Amaze Drives Honda Into Guinness Book Of World Records

The amusement for Honda by Amaze isn’t over yet. Made to record the automaker in the Guiness Book of World Records, Amaze clocked the top slot in the category of ‘Longest journey by a car in a single country’.

The entry-level sedan covered 23,800km across the length and breadth with Shantonil Nag and Bunny Punia handling its steering throughout.

Their journey commenced from Jodhpur on September 15, 2014, and lasted for 55-days touching more than 400 towns and cities. The 23,800km drive was pedaled with the road conditions like flat highways, coastlines, traffic-snarled city roads, mountainous terrains, and also the dustily spanked interior roads of India.

Amaze Drives Honda Into Guinness Book Of World Records

This drive was a part of ‘Honda Amazingly Indian campaign’ remarked to announce the fastest 100,000 sales milestone in the history of Honda Cars India.

Hence, it seems to be proven that Amaze withstands testimonies of reliability, durability and quality of Honda, whereas it also suits the country’s driving conditions which this drive has set the live example, said Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO of Honda Cars India Ltd.

Upcoming SUV And MPV Launches In India 2015

SUVs and MPVs are the only categories that world is about to see bombastic results in the near future. As the said categories are more lucrative to young genre and more of utility with a taste of ‘take anywhere’ attitude, they fall easy on pocket and becomes a onetime investment instead of keeping several options for transporting guests/commuting daily routes in a sedan, and rather using another vehicle while moving out for the purchase of stuffs and groceries.

Here, jolted down is a list of SUVs and MPVs that are speculated to come to India in 2015. Scroll down the page and peep into that slice of future which soon may take over your nearby vicinity.

Hyundai ix25

Hyundai’s offering for the masses had always taken into consideration not with a particular rival; instead the whole of fraternity envies this Korean carmaker of appealing better than them in aesthetics even after being on a tight budget. The ix25 which debuted at international waters some days back as a concept for India will get a conventional name and would rival the likes of Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster. The Verna’s impersonation can be seen here under the hoods for engine line-up – 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine, and the gearboxes – 5 -and 6-speed manual as well as 5-speed automatic (optional).

Expected Price: Rs 10 lakh

Hyundai ix25

New Ford Endeavour

Ford’s big foot on the Indian terrain in the form of Endeavour is about to see the new face soon in the coming year. Known as Everest in international market, the newer version launched abroad shall be rolling down here with a beefier looks and better drivability. The likes of Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero, Chevrolet Captiva and many more in the league will battle their best against it. The engine options under the hoods is bound to ride on the endeavor of 2.2- and 3.0-litre diesel possessing traction of 2WD or 4WD; and an automatic transmission to be optional on the list.

Expected Price: Rs 25-30 lakh

New Ford Endeavour

Jeep Wrangler

Now coming to the plush space for a change, the launch of Jeep slated to happen this year had been postponed till the next year for the reason market was a bit sluggish to accept a new brand in that respective collage. The smallest of Jeep – Wrangler – will make way to India to lovers of a true-blue off-road that also demands luxury and comfort at the same time. Pricing will not be easy to go down with, as expected 4 million INR (Rs 40 lakh) will be tagged around its neck at the first sight. Well, figuring out its rivalry will be quite tough, as none cater to this repertoire is so rigorous, but the price tags or some other factors makes it to inch closer to Mercedes-Benz ML250 CDI and Audi Q5.

Expected Price: Rs 40 lakh

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep’s flagship SUV, Grand Cherokee, is about to mark the big foot imprint in the form of a stylish American SUV which can go off-road at the same in ultimate luxury, and not to forget teething deeper the persona of the Jeep with traditional seven-slat front grille. A 3.0-litre diesel engine to make way first to the shores, heavy speculations for V8 petrol and such will definitely eat up the European rivals. Well, is the Range Rover going to see tough time?

Expected Price: Rs 70 lakh

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Freelander 2 successor Discovery Sport is aimed to barge into most of the sales which its predecessor was garnering for the company. Majorly, 90% of the parts used on this SUV are claimed to be new, and this is the first model of new Discovery range. The reason of bringing it into the market as against the Freelander 2 is better off-road capability and a bigger boot. They say, Discovery Sport is going to be a proper 7-seater to suit the Indian audience and will be powered by the new engine family of XE in the petrol and diesel both. Raising the question over its rivalry, it is actually suited best for the starting level of luxury SUV but those seven-seats added makes it to lock horns with Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Expected Price: Rs 45-60 lakh

Land Rover Discovery Sport

New Audi Q7

The Audi’s Q7 is a prominent answer if asked how to galore fame on the roads of India, most of would say go and get yourself an Audi Q7 as the chunk of Bollywood and other biggies have adopted it for showing off their stardom. The new Q7 must push that envelope further and would offer a more dramatic appeal for the life-style suited buyers. As expected, the new Four-ringed SUV will be bigger and would use the parent company – VW Groups’ – new MLB platform underneath for a big-footer looks. Tech-savvy and luxury burgeoned, it will still weigh lesser than the current ones – all praises for new chassis. The 3.0-litre petrol engine with the same capacity of diesel (of 3.0-litre) and a 4.2-litre diesel will upkeep the momentum. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and BMW X5 are the ones going to be affected adversely with the new Q7.

Expected Price: Rs 60-75 lakh

New Audi Q7

New BMW X6

Apparently all BMWs look more or less similar whether they are of the present-gen or from the past, with the facelift or without it. But, still this German keep pushing the design team to work out minor changes at least to place the facelift tag on them. One such example of the near future is BMW X6 facelift which will come to India soon by the coming year. Detailing it minutely, it has became aggressive than before and some of its lines are believed to serve un-relaxed since after the workout. Well, who may have thought the assimilation of a coupe and SUV would do so well for BMW, which is still a one of its kind in the category. Drivetrain of X6 facelift is expected to remain unchanged with the 3.0-litre diesel and an addition of 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 is speculated heavily.

Expected Price: Rs 80 lakh

New BMW X6

Porsche Cayenne Facelift

Here is our favourite, the Porsche Cayenne – SUV with sports features, is going to receive a new face in India that is recently launched in international markets. The changes made are subtle where headlamps pose to be the major ones. The refreshed chunk of tweaks lies in the engine bay where the company has tweaked engine for better fuel-economy and power for some options. If preferring to buy naturally aspirated V8, buyers have to be disappointed as the company has replaced it with the efficient and turbocharged V6. Spectators of Turbo S and GTS shall make their decisions affirmed as there aren’t any changes mentioned for them, V8 motors will continue. Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and Range Rover Sport would stand shoulder to shoulder with the Cayenne facelift.

Expected Price: Rs 1.5-2.5 crore

Porsche Cayenne Facelift

Honda CR-V Facelift And Diesel

Honda suffered a huge loss in the SUV department over selling them in India. The reason cited is unavailability of the diesel option which despite launching a CR-V facelift recently didn’t helped so. In another attempt to raise those numbers and top the chart of hot-selling cakes like automobiles – SUV – ‘the facelift’ that international market got this year will be brought to India by next year, and a diesel engine is expected strongly to cover up the grey area left even after doing the right engineering with petrol engine, that actually lacked in raising the fuel-economy which only diesel suits best for the country. A 1.6-litre i-DTEC (diesel) of 118bhp would do the task. And on the aesthetic note, headlamps, bumpers and grille will be changed for the refreshment.

Expected Price: Rs 24-27 lakh

Honda CR-V Facelift And Diesel

Maruti S-Cross

Though we shouldn’t be mentioning this model here, as most its structure resembled the crossover, but everyone in India loves Maruti and whatever it gives is received blindly just for the sake of an old school image that this carmaker is a better option of fuel-economy and maintenance cost, which in real world the international automaker has beaten it to dusk. Based on the hatchback that is raised high to give it a SUV touch, S-Cross is speculated to arrive in India with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines mated to manual gearbox. The ace for S-it would be the all-wheel drive system which will give the vehicle a proper drivability in the rough terrain. Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster to become its major rivals.

Expected Price: Rs 13-14 lakh

Maruti S-Cross

Renault Lodgy

Don’t speculate the success rate of Lodgy in India as there are only cost-effective MPVs like Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio doing their best here. The ones like Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia, Ashok Leyland Stile and many others couldn’t made up even to the mid of the pace. But the success ratio of Duster that have spruced this French carmaker to roll out its new product line in the fresh lease of segment, makes Lodgy sound to be a very effective example as on paper at least. The famous Renault K9k diesel engine from Duster in the tune of 84bhp for the start maybe provided in 109bhp at a later stage, will be in its engine bay and most of the components also being shared with Duster for the cost-cutting. Hence, with due to all such terminologies embedded here it can bring down the cost of Lodgy to a large extent and make it to stand at par than the rest.

Expected Price: Rs 8-11 lakh

Renault Lodgy

Datsun Go+

Nissan’s long lost dream of entering the low-cost market without harnessing its current image got a big leap with Datsun. Not only in India, but in other international markets this sub-brand of Nissan is doing pretty well. Another product to the nation from the said is going to be very effective in nature, the GO+ MPV, bound to cater the mass of audience who are tempted to buy hatchback. Going to get a 1.2-litre petrol engine of 68bhp and 104Nm of peak torque – the same carried from GO hatchback and Nissan Micra – will be focused here. However, the example available outside India is cramped with shoulder and knee rooms for the third-row seat making it strictly usable for children. After all, the practicality is expected to be the core of ideology at Nissan for GO+. Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia and Ashok Leyland Stile would definitely make its way painful to go forth.

Expected Price: Rs 5.5 – 7.5 lakh

Datsun Go Plus

Maruti XA Alpha

Maruti’s last resort to hunt back those gone away market shares from the compact SUV segment is speculated to be gained back once when the Alpha may get launched in the market by next year. Though, there isn’t enough confirmation of it to be coming into existence this soon, as the company is not interested at all over the low-cost segment. Since after the launch of Ciaz – sedan marketed upward Rs 10 lakh – fetching better results have geared the automaker to plot a one more product in the lifestyle category where the history hadn’t witness the success of this automaker in the segment of above Rs. 1 million (INR 10 lakh). The Swift’s 1.2l-litre K series petrol engine shall make the way here. But for the diesel picture is expected to be a slot bigger with the 1.5-litre diesel of Fiat.

Expected Price: Rs 7.5-10 lakh

Maruti XA Alpha

Honda Grace (City) Hybrid Unveiled In Japan

New Honda City, that has captivated most of the eyeballs in India, is duly going play the same role in home country Japan within fewer days, with due to the newly unveiled Grace Hybrid.

To be said precisely, Honda City is named as Grace in Japan and now they virtually rolled-out a hybrid version for making it a new household name.

Confirming the changes as per India-spec City, front grille gets a new chrome strip, and mildly induced bumper, with a mix of clear LED tail lamps and 15-or 16-inch wheels.

Honda Grace Hybrid Front

In the technical zone, there will be i-DCD (dual-clutch transmission) to support the options of front-wheel and four-wheel drive both.

Inside the cabin, blue theme is carried over, where the central display will also unfold the power left in the battery, and stubby gear selector is like the one sold in mostly all of the Honda hybrids in Japan. Heated front seats, hill start, city braking system, vehicle stability assist (VSA), curtain and side airbags are some of the other loaded features.

Honda Grace Hybrid interior

Under the bonnet, Grace is expected to store a 1.5-litre Hybrid engine from Honda Vezel which churns out 132 PS (130.14 bhp).

Honda CR-V Facelift And Diesel Coming To India In 2015

Honda CR-V SUV that once used to rule the roads during petrol times – was killed when diesel started to take over the reign against the rising prices of petrol – is now reported of getting launched in India once again in the facelift avatar by next year. Don’t need to be stumped, Honda continues to sell that SUV on our shores, and will bring a diesel version this time with a new face for either of the fuel-trims.

CR-V facelift that debuted at 2014 Paris Motor Show is blessed with lower suspension, razor-sharp alloy wheels and protection guard on front bumper. All of them are majorly supported by new front grille, slimmer bumper and other fluencies. There can some visual differences between international version and the one that is going to be launched in India.

Honda CR-V Facelift And Diesel Coming To India In 2015

On the diesel side, CR-V facelift is expected to gain a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine delivering 118bhp of max power with all the traction being sent to front wheels. Petrol will continue to do with the existing displacement. Since, the diesel launch of Amaze has imprinted name of Honda in the list of most fuel-efficient cars, fuel-economy this time will be on the heads of engineers before ringing up the launch dates.

Hence, till the confirmation arrives we treat this piece of new as a generation from rumour mill.

Stay tuned to IndianDrives for other interesting stuffs from automotives!

Honda Amaze With CNG Coming Soon: Rumours

At the end of a day, all automakers in India have to go CNG, and as Honda is no excteption to this clause, is now rumoured of launching the CNG-driven Amaze soon.

It seems the success of Amaze – for being first Honda car in India with diesel engine – had turned the Japanese automaker to also look into the remaining gap of most-efficient drivable options. It will be viable with the petrol engine of 1.2-liter i-VTEC.

Hence, company will not brush up the whole line-up with this new fuel-option. Instead, E and EX variants, apparently also a one from top-end, will make to this new list.

Honda Amaze

An increment of Rs 30,000-50,000 can be expected for the CNG variant over the respective petrol version.

Till any concrete confirmation arrives, we consider this rumour had a strong potential of seeing the reality.

Upcoming Sedan Launches In 2015

Soaring trend of MPVs and SUVs has given the segment of sedan a big blow and made them left for a set of niche audience. Still, the market of India is quite vibrant and there always remains a place for everyone to play their cards with leisure. So, a number of automakers geared the guts to put their foot down and make a concrete move over the launch of several sedans in 2015. Listed below is a list of expected models that are going to land in India sooner or later. Scroll down to discover more…

Ford Figo+

We know Ford is late to the party of sub-4 meter sedan, where even the Tata Motors also landed with its Zest. But vying demand from the segment and numbers remaining all-time high for the sellers here, it would prove a hotspot for Ford to bank upon the credibility it garnered in the recent past with EcoSport.

Though, we know the elder sibling ‘Fiesta’ to lend cues at number of places, including engine options as well. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost (turbo-petrol), new 1.0-litre petrol and existing 1.5-litre diesel of 85bhp are likely to make their way here under the hoods. It will have a strong rivalry with Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent.

Ford Figo

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

The not so amazing gap between Polo and Vento has grabbed eyes of Volkswagen to fill that slot precisely with a brand new product, rather than shuffling price tags of other models to cue the competition. An outcome that India is going to see for the said is Polo-based sedan which will guide new dimension to this German parent company. The same platform of hatchback will be used and that trend of a slapped-boot will be followed. VW sub-4 meter offering is expected to wear the same face as of its siblings. Hence, the designing department are maintaining their asses on fire, as Polo already measures 3,971mm in length and reworking it for another under 4 meter product that too with a boot (retaining all the German engineering) definitely juiced the backlog for this astounding success-expected product.

Engines are bound to be carried over from the existing generations, 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Hyundai Verna facelift

Hyundai has already spruced entire line-up in India with recent facelift of revamp, except the Verna, which may soon see new creases in form of a facelift by 2015. Along with the cosmetic changes, suspension is also for a tune-up. For the smart Joe, it is the same version which automaker has launched in Russia some days back honed withj sharper nose and larger headlamps. Obviously, catchy LEDs in the tail-lamps will make to our shores, and the technical guise of petrol version will get a six-speed automatic as a replacement of four-speed.

Existing engine options of 1.4-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel will make their way under the bonnet. VW Vento, Honda City and Maruti Ciaz stand to its core of competition.

Hyundai Verna facelift

Volkswagen Jetta Facelift

Volkswagen India for the past many months is in a league of rolling out facelifts and revamps of existing generations, where this time it isn’t going to be exceptional yet. The upmarket Jetta, is about to receive a facelift over the coming year. The more upmarket audience is taken into consideration on the new design – with wider air dam and LED embedded tail lamps. Bigger chunk will be inside the cabin – sophisticated steering wheel, clear and bigger instrument dials, an all new high-resolution trip computer and fresh infotainment (expectedly) lifted from new Octavia. The 2.0-litre diesel will get a bump in power by 10bhp, whereas 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol will continue.

Volkswagen Jetta Facelift

New Volkswagen Passat

Another addition to VW badge in 2015 will be the eight-generation Passat that is said to set standards right against the Germans like C-Class, A4 and 3-Series from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW respectively. The changes on outer would be restricted to new fuller grille, bold lines/creases and LED infused head- and tail-lamps. For the amount of money it is going to be offered (approximately more than Rs 30 lakh) cabin quality is bind to set its own dignifying aura with bundle of tech-impended features. Counting down the list, they came noted as 360-degree parking camera, automated parking capability, and automatic speed controller in traffic-like condition which is programmed to halt the car when driver isn’t in the position to handle it further or when he is injured. Instrument cluster will go fully-digital. Under the bonnet there will be a 2.0-litre diesel engine provided in three states of tune: 148bhp, 187bhp and 237bhp (from a twin-turbo). The guise will be mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

New Volkswagen Passat

New Honda Accord

It’s been a while since Honda has discontinued Accord in India for the reason it wasn’t having a diesel option, and the demand for petrol trim was ultimately killed due to rising fuel prices. New Accord is promising the carmaker for a new beginning in the segment, and as purchasing power of Indians had risen remarkably rolling out a new example of the Big Honda Daddy will make sense. Mature styling, a well-refined 2.4-litre petrol engine and a CVT gearbox will do justice to package. The performance version from a V6 may be unable to make to the party, whereas a possibility for hybrid version goes quite strong. There aren’t any signs of diesel coming into the way soon, a 1.6-liter unit available in international markets may crave to us in future.

New Honda Accord

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The smallest Star-logoed sedan from Germany is the only guy in its line-up which even after performing dutifully isn’t bestowed with a facelift. Now, in 2015, Benz had planned to come out with a new version of the same which is mending to take on comfort level in the cabin upto the flagship – S-Class. Engine options under the hoods will be same as of the outgoing generation, powering with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol and 2.2-litre diesel.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class

BMW 3-Series Facelift

To curb down the effect of new C-Class from Mercedes, BMW is expected to battle in the league with 3-Series facelift, which will be concluded in the form of major changes not over the body, instead under the hoods. Except for minute nip and tucks on cosmetic note, engine bay will be lined-up with new options like 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from MINI, and diesel that made its way to India via X3 facelift in the recent past. Hopefully, comeback of 6-cylinder petrol engine is strongly speculated. It if happened, then gigantic fanfares will once again galore the Munich based carmaker, especially the enthusiasts and niche who had a taste for such excitements.

BMW 3-Series Facelift

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Mercedes’ isn’t leaving any stone unturned to capture the first spot in automotive industry, obviously with its own taste. CLA-Class is another shot to India after GLA that will land to take on the rivals with festooning numbers. CLA isn’t an alien to the nation, because we have already experienced the AMG version (CLA45 AMG). New German bud on our shores will be positioned below the C-Class in competition to Audi A3. Not a heavy blunder of rivals in this range, CLA will target young buyers, and definitely would aim some from the base of A- and B-Class admirers also, but would deliver more than its hatchback sibling in terms of space, equipment and a boot. Engine options will be carried from 4-cylinder 1.6 turbo petrol and 2.2 turbo diesel mills, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox sending all power to front wheels. Right pricing is an ace to make it settled comfortably in that inching space.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Next-Gen Honda Brio To Get 1.2-Litre Three-Cylinder Diesel Engine

It’s been so long, the Honda Brio – smallest Honda in India which has remained almost the same over years – has knocked some excitement on its head that may surge its sales in the future.

Confirming one exclusive note, Honda now reported of developing a smaller diesel engine of 1.2-liter 3-cylinder especially for the “next-gen Brio”.

In India, the Japanese carmaker has recently brought 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel mill in the bay of Amaze and City, of which both the cars have successfully paraded towards the next household name after the Maruti. Hence, this new development in the small car segment will make the carmaker to surge ahead of the rest, selling the bulk volumes probably even better than Alto if the oil burner may get well-tuned to the tone of car.

Next-Gen Honda Brio To Get 1.2-Litre Three-Cylinder Diesel Engine

With numerous counter attacks from the 1.5-liter EarthDreams diesel, the new mill will also gain the Honda to take on the likes of Grand i10, Beat and everyone else who have came to the market, or vying to do so.

Well, the works at Honda for 1.2L-iDTEC seems to take some time for completion so the power output cannot be exacted at this stage. Being developed in-line with the same context to bigger diesel engines, company is also expected to derive the cost benefits.

So, stay tuned soon, the good news will hit doldrums and mark outstanding fuel-efficiency figures from the chunk.

Launch of next-gen Brio expected to happen in 2017.

Honda CR-V Facelift Leaked

Honda CR-V facelift is leaked quite before the official launch of Paris Motor Show. To convey it in detail, SUV is done with new bumper and projector beam headlamps. LED elements are infused into it. The front grille speaks a lot about the H-Design of company. The fog lamps are now housed in the chrome enclosure.

On the sides, mirrors are given refreshment, whereas the signal indicators have been integrated into it. Alloys get two-tone treatment for completing the details. Hence, no technical changes are meant to be seen anytime soon. It’s isn’t yet confirmed when the officials would lend a word for it.

Honda CR-V Facelift Leaked

The petrol engine of 2.4L and 2.0L with 4-cylinder are entitled for European market. The 1.6L diesel engine of 4-pot which the automaker is using in Civic there too will make its way for new CR-V. There are also speculations of 2.2-litre rolling in underneath. Hence, the power and torque figures would remain same as they used to be earlier. Options of manual and automatic transmissions both will be given away.

10 Best Concept Cars That Became Real

Car designers had always remained biased with regards to concepts and production-specific.

There are some great men there hadn’t opted to differentiate though. Here, we listed down those concepts whose customer-owned pieces are as exciting as the original ones. Don’t be spoofed, you needed to have chunk of money to buy them, so be with what you have before scrolling down to the list.

The BMW i8

The i8 from BMW had shaken-up the whole automotive horizon since it was rolled out in production. Pin-perfect to the concept, no one could believe their eyes BMW may chill their spine with the price-tag it is offered for. It’s actually appropriate, after such expenditure one can save that smallest string of wallet at the fuel-station, as i8 is a hybrid sportscar.

BMW i8

McLaren P1

The day at Geneva 2013 that world couldn’t forget it was the company’s F1 successor announced to go into production, and would be retailed. That aerodynamics and the bare-basic interiors of Mclaren P1, was sold off only because, it was from the British and looks cooler than anything else on outside.

McLaren P1

Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder was too big as concept to go into production from Porsche, but finally the company made amendments with monocoque body, garnished with carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium. And hence, it beautifully curves out the turns and twists on racetrack.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar C-X16, the car that was displayed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, was then transformed to the F-Type. Hence, don’t felt the need to talk about this machine; it speaks for itself over the XK.

Jaguar F-Type

Range Rover Evoque

Those who had driven the Vogue may not go for the Evoque. The fairer sex or the better-halves, wished to have glamorous dose at the same time with ruggedness, Land Rover LRX concept was actually built dreaming not for the hard boys driving it in the form of Evoque.

Range Rover Evoque

Nissan GT-R

It couldn’t have been imagined at 2001 Tokyo Motor Show – the concept displayed there would become one of the greatest cars of all time. Nissan GT-R doesn’t reflect many changes since after it received refreshment. Core focus to performance and topping it all the Japanese engineering, made it fastest launch cars in the flex of 0-10km/h probably.

Nissan GT-R

Audi TT

Beautifully crafted and ambitiously progressing, the Audi TT concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show was slightly hypothetical. It took the designers three years to roll of the production specific, by 1998 they accomplished job to soothe the candying hunger of eyes expensively.

Audi TT

Alfa Romeo 4C

Italians couldn’t be predicted, and with examples like Lamborghini existing on this planet, then there would be the Alfa Romeo 4C in the same way was it was imagined in the sketch and concept.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Honda VV

The first hybrid car of Honda that broke cover at 1999 Detroit was more or less identical to the production version. The 1.0-L three-pot engine assisted with a battery pack and an electric motor is a yum on the lime green plastic- aluminium body.

Honda VV

Citroen DS5

Who doesn’t wish to be in the lap of a premium tourer with a flick of sports on outer, and a bit of aeronautic on inside? That’s what the Citroen has tapped the market with its C Sportlounge in 2005 and then converted it into a production-specific in DS5.

Citroen DS5

Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento: Specifications Comparison

Ciaz isn’t the first attempt of Maruti to invade the sedan segment. Prior, Baleno and SX4 were the failed initiatives. So, casing the car rightly and playing all the tweaks as per the trend is an only way out for this Indian carmaker of restoring faith.

Pitting Ciaz against the rivals like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento, the mid-size Honda seemed doing better job than anyone else in terms of numbers. Albeit, the rest two aren’t lagging in their profiles either.

Numerous numbers of models available in the market made choices more complicated. Hence, it’s the only reason many model plates are escaladed from this compare. Those wiped out eligible candidates were Nissan Sunny facelift, New Ford Fiesta and Fiat Linea.

Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento: Specifications Comparison

Engine

The Ciaz powered by a 1.4L petrol engine produces 91bhp and 130Nm of torque. The diesel stock is filled with a 1.3L Fiat Multijet of 89bhp and 200Nm. Both the machines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol buyers can also go for a 4-speed automatic if they wish so.

Honda City, one of the best selling cars of its time, is now re-launched in new avatar, this time the diesel engine option is also made available. Powering to the City comes from a 1.5L i-VTEC (petrol) and 1.5L i-DTEC (diesel) engines. Former option shells out 118bhp and 145Nm of torque, the latter one is of 98.63bhp and 200Nm torque. Five-speed manual is standard, whereas the CVT is only for gasoline buyers.

The Vento from Volkswagen lends two engine options of petrol; smaller 1.2L TSI turbocharged motor delivering 103.56bhp and 175Nm, whilst of the bigger 1598cc pounds out 103.56bhp with a comparatively lower 153Nm of torque. The TSI motor of 1.2L displacement gets a seven-speed DSG automatic; the bigger version drives only a five-speed manual transmission.

The German engineered sedan in diesel counts of a 1598cc engine refined the power delivery of 103.56bhp and 250Nm. A five-speed manual transmission is the only option aided.

Likewise Vento, Verna too holds couple of engine options for the petrol market. The machine boasted of 1396cc, successfully makes 105.53bhp and 135Nm of torque. The bigger one touted of 1591cc, generates 121.36bhp and 158Nm of torque. Apart from the 5-speed manual, the elder gets a 4-speed automatic.

On the diesel counter, Verna stands alone with two engine options. The 1396cc churning a goodness of 88.76bhp and 219Nm, whilst the bigger and boulder 1582cc mill rakes in 126.32bhp and 260Nm. A 6-speed manual is just an ordinary; the extra-ordinary here is the four-speed automatic which is a unique in the segment.

Dimensions

Dimensionally, the Ciaz is longest amongst all. Measuring 2650mm at the wheelbase, Maruti sedan is 50mm longer than the Honda City (of 2600mm wheelbase). The third position holder in this category is Hyundai Verna of 2570mm, while Vento is the last arrival at 2552mm. In the length, Ciaz too outshines the rest at 4490mm. Honda city follows the trail being 50mm shorter, Vento by 106mm and Verna by 120mm.

At wider side, the Maruti plugged at 1730mm in width, is 35mm more than the City, 31mm by Vento and 30mm than the Hyundai Verna. Heightened to 1485mm, Ciaz stands taller than Vento by 19mm and Verna by 10mm. Here, the City wins over by a mere margin of 10mm.

Overview

Maruti in the petrol trim is lowest on power and torque than the rest. Verna is the highest followed by Honda City. Vento must be applauded for delivering the so powerful output from a small displacement. Thanks to the turbocharger, otherwise that wouldn’t be possible for the German.

The Diesel side winners’ trophy too goes to Hyundai Verna, the second spot was taken over by VW Vento. The Ciaz and Verna’s smaller displacement occupies the last spot, while the Honda makes to third with a satisfactorily sinking number.

Hence, the Ciaz rocks all the aesthetic chart; but when it came to power it lost the game to others, nor even making a way to top in one of them either. The on-paper rivalry revealed a part of the moment of truth, but an actual test drive may spill out the beans in its favour that would change the game forever, apparently the country’s best fuel-economy delivered with refinement. The other aspect to it is also the pricing. So, let the guessing game be going on till it reaches a dead-end.