The Maruti Dzire 2018 is the best selling car in the country. The compact sedan selles more than any hatchback and has also beaten the Maruti Alto. In April, the Dzire sold 25,935 units, which is higher than 21,233 of the Maruti Alto. The Dzire still has a waiting period, though the production has gone up. Such is the demand for the car that the company is finding it hard to meet. The Dzire has always been the highest selling compact sedan. Despite competition from other manufacturers, this has been the favourite. The Honda Amaze will be launched soon and provide good competition to the Dzire. However it is to be seen if it can come close to its sales numbers.
The new Dzire is now much more premium than the earlier model. It is a much improved car as of now. It is now wider than before due to the new platform. This has also resulted in superior handing, ride and also space management. There are multiple variant option to choose from as well, making the Dzire 2018 as complete car. This is a reason why it has been selling in very high numbers.
The Heartect platform is a new platform and this underpins the Dzire. The same platform is found on the Baleno also. It gets a longer wheelbase by about 20mm. The width has also increased. Teh design is now more matured than the earlier model. The new Dzire now look well-balanced and also more proportionate than before. The styling is a head turner and commands good road presence. For the first time it gets 15-inch wheels as well.
The engines on offer are the same. They are the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel. Both these engines come mated to a five-speed manual transmission and also have AMT options. Both engines have good performance and are fuel efficient. As the new DZire is now lighter by upto 120 kilograms, it makes it an even better package than before. This means an improvement in performance and even mileage.
Maruti Swift DZire 2018 Price in India
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom , New Delhi)|
|LXi||INR 5.45 lakhs|
|VXi||INR 6.29 lakhs|
|ZXi||INR 7.05 lakhs|
|ZXi+||INR 7.94 lakhs|
|VXi AGS||INR 6.76 lakhs|
|ZXi AGS||INR 7.52 lakhs|
|ZXi+ AGS||INR 8.41 lakhs|
|LDi||INR 6.45 lakhs|
|VDi||INR 7.29 lakhs|
|ZDi||INR 8.05 lakhs|
|ZDi+||INR 8.94 lakhs|
|VDi AGS||INR 7.76 lakhs|
|ZDi AGS||INR 8.52 lakhs|
|ZDi+ AGS||INR 9.41 lakhs|
The price of the Maruti Dzire 2018 sees some changes. However, this change is due to the new variants added. There are a lot of new features offered now, so considering that, the price increase doesn’t seem that much as it offers good value even now. Dual airbags and ABS are now a standard feature across all variants. AMT is offered on the top most variant as well.
Maruti Suzuki DZire 2018 Model Specifications
|Engine||1.2-litre K-Series||1.3-litre DDiS|
|Transmission||5-speed manual & AMT||5-speed manual & AMT|
The new Maruti Dzire 2018 makes use of the same engines that powered the earlier model. There is no change in the power and torque figures of the engines. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre K-series engine that has four cylinders and a power output of 83bhp. The torque is 115Nm for this engine. This is a sufficiently powerful engine and offers brisk performance in the city and on the highway.
It is a good thing that Maruti has stuck to this engine, because we feel that currently it is the best performing petrol engine in its segment. The AMT offered with this engine works amazingly well. The lag one generally feels in AMTs is minimal and it functions smoothly.
The diesel engine also has good performance. The car is light in weight, hence performance becomes even better. The good amount of torque helps achieve good driveability also. This is quite a peppy engine too. It has a 1.3-litre DDiS, four-cylinder diesel engine making 75bhp of power and 190Nm of maximum torque. It does get a bit noisy at higher RPMs, but offers good drivability and performance.
The AMT on the diesel of the Swift Dzire could have been better tuned. While both engines are offered with AMT, our pick is the petrol one. It is a smooth performer and has better drivability that the diesel. The AMT option is not available on the base version which are Lxi and Ldi.
Maruti DZire 2018 Review (Video)
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Maruti DZire 2018 Model Design
The Maruti Swift DZire 2018 is based on all-new platform, which Suzuki calls as Heartect. Earlier, this platform has been seen on the Maruti Baleno. This new platform uses high strength steel, making it stronger and even more lighter. As the Maruti DZire 2018 is wider, it results n better handling.
The Maruti Dzire 2018 now looks very stylish from the front. It is a pleasing design and does not seem like its trying too hard to look good. The new Dzire looks balanced and contemporary as well. The fascia receives a new imposing grille that has a chrome surround, which looks like a lip.
Side and Rear
The side profile looks perfectly balanced. The boot is very well integrated in the body and doesn’t look like a forced job. The new 15-inch alloy wheels add to the look of this car. The rear has similar look to the old Dzire but the styling is much better. The tail lamps are now LED ones and look classier. There is an improvement in the paint quality this time. The New Maruti Dzire 2017 is indeed an excellent job my Maruti.
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Maruti DZire 2018 Interior
The New Maruti Dzire 2018 has one of the best looking interiors, in the compact sedan space, at least. The car now has many more features on offer and also has more space inside. The interior colour theme is two tone, with a black and beige combination. The quality of materials are also different now. The cabin feels more airy that the earlier model.
This is an area which has seen good improvement. There are matte wood finish inserts that not only look good but stand out too. The steering wheel feels very sporty with the flat bottom and is a joy to hold on to. We would have preferred a more solid feel though, as some areas still feel flimsy. However, overall, the car feels good in terms of quality.
Coming to space, the New Maruti Dzire 2018 breaks new ground. Especially at the rear, the car is much more improved in terms of space. The rear can easily accomodate three adults. There is also more legroom available now, which was the greatest negative point of the Dzire earlier.
Comfort Features (Variant Wise)
The base model is now more equipped with features which weren’t earlier offered on the DZire. For instance, it now gets air conditioner with heater, 12V socket, power steering, 12V charging socket and even pollen filter even on the base model.
The V traim offers more bells and whistles. To begin with, there are rear AC vents, keyless entry (remote operated), 12V rear charging socket, all four power windows, central locking, electromagnetic boot opening, electrically adjustable mirrors, driver side, auto down window, height adjustment for driver’s seat and luggage room lamp also.
The Z variant gets engine push start and stop, smart key for keyless entry, automatic climate control, electrically folding mirrors and driver’s side window auto up and down.
The Z+ variant also gets features like automatic headlamps, Follow me home. These are the additional features on Z+ variants.
In terms of storage, there are bottle holders on all the four doors. There is even rear arm rest, driver side ticket holder and glovebox with compartments.
Touchscreen Infotainment/Music System
The Maruti Dzire 2018 now gets a 2-DIN music system on the V variant. It also gets Bluetooth, USB port, aux-in, and plays MP3 format too. The steering has controls for audio and bluetooth telephony. There a for speakers and the sound quality is decent. The Z variant gets six speakers. In the Z+ variant there is a touchscreen offered which has Apple car play and Android auto. It also has Navigation built-in and voice commands too.
Z variant offers leather-wrapped steering wheel and wooden touches too. Dual-tone interiors are standard and then there is also the driver information system, outside temperature display (from Z variant). LED tail lamps are also standard across all variants.
The boot is much larger than before. The utility value of this car has gone up several notches, due to this.. In the previous car, boot space was too little.
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New Maruti Dzire 2018 Safety
The safety features on offer include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and even brake assist. There is also ISOFIX on all the variants, which makes it a good option to consider. The other features on offer include the front seat belt with pre-tensioners, immobilizer, force limiter, seat belt warning lamps. Key left warning and door open warning are a part of this list.
In the V variant, the additional features are day and night adjustable IRVM, speed sensitive door locking and anti-theft security system.
Z offers reverse parking sensor, front fog lamps, rear defogger as additional features.
The Z+ also offers some additional features too. There is reverse camera with guide that is an extra over the Z variant.
Swift Dzire Images
2018 Maruti DZire Mileage
|Petrol in City||14 km/l|
|Petrol on Highway||18 km/l|
|Diesel in city||17 km/l|
|Diesel on Highway||24 km/l|
The Swift Dzire 2018 has always been up there, when it comes to fuel efficiency. The New Dzire has now shed around 100 kilograms, hence it has got even better now. The reduced weight has resulted in better mileage as well as better performance. This makes it the Swift Dzire most fuel-efficient car in the country with an economy of 28.4 km/l. Petrol has also seen an increase in its mileage to 22km/l, for both manual and AMT versions.
New Maruti DZire 2018 Colours
The new Maruti DZire 2018 is offered in six colour options. These include
- Sherwood Brown
- Gallant Red
- Oxford Blue
- Arctic White
- Magma Gray
- Silky Silver
Maruti DZire 2018 Dimensions
Though being a compact sedan, the new Maruti Dzire 2018 has good dimensions now. For instance, the wheelbase has been increased by 20mm to 2,450mm. The car is now wider by 40mm making it to make 1,735mm wide. The height has been reduced by 21mm, which makes it 1,515mm tall. The ground clearance has been cut by 7mm, which now tallies at 163mm. As the new Heartect platform is used, it has reduced the weight of the car by about 105 kilograms, making it quicker, agile and efficient. The new dimensions give its dynamic a real lift.
Should you buy?
The 2018 Maruti Dzire has upgraded itself in terms of design, styling, features and also performance and mileage. If this is not a good enough reason to buy this car, then we wonder what is. This is a much more evolved car now. It is loaded with several contemporary features and also the quality has improved. So, definitely the New Maruti Dzire 2018 is a recommended buy.
Many features on offer
Powerful and fuel-efficient engines
Safety across all features
AMT on both engines and many variants
Fit and finish not the best
Maruti Dzire 2018
Nissan Kicks 2019 bookings open now
The Nissan Kicks 2019 will be launched next year. The car was recently shown in its Indian spec. The car’s exterior was only unveiled. It has been a while since we have seen a new launch from Nissan. The Kicks will be Nissan’s most important launch coming right now. This new SUV will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. It will also sit above the Terrano in the Nissan line-up. We had recently gone to Dubai with Nissan to experience the current Kicks and it was a flavor for the type of car it will be. The car that will come to India will be a different car with a slightly different stance and a much bigger body. The India spec car is bigger and has the Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Tata Harrier and Kia SP in its cross-hair. We will get you the review of this car soon. For now, scroll below to check out new information, pictures of the interior and exterior of the car.
The car is also going to get a lot of first in class features for its segment. To know more about it scroll down now.
New Maruti Wagon R 2019 spied in production guise
The Maruti Wagon R 2019 is expected to be launched next year. India’s favorite hatchback will now get an upgrade. The new Maruti Wagon R 2019 will not be an entirely new generation car though. It will receive major tweaks. But it will be based on the same platform as the current car. Maruti Suzuki has been working on several new products and the Wagon R is one of them. The Maruti Wagon R 2019 has also been spied testing, on various occasions. The Maruti Wagon R 2019 enjoys a distinction as it has a class of its own. It also offers unparalleled practicality, which is why it sells in high numbers. The Maruti Wagon R 2019 will be containing with the same platform, unlike what was believed earlier that it will be based on the Heartect platform. The new model will get some feature upgrades though. It will also have better safety and will meet the new crash test norms. The Wagon R will not utilize the new platform as it was changing the cost structure a lot. Therefore the company has not adopted the new Heartect platform for the Maruti Wagon R 2018. The current platform will get certain modifications, though. The engine will also remain the same. This is a 1.0-litre petrol engine that has been doing duty in the Wagon R. This engine is a good performer and it powers the highest selling cars of Maruti.
The last update of the Wagon R took place in 2010. Now it is time for another major update. The Maruti Wagon R 2019 will be positioned in between the Celerio and the Alto. The USP of this car has been the tall boy design and it will continue to be that way. Many people, especially the elderly prefer it for easy ingress and egress.
The car has now recently been spotted in its production form. To see those pictures and know more about thwe upcoming 2019 Wagon R, scroll down now.
Maruti Wagon R 2018
New Maruti Wagon R 2018 is here. It will get ample of new features and better performance too. What is so good about it? We share all the details.
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Nissan Terra – Wooing us with their legendary SUVs
The Nissan brand in India has been facing some stiff competition in sales for a very long time. The manufacturer is now going to switch its attention from small cars and sedans to SUVs. Nissan has a very good history with SUVs and is now going to use that heritage to exploit the Indian customer’s favourite segment. Enter the Nissan Terra. The car that Nissan that will take the fight to the Toyota Fortuner. Everyone is trying it, Mahindra with the Alturas G4 and now Nissan with the Terra. The monopoly of the Fortuner has to be broken somehow by someone.
Does this mammoth SUV from Nissan has what it takes to go up against the Fortuner and Endeavour? Let’s find out.
Nissan Terra Launch
The car is already on sale in many South-Asian markets like the Philippines. The car is expected to be the next big launch by Nissan after the Kicks. The car will be great here as the market for off-road able SUVs is buzzing and customers are looking for new products to choose from. The car if under planning already will be coming in by late 2019. The car will also have some degree of localization infused before it’s put on sale.
|Nissan Terra||Late 2019|
Nissan Terra Price
The cars price is going to be very competitive. If the price at which the car is sold in the Philippians is taken under consideration, IT should come to India at a price of around Rs 22 lakhs to Rs 26 lakhs, Ex-showroom. The car will come in cheaper than the Ford and Toyota. It will also try and undercut the price of the newly launched Mahindra Alturas G4.
|Nissan Terra||Price (ex-showroom)|
|Nissan Terra Base Variant||Rs 22 lakhs|
|Nissan Terra Top Variant||Rs 26 lakhs|
Nissan Terra Design
The Nissan Terra gets a very bulky dominating exterior design. The flared fenders, signature Nissan body lines and tall stance will make sure the Terra turns heads whether you’re navigating the city traffic or tackling terrain with no road. Nissan has infused the design DNA of their iconic SUVs to form the backbone of Terra’s rugged styling. Bold design touches can be found in every angle. The car gets LED DRLS with projector headlamps up front and LED tail lights at the rear. There is a certain amount of chrome also in this car.
Nissan Terra Interior
On the inside, this car will be a very spacious and cool car to be in. The car will have a very plush interior. The leather will be a Nappa with a lot of soft-touch materials on the dashboard. The cars second and third row have elevated seats which will mean that the passengers back there will have a good view of the road ahead. The second-row seats come with a tip-up entry which means easy access to the third row. Plus, with a sliding 60:40 split 2nd row, and 50:50 split 3rd row, there are plenty of cargo-carrying options. Also, the 2nd-row and 3rd-row seats completely recline, allowing your passengers can fully relax. Also, the second row and third row completely can be folded down electrically. The boot in such a car is obviously a little compromised and has been adjusted to accommodate luggage only when there is at least one seat folded down. The Nissan Terra gets a 7″ capacitive touchscreen display audio onboard entertainment system, the Smartphone Integration, Bluetooth and USB inputs. The instrument cluster gets your fuel consumption details, blind spot warning, lane assist, tire pressure, off-road meter and an off-road meter with steering angle meter. The Nissan Terra gets dual-zone climate control, a flip-down rear monitor, which is going to be a segment first after the MU-X discontinued it. The car also gets rear seat AC control and the glass according to Nissan has Noise reducing glass which is good for insulating the cabin from engine and road noise.
The car gets sufficient storage spaces and also a 12-volt charging socket in every row.
Nissan Terra Interior Images
Nissan Terra Exterior Images
Nissan Terra Safety
The car gets sufficient safety features with 6 airbags, ESP, EBD, Tire Pressure Monitoring and Vehicle Dynamic Control. The car is made using Zone Body Construction which will help aid in high impact crashes according to Nissan.
Nissan Terra Specification
The Nissan Terra will have several variants and will be set up differently with a totally different set of specs and features in each. The thing that will be the same is the 2.5-litre common turbo rail engine which will come with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic. The engine will make around 200bhp and 450Nm of torque.
The car will get very sophisticated 4WD. The whole car will sit on a box frame chassis with a 5-link suspension with enough ground clearance. The car will get Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent and an electronically limited differential.
Nissan Terra Competition
The Nissan Terra will directly compete with the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour in the higher price range of Rs 40 lakhs. The Terra will also compete with the Isuzu MU-X and the Mahindra Alturas G4 in which are priced a bit lower.
2019 Maruti Suzuki Vitara will rival the Creta 7 seater, will be shown at the 2020 Auto Expo
The Maruti Vitara will be the Creta fighter from Maruti. The new Maruti Vitara SUV will be positioned above the Vitara Brezza. This SUV is bigger than the Vitara Brezza in size and is also more spacious inside. Most importantly this car will be taking on the Hyundai Creta 7 seater. The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Vitara will be a fierce competitor to the Hyundai Creta. Maruti will try and price this car in the ruglar 5 seater Creta’s price range and make it a bit more competitive for Hyundai when they get the new 7 seater version of the Creta. The Korean maker will see a major challenger now in this segment. The Vitara Brezza is the best selling SUV in India and Maruti would want the Vitara also to be the best seller. It will be interesting to see this battle.
The Maruti S-Cross is actually Maruti’s natural competitor for the Creta, but the Creta is better in terms of engine options and features. It is also bigger in size and has a better road presence. Despite a recent facelift, the S-Cross is not selling expected volumes. It has got more crossover looks than a proper SUV and that may be a turn-off for many buyers. The S-Cross will continue to sell, but its crossover imagery will remain. The Vitara, on the other hand, would be a proper SUV in comparison. The pricing also would be more premium as compared to the S-Cross. The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Vitara will come with new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, to take on the 7-seater Creta. It is likely to be sold from the Nexa experience showrooms. What all does the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Vitara have? When will it be launched? Read further to know more about this upcoming SUV.
2019 Maruti Suzuki Vitara
Mahindra Inferno – Name to be confirmed on the 19th of December
The Mahindra S201 will be launched soon. The cars official name was to be announced last week but now the date for this name reveal has been changed to 19th of December. The name of the car is most likely going to be, Mahindra Inferno. We have found the below trademark and thus say that there is a big possibility that the car will be called Inferno. The car will be Mahindra’s premium offering in the compact SUV segment and will go with the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The car will be a great addition to the Mahindra SUV line-up. Based on the Ssangyong Tivoli this car will offer many premium features and option that will be first in the segment.
Mahindra Inferno Price
The Inferno will be a great car to look at if one wants to see the car with the more premium features and a Mahindra car especially. While the name has to be confirmed yet and the car is going to be launched next year, we can predict that this car will come at a price of around Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs. And this can be more because of the features this car might offer in its segment.
₹ 10 lakhs
₹ 16 lakhs
Mahindra Inferno Launch
The Mahindra Inferno will be launched next year and will be the auto maker’s move into the compact SUV segment. The car should come by early February or late January. The other reason for this cars launch being in 2019 is that the Inferno is still undergoing testing.
|Mahindra XUV300||Early 2019|
Mahindra Inferno Interior
The Mahindra Inferno will come with a black and beige interior theme most likely. The SUV will get infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen. It will have Bluetooth compatibility, reversing camera, USB and AUX connectivity. It may also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel be a new one. This will also have audio and Bluetooth controls mounted on it. In addition the Mahindra XUV 300 will also get automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a push button start with keyless entry. There will be a good center armrest with storage too. As seen in the image above and the spy shots, the car will also get storage above the glove-box too.
It will offer good legroom at the rear as well and will seat 3 adults in comfort. In terms of features, Mahindra will be looking at loading this SUV with one of the highest set of features in this segment. Mahindra will be a late entrant in this segment, but will try to capture a large pie.
Mahindra Inferno Design and Exterior
The car will look great. The car will look similar to the Ssangyong Tivoli. The car will wear the signature Mahindra seven slate grille. Mahindra has been targeting the youth off lately, with products like KUV100. The S201 or Inferno will be designed to look like a compact SUV, and it will carry forward the design language of the Mahindra’s current UVs. This new SUV will have sharp lines and a sleek looking front end, which will be a departure from other Mahindra vehicles. The grille will be sleek with wrap-around headlamps at both ends. These headlamps will have LED DRLs embedded. It will have a modern silhouette.
This SUV will also get new tail lamps which are unlike the Tivolis. The number plate has also moved on to the tailgate. The Inferno will have its own unique look. It is expected to look more stylish as compared to the Tivoli. As we had revealed earlier that there will be a few changes in the Inferno (S201) from Mahindra.
Mahindra Inferno Key Features
Daytime running LEDs
LED Tail lamps
7-inch touchscreen system
16-inch alloy wheels
ABS with EBD
Automatic climate control
Reverse parking camera
Mahindra Inferno Specifications
The Inferno will get petrol and diesel engines. The petrol will be a new 1.5-litre engine that is being developed. This engine could be seen soon on the Marazzo too. This is all-new engine, expected to power future vehicles of Mahindra. The power that it will develop will be around 100bhp and 145Nm of torque.
5-speed manual & 6-speed AT
5-speed manual & 6-speed AT
The diesel engine of the XUV 300 will either be the existing 1.5-litre unit that does does duty in the TUV300 or there will be an all-new 2.0-litre engine that will develop around 138bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. This will make the XUV300 a very power infused [ackage to consider. As shown in the spy shots the car will get a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit from Aisin, Japan, which also does duty on the XUV500. The Mahindra XUV300 will a front will drive SUV. And as we have seen with the Marazzo, the car could come with AWD. There is also a chance that the car will get different driving modes like Tata Nexon. Modes could include City, Sport, Individual and Eco.
Mahindra Inferno Spy Shots
Mahindra Inferno Competition
The SUV segment is getting extremely competitive and the Mahindra Inferno will add another option for buyers. Mahindra is trying to make sure that this new SUV will be competent to take on its competition. The Mahindra Inferno will mainly compete with the Honda WRV, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. The Inferno, though a late entrant to this segment, will try to differentiate itself with technology and powerful engines. It is also expected to be a spacious SUV.
Tesla Auto Pilot drives asleep drunk driver at 112km/hr
When one goes out drinking, he should not take his or her car. The rule is basically to not get behind the wheel once you are intoxicated. Even if you did drive to party and proceeded to drink, driving the car back home is a big no-no. In this story, the intoxicated owner of the Tesla will not only have risked getting into the car and drive. But let the Tesla’s Auto Pilot take control of the car. This incident took place in California, USA. The car was a Tesla Model S.
This happened late at night when a CHP(California Highway Patrol) officer driving south on Highway 101 in Redwood City noticed a Model S traveling at 112km/hr, which is above the posted limit. When the CHP officer pulled alongside the car, he noticed that the driver appeared to be asleep while the car was in motion. After a few miles of attempting to wake the driver up using lights and sirens, another police cruiser joined the pursuit to position itself in front of the Tesla, which caused it to slow down as part of normal Autopilot operation.
All in all, it took about 11 kilometers for the Tesla to come to a stop in the right hand lane. It took the police officers a few more minutes to wake up the driver, who was taken to a Shell petrol station where he reportedly failed a field sobriety test(American Drunk Driving Test). The offender, Alexander Samek, who is the chair of the Los Altos planning commission was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence and was taken to the San Mateo County Jail in California.
This might sound like a first, but the California Highway Patrol has already encountered another drunk driver asleep at the wheel in a Tesla set on Autopilot. In that incident, the driver had been operating the vehicle while at twice the legal alcohol limit. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this story is that the car was able to travel at least seven miles on Autopilot without disengaging (and that the car didn’t crash into anything or anyone). Auto Pilot normally disengages after a while when the system does not see a input from driver.
All said, the Tesla Autopilot should not be used as a defense for drinking and driving charges. The system should not be relied upon regardless of whether the driver is drunk or sober. Tesla themselves caution, that drivers using the semi-autonomous feature must keep their hands on the steering wheel, stay alert, and be ready to take over within a moment’s notice.
What do you thin about this incident? Do you think that the Auto Pilot system should be used in such circumstances? Do you think in the future system will be held responsible rather than humans? Let us know in the comments below.
MG India SUV – Will it be called the Gloster? + new spy shots
Many of us neither heard or spoken ever, about the MG marquee. It has never come to India and only those in automotive circles know, MG Rover. MG was brought in it’s time of need by the Chinese company, SAIC. The company is known for making products on the GM and Volkswagen platforms it has got licenses for. Rover was Land Rover which was brought by Ford before being sold to Tata. Since then we haven’t hear much about MG until last year when the company decided to use the Halol plant in Gujarat as its base. There is also a rumor that the car will be called Gloster. The car will be made in India at the Halol plant in Gujarat. The car will also be the first MG India SUV. We have also got some new spy shots of the car, do scroll down for more.
On our recent visit to China we got a chance to get reacquainted with MG Motors and get acquainted with the parent company SAIC. We learnt that the company’s first product which is going to launch in India in the second half of next year will be an SUV larger than the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. However, we expect the pricing to be below this segment, making the MG SUV a market breaking product and something other manufactures will take notice of.
Gloster SUV Launch
MG will launch this product in India next year, around April. The vehicle will be made in the MG’s Halol plant. As we have known the Bajoun SUV has been spotted testing in India many times now. This will the first product to be launched in India by MG. MG will be then launching a product every year in India.
|MG India SUV||2019|
MG India SUV Price
So the diesel motor that will be used in the MG India SUV will be the Fiat units used in the Jeep Compass. The size of the car will be close to that of the Hyundai Tuscon and the Honda CRV. These attributes paired with a strong pricing strategy will make the MG brand unstoppable. The car is looking to slot itself in the Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs price range. This price range will be a very strong and competitive price segment to get into.
|MG India SUV base variant||Rs 10 lakhs|
|MG India SUV top variant||Rs 15 lakhs|
MG India SUV Name
The car’s most debated aspect right now is it’s name. According to one leading publication, the car could be called the MG Gloster. The mane harks back to MG’s vintage era cars. The MG Gloster will be a good name. It’s not difficult to pronounce. Gloster is an habitational name from the city of Gloucester. So the car is named after an old British city. The MG brand wants to retain and make sure that their cars touch on their British roots and that aspect is retained in every detail of the cars they make.
MG India SUV Interior and Design
The interior first! This is where as seen above we have come across some spy shots of the front row of the cars being tested under camouflage. The car looks like it’s borrowing details like the air vents, instrument cluster, door handles and the handbrake lever from it’s SAIC cousins the MG Baojun 530 and the Roewe RX5. The car will get a sunroof, ambient lighting, a digital instrument console and features like lane assist, park assist and 6 airbags for safety. The front driver seat will be electrically adjustable too. It’s exterior styling will be very close to the Baojun 530 and will be have many design element s from other SAIC products.
The most interesting part of the above spy shots is the Roewe RX5’s big Tesla like touchscreen and it looks like the car will get a manual gearbox option in India.
MG India SUV Specifications
The premium car that will be the MG India SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Both engines will be sourced from Fiat. The Jeep Compass’ diesel motor will do duty on the MG SUV too. The top-end variants are expected to be equipped with automatic transmission and AWD capability. The cars will come with 7 speed automatic and a manual version too.
Recently a bunch of MG SUV’s have been spotted along with a Hyundai Tucson.This shows that the Chinese automaker is bench marking its first Indian product against the premium Hyundai offering. MG Motor India MD, Mr Rajeev Chaba has revealed that the SUV is a mid sized C segment SUV. It is not a Hyundai Creta or Jeep Compass rival in any way, but a much bigger and a more premium offering.
MG India SUV Spy Shots
Above we can see spy shots of the cars interior and the car being tested in the demanding high altitude regions of Himachal Pradesh.
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MG India SUV Competition
The car will compete with the upcoming Kia SP and the Tata Harrier in terms of size and pricing. Size could be even bigger depending on the platform chosen by MG. Many more details will soon paint a clearer picture of the first MG India SUV soon.
Tata Harrier will be available for public viewing from 18th December
The Tata Harrier has been driven by us and you can check out our review on it. Tata is going to launch the much awaited SUV in January next year. This new platform will also underpin other products in the future like the 7 seater version of the Harrier, the H7X. It looks very futuristic and very appealing. The cars specifications and shots have now been revealed. These shots and details show us that the car is bigger than it’s rivals, the Compass, Creta and XUV500. Tata is marketing this car as the most premium offering they will have in their line-up. There is one thing that will set this car apart for the rest of the Tata line-up is that it will be the most premium car to be sold by Tata and it will also be the safest car to be sold. The car will be a very cool and interesting choice to consider over the Hyundai Creta or upcoming Nissan Kicks. The cars variant break up has also been revealed. Check it out below.
Also we would like to keep you updated on when this car which we have driven and reviewed, will be available for public viewing. According to the company website the car will be available from 18th December for public viewing with preference of first viewing given to people who have already booked the car. TO know about dates and some announced cities, please scroll down below.
What will will Tata Harrier be like? Will it trample its competition? Read further to know more.
The official booking of the Tata Harrier has just begun. With a booking amount of Rs 30,000. The car can be booked in the The car is expected to launch in early 2019.
The Tata Harrier is a new upcoming SUV that is extremely stylish and is expected to be feature loaded. This is a five-seater and a good option for buyers looking for a mid-sized SUV.
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Tata Tiago XZ+ variant launched at Rs 5.57 lakhs (Ex-showroom)
The Tata Tiago 2019 is being planned and will be launched next year. It will be three years since the launch of the Tiago and it is due for a minor facelift. The Tiago will get some upgrades too. There will be minor changes in the styling of the hatchback with on the exterior and interior. The Tiago is the best selling car from Tata and is also among the top ten selling cars in the country. Tata Motors would want to keep the Tiago selling high in numbers. The 2019 Tiago will get some freshness and hence will attract buyers once again to the car.
The latest news with the Tiago is that it will now get a all new top variant. The top variant will be the Tiago XZ+. It will make sure that the car can go toe to toe with the Asta variant of the Santro in terms of features. The new variant will be a good car to consider as it could be cheaper than the Santro considering the current prices. To know more about the new upcoming variant of the Tiago, scroll down for details and the complete video.
The engines of the car will remain the same. There will be no change in them. The same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.05 -litre diesel.The gearbox is a 5-speed unit and it will cone to be offered. The AMT will also be there and this time it may also be offered on the diesel. What all will the 2019 Tiago get? Read further to know more.
Top tips to get your car ready before winter
Now most of us in our country will not face a big issue in winter. In the southern parts of India and even in the middle bit, winter means good weather and pleasant afternoons followed by a cozy night. But for the northern parts of the country, the dip in temperatures can be fatal. When we mean fatal, we also mean the roads. Indian roads are dangerous and people in the border states and the regions that will experience snowfall or low temperature should follow and execute the following suggestions –
Check your tyres
Your tyres are the only thing between you and the car in this environment. The tyres with wear and less tread can mean that your car will more likely fail you in slippery slush and wet roads during winters. The car with better tread will have more traction and will thus be able to grip better on slippery surfaces during winters. Some manufactures also recommend that a car be fitted with winter tyres, and that the AWD or transmission will then change and calibrate itself and the settings to help with the new winter tyre in place.
Check your First Aid Kit
Cars should always be equipped with a first aid kit. All manufactures do provide a basic first aid kit for the car, But in the winters, one must bulk up the first aid kit. Along with the basic first aid kit, one must include a flash light, road flares, a few blankets, a few pairs of gloves, a dry set of clothes for the drivers, some tarpaulin and some high energy snacks like dry fruits and protein bars.
Check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels
Now this really applies to the northern states that will receive heavy snowfall and the temperature will go below freezing, In these regions, antifreeze is your car engine best friend. Antifreeze is the magical substance that keeps your engine from freezing during those times when you feel like you are freezing. Without it, your engine can freeze, leaving you in a real tough spot at a time when it’s dangerous to be stranded.
Check your battery
Cold temperatures mean your engine needs more current from the battery in order to start so you want to make sure the battery is functioning properly. Start by making sure you have enough charge left in your battery. The most simple way to check is by turning on your headlights before you start your engine. Then turn your engine on – if the lights get brighter your battery may be dying. You can test the actual voltage at home with a voltmeter or have your mechanic do a test for you. Some batteries also have a built-in hydrometer that measures the voltage. You’ll also want to check the cables for cracks and brakes. Finally, ask your mechanic to check the battery fluid.
Check your heater
The heater in a car during winter can make all the difference to the journey and can sometimes be life saving. You do not want to catch pneumonia while driving. Have the heater running and checked before winter. Also have the cars seals, widows and other cracks checked before the winter.
Keep you fuel tank full
Apparently the cold weather can cause condensation to form in an empty or near empty gas tank. That water can drip down into the gas and and sinks to the bottom where it can then travel into your fuel lines. In the winter it can freeze in your fuel lines and block the flow of gas to your engine. Not good! So keep your tank at least half full during winter.
Please do let us know about your winter preparedness and other tips that you think should make this list
KTM 390 Adventure: Coming in 2019, better than the BMW 310GS?
We were the first to reveal earlier that the the KTM 390 Adventure will be launching in 2019. The company has now, officially addressed that this bike will surely be launched in 2019. Adventure biking in India is quickly catching up. Buyers are vying for better and more powerful adventure bikes. The most awaited adventure bike will be finally here. Yes, the all new KTM 390 Adventure will be coming to India. KTM is getting ready to launch this bike, finally. This bike is set to settle scores with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the BMW G 310 GS. The Enfield and the G 310 GS are already ready garnering their own fan following. The pricing of the KTM bike will be highly crucial and important to keep itself competitive with the G 310 R. This bike will also compete with the Kawasaki Versys 300.
We were expecting to see this bike being unveiled at the 2018 EICMA show. The bike is being touted for a launch next year. One publication has said that KTM might bring the 790s first to India and will then release the KTM 390 Adventure at the end of the year. This could happen but KTM will prioritize the launch of the 390 Adventure first for sure. The 390 Adventure will be an all new bike. KTM has taken the leap and decided to enter this market in India, while many others are still contemplating. After the success of the Duke and RC series, the adventure bike will be the next big bet for KTM. It will also be getting other higher capacity adventure bikes within its portfolio to India.
What is the KTM 390 Adventure all about? Is it worth waiting for? We share our detailed preview.
KTM 390 Adventure
Kia SP India will be priced under 16 lakhs?
Kia Motors had revealed the KIA SP Concept SUV at the Auto Expo in 2018. The production version of the Kia SP India will be the first car the South Korean car maker in the country. For those not aware of the SP concept, it will be a SUV. This will be a great move by Kia to start off in India. SUVs in India are the next big thing with every manufacturer diversifying their portfolio to accommodate more SUVs. The upcoming MG Motors will also be debuting with a India special MG SUV to this effect.
The latest according to one leading publications post is that the car will be priced between Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs, Ex-showroom India. This will make the car a highly competitive among its rivals. The car will also be feature packed and will be a great car to consider above the Hyundai Creta and the
Kia SP India Launch
There is no word on the launch of the SP Concept. It;s right now too early to say anything. The Kia SP India is going to be possibly, launched very soon next year or during the festive season. There is a possibility we might see a announcement or a pre-production mule in early 2019.
|KIA SP||November, 2019|
KIA SP India Name
There are many rumors surrounding the name of the car! It will not be called the SP Concept for sure. The name of the car could be Tusker. Many other automotive websites are calling the car this name. We think KIA will have focus groups and research conducted for the most suitable name for this car. It will be a name that is going to attract audiences globally.
Kia SP India Price
Internationally Kia has the reputation of being the alternative to Hyundai cars and in some cases, the cheaper alternative. In India, we don’t know how they will handle the market with Hyundai. We do know that they will be competitive. We had predicted that the Kia SP India will not be more expensive than Hyundai Creta. It should be within the 15 lakh price range. No we have reports saying that the car will be around Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs.
|Kia SP Concept variants||Price|
|Base variant||Rs 10 lakhs – Rs 12 lakhs|
|Mid variant||Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 14 lakhs|
|Top variant||Rs 14 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs|
Kia SP India Design
The Kia SP Concept has all the hallmarks of the latest Kia design language. Dominating the face is the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille which part of Kia’s design language. There are sleek headlamps and silver colored bash plate element. On to the side we see the rear sloping roof line, white colored roof and massive wheels with the multi-spoke alloy wheel design. The appearance is enhanced by the grey cladding that runs all around the base of the Kia SP India as well as over the heavily flared wheel arches. At the rear, it is a mix of elements thanks to the chrome exhaust setup as well as chrome line that runs across the top section of the body. The chrome also goes through the tail light assembly.
Kia SP India Interior
There is no word on the interiors of the Kia SP India. We expect the production guise to get the standard Kia fare that is present on its SUVs, sedans as well as hatchbacks. Given its positioning, we believe that all the D-segment features like a touch screen system, climate control and faux leather upholstery will be a part of the feature package. Since it will go up against the Hyundai Creta, features like sunroof, cruise control, automatic headlamps, engine start stop, automatic climate control and wireless charging for the phone are expected. The infotainment system should get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There should also be a a set of fast charging USB ports. The car will also get a lot of storage space, a cooled glovebox and a large center console. The theme of the interior will be black and beige like other KIA cars we have seen in international markets. The 2nd row of this car will also get a lot of utility in the form of rear AC vents, charging sockets, a armrest and cup holders. The bootspace will be ample with a low loading lip.
Kia SP India Images
Kia SP India Spy Shots
This is a picture we have got recently of the KIA SP Concept in its production version; being tested out on the roads and it does bear resemblance to it’s concept version. The Tiger grille, the large air vent on the bumper and the tapering off headlights do give it an aggressive look. The KIA SP India in some ways does reflect the design language of the Tata Harrier with it’s high mounted DRLs and raised fog lights.
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KIA SP India Render
A new rendering of the Kia SP India SUV is also here. Done by Koo Ki Sung studio. This render will be the production version of the Kia SP Concept that made its global debut at the Auto Expo 2018. Here is how it is visualised. The production version of the Kia SP here, looks like a slightly toned-down version of the futuristic looking Kia SP India. The render shows off many of the design elements, including sleek LED headlamps, a wide grille and the auxiliary lamps. The render shows the blacked-out A-pillars and the front bumper is close to the one on the concept model. The design of the Kia Tusker you below in the render is as Kia said, ‘will be very close” to its concept’.
By the looks of it, the SUV should rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. The SP Concept features sharp design elements such as LED headlamp eyebrows, LED tail lights and dynamic turn indicators on the ORVMs. Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille gets a revised look for India as well. Kia says that the concept features a production-ready design and the one coming to Kia showrooms across the country will look a lot like it. Engine options have not been confirmed, though a 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel are expected to find their place under the bonnet. Expect the production version of the SUV to be priced withen Rs 10-15 lakh.
We shall update you more on the interior of this car when we know more.
Kia SP India Features
The Kia SP India should get the following feature for sure –
Rain Sensing Wipers
Electrically adjustable mirrors
Projector headlamps and LED tail lights
Kia SP India Specifications
Nothing on this is out yet. We can say though that there will be the option of one-litre and 1.6-litre engine. The car could have both petrol and diesel engines on option. Both manual and a CVT automatic transmission could be considered for India. AWD is not expected to be offered on the SP as it is not in high demand in India – the Renault Duster is the only SUV in the segment to offer it and it’s not setting the sales charts on fire. There are many details about this car that are yet to come out. Leike the Nexon, we could see different driving modes. We could see the Kia SP also get aids like traction control, ESP and cruise control.
Kia SP India Competition
The Kia SP will compete with its parent companies car, the Hyundai Creta. The car is expected to also in the future deal with the upcoming Tata Harrier. The Kia SP will have its work cut out for itself when it comes next year. There will be a lot of pressure on this car as it will be their first product in the market. The Tata Harrier and the Renault Kicks will be launched before this car and their will a certain advantage in doing so.
New Suzuki GSX-R150 coming to India next year?
There were a lot of new cars and bikes and cars that were launched in the 2018 Indonesian GIIAS. Among all of these was the New Suzuki GSX-R150. This bike was launched to celebrate the anniversary of the bike and was dressed up in white and blue livery. This bike seen below is the Classic Racing Edition.
New Suzuki GSX-R150 Launch in India
The bike was shown at the 2018 Auto Expo and had left us wanting for more. The launch of this pure unaltered budget sports bike not something planned in India. The bike we get here in the place of the GSX-R150 is the Gixxer SF. The full fairing bike offered from Suzuki here is good but the sporty stance that the New Suzuki GSX-R150 offers is something one would like to use and challenge R15’s of our country. The launch of this bike will happen next year if Suzuki thinks that it really wants to take a piece of the pie hogged by the R15 V3 right now.
|New Suzuki GSX-R150||2019|
New Suzuki GSX-R150 Price
The New Suzuki GSX-R150 according to us will come in for a price of Rs 1.30 lakhs if it comes to India. This will be the Ex-showroom price of course. With this type of aggressive price tag and the performance to back it up, the bike will cut clean into the Yamaha R15’s market. This will give buyers a very difficult yet fun choice of machines to choose from.
|New Suzuki GSX-R150||Rs 1.30 (Ex-Showroom)|
New Suzuki GSX-R150 Specifications
The bike will get a 150cc Fuel Injected motor that puts out 19bhp and 14Nm of torque. The bike will gets disc brakes on the front and rear. The bike will come with ABS as standard. The bike will also get a shift indicator and an aggressive stance like the R15. The convenient easy start system automatically starts the engine with one touch of a button mounted on the handlebar; there is no need to hold the button down until the engine fires.
The Suzuki GSX-R150 has a full LCD instrument panel set in a modern dashboard, framed by turn signal, neutral, hi-beam, coolant temperature, malfunction indicator lamp (MIL), and programmable engine-RPM indicator lights. The bright LCD panel includes a segmented-bar tachometer across the top; a digital speedometer; a gear position indicator; a digital clock; a digital odometer with dual trip meters; an average fuel consumption meter; a fuel gauge; and an oil change timing indicator.
New Suzuki GSX-R150 Design
The bike will be more aggressive than the Gixxer SF. It will have an aggressive sitting position and will come with telescopic front forks and a mono shock at the rear. The bike will also get a full fairing. The exhaust on this thing will be high mounted as well. Compiling with norms, the bike will get AHO and the tail lamps will be LEDs. Reflecting its GSX-R heritage, the GSX-R150 features vertically stacked LED headlights, with the low beam above the high beam, and position lights on each side of the headlight. The brightness and compactness of the LED lights greatly contribute to the sharp and sporty looks of GSX-R150. The tires adopted for GSX-R150 are co-developed with the respected IRC TIRE. The 17 inch tires achieve both straight running stability and cornering performance. Especially, the rear tire which the size is 130/70-17M/C realizes superior drivability.
New Suzuki GSX-R150 Competition
This full faired Suzuki will do direct battle with the fearsome R15 V3. The bike will be a great option for customers to choose from in the future.
Do you think that the New Suzuki GSX-R150 will be a good for Indians? Do you think the R15 will face major competition? Let us know in the comments below.
Indian cars and their Global NCAP crash test rating
There have been many Indian cars that have been test by the Global NCAP. The initial results weren’t good but soon there was an improvement. Many cars didn’t even score a single star in the past but today we have India’s first car with a 5 star Global NCAP rating. Then there are cars which have been loved and have done well in the Indian market but are totally unsafe cars, like the Swift. In the below list, we will speak of all the cars with high ratings and the cars that didn’t score well with some description points from the Global NCAP report. This will be an important aspect for you, if you are in the market to buy a new car. (more…)
New Ford Figo 2019 coming early next year, will finally get a touchscreen display
The new Ford Figo 2019 facelift is going to come early next year. Just like the Aspire facelift, the Figo will also get some styling updates and a new heart. There will be more features also offers this time. The Figo has seen a complete change a few years back. The new car looks better and has decent features, but also lacked a few. The Figo is especially talked about due to its powerful 1.5-litre motor that gives competition a run for its money.
.The company has recently launched the Aspire. The company will then launch the Figo in early 2019 followed by 2019 . The changes to the Ford Figo 2019 will not be much. It will be a minor facelift. The interior will be updated. A new infotainment system on offer this time and will be the same as the Ford Freestyle. It is a touchscreen system, which is a welcome feature on this hatchback. A new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine will also be offered. An automatic transmission will be mated to this engine. It is expected to be more fuel efficient than the earlier engine. (more…)