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2014 BMW X3 Launched for Rs. 44.90 lakh

BMW has finally launched the X3 facelift in India with the starting price of Rs. 44.90 lakh (Ex-Showroom, India). The new facelifted BMW X3 made its debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show, gets many cosmetic changes, but only a few mechanical tweaks.

2014 BMW X3 Launched for Rs. 44.90 lakh

The updated X3 has got a new design language. The kidney-grille is prominent while the twin-circular headlights are large, similar to the larger X5. The new facelift features restyled bumpers, new wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, new tail-lamps and new alloys. Though the overall dimension of X3 remains same, the updated model still looks very stylish and sharper.

Under the roof, the car has been featured with new leather upholstery, piano black center console, new cup holders and automatic boot opener. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) display is also new in the car.

Mechanically, the 2014 BMW X3 has the same engine as its previous version with some changes. The TwinPower 2.0-litre diesel unit now gives 190bhp instead of the previous 184bhp. Power is being driven to all four wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The new X3 20d xDrive is price tagged at Rs. 44.90 lakh while the top of the trim 20d xDrive xLine is for Rs. 49.90 lakh.

The new and stylish X3 will rival with the Audi Q5 and Freelander 2. Where the Freelander 2 TD4 S trim is priced at Rs. 39.74 lakh, SE at Rs 43.38 lakh and the HSE at Rs 48.72 lakh, the Audi quotes Q5 30 TDI Premium trim for Rs. 47.16 lakh, Premium+ costing Rs. 49.46 lakh and the Technology Pack for Rs. 53.44 lakh.

Mercedes-Benz to Revise its Nomenclature

Mercedes-Benz has decided to revise its nomenclature next year. The first vehicle to come up with a new name would be the third generation M-Class which will be known as GLE-Class.. Earlier there were some rumours that the luxury carmaker can name the M-Class as ML Coupe, but now the SUV shall be called GLE Coupe, where ‘E’ refers to the similarly-sized E-Class family.

Mercedes-Benz to Revise its Nomenclature

The SUV in the picture is a crossover-coupe version that will now be named as GLE-Class Coupe, and would rival with BMW X6. This nomenclature change is somehow similar to Audi’s mid-90s renaming spree, which actually converted Audi 80 into A4 and the Audi 100 into A6.

This step of new nomenclatures will affect the next-gen GLK-Class also that will get changed to GLC-Class so as to align it with the brand’s C-Class. The new GLC-Class is expected to hit the market late next year or early 2016.

Also, the GL-Class is expectedly will be re-named to GLS-Class so that it can be aligned with the luxury S-Class. Most probably the G-Class will keep its name, due to the iconic status it enjoys.

 

 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Showcased at 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon

The most awaited Swift facelift was being showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon, Russia. Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift will get similar changes and will launch in October end or in the first week of November, as the car is already being sold in the market of Europe.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon

The updated Suzuki Swift features L-shaped LED DRLs, redesigned fog lamps, a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade and 16-inch alloy wheels as optional. The exterior profile has now got chrome detailing along with new front and rear bumpers.

Under the roof, the Swift facelift has got auto drop down function for front passenger window, engine start/stop push button, follow me headlamps and power ORVMs. In Russia, the car is even available with 3-door and 5-door options with an all-wheel drive system in the top-end variant.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon

The Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift is powered by 1.2-litre VVT engine that produces 92bhp of maximum power and peak torque of 118 Nm and comes with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearboxes. It is expected that the car will drop the automatic transmission in India while rest of the features remains same.

At the MIAS, Swift facelift is priced between 584,000 Rubles to 769,000 Rubles that is between Rs. 9.79 lakh to Rs. 12.89 lakh. But since the facelift version of Swift in India will be manufactured at Manesar plant of the company, we expect Swift Facelift to be priced between Rs. 4.60 lakh to Rs. 6.90 lakh.

New Suzuki Vitara Unveiled

Maruti Suzuki has finally released the official image of the all new Vitara. The company has revealed the SUV ahead of its global debut at the Paris Motor Show 2014. According to the company officials, Vitara is a production model that is based on the iV-4 concept, which was first exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. It is a new platform, which is expected to underpin a number of future vehicles.

New Suzuki Vitara Unveiled

The new Vitara will roll out from the Suzuki’s Hungarian plant and is part of a model expansion plan. The SUV is expected to battle with the Nissan Juke and Ford Ecosport in the globally competitive and fast-growing compact crossover segment.

The Japanese car maker has issued a statement confirming its premiere and one single image, but has yet to reveal full technical details of the vehicle. Suzuki says the Vitara “will have a striking road presence with distinctive design.” Customers, round the globe, will have the option of getting their cars personalised with various colour and trim customisation options. Suzuki also states the Vitara will have “excellent fuel economy” and introduce “advanced technologies” creating a sensation in the auto industry.

The Suzuki Vitara will expectedly arrive in Australian showrooms in 2015 with both petrol and diesel engine options, using the 86kW/156Nm 1.6-litre four cylinder from the S-Cross and a new 88kW/320Nm 1.6-litre turbo diesel. Vitara, a four-wheel-drive option will be offered via the AllGrip system.

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

Skoda has been showing the new Fabia online before revealing it. The car has now got more premium and classy look with its new features. The car has become mature, wider & longer than the on-going version with an increased boot space of 330 litres. The car has got new steering wheel and larger dials while the dash features a dual tone finish.

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, quoted on the revealing of 2015 Fabia’s interiors, “The new ŠKODA Fabia is a real champion in terms of practicality, offering a wide variety of opportunities for use – it is the ideal car for modern yet practical urban mobility and also possesses the perfect combination of functionality and emotionally-rich design.”

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

The car features touch screen MirrorLink powered infotainment system that allows smartphone to link with it allowing them to use certain apps on the screen just like you use them on your mobile.

To connect the smartphone to car’s infotainment system, one just needs to plug-in the phone to the infotainment system using a USB cable and select the MirrorLink mode on the touch screen – and the MirrorLink certified apps will be displayed on the car’s screen.

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

2015 Skoda Fabia also features SmartGate technology, with the help of this technology one can even get their vehicle’s essential data on their smartphone apps like fuel consumption, average speed, journey costs and many more. The data can be transmitted through a WiFi technology.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

Volvo has officially unveiled its premium XC90 SUV before its public debut at the Paris Motor Show. XC90 is the first model that is based on Volvo’s bespoke Scalable Premium Architecture (SPA) platform and will replace the 12 year old on-going model.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

Volvo officials have confirmed that the new XC90 will be launched in India in March 2015, while the deliveries will start from August. The car will be priced around Rs. 65-70 lakh.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

The upcoming seven seater has been featured with 9.5-inch tablet-like touch screen central console, satellite-navigation, keyless entry, a tailgate that can be opened by waving your foot under the rear bumper and full connectivity to the internet. With these features the car will rival with Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes Benz GL Class.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

The 9.5-inch tablet-like touch screen control is divided into the four sections-navigation, media, phone and weather with the Apple’s new CarPlay system. The Swedish luxury brand calls this tablet-like touchscreen-controlled infotainment system as Human Machine Interface that manages most of the car’s functions.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

The exterior of the car has a stylish LED lights at the front with T-shaped daytime running lights paired with bold front grille and ‘iron mark’ badge. The Volvo XC90 gets Bowers & Wilkins audio system for music lovers while on the safety front the car gets airbags for all the seven passengers, 360-degree camera, and the Park Assist Pilot.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

XC90 will come in three trims Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, each of which will be available with the two diesel and one petrol-electric hybrid option. Top of the line variant gets Twin Engine that is a plug-in electric hybrid car and houses 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine. It produces a maximum power output of 395bhp and 640 Nm of torque.

Hyundai to Set up a new Manufacturing Unit in India

With a great aim to flood Indian market with two three new products every year, Hyundai is planning to set-up another manufacturing plant in the country. When asked about the second unit, B S Seo, Hyundai India MD & CEO said, “We are looking at it very closely. We are watching very closely.”

Hyundai to Setup a new Manufacturing Unit in India

The company refused to confirm any such move, rather he pointed that the brand has the capacity to bring the plant in running mode at a very faster pace once they arrive at a decision. “We are very strong in construction of a new plant,” he added.

Korean carmaker’s factory in Chennai is capable of rolling out 6.8 lakh units per year, which can be stretched to 7 lakh units annually; also the scope for more production in this plant is very less.

The company is trying its best to find out for a new location for the factory which includes Gujarat. The region is turning out to be a preferable destination for many car makers that include Tata Motors, Ford and Maruti.

Hyundai to Setup a new Manufacturing Unit in India

After the launch of the next gen i20, the company will soon introduce a new compact SUV and a MPV in the country. Apart from the frequent launches, CEO said, “We have plans to enter segments where we are not present and these include the compact SUV and the MPV categories.” The brand’s R&D centre in Hyderabad will play an important part in the development of the models.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Scale Model Revealed

The Land Rover Discovery Sport scale model has been revealed unofficially before its official debut on September 3, 2014. The vehicle will be the first member from the new Discovery family to replace the existing Freelander.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Scale Model Revealed

The leaked image shows two different models of the most awaited Discovery Sport. The orange coloured model gives a sporty look with its black wheels, grille and the roof while the black trim features silver alloy wheels as indicated by the scale models.

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport has taken its inspiration from “Discovery Vision Concept” and will offer 5+2 seating. The car has flexible seating arrangement and features a big infotainment screen, leather upholstery and a full panoramic roof.

Since the Discovery Sport will be the only vehicle in its class to offer a seven-seat configuration, with its 5+2 seating, when it goes on sale next year, the car is expected to give a tuff competition to other luxury SUVs. The third row of the car will be comparatively small as in full-size seven- seater like the new Range Rover Sport.

More details on the new Discovery Sport will be officially revealed by the luxury car maker on September 3. Land Rover is expected to sell this new Discovery Sport in India in the end of 2015.

Maruti Ciaz to Launch Next Month

Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch a new sedan- Ciaz in first week of September. The car will rival with the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, 2014 Fiat Linea and 2014 Ford Fiesta.  ’Make ways for the cool cats in town‘ is the company’s new way of telling its competitors that it is soon going to flood the mid-size segment with its new launch. Maruti Suzuki has already started the promotional campaign for the SX4 replacement with Ciaz. Maruti Ciaz’s microsite is online on the company’s official webpage.

Maruti Ciaz to Launch Next Month

The petrol car will come powered by the Ertiga borrowed “1.4 litre K series” engine. This engine gives out 93.5bhp power and 130 Nm of max torque and will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while a CVT automatic is likely to be there. The 1.3liter DDiS diesel mill (Fiat’s Multijet) is most likely to power the sedan and churn out 88.8bhp and 200Nm of max torque. The diesel engine will also be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

The new Maruti Ciaz will expectedly be manufactured at the company’s Manesar plant. According to reports, the company plans to roll out a large number of units before the official launch to ensure quick delivery and limit waiting periods later on.

Maruti will look forward to give the Ciaz sufficient features to make it stand well in the segment against other high in demand sedans. Features like projector headlamps, rear aircon vents, rear defogger, central locking and electrically-adjustable wing mirrors could be offered as standard. Top trims of the vehicle could even find additions such as alloy wheels, climate control, a touch screeen, steering mounted controls, keyless entry, ABS and airbags. Some new features are expected by the company to uplift the car and raise the sales graph.

Tata Motors Collaborated with Jaguar Land Rover; Now Developing SUVs

According to reports, Tata Motors has approved the proposal to manufacture two global SUVs under the assistance of its 2008-acquired British luxury brand Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Coded as Q501 (5-seater) and Q502 (7-seater), the SUVs are expected to launch in India in 2017 and will be priced between Rs. 16-25 lakh.

Tata Motors Collaborated with Jaguar Land Rover ; Now Developing SUVs

Ever since Tata acquired JLR, there were reports that claimed about probabilities of the platform sharing between the British brand and the Indian firm, but the details about the cost and product were major issues. But now it seems that Tata Motors have worked over these issues.

With the new products, Tata Motors aims to mark its name as a “Global Car Manufacturer”. The car makers plan to sell 80,000 units of the new SUVs annually, in regions such as South-East Asia and Gulf Cooperation Council countries. JLR’s new Ingenium family of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines could be used to power the new Tata SUVs.

“Tata Motors is keen about building its utility vehicle portfolio as it thinks that is its DNA”, said an automobile analyst. “To claw back its share in the segment will be a daunting task. They have been on the job very seriously and they know what their problem areas are.”

There is no official word out on this, as both Tata Motors and JLR have not commented on this development.

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