‘A Car is an aspiration buy’, I have heard this phrase probably a million times in numerous meetings ranging from research presentations to launch positioning discussions & what not. And when the car in question is a high end luxury SUV, then even ‘aspiration’ seems to be a small word. To get a dream car drive into your garage usually means a long wait, every option chosen meticulously and all of it often accompanied with a slight stretch of the budget to accommodate the best you deserve. A love-at-first-sight affection & an extremely caring attitude towards your favourite machine is just a by-product then. Now the question really is would you want to drive this car into the unruly wild jungles, climb over some rocky terrains, through dense bushes with no sign of tarmac for miles, or plunge it into a river stream laid with mud & slush all throughout…? Deep in your heart you do want to do it all at some time though, isn’t it.. Read further to know more about the Land Rover Experience.
Fortunately, some manufacturers understand this constant dilemma well, and come up with exciting customer events like the Land Rover Experience Drive. MotorOctane team recently had an opportunity to participate in one such drive experience organised by Land Rover for its customers at Aamby Valley, Lonavala.
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Land Rover Experience – Aamby Valley
Once at the venue, we saw a fleet of company owned Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles ready to be pushed for a test against the elements of nature. These SUVs are loaded with some very interesting high end safety features to support extreme off-roading endeavours with utmost ease. A hefty yet agile two and a half tonner powered with a 2.2-litre 190bhp engine churns out a massive 420Nm of torque capable of grinding the earth beneath.
The Land Rover Terrain Response System customises the vehicle effort to tackle varying ground conditions including General Driving, Grass/Gravel and snow Driving, Mud & Ruts Driving and finally Driving on Sand. We started our journey on a dusty foot trail down into the valley in the Grass/Gravel mode, the track however was waiting for us to experiment with all modes (barring the snow & sand of course).
Size of the rocks in front of the hood looked intimidating at first, a few hundred meters later it didn’t matter as much though, thanks to the 212mm of ground clearance & excellent approach & departure angles making it look super easy to crawl over a big boulder every time, without an exception. Hill Decent Control system is of great advantage as well, especially when the driver is busy planning his next manoeuvre on a steep rock-ridden incline. The few seconds of automated brakes supported with ABS & EBD ensures that the vehicle doesn’t roll back with slightest shift of driver attention.
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Land Rover Experience in Water
Last leg of the drive involved wading through deep natural river stream with a muddy bed. The Disco Sport can easily take on water bodies with up to a 600mm depth. Exiting the river was rather tricky due to a steep hill on one side & a narrow gorge on the other tilting the vehicle to an almost 45 degree side incline on a slippery rocky surface beneath. The car went through the whole rigmarole with unexpected ease and finesse. The specially engineered body design & appropriate vehicle weight distribution did not let the car tumble even when driving with an extreme sideward tilted stance.
Speed and acceleration may be a virtue on smooth paved roads. On these rough grounds it’s the slow n steady which wins hands down. Correct use of vehicle equipment & features with careful manoeuvring can lead you to places beyond access for most. Although, the thrill involved in reaching there is really priceless.
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So this was our day with a British marquee brand with rich heritage and a formidable reputation of being a truly versatile car fit for both city & the jungle. A day spent with the Land Rover Discovery Sport in its natural habitat proved that it’s a fabulous combination of a desired lifestyle, comfort and status. Land Rover Experience Drive is a must attend for anybody owning a Land Rover & yet planning for his first proper off road adventure.
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Maruti Ertiga 2018 : Launched, interior and exterior pictures
The new Maruti Ertiga 2018 has been launched. The car’s price starts at Rs 7.44 lakhs (ex-showroom). There will be now CNG variant offered and also there will not be a automatic with any diesel variant at the moment. There was also talk that a new six-speed gearbox will be brought with this generation; for now there are no plans of that too.
The car will now come with new features and specs like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, standard dual airbags, Hill Hold, LED tail-lights, projector headlamps, push start stop, air cooled cupholder, wooden finish interior and most importanty a micro hybrid system in the form of SHVS. The car will get new colors, a new pricing has been announced and the dimensions of the car have changed too. To get up to speed with the new 2018 Ertiga, scroll down.
Maruti New Ertiga 2018 Price in India
|LXi||₹ 7.44 lakhs|
|VXi||₹ 8.16 lakhs|
|VXi AMT||₹ 9.18 lakhs|
|ZXi||₹ 8.99 lakhs|
|ZXi AMT||₹ 9.95 lakhs|
|ZXi+||₹ 9.50 lakhs|
|LDi||₹ 8.84 lakhs|
|VDi||₹ 9.55 lakhs|
|Top Variants (Diesel)|
The Maruti Ertiga 2018 pricing is important. This is one area that Maruti cannot go wrong. Hence, the price will not change a lot. The pricing of the car is veru aggressive. The car is now bigger, wider and taller than the last generation of the Ertiga. The 2018 Maruti Ertiga has put the newly launched Marazzo on notice with this pricing. The Marazzo’s price has increased since it’s launch by Rs 40,000.
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Maruti Ertiga 2018 Specifications
|Features and Specifications||Petrol||Diesel|
|Seating Capacity||7 people|
|Bootspace||209L(3 rows, 550L (2 rows), 803L (1 row)|
|Type||K15 SMART HYBRID||DDIS 200 SMART HYBRID|
|Power||[email protected],600rpm||[email protected]|
|Torque||[email protected]||[email protected]|
|Drive and Transmission|
|Drive||2WD, Front wheel drive|
|Rear||Leading and Trailing Drum|
|Front||Mac Pherson Strut and coil spring|
|Rear||Torsion Beam and Coil Spring|
|Gross Weight||1730kg(MT), 1740kg(AT)||1800kg|
|Idle Start Stop||Available|
|Brake Energy Regeneration||Available|
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Variants
|Pertol||Lxi, Vxi, Vxi AT, Zxi, Zxi AT, Zxi+|
|Diesel||Ldi, Vdi, Zdi, Zdi+|
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Dimensions
Maruti New Ertiga 2018 Mileage
Maruti New Ertiga 2018 Interior
The interiors are all new. They are similar to the new DZire as they will offer somewhat some design. Like the Dzire, there will be inserts of faux wood to the dashboard and doors. There is a new design for the AC vents, stylish wooden touches, all beige interiors. A 6.5-inch touchscreen system. There will be push start and stop, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with inbuilt navigation. Dual airbags and ABS will be a standard feature.
One of the most impressive bits about the new Ertiga 2018 interior will be the space and the quality. Every seat gets it’s own cup holder and the center console gets a chilled cup holder. The materials will look a lot more premium than they are at the moment. The seat quality, the fabric will be much better than the current vehicle. The cup holders will have a cooling function.
The wheelbase has been increased. This will mean that the new MUV will have better knee room for rear passengers. Whats more they will even offer better space too for the third row of passengers. The India-spec version will get automatic climate control. However there is no cruise control on offer. The second row seat gets a 60:40 split and the third row seat has a 50:50 split. The boot space has increased too.
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Exterior Pictures
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Interior Pictures
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Spy Shots
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Engine and Transmission
In terms of engines, there will be a new 1.5-litre petrol engine that will produce about 103bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. The petrol engine will be offered with the five-speed manual and a automatic four-speed gearbox from the Ciaz. There will be no CNG option available with this engine. It was thought, that a factory fitted unit will be offered. The 1.3-litre diesel engine will produce about 90bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. This is the old DDIS 200 engine and will come with a five-speed manual. There was a expectation that the diesel will come with a new six-speed manual and a AMT option. Maruti seems to be ready to offer AMT on all its vehicles now. Recently the Vitara Brezza also got launched with an AMT in diesel. There is a chance of the Ertiga also getting a diesel AMT later on.
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Design
The new MUV gets a sharp design sharp design. It looks more premium now. The front reminds you of the Innova Crysta. There is a wide front grille with chrome surround and the headlamps are sweptback large ones. This will offer projector lamps and even daytime running LEDs as well. There shall be 15-inch wheels on offer. The side profile is sleek and proportioned. The rear too is all new and looks more premium now. The over all appeal is now better.
In terms of dimensions, there won’t be a big change. The length has increased a bit and even the height is about 5mm more. The width has also increased. This has improved the space inside the car. The Ertiga now looks matured and more premium. This has worked in its favour and Maruti will continue to add more to its current USP of the Ertiga. There will be an increase in its length and even the bells and whistles too.
One of the strongest points for the new Ertiga will be its styling. The new-gen Marutis are looking stylish and this will be one of the talking points for this MUV. It will look premium and will offer some exciting colors too.
Maruti Ertiga 2018 Competition
The Maruti Ertiga 2018 directly competes with Renault’s Lodgy. The Lodgy is a bigger car than the Ertiga. The Renault also offers a more powerful engine with a 6 speed gearbox. The Lodgy has a far bigger boot than the Ertiga and has a bigger fuel tank. There are more features on the Lodgy than the Ertiga. The new car has a lot to rectify and bring back into its favor. The car will win on pricing as the Lodgy is still very expensive. In fact, the Ertiga is still 2 lakh cheaper than the Lodgy.
Maruti Ertiga 2018
Maruti Ertiga 2018 will be made on a new platform and it will be coming to add more benefits. There shall be an increase in its space and even features. There will be an improvement in its quality as well.
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Renault Captur available with discounts upto ₹ 1.25 lakhs
The Renault Captur has not been selling as well as expected. There could be multiple reasons of that. One is the close pricing of it with the Duster. This had the buyers confused initially. Now the company has dropped the price of the Duster. However, the sales of Captur have not taken off. There are heavy discounts being offered on the Captur. These discounts are on vehicles manufactured in 2017, which have piled up at dealerships. In order to clear stocks for new arrivals, the company has offered discounts to the tune of Rs.1.25 lakhs.
This SUV is built on the B0 platform. It shares its underpinnings with the Duster. The Duster has also seen a major price drop recently. The Captur sold in Europe is built on a different platform. There is no similarity between the two. The B0 platform has been highly localised already, hence it brings a price benefit to the Captur. Renault India wants to get a stylish and modern SUV that will appeal to young and trendy car buyers. It reckons, this will be that SUV for them.
It is a highly localized product and comes with many new features. A 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines do duty on it. The diesel gets 108bhp of power and six-speed manual. There is no automatic or AMT on petrol or even diesel engine. No AWD also on offer.
Renault Captur is an exciting product to consider for the Indian car market. Renault is serious to take on the Hyundai Creta. Can it move ahead?
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Maruti Suzuki to showcase 8 new cars in 2018 Auto Expo
Maruti Suzuki will be one of the biggest show stoppers at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has plans to get many of their new cars showcased at the Expo. We aren’t certain on all of them, but yes there are many that can predict and most of which are in the pipeline at the moment. At the last Expo, the Vitara Brezza for Maruti, while for Nexa it was the Ignis and the Baleno RS. The car brand had mentioned launch of many new products by 2020 and we have shortlisted about 8 of them, which will make it to this show. This will be the third time when the show will be held in Greater Noida, after its shift from New Delhi, separating it from the components. What shall be the new Maruti Suzuki on offer? We tell you in more detail about it. Read further to know more. (more…)
Maruti cars at 2018 Auto Expo
Tata Q501 spotted with Alloy Wheels – Clear Images
Tata Q501 is being tested, but it is morphed up as the Land Rover Discovery Sport to hide the actual design of the SUV. JLR is an expect at this, as the company has been testing the Jaguar crossovers with the Land Rover skin. The same is being implemented with the new Tata Q501 SUV as well. This is the company’s all new sUV and shall be based on the Harrier platform. The new Q501 has been spotted by one of our readers. The images are clear and they suggest that the new SUV could be masked. The tyres on the SUV are Bridgestone Dueler and they appear to be 17-inch. This time the alloy wheels on the SUV are similar in design to the Tata Bolt, of course these are bigger ones. The engine is the 2.0-litre Multijet as even the exhaust is different. This is what makes it different from the Discovery Sport.
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Jaguar E-Pace is here
Jaguar E-Pace is an all new compact crossover, which its under the F-Pace. As it has the term E, this will be the crossover equivalent of the XE. It is a new 5-seater SUV that has just been revealed. This is the second production model of the PACE family and the third to be showcased (as I-Pace hasn’t got into production). This is an all new SUV that will be making its way into India very soon. At the moment, hasn’t been made available in Europe as well. The deliveries should start in a couple of months. (more…)
Upcoming Toyota Cars at the 2018 Auto Expo
The 2018 Auto Expo is the platform that most of the new cars are introduced on. There shall be multiple new cars and bikes that will be unveiled. For a brand like Toyota, which has been showcasing many of its new cars, we can expect more new car unveilings this year too. Last time we had seen the new Innova and even the Prius and this time around we shall be witnessing multiple new products this year. (more…)
Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 First Look
Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is an all new bike and is the company’s replacement for the AS 150. This bike has derived its design and chassis from the NS 200. NS stands for naked sports. This is an all new bike that has made its way into India. This bike has been in consideration for a long time. Recently, the company had introduced the updated NS 200, which got the BS-IV engine. The NS 160 is the company’s first 160cc bike for the India market and this goes up against many new 160cc bikes. (more…)
Will Husqvarna bikes be manufactured in India?
Today Bajaj Auto has just released an official statement that it shall is yet to take the decision on Husqvarna brand. At the moment, Bajaj has the commercial vehicles and KTM – Europe’s biggest motorcycle producer based in Austria. They are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their partnership this year. The product lines DUKE 125 – 390 and RC 125 – 390 are produced in Bajaj´s production facility in Chakan/India and are distributed by the two partners globally. This has helped to increase the bike’s production and also to reach out to multiple new markets as well. KTM is now focusing a lot more on smaller bikes as they are generating higher volumes and helping them to boost profitability and more importantly sustainability. (more…)
Maruti Suzuki Alto is still highest selling car in India
Maruti Suzuki Alto has retained its undisputed king of entry segment tag as Maruti Suzuki registered sales of over 1.07 lakh units of the Alto in the first five months of calendar year 2017. The increasing sales of Alto showcase strong trust the first time car buyers possess in the brand Alto. (more…)
2017 Skoda Octavia Review
Some cars are born special. These cars create their own identity and are revered for their traits. The Skoda Octavia is one such car. The Octavia has just got a facelift. It is based on the same platform and the basics like engine, transmission, exterior design and interior remain unchanged, however, they are upgraded. We review this new car and bring you all the details.
2017 Skoda Octavia
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Mercedes AMG launches G63 Edition 463 and GLS 63
Mercedes-Benz today further strengthened its performance SUV segment, with the launch of two powerful SUVs – Mercedes-AMG G 63 ‘Edition 463’ and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63. The launch of these SUVs now expands Mercedes-Benz’s dominant SUV portfolio to eight, the highest in the luxury segment and also consolidates its leading position in the luxury performance segment, spearheaded by the AMG sub-brand. (more…)
Royal Enfield Classic 500 ABS launched!
Royal Enfield came to India in 1955 and partnered with Madras Motors to form Royal Enfield India. The cult following has only grown over the year and now only sky seems to be the limit. In 2009 R.E decided to launch a retro looking motorcycle. The Classic 350 and Classic 500 was the answer to that. This was a bike I used to read and ogle about in college days hoping to buy it someday as I knew I could never afford a Harley Davidson. The 350 a carburettor and the 500 being a fuel-injection. This is one design that gives a complete nostalgic feel with a pan head kind of design. Even so that it started to appeal more to the Bullet loving fans. The Royal Enfield Classic 500 2017 is here, read further to know more.
Royal Enfield Classic 500
With the age old design which is lovable but R.E still gives us an age old technology. And the need and cries for something new seem to only fall on deaf ears. With new colours R.E plan to give the waiting customers same old work in a new package and it still seems to work. The long waiting period is only proof.
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2017 KTM RC 390 priced at INR 2.47 lakhs (on-road)
The new 2017 KTM RC 390 has been launched at INR 2.47 Lakhs (on-road, New Delhi). The bike gets refreshed for the year 2017. The RC series have been quite successful with biking and racing enthusiasts. The 2017 KTM RC 390 is an upgrade and improvement over the earlier bike. What is new in the RC 390? We bring you all the details. (more…)
2017 KTM RC 390
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Peugeot to make cars in India, for India
Peugeot India will be coming soon. The French automaker shall be tying up with Hindustan Motors. We had spotted some of the Peugeot 208 in India a while ago. Peugeot India had a plan to make a comeback on its own as they were planning to invest about 600 million euros in Gujarat. The cash crunch back then meant that the company cancelled all its plans to make for the Indian car market. The French automaker has now finalised that it will be setting up its shop for the Indian car market. As per the company’s plan, they are looking growing by about 50% till 2021. (more…)
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Yamaha FZ25 vs KTM Duke 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 Comparison
The new Yamaha FZ25 has been launched and this new 250cc that will compete with the existing 200cc naked bikes, as it has been priced aggressively. Yamaha has been successful with its 150cc performance motorcycles and the Japanese bike maker is looking to take on the other bikes that have a 200cc as it has been priced competitively. How does Yamaha FZ25 vs KTM Duke 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 comparison fare? Which one should you buy? We share all the details with you. (more…)