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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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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Land Rover Introduces Petrol Variant Of The Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover launched the facelift Range Rover Evoque in India in December 2016 and now after a month the British auto manufacturer has introduced the petrol variant of the Evoque in India. The diesel variant which was introduced was during the time of the launch was powered by the new 2.0-litre Ingenium motor which replaced the 2.2 Litre unit.
Now the petrol variant which was introduced earlier today gets the 2.0-litre petrol mill which produces about 241 Hp of peak power. This is the same unit which powers the Discovery Sport as well. The Petrol variant of the Evoque is available only with the SE trim. The other variants which are available with the diesel unit include Pure, SE, SE Dynamic, HSE and HSE Dynamic trims.
Some other features which are available on the facelift variant of the Evoque include redesigned headlamps with xenon headlights, the headlamps unit also gets integrated LED DRLs lamps, panoramic sunroof and also17-inch alloy wheels as well towards its side profile. The rear profile on the other hand gets redesigned taillamps as well. Inside the updated Evoque features height adjustable driver seat, a completely new eight-inch InControl Touch infotainment system with navigation.
The petrol variant Range Rover Evoque rivals the likes of the new BMW X3 which also recently introduced its petrol variant.
What To Expect From The Upcoming Ford Ecosport Compact SUV
Now there have been rumours surrounding the upcoming Ford Ecosport facelift while some are saying that Ford will be introducing the new facelift Ecosport which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the second half of this year while other are saying that Ford will add some new features to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will launch it first before they introduce the new facelift SUV.
Whatever be the case the good news is that we are getting the new facelift compact SUV which will replace the current SUV by this year only. Coming back to the reports of Ford making some changes to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will sell it in the Indian market until and unless the new Ecosport is introduced.
Today we have decided to provide you all the details about what you can expect from the updated pre-facelift variant as well as the upcoming all new facelift Ecosport which was unveiled at the 2016 New York Motor show.
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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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Mahindra Planning To Launch A Premium SUV To Take On Fortuner & Endeavour
It seems like Mahindra now wants to enter deeper water and according to the recent reports the home grown auto manufacturer are now planning to launch a completely new SUV. Their upcoming SUV will also be their flagship offering and will be positioned above their current SUV offering the XUV500.
The all new SUV will be the production variant of the next generation Rexton which was showcased as LIV-2 concept at the 2016 Paris Motor show. Codenamed as Y400 the SUV showcased was actually a full sized SUV. The new SUV which was showcased was the next generation Rexton but the production variant will be rebadged and sold with the Mahindra nameplate in India. The new SUV will be based on body on frame chassis and will provide seating for 7 passengers inside.
The reports also states that M&M also plans to gain more advantage over the other SUV’s of its segment by equipping the SUV with best in class features. The LIV2 concept which was showcased at the Paris Motor show was equipped with plenty of premium features like a huge infotainment screen on the dashboard which gets plenty of features like Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There are different screens for the rear seat passengers as well and through the rear console the passengers can even control the front infotainment system as well. The concept variant was equipped with captain seats; some other features might also include mood lighting inside the cabin.
A Look Back In 2016: List Of SUV’s Launched Last Year
The year 2016 has been an eventful year for all of us. We have witnessed plenty of new launches previous year from different auto manufacturers. One particular segment which has left a really deep impact on the minds of Indian customers and also in the industry is the SUV segment especially the compact SUV segment.
Maruti for the first time in many years offered a compact SUV which went on to become the Indian car of the year. Renault on the other hand too introduced the facelift variant of the Duster which was equipped with plenty of new features and above all an AMT transmission system.
Now as we have already stepped into the New Year we have decided to take a look back at the list of some popular SUV’s launched last year.
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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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Can A Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Beat A Plane On Track: Video
This is definitely one interesting video where a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT takes on a Plane on Track. Well! You read that right this SUV will take on a plane on the race track. Now that the Jeep brand has made their mark on the Indian market and already launched three new cars including the Grand Cherokee SRT this is definitely a instruction video which actually will give those an idea what the Grand Cherokee SRT is actually capable of.
Here in this video you can watch the Grand Cherokee which packs a V8 motor that packs about 461 Hp of peak power. The SUV has got four wheel drive and many other equipments which actually makes this SUV we ll equipped and appropriate for this battle. On the other hand you have actually got a single seater plane which according to the pilot packs about 107 Hp of peak power. Now although the power on the plane seems to be less compared to the massive power that the Jeep has but this definitely wont effect the race much because obviously an aeroplane will be lot faster than the Jeep because it obviously wont have much obstruction once it takes off from the ground.
Watch and enjoy the video because this is really an interesting video which I am sure all of you will enjoy watching.
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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Renault Unlisted The Koleos SUV & Fluence Sedan From Their Official Website
From what it looks like Renault India has discontinued the Koleos SUV from the Indian market. They have removed the SUV from their Indian official website as well Apart from the SUV it also seems that Renault has also discontinued their D segment sedan Fluence as well because this sedan too has been removed from their official website.
Although Renault hasn’t released any official statement yet but perhaps this was the right move for them. Both the Koleos and the Fluence does not have many takers in the Indian market mainly because of their steep pricing compared to their rivals. Some reports suggests that the manufacturer now wants to shift their focus entirely towards those particular products which has atleast 80 percent localisation and not to those products which are completely knocked down (CKD) and semi-knocked down (SKD) units.
Although the Koleos was assembled in India at the auto manufacturers plant but the kits were imported and as a result of all that the Koleos was actually priced way above its rivals which was the main reason of its low sales figures.
Renault has also plans to launch some new products which will be heavily localized and which also means that the overall prices will be priced quite aggressively.
Land Rover Launches The Range Rover Evoque In India
Land Rover launched the new and updated Range Rover Evoque in India today. The best selling model from Land Rover prices starts from INR. 49.10 lakh for the base Pure trim while the top end HSE Dynamic trim is priced at INR. 64.65 lakh.
The updated RR Evoque hasn’t received any major changes in terms of styling but instead decided to equip the SUV with more features. As a result of that the new RR Evoque gets a restyled front bumper and also a new grille. To make it looks slightly more aggressive it even features bigger air intakes as well. As far as some other exterior features are concerned it gets full LED headlamps as well. Just like the front profile the rear profile too gets an updated LED taillamps as well. Inside things looks new as well, to begin with the RR Evoque gets redesigned instrument cluster and soft touch materials. The seats too has been redesigned as well, the front seats gets massage function as well available as an option. The dashboard also gets an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Apart from all that some other new features includes an all terrain progress control, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Attention Assist Estimation.
Coming to the drivetrain the new Range Rover Evoque gets the 2.0 Liter Ingenium series engine which is capable of producing about 177 Hp of peak power. All that power is send to the 4 wheels of the SUV via the 9 speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain is more fuel efficient and is also lighter by almost 20 kilograms than the previous engine. Land Rover will also introduce a petrol engine as well from January 2017 onward.
11 SUV’s in Indian Market That No one Actually Buys Well Almost!
The Indian car market has always been one tough battlefield to conquer. While it has proved to be a big game changer for many car manufacturers and products, which due to their performance in the Indian market have gained a huge reputation worldwide, there have been some names which have been struggling very hard to make their impact, yet are being accepted by a handful of buyers.
Today is the time of SUVs in the Indian market – SUVs of all sizes and dimensions. In this immensely popular category of cars, there are still a number of products of whose sales numbers are even lower than the number of fingers in both your hands. In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on those SUVs which literally have extremely few or very lower number of buyers in the market. Here is that list of those unfortunate SUVs.
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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Tata Motors To Launch Hexa SUV On January 18th 2017
So its official Tata Motors is all set to launch their much waited Hexa Crossover on 18th January 2017 in India. This Crossover will be replacing the Arya in the market and will compete with some other big names like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Toyota Innova Crysta.
The production variant of the Hexa made its first appearance at the 2016 Auto expo this year and recently the manufacturer conducted media drive for the press, they even opened Tata Hexa Experience centre where people can come and experience in person what the Hexa Crossover is actually capable of and can book the vehicle directly.
Powering the Hexa Crossover is the same 2.2 Litre Varicor diesel unit which will be available in two states of tune. The Varicor 320 will power the entry level trims while the top end trims will be powered by the Varicor 400 unit. The 2.2 Litre Varicor 320 unit is capable of producing about 150 Hp of peak power and around 320 Nm of torque. While the more powerful Varicor 400 unit is capable of producing about 156 Hp of peak power and 400 Nm of torque. The Crossover will be paired to a 6 speed manual transmission as standard while there will also be 6 speed automatic transmission offered as an option as well. As you all already know by now that the Hexa Crossover will be made available with both four wheel drive as well as two wheel drive option.
BMW Introduces Petrol Variant Of The X3 & X5 SUV In India
BMW has introduced the petrol variant of their X3 and X5 Crossover in India today. This step has been taken by time in order to expand their petrol model lineup in the market. The X3 is launched in the xDrive28i trim and is priced at INR. 54.9 lakh while BMW has decided to introduce the X Drive 35i trim for the X5 variant and is priced at INR. 73.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The X3 xDrive28i is powered by the 2.0-litre TwinPower four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor. This unit is capable of producing about 245hp of peak power and 350Nm of torque in between paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. BMW claims that the SUV is capable of sprinting from 0-100kph in 6.5 seconds. The car can sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in just 6.5 seconds.
The Petrol X3 will take on the Mercedes GLC and the recently introduced Land Rover Discover Sport. The SUV has received a completely new front face which gets slightly restyled front and rear bumpers. Headlamp which comes integrated with LED units. While towards the side profile it gets a completely new alloy wheels as well. Inside the car gets a Piano Black central console and dark coloured upholstery. It also gets a bootlid which comes with electric opening function.
2016 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza- Driven
We all have at least one single nostalgic moment attached with the Maruti 800. After all, for all the kids, youth or middle age men belonging to the era of nineties, this one car happened to be their first ever family car, thus being a part for most of their memorable moments. However, over all these years, the Indian car market as well as Maruti Suzuki itself have evolved a lot, which not only has made the average Indian car buyer mature as well as picky, but at the same time, has made the Indian car makers competitive enough to make cars which are better and modern in one way or the other.
Speaking of Maruti Suzuki, the manufacturer has come a long way from being a maker of small mini hatchbacks to a name which now makes everything from an entry level hatchback to a premium crossover. And yes, it now also has a significant contribution in the fastest growing segment of today’s times – that of the compact SUVs. Now, the combination of Maruti Suzuki and SUVs never happened to be popular in the past, with its only offering in the SUV segment in the form of Grand Vitara being a big flop in India in the past, due to the image of Maruti Suzuki as only a small car maker.
But that’s now a thing of the past, and as Maruti Suzuki too is being perceived as a maker of value for money premium car makers, it has made its debut in the compact SUV segment in the form of Vitara Brezza. Developed fully in and for the Indian market, the Vitara Brezza since its launch in August 2016 has been shattering all the records and benchmarks of the sub-four meter SUV segment and is consistently finding a place in the top ten selling cars in the Indian market, thus putting Maruti Suzuki as a prominent name in the highest UV seller in India, one title which nobody would have thought it would bag.
Now, for a compact SUV which is consistently raking in 8000-10000 units per month and at the same time, commanding a waiting period of nearly six to seven months, the Vitara Brezza needs to be special. What all things are making the Vitara Brezza this popular and special, which is managing to outsell its competition? Let’s find out:-
Production Variant Of The Hyundai Carlino Sub-4 Meter SUV Launching In India In 2019
Do you all remember the sub-4meter SUV concept showcased by the South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai at the 2016 Auto expo? Well! We have got news for you.
Hyundai officials now actually have decided to officially launch the production variant by 2019. The reports also suggest that Hyundai has already started working on their new sub 4 meter SUV. Codenamed QXi, this compact SUV when launched will be positioned below the Creta and will take on the Ford Ecosport, Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Tata Nexon SUV.
The Carlino concept surely did pick lot of interest at the Auto show and keeping the current Indian automotive scenario in mind there is no denying in the fact that the compact SUV segment surely has become the most competitive segment of the Country with so many worthy competitors from different manufacturer. The Carlino will be a sub 4 meter offering which means that it will enjoy the excise duty benefits from the Government.
We have tried to provide you all the details of this sub 4 meter compact SUV which is available at this moment
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:-
Jeep Compass Spotted On Indian Road As Launch Nears
The upcoming Jeep Compass SUV was spotted in Mumbai recently by the Carwale team. The Jeep Compass SUV is one SUV for which many of the Indian Jeep fans are eagerly waiting for because this will be the cheapest SUV from Jeep which will set foot in the Indian market. Actually we are wrong this SUV will be manufactured in India itself which will be the main reason for its aggressive pricing. The car will be produced at the FCA-Tata JV’s plant in Ranjangaon
This new SUV will be positioned below the Jeep Wrangler available for sale in the Indian market. Because this will be produced locally thus expect the pricing to also be aggressive at the same time. The SUV will take on some rivals like the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V when it finally launched here in Mid 2017. Apart from these vehicles the SUV will also take on some big and bad SUV’s like the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner.
The Jeep Compass SUV was already showcased at the 2016 LA Motor show and its exterior design has been heavily inspired from the bigger and more premium Grand Cherokee which too is available in the Indian market.
The Jeep Compass SUV will be available in the Indian market with both diesel and petrol engine option. While the diesel mill is expected to get the 2.0L, 4 cylinder, Multijet II turbodiesel unit while the petrol variant will most probably get the 1.4 Litre unit. Both the engines will be paired either to a 6 speed manual gearbox or there will also be an automatic gearbox as well on offer.
Tata Motors Inaugurates Hexa Experience Center In NCR Today
Tata Motors is leaving no stones unturned to promote their upcoming Crossover Hexa. Recently they concluded the media drive session and until the Arya replacement has received positive response from the people. Recently Tata Motors inaugurated Hexa Experience centre which has been designed especially for the customers to come and experience their upcoming lifestyle vehicle Hexa even before its launch. This experience centre also gives the customers an opportunity to push the upcoming vehicle to its limits. The customers actually can also book the upcoming SUV straight from the event itself.
At the driving experience centre the customers can also sit and enjoy while the vehicle is pushed to its absolute limit by professional stunt drivers. There is also a challenging off-roading course which also has been created where the customers can actually test both its on and off road skills. There is also a separate customer lounge and dining area which too has been created, while there is also a separate kids zone for the entertainment of the kids. This is the first Hexa experience center which kicked off at Gurugram and will continue for three days from 25 to 27th November.
Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head – Marketing, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, ‘The Hexa is very capable and we are supremely confident about the performance and abilities of the Vehicle.The ‘Hexa Experience Centre’ provides an opportunity to our discerning customers to experience the sheer width of capabilities of the vehicle, not experienced in a normal Test Drive. Besides trying out the Hexa, customers can also enjoy the attention and hospitality of other Tata Brands with friends and family. Through ‘Hexa Experience Centres’, we plan to excite and enthral our customers across the country, as we gear up for the launch of our flagship product in January 2017.”
Jeep Compass Launching In Mid 2017 Few Important Thing That You Should Know
Fiat already introduced two of their most exiting products in the Indian market recently in the form of Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee. Both this SUV’s are priced at a premium which actually made them out of reach for many such Jeep enthusiasts who loved this iconic brand. But now it seems that Fiat has a solution for those who are looking out for a vehicle which is actually affordable and well within the budget of many.
Jeep has now decided to introduce the Compass SUV in India; this new SUV was already showcased in the markets of Brazil already and when it will be launched in the Indian market this will be positioned below the Jeep Wrangler. While for the other International market this compact SUV which is actually based on the same but reworked Renegade platform. You can expect high localisation levels as well from this new compact SUV which actually also indicated aggressive pricing as well. This will infact be the most affordable SUV of India.
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