Tata Motors launched Hexa to rival Mahindra XUV 500 and Toyota Innova Crysta

Tata Motors launched Hexa to rival Mahindra XUV 500 and Toyota Innova Crysta

The Tata Hexa MPV-SUV crossover has been launched in the country at the opening cost of Rs. 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The company has already started bookings for the Hexa and it is available in six different versions, Hexa XE, Hexa XM, Hexa XMA, Hexa XT, Hexa XTA and Hexa XT 4×4.

Tata Hexa will face the competition from the strong players, Toyota Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV 500. Here is the comparison of the three models in terms of dimensions, powertrain, features, safety and pricing.

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Dimensions:

Tata Hexa is longer and wider than both models and also offering with the strong wheelbase. But, its height is lower compared to the XUV 500 and Innova Crysta.

Dimensions Length Weight Height Wheelbase
Tata Hexa 4,788 mm 1,903 mm 1,791 mm 2850 mm
Toyota Innova Crysta 4,735 mm 1,830 mm 1,795 mm 2,750 mm
Mahindra XUV500 4,585 mm 1,890 mm 1,785 mm 2,700 mm

Powertrain:

Tata Hexa is offered with the two different engines, 2.2-litre turbocharged VARICOR 320 diesel that delivers 148hp power at 4,000rpm and 320Nm torque and the 2.2-litre turbocharged VARICOR 400 diesel engine develops 154hp power at 4,000rpm and 400Nm torque. The small engine mated with the 5-speed manual version, whereas the other one mated with the 6-speed manual transmission. Moreover, the 6 MT variants also offered with an all-wheel drive system.

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The Mahindra XUV 500 powered by the 2.2-litre diesel engine rated at 140hp of power at 3560rpm and 330Nm torque at 1600-2800rpm. Higher variants offered with the AWD and good off-road capabilities.

The Toyota Innova Crysta offered by the three types of engines. The 2.7-litre petrol engine has a capability of 164hp of power at 5,200rpm and 245Nm torque at 4,000rpm and offered with the 5-speed MT and 6-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.4-litre diesel engine churns out 148hp power and 343Nm torque and the third highly efficient develops 172hp power and 360Nm torque.

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Safety:

The Tata Hexa offers with the maximum number of airbags, including co-driver, curtain and side airbags, in higher variants with driving aids like Electronic Stability Program, automatic headlamps, HDC – Hill Descent Control, HHC – Hill Hold Control, standard ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), as well.  The Innova Crysta gets seven airbags and ABS but it wasn’t featured ESP, EBD and adjustable driver seat. The XUV 500 gets ESP with rollover mitigation and the standard features.

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Pricing:

The Innova is costlier than the XUV 500 and new Tata Hexa and offered with a price tag of Rs. 13.9lakhs to Rs. 21.19lakhs. The Mahindra XUV 500 carries a price tag of Rs. 12.46 for the basic variant and Rs. 18.54 lakh for the top version. The Tata Hexa is priced between Rs. 11.99lakh to Rs. 17.49lakh.

Maruti Suzuki Launched Ignis at Rs. 4.59lakhs

Maruti Suzuki Launched Ignis at Rs. 4.59lakhs

The Indian largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has launched its new urban sub-4metre car, Maruti Ignis in India at the price tag of Rs. 4.59lakhs in ex-showroom, New Delhi. The Ignis has been introduced with a caption of “none of a kind” and offered with the original face. It is available in petrol manual, diesel manual, petrol automatic and diesel automatic trims.

Related: Maruti NEXA accepted bookings for Ignis with a deposit of Rs. 11,000

The Ignis concept was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and spotted for few times in the Indian market. The 5-seater Ignis is the first car from Maruti Suzuki in this year and available with the new design philosophy includes funky tall-boy design, LED headlamps, Apple car play with tablet touchscreen display, as well.

The interior of the Ignis is offered in black and beige colored equipment includes height adjustable driver seat, all power windows, power mirrors, as well. The inspiring technology received by Maruti Ignis with the many advanced features like reverse parking sensor with a camera, push start button, multi-information TFT screen and automatic air conditioner.

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The Maruti Ignis petrol is offered by the 1.2L VVT engine that delivers the maximum power of 61kW at 6000rpm and the torque of 113Nm at 4200rpm. The lightweight petrol engine offers the superior performance, lower emissions, reduced engine friction and better combustion. On the other hand, the Ignis diesel powered by the 1.3-litre diesel that produces 75PS of power at 4,000rpm and 190Nm of maximum torque at 2,000rpm.

Both engines in Ignis are offered with the 4-cylinder capacity and mated with the 5-speed MT (manual transmission) and 5-spped AMT.  The Ignis petrol fuel efficiency is rated at 20.89kmpl, whereas the Ignis diesel returns 26.80kmpl.

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Maruti Ignis Versions & Price:  (Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Ignis Sigma Petrol (MT) – Rs. 4.59 lakh

Ignis Delta Petrol (MT) – Rs. 5.19 lakh

Ignis Delta Petrol (AMT) – Rs. 5.74 lakh

Ignis Zeta Petrol (MT) – Rs. 5.75 lakh

Ignis Zeta Petrol (AMT) – Rs. 6.30 lakh

Ignis Alpha Petrol (MT) – Rs. 6.69 lakh

Ignis Delta Diesel (MT) – Rs. 6.39 lakh

Ignis Delta Diesel (AMT) – Rs. 6.94 lakh

Ignis Zeta Diesel (MT) – Rs. 6.91 lakh

Ignis Zeta Diesel (AMT) – Rs. 7.46 lakh

Ignis Alpha Diesel (AMT) – Rs. 7.80 lakh

Volkswagen Polo and Ameo to get 16-inch alloy wheels

Volkswagen Polo and Ameo to get 16-inch alloy wheels

The Volkswagen Group cars, including Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Ameo, to get new design alloy wheels, according to the fresh reports. The two test models spied with the 16-inch PORTAGO alloy wheels available in the global-specific Volkswagen Polo whereas, the test model of Skoda Rapid to get twin-spoke alloy wheels.

Currently, the VW Polo offers with the steel wheels (14 and 15-inches) and 15-inch TOSA alloy wheels. Whatever the steel engines offered in the Volkswagen Polo are featured by the sub-4metre sedan, the Volkswagen Ameo. Additionally, the sedan car has featured the 15-inch alloy wheels.

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The new Skoda Rapid facelift is available with the three different types of wheels, including 15-inch Dentro steel, 15-inch Matone alloy wheels and 15-inch Bold alloy wheels. New wheel design will most probably offer in the high-end trim levels of the cars.

Moreover, the next generation Volkswagen Vento to be received the VW Group’s new AQB A0 platform and launched in the duration of 2018-19. It will feature the three engine options, 1.5-litre TDI diesel, 1.2-litre TSI petrol and 1.4-litre MPI petrol.  The reports indicated that the next-generation T-Cross Breeze compact SUV to get the MQB A0 platform.

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The German based carmaker has already started working on the future generation model, VW Polo hatchback. The German carmaker has planned to introduce the small range of vehicles to increase the zero segment in the worldwide market.

Top 10 selling cars in December 2016

Top 10 selling cars in December 2016

The Indian passenger cars have seen negative sales in the last month of the previous year due to demonetisation – ban of Rs. 1000 ad Rs. 500 notes in India. The three automakers highlighted in the list, Maruti Suzuki India with six models, Hyundai Motor India with three models and Renault India with one model. The ban of notes has impacted the sales of two-wheelers, large SUVs and commercial vehicles in the country.

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In the list of top 10 selling cars, all models except Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, have registered negative sales. Maruti Suzuki Alto dominates the list with sales of 17,351 units in the last month. But, the Alto small car has seen negative sales in December 2016 compared to 22,589 units in December 2015.

Maruti Suzuki cars including Dzire, Swift and Wagon R have occupied second, third and fourth slots with sales of 14,643units, 14,538 units and 14,176 units respectively. The Hyundai Grand i10 is the fifth selling car in the last month and registered 10,519 units. Hyundai has sold 12,749 units of Grand i10 in December 2015 and delivered 1lakh units (1,07,811 units).

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Maruti Suzuki sold 9,486 units of Baleno hatchback, premium car sold via the NEXA network. It was registered 10,572 units in December 2015. The smallest car Renault Kwid occupied the seventh place in December 2016 with the sales of 8,797units.

The highest-selling hatchback, Hyundai Elite i20 holds 8,450units in the previous month and there was a difference between around 900 variants difference compared to the sales in the year-ago period. The next places (9th and 10th) occupied by the Maruti Celerio and Hyundai Eon with sales of 7,189 units and 6,790 units. After nine months, Hyundai Eon enters in the list of top 10 selling cars.

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Models Units Sold in December 2016 Units Sold in December 2015
Maruti Suzuki Alto 17351 22589
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire 14643 13176
Maruti Suzuki Swift 14538 14548
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 14176 14645
Hyundai Grand i10 10519 12749
Maruti Suzuki Baleno 9486 10572
Renault Kwid 8797 6888
Hyundai Elite i20 8450 10379
Maruti Suzuki Celerio 7189 8019
Hyundai Eon 6790 6563
2017 Suzuki Wagon R Images Leaked in Japan

2017 Suzuki Wagon R Images Leaked in Japan

As per the reports, the next-generation models, 2017 Suzuki Wagon R and 2017 Stingray are rendering in the Japanese market. Both models reported to introduce in the next month in Japan. Expecting that some of the changes made in the 2017 Suzuki Wagon R will be applied to 2017 Maruti Wagon R. whereas, the design inspiration will borrow from 2017 Suzuki Wagon R.

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According to the renders, the Wagon R Stingray model will not come to India. For the Japanese market, both models to get the boxy tallboy styling, revolutionary design elements and contemporary look. Moreover, the 2017 Wagon R models to get the grille with chrome bar and headlamps, thick B-pillar, new bumper with large intakes and the horizontal taillamps.

The 2017 Wagon R Stingray to get the swept-back projector headlamps, side skirts, large angular grille, large intakes in the bumper with fog lamps and black colored tail lamps.

Coming to the mechanical specifications, both models will be offered by the 660cc R06A engine that is available in natural aspirated and turbocharged guises. It will be offered with the 5-speed manual gearbox or CVT and equipped with the S-Energy Charge packed with ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) and lithium-ion battery pack.

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In India, the India carmaker will reportedly manufacture the 2017 Maruti Wagon R at the company’s Gujarat’s plant. The upcoming Maruti Wagon R to be offered in seven-seat variant and additional features. Additional details of 7-seater Wagon R will be updated soon.

Maruti NEXA accepted bookings for Ignis with a deposit of Rs. 11,000

Maruti NEXA accepted bookings for Ignis with a deposit of Rs. 11,000

The premium Maruti NEXA dealerships are now accepting pre-bookings for the Ignis small crossover in the Indian market with a minimum deposit of Rs. 11,000. The bookings of the Maruti Ignis to be made online using the Nexa website ahead of its market launch scheduled on January 13, 2017.  Based on the reports, some of the Nexa dealers have expected to quote the waiting period of three to six weeks for the sub-4metre Ignis. Some of the Ignis variants will most probably receive waiting period in the country.

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Ignis Engines and Transmissions:

The new small Maruti car is likely to be the best-selling car in this year and help the company to popularise the NEXA network. The Ignis is offered in petrol and diesel variants, the petrol versions to be powered by the four-cylinder, 1.2L K12B petrol engine rated at 61kW or 83PS of maximum power and the torque of 113Nm.

The Ignis diesel car will be available with the four-cylinder, 1.3L DDiS 190L diesel engine that has an ability to develop the outstanding output of 75PS (55.2kW) of power and 180Nm torque. Coming to the transmission, the 5-speed manual is offered as standard gearbox, while the 5-speed AMT is offered as an option. The Ignis diesel will return a mileage of 26.80kmpl with the weight about 840 kilograms to 980 kilograms.

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Ignis Variants and Features:

The Ignis to be offered in four trim levels like the Baleno hatchback, Ignis Sigma, Ignis Delta, Ignis Zeta and Ignis Alpha. The Maruti Ignis Sigma will be available in petrol manual version with the features of an air conditioner and heater, dual airbags, front power windows, tilt adjust steering, 15-inch steel wheels, ABS with EBD, as well.

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The Delta and Zeta versions will come with both manual and AMT gearboxes and feature 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, electric folding mirrors, as well. The Ignis Alpha variants to be available in manual versions and offered with the advanced features LED projector headlamps with DRLs, SmartPlay infotainment system, reverse camera, auto climate control,  reverse camera, as well.

Suzuki Swift Accessories Brochures Revealed in Japan

Suzuki Swift Accessories Brochures Revealed in Japan

The Japanese carmaker, Suzuki has introduced 2017 Swift in Japan and now, the accessories list revealed before its market launch scheduled on 4th January 2017. The 2017 Swift will be offered in two accessory packages, including Elegant Style and Sport Style in Japan.

The Swift elegant style pack is the affordable option compared to Sport Style and available at JPY 1,34,946. The Elegant Style pack offers with the front bumper with chrome applique, fog lamps with Chrome surroundings, stylish fuel cap and chrome tailgate.

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Another Sporty Style pack costs JPY 2,86,578 and offers with the additional features like black door mirror caps, front lip spoiler, radiator grille with body colored strip, rear spoiler and door handle cover. The two packages will be sold by Suzuki individually in the Japanese market as both are individually priced.

The global-specific Suzuki Swift measures 3,840mm length, 1695mm width, 1525mm or 1500mm height and wheelbase of 2450mm. The 2017 Suzuki Swift to be available in three petrol engine options, the two engines are the four-cylinder K12C 1.2-litre Dualjet engine with or without SHVS. It comes with the three transmission options, 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and CVT.

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The advanced features offered in the 2017 Swift are 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, C-pillar integrated door handles, six airbags, lane departure warning, flat-bottomed steering wheel, ABS and ESP, Auto smartphone integration, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and navigation.

As per the reports, the global-specific Swift will be previewed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. In India, it will launch in this year only along with its sister car, 2017 Swift Dzire.