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Mercedes-Benz unveils its first Urban eTruck
Mercedes’ first fully electric truck has an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. [...]
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VW disguises Cross Blue test mule to resemble Jeep Grand Cherokee
Will be built in the USA and China. The VW CrossBlue concept was introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto in Detroit. As Volkswagen continues with the development of the CrossBlue concept’s production version using Jeep Grand Cherokee’s body, one of its engineering mules has been spied yet again, courtesy auto.sohu.com. The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will be based on the MQB platform. The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will share the MQB platform with the VW Tiguan and VW Tiguan LWB (name TBA). The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will sit as a mid-size crossover rivaling the Honda Pilot and the likes. Positioned even higher, will be the VW T-Prime Concept GTE‘s production version, a full-size premium crossover. The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version is expected to be largely targeted at USA, Canada and China. The North American-spec model will be manufactured by Volkswagen Group of America at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, USA, while the China-spec model will be made locally by SAIC Volkswagen. Production at the Chattanooga plant has been confirmed to commence at the end of 2016. The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will enter production at the Chattanooga plant at the end of 2016. Also See: 2016 VW Tiguan LWB seen uncamouflaged in new spyshots The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version could be offered with the 3.6-litre V6 from the VW Passat and a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine in the U.S. market. Also, considering the high demand of electrified vehicles in the USA and China, a hybrid variant may also be in the cards. VW CrossBlue – Image Gallery [Image Source: auto.sohu.com] [...]
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5 things we know about the 2016 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai India is prepping to launch the next generation 2016 Hyundai Elantra this year, with reports narrowing it down to a date in September. Here are five things we know about Hyundai’s latest executive sedan. 1. Dimensions and design The new Elantra measures 4,610 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,450 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, making it 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing model. The exterior of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is influenced by Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, and is an evolution of the previous design. The India-spec Elantra will get sleek projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, large hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, 16-inch alloy rims, LED taillights, shark fin antenna and parking sensors 2. Engine options According to various reports, the India-spec 2016 Hyundai Elantra will offer an option between a 2.0-liter MPI four-cylinder petrol engine with 149 PS (146.90 hp)/183 Nm of torque and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder CRDi VGT diesel engine that produces 136 PS (134.09 hp) and 306 Nm of torque. Transmission options are reported to be 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes. 3. Features expected The next gen Elantra is likely to be a feature-packed sedan, considering the segment it’s competing in. It will feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that could offer Android Auto and Apple Carplay support, satellite navigation, automatic climate control, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and start/stop button. 4. Market Launch A report from NDTV’s Car and Bike stated that the 2016 Hyundai Elantra will see its Indian market launch in the first week of September 2016. Currently, it’s undergoing testing at various cities in India. 5. Expected price Hyundai India will assemble the 2016 Hyundai Elantra with CKD kits, and could be priced between INR 15-18 Lakhs for the petrol variant and INR 16-20 Lakhs for diesel (ex-showroom) 2016 Hyundai Elantra – Image Gallery [...]
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2016 Hyundai Tucson’s Indian launch could get delayed – Report
Launch pushed back to end of this year. According to Overdrive, Hyundai India could push back the launch of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson from September (rumored) to the end of this year. So far, Hyundai is yet to confirm a launch date of the mid-size 5-seat SUV in India. Reports suggest that the Tucson could be priced between INR 17-22 lakhs (ex-showroom). Overdrive believes that the Hyundai Tucson could cannibalize the sales of the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which is also expected to launch in September. Given that SUVs are more popular in the market and the two models could be closely priced, Hyundai could give the new Elantra some time to establish itself in the market before launching its SUV sibling. Both models will be assembled locally with CKD kits at good localization levels, thus allowing Hyundai to price them competitively. Reports suggest that the Tucson could be priced between INR 17-22 lakhs, while the Elantra’s prices are expected to range between 12-18 lakh (both ex-showroom). Hyundai could give the new Elantra some time to establish itself in the market before launching its SUV sibling. Also Read: Hyundai Creta prices to increase by INR 15,000 – Report Unlike the Elantra, Hyundai had revealed the Tucson to the Indian public at the Auto Expo 2016 this February. It could pack a 2.0-liter (1,995 cc) CRDi engine available in power outputs of 136 PS and 184 PS, and with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. 2016 Hyundai Tucson – Image Gallery [Source: Overdrive] [...]
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Toyota Calya mini MPV arrives at Indonesian dealerships – In 15 Images
Will launch in Indonesia at GIIAS 2016. A Toyota Calya is being showcased at a dealership in Indonesia ahead of its launch expected to take place at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, which will be held between August 11-21 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dealers could be accepting bookings for the Calya MPV ahead of its premiere. Top-end variants of the Toyota Calya will ride on 14 inch alloy wheels, as seen in the model above. As seen in older images of undisguised examples, the front fascia has a bold chrome bar flanked by a pair of angular headlamps, while the bumper houses a large hexagonal grille with a chrome applique and round foglamps. At the back, it features Toyota Innova Crysta-inspired taillamps, roof spoiler and a bold chrome garnish above the registration plate area. Top-end variants will ride on 14 inch alloy wheels, as seen in the model above. The Calya measures 4,070 mm in length, 1,655 mm in width and 1,600 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,525 mm and a ground clearance of 180 mm. The Calya gets a plain three-spoke steering wheel and analogue instrument cluster with a small multi-info display and round HVAC vents on either sides. Also Read: Toyota Etios C (Honda City-rival) – Rendering Inside, the Calya features a console mounted gear selector that sits beside the HVAC controls and floating dashboard design finished in dual-tone beige and black. It also gets a plain three-spoke steering wheel and analogue instrument cluster with a small multi-info display and round HVAC vents on either sides. The Toyota Calya is only available with a 3NR-FE 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 88 PS (87.76 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 108 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual as standard, while a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional. Toyota Calya – Image Gallery [Source: AutonetMagz] [...]
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Bajaj Pulsar CS400 spied without camouflage for the first time
Will be launched in India in August. Just days after its sketch was leaked, the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 has been spied sans camouflage for the first time, courtesy Autocar India. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will reportedly be launched in India in August. The concept version’s USD forks have been replaced by conventional telescopic forks. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 was first showcased as a concept ‘Cruiser Sport’ motorcycle at Auto Expo 2014. The production version will debut after over two years, but with little aesthetic changes, if any. The company seems to be bridging the gap between the sports and naked motorcycles with a hybrid of the two. The production CS400 looks very much like how we had previewed in renderings earlier this year. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will reportedly be powered by a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. This engine will feature the familiar DTS-i spark ignition system and channel power to the wheel via a 6-speed transmission. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will be powered by a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. Also See: Bajaj Pulsar CS400 shows its headlight and taillight pattern A few key features of the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 known so far are telescopic forks, mono-shock rear suspension, all-digital instrument cluster, auxiliary digital display on the fuel tank and single front and rear disc brakes. Word out there is that there will be a single-channel ABS as standard, while a dual-channel could be made available optionally. Bajaj Pulsar CS400 – Image Gallery [Source: Autocar India] [...]
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Mercedes seeks to widen customer base with AMG SLC 43
Tax breaks for cars powered by sub-3.0-litre engines in India has enabled Mercedes to price the AMG SLC 43 at a lower rate. [...]
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Next-gen Mazda BT-50 – Rendering
Will be made in Thailand. The current, second generation Mazda BT-50 is based on the Ford Ranger. Introduced at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show, the pickup truck was given a mid-life facelift last year. Now, with talks about the third generation Mazda BT-50 having started, a report from Paultan says that it will be based on the Isuzu D-Max. A speculative rendering from Theophilus Chin previews the next-gen Mazda BT-50 featuring the company’s latest family design. Both co-developed pickup trucks will have unique designs. According to the report, the development was brought to light during a performance presentation for the ASEAN region in Japan by Hiroshi Inoue, the company’s Executive Officer in charge of New Emerging Market Operation (excepting Latin America). Speaking on the collaborative work that will be be done with the new commercial vehicle partner Isuzu, Mr. Inoue confirmed that the alliance will co-develop a new pick-up truck to replace the BT-50. Mr. Inoue indicated that Mazda and Isuzu iterations will be a lot more different than just their branding, saying that a strategy similar to what’s being used for the Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger – having completely different exterior body panels and dashboard – will be used for the new co-developed pickup trucks. The next-gen Mazda BT-50 will be made alongside the Isuzu D-Max at one of Isuzu’s plants in Thailand. Also See: Mazda CX-4 – Auto China Live Furthermore, Mr. Inoue also spoke about the production of the co-developed pickup trucks. The Thai production of the Mazda BT-50 will continue, but will be relocated from the AutoAlliance Thailand plant in Rayong to one of the Isuzu’s plants where the Isuzu version will also be made. There won’t be an SUV version of the Mazda BT-50, Mr. Inoue confirmed reasoning limited market potential for such vehicles. 2016 Mazda BT-50 – Image Gallery [Source: Paultan] [...]
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New Toyota Etios (facelift) spied ahead of launch this year
Changes could be similar to the Brazilian-spec 2016 Toyota Etios. Toyota is road-testing an updated version of the Toyota Etios sedan in Bangalore, featuring strategically-placed wraps that hide the cosmetic changes. It’s expected to launch in the country during the festive season this year. The facelifted Etios is expected to launch in the country during the festive season. To look contemporary in today’s market, it features a redesigned grille, where the sleek lines flow to form a V-shaped grille in the center with 4 slats, as well as new intakes and foglamp enclosures that look similar to the Toyota Vios. The rear-end has a new chrome bar running between the taillamps and a slightly redesigned lower bumper. An older spyshot has revealed the interior of the new Etios, which seems to feature a new fabric material for the seat upholstery and an updated steering pad with a digital instrument cluster similar to the unit fitted in the Brazilian-spec Etios and the Toyota Prius. The rear-end has a new chrome bar running between the taillamps and a slightly redesigned lower bumper. Also Read: Toyota Etios-based sedan (Honda City rival) to launch in Brazil first – Report Expect the engine lineup to remain unchanged. The current Etios is available with a 1.5L petrol engine and 1.4L diesel engine, which produces 90 PS/132 Nm of torque and 68 PS/170 Nm respectively. The only transmission option is a 5-speed manual gearbox in both variants. Brazilian-spec 2016 Toyota Etios – Image Gallery [Source: Motorbeam] [...]
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Next-gen Mercedes GLE takes shape
The new GLE SUV will likely get a more aggressive look; to be introduced in international markets in 2018. [...]
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VW Ameo Diesel spied yet again ahead of festive season launch
Will pack an updated version of the 1.5 TDI engine. The VW Ameo diesel variant has been spied testing in Pune, ahead of an expected launch during the festive season. Currently, the Ameo is only available in its petrol variant, which is priced between INR 5.13-6.91 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai). VW India started deliveries of the Ameo earlier this week. For the diesel variant, VW will equip an updated version of the 1.5 TDI unit, which outputs 108 bhp. Along with a 5 speed manual, VW has confirmed that a 7-speed DSG is optional in the Ameo diesel. The petrol variant packs a smaller 1.2L MPI three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 75 PS (73.94 hp) at 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. Unlike the diesel variant, it’s only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Apart from the TDI badge on the boot, rest of the Ameo diesel variant will be identical to the petrol variant currently sold. As standard from Trendline (base grade), the Ameo features body-coloured bumpers, body-coloured door handles, body-coloured door mirrors with integrated turn indicators, single-folding rear seat backrest, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, ABS and dual-front airbags. The Ameo TDI will offer 5-MT and 7-DSG gearbox options. Also Read: VW Ameo – First Drive Review Higher variants will come equipped with cruise control, automatic rain sensing wipers, reverse parking camera and sensors, Climatronic automatic climate control, remote & power (one-touch) operable windows (open & close), leather-wrapped steering wheel with chrome accents and piano finish, leather-wrapped gearshift knob and touchscreen infotainment system with Mirrorlink connectivity. Safety features like Electronic Stabilization Program and Hill Hold control will be exclusive to the diesel-DSG variant. VW Ameo – Image Gallery [Source: Thrust Zone] [...]
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Toyota Etios C (Honda City-rival) – Rendering
Will be positioned between the Etios and Corolla. Car and Driver Brasil has created a speculative rendering of the Toyota Etios C sedan, which is reported to launch in Brazil later this year. It’s also expected to launch in India in 2017-18, thus filling the gap between the Etios and Corolla. Toyota may look towards the Vios for design inspiration, but the platform will be that of the Etios. As rumors suggest, the rendering integrates cues from the Toyota Vios sedan, and its relationship may be similar to that of the Renault Captur and Kaptur. The Etios C could be christened as the ‘Yaris’ in the Brazilian market and prices are speculated to hover between R$ 65,000 (INR 13.41 Lakhs) and R$ 75,000 (INR 15.47 Lakhs). The highlight of the Etios C sedan is that it is based on the Toyota Etios’s platform, which is localized in emerging markets like Brazil and India. So the Etios C will not require a huge investment for its development and production in these markets. The highlight of the Etios C sedan is that it is based on the Toyota Etios’ platform, which is localized in emerging markets. Also Read: Production of petrol Toyota Innova Crysta reportedly starts Previously, the Toyota Vios was reported to arrive in India, and has also been spotted testing on Indian roads several times. However it’s based on the Toyota B platform, which requires a fresh round of investments for its localization in India. As Toyota does not plan on fresh investments in new platforms in India, the Etios C will be TKM’s product to compete against popular premium sedans like the Honda City, VW Vento and Maruti Ciaz. 2016 Toyota Vios (facelift) – Image Gallery [Source: Car and Driver Brasil] [...]
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Hero Splendor iSmart 110 launched in Mumbai
First product to have been wholly-developed by Hero Motocorp. The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 has been launched in Mumbai for a price of INR 55,672 (ex-showroom). The Splendor iSmart 110 was launched nationally earlier this month and is Hero’s first completely in-house product. The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is is built on a completely new chassis and frame. First showcased at Auto Expo 2016, the new entry-level commuter is built on a completely new chassis and frame. The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is powered by a completely new BS IV compliant 110 cc engine called ‘TOD’, short for ‘Torque on Demand’. Needless to say, the engine is 4-stroke and air-cooled, and it produces 9.4 PS (9.26 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 9 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. It features i3S (Idle-stop-start system) for lower consumption of fuel, and features a 4-speed transmission. 0-60 km/h is clocked in 7.45 seconds. The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is powered by a 9.4 PS (9.26 hp) 110 cc engine. Also Read: Production Hero Xtreme 200S to launch within 18 months The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is the first motorcycle in its class to be offered with Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature. It will be available in four colour schemes: Silver & Black, Red & Black, Blue & Black and Sports Red. Hero Splendor iSmart 110 – Image Gallery [...]
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Hyundai Creta prices to increase by INR 15,000 – Report
To be effective from September, reportedly. According to Team-BHP member, RavenAvi, Hyundai India will hike prices of the Hyundai Creta by INR 15,000 from September 2016. Hyundai regularly revises its product price list in Q3 of every year, which is attributed to fluctuations in operational and manufacturing costs. Hyundai regularly revises its product price list in Q3 of every year. With this regard, Hyundai has sent an email to its dealer principals appraising them of the forthcoming price hike. Currently, the Creta is priced between INR 9.17 Lakhs – 14.51 Lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi). The company has urged dealers to place orders for the Creta at the earliest in order to avoid the scheduled price hike, according to the email text which can be viewed at the source link. Other models in the product range are also expected to receive a price hike in Q3 2016. The Creta is celebrating its first anniversary this month, and Hyundai have commemorated the feat by launching a first anniversary edition of the compact SUV. Since its launch, Hyundai sold 78,857 units of the Hyundai Creta till May 2016. Recently, the Creta range was expanded with launch of petrol automatic model and extending the availability of automatic transmission in the lower S+ diesel grade. Since its launch, Hyundai sold 78,857 units of the Hyundai Creta till May 2016. Also Review: Hyundai Creta – Review The Hyundai Creta is available with 1.4- and 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engines and a 1.6-liter VTVT petrol engine. All engine variants are equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard while a 6-speed AT is optional in the petrol and 1.6-liter diesel models. Hyundai Creta – Image Gallery [Source: Team-BHP] [...]
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Maruti enters LCV segment with Super Carry
LCV to be sold in Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Ludhiana by end-August through a dedicated commercial sales channel. [...]
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Aston Martin DB9 production ends after 13 years
Production of the DB9’s successor, the DB11, is set to begin next month. [...]
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2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet – Rendering
Expected to launch by early-2017. Last month, Audi unveiled the second generation Audi A5 in Ingolstadt and announced that the all-new mid-size coupe will go on sale in Germany in Autumn 2016 (September-November). The second-gen A5 coupe will be tailed by the second-gen A5 Cabriolet and second-gen A5 Sportback. The next-gen A5 Cabriolet, as per a leaked internal document, is planned to be launched in North America in May 2017, meaning that first markets including Germany and others in Europe will likely get it in late-2016 or early-2017. The MLB-Evo platform based next-gen Audi A5 Cabriolet is expected to be around 50 kg lighter than the first generation Audi A5 Cabriolet. A speculative rendering from IAB’s automotive illustrator Shoeb Kalania previews the 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet in near-production guise. Like the second-gen A5 Coupe, the second-gen A5 Cabriolet will likely be introduced along with its S performance variant. The next-gen Audi A5 Cabriolet, along with the new family design, will likely come with the latest signature Audi features such as the new, wider and flatter Singleframe grille, Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals, Audi virtual cockpit and MMI infotainment system with MMI touch. The next-gen Audi A5 Cabriolet is expected to be offered with the same engines and transmissions employed in the new generation Audi A5 Coupe. Also See: 2016 Audi A5 Coupe vs. 2012 Audi A5 Coupe – In Images The next-gen Audi A5 Cabriolet will be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s MLB-Evo. The new generation model will likely be around 50 kg lighter than the first generation model. Powering the all-new A5 Cabriolet/S5 Cabriolet will likely be the same engines employed in the all-new A5 Coupe/S5 Coupe: 140 kW (190 PS) 2.0 TFSI, 185 kW (252 PS) 2.0 TFSI, 260 kW (354 PS) 3.0 TFSI (S5 only), 140 kW (190 PS) 2.0 TDI, 160 kW (218 PS) 3.0 TDI and 210 kW (286 PS) 3.0 TDI. Similarly, transmission choices should include 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic and 8-speed tiptronic. 2016 Audi A5 Coupe and 2016 Audi S5 Coupe – Image Gallery [...]
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Chevrolet Onix Activ (Hyundai HB20X-rival) launched in Brazil – Report
Chevrolet will also launch the facelifted Onix and Prisma. Following its debut on Monday in the country, the Chevrolet Onix Activ has been listed on Chevrolet’s website for Brazil. The adventure variant of the 2017 Chevrolet Onix (facelift) will be launched tomorrow in the country. The Chevrolet Onix Activ is powered by a 1.4-litre flex-fuel (petrol-ethanol) engine. The Chevrolet Onix Activ is distinguished with many exclusive features such as darkened headlamps featuring LED positioning lights, gloss black upper grille, black plastic cladding, exclusive 15-inch lightweight alloy wheels, roof rails, heightened suspension, “Jet Black” and “Kalahari” two-tone interior trim and appliques in orange colour on the dashboard and doors. The Chevrolet Onix Activ will be available in Red Carmine Color, Black Gold Black, Orange Burning, Switchblade Silver, Graphite Grey and White Summit exterior colours. Noteworthy features include leather multifunction steering wheel, second-gen MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility, front airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensor (rear), reversing camera and TPMS. The Chevrolet Onix Activ will be available with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission choices. Also See: Next-gen 2017 Chevrolet Beat spied testing by IAB reader The Chevrolet Onix Activ is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder flex-fuel (petrol-ethanol) engine that produces 98 cv (72.1 kW/ 96.7 hp) at 6000 rpm and 127 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm running on petrol or 106 cv (77.9 kW/ 104.5 hp) at 6000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm running on ethanol. Transmission choices include 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The manual transmission model is priced at R$57,190 (INR 11,72,392.64) and the automatic transmission model is priced at R$64,540 (INR 13,23,067.34). While the Onix nameplate is not present in India, GM India will launch the new Beat Activ within the next 12 months. Chevrolet Onix Activ – Image Gallery [...]
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2017 Maruti Swift to be revealed in March 2017 at Geneva Show – Report
Should be launched in India in H2 2017. The 2017 Maruti Swift won’t debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, instead according to a report from Autocar India, the hatchback will have its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. The next-gen Maruti Swift will be based on the all-new Maruti Baleno‘s high-rigidity and lightweight new-generation platform. The fourth generation Swift is currently under development in Europe, spyshots have reaffirmed multiple times during the past couple of months. The B-segment hatchback will move to its next generation with an evolutionary redesign, leaked official renderings, supported by spyshots of test mules wearing production body, suggest. The interior also has been completely redesigned. The next-gen Maruti Swift will be based on the all-new Maruti Baleno‘s high-rigidity and lightweight new-generation platform, and this should make it lighter by nearly 50 kg in kerb weight. The current 1.2-litre petrol engine is expected to continue being offered in the next-gen model, while the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine will reportedly be replaced by a new 1.5-litre diesel engine developed in-house. The Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine will be replaced by a new 1.5-litre diesel engine developed in-house. Also read: Maruti Ignis to get AMT in petrol and diesel The Euro-spec fourth-gen Swift will be made in Hungary and likely be offered with the K12C 1.2-litre DUALJET naturally aspirated four-cylinder and K10C DITC 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engines. There will be the Sport variant too, packing the K14C-DITC 1.4-litre BOOSTERJET turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the Suzuki Vitara S. 2017 Maruti Swift – Image Gallery [Source: Autocar India] [...]
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Maruti Baleno Boosterjet (Baleno RS) snapped testing
Will be more fuel efficient than the regular 1.2 petrol variant, reportedly. Courtesy of GaadiWaadi, a couple of spyshots of the Maruti Baleno Boosterjet has surfaced online. It will launch in India as the Maruti Baleno RS during the festive season. The Baleno Boosterjet will launch in India as the Maruti Baleno RS during the festive season. Maruti is testing the Baleno in the export-spec Boosterjet variant, which packs an all new 1.0L three cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces 110 hp and 170 Nm of torque in export-spec, and is available with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. As stated above, the Baleno Boosterjet will be sold as the hotter Baleno RS variant, which will feature a mesh-pattern grille, sportier front bumper with a wider radiator intake and silver underlining, side skirts, black-painted alloy wheels, roof spoiler and a lower rear bumper. The Maruti Baleno RS will also be equipped with rear-disc brakes, reportedly. The Baleno Boosterjet produces 110 hp and 170 Nm of torque in its export-spec. Also read: Maruti Vitara Brezza gets over 95,000 bookings With a smaller, turbocharged engine, the Baleno RS will not only be more powerful than the regular 1.2 petrol variant, but also more fuel efficient. It will be Maruti’s first product in India to pack the new Boosterjet engine, and more models could be fitted with this unit in the future. Maruti Baleno RS concept – Image Gallery [Source: GaadiWaadi] [...]
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Maruti Super Carry launched in India at INR 4.01 Lakhs
Only launched in Ahmedabad, Ludhiana and Kolkata, for now. Maruti has launched its first ever commercial pick up in India – the Maruti Super Carry. For now it’s only launched in Ahmedabad, Ludhiana and Kolkata, and priced at INR 4.03 Lakhs, INR 4.11 Lakhs and INR 4.01 Lakhs (all ex-showroom) respectively. For India, the Maruti Super Carry is available only in a diesel variant. The Tata Ace-rival has a payload capacity of 750 kg. It measures 3.8 meters long and 1.56 meters wide, has a load deck measuring 2.18 x 1.49 meters, a ground clearance of 175 mm and a turning cycle of 8.6 meters diameter. The suspension system comprises of independent MacPherson struts and coil springs in the front and a rigid axle with leaf springs at the rear. It sources the 793 cc two-cylinder diesel engine from the Maruti Celerio, producing 24 KW (32 hp) at 3500 RPM and 75 Nm at 2000 RPM. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and capable of fuel efficiency of 22.07 Km/L as well as a top speed of 80 Kmph. The Maruti Super Carry has a top-speed of 80 km/h. As standard, it is equipped with a mobile charging socket, dual assist grip, odometer, trip meter, fuel meter, digital clock, provision for a stereo, integrated rain guard, sliding back window glass, and spare wheel. (Maruti) Suzuki Super Carry – Image Gallery (South African-spec) [...]
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Hyundai Creta S+ diesel AT launched at Rs 13.56 lakh
Affordable Creta S+ diesel automatic costs Rs 1.06 lakh lesser than the top-spec SX+ diesel automatic. [...]
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Next-gen Jeep Compass interior spied
The new India-bound Jeep will be unveiled late-September; shares a number of interior elements with other Jeep and FCA models. [...]
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Honda CBR250RR detailed in videos
Post its reveal, the following videos give a better look at the Honda CBR250RR sportsbike which will launch in Indonesia towards the end of this year. [YouTube link] The Honda CBR250RR will be available in two variants in Indonesia: The Std is priced at 63-68 million IDR (INR 3.22 lakh – 3.48 lakh) while ABS variant costs between 69-70 million IDR (INR 3.53 lakh – 3.58 lakh). [YouTube link] Both variants are powered by a ‘new generation’ 250 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valve, twin-cylinder unit which was developed through collaboration of Japanese and Indonesian engineers. The KTM Duke 250-rival gets throttle-by-wire system as standard, which will offer riders the chose of three driving modes. Though Honda is yet to release the technical specifications of this engine, it claims best-in-class acceleration and output. [YouTube link] At the tape, the Honda CBR250RR measures 2,060 mm long, 724 mm wide, 1,098 mm tall and 1,389 mm in wheelbase. It has a ground clearance and ride height of 145 mm and 790 mm respectively and a fuel tank capacity of 14.5 litres. The sportsbike is available in Honda Racing Red, Anchor Graymetallic and Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic colors. Honda CBR250RR – Image Gallery [...]
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VW reportedly in talks with Tata Motors for small car project – Report
Will be developed for emerging markets like China and India. According to German publication, Manager Magazin, Volkswagen has restarted the budget car project, and are in talks with Tata Motors to co-develop the product. The cars that will spawn out of the deal could be priced lower than VW’s entry level cars like the Polo and Ameo. Internally codenamed as Economy Car, it’s unclear if Tata Motors will partially or fully develop the model for Volkswagen. It will mainly target emerging markets like India and China, and could be sold under a new low-cost brand that was confirmed to be under development by former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. However, the consequences of Dieselgate has forced VW to shelve many ambitious projects. The budget brand was to be VW’s 13th brand under its belt that would initially target China. The product lineup included budget-friendly SUV, hatchback and sedan that were intended to be manufactured and sold at a targeted price rage EUR 8,000 – 11,000 (INR 5.68 Lakhs – 7.81 Lakhs). VW could leverage on the Indian manufacturer’s know how of India-specific products and cost-effective development. Also Read: VW Ameo TDI spied testing ahead of festive season launch With Tata Motors, VW can leverage the Indian manufacturer’s know how of India-specific products, and lean manufacturing. The German carmaker started deliveries of the VW Ameo this week. VW Ameo 1.2L MPI Highline – Image Gallery (Unrelated) [Source: Manager Magazin] [...]
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Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 launched in India at INR 77.5 Lakhs [Updated]
Launched as the successor of the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG. Mercedes Benz India has launched the new Mercedes SLC (facelifted SLK) 2-door convertible in Delhi today. It’s only available in the SLC 43 AMG variant, and is priced at INR 77.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The SLC 43 AMG replaces the SLK 55 AMG in India. As part of the new naming nomenclature, the SLK has been renamed as the Mercedes SLC. Along with the new name, Mercedes has also facelifted the exterior extensively. In its AMG SLC 43 variant, the sportscar features the diamond pattern grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, chrome-plated front splitter, LED headlamps, updated LED taillamps and an AMG Sports exhaust. Inside, the SLC 43 gets a larger infotainment display, higher quality trim materials, Nappa leather upholstery in black, ambient lighting and red color seat belts. The foldable rooftop can be operated at speeds of upto 40 km/h. Inside, the SLC 43 gets a larger infotainment display, higher quality trim materials, Nappa leather upholstery in black Also Read: Mercedes roadmap reveals GLA Coupe, new E Class models, S Class facelift – Report Under the hood is a new 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 that produces 362 hp and 520 Nm of torque, pushing the car from 0-100 kmph in just 4.7 seconds. It is paired to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with steering-mounted paddles, and is equipped with DYNAMIC SELECT for faster response times. Mercedes SLC 43 AMG – Image Gallery [...]
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Renault Lodgy World Edition launched
The Lodgy Stepway World Edition is available in both 85hp and 110hp option. Prices start at Rs 9.74 lakh. [...]
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Renault Lodgy World Edition launched in India at INR 9.74 lakhs
Special edition gets a Red livery. Renault India has launched the Renault Lodgy World Edition in the country, following its debut at the Auto Expo 2016. It’s priced at INR 9.74 lakh and INR 10.40 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi) for the 85 PS and 110 PS variant, respectively. The Renault Lodgy World Edition had made its debut at the Auto Expo 2016 last February. Based on the rugged Lodgy Stepway, the Renault Lodgy World Edition introduces a unique Fiery Red exterior paint job with white pinstripes, a roof-mounted spoiler and exclusive 15 inch Nepta alloy rims. Inside, it gets orange accents and highlights on the center console, instrument cluster, HVAC vents, seats and floor carpets and an exclusive “World Edition” badging on one of the spokes. The World Editon doesn’t introduce any mechanical changes. It continues to be powered by a 1.5-liter K9K diesel engine capable of 85 PS or 110 PS and is paired to a 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission. The ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of the Lodgy 110 PS stands at 19.98 km/l. Based on the rugged Lodgy Stepway, World Edition introduces a unique Fiery Red exterior paint job with white pinstripes Also Read: Renault Lodgy RxZ Diesel (110 PS) – First Drive Review The Lodgy is Renault’s first MPV to launch in the Indian market. Based on the Duster, the Lodgy hasn’t managed to replicate the success of MPVs like the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova in the market. This month, Renault India had slashed the prices of the Lodgy by INR 96,000 in order to boost sales of their sole MPV, although it is only for the 85 PS variant. Renault Lodgy World Edition – Image Gallery [...]
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