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 It isn’t outdated technology that has been made affordable.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.
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.
Renault HBC Mileage
Renault HBC Mileage
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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Nissan Kicks 2019 Interior, Exterior and other details revealed
The Nissan Kicks 2019 will be launched next year. The car was recently shown in it’s Indian spec. The car’s exterior was only unveiled. There has been no word or glimpse of the interior of this car till now. It has been a while since we have seen a new launch from Nissan. The Kicks will be Nissan’s most important launch coming right now. This new SUV will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. It will also sit above the Terrano in the Nissan line-up. We had recently gone to Dubai with Nissan to experience the current Kicks and it was a flavor for the type of car it will be. The car that will come to India will be a different car with a slightly different stance and a much bigger body. The India spec car is bigger and has the Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Tata Harrier and Kia SP in its cross-hair. We will get you the review of this car soon. For now, scroll below to check out new information, pictures of the cars interior and exterior.
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.
Mahindra XUV300: Front row interiors spied!
The XUV300 will be launched by Mahindra soon. We were the first to reveal, two years back that it will get a new power train that will suit Indian conditions. Mahindra has recently launched the Marazzo and the Alturas G4. They also had soft launches of the Scorpio S9 and the TUV300 Plus. Some of the new things we already know about the XUV300 are that steering wheel is the same as the KUV100, the center console gets a large touchscreen system, which is probably an 8-inch one. The knobs and buttons are placed below the screen. The interiors are different from the Ssangyong Tivoli. There is a compartment above the touchscreen, on the dashboard like the XUV500. It has a flip-opening lid as well. The ORVMs have turn indicators on them.
The company has been working on this SUV which will be introduced later this year, under the XUV brand. On December 1st we will be able to confirm if this car will be called the Mahindra XUV300. The codename for this SUV is S201. This upcoming SUV has been spotted several times during tests. There will some cosmetic changes as well to this new SUV, over the Ssangyong Tivoli. Though the base is the same, it will get some additional features that will make it attractive in the segment. Mahindra will take on the sub-four meter compact SUV segment with this new car. The latest with this car is that the spy shots of the front interior have been revealed. To see the interior of the XUV300, scroll below.
What all will this new SUV pack in? Scroll down to know more.
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The new five-seater SUV is likely to be named Mahindra XUV300. It will be a competitive product which will debut in 2018. This will come as another option for buyers in the busy SUV market.
Tata Tiago EV (Electric) – Will it be the first EV to sell well?
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. The last update we had about the car was that it is going to be launched in 2019. The news remains. Now we
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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Tata Tiago Electric as the name suggests as the electric version of the Tiago.
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Hyundai Carlino: More spy shots reveal upcoming car
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.
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.
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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Toyota CHR India will be launched in late-2019
Toyota will be 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. Earlier buzz was that the Toyota Rush will be the one to compete against Creta, however, the Rush will not be launched in India. The CHR is the one to make it here. Toyota is also getting a sub-four meter SUV in the for 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.
The mid-size SUV segment in India is growing at phenomenal space. 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 auto maker 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 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-metre 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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Toyota CHR India will be an exciting vehicle. It is one of the coolest looking crossovers in the market at the moment.
Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater: Launch cancelled for India
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, the Maruti
Targeting first time car buyers, Maruti Wagon R will be launched only in South Asian countires. This 7 seater will not come to India.The reasoning offered by Maruti is that the car will be a unnecessary product and it will be just add 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. (more…)
Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater
Maruti Wagon R 7 Seater will be coming to India soon. This will be a good idea to get an affordable 7 Seater Wagon R.
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Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT – Most affordable Automatic SUV
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)
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.
Hyundai Elite i20 2018
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The new Hyundai Elite i20 2018 facelift needs to meet the standard the hatchback has already set in the market. It is a difficult task, but if it is achieved then the brand will achieve success with it.
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Mahindra U321 MPV Rear Seats Spied – EXCLUSIVE
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.
The Mahindra U321 is an exciting package and good option to consider for those looking at a spacious and a more affordable option than the Innova Crysta.
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TVS NTorq 125 gets new Blue and Grey colours
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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TVS EnTorq 125 will revolutionise the scooter market. At the moment, most of the scooters are basic and have a simple design, the EnTorq 125 will be that fresh wind that will change the scooter segment completely.
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Hero Xtreme 200S launch on 30th January 2018
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
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)
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!
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.
New Maruti Swift 2017
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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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Hyundai offering additional features on Creta
As the Renault Captur launch is closing in, Hyundai has quietly made a few changes to the Creta. The new French SUV will be up against the Creta. It is stylish, looks premium and is built on the same Duster platform. There will not be diesel automatic in the start though. First is the addition of an all new colour, Earth Brown. This is made available with single and dual tone options. The Red Passion colour does offer the dual-tone roof option. The Pearl Beige colour has been discontinued. There will be a change in the colours on offer. This is a new change on the Hyundai Creta 2017.
Moving on to the interiors, the SX+ dual tone variant comes with Luxure Brown interiors. This means addition of black and brown fabric seats with contrast stitching. The steering wheel and even the gear knob get brown stitches on it.
Hyundai Creta 2017
Hyundai Creta 2017 gets some added features which makes it a better set of features and more options.