Over the last few days, India has witnessed some of the best launches in the sub compact SUV segment. The latest to join the bandwagon is Tata Nexon which is about to be launched soon in the country. Though a bit late for the party, the Indian carmaker seems to have pumped up this upcoming SUV with a plethora of first in segment features. Let us do the detailing one by one here:
Built on Tata’s Impact Design philosophy, this new comer exhibits a muscular stance, a rigid body line, and an impressive style to compete with the market players. Upfront, the elongated grill extends to the projector headlamps at both ends while chrome inserts adorn the fog lamps in the front, the windows and LED tail lights on the rear. A large chrome strip runs to both ends of the diamond shaped tail lights. Character lines are evident throughout the profile and the roof gets a contrast paint scheme making it look distinct from its competitors like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
Inside the cabin, there is a well-equipped dashboard with a 6.5 inch HD (High Definition) display touch screen infotainment system which is a first-in-segment feature placed next to the instrument cluster. The HD system is compatible to Android Auto and Apple Car play and Bluetooth connectivity while the presence of a multifunctional steering wheel makes things easier inside Nexon. There are few state of the art features like the Tata Grand Central Console (with sliding door) for plenty of storage space, climate control, rear AC vents, drive mode selector knob to switch between three modes- City, Eco and Sport for easy maneuverability through any terrain. The tall stance allows passengers to walk into the car instead of crawling in while the soft cushioned seats ensure comfortable travel despite its tough exterior. Engine:
Tata Nexon will be available in both petrol and diesel trims. The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine (as seen on the Tiago) delivers 110bhp and 170Nm of peak torque while the 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel produces 110bhp worth power. Both engines are expected to come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. However, an automatic gearbox option cannot be ruled out either.
With both the trims undergoing production already (Petrol option at Sanand and Diesel at Ranjangaon facility), Tata Motors has officially started to accept bookings for the same through their respective dealerships. Prices are expected to be around Rs.7-10 lakh sending tough competition to its rivals in the market as Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and other leaders in the hot selling segment.
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.
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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.