With more than a dozen cars launched last year in India, Mercedes Benz does not seem to take a break. The International luxury car maker has revealed their latest facelift GLA 45 at Detroit Auto Show recently and is expected to launch in India soon.
The compact SUV has undergone a decent makeover starting from the design to its engine. The exterior design is tweaked with a newly designed grille with new chrome inserts, revamped bumpers, circular fog lamps and optional LED lamps replacing the existing bi-xenon headlamps. New alloy wheels have been provided while the GLA facelift has also grown taller by 30mm accentuating the SUV stance. Rear tail lights also appear new with tinted borders.
Interiors are provided with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with new needles and dials on its instrument cluster. New upholstery and chrome finish on the electric seat controls and the centre console are other visible features on the Facelift GLA.
Under the hood, this new compact SUV gets the same engine for both petrol and diesel while the AMG variant GLA 45 gets a 2L supercharged petrol engine that churns 371bhp and 474.5Nm of torque. The latter sprints from 0-100kmph in 4.4 seconds and its top speed is 250kmph.
As part of the safety features, the GLA 2017 facelift gets a new Active Brake Assist along with the Attention Assist system.
A new top end variant named Yellow Night Edition will be available in a black and yellow dual tone colour scheme with yellow interior highlights as well.
BMW X1 and Audi’s upcoming all new Q3 will be the strong rivals when this facelift model reaches India.
Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
• 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.