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New Ecosport SE launched in India

March 12, 2021 / 0 Comments / 97 / Car News

Indians love Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) and there is a massive collection to choose from, but a new concept emerged a couple of years back called the sub-4 meter SUV. What does sub-4 meter mean? Since the past decade, there is significant growth in the number of cars on the road, this causes congestion and affects road traffic, to overcome this problem Government of India had a smart solution. They reduced the Excise duty on car manufactures who aim to design cars that fall under 4 meters in length. With car length even engine capacity had limitations,  for petrol engines below 1200cc and for diesel engine below 1500cc were the main criteria. For which they would receive a benefit in Excise rates. A deal that every car manufacturer would crack. This is how the sub-4-meter concept emerged in India. Which was the first sub-4-meter SUV in India, any guesses? no, it is not the brezza or the ecosport, it was Premier Rio. Probably only a few people must have heard of it, unfortunately, the car didn’t sell well as it was very early for the party. Today we discuss one such SUV which still sells like hotcakes and that is the Ford Ecosport which made its debut in the Indian market back in 2013. Almost eight years later Ford motor company still has offered a new variant of the sub-Suv called the Ecosport SE.

The new SE comes in two trims one with the spare wheel on the fifth door or the one without the spare wheel. First in the Indian market to eliminate the spare wheel and instead give a puncture kit. Yes you read it right, Ecosport gets tubeless tires and in the event of a puncture, the tire will never lose air immediately taking advantage of this Ford thought to introduce a puncture kit. This will be a task to explain to everyone how to use it, moreover, in the event of a puncture the owner should do it properly or else he might damage the tire.

The new Ecosport SE comes with an optional spare tire does not mean it will be the cheapest one to buy it still sits above the 1.5L Petrol Ambiente MT (7,99,000) and the 1.5Diesel Ambiente MT(8,69,000).

the New Ecosport SE comes in two variants

  • 1.5L Petrol SE MT (10,49,000)
  • 1.5L Diesel SE MT (10,99,000)

Features of the new Ecosport SE:-

  • EcoSport SE comes with an easy to use puncture kit that can help owners repair
    tire leaks within minutes, without the hassle of removing the tire.
  • EcoSport SE to offer SYNC 3 infotainment system, FordPassTM connectivity &
    sunroof as standard fitments; New variant to continue EcoSport’s performance
    leadership with best-in-class 1.5L three-cylinder petrol engine & 1.5L diesel engine
  •  Ford EcoSport offers superior value to customers with a 100,000-KM or 3-year
    warranty and the lowest maintenance cost of 36 paise/KM
  • Apart from an elegantly designed tailgate and a new, dual-tone rear bumper that sports a silver
    applique, the SE variant retains EcoSport’s butch, robust appeal with a bold grille, 16-inch alloys
    and high ground clearance.
  • For Passenger safety, it gets equipped with Six Airbags.
  • A 9-inch touchscreen-based, infotainment system & embedded navigation on most variants.
  • A sun-roof on half of the variant lineup, including EcoSport SE
  • Driver’s assistance like automatic HID headlamps, daytime running lights, electrochromic mirror, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start.

These are the new features which we get on the new Ford Ecosport SE. Since this variant was inspired by the European market where the Ecosport is sold without the spare wheel, ford could have bought few technical advancements. Getting inspired by the Australian market Ecosport could be equipped with 4×4 which would be available as an option at least.

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New Countryman launched by MINI

March 8, 2021 / 0 Comments / 132 / Car News

The New MINI Countryman was launched in India, a mild update to the third generation Countryman. This Mini will be locally produced at the BMW facility in Chennai.

The new MINI Countryman was launched in India today in two variants:-

  •  MINI Countryman Cooper S:                            INR 39,50,000
  •  MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired:  INR 43,40,000

The new MINI Countryman adds a refreshed look with its inspiring design, new features, and technology making it a perfect companion for long journeys or city drives, and comes for the first time with an all-in ‘Absolute Value’ offer.  For a fixed EMI, customers can own the versatile new MINI Countryman for a period of 3 or 4 years with a secure and comprehensive ownership package that includes Service Inclusive Plus, Repair Inclusive, MINI Secure, Assured Buy-back Value with MINI 360°Loyalty/ Trade-in offer as well as an attractive 20% discount on MINI Accessories & Lifestyle. The all-in ‘Absolute Value’ offer will be available on both variants of the new MINI Countryman till the end of June 2021. Further details on the offer are available at all MINI authorized dealerships.


What is different in JCW (John Cooper Works)

The new MINI Countryman introduces two new color options – White Silver and Sage Green, newly designed front and rear bumper, radiator grille, LED headlights, and LED Rear Lights now with Union Jack Design. The new 5.5-inch/13.97 cm Multifunction fully Digital Display, new Leather Chester Upholstery in Malt Brown and Satellite Grey with matching color line, MINI Yours Interior Style Shaded Silver Illuminated interior surface trim, John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit and 7- Speed Double Clutch Steptronic Sports Transmission are exclusive to the new MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired.


This Mini gives us 6 color options to choose from:

  • Sage Green (new),
  • White Silver (new),
  • Midnight Black,
  • Chilli Red,
  • Island Blue,
  • British Racing Green.

What’s New:

Exterior: Contrasting roof, new LED headlight, LED rear lights in Union Jack Design, new radiator grille, new front, and rear bumper and 17-inch/43.18 cm Imprint Spoke Wheel in the Cooper S variant add a fresh new look to the already captivating design. The roof-rails in satin-finished aluminum are combined with silver-colored side sill tops, thereby lending greater visual emphasis to the height of the car. The slightly asymmetrically rounded contour of the LED headlamp together with the radiator grille produces a distinctive front view. The John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit and 18 inches/ 45.72 cm John Cooper Works Thrill Spoke Wheel in the Cooper S JCW Inspired variant with Runflat tires add to the overall style quotient of the vehicle.

Interior: The exquisite interior style blends modern aesthetics and refined craftsmanship with practical functionality. The typical MINI cockpit impresses with its clear horizontal structure, stretched lines, and generously sized surfaces. The MINI Countryman Cooper S comes with Interior Surface Piano Back with Leatherette Carbon Black upholstery while the MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired offers a new trim MINI Yours Interior Style Shaded Silver with options of either Leather Chester Malt Brown or Leather Chester Satellite Grey upholstery. The color lines are seen along with the door panel, armrest surfaces, and knee pads under the dashboard are now matched with the individual upholstery colors.

Infotainment and Speakers: The MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired introduces a new Multifunction fully Digital Display that offers a clear view of speed, gear, fuel level, mileage, temperature, and navigation instructions. The Head-Up Display further helps in keeping eyes on the road without missing essential details such as driving speed and navigation instructions. The iconic circular central instrument panel is surrounded by an LED ring offering a brilliant color display in 8.8-inch/22.35 cm touchscreen (6.5-inch/16.51cm in the Cooper S variant). The intuitive use is complemented by the controller on the middle console for easy operation of multimedia, phone, and car functions. Wireless charging is also offered as standard in this variant. John Cooper Works’ influence continues in the illuminated cockpit with the JCW sports leather steering wheel. The car is equipped with premium features such as the Harman Kardon Hi-Fi Speaker System, Panorama Glass Sunroof, MINI Wired Package including MINI Navigation System with Touch Controller, and Bluetooth mobile connectivity.

Technical Specification:-

Engine: 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo

Power: 192 hp/141 kW at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm

Torque: 280 Nm at 1,350 – 4,600 rpm

0-100kmph: 7.5 seconds and the top speed is 225 km/hr.



The new MINI Countryman is stacked with cutting-edge safety technology. The standard safety equipment comprises of front passenger airbags, Brake Assist, 3-Point Seat Belts, Dynamic Stability Control, Crash Sensor, Anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Brake Control and Run-flat tires as standard.

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Kushaq – Interior Sketches Revealed

March 4, 2021 / 0 Comments / 120 / Car News

ŠKODA India has planned four new models which fall under their 2.0 product campaign. The king happens to be the first car of those four, who is the king? ŠKODA plans to name this mid-sized Suv KUSHAQ, which has been derived from a word called ‘kushak’ in the Sanskrit language that means emperor/king.

Kushaq is a production-ready car based on Vision IN, a concept car that was showcased in early 2020. It is based on MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform, yes it was difficult to read, we can help you, MQB can also be called Modular Transversal Toolkit, which is the company’s strategy for shared modular design construction of its transverse, front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout automobiles.

ŠKODA Auto India plans a  global unveil, of the KUSHAQ on 18th of March 2021, in India. The auto manufacturer has a smart idea to develop an interest in auto enthusiasts and has teased few interior sketches to give a glimpse of the cabin interiors.

At first glance at the sketch and the steering wheel catches our attention, we have seen three-spoke steering wheels to be common these days, but Kushaq gets a newly designed two-spoke steering wheel. There is an interesting story behind the two spoke. The two-spoke steering wheel was famous on the FELICIA cabriolet from 1959. The most latest ŠKODA with two-spoke steering was the ŠKODA Favorit (1987-1995). The recent idea behind bringing the two-spoked steering wheel back in ŠKODA cars was tested on Fourth-Gen Skoda Octavia(2020), not on the Indian spec. The same steering has been derived for Kushaq.

The central element in the interior of the new ŠKODA Kushaq is a free-standing infotainment display with a screen diagonal of up to 10 inches. The interior design sketch also clearly shows the character line running beneath it, echoing the symmetrical contours of the ŠKODA grille. The dimensions of the Kushaq correspond to those of a mid-size vehicle. At the same time, the new SUV model for the Indian market offers generous space as well as numerous storage options and ŠKODA’s signature Simply Clever details. The technical development is being carried out at ŠKODA AUTO’s Technology Centre in Pune with a planned 95 % localization level for the new vehicles.

Since the car will be launched later this month pricing will be a bit tricky. The most entry-level car from ŠKODA India until now was the ŠKODA Fabia. We expect this to compete with Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Ford Ecosport.

  • Estimated Price of Kushaq: 10lacs to 15lacs (This estimate is based on our experience)

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2021 Tata Safari Launched

February 22, 2021 / 0 Comments / 160 / Car News

Tata Motors today launched its premium flagship SUV branded as the Safari. The all-new  Tata  Safari is based on the Land Rovers D8 platform, plush and comfortable interiors. The powerhouse of the Safari is derived from the Harrier named the Kryotech engine, churning 170bhp of power.


 The Tata Safari is now available in total 4 colors namely Orcus White, Royale Blue, Daytona Grey, and a special edition for customers who are inclined towards adventurous weekends called the Adventure’ persona of the Safari with an expressive and rugged look offering more options for customers to select the SUV that best matches their personality. The Adventure persona will be available in a distinct Tropical Mist color, inspired by the rich and diverse flora present across the vibrant landscapes of our country.


Interior and Safety:

Safari is available in both 6 and 7 seater segments by providing captain or bench seats in the 2nd row. The Tata Safari is extremely versatile, delivering great comfort and assurance, be it intracity commute,expressway cruising or the un-explored paths in the hinterland. The Tata Safari will come with signature Oyster White Interiors paired with the Ashwood finish dashboard, a majestic panoramic sunroof, along with 6 and 7-seater options, which will come with an 8.8-inch floating island infotainment system.As with all Tata Motors products, the Safari consists of a variety of safety features such as all-disc brakes,an electronic parking brake, and an advanced ESP with 14 functionalities. Coupled with the Boss Mode,providing enhanced ride comfort, the Safari sure does give the executive customers a living room style ride experience.(Interior shown in the picture below belongs to Adventure edition of Safari.)

Special edition major changes:

Taking the style quotient a little higher, the newly introduced ‘Adventure’ persona will come with R18 black tinted charcoal grey machined alloys and an all piano black finish in its grille, roof rails inserts, outer door handles along with a Safari mascot placement on the bonnet. On the interiors, the ‘Adventure’ persona looks plush with signature earthy brown interiors, dark chrome interior accents on air vents, knob, switches,inner door handle and instrument cluster along with a piano black interior pack on steering wheel, grab handles, floor console frame, and IP mid pad finisher. The all-new Safari will be available in nine variants,starting from XE and going up to the XZA+. 

Pricing of all 9 varients available for the safari  *All prices in INR lakh.Ex Showroom Delhi.



XE 14.69
XM 16.00 17.25
XT 17.45
XT+ 18.25
XZ 19.15 20.40
XZ+ ( 6/7 SEATER) 19.99 21.25


XZ+ 20.20 21.45

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911 GT3, Porsche’s New Family Member For 911’s Lineup.

February 19, 2021 / 0 Comments / 143 / Car News

The Porsche 911 GT3 is a high-performance endorsement model of the Porsche 911 sports car. It is a line of high-speed-performance models, which began with the 1973 911 CARRERA RS . The GT3 was introduced in 1999 as part of the first generation of the Porsche 996 model range (commonly known as 996.1). The seventh edition of the high-performance Porsche 911 GT3 was developed in close collaboration with Porsche Motorsport.

Car launch and booking date?

Customers can order the new 911 GT3 as of 31st of March 2021

What is PDK? Purpose of PDK?

Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) in simple terms it can also be called PorscheDual Clutch. It is a combination of two gearboxes as one, it also consists of two driveshafts and two wet clutches. The whole purpose of PDK is to reduce the loss of power and provide efficient gear shifting and increase shift efficiency. Example:- when we shift from (N) NEUTRAL TO 1ST Gear, 2nd gear stays in the ready position which will be engaged further. The new 911 gt3 comes as optional with the PDK unit. This is added advantage as it’s faster than the 911 GT3 RS with a top speed of 318 km/h and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.

Good news for Old School car enthusiast:

Porsche also offers the new model with a six-speed manual transmission. The aerodynamics benefit from the brand’s vast Motorsport experience and generate significantly more down force without noticeably affecting the drag coefficient. In the Performance drive mode, the manually set wing and diffuser elements increase the aerodynamic pressure for high cornering speeds. During final testing, the new 911 GT 3 lapped the Nuerburgring-Nordschleife, traditionally the ultimate proving ground for all sports cars developed by Porsche, over 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor. ( Porsche 911 Carrera RSR).

Technical advancement:

It transfers pure racing technology into a production model: the double wishbone front axle layout and sophisticated aerodynamics with a swan neck rear wing and a striking diffuser originate from the successful GT race car 911 RS R. Tried and tested in endurance racing, the 510 PS (375 kW) four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine is based on the drive train of the 911 GT3 R. The acoustically impressive, high-revving engine is also used in the new 911 GT3 Cup. The result is a state-of-the-art sports car, perfect for the track and suitable for everyday use.

Weight and consumption of Fuel:

Lightweight components included are the front bonnet made of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), lightweight glass windows, light-alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system which reduces the weight by no less than ten kilograms. The combined consumption of the Porsche 911 GT 3 with PDK transmission is 12.4 litres/100 km.





N/A 1,418 kilograms

1,435 kilograms

Inside the cockpit:

Its racing genes are expressed in every detail of the new 911 GT 3. The cockpit features a new track screen. It can reduce the digital displays to the left and right of the rev counter to essential information needed for track driving, such as tire and oil pressure, fuel level, and water temperature. It also includes a visual shift assistant with colored bars to the left and right of the rev counter and a shift light derived from Motorsport.

Make your own Porsche:

To meet the growing demand for individualization options, Porsche Exclusive Manufacture offers a wide range of customized equipment for the new 911 GT 3. Highlights include a lightweight roof made of exposed carbon fiber, exterior mirror tops made of carbon, darkened LED matrix main headlights, and matching Exclusive design rear lights. Guards Red or Shark Blue painted wheel rims enhance the black alloy wheels. The colored ring of the dial can be customized in the exterior paint of the owner’s car.

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Renault Kiger Makes it’s Global Debut

February 18, 2021 / 0 Comments / 145 / Car News

The  Renault kwid was one of the best competitors for the Maruti Suzuki in the entry-level hatchback. Then came the Duster one of the best SUVs in the segment.  The latest offering by Renault was the Triber with 7 seats one of the most affordable MPV in this segment. There was a slight perforation between the prices of these vehicles and Renault lacked a premium hatchback. Renault India and Renault France designed a car in collaboration to overcome this segment gap. As a result, RENAULT KIGER sitting perfectly in the segment of compact SUV. It is developed and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before it is taken globally.

Launch date? Price?

Mumbai, February 15, 2021: Taking ahead of its promise of disruptive innovation, Renault today announced the pricing of the all-new KIGER starting at an introductory price of INR 5.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, PAN India). With this outstanding pricing, Renault KIGER is surely set to radically alter the dynamics in the B-SUV segment.

Customers can book Renault KIGER at dealerships or on the website – by paying a token amount of INR 11, 000/-

 Announcing the attractive pricing, Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO; Managing Director, Renault India Operations, shared, “Renault KIGER is a modern SUV that is a perfect fit for the Indian market. It brings to the fore our proven expertise of innovation, creativity, customer understanding, and above all, our focus on making cars that offer an unmatched value proposition.

Renault KIGER will demonstrate the competence of India’s design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities and highlights Renault’s strong commitment to the ‘Make in India’ mission. With a vision of fulfilling the growing SUV aspirations of a wide set of customers, we have ensured that Renault KIGER is attractively priced, and we look forward to strengthening our SUV legacy with this new game-changer.”Renault KIGER has established itself as a Stunning, Smart, and Sporty B-SUV. The Stunning design is exemplified by a host of sporty and muscular elements that make Renault KIGER stand out as a true SUV. On the inside, Renault KIGER’s Smart cabin combines technology, functionality, and roominess.

Renault has introduced innovative ways of reaching out to customers. The Renault Virtual Assistant (RVA) will enable Renault to reach out to customers across all geographies. RVA is available at the finger-tips on Whatsapp and the website. It provides all information and details, along with the option of booking test drives, and even facilitates bookings. The Renault KIGER Virtual Studio is a state-of-the-art virtual studio that seamlessly enables 360-degree views and allows the customers to configure, accessorize and make online bookings. It is an overall customized consumer journey that allows complete access to information and customization on Renault KIGER.

Variants and price?


Renault Kiger will be offered in two engine options 1.0L Energy and 1.0L Turbo with 2 pedal offerings on each of the engines. Customers can choose from four available trims – RXE, RXL, RXT & RXZ. Each version is built keeping in view the customer requirements and needs in the segment and has been attractively priced across all trims. Customers will have a valuable advantage at every level and also have the choice of opting for the stylish dual tone combinations which is available across the range.

Version name



Energy EasyR AMT Turbo



Xtronic CVT





6,59,000 7,14,000



7,05,000 7,60,000




8,00,000 8,55,000



Stunning design and USPS:


With its distinct, athletic design that is bursting with energy, the KIGER SUV combines urban modernity with agility, whichever road it takes. With its muscular bodywork that exudes sturdiness and dynamism, the KIGER is a real invitation to escape the urban jungle and experience a new kind of driving.


Road presence: A sculpted bonnet that enhances the car’s personality sits at the front, above an impressive bumper. The wings boost the design with their pronounced shoulder lines, while the black sills and wheel arches provide further protection. The high ground clearance (205 mm) and functional roof bars heighten the vehicle’s silhouette and complete its bold SUV look. Renault designers have equipped the KIGER with several features to give the car a sporty look. The front grille’s 3D graphic finish with honeycomb-shaped chromed effects is a perfect example, while the Aluminium Finish skid plate further enhances the rear bumper.


Road grip: At higher trim levels, the KIGER’S 40.64 cm alloy wheels have a black diamond-cut finish for a sporty and stylish look. The protective wheel arch cladding makes the bodywork look bolder and sturdier. The 2,500 mm long wheelbase places the wheels at the four corners of the vehicle, offering increased stability on any type of road while optimizing the space inside the car, providing optimum comfort for each passenger and boot volume of 405 Litres that is unrivalled in the segment.


LED setup: The LED daytime running lights positioned at both ends give the car an elevated

stance. The highly recognizable lower part divides the bumper into two areas, each large corner featuring three LED headlights separately encased in a chrome octagonal unit with PURE VISION and a chrome reflector. The tail lamp units with glossy black inserts are resolutely modern and distinctive within the segment, outlining the KIGER’S rear double C-shaped lighting signature. They are featured at each end of the bodywork and extend out over the wings providing Kiger a distinctly unique personality.


Length 3,991 mm
Width 1,750 mm (without mirrors)
Height 1,600 mm (with Roof Bars)
Wheelbase 2,500 mm
Engine Type 3-cylinder 1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol Engine 3-cylinder 1.0 L Turbocharged

Petrol Engine

ENERGY 3-cyc 1.0 L

Petrol Engine

Displacement 999 cc 999 cc 999 cc
Power 100 Ps @ 5000 rpm 100 Ps @ 5000 rpm 72 Ps @ 6250 rpm
Torque 160 Nm @ 2800-3600rpm 152 Nm @ 2200-4400 96 Nm @ 3500 rpm
Gearbox 5 Speed Manual Transmission X-TRONIC-CVT 5 Speed Manual Transmission

5 Speed EASY-R AMT

Configuration 3 cylinders
Tyre size 195/60 R16
Front suspension McPherson strut with lower triangle; coil spring, anti-roll bar; traverse arm
Rear suspension Torsion beam axle
Boot volume 405 Liters
Ground Clearance 205 mm
Fuel tank volume 40 L

Colour scheme:

The KIGER comes in six exciting body colors: . All trim-levels include a two-tone option

  • Ice Cool White,
  • Planet Grey,
  • Moonlight Grey,
  • Mahogany Brown,
  • Caspian Blue,
  • Radiant Red with Mystery Black Roof.

Providing an opportunity to customers to choose from the wide range of single or dual-tone color options, Radiant Red which is an exclusive color will only be available as a top variant under a two-tone color scheme.


  • Onboard, the two front seats and the two rear side seats are fitted with three-point seatbelts, while the rear middle passenger seat features a two-point seatbelt.
  • The two front airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger along with the two side airbags round out the safety suite.
  • Both front seats get a seat belt reminder alert for enhanced safety.

Smart cabin:

KIGER interiors are called the smart cabin as it combines technology, functionality, and roominess. KIGER is just under four meters long and falls into the compact SUV category, yet thanks to the CMFA+ platform DNA, just like Triber it offers segment-leading roominess, cabin storage, and cargo space.

Styling :

The chiseled curves that play with light and shade give the impression of a floating cockpit, accentuated by piano-style control dials, suspended air conditioning controls, and a pedestal that is easily accessible from the center console. The console features a 20.32 cm floating touch screen, giving the passenger compartment a modern look, and so does a 17.78 cm Multi-Skin Reconfigurable TFT color cluster.

Comfort and space:

The KIGER provides record levels of roominess with space onboard that you can feel. At the front, the KIGER offers a 710-mm Couple Distance between seats – the best in its segment. At the rear, KIGER provides best in segment second-row legroom (222 mm) and elbow room (1431 mm). The seat height provides a commanding driving position accentuating driving comfort. The Kiger sets a very high standard when it comes to loading capacity, offering the best boot capacity in the segment (405 litres which extend to 879 liters with the second row folded).

Addition features: 

Another new feature available at higher trim levels is the white ambient lighting in the passenger compartment. It lights up the storage compartment at the front of the centre console and the back of the front door grip handles. The cockpit features back-lit steering wheel controls. These have a whole host of settings such as access to the onboard computer menu, speaker volume, phone and radio features, and voice recognition.  KIGER will also feature a first-in-segment PM2.5 Clean Air Filter. This advanced atmospheric filter fitted into the ventilation system ensures good air quality inside the vehicle.

The KIGER uses technology to ensure safety with radar sensors and a reverse camera with guiding lines. The driver can enjoy greater visibility and precision when reversing or manoeuvring for parking. The turning radius is 5.02 meters.

Interior :

Infotainment system comprises The KIGER’S high, wide centre console is focused around a large 20.32 cm floating touch screen that features wireless smartphone replication for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at higher trims. Wireless smartphone replication allows passengers to connect their smartphones seamlessly and access the special driving and multimedia apps. Passengers can select five permanent shortcuts for faster access to apps and features. The system not only offers voice recognition through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but also Bluetooth connectivity that can pair with up to five devices, a USB socket for faster charging, and a built-in MP4 video player.

MULTI-SENSE driving experience and ambience lighting:

At higher trim levels, the driver has access to MULTI-SENSE settings to select different driving modes. Engine mapping, gear changes (for automatic transmissions), the responsive steering column, and the digital speedometer are reset when changing driving modes, for an optimum driving experience.

  • Multi-Skin 17.78 cm Reconfigurable TFT cluster changes its color and widget configuration according to the mode selected, displaying useful information relevant to selected driving mode:
  • Normal mode: Provides an optimum driving parameter of the engine apt for city driving conditions. It also provides handy information like real-time; average fuel consumption all in a blue colour look.
  • Eco-mode: Provides a drive that is inclined towards economic driving practices. Changing the overall appearance of the TFT into green, the indicators, like an animated leaf, provide real-time feedback to maximize economic driving.
  • Sports Mode: Provides a driving environment that is full of fun and sportiness, with crisper engine response and faster shifting. The overall TFT screen appearance turns red with quick information of acceleration gauge, torque/power ratios, etc providing drivers to have all the fun!

Premium sound system

The KIGER boasts a brand new, well-tuned quality sound system: The Auditorium 3D Sound system by Arkamys, with a technology that diffuses 3D sound tailor-made to suit the materials and shape of the passenger compartment. All in all, there are eight on-board speakers (four boomers, four tweeters). The system also automatically adjusts the sound volume according to the speed of the vehicle at higher trim levels. Hands-free smart access card. For everyday convenience, doors can be opened and closed automatically, and the engine started without a key. The sensors in the card allow drivers to lock and unlock the doors without having to take the card out of their pocket or press a button. They can also start the vehicle without having to insert the card. The hands-free system also includes a door auto-lock function when drivers walk away from the vehicle. This feature is real-time-saver and incredibly convenient.

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Toyota Launches the new Fortuner and Legender

January 6, 2021 / 0 Comments / 273 / 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 / 250 / 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
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

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
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
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


December 26, 2020 / 0 Comments / 246 / 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.