights of Mercedes first compact SUV included dynamic design, light footed handling and offcourse the premium interior. This new SUV also helped Mercedes become the broadest SUV range over all the other premium European car manufacturers.
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2017 Suzuki Wagon-R
Recently the images of the Japanese spec Suzuki Wagon-R leaked online , the images quite clearly reveals the new model and details and also gives all of us an idea about what the new generation Wagon-R will look like. Although this is the Japanese spec model and thus the overall styling looks like some typical Japanese small car. However expect the Indian spec variant to take some serious styling inspiration from the Japanese spec hatchback.
There is no doubt that the Wagon-R is definitely one of the most sold hatchbacks of the Country. The car is popular for its tall boy styling which helps in providing enough room for the passengers inside. Now according to the recent reports Maruti Suzuki also has plans to introduce the next generation Wagon-R in India towards the end of this year or early 2018.
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2017 Tata Xenon Yodha
Tata is on the roll this year because they already have launched the first product of this year for the Indian market already. The Xenon Yoddha range of pickup trucks is an important product for Tata Motors both in the National as well as International markets. The Xenon range of trucks was introduced by Tata Motors at the 2006 Bologna Motor show and was launched back in 2007. There is no doubt that the Xenon gets a stylish exterior, comfortable interior.
The new Xenon Yoddha pickup truck was launched today in the presence of the manufacturers newly appointed brand Ambassador Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. This truck also promises to be a new benchmark in the pickup segment. The new Xenon truck will be suitable for various type of commercial purposes like carrying goods and transporting various products.
The smart pick-up is available in multiple variants – 4x2 & 4x4 and in single & double cab options.
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2017 Honda City
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The City sedan has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and has ruled the segment with its road presence and that impressive IVTEC motor. Then when it was time Honda introduced the diesel motor as well along with few other updates. Now with the rising competition Honda has actually decided to introduce the facelift variant City sedan after almost three years since it’s got its last update. This is a mid-cycle update that the car will get before Honda introduces the new generation sedan.
Now according to the recent report Honda will be unveiling the 2017 City sedan facelift on January 12th in Thailand and it will also definitely make it to the Indian shores within few more weeks from now.
Update 30.12.2016:-Two spyshot images of the facelift sedan recently surfaces on the internet which gives us a clear idea about what the upcoming sedan will look like. We have also updated the preview article with all the available information
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2017 Maruti-Suzuki Swift
Maruti-Suzuki Swift is a very popular compact hatchback in India, since its launch in the country. This is also one of the most sold cars from Maruti-Suzuki’s stable. With the growing competition in the compact hatchback segment from Hyundai, Fiat Maruti-Suzuki is now eyeing a makeover for the Swift. Recently spyshots of the 2017 Maruti-Suzuki Swift from a dealer’s conference has surfaced in web world. Although the images we have seen are of Swift Sport, but it surely gives us the preview of the new generation Swift.
The Swift looks absolutely gorgeous in its new avatar. Unlike the outgoing model the new 2017 model looks aggressive, stylish and sporty despite containing the same DNA from the outgoing model. No wonder, this can be the next star in the Indian compact hatchback segment. The new Swift comes with several changes at the exterior and interior as well.
Update 27.12.2016:- Suzuki unveiled the Japanese spec hatchback infront of the global media. We have updated the review with the available information about the new generation Swift here.
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2018 Mahindra TUV 500
A mysterious Mahindra SUV wrapped in heavy camouflage was spotted recently being tested on road leaving a hint that Mahindra is actually planning to add another SUV to their vehicle lineup.
The new SUV which was recently spotted had lot of similarities with the already existing TUV300. However the SUV which was spotted wrapped in heavy camouflage appeared like it was longer than the existing compact SUV, This actually means that perhaps this upcoming SUV is based on a long wheelbase platform and thus expect this upcoming SUV to get three row seating like some of the bigger SUV’s of the Mahindra lineup.
This SUV was spotted for the first time which means that Mahindra has already started testing the SUV on road and thus all of you can expect this SUV to hit the Indian road sometimes next year. So without any further due below provided are all the details of this new upcoming SUV from Mahindra.
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2018 Lamborghini Aventador S
Lamborghini’s most aggressive car definitely has to be the Aventador which was introduced as a replacement for the Murcielago back in 2011. The car has received plenty of variants and special edition since then takes the Aventador LP and also the LP 700-4 Roadster for example.
Now this aggressive Aventador Coupe has received its updates for the year 2017 and the good news is the updates are not limited to cosmetics but it has received some mechanical changes as well under the skin. Apart from all that the car still retains the same 6.5 Liter V12 unit from the Aventador. However the new car gets some power upgrades which actually makes things slightly more interesting while the seven-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel-drive system are carried over from the Aventador.
According to Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali, this is the next generation Aventador which very well helps in expressing their newest technology and other performance milestone. He also explains that the new car will help in elevating the entire concept of super sports car to a completely new level.
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2017 Audi Q8 Concept
Finally after a long wait Audi has decided to unveil the Q8 concept SUV at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) which will begin after few weeks. This will obviously be positioned above their current flagship Q7 SUV and will also be more premium than the existing vehicle. Although the concept has not been officially unveiled yet but the Audi officials did reveal some interesting facts about the vehicle which will be showcased at the auto show.
The reports also states that not only this new upcoming vehicle Q8 concept will be bigger than the Q7 but will be a Coupe styled Crossover which will compete directly with other Coupe Crossovers from BMW, Mercedes and Range Rover.
We were able to collect all the information available at this moment abou this soon to be unveiled Concept and provide you with all the details.
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2017 Volvo V40
The entry level flag bearer of Volvo might not be popular in the Indian market but this definitely is one of the popular small cars when we talk about some other International markets of the World. Volvo introduced the V40 hatchback in the year 2012 and it came and relieved theS40 off its duty which was actually doing was performing its task since 1995. The new hatchback was actually introduced to take on the likes of some other entry level premium offerings from different auto manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
The Volvo V40 is based on global C platform which was actually developed for compact cars. After the successful stint in the market Volvo decided to introduce a Cross Country version of the hatchback as well in the year 2013 which actually came with some additional protective body panels, slightly bigger wheels and an increased ride height. The Cross Country variant was launched in India back in the year 2013.
The V40 hatchback on the other hand was introduced later and it actually was offered with only a single D3 Turbo diesel unit which is paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. Now after almost 5 years of its existence, Volvo has decided to introduce the facelift variant of the hatchback. As you all already would have expected the updates are cosmetic and unfortunately it has not actually received any mechanical upgrades under its hood. However there are talks that Volvo will launch the new generation V40 soon.
Now before arriving in the Indian market Volvo will showcase the new facelift hatchback at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. But you actually don’t have to wait that long because we are providing you with all the details of the facelift V40 in this article.
Update 16.12.2016:- Volvo has launched the updated V40 in India. The prices and other details has been updated in this article
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2016 MINI Clubman
We never actually take the brand Mini seriously yes! It is a fun car which handles like a dream and can be used for weekend fun drives. But who ever thought that Mini can also be practical and also can replace your daily car. After BMW acquired Mini they wanted people to take this brand more seriously and as a result they have tried to expand the Mini range and launch some more practical cars without actually losing its original identity.
Mini introduced the Clubman back in 2007, although the vehicle looked identical to the Mini hatchback but the car actually received an extended form the cars B pillar onward. This has actually helped in increasing the rear seat legroom and also the cargo space at the rear. The best part about the Clubman is that this is perhaps the only car in the Mini lineup which is more practical than you think.
Now Mini will be launching the new Clubman in India in December 2016 and this will also be the first time that the BMW owned British car brand will launch the Clubman in this Country. The car will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and you can expect it to be launched in two variants. So without any further due go through all the details of the longest Mini which will make it to the Indian market soon.
Update 15.12.2016:- Mini has launched the Clubman in India today. The new car is available only in the Cooper S variant only. The prices and other details has been updated in this overview article
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2017 Mercedes-AMG C43
Mercedes-Benz India has added one new model to their lineup today and it’s none other than the C43 AMG Coupe. This is their 13th product which is launched in the year 2016 and this new car will be positioned below the existing AMG C63 AMG sedan.
The car was first showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor show for the first time and now it is already launched in the Indian market. This new model joined the C-Class family this year and is a part of plan of the auto manufacturer to extend their product portfolio. Although this may not be as powerful as the C63 variant but the C43 AMG carried forward all the AMG genes as well as some GT characteristics as well.
The Affalterbach-based development teams had decided to fit the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine which is paired to the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission which promises smooth shifts. The coupe with its powerful drivetrain, 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and new and improved chassis technology surely promises to provide high agility and exhilarating dynamics.
Update 14.12.2016:- Mercedes Benz India today launched the C43 AMG Coupe in India. The prices and other details have been provided below
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2017 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki has received tremendous response when they actually launched the Ciaz sedan in the Indian market. This sedan not only helped Maruti Suzuki to compete with the most popular mid-size sedan Honda City but also actually helped Maruti to enter the premium segment of the Country. Both these sedans have been in the Indian market for quite some time now and have received minor updates of their own but now when Honda has decided to launch the facelift City which is expected to receive plenty of new updates and perhaps a redesigned exterior as well. Now when Maruti’s rival is all set to launch an updated City how can they stay behind. So according to the recent reports Maruti is all set to introduce the facelift variant of the Ciaz next year.
The Maruti Ciaz facelift is expected to launch towards the first of 2017 and because this is a facelift so don’t expect any major changes apart from cosmetic updates. Expect Maruti to sell the new sedan via their Nexa outlet which currently sell the SX4 Cross and the Baleno hatchback.
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