The new GLE SUV will likely get a more aggressive look; to be introduced in international markets in 2018. [...]
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] [...]
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] [...]
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 [...]
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] [...]
LCV to be sold in Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Ludhiana by end-August through a dedicated commercial sales channel. [...]
Production of the DB9’s successor, the DB11, is set to begin next month. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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] [...]
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] [...]
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) [...]
Affordable Creta S+ diesel automatic costs Rs 1.06 lakh lesser than the top-spec SX+ diesel automatic. [...]
The new India-bound Jeep will be unveiled late-September; shares a number of interior elements with other Jeep and FCA models. [...]
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.
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).
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.
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 [...]
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] [...]
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 [...]
The Lodgy Stepway World Edition is available in both 85hp and 110hp option. Prices start at Rs 9.74 lakh. [...]
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 [...]
Makes 1.6 Diesel AT variant more affordable.
Hyundai has quietly launched the more affordable version of the Hyundai Creta Diesel AT variant, which is based on the S+ grade. It’s priced at INR 13.56 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), making it around Rs. 1.06 lakh less expensive than the Creta SX+ Diesel AT.
So far, the Creta Diesel AT variant was only available in the top-end SX+ grade (pictured).
This follows the launch of the petrol AT variant (only in SX+), and comes at a time when there is an increasing demand for SUVs equipped with automatic gearbox. So far, it was only available in the top-end SX+ grade. With the diesel variant now available in the more affordable S+ grade, more prospective customers can join the diesel AT bandwagon.
Compared to the SX+ grade, customers will miss out on features such as projector headlamps, dual tone grille, push button start, automatic climate control, and rear wiper in the S+ grade. Regardless, it comes standard with a 7 inch touchscreen audio system with 6 speakers, bluetooth streaming, 1GB HDD, dual airbags, ABS and foglamps.
Compared to the SX+ grade, customers will miss out on features such as projector headlamps, dual tone grille, push button start, automatic climate control.
Also Read: Hyundai Creta – Review
The Creta Diesel AT is packs a 1.6-litre CRDi four cylinder engine coupled with a Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT). It churns out 128 PS and 26.5 kgm (256 Nm) of torque, and is paired to a six-speed automatic torque converter. According to reports, there appears to be a two month waiting period for the Creta S+ AT currently.
Hyundai Creta – Image Gallery [...]
The 19-year old started race one from ninth place on the grid and finished eighth, which granted him the reverse-grid pole position for race two. [...]
Set to mark JLR’s entry into the SUV-coupé market, the Range Rover Sport Coupe could feature the brand's upcoming electric drivetrain. [...]
New model available in seven trim levels, starting at RMB 109,900 (INR 11,02,784.71).
Chevrolet launched the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze in China earlier this week. The Cruze in China is now identical to the North American-spec model. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is available in seven trim levels, with prices starting at RMB 1,09,900 (INR 11,02,784.71) and going up to RMB 1,69,900 INR (17,04,850.98).
The 1.4-litre turbocharged engine now produces 240 Nm of torque, up from 235 Nm previously.
The older Chevrolet Cruze measured 4,567 mm in length, 1,786 mm in width and 1,454 mm in height, and had a wheelbase of 2,662 mm. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze measures 4,666 mm (+99 mm) in length, 1,807 mm (+21 mm) in width and 1,460 mm (+6 mm) in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm (+38 mm). The new Cruze is bigger in every major aspect, but Chevrolet isn’t adding the ‘XL’ suffix to the name, as reported earlier.
The 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine now produces 110 kW (147 hp) and 240 Nm (+5 Nm) of torque, and is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, like before, develops 84 kW (112 hp) and 146 Nm of torque. However, instead of a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission, this unit can now be linked to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine can now be had with a new 6-speed manual transmission which replaces the 5-speed manual transmission.
Also See: Next-gen 2017 Chevrolet Beat spied testing by IAB reader
The second-gen Chevrolet Cruze is one of five new models to be launched by GM India in the next two years. The other four new models are the new Chevrolet Trailblazer (facelift), next-gen Chevrolet Beat, Chevrolet Essentia compact sedan and Chevrolet Beat Activ.
China-spec 2017 Chevrolet Cruze – Image Gallery [...]
Available with two engine options.
Perodua launched the Perodua Bezza in Malaysia this week. After the quick first look at the car in pictures yesterday, Paultan is now giving a detailed look at the Perodua Bezza in a walkaround video.
The Perodua Bezza is based on the Perodua Axia’s platform; the wheelbase is identical to the hatch.
The Perodua Bezza is the company’s first-ever sedan and first car designed in-house. It’s not entirely new though; it’s based on the Perodua Axia‘s platform. However, the whole body is unique. The small sedan measures 4,150 mm in length, 1,620 mm in width and 1,510 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,455 mm.
The Perodua Bezza is available in five trim levels, with prices (OTR, incl. insurance) starting at RM37,300 (INR 6,15,831.18) and going up to RM50,800 (INR 8,38,719.14). The Bezza is the first Perodua to be available with keyless entry, push-button start, engine start/stop system, MirrorLink smartphone screen mirroring function featuring touchscreen infotainment system, handphone slot with USB charging port and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
The Perodua Bezza is available with 67 hp 1.0-litre VVT-i and 94 hp 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i engine options.
Also Read: Perodua Bezza gets 4,028 bookings in 5 days, launches tonight – Malaysia
The Perodua Bezza can be had with a 1.0-litre VVT-i engine producing 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque or a 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i engine developing 94 hp and 121 Nm of torque. 5-speed manual transmission is standard, but a 4-speed automatic transmission can be opted for, irrespective of the engine chosen.
Perodua Bezza – Image Gallery [...]
India will manufacture the C-SUV for domestic and export markets.
The Jeep 551 (Jeep C-SUV) has been spied testing again, courtesy Autos Segredos. The new Jeep will be unveiled at FCA’s new Pernambuco assembly plant in Brazil in late-September, and its production will commence simultaneously.
The Jeep 551 will be built in Brazil and Mexico initially, and then in India.
The Jeep 551 will be the second generation model of either the Jeep Compass or the Jeep Patriot. Production of both these models will end in December this year. The North American-spec Jeep 551 will enter production on January 30, 2017 in Toluca, Mexico.
One of the plants confirmed to make the right-hand drive version of the Jeep 551 is the Tata-Fiat JV plant in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, where production will commence in 2017.
The Jeep 551 will be based on the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade‘s small-wide front-wheel drive platform.
Also See: India-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee’s variants, features revealed
The Jeep 551 will be based on the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade‘s small-wide front-wheel drive platform. According to the Brazilian publication, the South American-spec version will be offered with a 2.0-litre Tigershark flex-fuel (petrol-ethanol) engine that produces 159 cv (159 hp) at 6,200 rpm running on petrol or 164 cv (164 hp) at 6,000 rpm running on ethanol, as well as a 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine. The latter will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep 551 (Jeep C-SUV) – Image Gallery
[Source: Autos Segredos] [...]
Reported to be based on the Baleno’s lightweight platform.
Car and Bike reports that Suzuki will make India the production hub for the next generation Suzuki Jimny. It could be launched in markets like Brazil, Indonesia and Europe before the end of the decade.
The Jimny could be launched in markets like Brazil, Indonesia and Europe before the end of the decade.
Suzuki’s tough-as-teeth SUV will be based on the Maruti Baleno‘s lightweight platform, offering significant weight savings that could be beneficial when traversing mucky terrain. It will continue to offer the characteristic 4×4 drivetrain, but could be powered by the 112 PS 1.0L Boosterjet engine from the export-spec Maruti Baleno.
Given that a 3-door mini SUV is a niche in the Indian market, Maruti is likely to introduce the Jimny as an extended, 4-door version in India, should the manufacturer consider a launch. As the Jimny name would be new to regular car buyers, Maruti could consider launching it as a long-time successor to the iconic Gypsy to garner attention. Like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, it can be sold as a sub-4m SUV, competing against the likes of the Mahindra TUV300.
Given that a 3-door mini SUV is a niche in the Indian market, Maruti is likely to introduce the Jimny as an extended, 4-door version in India.
Also Read: Maruti Ignis reportedly getting AMT in petrol and diesel
The Jimny will be manufactured at Maruti’s new plant in Gujarat, which will commence operations in 2017. The first car to be produced will be the Maruti Baleno, followed by the next gen Suzuki Swift Dzire reportedly.
Suzuki Jimny – Image Gallery
[Source: Car and Bike] [...]
Likely to be located closer to Hyundai India’s plant.
According to Reuters, Kia Motors will finalize a location for their first production plant in India next month. Reports suggest that it will be located in Andhra Pradesh, so as to have a close proximity with sister brand Hyundai’s plant located in the outskirts of Chennai.
One likely product Kia could consider for India is the Picanto, which is based on the Hyundai i10.
Operations are expected to commence in 2019, and the plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year. Kia’s products for India would share platforms with Hyundai’s established models, which are almost fully localized in the market.
Other than working on local production, Kia will also develop independent retail network and strategies, rather than leveraging on sister brand Hyundai’s wide dealership network. This will help Kia establish a distinct brand identity, similar to the likes of Nissan and Renault’s relationship.
Kia will also develop an independent retail network and strategies.
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Rumors of Kia’s entry in India have been circling for a long time. Various products like the Kia Picanto and Kia Venga have been spotted testing on Indian roads, although the tests were not affiliated with Kia’s entry into India; rather rival carmakers were using these for benchmarking purposes.
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than second-placed Hamilton in a session he called "crazy". [...]