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Thursday, 30 April 2015

10 Most Awaited Upcoming Cars for Indians in 2015-2016

10 Most Awaited Upcoming Cars for Indians in 2015-2016

10 Most Anticipated Upcoming Cars in India

2014 started with quite a dull response, but as the year progressed we started seeing the signs of growth in car sales. The last quarter of the calendar year, for instance, did pretty well thanks to some really capable products that were launched over the year. The carmakers are now expecting to do even better in the year 2015, riding on some all new products.
Here's a list of the 10 most anticipated cars of 2015.

Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha
Ever since its debut as a concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki's sub-compact SUV - the XA Alpha - has been one of the most-anticipated cars. The car will finally hit the production lines in the year 2015. Expected to be powered by a 1.3-litre multijet diesel and a 1.4-litre petrol, this sub-4 metre SUV will take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and other upcoming sub-compact SUVs in India.
Maruti XA Alpha
Expected Price: Rs. 5.5 lakh - Rs. 8.0 lakh (ex-showroom)
Expected Launch: Second half of 2015
Engine options: 1.3-litre diesel, 1.4-litre petrol

Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
Maruti Suzuki doesn't have any crossover or SUV in its current line-up, but that will not be the case in the year 2015. The company is planning to bring a sub-compact SUV - the XA Alpha - and a crossover - the SX4 S-Cross - in the Indian market. Of the two aforementioned products, the SX4 S-Cross will come first. The Indo-Japanese carmaker has, in fact, started testing the vehicle in India and might launch it anytime in the early 2015.
Maruti SX4 S-Cross
The crossover resembles to the European SX4 hatchback based 'S-Cross'. However, it will get some exterior and mechanical updates. The SX4 S-Cross is expected to feature a 1.3-litre, 92bhp multijet diesel engine and a 1.4-litre, 94bhp petrol engine.
Expected Launch: Early 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 6.5 lakh - Rs. 9 lakh
Engine options: 1.3-litre diesel (92bhp) and 1.4-litre petrol (94bhp)

Maruti Suzuki iK-2 aka YRA Premium Hatchback
Maruti Suzuki India is planning to bring in a new premium hatchback in 2015 to take on the Hyundai i20 and the yet-to-be-launched new-generation Honda Jazz. The vehicle was recently unveiled as a concept, named the Suzuki iK-2, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle will be launched in several international markets including India. Though the global model might get a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Indian model could get the Swift's 1.2-litre K-Series unit. The diesel engine, too, could be the same 1.3-litre multijet unit that also power the Maruti Ciaz.
Maruti Suzuki Premium Hatchback
Expected Launch: September/October 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 4.80 lakh - Rs. 8.0 lakh
Engine options: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel

New Honda Jazz
There is no denying that the premium hatchback segment is one of the most competitive ones in the Indian market, thanks to some really capable products like Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo etc. In the year 2015, we'll also have the new-gen Honda Jazz in the growing segment. The car failed to attract many buyers in its first innings for two primary reasons - high price tag and unavailability of diesel engine. In its new avatar, the car will have a highly fuel-efficient diesel engine and an all new design. The price too is expected to come down.
New Honda Jazz for India
Powering the petrol model of the car will be the 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that is good for 87bhp and 108Nm.Whereas, the diesel model will feature the City's 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain that churns out 99bhp and 200Nm. The company might also bring in the hot-hatch petrol version of the car, which will feature the 117bhp 1.5-litre i-VTEC mill of the City.
Expected Launch: Mid 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 4.80 lakh - Rs. 8.50 lakh
Engine Options: 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol (87bhp), 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel (99bhp)

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel
Maruti Suzuki that launched the Celerio in February 2014 is now working on the diesel-engined model of the small hatch. Since the company has already started testing the vehicle in India, we expect it to be introduced in the first half of 2015.Powering the vehicle will be an all new 800cc diesel engine on which the company has been working on for quite sometime now. The similar engine will also power other small hatchbacks and an upcoming LCV. Though exact details on the small engine are not out yet, it is likely to offfer as high as 35Km/l of fuel efficiency. With such a high mileage figure, the Celerio diesel will become the country's most fuel-efficient vehicle. That said, the power output will be as low as 50-55bhp.
Maruti Celerio
Expected Launch: First half of 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 4 lakh
Engine option: 800cc diesel

Hyundai ix25 Compact SUV
Hyundai recently unveiled the production-ready version of the ix25 at the 2014 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show, China. Expected to be launched in the Indian market in 2015, the company has already started testing the vehicle here. The vehicle will compete against the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport here.
Taking its design cues from the Santa Fe, the ix25 is based on the company's evolved 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy. Measuring 4270mm in length, 1780mm in width, 1630mm in height, the car is slightly smaller than the Duster. That said, the 2590mm of wheelbase ensures a spacious cabin for five passengers.
Hyundai ix25 compact SUV for India
The engine options to be offered with the ix25 are likely to be a 1.4-litre VTVT and a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which also power the Hyundai Verna.
Expected Launch: Mid 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 7.50 lakh - Rs. 9.50 lakh
Engine options: 1.4-litre VTVT petrol (89bhp); 1.6-litre CRDi (126bhp)

Renault 800cc Hatchback
While in the first half of 2015, Renault will launch its MPV - the Lodgy - in India, the much-awaited 800cc hatchback (Codenamed XBA) will come in the second half of the year. The company is working on a new 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that will power its upcoming small cars. The small hatchback will be built on the CMF-A platform that has been jointly developed by Renault and Nissan. Upon its launch, the Renault XBA will take on the likes of Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.
Renault 800cc Hatchback
Expected Launch: Third or Fourth Quarter of 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 3 lakh - Rs. 4 lakh
Engine: 800cc, 3-cylinder, petrol

Mahindra's Sub-Compact SUV
The home-grown automaker, Mahindra & Mahindra, is currently working on a range of new products for India which includes three compact SUVs and an MPV. The one we are talking about is the mini SUV - S101 (codename) - that will take on the Ford EcoSport and other upcoming sub-compact SUVs. The S101 will be built upon a new monocoque platform which will also be used for the more premium S102 compact SUV albeit. Since it will be an entry-level SUV, the S101 will be a sub-4 metre vehicle. Powering the vehicle could be the same 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine that does duty to the Quanto.

Expected Launch: First half of 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 4 lakh - Rs. 6 lakh
Engine option: 1.5-litre diesel (100bhp)

Ford Figo Sedan
Unveiled as a concept in February 2014, the Ford Figo sedan's production version was recently launched in the Brazilian market as KA+ sedan in the second half of 2014. The Brazilian version of the sedan measures over 4 metres in length, though the India-bound model will be sub-4 metre in length. The sub-compact sedan is expected to be offered with two engine options - a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.
Ford Figo sedan
The production model of the car looks almost similar to the concept showcased in India, save for some practical changes made to the head-lamps. With a lighter, high tensile strength steel platform, the sub-compact sedan sedan will deliver high fuel efficiency and a good performance.
Expected Launch: Mid 2015
Expected Price: Rs. 5 lakh - Rs. 7.50 lakh
Engine options: 1.5-litre diesel (90bhp), 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol (123bhp)

Tata Kite twins
Tata is in mood to leave no stones unturned to reclaim its lost position in the market. In 2014, Tata brought the Zest which, in fact, is now among the top-selling sub-compact sedans in India; in January we'll have the Bolt hatchback. Post the Bolt, the next two all new products that the company will launch will be a small hatchback and an affordable sub-compact sedan. Codenamed as the Kite hatchback and the Kite sedan, these two will replace the Indica eV2 and Indigo eCS respectively in the Indian market. Since both the vehicles are already on test in India, expect these to come anytime by mid-2015.
Tata Kite sedan
Powering the kit twins will be a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel engines. While the 1.2-litre petrol unit will be an all new engine, the 1.05-litre three-cylinder mill will be the downsized version of the 1.4-litre DiCOR diesel engine.
Expected Launch: Mid 2015
Expected Price: Kite Hatchback - Rs. 2.5 lakh - Rs. 4 lakh; Kite sedan - Rs. 3 lakh - Rs. 4.5 lakh
Engine options: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.05-litre diesel

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel Preview

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel Pictures


The Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel is expected to be the latest addition to the Indo-Japanese lineup and will be the first vehicle to debut their new 800cc oil burner that has been developed in-house by parent company Suzuki.
The diesel Celerio will not look any different from the petrol version and the only major change is expected to be the badges at the back and on the side which will say LDI/VDI/ZDI and DDiS respectively.
Much like the exterior, the inside of the diesel Celerio is not expected to be any different from the petrol, save for changes to the instrument cluster with regard to the car becoming a diesel power machine. However, given that this is a major introduction for the Celerio, it is possible that Maruti Suzuki may introduce a few updates for the car and then eventually introduce them in the petrol and CNG versions also.
Engine and gearbox
The engine will be an 800cc three-cylinder diesel mill which is expected to produce 50bhp and around 150Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual which sends power to the front wheels. It is expected to be tuned for a high amount of efficiency and will have a lot of power concentrated in the low-end rather than mid-range. The diesel engine means the car will also be quite heavier than the petrol model and this is likely to affect top-speed as well as acceleration times.
In the larger scheme of things, this engine is a full-circle for the Indo-Japanese automaker who began operations 32 years ago with an 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine when it launched the M800 and Omni.
Price and competition
It is expected to be priced Rs 60,000 to 80,000 more than the equivalent petrol version. We believe that MSIL is likely to launch only the LDI and VDI versions in the beginning and will bring in a ZDI variant a few months later provided there is sufficient demand. Its competition in this range will be the Chevrolet Beat diesel.

Mahindra drops the black cladding from Scorpio’s tailgate

Mahindra drops the black cladding from Scorpio’s tailgate
Mahindra has updated the Scorpio by ditching the black cladding from the SUV’s tailgate. Though the cladding accentuated the rear of the Scorpio, Mahindra has greatly reduced the applique’s size, taking into account the feedback from its customers.
Mechanically, the Scorpio continues with the 2.2-litre four-cylinder mHAWK diesel engine that produces 120bhp and 280Nm of torque. It is available in both 2WD and 4WD version, with a five-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive enabled versions can now switch between 2WD and 4WD on the fly using a knob on the centre console.
The altered rear design has been introduced throughout the Scorpio range, and not just the top-end variants. The Mahindra Scorpio competes with the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Terrano.

Toyota Camry facelift launched in India for Rs 28.8 lakh

Toyota Camry facelift launched in India for Rs 28.8 lakh
The Toyota Camry facelift has been launched in India for Rs 28.8 lakh  (ex-showroom Delhi) for the standard version and Rs 31.92 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the hybrid version. It mostly gets cosmetic updates both inside and outside but remains the same mechanically. The car was unveiled last year at the 2014 New York Auto Show and is currently on sale in most of Toyota’s global markets. 
The facelift now moves the Camry exterior in line with the Japanese automaker’s current design philosophy which it debuted with the Corolla two years ago. Changes to the exterior include a revised grille and front bumper which now have a large amount of chrome to increase the premium appeal of the vehicle. The side profile remains the same save for a new design for the alloy wheels and the addition of some new skirts. The design of the rear has been carried over from the current car. However one of the major changes  is that the head lamps, tail lamps and DRLs have now become full LED units.
Changes to the cabin include blue mood lighting, slight change in the design of the dashboard, digital display in the gauge cluster and a better screen for the infotainment system. The overall layout of the elements has been carried over from the outgoing model.
Mechanically the Camry has not changed. It still makes use of the 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 179bhp and 233Nm of torque. The Hybrid too makes use of the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine but is now tuned to produce 202bhp and 270Nm of torque. The standard car is mated to a six-speed AT sending power to the front wheels while the hybrid gets a CVT and electric motor. The Toyota Camry competes in the D+ segment with the Skoda Superb.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel expected to be launched next month

Rumours regarding the launch of the diesel version of Maruti Suzuki Celerio have been surfacing for quite some time now. Several spy shots of the car have appeared on the Internet and now, fresh reports have suggested that the vehicle could be launched in the month of May. Though nothing of the sort has been dictated by Maruti Suzuki themselves, recent events indicate an imminent launch.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel expected to be launched next month, Maruti Suzuki Car News |
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
In a latest development, a spyshot of hundreds of Celerio models has been surfaced on the Internet. Interestingly, a close-up of this picture reveals a ZDi logo on the back, which further verifies the launch of a diesel version. This car is expected to be fitted with a 793 cc engine that develops around 55 BHP of output and peak torque of 150 Nm.
Post launch, Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel is going to be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in India. Reports claim that this car will have a mileage of around 30 kmpl, which is quite impressive. There have been reports regarding the introduction of an automatic version at a later stage. Experts are of the opinion that this car is likely to have a price range between Rs. 4.8 lakh and Rs. 5.8 lakh.

New Tata Nano Genx AMT Unveiled; Launch Next Month

Talking about the cosmetic changes in length, the new Nano Genx flaunts a restyled front bumper with a broad honeycomb "infinity grille" and round fog lamps. There are smoked headlamps in place of the conventional headlamps seen on the current crop of Nanos. In addition, the thin chrome strip on the bonnet has gone for a toss in favour of a more attractive and contemporary thick black unit with an integrated Tata logo. New Tata Nano Genx rides on steel wheels with full wheel caps. Coming to the rear end of the Nano Genx, it now features a openable tail gate with 110 litres of boot space. Also, there is a new windscreen with a redesigned bumper and honeycomb grille. The fuel tank is also bigger now with capacity of 24-litres.

Inside the cabin, the new Tata Nano Genx boasts a new steering wheel, while the rest of the interior is carried over from the ongoing models of the small car. It remains unchanged mechanically, except for the inclusion of an AMT unit. The company has claimed that the AMT gearbox in accordance with the electric power assisted steering (EPAS) would make it easier to drive in thick traffic and narrow roads, especially for women drivers. The GenX Nano will be available in seven body colours - Damson purple, Sangriya Red, Royal Gold, Dazzle Blue, Pearl White, Meteor Silver, Persian Rose.

Hyundai ix25 spotted testing in Chennai

Hyundai India’s upcoming big launch, the ix25, has been spotted in Chennai by CARkhana. According to the source, the compact crossover was seen alongside a Ford EcoSport which, in all probability, was being used by Hyundai as a benchmark vehicle. 
Already on sale in China, the ix25 is likely to hit Hyundai’s Indian showrooms by September this year. It looks like a smaller version of the Santa Fe. In fact, the ix25 gets a pretty similar external design right down to the roofline. 
The interior of the ix25 is identical to that of the India-spec Verna down to the overall layout of various bits in the cabin. We believe that the India-spec car will get beige interiors with a feature list for the top spec model that is expected to include touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, power windows, electrically adjustable OVRMs, rear AC vents and at least one optional variant with extra safety features.
Hyundai India is expected to offer the ix25 with the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines while the only diesel option could be the 1.6-litre four cylinder unit from the Verna. 
With prices expected to range between Rs 8 lakh to 11 lakh, the ix25 will be seen competing with the likes of the Renault Duster and the Ford EcoSport.