Expected Launches for April 2013

April is the start of new financial year, so we hope a lot of good things to come in this New Year, while cool sorts of automobiles are also not an exception. Thus, we have been doing this listing for every month of this year, and it seems that most of our speculations are falling right into the place except some of the fallacy, which is just to all the media house.

As we had said April maybe loaded with lots of goodies and fun, there lies a whopping number of metals in the pipeline to entice our fraternity and mentioned below are their model plates tagging. Looking at them, it is concluded, many of them consists facelifts whilst of one major launch, that was very important to India automotive horizon. Read down to discover them more at a glance:

1. BMW 7 Series Facelift:

BMW 7 Series was in same avatar for a quite long time and to get tweaked was its need of the hour. Bavarian had listened to its wishes and had planned to roll out facelift version in this month. Need to confirm, 7 Series Facelift had already seen the unveiling ceremony last month in Jaipur which was attended by various famous personality and riches to mark the luxurious presence, and now only the launching part is left where prices and specifications will be announced. That we expect to follow this month only, as there lies a full whole year to cash on the flagship badge in fraternity. Meanwhile, the updated version is already launched in Malaysia and we expect that same roll-out to land here as well.

BMW 7 Series Facelift

2. Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift:

Updated Santa Fe was the big hope for Hyundai to make something big on Indian soil but maybe due to some rumors it is said, it got delayed by a year or so, though we did not take those things into account and expects it to launch by this month’s ends or somewhere very nearby. It was also seem doing test rounds in on Indian tarmac. And if going as per the rumor mills, it says, due to the heavy taxations or so carmaker had postponed its decision to roll out in this month. Contradicting on our take, we speculate, the next year tenure will be full of compact SUV and such small sorts, so they are leaving no gaps for biggies to grasp in the middle, while the powerful compact will also rage in everything from masses to niche, just like the hatchbacks had did to our market when it was launched. The BMW facelift was also launched nearly and Audi Q3 petrol had tempted in that same duration, making a very small crevice to crave in between the price band of Rs. 20-25 lakh, and of course those niches also know how to dirty their hands in dirt as well, must say a strong striding competition ahead.

Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift

3. Mercedes Benz E Class Facelift:

Mercedes E Class was almost in the rivaling range with BMW 7 Series and so this German will also accompany the other German neighbor in its footsteps, and as an outcome the E Class facelift will soon take off this month, as expected. There are various spy shots appeared on the internet but no clear cut piece information on its exact launch date. We applied this badging in this month’s list because; the 7 Series facelift may spark off the fire in Mercedes to launch its updates as soon as possible for gaining a better pie of the market. It will be cosmetic change rather than technical ones, so no more thrills on the driving part but a market fresh look is guarantees with along with the bad habit of ‘staring’.

Mercedes Benz E Class Facelift

4. Chevrolet Beat Facelift:

Chevy is a complete American but it has those strong guts what it takes to enter deep in any of the international auto fraternity, this may be due to a large number of variations in US itself. Though whatever it may be, we are not here to discuss that but it is to inform, Chevrolet Beat which had been the success mark of this carmaker in the ‘mass’ segment where many of them fails, will receive an award for the same in form of facelift. It is slated to launch in this month, seems that Chevrolet needs some hard cashing point to cover losses from the unsuccessful launch of Sail U-VA hatchback. It is better to do some “great” with Beat, otherwise those deep engraved market foothold will also be loosen by the passing time.

Chevrolet Beat Facelift

5. Honda Amaze:

Honda Amaze is the only metal that had been standing alone on this list, as because it is the one that had been a complete new and yet fresh piece of metal work, while rest of them are the reworked version of existing models. As everybody knows, Amaze is the stretched version of hatchback Brio, and the new thing that is going to happen with this entry level sedan is Honda’s debut of diesel engine on Indian shores. It was the most awaited jag for India and expectation of it doing well had taken an extra notch. As per Arai, new Japanese oil burner called as i-DTEC will yield fuel efficiency of 25.8 kmpl at its best, which might Maruti and others will envy. It will be interesting to see whether Fiat’s Multijet is going to face the heat or not, we think so ‘Yes’, now what’s your take!

Honda Amaze

 

Jaguar XF S 2.2 to be rolled out by Dec 2012 or Jan next year

Jaguar XF S 2.2 was previously conjectured to be rolled out during the concluding quarterly period of the existing year (2012), however a few reliable sources currently have stated that British luxury car manufacturer’s India-based division is making plans to introduce the saloon by the coming month (Dec 2012) or January 2013.

Jaguar XF is presently available in the Indian market with three different engine choices comprising 5.0-litre petrol, 3.0-litre V6 diesel, in addition to 5.0-litre supercharged petrol, however the brand new Jaguar XF S is expected to boast a more diminished 2.2-litre, diesel engine having 4-cylinders, coupled to an 8-pace automatic transmission gear case that will assist it turn affordable and superior in terms of fuel competence.

Jaguar XF S 2.2 to be rolled out by Dec 2012 or Jan next year
The next constituent that might aid it turn into even more affordable is the truth that the vehicle might be supplied via CKD route in the Indian market, assisting it clash better with its nearby competitors comprising Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, as well as BMW 5-Series that are locally made, thus are more inexpensive as compared to the subsisting Jaguar XF as of now.

But, the auto firm has not stated any word on the pricing. But the projections said that the vehicle will cost approximately Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom).

And like the firm had earlier stated, the fuel consumption rate of the forthcoming Jaguar XF S 2.2 will be approximately 18.5 kilo meter per liter, and if it takes place, there are expectations that the vehicle will have the competitive edge over the majority its competitors.

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Buyers Guide for Mercedes Benz

‘Mercedes’ naam toh suna hi hoga. I know it is one of the cheapest statements I can ever manage to write. But trust me this one of the best introduction I could possible fetch you with. Mercedes is actually one of the popular car manufacturing brands in India and across the globe as well. Even my 4 year old nephew knows what does Mercedes stands for. This brand has been graced with many coolest vehicles which have had toped the charts every now and then. There are many top vehicles from this car company and we have limited space. So, fortunately unfortunately I’ll be choosing only the best possible vehicles from this company and will be updating you with their details.

Mercedes Benz C Class

Mercedes, doesn’t the name seems familiar to you?Oh hell, yes it does. Only a fool won’t be able to know what a Mercedes is. So, first and foremost this car makes its own statement the moment we say ‘Merc’. Besides the famous name of its brand, this car also posses a superb cool body. Those right curves on the right places and the detailed lines etched across its front to back make it even better looking. To support your pocket size, this car is available in four engine options. This car is available in C200 K and C220 CDI petrol engine, C250 diesel engine and a super performance C63 AMG engine. The ride quality is really comfortable and to add to this comfort this car is available with the comfort features lined up for the passenger and driver. Hmm… though this car could have been much sportier than it actually is but still you just can’t be wrong if you just adopted the keys of this car with a little fee against it.

Engine Options:
1799cc\ 2148cc\ 2497cc\ 6208cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic (2497cc & 6280cc)

Power:

178 Bhp @5600 rpm\ 170 Bhp @3700 rpm\ 201 Bhp @6100 rpm\ 457 Bhp @6800 rpm

Torque:
24.5 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 41.8 Kgm @2000 rpm\ 25 Kgm @5500 rpm\ 61.18 Kgm @5000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
The all round performance.

Thumbs Down:

Not as sporty as it can be.

Head on Competitors:
BMW 3 series, Skoda Superb and Audi A4

The Catch:
Rs 29 lakhs to Rs. 57.8 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz E Class

After much thought and less distinction from its predecessor, the all new Mercedes Benz E Class was launched recently. I might have overstated myself but this car actually isn’t very different from its predecessor except for the new sporty stance this car is graced with now. Anyways don’t just judge from what I said earlier, as I was only cribbing because this car doesn’t look much different from its predecessor but wait, it is much more different in its performance than the former one in its performance. But let us first describe how does it look like? This car is sophisticated yet sporty. It looks like the much older version of Mercedes that has been awarded with modern curves. Now, the performance is awesome. Wait, awesomer. No, not yet over its awesomest. I know there isn’t any word like aweomest but then there are no words which can describe its performance. This much edgier and much aggressive car is available in 5 engine options. I know I have blurted enough bad about this car but still this car stands out in the sea of various other cars. So, it is clear that this car is one of the best cars in its category and therefore undoubtedly the best buy.

Engine Options:
3498cc\ 2987cc\ 2497cc\ 2143cc\ 1796cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic (2143cc & 1796cc cc)\ 7 speed automatic

Power:

272 Bhp@6300 rpm\ 231 Bhp@3800 rpm\ 203 Bhp@6100 rpm\ 203 Bhp@4200 rpm\ 183 Bhp@5600 rpm

Torque:
36.2 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 55 Kgm @1600 rpm\ 25 Kgm @5000 rpm\ 51 Kgm @1800 rpm\ 29 Kgm @4000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Quality, ride quality, handling, awesome engines and their performance and the all new sporty look of this car.

Thumbs Down:
Nah, not much to complain about.

Head on Competitors:

BMW 5 series and Audi A6

The Catch:
Rs 39 lakhs to Rs. 65 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz S Class

I tried to ask many of my friends why they like this car. But beside that contempt smile I didn’t get anything else as answer. So what about this car makes them smile? I mean, there is such a tough competition (Audi A8, BMW 7 series and Porsche Panamera) under this category but then this car still tops the chart. How? Hmm… let’s see. This car is definitely elegant, class apart and makes a statement of it own. Inside, the comfort features definitely makes you feel like one of those who always gets the preferential treatment. This car is available in 4 engine options. The best of the lot is the 12 cylinder AMG engine. I’ll borrow some words from my close friend who seems to love this car, “this car now, might not be the best car amongst its category but it is very close to the best”.



Engine Options:

3498cc\ 2987cc\ 4663cc\ 5980cc

Powertrain:

5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic

Power:
305 Bhp@6500 rpm\ 256 Bhp@3600 rpm\ 432 Bhp@5250 rpm\ 625 Bhp@4600 rpm

Torque:
37.4 Kgm @3500 rpm\ 63.1 Kgm @1600 rpm\ 71. 3 Kgm @1800 rpm\ 102 Kgm @2300 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Comfort, luxury, comfort, luxury, comfort, luxury, comfort… I just can’t help myself

Thumbs Down:
You really expect me to say something and make a fool of myself.

Head on Competitors:
BMW 7 series and Audi A8

The Catch:
Rs 82.7 lakhs to Rs. 2.80 crores.

Mercedes Benz SLK Class

Ok so today I’ll be revealing why I have an unclaimed love for convertibles, not that you care but I need to tell you. The moment I look at one of the convertibles, a sudden gust of breeze filled romance and the tenderness hits my tummy and makes me go week in my knees. Yeah, you are allowed to laugh but it is my personal feeling and none of your business. Chuck that. Ok, so this car is again one such car which literally pulls you towards it and hold on to your eyeballs until you actually starts liking it. Besides the looks, this two seater car delivers an amazing performance. All the three engines are the best amongst their category not that there are many options available in this category. Handling, ride quality, feel, and everything else about this car are simply amazing. To sum it up in just one line, this car is simply amazing.

Engine Options:
1796cc\ 5439cc\ 3498cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic

Power:

182 Bhp to 520 Bhp

Torque:
25.2 Kgm to 64 Kgm

Thumbs Up:
The feeling you get while driving this car and the performance of its engines especially the AMG one.

Thumbs Down:
Not much of a choice is available.

Head on Competitors:
BMW M3 and BMW Z4

The Catch:
Rs 45.7 lakhs to Rs. 85.5 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz SL Class

Convertible after convertible, I love it. Ok, so after the unchained melody of Mercedes SLK, now its time for the unruffled Mercedes Benz SL Class. Like the one mentioned above, this car is also a two seater, amazing looking car. The best feature that I personally feel about this car is the time this car unfolds or fold the hardtop roof. This car has been graced with a very different yet aggressive looks. Besides the looks this car is also similar to the SLK Class in its performance. Performance of this car is simply amazing. This car will seriously thrill you with its performance especially of the one you are driving sports an AMG engine.


Engine Options:
6208cc\ 5513cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic

Power:
182 Bhp to 520 Bhp

Torque:
25.2 Kgm to 64 Kgm

Thumbs Up:
Looks and performance

Thumbs Down:
Choice?

Head on Competitors:
Audi TT and Audi R8

The Catch:
Rs 57 lakhs to Rs. 1.5 crores.

Mercedes Benz ML Class

So Mercedes actually keeps a track of its consumer demands. This ML Class offered by Mercedes is a mid size sports utility vehicle. This SUV is better known for its off roadability. This SUV is again one of the best looking SUVs in town, just like any other vehicle by Mercedes. This SUV caters to the high class with its price ranging from Rs 62 lakhs to Rs. 66.5 lakhs. Anyways the price of this SUV doesn’t deter us from appreciating its true beauty. From inside this SUV will make you much engrossed with its ultimate comfort toys. Also this SUV will give you a much relaxed feel with the help of its elegant and class apart interiors. This SUV is available in two engine types. Both the engines deliver an exceptional performance especially on off-roads.

Engine Options:
3498cc\ 2987cc

Powertrain:
7 speed automatic

Power:

272 Bhp@6000 rpm\ 224 Bhp@3800 rpm

Torque:

35 Kgm @3500 rpm\ 51 Kgm @2800 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Its off -road skills and the build quality

Thumbs Down:
Ride quality

Head on Competitors:
BMW X5

The Catch:
Rs 62 lakhs to Rs. 66.5 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz GL Class

Ok, so first and foremost would some body tell me what the difference between ML and GL Class is? I know that is my job, but trust me I’m as confused as you are right now. So, lets try and uncover the mystery that why Mercedes have manufactured same vehicle with two names. This SUV has five seating capacity just like ML Class. It looks exactly same as to the former one. Performance is also exactly similar. So, where is the difference? Ah… the difference is the variants available. While the ML Class is available in two variants this SUV is available in only a single engine option. This SUV, the company claims is one notch above the previously discussed one, but if it is just because of the variants then I doubt it.

Engine Options:
2987cc

Powertrain:
7 speed automatic

Power:
224 Bhp@3800 rpm

Torque:
52 Kgm @2800 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Its off road skills and the build quality

Thumbs Down:
Ride quality

Head on Competitors:
Audi Q7

The Catch:
Rs 66.5 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz R Class

Ok, so this vehicle right here by Mercedes is the high end option in the MPV category. One generally opts for Mahindra Xylos and others under this category, but if you want to add a touch of class in them then my sincere suggestion would be Mercedes Benz R class. This MPV is available in only a single engine option. But the engine has enough grunt to keep you satisfied (we are talking about the power of this vehicle and nothing else). Being one of the ‘Mercs’ innovation, this vehicle assures you the safety. This MPV is definitely a family vehicle. Best for picnics where you want more space to fit in the luggage, as this MPV has multiple luggage option. So if you want a luxurious and comfortable ride for your entire family and your ready to shell out a little more than you actually intend to, then this MPV is the best option in front of you.

Engine Options:
3498cc

Powertrain:
7 speed automatic

Power:
272 Bhp@6000 rpm

Torque:
35.6 Kgm @5000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
The unknown X factor.

Thumbs Down:
Its minivan traits

Head on Competitors:
BMW 5 GT

The Catch:
Rs 58 lakhs