Last month, Mercedes Benz launched two limited edition hatchbacks, fondly named as the Night Edition of the A-class and B-class in India. The luxury carmaker that launched almost 16 models in 2016 seems to have more surprises in 2017. Both the A-class and B-class night editions are limited to just 100 units each. Targeting the younger generation in particular, both these cars are available in two variants each with cosmetic touches for a sportier appeal.
The cars have been given dashes of gloss black on its exteriors to highlight the essence of a night edition. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVM), the front diamond radiator grille and the 17-inch alloy wheels get a black finish that enhances the sporty looks of the hatchbacks. The ‘Night Edition’ badge keeps it distinct from other models.
A 180 (Petrol variant of A-class) is priced at Rs.27.31 lakh and A 200d (Diesel variant of A-class) is priced at Rs.28.32 lakh-both ex-showroom prices, Pune. B 180 (Petrol variant of B-class) is priced at Rs.29.34 lakh while B 200d (Diesel variant of B-class) is priced at Rs.30.35 lakh-both ex-showroom prices, Pune.
Both the petrol variants of these cars are charged with a 1.6L petrol engine that produces power worth 121bhp and peak torque of 200Nm. The Diesel variants on the other hand are powered by a 2143cc four cylinder engine that produces 134bhp and 300Nm of peak torque. All engines are coupled to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic transmission. The Interiors are revamped with enhanced comfort features like the multifunctional steering wheel and the gear shift lever wrapped in leather. The fabric seats gets cushion length adjustment and contrast top stitching that provide superior sporty looks. The 8-inch touch screen infotainment system is larger than the previous models and comes with smartphone integration through Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
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.