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Mahindra KUV100 NXT has just been launched. This version gets multiple changes to make it modern and appealing for those who were skipping it for more features on the competition vehicles. Mahindra has got the KUV100 NXT, which will be competitive enough with the other vehicles now. However, Mahindra is preparing to even get the KUV100 AMT (automatic) and even the KUV Electric. The Mahindra KUV Electric will be the company’s first electric UV. Pawan Goenka, the company’s big boss confirmed this statement. 

Mahindra KUV Electric Launch Date

Dr Pawan Goenka at the KUV100 NXT launch stated, “We will be ready with the Mahindra KUV Electric in a year’s time.” Hence we expect this new KUV Electric to roll out by mid or late 2018. Mahindra is looking at electrifying all its SUVs anyways. This will be a good move for a SUV of this size.

Also Read: Mahindra KUV100 NXT Price in India | Mahindra KUV100 AMT Coming

Mahindra KUV Electric Price in India

That is the real question. We reckon the price of the Mahindra KUV Electric should be in the range of Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 11 lakhs. It will be difficult to price it lower than that. The e-Verito itself is priced about Rs 4-5 lakhs more than the current diesel Verito. So, in the initial stages when making electric vehicles is expensive, it will be a task for Mahindra to make it any more affordable than this.

Mahindra KUV Electric Design

There shall be no difference in the design of the KUV Electric. It might wear an electric badge and the air dam sizes might be reduced. There shall be no difference in the overall styling of the super compact SUV. Mahindra will give the same set of exterior features too. There shall be dual-tone 15-inch alloy wheels, contrast roof colour, new stylish tail lamps, beefier integrated spoiler.

The door handles for the rear door will still be on the top itself. The ground clearance will also be the same. There shall be no difference in the overall styling elements of this electric version.

Mahindra KUV Electric Interiors

The interiors will not change in terms of dashboard. There shall be a change in its styling to some extent. For instance, the instrument panel will be all new. It will be digital with new meters. There will be some changes in the touchscreen system. It might offer more data on driver information system and some other additional bits too. There shall be no change in the design and the profile of the SUV. So, the space on the inside remains the same. The KUV Electric will offer the same space like the current KUV itself. It will also get the same six seater option too.

Mahindra KUV Electric Specifications

There shall be the same a 72V three-phase AC induction motor that will produce close to 41bhp at 3500rpm, while it will have a constant torque of 91Nm at 3000rpm. This engine will come mated to an automatic transmission. At the same time, this will have the fast charge option also.

Mahindra KUV Electric Range

This SUV will have enough battery power to give it a range of about 100 kilometres. This will be more than sufficient and enough for any car owner. Even though, we reckon the range will soon go up for most of the new cars.

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2019 Yamaha FZ FI ABS and FZ-S launched at Rs 95,000 (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

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The new 2019 Yamaha FZ FI ABS has been launched. After the R15, this new bike has been due. Yamaha’s R15 has been doing well and the new R15 V3 has been debuted with a new color with dual channel ABS. The FZ-S has been launched too. The new-gen FZ FI will get better performance and a more dynamic chassis. So in terms of performance, features what can we expect? The brand has been doing well in the affordable performance segment. The FZ25 is an excellent product and even winner of MotorOctane’s Youth Bike of the Year 2018. Yamaha hasn’t been offering ABS on the 150cc segment and this bike has finally got it now.

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It’s a pleasure to announce MotorOctane Awards 2019 voting will commence from today, 21st January 2019 on our website and YouTube channel. Last 2 years, we did only 2W (two-wheelers) awards. This time, we have added 4W (four-wheelers) as well. Every year we add something new to the concept of judging and this time it is public voting. Jury testing lasts for a day and it is generally a bit over-rated as the time spent with a product is very less. Hence, we have changed the format to Editorial Test + Voting. So along with us this time, YOU the viewer also has a say in what according to you is the best. The categories that one will be voting for in MotorOctane 2019 Awards are –

Best Indian Car 2019

Best Indian Motorbike 2019

Best Aspirational Car 2019

Best Aspirational Bike 2019

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So get your votes in as early as possible and help pick the winners of the above categories. Your Vote Matters.  The testing and other different categories of the awards will be covered on YouTube and our Social media handles. The voting for the MotorOctane Awards 2019 will end on the 20th of February. Winners will be announced in the first week of March. So keep voting, share this story and let your friends and family vote too. Be a part of the first of its kind Awards with viewership voting. 

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Nissan Kicks 2019 launching tomorrow!

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The Nissan Kick was recently shown in its Indian spec. Thecar has already been reviewed by us. 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. .

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.

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Hyundai Styx spotted again, gets different alloy wheels than Creta

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We have been bringing you the most recent and the most important news concerning the launch of the upcoming Hyundai sub-four meter car. The Hyundai Styx at the moment hasn’t got a production version but this SUV will be going up against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and the Tata Nexon. This will be an all-new design to capture the compact SUV market. The design while being new will be heavily inspired by the elder sibling, the Hyundai Creta. Hyundai has been gaining ground in every segment of the market and beating some in important segments. The car will be coming next year and be a very crucial launch for the manufacturer. This car s being developed in India and South Korea simultaneously. The car was seen testing in North America too. The car will get a lot of cool features along with some segment firsts.

Below is a spy shot of the upcoming sub-four meter Hyundai Styx shared by our read Atviek. The car was spotted testing on the Faridabad Gurgaon expressway in Delhi NCR. The car appears to have a lot of  Creta design in its window, design profile, and roof rails. The car also appears have got new alloy wheels which will benefit the distinguishing this car from it’s elder sibling, the Creta. Under the camofalege we can see that the wheel arches are a bit more agressive and make the car look wider.

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Hyundai Styx Launch Date

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Hyundai Styx Mid-2019, April

Hyundai is looking at getting the new compact SUV by the mid of 2019.  The company is working on the concept to get it into a production model. The Hyundai Styx has been seen testing in America also. This car is going to be sold in a lot of markets in the world.

Hyundai Styx Price in India

Variant Price (on-road)
Base ₹7 lakh – ₹8 lakh
Mid ₹9 lakh – ₹10 lakh
Top ₹10 lakh – ₹12 lakh

Before we get into any more details about the Hyundai Styx, it is important to know how much will it cost. Price is one of the most important aspects of a vehicle. This will be a compact SUV and it will be offered in the price range of ₹8 lakhs to about ₹12 lakhs. It will be competing with other compact SUVs in this price point. There will be not much difference in the pricing.

Hyundai Styx Name

There is a big rumor that the car will be called the ‘Styx’. It will be a great name for the sub-four meter Hyundai. There was always a possibility that this car will not be called the Hyundai Carlino in India. The car will be called Carlino in the North American/South American market only mostly.

Also Read: Mahindra XUV300 will be a better option

 Hyundai Styx Design

The compact SUV concept was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo as the Hyundai Carlino concept. This SUV had boxy styling. Something normally associated with the traditional looks one wants in an SUV. This is what will make it a SUV-look alike. The final product from the concept’s design is cleaner with sleeker and better lines. That is what even the Creta is all about. If you look at the front of this SUV, you shall notice the large front-grille and sleek headlamps.

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If we see the spy shots we can see a lot of the design cues from the concept vehicle have been carried on into the production version of the car. The Hyundai Styx looks like it will be borrowing space and practicality in design from its elder sibling the Hyundai Creta. This is Hyundai’s first compact SUV and Hyundai has delayed its MUV plan to get the one faster. There will be some elements from the Carlino concept; however this will be an all new SUV in design. The Hyundai Styx will have technology, function and fashion as it three important pillars. The wheel arches are muscular too. 

Hyundai Styx Interior

Hyundai’s statement was, “HND-14, Carlino is sub four meter concept SUV developed at the Hyundai Namyang Design Centre. HND-14, Hyundai Carlino boasts multi-function lifestyle ability making an urban iconic statement with its unique design and stylish exteriors. The futuristic design direction showcases Hyundai’s commitment to meet the growing aspirations of Indian customers opting for SUV’s.”

The Hyundai Styx will have macho looks and not a crossover like design. The Carlino concept showed squarish wheel arches, large size wheels, high ground clearance (at least 195mm) and aggressive styling. The Styx will be a vehicle for daily work use on weekdays and adventure trips on the weekend. So, it will have good space in both the rows and even the boot space should be better than the competition (Just what Hyundai did with the XCent). The length of the Hyundai Styx will be under four meters.

Hyundai Creta 2017 interiors

On the inside, it will have good enough space in both the rows. Hyundai has been focusing on enhancing the rear seat space on most of its products, like the Grand i10, i20 and the XCent. The Grand i10 was modified for the Indian car market to increase its wheelbase and rear seat knee room. The boot size too will be large enough for a vehicle of this segment. One of the best bits will be the features on offer. Hyundai will be offering best-in-class features. Hyundai Styx seating capacity is for 5 people only. The car will get a new dashboard with crisper lines than the large and flowing Creta dashboard. It will get the same infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car will get a good amount of storage spaces too. We could see Hyundai offer ventilated seats in this car. It will be a segment first product. The Styx could also get a sunroof and 6 airbags in its top variant. This will be a good safety measure and also something Hyundai should offer as Mahindra will be offering 7 airbags on the upcoming XUV300.

Hyundai Styx Specifications

Hyundai has announced that the Styx will be getting a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will make 116bhp of power. This is the same engine that does duty on the i20 abroad. With Ford offering the Ecoboost engine on the Ecosport. This will be an exciting engine for the Indian market. Tata Nexon has been doing well in the Indian market with its petrol engine. Possibly, this will be an example that Hyundai shall be offering lesser power for better mileage. This engine will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission and there will be an automatic or AMT on offer too. The AMT gearbox could be the one that was offerd on the Hyundai Sanatro recently.

 

In the diesel, there will be the 1.4-liter diesel producing about 95-100bhp of power. The Hyundai Styx will be sold with these two engines. There will be six-speed manual and even a six-speed automatic transmission that will be offered on both the engines. That is when the compact SUV segment will get something new. There is an option for the petrol automatic but no diesel automatic at the moment. The diesel will be the major seller in this segment. Hyundai also has a 1.2-litre diesel engine, but we aren’t certain if that will make it into production anytime soon.

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Hyundai Styx Mileage

              Hyundai Carlino Mileage

Fuel Type Mileage
Petrol 17km/l
Diesel 22km/l

Also Read: Mahindra XUV300 will be safer than Tata Nexon

Hyundai Styx Spy Shots

Hyundai has already started testing this new car in the country. Spy shots of the Hyundai Styx testing have surfaced some time back and we had shared them first with you. The car was earlier spotted testing in South Korea and North America recently. With these new shots of the car coming to light, the car looks like it’s is taking a lot of styling and design inspiration from the bigger Hyundai Creta. The car is looking to shape up more in-tune with the Hyundai families design in mind. The rear tail lamps look like they are smaller and sleeker versions of the Creta’s tail lamps.

We don’t know if Hyundai plans to export this car from India to other nations, but it could definitely be a part of the automaker’s plans. The car which is going to go up against the Brezza, EcoSport and the Nexon is shown testing here. The below pictures of the car are from the rear. The car has been spotted testing again. we will add here that the car has a great amount of inspiration from the Creta, and some might look at it as a mini Hyundai Creta.

The below images will give one a proper understanding of the design and size of the car. The car looks like it’s trying to keep up with the Carlino concepts squared off edges and boxy and tall looks. The rear looks inspired by the Creta to no end and the front is a new face with a new grille design.

On the inside, we can see that the car gets  Creta like seats and big storage area in the center console. The seats have adjustable headrests and the car has a full on black interior. This will be changed for production. The car could get a dual tone beige interior like the Creta, It will get buttons and bits on the dashboard that will come from more premium models in the line up.

Hyundai Styx seats

Hyundai Styx Competition

The Hyundai Styx competes with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Honda WRV, Ford Ecosport and the upcoming Mahindra XUV300. This is one segment that is on the rise and at the moment is one of the fastest growing. Hyundai Styx will add more variety for car buyers and an opportunity to upgrade to an SUV instead of a premium hatchback. Hyundai’s strategy will be to price the vehicle at par with Maruti Suzuki and at the same time even offer more added value for its compact SUV. This has what Hyundai has been with its new products. There is also the Tata Nexon that will compete with the Styx. The Mahindra TUV300 can also be called as competition to this SUV. The competition has now become stiff as other compact SUVs have now upped the game.

There is also the Ford EcoSport and the Honda WR-V, which will be a serious threat to the Styx. These are the new players that have been doing well in the Indian car market. Hyundai will want to counter them all with the new range of its products. Hyundai will be looking at getting the best-in-class space, features, design, performance and mileage on board with the Styx

 

 

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Maruti Suzuki is going to become more aggressive in the coming new years with new launches, facelifts and upgrades. The carmaker is planning these measures to ride out of trouble after posting its lowest growth rate in the past five years in a slowing market. The company is also likely to conclude its negotiation with the Haryana government to move its Gurugram facility to a new location on the outskirts of Manesar. The biggest auto company of India in terms of sales has also tied up with Toyota and both the companies will now use each other’s expertise to launch their car. So let’s take a look at all the cars that will be launched by the company, for the years 2019 and 2020. Upcoming cars by Maruti in India are –

Maruti Zen SUV

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The Future S concept is going to be a micro SUV. With that coming soon. The Maruti Zen SUV is the car that will go up against the Mahindra KUV100 and Tata’s upcoming Hornbill concept SUV. The Zen name is very synonymous with Indian buyers and the name is set to make a comeback.

Also Read: Zen SUV, why?

Maruti Celario

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The Celerio is positioned to compete with the WagonR in the company’s model lineup and rivals the likes of the Hyundai Santro and the Tata Tiago. The Celerio is also a very highly sought after car in the market with really good sales numbers. Maruti is expected to equip the new Celerio with more features to compete with the new Santro and updated Tiago.

Maruti Baleno

Maruti Baleno

India’s best selling premium hatchback, the Maruti Baleno set for a long overdue facelift. It is most likely that the company will launch the car on 27th January. The changes to this car will be cosmetic in nature and features and specs will not change.

Maruti Ciaz 1.5-litre diesel

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Also Read: 2019 Ciaz Launch, features, design and diesel engine

The current C-segment sedan sales leader, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, is also set to get an update in the form of a new 1.5 litre diesel engine that will put out around 95 Bhp of power along with 225 Nm of torque. This will happen around the same time as the Ertiga, which will get the same engine. This engine will make about 95bhp of power and 225nm of torque

Maruti Ertiga 1.5-litre diesel

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Maruti Suzuki launched the new Ertiga last year. The 7 seater MPV has received the new 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Ciaz and has carried over the same old 1.3 litre diesel mill that was used on the previous generation car. A new 1.5 litre motor is going to come soon with the Maruti’s new factory coming soon

Maruti Alto

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The Alto is the best selling car series in the Indian market. The Alto sells way better than its competition and is always among the top 5 cars sold per month. Maruti Suzuki is planning to update the car in accordance with the upcoming safety norms and BS6 norms. The car’s design, features and specs are going to be overhauled big time.

Maruti Eeco

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Maruti Suzuki recently announced that the Omni would be discontinued in mid-2019. With that, the Eeco will be the only van in the manufactures line-up. The Eeco posted pretty solid sales figures in the last quarter of 2018 and it is unlikely to be discontinued anytime soon. It will also be updated to comply with the new government norms. There will be a substantial facelift given to this car.

Maruti Altis

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The car that will sit about the Maruti Ciaz in the Nexa line-up. Toyota will be sharing the Altis with Maruti in exchange for the Maruti Baleno and Brezza SUV. This will become the most premium and expensive car to be sold by Maruti and will attract a different set of buyers. This car should come next year.

Maruti WagonR

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The WagonR is going to launch this February 2019. The car will be the first big launch of the year for Maruti. The new Wagon R is going to be bigger. It will be available with a 1.0litre 3 cylinder and 1.2-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine. The car will have manual and AMT gearboxes and will also get a factory fitted CNG variant.

Also Read: WagonR to be bigger and better

Maruti WagonR EV

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Also Read: WagonR electric coming soon

Maruti ha let lose 50 of these electric cars lose on the streets of India. These are being tested for Indian conditions. The car could be launched at the 2020 Auto Expo. The car will be the manufactures first venture into the electric car segment.

Maruti Ignis

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The Maruti Ignis is the other tallboy car in the Maruti stable. However, it is positioned above the WagonR and comes with several premium features and is sold through the Nexa dealership. The car will soon get an update which will see revised styling and added features. This facelift will be done to comply with the upcoming safety norms and BS6 norms.

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Mahindra XUV300 goes drifting in new TVC

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The compact SUV from Mahindra will be called the Mahindra XUV300. Mahindra launched the Marazzo and the Alturas G4 in this financial year. They also had soft launches of the Scorpio S9 and the TUV300. The official name has been confirmed as XUV300 and the car will be launched next month. The latest TVC (scroll below) shows the car being driven around by Gaurav Gill.

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 has also been tested in a wind tunnel. To see that video scroll to the bottom now,

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. We have also recently discovered the cars

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

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Maruti Ciaz 2019 will get two diesel options

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The Maruti Ciaz was launched last year and was the first facelift for the NEXA sedan. The car was launched with a new petrol engine and a new Smart hybrid-SHVS system. The Maruti Ciaz 2019 is now coming and will be launched soon with a new engine. The Ciaz 2019 will get a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The car will continue to receive the 1.3-litre DDiS too for the time being. Also, this car will get all the features available with the petrol Ciaz except the automatic transmission and the mild hybrid system-SHVS. Apart from that the Maruti Ciaz 2019 will be the same in every other department – design, features and interiors. The 1.5-litre will only be offered in Delta, Zeta and Alpha variants. Bookings for the Ciaz diesel have already begun.

So what are the expectations from the upcoming Maruti Ciaz 2o19? What will be the specs and performance of the new diesel engine? Find out below.

Maruti Ciaz 2019 Launch

The Maruti Ciaz 2019 will be launched sometime in February this year. The car will be a soft launch and Maruti has already started taking booking for this car.

Maruti Ciaz 2019 Launching in February 2019

Maruti Ciaz 2019 Price in India

The price of the Maruti Ciaz 2019 will be a bit higher than the petrol variant. The price of the 1.5-litre engine will be more than the 1.3 DDiS engine. They will be at least Rs 1 lakh more expensive. We think it will be priced from Rs 9.30 lakhs to Rs 11.50 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.

Maruti Ciaz 2019 Price (ex-showroom)
Delta Rs 9.30 lakhs
Zeta Rs 10.70 lakhs
Alpha Rs 11.50 lakhs

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Maruti Ciaz 2019 Specifications

The platform, design and everything will be the same. The new diesel engine will be called DDiS225 and is expected to make 100bhp at 4000rpm and 225Nm of peak torque between 1500-2500rpm. The mileage returned by the DDiS225 will be a claimed efficiency of 26.82kmpl. In addition, the 1.5 will be launched as a BSIV-compliant engine and not a BSVI engine. It will, however, be upgraded to BSVI before the emission norms kick in in April 2020.

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The Ciaz will finally have the teeth with the new diesel engine to go up against the Hyundai Verna, its main competitor.

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MG has finally and officially named the first SUV that it is building for India and making in India. The car will be called the MG Hector.The name ‘Hector’ draws inspiration from the noble qualities of the Trojan warrior hero – Prince Hector of Troy. It pays homage to great British engineering tradition, as a nod to the Royal Hector biplane, used by the Royal Air Force in the 1930s. The car is currently testing in cold weather conditions and will be launched later this year.

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Here are five things we think you should know about the upcoming Hector –

  • The MG Hector Will be available with both petrol and diesel engines
  • It is bigger than the Harrier and the Tuscon (scroll down for dimensions)
  • it will be highly localized, MG claims 75% localization
  • The car will get more premium with soft-touch materials, first in class features and a 12.1-inch touchscreen
  • it will be a 5 seater priced at Creta’s price and will be bigger than the Harrier, Compass and XUV500

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The car will be made in India at the Halol plant in Gujarat. The Hector will also be the first MG India SUV. We have also got some new spy shots of the car, do scroll down for more.

MG Hector 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. For the Hector, MG will be launching the car in mid-2019.

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MG Hector Mid-2019

MG Hector Price

So the diesel motor that will be used in the MG 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 15 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs price range. This price range will be a very strong and competitive price segment to get into. With that kind of pricing the car car will be competing with the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the Mahindra XUV500.

Car  Price Range
MG Hector base variant Rs 15 lakhs
MG Hector top variant Rs 20 lakhs

MG Hector Snow Testing

MG Hector 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. Its exterior styling will be very close to the Baojun 530 and will have many design element s from other SAIC products. The interior is likely to be upmarket and plush too, with leather seats, soft-touch materials on the dashboard and chrome surround for the AC vents.

There is some speculation that the Hector will actually be based on the Chevrolet Captiva. The most interesting part of the spy shots(scroll below) is the Hector’s big Tesla like touchscreen and it looks like the car will get a manual gearbox option in India.

MG Hector headlights DRL

 

The car will also get a DRLs which will turn into turn signals like the Harrier. The below image shows us how this DRL will be an individual unit, separate from the main headlight cluster.

Also Read: Tata Harrier will be the bigger than XUV500 and Jeep Compass

 MG Hector Specifications

The premium car that will be the MG Hector 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.

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MG Hector Dimensions

Measuring 4,655mm in length, 1,835mm in width and 1,760mm in height, the MG is longer and taller than Tata’s Land Rover-platform-based Harrier and even the Hyundai Tucson. As the Hector will only have seats for five, expect a roomy cabin and a large boot.

 

MG Hector Spy Shots

 

Above we can see spy shots of the interior of the car and the car being tested in the demanding high altitude regions of Himachal Pradesh.

Also Read: MG SUV that will be first in India?

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MG Hector Competition

The car will compete with the Creta, Compass, upcoming Kia SP, Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier in terms of size and pricing. The Hector is bigger than these cars and has a more premium look for sure.

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There is a lot of discussion on how and what will be the best tall-boy hatchback once the Hyundai Santro is back. The Maruti Wagon R 2019 is going to make sure that when the new Santro comes this month, the WagonR is updated and available as a second and fresher option. The timing will be very important. The WagonR will get the Hearteck platform to make it safer, better at handling and more comfortable. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engines will continue on the car with the 1.2-litre engine being offered too. The car will also have more safety features on board like airbags and ABS will be standard. Maruti according to one source is expecting to sell more than 18,000 units a month of the new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019.

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Some key things about the new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 are –

  • Bigger body and more space
  • More safety
  • Two engine options, 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol
  • Airbags and ABS will be standard
  • No CNG option at the time of launch
  • First time touchscreen which is different than other models

The booking for this car has already begun and there is a new teaser for the car too. To see those pictures and know more about the upcoming WagonR 2019, scroll down now.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Launch

The Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2019 is scheduled to launch on 23rd January 2019. The car will be made available in showrooms soon. Maruti is planning to also introduce the electric version of the Wagon R in 2020. The company is already testing the Wagon R electric on Indian roads. The surprise element is that it will not be the same shape. The shape of the Indian market will be different.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Launching in 23rd, January 2019

The cars first official image has also been released. The car’s rear has been showed in this image with the slogan, ‘Big New WagonR’. Maruti is now going to talk about how this cars USP is now going to be a bigger and more spacious interior.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Price

The price point of a car is something Maruti knows how to determine well. The Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2019 will be priced looking at the Hyundai Santro. It will be a close price point. Both cars have 1.0-litre engines, five-speed gearbox, AMT options. Both will have an option of a factory fitted CNG as well. Both will have a similar ‘tall boy design’. For buyers, these options are going to be excellent and they will have a hard time selecting one. Price wise, we can speculate that the car will start around 3 lakhs and will go up to 6 lakhs.

The bookings for this car are now open for Rs 11,000.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Price
Base Variant Rs 3 lakhs
Mid Variant Rs 4 lakhs
Top variant Rs 5 lakhs

Also Read: Santro CNG will be a factory fitted option

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Variants

Maruti Wagon R 2019 Variants
MT 1.0-litre Vxi
AMT 1.0-litre Vxi
MT1.2-litre Vxi
MT 1.2-litre Zxi
AMT1.2-litre Zxi

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From many spy pictures, we can say that the design language is going to be a bit different with LED and DRL’s making their way to the car. The bonnet is flatter and bigger too. There will be more space on the inside with more focus on luggage.

The side profile looks different too. There are several aspects that make it stand out. This also looks different, especially the rear window. The rear of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 looks different and it might be changed for the Indian market. The positioning of the tail lamps will be changed. The current design is trendy, it will be made more subtle and serious. The one in Japan has LED headlamps, daytime running LEDs and other features. We doubt some of these features will come to India also. The spy shots reveal differences in the design of the duo.

2019 Maruti Wagont R rear

Also Read: Santro, the original tall-boy designed car

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Interiors

The new version of the car will be plusher and more comfortable. There is an all-new steering wheel with multiple controls. The instrument cluster will be on the driver’s side. The interiors will have black and beige interiors. These will be the aspect that shall get multiple changes. In India, Wagon R isn’t sold as a luxurious option,  it is purpose driven and practical. The car is going to receive a new touchscreen system. Maruti calls it the Smart play studio and it is expected to get Android Auto atleast.

WagonR 2019 touchscreen

Space will be the selling point. The front and the rear seats will have ample headroom and knee room. There will be no compromise on the space front. This time we reckon even the boot shall be slightly larger. The Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2019 shall be more comfortable. The Maruti Wagon R 2019 will have dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature. The infotainment system will have integrated Bluetooth, AUX and USB. Steering audio controls, reverse sensors, and even keyless entry will be offered too. The steering wheel is expected to be shared with the Ignis. 

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Exterior Features

  • No projector headlamps
  • Daytime running LEDs
  • Rear Wiper + Washer
  • Rear parking sensors
  • LED taillamps
  • New Ignis Style Grille
  • Adjustable rear view mirrors
  • New bumpers
  • 14-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Interior Features

  • Seat Height Adjust
  • Key Fob
  • 4 power windows
  • Fixed Headrest
  • 12Volt charging socket
  • Circular AC Vents
  • 2 airbags
  • Manual AC
  • Touchscreen

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Specifications

Engine 1.0-litre petrol
Power 68bhp
Torque 90Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual/AMT
City Mileage 14/13 km/l
2nd Engine option 1.2-litre petrol
Power 85bhp
Torque 113Nm of torque
Transmission 5-speed manual/AMT
Dimensions
Length 3655mm
Width 1620mm
Height 1675mm
Weight 845kgs
Tank Capacity 32 liters
Wheelbase 2435mm
Turning Radius 4.7 meters

The Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2019 will come with one engine option. There won’t be a diesel. The car will have a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual.  The interesting thing here is that there will be a 4-cylinder, 1.2-litre engine with 89bhp and 115Nm of torque also offered. This will be plenty for the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019. There will also be an option of an AMT gearbox. There will be disc brakes on the front. The car will bet ABS as standard with 2 airbags which will be standard too. The car will get ABS as standard.

There will also be a factory option of the CNG variant. The CNG variant will come strictly with the manual. But the CNG variant will not be availble at launch as of now.

New WagonR is 3655 long, 1620 mm wide, 1675 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2435 mm, and a turning radius of 4.7 meters. Fuel tank capacity is at 32 liters. Kerb weight ranges from 805 kgs to 845 kgs.

 

Weight is reduced by 65 kgs on the 1.0 liter variants, while the 1.2 liter variants are 40-50 kgs lighter than old 1.0 L WagonR variant. Weight reduction is due to the new gen platform, which is lighter, but stronger than before. Compared to rival Tata Tiago, new WagonR is lighter by about 135 kgs, and about 100 kgs lighter than new Santro.

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 AMT

The AMT version of this car never been spotted before. Here are some pictures of the AMT. The AMT will be available with the petrol version only. It will not be available with the CNG version. Check out the spy shots below.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Colors

  • White
  • Silver
  • Grey
  • Orange
  • Brown
  • and Blue

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Spy Shots

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2019 Competition

The WagonR will also be a great option for a hatchback under 6 lakhs. It will face competition from the Celerio in Maruti’s own line-up. It will face tough competition from the recently launched Hyundai Santro. There is also the Maruti Ignis, Renault Kwid, Mahindra KUV100, and Tata Tiago in the same price range as well.

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Honda CB300R Neo Sports will be launched under Rs 2.5 lakhs (Ex-Showroom)

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The Honda CB300R Neo Sports is a bike that is made with a lot of different style and ideas in mind. Is it retro, is it a cruiser, is it a naked bike? We will find out soon. The Honda CB300R Neo-Sports Café puts Japanese craftsmanship to work and brings together with the two main components one looks for in a bike – style and performance. According to the company, the design of the bike is themed as a retro café-racer. The all-new CB 300R is built to make the rider feel invincible. The one thing we can confirm and has been announced by the company is that the Honda CB300R Neo Sports Cafe is coming to India at an ex-showroom price lower than Rs 2.5 lakhs.

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So when is this bike launching, what are the specifications and should you wait for it? Find out below.

Honda CB300R Neo Sports Launch

The bike will launch in March this year. This will be a big launch for the company and many will be excited about this retro stlyed cafe racer. Honda will sell this bike under their Superbike line-up.

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Honda CB300R Neo Sports Price

The price for this bike has not been announced yet but the company has said that the bike’s ex-showroom price will be under Rs 2.5 lakhs. This means that there will be a lot of customers who will want to upgrade say from an Apache 180 or an FZ25 that will want this bike. It will also serve as an alternative big 300cc plus bikes like the Ninja, Bullet and the Duke. We think the ex-showroom price should be around Rs 2.30 lakhs.

Honda CB300R Neo Sports Design

Lets talk about the looks. The Honda CB300R Neo Sports is a retro cafe racer. Its bold new look contrasts brushed alloy radiator shrouds with a blacked-out engine and an underslung, upswept exhaust. The all-new steel tubular frame and stout-looking, 41mm upside-down front forks, provide agile handling as well as character. And with a round headlight, taillight, and indicators that are all LED, this bike is made to be seen and stand out everywhere. Neo Sports Café round LED headlamp is built with unique lighting for every riding situation. The 28.6 mm diameter handlebar in the middle area is designed to have a tapered shape for more secure and stable control.

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The Honda CB300R Neo Sports gets a new Full LCD Multifunction Meter Gear with shift warning lights for when the engine speed reaches the specified range. And the Peak Hold function, which allows you to ride exactly how you wish.

Honda CB300R Neo Sports Specifications

The engine returns peak power of 32 bhp at 8,500rpm, with peak torque of 27.5Nm at 7,500rpm mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Honda CB300R Neo Sports Cafe features exhaust pipes that are resplendent in Neo Sports Café style. The interior features a 2-room structure, providing powerful and aggressive engine sound while increasing the efficiency of the acceleration response. The 7-level Preload Adjustment rear shock absorbers support all riding conditions, whether riding in the city or touring. The first of the large, 41mm silver front-back chokes are the same size as Honda’s big bikes. This provides excellent balance in all road conditions. Additionally, providing confidence in braking at any speed are 296mm disc brakes
on the front of the radial mount, and 4 pot calipers.

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Honda CB300R Neo Sports Competiton

The bike will compete with latest offerings from BMW and Jawa but will also go up against the Dominar, KTM Duke and the TVS Apache RR310.

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Hyundai Elantra 2019 – More than a facelift

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One of the coolest looking sedans out there is the Hyundai Elantra. The car with its fluidic design looks super premium and eye-catching. The current generation has already received a facelift once and this car looks more than that. The mean new design and cool fascia really set the car apart from the previous facelift. The Hyundai Elantra 2019 will be a great car to wait for and will be launched soon. The car is also said to become 75% safer.

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Hyundai Elantra 2019 Launch

The car will be launched around the same time as it’s an upcoming rival, the Honda Civic. The Hyundai Elantra 2019 will be launched in mid-2019. The exact date is not out yet and we will update you on that when we have more.

Hyundai Elantra 2019 Launching in mid-2019

Hyundai Elantra 2019 Price

The Elantra 2019 is going to be priced aggressively looking at its rivals, the Altis, Octavia and upcoming Honda Civic. The car will undercut the Honda Civic. The Hyundai will try and position itself as the value for money product.

Hyundai Elantra 2019 Price (On-road)
Base variant Rs 15 lakhs
Top Variant Rs 22 lakhs

Also read: The upcoming Honda Civic will be radical!

Hyundai Elantra 2019 Design

The design of this car will see a departure from the fluidic design that Hyundai is known for recently. The most obvious change to the Hyundai Elantra 2019 is the new fascia with LED DRLs, a new hood design, new fenders and also a new front grille that is very Lexus. At the back, the Elantra gets a revised bumper and new taillights. The chrome strip has been replaced with the name ‘Elantra’ written across the back. The new changes to the exterior have made the sedan more dynamic in the way it looks while the single streak look is very elegant to look at. The boot-lid has also received changes with the number plate now positioned on the bumper.

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Hyundai Elantra 2019 Interior

The car will continue to receive the existing features it boasts. This was one of the first cars to come with ventilated seats. The Hyundai Elantra 2019 now comes with a new infotainment system. A new 8.0-inch touchscreen which has everything from Android Auto to Apple Car Play to even wireless charging for your smartphones is now offered. However, this only for the top of the line Elantra, while the lower models will get the same 7.0-inch unit from the other Hyundai’s. The car gets a new steering wheel. The air vents seem to be the only things that are carried over from the previous car.

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Hyundai Elantra 2019 Specifications

The Hyundai Elantra 2019 will be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder and a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder diesel engines. These engines will churn out 147 bhp, 128 bhp and 201 bhp respectively. The diesel will be the torque king with 320nm of torque. The Octavia will finally have something to worry about. The company will offer a 6-speed automatic, a 7-speed dual clutch automatic and an option of 6-speed manual or the 7-speed dual clutch for the sports version of the 2019 Elantra.

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Hyundai Elantra 2019 Competition

The Hyundai Elantra 2019 will compete with the upcoming Altis, Honda Civic and the Skoda Octavia.

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2020 Ford EcoSport will be made on Fiesta platform, spy pics

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The Ford EcoSport has done very well for the manufacturer in India. Last year, the new EcoSport was launched in India. The company has full faith in this product for India. But somewhere down the line in Europe, the EcoSport has not been able to replicate the same kind of success. The company is now thinking to replace the Ford EcoSport in Eupore with a compact SUV that will be based on the Fiesta platform. The car has been spotted testing in the UK and will make to production soon. The 2020 Ford EcoSport will not come to India anytime soon before the end of next year though.

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Will Ford bring this car to India? Will the new Generation Ford be a part of the companies global product line-up?

2020 Ford EcoSport Launch

The Ford EcoSport will be launched in 2020. The car might come to India later that year. The car is still under testing and Ford will get the car to India after the 2020 Auto Expo. The car will be very important as a new product in India.

2020 Ford EcoSport Launching in late 2020

2020 Ford EcoSport Price

The price of the current car ranges between Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs. The new generation 2020 Ford EcoSport will also be priced in the same range.

2020 Ford EcoSport Price (Ex-Showroom)
Base variant Rs 8 lakhs
Mid variant Rs 10 lakhs
Top variant Rs 12 lakhs

2020 Ford EcoSport Platform

The car is going to based on the platform of the European Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta is really doing wonders for Ford and an SUV based on that car is also expected to do well. The Fiesta is a supermini and can be compared to cars like the Hyundai i20 and the Baleno in India.

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2020 Ford EcoSport Design

The Ford will carry different design style from the current EcoSPort for sure. The car’s design will lean more towards a crossovers looks. The Fiesta’s design is going to be key here. Ford will ake sure there are subtle reminders and touches that relate the car to the Ford families most famous hatchback. The interior will be feature loaded. The car will come with the latest SYNC software for its entertainment system and the upholstery will be more sporty and durable too. There will be more emphasis and though on the rear seat and boot too. While the front row is an excellent place to be in, the EcoSports Achilles heel is its rear seat comfort. Ford will address that.

Ford EcoSport 2020

2020 Ford EcoSport Spy Shots

2020 Ford EcoSport Specifications

The car is set to share a platform – and likely an engine range, including the popular Ecoboost petrol powertrains – with the Fiesta. That means it’s likely to be front-wheel-drive, although a four-wheel drive system could potentially be carried over from the current Ecosport. Currently, the car has 3 engines on offer. There are the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. And the Ecoboost – 1.0-litre engine. The car is available with a manual and automatic gearbox.

Ford EcoSport 2020 rear

2020 Ford EcoSport Competition

The EcoSport will continue as a nameplate in India with the car already being very popular here. The car’s major competitors will be the Maruti Vitara Bezza, Tata Nexon and the Honda WRV.

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Honda City 2019 S variant discontinued, starting price up by Rs 1 Lakh!

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The Honda City 2019 has just been given a crucial mid-life update with the introduction of the new ZX option with the petrol engine and manual gearbox as a top variant. The car also now get 2 new color options and a few more features that will help it stand its ground against the new Ciaz till the Honda City 2020 comes. With the 2019 update, Honda has introduced the ZX trim on the petrol MT version of the City however it has removed a varaint too. The S trim has been discontinued and now the SV trim will serve as the base variant for the City.

If you want to know more about the new generation Honda City with the new design language, please click on the link here—> Honda City 2020

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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.

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 a 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.

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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.

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.

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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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Tata Harrier will get at least 4 more variants

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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. This is when the price of the car will also be announced. 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. This will specifically make the Tata suitable for international markets like Europe. Tata wants to make a dent in the international market. With the Harrier, Tata is now looking to enter the premium SUV segment where it will a car with a Land Rover platform and technology offered at a third of a Land Rover products price.

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. The Harrier will receive 4 more variants in its 1st year or 2 years into its debut. We will see the XMA, XZA and XZ Plus and XZ Plus Automatic variants being offered by Tata. Check out the variant break down below now.

Also, we would like to keep you updated on when this car which we have driven and reviewed. The car will be launched on the 23rd of January, 2019. The official booking of the Tata Harrier has just begun. With a booking amount of Rs 30,000. The car can be booked on the company website itself. The car will soon be offered with a petrol engine too. The current car is only offered with a diesel mill. The petrol variant will be a good option for city dwellers and a cheaper car to own. The Tata Harrier will also be given an automatic gearbox with the update. The petrol variant will make the car a very good alternative to the petrol Hyundai Creta. Also, the latest with this car is that it could soon be made available with 4×4. Why do we think that is possible? Find out below in the variants section.

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