BMW Launches X6 M in India at a Price of Rs.1.6 crore

The BMW X6 has seen its fair share of controversy since its launch owing to its unique design and now, the company has released the X6 M edition of the car which has been developed by the M division of the car maker and has priced it at Rs.1.6 crore.

The car is an absolute powerhouse and runs on the 4.4-litre, twin turbocharged V8 that delivers 575bhp in terms of power and 750Nm when it comes t

o torque. This means that it has a standstill to 100kmph time of just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 250kmph to which it has been electronically limited.

BMW X6

What makes the “M” model different is that it has the distinguishing characteristics of the brand. This includes side grilles with a model badge, large front air intakes, quad tail pipes as well as signature M exterior mirrors. A rear spoiler is also being offered by BMW for this crossover.

In terms of interiors too, the car has an M specific look and feel, which includes a unique steering wheel, aluminium gearshift paddles, as well as an M specific display that comes with rev band, shift lights and gear indicator.

In addition to the X6M, the company has also launched the X5 M here in India. The car is likely to take on the mighty Cayenne Turbo from Porsche and will be much sought after for its sporty looks and appearance.

Base and Automatic Variants of Scala Discontinued by Renault

The base RxE variant as well as the automatic variants of the Scala has been discontinued by Renault in India. Launched in 2012 with as many as five variant options, now only two options of the Scala are available in the market.

The initial variants on offer included the RxE and RxL with manual transmission, the RxL which came with a CVT Automatic gearbox and two diesel models.

Renault Scala

However, the present line up has one diesel and one petrol option. The petrol engine delivers 98bhp in terms of power as well as 134Nm of torque while the diesel is the 1.5-litre dCi K9K engine that delivers 85bhp of power as well as 200Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a five speed manual transmission. The fuel efficiency of the Scala Diesel is pegged at 21.64kmpl while the petrol Scala has a fuel efficiency of 16.95kmpl.

Renault is presently offering discounts of as much as Rs.35000 on the Scala and is trying to keep itself competitive in the C-segment in India. There are many competitors in this category and this includes the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, the Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki and many others. The demand for Scala has seen a considerable decline lately and it is expected that Renault might just have to launch an updated edition of the car very soon in order to keep up with the competition.

 

Updated EcoSport Launched by Ford at Rs.6.79 Lakh

The new edition of the EcoSport has been launched by Ford for markets in India at a starting price of Rs.6.79 lakh. The new model has very few changes apart from a 10bhp increase in power which has been made on the diesel variant.

The car will continue to sell in three engine options. This includes the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engines which have not been changed. The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine though has been tweaked to deliver 98.6bhp in terms of power as well as 205Nm in terms of torque. The transmission will continue to be available in a six speed automatic and a five speed manual option.

Another change is that a new colour option will be available on the EcoSport now. A new “Golden Brown” colour option will be available now and there will also be DRL’s available on the top end models.

Ford EcoSport

According to President and Managing Director of Ford India, Nigel Harris, with more than 2,00,000 Ford EcoSport owners, Ford has managed to create the standard and is continuing to garner praise for both their value as well as quality in terms of the EcoSport. The new launch is to make the EcoSport even more irresistible during the festive season and the new features look more stylish and have added the benefit of added power to the SUV.

The Ford EcoSport has already seen a lot of success in the Indian markets but will now face tough competition following this launch.

 

Chevrolet Planning Competitor for Honda City?

As per the latest rumours and reports, GM is looking to build on the existing line up of cars in the Chevrolet portfolio and will release a minimum of five models by 2017. In addition to this, it is also being rumoured that Chevrolet would introduce a global C-segment sedan that would make its place below the Chevrolet Cruze.

It is also being rumoured that the Indian version of this model would have a turbo petrol unit or even may have a diesel option. GM India has already made it clear that all the future models of the manufacturer would be manufactured at the Talegaon, Maharashtra plant of the company.

As per reports, the model has already been undergoing testing and may be globally unveiled by the end of 2016.

Since India is one of the largest volume markets in this segment, GM is quite likely to launch it with much fanfare here and if launched it would be above the sub four-meter Chevrolet Beat sedan that is likely to go on sale in 2017.

GM has already had an unsuccessful attempt at the C-segment in India. They had released the Optra SRV premium hatchback as well as the Optra sedan in the past and both did miserably in the markets and were axed soon after the initial blitz. However, the brand is likely to learn from these mistakes and it will be interesting to see how this car shapes up for the global market.

 

Accessory List and Prices Revealed for Mahindra TUV300

The TUV300 was launched by Mahindra last week and it has been promoted by the brand as the tough iconic blue SUV. The company has now also released the accessories list for the car.

The battle tank inspired Tough Utility Vehicle (TUV) comes with tons of options in terms of accessories. For all those looking to add that extra xing to their vehicle, there are tons of furnishings and equipment on offer from Mahindra. These are all officially badged by the company and the prices are also fairly reasonable.

Mahindra TUV300

The accessory list includes the following:

Armour body kit:

Bonnet Hull Clading

Front Stone Guard

Front Armour kit

Side armour skirt

Body wheel arches and others

Those looking for a heavy duty and rugged exterior can also look at the following accessories:

U For Protector Front Guard

Ranger Front Guard

Front bull bar

Protective rear impact beam

Bicycle carrier

EPDM front guard

Some of the other chrome add ons as well as premium accessories include:

License plate chrome garnish

Lower Grill Chrome Garnish

Rear license plate chrome garnish

Tail lamp chrome garnish

Door handle chrome garnish

Ski rack chrome garnish

Some of the infotainment options available are:

Active sub woofer

Headrest mounted 7” DVD LCD

Headrest mounted 7” DVD LCD Player

There are also as many as four types of parking assist systems available and various other accessories such as transparent PVC mat, designer floor mats, rear visor set, dual USB cell phone charger and many others.

Mahindra XUV100 to come with 1.2-liter Petrol Engine

The Executive Director of Mahindra and Mahindra, Mr. Pawan Goenka has announced that the Mahindra XUV100 would be getting a 1.2-litre petrol engine at an event to launch the TUV300 in Pune. The XUV100 is likely to be the first offering from the Mumbai based carmaker, which will be fitted with a home grown engine.

The engine has been developed jointly by SsangYong and Mahindra and is likely to be a three pot mill. Considering the rivals that it has in the market, the engine output would be about 75bhp and will have 110Nm of torque. In terms of transmission, the car would have the option of a five-speed AMT as well as a five-speed manual.

Mahindra XUV100 to come with 1.2-liter Petrol Engine

The diesel variant though will have the mHawk 80 engine from the TUV300, which would have a peak power of 84bhp and a peak torque of 230Nm in the manual and 81bhp and 230Nm of torque in the AMT.

The XUV100 has been seen and keenly observed through much of its testing as well as the various development stages and it is believed that it will be a hatchback based crossover. It is also likely to be Mahindra’s entry in the extremely competitive as well as volume heavy B+ segment of cars.

Not only this, at the launch, Pawan Goenka also gave confirmation to reports that Mahindra was working towards bringing petrol engines to whole fleet of Mahindra cars over the coming few years.

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New Hyundai i20 and i20 Active Variants Launched

New high-end variants of the Hyundai i20 and i20 Active crossover have been introduced. In total four new variants have been introduced – two each for i20 and i20 Active. All the new variants will come with AVN music system, while a touchscreen similar to the one in recently launched Hyundai Creta have been introduced all the variants. This new touchscreen unit will now offer navigation and standard Hyundai multimedia functions.

New Hyundai i20 and i20 Active

The i20 Active has got a new high-end petrol driven model. This particular car will now come with features like automatic climate control system, stop/start button, steering mounted buttons, dual airbags etc.

Here is the price list of the newly introduced models:

Hyundai i20 Active SX (Petrol) – Rs.8.30 Lakh

Hyundai i20 Active SX (Diesel) – Rs.9.61 Lakh

Hyundai i20 Asta O (Petrol) – Rs.7.49 Lakh

Hyundai i20 Asta O (Diesel) – Rs.8.69 Lakh

Lamborghini Urus SUV Coming Soon

Lamborghini is giving final shape to its much touted SUV Urus and it seems the company will launch the car somewhere around 2018. This was confirmed by Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winklemann who also said that the company is planning more than one special editions of the SUV which would include a Superveloce variant.

According to the CEO, the Urus would initially be a family car where comfort would be given top most priority without compromising on signature Lamborghini speed and performance. The production version of the Lamborghini would retain the appearance of the Urus concept, while on the inside the car would be somewhat different.

Not much is known about the Urus’s powertrain, but hybrid possibility cannot be ruled out. It is believed that it would get Audi’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine along with an electric motor which will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The output of the engine is stated to be somewhere around the 600HP mark.

The Urus would be built at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese plant in Italy, which also happens to be the company’s headquarter. The company has already received tax breaks from the Italian government to build this vehicle.

Once launched the Lamborghini Urus will compete for market space with other SUVs such as Range Rover SV Autobiography, Maserati Levante and Bentley Bentayga.

Desc: The much talked about Lamborghini Urus SUV seems to be finally shaping for launch somewhere in 2018. This was confirmed by the company CEO Stephan Winklemann.

2016 Audi A4 Revealed: First Pictures And Specifications Out

Don’t retune your sets! 2016 Audi A4 has been revealed in two body styles – wagon and sedan, with the automaker claiming that it symbolizes a fascinating synthesis of aesthetics and technology, a vehicle, which defines the benchmark in its class. In spite of not looking dramatically different to the previous model, the all-new A4 has been fully redesigned to be more high tech, safer and efficient unlike its predecessors. Not to forget, it will compete with the likes of Jaguar XE, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C-Class.

Riding on 2820mm wheelbase and measuring 4726mm long, the 2016 Audi A4 gets a new body, making it the best midsize luxury car in the segment. On the other hand, the station wagon sits 7mm higher and is 1mm shorter. In terms of styling, the automaker claims it has bold horizontal lines running across the rear and front of the vehicle, highlighting the new width, Matrix LED and optional LED headlamps and signature single frame grille. So, it’s lighter, sleeker and bigger!

2016 Audi A4  First Pictures 2

2016 Audi A4 First Pictures 1

Coming to the engine – the 2016 Audi A4 range comprises 4 and 6-cylinder powerplants with 7 to choose from when the vehicle launches in Germany: four diesel and three petrol with front wheel drive system. The petrol 1.4 TFSI engine churns out 110kW of power with 250 newton meters of torque, while the 2.0 TFSI is offered in two versions: standard one generates 185kW of power and 370 newton meters of torque; the Ultra one produces 140kW of power with 320 newton meters of torque.

On the diesel side, you will get two different versions: 2.0 TDI that’s good for producing 140kW of power with 400 newton meters of torque and low output 2.0TDI for 110kW of power and 320 newton meters of torque. The top-of-the-line 3.0TDI Quattro model equipped with S Tronic is the performance king, churning out 200kW of power with earth-shattering 600 newton meters of torque. The A4 will be available in three transmission choices – six-speed manual, S-Tronic seven-speed and Tiptronic eight-speed gearbox. The S-Tronic seven-speed will be offered on front-wheel drive trims, whereas Audi will continue to offer its optional Quattro four-wheel drive system.

According to Audi, the all-new A4 will drive better than before because of its new electromechanical steering system and five redesigned link axles. The interior of 2016 Audi A4 sees a lot of changes with 12.3 inch screen and 8.3 inch on dashboard top. You will also find areas of color ambient lighting inside with Audi Phone Box with wireless charging. How can we forget about safety? Well, a lot of features have been added to the list; including Stop&Go Adaptive Cruise Control that has jam assist system; camera-based speed recognition system, lane keeping assist, collision avoidance with automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert and semi automated parking.

While everything is on the table, expect pricing to be revealed soon!

Renault Lodgy Stepway Launched For Rs 11.99 Lakh

Renault Lodgy – the nightmare of Toyota Innova, received a one more variant in the lineup for India. The carmaker added Stepway trim to the lineup which sits on the top of line and flares distinct cues than other trims.

Renault Lodgy Stepway is muscularly pepped up for the Indian buyers. In actual, it’s the top-end variant RxZ that is pinned underneath the metal sheet. New front grille, roof rails, body cladding, skid plates (front and rear) in metallic finish, ‘Stepway’ badging and branded door sill plates are the cues that those other variants of the lineup are excluded from. Underneath the bonnet one can find the same 1.5L K9K diesel engine in the tune of 110PS.

Renault Lodgy Stepway Launched

On inside, there isn’t any change relevant to the exterior of Stepway spotted. It offers option of seven-and-eight-seat layout, touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking system, and ABS – all carried over from the existing top-end.

Price of Renault Lodgy Stepway

Renault Lodgy Stepway eight-seater – Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

Renault Lodgy Stepway seven-seater – Rs 12.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)