BMW i8 Launched In India For Rs 2.29 Crore

Ultimately, BMW launched the i8 hybrid supercar in India for an eye-watering price of Rs 2.29 crore ex-showroom India. For the given amount of money, its buyers are entitled to enjoy the uninterrupted attention from the onlookers. With the blue accents combined in the paint scheme of white or either black, the theme of hybrid powertrain is clearly uttered in the branding language. Butterfly doors combined with the kidney grille lends this BMW a very aggressive appearance on the front, when let opened its flaps.

To claim the ultimate supremacy over the segment, i8 sends the combined power of 357bhp: 228bhp from a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and another 129bhp from electric motor. Traction is transferred to the rear wheels by petrol engine, whereas electric motor powers the front ones. The overall technicalities of this mid-sized sports car makes it to clock the sprint of 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds whereas the car with its 50:50 weight distribution hits the electronically top-speed of 250km/h. Built entirely by carbon fibre, BMW i8 weighs merely 1490kgs. If asked to rate its fuel-efficiency, they said the electric charge can make it to run a range of 37kms in pure electric mode, with capability of hitting the top-speed of 120km/h quite before the petrol motor springing into action.

BMW i8

Hence, the BMW i8 straightly didn’t had any competitor in the Indian market, but for a pricing reason the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type and their likes fall in its rivalry. In fact, the maker got so excited about the i-Series in India; it even displayed the i3 at the launch venue to gauge the response.

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta Facelift Launched In India For Rs 13.87 Lakh Ex-Showroom Mumbai

Volkswagen’s most promising sedan, the 2015 Jetta, is launched in India for a starting price of Rs 13.87 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai. On the cosmetic side of appearance against the old model, this newbie of VW gains, new front grille with three slats instead of two, bi-xenon headlamps in a new shape with more sculpted format, redesigned front and rear bumpers, new tail lamps, redesigned air dam on the front housing brand new fog lamps, and a subtle spoiler at rear. The cabin too receives enhancement with the instrument cluster and flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel with multi-functions.

Under the bonnet, 2015 Volkswagen Jetta continues to hold the same engine of 1.4-litre turbocharged TFSI petrol delivering 122bhp of max power and 400NM of peak torque alongside the claimed fuel-efficiency of 14.69kmpl. On the other side, in diesel, this car produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque from a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine with the fuel-efficiency of 19.33kmpl. Options of a 6-speed manual and VW’s DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox are given for a better driving experience. But as the company believes this segment is on a constant move, and needed to be ran by the promising brands of this industry, they except of selling 250-300 units of new Jetta every month in India. Six colors are made available across the sales floor: Platinum Grey, Blue Silk, Deep Black, Pure White, Reflex Silver and Toffee Brown.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Facelift

Mentioned below are the prices of new 2015 Volkswagen Jetta facelift:

Mentioned below are the prices of new 2015 Volkswagen Jetta facelift

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Honda Amaze CNG Launched In India For Rs 6.53 Lakh

Honda Amaze CNG, the model to go by if lived in the metro cities of India, is launched for a price of Rs 6.53 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Based on the S MT Plus variant which is priced at Rs 5.99 lakh, the company seems of charging an additional Rs 54,315 for fitting and installing the CNG in its sedan.

Reportedly, there aren’t changes made in the technical guise, except for the tweaked suspension and wiring to holds that additional bulge of CNG kit.

Housing under the hood, it adopts the same 1.2-litre petrol engine of 87bhp and 109Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The factory fitted CNG with Amaze is bound to be a hit amongst the metropolitan buyers for its low running cost. To serve peace of mind Honda also offers two-years of warranty with this CNG variant.

Honda Amaze CNG Launched In India For Rs 6.53 Lakh

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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Diesel Launched In India For Rs 39.90 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Mercedes-Benz C-Class that earlier launched with the new face in India, but only in the petrol trim, is now launched once again in 2015 with the diesel trim for a price of Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Given the nomenclature of C 220 CDI, new C-Class shows up in two trim – Style and Avantgarde. Both of them comes powered by a 2.1-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine producing 168bhp and peak torque of 400NM after being paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission, with paddle shifts mounted on steering-wheel. All these said technicalities are enough to clock the max-speed of 233km/h. In the first lot, this entry-level Merc sedan in India will be imported as CBU, followed by the local assembly to commence at Chaken facility near Pune in Maharashtra in the coming months.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Diesel Launched In India For Rs 39.90 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Top of the line Avantgarde trim of diesel Mercedes sedan is adorned with panoramic sunroof, LED ambient lighting with three selectable colours, a 8.4-inch high-resolution screen for COMAND infotainment computer, satellite navigation, three-zone auto climate control, Bluetooth, rear view camera, ARTICO leather upholstery, and on the top of all a 13-speaker Burmester audio system dominates them. It has tied rivalry with the likes of Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Diesel Launched

On the petrol side, this new C-Class is burgeoned with a 2.0-litre mill, peddling 184PS of max power and peak torque of 300Nm, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The launch of C-Class petrol happened in India during November 2014, where it is presently being produced locally at Chakan, and sells for a price of Rs 40.90 lakh.

Prices of new Mercedes-Benz C-Class ex-showroom Delhi:

C 220 CDI Style (Diesel): Rs 39.9 lakh

C 220 CDI Avantgarde (Diesel): Rs 42.9 lakh

Porsche 911 Targa 4 Launched In India At Rs 1.56 Crore

When nothing happens to spice up the mood, drive a 911, says an old auto enthusiast. Don’t step back by its gushing power; it is well supported by driving dynamics and agile control. Now, all that excitement available in India as a stock 911 got enhanced after the launch of 911 Targa 4 in the country priced at Rs 1.56 crore. Hence, this is just a one treat, Porsche do offer more variant called as Targa 4S costing Rs 1.75 crore (all prices are ex-showroom Maharashtra).

As it can be seen the Targa is referred for the semi-convertible cars from Porsche, the B-pillar on this 911 is stiffened whereas the C-pillar is chopped off from the package. For a better appeal, the widows given here are of wraparound style which makes up for the better aerodynamics.

Underneath the hood, Porsche 911 Targa 4 grosses 345bhp and 390Nm from the 3.4-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine. The more powerful version of 4S dwells a 3.8-litre engine which shoots up the power to 395bhp and 440Nm of torque. When added with the Chrono package both the cars can reach 0-100 in less than five seconds. The 911 Targa 4 is able to achieve the top-speed of 282km/h, whereas the Targa 4S sweeps the speedometer upto 296km/h. Porsche says, the latter (Targa 4S) can be further served with Carrera S Powerkit for a bump of 30bhp.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 Launched In India At Rs 1.56 Crore

Both the cars offer all-wheel drive, and are mated to a dual-clutch (PDK) 7-speed gearbox. Roof takes 19 seconds to open or close. Additionally, it also holds important features like auto start- stop, map-controlled thermal management of engine coolant and system recuperation.

So, those looking out for serious fun on the racetrack and also a viable option for the drive to coffee shops and hangouts, this is a perfect buy for them. Personally, as an auto enthusiast, we believe in driving the hard-top version because of the confidence it serves, and the roofless lacks some of it due to the amendment in the chassis.

Next-Gen Tata Sumo To Be Based On Raptor Platform

It cannot be said well than this, “20 years and still going strong”, to mark the success of Tata Sumo. And even Tata Motors also believed the same way. Sumo which was rolled out in 1994 and since then it is successfully plying on the roads of India. It withstood all the odds of driving conditions, but now a source claimed there will be a new platform for the next-gen Sumo to cruise further.

Based on the account of a source, new Sumo will use a fresh platform dubbed as ‘Raptor’ that may also be used for other SUVs and MUVs of the range. Launch is expected to happen in 2018.

Unlike to any of the options available in the market, as they being based on the ladder-on-frame structure or monocoque, Tata Motors reported to build a new soldier of the terrain on a brand new technology of platforms called ‘Body Integrated Frame’.

Next-Gen Tata Sumo To Be Based On Raptor Platform

Going by the name, it suggests the frame will be integrated (or welded) into the chassis. This would allow company to choose between different types of structure for the cars build on the same platform, which will majorly save the cost and allow flexibility. For example, the carmaker can opt for the heavy and rugged structure if wished to go for the off-road vehicle, whereas a light body can also be the answer if meant to move with the soft-roader or car like vehicles – all based on that same platform.

Now, with regards to the next-gen Sumo, proportion of luggage space, ruggedness and value for money are bound to be retained, but with better fuel-economy, performance and lower weight.

And based on the Raptor, an all new family of affordable SUV as well as MUVs can be seen soon rolling off from the bay of Tata Motors.

Source: Autocar India

Maruti Ciaz Z+ Top-End Variant Launched At Rs 9.08 Lakh

The trend of adding trims to the car for extending product lineup has simply made the carmaker to continue in 2015. Maruti Ciaz, the car made enough havoc for other to stay aware of it in sedan segment got kitted with one more variant in the lineup. This Delhi based carmaker launched the Ciaz Z+ trim in India for a starting price of Rs 9.08 lakh.

For such a denomination the carmaker gives away its buyers a voice-command infotainment system that includes a 7-inch touchscreen. The screen doubles up as display for reverse parking camera navigation system. Leather on steering-wheel and gear-knob makes up to the standard list here. Projector headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear AC vents, steering mounted controls, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, keyless entry and start-stop are also amongst the standard features. Rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, and dual-front airbags too comes with this package for no additional penny.

Both the trims of petrol and diesel go along with it. For the Zxi+ (petrol) it comes priced at Rs 9.08 lakh and for Zdi+ (diesel) the costing falls lucrative at Rs 10.37 lakh.

Maruti Ciaz ZPlusTop-End Variant Launched At Rs 9.08 Lakh

Now, after the launch, Ciaz falls lucrative in four trim levels, where the Z (O) is escaladed from the list (V, V+, Z and Z (O) when launched) in order of making way for the aforesaid variants.

Honda City, a one of its major rival is on the spearhead of facing the heat from this launch, with V and VX trims dolled with 5-inch display for almost the same price tag. However, by launching another trim in the lineup doesn’t guarantees the success of Ciaz. Above all, it still has a long way to go.

Please note: All the above mentioned prices are ex-showroom Delhi.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Launched In India At Rs 31.5 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Apparently, there is nothing more exciting than a small car with the comfort of bigger ones. Finally, after studying the heap of pros and cons, Mercedes-Benz India has brought its cheapest sedan called CLA for a price of Rs 31.5 lakh. Prior to it, it was the CLA45 AMG – the performance version of CLA – launched in India with beefed up cosmetic as well as technicalities.

Appealed by its compact nature, the CLA is a stylish offering in its class against the Audi A3.

Hence, the doors are frameless and it is designed to appear more like a coupe rather than that of a compact sedan. However, diamond starred front grille and aerodynamic body makes it to stand out from the crowd. To keep it a bit personal, 0.25 drag co-efficient only can reeled from the aerodynamics.

Well, the bonnet keenly hides a 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre turbo petrol. Technically, the car drives on front-wheel MFA architecture, which theoretically makes it unstable for drifting.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Launched In India At Rs 31.5 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

In the guise of petrol rated as CLA 200, it produces 181bhp of max power at 5500rpm and 300Nm of peak torque between 1200 and 1400rpm. The acceleration from 0-100 km/h is reached within 7.8 seconds and an attainable top-speed of 235 km/h is stated in its official press release. Mercedes claims fuel-efficiency of 15.04 km/l (as per ARAI) for this variant.

On the diesel side with CLA 200, the entry-level Mercedes sedan in India eagerly relishes the max power of 134bhp between 3600 and 4400rpm and 300Nm of peak torque between 1600 and 3000rpm. This model gushes from 0-100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and claims a top-speed of 220 km/h, constituted to deliver the fuel-economy at a rate of 17.9 km/l (as per ARAI).

Both of fuel-types comes mated to a to a 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic gearbox with the traction being sent to front wheels only.

Feature list continued the explanation with those 6-airbags, ABS, EBD, ASR, 17-inch alloy wheels, panoramic roof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, reverse parking camera, Harman Kardon surround system with 12-speakers and a COMAND infotainment system.

So, those young aspirers looking out for a Merc at an early age can surely look forward to CLA which assures a statement at every arrival. Phrase like ‘see it to believe it’, perfectly fits this youngest yet cheapest Benz sedan in India.

Three trims are offered for CLA, which are mentioned below with their prices as per ex-showroom Delhi.

CLA 200 CDI (Diesel) Style – Rs 31.5 lakh

CLA 200 CDI (Diesel) Sport – Rs 35.9 lakh

CLA 200 (Petrol) Sport – Rs 35.0 lakh

Tata Bolt Launched For Rs 4.4 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

It seems to be the Tata’s best launch of this year. Eyed the hatchback segment for past many years, but faced failures in most its launches, this time the India based carmaker had launched a new hatchback ‘Bolt’ in India for a starting price of Rs 4.65 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai – with the 1.2-litre Revotron (petrol) engine. The diesel kicks up the segment from Rs 5.75 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai with 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine.

This car is rolled out as a newbie under the pretext of Tata’s Horizonext strategy of diving aggressively back into the business again. The sources also revealed, Bolt is designed at company’s European designing centre, a special benefit derived of acquiring the international brands like JLR.

As touted, the petrol motor is powerful enough to produce 90PS at 5000rpm and 140Nm of peak torque between 1500-4000rpm. The diesel machine is tuned to produce 75PS at 4000rpm and 190NM of peak torque between 1750rpm and 3000rpm.

Both the engine types are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with no AMT is given at this moment.

Tata Bolt Launched For Rs 4.4 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

If made a purchase in the petrol variant, buyers can choose from three different modes to drive: Eco, Sport and City. All of them go by their name in playing the character of the steering feel when selected.

Talking the fuel-economy, Revotron 1.2T delivers 17.57 km per litre and diesel delivers 22.95 km per litre as per ARAI.

Unlikely to the Indica, Bolt predecessor, this new bee of Tata flairs better quality interiors, and notched up equipment levels. To name a one of them, it’s the Harman system deployed in this hatchback, whereas the safety features too are perched upwards coinciding the latest trend of industry.

In total, four variants of each fuel-type is launched, which we had mentioned at the end of this post with the price tags, and following are the paint shades available on the sales floor for Bolt: Pristine White, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Platinum Silver and Dune Beige.

Dimension of Tata Bolt

Length: 3825mm
Width: 1695mm
Height: 1562mm
Wheelbase: 2470mm
Ground clearance: 165mm
Boot capacity: 210 liters

Prices of Tata Bolt Petrol Ex-Showroom Delhi

XE: Rs. 4.44 lakh
XM: Rs. 5.15 lakh
XMS: Rs. 5.40 lakh
XT: Rs. 6.05 lakh

Prices of Tata Bolt Diesel Ex-Showroom Delhi

XE: Rs. 5.49 lakh
XM: Rs. 6.11 lakh
XMS: Rs. 6.34 lakh
XT: Rs. 6.99 lakh

Prices of Tata Bolt Petrol Ex-Showroom Mumbai

XE: Rs. 4.65 lakh
XM: Rs. 5.39 lakh
XMS: Rs. 5.64 lakh
XT: Rs. 6.34 lakh

Prices of Tata Bolt Diesel Ex-Showroom Mumbai

XE: Rs. 5.75 lakh
XM: Rs. 6.39 lakh
XMS: Rs. 6.63 lakh
XT: Rs. 7.32 lakh

Audi R8 LMX Launched For Rs. 2.97 Crore

The first sportscar launch of 2015 is marked by Audi R8 LMX.

German carmaker finally succeeded in making its move during the first month of 2015. Reportedly, it launched R8 LMX in India for a whopping price of Rs 2.97 crore ex-showroom Mumbai.

The special feature about this car is its headlamps, which are consisted of laser beams. LMX is the first production car to dwell laser diodes for the headlamps.

Talking about it in detail, illumination ranges upto 500 metres and it can be only activated after crossing 60kmph on speedometer.

Audi R8 LMX Launched For Rs. 2.97 Crore

A single module of the laser generates double the amount of all LED light. Additionally, the camera-sensor in system judges it to detect other oncoming vehicles and adjust the beam to avoid dazzle.

Under the hood, Audi R8 LMX uses a 5.2-litre V10 engine of 562bhp and 540Nm of torque. The 7-speed S Tronic auto gearbox transmits to all four-wheels for attaining 0-100kmph in 3.4 seconds and clear sweep to the top-slot of 320kmph.

Cosmetically, on outers, designers have fixed a black colored spoiler at rear. The Ara Blue paint largely complements the black colored side-flics, engine cover, wing mirror, exhaust pipes, rear wing and diffuser. Even the titanium grey painted front grille, air intake, and rear outlet too suits the proportional paint scheme.

Audi R8 LMX Launched For Rs. 2.97 Crore

On inside, the seats are of bucket genre, where Nappa leather takes on the door panels and gear lever. The Alcantara is draped to headliner, and covers up the parking brake lever, center tunnel console, instrument panel and steering, wheel where the Sepang blue stitches forays for contradiction.

Door sills get illuminated with those aluminium inlays that do come with limited-edition number. To put that fact more precisely, only 99 examples of R9 LMX are built and would be sold across the world.