Jawa Motorcycles in back with a bang. The company closed all its business 22 years back and since then it is the first product launch of the company. The new bike has been named after the company itself and has been priced at Rs.1.64 lakhs.
Vazirani Automotive shot into fame earlier this year when it revealed it was working on India’s first hypercar – the Vazirani Shul. Now the carmaker is all set to unveil the hypercar in India itself.
Which one is your favourite hatchback? Watch this video to know the top 10 best selling hatchbacks in India. Which vehicle do you currently own or aspire to have one?
Kia has revealed the updated Kia Sportage SUV. The new Sportage gets a new Ecodynamics+ model which comes with a 48 volt lithium-ion battery. Other than that the car has a 2.0-liter diesel engine which produces 134 HP of peak power.
It’s Swift a one recalls in India on seeing the Suzuki logo. The fact is well-known by company and it leaves no stone unturned to make the most of it. Swift Dzire, the compact sedan of hatchback Swift, is the only model that outsells other in its class. Though, even after going a facelift the car hasn’t changed much, but the amendments carried out are very substantial in nature despite being small in size. Let’s explore how they fare against the old model.
Firstly, the front grille in chrome will take over the eyes. A bolder appearance gives it a typical Indian look. Complimenting on the bottom of front bumper are those fog lamps enclosures that too see chrome accents. Secondly, the headlamps on either side of the front grill with dark black hue approaches the spectator for a brawl. Tempt in aggression are an add-on via these blackened heads.
At rear, its most interesting part, nothing changes here. So, those expecting a new show from Dzire at its back will now have to carry the drive disappointingly. Simultaneously, this also turns good news for the existing owners who will not feel left out from the crowd of fresh buyers. There aren’t any amendments on the wheels even. Those 10-inchers continue the duty offering option of alloys on top-end variants.
Step inside the cabin, the disappointment carries on. Beige-black dashboard with wooden accents accounts for that old premium feel. Those, expecting slight changes here may have to leave the car jacket-faced. The mid-variant of Dzire holds a very flimsy plastic feel on the steering, but chrome garnishing on the top-end is a suitable option.
Open the bonnet, and there aren’t more surprises either. The 1.3-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engine options takes on the task of fulfilling every household needs. But a slight change in gear ratio make this car’s driver to enjoy no gear shifts very often. The start line and the mid-range see power-packed performance. The ratios shortened on the gearbox also aides this activity of driving. As far as the reports goes by our friends from media, number of horses declines up to redline and car feels breathless to deliver power after a certain level. But the suspension works tirelessly to keep the brash from rough patches outside the cabin. The sound deadening materials too works the challenge the same way as suspensions.
Maruti cars in India sell well for their outstanding fuel-economy, and in diesel this time, the company has attempted a record of delivering 26.59kms from a single litre, whereas, on the petrol it sits with 20.08kmpl as per the notations of ARAI.
B-Class facelift launch in India may have turned many heads from the segment of niche buyers at entry-level. Though, on the aspect of reforms it wasn’t a big ticket towards the big league. At the cosmetic front, it wore several changes, but engineers have focused on technical aspects equally to deliver better experience than their first attempt in the compact MPV. We strolled around this vehicle several times, and moving our goggles down the face, it was then realized the hot blazing sun focused the tweaks that one can find only if watched carefully. So, just go through the account we have studied, and take a glimpse into the next level amendments of B-Class which it may apparently see in the form of a total makeover except for another facelift.
On the face, B-Class facelift holds up a new twin-slat front grill with the bold star logo on the forehead. Fresh bumper and cool LED headlamps were too stylish for the cars of this gen. Its sides weren’t a new treat to the eyes, but those 16-inch replaced the 17-inch shod with high profile tyres will ease the driving experience. And the fresh set of bumpers sets it for a hike in length by 34mm. Concluding its last bit of the changes carried, some chrome inputs around the exhausts make it up for a flashy good-bye.
Affirming a branding statement, the nomenclature is introduced with B200 CDI model against the B180 CDI, the reason was its updated diesel engine that sends more power than before, which we will study later on.
Step inside, and one would realize most of it had remained unchanged. Ranging from soft-touch materials to the build-quality, air-con vents and dashboard with brush metal finish are from the past model. Excluding it for the big change, minute amendments like C-Class steering wheel, new color for the tripmemter and a tint of sportiness on the instrument cluster are worth of the feeling of sitting behind a steering of B-Class facelift. The CLA sibling has lent its operation system and the large HD color screen to it for an advanced console. The cabin as an overall experience offers a spacious treatment, with enough room for knee and leg at the rear even. It’s the boot that to an extent caused sour experience on our note despite measuring 488-litres. That’s the spare wheel in the space leaving us grumbled for not stacking our baggage and suitcases properly snug in that small closet.
As reported before in this column, the diesel engine has turned more powerful than before. To be specific, it is the same displacement of 2.2-litre but company has compelled it to deliver 135PS, which is approximately 26PS more than the earlier one, alongside the 300NM of torque. A 1.6-litre petrol continues to do the job like it used to do before with its 120PS of peak output.
The driving ergonomics are based out of the city’s culture. Light steer, easy cornering, and compact structure make it thoughtful for the lady drivers even. Other than its urban jungle oriented nature, the affordable Mercedes MPV also performs the highway run very peacefully. The three digit figure on speedometer do not takes away the confidence either. Mercedes had officially rated the top-whack at 210kmph. Other factors that were aiding the drive culture are ground clearance and revised suspension which were already on-board of the past model. The refined diesel engines, well-insulated cabin, and on the top of all – a better fuel-economy (approximately 20kmpl) – is like an abundantly decent package for the Indian buyers. After all, that’s the price differentiating others and B-Class facelift from each of them. Petrol motor comes at a price of Rs 27.95 lakh, where the diesel is costlier by Rs 1 lakh, falls at Rs 28.95 ex-showroom Mumbai.
Hence, buying a one of the B-Class facelift is altogether a style statement (not excluding the status quo) as well as utility; both of them bind together in the wrap of luxury and German engineering. So, from our perspective, B-Class facelift isn’t a loss statement at all. Have your say in the comments section below…
Nothing can come close to a hatchback as big as Hyundai i20 Active, that’s what a one of the spectators uttered on seeing this car at a dealership. It too made us realize what had worked for the Hyundai despite this Active being based on the same platform of Elite i20. To our realization, we found the hatchback is improved on ground clearance and faced revamp on front grille with skid plate added underneath poses it beefier than before. Even more, those rounded fog lamps added stealth and chunkiness to the attire. Mentioned down is the whole review of what you can see on spotting a one of these on the roads, or apparently at one of your friends’ neighbor.
Based on the same platform of Elite i20, the Active models gets skid plates, new bumpers, front grille, raised ground clearance of up to 190mm, plastic cladding on sides, new large fog lamps, daytime running lights, silver roof-rails and lots more on the list. Even not to mention the fuel-cap is redesigned.
The cabin is directly lifted off the Elite i20, but a zing at color-play provided sporty attire. Black and orange for the darker paintjobs, whereas blue and black for the lighter options. And top-end variant turns exclusive with loads of features mentioning smart key, cooled-glove box, height adjustment for driver’s seat, sporty aluminum pedals, adjustable steering wheels (telescopic and tilt), rear AC vents, music system with Bluetooth connectivity, 1GB storage space and lots more. Orange trims on the gear-lever, around air-con vents and other spots favor it for a sporty car, where Active is just meant for the road and partly off-road experience.
In the engine bay, power options are given from a 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine and 1.4L U2 CRDi diesel. The former machine sends the max power of 83PS @ 6000rpm along with 11.7kgm of torque @ 4000rpm after mated to a smaller 5-speed manual gearbox. The latter (diesel) is more powerful than the former, and sends us the generous amount of 90PS @ 4000rpm with 22.4kgm of torque between 1500-2750rpm form a six-speed manual. No automatic version launched yet. As per the figures of ARAI, petrol car delivers fuel-efficiency of 17.19kmpl whereas the diesel keeps its head up with the figures of 21.19kmpl.
Though, we haven’t driven it, but since our friends got this chance to slip onto the backside of its steering, it was pretty much clear from their faces, except for raised ground clearance the drive was nothing distinct than its Elite sibling.
Datsun’s entry was meant to show Indians a new line of options in the already clustered yet confused market of masses’ cars. The promise was delivered quite for a few notches. Earlier, the proper hatchback, dubbed as “GO”, sold at the price of a compact car and even the so called MPV “GO+” lined up at the sales floor is about to depict the same story once again.
A chance behind the steering wheel of GO+ made the vision clearer of how that partly called MPV in the skin of ‘estate’ feels when pulled out on the road.
Honestly, GO hatchback hadn’t disappointed for that given price tag. The challenge before engineers was to make the similar promise more acceptable when added with the sheet of metal over rear pillar in GO+, and turn into a spacious model without harnessing price point very distantly. As a whole, the outcome is genius. GO+ looks a complete new car, instead not a stretched version of the hatchback. Lowering end of roof and the length compressed less than 4 meters with the raising beltline successfully cut chunk of masses. It appears pretty sizeable and adorable both with that same GO front grille inclusive of other fixtures. The flick at front bumper is appreciable to make that appearance more eye-soothing.
Model given was the top-end but still it felt like the basic trim. An only good gimmick that happened to be there was AUX connectivity.
Other than that, the plastic and numerous cost-cutting efforts can be seen in abundance. Even the company had given manually adjustable seat belts, whereas they should have not dropped out on that which is really a concern for safety. Seats lack good thigh support and paltry padding at the back makes it to go a bit uncomfortable for long runs. Must admit, the rest of cabin is crafted to suit the price for which it is going to be offered for, and nothing exceptional.
Despite the added weight, engine still feel that punchy to take on the roads with eagerness. The revs are pretty confident to roll on any of the given road condition in India. Even when packed to the core with all the passengers, power doesn’t feel less than the appropriate. Talking about suspensions, they are stiffened and able to handle the bumps (even when the car is packed to the fullest). Corners and other undulations are soaked up but due to improper insulations the noise filter inside the cabin. Gearshifts are savored for the light response whereas the tyres don’t offer that much of grip. Otherwise, the light steering and well-grim brakes makes the job easy further.
The drive of car isn’t there to complain of. Every bit falls easy on the hand. In fact, shortcomings can be experienced at the cosmetic side of cabin. To make that very brief, it is rather not to expect a plush interior. Well, the third row is a total impractical effort for anyone to sit there. Only kids can go well with it that of the age below 5 years, otherwise one has to duck down upto the seat. It’s better to fold down the third row and use that space for the luggage, like it used to be in ‘estate’ kind of cars. Datsun GO Plus is a proper five-seater. No complaint looking down to its price tag.
Going fast is old, but going Rapid is all new, and here’s what he hope the Skoda had envision before getting the 2014 Rapid to market.
This new entry level saloon of Skoda is almost similar to the outgoing version, but Skoda performed some remarkable changes to make it a better competitor against the new Honda City, all new Ford Fiesta, Sunny facelift and more.
Exteriors/Styling & Design:
Firstly, the major change starts from the front itself, and that’s none other than the projector headlamps. It is projected to give a better visual appeal to the car. And apart from that, this Skoda also has the all new logo of the company earmarked everywhere from front to rear.
Sides and rear remains the same, except for the new logos. Changes apart, the car also gets fifteen-inch wheels on the Elegance trim, where the lower trims are shoed with the fourteen-inches.
Time for interiors, the steering is all new with three spokes, and the controls mounted on it pose to be late entrants in the market. USB, aux, MP3, Bluetooth connectivity and SD card compatibility enhances the package further. All variants except the base one gets airbags and ABS. The Elegance trim followed by Ambition Plus gets airbag for the passenger too.
Thoughtfully, Skoda also makes available the leather package with the 2014 Rapid, which gets the leather on steering, gear knob and seats. The automatic climate control on the top-end is the last addition to pinnacle.
Engine and Technicalities:
On the technical front, the new updated Skoda Rapid derives the same engine of 1.6-liter petrol and 1.6-liter diesel powering the output of 105bhp. The difference in the engine bay of both the fuel trims occurs with the number of torque, as only 153 Newton Meter is delivered from the petrol motor, whereas the diesel churns out a hefty 250 Newton Meter. Paired to it are the 5-speed manual gearboxes, where the 6-speed automatic is only made available for the petrol buyers.
The engine is ultimately refined amongst its category, which brilliantly revs upto 5,500 rpm and the 0-100 kmph is jolted in a jiff of something near to 10 and 11 seconds.
Drive and Handling:
Likewise, the other Skodas available in India, this car on the drivability is a total frolic. The ticker swiftly moves to the north, and toward redline too is not a hectic at all. Every time the pedal is hit in each of the gears raw power of the car can be felt desirably. Sharp turns and dive into corners tendered smiles to our faces every time. Complementing to it is the astonishing fuel-efficiency. Our car clocked notches-near-to 14 and 15 kilometer per liter overall, which was also bound to go up to till 18-19 kmpl if run solely on highways. The braking to pull out the fun in time before its gets too late is sufficient which locks the wheels in over almost no time.
The 2014 Skoda Rapid poses as a great buy for the money value, and also never turns down the enthusiasts with its dashing performance. Competition in the market is already risen a notch above. The new features added on 2014 Rapid are going to help this entry-level Skoda sedan for some more time. But, we guess, the all new Rapid must be there in the works that shall definitely make the Skoda to mark a return to this segment with “Vengeance”!
Bentley GT3 race car won ‘hearts’ and ‘titles’ since incepted, where the titles are expected resting calmly in the reports of British carmaker; but the hearts of fans were wobbling out to have a one such examples in their garages. So to keep them in check, Bentley had rolled out a production specific GT3-R, which is limited only to 300 units. The arrival of GT3-R happened at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Appropriately, the car had undergone number of changes not only cosmetically, but also technically. Though, we cannot comment about the driving experience and wouldn’t relate the respective changes made in technicalities, but for sure the cosmetic changes are in numbers and can be relished in abundance.
Firstly, talking technical, the Bentley GT3-R is planted with 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that develops 580 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm. All these figures were possible only through precision-honed high-boost turbochargers and eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The gearbox is tuned with shorter output gearing to enhance acceleration, with traction transferred to Bentley’s renowned all-wheel drive system. This is the first time the Bentley had deployed torque vectoring system which controls the torque transferred at each of the rear wheels, profound of great aide for cornering. The recalibrated control software had made Drive and Sport modes moved further apart, each with different characteristics and with Sport mode designed for more spirited driving. Maximum driver control is provided by completely recalibrated paddle shift functionality.
0-60 mph is achieved in just 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.8 secs), and the top speed they said would be 273km/h.
Further on the drive and handling experience (as mentioned in the press release of Bentley) the chassis is tuned to handle those refinements on the performance. Air springs and dampers are lifted from the Continental V8 S. Talking about the wheels, the one which is going to handle the bruises, are lightweight forged 21” alloys brimmed with high-grip Pirelli tyres. And braking is taken care by Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) braking system consisted of 420 mm front discs slowed by 8-piston calipers, finished in eye-catching green paint shade. The 356 mm discs are deployed on duty at rear axle. The braking system is reported to absorb up to 10 megajoules of energy (enough to power a family home for six hours) in a single stop and yet fade resistant, Bentley’s CSiC brakes are an engineering masterpiece in their own right. Commenting on the performance of the new Continental GT3-R, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Engineering, Rolf Frech, said: “We wanted to develop our powertrain and chassis systems further than ever before for the GT3-R project. The result is a Continental GT that is more dynamic than ever, with a torque vectoring system that neutralises understeer and a chassis tune that is both direct and forgiving. We’ve differentiated the Drive and Sport modes further to give the driver a choice between a relaxed and refined Grand Tourer and a sharp supercar with instant responses. The reflexes of the car are matched by the throttle response from our redeveloped V8 engine, and the new turbochargers eliminate turbo lag. Bentleys are rewarding drivers’ cars – but dynamically, the GT3-R is our finest hour yet.”
On interiors, GT3-R features a unique two-seat cabin handcrafted from carbon fibre, Alcantara and the finest leather. The side support is more comforted and finished in Beluga black leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara. This same exquisite material is also hand-trimmed onto the steering wheel and gear shifter. Like any other sports car, the Bentley too had thought of using the carbon fibre extensively inside; with centre console and fascia panels handcrafted in carbon fibre inclusive of door casings that also include diamond-quilted Alcantara inner panels. The baggage keeping space, or can be said as the vacant space left by the removal of rear seats is taken care of with ultimate cosseting luxuries. The carbon fibre surround finished in leather and Alcantara were supposedly found there.
Likewise the icing on cake, Beluga leather and motorsport-inspired materials relegates a vivid green accent, used as a hide colour on the seats, instrument panel and door panels and in contrast stitching throughout the seats and diamond-quilted areas. GT3-R badging is stamped at the centre console, passenger-side fascia panel and sill treadplates, while the seats receive GT3-R stitching to the headrests in contrast-green thread. Like the other limited edition, this one no exception had the door sills embarked with its unique numbers out of 300.
On the outer skin, Bentley GT3-R is earmarked with a tint of prowess coated with the spirit of motorsports, and well, the luxury remains undaunted inside. Bentley’s Design team had taken the task with a new front splitter and a new fixed rear wing fitted to the boot lid – both finished in exquisite carbon fibre. The bonnet incorporates couple of vents like GT3 racer to enhance the inhaling and cooling of the powertrain. On the depicting note, it is safe to say the gloss carbon fibre sparks the whole GT racing experience with inputs taken from the place like aviation industry. Those green graphics positioned on the sides of car, one leading backwards from the front wheel, the other tracing the shape of the Continental GT’s iconic rear haunch, are added to just shape the designing ideas in a more beefy manner.
Overall, the final touch-up is lent by the gloss black on the headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips. Appealing it further, all-new lightweight 21” wheel, machine-forged from high-strength alloy completes the package.
Purchase of the car includes free standard servicing for four years (at the 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 mile marks). Order books for the Continental GT3-R are open now, with deliveries to start late in 2014.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The experience of driving a Continental GT3-R is awe-inspiring, and takes the dynamic abilities of our Grand Tourer to new heights. We were inspired to create something extremely special for the road by the performance of our Continental GT3. It is a celebration of the Bentley passion for building outstanding drivers’ cars. To be a true Bentley, the GT3-R had to be the most luxurious track-inspired Grand Tourer ever, and this car pushes our trademark combination of luxury and performance to a new level.”