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Honda HRV India – Honda’s Harrier competition

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Honda is a manufacturer that wants every segment of the market in India in India captured. The growth Honda has seen in Indian is high. Lately, many other models including the City have seen good sales. This includes the WRV crossover too. As the SUV fondness in India is growing, the Japanese maker is also getting its act together to come in with yet another SUV that is set to be another game changer for the company. The 2019 Honda HRV India will be their next SUV. The company has officially confirmed about the development of Honda HRV for India. We were the first ones to break the news of the WRV coming to India. The HRV will do battle with the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. The 2018 Honda HRV was unveiled at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The HRV is expected to be launched next year in India with mostly the same specifications and features.  The HRV is a premium SUV and will go up against the Hyundai Creta. The upcoming Maruti Vitara, Nissan Kicks and Tata Harrier will be the cars to look out for by Honda when the HRV is launched. This segment is beginning to heat up more, with several new players coming in. The WRV, which is a hatchback crossover, has been very successful and now the HRV will aim to dominate the premium five-seater SUV segment as well.

Want to know more about the Honda HRV? When will it be launched in India? Read further.

Honda HRV Front

Honda HRV India Launch Date

The Honda HRV will be launched in India by late 2019 or early 2020. The new HRV has been unveiled in Indonesia this year already. The Honda HRV will get refreshed interiors for India. The HRV is based on a modified Jazz platform, so it will call for a lot of investment to localize it for India. A year to develop the HRV locally is what will be required. It will be a cost-effective platform.

Also Read: Honda WRV vs Maruti Vitara Brezza | Maruti working on Creta competition

Honda HRV India Price in India

Variants Price (on-road)
Base Petrol 16 lakhs
Petrol Automatic ₹23 lakhs
Base Diesel ₹ 19 lakhs
Top-model Diesel ₹22 lakhs

The HRV will have competitive pricing. Honda would price it in a way that it coincides with the Compass/Harrier. This would be around ₹16 lakhs to ₹22 lakhs (on-road) and would provide tough competition to the Harrier.

Honda HRV India Mileage

Petrol

Diesel
City 11km/l 13km/l
Highway 15km/l 18km/l

The Honda HR-V will have fuel-efficient engines, just like the Honda City and WRV. It will share the same engines, with a slight tweak for better drivability and performance. Hence, there will be very little difference in the fuel efficiency figures. Buyers in this segment look at performance more than fuel efficiency.

Also Read: Hyundai will take on Honda. Maruti and Tata in the compact SUV segment

Honda HR-V India Dimensions

Length

4295mm

Width

1770mm

Height

1605mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

Kerb Weight

1180kgs

Fuel Tank Capacity

60-litre

Boot Space

470-litre

Also Read – Tata Harrier will be bigger than Creta and HRV

Honda HRV India Features

  • LED headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • Sloping roofline
  • Chrome grille
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple Car Play / Android Auto
  • Mirror Link
  • Steering mounted controls
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Dual front airbags, side airbags
  • ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
  • EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
  • Vehicle Stability assist with traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Honda HRV Rear

Honda HRV India Interior

The HRV will have contemporary interiors Honda is known for. They will be trendy and sporty as well. They will not be flashy but will be functional and neat. A two-tone color theme will make it look rich. The fit and finish also will be of high quality. Touch and feel will be better than current Honda vehicles in the country. It will be somewhere in the league of Accord and CR-V. In terms of features, this vehicle will come loaded. It will have push button start, 7-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, reverse camera, navigation etc. The Honda HR-V will also have automatic climate control, which will be a touch-enabled one like the Honda City. This Honda will be a feature loaded one. Its fiercest competitor will be the Hyundai Creta which comes with many features. 

Honda HRV space

The Honda HR-V shall offer good enough space for front and rear passengers. There will be rear AC vents, rear armrest and even a big size boot. 

Honda HRV Interior

Also Read: Hyundai Creta | Ford Kuga SUV | Toyota Rush SUV | Toyota C-HR SUV

Honda HRV India Specifications

Petrol

Diesel

Engine

1.8-litre

1.6-litre

Power

132bhp

120bhp

Torque

170Nm

250Nm

Transmission

6-speed M / CVT

6-Speed M

The Honda HRV will get a 1.6-litre petrol engine. It will churn out 132bhp of power and about 170Nm of maximum torque. A six-speed manual and CVT will be the transmission options offered. Honda would like to focus on this engine as it will get a good number for it. This will have a decent demans as it is a powerful engine.

The other engine will be a 1.6-litre diesel. It will produce about 132bhp of power and 250Nm of peak torque. This engine is the one shared with the City and also the WRV, however, it will be tweaked for better performance. This shall be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, Honda may also offer a CVT with this engine. The Honda HR-V will also be tweaked to offer better performance. The diesel engine is anyways high on performance and mileage as it is lightweight. However, Honda would want to work on its NVH levels.

Honda HRV India Design

The 2018 Honda HRV receives exterior styling updates to further expand its appeal. The grille is enhanced by dark chrome that is extending over the new projector-style headlights. Under the chrome band, the grille opening has been restyled to emphasize a wide look. The fog light housings are enlarged to help give HR-V a more aggressive stance. In the rear, new smoked turn signal lenses are connected by a thin chrome band, lending an upscale air to HRV’s exterior.

 

Honda HRV Side

HR-V Sport features unique lower body trim, painted glossy black on the lower front and rear bumper, rocker panels, and wheel arches, as well as the gloss-black exterior mirrors. HR-V Sport also receives a honeycomb pattern grille, exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, and in the rear, there’s a chrome exhaust finisher.

The new line-topping HR-V Touring trim flanks its honeycomb grille with multi-element Honda LED headlights that are unique in the HR-V lineup, as are the 5-element LED fog lights. Touring models come with exclusive 17-inch machined alloy wheels, for an upscale look. HR-V Touring also comes with similar lower-body trim as Sport, but painted body color rather than gloss black, along with the body-color outside mirrors.

 

Honda HRV 2018

We don’t know what all from this impressive list of exterior details will make it to India but we can expect a lot of it to come when the car comes to India next year.

The bigger sibling CR-V is also designed in a crossover format and the HRV carries a similar design language. It is a good looking vehicle though and will also have a good road presence. It is sure to turn heads and its design will be one of its high selling points. 

A coupe-styled roofing is seen here, with a downward slope at the rear. The rear door handle has been moved to next to the window and is hidden, giving it a two-door look. A clean silhouette adorns the HR-V and it has minimal lines running across. The rear has large tail lamps that give it a bold look and it has an integrated rear spoiler as well. These elements make the HR-V quite appealing and eye-catching too. There is also a shark fin antenna on the roof towards the rear. The part below the bumpers is black in color, which gives it a purposeful look.

Honda HRV Interior Pictures

Honda HR-V 2018 Competition

Considering the size of this SUV, the Honda HR-V shall compete with the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, and the upcoming Nissan Kicks. This segment is on the verge of higher growth in times to come. There is also a shift from smaller SUVs expected to happen in future. Small SUV users will be upgrading to this particular segment that will have the 2018 Honda HRV. 

Honda HRV 2018

 

 

Also Read: Nissan Kicks SUV | Renault Kaptur SUV – Honda HR-V competition

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Honda HRV will be an exciting product for the Indian car market. However, there is a big question mark on how much of it will be localised.

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  1. Amit Bhatt

    January 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Its been few days iv been searching for digipad update or upgrade for my Honda City 2017 model. But I couldn’t find any info online.
    Could you please help me and other honda city owners by fetching information on digipad update or upgrade from your sources.
    Also could you please review sony xav ax5000 or similar product from pioneer as digipad replacement for honda City. Also its compatibility with steering mounted controls

    Thanks in advance

  2. MotorOctane Team

    October 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Creta-competition

  3. George

    October 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    This is a hatch back for the rich …

  4. Nitin Rai

    July 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Honda is cheating Indian’s they are basically selling a beefed up jazz for the price of a full blown SUV, sad.

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Mahindra XUV300 launched at Rs 7.90 lakhs (Ex-showroom) for the base variant!

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Mahindra launched the Marazzo and the Alturas G4 in the last year. They also had soft launches of the Scorpio S9 and the TUV300. We have brought you the review of the sub-four meter XUV300 and the car has been launched today. The Mahindra XUV300 has been given a very competitive pricing and the base variant, W4 begins with Rs 7.90 lakhs (Ex-showroom).

Some of the new things we already know about the XUV300 are –

-It will get both petrol and diesel engines on launch.

-The center console gets a large 8-inch touchscreen.

-It will get 7 airbags which is a first in class feature

-The interiors and upholstery are different from the Ssangyong Tivoli

-The car will also get four disc brakes which are also a first in class offering

-There is a compartment above the touchscreen, on the dashboard like the XUV500. Space in this car is going to be utilized well.

The car is a great feature loaded package.

Mahindra XUV300 off-road

The cars other details like ground clearance and boot space have also been revealed. The unladen ground clearance is 180mm. And the boot space for this car is 265-litres.

The company has been working on this SUV and has decided to launch the car under the XUV brand. Mahindra will take on the sub-four meter compact SUV segment with this new car. The pictures for this car have been revealed too, to check them out scroll below.

Bookings for the car are now available. Scroll down for more information on that.

What all will this new SUV pack in? Scroll down to know more.

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Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater will not come to India

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We had revealed two years back that Maruti will be getting a 7 Seater Wagon R as well. Maruti has been working on a 7 seater and the time car had been spotted testing in India too. Now we bring you some updated news. This car will not be coming to India. Targeting first-time car buyers, Maruti Wagon R will be launched only in South Asian countries. This 7 seater will not come to India. The reasoning offered by Maruti is that the car will be an unnecessary product and it will be just added to costs and will not yield the desired profits or success the company wants. Also, the Maruti Eeco and the Maruti Omni are filling the gap which was thought to be filled by the Wagon R 7 Seater. The Eeco and Omni will be refreshed and updated soon. (more…)

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Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater will be coming to India soon. This will be a good idea to get an affordable 7 Seater Wagon R.

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New Mahindra Thar 2020 – New spy shots

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The Mahindra Thar is a great car with old school style and legendary off-road ability. The Thar is a car which will not take you to a place in comfort but will take you anywhere. But it’s now getting old. The New generation Mahindra Thar is long overdue. The New Mahindra Thar 2020 will be made keeping in mind 5 key specs and features –

  • Airbags, ESP, traction control and more aids will be introduced
  • New structure/body which will be safer and compliant with upcoming BS6 norms
  • A new wider and bigger ladder platform will be made
  • More comfort features – Push Start Stop/Touchscreen/Power Windows/ Reverse Parking Sensors and Camera and much more
  • The car will also get a new BS6 compliant engine and could be offered in a 5 door configuration

Also now there are new spy shots of the car that show us how the New generation Mahindra Thar would look like. Keep scrolling down for more.

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New Mahindra Thar 2020 Launch

The New Mahindra Thar 2020 will be most likely shown at the 2020 Auto Expo. The car will be an all new product. It will be Mahindra’s biggest launch after the Alturas G4 and upcoming S201 aka Inferno.

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New Mahindra Thar 2020 Price

The price of the Thar is expected to go up significantly. The car will continue to have manual 4WD and will have the capability to get down and dirty. The extra money will be for a car with more space, features, and comfort.

New Mahindra Thar 2020 Price (ex-showroom)
Base Rs 8 lakhs
Top End Rs 14 lakhs

Expect this car to be priced between Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 14 lakhs. (Ex-showroom)

New Mahindra Thar 2020 Design

The car will continue to go with the Jeep CJ5 inspired looks. The removable doors, soft top roof with bull bars will continue. The front of the car will get new fog lamps, LED DRLS and projector headlamps too. The bumper will have a brand new design. The car will also get a The New Mahindra Thar 2020 will also get the option of a hardtop roof which will be removable and could have an integrated sunroof. There will also be many other customization options that will be available on the car from the factory itself. Mahindra could give a lot of accessories options too.

Mahindra Thar rear 2020

New Mahindra Thar 2020 Interiors

This is where the car is set to have the most improvement. A wider car means more space inside. More space means more storage options and more comfort. The car will get a new infotainment touchscreen, a better instrument cluster with more information, doors with storage and power windows, cruise control, 2 airbags as standard and plush yet durable upholstery.

Mahindra Thar 2015 dashboard

The New Mahindra Thar 2020 will finally get the comfort equipment one expects the car to come with at this price point.

New Mahindra Thar 2020 Specifications

The current engine of the Mahindra Thar is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit with a manual 5-speed gearbox and a manual 4WD system. This same setup should continue in the New Mahindra Thar 2020, with the engine being BS6 ready. We can also see Mahindra offering the Thar in a slick automatic variant for people who want the car as a style statement.

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New Mahindra Thar 2020 Spy Shots

A camouflaged version of the New Mahindra Thar 2020 has been spotted testing by a leading publication. Launched in 2010, the Thar is due for a generation change. The current car will certainly not be able to meet new crash test norms coming in 2020. Thus, Mahindra has started working on a new generation car which has now been spotted.

New Generation Mahindra That Exterior Front

The above image shows a wider body of the Mahindra Thar. The image shows the car with a bigger body and a wider wheel arches. The windscreen is bigger too. The car also seams the old halogen headlamps, but we can expect the production car to get projector units. There is a new shorter bumper too.

New Generation Mahindra That Exterior Rear

The car also right now seems to have pre-production indicators and taillamps. The car is very wide now. And even the windscreen is now fixed and cannot fold.

New Mahindra Thar 2020 Competition

The Mahindra Thar is going to pull more crowds when it is launched in a brand new generation than it is already achieving. People still by the Mahindra Thar for being more user-friendly and having some creature comforts than the Force Gurkha. The Thar triumphed over the Gypsy with its engine, capability and Maruti’s reluctance to market and sell the Gypsy. But with Maruti planning to get the Jimny to India soon and Force Motors upping the capability of the Gurkha, a New Mahindra Thar 2020 on the horizon is good for Mahindra.

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Mahindra XUV300 review: Ticking every box!

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Now a few things I have to be clear about before you dwell deeper into this review. First, the car I will be talking about here is going to be the 1.5-litre diesel because Mahindra made us experience that particular vehicle only. The second, any review is not complete without the price and us telling you the cars price and if you should consider buying the car or not. The price of the XUV300 has not been announced yet and the Mahindra has said that it will be priced similarly to its competition. Phew! Now we are ready to start.

The XUV300! The name is bang on (hope the price is too). I’ll get to the design in a minute, but let’s just talk about the name and what the car means. For the past few years, we have been seeing and experiencing the Mahindra XUV500 and the image of that car is now very clear in my mind. We think of space, the cheetah-inspired front and a feature loaded cabin when we think of the XUV500. So on paper now that is all true about the XUV300 too. It is an SUV(which for Indians translates to more space than a hatchback), it’s got the similar and cool XUV500 fascia and a barrage of segment first features which I will explain in depth further. So does this combination come together and make a car that can go and do battle with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the Honda WRV? Let’s talk about specifications.

Mahindra XUV300 off-road

Specifications and Safety

The Mahindra XUV300 comes with two engine options, both of which are only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 110bhp and 200Nm of torque and the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel that makes 115bhp and 300Nm of torque. Now there is no automatic on offer and Mahindra said that getting an automatic gearbox soon will be a priority. The monocoque suspension setup includes a McPherson Strut with Anti-roll bars at the front and a Twist beam with coil springs at the rear. The tyre size is 215/55 R17 with Alloy wheels and a full-size spare wheel with a steel rim. Now the base variants will not get the big wheels. To know more about the lower variants and the features and specs breakdown – click here.

Mahindra XUV300 engine

Design

Another cheetah inspired look! We know how much Mahindra loves their animals. The shark is the apex predator of the sea and the cheetah is the fastest mammal on the land. Imagine the day Mahindra combines the two and XUazzo1000 is born. Let’s forget about that now and concentrate on the baby cheetah. The Mahindra XUV300‘s headlamps integrate with the fog lamps forming a Cheetah-like tear-duct, the same the kind of design that we see on the facelifted XUV500. The pronounced wheel arches give the car a butch look but at the same time at the rear make it more difficult for passengers to get in. Its grille looks like a smaller version of the XUV500s and the sculpted bonnet along with the pronounced shoulder & body lines give the XUV300 a solid stance. The dual LED DRLs and bold LED tail lamps are a good and necessary touch but the rear taillights look very weird and do not carry the fierce and dominating look the car is trying to impose at the front.

Overall the XUV300’s design is a solid foundation for Mahindra to update and keep adding too.

Interior

Plush-is the first word that comes to mind. Plusher than many of its rivals at least. The Mahindra XUV300 get leather upholstery and soft-touch materials around the whole car. The leather-wrapped steering wheels. The car gets a lot of storage too. The 265-litre boot is small though and with the 60-40 split is not that great too. Let’s just get over the bad stuff. Ingress and Egress at the rear are difficult. Once you are in, there is enough legroom and headroom for someone with a height of me like 5’10 but the recline on the seat is just not enough. The adjustable headrests at the rear in this case really help the upper body and neck. While dual-zone climate controls are a good touch, rear AC vents are missing. We were testing this car in a moderate climate and the cabin does cool quickly enough but during summers this could be an issue for rear seat passengers. The all-around visibility is good and the sunroof is again a good addition to the interior. The rear windshield does seem to be a little small but here I could be nit-picking as the Vitara Brezza also does not have a really big windshield. The buttons, some picked from the Alturas are really good and quality is much better than other cars, Mahindra has also synced there infotainment with a lot of features. The front parking sensors alert and the rear parking camera work well. The speakers are not the best in class when it comes to sound quality and the Ford EcoSport does have better speakers. 1-litre bottles can easily be fitted in the door pockets while the front and rear row cupholders could hold an energy drink can easily. The car also gets 7 airbags which is a segment first. The instrument cluster also has got a lot of new features like wheels position and direction which is good to know before you start the car and set off in a wrong direction or if you are in a tight spot. To know more about the features in the XUV300 variant wise – click here.

Drive 

The 1.5-litre diesel engine in the XUV300 is the same unit as the Mahindra Marazzo. But as been tuned for the XUV300 differently. Now the problem here is that it does not have it’s a single mindset. It should have been a torque monster as a Mahindra should be or even as the numbers say it should be. Don’t get me wrong, the car is adequately powerful. The problem is the small power band. Now you can tell me that a diesel engine has a low-rpm setup but when the power is only there available from 1500 to 3500 rpm, you are left wanting for more. But this is in the initial 1st and 2nd gear, Once the car gets moving. There is no problem. The XUV300 has a great ride and it’s highway cruising face comes up. You want to gain speed, throw it in 4th and smash the right side pedal and the torque reveals its face. Slot 5th, and now you are really moving and the car is ready to accelerate quicker, The electronically controlled variable turbocharger in the XUV300 takes a few seconds to realize the power demand but once the boost is ready, and you know powerband, the XUV300 is fun to drive. The performance comes with a good arsenal of features like 4 disc brakes (a segment first), ESP and steering mode (to toggle the sportiness of the steering) and to back it up. The XUV300 also does not mind going off-road a bit. We threw the car on rocky slopes and broken rocks with ease and the car soaked up the punishment well. At the drive, Mahindra told us that the unladen ground clearance is 180mm which we think is an underestimate because we took it off road. But if that is the case, we really think that it is low for this car. The cabin does get filled with engine noise at high speed but nothing very serious. The XUV300 drives great overall and even though official figures are not out yet and we will have to test the car’s mileage, it should return around 12km/l to 15km/l at least.

Verdict

The features, specs and safety really make the Mahindra XUV300 a great package. The car’s verdict really rests with the price which will be announced on 14th of February. The car will be competing with the Vitara Brezza, EcoSport, WRV and Nexon. Bookings are open now and we think if the car is priced under 14 lakhs for its top-end model, it should be seriously considered by you if you are in the market for a feature loaded sub-four metre SUV.

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2019 Maruti Wagon R review: Made for India, by India

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The Maruti Wagon R has been one of India’s top selling cars for a very long time now. The car is widely used in the commercial sector and has been a trusty steed for those who are first time buyers. Many swear by the cars no-nonsense approach to motoring and the immense amount of practicality it has on offer. So what has changed in new generation 2019 Maruti Wagon R? A lot. This is no longer a car that we are now used to seeing in the traffic as an Uber or something that is going annoyingly slow in the first lane of the highway. The 2019 Maruti Wagon R is here with a host of different updates and new features. It is different from the Wagon R sold in Japan. It is built for India, by India. Maruti has engineered and built a car that is specifically for our country, road conditions and customer needs.

Specifications and Safety

The new Wagon R is also based on Suzuki’s latest Heartect platform. Benefits of the new platform are better dynamics, overall lighter and improved overall safety. The Heartect platform also results in more space in the cabin. The new Wagon R is wider longer and has got more legroom and knee room than before. The car shares most of its dynamics, proportions with Maruti’s NEXA offering, the Ignis. Along with the new platform the new Wagon R continues to get the old 1.0-litre 3 cylinder engine that makes 68bhp and a new much powerful 1.2-litre engine four-cylinder K12 engine. The option of the 83hp engine is in response to the demands of customers wanting more power in the Wagon R. In terms of safety now, the car now comes with ABS and EBD as standard across all variants. Also standard is the driver side airbags, seatbelt reminder for driver and passenger, central locking, rear parking sensors, speed alert system and child-proof rear door locks.

Maruti Wagon R 2019 review

Design

With the overall length of 3655mm, a width of 1620mm and height of 1675mm, new 2019 Wagon R is certainly bigger. Maruti has designed the car to give it a robust look. At the front, the car gets new headlamps which are a departure from the square like headlamps that are seen on the older Wagon R. The headlamps are a unique dual split unit which will make the car look more modern. Could Maruti have offred DRLs and projector headlights on this unit? It would have been a segment first and a really good premium feature to have. But as we know manufacturers like to save features for a facelift and if the Baleno has just got them now, so could the Wagon R and Ignis in the future soon. The car now gets a modern architecture chrome grille. There are new lines on the car too. The bonnet and the side carry these distinctive lines which make the car look bigger and better. On the side, we also see a new design element on the rear, C pillar. The design looks like the car has sideburns on the rear and is also a little bit more distinctive. The rear has a very sculpted look with the big new taillamps which look like they are inspired by the new Ertiga. The chrome strip on the boot now carries the name WagonR on it.

Maruti Wagon R 2019 review

Overall this car now looks very proportionate and very distinctive. The car still does not get stuff like alloy wheels in the top variant, DRLs, and a small shark fin antenna. The car could have done with chunkier wheels too. Speaking of the wheels, the wheel arches have no cladding and the exposed metal welds look very bad. But these shortcomings are a not a dealbreaker for someone who is looking for a new Wagon R. Many accessories are going to be offered in this car. To know more about accessories on the new Wagon R – Click here

Maruti Wagon R 2019 review

Interior

The first thing that one experiences when entering the Wagon R is the amount of space available. The car has now got more space than ever. The ingress-egress is the best on the Wagon R and this only gets better on the new car. The cabin feels airy and the large glass area gives one a great view out of the cabin too. The cabin itself now looks better and gets a dual-tone black-and-beige theme upholstery. The new touchscreen system which is the new Smartplay Studio – 17.78 cm Touchscreen Infotainment is good and gets a really nice UI. Paired with this new touchscreen, one gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB/AUX controls and Steering mounted controls. This system also offers AHA, an internet radio service. What is really a let down is the 2 speakers that come with this system. A couple of tweeters added or a four-speaker system would have been ideal. Also, the car now gets power windows as standard and comes with Auto Down function for the driver side.

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Under the touchscreen, we get the AC controls, which are a manual unit and is fairly simple to use. There is also a charging socket underneath and storage space. Storage is not a problem with all door easily accommodating 1-liter bottles each and a unique storage solution with an undertray on the co-drivers side. Practicality has been the Wagon R’s key offering, and the new model only improves in this area. Boot space is now 341 litres, this makes it more spacious than the Vitara Brezza. Except for the base variant, the seats split 60:40 which make for more storage. Some drawbacks at the rear are that the loading lip is a bit high and parcel tray does not have strings so that it can tilt up when the boot is opened.

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Drive

We experienced the 1.2-litre engine in the Wagon R with it’s manual and AMT variants. The 1.2-litre engine has already proven itself as a good engine in the Baleno, Ignis, Swift and DZire. The 83bhp engine on the 845kg car feels more than adequate. The gearshifts are very smooth have no problem at all. This new engine in the Wagon R loves to be revved and surprisingly picks up speed quickly. The wider track of the Heartect platform have improved stability and handling too. Straight line acceleration is liner and the car does not mind being in the 5000-6000 rev range. While there is no strain on the engine and the car feels like it has more to give after the mid-range powerband is over, at the top end this car is noisy. The tyre noise and high revving engine combination make for a noisy cabin. Noise insulation can be a bit better. Also we can see the lack of grip with the 165/70/R14 tyres. They are great tyres for economical drives, but push them to fast in a corner and the little wheels do feel like they are on the edge of grip. The new powerful engine and the manual gearbox do make for a very enjoyable drive. We do think that a larger and wider set of tyres will make the car a bit more engaging and better.

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Thoughts on the AMT? Well, this will be loved by city-dwellers and while it is not the best AMT out there it is a good unit. The upshifts are slow and the car tends to be stuck in the lower gears before making its mind to shift up. This can easily be solved with the manual mode at your disposal. The gearshifts are much more responsive now and your control over the gear selection is now maximized.

Verdict

Our final verdict for this new Wagon R is a bit unorthodox. We have spoken about the 1.2-litre engine that we experienced. But given the price of the 1.2-litre engine and the features one gets at the price point it’s a very expensive deal. What a Wagon R owner is really after is efficiency, practicality, and the best Value For Money deal. Because of this, the car that we would recommend is the Wagon R 1.0-litre. The 1.2-litre with the Zxi variant is not going to offer a lot more features than the top-end Vxi variant of the 1.0-litre car. The VXI AMT makes a lot of sense. It gets the space, the efficiency and for everyday city driving, it’s an excellent choice.

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2019 Maruti Baleno launched at Rs 5.45 lakhs (Ex-showroom,Delhi)

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The 2019 Maruti Baleno has been finally launched. This was the car which gave the premium hatchback segment a boost. While being spacious and feature loaded, it is economical as well. It has an impressive road presence and is large in size. The interiors are also roomy and feel quite airy. The Baleno is Maruti’s premium offering, hence it is sold from Nexa Experience showrooms. When it was in its production stage, we were the first to share its images, way back in November 2014. The car was codenamed ‘YRA’ then.  The facelift version will mark three years of its launch.

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The Maruti Baleno 2019 has turned out to be an aspirational car for buyers. It is a good combination of performance and fuel efficiency. Along with that is the reliability of the Maruti brand. It is priced well. It provides loads of space, for a hatchback. With petrol and diesel options, customers are spoiled for choice. The 2019 Maruti Baleno also gets styling updates. These updates will make it stand out. There are more features added and the lower variants will get features from the top variant as well. Hence an update. The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift has already been launched.

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The Baleno has been selling in good numbers. The car will continue to be one of Nexa’s front-runners in the premium hatchback segment.

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Volkswagen T-Cross to rival Hyundai Creta : Revealed, pics and specifications

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Volkswagen has finally revealed the 2019 VW T-Cross SUV. The teaser sketches of what will become the company’s smallest SUV on sale were shown earlier. Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze was the compact SUV concept that was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. As the German maker is getting set for a global launch of this new compact SUV, sourced confirm that Volkswagen is getting the T-Cross to India and will be taking on the Hyundai Creta in a segment totally ignored by the company.

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This is particularly interesting as the Creta did not have any head on competitor till Renault launched the Captur. The Volkswagen T-Cross will be an interesting product for India and the company will hope for to grab a larger pie with this compact SUV.

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Maruti Ciaz 2018: Launched, prices start at ₹ 8,19,000 lakh (ex-showroom)

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The Maruti Ciaz 2018 has been launched. The car now looks even more attractive from the front. It gets a new front end that consists of a sleek looking grille. The Ciaz 2018 now looks more sophisticated and premium. This is the major change in the exteriors. The interior also gets subtle changes. The booking for the new Ciaz are already underway and the price too has been reveled.

The Maruti Ciaz 2018 has prices starting from 8,19,00 lakhs and go up to 10,97,000 lakhs for the top end diesel and petrol variants. The car also car also gets a new 1.5-litre k-15 petrol engine and a updated interior and exterior. The cars new features include a new hill assist, cruise control and ESP too.

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The Maruti Ciaz 2018 has been launched today. The new Ciaz is going to be a great competitor with some new features for the Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris and Honda City.

The Ciaz 2018 will be getting a new six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. The engines on the Ciaz will also be new. These are 1.5-litre units, both in petrol and diesel. This is the flagship sedan of Maruti and they will take the fight closer to the Honda City, it’s prime competitor. The Ciaz has been selling in decent numbers and contributing to the sedan segment significantly. There was a time when it outsold the Honda City as well. This is when Honda did not have a diesel engine.

Now, since Honda City comes with a diesel option too, the Ciaz has taken a beating. Maruti wants to keep the fight alive and hence, they will be launching a facelifted version. While the changes will be limited as far as cosmetics are go, the car will get a new heart, which is expected to change the game for Maruti in this segment.  Read further to know more about the Maruti Ciaz 2018.

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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 will be a facelift. It will get some added features and minor tweaks in styling. New engines also will be offered this time. This will make the Ciaz a better value for money product.

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Jeep Renegade to make it by end of 2019

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The launch of the Jeep Renegade has been speculated since long. This SUV will be launched in India, however it will not be early. The Renegade will come with a 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine. This engine are already developed for export and now they are being tested for India. Earlier reports suggested that this SUV might get a 2.0-litre engine, same as the Compass, however, it will first be launched with a 1.6-litre engine. The 2.0-litre engine will remain for the export version of the Renegade.

The Renegade was to be launched this year, but the company has deferred the launch., Capacity constraints have also limited the launch. The Compass has met with good success and thats what FCA is focussing upon. The Compass Trailhawk has also been delayed and will be launched early next year. This will be a a diesel automatic and will also have an advanced 4×4 system,which will excite the hard-core enthusiasts.

Test vehicles of Renegade with a 2.0-litre engine have been spotted last year. However, they were Compass test mules under disguise. The Jeep Renegade is underpinned by the SCA (Small Car Architecture) platform. The same plaform also underpinned the Fiat Punto and Linea. The Renegade is expected to be launched by the festive season of 2019 and it will rival the Hyundai Creta.

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2018 Honda Brio unveiled at GIIAS in Indonesia

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Honda has been ruling the sedan segment for a long time and now also doing well in the compact SUV space. However, it still has been lagging behind when it comes to hatchbacks. The Honda Brio when launched, was quite a favorite for many metro dwellers, but lately has lost steam, in the wake of competition. The company has now unveiled an all-new 2018 Honda Brio at the on-going GIIAS 2018 (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show) in Jakarta. This car should be coming next year to India.

Honda has been working on a range of new products for the Indian car market. There is a plan of launching six new products in next three years. The current range of vehicles also will be upgraded. These will be highly localized and will offer more features. Though good products, they currently lack in features and interior styling. The new gen models will aim ant resurrecting these issues. The 2018 Honda Brio is based on a new platform. It will offer better rear seat space and also a bigger boot. It shall get a new touchscreen system with MirrorLink. The new Brio will also have keyless entry and maybe an option of a sunroof. There will be a 1.2-litre petrol engine on offer and maybe even a 1.2-litre diesel engine as well. It is a tad early to state anything, but Honda Brio 2018 will be coming in soon.

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Renault Kwid 2018 launched with many first in class features

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The Renault Kwid 2018 has been launched today. The car gets a lot of features and is hence called the Kwid Feature Loaded Range. Available in 8 trims with segment-first features, the new Renault KWID 2018 Feature Loaded Range has been launched at no additional price, further enhancing its value proposition. The Renault Kwid has been a redefining product in its category. The Renault Kwid 2018 is one of the few cars to take on the mighty Maruti Alto 800 and provide some stiff competition to it. The Kwid is not compromised in terms of features as much as others in the segment. Do read further to know more about the Renault Kwid 2018 Feature Loaded variant.

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Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT – Most affordable Automatic SUV

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Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT has become one of the most desirable SUVs in no time. Buyers had been waiting for this variant for long and now it has finally been launched. It has the distinction of being the most affordable automatic SUV in the country. The prices of the Vitara Brezza AMT starts at ₹ 9.3 Lakhs (on-road, Delhi). The AMT was launched in a quiet way and instantly created a big buzz.  We had earlier revealed, last year that the Vitara Brezza AMT will be launched this year. The Tata Nexon AMT was launched last month.  We were all the first to convey that the Brezza AMT will come in three variants – VDi, ZDi and ZDi+. With only a diesel engine, the Brezza is the best selling SUV in India. The demand for this one is high even today. Like many other segments, Maruti has been dominating this one as well

The typical SUV feel that the Maruti Vitara Brezza offers, is liked by many. This is the highest selling SUV because of the peace of mind one gets with the Maruti brand. The Brezza has become an even more attractive product with the introduction of the AMT. This is sure to increase volumes for the already best selling SUV. There will be more players coming into this segment and thus we will see fiercer competition. The Indian manufacturer has launched the AMT in 3 variants in the Maruti Vitara Brezza. This is the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) version or Auto Gear Shift, as Maruti have termed it. There has been a high number of bookings already for the AMT version. Previously sold with a 5-speed manual only, the Vitara Brezza now another option offered. The Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT seems to be good value and also a convenient option. What is the Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT like? We tell you in our detailed preview.

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2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Automatic (CVT) launched at ₹ 7.8 lakhs (on-road)

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The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift was launched earlier this year. Now the automatic (CVT) variant has been introduced, the prices of which start at ₹ 7.8 lakhs  for the Magna variant and ₹ 9.3 lakhs for Asta variant (on-road, Delhi). With this launch the i20 gets better options. The good part is that unlike earlier, the automatic now comes in two variants – Magna and Asta. The CVT comes only in petrol. The diesel version come with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic in the diesel version. The Elite i20 2018 gets cosmetic changes and some added features.

The dimensions of the car are the same as earlier. There is no change in the overall length or height. The interior space is also the same. The Elite i20 car is priced similar to what it was earlier. The engines shall be the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines on offer. There are many new features on offer. Hyundai will raise the bar in this segment with many new features on the i20. Things that have gone missing will now be offered on this vehicle. The Korean auto maker has seen a major growth in this segment and now with the Baleno in the market, Hyundai will want to enhance the premium hatchback even further. We new i20 car is offered with a lot of brownies, and there are some first-in-class as well.

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The new Hyundai Elite i20 2018 facelift needs to meet the standard the hatchback has already set in the market. It is a difficult task, but if it is achieved then the brand will achieve success with it.

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Mahindra U321 MPV Rear Seats Spied – EXCLUSIVE

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The rear seats of the Mahindra U321 has been spied for the first time. The pictures depict that the second row has just adequate space. The rear AC vents are mounted on the roof. There is no centre armrest. The floor console gets storage spaces like cup holders and space for keeping mobile phones. The third row is a bit cramped in terms of knee room. It is best suited for children. Two adults can squeeze in, though. The second and third row, both get 60:40 split seats, to make it more convenient and flexible for stowing luggage.

This new MPV will be launched in the market soon. It is expected to come by August. This is an all new product for which the company has just invested close to INR 1500 crores. Codenamed U321, this new MPV will be manufactured in Nasik. This is a replacement for the Xylo, but a more premium one. The U321 is based on a new platform. This is different from the Xylo. The Mahindra U321 is a seven-seater MPV. This will not compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta or the Tata Hexa. It will create a sub-segment of its own, which will be higher than the Ertiga and lower than the Innova.

The Xylo will not be able to meet the crash test norms, hence, Mahindra will be discontinuing it. The TUV300 Plus. will also be launched and this will be an SUV, which will also replace the Xylo. This will be based on the TUV platform and will be longer. It is likely to be a 9-seater SUV and it will be made for commercial and rural purposes majorly. The company is also working on this new MUV also, which will go head on against the Innova Crysta. Mahindra is also working on the S201, which will be the compact SUV on the Ssangyong Tivoli platform.

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The Mahindra U321 is an exciting package and good option to consider for those looking at a spacious and a more affordable option than the Innova Crysta.

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Toyota Rush 2018 may not be for India

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The Toyota Rush 2018 has been in the news for quite some time. This is a seven seater mid-size SUV from the Japanese major. Toyota has tasted big success in India with its UVs. There have been rumours that the Japanese automaker is considering to get this SUV to India. The next-generation Toyota Rush has already been unveiled. It comes with many enhancements in styling and gets sharper looks. However, this SUV seems unlikely to come to India. Our sources reveal that Toyota is looking at getting some other SUV for this segment, in India. The company is exploring various possibilities and currently is not rushing into it. There are chances that an all-new SUV may be launched later, which will be a derivative of the Rush. However, it is too early to predict.

The older Rush felt more like a mini Fortuner. It has a typical ladder frame chassis design The new model looks is more like a crossover or rather MPV, rather than a SUV. There arr glances of the Innova Crysta in it. This new generation Rush is made to appeal to a different set of audiences. It has muscular looks and is a front wheel drive one. The Toyota brand has been focusing on getting more products into India. The Innova Crysta and the Fortuner have currently been driving sales in the country. The Yaris sedan has recently been launched. The Toyota Rush kind of SUV in India will be useful and a strong product to introduce, looking at Toyota’s dominance in the UV segment.

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The Toyota Rush 2018 seems to be an exciting product for the Indian car market. What will it have on offer? A bit early to predict but the brand is looking at offering a lot more for India.

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