An Estate car who won’t mind getting its shoes dirty
Volvo has launched a total of 3 cars Worldwide since the year 2014, which includes the XC90, S90 and the V90. Out of these 3 cars, Volvo has introduced the XC and the S90 in the Indian market already. There is a common link in between all these above-mentioned cars; they all are based on the Swedish auto manufacturer’s latest scalable product architecture (SPA) platform. This flexible lightweight yet safe architecture allows a number of body forms on a single platform allowing the auto manufacturer to save cost. This new platform which underpins all these unique cars made its debut with the XC90 SUV back in 2014.
According to Volvo officials, the new 90 series cars offers a unique driving experience and they call it "Relaxed Confidence". India is definitely not a popular market for Estate cars but Indian customers always are open to something new and unique. Talking about uniqueness, the Volvo V90 Cross Country definitely falls under one of the most under this unique breed of cars. It carries the ‘Cross Country’ moniker along with its name which clears many of our doubts about its purpose.
Sweden is known for its extreme weather, where the temperature can go upto -40 degree Celsius during winter. The people too are also known for their adventurous nature thus making the Volvo V90 Cross Country an ideal car for this surroundings because it combines off-road capabilities into an Estate car. The raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive capability have given the V90 a whole new meaning.
The reason why we are interested in this particular car is because of the fact that Volvo actually has plans to introduce the V90 Cross Country in the Indian market within this year, so we are here to provide you with all the details available about this truly unique car in detail.
Update 12.07.2017 :- Volvo has launched the V90 Cross Country in India today. The Estate car is offered with only top of the line D5 trim and with total of 7 exterior colour options. The new V90 Cross Country prices and other details has been updated in this review.
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German automaker Audi has some spectacular station wagons in their stable. In their India lineup Audi offers sporty performance oriented station wagon in form of RS6 Avant. Although Audi cars reflect a stylish and very attractive design language, but in a rapidly changing world the design has become dated indeed, which has prompted the Inglostadt based automaker to create models sporting new design language which is attractive, sporty, practical and appealing in one single premium package.
A few days ago at the Auto Shanghai Audi showcased the Prologue Avant Concept, which marked the world debut of the model, and we believe Audi India will showcase the Prologue Avant Concept at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo in Greater Noida in February. As we have seen the car, it looks cool and sporty; the design bears the cue from the outgoing models, while the subtle changes which make the concept more appealing are also visible with a closer look.
Before the sleek sporty station wagon gets unveiled on Indian soil, we brought you a detailed review of the car. Check it out.
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Last month we reported that Audi has given an engine upgrade to their existing RS6 Avant Station Wagon and RS7 Sportback models and added the ‘Performance’ name tag along as well (Read the news here). Recently Audi Germany has released a new video of the RS6 Avant Performance and RS7 Sportback performance and these beasts surely looks menacing and ready to actually jump on their pray.
Audi has not only tweaked the engine for more power and torque but also given both these vehicles cosmetic upgrades as well. Both the RS6 Avant performance and RS7 Sportback performance gets glossy black finish to the front grille with the Quattro logo on it. The front profile has also received bigger air vents as well. Towards the side profile both these cars has been fitted with bigger 21 inch alloy wheels. There is lot of additional optional accessories too available with these vehicles which include ceramic disc brakes and interior upholstery finished in different shades and high quality leather and even carbon fiber. For the comfort of the passengers Audi has even included an adaptive air suspension as well.
Mechanically both these cars retains the same 4.0 Liter V8 twin turbo engine paired to an updated 8-speed tiptronic transmission. The powerful V8 unit has been tweaked to produce even more power, the same unit now produces an impressive 605 Hp of peak power which is almost 44 Hp more than the standard car, while the torque amount stays at 700 NM. Now you all can surely make out that performance of both these cars has also improved as well with the additional power.
Both these cars can now sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 3.7 seconds which is actually 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard car. There is even a Dynamic package available too which increases the top speed of this car from 250-280 km/h mark on the RS6 while the RS7 can touch 305 km/h if pushed to its limit.
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Audi has given their performance cars RS6, RS7 and the Audi A8L further boost by upgrading their powertrain. No don’t get sad because when all other auto manufacturers are degrading their bigger engines for something smaller and more efficient, Audi has not changed the engine instead they have tweaked their existing 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged petrol unit to extract more power and torque.
Coming to the RS6 Avant which was launched recently in India, this car now also gets the tweaked 4.0 Litre TFSI unit which now produces about 605 Hp of peak power and 700 Nm of torque which is actually 44 Bhp more than the existing variant. It also gets a special overboost function as well which allows the person driving the car to extract upto 750 Nm of torque. Performance wise the RS6 Avant with the power boost has actually become 0.2 seconds quicker and now it can accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in just 3.7 seconds, the same car can touch the 200 km/h mark from standstill in 12.1 seconds. Although the power output has increased but the V8 Bitturbo unit actually returns impressive fuel efficiency at the same time.
Just like the RS6 the RS7 is also powered by the same drivetrain and it also returns the same amount of power and torque output. Both the RS6 and the RS7 topspeed have also increased from 250 to 280 km/h mark.
The Audi A8L on the other hand is powered by the 4.0 Litre unit which now produces about 450bhp of peak power at 5,100 rpm which is 15bhp more than earlier while the torque amount stands at 601Nm at 1500 rpm.
This new and improved drivetrain has also been paired to an updated eight-speed tiptronic gearbox; the driver can choose from different driving modes or take control of the gear manually. All those power is then transferred to all the four wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
Last month, Audi revealed the next generation of the 2016 A4. They have now published live pictures of the station wagon variant, the A4 Avant.
The 2016 A4 gets a new exterior and interior along with new engines. The new design of the A4 is more evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Audi has just modified the design on the previous generation A4. So, overall the car looks fresh but similar to the outgoing model.
Even though there aren’t any major changes to the exterior design, Audi claim a drag coefficient of 0.23. The next generation Audi A4 is based on the MLB platform. Hence the car is longer in the overall length and wheelbase. This has also increased legroom at the rear. Audi claims that the use of lightweight materials has reduced the weight of the A4 by 120 kgs. All these contribute to a 21 percent increase in fuel efficiency.
The equipment list includes optional Matrix LED headlights with Dynamic Turn Signals and LED tail lights. The instrument cluster will now get a 12.3 inch LCD display and the Virtual Cockpit which was seen on the Audi TT.
The new generation engines that the 2016 Audi A4 will get are a four cylinder TFSI petrol, a four cylinder TDI diesel and a 3.0 litre V6 TDI diesel that produces 272 HP. The Audi S4 and the Audi RS4 are still under development. Transmission options will include a 7-speed DSG gearbox or an 8-speed Triptronic gearbox.
After launching the RS6 Avant in India, Audi is planning to release more Avant vehicles in the country. The manufacturer is expected to launch the 2016 A4 in India early next year. They will continue assembling the sedan from CKD kits.
Chevrolet launched an updated Enjoy MPV in India with prices starting at INR. 6.24 Lakhs (ex showroom Delhi). The updated Enjoy gets few cosmetic upgrades to its exterior whole the interior too have been tweaked but it has not received any mechanical upgrades under its hood.
Let’s start talking about the changes that you will notice on the exterior of this updated MPV, honestly it took us quite some time to actually spot the difference with the old Enjoy. The changes includes a fully blacked out B -pillar which helps give the exterior more premium feel while the Enjoy also gets the chrome garnish on top of the rear license plate now which actually comes as a standard feature. The rest of the exterior styling is defined by the signature golden bowtie toward the front, while the three dimensional grille has been also finished in chrome. The leaf styled foglamps and the chrome meshed air dam completes the overall look of the front. Towards the rear the Swoosh styled jewel effect taillamps finishes the overall styling of the MPV.
Chevrolet has also tried to make the interior of this updated MPV more premium as possible and the updated interior now gets new 3 spoke steering wheel with integrated audio control switches apart from that the steering wheel also gets golden Chevrolet bowtie symbol and also some silver accents. The Enjoy also gets new premium leather upholstery and also fair amount of chrome detailing inside the cabin. As far as the safety is concerned the Chevrolet Enjoy top end variant gets equipped with ABS, EBD and dual front airbags for the safety of the passengers.
Renault launched their own version of MPV in the form of Lodgy couple of months ago and although it may not provide you with all the luxurious features that some of its other rivals might promise to offer inside but when it comes to space I am sure no one comes anywhere near the Lodgy MPV.
Recently Renault introduced another variant of Lodgy called Stepway which was revealed for the first time at the 2015 Star Guild Award ceremony. Although this is the same car but it does get plenty of cosmetic upgrades on its exterior which helps to set it apart from the standard Lodgy. Talking about the exterior upgrades the Lodgy Stepway gets a revised front grille which comes with Chrome finish to it while the front bumpers too has been restyled and it also gets skid plates which definitely gives this MPV a hardcore character, the skid plates also gets some satin chrome finish to them. While step towards the side profile and you will also find that the side profile gets Black plastic claddings. You also find the Stepway badges towards the front doors which also helps to distinguish the MPV easily from the regular variant.
The Stepway variant also gets roof rails which are finished in Silver color. The changes that are made to the Stepway variant are mosty towards its exterior while the interior of this variant is identical to what you will find inside the RX7 variant. So basically the Stepway variant gets electrically adjustable ORVMs, toucdhscreen infotainments system which also comes with built in navigation system, steering wheel mounted controls, reverse parking sensors with rear view camera.
Quite honestly I was truly surprised when I heard that Audi has decided to launch the RS6 Avant a high performance station wagon in the Indian market. I personally have no idea why the German auto manufacturer actually decided to launch this not so practical car for the Indian market. For those who oppose against my thought tell me how many of you really would think of going to pick your children from school or even pick up shopping bags in a 560 Hp station wagon?
Yes! You read that right the Audi RS6 Avant is powered by a 4.0 Litre V8 unit which gtenerates a massive amount of power and torque and mated to an eight speed tiptronic transmission which sends power to all the 4 wheels. This engine is actually capable of propelling this huge station Wagon from 0-100 km/h mark in just 3.9 seconds while this also has a top speed of 309km/h mark. Not Impressed yet? Well there is plenty more store for you below.
Update: 04.06.2105:- Audi launched the RS6 Avant in India at Rs 1.35 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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Most of you might not have heard about John Olsson and quite honestly I too did not until I saw what a huge car enthusiast he is besides a professional Skier. You should definitely search the internet and check out his car collection which consists of a modified Audi R8, Nissan GTR, few Lamborghini’s and many more however what we are really interested is his latest collection.
We are talking about the Audi RS6 that you are seeing on the video above, believe me when I say this that the Audi RS6 that you ware watching in this video which is making all the growling has actually twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 unit under its hood which uses 18-karat gold anodized turbo chargers that has cranked the horsepower from 552 BHp to a staggering 950 BHp. The car not only packs those huge turbochargers under its hood but it also gets customized suspension setup and modified brake kits.
You all will be more interested in the car and actually stunned when I say that the entire car was designed by the former Koenigsegg Chief Engineer, and it took him over a year to build the entire car. In this video you can see this beast in action as it makes its way through a thick layer of snowy ice.
Watch and enjoy the video and do tell us of what you actually think and also share with us if you have any sort of crazy modified car videos.
Honda India has rolled up their sleeves and is all set to launch their new MPV Mobilio in the Indian market by the end of July 2014. Recently they have released a video trailer of their new MPV in which you can notice Comedian and Bollywood host Kapil Sharma is describing all the features of the Mobilio in his own unique and funny way.
In this Video Mr. Sharma describes that the Mobilio will be a fuel efficient MPV which will return and amazing fuel economy, it has a spacious cabin and can easily carry 7 adults inside. Mobilio even has enough leg space and looks amazing too.
We definitely agree with Mr. Sharma here the Mobilio MPV indeed looks attractive and because of Honda’s intelligent design it has enough space on the inside and can easily accommodates 7 persons. Based on the Brio platform the Mobilio shares lot of components from the Brio hatch (take the dashboard for example) but there is no doubt about the interior quality and components provided by Honda, and all of them definitely looks premium like what you will find in any other Honda product.
Although we are not yet sure of the exact official specs and figures of the Mobilio yet but we can certainly tell you that this will definitely give a tough competition to its rival Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
Read out exclusive and full Honda Mobilio review here
Volvo is all set to unveil the Concept Estate at the Geneva Motor show which will take place next week. This will be their third offering the first two being the concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe.
The Concept Estate Coupe is basically a shooting brake version of the Volvo Coupe Concept, it definitely has the appealing looks and for the first time Volvo will reveal how the interior of the upcoming models of the manufacturer will look and function. The model which will be showcased at the expo will be have seating capacity of 4 occupants inside. The cockpit has been finished in a user friendly way which helps making the drive easier, there aren’t many complicated switches inside the cabin and thus everything will be controlled via an easy to use touch screen interface.
The Swedish manufacturer redefined the Estate car concept by combining functionality, sturdiness and practicality along with performance. Let’s find out whether this new concept will be able to impress the audience or will fail terribly.
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BMW launched five new products at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, the most among all the three premium luxury brands. BMW’s line up for this year’s expo included cars like the hybrid i8 sportscar to the M6 Gran Coupe with 560 horsepower. The company launched the all-new 3-Series Gran Turismo in the mid-size premium car segment.
The 3-Series Gran Turismo is now available for INR 42.75 lakh ex-showroom pan India. Speaking on the occasion, President, BMW Group India, Mr. Philipp Von Sahr said, “A revolutionary concept, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, combines the sporty yet elegant character of a coupé with high functionality and impressively versatile interior.
"With countless innovations and thoughtful details, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo presents a new stylistic assurance around the use of space, boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure.”
The new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo boasts of an elegant coupe shape with increased legroom compared to the standard 3-Series and more space for your luggage. The BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo’s notchback design allows easy access to the luggage compartment. The pillar-less doors on the 3-Series GT adds to the style.
The 3-Series GT is only available with a diesel engine. Thus, the BMW 320d Gran Turismo is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine with 184 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 7.9 seconds.
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News from BMW. CAR Magazine has dug up some interesting information about the next generation BMW 5-Series. Dubbed the G30 by insiders, the new BMW 5-Series will use some unconventional engines and will also spawn a new M5 super saloon. If recent reports are true, then the next M5 could be powered by a 600 horsepower engine and still be "planet-friendly".
The new 5-Series will spawn a wide array of body styles including a long-wheel base limousine, a Gran Tursismo version and a touring/estate model. Yes, the GT will be back and lets hope this time the designers get it right. Apart from the aesthetic upgrade, the new 5’er will be lighter than before and of course more efficient.
BMW will also offer all-wheel drive versions of the 5-Series apart from the standard rear-wheel drive setup. The xDrive models are more popular with the average buyer of the 5-Series Touring.
Big news or shall we say unconfirmed report about the next generation M5 is that, the car will use aluminium and carbon fiber to cut weight and will be powered by a 600 horsepower engine. A self-driving mode will also make its debut on the new 5-Series. So if you don’t fancy driving your BMW, which is rare if you own one, it would drive itself, apparently.
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The 2014 Delhi Auto Expo opens its doors for the public in the first week of February. In this series of blogs, we will be looking at the hatchbacks, sedans, electric cars and all the eye candy from the auto show.
BMW India today announced their line-up for the show. Earlier this month, BMW confirmed their intentions to launch the BMW i8 electric-hybrid in the Indian market. The BMW i8 will be the most expensive cars in BMW India’s line-up. Also, for the first time since its launch, the 3-Series GT will seen on Indian soil.
Representing the M-Peformance division will be the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. This high-performance limousine will take on the recently launched Audi RS7 in India. So, how about 560 horsepower V-8, four-seats and a gorgeous looking exterior design.
The 2014 Delhi Auto Expo will also play host to the all-new BMW X5. The third generation of what BMW call the Sports Activity Vehicle will enter the Indian premium SUV segment. This is the part of the market dominated by the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
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The indigo Marina was based on the same wheelbase as the Indigo sedan, its the only station wagon from Tata motors. The car looks quite spacious from outside and has an elongated rear, Tata promised that the vehicle will handle like any other hatchback car although it is quite huge and elongated compared to a hatchback. The Marina became hit amongst those Indians with huge families and needed some more space in the interior. The exterior appearance of the Marina was not a stunner rather it was almost the same Indigo with an elongated rear.
The Indigo Marina was powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine which generated 62 bhp of maximum power at 4500 rpm and 12.5 kgm of torque at 2500 rpm and the engine was mated with a 5 speed gearbox, the engine is a good performer. Let’s get to find out some more details about this vehicle.
This might just well be only for the European countries butSkoda will be launching an Estate Outdoor version of the Superb with 4WD. This version of the Superb is primarily aimed at the Scandinavian countries but will be sold in the UK as well. The chances for it to come into India are extremely bleak since the pricing will put it into the segment of the likes of the BMW 3-series. Though the concept of an estate is a practical one for our market but paying extra for 4WD in a car wouldn’t go down well with Indian customers. In the international market the Superb Estate Outdoor competes with the Volvo XC70, Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and Subaru Forester.
This Mercedes design is a definite hit. The manufacturer has unveiled an all-new model of the CLS Shooting Brake. The CLS four-door coupe segment was created back in 2004 which gave birth to the likes of the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The Shooting Brake combines the practicality of an estate with the style of a coupe. The swoopy estate is set to go on sale in the UK from November and a possible India launch could be in 2013. Developed under the codename X219, internationally it will be positioned above the E-class estate. According to Mercedes this five-door coupe-estate is a representation of a "sports car with five seats and a tailgate". The CLS Shooting Brake is slightly longer and wider than the E-Class estate and features lots of aluminium to help keep it light.