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Skoda Karoq will come to India in 2020

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The Skoda Karoq could come to India soon. It’s just the product needed by the market which loves SUVs. The Karoq could be unveiled by end of 2019 in India. Skoda is currently testing this car in India and the SUV has also been spied here too. The Karoq will come in as a replacement for the Yeti. Underpinned by the MQB platform, this SUV will share many components with the Volkswagen Tiguan.  It is already selling in Europe and an India launch is in the process. The Karoq will rival the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, Ford Kuga and 2019 Hyundai Tucson.

Skoda has been slow in launching SUVs, but now it seems they have planned an onslaught, first with the Kodiaq, which was recently launched and now the Karoq. This is good news for SUV buyers as they shall be spoilt for choices. The Jeep Compass has seen an unprecedented demand, which shows that customers are moving towards compact lifestyle SUVs. This is where the Skoda Karoq will fit in.

Skoda Karoq Launch Date

Launch date Second half – 2020

The Skoda Karoq is expected to be launched by the second half of 2020. This will replace the Skoda Yeti in India and will be the second new generation SUV from Skoda. The company has already got the Kodiaq, hence they will launch the Karoq after a gap of almost 2 years.

New Skoda Karoq Price in India

On-road price
Minimum ₹ 15 lakhs
Maximum ₹ 24 lakhs

The Karoq is expected to be priced between ₹ 15 lakhs and ₹ 24 lakhs. It will come in both petrol and diesel variants. We will share the variant-wise pricing details at a later stage. The Karoq will have an identical price to the Jeep Compass and lower than the Volkswagen Tiguan. It will also have a 4WD option.

New Skoda Karoq Design

Based on the new Skoda design language, the Karoq has an aggressive front end. There is a black front grille and a set of sharp looking headlamps. The headlamps have projector lamps and daytime running LEDs. The fascia is similar to that of the new Superb and the Kodiaq. The side profile is more like a crossover. It gets sharp lines and curves running across. The rear portion also has a close resemblance to the Kodiaq. This will be a five-seater SUV.

 

The Skoda Karoq chassis also sets benchmarks in its segment and demonstrates its quality, even off the beaten track. From the Ambition trim level upwards, Driving Mode Select with the Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4×4) modes is available on request. The Off-Road mode with all-wheel drive improves the driving characteristics on rough terrain.

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Also Read: Tata Harrier will be this SUV’s competition

New Skoda Karoq Interiors

There will be a lot of similarity in the interiors of the Karoq and the Kodiaq. Both these SUVs are based on the same platform. The Karoq will have some lesser features but it will be a five-seater with two rows of seating. This new SUV will be getting most of the bells and whistles and has been designed to have a good amount of space on offer too.

  • The digital instrument panel: four display layouts
  • Headlights and tail lights with LED technology
  • The VarioFlex rear seat holds up to 588 liters
  • LED ambient lighting in the interior

The striking three-dimensional front section symbolizes protection and strength with its contours. The front is characterized in particular by the geometrically shaped headlights with precise contours. From the Ambition trim level upwards, full-LED headlights in a clear glass design are used. A narrow strip of lights running along the bottom edge of the main headlights provides homogeneous indicator and daytime running lights. The fog lights, which come with full-LED technology and the cornering function, are positioned below the main headlights. The radiator grille, which is framed by chrome trim, features the trapezoid shape that is typical of ŠKODA. The large ŠKODA brand logo sits proudly at the end of the distinct bonnet.

New Skoda Karoq Dimensions

Length

4,382mm

Width

1,841mm

Height

1,605mm

Wheelbase

2,638mm

Ground Clearance

200mm

New Skoda KaroSpecifications

Specifications

Diesel

Petrol

Engine

2.0-litre TDI

1.5-litre TSI

Power

148bhp

140bhp

Torque

340Nm

250Nm

Transmission

7-speed Auto / 6-speed Manual

7-speed Auto / 6-speed Manual

The Skoda Karoq offers state-of-the-art technologies for engines. Five engine variants – two petrol and three diesel engines – are on offer, internationally. The two petrol engines and two types of diesel are new in the line-up. The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 l; the power range is from 114bhp to 187bhp. All powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units as well as stop-start technology and brake energy recovery. With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 186bhp comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI has the special feature of cylinder deactivation.

In India, we can expect the 2.0-litre diesel with 148 bhp of power. This is the same engine which is also fitted in the Kodiaq. The engine will be tuned in a different way though. Being lighter than the Kodiaq, the Karoq will have good performance as well. There may also be a 1.5-litre petrol engine with around 140bhp of power. The Kodiaq comes only in diesel variant, whereas the Karoq will offer both options.

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New Skoda Karoq Competition

The car will be a great addition to the upcoming barrage of SUVs next year. The Skoda Karoq will compete with the Kia SP, Ford Kuga, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. It will be interesting to see how Skoda positions this car as it is a crucial launch for not only the manufacturer but also VW India.

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Maruti Swift RS likely to come in 2019, will be sold through NEXA dealerships?

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Maruti Swift RS seems to be one of the major performance hatchbacks that will be making its way into the Indian car market. The Swift RS will be making its way into the Indian car market, but this will take some time. The Baleno RS is already here. And the engine that will be used in the Baleeno RS will be the same. So, the Swift RS should also be manufactured in India and exported to other markets. This means, to introduce it in India, Maruti will not have to do anything extraordinary. There won’t much of investment either. It will be a win-win scenario for the company who has a booster-jet engine that is currently used in just one car, the Baleno RS. 

So now to begin with, what will the Maruti Swift RS have on offer? What features will it get? What shall be its pricing? We will answer all your questions in this story. Read ahead to know more about it.

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New Honda Jazz 2018 launched: Prices start at ₹ 7.35 lakhs (Ex-showroom)

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We had revealed a year back that the Honda Jazz facelift will be launched by mid-2018. Honda has now quietly launched the new Jazz with a starting price of ₹ 7.35 lakhs. The new-generation Honda Jazz was launched in 2015 and will compete three years of launch this year. The updated version of the Jazz was launched in Thailand last year. Now it has come to India. Hence, as we predicted, the Honda Jazz 2018 is here. 

The new exterior styling elements include the signature rear LED wing light, chrome door handles and 2 new exterior colours.

The new Honda Jazz 2018 was not showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. As part of their multiple car onslaught in India, Honda will be upgrading its popular hatchback.Another reason for not displaying it at the Auto Expo was that this is a facelift. There will be no change to its design or mechanicals. It will get some tweaks in styling and addition of a few features, to make it better value. The new Jazz will get upgrades and one of them is the headlamp. There will projector lamps and even daytime running LEDs also.

There shall be some features on offer too, like sunroof, new touchscreen system and even HDMI input. The 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue on the Jazz and the other option is the 1.5-litre diesel. Petrol will be offered with a five-speed manual and CVT, while the diesel shall have 6-speed manual on offer. What all will the new Honda Jazz 2018 pack in? Read further to know more.
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Volkswagen Virtus out of wraps, will replace Vento

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Volkswagen Virtus, this is an all new sedan that has just been revealed. The Volkswagen Vento was launched in 2010 in India and has been getting upgrades since. The VW Virtus will be the next-generation sedan that will replace the Vento. Volkswagen has been working on the new MQB A0 platform, which will be spurring multiple new products. These will be the compact range of vehicles and one of them shall be the new Polo as well. Volkswagen’s Virtus will be the sedan that shall be launched on this new modular platform.

The ride and handling is expected to be better with the new platform and will add more flexibility. This platform will help the company in saving costs as well as it will spawn variety of vehicles from it. The MQB A0 is the derived version from the MQB. The MQB is used for manufacturing the Jetta, Tiguan, upcoming Skoda Yeti, Skoda Octavia and even the Skoda Superb. Some of the Audi products are also based on this platform. The new platform is also lighter, which means that the performance shall be enhanced and even the mileage. 

The current Vento is based on the PQ24 platform, which isn’t that that flexible. The MQB A0 platform will be beneficial as it will underpin many other vehicles of VW group. The only issue is that VW has just started working on developing and localising that platform in India. So, till then the company might even loose out on a good amount of market share. At the moment, the company should be looking at adding more products in its line-up that are more sales driven to let their channel partners also make money and the buyers to have the same faith in the company.

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New Renault Duster 2018 interior images revealed!

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Images of the 2018 Renault Duster have been leaked. This comes just after the Renault Duster 2018 was revealed. We have shared the images of the same earlier and this time we get to see what the interiors of the new Duster will look like. The Renault Duster is about to be updated. This workhorse from the French manufacturer has a big fan following in India. The Duster was quick to make a place in the hearts of customers soon after its launch in the Indian market. It has sold many numbers since. Customers have liked the practicality, utility, robustness and affordability that the Duster brought in. In many manners this vehicle was an example to other on building an affordable yet robust SUV. Lately however, the Duster sales have slowed down. Partially due to other rivals like the Creta coming up and also due to the advent of other compact SUVs like Ford Ecosport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The other reason for the Renault Duster 2018 was the dated design of the current Duster that was beginning to show its age.

Renault has taken cognizance of that and will get the new version of this SUV which will be the Renault Duster 2018. The Duster 2018 will be a five-seater vehicle and there is also a seven-seater version planned. The seven-sear will be called Grand Duster most likely, however, there is no official confirmation yet.  For India, the Duster will continue to use the B0 platform that is the base of the current Duster. This will help the company save costs as the upcoming Renault Captur is also based on the same platform. The new Duster will get an upgraded diesel engine and also a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine shall do duty here. A better fuel efficiency is expected this time from the SUV, both in petrol and diesel versions.

This is Renault’s bid to gain back the market share it once enjoyed, when it kickstarted the small SUV segment. This has been Renault’s best seller in India, before the introduction of Kwid. How will the New Renault Duster 2018 be? Will it look contemporary? What features will it pack in? We get you a detailed preview of the same. Read on further.

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New Renault Duster 2017 unveiled! Images are out!

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An all new Renault Duster has been in the making (of course it will be called as Dacia Duster in Europe) and the official images have been released. This will be new Renault Duster 2017 global debut. An all new SUV based on an upgraded platform. There is a major change in the styling, appearance and the features list it offers. There will be an upgrade to the existing petrol and diesel engine line-up as well. Mr Hakim Boutehra, General Director of Renault Commercial Roumanie (RCR), stated that new Renault Duster 2017 will be a “Complete New” product.

There has been a long wait for the new-gen Renault Duster. The Romanian car maker will finally unveil it on 22nd of June 2017. In terms of public appearance, the debut will be at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The launch will be at the Motor Show, and Renault/Dacia has made multiple changes in the design, dimensions, features and technologies on offer. Design, features, drivetrains and even driving dynamics. This will make the Duster move ahead of the competition and freshen it up.

The five-seater will be the new Duster 2017 and the other will be a seven-seater version. This one will be called as the Grand Duster mostly, no official confirmation yet.  For India, the Duster shall be based on the B0 platform and it won’t be changed for India. The current Duster too is based on the same platform. This will be done to rescue the cost and it will share the platform with the Renault Kaptur SUV, which will be launched this year.

The exterior design will refreshed with new styling. There shall be projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs on higher variants. There will be airbags and ABS as a standard feature. Then there will be ESP as well as these features have been made mandatory by EuroNCAP. There should be an upgraded diesel engine and a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine shall also be in the offering. This will enhance the SUV’s performance and even mileage.
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SUVs and bigger cars to become expensive – increase in GST

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With the entry of GST (Good and Services Taxes), there has been a reduction in the pricing of new cars. The smaller cars haven’t seen a major reduction in its pricing but SUVs, luxury cars have definitely benefited from it. As this isn’t benefiting the regular small car buyer much, there is a chance of it seeing an increase. The SUVs and luxury cars will see an increase in its cess from 15% to 25%. The law was passed on 7th August and the implementation has already been done.  (more…)

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The Volkswagen T-Roc has finally been unveiled. This is Volkswagen’s new compact SUV which is based on the MQB platform. The T-Roc is expected to go on sale in Europe by November this year. Volkswagen had earlier released a teaser video of the T-Roc, which gave a glimpse of certain features and interiors of this new SUV. The new pictures however, bring more clarity on what to expect from this new vehicle.The T-Roc will is the smallest ever SUV by the German giant. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show, the Volkwagen T-Roc will enter production by the end of 2017 and will be seen on roads by the year end. It is positioned below the Tiguan and is based on the VW Golf and Audi Q2 platform.

The production version looks quite different from the way the concept looked. This a four door compact SUV. It gets a stylish headlamps, a wide grille, LED tail lamps and large foglamps. The T-Roc is an attractive looking SUV. It is unlike any compact SUV and has a good presence.
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Maruti Suzuki Alto has retained its undisputed king of entry segment tag as Maruti Suzuki registered sales of over 1.07 lakh units of the Alto in the first five months of calendar year 2017. The increasing sales of Alto showcase strong trust the first time car buyers possess in the brand Alto. (more…)

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New Nissan Micra 2017 launched

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New Nissan Micra 2017 is here, it gets many changes, and is a facelift. While other markets have got the new-generation Micra, Nissan has given it minor upgrades to make it look stylish and fresh. The Micra was launched in India in 2010 and since then it has been getting updates. The Sunny and the Terrano also got updates very recently. (more…)

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Bengaluru-based Motormind Automotive Designs – creators of the Hyperion 1 – have revealed a new “Mad Men” series of accessories for the Mahindra XUV500. It can be spec’d individually or as a body kit with a choice between matte and chrome wraps, or body-painted accessories. With the matte wrap, the whole body kit costs INR 1.58 lakhs. (more…)

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Upcoming new Volkswagen cars in India in 2017-18

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Volkswagen has had a quiet time in the last very years as it hasn’t introduced nothing major that will boost its sales, except for the Ameo. Volkswagen is looking at enhancing its foot print in India and at the same time, the German brand wants to make products in India, which it will not just make for the Indian car market but also export it to other markets like South America. Volkswagen has been increasingly working on several new cars/UVs and some them are expensive, while there are many more that are affordable as well. It seems this will be the first time Volkswagen will have so many new cars coming to India. Read further to know more about Upcoming new Volkswagen cars in India in 2017-18. (more…)

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Upcoming new Honda Cars in India in 2017

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There are several upcoming new Honda cars in India. Honda has several cars/UVs planned for the Indian car market. India is one of the fastest growing car markets in the world and Honda will want to enhance its sales with new products. This will help the company to boost its sales numbers and at the same time, turn the global company’s focus in India. What all will the company offer? We share all the details. (more…)

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General Motors India announced today that it will focus on its growing vehicle export manufacturing operations and cease sales in the domestic market by the end of 2017. (more…)

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