The ever successful Mercedes Benz E- class sedan in its fifth generation model will roll on Indian roads in February 2017. It had gone on global sale last year and now it is time for us to welcome this new styled best seller here in the country. The fourth generation E-class which was launched in 2013 claimed over 2000 updates at that time thereby setting high expectations for all the upcoming vehicles from Mercedes.
The most important update on this new E-class is the contemporary design language it follows through the popular front end seen on the C Class and the S Class, as a result keeping it comfortably placed between these two sedans. This next generation model will be longer than the existing one owing to the dimensional changes given to it; hence the name earned E-class L. The length has been extended by 43mm and wheelbase by 65mm, while the width has been decreased by 2mm and height by 6mm. In terms of weight, the vehicle has been toned down by 70 kgs.
The Interiors display magnificence with a wide high resolution 12.3 inches twin display, one for the infotainment system and other for the instrument cluster. There is also a dial knob gear selector in this new sedan. For the first time, the steering wheel comprises of touch buttons for control. The cabin is extra spacious now with the longer wheelbase and rear seats are also provided with an optional tablet controller to control the infotainment system, interior lights and climate control functions there by stating luxuriousness at every nook on the interiors.
The self-driving packages available on the international E-class models will not be available on the Indian spec one considering the pricing factor here in the country. However, the fifth generation E-class will possess all other updates on its petrol and diesel variants. The Petrol trim is equipped with a 2L turbocharged engine, seen on the GLC and C Class Cabriolet that churns out 241.6bhp. The Diesel trim is equipped with a 3.5L V-6 engine, seen on the Mercedes 350dthat produces 254bhp, replacing the existing 2L diesel engine.
The new E-class is being assembled at the Pune facility and will be on sale by February end or March first week. Prices are expected to be around Rs.55 lakh onwards.
Indian Government is on the move to curb pollution levels in the country taking measures at various levels. The latest one to hear is the mandatory requirement of a valid PUC (Pollution under Control) certificate for insurance renewal. The Honourable Supreme Court under a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta released an order stating that all vehicles in the Delhi-NCR should have a valid PUC certificate to get the insurance renewed annually.
The most anticipated SUV of the year, Jeep Compass was officially launched in India on July 31st 2017. Being a locally assembled SUV from Jeep was one of the reasons that paved way for excitement towards this launch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had launched two vehicles from the same brand last year, but with a heavy price owing to the fact that they reached India through the CBU route. As a result, these vehicles did not fare well in the Indian market. This was when the company announced its decision to locally manufacture an SUV for retailing not just in India, but also exporting to all right hand drive markets. Now, the wait has come to an end and Jeep Compass rolls out with an affordable price tag with all components of a premium SUV.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.