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Suzuki has launched 2021 Hayabusa in India

April 29, 2021 / 0 Comments / 44 / Bike News

The Suzuki Hayabusa was one of the dream motorcycle of every auto-enthusiast when John rode it in the movie Dhoom. Ever since the motorcycle has got immense attention, there were very few Ninja’s, Triumphs back then. Japnese Engineering ruled the market in India such as the Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Honda’s. Suzuki, launched the third-generation model of its flagship Sport Bike, the All-New Hayabusa.

Under the product concept “Ultimate Sport”, inherited from the very first generation, the All-New Hayabusa has further evolved the unique styling design with outstanding aerodynamic performance and superior riding performance. Various mode selections are offered for each electronic control system to better fit varying riding scenes from city riding to touring, racetracks, and better serve for riders’ preferences and skill levels.

Key features:

1) S.I.R.S features SDMS-α
(Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha)-

– Factory presets: 3
– User-defined settings: 3

2) Active Speed Limiter

3) Launch Control System (3 modes)

4) Suzuki Easy Start System

5) Low RPM Assist

6) Cruise Control System

7) Combined Brake System

8) Motion Track Brake System

9) Slope Dependent Control System

10) Hill Hold Control System

 

Instrument Cluster and Features:

The newly-installed Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) features SDMS-α, which offers a choice between three factories presets, (A: Active, B: Basic, and C: Comfort), as well as three user-defined settings (U1, U2, U3). Each one of these selects the mode settings as a group for the Power Mode Selector, Motion Track Traction Control, Anti-lift Control, Engine Brake Control, and Bi-directional Quick Shift systems. The rider uses switches on the left handlebar to change modes and settings, and the current settings are displayed on the TFT LCD panel located in the center of the instrument cluster, between the Hayabusa’s large analog speedometer and tachometer.

Engine & Performance:

All New Hayabusa is powered with 1340cm3 four stroke fuel injected liquid-cooled DOHC, in-line four engine to deliver 140kW (190PS)/9,700rpm power and 150N-m/7,000rpm torque. Additionally, Intelligence embodied in the electronic control systems enhance and advances the riding experience.

Price kitna hai?

The BS6 Compliant All-New Hayabusa shall be dispatched in the middle of May 2021, retails at INR 1,640,000 (ex-showroom Delhi.

Colours Available:

Total Three colours namely

1) Glass Sparkle Black/ Candy Burnt Gold,

2) Metallic Mat Sword Silver/ Candy Daring Red

3) Pearl Brilliant White/ Metallic Mat Stellar Blue.

Suzuki’s take on Covid-19 Precautions:

To ensure utmost customer convenience during the current COVID-19 situation, All-New Hayabusa can be booked at the click of a button through ‘Suzuki at your Doorstep’ with the booking amount of INR 100,000. Integrated within Suzuki Motorcycle India’s official website https://www.suzukimotorcycle.co.in

Currently, the Motorcycle stands sold out for the Indian market.

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Are Electric Vehicles (EV) future of mobility?

April 21, 2021 / 0 Comments / 69 / Drivepedia

The whole world has experienced all types of IC (Internal Combustion) Engines which majorly run on fuels such as Diesel or Petrol. These fuels fall under the category of Non-renewable source of energy, meaning once used they cannot be replenished. The major disadvantage of using these fuels, they release CO2 (carbon dioxide), as a result of combustion and other harmful gases which are not good for the environment thus increasing global warming.Fossil CO2 emissions in India were 2,533,638,100 tons in 2016. CO2 emissions increased by 4.71% over the previous year, representing an increase by 114,000,900 tons over 2015, when CO2 emissions were 2,419,637,200 tons.

To avoid and reduce this carbon footprint approx 189 countries have joined the Paris Agreement. The agreement includes commitments from all countries to reduce their emissions and work together to adapt to the impacts of climate change and calls on countries to strengthen their commitments over time. The whole motive behind this agreement is to lower the CO2 emissions from the exhaust of cars as low as possible. In European countries, they follow a norm called Euro6 engines and in India, we follow Bharat stage 6 engines.

As we saw advancement in technology we have started using CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) -operated vehicles and we have implemented most of them in public transport over 10 years. Using CNG engines also emit CO2 and other harmful gases but at a lower rate. To avoid this, few Automobile companies have come with a solution to have zero amount of carbon footprint and how is that possible you ask, by having the invention of the Electric Car.

What are electric cars EV?

A car that is propelled by an electric motor is called an electric car. The car has rechargeable batteries which are the power input for electric motors that are connected to the wheels. There are three types of EV’S (Electric Vehicles) the Plug-in electric, Plug-in hybrid, and Hybrid electric.

Plug-in Electric: – They solely depend on electricity, meaning they only run on rechargeable batteries. Example: Mahindra e2o

Plug-in Hybrid: – These cars run on conventional Internal combustion engines be it petrol or diesel and electric motors. If in case they run out of fuel or charge they can switch between the two. Example:Toyota Camry

Hybrid electric: – These majorly run on petrol or diesel but they also have an electric battery which is charged through regenerative braking, these let us choose between EV mode and the fuel. These cars cannot be charged they are only charged by fuel. Example: – Toyota Prius.

Can we use these cars in India?

As of now the sales of these vehicles are not that high because of the reliability of the EV vehicle? Few EVs can travel approx. 300kms in a single charge. It takes around 8-10hrs to charge from 0% to 100%. In India, we lack the infrastructure of charging stations for EV cars which is the main reason sales of EVs are low. As of 2020, we have 993 charging stations across the country.

 

When will we have enough electricity for charging stations?

As the latest report of 2018, we have a consumption of 909 GU (Giga units), and the required is 915 GU. The difference of 6GU is imported from Bhutan. About 66% of total electricity required is produced by burning fossil fuels (coal) and the rest about 33% is produced from renewable sources of energy such as wind energy, tidal energy, and hydroelectric plant.

Now we have a strong debate on does it makes sense to buy an electric car because the whole purpose of an electric car was to reduce carbon footprint but instead we are burning coal to provide electricity for charging stations.

According to the report published on 11th March 2018, PM says, we have an ISA (International Solar Alliance) which says by 2022 we will producing 175GW (gigawatt) by renewable sources of energy

ISA was established in 2015 as an initiative by the PM of India and President of France and the purpose was to bring together a group of nations to endorse clean energy, sustainable environment, public transport, and climate.

So India estimates to outgrow this number of charging stations and power them by using renewable sources of energy which will cause less pollution and will decrease the carbon footprint reducing global warming.

What (ISRO) INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION has to offer on EV’S?

ISRO is in the process of transferring the technology of a cheaper version of space batteries developed by ISRO for the automobile industry especially for commercial use in e-mobility. Chairman of ISRO Dr.K Sivan said,” we have developed the technology to reduce the cost of space batteries to be used for the production of e-vehicle”. The process has a collaboration of ISRO and ARAI (automotive research association of India).

What are the challenges for EVs?

  1. Inadequate charging infrastructure
  2. Reliance on battery imports
  3. Reliance on imported components and parts
  4. Incentives linked to local manufacturing
  5. Range anxiety among consumers
  6. The high price of EVs currently
  7. Lack of options for high-performance EVs
  8. Inadequate electricity supply in parts of India
  9. Lack of quality maintenance and repair options

The solution for the above-mentioned problems has been taken into consideration, governments and automotive companies are investing more in R&D (Research and Development) to overcome these issues.

We now compare 5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages

YES for EV NO for EV
High cost of fuels Recharge points
Zero emissions The initial investment is high
Low maintenance The rise in electricity bill
Easy driving No lag Range is short
Tax benefits Longer time to recharge

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BMW launched the New 6-series,here in India

April 12, 2021 / 0 Comments / 95 / Car News

After the recent launch of the BMW ‘M’ version of the 3 series. BMW has more cars lined up for the Indian auto industry. One of which is their flagship the new BMW 6 series has been launched in India today. Locally produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai, the car is available in one petrol (newly introduced BMW 630i M Sport) and
two diesel variants (BMW 630d M Sport and BMW 620d Luxury Line). Bookings can be
made at all BMW dealerships from today onwards.

This BMW could be yours at : (ex-showroom)

BMW 630i M Sport : INR 67,90,000
BMW 620d Luxury Line : INR 68,90,000
BMW 630d M Sport : INR 77,90,000

Slightly out of your budget?

Thanks to BMW India Financial Services, customized and flexible financial solutions can be designed as per individual requirements. BMW 360˚ offers exclusive financial packages with great value and absolute peace of mind. Customers will enjoy a hassle-free ownership experience with low monthly payments, assured buy-back of up to 4 years, and flexible end-of-term options. Service Inclusive and Service Inclusive Plus further reduce the cost of ownership. Customers can choose from a variety of service plans according to duration and mileage. The packages cover Condition Based Service (CBS) and maintenance work with plans ranging from 3 yrs / 40,000 kms to 10 yrs / 2,00,000 kms. The service packages are lowest in the segment starting at approximately INR 52,000 for a 3-year period.

Perks of booking the car online?

Online bookings are done till 30 April 2021 will enjoy an attractive offer on limited units. These cars will come with complimentary Original BMW Accessories and Lifestyle Collection products worth INR 1.5 Lakh. Presented from the Aftersales Lifestyle catalog, the package includes products such as Mont-Blanc for BMW, BMW Display key, Headphones for Rear Seat Entertainment, etc.

What’s new about the BMW 6 series?

Exterior:

New contours for the BMW kidney grille and headlights immediately bordering it on either side make a striking impression.  Newly added BMW Laserlight, unique in this vehicle segment, distributes light perfectly up to 650 meters. The slope-like roofline overflows with coupe elegance. More modern and cleaned up – that is the first impression of the rear with broad, muscular lines, attractive LED rear-light design, and two freeform tailpipes.

Interior:

The Interior of the new BMW 6 Series justifies that this is the perfect travel companion –generously spacious with luxurious comfort and bespoke material selection. Newly designed controls on the center console in high-gloss black look elegant. Interior trim selections enhance the luxurious appeal – BMW 630i and BMW 620d offer Natural Leather Dakota trim with fine-wood trims and BMW 630d offers a refined premium option with exclusive ‘Nappa’ leather upholstery with diamond stitching. Comfort Seats offer fully electric seat adjustment with memory function on the driver as well as the passenger side. A rear seat bench with an electrically adjustable backrest angle and comfort headrest cushions adds extra comfort for long journeys. The two-part panoramic glass sunroof adds bright natural sunlight and enhances the sense of spaciousness in the cabin. Ambient Lighting with six dimmable designs creates an atmosphere for every mood. The car has four-zone automatic climate control with extended features. Adding to the luxurious feel are features such as electroplated controls, electrically adjustable roller sunblinds, and soft-close function for doors. The luggage compartment has a capacity of up to 600 liters, extending to 1,800 liters thanks to the 40/20/40 split.

Infotainment & Driver Assists:

The latest version of the Rear-seat entertainment Professional comprises two 10.25” touchscreen monitors with full-HD technology, a Blu-ray player, screen mirroring function, and two USB ports. Harman Kardon Surround. A high-end 16 speaker system with woofers generates an impressive audio experience in all seats that is unique worldwide in the automotive sector.

Modern cockpit concept BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 includes 3D Navigation, a 12.3-inch fully-digital digital instrument display behind the steering wheel, and now a bigger 12.3-inch Control Display. The occupants can operate a number of functions simply by speaking to their BMW Virtual Assistant. Hands do the talking with BMW Gesture Control (in BMW 630d) recognizes six pre-defined hand movements for
control of a number of functions. The smartphone holder integrated into the center console allows inductive, Wireless Charging for mobile phones. Wireless Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto ensures seamless smartphone connection with the car to access several functions.

Parking Assistant with Rear View Camera makes parking in tight spots easier.  It keeps a record of the last 50 meters driven and assists by taking over the steering. With the Remote Control Parking function, a driver can maneuver the vehicle into a narrow parking space from outside using the BMW Display Key.

Safety:

  • BMW EfficientDynamics includes features such as 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission, Auto Start-Stop, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution and ECO PRO mode in Driving Experience Control.
  • BMW Safety technologies include six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
    and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric
    the parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer, and crash
    sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounting, and emergency spare wheel.

What is to offer in terms of performance?

Thanks to unrivaled BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the petrol, and diesel engines meld maximum power with exemplary efficiency and offer spontaneous responsiveness even at low engine speeds, offering best-in-class acceleration figures. The 2-liter 4- cylinder petrol engine of the BMW 630i generates maximum output of 258 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm with 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 6.5 seconds. The 2-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine of the BMW 620d develops maximum output of 190 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm with 0-100 kmph acceleration in 7.9 seconds. The 3-liter 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine of BMW 630d produces maximum output of 265hp and peak torque of 620 Nm with 0-100 kmph acceleration in 6.1 seconds, making it the quickest car in its segment.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission performs smooth, almost imperceptible gearshifts. For even greater driving pleasure, it comes with steering wheel paddle shifters and cruise control with braking function. The standard Adaptive 2-axle Air Suspension with its self-leveling feature maintains constant height irrespective of the load, providing great comfort. It offers maximum ride comfort and extreme sporting capability. Individual electronically controlled dampers offer exceptional precision and improve the drive and handling dynamics. The damper response settings vary according to the mode selected with the Driving Experience Control switch, which allows the driver to choose between different modes to suit the driving conditions – Comfort, Comfort+, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive.

 

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GTU Motorsport made India rank 45th in Formula Student Racing.

April 7, 2021 / 0 Comments / 132 / Car News

Team GTU Motorsports is the Formula Student Combustion Team of GUJARAT TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (GTU)  based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The Team was formed in April 2014, when seven GTU affiliated institutes signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a team under GTU. The team comprises a well-balanced combination of seniors with talent and expertise as well as juniors who bring creativity and zeal to the advancement of the Team.

Team GTU Motorsports shares that following the completion of Formula Bharat 2021, the team has risen 27 ranks in the global Formula Student Ranking Index and now stands on the 45th spot! At the moment, they are the ONLY Indian Formula Student Combustion team in the top 50.

Over the course, they have acquired a lot of recognition and expertise, which has effectively pushed them to this level. In the process of developing an open-wheel, single-seater Formula A style race car that enables students in inculcating skills like manufacturing, design, management, marketing as well as teamwork along the way. Every year, they represent GTU at two major events: Formula Bharat and Supra SAE INDIA. Our ambition is to bring GTU Motorsports closest to a “Real-world engineering experience”, not strictly limited to automotive design and racing. The team was formed for the students to enhance their learning experience and to go from book-smart to street-smart. Their motto is “Building People, not just Race Cars” and hence they focus on the overall development of an individual joining the team. Team GTU Motorsports is a result of the above-mentioned ideology and initiative.

Their ambition is to bring GTU Motorsports closest to a “Real-world engineering experience” not strictly limited to automotive design and racing. The team was formed for the students to enhance their learning experience and to go from book-smart to street-smart. Their motto is “Building People, not just Race Cars” and hence we focus on the overall development of an individual joining the team. Team GTU Motorsports is a result of the above-mentioned
ideology and initiative.

The team consists of 40 students from various colleges affiliated to Gujarat Technological University GTU, which are situated in various zones across the state which includes students from Mechanical, Automobile, Electrical, Electronics & Communication, IT & CE branches of engineering as well as management.

Few Achievements:

  • Even in times of pandemic, the team secured 3rd rank in Design Presentation and also won the Best Business Plan Pitch Deck in the first-ever Virtual Formula Bharat 2021.
  •  GTM20 is the Fifth Consecutive Race Car of Team GTU  Motorsports since its inception. GTM20 competed in Formula Bharat 2020 held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore from 22nd January to 26th January 2020 and secured 3rd rank overall. 1st rank in Endurance &Acceleration.
  • GTM19 (previous vehicle) performed exceptionally well in static as well as dynamic events. The team secured 1st rank in Acceleration, Endurance, Overall Efficiency. Hence, the team was declared as Champion in the 2019 edition of Formula Bharat, which was also held at Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore.
  •  GTM18 secured 2nd place overall at SUPRA SAE, held at Buddha International Circuit, Greater Noida.
  •  GTM17 won the SUPRA SAE which was held at Buddha International Circuit, Greater Noida.

 

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Honda Launches Two New motorcycles under 600cc segment, CBR 650R & CB 650R

March 31, 2021 / 0 Comments / 178 / Bike News

Honda introduced the CBR 250 back in 2011 for the Indian Two Wheeler market. Since then it has been ruling the segment. After the overwhelming response on the CBR 250, Honda planned to make this bike more affordable since the 250 was very expensive back then. They bought CBR 150cc which looked identical to CBR250. For the past 4-5 years there was a considerable growth in sales of high cc segment motorcycles where CBR650 was launched somehow on the sales part the motorcycle couldn’t perform well as it was an expensive affair to maintain the motorcycle and availability of spares was an issue. But surely Honda has reworked on this and we see many premium products from Honda the latest one to be the all-new HondaCB500X which was launched a few days ago. Honda is back with the new surprise.

March 30, 2021: Giving the free-spirited riders a chance to go on full throttle, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today launched the new 2021 CBR 650R and CB 650R in India. The new models will make their way to the Indian market through CKD* route. (*Completely Knocked Down).The CB 650R is for young riders seeking a combination of exhilarating four-cylinder engine performance and light, versatile, refined chassis handling. The 2021 model has received a range of detail improvements to enhance comfort, usability, and practicality.

Design:-

  • The frame is a twin-tube type that enables a highly efficient downdraft intake layout while taking advantage of the supple characteristics of steel
  • Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB 650R’s Neo-Sports Café style features the signature compact ‘Trapezoid’ proportion of short, stubby tail and short overhang headlight.
  • The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four-cylinder engine. Small side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the rear mudguard made from steel.
  • With its four-cylinder power unit clearly on display, the CBR 650R’s ramps up the pure sporting appeal; dual LED headlight cluster.
  • The seat unit is compact and truncates the rear of the machine, adding to the hard-edged sense of purpose. New side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the steel rear mudguard/number plate mount. The aggressive riding position starts with clip-on handlebars that mount beneath the top yoke, matched to rear-set footpegs.

Powerhouse:-

The 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine, in-line four-cylinder performance, with the classically fast ‘pick-up’ through the rev range and hard-hitting, high-revving top end. Max net power of 64 kW arrives @ 12,000rpm with max net torque of 57.5 Nm delivered at 8,500 rpm.

Both models come with Assist/slipper clutch that eases upshifts and manages hard down changes. The assist mechanism reduces the clutch lever operating load, and the slipper mechanism reduces rear-wheel hopping due to sudden engine braking caused by downshifting improves ease of handling, and provides a more comfortable and smooth ride. The 4-1 side-swept exhaust has been designed to deliver a spine-tingling roar as revs climb.

Performance:-

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system adjusts engine power to optimize torque at the rear wheel, reducing rear-wheel slip. The rider can choose to select the ON / OFF setting with the torque control (TC) switch on the left steering wheel. To match the improved engine and suspension performance both the models wear dual radial-mount four-piston brake calipers gripping 79.2 cm2 floating dual discs in the front and 25.4 cm2 disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS gives smooth braking in both wet and dry conditions.

The Showa Separate Function-Big Piston (SSF-BP) USD Forks come with a damping mechanism and spring on the right & left fork. This system offers reduced weight, superior rigidity, and overall excellent performance along with adjustability for spring preload. Aluminum wheels with premium 5-spoke Y-shaped spokes help reduce un-sprung weight. The light hoops have a greater influence on handling than the numbers alone suggest.

Advanced information on the go:-

The digital LCD instrument cluster is easier to read. Advanced informatics like Gear Position, Digital Speedometer, Digital Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Digital Fuel Level Gauge & Fuel Consumption Gauge, Digital Clock, Water Temp Gauge, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator keeps the rider informed on the go.

COST & Colours available:-

The CBR650 and the CB650 could be yours at:-

 CB 650R CBR 650R
Color Candy Chromosphere Red Grand Prix Red
Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic
Price

ex-showroom Gurugram

(Haryana)

INR 8.67 Lacs INR 8.88 Lacs

 

Advanced Security system:-

New smart ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) technology detects sudden braking and automatically activates the front and rear hazard lights, which flash to warn any nearby vehicles. Giving peace of mind to the rider is the new Honda Ignition Security System (HISS), an electronic anti-theft device that automatically disables the starting of the engine by means of electronic control.

 

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Born on Race Track, BMW M 1000RR launched in India

March 27, 2021 / 0 Comments / 116 / Bike News

Remember as a kid you always had dreamt of having a motorcycle that is fully faired? We always had one as a toy and wish to own one in the future. It always starts with a cycle, then a motorcycle, and then a sports bike. To fulfill your wish BMW has launched their all-new BMW M 1000RR – the first M model from BMW Motorrad in India. Available as completely built-up units (CBU), the motorcycles can be booked at all BMW Motorrad India dealerships from today onwards.

BMW Motorrad follows the philosophy of the strongest letter in the world – M. It is synonymous worldwide with success in racing and is aimed at riders with particularly high demands regarding performance, exclusiveness and individuality.

The BMW M 1000RR can be yours at:-

The motorcycle is available in two variants at an ex-showroom price as follows –

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR                              –   INR 42,00,000

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR Competition      –   INR 45,00,000

What all does the New RR offer?

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR.

The all-new BMW M 1000RR is the first M model from BMW Motorrad and is based on the BMW S 1000 RR.

The M design of the all-new BMW M 1000 RR is dynamic indicates ultimate racetrack performance. With its extremely compact layout, minimized weight, optimized chassis technology, and the most powerful BMW Motorrad standard engine of all time, the M RR is uncompromisingly designed for use on racetracks. The M RR is slim and slender from the front with its characteristic split face, the black matt T-shaped fresh air flap, and the new M winglets. In addition, a generous surface design with only one joint not only ensures a high-quality and competitive overall impression but also optimum flow characteristics and high aerodynamic quality. The integrated LED headlights give the bike a dynamic and aggressive look. The iconic sidelight in a dynamically U shapes signature makes the new M RR clearly recognizable as a BMW from the front. The asymmetrical color arrangement makes the M RR look unique. The engine cover in granite grey, the fuel filler cap painted black, blue spring strut, M brakes, M carbon wheels and M brake calipers with blue anodized coating in combination with the M logo lends a sporty flair.

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR is available as a basic version and optionally with the M Competition Package that converts this super street bike into a weekend racetrack machine. The M Competition Package includes – M GPS-lap trigger, Passenger Kit, Pillion Seat Cover, Carbon Pack (M Carbon Front and Rear Mudguard, M Carbon Upper Fairing Side Panel, M Carbon Tank Cover, M Carbon Chain Guard, M Carbon Sprocket Cover), M Billet Pack (M Engine Protectors, M Brake Lever Folding, M Brake Lever Guard, M Clutch Lever Folding, M Rider Footrest System)

The all-new BMW M 1000 RR is fitted with a newly developed water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 999 cc. It is based on the BMW S 1000 RR engine, which has been comprehensively modified as a high-performance racing engine. It generates a peak output of 212 hp (156 kW) at 14,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 113 Nm at 11000 rpm to deliver a supreme level of engine power. The M RR sprints from 0-100 Km in 3.1 seconds and can achieve a maximum speed of 306 km/h.

The intake ports are redesigned to significantly increase the peak power range relevant for super-sport and racetrack use. BMW ShiftCam Technology provides the all-new BMW M 1000 RR an excellent torque curve that is captivating even at low and middle speeds. The variable camshaft control BMW ShiftCam is an entirely new technology that provides supreme rideability along with an additional increase in power across the entire engine speed range, reduced emission and fuel consumption levels, optimized running smoothness and refinement.

The newly developed suspension has enhanced the riding dynamics as well as achieved significantly reduced weight. The all-new BMW M 1000 RR features a Flex Frame which is the optimum interplay between the frame design and the engine as a load-bearing element. It improves the aerodynamics of the motorcycle and helps keep the weight low. The new layout of the mainframe has a leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip.

For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the all-new BMW M 1000 RR is fitted with the four modes ‘Rain’, ‘Road’, ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Race’ as standard. For the world of racetracks and motor racing, the Riding Modes Pro option offers additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the most diverse control functions such as Engine (throttle), Engine Brake, Traction Control, Wheelie-Control, ABS, and ABS Pro to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style. Another feature that comes with the ‘Pro Modes’ is Launch Control and pit lane limiter for perfect race starts and precise speed in the pit lane.

The Multifunctional instrument panel – the TFT display of the all-new BMW M 1000RR. With 6.5″, riders can have the perfect overview. The Pure Ride screen displays the essentials or one of three Core Ride screens that display other important information. BMW Motorrad multi-controller gives the rider quick access to vehicle and connectivity functions. Phone and media functions can be used without having to install an app.

A comprehensive range of optional equipment and original BMW Motorcycle accessories is available for further individualisation of the all-new BMW M 1000RR.

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Mercedes-Benz A-class limousine launched in India

March 27, 2021 / 0 Comments / 133 / Car News

Mercedes-Benz a brand that entered the Indian Auto Industry back in 1994 and continues to rule the premium sedan market since date. There is a fair bit of competition between the market and other Automotive manufacturer.  Earlier this month 3-series Limousine was launched and there was a segment where the Mercedes lacked, to which they decided to launch a car which was showcased and launched for the world back in 2019. Mercedes-Benz India launched the A-Class Limousine. The all-new A-Class Limousine is the longest and tallest in its segment. Extremely sporty and equipped with a high level of features and latest technology enrichments the new A-Class, strengthens the limousine offering of Mercedes-Benz. In addition, Mercedes-Benz rolled-out the Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC, combining fun to drive and the adrenaline experience associated with an AMG, at the same time adding the practicality of daily usage.

Quick overview of Mercedes over the A series:

Continuation of AMG localization reiterates the world-class production prowess of Mercedes-Benz India and a growing focus on the AMG portfolio.

  •  The first time the ‘AMG 35 series’ is launched for Indian customers.
  • First time in the Indian auto industry: 8-year warranty for Engine & Transmission is offered as a standard for the A-Class Limousine
  • AMG A 35 4MATIC is the 12th Locally Manufactured model from Mercedes-Benz India
  • AMG A 35 4MATIC is the second AMG to the roll-out of the assembly lines at Mercedes-Benz India’s production facility in Chakan, Pune
  • Mercedes-Benz India now produces 12 CKD (Complete Knocked Down) models across body shapes in its state-of-art production facility in Chakan, Pune 
  • The AMG portfolio in India now comprises the 35, 43, 53, 63, and GT series of high-performance vehicles across different body shapes
  • Ex-showroom price: A-Class 200 (Petrol): Rs. 39.90 lakhs | A-Class 200d (Diesel): Rs. 40.90 lakhs | AMG A 35 4 MATIC: Rs. 56.25 lakhs.
  • Overwhelming customer response to the A-Class Limousine even before launch; April and May deliveries already sold out.

 

Overview of the A-Class limousine:-

  • Highly technology-laden: Latest connected car technology featuring New-Gen NTG 6 telematics, 2021 Mercedes me connect with OTA, MBUX Connect features and “Hey Mercedes” powered by AI
  • Sophisticated and elaborate interior appointments: Complete digital instrument cluster, HD media display, an ARTICO leather in beige/ black upholstery, elegant open-pore walnut trim, multifunction steering wheel with chrome AC vents.
  • Longer and taller dimensions for extra room and comfort for rear passengers: Long Wheelbase at 2729 mm | Extra Headroom at 944 mm
  • With a Cd value of 0.22 and a frontal area of 2.19 m²
  • Most engine options at market launch for a limousine: Petrol | Diesel | AMG
  • Attractive service package: Best-in-class service packages starting INR 61,200 (A200 Petrol), INR 73,200 (A200 d Diesel) for 2 years.

Overview of the AMG A 35 4 MATIC:-

  • Powerful performance and drive experience synonymous with AMG.
  • Adaptive AMG suspension | AMG SPORTS PACKAGE Exterior | Sports Seats with DINAMICA Upholstery
  • Supersport Steering Wheel: Leather embossed
  • High-end Burmester® Sound System with 12 speakers
  • AMG SPOKE WHEELS 18″ ALL ROUND | PARKING PACKAGE | Active Park Assist
  • Service packages starting at Rs. 63, 600 for 2 years for the AMG A 35 4M

 

Detailed information about the A-class limousine:-

 

The 2021 Mercedes me connect in the A-Class Limousine now offers 3 distinct new features and redefines connectivity:

  1. Alexa home integration with Mercedes me connect | 2. Google home Mercedes me connect
  2. 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 the cloud and provide real-time updates. This feature can be used from an Alexa Echo device setup at the home, office, or also from the phone’s Alexa App. Some examples that one 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 a vehicle or in Mercedes me App:

Mercedes-Benz India offers in the A-Class Limousine, the 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 the 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

Exterior:

  • The typical energetic look and thus the recognition value are highlighted by the new generation of headlamps– with an impressive high-tech appearance.
  • The profile of the luxury limousine has an engaging appearance. The balanced and precisely defined proportions appeal with their stretched lines and large wheelbase.

Interior:

  • The progressive design and the elaborate equipment line substantially enhances the car’s appeal
  • From every perspective, the excitement and high-quality technology associated with A-Limousine are intensified.
  • It meets the highest of aesthetic standards and adds this to a versatility of design preferred by young customers.

Feautres:-

  • NTG 6 with MBUX | Mercedes me connect | HD Media Display | Autonomous active brake assist | Complete digital instrument panel | Media display with touchscreen
  • In addition, for occupants’ comfort, features like two-zone air conditioner, rear-seat armrest, front wireless charger, touchpad, and a panoramic sunroof are provided.

 

Detailed information on AMG A 35 4MATIC

 

 Exterior:

  • The grille with twin louvers, the AMG front bumper with flics on the air intakes, a front splitter and silver chrome trim elements are distinguishing AMG design features on the A 35
  • The latest technology Multibeam headlamps give sharp emotional appeal to the sleek sloping front
  • The all new rear adaptive LED tail-lamps enhance the sporty look, complimented by rear spoiler and two twin diffusers for efficient aerodynamics
  • The round exhaust with chrome elements and curtain element in the bumper enhance the sharp characteristics.

 Interior 

  •  The flat bottom steering wheel in nappa leather, twin digital displays (widescreen) and attractive diffusers give the cabin a modern look
  • The ergonomically contoured sport seats in DINAMICA microfibre with red stitching enhance the interior of new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC

Other key feature highlights of the AMG A 35 4M:

  • Burmester® surround sound system | Adaptive AMG suspension
  • AMG SPOKE WHEELS 18″ ALL ROUND
  • PARKING PACKAGE | Active park Assist

 

How many colours to offer on my Mercedes?

 

A 200 & A 200 d:

  • Polar White | Mojave Silver | Mountain Grey | Cosmos Black | Denim Blue | Iridium Silver

AMG A 35 4MATIC:

  • Polar White | Mojave Silver | Mountain Grey | Cosmos Black | Denim Blue | Iridium Silver | Sun Yellow (On special request)

Technical information:-

  A 200 A 200 d Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC
Engine In-line 4 cylinder In-line 4 cylinder 2.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line with exhaust gas turbocharger
Displacement 1332 cc 1950 cc 1991 cc
Max. output 120 kW (163 hp) at 5500 rpm 110 kW (150 hp) 225 kW (306 hp) at 5800 rpm
Peak torque 250 Nm at 1620-4000 rpm 320 Nm at 1400-3200 rpm 400 Nm at 3000-4000 rpm
Drive system 2WD 2WD AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive
Transmission 7G-DCT 8G-DCT AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 8.3s 8.2s 4.8 s

We wish Merecedes-Benz India all the best for this launch.

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Jaguar makes its foray into electric cars in India with its I-PACE

March 23, 2021 / 0 Comments / 140 / Car News

Jaguar a car manufacturing company that has got significant attention in the Indian market after the acquisition by Tata Motors. Few cars launched by Jaguar Land Rover India get significant attention on the road such as the XJL, or the F-pace. Similarly today Jaguar has again launched a head-turner named Jaguar I-Pace.

The I-Pace is the first complete electric car to be launched in India by Jaguar. The company has received an overwhelming response from the foreign market on the I-pace. The car was first unveiled at Geneva Motor Show 2018. The Jaguar I-Pace has won over 80 global awards, including the prestigious World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car in 2019, making it a true electric vehicle icon within a short span of time. Let’s find out what’s interesting about this electric SUV.

A quick overview:-

  • The Jaguar I-PACE offers an unrivaled balance of all-wheel drive performance, refinement, luxury, and agility. The vehicle is powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery delivering 294 kW power and 696 Nm torque, allowing the I-PACE to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 s 
  • The Jaguar I-PACE presents customers with leading in-car technologies and is the first Jaguar in India to receive the new Pivi Pro infotainment system
  • The I-PACE has been designed to include state-of-the-art digital technologies that assist the driver while providing maximum safety. 3D Surround Camera provides a 360-degree digital plan view of the surrounding area whereas the ClearSight Rear View Mirror improves vision and convenience
  • The I-PACE is equipped with Software over the Air (SOTA) functionality. This ensures that systems such as infotainment, battery management, and charging can be updated remotely
  • The Jaguar Land Rover Retailer network across 19 cities in India is EV ready
  • Jaguar I-PACE is priced from ₹ 105.9 Lakh (ex-showroom India), inclusive of 5 years service package, 5 years road-side assistance package, 7.4 kW AC wall-mounted charger, and 8 years or 160 000 km battery warranty
  • Range on a full charge for the I-pace is 470kms.

 

HyperFocal: 0

 

23rd March 2021, Mumbai: Jaguar Land Rover India, today announced the launch of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE in India with a starting price of ₹ 105.9 Lakh (ex-showroom India). The Jaguar I-PACE is powered by a 90 kWh battery that delivers 294 kW power and 696 Nm torque, allowing the I-PACE to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 s. 

Performance:-

The I-Pace’s linear acceleration is instantaneous with no lag and no gear shift interruptions. Its 294 kW (395 BHP) of peak power takes you from 0-100 km/h in only 4.8 s. The 90 kWh battery is positioned within the floor, between the axles, giving a low center of gravity and near-perfect weight distribution. The I-PACE is underpinned by an advanced electric vehicle architecture created specifically for this car that delivers excellent driving dynamics while minimizing weight. The double-wishbone suspension at the front and integral link suspension at the rear has been tuned to give the I-PACE the perfect balance of dynamic handling and refinement.

Features:-

I-PACE features the latest & more driver-focused technology and is the first Jaguar in India to offer Pivi Pro Infotainment System. The 31.24 cm (12.3) HD instrument cluster features completely revised graphics to give an even clearer indication of the battery state of charge. The I-PACE is available with a wireless device charging pad beneath the ‘floating’ center console. Wireless charging also includes signal boosting, ensuring the phone’s signal remains strong for longer. A Smartphone Pack with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is available, as is Bluetooth technology which can pair two phones simultaneously ensuring you’ll always be connected. 

Interior:-

Inside the cabin, the ClearSight Rear View Mirror improves vision and convenience by ensuring the driver always has an unobstructed view of the road behind even with three people in the rear seat. It uses a wide-angle, rear-facing camera linked to a high-resolution screen within the frameless glass mirror. A small toggle switch on the mirror allows the driver to switch seamlessly between the view from the standard mirror and the camera feed. The I-Pace is equipped with Software over the Air (SOTA) functionality. This means Systems including infotainment, battery management, and charging can be updated remotely. Using the vehicle’s built-in data connection, the latest software can be downloaded automatically. All occupants benefit from the enhanced climate control system, which delivers smart, energy-efficient heating or cooling of up to four zones independently. When charging, customers can use the I-PACE’s pre-conditioning system (which optimizes battery temperature) to also purge the cabin of allergens and ultrafine particles before beginning a journey.

GOING ELECTRIC MADE EASY

Jaguar has ensured that every step of the customer journey delivers peace of mind and makes owning an electric car as easy as possible. 22 retail outlets across 19 cities are now EV ready with over 35 EV chargers installed and more underway. These chargers are a combination of 7.4 kW AC chargers and 25 kW DC (fast) chargers. Retailer staff has been extensively trained with in-depth and dedicated courses on EVs, thus enabling them to cater to all requirements and queries of customers. Further, to charge the Jaguar I-PACE, customers may either use a Home Charging Cable that is provided as standard with the vehicle or use a 7.4 kW AC wall-mounted charger that is also provided as standard. The installation of this charger at the customer’s house will be done by Tata Power Ltd and will be coordinated via Jaguar Retailers. Customers may also access Tata Power’s fast-expanding EZ Charge network of around 200 I-PACE compatible charging points on use and pay basis. To ensure complete peace of mind, Jaguar I-PACE is provided with complimentary 5 years service package, 5 years roadside assistance package, 8 years or 160 000 km battery warranty, and a 7.4 kW AC wall-mounted charger. More details on this are available with Jaguar Retailers and customers are requested to contact them for further information.

 

We wish Jaguar India all the best for their new I-Pace launch.

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Audi launches the S5 Sportback in India

March 22, 2021 / 0 Comments / 182 / Car News

The Audi S5 was first introduced in the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show,  Audi had gained a lot of attention to their ‘S’ variant. The Audi S5 (B9) is an all-wheel-drive coupé, Sportback, & cabriolet built by Audi in late 2016, after its unveiling in June 2016. Its Sportback trim adds rear doors and a hatchback rear. It is part of the second generation model line following on from the Audi S5 (B8) that had been in production since 2007.

Mumbai, March 22, 2021: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the new Audi S5 Sportback in India. Powering the latest Audi S5 Sportback is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo TFSI petrol engine delivering 354 hp and 500 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The four-door sports coupe is being brought to India via the CBU route and is priced from INR 79.06 lakhs (ex-showroom).

 

  • S-specific design elements enhance sleek four-door sports coupe silhouette
  • Quattro permanent all-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential
  • New 48.26 cm (R19), 5 double-arm, S Design, Graphite Gray Alloy wheels 
  • New S Sports Suspension with Damper Control
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus with additional Sport Mode view 
  • Matrix LED headlamps with dynamic turn signals
  • Comfort key with electric boot lid function
  • Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound system with 3D sound
  • The navigation system on the high-resolution 25.65 cm color display with MMI  (Multi Media Interface) Touch

Exterior Design: 

  •  Large surfaces, sharp edges, an exciting play of light and shadow – the exterior design of the S5 embodies the progressive Audi design language. 
  • Striking shoulder line arches dynamically above the wheel housings.
  • A wide, low single-frame grille features three-dimensional aluminum struts and is flanked by the standard Matrix LED headlights.
  • U-shaped clasps structure the large, pentagonal air inlets, which are partly filled with honeycomb grilles and separate openings allow direct airflow into the wheel housings for improved aerodynamics.
  • Exterior mirrors have aluminum-look housings and the strongly contoured side sills are particularly eye-catching.
  • The Audi S5 Sportback has a spoiler integrated into the luggage compartment lid. LED rear lights with dynamic turn signals are standard.
  • There is a choice of eight paint finishes, including Turbo Blue, Daytona Gray, and Tango red.
  • The 48.26 cm, 5 double arm S style Graphite Gray alloys along with optional red brake calipers add to the sportiness of the Audi S5 Sportback.

An optional Black styling package can be selected to make the Audi S5 Sportback stand out even more.

Interior design:

Style and functionality

  • Horizontal lines characterize the design. A wide band of air vents, an elegant air conditioning panel, and a large decorative surface define the instrument panel layout.
  • The large glass panoramic sunroof provides a glorious view of the sky from inside the car.
  • Electrically adjustable front Sports seats with Driver side memory are standard.
  • Seat coverings are available in a leather/Alcantara combination and you can choose from the Black and Rotor Gray colors.
  • The illuminated door sill strips, the sport leather flat-bottom steering wheel with multifunction plus, and the clasp on the Tiptronic selector lever bear the S logo with a red rhombus.
  • The pedal caps and the footrest are stainless steel; the inlays are made of matt-brushed aluminum with additional options to choose from.
  • Contour Ambient lighting that you can control and choose from 30 different colors.
  • The S5 Sportback features 3-zone automatic air conditioning as standard.

Controls and infotainment: 

  • The MMI system onboard the S5 models offers a highly modern control logic.
  • Features intelligent free-text search function and the voice control function recognizes inputs from everyday speech.
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit plus offers a fully digital instrument cluster for the flexible and need-based display of information relevant to the driver.
  • Innovative, fully digital 31.24 cm instrument cluster in full HD resolution, Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus comes with three customizable view modes: Sport, S performance & Dynamic.
  • The optional head-up display projects important data onto the windshield as symbols and digits.
  • The infotainment system is modular, with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and a 25.65 cm monitor topping the infotainment range.
  • Audi Sound system is standard and can be upgraded to Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound system with a 3D sound that has 19 speakers with a maximum output of 755W.

Smart features:

  • The Audi Smartphone interface helps get easy access to your phone system, navigation, music, and third-party apps via the MMI touch display or smartphone.
  • The optionally available Audi Park Assist works in tandem with the Parking System to identify suitable bay and kerb-sized parking spaces using ultrasonic sensors. While the driver accelerates and changes gears, the system automatically steers the vehicle during parking.
  • Optional Comfort Key with sensor-controlled luggage compartment release.

Driving Dynamics:

3.0 TFSI: Firepower

 

  • 3.0 TFSI V6 petrol engine uses turbocharging and a combination of direct injection and indirect injection for best efficiency and performance.
  • The output is 354 hp (260 kW), and 500 Nm of torque is available between 1,370 and 4,500 rpm.
  • A sporty exhaust note provides a fitting soundtrack
  • The start-stop system helps reduce fuel consumption and CO emissions by switching the engine off when the vehicle is stationary. The system can be deactivated at any time via a button.

 

The eight-speed Tiptronic: lightning-fast and smooth 

 

  • The 3.0 TFSI transmits its power to a lightning-fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed Tiptronic transmission system.
  • Lower gears feature short, sporty ratios, while the upper gears are long to reduce revs and fuel consumption.
  • Let the torque converter automatic transmission work on its own or one can choose to switch to manual for more control.
  • Shift sequence and connection logic are optimized for the rapid development of traction.

Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and sporty suspension:

  • Self-locking center differential with Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system transfers power from the eight-speed Tiptronic to all four wheels.
  • Torque is normally distributed in a ratio of 40:60 between the front and rear axle.
  • S Sports Suspension is standard and can be upgraded to the sophisticated S Sports Suspension with Damper Control that contributes to the sporty driving dynamics of the Audi S5 Sportback.
  • The S Sports suspension with Damper Control comes with damper settings for more direct contact with the road and sportier handling.

We wish Audi India All the Best for the S5.

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ŠKODA KUSHAQ- The KING

March 20, 2021 / 0 Comments / 137 / Car News

The all-new Skoda Kushaq, yes you guessed it right it is based on the concept car ‘VISION IN’ showcased in AutoExpo 2020. Earlier Skoda India registered the name as ‘KLIQ’ for the production-spec variant of the Vision IN. A few days ago in January 2021, Skoda India announced the name Kushaq and the significance of the name was derived from the Sanskrit word called Kushak. Why is it named ‘Kushaq’ then you may ask? Skoda defines SUVs and crossovers with the naming format starting with ‘K’ and ending with ‘Q’ for example the Karoq, Kodiaq, and the new upcoming crossover which might be called ‘Kamiq’. Earlier Skoda India registered the name KLIQ for the production-spec variant of the Vision IN. The launch of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ sees the brand enter India’s rapidly growing mid-size SUV segment. Lining up alongside the larger KODIAQ and KAROQ models, the KUSHAQ – developed exclusively for India – is the third ŠKODA SUV in that market.

Price of  Kushaq? Launch date?

This was a World Premiere of the Kushaq, the company is yet to reveal the launch date and price. We still expect the car to be launched just after the New Skoda Octavia which debuts the Indian sedan market later in April 2021. Regarding the price, we estimate this product to be placed between 10lacs to 15lacs as we mentioned in our previous article on Kushaq.

How Big is Kushaq in real life?

The SUV is 4,225 mm long, 1,760 mm wide, and has a height of 1,612 mm. Its long wheelbase of 2,651 mm – which is among the longest in the segment – and a ground clearance of 188 mm makes it appear much larger than it actually is.

Reference Hyundai Creta: L x W x H =4,300 mm x 1,790 mm  x 1,635 mm .Wheelbase : 2610mm. Ground Clearance : 190mm.

How is the Exterior?

ŠKODA has retained a wealth of the striking VISION IN concept car’s aspects in the production model virtually without making any changes. Featuring a distinctive front and prominent bonnet, the KUSHAQ’s ŠKODA SUV family resemblance is clear at first glance. The ribs of the wide grille are gloss black and the chrome grille surround extends to the headlights. The upper section of the muscular front bumper is body-colored, the lower part is black. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the underbody protection comes in a silver finish, as do the roof rails, which are black in the Active trim. A straight roofline, as well as a tornado line at the height of the door, handles, make the vehicle appear longer than it actually is. At the same time, the powerful wheel arches set off with black plastic trim and black side skirts bring out the KUSHAQ’s athletic look and lend it a self-assured stance on the road. The Style variant also features chrome-plated window frames and door handles. The clearly structured rear is characterized by the elongated roof spoiler, the ŠKODA lettering in block letters on the tailgate, and the bumper with a robust rear diffuser, which is set off in silver from the Ambition trim line upwards. The ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers plenty of space for five occupants and, with a capacity of 385 l, has a generous boot. The entry-level trim line, Active, features 16-inch steel wheels and Lhotse full wheel covers. In the Ambition trim level, the KUSHAQ comes with Grus 16-inch alloy wheels, while 17-inch Atlas two-tone alloys provide a visual highlight as standard for the Style variant.

How is the interior?

Even the entry-level variant of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ features particularly powerful air conditioning, and from Ambition upwards, the SUV boasts Climatronic with a touch control panel. Even more ultra-modern features are offered in the range-topping trim, Style, which comes with ventilated leather front seats, KESSY keyless entry, an electric sliding glass roof, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The steering wheel grabs the attention to a whole new level as it is a 2-spoke steering wheel. Probably the first in India to bring back the two-spoke steering wheel in fashion. We believe Skoda to introduce the same steering wheel on the new Skoda Octavia as well.

The interior of the KUSHAQ is dominated by a central, free-standing infotainment touchscreen; the character line running below this makes reference to the silhouette of the ŠKODA grille. A unique storage option has been specially designed to meet the needs of Indian customers: a utility recess on the dashboard. This is where the driver can keep a firmly attached lucky charm in clear view. All variants of the brand-new SUV offer numerous storage compartments in the interior with a total capacity of up to 26.2 l. These include, for example, the 6.1-litre glove compartment, which is air-conditioned from the Ambition trim upwards, and the 2.2-liter Jumbo Box in the center console. In the front and rear door panels, there is plenty of room for storing bottles and other items. A cup holder can be found in the armrest of the rear seat, which folds down in a ratio of 60:40 from Ambition upwards. The Ambition trim also offers a compartment in the roof lining in the front for keeping sunglasses, so they are always within easy reach. Even in the entry-level variant, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ offers white ambient lighting and LED reading lights in the front and rear. From the Ambition trim level upwards, the ambient lighting also illuminates the dashboard and door handles, while the door handles are chrome-plated and the gearstick knob is upholstered in leather. The Style trim is particularly elegant. It offers an extended chrome package with decorative chrome trim on the instrument panel as well as the gearstick surround; the handbrake locking button also sports a chrome look. The side bolsters of the ventilated front seats, which come as standard, are finished in a leather-look, as are the covers of the center armrest and the armrests in the doors.

Top-of-the-range infotainment system with a 10-inch screen

The Ambition and Style trim levels include the range-topping infotainment system with a 10-inch color touchscreen that has the same functionalities as is common for smartphones. This system also features a dual tuner, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an external microphone for hands-free phone calls. On top of this, the system supports Bluetooth standard 4.0. Smartphones can be paired and the online app store accessed without the need for a cable using Wireless SmartLink technology. Downloads from the online app store allow for the range of functions to be expanded, for example, by a navigation function. The GPS receiver required has been pre-installed accordingly for this purpose. There are two USB-C ports in the center console as well as two at the rear console for connecting and charging mobile devices via cable; the Style variant can also be equipped with a Phone Box in the front which allows smartphones to be charged inductively. In addition to MP3 and WMA, this system can also play AAC and FLAC media files.

ŠKODA sound system with additional subwoofer

The ŠKODA Kushaq comes with six high-performance speakers as standard – two separate tweeters and bass speakers in the front and two two-way speakers in the rear – providing a wide frequency range and guaranteeing excellent sound. The ŠKODA sound system is part of the standard equipment in the Style variant. In addition to higher-performance speakers, it also offers a separate amplifier and a subwoofer that is located in the spare wheel well.

What are the features of Kushaq on Safety?

With its comprehensive range of active and passive safety features and numerous convenient assistance systems, the ŠKODA Kushaq provides excellent levels of protection for the driver and passengers. High levels of driving safety are ensured at all times by the ESC system, which is a standard feature in all variants. The Multi-Collision Brake prevents potential follow-on collisions in the event of an accident. Should an accident occur, the vehicle’s occupants are protected by up to six airbags: in addition to airbags for the driver and front passenger, the KUSHAQ can be fitted with optional front side airbags and curtain airbags. All headrests are height-adjustable, and the center seat in the rear is also equipped with a three-point seat belt. ISOFIX and top-tether anchor points on the rear seats to fit child seats come as standard.

How Powerful is the  Kushaq?

The  MQB variant specially adapted for India, the MQB-A0-IN platform, makes it possible to equip the brand-new ŠKODA Kushaq with advanced and efficient TSI engines. Thanks to their low fuel consumption, the direct-injection petrol engines enable long ranges. The car comes in two engine options both are petrol. The entry-level 1.0 TSI produces 85 kW (115 PS) from its displacement of one liter. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission

The 1.5 TSI has – as its denomination suggests – a displacement of 1.5 liters. Its power output of 110 kW (150 PS) is delivered to the front wheels via a manual 6-speed gearbox, the same as with the 1.0 TSI. This engine can be configured with a 7-speed DSG with gear ratios that offer a perfect blend of sportiness and comfort.

 

Kushaq comes in 5 color varients

  • Candy white
  • Brilliant Silver
  • Carbon Steel
  • Honey Orange
  • Tornado Red

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