India-bound Maruti S-Cross facelift to launch in H2 of 2017

India-bound Maruti S-Cross facelift to launch in H2 of 2017

The Japanese carmaker, Suzuki has already unveiled the updated S-Cross earlier this year and it was also previewed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The Indian carmaker plans to launch the S-Cross facelift in the country by the end of 2017. Currently, Maruti Suzuki’s premium network of Nexa sells the S-Cross crossover in India with the best-in-class premium services.

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As per the earlier reports, the front end of the crossover features the redesigned bumper, all-new upright grille with the vertical slats, new projector headlamps and the larger radiator grille. The interior of the car gets the number of changes, including the new interior color combinations, redesigned instrument cluster with the new MID, new seat upholstery with the different colored stitching and the new dashboard.

In the global market, the S-Cross is offered with the 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engine options along with the high-efficient 1.4-litre BoosterJet petrol engine. The mechanical specifications of the S-Cross facelift are not shared by the company, but it will be sold with the same 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines available in the existing S-Cross.

Related: Maruti Suzuki introduces Baleno SHVS mild hybrid by next year

Along with this, Maruti Suzuki is also planning to launch the Baleno RS, Maruti Ignis, Baleno SHVS and Vitara Brezza petrol in the country. Moreover, the passenger car manufacturer is working on the all-new Swift Dzire and next-generation Swift for the future customers.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis (Upcoming Micro SUV) Spied Again

Maruti Suzuki Ignis (Upcoming Micro SUV) Spied Again

The production version of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been spied again with the black colored body cover on the Indian roads. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki micro SUV has been showcased first at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. The model was previously unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show as a Suzuki Ignis, which was launched in the Japanese market. Very recently, the Suzuki Ignis has also made its introduction at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is derived from the company’s i-M4 concept and featured the various kinds of engines differ from the Suzuki Ignis mechanical specifications. The Indian carmaker has planned to launch the Ignis in India as soon as possible, but its launch to be postponed as the Vitara Brezza and Baleno model have currently more demand in the country.

The R&D team already started the testing of Ignis, which is the entry-level sub-4metre crossover from Maruti Suzuki. As per the news, it will be retailed through the premium NEXA network that offers the first rate experience to the customers via the existing products Baleno and S-Cross.

Related: Maruti Suzuki introduces Baleno SHVS mild hybrid by next year

The Maruti Ignis will get the 1.2-litre K-series petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines rated at 83bhp and 75PS outputs respectively. The SHVS mild hybrid system will be featured in the Ignis to return the best fuel economy.

The Ignis crossover will be priced in the range of Rs. 5.6lakhs to Rs. 7.2lakhs and targeted the Renault Kwid, Mahindra KUV 100, as well models in terms of size, appearance and features.

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Affordable cars in India to witness for high sales during festival season

Affordable cars in India to witness for high sales during festival season

Most of the families and individuals decide to buy new cars at the time of Diwali with the sign of colorful future. In fact, the passenger car industry is always witnessed the positive sales growth in the time of the festival season. Especially, the best and affordable cars to get the highest number sales in the country as the Indian customers mostly prefer the cars priced between Rs. 4lakh to Rs. 8alkh. Of course, the luxury cars also get the positive sales in the duration of festival months.

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The Indian cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Delhi reported the maximum number of sales compared to the localities. The new reports suggested that this festival of lights will also increase sales of small cars, luxury cars and the best cars. The automotive bloggers reported that luxury cars sales in Hyderabad reported a 30 percent rise in the festival season. Here is the list of affordable cars in India and select the best one to drive a new car with your family.

Affordable New Cars:

Maruti Suzuki Baleno:

Launched one year back, even though the Baleno is the best-selling hatchback in the Indian automotive market and received the waiting period due to the demand. The Baleno is offered at the starting ex-showroom price of Rs. 5.15lakhs in New Delhi and available in multiple variants. The basic version, Baleno 1.2 Sigma petrol car returns 21.4kmpl by generating the power of 84PS at the 6000rpm speed. Baleno Automatic with CVT has priced Rs. 6.87lakh and rated at 21.04kmpl of fuel economy.

Related: Mahindra 4-door e2o (e2o Plus) launched in India at Rs. 5.46lakhs

Maruti Vitara Brezza:

The Vitara Brezza is the new diesel car in the sub-4metre SUV segment and positioned in the list of rich portfolio cars available in the market with its best appearance of the exterior and interior. It is recognised as the best compact SUV car in terms of appearance, performance and specifications. The Vitara Brezza petrol cars will launch soon, while the diesel versions priced Rs. 7.44lakhs on the basic LDI version.

Mahindra KUV 100:

The great festival benefits up to Rs. 53,000 offered by Mahindra on its KUV 100 small SUV and the benefits vary based on the state and variant. The small SUV is comfortable for small families with the excellent safety features, spacious interiors and SUV styling. The KUV 100 petrol car has the price tag of Rs. 4.42lakhs.

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Volkswagen Ameo, Hyundai Creta, Honda BR-V, Renault Kwid, Mahindra e2oPlus electric car, as well are the new affordable cars in the Indian car market.

Volkswagen Polo GTI to launch in India by mid-November

Volkswagen Polo GTI to launch in India by mid-November

CarAndBike Team has reported that the launch details of the upcoming Volkswagen Polo GTI are confirmed and the performance hatchback will be scheduled to launch in the country by mid-November. The Polo GTI is the most-awaited performance hatchback for the Indian potential customers and planned to hit the showrooms as soon as possible.

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The Volkswagen Polo GTI has been previewed in the country for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo and also spotted for the overall testing in the numerous locations. Presently, the Indian market has most popular hot hatches, but the Polo GTI is the compact size hatchback with the high-performance engine.

According to reports, the India-specific Volkswagen Polo GTI will be offered in 3-door body type in the country. Based on the response from the customers, the carmaker will make the 5-door versions, which will reach the Volkswagen showrooms in the next year. The powerful hatchback will be powered by the 1.8-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine that is rated at 190bhp of power and 250Nm torque. The front-wheel drive system and the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox helped to send the power to the front wheels.

Related: Volkswagen India Sales Up 22% in September 2016

Coming to the performance of Volkswagen Polo GTI, the hatchback will hit the acceleration speed of 0 to 100kmph in about 6.7seconds and thereby reaching the top speed of 235kmph. In terms of appearance, the Polo GTI will receive the most of the design cues from the existing Polo GT and the sharp styling with the sportier bumpers, larger intakes and bolder honeycomb grille.

Some of the design elements to be featured by the Volkswagen Polo GT are17-ich alloy wheels, red GTI insignia, GTI-specific rear spoiler and red brake calipers. The three-door side profile has an elegant look and stylish interior than the existed Polo GT.

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The Polo GT will be offered in the price range of Rs. 18Lakhs to Rs. 20Lakhs (ex-showroom of Delhi) and the upcoming hatchback will be around Rs. 5 to 7lakh expensive than its closest rival of Abarth Punto Evo.

Audi confirms e-tron name for next-gen all-electric SUV

Audi confirms e-tron name for next-gen all-electric SUV

The Volkswagen Group’s luxury car company, Audi has been chosen the e-tron name for the future electric car and the name will not be decided based on any specific model. Audi has confirmed this name to remind the original Quattro launched in 1980.  The luxury car maker has showcased the e-tron Quattro concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show (2015).

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The electric SUV is one of the three models planned by the luxury carmaker to launch in the electric segment by 2020 and the remaining two are the large saloon and smaller hatchback.  The company will introduce the upcoming models with the usual names like A8 e-tron, A7 e-tron, A6, e-tron, etc. There is no link to the existing models and Audi is working on the up-market electric powered model to target the Tesla Model S. As per the company, the future electric car to be positioned in the top place with the new Driveline technology.

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Audi plans to introduce the compact electric cars within the range between 350km to 450km, the additional safety features, improved interior design, as well. The complete details to be revealed in the coming days, but the industry expected that the new electric car will get the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, showcased at the Paris Motor show.

With the new platform, drive technology and additional features, the upcoming electric SUV will challenge the existing luxury electric SUVs, Tesla Model X, etc.

Best and affordable cars in Diwali season

Best and affordable cars in Diwali season

Diwali is the sentiment for the Indian customers purchasing the vehicles as well as essential belongings as it is one of the India’s biggest festivals. In the country, the huge list of the cars available in different categories including luxury cars, sedans, compact SUVs, electric cars, as well. Moreover, the carmakers have introduced the special editions along with the new cars in the domestic markets. Here is the list of best and affordable cars offered in Diwali season to ease the customer’s choice.

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Mahindra e2oPlus:

The Mahindra e2oPlus is the all-new electric car introduced as the CitySmart car with the hatchback body type. Being an electric car, the e2oPlus gets the subsidy and tax incentives from the Government via the FAME scheme. Faster recharge battery, high-speed range and high performance are the main features of the e2oPlus. The new electric car is offered in four variants, but there is less percentage of differentiation among them.

Price: Rs. 5.46lakhs (Ex-Showroom – Base Variant)

Maruti Suzuki Baleno:

Introduced in the last year, the Baleno gets the highest sales in the country as of the Maruti’s hatchback design and technology. The premium hatchback is on sale not only in the country but also in the multiple export markets so that it is nominated for the World Car of the Year award (2017) along with the Ignis, which has yet to launch in the country.

Baleno diesel and petrol versions offered in different versions and powered by the regular Maruti Suzuki engines to target the existing premium hatchbacks with the best-in-class performance.

Price: Rs. 5.44lakhs (Ex-showroom Hyderabad)

Vitara Brezza:

Vitara Brezza is the entry-level compact SUV from Maruti Suzuki and targeted the existing best-selling models, Hyundai Creta and Mahindra TUV 300 with its iconic structure. Now, the diesel versions are available, but the petrol versions to hit the showrooms in anytime. At the Maruti Suzuki showrooms, it is available in four single-tone and four dual-tone colors (exterior).

Vitara Brezza Price: Rs. 7.44Lakhs

Volkswagen Ameo:

The Ameo is the specially designed sub-4metre sedan for the Indian customers and offered in manual and automatic versions. Special service packages available to the Ameo customers and the Ameo receives most of the features from the Polo hatchback.

Ameo Diesel Price: Rs. 6.53Lkahs

Ameo Petrol Price: Rs. 5.42 Lakhs

Ameo Automatic: Rs. 8.73 Lakhs

Along with these, the Mahindra TUV 300, Maruti S-Cross, Maruti Ertiga, as well are the best and affordable cars and beneficial for the mid-size families.

EPCA to ban sales of BS-III vehicles in India from April 2017

EPCA to ban sales of BS-III vehicles in India from April 2017

The EPCA – Environment Protection Control Authority has proposed that the sales of BS-III vehicles to be stopped in the country from April 2017. The Indian automotive industry is planning to introduce the new emission norms in the domestic market soon, now the organisation has made the amazing suggestion. The Indian government and Indian auto industry don’t want to take these kinds of steps, but that would create massive disorder. By the way, the Indian automakers to produce the vehicles that meet BS-IV emission norms, from April 2017. Besides, the Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission norm to be implemented in India-made vehicles from 2020 and this BS VI morn is similar to Euro 5 norms.

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In the country, air pollution has caused major concern for the courts and government. More than 2000cc diesel vehicles banned for around 8 months in Delhi-NCR and after that, it was withdrawn to implement the green cess. Moreover, the Delhi odd-even rules implemented in two phases to control the air pollution levels in the national capital regions. In Haryana and Kerala states, 10-year-old vehicles banned, whereas the 15 years old petrol vehicles are also banned in Haryana.

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Such kind of rules were disturbed the automakers so that the government plans for the permanent solutions to control the fuel powered vehicles. The Government of India is encouraging all automakers as well as customers to opt for the eco-friendly hybrid and electric cars. Additionally, the government is offering the subsidy amount on the hybrid and electric cars under the FAME scheme. Some of the Indian automakers have made their entries in the hybrid and electric vehicle segments. Mahindra made its entry with the e2o and e-Verito whereas Maruti Suzuki with the Ciaz Hybrid and Ertiga Hybrid. Volkswagen has confirmed that its electric cars to be introduced in the country by the end of this decade.