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Toyota Launches the new Fortuner and Legender

January 6, 2021 / 0 Comments / 33 / Car News

Toyota launches the new Fortuner and legender. New Fortuner lineup now includes more powerful diesel Automatic Transmission variants and an exclusive and stylish new Legender

  • Fortuner continues to be SUV segment leader since its launch in 2009 over 1,70,000 units sold till date.
  • In the quest to build “Ever-Better Cars”, Toyota has launched the new Fortuner and the Legender.
  • New Fortuner features a Tougher & More premium Design language, in line with customer needs.
  • While the new Fortuner exudes best in class torque and a powerful performance, the Legender is a mighty combination of power, sophistication, and unmatched style.
  • The new Fortuner is available in 8 L Diesel Engine with 6-Speed Automatic and 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Intelligent Manual Transmission options and 2.7 L Petrol Engine in 6-Speed Automatic and 5-Speed Manual Transmission.
  • New Fortuner Automatic Transmission provides a whopping 500 Nm of Torque and powerful performance with 204 PS while Manual Transmission variants will also see a power up with 204 PS of Power and 420 Nm Torque.
  • The new Fortuner adds new features like 11 speaker JBL Audio, Superior Suction based Seat ventilation system (Front Row) & a new Infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple Carplay connectivity.
  • The 4X4 (AT and MT) variants further enhance their off-road credentials with a Lockable Differential as an additional feature to ensure firm footing when navigating in extreme terrains.
  • New Fortuner available in new color – Sparkling Black Crystal Shine.
  • In line with the trend of connected cars, all new Fortuner & Legender comes with connected features like Geo-fencing, Real-time tracking, Last Parked Location etc.
  • The Legender comes with “Sleek & Cool” design language loaded with many high-end features also launched to meet the growing demand for exclusive and convenience features.
  • The Legender comes with best-in-class Torque of 500 Nm and 204 PS of Power and brings new convenience features like Kick Sensor for Back door & Wireless Charging.
  • The Legender is available in Pearl white with Black roof (Dual Tone).
  • New Fortuner and the new Legender is available as per the price below Ex-showroom (Prices are the same across the country except for Kerala). Available in the following grades:

New Fortuner Ex-showroom (Same across the country except in Kerala)

 

 

2.7 Litre

 

 

 

2.8 Litre

 

2WD (Petrol)

Rs. 29,98,000
Manual Transmission
Rs. 31,57,000
Automatic Transmission
 

2WD (Diesel)

Rs. 32,48,000
Manual Transmission
Rs. 34,84,000
Automatic Transmission
 

4WD (Diesel)

Rs. 35,14,000
Manual Transmission
Rs. 37,43,000
Automatic Transmission

 

Legender Ex-showroom (Same across the country except in Kerala)

 

2.8 Litre

 

2WD (Diesel)

Rs 37,58,000

Automatic Transmission

New features of new Fortuner

  • Tough-looking New Front Grille
  • Sculpted side-pontoon shaped bumper
  • New Headlamp Design with a distinctive sharp LED line guide
  • Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Multi-Axis spoke Alloy wheels with Super Chrome metallic finishing
  • Superior Suction based Seat ventilation system (Front Row)
  • All-new Smart Playcast Touchscreen Audio with Android Auto/Apple Carplay
  • Combimeter Theme & Ornamentation update for more premium feel
  • Connected car Technology (Geo fencing, Real-time tracking, Last Parked Location, etc.)
  • Interior Color options change [Dark Brown  Black; Chamois to continue]
  • Front Clearance Sonar
  • Auto Limited Slip Differential
  • Lockable Differential – Only in Diesel 4×4 (AT and MT Variants)
  • Premium 11 JBL Speakers including Subwoofer (Only in Diesel 4×4 AT and MT Variants)
  • Variable Flow Control Power Steering [New Sport mode with changed steering dynamics]

New features of Legender 

  • Catamaran Style Front & Rear Bumpers
  • Sharp & Sleek Front Grille with Piano Black Accents
  • 18” Multi-layered Machine cut finished alloys
  • Split Quad-LED Headlamps with waterfall LED line guide signature
  • Sequential Turn Indicators
  • Dual Tone Black Roof
  • Dual Tone (Black + Maroon) interior theme
  • Contrast Stitching for Steering Wheel & Console Box
  • Interior Ambient Illumination (I/P, Front Door Trim, Front Foot-well areas)
  • Rear USB Port
  • Kick Sensor for Power Back Door
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger

Bangalore, January 6th, 2021: In line with Toyota’s philosophy of making “Ever- Better Cars”, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched the new Toyota Fortuner and exclusive new Legender. The Fortuner has been an aspirational SUV for more than a decade now and continues to dominate the segment with over 53% segment share, even today.

The new Fortuner is available in 2.8 L Diesel Engine with 6-Speed Automatic and 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Intelligent Manual Transmission options and 2.7 L Petrol Engine in 6-Speed Automatic and 5-Speed Manual Transmission. The Fortuner Automatic Transmission variants provide best-in-class torque of 500 Nm and 204 PS of Power while Manual Transmission variants generate 204 PS of Power and 420 Nm Torque.

The new Fortuner boasts of new exterior features like a tougher-looking new Front Grille, Sculpted Side-pontoon Shaped Bumper thus amplifying commanding presence. New Headlamp Design with distinctive sharp LED line guide, Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) and Multi-Axis spoke Alloy wheels with Super Chrome metallic finishing giving a luxurious look.

For the interior, Superior Suction based Seat ventilation system (Front Row) and a larger Smart Playcast Touchscreen Audio with Android Auto/Apple Carplay and a JBL 11 speaker w/ subwoofer system [4X4 variants only] are some of the key changes.

For added driving comfort and convenience, the new Fortuner comes with Auto Limited Slip Differential (Auto-LSD) that enables maximum power without breaking traction, Variable Flow Control (VFC) Power Steering that allows customers to dynamically change steering dynamics with drive modes [Eco, Normal, Sport] and Front Clearance Sonar to safely navigate when parking in tight spaces.

The 4X4 (AT and MT) variants further enhance their off-road credentials with a Lockable Differential as an additional feature to ensure firm footing when navigating in extreme terrains.

The new toyota fortuner will be available in existing colours of Phantom Brown, Super White, Attitude Black, Avant-Garde Bronze, Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White Crystal Shine and a new color of Sparkling Black Crystal Shine.

On the occasion, TKM also unveiled the Toyota Fortuner. Its bold proportions demonstrate the clear differentiation that makes it cooler and futuristic. The Catamaran elements that wrap the corners creates a strong vertical prominence and ensure a wider presence. Further, an exclusive headlamp design has been crafted for the Legender – Split Quad LEDs with a waterfall LED line guide signature that will ensure the best of brightness. The sharp nose creates a strong forward movement; to create a sense of exclusivity with a sleek and cool theme, the Legender comes with exterior features such as Catamaran Style Front & Rear Bumpers sharp, and sleek Front Grille with Piano Black Accents, Sequential Turn Indicators and 18-inch Multi-layered Machine-cut finished Alloy Wheels. In the Legender, the interior features include Dual Tone (Black + Maroon) interior theme, Contrast Stitching for Steering Wheel and Console Box, Interior Ambient Illumination (I/P, Front Door Trim, Front Foot-well areas) and Rear USB Ports. Apart from these, the Legender is loaded with high-end features like Kick Sensor for Power Back Door and Wireless Smartphone Charger. The Legender is available only in the exciting colour of Pearl White with the Black roof (Dual-tone).

Both the products are uniquely positioned to cater to the diverse needs of the dynamic market. While the new Fortuner is poised to “Lead with Power” the exclusive new Legender is “Powered in Style” thus reinforcing the brand’s towering presence.

Don’t miss our 4×4 offroading drive of Fortuner in Bangalore.

Mercedes-Benz Maestro Edition

January 5, 2021 / 0 Comments / 31 / Car News, Uncategorized

Mercedes-Benz India strengthens its connected car ecosystem; kick-starts 2021 by launching the S Class ‘Maestro Edition’ featuring the latest ‘Mercedes me connect’ technology Mercedes me connect (Mmc) now comes equipped with 3 new features deployed OTA to all India customers with connected cars: Alexa Integration, Google Home Integration and Parking Solution POIs in Navigation

S-Class Maestro:
The S-Class ‘Maestro Edition integrates additional features and the latest
connected car technology
The S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ is enriched with new features like Magic Sky Control
with panoramic sunroof, Front seats with memory package
The S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ interiors boast of new High gloss Brown Eucalyptus
Wood Trim
Introducing an exciting new paint option: Anthracite Blue
2021 Mercedes me connect technology:
Mercedes me connect ups the ante with the roll-out of several exclusive features
by integrating with Alexa Home and Google Home
Mercedes-Benz India is the first luxury auto brand in India to introduce connected
services in the segment capable of OTA updates in 2019
First in the segment to connect older cars from 2007 onwards via Mercedes me
adapter
More than 5000+ customers currently use Mercedes me connect across India
The price of the S-Class Maestro is Rs. 1.51 Crores (ex-showroom all India)

Pune: India’s largest luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz today launched the 2021
Mercedes me connect, the latest version of its Mercedes me connect (Mmc) technology,
integrated with home automation and voice assistance. The company introduced this
latest Mmc in an updated version of its flagship product, the S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’.
The S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ features a host of enrichments that reinforces its status as
the benchmark among all luxury saloons. The feature enhancements in the vehicle
primarily combine technology and luxury enrichments that promises further differentiate
the S-Class in its segment. The S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ is launched in the Indian market
by Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and is available
at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships across the country.

“Mercedes me connect has been a distinct differentiator in the luxury car segment since
its inception and we are excited with the overwhelming response for our connected car
technology. We believe, in an increasingly connected world, the car will become integral
to a customer’s life and we are glad to make steady progress towards that direction with
our Mmc strategy. At Mercedes-Benz India one of our key priorities is to introduce the
latest enhancements in our connected car technology, along with the introduction of latest
products. Today, we are glad to strengthen our competitive edge in the connected car
technology domain by launching 3 new exclusive features with the Mmc, which are
deployed OTA free of cost to all Mercedes me connect customers in India. With this we
ensure that our customers and their Mercedes-Benz vehicles are always updated.”
Martin Schwenk commented. “The S-Class is our flagship model and it remains the benchmark in its segment. With the introduction of the new ‘Maestro Edition’, we further enrich the S-Class with additional luxury features and the latest connected car technology. We are confident the ‘Maestro
Edition’ will continue the S-Class’ unmatched popularity among its discerning patrons,
reaffirming the flagship’s segment leadership position.” Mr. Schwenk elaborated.

S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ key tech and feature enhancements:
Mercedes me connect receives the latest update:

The S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ is connected to the world of Mercedes me connect
technology. With the “Mercedes me” app on the phone, the customers can track the
location of the vehicle, remotely lock or unlock, open windows sunroof, track their
vehicle’s location, set speed alerts for other users and enjoy a plethora of other connected
services. The integrated e-Call/SOS button ensures emergency services 24×7 across
India through our dedicated emergency call services. In addition, the in-car “Me” call
button ensures seamless connection to the customer assistance centre for feature
queries, breakdown and on-road assistance.
Imagine sitting at home and knowing your vehicle’s location without even touching your
smartphone. This is now possible with the 2021 Mercedes me connect on S-Class
‘Maestro Edition’ which offers 3 distinct new features:
1. Alexa home integration with Mercedes me connect
2. Google home Mercedes me connect
3. Parking Solution POIs in navigation system

Alexa Home Integration:
Any conversation with Alexa promises to be more fun as the systems connect with
customers Mercedes Benz via cloud and provide a real time updates. This feature can be
used from an Alexa Echo device setup at home, office or also from phone’s Alexa App.
Some examples that you can command, “Alexa, Ask Mercedes to set a reminder for
evening dinner” or “Alexa, Ask Mercedes to unlock to take a courier delivery” or “Alexa,
Ask Mercedes to turn on the climate control”

Google Home Integration:
As an alternative, Google Home integration is also offered for Google home users. In a
similar way, once the Mercedes me connect is linked to Google Home, users can start
issuing commands to the device and get real time updates about the vehicle, sitting at
home

Parking Locations (POIs) in vehicle or in Mercedes me App:
Mercedes-Benz India introduces a new Parking solution, which shows Parking lots
available across different parts of the cities. The Parking POIs (Points of interest) can be
easily spotted in the vehicle’s navigation system or even in the Mercedes me App maps
section.
Features of Parking solution –
Off-street structured parking locations are visible in Navigation system
POIs include public parking like malls, buildings, paid parking lots, etc.

Added value by providing information on bifurcation of covered parking and non-
covered parking (separate icons)

Customer can select a parking lot on the Mercedes me App and can push the
location to the vehicle with a single touch
The new connect features are already available with all new cars. For all existing
customers (already paired cars) the new features are auto-updated Over-The-Air (OTA)
in the last days. The customer only needs to activate the new services in the App to enjoy the benefits of voice assistant home integration. Mercedes me connect milestone in India:

October 2019: First luxury brand to launch connected services in the segment (Remote
Services, Vehicle Monitoring Services, Navigation services, Assistance and support services)
that are capable of OTA updates. Also First luxury brand to connect older cars from 2007 via
Mercedes me adapter
December 2019: Mmc with NTG6 MBUX and Hey Mercedes launched with the new GLC
SUV
June 2020: Introduction of Live Traffic Information feature (with select cars)
June 2020: MBUX head unit updated with Covid-19 testing centers in June with MapMyIndia
in collaboration with MBRDI (for all MBUX cars with Mmc functionality)

July 2020: Introduction of new App family with new User Interface and enhanced functionality.
Addition of features like Garage function, 3D map view, biometric access + Introduction of
Mercedes me Service App for Service appointment booking (for Mmc capable cars)
July-August 2020: Introduction of 3 new features on all Mmc cars: + Remote window /
sunroof open and close, + Geo-fencing, + remote vehicle finder

September 2020: With the launch of AMG GLE 53 Coupe, introduction of remote engine start
with select cars
October 2020: MBUX with 100+ electric charging stations POIs display on with EQC launch
(in collaboration with MBRDI)

Other additional product features:
Magic sky control with panoramic sunroof:
The ‘Maestro Edition’ offers 2-section glass module with switchable transparency. Front
and rear segments can be set to light or dark independently of each other through switch
available on the overhead panel. An excellent blend of technology and luxury, exclusive
for the S-Class connoisseurs. Front memory package:
With the front seats memory package, the driver and front passenger seats can be
electrically adjusted and stored in 3 positions, along with positions for steering column
and exterior mirrors. This also allows front passenger seat adjustment from the driver’s
side for additional convenience. New interior leather option: “Nut Brown” with Diamond white bright exterior paint After a high demand and success on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are happy to introduce an option of Nut brown leather interiors with diamond white bright exterior paint option.

High-gloss brown eucalyptus wood trim:
An all new trim in the S-Class Maestro Edition interior which blends in harmoniously while
also creating exciting contrasts with the interior options.
Other existing key highlights of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’:
MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with ULTRA RANGE high beam | Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers | Chauffeur package with memory-function | Electrically-
adjustable rear seats including memory function | Rear Seat Comfort package with reclining seats and massage function | Wireless charging system in the front and rear | Rear Seat Entertainment System | Sun Protection package | Smartphone integration package with Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto

S 350 d engine:
The OM 656 engine used in the S-Class ‘Maestro Edition’ is the most powerful passenger
car diesel engine offered by Mercedes-Benz India; the inline-six cylinder motor delivers
an output of 210 kW (286 hp).

Rated output (kW [hp] at rpm) 210 [286]/3400-4600
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 600/1200 – 3200
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 6.0 secs
Top speed (km/h) 250
Displacement (cc) 2925
Radar based Driving Assistance Features
Over and above the multifold safety features that come as standard, the new S-Class
‘Maestro Edition’ comes with best in class safety technology radar-based driving
assistance system which reduces the risk of accidents and enhance the protection of
occupants as well as other road users, and can take the strain off the driver within the
respective system limits.
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC: Controls the distance to vehicles in front up to a
speed of 210 km/h and if necessary brakes the vehicle with up to 50 per cent of the
maximum braking power.
Active Steering Assist: At speeds up to 210 km/h, Active Steering Assist helps the driver
keep the vehicle in the centre of its lane on straight stretches of road or slight bends.

Active Braking Assist: The emergency braking function can help to avoid or lessen the
consequences of accidents with vehicles in front and pedestrians.
Blind Spot Assist: It can warn the driver of vehicles in the blind spot during a lane
change.

NEW DEFENDER SET TO PLAY VITAL ROLE AS LAND ROVER RETURNS TO THE DAKAR IN 2021

December 26, 2020 / 14 Comments / 105 / Car News

   Behind the scenes: New Land Rover Defender will play a vital role at the world’s most extreme motorsport event – the Dakar Rally –  with a pair of production-standard models joining Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) as crew vehicles for its 2021 campaign

  • Durable by design: Pair of Defender 110 models will provide on-event support for the team’s two drivers, medical crew and support staff across the punishing 13-day, 12-stage, 7 646 kilometre event
  • Competition pedigree: Land Rover has a rich association with the event after a Range Rover won the first ever Dakar Rally in 1979, before triumphing again in 1981

Whitley, UK, 21 December 2020 – Land Rover’s most capable and durable 4×4 is taking on the ultimate all-terrain challenge with two Defender 110 support vehicles destined for the Dakar Rally 2021. The rally is one of the toughest sporting events in the world and the production-spec models will support ambitious new Dakar Rally and Prodrive-backed team, Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) throughout the 7 646 kilometre race.

The pair of New Defender 110 4x4s will have to negotiate extreme conditions, traversing desert dunes, mud, camel grass and rocks as they carry vital supplies, crew and equipment for the team and drivers. BRX’s driver lineup includes nine-time World Rally Champion, Sébastien Loeb, from France, and two-time Dakar Rally winner, Nani Roma, from Spain. The showroom-standard models will also provide essential support for crew members, who will camp, eat and sleep in the P400 models across 12 gruelling stages of desert driving.

The Indus Silver models are powered by Land Rover’s 294 kW (400 PS)  straight-six Ingenium petrol engine, featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology, and are fitted with the Explorer Pack, which includes an Expedition Roof Rack, Raised Air Intake, Wheel Arch Protection and Exterior Side-Mounted Gear Carrier. In addition, a Deployable Roof Ladder provides easy access to a roof box, which will help BRX carry all the necessary kit.

Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director, said: “Land Rover has a unique Dakar pedigree having won the inaugural event in 1979, and the rally remains the ultimate all-terrain endurance test. While the Defenders won’t be competing, they will have a vital role in supporting the team as they navigate their way across thousands of miles of punishing desert terrain. The fact these vehicles are unmodified is testimony to the intrinsic capability and durability of our legendary 4×4, which has undergone the most demanding engineering test and development programme in our history.”

The role of support vehicle will see crew members test the Defender’s expedition credentials to the extremes. With a maximum payload of up to 900 kg and maximum dynamic roof load of 168 kg, each of the vehicles will be loaded with equipment and supplies, while advanced Terrain Response 2 technology, including world-first Configurable Terrain Response, will allow the drivers to fine-tune the vehicle to suit both their driving preferences and the challenging conditions.

World-leading motorsport experts, Prodrive, are behind BRX and Team Principal, Paul Howorth, said: “The crew need to know our support vehicles will be able to carry all of the necessary kit and be relied upon to get to the next service location, whatever the conditions. New Defender provides a unique combination of all-terrain performance, rugged practicality and comfort – a crucial combination for the unpredictable Dakar conditions and after long days behind the wheel.”

Following its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, Land Rover has experienced unprecedented demand for New Defender alongside worldwide critical acclaim – since its debut, the 4×4 has won 28 international awards.

Land Rover has also introduced its range of powerful and efficient in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines, featuring mild hybrid technology, and its advanced P400e plug-in hybrid powertrain.

BMW launches its first-ever X3 M in SAV segment for India

November 3, 2020 / 13 Comments / 156 / Car News

BMW has launched its first ever M car named X3 for the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment.

  • Signature M specific features inducing outstanding performance coupled with distinctive appearance & luxurious motor sport ambience.
  • The most powerful straight-six petrol engine ever to see action in a BMW M car.
  • Segment-leading driving dynamics with an array of M-specific details & the precision tuning of the chassis construction.

Gurugram: BMW India has introduced the first-ever M car in its high-performance model line-up in the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of BMW X3 M today. The first-ever BMW X3 M is designed to offer standout performance characteristics, personified with squarely geared features to meet the functional requirements of a high performance car. The first-ever BMW X3 M is now available across BMW dealerships in the country as a completely built-up unit (CBU).


Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India: “BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment is a testament to a remarkable success story. The introduction of a high performance mid-size SAV will further strengthen our presence in the segment & entice new driving experiences. Uniqueness of the first-ever BMW X3 M lies in a newly developed powerful engine & sophisticated chassis technology. This vehicle, to the very last detail, offers a unique combination of luxury & sporting dynamics, providing an exciting, safe & novel driving experience to our customers. The new SAV is equipped with world-class features, evidently distinguishing it from others in the segment.”

The first-ever BMW X3 M embodies high performance driving dynamics on one hand & everyday qualities on the other, unleashing outstanding driving potential in the segment. The interior-exterior design along with M specific features lend a true motor sport personality to the car.

The ex-showroom price of the first-ever BMW X3 M is INR 99,90,000.

The first-ever BMW X3 M is available in Donington Grey, Toronto Red, Phytonic Blue, Sophisto Grey, Black Sapphire & Alpine White. The upholstery is available in Leather ‘Vernasca’ Design in Black & Oyster. All online bookings done for the first-ever BMW X3 M before 31 December 2020 at shop.bmw.in will enjoy a special benefit – an exclusive hospitality experience designed by BMW Excellence Club in collaboration with Isprava luxury villas.
By visiting shop.bmw.in, customers can explore a 360° view of vehicle exterior & interior along-with all features & personalization options at the click of a button. All queries on product, service packages & finance options can be addressed by interacting with a dealer representative online. In addition, payments can be made online in a secure way.
Customers of the first-ever BMW X3 M will gain membership to the exclusive BMW Excellence Club. A member’s only collective, BMW Excellence Club caters to the discerning taste of BMW customers by curating unmatched luxury experiences from around the world. The program features four main categories: Bespoke Travel, The High Life, Grandstand & BMW Privileges.

The first-ever BMW X3 M


The exterior design takes the typical muscular proportions shared by all BMW X models. Its long wheelbase, short overhangs, slightly hexagonal wheel arches, crisp lines & clean-cut surface contouring completes the picture with a sprinkling of tell-tale M features for that extra dose of sporting supremacy. The all-new model sports a BMW kidney grille with black double bars. The signature M gills are integrated into the Air Breathers on the front flanks.
The exterior mirrors’ special M design brings about a further reduction in aerodynamic drag. The standard equipment also includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels. The interior of the first-ever BMW X3 M creates a sporty & luxurious ambience. The unmistakable M-style cockpit design has electrically adjustable sports seats with memory,
Vernasca leather upholstery, ambient lighting, an M-specific instrument cluster & a restyled M selector lever. Although the interior appears firmly focused on a sporty driving experience, it still retains the versatility for which BMW X models are known. Adding space to the cabin is the large Panorama Sunroof. The vehicle comes with a 40 20:40 split-folding rear backrest, enabling luggage capacity to be increased to a maximum of 1,600 litres.
The addition to the BMW M GmbH line-up in the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment also heralds the arrival of a newly developed six-cylinder in-line engine with superlative performance. The engine stands out with its familiar M high-revving character, the latest M TwinPower Turbo technology update, plus track-tested cooling & oil supply systems.
The engine generates maximum output of 353 kW/480 hp from its 3.0-litre displacement, together with peak torque of 600 Nm (442 lb-ft), & goes from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h.
For flawless distribution of power, the high-performance engine teams up with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic & uses the new M xDrive all-wheeldrive system. The M xDrive system has a rear-wheel bias & offers four driving modes that optimises performance. The centrally controlled interaction between M xDrive & the Active M Differential at the rear axle allows the all-wheel-drive system to split the engine’s power between the four wheels as required to deliver optimal traction, agility & directional stability.
The engine is complemented with a sophisticated chassis technology, tuned astutely to marshal the engine’s prowess & provide sublime dynamics. The bespoke kinematics & elastokinematics of the M-specific suspension – with its double-joint spring strut front axle & five link rear axle – deliver precise wheel location & directional stability. Composed to deliver precisely controllable on-limit handling, the chassis technology package rounds off with Mspecific steering (including M Servotronic & variable ratio) & powerful M compound brakes.

The first-ever BMW X3 M is loaded with cutting edge BMW Safety technologies such as front, side & head airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including M Dynamic Mode, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control, Dry Braking function, Cruise Control with braking function along with Collision & Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. Also available as part of the standard package are Adaptive LED headlights, BMW Live
Cockpit Professional, High Beam Assistant & Parking Assistant. M-specific display content can also be shown on the BMW Head-Up Display, projecting driving information onto the windscreen & into the driver’s immediate field of vision. The first-ever BMW X3 M features a 12.3-inch Multifunction Display touchscreen, iDrive Touch Controller, multifunction steering wheel’s buttons, the voice control feature along-with the optional BMW Gesture Control. It also gets BMW Virtual Assistant, telephony with wireless charging, & hi-fi speaker system. In addition, the options list for the first-ever BMW X3 provides further scope for individualisation that includes 21-inch light alloy wheels, BMW Display Key, M Sport exhaust, M Driver’s package & Harman Kardon Surround Sound System.

Mercedes-Benz localizes its AMG Production in Pune, India

October 22, 2020 / 0 Comments / 181 / Car News

Mercedes-Benz, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in India in 2019 has further strengthened its commitment to Indian market by localizing their production of AMG segment in India. The current AMG portfolio in India comprises the 43, 53, 63, and GT series of high performance vehicles across different body shapes.

AMG localization in India underlines the world-class production prowess of Mercedes-Benz India

  • AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé will be the first AMG product to roll-out of the assembly lines at Mercedes-Benz India’s production facility in Chakan, Pune
  • High flexibility of the production facility with NGCs, Sedans, SUVs, and now AMGs to be manufactured in one facility
  • Mercedes-Benz India currently produces 10 CKD models across segments in its state-of-art production facility in Chakan, Pune
  • AMG performance vehicles introduced in 2010 in India, are currently imported as CBU (Completely Built Units)

Pune: India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz today further deepened its commitment to the Indian customers, by commencing the localization of a Mercedes AMG model in India. AMG is Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand having a wide portfolio of performance limousines, performance SUVs, SUV Coupés, and sports car in its wide portfolio in India. The AMG brand has a dedicated retail presence through the AMG Performance Centers located across Indian metros. The AMG performance brand has a leading market share in the performance market in India.

The first Mercedes-AMG product to roll-out of the assembly line from Mercedes-Benz India will be the AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé. The ‘made in India’ AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé will become an exciting addition to the fascinating world of AMG Driving Performance in India.

Commenting on this strategic announcement, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated, “The AMG brand over the years has become synonymous with performance motoring in India and remains highly aspirational. The decision to locally produce AMG in India underlines Mercedes-Benz’s clear roadmap for the Indian market and our long-term commitment to our Indian customers. We want AMG to be more accessible to the potential customers and play a bigger role in our overall portfolio we offer in India. This decision is an important milestone towards strengthening our AMG ambitions in India further.”

“The AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé is an important model in our portfolio having the distinction of being one of the highest selling AMG models in India. We are proud to introduce this dynamic SUV Coupé for our Indian customers now in its ‘made in India’ version. The addition of the stylish AMG GLC 43 Coupé will further cement our strong position in the performance SUV segment. We are confident, the launch of the locally produced AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé will drive in value and aspiration for our customers and help the dynamic SUV Coupé retain its top preference among the discerning AMG customers.” elaborated Mr. Schwenk.

Commenting on the localization decision of the AMG, Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India stated, “Our production facility, is a global benchmark in quality and technological advancement in manufacturing, and remains the backbone of our growth story in India. We are highly excited to commence the local manufacturing of AMG in India as it will add a new production milestone in our India journey, further deepening our commitment to the Indian market. The decision to commence localization of the AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé firmly reiterates our significant manufacturing prowess and innovation in manufacturing, developed over the last two decades. We are glad to offer world-class products to our Indian customers with substantial local value addition, in the shortest possible time.”

The AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé combines new, expressive design features with improved performance. The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG specific functions and displays, introduces an innovative control concept that adds to the vehicle’s feasibility for everyday use. The practicality of the vehicle is further enhanced by the exceptional amount of space provided for passengers and luggage, and a comprehensive range of safety features. The vehicles exceptional agility and sporty driving dynamics ensures that Mercedes AMG meets the brand promise of “Driving Performance”.

Audi launches its Luxury All-rounder Audi Q2 in India

October 17, 2020 / 0 Comments / 144 / Car News

Audi India has launched its Audi Q2 which is anticipated to give the customers a perfect mix of comfort and adventure experience.

It comes with a string of brilliant features:

  • Eye-catching design portrays power and style with a bold Single frame grille, striking roofline and sporty spoiler being focal points
  • Sporty, elegant and luxurious, the cabin typifies the Audi interior design
  • Standard fit quattro all-wheel drive ensures highest levels of grip and traction
  • MMI display, Audi Virtual Cockpit and Audi Phone Box among long list of features
  • 0-litre TFSI petrol engine produces 190hp and 320Nm and powers the Audi Q2 from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds
  • Now on sale in India, starting from INR 34,99,000 Ex-showroom
  • Complementary Peace of Mind offer bundles 5 year Service Package with 2+3 years Extended Warranty and 2+3 years Road Side Assistance

Mumbai: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer today, announced the launch of its sporty all-rounder Audi Q2 in India. Perfectly suited to everyday driving and a capable companion on adventure trips, the Audi Q2 is a luxury all-rounder. The bold design with sublime cuts and creases will strike a chord with young and progressive Indian customers who want to make a statement with their choice. Sporting features usually reserved for models from a class above, the Audi Q2 is yours from INR 34,99,000 Ex-showroom. 

Model Name Variant Ex-showroom (in INR)
Q2 40 TFSI quattro Standard* 34,99,000
Premium 40,89,000
Premium Plus I 44,64,000
Premium Plus II 45,14,000
Technology 48,89,000
Complementary Peace of Mind offer bundles:                      

5 year Service Package with 2+3 years Extended Warranty and 2+3 years Road Side Assistance

*Panoramic glass sunroof available at an additional @ INR 1.5 Lakhs. 

 

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India, said, “The Audi Q2 is a car we are beyond thrilled to introduce to our India line-up. We’ve listened to customer demand and brought in the fantastic, yet practical Audi Q2 in the run up to the festive season. The characterful design, plush interior and long list of features are just one part of the appeal. Having driven it extensively, I can vouch that the Audi Q2 is a thrilling drive. The 190hp, 2.0-TFSI engine, Progressive Steering and quattro make every drive an exciting one.”

The Audi Q2 is engineered for every need and feels at home anywhere, the city or in the great outdoors. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that puts out a strong 190hp. With Progressive Steering, quattro all-wheel drive and sporty dimensions, this is a car that offers excellent driving dynamics and courtesy Audi Drive Select, you can customize the driving experience to your liking.

There’s flexibility and convenience built in to the package as well. Luggage room is expandable from 405 litres to 1050 litres so you can pack everything you need for that long getaway. The LED Ambient lighting package allows you to pick between 10 different colours using the MMI display. Particularly interesting is the inlay based ambient lighting that gives a futuristic look to the Audi Q2’s interiors.

The Audi Phone Box which charges your phone wirelessly ensures you remain connected on the go. Further, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the high-resolution TFT MMI, you can take work and play wherever you go. Talking about convenience, the Comfort Key ensures that you do not need to take the key out of your pocket. The 2-Zone Air Conditioner ensures customized temperature settings for the driver and the passenger.

Mr. Dhillon added, “Our sixth launch for the year – the Audi Q2 is another solid step in our endeavor to provide Indian customers with a wider range of choices from the Audi portfolio. We are happy that we could bring it to customers right in the middle of the festive season.”

For the best ownership experience, Audi India has offered an introductory ‘Peace of Mind’ package that comes bundled with a 5 year Service Package with 2+3 years Extended Warranty and 2+3 years Road Side Assistance.

‘myAudi Connect’

With exciting customer-centric features, the latest version of the App offers several additional functions including a login for Audi Club India members, payment options to enable in-app merchandise purchase, exclusive offers from Audi Concierge, offers on car-life products and online help and support – all of this within a secure framework and in compliance with data protection. These features are offered as standard for all Audi Q2 customers. Potential customers and enthusiasts get access to features including Augmented Reality, placement of test drive requests, product brochures and service cost calculators amongst others.

Key Highlights of the Audi Q2:

Engineered to perfection:

  • 0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine puts out 190 hp (140 kW) & 320 Nm of torque.
  • Seven-speed S tronic Dual Clutch Transmission allows quick and slick shifts.
  • quattro Permanent all-wheel drive system for excellent traction and grip.
  • Four-link suspension & Progressive steering for adept handling.
  • Audi Drive Select System to tailor how your Q2 drives.

Dressed for any occasion:

  • Strong Singleframe grille with Octagonal Design with large air inlets.
  • Eye-catching low roof design to make a statement.
  • The sporty design ensures you make a statement where you go in the Audi Q2.
  • High shoulder line converges into a long roof spoiler and a diffuser for that sporty coupe look.
  • The Audi Q2 is 1548 mm tall, 1805 mm wide, 4318 cm long and has a wheelbase of 2593 mm.

Form follows function:

  • Sit in a sporty driver’s seat position, with good all-round visibility.
  • High entry and seating position offers good visibility.
  • The luxurious, comfortably upholstered interiors ensure you’re always taken care of.
  • Lots of storage compartments available at all seats.
  • The large luggage compartment can be expanded from 405 to 1,050 liters.

Premium cabin with Audi Virtual Cockpit:

  • High resolution 31.24 cms, 1440 x 540-pixel TFT display.
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit screens display detailed data and comes with two display modes – Classic and Dynamic.
  • LED Ambient lighting package offers ten colours.
  • Lighting is elegant and subtle and can be varied using the MMI.

Connected to the future:

  • Audi’s standard MMI screen is positioned high on the instrument panel for ease of use.
  • MMI system offers controls using natural language operation and integrated MMI search.
  • Audi smartphone interface brings Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® so you always stay connected.
  • Navigation, Phone, Music, and selected third party apps can be accessed using the MMI menu.
  • Audi Phone Box offers wireless charging and is located at the centre console for easy access.

Audi Sound System with 10 loudspeakers including a subwoofer, and a six-channel amplifier that produces 180 watts.

Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India

October 8, 2020 / 0 Comments / 176 / Car News

Mercedes-Benz with its brand new launch of Mercedes-Benz EQC moves towards its new era of e-mobility and “sustainable luxury” in the Indian Automotive landscape. This will be the first Luxury Electric Vehicle in India.

PUNE: India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today started the new era of future mobility in the luxury segment with the launch of Mercedes-Benz EQC. The launch of the EQC represents Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to the automotive industry’s journey towards a sustainable future and signifies a major milestone towards Mercedes-Benz’s “Ambition 2039” which aims to achieve climate-neutral mobility. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first product under Mercedes-Benz EQ brand, a comprehensive product and technology ecosystem that aims to shape the future of mobility, which derives from the Mercedes’ brand values of ‘Emotion’ and ‘Intelligence’.

The EQC is launched with a comprehensive ecosystem that makes it as much fun to drive as a practical car for the customers. The EQC ecosystem promises to take care of the entire customer journey comprising ordering the car online or offline through a showroom, innovative finance packages from DFS, service and charging support across Mercedes-Benz India’s renowned and dense network of 100 outlets in 48 cities, an industry first battery cover and a bunch of best-in-class service packages.

The EQC was launched in India by Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO and Santosh Iyer, Vice President, Sales & marketing through a digital event streamed from the company’s Centre of Excellence in Chakan, Pune.

Launching India’s first luxury EV, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director& CEO commented, “EQC is one of the most anticipated cars in the luxury space and we are glad to pioneer a new segment in India, that of the Luxury EV. We are excited to launch this car for our discerning customers in India who always wanted a practical electric car with a long range, which is very stylish, extremely refined and fun to drive, laden with the latest generation intuitive technology, extremely safe, has zero tailpipe emission, and -most importantly- a pure Mercedes. The EQC meets all these criteria of today’s tech savvy customers as it combines effortlessly design, functionality, technology and luxury together in a unique package. Our objective is to put our combined experience and understanding of the Indian market and customers behind the EQC, and create a long-term, worry-free, sustainable and green mobility ecosystem in India. The EQC will become a torch-bearer towards sustainable luxury in India.”

Mr. Schwenk further added, “Listening to the customers, we launched the EQC in India after creating a nationwide ecosystem that will seamlessly support the EQC customers’ ownership requirements. The entire customer journey of an EQC customer promises to be simple and worry-free starting from booking the car online or offline, financing, wall box installation, to charging and service facilities available across our network. In addition, we are also working towards setting up fast DC chargers on popular routes in tandem with our expansive network spread.”

“EQC will be rolled out from 13 locations in 6 cities in the initial phase. In all such locations, we have exclusive EQC display areas along with dedicated EQC teams who will take care of all the sales and customer service requirements of an EQC customer. With some of the most attractive finance schemes, a comprehensive service package and an industry first battery cover on offer, we are confident owning an EQC will not only be novel but also hassle-free vehicle to own. It definitely marks Mercedes’ leap into a new era, in which electric mobility is reliable, simple yet exciting. We are confident EQC will pave the way for further expansion of our green cars portfolio and underline our electric ambition in India suitably.”

Intelligent Futuristic Exteriors and Interiors that offer sustainable luxury

The EQC radiates ease and modernity where SUV practicality meets sports car sleekness. The EQC’s design language speaks with progressive clarity; exemplified by unique features such as the Widescreen Cockpit, LED strip light front and rear, and the black panel radiator grill. The EQC’s interior is both progressive and modern, using renewable materials for the upholstery and featuring rose gold finishing. The MBUX intuitive system is a revolutionary infotainment system with natural voice control, touch-sensitive surfaces and seamless navigation.

Optimum planning before a journey | Mercedes me app’s benefits

New Mercedes Me Connect features: benefits all existing Mercedes owners.

With the vehicle’s battery management, the users can remotely check the EQC’s battery status, access the status of charging, available range and indication upon charging completion. The user can also remotely define the maximum status of charge and set as per convenience.

Pre-entry climate control feature ensures the user can set the vehicle’s individual zone temperatures before the drive. The Anti-theft alarm system, along with Mercedes me connect gives notification on the App in case of any unwanted movements inside the locked car, and for tow away protection. EQC Compatible charging stations across India are also visible on the EQC Navigation system for ease. Other key features of Mercedes me connect are:

  • Biometric ID access for unlocking the car ensures complete safety
  • Opening and closing of car windows, sunroof remotely from anywhere
  • Geo-fencing: Set a perimeter for car’s movement and receive notifications
  • Vehicle Finder: Enables the car’s horn and flashes the lights
  • MB India continues to offer the Corona Testing Centres in Navigation System through MBUX
  • All EQC customers and existing Mercedes customers will receive new and exciting Mmc features OTA periodically

EQC drivers can plan their destinations from the home or office, enter a departure time and bring the interior to the desired temperature. The Mercedes me app creates transparency and helps drivers to plan upcoming journeys to best effect. Programming is possible directly via MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience or via the Mercedes me App.

Intelligent recuperation| Preserves and perseveres

To ensure that the technical operating range is used to the maximum, the Mercedes-Benz EQC also charges its batteries when on the move through intelligent recuperation. The driver has a major influence on recuperation. He/she is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel. The paddle on the left increases the level of recuperation, the paddle on the right reduces it. The following stages are available:

  • D + (coasting)
  • D (low recuperation)
  • D – (medium recuperation)
  • D – – (high recuperation): This makes one-pedal driving possible, because in most situations the recuperative deceleration is enough not to require operation of the brake pedal.

Fit and Healthy package:

The fit and healthy package of the EQC comprises an ENERGIZING comfort programs, ENERGIZING coach, front seat heating, AIR-BALANCE package for fragrance, ionization and filtering of the interior air. There is also ambient lighting with program-specific lighting moods. The EQC’s ENERGIZING package’s unique features thus has positive effects on the occupants.

The ENERGIZING programs in the EQC comprises unique programs like:

  • Refresh | Vitality | Training

It has video instructions, e.g. to loosen up the muscles (only available when stationary)etc. The EQC also provides a 3-minute audio information tips for sustained promotion of one’s health and day-to-day well-being, for the head, shoulders, torso, lower back and pelvic areas of the body

Safety features in the EQC:

Taking care of the occupants’ safety, the EQC features 7 airbags, attention assist, PRE-SAFER system, ESP and Active Brake assist.

Technical Data: 

CO2 emissions 0 g/km
Power consumption (NEDC) (20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km)
Range (WLTP) 445 – 471 km
Drive system 2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive
Output 300 kW (408 hp)
Peak torque 760 Nm
Top speed 180 km/h (governed)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5.1 s
Battery Lithium-ion
Battery energy content (NEDC) 80 kWh
Battery weight 652 kg
Length/width (incl. mirrors)/height 4,761/1,884 (2,096) /1,624 mm
Wheelbase 2,873 mm
Luggage compartment (depending on equipment fitted) approx. 500 l
Kerb weight (EC)/perm. gross vehicle weight/payload (EC) 2,495/2,940/445 kg

Complete hassle-free ownership experience of EQC: Individual household feasibility survey, wall box installations at home or office, all-inclusive in car price

EQC retail network: Phase wise roll-out of EQC for an enhanced customer experience | Phase I comprises 13 location in 6 cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai | Phase II roll-out to cover other metros

EQC Service & Warranty: Comprehensive service packages offering complete ease of ownership to customers:   

  1. 5 years unlimited kms Comprehensive Service Package
  2. 5 years unlimited kms Extended Warranty
  3. 5 years unlimited On-Road Assistance

First time in the auto industry: Mercedes-Benz India is going to offer the ‘industry first’ 8 years or 1,60,000 kms (whichever is earlier) battery cover for the EQC

Buy-back value for EQC: Assured buy back value for 3 years during the time of purchase for customers

Attractive EMI from DFS India with STAR Agility: 40% lower EMI with Star Agility for a loan tenure of 3 years, starting at an attractive INR 144,111 per month

EQC charging ecosystem: Mercedes-Benz’s densest network spread across India will support any charging & service related requirements for the EQC customers

  1. The EQC has a range of 450 km (as per WLTP) at one full charge | Highly suitable for all kind of intracity travel and daily usability  
  2. For any intercity travel, Mercedes-Benz India has 100+ charging points in 48 cities across the country which are equipped with wall box charging facility
  3. In addition, EQC head unit via navigation will guide customers to the nearest public charging station

Online buying: Customer can order their EQC online from the comfort of their home at: www.shop.mercedes-benz.co.in

  • With its seamless, clear design and color highlights typical of the brand, EQC represents the design idiom of Progressive Luxury
  • With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes
  • Dynamic performance thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 408hp & 700 Nm of Torque| 0-100 in just 5.1 seconds
  • Connected Car technology with the new EQC:
    • The recently introduced new Mercedes Me Connect App provides all-new user interface. | Sharper and easier to consume, the new map interface comes with colored 3D map layouts
  • Fit & Healthy with the EQC: EQC offers a combination of luxury and comfort programs which can improve the fitness, safety and sense of well-being of customer:
    • Unique ENERGIZING comfort programs, an ENERGIZING coach, front seat heating, AIR-BALANCE package
  • The new Mercedes-Benz EQC is priced at INR 99.30 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom, India) Price includes for the first 50 units: AC Wall Box charger, home electrical charger, 5 years unlimited on-road assistance, 5 years comprehensive service package, 5 year unlimited kilometers extended warranty, 8 years/160000kms battery cover  

Volkswagen launches its fully electrically driven compact SUV – ID.4

September 26, 2020 / 0 Comments / 125 / Car News
  • ID.4 launches into the world’s largest market segment, the compact SUV
    class
  • Electric motor with 150 kW (204 PS), achieving a range of up to 520 km
  • Powerful design, large vehicle interior, pioneering operating concept
  • View the video clip of the ID.4’s world premiere here

 

Wolfsburg (Germany) – Presenting the ID.4, which is celebrating its digital world
premiere. This is Volkswagen’s first fully electrically driven SUV generating zero local
emissions and is produced with a carbon-neutral balance. It will be launching into the
world’s largest market segment, the compact SUV class.
“The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its
efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful
design,” says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen brand. “As the
first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform
that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is
thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on
the high-volume market.”
SUVs are very popular with an increasing number of customers. They are the most
popular vehicle segment in the USA and China as they offer good levels of visibility,
safety and comfort. In Europe and Germany market shares are also continuously on the
up and especially compact models are booming. With the ID.4, Volkswagen is offering
a fully electrically driven SUV for the very first time. It offers the space, flexibility and
all benefits customers appreciate about SUVs.
The ID.4 is an all-round talent that can be driven in a sporty, yet also easy and
comfortable way. The battery stores up to 77 kWh of energy (net) and enables ranges
of up to 520 km (WLTP). It is installed below the passenger compartment which
guarantees a low centre of gravity. The electric drive motor, positioned at the rear axle,
generates 150 kW (204 PS) – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds
and deliver a top speed of 160 km/h. Thanks to the rear-wheel drive’s strong grip and
its 21 centimetres of ground clearance, the E-SUV also performs well in gentle offroad terrain.

Dynamic appearance – The ID.4’s exterior has athletic proportions for an ultra-modern
appearance. Its clear, flowing design is inspired by nature and guarantees very good
aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.28. Its basic version already features
headlights that are almost completely equipped with light-emitting diodes while its
tail light clusters have been fully equipped with this technology. As the top-of-therange version, interactive IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are even more progressive:
they welcome drivers with swivelling lens modules and generate an intelligently
controlled main beam. These headlights have been paired with the new 3D LED tail
light clusters. Their tail light is particularly homogeneous and lights up in an intensive
red. The large wheels with a diameter of up to 21 inches underline the vehicle’s
character.

Spacious concept: long wheelbase, plenty of room for passengers and luggage
The ID.4 with a length of 4.58 metres uses Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix
(MEB) architecture. It divides the space for occupants and technology in a completely
new way in favour of passengers. The room available in the vehicle interior is at the
level of conventional SUVs in the next category up. Colours and materials are
contemporary while also being homely. Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position,
the luggage compartment boasts a capacity from 543 to 1,575 litres. The equipment
range of the ID.4 includes an electrically driven boot lid, roof railing and a towing
bracket.
The E-SUV’s operating concept does not depend on physical buttons and switches. It is
based on two displays – one of which diagonally measures up to 12 inches and
features touch functionality – as well as “Hello ID.” natural voice control.

The new ID.Light – a narrow light strip under the windscreen – intuitively supports drivers. An
augmented reality head-up display is optionally available to blend a host of displays
with reality – for instance, navigation arrows telling drivers to turn off are projected
onto the road surface in exactly the right lane. The Discover Pro navigation system
brings We Connect Start online services on board. IQ.Drive assist systems make driving
an even more relaxed experience and this particularly applies to Travel Assist. Software
and hardware in the ID.4 have been designed as part of a completely new architecture,
making it possible for customers to download updates to the car after the purchase.

We Charge: charge at home, when out and about and on long journeys
Together with the ID. models, Volkswagen is launching on the market a complete
package for convenient, connected and sustainable charging of electric cars under the
name We Charge. This offers the ideal solution for any situation – whether you are at
home, out and about or on a long journey. The ID.4 can be recharged with direct
current to cover the next 320 km (as per WLTP, at 125 kW) at a DC quick-charging
station in around 30 minutes.
In parallel, Volkswagen is establishing an ecosystem of sustainable electric mobility
surrounding ID. models. ID.4 customers will receive a vehicle that has been produced
with a carbon-neutral balance. And if it is charged using sustainably produced
electricity – like Volkswagen Naturstrom – it will remain carbon-neutral on the road
too.

Volkswagen’s strategy: the future of mobility is electric
As of late, Volkswagen has been supplementing the brand’s traditional product
portfolio with the ID. family: a new, independent product range. Following the
compact ID.32, the ID.4 SUV is the second fully electric model. In the future,
Volkswagen will be competing in the globally booming compact SUV segment with the
ID.4. The ID.4 will be gradually turned into an electrically driven, global car with plans
to produce and sell the E-SUV not only in Europe, but also in China and later in the
USA. On a whole, Volkswagen brand will be investing eleven billion euros in electric
mobility by 2024 as part of the Transform 2025+ strategy.

Mercedes-Benz launches the all-new AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé

September 25, 2020 / 0 Comments / 112 / Car News

Mercedes-Benz has launched its AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé to further strengthen its mark as India’s leading luxury car manufacturer.

 

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé expands GLE’s successful portfolio | The more powerful AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is now the spiritual successor to the AMG GLE 43 in India

  • Formidable six-cylinder performance and race-bred driving dynamics are the cornerstones of the AMG 53 range
  • The AMG six-cylinder in-line engine with twin-scroll turbocharging and F1 inspired 48 V EQ-Boost achieves 435 HP and an additional temporary 22 HP and 250 NM of electric output |0 – 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with seven drive programs: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Trail and Sand
  • Selectable AMG performance exhaust system | AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL+ with active roll stabilization system based on 48 V Technology configured to the hallmark AMG performance
  • It is motorized by the renowned AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission
  • Mercedes-Benz offers the most comprehensive SUV portfolio in the luxury car segment with 7 SUVs and SUV Coupés
  • The AMG GLE 53 Coupé is equipped with Mercedes me connect that offers multiple convenient connect features like remote engine start, remote lock/unlock, car locator, speed monitor, emergency e-Call which are accessible from the customer’s smartphone/tablet
  • Features swanky new generation telematics, Mercedes-Benz User Experience (NTG 6.0) | Capable of ‘Over the Air’ updates
  • MBUX: The most intuitive in-car virtual assistant and infotainment system based on AI and ML in the luxury car segment; takes the ‘always on’ experience to a whole new level | The AMG GLE 53 Coupé is the first AMG with MBUX in India
  • The all-new GLE is now available in 300d, 400d, 450 and AMG GLE 53 Coupé variants
  • STAR EASE service packages for the new GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé starts @ 92,000 for 2 years/unlimited kilometres
  • The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is priced at INR 1.2 Crore (all prices are ex-showroom, India)

 

Pune: India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today further strengthened its AMG portfolio with the introduction of an all-new stylish performance SUV Coupé – the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé. The launch of the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ is a significant and strategic decision for Mercedes-Benz as it introduces for the first time in India, the much awaited ‘AMG 53 series’. The new AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé that offers more power and performance dynamics also replaces the AMG 43 Coupé in India, and further builds on to the strength of the popular GLE SUV portfolio.

The vehicle combines sporty elegance and powerful performance with good off-road capabilities, innovative and intuitive technologies and intelligent driving assistance systems. The performance Coupé combines the advantages of a Mercedes SUV, through luxurious appointments, ample space for passengers and luggage, and is laden with technology and extensive safety features apart from its performance aspects.

Santosh Iyer, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India launched the AMG GLE 53 Coupé in India at Mercedes-Benz India’s exclusive AMG Performance Centre in Mumbai following the new normal and through a physidigital event. The AMG GLE 53 Coupé will be available across all Mercedes-Benz dealerships in India from today.

Launching the latest AMG in India, Santosh Iyer, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “The launch of the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is a strategic decision aimed at strengthening our AMG portfolio by introducing the much-awaited ‘AMG 53 series’ in India. The AMG portfolio is one of the fastest-growing segments for us and the addition of the ’53 series’ will further popularize the segment. The AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé offers more power and enhanced driving experience for the customers and it is the successor of the outgoing AMG GLE 43 in India. This new performance SUV Coupé will also diversify our successful GLE portfolio by catering to those AMG customers aspiring for a practical and stylish performance SUV Coupé from the all-new GLE range.”

“The new GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is a very special vehicle, which combines style and elegance with the sporty characteristics of an AMG. Expression of performance luxury, we are confident it will deliver an engaging driving experience synonymous with an AMG. With its hallmark AMG features combined with the latest generation telematics supported by ‘Mercedes me’, the bold new addition to our GLE SUV portfolio will further cement our leadership position in the luxury performance car segment.” elaborated Mr. Iyer. 

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé:

Performance Data Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé
Engine arrangement/cylinders BS-VI  6/in-line
Displacement (cc) 2999
Combustion engine output (kW/hp) @ rpm 320/435 @ 5500 – 6100 rpm
The output from EQ Boost (kW/hp) 16/22
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 520 @ 1800-5800
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 5.3 seconds
Drive system 4MATIC+ with variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G

 

MG Motor India unveils Gloster, India’s First Autonomous Premium SUV

September 24, 2020 / 0 Comments / 112 / Car News

MG India has unveiled one of the most anticipated vehicles for the automobile enthusiasts, MG Gloster. Once launched, it is expected to rival against Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4.

Pre-bookings for the Premium SUV have now commenced with a price of Rs. 100,000

New Delhi, September 24, 2020: MG Motor India has today introduced India’s first Autonomous (Level 1) Premium SUV, MG Gloster. The much-awaited Gloster comes as the carmaker’s third product in India after the Hector, India’s first Internet car and ZS EV, India’s first internet electric SUV.

The MG Gloster comes with first-in-segment Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)*. Some of its pioneering features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Automatic Parking Assist amongst others like Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD).

MG has further come up with an on-demand Four-Wheel Drive that extends multiple driving modes in the Gloster. It is an Intelligent All Terrain System that provides enhanced control during vehicle off-roading with a dedicated rear differential and BorgWarner transfer case, a state-of-the-art electronic shift-on-the-fly technology. It comes with seven different drive modes, namely ‘Snow’, ‘Mud’, ‘Sand’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Rock’.

The pre-booking of the luxurious four-wheel drive MG Gloster is now live on the MG Motor India website as well as its 200+ centers across India. Customers can book their much-awaited Premium SUV for a booking price of Rs. 100,000. As part of its commitment to its customers, the marquee automaker also extends a contactless suite of services including MG VPHY (voice-guided demonstration of vehicles at retail touchpoints).

Speaking on the unveil of the luxurious off-roader, Rajeev Chaba, President and MD, MG Motor India, said, “At MG, technology disruption has always been the key priority. We pioneered the first internet car in India – HECTOR, followed by the ZS EV, the first pure electric internet SUV. We are beginning a new chapter in India’s auto sector today with the launch of its First Autonomous (Level 1) premium SUV. There are multiple scenarios wherein Gloster can sense and make decisions to improve your overall driving experience with ADAS technology. In other words, Gloster is not just another car – it is a high-tech assistant that only thinks about you, your safety, and your comfort all the time. With best-in-class features, a towering road presence, powerful capability, and luxurious interiors, the all-new MG Gloster is designed to set new benchmarks.”

MG Gloster further features MG i-SMART technology that considerably adds to the vehicle’s overall experience. It includes several industry-firsts including Critical Tyre Pressure Voice Alert, Shortpedia App that gives short news summaries, and Anti-Theft Immobilization via Smartphone that remotely halts the engine ignition. It comes with 3D maps from MapMyIndia which includes COVID testing centre locations in maps apart from various alerts like potholes and speed alerts. In addition to these, Gloster customers will also get Apple Watch Connectivity and can operate their Gaana app with voice control, alongside personalized welcome and greeting messages.

ACC helps in maintaining a safe distance with other vehicles by adjusting speed and APA ensures automated parking, FCW alerts a driver about a possible collision via visual and acoustic signatures. Similarly, AEB activates braking intervention to prevent a collision with any four-wheeler or to decrease the speed of the same and LDW raises an alert upon departing from lanes. Besides powering Gloster with AI technology and Computer Vision, MG has also integrated 360o cameras and sensors to eliminate all blind spots with Blind Spot Detection. It further comes with PM 2.5 filter to help occupants breathe clean air.

Higher variants of the MG Gloster will be powered by the globally acclaimed 2.0 Diesel Twin Turbo engine at 218 PS Power and 480 Nm Torque, making it the most powerful SUV in its category. It will also come with a segment-leading 12.3 inch’ HD touchscreen along with segment-first captain seats, 64 color ambient lighting and panoramic sunroof. The SUV will come in four colours – Agate Red, Metal Black, Metal Ash and Warm White.

MG Motor India is also set to soon unveil the industry-first ‘Shield’ – an innovative ownership package for Gloster customers.

*Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is not a substitute for human eye and driver vigilance. It is a driver assist system that enhances driving experience and safety. The driver shall remain responsible for safe, vigilant, and attentive driving.

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