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  • Explore the exterior design of the new-generation Honda sedan in detail The new fifth-gen Honda City compact sedan is about to reach showrooms in India. It’s already been unveiled and we’ve even had the chance to drive it. You can read our first drive review of the new City here and take a detailed look at its new exterior in the gallery below: Front The new Honda City’s extra width is noticeable from its new front end and chunky bumper. It now looks similar to the Amaze with the larger chrome bar that seems to span the width of the car. The vertical front fog lamp housings look sportier from the side than they do from the front. Overall, the City’s stance is a bit more upright and sportier than before thanks to the new beefy front end. Headlamps Perhaps the most striking front-end design feature of the new City is its multi-LED headlamps (9 in total per unit) with LED DRLs running above it. These new units make the Honda sedan feel a lot more premium than its rivals at first glance. Rear The 2020 Honda City’s rear end is a lot different from the outgoing fourth-gen model. Here too, you can spot the added width and lower stance of the new model. It has a sculpted bootlid and a chunky bumper with air-vent styled reflector housings for added sportiness. Taillamps A huge step forward in terms of styling, the new split-section wraparound taillamps feature prominent Z-shaped elements when viewed from the side. Around the back, the same elements continue to create a sort of C-shape that borders the rest of the bits like the brake lights and turn indicators.  The new City’s rear end finds a pleasant balance between sportiness and executive-class premiumness. Wheels Honda will continue to offer the City with 16-inch alloys, albeit in a new dual-tone alloy design. While 17-inch wheels would have looked better with the new City’s larger proportions, these wheels are perhaps better suited for optimum ride quality in Indian road conditions. The City continues to offer 185/55 cross-section tyres as before. Side From its profile, the fifth-gen City looks more premium than its predecessor with its balanced proportions and added sportiness. The extra length from the new design is easily noticeable while the distance between the wheels remains the same. Despite the upright front-end, the new City has shaved a few centimetres off the top to gain this sleek stance as a family sedan. Lane Watch camera Among the various feature updates on the new City, the Honda lane watch camera is one of the cooler ones. Housed neatly under the left outside rear view mirror, it can stream a live feed of what’s in the driver’s blind spot, making it easier and safer to change lanes and make left turns in city traffic. Boot space A good family sedan must have enough luggage space to accommodate everyone’s stuff on a weekend getaway. The new City may have lost a bit of capacity with the new styling but it is still the segment leader with 506 litres of boot space on offer. Read More on : Honda City on road price Renew Honda City 2020 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The Polo GT now has a smaller engine underneath its bonnet so does that mean it’s now slower than before? The Volkswagen Group’s decision to offer all its small cars with only a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine (naturally aspirated or turbocharged) left many baffled but after we drove the new Polo, it struck us that there is more here than what meets the eye. So we dug out the performance numbers of the older Polo 1.2 TSI to see if the new one could match up to it.   Polo 1.0 TSI Polo 1.2 GT TSI (old) Displacement 1.0-litre turbo-petrol 1.2-litre turbo-petrol Max Power 110PS 105PS (-5PS) Peak Torque 175Nm 175Nm Transmission 6-speed manual 7-speed DSG Kerb weight 1072kg 1109kg (+ 37kg) The new Polo, despite having a smaller engine, makes more power than the older 1.2 GT TSI. Their torque figures are the same but the latter is slightly heavier. IT however does have the advantage of a lightning quick DSG to move through the cogs. Performance Comparison Acceleration and Roll-on Tests: Model 0-100kmph 30-80kmph 40-100kmph 20-80kmph Polo 1.0 TSI 9.66s 6.85s 10.51s NA Polo 1.2 GT TSI 10.62s NA NA 5.92s A little to our surprise, the new Polo manages to outsprint the 1.2 GT TSI to a 100kmph, by almost a second. We can’t really compare their roll-on acceleration tests as we test automatics and manuals differently. However, the older GT TSI looks like it is the quicker option, accelerating faster from 20-80kmph than the new Polo goes from 30-80kmph.  Also Read: 2020 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Manual Mileage Tested: Real vs Claimed Braking Model 100-0kmph 80-0kmph Polo 1.0 TSI 40.26m 25.97m Polo 1.2 GT TSI 42.86m 27.45m The new Polo is slightly lighter than the 1.2 GT TSI and that can be seen in its braking distances. The new Polo TSI comes to a halt in a shorter distance, whether you brake from 100kmph or 80kmph. The difference ranges between 1.5 metre to 2.5 metre. Verdict The new Polo offers a better engine, at least in terms of power output and test numbers. The older 1.2 GT TSI is an impressive package and it bested the new engine in terms of 4-cylinder refinement. In all other aspects the new TSI would seem to run rings around it.  If performance is what you seek, the new Polo TSI makes sense but if ease of driving still takes a front seat for you, the Polo with its new 6-speed auto gearbox is what you should pick. Read More on : Volkswagen Polo on road priceRenew Volkswagen Polo Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Loan - Get upto ?2 Lakhs in 5 mins

  • India launch expected in January 2021 Nissan Magnite official unveil on July 16 Promises to be a head turner with striking LED illumination and imposing grille.  Expected to be a feature-loaded offering with more than a couple airbags, sunroof and large touchscreen infotainment. Will be a petrol-only offering with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged engine option.  Prices could start from Rs 5.5 lakh; will rival Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Nissan India has sent a blinged-out teaser of its upcoming sub-4m SUV, the Magnite. The SUV will be fully unwrapped on July 16. The official statement draws out a launch timeline for the second half of FY 2020-21. Earlier, it was scheduled for the first half of FY 2020-21. By that estimate, you could see it on showroom floors only after the festive season, i.e, in the early months of 2021. The teaser reveals the front quarter panel and half of the SUV’s fascia. It gets sleek LED headlamps and Datsun redi-GO-like L-shaped LED daytime running lamps. A bold front grille, faux skid plate and side cladding lend it a touch of ruggedness. The new alloy wheel design adds a bit more bling to the design. However, expect the production-spec model to look a bit more toned down in comparison.  It’s quite interesting to note that the Magnite here looks quite similar to the Datsun redi-GO, especially from the front. It will be based on the Renault Triber’s platform, which means it can be expected to be a seriously spacious offering. For reference, the Triber boasts of a 2636mm wheelbase which betters all existing sub-4m SUVs and even compact sedans (except Ciaz) for that matter. While there’s no communication from Nissan about the Magnite’s feature list, expect it to be similar to the Triber, albeit with the addition of some feel-good equipment. Expect LEDs for the tail lamps as well, a 360-degree camera, remote engine start/stop, a large touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, and even four airbags. Given the rising popularity of sunroofs, expect the same on this offering as well.  The Nissan Magnite will be a petrol-only model which could feature the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine from the Renault Triber. A turbocharged version of the same engine could also find its way under the Magnite’s hood, displacing around 100PS. While the naturally aspirated engine will be paired with a 5-speed manual, the turbocharged unit might get an optional CVT in addition to the manual option.  Also Read: Nissan’s Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue Rival Teased Again, Launch Soon We expect Nissan to pitch the Magnite as a value-for-money product as there’s a lot riding on this new SUV, so expect it to undercut almost all of its rivals. While most rivals get a starting price of around Rs 7 lakh, the Magnite could start out at around Rs 5.50 lakh. It will compete with the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and the upcoming Kia Sonet and Renault Kiger. Renew Nissan Magnite Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • India launch expected to happen in the first half of 2021 The facelifted Tiguan also gets a sporty R variant for international markets. Gets revised bumpers, front grille, headlamps and tail lamps, and new alloy wheels. Feature additions include touch-based climate controls and updated infotainment system. India-spec model likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol engine. Expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom). While Volkswagen discontinued the pre-facelift Tiguan earlier in 2020, it has now unveiled the India-bound facelifted Tiguan in Europe. In April 2020, the carmaker had released a teaser image of the SUV, giving us an idea of its design while confirming a plug-in hybrid variant as well. The facelifted Tiguan gets a bunch of updates such as tweaked bumpers with big air dams, revised front grille, and updated headlamps with LED DRLs. Volkswagen is also offering the updated SUV with new alloy wheels, revised tail lamps and ‘TIGUAN’ badging below the brand’s logo on the bootlid. The facelifted Tiguan is pretty much similar to the pre-facelift model save for these changes. The sportier R variant gets aggressive styling, quad exhausts, and bigger 21-inch alloy wheels. Changes on the inside are limited to an R-specific steering wheel and sporty seats with additional side bolstering. Also Read: BS6 Effect: Volkswagen Ameo And Tiguan Discontinued In India On the inside, Volkswagen has added touch-based climate controls, a new steering wheel with touch-based controls, and a larger touchscreen infotainment system with Volkswagen’s latest MIB3 operating system and connected car technology. Other features include ambient lighting, cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof. In Europe, the facelifted Tiguan will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 150PS and sends power to all four wheels. Its plug-in hybrid variant will be able to cover 50km on electric power. Volkswagen, however, won’t offer this diesel engine here as Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has decided to offer petrol-only models in the BS6 era. It is likely to be offered with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol engine instead. Volkswagen is expected to bring it to our market in the first half of-2021 and follow it up with the updated Tiguan Allspace. The facelifted Tiguan is expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom) and will rival the Skoda Karoq, Hyundai Tucson, and the upcoming Citroen C5 Aircross. Renew Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • It will be powered by a BS6 2.6-litre diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox The updated Gurkha was initially expected to be launched in April 2020. Gets revised front fascia and front grille. Feature additions likely to include an optional touchscreen system and front power windows. Expected to command a premium of over Rs 1 lakh over the current model. Will rival the upcoming new-gen Mahindra Thar. Force Motors is gearing up to launch the new generation Gurkha, showcased at Auto Expo 2020, with a BS6 motor. Initially expected to arrive last April, it got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has now been spied testing with camouflage ahead of the expected imminent launch. The new Gurkha has been redesigned, but it retains the classic G-Class inspired styling, getting a new grille and bumpers while retaining the big snorkel. To give it a more premium touch, the carmaker will also be offering LED elements in the circular headlamps. The updated Gurkha now gets a dual-tone roof paint job. The spied model’s rear window is the same as seen on the showcased Gurkha (single piece of glass). While the show car featured 16-inch alloy wheels, the spied model is seen with steel wheels. The carmaker may offer the alloy wheels as an accessory like before. Its spare wheel is mounted on the new tailgate and it features a three-part windshield at the rear. The test mule also sported the step at the back as seen on the showcased model. Also Read: Unlock 2.0 Guidelines: How Does It Affect Your Travel Plans? The new Gurkha will be powered by a BS6-compliant 2.6-litre diesel engine that produces 90PS and 280Nm. It will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox with a low range gearbox for off-roading. It is also expected to get the more powerful 2.2-litre diesel (140PS/321Nm) that was introduced to the Gurkha range in 2019.   It will be offered with front and rear differential locks, manual AC, and fog lamps as before. With this update, Force will introduce front power windows on the Gurkha. The show car also suggests that it will get a newly designed dual-tone dashboard with a touchscreen system (optional). Safety features should include dual front airbags and ABS. Force had priced the BS4 model between Rs 9.75 lakh and Rs 13.30 lakh (ex-showroom). The new-gen Gurkha is expected to command a premium of over Rs 1 lakh compared to the current model. It will rival the new-gen Mahindra Thar that is expected to be launched in August 2020. Source Read More on : Mahindra Thar diesel Renew Force Gurkha 2020 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The 100PS 1.5-litre diesel is now BS6 compliant and will only get a 6-speed manual 2020 Honda City to get BS6 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. City still won’t get a diesel-automatic option because it would be too pricey. Honda also states lack of demand as one of the reasons for not adding an automatic option to diesel variants. New City the only other compact sedan to offer a diesel engine apart from Hyundai Verna. The fifth generation Honda City is due to launch in India soon. Many of its details have already been unveiled and we know that it will be powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units as before. The outgoing model didn’t get a diesel-automatic option and Honda has confirmed that the new one won’t be getting it either. Also read: 2020 Honda City: First Drive Review The Japanese carmaker has some valid reasons to not add a diesel-automatic option to the City. First of all, it would be quite pricey. Prior to the discontinuation of the BS4 diesel option, the top-spec diesel variant of the fourth-gen City and petrol-automatic variants were similarly priced at Rs 14.22 lakh and Rs 14.31 lakh respectively (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Honda City with updated engines will likely be even more expensive and adding a diesel-automatic variant could bump up the price tag to as high as Rs 16 lakh.  Another reason for Honda to not introduce a pricey diesel-automatic variant is the lack of demand for it. In the BS6 era, the City is the only other car that will offer a diesel engine apart from the Hyundai Verna while all its rivals are now limited to petrol engines. Also, the Hyundai Verna’s top-spec diesel automatic variant is priced at Rs 15.10 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and this powertrain benefits from economies of scale since it is shared with three other models in the group as of now (Creta, Elantra and Kia Seltos).  Related: Spec Comparison: New 2020 Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Maruti Ciaz vs Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento vs Toyota Yaris The 2020 Honda City will get the most powerful petrol engine in the segment; its 1.5-litre unit is tuned to produce 121PS and 145Nm while mated to a 6-speed manual (new) or an optional CVT automatic. The 1.5-litre diesel engine, now updated to meet BS6 norms, will still make 100PS and 200Nm while mated to a 6-speed manual. The same diesel engine does get the option of a CVT automatic in the Amaze sub-4m sedan but in a detuned state with 20PS less power and 40Nm less torque. That’s a performance dip that simply won’t do in the City. Honda is expected to price the new fifth-gen City between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, charging a premium for its new design with increased proportions and added features. It will continue to rival the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. The existing fourth-gen petrol-only City will remain on sale alongside the new one. Read More on : City on road priceRenew Honda City 2020 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • It will be offered in two variants: SV and VX Bookings open for a token amount of Rs 21,000. Gets refreshed front fascia, new alloys (diesel) and mildly updated rear profile  Feature additions include LED headlights, tail lamps and fog lamps, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. To be offered with the same petrol and diesel engines, albeit in BS6 form. Expected to be priced from Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom). If not for the coronavirus pandemic, we’d have already seen the WR-V BS6 at Honda’s dealerships and on the road by now. Honda Cars India has now announced that the facelifted Jazz-based crossover will be launched on July 2, 2020. The crossover hatchback started reaching dealerships in June while pre-launch bookings are now open for a token amount of Rs 21,000. It will be offered in two variants: SV and VX. Honda offered the pre-facelift WR-V in two variants: S and VX. The facelifted WR-V gets LED projector headlamps, fog lamps, and LED elements in the tail lamps. Honda has tweaked the front fascia with a redesigned bumper and grille. Inside, it sports a redesigned leatherette upholstery, and a touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Both these additions will now be standard across variants. Existing features such as cruise control, push button start-stop and the sunroof will be carried forward. Also Read: Honda City 2020 Won’t Get Diesel Automatic: Here’s Why Honda will continue to offer the WR-V with the same set of engines as before: a 1.2-litre petrol (90PS/110Nm) and a 1.5-litre diesel rated at 100PS/200Nm. The petrol motor will be offered with 5-speed MT while the diesel will be equipped with a 6-speed MT. Like before, the WR-V will not be offered with an automatic gearbox. The WR-V BS6 is expected to be priced between Rs 8.5 lakh and Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom). The pre-facelift WR-V was priced from Rs 8.15 lakh to Rs 10.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will rekindle its rivalry with sub-4m SUVs such as Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and Mahindra XUV300. The upcoming Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Toyota Urban Cruiser, and Renault Kiger will also compete with the facelifted WR-V. Read More on : WRV diesel Renew Honda WR-V 2020 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Both models share their underpinnings but their cabins are not the same The interior of the upcoming Renault Kiger sub-4m SUV has recently been spied for the first time. It shares its underpinnings with the last new Renault to be introduced in India, the Triber sub-4m MPV crossover. As a result, both these cars are expected to have a lot in common but our first peek at the Kiger’s interior suggests quite a few differences in the cabin. The Kiger is meant to be positioned a step above the Triber and has a more premium feel to its cabin. The first difference to be seen between the two cabins is the dark theme of the Kiger compared to the lighter dual-tone theme inside the Triber which also gets a strip of silver across its dash, connecting all the front AC vents. The sub-4m SUV also appears to be ergonomically sorted as the steering wheel features more controls than even the Duster. It also has gloss black inserts unlike the Triber which has neither of those. Both sub-4m models have similar looking digital instrument clusters but the Kiger is likely to get a colour display as opposed to the LED display in the Triber. Both Renaults have a similar dashboard but differing central consoles. The central AC vents are now positioned below the touchscreen infotainment system. The Kiger has a shelf and three-dial climate controls above that, same as the Triber. While the Triber has manual AC controls, the Kiger uses an updated version with auto AC and digital displays on the three dials. Sticking with the air conditioning, the Kiger will likely get conventionally positioned rear AC vents behind the central tunnel as opposed to the pillar-mounted and roof-mounted vents in the 7-seater Triber. One of the highlights of the platform used by both the Kiger and Triber sub-4m offerings is its wheelbase which allows for a more spacious cabin. Given that the Kiger is a 5-seater compared to the 7-seat Triber, a roomy cabin will likely be one of its strong points in the sub-4m SUV segment. The Renault Kiger will likely be powered by a choice of 1.0-litre petrol engines - one naturally-aspirated as offered in the Triber and a new turbocharged unit. The non-turbo engine is available with the choice of a 5-speed manual or an AMT in the Triber while the turbocharged unit will be offered with a choice of a CVT automatic along with the 5-speed manual. Renault is expected to launch the Kiger around the festive season with prices likely to range from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. It will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and upcoming rivals too. Image Source Renew Renault Kiger (HBC) Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Loan - Get upto ?2 Lakhs in 5 mins

  • While the diesel variants and the Trailhawk edition share the same engine, which variant returns a better mileage in the real world? The Jeep Compass was launched in India in 2017 while its top-spec Trailhawk edition came 2 years later. Jeep offers the Compass with both petrol and diesel engines while the Trailhawk edition gets only a diesel motor with a 9-speed AT option. Jeep offers this combo only in two variants of the Compass: Longitude and Limited Plus. The engine in question is a BS6 2.0-litre diesel that develops 173PS/350Nm in the above mentioned diesel variants of the Compass whereas it makes 170PS/350Nm in the Trailhawk. Jeep offers these variants with a 4WD system. Let’s see how their specs compare along with their claimed and actual fuel efficiency figures: Jeep Compass Diesel AT Jeep Compass Trailhawk Engine 2.0-litre diesel 2.0-litre diesel Power 173PS 170PS Torque 350Nm 350Nm Transmission 9-speed AT 9-speed AT Claimed fuel efficiency 15.3kmpl 14.9kmpl Tested fuel efficiency (city) 11.21kmpl 11.74kmpl Tested fuel efficiency (highway) 16.81kmpl 17.58kmpl While the diesel variants of the Compass couldn’t match the claimed mileage figure in the city, they exceeded it by 1.51kmpl out on the highway. Similarly, the Trailhawk edition fell short by over 3kmpl in the city, but surpassed it by 2.68kmpl when driven on the highway. Related: FCA Launches Pre-owned Vehicle Venture In India Let’s have a look at how they fared in mixed driving conditions: Jeep Compass City:Highway (50:50) City:Highway (25:75) City:Highway (75:25) Diesel AT 13.45kmpl 14.94kmpl 12.22kmpl Trailhawk 14.07kmpl 15.63kmpl 12.80kmpl Across all average usage scenarios, the Trailhawk edition of the Compass is more fuel-efficient than the diesel automatic variants of the SUV. Related: Jeep Compass Facelift Spied In India For The First Time Do note that these figures may vary depending on the road, driving, climate conditions, and the car’s health. If you own a diesel variant of the Compass or the Trailhawk edition, don’t forget to drop in your findings in the comments below. Read More on : Compass Automatic Renew Jeep Compass Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Gets a similar dashboard layout as Triber MPV but unique central console design Upcoming Renault Kiger interior spied; front fascia spied uncovered for the first time. It features split headlamp design like the Kwid but with three pot headlamps (most likely LEDs) on the bumper. Steering wheel gets more controls and the SUV could get a colour digital instrument as well. Expected to come with the 72PS 1.0-litre petrol engine and a new  100PS 1.0-litre turbo-petrol option as well. The spied Kiger seems to be an automatic variant. Renault is likely to launch Kiger by the festive season. Renault’s upcoming sub-4m SUV has been spied testing multiple times but this is the first clear peek at its partially camouflaged interior. It is also our first uninterrupted look at the front fascia of the upcoming Renault that will likely be called the Kiger. The test mule spied reveals the sub-4 metre SUV’s split headlamp design with LED daytime running lights and turn indicators flanking the grille with three-pot headlamps (most likely LEDs) on the bumper. The Renault Kiger’s profile suggests a coupe-like styling with a sloping roof line similar to the Tata Nexon. The interior spy shot reveals a similar dashboard as the Triber sub-4m MPV. It is also equipped with a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system above the central vents in its revised console design compared to the MPV. The Kiger also features a shelf below the three climate controls as seen in the Triber. Unlike the MPV, the Kiger features auto AC and the climate controls are now premium and feature a digital display as well, similar to what we see in the Maruti Suzuki Swift. Also, the Kiger spied features an all black interior theme with dark grey highlights and gloss black inserts. The premium-looking steering wheel gets more controls and it seems like the SUV will come equipped with a colour digital instrument cluster to position itself a step above the Triber. In terms of safety, the Kiger is expected to be equipped with upto four airbags along with the standard kit of ABS, rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera in higher variants. Renault is expected to offer the Kiger with the same 1.0-litre petrol engine as the Triber, making 72PS and 96Nm. It will also feature the Renault-Nissan alliance’s new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that was showcased at Auto Expo 2020. This motor is expected to put around 100PS. In the Triber, the naturally aspirated engine is offered with the choice of a 5-speed manual and an AMT. The turbocharged engine will likely be offered with a 5-speed manual and a CVT auto. Based on the interior spy shots, the test mule was an automatic variant since it didn’t feature a clutch pedal in the driver’s footwell. The Renault sub-4 metre SUV could be unveiled in the coming months with a possible launch during the festive season. It is expected to be priced somewhere between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 8 lakh. The Kiger will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and upcoming models from Kia and Nissan as well. Image Source Read More on : Vitara Brezza on road price Renew Renault Kiger (HBC) Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Loan - Get upto ?2 Lakhs in 5 mins

  • The Gloster will be MG’s fourth offering in India thereby enriching its SUV lineup Sold as Maxus D90 in China. Spotted with minimum camouflage covering the logo and nameplate. Expected to be powered by 2.0-litre petrol (turbo) and diesel (twin-turbo) units. Likely to feature a panoramic sunroof and three-zone climate control. Prime rivals include Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. MG to price it around Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom). MG Motor will be launching its fourth product for India, the Gloster, which debuted at Auto Expo 2020, around Diwali this year. It has now been spotted testing in Gujarat with minimal camouflage to cover the brand’s logo and the nameplate at the rear. The carmaker sells the SUV as Maxus D90 and LDV D90 in the Chinese and Australian markets, respectively. The Gloster comes with both petrol and diesel engines in China. It gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor that makes 220PS and 365Nm. On the other hand, the diesel engine is a 2.0-litre bi-turbo unit that puts out 220PS and 480Nm. Both engines come mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic. MG offers the full-size SUV with a four-wheel-drive system. Also Read: MG Hector Plus To Come In Limited Variants, Slightly Bigger Than The Hector In terms of equipment list, the Gloster is expected to come with a bunch of features as seen on the Maxus D90. This includes a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, three-zone climate control, digital instrument cluster, and a 360-degree camera. Safety features on offer should include multiple airbags, ESP and ABS with EBD. MG’s full-size SUV will fight it out with the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas G4, Skoda Kodiaq, Ford Endeavour, VW Tiguan Allspace and Isuzu mu-X. It will be priced around Rs 35 lakh.  Source Renew MG Gloster Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The Hector Plus will be offered only in three variants: Super, Smart, and Sharp compared to four in the standard 5-seater Hector It will be the third MG offering in India. To share its engine options with the regular Hector: 1.5-litre turbo-petrol, petrol with mild-hybrid, and 2.0-litre diesel. Will feature USB ports and AC vents for the third row. Expected to command a premium of Rs 1 lakh over the 5-seater Hector. MG Motor is all set to launch another SUV in the Indian market in July 2020 and has listed the upcoming Hector-based model on its official website. Christened the Hector Plus, it is a three-row version of the Hector that arrived here in 2019. Its variant list was also recently revealed, suggesting that it will be offered in three variants: Super, Smart, and Sharp. The 6-seater Hector Plus will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. It will get a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine (143PS/250Nm) coupled with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. MG will also offer the SUV with a turbo-petrol unit featuring a 48V mild-hybrid system paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is rated at 170PS/350Nm and will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A petrol-manual mild-hybrid combo is limited to the top-spec Sharp variant. Unlike the 5-seater Hector, the Hector Plus won’t be offered in the base-spec Style variant. Also Read: MG Motor India Signs Up 6 More Startups Under Its Developer Programme The Hector Plus differentiates itself from the standard model with noticeable aesthetic changes, mainly to its front fascia. On the inside, it features a dual-tone theme with tan brown upholstery and captain seats for the second row. MG is set to offer the Hector Plus with a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, a 360-degree camera, cruise control, and a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The third row of the SUV will be offered with AC vents and USB ports. It is expected to command a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the corresponding variant of the 5-seater Hector (priced from Rs 12.73 lakh to Rs 17.72 lakh ex-showroom except Kerala). The Hector Plus will rival the Toyota Innova Crysta and the upcoming Tata Gravitas. Its 7-seater version is also slated to be launched in the later part of the year. Read More on : MG Hector on road priceRenew MG Hector Plus Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The diesel prices set a dubious distinction, especially for car owners in Delhi Maruti S-Presso CNG: Maruti has added an ace to the S-Presso’s arsenal by giving it a factory-fitted CNG kit. It’s now the only one in its category to get a CNG which claims more than 30km of travel per kgm of CNG. How much does it cost and what’s the exact efficiency figure? Answer here.  Honda City Bookings: Contrary to our expectations, Honda has opened the official pre-bookings for the 2020 City a little early. How does the booking amount vary for online buyers and showroom visitors? When is the launch scheduled for? Answers this way. Fuel Prices: Cost of fuel prices might have been occasionally increasing throughout the past decade. However, things have gone completely awry in the last few weeks as they have been hiked consecutively for 18 days. And to our astonishment, diesel is now costlier than petrol in the country capital. Here’s why.  Jeep Compass Facelift: We spotted the updated Jeep Compass testing in India for the first time. What revisions can be made out of the pictures? Expected new features? When is it coming? Find out here.  MG Hector Plus: The MG Hector Plus will be launched in July but we have already caught hold of its variant details. Yes, it will be available with all the existing Hector’s powertrain combinations except one. Read More on : Jeep Compass AutomaticRenew Jeep Compass 2021 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Hyundai has rolled out over 1 lakh units in just over a year since its launch in India Hyundai’s debut sub-4m SUV has been on sale for over a year now. Hyundai lists 97,400 units of the Venue sold in India and 7,400 units sold internationally, taking the total to over a lakh. More than 44 per cent of the units sold in India were powered by the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that’s roughly over 42,000. It is also offered with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. The Venue is currently priced from Rs 6.7 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Hyundai Venue was a new global offering from the Korean carmaker in the summer of 2019. It’s been just over a year since its launch in India on May 21 and we have some interesting numbers about its market performance. Of the total 1 lakh or so Venues sold in the last one year, Indian sales account for over 97,400 units while international numbers stand at over 7,400. Hyundai has stated that over 44 per cent of Venue buyers in India opted for the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is roughly over 42,000. The Venue is also offered with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit and a diesel engine which means the TGDi unit is the most popular choice. It launched with a BS4 1.4-diesel engine and was updated with the new 1.5-litre diesel engine for the BS6 era. Hyundai offers the turbo-petrol engine from the mid-spec variant onwards with prices starting from Rs 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Also read: Hyundai Venue CarDekho Round-up: Buyer’s Guide The 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine is offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Hyundai shared that the turbo-petrol DCT accounted for over 15,000 units so the manual would be around 27,000. The Hyundai Venue is currently priced between Rs 6.7 lakh and Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport as well as upcoming rivals from Kia, Renault and more. Read More on : Hyundai Venue on road price Renew Hyundai Venue Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • Nissan’s e-Power hybrid tech uses a small-displacement petrol engine to charge the batteries, allowing for a fully electric drive . Nissan recently revealed its mid-term four-year plan for the AMI (Africa, Middle-East and India) markets. One of the most notable inclusions in this plan was the deployment of advanced hybrid (e-Power), electric vehicle and connected car tech in the aforementioned regions. The new mid-term plan is part of the broader global transformation plan that Nissan announced recently in Japan.  The most interesting bit in Nissan’s electrified plan is the e-Power tech, a sort of hybrid vehicle. Most hybrid vehicles use an internal combustion engine and an electric motor/motors together for propulsion. The Note e-Power does the same, however, in this case the internal combustion engine (ICE) doesn’t directly drive the wheels and the drive is pure electric.  Range extending petrol engine. The engine instead serves as a range extender to top up the batteries from time to time. Not requiring external charging, it takes away that range anxiety that’s associated with EVs. It also allows the ICE to be used in the most economical fashion possible. The Nissan Kicks recently got the e-Power tech in Thailand and Japan and the same could happen in India as well. Nissan has also confirmed that it will be bringing electric vehicles to the AMI region. While there is no confirmation, there's a high chance that it will be the Ariya crossover EV. The new EV is part of Nissan's global transformation plan, which is hoping for the Ariya to be as successful as its Leaf EV hatchback. Nissan was earlier planning to launch the Leaf EV in India, but that plan never materialised.   Nissan Ariya Concept. Nissan has always been vocal about introducing electric vehicles and its e-Power tech in the Indian market. They were evaluating e-Power a few years ago and testing it with the Note e-Power (first Nissan model to feature the self charging EV tech) in India. The new business plan reaffirms that we could finally be getting the e-Power in the country. Thailand recently became the second manufacturing hub for e-Power after Japan. Nissan could also localise the same in India in the near future as that’s the key to competitive pricing.   Nissan is expected to bring about these developments in a phased manner, the last of which is expected to take place in 2023. We expect them to start off with the e-Power tech because it is one of those pieces of technology that seems tailor-made for the Indian market, because of the virtually nonexistent electric infrastructure. Renew Nissan Note e Power Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Loan - Get upto ?2 Lakhs in 5 mins

  • Only the J MT variant is being offered on the government portal The same variant is Rs 1.96 lakh cheaper on Government e-Marketplace (GeM) than its standard price. The GeM is a dedicated online market for procurement of goods and services by government organisations. Toyota is offering the sedan only in white but will supply it in other colours depending on the requests. It also sells select variants of the Innova on GeM. Toyota has launched its compact sedan, the Yaris, on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) in a single variant priced at Rs 9.12 lakh (freight charges and taxes extra based on location). The same is priced at Rs 11.08 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for private buyers. Toyota is offering the J manual (MT) variant of the sedan on the government portal. While the Yaris is listed in the white shade only, it will supply the sedan in other colours too (10 in total including 4 dual-tone options) based on requests. The Yaris is available in a total of seven variants for private buyers: J-Optional, G-Optional, J, G, V, V-Optional, and VX. Toyota offers the compact sedan with a BS6 1.5-litre petrol engine that churns out 107PS and 140Nm with the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-step CVT option. The carmaker offers all the variants of the sedan with the CVT option. Also Read: 2020 Honda City vs Rivals: Boot Comparison In terms of features, the Yaris boasts a few segment-firsts such as roof-mounted rear AC vents, acoustic and vibration control glass, solar energy-absorbing windshield with infrared cut off and infotainment system with air gesture control. Safety features include up to seven airbags (offered on the J MT variant), ABS with EBD, and brake assist. Also Read: Spec Comparison: New 2020 Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Maruti Ciaz vs Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento vs Toyota Yaris The GeM was launched in 2016 as a dedicated e-market for online procurement of goods and services by government organisations, departments and Public Sector Units (PSUs). Other brands such as Tata, Maruti and Hyundai also offer select models including the recently launched Tata Altroz and facelifted Hyundai Verna on this platform. Toyota also sells the Innova G Plus diesel 7- and 8-seater, GX petrol 7- and 8-seater, VX Petrol 7-seater models on the same platform. Read More on : Yaris on road priceRenew Toyota Yaris Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • The new City offers less boot space than the outgoing model but does that mean it has fallen behind the competition? Compact sedans were the original family cars before compact SUVs and MPVs came along. They are not only spacious on the inside but also offer enough boot space to swallow the whole family’s luggage for a week-long vacation. One of the original compact sedans renowned for its quality was the City and Honda has now given us a new-generation model of this sedan. So let’s find out if the 2020 City can keep up with the competition when it comes to that practicality quotient of boot space. Measurements 2020 Honda City 4th-gen City Hyundai Verna Maruti Ciaz Volkswagen Vento Skoda Rapid Toyota Yaris Length 4549m 4440mm 4440mm 4490mm 4390mm 4413mm 4425mm Width 1748mm 1695mm 1729mm 1730mm 1699mm 1699mm 1730mm Height 1489mm 1495mm 1475mm 1485mm 1467mm 1466mm 1495m Wheelbase 2600mm 2600mm 2600mm 2650mm 2553mm 2552mm 2550mm Boot Space 506 litres 510 litres 480 litres 510 litres 494 litres 460 litres 476 litres Largest Boot: 4th-gen Honda City and Maruti Ciaz 4th-gen Honda City's boot. The older-generation City was ahead of the competition when it came to boot space. While the new-gen City falls slightly short in matching up to those credentials, it still offers more than enough to stay ahead of most of its immediate rivals. Honda’s 2020 City not only beats the competition in terms of boot space but also length and width. You can read more about the spec comparison. Ciaz's boot. Is boot space one of the biggest criteria for you when picking a car? Let us know in the comments below. Read More on : Honda City on road price Renew Honda City 2020 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • You can book the four-door coupé for a token amount of Rs 10 lakh It’s powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine (600PS/800Nm). Mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It can go 0-100kmph in 3.6 seconds and sprint up to 250kmph (electronically limited). Expected to be priced at Rs 1.5 crore (ex-showroom). It will rival the BMW M8 and Mercedes-Benz GT 63 4-Door. Audi is likely to launch the second-gen RS 7 Sportback here in July. The German carmaker has now opened bookings for the four-door coupé for a token amount of Rs 10 lakh. It is also accepting bookings on its online sales platform where buyers get the option of customising their model. The new RS 7 Sportback can also be booked at all Audi dealerships. Under the hood, it will be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine that puts out 600PS of power and 800Nm of torque. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Internationally, this setup comes mated to a 48V mild-hybrid system for additional torque. The RS 7 Sportback will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system. It is claimed to do the 0-100kmph sprint in 3.6 seconds and max out at 250kmph (electronically limited). Also Read: New-gen Audi A3 Unveiled. Looks Sportier Than Before Up front, the second-gen RS 7 Sportback gets a big grille flanked by the LED headlamps and huge air dams in the bumper. When viewed from the side, what draws your attention are its massive 21-inch alloy wheels that fill up the wheel arches as well as the swooping roofline. The RS 7 Sportback features blacked-out front grille, air dams and ORVMs. At the rear, it gets connected tail lamps and a sportier skid plate with dual exhaust tips. The 2020 RS 7 Sportback will feature ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, twin-screen central console, and an optional heads-up display. It will also get RS sports seats with Alcantara upholstery. Audi will be offering the 2020 RS 7 Sportback via the CBU (completely built unit) route. It is expected to be priced at Rs 1.5 crore (ex-showroom) with deliveries slated to begin from August. Audi’s four-door coupé will take on the likes of the BMW M8 and Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 4-Door. Renew Audi RS7 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Health Insurance Plans - Compare & Save Big! - (

  • Updated looks and added features on the cards for the nameplate’s first major update The Compass facelift is likely to get a revised front fascia with LED headlamps and taillights. It will also get updated interiors with FCA’s latest Uconnect 5 infotainment system   It could even get a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Expect ventilated front seats, a digital instrument cluster and a new premium sound system. The Compass facelift is also expected to get a new 1.3-litre turbo-petrol while retaining the 2.0-litre diesel. Jeep is expected to launch the new Compass in India in the first half of 2021. The Jeep Compass is due a mid-life refresh. It made its global debut in 2016 and arrived in India in 2017. It received a few updates since then in terms of technology and new variants but the SUV is due a comprehensive facelift, which we have spied testing in India for the first time. The test mule was entirely covered in camouflage and spied travelling with an entourage of the current version of the Compass. It will likely get updated headlamps with LED lighting, taillamps and bumpers. The biggest visual change is expected to be the Compass’ front fascia and expectedly, it will retain the Jeep brand’s 7-slat grille design. More significant changes for the facelifted Compass will likely take place inside the cabin which we sadly have not been able to get a peek at. One of the expected changes is the introduction of Jeep’s latest infotainment system that will get a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display running Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) latest Uconnect 5 system. The Compass may feature an updated dashboard layout to house the larger unit along with the other control panels which are expected to be updated as well. Other feature additions may include a head-up display, ventilated front seats and maybe a larger display in the instrument cluster as well. In terms of powertrains, the India-spec Compass facelift is expected to retain the 2.0-litre diesel option that currently makes 170PS and 350Nm along with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic. It is also the engine option for the 4x4 variants of the Compass. However, the 163PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine may get replaced by the brand’s new 150PS 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that features in the 2020 Compass for European markets, which was just a model year update. The new petrol engine also gets the choice of a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed dual-clutch auto.  Jeep is expected to launch the Compass facelift in India in the first half of 2021. It will likely attract a premium over the current model which is priced between Rs 16.49 lakh and Rs 24.99 lakh not including the hardcore off-roading Trailhawk version which starts at Rs 26.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi prices). The facelifted Compass SUV will continue to rival the likes of the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Karoq and the upcoming new-gen Mahindra XUV500 and Citroen C5 Aircross. Read More on : Jeep Compass Automatic Renew Jeep Compass Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

  • You can reserve yours online or through any Honda dealership near you Honda City bookings amount pegged at Rs 5,000 for online and Rs 21,000 for dealership transactions.  The 2020 City will be available in three variants: V, VX and ZX. Engine options are a set of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units.  Optional CVT limited to the petrol; no diesel-CVT like the Amaze.  Rivals the Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna, VW Vento and Maruti Ciaz.  Honda India has started official pre-bookings for its upcoming compact sedan, the City, ahead of its mid-July launch. The fifth-generation City can be booked either through the ‘Honda from Home’ online platform for a token amount of Rs 5,000 or by visiting a dealership and shelling out Rs 21,000.  The 2020 Honda City brings a host of updates over the previous generation sedan which is likely to remain on sale alongside. It will be available in three variants: V, VX and ZX. Prices of the new City are likely to range between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of features, the Honda City gets all-LED headlights with daytime running lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, and LED treatment for the tail lamps as well. It might have become wider and longer than the previous model but the wheelbase has remained constant while boot space has taken a hit.  It bears a dual-tone black and beige interior which is headlined by an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Weblink. Other features include automatic climate control, 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, Alexa voice command, connected technology and, of course, a sunroof. The safety net of a top-spec variant comprises Honda LaneWatch, blindspot monitor, six airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX anchorage mounts. The engine options are a set of 1.5-litre petrol (121PS/145Nm) and diesel (100PS/200Nm) units. Both get a 6-speed MT as standard whereas a 7-step CVT is offered with the petrol engine.  The Honda City renews its rivalry with the Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Hyundai Verna. If you’d like to know about the City’s driving experience, stay tuned to CarDekho for the first drive review which will be up shortly. Read More on : City on road priceRenew Honda City 2020 Car Insurance - Save Upto 75%* with Best Insurance Plans - ( Against Car - Get upto ?25 Lakhs in cash

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