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  • Kia’s Sonet is expected to raise the bar even higher with a few segment-first features The Sonet is expected to be launched around September 2020. It will be offered in GT and Tech Line trims like the Seltos. Kia will offer it with the same engine options as the Hyundai Venue. It is expected to get an air purifier, 360-degree camera, and front parking sensors. Kia is expected to price the Sonet from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Prime rivals include the Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300. The sub-4m SUV space is growing in popularity with each passing year. Kia will soon be entering the segment with the Sonet and will reveal the SUV tomorrow. Much is already known about the Sonet thanks to various spy shots and teaser sketches but it will be our first look at the final production-spec model. In terms of design, the Sonet will look quite similar to the concept version showcased at Auto Expo 2020. The sub-4m SUV will get LED headlamps with LED DRLs and the signature tiger-nose grille as seen on other Kia models. At the rear, it features connected tail lamps and faux exhaust tips on either side of the bumper. Inside, the Sonet will get connected screens as seen on the Seltos with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The instrument cluster has been teased with a digital speed readout and spied with an LCD multi-information display as well. It is also expected to feature UVO connected car tech, an air purifier, a segment-first 360-degree camera, and sunroof. On the safety front, expect it to get front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system, and up to six airbags.  Also Read: Kia Sonet Interior Detailed: How Will It Differ From Hyundai Venue? Kia will offer the Soner with three engine options: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, all of which are available with the Hyundai Venue as well. While the 1.2-litre petrol motor will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, Kia will offer the turbo-petrol engine with three gearbox options: 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT (clutch pedal-less manual), and 7-speed DCT. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is expected to get a 6-speed manual and even a 6-speed automatic from the Seltos. The Sonet is expected to go on sale around September 2020. It will take on the likes of  the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, and Ford EcoSport. The upcoming Renault Kiger, Toyota Urban Cruiser and Nissan Magnite will also take on the Kia Sonet. While unofficial pre-launch bookings are already underway, Kia is likely to open official bookings soon after the reveal. Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • This entry-level variant makes the diesel powertrain more affordable by Rs 5.40 lakh BMW has hiked the prices of the 3 Series by up to Rs 60,000. It received a mild variant rejig earlier in the year but it is now available in four variants. The Sport trim gets three-zone climate control, sunroof and tyre pressure monitoring system. New 320d Sport trim is only Rs 40,000 pricier than the entry-level petrol option. The BMW 3 Series rivals the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE. BMW launched the seventh-gen 3 Series in India in August 2019. It was first offered in three variants: 320d Sport, 320d Luxury Line, and 330i M Sport. In March 2020, it introduced the 330i Sport entry-level option but discontinued the entry-level diesel trim. But the carmaker has now reintroduced the more affordable diesel variant of the sedan. Here’s a look at the revised variant lineup along with their prices: BMW 3 Series Old Prices New Prices Difference 330i Sport Rs 41.40 lakh Rs 41.70 lakh Rs 30,000 320d Sport (New) -- Rs 42.10 lakh -- 320d Luxury Line Rs 46.90 lakh Rs 47.50 lakh Rs 60,000 330i M Sport Rs 47.90 lakh Rs 48.50 lakh Rs 60,000 All prices, ex-showroom The reintroduction of the 320d Sport makes the diesel-powered variants of the sedan cheaper by Rs 5.40 lakh than the fully-loaded 320d Luxury Line diesel variant. BMW has hiked the 3 Series’ prices by up to Rs 60,000 for 2020. Related: BMW 330i MSport vs Jaguar XE P250: Fun Small Luxury Sedan Shootout The diesel engine in question that is now offered in two variants, 320d Sport and 320d Luxury Line, is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder motor that produces 190PS and 400Nm while mated to an 8-speed steptronic automatic transmission. In typical BMW fashion, power is sent to the rear wheels only and the 320d Sport comes with four driving modes: Comfort, Ecopro, Sport and Sport+. BMW claims the diesel variants of the 3 Series can return 20.37kmpl. While the feature list of the 320d Sport and Luxury Line is almost similar, being an entry-spec diesel variant, the former loses out on some equipment. This includes the bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity, ambient lighting, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Having said that, it does get an 8.8-inch touchscreen central display,  three-zone climate control with rear AC vents, a rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring system, and a sunroof.  The 3 Series takes on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE. Read More on : 3 Series AutomaticRenew BMW 3 Series Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Best Health Insurance Plans - Compare & Save Big! - (InsuranceDekho.com)

  • The introduction of a petrol powertrain has made the S-Cross cheaper by up to Rs 50,000 as compared to the BS4 version The S-Cross gets a petrol engine and an automatic option for the first time. Maruti offers the S-Cross petrol in four variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. It comes with a 1.5-litre petrol motor (105PS/138Nm) with mild-hybrid tech as seen on the Vitara Brezza. The only feature addition is Maruti’s latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Key rivals include the Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. After being delayed by almost half a year due to the ongoing pandemic, the Maruti S-Cross petrol has finally been launched today. It is available in the same variant lineup as its BS4 version: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. Here’s a look at the revised price list: Maruti S-Cross Old Price New Price Difference (Diesel-MT to Petrol-MT comparison) Variant MT MT AT Sigma Rs 8.81 lakh Rs 8.39 lakh -- Rs 42,000 Delta Rs 9.93 lakh Rs 9.60 lakh Rs 10.83 lakh Rs 33,000 Zeta Rs 10.44 lakh Rs 9.95 lakh Rs 11.18 lakh Rs 49,000 Alpha Rs 11.44 lakh Rs 11.15 lakh Rs 12.39 lakh Rs 29,000 All prices, ex-showroom Delhi The introduction of a petrol engine means that the Maruti crossover costs Rs 42,000 less than the earlier base-spec diesel variant. As evident from the above table, the automatic gearbox is available on all variants except for the base-spec Sigma. Here are the performance details of the new petrol powertrain compared to the earlier diesel powertrain: Diesel (Old) Petrol (New) Engine 1.3-litre 1.5-litre with mild-hybrid tech Power 90PS 105PS Torque 200Nm 138Nm Transmission 5-speed MT 5-speed MT, 4-speed AT Maruti had ditched the 1.3-litre diesel motor for the BS6 era and has fitted the 2020 S-Cross with the same 1.5-litre petrol engine (with mild-hybrid tech) offered on the facelifted Vitara Brezza. However, unlike the Brezza, the S-Cross features the mild-hybrid tech with both the manual and automatic transmission options. This tech also adds auto start-stop, helping the S-Cross deliver a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.55kmpl (manual) and 18.43kmpl (automatic). In terms of features and comforts, it comes with the same equipment list as the BS4 version. This includes rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, LED projector headlamps and 16-inch alloy wheels. The only change is the introduction of Maruti’s latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets Suzuki Connect for vehicle telematics but it continues to miss out on connected car tech that’s offered in rivals like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The colour options remain the same as before too: blue, grey, silver, white, and brown. The S-Cross continues to go up against the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, and Mahindra Scorpio. It will also compete with the Skoda VISION IN and Volkswagen Taigun SUVs once they arrive in early-2021. Renew Maruti S-Cross Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The new Thar will get the option of a factory-fitted hard-top version for the first time After endless spy shots of test mules under wraps, the official unveil date has now been announced. Mahindra will offer the new Thar with both petrol and diesel engines. It will also get an automatic gearbox for the first time. New Thar will come with premium features such as auto AC, touchscreen system and cruise control. Mahindra is expected to launch the new Thar in early October. Expected to be priced from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. The new-gen Mahindra Thar has been caught testing multiple times in the last one year or so. Mahindra has now announced that it will be unveiled on the occasion of Independence Day 2020. Official pre-launch bookings for the new Thar will likely begin soon after its reveal. Unlike its barebones predecessor, the second-gen Thar will come with a host of features to make it a more practical offering. The changes will be in the form of updated headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto AC, cruise control, steering-mounted controls, and a digital MID in the instrument cluster. All these updates will make the Thar a rugged yet practical SUV. In terms of safety, Mahindra will likely equip the Thar with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and front seatbelt reminder, making it a lot safer than before. It is also likely to get rear disc brakes for the first time. Also Read: New Mahindra Thar Will Get These 10 Features For The First Time Ever For the first time, Mahindra will be also offering a hard-top version of the Thar straight from the factory. It is likely to get partially removable front roof panels along with a roof-mounted speaker assembly based on previous sightings of test mules. It could also come with the option of removable door panels a la the Jeep Wrangler. Another feature to debut in the Thar will be front-facing rear seats, which will make it a more family-friendly SUV. The second-gen Thar will get both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol option will likely be a new 2.0-litre turbocharged unit (unveiled at Auto Expo 2020) rated at 190PS while the BS6 diesel engine is expected to the 2.2-litre from the Scorpio, which makes 140PS and 360Nm. The diesel-automatic option has been spied testing and the new turbo-petrol engine is expected to offer an automatic as well. Both engines are likely to be offered with 6-speed and manual and automatic transmission options. While Mahindra is sure to offer a 4x4 drivetrain on the diesel variants, it may offer it with the petrol engine as well. With the additional features and powertrain, Mahindra is expected to price the Thar from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. Its only direct rival at the time of launch will be the Force Gurkha but it could also take on the likes of the Renault Duster as well with its added comforts. Read More on : Thar diesel Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • It will now get an automatic transmission option for the first time in India Official pre-launch bookings for petrol S-Cross are open for Rs 11,000 (both online and offline). The BS6 S-Cross will get a 1.5-litre petrol engine (105PS/138Nm) with mild-hybrid tech. It will be available with choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. No feature addition except for Maruti’s latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Maruti is expected to price it from Rs 8.50 lakh to Rs 12.1 lakh (ex-showroom). After its showcase at Auto Expo 2020, the Maruti S-Cross petrol will finally be launched tomorrow. Official pre-launch bookings are already underway at NEXA dealerships and online for a token deposit of Rs 11,000. It will continue to be available in four variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha; and five shades: blue, brown, grey, white, and silver. Pictured: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza's 1.5-litre petrol engine The major change in the BS6 S-Cross is its engine. While it was offered with the 1.3-litre diesel motor (90PS/200Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual in the BS4 avatar, the BS6 S-Cross gets the facelifted Vitara Brezza’s 1.5-litre petrol engine (105PS/138Nm). As a result, the power output has gone up by 15PS while torque has dropped by 62Nm. The S-Cross will be offered with both 5-speed manual as well as a 4-speed automatic gearbox options. Pictured: BS4 Maruti S-Cross' cabin Since this is not a facelift but just an engine upgrade, it won’t be getting any cosmetic tweaks or additional features except for the addition of Maruti’s latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The unit will continue to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity like before, as well as Maruti S-Connect for vehicle telematics. Features such as cruise control, auto AC, LED projector headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers will continue to be on offer. Standard safety features will include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. As it will now get a BS6 petrol engine instead of a diesel, we expect it to be cheaper than the BS4 version, at least with the manual shifter. We expect it to be priced between Rs 8.5 lakh and Rs 12.1 lakh (ex-showroom). For a detailed look at the variant-wise expected prices, head here. The S-Cross petrol will continue to go up against the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster, and Nissan Kicks. It will also face competition from the VW Taigun and Skoda VISION IN once they are launched in early 2021. Renew Maruti S-Cross Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The images reveal the same red and black colour scheme on the interior as the concept’s exterior Nissan gives us our first official look at the interior of the Nissan Magnite concept. The concept’s interior hints at what we can expect from the upcoming production-spec Magnite. The cabin features a dual-tone finish, a big touchscreen system, and a digital instrument cluster. It gets hexagon-shaped AC vents and a three-dial setup with displays for the auto AC controls. This concept interior does not seem too far from a production-spec model. Nissan is expected to launch the Magnite in January 2021. Prices are expected to begin from Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Nissan unveiled the Magnite in its pre-production avatar on July 16. While only the exterior was revealed at that time, the carmaker has now released the official images of the sub-4m concept SUV’s interior for a glimpse at what the final car’s interior will look like. The interior of this pre-production concept doesn’t feature any outlandish design features so we expect most of these elements to be carried forward to the final model. It features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will likely get connected car tech along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It also confirms that the Magnite will be offered with a digital instrument cluster that features a digital speed readout in the centre with the gear indicator below it.  Nissan has matched the interior of the Magnite Concept with its exterior, following the same red and black theme for a dual-tone cabin. The dashboard features a honeycomb pattern with hexagonal AC vents. Nissan has positioned the central display below the vents for an uncluttered look. The climate controls with auto AC function get a three-dial layout and the LED display looks a lot like what we see in certain Hyundai and Maruti models. It can also be seen to feature push-button start-stop with the button on the central console instead of being next to the steering wheel. The steering wheel design will likely look different in the final model but it does reveal that the Magnite will also offer cruise control. Also See: Nissan Magnite Spied In Top-Spec Variant With Alloy Wheels To up the premiumness of the cabin, the AC vents, steering wheel, centre console and door panels feature chrome detailing. Nissan will also offer it with front and rear armrests. While the sporty front seats get integrated headrests, Nissan is likely to offer adjustable headrests at the rear. The Magnite concept’s interior seems to be missing a three-point seatbelt or even a headrest for the middle passenger in the rear seat. It seems Nissan will be aiming its new SUV for those likely to use it as a comfy four-seater than a packed five seater. Apart from this, the Magnite is expected to get a 360-degree camera, rear AC vents, and four airbags. Nissan will offer the Magnite as a petrol-only model. It will likely be available with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine (from the Triber) as well as a new 1.0-litre turbocharged motor. While the former is likely to be mated to a 5-speed manual, the more powerful engine could be paired to a CVT along with the standard manual gearbox. The naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine is good for 72PS while the turbo-petrol unit is expected to produce around 100PS of power. The Magnite will rival other sub-4m SUVs such as the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, and Tata Nexon. It will also fight it out with the upcoming Kia Sonet, Renault Kiger and Toyota Urban Cruiser. Nissan is expected to price the Magnite from Rs 5.5 lakh onwards (ex-showroom) with the launch likely in January 2021. Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Though based on the Maruti Vitara Brezza, it will likely get an updated front end for differentiation Teaser image hints at a Fortuner-like two-slat front grille.  Toyota has confirmed that it will be launched around the festive period. Expected to get a revised front fascia, new alloy wheels and updated headlamps. Toyota will offer the SUV with the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Expected to be priced between Rs 8.5 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Toyota has released the first teaser image of its upcoming sub-4m SUV thereby confirming that it will be called the Urban Cruiser. It will be launched around the festive period with official bookings likely to begin in the second half of August. As per the teaser image, it seems like the smallest Toyota SUV and will feature a two-slat grille as seen on the Fortuner. The Maruti Vitara Brezza-based SUV is expected to get a redesigned front fascia with updated headlamps, redesigned alloy wheels, and different colour options to set it apart from the donor vehicle. Pictured: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza's 1.5-litre petrol engine Under the hood, the Urban Cruiser will be powered by the Vitara Brezza’s 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 105PS and 138Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual as well as a 4-speed AT gearbox. As seen on the donor SUV, Toyota could offer its sub-4m SUV with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid tech for improved fuel efficiency. Also Read: 5 Cars To Watch Out For In August 2020 Toyota is expected to offer the Urban Cruiser with the same features seen on the Vitara Brezza. This includes auto AC, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), rain-sensing wipers and cruise control. However, it is unlikely to get connected car tech. Toyota could offer the Urban Cruiser with new upholstery and a dual-tone interior for further distinction. Graphic rendering for representational purposes only The Urban Cruiser is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom) with well-equipped variants. Its key competitors will be the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Venue. It will also take on the upcoming Kia Sonet, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • How efficient is this full-size family sedan in real-world conditions? We find out The Skoda lineup went petrol-only for the BS6 era which means its top-of-the-line offering, the Superb, had to ditch the 2.0-litre diesel engine. Its 1.8-litre TSI turbo-petrol unit is also replaced by a new 2.0-litre TSI engine. We’ve recently had the chance to put the new Skoda Superb through its paces in our real-world tests to see how efficient it is. Before we look at the results, here’s a quick look at the numbers: Engine 2.0-litre turbo-petrol Power 190PS Torque 320Nm Transmission 7-speed DSG Kerb Weight 1562kg/1579kg Claimed FE 15.10kmpl Tested FE (City) 11.28kmpl Tested FE (Highway) 16.52kmpl The Superb we had was the top-spec and slightly heavier Laurin & Klement variant. As a premium sedan offering plenty of comforts, the Superb is a hefty car and that does play into the mileage figures. Understandably, the premium family sedan is nearly 4kmpl under the claimed fuel efficiency of 15.10kmpl in city driving conditions. However, the powertrain is able to boost the Superb’s mileage by over 5kmpl to achieve more than 16kmpl in highway driving conditions thanks to the 7-speed gearbox. That highway mileage is especially impressive considering the claimed fuel efficiency tests are carried out in a highly controlled manner, and recreating those conditions in the real world is next to impossible. Related: Skoda Rapid 1.0-litre Turbo-petrol Manual Fuel Efficiency: Claimed vs Real Let’s take a look at how the 2020 Superb could perform in mixed driving conditions: City:Highway (50:50) City:Highway (75:25) City:Highway (25:75) 13.31kmpl 12.21kmpl 14.63kmpl Using the figures from our fuel-efficiency tests, we calculate that the new Superb can deliver anywhere between 12kmpl and 15kmpl depending on where you use it. In every scenario, the Superb falls short of its claimed figure of 15.10kmpl. If driving predominantly in the city, we estimate that the Skoda sedan will return a little over 12kmpl and if you’re doing mostly highway miles, you can expect well over 14kmpl. In the case of equal amounts of city and highway driving, Superb can deliver a mileage of over 13kmpl. These numbers are not set in stone of course. While testing, we try and stick to driving how most people would in the real world but if you’re a bit heavy with your foot on the accelerator, the figures will dip below the stated numbers. Also read:Next-Gen Skoda Octavia Launch Postponed To Early 2021 Read More on : Skoda Superb AutomaticRenew New Skoda Superb Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • That busy schedule doesn’t allow you to catch up on your favourite kind of news? Well, worry not... The world is slowly getting back to usual as businesses start to reopen and with the full load of work that brings with it, you might have missed the ongoings of the automobile world. We thought it would be unfair to let you go more than a week without the latest happenings of the car world so here’s a short and sweet version of everything important from the week gone by. Kia Sonet Revealed In Sketches: Kia will soon be revealing the Sonet but before that happens, the Korean carmaker has revealed the sketches of the actual production car. Having seen the spy shots too, we were able to get a comprehensive idea of what the car will look like inside-out. Take a look. NGT Urges Govt. To Implement Vehicle Scrapping Policy: The vehicle scrapping policy has been brought up many times now by the government but we are yet to see any action. The National Green Tribunal has now opined that the government shouldn’t dilly-dally on bringing it into effect. Here’s more on that. Maruti S-Cross Details Revealed: Before the compact crossover is launched, Maruti has opened bookings and revealed the details about it. Take a look at the variant list and the kind of colour options you can expect. Read more on that here. Jeep Compass Night Eagle Launched: To celebrate three years of the Compass, FCA has launched the Compass Night Eagle. It’s a limited-edition version of the SUV with special cosmetic updates. To find out exactly what is new and how much it costs, head here. Unlock 3.0: The third stage of unlocking the country since the COVID-19 pandemic is now underway. Here’s everything you need to keep in mind before making travel plans. Read More on : Compass AutomaticLoan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The C5 Aircross is expected to be offered with both petrol and diesel engines The C5 Aircross will be Citroën’s first model for the Indian market. Its launch has been delayed till early 2021 due to the pandemic. It could get a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Citroën is expected to price it from Rs 20 lakh onwards (ex-showroom). Citroën will enter India in early-2021 with the C5 Aircross SUV. It was originally scheduled to be launched around September 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic. The carmaker recently started trial production of the C5 Aircross at its Thiruvallur plant in Tamil Nadu. It will be Citroën’s first offering for the Indian market. While the details of the India-spec C5 Aircross are yet unknown, it is expected to be offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine is expected to be a 1.6-litre turbocharged motor rated at 180PS and 250Nm, while the diesel engine is likely to be a 2.0-litre unit developing 176PS and 400Nm. Internationally, both engines of the SUV are available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. However, we expect Citroën to offer a manual gearbox on the India-spec model along with the automatic option. Also Read: Citroen’s Made-In-India Car On Track For 2021 Launch Despite Coronavirus Pandemic The C5 Aircross is expected to get a panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hands-free parking, powered driver seat, dual-zone climate control, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Expected safety features include multiple airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and hill-start assist. Since it’s a mid-size SUV, it will rival the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the higher variants of the Jeep Compass. We expect Citroën to price the C5 Aircross from around Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The Maruti Vitara Brezza-based SUV is expected to be launched around September 2020 It will be the second product in India under the Toyota-Suzuki partnership. It will get a few cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the donor vehicle. The feature list will likely remain the same, including cruise control and the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Toyota will offer it with the Vitara Brezza’s 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech. It is expected to be priced from Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Graphic rendering for representational purposes only Toyota is set to enter the sub-4m SUV segment in India with the Urban Cruiser. Our dealer sources have now confirmed that the carmaker is likely to commence bookings in the second half of August. The SUV is the second product to be developed for India under the Toyota-Suzuki partnership and will be based on the facelifted Maruti Vitara Brezza. While the Toyota Glanza has a lot in common with the Maruti Baleno (save for the badges), the Urban Cruiser won’t be a mirror copy of the Maruti Vitara Brezza. It will likely feature a different front fascia to distinguish it from the Maruti model. We also expect it to be offered in different shades to further strengthen the distinction. The Urban Cruiser’s feature list will be shared with its donor SUV and will include cruise control, auto AC, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and rain-sensing wipers. Its interior is likely to get a dual-tone theme, Toyota badges and new upholstery when compared to the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Pictured: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza's 1.5-litre petrol engine Toyota will offer its sub-4m SUV with the Vitara Brezza’s 1.5-litre petrol engine (105PS/138Nm) with the choice of a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The Urban Cruiser could also get Suzuki’s mild-hybrid tech that offers improved fuel efficiency. The Urban Cruiser is expected to be launched around September with prices ranging between Rs 8.5 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will go up against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, and Ford EcoSport. The upcoming Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger (HBC) will also go head to head with Toyota’s sub-4m SUV. Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The rebadged Baleno has been recalled for a possible fuel pump issue The affected Glanzas were manufactured between April 2 and October 6, 2019. Toyota dealerships have been contacting owners of the suspected vehicles. It is replacing the faulty part free of cost. Toyota recently announced a recall for 6,481 units of the Glanza hatchback which is essentially a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The Baleno itself was recalled around the same time for the same issue. The carmaker has recalled the Glanzas manufactured between April 2 and October 6, 2019, which are suspected to have an issue with the fuel pump. Toyota dealerships have been contacting owners of the suspected vehicles to bring their cars to them or a service centre for an inspection. The carmaker is replacing the faulty part free of cost. Also Read: Toyota Yaris Facelift Unveiled; India Launch Likely By Early-2021 The Glanza is offered with a single 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes 82.9PS and 113Nm with the choice of a 5-speed manual and a CVT auto. It also gets the option of a mild-hybrid petrol engine in a single variant that increases power output to 89.7PS with the 5-speed manual. While it is yet not yet known whether it’s safe to use the affected cars in their current condition, we recommend contacting the nearest Toyota dealership to find out if your vehicle is affected. It is best to get your vehicle inspected at the earliest to keep it in the best of health. Read More on : Glanza on road price Renew Toyota Glanza Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)

  • The Compass Night Eagle edition is a special cosmetic update over the Longitude Plus variant The Night Eagle edition features an all-black theme inside out. It is available with the choice of a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with 4x2 configuration and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with both 4x2 and 4x4 variants. Based on the Longitude Plus mid-spec variant of the SUV. Limited to just 250 units in India. Costs Rs 45,000 more than its Longitude Plus counterpart. The Jeep Compass has successfully completed three years in the Indian market. To mark this celebratory occasion, FCA is offering a limited edition of the Jeep Compass, dubbed the Night Eagle. It will be sold globally and features an all-black theme inside out. The all-black theme is present on all parts of the car, from the exclusive ‘Techno Leather’ upholstery on the seats to the accents on the grille outside. It will stand on 18-inch black wheels, a size bigger than the 17-inch wheels offered on the Longitude trim it is based on. The Night Eagle gets a gloss black roof as standard and is available in a choice of four body colours: Vocal White, Exotica Red, Brilliant Black, and Magnesio Grey. On the features end, the Night Eagle retains all the features available with the Longitude Plus trim. These include a 7-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry, reverse parking camera, front cornering fog lamps, engine start/stop button, and power folding ORVMs. Safety features include four airbags, disc brakes on all wheels, and traction control. Like the Longitude Plus trim, the Night Eagle gets two engine options: a 162PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and a 173PS 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. The petrol variant gets a 4x2 setup mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic. Meanwhile, the diesel version gets the option of a 4x4 with the 9-speed automatic along with the 4x2 setup that is offered with a 6-speed manual. Priced from Rs 20.14 lakh to Rs 23.31 lakh, the Night Eagle will be available in a limited quantity of just 250 models. Powertrain Variant Longitude Plus Prices Night Eagle Prices 1.4 Petrol 7-speed DCT Rs 19.69 lakh Rs 20.14 lakh 2.0-litre Diesel 6-speed MT Rs 20.30 lakh Rs 20.75 lakh 2.0-litre Diesel 4x4 9-speed AT Rs 22.86 lakh Rs 23.31 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai) The Jeep Compass has been quite successful since its launch in 2017. It has been a premium model, positioned a step above the likes of the Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, MG Hector, and Hyundai Creta; while being smaller and more affordable than equally premium mid-size SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson and the now discontinued 5-seater Volkswagen Tiguan. However, it remains unrivalled in its segment in terms of off-road prowess. Read More on : Compass AutomaticRenew Jeep Compass Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Existing Kona Electric owners can choose between Hyundai’s variable warranty packages at no extra cost The Kona Electric was launched in 2019 with a 3-year/unlimited kilometres warranty. It is now available with Hyundai’s variable warranty packages. Variable warranty packages on offer are: 3-year/unlimited km, 4-year/60,000km or 5-year/50,000km. The battery pack continues to be offered with the same 8-year/1,60,000km as before. Among all the EVs, the MG ZS EV’s warranty pack (5-year/unlimited km) offers the best deal. Hyundai launched India’s first long-range electric vehicle, the Kona Electric, in 2019. While it was offered with a 3-year/unlimited kilometres warranty at the time, the carmaker now offers warranty coverage for upto 5 years as part of the variable warranty packages. The new warranty options are being extended to existing customers as well at no extra cost. Kona Electric customers can choose from any of the three options Hyundai offers as part of its Wonder Warranty program: 3-year/Unlimited km 4-year/ 60,000km 5-year/ 50,000km The EV’s battery pack continues to be offered with an 8-year/1,60,000km warranty package like before.  Since its launch, a couple more manufacturers have joined the long-range EV space with their own electric SUV offerings, namely the MG ZS EV and the smaller Tata Nexon EV. Here’s what the Kona Electric’s rivals have to offer in terms of warranty packages:  Model MG ZS EV Tata Nexon EV Car Warranty 5-year/ Unlimited km 3-year/ 1.25 lakh km Battery Warranty 8-year/1.5 lakh km 8-year/ 1.6 lakh km The Nexon EV does get the option of extending the warranty coverage to 5 years. In comparison, the MG ZS EV warranty which also comes with 5 years of roadside assistance, is the better deal of the three electric SUVs. Hyundai has priced the Kona Electric between Rs 23.75 lakh and Rs 23.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), while the MG ZS EV retails in the range of Rs 20.88 lakh to Rs 23.58 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The sub-4m Tata Nexon EV is priced from Rs 13.99 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of range, the Nexon EV offers 312km (claimed) on a full charge as compared to the Kona Electric’s claimed range of over 450km and the ZS EV’s 340km. Read More on : Hyundai Kona Automatic Renew Hyundai Kona Electric Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The Gravitas will become Tata’s flagship SUV once it is launched so what will it get to take that crown from the Harrier? We have sighted the Gravitas once again. And that‘s far too many times to tell you. According to our calendar, the SUV should have been launched by now, but that has not been the case. The most recent spy shots don’t really tell us something new, apart from the fact that Tata is still testing some aspects of the car. Since it is meant to be the carmaker’s new flagship model, here’s how the Gravitas will differentiate itself from the Harrier, the SUV it is based on: Will Get Captain Seats The basic premise of the Gravitas is that it is a 7-seater version of the Harrier by adding a third row of seats. However, another version of the Gravitas is expected and it will only seat six. The second row of this SUV was spotted with captain seats for added comfort. Like MG has done with the Hector Plus, Tata might launch the 6-seater variant first and follow it up with the 7-seater version soon after. Petrol Engine From Launch? With the amount of delay that has already taken place, we expect that the Gravitas could even be offered with a petrol engine right from the time it is launched. Tata has been working on developing a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with direct injection primarily for models based on the OMEGA ARC platform. It will likely make its way into the Harrier after debuting on the Gravitas. Like the diesel, an automatic option will also be offered with the new petrol. More Feature Loaded Than The Harrier The Gravitas will be a flagship model for Tata and we expect it to be a feature loaded offering. More than the Harrier, that is. For starters, we expect an updated infotainment system with the 8.8-inch touchscreen display that will feature connected car tech. We also expect that parking brake to become an electronic one based on the pre-production model seen at the auto expo, which will be a departure from the aircraft style lever you get on the Harrier. Other expected features include powered tailgate, rear disc brakes and dual-tone interior with cream leather upholstery. Different Styling Than The Harrier The Gravitas is essentially an extended version of  the Harrier but Tata will employ different styling to differentiate the two. The Gravitas looks completely different from the C-pillar onwards. The rear end gets an upright design compared to the Harrier’s rakish styling. Tata could also make slight revisions to the front end of the Gravitas, like the grille for instance, to differentiate it even more as MG did with the Hector Plus. A Bigger Price Tag The Gravitas will be able to seat more people and will likely offer more features, so a bigger price tag is a given. The question that remains is how much bigger will be that price tag? We are expecting a premium of about Rs 1 lakh over similarly equipped variants of the Harrier. For your reference, the diesel-only Harrier’s price starts around Rs 13.69 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 20.25 lakh (ex-showroom India). Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The Sonet will be Kia’s second SUV for the Indian market after the Seltos As spied, the base-spec Sonet will get a digital speedometer, manual AC, and steering-mounted audio controls. The Sonet will be offered with three engines: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. It is expected to be priced between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Unofficial pre-launch bookings are open in select cities for Rs 25,000 ahead of its August 7 unveiling. Key rivals include the Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexon. Kia will be taking the wraps off the launch-ready version of the Sonet on August 7. Before that, we’ve got our hands on a few spy shots of the base-spec Sonet’s interior. The images reveal that the base variant still has the integrated design of the instrument cluster extending to the central dashboard as spied in the GT Line Sonet. However, this base variant gets a 2-DIN music system in lieu of a touchscreen and a digital speedometer and MID in the driver’s instrument cluster. Other visible elements on this dashboard include manual AC, a three-spoke steering wheel, vertically stacked AC vents with chrome surround, a charging socket, steering-mounted controls, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and manual IRVM (inside rearview mirror). In the higher variants, the Sonet is expected to be offered with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, UVO connected car tech, sunroof, an air purifier, front parking sensors, and a segment-first 360-degree camera. Safety features could include up to six airbags, rear view monitor, and tyre pressure monitoring system. Also See: Kia Sonet Interior Spied In GT Line Variant, Features Revealed Under the hood, the sub-4m SUV will be offered with three engine options: 1.2-litre petrol (83PS/114Nm), Seltos’ 1.5-litre diesel detuned to make 100PS/240Nm, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol (120PS/171Nm). While the 1.2-litre petrol motor will be offered only with a 5-speed manual gearbox, Kia will offer the turbo-petrol engine with three gearbox choices: 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual), and 7-speed DCT. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is expected to get a 6-speed manual and even a 6-speed automatic from the Seltos. The Sonet will rival other sub-4m SUVs such as the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon. It will also fight it out with the upcoming Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger (HBC) and Toyota Urban Cruiser. Kia is expected to price the Sonet in the range of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Unofficial pre-launch bookings are also underway at dealerships in select cities for Rs 25,000. The sub-4m SUV has also been listed on Kia India’s official website. Image Source 1 Image Source 2 Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Kia’s sub-4 metre SUV could pack a diesel motor mated to a 6-speed torque convertor The Kia Sonet is set to make its global debut on August 7. It will get the same engine options as the Hyundai Venue. It could borrow the Seltos’ diesel-automatic setup as well. It will be the first in the segment to offer such a combination. Likely to go on sale in September with prices ranging between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh. Kia is about to enter the sub-4 metre SUV segment with the Sonet that will be making its global premier on August 7. It has been spied testing under camouflage many times and we know it will be getting the same engines as its Hyundai Venue cousin. However, it seems like it will be one-upping its sibling by adding a diesel-automatic option. The Sonet’s engine options will be the 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and the detuned 1.5-litre diesel from the Seltos/Creta. The naturally-aspirated petrol will only be offered with a 5-speed manual while the turbocharged unit will get the choice of a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Its diesel engine is already offered in the Venue with a 6-speed manual but the Sonet could add the option of a 6-speed torque-converter automatic which is the diesel-AT option for the Seltos and Creta too. Currently, the only diesel-auto options in the sub-4m SUV segment are the Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 which use an AMT. The Sonet could be the first to offer a  conventional torque-convertor automatic with a diesel engine in this segment. Not only would it add to the Sonet’s unique selling proposition but suit its positioning as a premium choice. Since unofficial bookings have already started for the Sonet, some dealerships have reportedly started accepting pre-bookings for a diesel-automatic which reaffirms our expectation that the 1.5-litre diesel unit will be offered with a 6-speed AT. Based on spy shots of the interiors, the Sonet will be available in both Tech Line and GT Line variants like the Seltos SUV. In its higher trims, it has a similar dashboard where the instrument cluster extends to the dashboard to integrate the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with UVO Connect technology. The Sonet is also expected to get features like front parking sensors and could be the first to offer a 360-degree parking camera in the segment. The Kia Sonet is expected to be launched around September 2020 with prices likely to range between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh. It will take on the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Nissan’s Hyundai Venue-rival will be a petrol-only offering The test mule is seen sporting alloy wheels, rear spoiler and rear wiper. It will likely be offered with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Expected features include a 360-degree camera, sunroof, cruise control and connected car tech. Nissan is expected to launch it in January 2021 with prices beginning from Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Nissan unveiled the concept version of its sub-4m SUV, christened Magnite, on July 16. The production-spec Magnite has now been spied with heavy camouflage. It seems to be a high-spec variant since it sports a rear spoiler, rear wiper, and alloy wheels. The Magnite features a striking face with a large grille and sharp looking headlamps. The front end will bear similarities to Datsun models in terms of that grille. The test mule is also seen flaunting the flared wheel arches as seen on the Magnite concept.  The Magnite will share its underpinnings with the Renault Triber and hence is expected to be a spacious offering. It is likely to be packed with features such as connected car tech, cruise control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rearview monitor, and a sunroof. A 360-degree camera will also be on offer as confirmed by Nissan at the time of unveiling. The Magnite will be a petrol-only offering. It will likely be available with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine (from the Triber) as well as a new 1.0-litre turbocharged motor. While the former is likely to be paired to a 5-speed manual, the more powerful engine could be coupled with a CVT along with the standard manual gearbox. The naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine is rated at 72PS while the turbo-petrol unit is expected to make 100PS of power. Nissan is expected to launch the Magnite in January 2021 with prices beginning from Rs 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will take on the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Ford EcoSport. The upcoming Kia Sonet, Renault Kiger (HBC) and Toyota Urban Cruiser will also compete against Nissan’s sub-4m SUV. Image Source Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Dealers in select cities are already accepting bookings for Rs 25,000 Kia will offer the sub-4m SUV in two trims: GT and Tech Line. It will be offered with three engines: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. Expected features include Kia’s connected car tech, front parking sensors, 360-degree camera and air purifier. Expected to be priced between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The upcoming Sonet will mark Kia’s entry into the hotly contested sub-4m SUV segment. While Kia has already announced that the SUV will be revealed on August 7, dealers in select cities have started accepting unofficial pre-launch bookings for a token amount of Rs 25,000. The carmaker is expected to open official bookings soon after the SUV is revealed. A couple of recent spy shots reveal that it will look quite similar to the concept form that was showcased at Auto Expo 2020. The spied test mule was seen with the typical tiger nose grille design at the front like the showcased model. Kia’s sub-4m SUV will sport a premium look thanks to LED headlamps with LED DRLs and connected tail lamps at the rear. Inside, its cabin draws inspiration from the Seltos in terms of the steering wheel design, connected screens setup, and the various buttons next to the steering wheel. A test mule of the Sonet GT line was spied recently hinting that it will be offered in the GT and Tech Line variants just like the Seltos. Its equipment list is expected to boast of features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UVO connected car technology, front parking sensors, and a segment-first 360-degree camera. The Sonet will be offered with three engines: a 1.2-litre petrol (83PS/114Nm), 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (120PS/171Nm), and the 1.5-litre diesel from the Seltos in a detuned state (100PS/240Nm). The naturally aspirated petrol will only be offered with a manual gearbox while the turbo-petrol engine will come with a choice of three transmission options: 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, and the newly introduced 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual). Kia is expected to offer the diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and introduce a 6-speed automatic option borrowed from the Seltos. Kia is expected to launch the Sonet around September with prices ranging from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will face competition from the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, and Mahindra XUV300. The Sonet will also rival the upcoming Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite and Toyota Urban Cruiser. Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The BS6 petrol engine might actually make the Maruti crossover cheaper than before The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is due to be launched in its BS6 petrol-only avatar on August 5. Its pre-bookings are now open and the variant list has been confirmed. Thanks to the petrol engine, the S-Cross will also get an automatic option for the first time. Also read: Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Variants And Colour Options Revealed Ahead Of Launch The 2020 S-Cross will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech as the facelifted Vitara Brezza and XL6. This engine delivers an output of 105PS and 138Nm and will be mated to a 5-speed manual, with the option of a 4-speed automatic as well. There won’t be any cosmetic updates or feature additions apart from the latest version of Maruti’s 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It will continue to get comforts like auto AC, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and LED projector headlamps. Given that the petrol S-Cross won’t get any changes apart from the engine, let’s look at the expected prices: S-Cross Old (Diesel, ex-showroom Delhi) New (Petrol expected prices) Variant MT MT AT Sigma Rs 8.81 lakh Rs 8.5 lakh - Delta Rs 9.93 lakh Rs 9.5 lakh Rs 10.6 lakh Zeta Rs 10.44 lakh Rs 10.2 lakh Rs 11.3 lakh Alpha Rs 11.44 lakh Rs 11 lakh Rs 12.1 lakh Note: All the above prices are estimates; final prices are likely to vary. The S-Cross will resume its rivalry with the likes of the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Nissan Kicks. It will also take on the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and the production-spec version of the Skoda VISION IN. Here’s how the Maruti crossover’s expected prices compare to its rivals that are already on sale: Model 2020 Maruti S-Cross (expected) Renault Duster Nissan Kicks Hyundai Creta Kia Seltos Ex-showroom Prices Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 12.1 lakh Rs 8.49 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 14.15 lakh Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.20 lakh Rs 9.89 lakh to Rs 17.34 lakh The S-Cross’ nearest rival will be the Renault Duster in terms of affordability, but Maruti will offer the option of an automatic as well, something that’s missing from the BS6 Duster. Renew Maruti S-Cross Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - (InsuranceDekho.com)Loan Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

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