New Tata Safari Looks Fab With 20-Inch Aftermarket Alloy Wheels GaadiWaadi.com
Tata Motors recently revived the Safari nameplate with the introduction of a new-gen model, which is basically a stretched-out three-row version of the Harrier. Nonetheless, the Harrier is a decent project to begin with as far as design is concerned. The Safari carries over the Harrier’s front end while gets an extended rear overhang, a redesigned rear end along with some other changes. Nonetheless, the Safari is designed under Tata’s Impact 2.0 styling language which makes it look modern and stylish. However, not all car buyers are satisfied with the looks of their new vehicle and aim to modify it in the aftermarket scene to make it appear even more appealing. The new-gen Safari comes with 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels from the factory, but here is a Safari that has been fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels by Velocity Tires from Ludhiana. It should be noted that this Safari is not an actual customer vehicle, but a demo model to showcase two different alloy wheel designs available for the new Safari. The two different designs include a five-spoke silver alloy wheel at the front, as well as a multi-spoke dual-tone unit at the back. While the former doesn’t match well with the SUV’s character, the one on the back adds to its overall charm and looks like it is made for the Safari itself. In order to fit the 20-inch alloy wheels, you also have to add low-profile rubber. However, that does hamper the capabilities of the car while also significantly changes how the vehicle responds to different terrains. Nonetheless, such low-profile tyres are best suited for well-constructed roads. Powering the Safari is a 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Tata currently retails the Safari at a starting price of Rs 14.69 lakh that goes up to Rs 21.45 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom). Upcoming Cars Under Rs. 10 Lakh – New Vitara Brezza To Slavia By Kshitij Rawat -December 18, 2021 Check out our list of the top five upcoming models, priced from Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh, which are set to launch in India in 2022 This year is coming to a close and the next one is about to begin, and we’re excited about it! Plenty of new cars are set to launch in India in 2022, spanning different segments and price ranges. If you’re an auto enthusiast or someone planning to buy a new car, you’re probably waiting with anticipation as well! Here, we have listed the five highly anticipated vehicles under Rs. 10 lakh, which are slated to launch in the Indian market next year (in 2022). 1. New-gen Maruti Vitara Brezza Expected starting price- Rs. 7 lakh Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the second-generation Vitara Brezza in India soon, likely around early-2022. Thanks to spy pictures, we know that the new-gen version looks sharper and sleeker than the outgoing model, and it would get a lot more features and equipment. It will continue to be powered by an electrified 1.5L petrol engine, but tweaked for better fuel economy. Also, Toyota will launch it under its own brand as well, as the next-gen Urban Cruiser. 2. Citroen C3 Expected starting price- Rs. 7 lakh Citroen will enter the sub-4-metre SUV space in the Indian car market next year with the C3. The crossover was officially unveiled earlier this year, and its funky exterior design draws a lot of inspiration from the C5 Aircross. Speculations suggest that Citroen C3 could be powered by a 1.2L turbo-petrol engine, likely with flex-fuel tech. 3. Mahindra eKUV100 Expected starting price- Rs. 9 lakh Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to expand its electric car lineup in India, and the next EV from the brand will be the eKUV100. It was unveiled during the 2020 Auto Expo, and was expected to launch last year. However, that didn’t happen, and now, we expect it to go on sale in 2022. The eKUV100 will likely be the most affordable EV in India upon launch. 4. Skoda Slavia Expected starting price- Rs. 10 lakh Skoda unveiled the Slavia in India last month, and it is slated to go on sale here early next year as a replacement for the now-discontinued Rapid. This upcoming sedan will be available with two engine choices – a 1.0L turbo-petrol unit (115 PS/175 Nm) and a 1.5L turbo-petrol unit (150 PS/250 Nm) – the same as the Kushaq. 5. Volkswagen Virtus Expected starting price- Rs. 9.5 lakh VW is planning to replace the Vento with a new sedan, expected to be named ‘Virtus’. This upcoming VW sedan will share its platform with Skoda Slavia, and get the same powertrain options as well. However, the exterior and interior styling will be completely different compared to its Skoda cousin. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, expected 2022 Suzuki S-Cross First Drive Review Video Shows Big Changes By Surendhar M -December 18, 2021 2022 Suzuki S-Cross gains a host of revisions inside and out and is retailed in Motion and Ultra trims in the United Kingdom Suzuki revealed the third generation SX4 S-Cross in Europe a few weeks ago and is sold in Motion and Ultra trim levels in the United Kingdom – priced at £24,999 (Rs. 24.9 lakh) for and £29,799 (Rs. 29.7 lakh) respectively. The S-Cross is one of the top-sellers for the Japanese manufacturer alongside the Swift and Vitara globally. The new generation S-Cross has undergone a host of changes inside and out while the features list has also been improved. It is available in six colour choices namely Solid White, Metallic Titan Dark Grey, Energetic Red, Sphere Blue, Cosmic Black and Silky Silver. For improved efficiency, Suzuki has adopted an improved mild-hybrid technology. It is rolled out of the brand’s production facility in Esztergom, Hungary where the Vitara midsize SUV is also manufactured. According to recent media reports, the next generation Vitara could be the midsize SUV developed by Maruti Suzuki and Toyota to rival Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq for India. The third-gen global Suzuki S-Cross is expected to debut in India sometime in 2023 as Maruti Suzuki has lined up a number of new launches for 2022 including an all-new Alto, facelifted XL6, heavily updated Baleno and the new generation Brezza. The new S-Cross gets a thoroughly revised front fascia with sportier design elements and it now has a proper midsize SUV-ish appeal. It features an updated front grille with a thick chrome bar, sharper headlamps, piano black inserts, raised bonnet, redesigned bumper with new fog lamp housings, wider central air inlet, chromed window line, newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels, thick wheel arch cladding, body-coloured door handles, new LED tail lamps, tweaked tailgate, etc. Underpinned by the Global C platform as the Vitara, the new S-Cross has bigger proportions resulting in a more spacious cabin than the previous model and the equipment list comprises a nine-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, leather seat upholstery, 360-degree camera, LED headlamps, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and so on. As for the performance, the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine develops a maximum power output of 127 bhp and is equipped with a 48 V mild-hybrid system. It is claimed to do zero to 100 kmph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 195 kmph. The powertrain is paired with a six-speed MT or AT with standard selectable drive modes in 4WD in the top-end trims. Skoda Model Wise Nov 2021 Sales – Rapid, Kushaq, Octavia, Superb By Surendhar M -December 18, 2021 Skoda posted 2,196 units in the month of November 2021 as against 1,056 units during the same period last year with a YoY volume growth of 108 per cent Skoda Auto India recorded a cumulative domestic tally of 2,196 units in the month of November 2021 as against 1,056 units during the same period last year with a YoY volume growth of 108 per cent. This, when compared to the previous month of October 2021 with 3,065 units, a MoM negative sales growth of 28.4 per cent, was seen. The Czech Republican automaker registered 0.9 per cent market share with a growth of 0.5 per cent compared to November 2020 and it slotted in at twelfth in the overall manufacturers’ standings ahead of only FCA and Citroen. Skoda’s major volumes came from the Kushaq, which made its market debut only a few months ago. The midsize SUV comes as the first vehicle part of the India 2.0 project as Skoda and VW invested more than a billion euros over the last three years in India. The five-seater competes against a host of midsize SUVs such as Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, etc. It has also spawned a VW sibling in the form of Taigun. Skoda Models (YoY) November 2021 Sales November 2020 Sales 1. Skoda Kushaq 1,876 – 2. Skoda Octavia (870%) 194 20 3. Skoda Superb (-52%) 104 218 4. Skoda Rapid (-97%) 22 813 The Kushaq posted a cumulative domestic tally of 1,876 units in the month of November 2021 and it is sold with two engine options: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol. The former develops a maximum power output of 115 PS and 175 Nm while the latter kicks out 150 PS and 250 Nm. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available with the Kushaq. The Octavia received its new generation this year as well and it recorded 194 units as against 20 units with a YoY growth of 870 per cent. The Superb was treated with a facelift at the beginning of this year in India and it posted 104 units as against 218 units in November 2020. This led to a YoY de-growth of 52 per cent. The Rapid only managed to register 22 units as against 813 units in November 2020 with a massive decline of 97 per cent. It will be replaced by the Slavia in the coming months and is the third model within the VW Group to be underpinned by the heavily localised MQB A0 IN architecture. Toyota-Suzuki Partnership Has A Mid-Engined Sportscar In The Making By Kshitij Rawat -December 18, 2021 Image source: Esa Mustonen Toyota, its subsidiary Daihatsu, and Suzuki have reportedly joined hands for the development of a new mid-engined sportscar, expected to be an entry-level model As per a recent report from Japan, Toyota, Daihatsu, and Suzuki are jointly developing a mid-engined sportscar. No details are available about the vehicle, except that it is scheduled to debut by 2025. Speculations suggest that this new vehicle would be a successor to the iconic Toyota MR2, which was on sale from 1984 to 2007. The report also states that Toyota-Suzuki will likely position this upcoming sportscar in the entry-level space. It might be powered by a turbocharged petrol engine, likely 1.0 litre or 1.4 litres in displacement. With a small engine under the hood, the carmakers would be able to focus on fuel economy and affordability, while still offering an exciting driving experience. Toyota and Suzuki had entered a partnership back in 2019, and the two brands have helped expand each other’s lineup in different markets. Suzuki’s Indian branch – Maruti Suzuki – supplies Toyota with Baleno and Vitara Brezza, which are then sold as Glanza and Urban Cruiser, respectively. Toyota also exports and sells rebadged Maruti cars in international markets. Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are also jointly working on a few new models, including two new SUVs and a new MPV, which are being specifically developed for the Indian market. In Europe, Suzuki sells a few rebadged Toyota cars, like the Swace (rebadged Toyota Corolla hybrid estate) and A-Cross (rebadged Toyota RAV4). It should be noted that Toyota currently has two sportscars in its global range. The first is the 86, which was developed in partnership with Subaru, and the latter sells a rebadged version of it, christened ‘BRZ’. The second one is Supra, which was developed in partnership with BMW and shares its platform with the Z4. Suzuki doesn’t have sportscars in its global lineup currently, although it did have the ‘Cappuccino’ back in the 90s. It was a Kei-class convertible roadster, powered by a tiny 650cc turbo-petrol engine. That said, Suzuki does have the Swift Sport in its current international range, a car this is beloved for its balance between performance and affordability. If this upcoming Toyota-Suziki sportscar turns out to be an entry-level, affordable model, then we might even see it come to Indian shores! Images for representation only SOURCESource Kia Carens Vs Maruti XL6 – Detailed Specifications Comparison By Kshitij Rawat -December 18, 2021 Here, we compare the newly-revealed Kia Carens with one of its closest competitors in the Indian market – Maruti XL6 Kia India recently revealed a new MPV – Carens – which will be positioned below the Carnival in the manufacturer’s lineup. Bookings for this new model have already commenced in India, and it is slated to go on sale in the Indian market in the first quarter of 2022. The Carens would be the South Korean brand’s fourth model in India when it launches. In the Indian market, one of the biggest rivals of Kia Carens would be Maruti XL6, and here, we have an on-paper comparison between the two. Kia Carens Vs Maruti XL6 – Exterior design and dimensions Kia Carens is an extremely aggressive and futuristic-looking vehicle. It gets a split LED headlamp design at the front and wraparound taillights at the rear. It also gets sporty dual-tone 16-inch wheels and black cladding all around. Also, the MPV has an SUV-ish silhouette with sporty overall proportions. Kia hasn’t officially unveiled the dimensions yet, but it has confirmed that the Carens will have the largest wheelbase in the segment. As such, we expect brilliant cabin space in all three rows. Maruti XL6 is essentially an Ertiga with a sporty, premium makeover. The front fascia of the XL6 is quite aggressive, with sharp headlamps, and a wide front grille. Its side and rear section, however, is identical to the Ertiga. The XL6 has a length of 4,445mm, a width of 1,775mm, and a height of 1,700, along with a 2,740mm long wheelbase and 15-inch blacked-out alloy wheels. The dimensions aren’t too large, but despite that, the Maruti has a good road presence. Kia Carens Vs Maruti XL6 – Interior styling and equipment The Carens has an Indigo and Beige interior theme, which looks extremely premium. The MPV comes in two seating configurations – 6-seat and 7-seat. The former gets captain seats in the second row and the latter gets bench seats instead. Also, it gets a 64-colour ambient lighting system, which makes the cabin feel more premium. There are plenty of features on offer here, like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), UVO connected car tech, fully digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, a Bose 8-speaker sound system, electric sunroof, air purifier, seat-back folding tables, automatic climate control, cruise control, LED exterior lighting, etc. Maruti XL6 doesn’t feel as premium as its Kia rival, but its all-black interior does look quite nice. It only comes in a 6-seat configuration though (for the 7-seater version, look up Ertiga). The interior space in the XL6 is quite brilliant, in all three rows. The features on offer on the Maruti MPV include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), a 4-speaker audio system, cruise control, automatic climate control, LED exterior lighting, etc. There is no sunroof on offer, not just on XL6, but any Maruti car currently on sale. Kia Carens Vs Maruti XL6 – Technical specifications On the Carens, Kia is offering three engine options, the same as the Seltos. The first one is a 1.5-litre NA petrol unit, which comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The second one is a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit, which gets a choice between 6-speed MT and a 7-speed DCT. The third one is a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit, which can be had with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. Kia Carens specifications Engine size 1.5-litre 1.4-litre 1.5-litre Engine type Naturally aspirated, inline-4 Turbocharged, inline-4 Turbocharged, inline-4 Max. power 115 PS 140 PS 115 PS Max. torque 144 Nm 242 Nm 250 Nm Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/7-speed DCT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT On Maruti XL6, there is just one engine option on offer- a 1.5-litre NA petrol unit. This motor can be had with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. Speculations suggest that a CNG powertrain option will be added to the range soon. Maruti XL6 specifications Engine size 1.5-litre Engine type Naturally aspirated, inline-4 Max. power 105 PS Max. torque 138 Nm Transmission 5-speed MT/4-speed AT Kia Carens Vs Maruti XL6 – Price and rivals Kia Carens is expected to be priced between Rs. 16 lakh to Rs. 21 lakh (ex-showroom). This isn’t very affordable, but considering all the features on offer, along with the multiple engine options, this seems like a brilliant deal (potentially!) in all honesty. Maruti XL6 is priced from Rs. 9.98 lakh to Rs. 11.86 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). This is significantly more affordable than the Carens, but it only has one engine choice on offer. Maruti MPV has fewer features on offer as well, and it just isn’t as premium. New-Gen Ford Endeavour Teased Ahead Of Debut In The Coming Months By Surendhar M -December 17, 2021 The new-generation Ford Endeavour will make its global debut in the coming months with a host of updates inside and out Ford’s Australia division has released the official teaser video of the new generation Endeavour (Everest) which has been spotted testing several times already Down Under and also in Thailand more recently. The video said Ford Australia is getting the all-new Ford Everest adventure ready for customers and it was doing some trail duties and water splashing. Signifying that the Endeavour has entered the final phase of testing, the prototype wore “mountain peak” inspired camouflage and most of the exterior details can be clearly seen. It is expected to make its global debut sometime in the early parts of 2022 before going on sale in the international markets and it could enter India in the near future via the CBU route. The Ford Endeavour was the main competitor to the Toyota Fortuner until it was discontinued as the Blue Oval quit its domestic operations. The full-sized seven-seater SUV with off-road credentials continued to be one of the best sellers for the American manufacturer until it was here and it could be part of the brand’s plans to sell exclusive models in the coming years. Back to the 2022 Ford Endeavour, it is based on the same platform as the latest Ranger and the design similarities can be noted as well. Up front, the SUV comprises redesigned headlamps, revised front bumper, strong shoulder lines, newly designed alloy wheels, tweaked bonnet and tailgate, updated LED tail lamps and rear bumper, and so on. The interior is also subjected to a number of changes and it will get the latest SYNC tech with a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a possible all-digital instrument cluster, use of more premium surface materials, automatic climate control system, cruise control, steering wheel with mounted controls, restyled dashboard and centre console, etc. The features list of the 2022 Ford Endeavour will get new additions pertaining to safety, connectivity, entertainment and assistive technologies. It is expected to be equipped with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, paired with manual and automatic transmissions. 350 cc Bike Sales In Nov 2021 – Classic, Bullet, CB350, Meteor By Surendhar M -December 17, 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 led the way in the month of November 2021 with 19,601 units as against 39,391 units during the same period in 2020 with a 50.2% de-growth In the month of November 2021, Royal Enfield’s Classic 350 finished on top of the 350 cc motorcycle sales charts as 19,601 units were recorded against 39,391 units during the same period in 2020 with a YoY negative sales growth of 50.2 per cent. The new generation Classic 350 debuted a few months ago and it has been well received amongst customers. It comes with a new 349 cc air- and oil-cooled SOHC fuel-injected engine, a new twin cradle chassis, updated instrument cluster with Tripper Navigation and revised mechanicals while keeping the classic styling intact. The Bullet 350 finished in the second position with 8,733 units as against 6,513 units during the same period last year with a YoY growth of 34 per cent. Speculations on the internet indicate that the Chennai-based manufacturer is working on a new generation Bullet 350 and it will more likely be introduced in the near future. The Meteor 350 replaced the Thunderbird 350 as the company’s middleweight authentic cruiser upon arrival last year and it recorded a cumulative domestic tally of 6,775 units last month. 350 cc Bike Sales (YoY) November 2021 Sales November 2020 Sales 1. Royal Enfield Classic 350 (-50.2%) 19,601 39,391 2. Royal Enfield Bullet 350 (34%) 8,733 6,513 3. Royal Enfield Meteor 350 (-3.6%) 6,775 7,031 4. Royal Enfield Electra 350 (21.9%) 4,257 3,490 5. Honda CB350 (-42.9%) 2,322 4,067 This when compared to the corresponding period twelve months ago with 7,031 units, a YoY volume decline of 3.6 per cent was registered. The Electric 350 slotted in at fourth with a total of 4,257 units as against 3,490 units in November 2020 with a YoY growth of 21.9 per cent. The Honda H’ness CB350 and CB350 RS combined to record 2,322 units. In comparison to the same period in 2020 with 4,067 units, a YoY de-growth of 42.9 per cent was seen. The Japanese brand is expected to bring more 350 cc motorcycles to rival Royal Enfield and the middleweight segment will witness a host of new launches as Classic Legends is preparing a comeback for the Yezdi brand. It is expected to return with an adventure tourer and possibly a scrambler while a cruiser from Jawa’s stable is also likely. RE, on the other hand, will introduce the Hunter 350 in 2022 while a couple of 650 cc motorcycles could also see the light. Tata Tiago & Tigor CNG Bookings Open At Dealerships In India By Surendhar M -December 17, 2021 Tata Tiago and Tigor CNG are expected to launch in the coming weeks as the existing 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine will more likely be utilised Courtesy of the soaring petrol and fuel prices, car manufacturers are looking at alternative ways to reduce the running cost of passenger vehicles and companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata are betting big on CNG powered cars. Maruti Suzuki has plans to manufacture 2,50,000 CNG vehicles this FY at an increase of nearly 60 per cent. Hyundai, on the other hand, expects to see its sales volumes of CNG vehicles triple to around 35,000 units this CY. Tata Motors will also join the party as CNG versions of the Tiago entry-level hatchback and Tigor compact sedan will likely go on sale soon in India as the bookings for them have commenced at the dealer level. The Tigor is the only sedan Tata sells in India and it makes sense to add a CNG variant as affordability and fuel efficiency are the primary concerns of the mass market first-time buyers and it scored four stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. The compact sedan has been on sale since March 2017 and it has endured decent success over the years while the Tiago kick-started the new range of Tata vehicles back in 2016.
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