Volkswagen Mulling Powerful Polos For India

As we are talking here, Volkswagen Polo is getting hotter than before.

Reported by a source, the hatchback of German carmaker will be positioned more enthusiastically, than a small family hatch. More performance versions are the sounded answers for Polo to make a comeback with vengeance in the Indian market.

However, in this segment there are scanty, or rather next to none, competitors to rival with. Since the Polo is launched on Indian shores, it failed to attract sales number, where due to its maintenance cost and fuel-economy remained major driving away factors for the chunk of buyers. For the so called ‘a shift’, it resounds beneficiary to VW to make it sell where it does get the eyeballs set easily.

Launch of Polo GT directed the brand to decide the way further. Since, then the talks were going to import Golf GT, but the cars in Polo GT price band could suit the marketing condition better.

Volkswagen Mulling Powerful Polos For India

Now, a couple of options are there before the VW. A 150bhp Polo GT, or the 189bhp Polo GTI. Latter is seriously quicker (0-100 in 6.7 seconds). And both the engines are already homologated for Indian market. The 1.4-litre TSI unit (of GT) is found fitted in the bay of base Skoda Octavia model, while the bigger 1.8-litre TSi is logged under the hood of 1.8 Octavia in slightly detuned manner.

Major ruckus are going to be seen by both the models apparently, the price tag, which may fall very drastically on the horizon. For an example, the GTI, if assembled in India, would cost minimum Rs 17 lakh (approx), which for the size of a Swift hatchback is a bit tough to sell. That said, the upcoming Polo variants are typically for enthusiasts, so those concerning utility are going to be immensely disappointed. Both of them will act as brand builders for the Volkswagen.

Source: Autocar India

Reasons To Buy Volkswagen Vento 1.5 Diesel DSG (Automatic)

Volkswagen innings for India is counted on the dwindling note, which in order to get saved is seeing one or the other changes which are minute in nature but are significant from the viewpoint of marketing.

Hence, certain editions can be named if looked down the marketing exercise of Volkswagen in the recent past, now a major overhaul in the drivetrain had blown up the lid for VW to explore a wide open stretch ahead. To say it precisely, the DSG gearbox with Vento facelift that too with the diesel engine option of ‘1.5-litre’ is a one that is going hot on the platter of sales floor.

Earlier, the days when the automatics used to be available only in the petro trims, is seemed those days have gone back. Now, the diesel had taken over, though gradually, and most of the automakers are seeking to make a comeback in this portfolio sooner or later. In fact, the lifestyle type of audience can be blamed, and not the purist, for demanding a diesel engine and adding the auto transmission to it for the ease in chock-a-block traffic conditions. However, Volkswagen in India is for the lifestyle buyers who tend to make a German statement wherever they arrive. The rising fuel costs have compelled them to opt for a diesel engine, and on the top of all they can add a DSG gearbox and can have their way out. VW presented the new Vento – or can be said as Vento facelift – with 7-speed DSG for the starting price of Rs 10.49 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai. A slice over a million INR and apparently a lakh more to roll that car out of the showrooms (means the on-road price), there lays a strong reason to be explored why the VW sedan is drilling a huge crater in the pockets of buyers. So to rip off that, a detailed synopsis conducted by us will give an insight how this feels if viewed in real world scenario. Read on…

Reasons To Buy Volkswagen Vento 1.5 Diesel DSG (Automatic)

No competition:

Hyundai Verna was the only sedan in India to offer a diesel automatic and Mahindra Scorpio was second to do so for the SUV category. Now, there are couple of more added to the fray –Skoda Rapid DSG and Volkswagen Vento DSG. As there weren’t numbers of rival posing a threat to it, except for Tata Motors Zest which had just came for an approximate price of Rs 7 lakh. However, none of the mentioned above are sophisticated except for the models rolled out under the hat of Volkswagen (even the Skoda is acquired by company of the parent VW Group) turning out to be lucrative buy for the money.

Fresh Attire

The new-age buyers always get hung on the technology rather than driveability at times. The Volkswagen falls better on both the part – that’s the reason why this German engineered product costs fairly pricey. On the outers, blackened headlamps, new alloys, and fresh bumper are all there to say it to be a Vento facelift. It seems nothing has been changed for the rear.

Engaging Cabin Design

The flat-bottomed steering wheel with three-spokes, new silver lines, AC vents, central console, are there to gorge it significantly than the previous one. The rear legroom is comfortable for the two-passengers, but that transmission tunnel in the middle makes complaining the third passenger. The feature list continues with 2-din audio system by USB, AUX & Bluetooth which doesn’t seemed a good preposition for the money asked, but still all of them are useful for the daily requirements.

The features that are stated as the ‘safety net’ on the Vento DSG are airbags for driver as well as front passenger, hill hold control and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).

Driveability

Engine is the new 1.5-litre diesel unit which matches upto the power of 103bhp and 250Nm of torque. The turbo lag can be felt at the first hand experience behind the steering wheel, but a strong mid-range between 1,500-2,500 rpm is to cope up that drawback. Three driving models D, S and manual eases up the jerk to suit any type of road condition and also the max number of buyers. Even an absence of dead pedal is quite curious, as that would have helped in resting the foot over distant journeys. The stiffened suspension gets over the corner easily but that same also becomes painful when the roads are broken and in bad shape.

Fuel-Economy

That’s the major strain that automakers are facing in India, and Volkswagen is no exception yet. Several sources had claimed 21.21km/l whereas the ARAI facts too are in the same vicinity. And if believed a more precise convocation, there are results that even had putted 15-16km/l. Looking down to the overall dynamics and there is a thing for sure the returns per litre is pretty much decent when the throttle being carried through the DSG gearbox.

Top 5 Automatic Cars Launched In India 2014

‘Automatics’, the word to go by in the coming years, whereas earlier only petrol was meant to be delved with but now the diesel also started rolling off with the same drivetrain. There are several of them which remarked 2014 as a year of automatic cars in India. Listed down are the best examples that not only suited the pockets of buyers, but also made them overjoyed at the fuel-station realizing expenses aren’t too big comparatively to the manual versions. However, this may not entice the manual buyers as they are always off the edge to shoot bunch of torques by them at a tap and gain the max traction to wheels at every millimeter of gearing. All of you city dwellers out there who wished to use their cars for urban living the most, and even allowing their better halves or the fairer sex to drive the same, penned down are the best examples that money can buy from the automatic portfolio of 2014 in India. Read on to find more…

  • Volkswagen Vento Diesel DSG

Thorough with the petrol automatics, Volkswagen tried to go slightly off the track and bring to the table what was just desirable for Indian buyers. The equation of being a bit premium posed by the VW badge on an entry-level sedan – maligned with low running cost from the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which now get mated to the 7-speed DSG gearbox from POLO TSI, will work just fine frolicking on the urban yet crowded streets of India. ARAI had claimed it of running 21.2kmpl in their given driving conditions with 105PS of max power and 250Nm of peak torque, but certainly the other bills of service and such out of the warranty may affect the pockets a hefty chunk of money. Hence, once the drive is settled amidst the most nestled account or budget of the buyers, then spending an average over it for few years will just be fine. Anyways, how many other diesel automatics are available in India can be counted on the fingertips. So, heading to it once will not prove a bad choice. An extended warranty of 2 years/100,000 kms is advised to save from the loose strings of pockets.

Volkswagen Vento Diesel DSG

  • Skoda Rapid Diesel DSG

It isn’t a bit of surprise that VW and Skoda shares the same drivetrain, as both the companies are handled by the one parent company – Volkswagen Group. Under the hoods, it too holds the 1.5-litre diesel engine of 105PS and 250Nm of torque mated to 7-speed DSG gearbox. Comparatively, Skoda against the Vento stands at a premium of Rs 3,000 but it doesn’t make a lot of difference. In the guise of ARAI, this entry-level sedan claimed 21.7kmpl of fuel-efficiency. Here, the same extended warranty of 2years/100,000 is advisable after the standard service period.

Skoda Rapid Diesel DSG

  • Tata Zest Diesel AMT

Apart from the international carmakers, there is an Indian too in the list – Tata Motors – standing tall with its Zest diesel AMT. This model of Tata can be touted as the cheapest automatic sedan made available to this country. The Indian carmaker had deployed the same 5-speed AMT gearbox of the Maruti Alto K10 and Celerio, but here that transmission comes maligned to the Fiat’s 1.3-litre diesel engine of 4-cylinder producing 90PS of max power and 200Nm of peak torque. However, the price is more in the value in comparison to its stock diesel counterpart. However, it must be appreciated that Tata Motors took the initiative amongst the makers of this country in diesel trim, where the rest (like Maruti) is still shying away to go a bit of free hand even on its best-selling models. ARAI claimed mileage: 23kmpl.

Tata Zest Diesel AMT

  • Maruti Alto K10 AMT

Who could have believed it, the carmaker’s best-seller – Swift – is still vying for a better facelift version, whereas the smallest of line-up that shows up its strength in the top three slot of the world’s most selling cars has gained an automatic gearbox! Maruti Alto K10 AMT is nothing but the genuine AMT version of the stock Alto K10. Minor facelift given to differentiate it on the cosmetic front, but one has to be precarious about it rollicking in the automatic format while overtaking at highways. An engine of 998cc 3-cylinder petrol delivers 68PS of power and 90Nm of torque isn’t that sufficed to heat up the competition against the rest of rivals. Well, there aren’t huge benefits of cash between the Alto and the Celerio, which Maruti must have to think over and negotiate the better terms out of the market. Maruti Alto K10 AMT Petrol delivers fuel-efficiency of 24.07kmpl as per ARAI.

Maruti Alto K10 AMT

  • Maruti Celerio AMT

The Celerio was first car in India to hit the nail right on its head with the automatic buyers relating it to the AMT gearbox first. It was then later where rest of automakers started flourishing with some more examples of it. Reportedly, more than half of the Celerios sold were of AMT trims being powered by the K-series engine of Maruti, but company fails to bank upon the demand of diesel buyers. It consumes single litre of fuel per 23.1 kilometers.

Maruti Celerio AMT

India-Made Volkswagen Polo To Be Exported To Mexico

It seems to be the high time for Volkswagen as company is reported to have commenced exporting the India-made Polo to Mexico. Earlier, the automaker used to export Vento to that neighboring country of US but now the Polo 1.6 Highline has also followed the trail. The aforesaid are the only VW marked cars that goes on sale in Mexico from India and are produced at the same facility in Pune. Both the cars accounts for the 50% of the cars rolled-out of the manufacturing bay.

As in the Indian innings, Volkswagen started exporting cars out of Pune plant since 2011 to the South Africa initially. But with the expansion going on at an incredible rate the company’s export reached to 32 countries spawned across continents like North America, Asia and Africa. The lot of VW cars that are sent out of country consists of left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive versions both. In addition to the cars, VW does also send parts and components to Malaysia which are then assembled (in Malaysia) for its local market.

India-Made Volkswagen Polo To Be Exported To Mexico

Immaculate effort and continuous refinements had made the Volkswagen Pune plant to roll-out 89,000 best example of German engineering till date.

Commenting about this achievement, Mahesh Kodumudi, President & MD, Volkswagen India was quite excited to share his thoughts. He commented the Polo produced in Pune is the same as made in other countries around the globe. In fact, it was a great achievement when Polo made at Pune manufacturing facility managed to bag four-star Global NCAP rating, means nothing is compromised on the built-quality and desired strength.

Upcoming Hatchback Launches In India 2015

Hatchbacks marked significance importance in lending a giant leap to the automotive horizon of India. Since the bridging gap of price between SUVs/compact SUVs and premium hatchbacks taken the tug of war on front foot, the latter segment has turned a bit sour on the part of excitement that used to be delivered during those earlier days. The expected hatchback launches of 2015, inclusive of compact and premium both, will give an insight whether the other segments like entry-level sedan and those SUVs/compact SUVs will bite in more than they are needed. Or the compact would stretch farer than they deserve to. Scroll down to spill the beans…

Tata Nano Twist Active

Tata Nano “Twist” was the major change to the world’s cheapest car after its launch, but another leap to it is expected to arrive soon as the sales results is showing no remorse for the changes made and investment pumped. Going with the “Active”, Nano will show up with tail gate opening and a mild facelift with an automatic (AMT) gearbox for urban buyers. However, the cosmetic makeover will sure-footedly make the model expensive than before. But to be precise about it, likewise to the tag of world’s cheapest car the automatic will also be the world’s cheapest automatic available. And, the possibility of a diesel version is ruled out for present. So, this model may have to wait for some more years to deliver the max from single litre of fuel. With an expected price of Rs 2.5 lakh Nano Active don’t derive an exact rival but Maruti Alto 800 pose to be the nearest.

Tata Nano Twist Active

Tata Kite

Tata’s another effort in the league to patch up those rugs of bad past is strewn with numerous mass selling products designed to also cater the lifestyle buyers (but for a very acute chance). Another one in the list after new Nano is “Kite”, which will lock horns with the likes of Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon. There is also an extension for it to rage against the Chevrolet Beat, Hyundai i10 and Celerio if planted rightly in the band. Likewise to the other Tata cars, this one wouldn’t be an exception in offering acres of spaces inside the cabin. The good news here is that 1.4-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol will make way under the hoods. The speculated price for being tied around its neck will be in the range of Rs 4 and 5 lakh.

Tata Kite

Tata Bolt

Just don’t be fed up, this is the last Tata car in the list. A premium over the rest, to be pitted against the likes of Honda Jazz, Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20 Elite and more, it was previewed at Delhi Auto Expo 2014 and would be based on the similar designing language of the sub-4 metre sedan Tata Zest. The 1.3-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol to be on the list, and that AMT gearbox too will make the way here. Pricing expected to be in the vicinity of Rs 5.5 lakh and above.

Tata Bolt

New Ford Figo

Ford’s most promising and appealing car after EcoSport is the new Figo, meant to fetch number of footfalls to the showrooms. This model is reported similar to the one that was launched in Brazil named as Ford Ka. Over this new hatchback, the Blue Oval Logoed carmaker seemed planning a more upmarket image with level and numbers of equipments going to be provided for the expected cost of Rs 4.5 lakh and above. Sync infotainment system is one such example to name for now. The drivetrain of 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol both shall be present in the market.

New Ford Figo

Honda Jazz

Honda’s offering Jazz is the only one left in market, after Ford Figo, for the makeover. But not too late to the party, new Jazz launch during the 2015 will make better provision for Japanese automaker of foraying deeper in the veins of this country. On-board the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol both, automaker is confident to count endless number of sales which since it is been missing due to the lack of diesel engines. Likewise to other Honda models this one too will make a pricier statement against the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT, Hyundai i20 Elite and many more.

Honda Jazz

Fiat Punto EVO Abarth

Fiat’s new hatchback called as Punto Evo is speculated to go under the knife of performance department called ‘Abarth’; means if happened it will be the only hatchback in the segment that would be most powerful throughout the country rolled-out from the specialists – company’s official performance department. The Volkswagen Polo GT will be dethroned and even the Ford EcoSport with EcoBoost will get a good blow since bound to be thwarted in the estimated price band of Rs 9.5 lakh. And to make that possible, the 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine from Linea is lined to do the job of raking an immense 140bhp.

Fiat Punto EVO Abarth

Maruti Celerio Diesel

Celerio of Maruti has garnered enough response for automaker to take an affirm decision of bringing a diesel version to it. The AMT gearbox which released a fresh trend amongst the carmaker at the time of launch was expected to see the same transmission in the diesel too, but sadly there aren’t such concrete reports doing rounds of the wire to claim that. The fresh lease of technicalities with this car is going to be its engine which will be manufactured by Maruti itself measuring 800cc with two-cylinder. However, the equation doesn’t look to be so powerful, but it would be affordable and efficient – after all it will be the first car to see the small diesel engine of Maruti.

Maruti Celerio Diesel

New Volkswagen Beetle

New Beetle has made us waited quite long. Looking to the inputs from buyers and its life spent in the country, Volkswagen must be in the urge to roll-in a new Beetle from the sleeves. Evident from the lifestyle buyers taste, despite being too expensive (approx Rs 28 lakh), it still holds the year long waiting period and the reason for it being pricier is VW import it as a completely built unit so a heavy downpour of duties and taxes are obvious. This time, the changes are expected to be done majorly on the nose, and cabin to held just minute nip and tucks. Against the line to 1.4-litre turbo petrol and 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines there aren’t options of diesel mentioned. Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 Abarth found to be its nearest rivals.

New Volkswagen Beetle

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 made way to India years back but  failed to make a stand against the Volkswagen Beetle and MINI Cooper due to the lack of popularity. Earlier, it was only 1.3-litre diesel engine going the duty for it here. Now, the game is going to change as this Italian carmaker has planned to launch the 165bhp version being pumped out by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. Hopefully, it will only make way to the platters of niche audience. The pricing, approximately Rs 25 lakh, if done rightly will bring fortunes from the repertoire and would also set the game for its performance-brand Abarth in India.

Fiat 500 Abarth

Datsun Redi-GO

Nissan ailing dreams of reaching the masses without harnessing its own image is fulfilled with the Datsun GO. The next step to it will be the MPV GO+ which will then be followed by Redi-GO hatchback honed with crossover-type looks and the stylish cosmetic gimmicks. The concept Redi-GO unveiled at Delhi Auto Expo 2014 was eye-appealing as well as generous on space. And if that is to go by for the production version, which looks possible, then the final product will be a stylish name in the category of under Rs 4 lakh. Power to it will come from a 800cc petrol engine and all new platform where both will be shared by the Renault due to an alliance between both of them. Hyundai Santro is the exact car to look for drawing the rivalry at, and Maruti Alto 800 too don’t fall out of the context yet.

Datsun Redi-GO

New Renault Small Car

Renault’s upcoming offering will be similar to that of the Nissan and would be based on that affordable Common Module Family (CMF) platform (of Renault), called as CMF-A. The twist in this story is Renault will be the first to bring it to the market as decided in the papers of alliance. There shall not be disappointment as the duos always thrived to bring up a different model to the plate even after sharing the same platform, for e.g. Micra-Pulse, Sunny-Scala or Duster-Terrano. Hence, its prices are expected to be near to Rs 3 lakh and it shall rival likes of Hyundai Eon as well Maruti Alto 800, with the same aforesaid 800cc petrol engine under the hoods.

New Renault Small Car

New Maruti Swift Facelift vs Hyundai i20 Elite vs Volkswagen Polo Facelift: Specifications Comparison

The launch of Maruti Swift marked the beginning of a new era every time, but now it doesn’t feel so!

As the company has kept that same design over a long time with nothing exceptionally changed to make heads turn, the new Swift which is just launched, too lack certain examples that its rivals have honed a way back making this automaker shrink its forehead every time it comes out with a new avatar of the flagship hatchback. This time, the daytime running lights which are available on international models, isn’t made available in India as of now. Doing a full review against the competitors like Volkswagen Polo facelift and Hyundai i20 Elite of the new-gen, following are the facts that have oozed out, which aren’t stirring enough to shake a juicy write-up for the said. As the new car is just a facelift with minute nip and tucks done, no dimensional change, it’s obvious for the Swift not to play a leading game this time. Read on to discover more.

Dimension

It’s unusual for us to start with the dimensions first, but it’s an easy route to take on the comparison further which on the technical side is jumbled up with new engine options of rivals. So, on this note, firstly at the wheelbase, second generation i20 Elite takes the cake away measuring 2570mm, followed by Volkswagen Polo facelift at 2469mm, whereas Swift is on the last spot here with the shortest of all – 2430mm wheelbase.

New Maruti Swift Facelift

In terms of length, Elite i20 bags podium position with 3985mm, leaving behind the Polo facelift at 3971mm and Swift at 3850mm.

Even on the width, Elite i20 walked out with massive appearance at 1734mm, Swift for the second spot at 1695mm, and lastly the VW polo facelift at 1682mm

The height is an only stand where Maruti’s offering made the rest feel shorter at 1530mm, Elite measuring second to it at 1505mm, and Polo facelift at last with 1469mm.

Engine

Under the bonnet, there isn’t a much different story to say for the Swift. The existed yet updated 1197cc 4-cylinder petrol engine of 83bhp (instead of 86bhp) makes its way with 114Nm of torque instead of 115Nm. Fiat’s 1.3L diesel Multi jet diesel engine pass on max power of 74bhp and 190Nm as before, but friction level is enhanced this time.

In line to the Swift facelift, Hyundai’s case is similar to the saying: Old wine in a new bottle. It dwelled the new avatar, but carried those same engine options under the hoods. The 1.2-litre petrol of 82bhp and 115Nm for petrol, and diesel trims stores a 1396cc, 4-cylinder of 89bhp and 220Nm.

Hyundai i20 Elite

Polo with a facelift not only changed over cosmetics, but Germans went revolutionary for the new face and logged a spanking 1498cc, 4-cylinder diesel with 89bhp and 230Nm. The petrol on other side remains constant with 1198cc, 3-cylinder delivering 73bhp and 110Nm.

Overview

In the tug of war over petrol trims, Hyundai Elite i20 and new Maruti Swift managed to score distinction with 4-cyliunder motor, where VW is left behind in trail of both horsepower (lesser by 10bhp) as well as number of cylinders offered – 3.

The grass on diesel side of guise said, Volkswagen with the biggest engine produces similar horsepower to Hyundai which is smaller by 100cc. Maruti is the smallest and powers 15bhp lesser than both of them.

Yet on the dimension, Maruti fails to entice up its image despite being a late entrant in the market. Narrowest and with the shortest wheelbase it doesn’t comes generous in offering space, except the headroom worked with a good height.

Volkswagen Polo Facelift

Looking at the overall data, new Swift doesn’t seems making sense on the purchase list, exceptional that it suits the pocket size which is believed of possessing a not so wide gap against the rivals.

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

Volkswagen Street Up! Revealed

When the sales figure don’t rise Up! go the Street way.

Volkswagen is reported to have given a tint of excitement to its small car, dubbed as ‘Street Up!’  The compact is adorned with cosmetic as well as technical inputs for that exciting feel.

Cosmetically, it got special graphics on roof, doors and hood. Mirror cap is contrasted to the black paint shade. Chromed fog lamp surround and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard.

The technical taste of makeover given to is ‘sports tuned suspension’, which has spruced up the driving aesthetics.

Volkswagen Street Up! Revealed

Inside the cabin, theme is carried over with contrast stitches on seats, floor mats and gear lever. Headliner given is black in shade and windows are darkened, making a dorm appearance inside the cabin. The lettering slapped all over the car and gear knob as well as steering-wheel speaks loudly about the youth appeal and branding of VW. Lastly, air-con and RCD 215 radio too made their way in standard list.

Fiat Avventura vs Ford EcoSport vs Toyota Etios Cross vs Volkswagen Cross Polo: Specifications Comparison

The launch of Fiat Avventura in the past week had silently stirred the long-lost idle segment of hatchback-turned crossover/compact SUVs. The early birds of the said repertoire are Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross, and not the least – Ford EcoSport – that also fits the snag here with regards to driving ergonomics.

So, a thorough comparison is worked to propel the perfect choice from all of them. Hence, a car of the proper lifestyle-aesthetics and crossover/compact SUV feel shall definitely make to the podium if had been marketed rightly. Read on to find more…

Engine

At the heart, all of them arrives with options of petrol and diesel engine both, except for Volkswagen Cross Polo that trails along only a 1.5-litre diesel of 89bhp of power and 230Nm of torque. Amongst the rest, Ford Ecosport offers a wide array of trims that comes with two petrol and one diesel, where in gasoline one is the award-winning ‘EcoBoost’. Terming specifically, 1.0-litre Ecoboost delivers 123.3bhp and 170Nm of torque. The Ford’s 1.5-litre petrol delivers 109.9bhp and 140Nm of torque. Its 1.5-litre diesel unit makes sufficient output of 89.8bhp and 204Nm. Recently launched Fiat Avventura holds the 1.4-litre petrol of 89bhp and 115Nm of torque, and the famous 1.3-liter Multijet diesel in its bay producing 92bhp and 209Nm of torque. The Etios Cross, on the other side, pose for a competitive run for the money with guises of 1.2-litre petrol engine enough for returning 79.1bhp and 104Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre petrol churning out 88.5bhp and 132Nm of torque. The diesel trim of Etios are powered by a 1.4-litre craving 67bhp of max power and 170Nm of torque.

Fiat Avventura vs Ford EcoSport vs Toyota Etios Cross vs Volkswagen Cross Polo: Specifications Comparison

On the transmission side, likewise the engine’s offering, Ford EcoSport manages to rip off a pole with its optional six-speed automatic for the petrol buyers. The rest of them (including EcoSport) come attached to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Dimension

As already affirmed the EcoSport is totally league apart and is designed properly to cater the compact SUV segment, hatchbacks turned crossovers here falls a bit shorter than it on the sizing note. In length, Ford’s offering measures 3999mm, followed by Avventura that had just fallen short by 10mm at 3989mm. Further disappointed is the Volkswagen Cross Polo which is of 3987mm length, followed by Etios Cross at the last spot with 3895mm.

The width too crucifies what is said for the EcoSport earlier, measuring the lead – Ford’s compact SUV – at 1765mm Etios Cross falls shorter to it by 30mm (1735mm). Fiat Avventura here has saved the side flab purposely for aerodynamics, looking out at 1706mm width, and seems VW the Cross Polo too has the same reason to say for its 1698mm.

Tallest here is the Ford EcoSport with 1708mm, followed by Etios Cross at 1555mm, Avventura measures 1542mm, and Cross Polo is humble at 1483mm.

The inches between two wheels define some clarity of the cabin space, and however EcoSport managed to bag the top-spot for 2520mm of wheelbase. Avventura is the closest rival with 2510mm. Cross Polo measures 2469mm, followed by Etios Cross at 2460mm.

When talks are about crossovers and compact SUVs, the ground clearance opens a wide array of terrains to ravage them through, which is sort of impossible for the conventional hatchbacks. It seemed automakers had taken this proportion seriously and these versions of compacts are abreacted with better ground visibility over their siblings. Naming here, first is Fiat Avventura standing with its tall boy looks at 205mm, must say, very impressive! Ford EcoSport has a closest rift at 200mm. Etios Cross comes for a not-so-decent clearance of 174mm, and Cross Polo doesn’t forted to gain momentum in the race, standing behind the rest at 165mm.

Overview

Overall, the comparison had seen close rivalry between Fiat Avventura and Ford EcoSport. So, depending upon the appeals, both of them had enticed us immensely. Etios Cross and Volkswagen Cross Polo seemed totally lost in the game. As already Ford enjoys a good space in the market with its EcoSport, it seemed the success-hungry Fiat is going to have a tough time in selling Avventura that it has crafted painstakingly to make a one more remarkable impression in India.

Next-Gen (2018) Volkswagen Touareg Spied For First Time

The unobvious sightings are quite rare in our automotive industry, and here that exception happened with the first spy-shots of next-gen “2018 Volkswagen Touareg”.

Yet the Touareg facelift is about to hit the showrooms, this upcoming SUV face of VW had seriously made the whir quite before announcement expected.

To brief it in detail and make way towards the clarification, the test mule is wearing skin of Audi Q7 but as the registration plate belongs to Braunschweig city of Germany – the nearby vicinity of Volkswagen R&D facility which made clear the company is testing the new MQB EVO platform. The new chassis is bound to cut down the weight massively ranging somewhere between 100 and 360kgs depending upon the model. A 10-speed (double-clutch gearbox) shall also be on the list.

Next-Gen (2018) Volkswagen Touareg Spied For First Time

In the performance department, excessive discussion are meant to be laid of offering it with four-cylinder unit and a plug-in hybrid models alongside the regular ones for a wider reach. The positioning of new Touareg will be in comparison somewhere above the current-gen as the company may bring in a low-cost SUV for the markets in which it is sold. Believably, the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q8 are suggested to lend cues to it for being a part of the same parent company.

Hence, there is enormous time for the next-gen 2018 Volkswagen Touareg to roll-out of the factory, till then varied details may come out to feast upon the new Volkswagen face of experiencing off-road in a mile lap of luxury.

Psst…there were two test-mules quenched on the trailer waiting to be unleashed at Nurburgring.

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