German Carmaker Volkswagen launched its international best seller SUV, Tiguan in India at a starting price of Rs.27.68 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). Tiguan is the second SUV to reach India after Touareg which was discontinued due to low sales volumes. However, it also comes with a lower price tag compared to the phased out model and competes against the likes of Toyota Fortuner New, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X and Ford Endeavour.
Volkswagen introduces 4MOTION intelligent all-wheel drive system through this robust SUV which is also built on the popular MQB platform. Ever since VW started production of Tiguan in March 2017, SUV enthusiasts have been anticipating this model’s entry. Unlike other models, Tiguan is available only in two variants named Comfortline and Highline while the base variant goes for a miss. Comfortline is priced at Rs.27.68 lakh while the Highline is priced at Rs.31.04 lakh (both ex-showroom prices, Mumbai).
Both variants come loaded with a host of features that appeals to the premium SUV lovers in all aspects. On its exteriors features like the dual toned bumpers enhanced with chrome strips, automatic LED headlamps with DRLs, LED tail lamps, Outside rear view mirrors with memory, 18’’ alloy wheels and panoramic sunroof add grandeur. Interiors display extravagance with a large touch screen infotainment system that connects to Apple Carplay and Android Auto on smartphone for navigation as well as other functions. Few other feature highlights include three zone AC system, electrically adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, push button start function, drive mode selector, paddle shifters, reverse camera, LED illumination on the sunroof, cabin and also on the scuff plates.
In terms of Safety, Tiguan offers six airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking system) with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), Hill Assist, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and so on. Both variants are powered by a 2L four-cylinder TDI Diesel engine mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that produces 141bhp worth power and 340Nm of peak torque. Fuel tank capacity is 71 litres while VW claims a fuel efficiency of 17kmpl for Tiguan. This premium SUV is available in a range of colours as Silver, Black, White, Blue and Grey.
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.