Mercedes-Benz has commenced bookings of the A-Class Limousine in India at a token amount of Rs 2 lakh. It is expected to be priced from Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be available in petrol, diesel, and AMG variants.
The carmaker took the wraps off the A-Class sedan at Auto Expo 2020. The sedan will replace the previous A-Class hatchback and will slot below the upcoming CLA sedan. Exterior highlights of the A-Class sedan include a front fascia featuring curved surfaces, soft lines, a minimalist grille and air inlets.
Interior highlights consist of a driver’s instrument display in one half and an infotainment system in the other.
In the international market, the A-Class sedan is available with two engine options. The A 200 variant is powered by a 1330cc turbocharged petrol engine that makes 163PS of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A 180 d, on the other hand, gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 116PS and 260Nm, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Since the A-Class sedan will be a CBU import in the country, we expect the India-spec car to be powered by the same set of petrol and diesel engines.
Audi’s top-of-the-line RS model, the RS Q8 is just around the corner as the Ingolstadt-based carmaker has commenced bookings at a token amount of Rs 15 lakh. Bookings can be made online or at authorised dealerships. The RS Q8 is powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that produces 600hp and 800Nm. Power is channelled to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It also gets a host of other mechanical upgrades to its brakes and suspension. Official figures put the RS Q8’s performance in supercar territory with a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.8sec and a limited top speed of 250kph (304kph with the optional dynamic package). The RS Q8 does uphold the claimed numbers by being the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
On the outside, it is spicier than the standard Q8 with a blacked-out single-frame front grille, bigger air dams on the front bumper, dark-tinted Matrix LED headlights, 22-inch dual tone alloy wheels and dual exhausts at the rear. It also features a wider track width than the standard Q8. The cabin receives sports seats and an RS theme for its three screens. The virtual cockpit features driver-focused information such as lap time, G-force meter and shift lights.
Expect the Audi RS Q8 to be priced at around Rs 2 crore (ex-showroom). Rivals include the the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Kia’s answer to the Vitara Brezza is based on the successful Hyundai Venue. It will also share the powertrain options with the Venue. We expect to see the same 120PS 1.2-litre T-GDI motor along with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Sonet is also expected to have a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine.
The Kia Sonet was unveiled in the pre-production avatar but the company said that the exteriors of the car would be 90% untouched for the production-spec. Interiors of the car were not revealed but expect it to be something cool and funky. The manufacturer has decided to sell this car as an urban commuter. Though the pandemic has delayed other projects, Kia is confident that they will be successful in launching the production car by the festive season this year i.e. August-October 2020.
In terms of features, the Sonet will be offered with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, connected car technology, climate control, and a Bose sound system. Other expected features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wireless phone charger, cruise control, a multi-info display, and keyless entry with push-button start. Expected safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
Previously, the City was spotted testing undisguised in India for the first time. It looks largely similar to the international-spec model with sleek split LED tail lamps, a revised tailgate and new bumpers. The City also gets India-specific changes like the new alloy wheel design. Inside, the India-spec City will come with a black-beige interior. The dashboard is expected to be similar to the international-spec model with a minimalist layout. We also expect Honda to add more piano black and aluminium inserts to uplift the ambience.
Details about the petrol variants of the 2020 Honda City have emerged ahead of its March 16 India reveal. The 2020 Honda City petrol will be offered in three variants: V, VX and ZX. It’ll continue to utilise Honda’s tried and tested BS6-compliant 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The document reveals that this motor develops 121PS of power, 2PS more than the current City’s engine. The petrol City will be offered with a manual transmission and CVT options. Honda will offer the CVT unit on all three variants. Prices for the 2020 City are expected to start above the current model (Rs 9.91 lakh, ex-showroom). The 2020 Honda City will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento BS6, Hyundai Verna 2020, Toyota Yaris and the upcoming Skoda Rapid TSI.
The muscular Mahindra Thar 2020 is ready to become bold and massive. The next-gen Mahindra Thar already got spotted being tested for the first time in India. The looks suggest that the car seems longer as well as wider than the prior model.
Thar lovers, its time to rejoice. Because the new Thar will be offered with not 1 but 2 engine options.
The Mahindra Thar Facelift will be based on the latest ladder-frame chassis which is developed in coordination by Ssangyong and Mahindra. It will still retain the appearance of the classic Jeep CJ5 which came into existence from the 1960s. However, we can expect a canopy, much longer wheelbase and wider wheel arches on the facelift. The 2020 Mahindra Thar facelift will be featuring an all-new diesel engine which will comply with the BS BS6 emission norms. Currently, Thar is powered by a 2.5-L CRDe engine, which puts out a max power of 107 PS and 247 Nm of max torque, and DI diesel engine, which puts out a max power of 63 PS and a peak torque of 195 Nm, but the current version of Mahindra Thar doesn’t meet BS6VI emission norms. Having said that, not much information is available at the moment regarding the engine specs of the facelift. Initiated by the year 2010, the Thar at present is in its last phase. It got its mid-life modification in the year 2015 with some interior and cosmetic up-gradation. Designed in retro style and being a capable 4X4 off-roader, the Thar carries forwards its distinctiveness in the automotive industry. We can expect the 2020 Mahindra Thar Facelift features to include an anti-lock braking system, airbags, hill assist in the next-gen Thar 2020 for proving its off-roading prowess.
Skoda’s most awaited car will finally hit our shores.
Skoda India has commenced bookings for the Karoq SUV for Rs 50,000. The Karoq will be powered by a BS6 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine which makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. Its feature highlights are a panoramic sunroof, virtual cockpit, and 9 airbags.
Previously, the carmaker unveiled the Karoq SUV at Auto Expo 2020. It sits below the Kodiaq and rivals the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen T-ROC. The premium midsize will be brought as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) and is slated for launch in April 2020. Prices for the premium midsize SUV are expected to start from Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Karoq does seem to have great potential in the SUV savvy market in India
The Karoq will be offered with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre TSI engine that develops 150PS and 250Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. Features in the Karoq include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connected car technology, powered front seats, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control as well as a panoramic sunroof. Safety features include ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability program, traction control and more
Engine and Transmission: The Karoq will be offered only with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine that returns 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. It will come mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission option.
Features: The SUV will feature 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, connected car tech, ambient lighting, and wireless charging. In terms of safety features, it gets up to 9 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and ABS with EBD.
Expected Launch and Price: Skoda is expected to launch its mid-size SUV by April 2020 at a starting price of around Rs 20 lakh.
The best is about to get better.
Brace yourself, as the German luxury car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz, revealed the new GLE SUV at the Paris Motor Show held in October 2018. Set to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2019, Mercedes-Benz India has now confirmed that the new GLE will be headed to Indian shores in 2019 itself.
The new-gen GLE is longer, wider, taller and has a longer wheelbase than the older model and can also be had with seven seats, a first for the GLE. While the GLE’s exterior has been completely redesigned, its rear-end still reminds of the older model. Read about the looks and cabin design of the new GLE here.
As far as engines are concerned, Mercedes has revealed two new diesel engines that conform with BSVI specifications. One of them is a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine that produces 245PS and 500Nm of torque, which will be available underneath the bonnet of the GLE 300 d. The other engine is a 3.0-litre inline-six that churns out 330PS and 700Nm of torque and will be available on the GLE 400 d. We expect these engines to come to India as well. The current-gen GLE sold in India is also offered with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. The new GLE also gets the same petrol unit, which is also available with a 48V electric system that features an integrated starter generator that can control electric functions of the car and even the turbocharger. We expect the new GLE to be offered with a petrol engine in India as well.
Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system will also make an appearance in the new GLE. The ‘Energizing Coach’ function, which automatically fine tunes the seating posture and gives different types of massages, is also present in the new GLE. It also gets the company’s E-Active Body Control, which allows onboard computers to individually control each damper and spring. This not only restricts body roll, but also controls the pitch and squat of the SUV. It remains to be seen if these features make it to the Indian model as well.
When it comes to India, the new GLE will go up against the Audi Q7 and BMW X5. Currently, the GLE sold in India is priced from Rs 67.15 lakh to Rs 1.02 crore (ex-showroom New Delhi). Expect the new car to be offered in a similar price bracket.
After all the mules and speculations, looks like our subcontinent will finally get the T-Roc.
Volkswagen unveiled the T-Roc at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. It is based on the MQB platform and seems likely to be set for a launch later this year. According to reports, the T-Roc will be offered as a CBU (completely built unit) in India with 2,500 units being imported into the country every year without the need for homologation.
The Indian-spec T-Roc will most likely be offered with the choice of a 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. It could get the option of a 6-speed manual along with the 7-speed DSG gearbox. Expect the SUV to be priced in the range of Rs 17 lakh to Rs 20 lakh when it’s launched in India by the second half of 2019.
Once launched, T-Roc will be placed in the hottest segment of the market, the SUV segment where it will compete against the Skoda Kodiaq, Mahindra XUV 5OO and the Jeep Compass.
The first-gen Renault Kwid was truly a game changer. It had a massive stance even though it belonged to the family of hatches. Of late, Renault could hardly inject with some life with the ever increasing competition.
Renault is set to launch the Kwid facelift in India by the end of September. It will come with revamped exterior styling that will borrow bits from the City KZ-E electric hatchback. New headlamps, grille and interiors featuring bits from the upcoming Triber MPV are also expected. The 2019 Kwid facelift will use the same set of petrol engines from the previous iteration. These include a 0.8-litre engine which makes 54PS of power and 72Nm of peak torque and the 1.0-litre engine that puts out 68PS and 91Nm. Both engines are expected to be BS6-ready.
The Kwid facelift is most likely to carry a slight premium over the current car, which retails from Rs 2.76 lakh to Rs 4.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Key rivals for the Kwid facelift include the Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Datsun redi-GO. It will also go up against the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Presso.
Renault KWID 2019 is going to launch in India with an estimated price of Rs. 2.80 lakh