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Sunday, 6 December 2015

TATA TIAGO - A New hatch from TATA - A distinct option

TATA TIAGO - A New hatch from TATA - A distinct option

Tata's new small car TIAGO, which was earlier codenamed Kite. The car is likely to replace the Indica hatchback in the Indian market. Although official launch dates were not revealed, we expect the car to be launched in the first quarter of 2016.



The Tata TIAGO gets sweptback headlamps that resemble the ones we’ve seen on the Zest/Bolt. The sharp nose gets a radiator grille with honeycomb mesh structure anbd looks attractive. Like the Bolt, the rear-end of the vehicle does away with the Christmas tree design for the tail lamps and instead get a conventionally styled wrap around unit.. The new car will be available in India soon and will be marketed using legendary footballer Lionel Messi.

The new car will looks completely different when compared to anything else from the Tata Motors model range. Expect a very edgy look that will voo an all new group of audiences and car buyers in India. The elongated grille and sharp headlamps combined with a set of well proportioned tail lamps will make the new hatchback appealing.



On the engine front, the TIAGO will get two brand new engines that have been made inhouse by the Tata Motors engine works. The TIAGO will get a 1.2-litre petrol engine that is expected to make in the region of 85PS of peak power and about 110Nm of peak torque. This naturally aspirated engine could be used in other future products too in parallel to the turbocharged Revotron engine.



The TIAGO will also get a 1.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor that is said to make just under 70PS of peak power and about 140Nm of peak torque. The engine will essentially be a three cylinder of the tried and tested 1.4-litre turbo diesel that has been doing its duty in the Indica and the Indigo CS for the last few years. The diesel is expected to return over 25kmpl in terms of fuel mileage.

The TIAGO gets a new diesel and a new petrol engine. The petrol is a 1.2-litre mill that makes 85PS of peak power and 114Nm of peak torque. The engine is essentially the non turbocharged version of what you get in the Bolt but is not as refined as the same.
 








The Tata TIAGO will be launched either later this year or early next year. With competition like the Wagon R and the Celerio from Maruti, the i10 and the Grand i10 from Hyundai and even the likes of the Renault Kwid, we expect it to put up quite a brave fight.

 The cabin layout and quality is a massive step forward for Tata Motors. The materials used are of appreciable quality (for the segment the car is intended to be positioned in) and the space is about enough for four average sized adults. However, for tall people seated at the rear, the headroom and under-thigh support might seem lacking. The front seats are very accommodating for most body shapes.





Looking at the features list of the TIAGO, it may seem that Tata has emptied its ammunition stock on this one product. It’s heavily packed with comfort and convenience enhancing items. There’s a Harman infotainment module with eight sound output units that can play through systems including Aux-In, USB, and Bluetooth streaming and can be operated via controls mounted on the steering wheel. Of great benefit is the navigation system that gives turn-by-turn guidance on the screen when connected through a phone-based App (available for only Android OS currently). There’s also a special feature called Juke Car app which can sync up to ten phones where one master phone can share its internet with others and be host for playing music from any of the synced phones.

At the top end of its trim classification, the TIAGO comes with reasonable levels of safety features that include airbags for the driver and front co-passenger, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and corner stability control. It also gets rear parking sensors with a rather medieval looking display on the infotainment screen.

 




The TIAGO comes with an option of either a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.05-litre diesel. On paper, the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine develops peak power of 84bhp@6,000rpm and a maximum twist force of 114Nm@3,500rpm. The diesel en-gine is rated at 69bhp@4,000rpm and 140Nm@1,800-3,000rpm. Both engines feature a dual overhead cam design and breathe via 4 valves per cylinder.


While both the engines are good enough to handle the bulk of the car (1,012kg for petrol and 1,080kg for diesel), they aren’t really going to score big on entertainment. The Zica is a regular city car and it makes no claim of being an enthusiast-pleasing set of wheels. It gets a drive-mode selector which switches between normal and Eco modes. The Eco mode can get a bit frustrating even when going about at slow city speeds, so it’s best to stick to ‘normal’ which is the default driving mode. The mid-range in the diesel is strong and with the gearbox in third, it’s a very flexible drive that lets you go from low double to low triple digit speeds without getting irked about the rate of progress. Drivability and less frequent gear changes are a characteristic of diesel engines, but the Zica’s petrol engine has been tuned in such a way that it seemed to be the better motor here. It’s as flexible as the diesel while being smoother and more linear in its power delivery and the range of speeds it manages in different ratios was just as high.

The gear shifts are fairly smooth, but the throws are slightly long through the gate and ratios are biased more towards fuel efficient driving. The clutch action is very progressive and well calibrated for both the engines. There is a gear indicator that flashes the gear you are driving in up on the screen and advises to shift up or down depending on the speed. It is seemed to have been mapped to the throttle position and would not show an ‘up’ arrow sign to get into a higher gear if you are giving the accelerator pedal a bit of a heavy workout.




Tata has packed the TIAGO with a load of features, so it is rather disappointing to see a very important element missing — telescopically adjustable steering. The driver’s seat is adjustable for height, so that might help matters for the tilt-only unit here, but a telescopic steering wheel would’ve been ideal. Manufacturer must realise that a tilt-and-telescopic steering system isn’t a convenience or comfort enhancing feature, but more as a safety feature and a must-have item, and should be made mandatory in all cars.

The TIAGO suffers on dynamic abilities because of the steering. While the steering wheel is a small-diameter unit and is great to hold, the steering ratio is quite high and it lacks directness and precision. It is fairly light (a boon in the city), but the steering in-put and the resultant directional change isn’t greatly proportional. Additionally, the steering response on the petrol model seemed slightly more responsive than on the diesel — that might have been due to slightly higher front axle load in the diesel car.

The highlight of the car will be its suspension setup. The ride quality in the Zica is of high order and can even rival some cars from a segment above. The front is all independent while the rear features a twist-beam with dual path strut design which channels spring load through one path and damper load through the other resulting in better vibration control and load management. It’s not exactly an engaging driving experience though, and the handling is sedate at best.

Overall, the TIAGO is the refreshing change that Tata needed in its product portfolio for a long time. It’s packaged intelligently with a folder of first-in-segment features that lend it a novelty factor. Crucially, the TIAGO flaunts good grades of materials and the interior quality is unlike any Tata hatchback before it. The engines are good for their intended use and the NVH levels, while could be better, are acceptable for a car of this size. It is also reasonably spacious and the suspension setup is worthy of praise. It’s a genuinely pleasing product and it’s all down to Tata to price and place the TIAGO intelligently in the market to give it a competitive edge.





Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Maruti Suzuki BALENO - another premium hit at NEXA by MARUTI SUZUKI

Maruti Suzuki BALENO -  another premium hit at NEXA by MARUTI SUZUKI



The Baleno is the new B+ segment hatchback from Maruti Suzuki. The compact car is positioned above the Swift in the Maruti Suzuki range, making it their most premium hatchback in India.

A new premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki called the Baleno. Now the name invariably reminds us of the old sedan, which was Maruti’s first attempt at entering the premium car market in India. They failed but since then, a lot of things have changed. The Indian car market has matured to an extent, the share of expensive cars has gone up and Maruti Suzuki sales have almost doubled. What hasn’t changed though is the company’s struggle to establish itself as a premium brand.




The Baleno is a premium looking car. There are lots of things that make the car appealing, but it isn’t simply down to looks. While the photos suggested that the Baleno looks similar to the Swift, in flesh, the Baleno looks a lot different.

Exterior

The Baleno uses Suzuki’s new liquid flow design philosophy to emphaise its exterior. The front of the car gets V-shaped grille, whose lines are extended all the way to the rear, first through the sweptback headlamps and then through the shoulder line. In photos, the design reminds us of the Swift with its similar bonnet size, but up close the car looks different and a lot more premium with LED DRLs, projector headlamps and chrome inserts.





The side view is relatively simple. It gets a sloping rear but it does not make the car look sporty. The rear profile looks pretty with LED tail lamps and extra chrome. Overall, as intended the Baleno appears to be bigger and premium compared to the B-Segment cars.




Interior

The cabin looks refreshing with the new dashboard layout. The all-black interior is sporty and there are silver inserts for the dashboard and door trims. There is plenty of space in the cabin for five passengers, also the boot is large at 339 litres.Maruti is offering plenty of features with the Baleno. The top-end model gets touch-screen music system with navigation, rear parking camera and sensors, climate control, engine start-stop button and a detailed instrument cluster with a TFT screen. Also the safety features like ABS-EBD and the front airbags are standard across all variants.







Engine and Performance

The petrol versions of the Baleno are powered by the 1.2-litre K-Series VVT engine developing 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The fuel efficiency of the engine is officially rated at 21.4kmpl and it is available with a choice of a five-speed manual or the CVT automatic transmission. The diesel engine is the same 1.3-litre multijet from the Swift producing 75bhp and 190Nm of torque. It uses the five-speed manual gearbox and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.39kmpl.

The Baleno is based on an all-new platform and despite being bigger than the Swift in dimensions, the car is actually close to 100kg lighter.




Variants and Competition

The Baleno is available in four trims – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The Sigma is the base level, while the Alpha variant is the top-spec with all the features. The CVT automatic transmission is available only with the Delta variant of the hatchback.Maruti Suzuki is offering the car in seven colours - ray blue, fire red, met premium silver, autumn orange, premium urban blue, pearl artic white and granite gray. The premium hatchback competes with the Honda Jazz and Hyundai Elite i20 in India.





The Baleno is a very balanced package. Looks decent, offers ample space, there are plenty of features and the performance is acceptable. But what seals the deal for me is the fact that the safety aspect is covered even in the base variant. So anyone on a tight budget can pick up the entry-level variant and then upgrade features later.





Of course, the pricing will play a very important role. But with close to 99 per cent localisation and a relatively smaller diesel engine, it should not be too much of a worry for Maruti Suzuki. The Baleno will be sold through the Nexa dealerships and people looking to buy a premium hatchback should consider this before making the final decision.

Only time will tell if the Baleno will set things in the right direction for Maruti Suzuki, in terms of presence in the premium segment. But it certainly has the potential.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

New Ford Figo 2015 (known as KA in abroad) launched in India

New Ford Figo 2015 (known as KA in abroad) launched in India



Introducing the revamped version of its hatchback, Ford India on Wednesday launched the Ford Figo hatchback at a starting price of Rs 4.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). While the petrol version prices go up to Rs 6.40 lakh that of the diesel go up to Rs 7.40 lakh.

The Base variant of the 2015 Figo gets a driver airbag, whereas other trims get dual front airbags, or 6 airbags in case of the top-end Titanium+ variant. The new Figo is available in 7 colors.

The new Figo measures 3,886 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, 1,525 mm in height and 2,491 mm in wheelbase. It has a ground clearance of 174 mm and boot space of 257 litres.



 
Sharing most of its design elements, features, and engine options with the Aspire, the new-gen Figo definitely looks more upmarket than before. With the first-in-class 6 airbags, dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the most powerful engine lineup, the Figo is also the most feature-loaded car in its league.


The new Figo is available with three engine options. The 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol, the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol exclusively paired to the 6-speed Powershift automatic and the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. The ARAI-rated fuel economy for the 1.2 petrol stands at 18.16 km/l, whereas that for the diesel is rated at 25.83 km/l.

 

The 1.2-litre petrol is rated at 88 PS and 112 Nm, the 1.5-litre petrol at 112 PS and 136 Nm and the 1.5-litre diesel at 100 PS and 215 Nm, identical to the Figo Aspire.


Just like the Aspire, the new-gen Figo too features the company's new signature grille with four horizontal slats, sweptback head-lights, underlining body-coloured bumper, etc. In fact, the Figo's side profile also looks similar to that of the Aspire till the rear wheel arch. With that being said, it's the rear profile that helps the two Ford cars look different. The Figo gets a hatch and wrap-around tail-lamps.



Since the the new-generation Ford Figo is inspired by its sub-4m sedan sibling, its interior also look identical to that of the Aspire with features such as three-spoke steering wheel with silver accents, steering mounted controls, and a 4.2-inch SYNC multimedia infotainment system among others. However, unlike the Aspire's dual-tone scheme, the Ford Figo gets an all-black cabin instead.



One must note, the Maruti Suzuki Swift's price starts at Rs. 4.64 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which makes the Ford Figo hatchback cheaper by about Rs. 35,000.

Just like the Aspire, the new-gen Figo too features the company's new signature grille with four horizontal slats, sweptback head-lights, underlining body-coloured bumper, etc. In fact, the Figo's side profile also looks similar to that of the Aspire till the rear wheel arch. With that being said, it's the rear profile that helps the two Ford cars look different. The Figo gets a hatch and wrap-around tail-lamps.

Also Read: Ford Figo Aspire vs Maruti Swift Dzire - Comparison Review

Since the the new-generation Ford Figo is inspired by its sub-4m sedan sibling, its interior also look identical to that of the Aspire with features such as three-spoke steering wheel with silver accents, steering mounted controls, and a 4.2-inch SYNC multimedia infotainment system among others. However, unlike the Aspire's dual-tone scheme, the Ford Figo gets an all-black cabin instead.

The New Ford Figo also shares its engine and transmission lineup with the Aspire. While the diesel variants feature a 1.5-litre TDCi unit (99bhp) mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, it gets a choice of 2 petrol engines - a 1.2-litre TiVCT (87bhp) with a 5-speed manual and a 1.5-litre TiVCT (110bhp) with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Just like its sub-compact sedan sibling, the new Ford Figo too gets 6 airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electrically adjustable ORVMs, height adjustable driver seat and other provisions.

New Ford Figo Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Petrol

1.2-litre Base: Rs. 4.29 lakh

1.2-litre Ambiente: Rs. 4.56 lakh

1.2-litre Trend: Rs. 5 lakh

1.2-litre Trend+: Rs. 5.25 lakh

1.2-litre Titanium: Rs. 5.75 lakh

1.2-litre Titanium+: Rs. 6.40 lakh

1.5-litre (AT) Titanium: Rs. 6.91 lakh

Diesel

1.5-litre Base: Rs. 5.29 lakh

1.5-litre Ambiente: Rs. 5.62 lakh

1.5-litre Trend: Rs. 5.97 lakh

1.5-litre Trend+: Rs. 6.22 lakh

1.5-litre Titanium: Rs. 6.72 lakh

1.5-litre Titanium+: Rs. 7.40 lakh


New Ford Figo Mileage Figures

1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol - 18.16km/l
1.5-litre TDCi diesel - 25.83km/l

Colour Options - Ruby Red, Sparkling Gold, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ignot Silver, and Smoke Grey. 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Hyundai Creta Mini SUV launched in India (named ix25 abroad)

Hyundai Creta Mini SUV




The Hyundai Creta is a compact SUV from the Korean manufacturer. Powered by both petrol and diesel engines, the Creta goes up against the likes of a wide variety of cars like the Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio, Suzuki S-Cross and also smaller compact SUVs like the Ford Ecosport. The Hyundai Creta also offers good mileage and is priced well.



On the exterior front, the Hyundai Creta uses Hyundi’s fluidic 2.0 architecture.  In line with Hyundai’s new design language, the Creta too gets a large three-slat front grille. Complimenting the chrome grille are the swept back headlights with LED Daytime Running Lamps and projectors. At the back, the Creta gets wraparound taillights and a spoiler with integrated brake lights. The SUV is 4,270mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,630mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,590mm.



 On the interior front, the Hyundai Creta gets a set of fresh interiors similar to the i20. The large and well made dashboard comes loaded with an inbuilt infotainment system and the likes of climate control and a start top button. The centre console also houses a large screen that displays media, telephony and other information. The Creta also has great interior space both on the front and the back along with a large boot. The interior color, a beige and black combination looks attractive and goes well with Indian buying habits. The instrument cluster hosts two dials for the speedometer and the tachometer with large easy to read font.




Under the hood, the Hyundai Creta comes with three engine options. The petrol engine is a 1.6-litre motor that makes 123PS of power and 155Nm of torque. The petrol Hyundai Creta comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel on the other hand comes with two engine options. The cheaper and smaller diesel is a 1.4-litre motor which is also available in the Hyundai Elite i20. The 1.6-litre diesel from the Verna is also available in the Creta. The 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel mill makes 128PS of power and 260Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both petrol and diesel engines are also available with an automatic gearbox. 


The Hyundai Creta does have some stiff competition from the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Maruti-Suzuki S-Cross , Mahindra Scorpio and the Ford Ecosport. Being Hyundai’s first such product on offer for India, the Creta is certainly a car to be considered in you are looking at a vehicle in the Rs 10 lakh range.
 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Honda Jazz 2015

New Honda Jazz 2015





Discontinued in 2013, the Honda Jazz made its come back in India with an all new design, engine and transmission options. The new Jazz is based on Honda's new "EXCITING H DESIGN!!!" global design philosophy, and appears to be very young and sporty. Available in a total of 5 trims, the new Honda Jazz competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo.
Price: 5.30 Lakhs - 8.59 Lakhs (Ex showroom price Delhi)



Honda Jazz New Overview

The Honda Jazz finally made its comeback in India on July 8, 2015. With an all new design, more features and a diesel powertrain, the Jazz competes against Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Suzuki Swift. The diesel engine is the same unit, 1.5-litre i-DTEC, that powers the City, Mobilio and the Amaze. The petrol engine, on the other hand, has been carried forward from the old model. The new-generation Jazz has also received an all new design which makes it look sportier and lot more appealing than before.

Design

The new-generation model of the Jazz looks sportier and sleeker than the old model, thanks to Honda's 'Exciting H Design' philosophy. Featuring the global Civic-like headlamps, sleek grille and and new bumper with large air-vents, the new-gen Honda Jazz's front fascia looks completely new. The rear profile, too, looks sportier than before with new tail-lamps, new bumpers; though, it still resembles the old Jazz a little.

The new Jazz's cabin now looks quite identical to the City with similar looking dashboard and plastic quality. In fact the infotainment system and several features too have been sourced from the City. What goes in favour of the Jazz is its very spacious cabin, thanks to the extended wheelbase that results into more knee-room and leg room.

Engine & Transmission Options
As mentioned earlier, the new-generation Honda Jazz comes with two engine options - 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and the 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol. While the former produces 89bhp, the latter churns out 99bhp. Transmission options on offer are a 5-speed manual and 5-speed CVT gearbox with the petrol model, and a 6-speed manual gearbox with the diesel version.



Honda Jazz (Petrol)

4 Cylinder, i-VTEC
Displacement: 1198 cc
Max Power: 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm
Max Torque: 110Nm @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed Manual/CVT

Honda Jazz (Diesel)

4 Cylinder, i-DTEC
Displacement: 1498 cc
Max Power: 98.6 bhp @ 3600 rpm
Max Torque: 200 nm @  1750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed Manual

Key Features
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD)
- Infotainment system with 6.2-inch touch-sensitive display
- Navigation system
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Steering mounted audio and telephone controls
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Class-leading boot space




The City-like large, angular headlights that fuse into the multi-element grille, in particular, look very attractive. Look under the familiar glasshouse and you’ll also notice where Honda has made an effort to jazz up (pun intended) the rest of the car’s design. There’s a strong belt line that originates at the front doors and progressively widens towards the large 3D-effect tail-lights. Sadly, the mass of metal above the rear wheels does make the Jazz look under-tyred. The tail, though, is attractive and comes embellished with reflectors that flank the windscreen and a wide band of chrome that runs along the width of the boot.
But more than anything else, you’ll like the Jazz’s design for more practical reasons. Such as how its tailgate extends low on the bumper or how its doors open nice and wide. And the first time you open those doors, the sheer space in the cabin will shock you. The Jazz is easily the most spacious car in its class with ample head, leg and shoulder room for five occupants. Passengers in the rear, however, will find the seat short on thigh support. The upward sloping floor (on account of the fuel tank being positioned under the front seats) may not be to everyone’s liking either.
Interestingly, this time around, only top-spec Jazz models will get the ‘magic seats’ at the back. These seats split, fold flat and flip upwards to make space for all shapes and sizes of cargo – that’s if the massive 354-litre boot won’t meet your needs anyway. These seats now also allow you to form a recliner by pushing the front seat backrests fully till they meet the rear seat base. It’s a unique feature picnickers and the chauffeur-driven will love. Those likely to spend more time in the back will also like how the backrest angle can be adjusted (a segment first) on top-end variants. However, the middle seat cushioning is firm and not very comfortable.
Up front, seat comfort is good but visibility past the thick A-pillars is limited and troublesome at crossroads. Otherwise, the Jazz’s driving environment is very similar to the City’s. The chunky steering, the instruments and the basic layout of the centre console are all very similar. The Jazz’s asymmetrical dashboard that comes finished in hard-wearing plastics extends further forwards towards the windscreen and the portion above the glovebox is more layered (there’s no secondary compartment like the old Jazz either). Still, with as many as nine cupholders and more than a few cubbyholes, you won’t find yourself short on storage spaces for small items.
Honda hopes you won’t find yourself shortchanged either. Because unlike the sparsely equipped old Jazz, the new one comes loaded with features. There’s a City-like dial-operated 5-inch colour screen for the rear-view camera and infotainment system with a larger 6.2-inch touchscreen offered on top variants. The touch-operated panel for the climate control system from the City also finds its way here and there are also steering-mounted buttons for audio and telephone functions.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Maruti launched S-Cross and opened pre-launch bookings - Maruti S-Cross

Maruti launched S-Cross and opened pre-launch bookings - Maruti S-Cross



Maruti Suzuki's next all new product for the Indian market will be the S-Cross that has recently made its debut at the 2015 IIFA awards. Though the vehicle is a compact crossover, it will take on the likes of compact SUVs including Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Hyundai Creta. Just like the Ciaz, the S-Cross will be sold through Maruti Suzuki's exclusive dealerships for its premium cars - Nexa.

The car is said to be an exception of the Maruti Suzuki's traditional point of view for Indian cars which makes it an attractive product with a bunch of new things we never had from the company. The only factor which makes it shine lesser than usual is the launch of Honda Jazz and Hyundai Creta before its entry into the Indian market, which surely will decrease the numbers. Let’s see what is has to offer above all the others present on the battlefield.

Exterior

The design of the S-Cross stays the same as its international version. It clearly shows the evolution from the first generation of SX4 sedan and feels quiet easy on the aggression point of view of the current crossovers. The front houses a not so good and not so bad looking twin lined chrome grill.
Truly saying, the fog lamp outlines are better looking than the headlight's LED light design and the skid plate suits the smooth looking cladding on the front. The headlight seems odd in the current time, with the other brands having much sharp and smart approach to the lights. The hood looks flat and overall looks are just average. Rear lights are impressive when compared to the other designing on the car. If looks are your preference, you won't be satisfied for sure.

Interior

The best part from Maruti Suzuki comes under this section of the car. The best interior which could have been provided by Maruti Suzuki till date comes in the S-Cross. The leather-full approach would be appreciated by most of its customers and the premium word starts fulfilling its definition as soon as you enter the car. From your first look to the last, the car seems to be fully loaded with technology on each phase.
Old Maruti Suzuki fellows may also get mistaken as if it’s really a Maruti, but the Suzuki symbol proudly rests on the center of the leather bathed steering wheel, making us remember that the times have changed. Everything has been automated by the company, defining the premium tag they have given to its car. Black is all around on the highest trim, making it the best looking interior from Maruti Suzuki.

Instrument Console

The console on the new S-Cross features technology loaded analogue and digital cluster. The left side has the tachometer, with a small analog temperature whereas the right comes with a speedometer with the fuel gauge. The needle magic has been improved with the blue lining around the circles, making it much more attractive than before. The center houses a display, which comes with multiple information modes like instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, trip distance, odometer, clock and outside temperature. Both the engines being diesel powered make the console same for both the variants.

Infotainment System

The part where Maruti Suzuki lacked the most seems to be a strong part in their premium S-Cross. The car features a fully touchscreen Smartplay infotainment system which comes with a 6-speaker system on the new S-Cross. The unit features touch sensitive buttons on both of its sides for volume, power, settings and home. The unit also comes with navigation, AUX, USB and smartphone integration. A full utility package is guaranteed by Maruti Suzuki with their premium cars and S-Cross has started a new way of life.

Engine & Performance

The S-Cross is offered in two different engine sizes, named as the DDiS 200 and DDiS 320. Both the numbers denote the torque figure developed by the respective engines. The first one is the 1.3 liter familiar diesel motor found in every Suzuki diesel car in India. The motor produces 88.8 BHP @ 4000 rpm and 200 NM @ 1750 rpm.
The engine is mated to the traditional 5-speed manual gearbox. The second engine is again a Fiat sourced motor, 1.6 L with 118 BHP and 320 NM of torque. This version comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. The AWD and automatic gearbox option has not been mentioned by Maruti Suzuki. Both the engines are trusted units with a lot of practicality as both return a company claimed mileage of above 20 kmpl.

Comfort

The comfort of the passengers has been counted first by the company this time. The car features fully automatic temperature control for better rides in all weather conditions. It comes with a lot of legroom, which has been missing in most of the Maruti Suzuki offerings till date. Ingress and Egress is very easy for the new S-Cross, raising its practical abilities.
The electrically fold-able and adjustable outside mirrors adds to the charm with its all electric windows. The car comes with rear wiper and washer, with defogger for ease in rainy seasons. All the features have been integrated into the steering wheel and the S-Cross also features cruise control for better and comfortable riding. The armrests for both the seats make it feel premium and this time, the list has been improved very effectively by the company.

Safety

The safety factor gets an update too this time. The car comes with front and rear disc brakes for better braking and enhanced safety is added by the provision of ABS to it. S-Cross comes with dual front airbags for improved safety in the times of collision. The parking sensors and reverse parking camera makes it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces and a better 205/60-16 tyres have been provided for a better grip on road. These features add up to the peace of mind of passengers and the car proves its practicality once again.

Variants and Shades

The car comes with a new naming strategy from Maruti Suzuki, naming the vehicle as Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha instead of the LDi, VDi and ZDi. The new S-Cross comes in 8 variants, with 5 belonging to the DDiS 200 family and 3 to the DDiS 320 family. Sigma model comes with a Sigma (O) model also, both of which are available in the 1.3 L engine variant only. The shades available in the premium crossover are Blue, Grey, Silver, Brown and White. The cladding remains common on all the shades.

Expected Price

The new S-Cross is expected to start from INR 8,25,000 and go a long way up to INR 11,00,000. The top variant of the 320 family (Alpha) would be the most performance and feature loaded version of the car with the 200 Alpha being the most economical and feature loaded option. The car will make its way in the last week of July or the first week of August 2015. It will be only available through Nexa showrooms, making its availability to limited to certain points of sale initially.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel launched at Rs 4.65 lakh, claimed to be India's most fuel-efficient Diesel car

Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel launched at Rs 4.65 lakh, claimed to be India's most fuel-efficient Diesel car
Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel launched at Rs 4.65 lakh, claimed to be India's most fuel-efficient Diesel car

It’s no secret that fuel efficiency and running costs are a massive factor in car-buying decisions in India. Diesel engines are especially important for car owners who commute over long distances on a daily basis. Unfortunately, not many entry level cars in our market use diesel engines, because small-capacity diesel engines are both hard to engineer well and expensive to make.
However, nowadays, it’s starting to catch on. Hyundai’s Grand i10, for example, can be had with a 70bhp, 1,120cc three-cylinder engine and Chevrolet has a 58.5bhp, 936cc three-cylinder diesel in the Beat. The Chevrolet is, in fact, India’s most fuel efficient hatchback: with a fuel economy rating of 25.44kpl.
Now Maruti wants to up its game with this new Celerio diesel. What we’ve discovered is that the car has received an ARAI rating of 27.62kpl, and that places it ahead of Maruti’s own Ciaz diesel, which has held the title of most efficient car in India until now.
Maruti, unlike the competition however, hasn’t lopped a cylinder off an existing engine; it has designed an all-new one, from scratch, with a reduced cylinder count specifically in mind. Known internally as the E08A, Suzuki and Maruti’s first diesel will also be the first two-cylinder engine after the Nano. Displacing a mere 793cc, which would make it the smallest automotive diesel engine in the world, the unit will put out a mere 47bhp at a relatively relaxed 3,500rpm. While that kind of power is barely sufficient, what will help is the healthy torque of the diesel – 12.1kgm (versus 9.1kgm for the petrol). And what will also help the car will be its light kerb weight; between 880 and 900kg.
Speaking at the launch of the diesel Celerio, Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive officer, Maruti Suzuki, said, "The DDiS 125 engine is the first-ever diesel engine designed and developed by Suzuki and would be a major volume gainer for Maruti in India. It would expand our diesel range beyond Swift, DZire and the premium sedan Ciaz. We expect 20-30% of the Celerio sales to come from this diesel variant as mileage conscious Indians shift to fuel-efficient cars."

Maruti executives said the company along with its suppliers have together invested over Rs 900 crore towards development of this diesel engine that carries over 97% localisation. The 800cc twincylinder engine would deliver a torque of 125 nm@2000 rpm.

Launched in February 2014, the Celerio model has sold over 95,000 units till May-end with nearly a third of the total sales coming from automatic gear variants. "We have no immediate plans to launch the automatic in the diesel version even though the petrol version has been successful in the past one year," Ayukawa said.