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Honda XBlade Review – Sharp Dressing!

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Honda XBlade is the latest motorcycle form HMSI. It comes in the 160cc segment and is another entry from Honda in this segment. It comes with sharp styling and we lay our hands on this bike. How is the Honda XBlade and how different is it form the CB Hornet 160R? We ride it to find out. Read further for our review of the Honda XBlade.

Honda XBlade Design

As the name suggests, the XBlade gets razor sharp styling. The first thing you notice is the Robo-faced LED headlamp, that looks straight out of a Transformers movie. This is a first in segment full LED headlamp. The XBlade is based on the Diamond chassis which also underpins the CB Hornet 160R.

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However, the overall styling of the XBlade is sharper. The tank has got a nice sculpted look that adds to the aggression in design. The seat is long, hence rider and pillion can be comfortable, even on long runs. The taillamp is also uniquely designed and can easily be recognized from a distance. There is a two-piece grab handle at the rear. There is a tyre hugging fender on the rear wheel, which is helpful, specially in wet conditions.

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The instrument cluster is a fully digital one and is quite loaded with things such as speedometer, tachometer, trip meter, digital clock and a gear position indicator. Additionally it also gets a service reminder. There is also a hazard warning switch, which illuminates all four turn indicators. This is especially helpful when you have stopped on the roadside or during a hazard on the road.

Honda Xblade taillamp

Honda XBlade Performance

The XBlade gets a 160cc air-cooled engine. This is the same engine that does duty in the CB Hornet as well. However, the power figures differ slightly. The XBlade engine develops 13.93 bhp of power, at 8500rpm, which is around 1.5bhp less than the CB Hornet.

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The torque also is 13.9 Nm @ 6000rpm, 1 Nm short of the CB Hornet.  But the torque sets in at a lower rpm than the CB Hornet and that is where the characteristic for power delivery differs. The highlight of this bike is its refinement. The engine feels super smooth and the power build up is linear. It is very well-suited for city riding. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Though good enough, It is not the slickest unit. In fact, I prefer the one of the Pulsar NS 160. There is no heel shifter available and this ones gets on only a toe-shifter.

Honda XBlade Ride and Handling

If you have ridden the CB Hornet 160R, then you will find a lot of similarities in the way this bike rides. The handling is quite nimble and at the same time it remains firmly planted as well. It gets a 130/70 rear tyre which gives it good grip while cornering. There are telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The suspension is not so stiff and it has quite a pliant ride. The brakes are good and have quite a bite. The front wheel has a 276mm The bikes stops where you aim it to. There is no ABS on offer, but still, braking performance is confidence inspiring. The front gets 276mm disc brake and the rear has a drum brake.

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The seating posture on the XBlade is not too upright. You lean in slightly, but not too much, so it is a balance between commuter style seating and a sporty one. The bike weighs about 140kgs and has a ground clearance of 160mm.

Honda XBlade Mileage

We haven’t yet done a detailed mileage run on the bike, however, we expect it to return around 45km/l in regular riding conditions.

Honda XBlade Colours

The bike is available in 5 colour options

Matte Marvel Blue Metallic

Pearl Igneous Black

Matte Frozen Silver

Pearl Spartan Red

Matte Marshall Green Metallic

Verdict

The Honda XBlade is priced at Rs.78,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes only in one variant. At this price it is around Rs.5000 cheaper than the CB Hornet 160R (base version). Now, this is a decent price for a bike that looks so good. This is a head turner and will attract attention wherever it goes, for sure. The other factor you will like, is the refinement. So, a well-packaged product and one which brings in some freshness. Definitely a recommended buy.

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Nissan Kicks Review

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The new Nissan Kicks is coming! We lay our hands on this new SUV for the Indian car market. Nissan will begin its second innings in India with this new SUV. With start with Micra was awesome but somewhere along the lines, they lost the track. However, things now seem to be back in place. The Kicks looks to be a promising product. What does this new SUV have on offer? It will be going up against the massive Creta for the Indian car market. So far, no one has been able to even send shock waves. How will the Kicks perform? We share our detailed review. The company had invited us to lay our hands on the Kicks on a drive from Bhuj to Rann of Kutch and back. (more…)

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KTM Duke 125 Review

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Excellent ride and handling
Cons
A lack of a slipper clutch and other equipment found on the bigger Duke 200, 250 and 250
Summary
This is overall a very good value for money proposition. An entry level performance bike for the armature rider.
Design7
Engine and Performance6
Mileage7
Ride and Handling7.5
VFM8

KTM Duke 125 is an all new Motorcycle and this the first time, Indian audience will experience a 125cc mill from the Austrian maker. KTM has been known for its performance, riding dynamics and even handling. What does this new bike have on offer? Does it live up to the KTM name? Should you even consider it? Is it worth your buck? We find out more about it.

If we look at the bikes design, there are a lot of things that work in it’s favour. The styling is the same as the Duke 200. Of course there are three colours – White, Black and Orange. The fuel tank reads Duke 125. This is the only major difference. The fascia gets the regular yellow bulb. No LEDs. The export model gets the same Duke 390 headlamp with split light and LEDs. The front has USD 43mm forks. Front gets 17-inch tyres with 300mm disc brake and single channel ABS. Single channel means it will avoid lock up for the front only. The alloys are orange colour. Moving to the side profile of the bike, the fuel tank has chiselled look. Fuel tank is 10.2 litres, which is a tad small. There are a lot more things to showcase. It gets a split seat and the seat is narrow, so even short passengers can sit comfortably. The rear seat is higher and is just fine for a pillion for a city ride. Long journeys can be tiring.

KTM Duke 125 side

The tail lamps aren’t different from the other Dukes. 17-inch wheel at the back and 230mm ground clearance too. It also gets an RMP this time.

When you get on the bike, you realise the seating position is very comfortable. There is no problem even if you head on a long trip. The 125cc engine with 13-odd bhp has linear Power. It can compete with almost any150cc commuter bike. In terms of power on paper it is about 160cc engine. Now, Duke is known for its sudden spike in torque which gives it a kick. With the Duke 125, it isn’t the case. The bike is very calm and comfortable. There is more than sufficient power and torque but it doesn’t get the kick. The Duke 125 has very linear power, which is good for daily City riding. But if you need to overtake that is where you might struggle a bit. The engine is refined and has a good exhaust note. The pipe is placed on the underbelly.

KTM Duke 125 front

In terms of power, the bike could have have had more, but for the segment it’s targeting – we reckon this should be fine. In terms of ride and handling, the Dynamics is well sorted for this bike. The ride quality is also fine and the bike is easily chuckable. The mileage should be close to 40-45km/l as the bike doesn’t encourage you a lot to push but it’s nimble nature means you won’t even want to go slow.

The biggest question is at Rs 1.46 lakhs (on-road) is this a good bike to buy? If you went KTM badging and something that is comfortable and still nimble – this should be the choice for you.

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Here is an in-depth video review of the Tata Harrier. This is an all new SUV that is based on the Land Rover platform. This comes with 5 seats in total and it offers a lot of bells and whistles. It has a 2.0-litre diesel engine with manual transmission. There is no petrol or even a diesel automatic on offer. Only a 4×2 on offer, while the ESP comes with multi-modes to avoid slipping. There are several new features on offer and it gets a lot of data on offer.

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Mahindra Alturas G4 Review

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Pros
Looks, Price, Features, Engine, Performance
Cons
Third row space, Badge value
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Great choice to pick in this segment. We reckon one of the best options to buy in this segment.
Design8.5
Interior8.5
Engine and Performance8.5
Mileage6
Value for money8.5

Mahindra Alturas G4 is an all new SUV that has made its way into India. This was earlier called as the Ssangyong Rexton by Mahindra. The new-generation has been re-named and re-badged as a Mahindra. The Indian utility manufacturer invited us, first to Amby Valley to drive it and then to Jaipur for a quick off-road experience. This is an all new SUV that has come to India through the CKD route. So, how good is the SUV? We share our quick review on this new SUV.

 

 

The exterior styling of this new SUV is good. Mahindra has given it a brawny front end. The front gets the signature Mahindra front grille with chrome, there are HIDs too with daytime runnings LEDs even on the fogs. The lower variant gets projector lights instead. From the side, it looks boxy and bulky. There are roof rails, 18-inch wheels and even a thin chrome insert of the vehicle. The side profile displays the massive ground clearance that the vehicle possesses. The rear looks a bit different from the rest of the sides. The thin leaf-like tail lamps look different, but the entire package has been well put together. There is minimal use of chrome on the vehicle and the styling is spot-on. For those looking to step out of the car, this will be an exciting product to consider for the Indian car market.

On the inside, the dashboard does feel premium. It gets leather on the dash along with nappa leather seats. The steering wheel gets controls for audio and cruise. Apparently, the cruise control doesn’t have anything mentioned on it. On the inside, the other first-in-class features are ventilated seats, 360deg camera and even nine airbags when compared to its biggest rivals. The Skoda Kodiaq has two of them not all. The other features on offer are touchscreen, dual-zone climate control and coloured screen for driver information system. The seats are supportive and offer good space, and the same goes for the second row too. The rear AC vents are on the floor only and three can sit abreast. Second row passengers even have 12V charging socket. The third row also has good enough space and it is decent enough for 5’7″. The boot space is also decent and the third row seats fold flat.

Alturas G4 Dashboard

The 2.2-litre engine on offer provides good punch and it has good enough performance too. The new engine is a Daimler one and is currently available in diesel only. This churns about 180bhp of power and comes mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This oil burner has been made available with 2WD and 4WD options. This makes it an exciting offering for the Indian car market. The engine size is small, but the power it churns is similar to the bigger engines of the competition. Even the power they produce is fantastic. The overall engine power is good and even gear shifts are smooth and quick.

Alturas G4 Engine

The steering wheel is light in the city and as the speed goes up, it does weigh up nicely. In terms of handling, we didn’t get to experience it a lot but it did feel good. So did the ride quality also. As a complete package it is a great option to consider. We reckon this is one of the best options to pick up as it is about Rs 35 lakhs (on-road) about Rs 6 lakhs cheaper than the competition.

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VIDEO REVIEW: 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

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Space, Features, Comfort, Mileage
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Safety features, Performance, No CNG
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The new Ertiga 2018 is an upgrade on the previous version, but it isn't a major upgrade in any department apart from space. No CNG is a big miss.
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In India, high seating cars have become the preferred choice. This holds true for the SUV body style. When things move to the MPV design, for Indian market it hasn’t been a great story. Except a few select, others haven’t done well. Look at the Toyota range, first the Qualis, then the Innova and now the Crysta. There has been an increase in the price tag with a lot more on offer and customers have appreciated it. The other MPV that has been successful so far is, the Ertiga. So far, the first-generation has been a runaway success and the second has just come in.

Maruti has played it safe and got it at a similar price point. Of course it is bigger and wider than before and does have something new on offer. The pricing of the new Ertiga is between Rs 7.44 lakhs and goes upto Rs 10.90 lakhs (ex-showroom). This gets a new engine in petrol but the CNG option has gone missing. So, what are the features that new Ertiga offers? Is it worth a buy? We share all the details with you.

Maruti Ertiga 2018 Design

Maruti Ertiga 2018 side motion

The new-generation Ertiga sees an increase in length of about 100mm and 40mm in width. The engine compartment has seen a reduction in its size, which makes the in-cabin area larger. The fascia sports a new chrome front grille, never seen on any other Maruti product. The headlamps are projector lamps. There are no daytime running LEDs, and regular fog lamps. The bonnet looks stylish too and it does have its strakes too. Many wil say it does look like other stylish MPV.

The side profile of this vehicle very MPV-ish. The rear door size is bigger than the front, indicating more room inside. The wheel size is still 15-inch, and not any bigger. The Swift and the DZire both sport same size tyres. The door handles on the higher variants are chrome and no roof rails on offer either. The rear gets stylish tail lamps and many new cars have a similar approach to the design language. It looks good on the Ertiga and makes it look bigger than before. The new MPV is certainly bigger and feels a lot more premium.

Maruti Ertiga 2018 Interior

On the inside, the Ertiga gets an all new dashboard. There is beige and grey interior with wooden inserts. At first glance, one can believe that the left AC vent runs from the left AC vent to the m touchscreen tab. The steering wheel is flat bottom and it is grey in colour. On the top model it is leather wrapped and gets wooden inserts too. The instrument cluster gets twin dials and driver information system in between them. The information system offers some cool graphics and data on it.
Center console gets touchscreen system only on the top model. There is Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, reverse camera on offer. But the automatic doesn’t even get this feature and even no leather on the steering. There is climate control on offer too. One interesting feature is the cooled cup holder, an innovative feature for this segment.
The front row seats are spacious and it offers Good support too. As a product, it offers Good knee room and head room. The side and back support of the seat contour is fantastic. The second seats also offer good space. These seats offer sliding and recline option. AC vents are mounted on the roof. Arm rest on offer and only two head rests. Here three large adults can sit abreast and seats come with 60:40 split. Passengers here have 12V socket available to charge too.
The third row offers good space and support too. There is recliner on offer and adjustment for the headrests. Only two passengers can sit here. Third row is surprisingly offering better knee room than most of the vehicles in this segment. For tall passengers, head rest is a bit too tight. Boot space is sufficient for about three suitcases.

Maruti Ertiga 2018 Engine

The new 1.5-litre engine on offer is mild hybrid. This mill churns about 103bhp of power and comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This is an all new engine that was first seen on the Ciaz 2018. Is it any good? The car gets a new 1.5-litre petrol engine and a new micro hybrid system in the form of SHVS. There is an option of a manual transmission and automatic with the petrol. The 1.3-litre diesel doesn’t get a automatic transmission. The  Ertiga’s exterior is now more aggressive. The headlights now get projector bulbs and the tail light has LED strips. The cars also does get a better glass area in proportion to the overall mass. The 15-inch tyres on the car come with alloy wheels and steel wheels in the lower variant. The cars interiors have been updated too. Wood now makes an entry into the cabin on the dashboard. A new feature for this car is it’s cooled cup holders for the front row. The car gets new fabrics. The infotainment system and instrument cluster are also new. The space in this car has also increased. The overall width and wheelbase has also increased. So the second and third row with the boot have more space than the previous generation Ertiga.

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The car will go up against the Mahindra Marazzo and also aim to poach some customers of the king of MPVs, the Toyota Innova. There was some disappointment that this car did not come with a diesel variant; nor did it come with a diesel automatic variant. These non-existent variants do make a certain amount of buyers look for other options.

With prices staring at Rs 7.44 lakh (Ex-showroom), the car has already received over 10,000 bookings. But how does it drive? And should you consider this car as your next MPV? Check out the below video to find out.

Do let us know in the comments below, if you are going to buy the new Ertiga! Is it a car that you would upgrade too? Did you own an old Ertiga

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VIDEO REVIEW: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 ABS

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That’s a big name! Does it live up to it? Find out with us as we put the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 ABS through it’s paces and give you a comprehensive verdict. Is it better than a Pulsar? Is it worth the extra money when compared to the Hero Xtreme?

The bike gets a four stroke oil cooled engine that makes 21bhp and 18Nm of torque. The engine comes paired to a five speed gearbox with a slipper clutch for easy upshifts and down shifts on the move. It gets a telescopic front forks up front and a mono-shock at the rear. It gets a LED headlamp and tail lamp. The 17-inch tubeless tyres come with disc brakes and dual channel ABS. The bike gets a 12L fuel tank and has a kerb weight of 149kgs. The bike gets a lot of styling and technology from the TVS Racing in the form of the Race Derived O3C tech which keeps the engine cool, a race breed split cradle chassis, race tuned KYB suspension, optional Pirelli race spec tyres and a double barrel exhaust.

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This is one exciting bike! Watch our video to find the results produced by the Apache RTR 200 with the above mentioned racing specs and features. What is our verdict? Click below to find out.

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COMPARISON: 2018 Mahindra Marazzo Vs 2018 Maruti Ertiga

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The two band new MPV rivals are finally going to face off! The launch of the 2018 Maruti Ertiga is something the 2018 Mahindra Marazzo must be waiting for. This is a serious segment where the Ertiga is a veteran and Marazzo has to face the newest version of the Maruti Ertiga, which is going to come charging at full tilt. The Marazzo showed the world that Mahindra could make a unique car with a completely new design and a host of new features. The Maruti Ertiga on the other hand comes with a lot features standard features from its base variants. It also comes with a petrol engine which will see a lot of bookings. The Mahindra has the size advantage and also gets stuff like four disc brakes on all variants as standard. The fight between these two is a close one. Let’s break it down with the below comparisons and tables to find out more.

Mahindra Marazzo vs Maruti Ertiga

Design

Firstly we have to talk about design, the cars exteriors. Let’s talk about the Maruti Ertiga, which has entered this segment with its latest iteration. The car has certainly gotten bigger than the previous generation but it’s nowhere as big as the Marazzo. The front continues to have the cab forward design and has now adopted a more family friendly design language in comparison to the shark inspired, aggressive look of the Marazzo. The Mahindra Marazzo does look more appealing at the front than the Maruti Ertiga. The side is where I can say that the Ertiga redeems itself. The Marazzo is based on a ladder on frame chassis and thus gets a tall body design, getting into the Marazzo is a little bit more taxing than the Ertiga. The Ertiga with its HEARTECK platform is more car like and has simpler ingress and exit. The rear of both the cars look great. The Marazzo with its shark elements on the taillight and bumper looks more aggressive. The 2018 Maruti Ertiga has fueled many questions of it bearing resemblance to the Toyota Innova Crysta and we can see why. The headlights with the swept back design and the rear LED taillights do big the car that illusion of it being bigger. This look could be enhanced further if the car was given a bigger set of tyres than the 15-inch alloy and steel wheels it comes with now. The 17-inch wheels on the Marazzo just make the car look better. The overall winner in exterior design has to be the Marazzo but design is a subjective point and some might prefer the subdued and more traditional looks of the 2018 Maruti Ertiga.

Interiors

The interiors are where the Ertiga starts winning back some points from the Marazzo that it lost in exterior design. The Marazoo’s piano black interior and part leather seats can’t hold a candle to the Maruti’s plus beige and faux wood interiors. The Ertiga’s interior just feels roomier and aesthetically laid out than the Marazzo’s shiny plastic jeweled dashboard. The instrument cluster of the Marazzo with its purple inserts and multiple settings display does look better; it also gets turn by turn navigation guidance. The Ertiga’s instrument cluster does not feel pale by comparison, it’s good, the dials are big, and most of the relevant information is given in the center too. From here the Marazzo start clawing back points. The Marazzo gets better visibility because of it tall design. The Marazzo gets cruise control, something which the Ertiga missies out on. The second row of the Marazzo is also better. The captain seats with the amount of headroom and legroom are very comfortable. The Ertiga has gotten better but not by much in comparison to the Marazzo. The Marazzo gets a lot storage and has a large center console next to the gigantic hand brake leaver. The third row of the Marazzo is humongous with ample headroom and knee room for three adults to be comfortable for short distances. The boot space on the Marazzo is lesser at 190-litres. The Marazzo does right now miss out on Apple CarPlay. Both cars get 12 volt charging sockets and automatic climate control. The Marazzo does get Surround Cool which extends till the third row and helps the car cool faster. The interiors of both cars can be pleasing to respective owners. The Maruti Ertiga’s interiors are all brand new and have a richer appeal to it. The Marazzo might get some extra features but might not appeal to everyone.

Specification

The Mahindra Marazzo is defiantly slightly bigger car in every respect than the 2018 Maruti Ertiga. And for this comparison we have to keep in mind that the Marazzo is not available with a petrol engine. Apart from that, we have to say the Marazzo till now is looking at becoming the better choice among the two. Some of stats in the below chart talk for themselves; maybe the price will change it all.

Features and Specifications 2018 Maruti Ertiga 2018 Mahindra Marazzo
Dimensions
Length 4395mm 4585mm
Width 1735mm 1866mm
Height 1690mm 1774mm
Wheelbase 2740mm 2760mm
Turning Radius 5.2mm NA
Seating Capacity 7 people 9 people
Bootspace 209 litres 190 litres
Engine
Type DDIS 200 SMART HYBRID D15 1.5-litre
Capacity 1462CC 1497CC
Power [email protected] [email protected]
Torque [email protected] [email protected]
Fuel Capacity 45Litres 45 litres
Drive and Trasnmission
Drive 2WD, Front wheel drive 2WD, Front wheel drive
Transmission 5MT 6MT
Brake
Front Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear Leading and Trailing Drum Disc
Suspension
Front Mac Pherson Strut and coil spring Double Wishbone with shock absorber and coil spring
Rear Torsion Beam and Coil Spring Rear Twist Beam with coil
Tyre Size 185/65/R15 216/60/R17
Weight
Kerb weight 1135kg-1170kg 160kg
Gross Weight 1800kg NA

2018 Maruti Ertiga front

Mileage

 The mileage of both the cars are –

Car Mileage
Mahindra Marazzo 17.6kmpl
Maruti Ertiga 25.47kmpl

Price

The price is where the Ertiga will turn the tables around big time. The 2018 Mahindra Marazzo starts at Rs 9.99 lakh (Ex-showroom) for its M2 7STR variant and goes up to Rs 13.90 lakhs (ex-showroom) for it’s top end M8 7STR variant. The Marazzo gets a total of 7 variants. The 2018 Maruti Ertiga meanwhile gets 10 variants and starts at Rs 8.84 lakhs (Ex-showroom) for the LDi variant and goes up to Rs 10.9 lakhs (Ex-Showrrom) for its top end ZDI+ variant. The vast price gap is a real factor that will make the fight for Marazzo very difficult. Also as we speak the Ertiga has received more than 10,000 bookings already.

Mahindra Marazzo Front

*In this comparison we have not taken the petrol version of the Etriga into consideration because the Marazzo does not have a petrol variant yet.

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VIDEO REVIEW – Mahindra Alturas G4 – Enough to take on the Toyota Fortuner?

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The Mahindra Alturas G4 is the new flagship SUV in the Mahindra stable. It comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine which is paired to a automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes. The engine makes 184bhp and 420Nm of torque. The car get shift-on-fly 4×4 too. There will be a variant with only two wheel drive called the G2. The car is essentially a rebaged Rexton with the signature, Mahindra seven slate grille. The cars not changed visually at all since the first time we saw it at the 2016 Auto Expo. It gets DRLs, Projector headlamps and LED tail lights. The car also gets a 360 degree parking camera; that is apt for a vehicle which is almost 15 feet long and more than 4 feet wide. The entry to the driver seat is easy and simple with the welcome gesture that involves sliding the electronic seat completely back for easy ingress. The front driver and passenger seats are ventilated and the whole interior and other seats are done up in soft and supple Napa leather. The cars also got a brilliant instrument cluster which has navigation, infotainment and wait for it… 3 different speedomteres in case you don’t like the regular analogue. The infotainment screen is a 8-inch unit that gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2nd row gets a armrest with intigrated cup holders. There are AC vents at back with 2 personal vents for the third row too. The cars third row is really it’s Achilles heal. it is quite litraly the worst part of the car to be in for a long journey. It is fine for children whom parents should pray got to sleep. Also the third is too claustrophobic with absolutely no glass area. The bootspace is decent and the last row does fold flat to make the space large. The car will also gets a decent size sunroof and 9 airbags as standard which is the most in this segment.

Alturas G4 Dashboard

Let’s talk about the drive. First, lets put this car in reverse, and see the side rear view mirrors on the car tilt down and help one back up this giant with easy. That said, the Toyota Fortuner does have a better turning radius and comes with a more agile steering wheel. But what the Fortuner does not have is steering feedback, something many SUV owners take for granted, the Alturas G4’s steering becomes heavy in a liner fashion when one puts his foot down and around corners the steering will let you know everything from grip to the texture of the road. The ride is not compromised at all. In spite of being a big ladder on frame rig, the Alturas G4 managed to keep it’s weight in check and did not roll around to much. The nine-speed Mercedes gearbox also responded quickly under duress and down shifts before corners and upshits while hauling on straight roads were quick from the triptonic unit. The engine is always in the meaty power band of this car. In a staight line thought we do think that the Fortuner and the Endeavor with engines having bigger displacement will completely leave the Alturas eating their dust.

Alturas G4 rear badging

Mahindra Alturas G4 Verdict

The verdict is pretty simple. As the price of this car is yet to be released; we can only say that if it comes in Rs 5 to Rs 7 lakhs cheaper than the Fortuner, the Mahindra Alturas G4 will be a steal. The car is built tough, the engine is refined with hardly any noise in the cabin, there is decent space on offer. We just hope its priced right.Alturas G4 Drive Shot

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Check out our detaild review of the Mahindra Alturas G4 below-

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VIDEO REVIEW: Hero Xtreme 200R

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The Hero Xtreme 200r is the sportiest offering from TVS. The bike gets dual disc brakes and ABS. The 200cc 2 valve engine makes 18bhp and 17Nm of torque. The bike gets a combination of the an digital speedometer and an analogue tachometer for its intrument instrument cluster. The bike serves as a perfect balance for the rider in being a commuter bike and showing off its sporty nature. The bike gets telescopic suspension at the front and at the rear it gets a 8 way adjustable monoshock suspension. The Xtmere 200R gets tubeless 17-inch tyres at the front and the rear. The Hero Xtreme 200R is a great bike for daily use too. Apart from the usual specs, the bikes design is a little underwhelming and is not the type of look that will set your heart racing. The front is plane and the headlight has a halogen lamp. The tail-lights do get a LED unit but are not the best looking in the business. The most exciting part of the bike has to be the graphic in the fuel tank. It is the only part of the bike that shouts I’M SPORTY! The Xtreme 200R could have been a better looker, but we think that TVS will want to make sure that the bike also appeals to the rider upgrading from a normal Hero Splendor and the change is not to ‘Xtreme'(no pun intended) This Hero is going to take on the Pulsars and the Apaches available in our country. In the below video we put it through it’s paces and give you a comprehensive verdict.

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The Hero Xtreme 200R comes at a price of Rs 91,000 (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai)

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WALKAROUND VIDEO: 2018 Jawa in-depth look

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The bike that took away Royal Enfield’s thunder a day after the 650 twins were given their respective pricing. Many Jawa club members and old owners were overjoyed and excited that their hero has been revived. In this video we take you into an in-depth walk around of the standard 300cc bike that Jawa Motorcycles is going to call just ‘2018 Jawa’. The bike is a throwback to the old classic Jawa and was debuted as the company’s flagship offering till the Perak comes into production. The 2018 Jawa shown here is finished in a color called ‘Jawa Red’ with touches of chrome around the vehicle. The company has brought the bike into the 21st century with features like disc brakes, DOHC, AHO and ABS. It gets an old school analogue instrument cluster and a electric starter with the option of a kick start on the right side of the bike. The 2018 Jawa gets telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers with a gas canister at the rear. The tyers come with wire spoke wheels and are a set comprising of 17-inch at the rear and 18-inch at the front. This has overall enhanced the look of the bike and made it appear large too. The bike also gets twin exhausts which are cigar shaped and it makes for a very impressive and retro look. The seat gets side stitching and also a cool design motif at the rear with three slats to show it’s a Jawa. The horn comes integrated into the Jawa logo at the front under the headlamps. The headlamps are halogen lights with no LEDs or DRLs. Scroll below to see all of this in more depth now.

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The bike comes with a price tag of Rs 1,64,000 lakhs (Ex-showroom) and now do check out our below video which is the most viewed video of the 2018 Jawa online.

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VIDEO REVIEW: Royal Enfield Interceptor – The new age Enfield is here!

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The Royal Enfield Interceptor brings the company into a new dynamic light. The bike comes with an air/oil cooled parallel 648cc engine which is a brilliant. The bike’s got the sticky Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tyres which are brilliant for a spirited ride and the soundtrack from the twin exhausts minus the traditional thump is mind blowing. Below is our video for this amazing new bike that starts at a stunning price of Rs 2.50 lakhs. Take a look with our detailed video.

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Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta Comparison

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Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta

The 3rd row dilemma is real. There are cars with great amount of headroom, legroom, thigh support and usable spaces. But there are few cars which can apply all of that in the last; extra row. Some of these cars are big SUVs. But let’s talk about the MUV segment which has seen the latest entrant in the form of the Mahindra Marazzo. The car has entered a segment where adequate power, excellent ride and a certain amount of features are necessary for the customer to consider buying that car. The Marazzo is going to battle directly with the Tata Hexa and the segment king, the Toyota Innova Crysta. In this detailed comparison we find out which car among the three is best.

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta Price

This first comparison factor is price. And between these 3 cars, the price difference is substantial. The Marazzo starts at Rs 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom) and goes up to Rs 13.9 lakhs for its top variant. The Tata Hexa starts from Rs 12.58 lakhs and goes up to Rs 17.99 lakhs. This is the only car in the segment to offer AWD/4WD. Next we come to the Innova Crysta. This is the only car in the segment which offers a petrol engine. The Toyota Innova Crysta starts at Rs 14.63 Lakhs and goes up to Rs 23.04 Lakhs. The petrol Innova Crysta price starts at Rs 14.63 Lakhs. The diesel Innova Crysta price starts at Rs 15.75 Lakhs. Check out the table below for a detailed breakdown of the individual cars variants.

Mahindra Marazzo  Price Tata Hexa Price Toyota Innova Price
M2 7 STR Rs 9.99 lakhs XE 4×2 7 STR Rs 12.58 Lakhs 2.7 GX 7 STR Rs 14.63 Lakhs
M2 8 STR Rs 10.04 lakhs XM 4×2 7 STR Rs 14.15 Lakhs 2.7 GX 8 STR Rs 4.68 Lakhs
M4 7 STR Rs 10.54 lakhs XM+ 4×2 7 STR Rs 15.24 Lakhs 2.4 GX 7 STR Rs 15.75 Lakhs
M4 8 STR Rs 11 lakhs XMA 4×2 7 STR Rs 15.37 Lakhs 2.4 GX 8 STR  Rs 15.8 Lakhs
M6 7 STR Rs 12.4 lakhs XT 4×2 7 STR  Rs 16.68 Lakhs 2.7 GX AT 7 STR  Rs 15.85 Lakhs
M6 8 STR Rs 12.45 lakhs XT 4×2 6 STR  Rs 16.68 Lakhs 2.7 GX AT 8 STR Rs 15.9 Lakhs
M8 Rs 13.9 lakhs XTA 4×2 7 STR Rs 17.83 Lakhs 2.8 GX AT 7 STR Rs 17.16 Lakhs
XTA 4×2 6 STR Rs 17.83 Lakhs 2.8 GX AT 8 STR Rs 17.21 Lakhs
XT 4×4 7 STR Rs 17.99 Lakhs 2.7 VX 7 STR Rs 17.71 Lakhs
XT 4×4 6 STR Rs 17.99 Lakhs Touring Sport Petrol MT Rs 18.57 Lakhs
2.4 VX 7 STR  Rs 18.83 Lakhs
2.4 VX 8 STR Rs 18.88 Lakhs
Touring Sport Diesel MT Rs 20.54 Lakhs
2.7 ZX AT 7 STR Rs 20.67 Lakhs
2.4 ZX 7 STR  Rs 20.68 Lakhs
Touring Sport Petrol AT Rs 21.36 Lakhs
2.8 ZX AT 7 STR  Rs 21.98 Lakhs
Touring Sport Diesel AT Rs 23.04 Lakhs

*(All prices are Ex-Showroom)

 

Also Read: Creta to enter this segment with three rows next year

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta Design

Design as we have always said is a very subjective matter. Let’s talk about the Marazzo first. The car is inspired from the animal kingdom’s shark. Its taillights, grille and shark fin antenna do the job of showcasing that detail. The car is a I must say has a great stance with the 16-inch alloys look great. The car with the most spot on stance is the Hexa. I’m not a fan of preposterously big wheels seen on concept cars but the Hexa’s 19-inch alloys had me say “Hello beautiful”. Lastly, we come to the Innova Crysta. The car is not a looker like the Hexa and the Marazzo. It’s simple, clean and carries a dignified air about it. All cars get daytime-running-LEDs and projector headlamps. The Marazzo even though is the smallest of the lot does seem to look part of the big MUV gang. But in all honesty, the Hexa with its big wheels and daunting stance is the best of the lot. Its glass area and body ratio is just correct. The design of the Tata Hexa just makes it stand out in the overall 7 seater segment.

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta Interior

The part of car where we will spend most of our time. The car with the most amount of space. The most amount of comfort and utility is the clear winner in this comparison. Let’s start with the new kid on the block. Let’s get into the Mahindra Marazzo M8-top variant. The dashboard has a nice look to it. There is a big touchscreen that has all the entertainment options with Android Auto too. The seats in the front and back are very comfortable especially for long drives as they are on the firmer side of the cushioning. The instrument cluster with its purple accents is fresh and nice. If you see our detailed video below, even the last row is not bad. There are many smart storage spaces and there is a comfortable and very large storage unit in the center console which has cup holders and can be covered. And before we move on, we have to talk about this cars segment first feature which is its AC unit for the second and third row. Mahinda has introduced surround cooling with this car. The AC has normal blower system and an air dispersal system.

Moving to the Innova Crysta, the comfort king. This car is really the industry benchmark when it comes to comfort but more on that later. First, the equipment on offer in the Innova is substantially more and the space too. There are large door pockets, the storage under the armrest is sufficient too. The dashboard has a very neat and clean layout. There is almost every kind of display a driver would want or need. The ambient lighting on the rear AC vents look cool. Since we are considering the top variants of the respective cars with the Innova the second row is the most comfortable of the lot. The front row, ergonomics, driver seat, driver visibility and position of the Tata Hexa is far superior. That all said the Innova’s third row is as good as and a little bit better than the Marazzo and way better than the Hexa.

Coming to the Hexa lastly, it’s the biggest and heaviest here. You climb aboard this car and you are instantly the lord of all you survey. The drivers sits in a very commanding position with him so do the passengers in the second row which is just as tall. With the 19 inch tyres on the ladder frame body, this thing just dominates. Coming back to the interior, it’s a leather and plastic cocktail with a few hexa badges here and there. The infotainment screen is useless  in its touch setting. Saving it’s grace is the banging JBL system with a sub-woofer on the boot door. The car gets rear AC vents on the side pillers and the middle and cooling in the Hexa is quick. The car gets a lot of storage bins and the captain seats in the second row are very good but lack the support and comfort of the Innova. The third row is entirely not at all usable. It is good for short journey and children but nowhere as near as good like the Innova.

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta Ride and Handling

The most important test of them all. Let’s again start with the Marazzo. This body-on-ladder MPV uses a transverse engine layout with front wheel drive. The 1.5-litre engine making 122bhp and 300Nm of torque paired to a six-speed gearbox is great. The car boasts the best NVH levels in the cabin and it’s true. While idling you hardly notice the engine and on the highway the noise from the road is the one that is more audible. The clutch is very soft and smooth, the acceleration is very liner and prompt with less lag than other cars in Mahindra’s stable especially with an accelerator pedal that has very short travel. The ride over bumpy roads is easy and fine. Potholes do tests its patience and it would be easier to navigate this car around them. The rest is fine. The steering is light. You will not be attacking corners in this car but attacking that gap in traffic will be a breeze. That said the car can change lanes and dart in the direction of your choice quite nimbly. It feels more compact than the other two cars here and going fast without the feeling of a heavy body results in a relaxed drive.

Mahindra Marazzo Front

The Innova Crysta with it’s rear wheel drivetrain is better to drive. The power available on tap is more. The 172bhp of power with the 360Nm of torques to back it up makes a huge difference. The Innova has the power advantage for sure. The Marazzo does struggle at low rpm. The Innova can pull away on incline and hilly terrain using the might of it’s tall third gear. The Marazzo on the other hand as it happens to be with its tall 5th gear is a far more relaxed highway cruiser. The Innova’s handling is not as great as the Marazzo too. The Innova on bad roads does seem to be troubled more with body roll. That said, it can hit potholes and go through them with more confidence than the Marazzo.

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Last but not the least is the Tata Hexa. We have since this cars release taken it to various terrains and various environments or testing. The engine make 154bhp and 400Nm of twisting force, the 4×4 means more capability to go anywhere, the 19-inch tyres with a 235/60 section mean that most bumps and potholes are either flattened or quietly skipped over and at 200mm of ground clearance the broken roads or no existance roads is not a problem. The Hexa can do all of this while keep it’s occupants safe with 6 airbags and full comfort. The car reacts well to steering inputs and is not afraid to throw its weight in to a sweeping corner. In the end I would only like to add one point that the Marazzo’s engine refinement is far better than the Hexa and the Innova.

Tata Hexa front

Mahindra Marazzo Vs Tata Hexa Vs Toyota Innova Crysta Verdict

These cars have their own benefits, merits and high points. But it’s time to choose a definitive winner. So with price and all the other factors discussed above the winner of this comparison is the Tata Hexa. It’s right in the middle of both the other cars in terms of price. And actually gets more kit than the Mahindra Marazzo even if you take the XM or XMA variant where you will have to pay a little bit more and get almost all the feature plus an automatic gearbox. The Innova is a great car and if you budget extends till that price point there is no better car. But if you are looking for the best capability and best value for money product, the Tata Hexa sweeps the floor with the other two.

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Hyundai Santro 2018 – Trust, love and family car

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Exciting times are back! There are many amongst us who have been waiting for an affordable family car. The Wagon R and Celerio have grown old, the Tiago is an excellent value for money product, but many are skeptical about the brand’s service and resale. Welcome, the Hyundai Santro 2018, which has made a comeback. This product had established Hyundai in India and once again the company has launched this new vehicle for India. The new Santro will be filling in its own shoes and this is a difficult task to do. (more…)

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2018 Honda CR-V Review – Sophisticated Evolution

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One of the first premium SUVs in the country – the Honda CR-V has come a long way since first launched. The CR-V has created an imagery that is premium and upmarket. However, a lack of a diesel engine and added flexibility was an area of concern and hence the SUV sold in very limited numbers. Now, Honda has given it a shot in its arm with the new generation 2018 Honda CR-V, which promises a lot and also now comes with a diesel engine, apart from having a seven seat option.

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Bajaj CT 100: Commuter bike icon

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Starting its life as Bajaj Boxer, this bike had a name change as the Bajaj CT 100. Bajaj stopped production in 2006 to give way for the Bajaj Platina. But in 2015 due to nostalgic feel and demand Bajaj launched this evergreen bike again. This Bajaj CT 100 has had a career longer than that of the Undertaker and has been unbeaten. Built to rival tanks, loved in rural and urban markets and passed by many fathers to their son’s. Are just a few traits of the CT 100. I was not fortunate enough to learn on the Bajaj CT 100 but I surely learnt on the Bajaj Chetak. Now in 2017 just two years after the re-launch let’s have a look at how this bike is doing.

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