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Renault HBC is the new compact SUV that the company is working on against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Renault has been working on several new SUVs for the Indian car market, however one of them will have high levels of localisation. This will be the Renault Kwid-based SUV, HBC.

Renault HBC Platform

This new SUV is based on the CMF-A+ platform. This is the modified version of the CMF-A platform that is used by Renault to build the Kwid. This is the modified version of the CMF-A platform. This has been tweaked to build bigger cars. The CMF-A has been built for small cars only. With this tweak, a sub four-metre SUV can be built on this platform. The Renault HBC will have styling similar to the Captur. This will be the company’s new compact SUV that will be modern, stylish and likeable. The French automaker has already localised this platform, hence manufacturing vehicles on it will be a lot more affordable. The Kwid has 98 percent localisation and this makes it a strong product. Renault will add a lot more products on this platform.

This is the same strategy Renault has used for the Kwid. It is modern, stylish and appealing. It isn’t outdated technology that has been made affordable. Renault has understood how that the Indian car buyers today need a vehicle that is stylish, modern, technology filled and at the same time, light on your pocket. The Renault HBC will be a five-seater SUV that will have spacious interiors and a large size boot. The HBC will have a lot of stowage spaces and it will come with a lot of features too.

Renault HBC Features

The Renault HBC will get features like keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment system, maps, reverse parking camera, dual airbags, ABS, electrically adjustable mirror and then there will art leather seat covers too. The Renault HBC will have five seats and even a large boot. The HBC will even get daytime running LEDs as well.

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Renault HBC Engine

Renault is likely to get a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and for the diesel it could be the 1.5-litre diesel engine. These engines will be powering the HBC and it might be offered with a five-speed manual and AMT options too. The Renault brand is looking at giving a lot of variety to car buyers and the HBC will the its compact SUV. Renault doesn’t have a strong petrol engine at the moment in excess of 1.2-litre and we could expect the 1.2-litre turbo for India. This will help the company to reduce the excise duty and at the same time, use it for exports as well. The company will be need a powerful petrol engine to compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, which is one of the highest selling in the country.

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Renault HBC Mileage

Fuel Type Mileage
Petrol 18 km/l
Diesel 26 km/l

Renault HBC Price

The Renault HBC will be priced somewhere in the range of INR 7 lakhs to INR 11 lakhs (on-road). This will have a strong petrol and diesel engine to support it.

Renault HBC Competition

This compact SUV will be competing with the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra Nuvosport and the Mahindra TUV300 as well. Then there will even be the Hyundai Carlino that will be entering the Indian car market around the same time.

Renault HBC Launch Date

Expect the Renault HBC to be launched sometime by 2018. In 2017, the Renault MUV will be launched.

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The MG Hector is a hotly anticipated car from the manufacturer. In the recent I-Drive event, organized by MG, the company revealed the cars I-Smart infotainment system and showed us pictures of the car in its production form. There were no images of the interior of the car but there was the complete exterior of the car that was revealed. The car has been recently spotted in the flesh with no camo. This is the production form of the MG Hector.

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To learn more and see more pictures scroll down and check out the story below.

MG Hector Key Features

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. But after today it seems that the name is the only historical bit about this car. The Hector is going to come with a lot of features packed in its I-Smart system that will be made with the help of it’s partners as mentioned above. The cars biggest and most impressive feature is going to be the voice assist and the app-based integrations offered by the MG.net app. The voice assist wakes up as soon as one says – ‘Hello MG’ and the car can control and perform a host of features like – Air Conditioning, Music, sunroof open-close and a lot more. You can perform more tasks than a normal voice assist which only reads out messages or places calls. The Pulse-Hub concierge service helps in finding restaurants, placing orders and doing payment transactions too. The system also has an E-Call feature that helps in emergencies. The

Here are 8 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 available with a subscription service
  • It will be available with MG’s I-Smart system that has been developed with several new technologies
  • It will have remote start stop availble
  • The MG Hector will get a personalized experiance for buying and servicing of the car

Coming back to the I-Smart technology on the car, the MG Hector gets a large 10.4-inch touchscreen that acts as the center console of the car.  It will also get tech connectivity features like eSIM which is in collaboration with Airtel. The car gets OTA (Over The Air) technology and updates. The OS, experience, apps and interface of this system is developed by MG India in collaboration with companies like Airtel, Cisco, Adobe, AccuWeather Microsoft, SAP, Nuance, Ganna, Panasonic and TomTom

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

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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

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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.

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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

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 MG Hector Features

Another new development is that the car will have tech connectivity features like eSIM. The upcoming MG cars aim at offering a connected mobility experience that would be able to do almost everything that a smartphone can. The OS on this car will be designed to behave in complete pairing with the phone. So a feature like Mirror-Link too can be seen. The platform will not just be able to inform drivers about cars health but can also provide passenger health information. With an eSIM, the MG Hector will offer always-connected experience with navigation, apps, multimedia and transactions as well. This connected car is IPv6 ready and is OTA-enabled. This is similar to getting OTA updates on smartphones and MG could push out software features and inform drivers about the health of car parts, etc directly. OTA mobility is something seen on Tesla cars. And while having its own operating system, it will come with a separate app for Android and iOS.

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 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. The manual gearbox is expected to be a 6-speed unit while the automatic is most likely to be a dual-clutch set-up. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol in the MG Hector is going to produce 143bhp of power along with 250Nm of peak torque. Both engines will be sourced from Fiat. The Jeep Compass’ diesel motor will do duty on the MG SUV too. Recently a bunch of MG SUV’s have been spotted along with a Hyundai Tucson. This shows that the Chinese automaker is benchmarking 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.

Apart from this, the car will get 17-inch alloy wheels from the base variant.

 

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

MG Hector Subscription

British car manufacturer MG Motors is set to make its entry in India and has collaborated with Indian car-rental service, Myles cars. This collaboration will help customers hire MG Motors’ first entry in India and their latest SUV, the Hector.MG says that this partnership will allow the company to leverage the existing network of Myles across 21 cities, once the company launches its first model in Q2, 2019. This will be in addition to MG’s own network of 110 sales and service dealerships at the start of sales.

This collaboration is an effort by MG Motors to cater to the evolving requirements of the new age customers, as per Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India. The company also plans to extend the subscription model to its second launch, a full-fledged electric vehicle, by the end of this year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

-The interiors and upholstery are different from the Ssangyong Tivoli

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

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

The car is a great feature loaded package.

Mahindra XUV300 off-road

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

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

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

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Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater will not come to India

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

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Nissan Kicks 2019 launched at Rs 9.55 lakhs (ex-showroom)

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The Nissan Kicks 2019 has been finally launched. The car has already been reviewed by us. The Kicks will be available with four variants- XL, XV, XV Pre and the top-spec XV Pre (O) both in the petrol and diesel range. While the top-end XV Pre (O) is sure to get the most bells and whistles. The base XL trim in this new one is pretty well packed.  This new SUV will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. It will also sit above the Terrano in the Nissan line-up. 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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Tata Tiago EV (Electric) will have JLR components

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Tata has been on a roll this year. From the Nexon AMT, the limited edition Nexon, the 2018 Tigor, the JTP cousins and now the reveal for the Tata Harrier. In all this, we have forgotten that Tata also has the Tiago EV in the works. The car was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. It was one of the main attractions at the Tata pavilion. It was supposed to be launched in the upcoming few months of it’s unveil. The last update we had about the car was that it is going to be launched in 2019. The news remains.

While the electric car scenario in the world is changing very fast, Indian manufacturers are also looking at developing electric cars. Mahindra has been a pioneer with the e2O. Now, Tata Motors is also foraying into this segment. The Tiago EV will be the first electric car by Tata Motors to enter production. Could it be the first car to sell in good number at a national level? Read more to find out

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Hyundai Carlino: More spy shots reveal upcoming car

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Hyundai is working on an all new compact SUV. The concept of this was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. It is called the Hyundai Carlino. Hyundai would not want to miss this segment, as it is the fastest growing. The Creta was recently launched with a facelift. Hyundai would want to beat the Brezza. Hence, a smaller SUV will see the daylight .At the moment, the Carlino hasn’t got into the 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. 

Hyundai Carlino

Will the car be called the Carlino, we don’t know yet. The car is set to get market specific flourishes and touches to make it better suitable. With new spy shots of the car coming to light, the car looks like it’s is taking a lot styling ques and design style 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.

Hyundai has already started testing this new car in the country. New spy shots of the Carlino testing have surfaced. The car car was earlier spotted testing in the South Korea and North America recently. We don’t know if Hyundai plans to expot this car from India to other nations, but it could definitely be a part of the automakers plans. The car which is going to go up against the Brezza, EcoSport and the Nexon is shown testing here.

Hyundai Carlino Testing 2

The Carlino gets a boxy styling and looks rugged as well. The production model will be different but will look more refined. People prefer hard core SUV looks to crossovers. Buyers need a vehicle that makes them feel they drive something big and SUV-like. That is what the SUV has always been. The design will be like an SUV but underneath it will be a modern vehicle. Light in weight, good in performance and driving dynamics along with high ground clearance. Hyundai shall be offering a new petrol engine and the diesel will be boosted more power. New transmissions will also be offered. We reckon, Hyundai should show something at the Auto Expo, which will amazing if there is also something closer to the compact SUV vehicle. We cannot predict anything on that, but it is more of a wait and watch game. What will the Hyundai Carlino have on offer in more details, all ahead.

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Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT – Most affordable Automatic SUV

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

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

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

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

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

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Mahindra U321 MPV Rear Seats Spied – EXCLUSIVE

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

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

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

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TVS NTorq 125 gets new Blue and Grey colours

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There are two new colours that have been launched in the Ntorq 125 by TVS. These are Metallic Blue and Metallic Grey. These two colors are in addition to the existing Matte Yellow, Matte White, Matte Green and Matte Red. TVS EnTorq 125 is priced at Rs.58,700 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Targeted towards the youth, this new scooter come with class leading features. This scooter is based on the Graphite concept, showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The production version is out as the Ntorq 125.

The new EnTorq 125 is the company’s 125cc scooter. The scooter has caught on pretty well in the market and is being sold across the country. The design is all new, the features offered are additional and even enhancement in technology. If you recall the Entorq, it has been named on the same one. The Graphite was showcased with an AMT, but the EnTorq doesn’t get that.

In terms of styling it looks quite dazzling. The all new TVS EnTorq 125 gets a front end that has been derived from the Graphite. It has daytime running LED and 12-inch wheels too. It is easily one o f the most stylish scooters around. The tyres are thicker. The rear is stylish and it gets T shaped LEDs on the tail lamp. There are many bits that have been focused on with detail. The TVS EnTorq 125 gets a 125cc engine that churns about 9bhp of power and comes with CVTi-REVV transmission. This engine churns about 9 bhp of power and it has a top speed of 95km/hr.

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Toyota CHR India will be the most feature loaded car by Toyota in 2019

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Toyota will get the CHR SUV in India. This SUV has been spied testing in India by us. We have been certain of Toyota getting a Creta rival soon to India. This will be the Toyota CHR India. Toyota is also getting a sub-four meter SUV in the form of the Toyota Vitara Brezza. Recently, Toyota has got into an alliance with Maruti Suzuki. The two companies will help each other using their strengths. The CHR is just going to help Toyota widen it’s SUV line up in India. Instead of Rush, Toyota could be getting the Ertiga from Maruti to full-fill the 7 seater gap. The Hyundai Creta will be a 7 seater that will be made to take on these too. Read more about the 7 Seater Creta by clicking – here

Toyota already dominates the premium SUV segment with the Fortuner and the MUV segment with the Innova Crysta. Now it will look to exceed itself and make its presence in the smaller SUV segment as well. The Japanese automaker has been working on an all-new SUV for India. The Toyota CH-R is that stylish looking SUV. It is the car that will rival the Creta. The CHR has become very popular in international markets as well. The spy pics do suggest that the launch of this SUV will take place, sometime next year. The company sells the CHR in the UK, Australia and even Europe. A new platform will underpin this SUV and it will also be localized. This new platform will spawn other new vehicles as well. The Toyota CHR India will also get a hybrid version, that will introduce newer technologies in the market. The main rivals for this new SUV will be Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. Currently, the Creta is ruling this segment. This will not be a sub-four-meter SUV, and the length will be about 4.2 meters. Design of the CHR is its strongest point and it is quite radical. Read further to know more about the Toyota CHR.

 

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Hero Xtreme 200S launch on 30th January 2018

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Hero has been working on getting new models in India, in quick succession.This will include various capacities and different segments. The new R&D centre is expected to increase Hero’s edge and help it garner a higher market share in the times to come. Performance bikes is also an area which hero wants to explore. The Hero Xtreme 200S was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The bike is now ready to be launched on 30th January. The Hero Xtreme 200S will be targeted at enthusiasts and those who want extra performance. This will be a new chapter for the Indian manufacturer.

Hero MotoCorp aims to get into performance biking. It will look at attracting the younger audience with the Hero Xtreme 200S. With the largest network, it will help hero to reach out to a wider audience, across geographies. Existing Hero customers will also be tapped. Hero has a large number of loyalists and it is the largest two-wheeler manufacturer as well. This will be a great opportunity to reach out to the existing customers for upgrades and additionally build up volumes. The Hero Karzima when initially launched was a big hit and people picked this up as it competed directly with the newly launched Bajaj Pulsar, back in the days.

The Xtreme 200S will be powered by a 199cc single-cylinder engine that will bring out around 18.5bhp of power and 17.2Nm of maximum torque. This will come mated to a six-speed transmission. This will act as a good upgrade for existing Hero customers as well as new ones

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Hero Xtreme 200S could revolutionize the 200cc segment, which needs a change at the moment. This will be an exciting product for the Indian car market.

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Volkswagen Virtus out of wraps, will replace Vento

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

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

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

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Volkswagen Virtus will be the new-gen Vento and should be launched soon. This will be getting more features, better agility and more power.

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New Ford Ecosport 2017 launched at ₹ 7.31 lakhs (ex-showroom)

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Ford Ecosport has been launched at ₹ 7.31 lakhs (ex-showroom). This is for the entry level variant. The top variant costs ₹ 10.99 lakhs (ex-showroom). The price is quite aggressive and lets see if it can disturb its competition. Read further to know more details of the price.

Ford has been a one car company. First the Ikon, then the Fiesta, followed by Figo and then the Ecosport. But, this time around, the Figo and the Aspire too have been contributing to the sales of the brand. The Ecosport is the spear head product for the company. This has been leading the sales number and is the most preferred vehicle too. The Ford Ecosport 2017 is here, it gets more features, a new petrol engine and transmission and also redesigned exterior and interiors.

The 1.5-litre Dragon engine is a three-cylinder engine that churns about 121bhp of power, 150Nm of torque and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. This isn’t the DCT, but a regular automatic. The diesel engine is unchanged and there will be five variants on offer. There are multiple changes outside and inside the vehicle. In terms of features too, there are more bells and whistles now on offer, some of them are segment first as well. What has changed the compact SUV? Read further to know more.

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New Ford Ecosport 2017 looks promising with more features and does look more modern. There is also a new engine on offer as well.

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New Maruti Swift 2017, should you wait for it? ALL DETAILS!

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Some cars just need an update to improve their sales. The brand name is strong, buyers await a new-gen and needs to be done is launch it. There is the Honda City, Maruti Wagon R and even the Maruti Swift. These vehicles enjoy this privilege. The new Maruti Swift 2017 is in the making. The company is looking at enhancing its products and one of them is this hatchback. Launched back in 2005, this was a runaway success. Then came the diesel engine in 2007. This revolutionised the market. It was quiet, fast and fuel-efficient. Buyers looking at getting something fun and not too expensive picked up the new Swift. Back in the day, it was made available with only L, V and V ABS for the diesel engine.

The next-generation came in 2011. This got all the diesel variants like petrol. It became bigger, offered more features and did look stylish too. A good replacement. The current Swift misses out on automatic, has a small boot and rear space is somewhat tight. Today most of the cars in this segment offer touchscreen, projector headlamps, Reverse camera and other bits that go missing on the current Swift.

The 2017 Maruti Swift will get all these additions to make it an even better package. The new Heartect platform is about 100 to 120 kilograms lighter, wider and has a longer wheelbase too. The engines will be the same 1.2-litre petrol K-Series and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. There will be automatic (AMT) offered on petrol and even diesel engines. More features on offer on the outside and even inside.

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New Maruti Swift 2017 is an all new car, based on a new light platform and this will be better in performance and mileage. More features will also be on offer as well.

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