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Month: September 2020

Honda H’ness CB350 launched. Rival to Royal Enfield’s upcoming Meteor 350
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Honda H’ness CB350 launched. Rival to Royal Enfield’s upcoming Meteor 350

Honda has launched a new modern classic bike called the H'Ness CB350 in India with prices starting at Rs. 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom).  For now, the motorcycle will be displayed at some of the key Big Wing India dealerships in Gurgaon, Mumbai and other regions, wherein customers can get a look and feel of the product. The CB 350 will be sold in two variants, DLX and DLX Pro. The new Honda H’ness CB350 is powered by a 348.36cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 20.8hp at 5,500rpm and 30Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. The peak torque figure is produced rather low in the rev range and this should enable good initial performance off the line. The H’ness CB350 employs a 5-speed gearbox. The styling is inspired by yesteryear Honda CB motorcycles, which is evident in the round...
2021 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport India prices revealed. Gets new 3.0-litre, inline 6-cylinder diesel engine
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2021 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport India prices revealed. Gets new 3.0-litre, inline 6-cylinder diesel engine

2021 Range Rover The 2021 Range Rover line-up was revealed back in July this year. Now, the prices for 2021 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have officially been released for India and are listed on the brand's Indian website. Prices for the Range Rover Sport range between Rs. 88.24 lakh to  Rs. 1.51 crore, while the Range Rover is priced from Rs. 1.97 crore to Rs. 4.09 crore (ex-showroom). 2021 Range Rover The Range Rover Sport is available with a 2.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel engine and comes in S, SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic, HSE Silver and HSE Dynamic Black variants. The petrol engine on the Range Rover Sport is the same one that will also be available in the upcoming Land Rover Defender. It is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged unit (P...
Ather Series 1 Collector’s Edition electric two-wheeler unveiled
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Ather Series 1 Collector’s Edition electric two-wheeler unveiled

The Bengaluru-based electric two-wheeler company, Ather Energy has finally revealed its Series 1 that was first announced with the 450X back in January. Special to the Series 1 is its unique colour scheme that the company says is glossy black colour that has golden metallic flake in it. It also has minimal red highlights, including a racing stripe, wheel decals and its exposed trellis frame finished in red. The 450X Series 1 comes with a 6 kW electric motor that is powered by a 2.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. It has four riding modes - Eco, Ride, Sport, and a high-performance 'Warp' mode. The e-scooter is claimed to accelerate from 0-40 km/h in 3.3 seconds The range has gone up as well; the scooter now has a claimed range of 70km (up from 65km) in Ride mode. The range in Eco mo...
Harley-Davidson wrap up its India business
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Harley-Davidson wrap up its India business

Harley Davidson announced their official exit from the Indian market. Harley Davidson’s announcement of closing its manufacturing operations in India and reducing the size of its sales office in Gurgaon does not come as a surprise. Over the past few months, Harley-Davidson has been announcing multiple cost-saving measures as part of its new Rewire business strategy. The latest news is the biggest so far and the American company has just reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission of USA that it will be ending its sales and manufacturing business in India.  Harley-Davidson has recently celebrated ten years in India and there is a vibrant Harley-Owners-Group or HOG community in place. While Harley-Davidson is clearly  wrapping up its own business here, there are some signs ...
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 launched. Priced at INR 1.2 crore
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Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 launched. Priced at INR 1.2 crore

Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupe has been launched at a price of INR 1.20 crore. The GLE 53 4Matic+ is also the first-ever 53-Series AMG in India, replacing the earlier Mercedes-AMG GLE 43. Also, this is the debut of the coupe-SUV version of the current-gen GLE. Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupe is powered by a 3.0 L, in-line, six-cylinder, twin-turbo petrol engine. The powerhouse is paired with a 48 V mild hybrid system. The addition of this electrical architecture allows the GLE 53 to run a small electrical compressor in harmony with a larger turbo, which makes for more linear responses and reduced lag. Outputs are 435PS at 6,100 rpm and 520 Nm at 1,800-5,800 rpm. The EQ Boost starter-alternator makes an additional 22PS and 250 Nm for short durations. The engine is mated with a...
Toyota Urban Cruiser launched in India. Comes in 3 variants with MT & AT options
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Toyota Urban Cruiser launched in India. Comes in 3 variants with MT & AT options

Toyota Urban Cruiser prices have just been announced – the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza-based compact SUV is priced between Rs 8.40 lakh and Rs 11.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sub-4 meter crossover is available in three variants - Mid, High and Premium. Available in a total of six versions – three variants and two powertrain options – the Urban Cruiser is priced quite competitive compared to Maruti’s sub-four-metre SUV. Toyota has confirmed that deliveries will begin in mid-October.  The Urban Cruiser is a re-badged Maruti Vitara Brezza. Toyota has given the crossover a reworked front fascia to differentiate it from Maruti's version. It comes with LED projector headlamps, LED tail lights and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The interior of the Urban Cruiser looks si...
3,00,000th Tata Tiago rolls off Sanand plant
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3,00,000th Tata Tiago rolls off Sanand plant

The Tiago was launched in 2016 and it became the highest selling Tata hatchback in the country in August 2018. The BS6 version was introduced earlier this year. The Tiago facelift seems to have brought a fillip to sales, showing a near 90 per cent growth over the same period last year. Tata Motors has reached a new production milestone. The 3,00,000th Tiago has rolled off the assembly line in Sanand, Gujarat. The facelifted Tiago features sharper styling, with the Tata signature 'humanity line' occupying pride of place at the front of the car. A raised hood lip is also in line with upcoming pedestrian safety laws, while changes at the rear are limited to a redesigned bumper and tail lights. Upgrades inside are highlighted by a switch to digital instrumentation, and new upholster...
Ford Endeavour Sport launched at INR 35.10 lakh
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Ford Endeavour Sport launched at INR 35.10 lakh

Ford has launched the Endeavour Sport in India. The SUV is priced at INR 35.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Sport is a cosmetic update with no mechanical changes having been made. The Endeavour Sport is the new top variant in the Endeavour range and is equipped with 4-wheel drive. It features black exterior details like smoked LED headlamps, a black front grille, black roof rails, new black alloys and SPORT decals on doors & tailgate. The SUV also gets black ORVMs, fender grille and side steps. On the inside, the Endeavour Sport comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit with SYNC 3 in-car connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also gets Active Noise Cancellation which is claimed to reduce low frequency engine sounds from e...
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro launched in India
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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro launched in India

Ducati has launched the Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro in India. The bikes are priced at Rs. 11.95 lakh and Rs. 13.74 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. Powering the Scrambler Pro is the BSVI compliant air-cooled L-twin 1,079cc that puts out 83.5PS at 7,250rpm and generates 91Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO features new two-tone Ocean Drive shade, paired with a steel Trellis frame and a rear aluminium subframe, both black. The motorcycle features a new right-side dual tailpipe and low-slung plate holder that offer distinctive rear-end styling and, together with the new livery, give the Scrambler 1100 Pro a compact look. The framed headlight is inspired by the protective adhesive tape used back in the '70s, a black metal...
Walkaround Video: BMW R 18 cruiser
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Walkaround Video: BMW R 18 cruiser

BMW Motorrad has launched the R18 cruiser offering in India. The motorcycle is available in a Standard and a First Edition variant which are priced at Rs 18.90 lakh and Rs 21.90 lakh, respectively (both prices are ex-showroom).  Watch the walkaround video of BMW R 18 by Athira Murali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdKT9iB3JFQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR19jqz-leGxg3p2_fxJqV09Jfc760_nkHzp27LpSHmLKi2EDMlIGArIhuM
BMW R 18 launched in India at INR. 18.90 lakh
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BMW R 18 launched in India at INR. 18.90 lakh

Update: BMW Motorrad has launched the R18 cruiser offering in India. The motorcycle is available in a Standard and a First Edition variant which are priced at Rs 18.90 lakh and Rs 21.90 lakh, respectively (both prices are ex-showroom).  Watch walk-around video. Click here 14-Sep-2020: BMW Motorrad India will be launching its flagship and the only cruiser offering, the R 18 on September 19. The company dealerships all across the country have started accepting bookings for a token amount of Rs 1 lakh.  Most of the BMW Motorrad dealerships have display units that are being previewed to prospective customers as well as the general public. This flagship offering is being brought to the country through the CBU route. The BMW R 18 cruiser could be priced at Rs. 20 lakh...
2021 Mahindra Roxor gets unique front styling. Images leaked
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2021 Mahindra Roxor gets unique front styling. Images leaked

Mahindra had to redesign the Roxor after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) filed an objection as the design was almost identical to a Jeep. Hence, in response to the legal action, Mahindra has adapted an entirely fresh look for the off-roader. Mahindra has stuck to the retro-styling theme for the updated Roxor and has removed almost all of the Jeep-like looks. The model now gets a much wider nose that allows more space between the headlamps that are now separated by a twin-horizontal slat grille, with honeycomb inserts finished in black. The wider bonnet, houses the wheels within its width and fenders are mostly integrated leaving the rest of the front end rather bare. The grille tapers down to the front bumper, giving a view of the exposed suspension and tyres. The headlamps cont...
Kia Sonet launched. Prices start at INR 6.71 lakh
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Kia Sonet launched. Prices start at INR 6.71 lakh

Kia has launched the Sonet sub-4 meter SUV in India. Available in 6 variants broadly classified into two trim levels  - Tech Line and GT Line prices start at Rs. 6.71 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Sonet shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Venue. It measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, 1,647 mm in height and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm. It has a ground clearance of 211 mm and the boot space is 392 litre. The Sonet is offered with three engine options. These include a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 82 BHP @ 6,300 rpm and 115 Nm @ 4,200 rpm paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine producing 118 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 172 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm. This engine is offered with either a 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT. T...
Mahindra TUV300 BS6 with cosmetic changes. Leaked images
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Mahindra TUV300 BS6 with cosmetic changes. Leaked images

The updated version of the TUV300 is expected to be launched towards the end of this year and it has already been spotted testing a number of times. The patent image of the facelifted TUV300 showcases notable design changes to the front fascia. The upright styling bits and silhouette remain the same as the existing model. It now comes with new grille with chrome inserts and reworked headlamp clusters. The front bumper has also been redesigned. The overall boxy shape of the TUV300 hasn't changed though. It has squared-off wheel arches and roof rails. On the inside, the TUV300 could get a few updates as well. Higher variants could be offered with a touchscreen infotainment head-unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The BS4 version of the TUV300 was offered with...
2021 Hyundai Tucson. Its hot, tech loaded and revolutionary SUV
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2021 Hyundai Tucson. Its hot, tech loaded and revolutionary SUV

Hyundai has taken the wraps off the fourth-generation Tucson mid-size SUV. Wider and longer than the outgoing model, the new 2021 Tucson debuts with a choice of two wheelbase variants. Standing larger in dimensions as compared to its earlier counterpart, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will measure 4500 mm in length, 1864 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2679 mm. This will be an improvement over its predecessor that stood at 4475 mm in length, 1850 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm. This increase in dimensions means added interior space with a more spacious cargo area. Outside, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson looks nothing like its predecessor. It follows Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, but also features flourishes of what t...
Force Trax Crusier and Toofan BS6 launched
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Force Trax Crusier and Toofan BS6 launched

Force Motors has launched the new 2020 Trax range and will be offered in four different trim levels namely- Trax Cruiser, Trax Cruiser Deluxe, Trax Toofan and Trax Toofan Deluxe. With prices at a starting price of Rs 10.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the entry-level Cruiser trim and goes all the way up to Rs 12.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-spec Toofan Deluxe trim. The main difference between Deluxe and non-Deluxe trim is that the former will get an air conditioner, while the latter will be offered without AC.  The new Force Trax has undergone a minor facelift as well. The front fascia has been redesigned, with new headlamps, new front grille, and a new front bumper with integrated fog lamps. The BS4 model used to have exposed door hinges, but the BS6 has them hidden...
Ashok Leyland Bada Dost launched. Available in 2 variants
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Ashok Leyland Bada Dost launched. Available in 2 variants

Ashok Leyland has launched the Bada Dost LCV in the Indian market. It is available in two variants - i3 (2.99 tonne GVW) and i4 (3.49 tonne GVW) and comes in two trim levels - LS and LX. Prices start at Rs. 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Customers can also book the vehicle online. Based on a new platform developed in-house, Bada Dost is larger than the existing Dost LCV and comes with a 9.8 inch loading bay and a 50-litre fuel tank. It rides on 15-inch wheels and has a ground clearance of 206 mm. The truck comes equipped with 2-stage leaf RFS with double acting shock absorbers at the front and semi-elliptic 2-stage leaf suspension with double acting shock absorbers at the rear. The Bada Dost comes with a 3-seat layout and has a reclining and sliding driver's seat. It s...
Supercharged Bimota Tesi H2 makes 242PS. Other details revealed
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Supercharged Bimota Tesi H2 makes 242PS. Other details revealed

Bimota had already been teasing the motorcycle on its social media platforms but now has officially revealed the prices which start at $ 64,000, an equivalent of Rs 55.61 lakh sans the import duty and taxes. Bimota will be making 250 units, to begin with, and has already started accepting pre-bookings for the same. Powering the Bimota Tesi H2 supercharged, is the Kawasaki-sourced supercharged 998cc four-cylinder engine. This unit puts out a maximum of 242PS at 11,500 rpm and generates 141Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. These numbers are identical to that of the Kawasaki H2. The Tesi H2 has a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres and measures 2,074 mm in length, 770mm in width and 1,155 mm in height with a ground clearance of 140mm. The outlandish design cues had actually helped th...
Royal Enfield Meteor details leaked. Launch expected on 22nd Sep in 3 variants
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Royal Enfield Meteor details leaked. Launch expected on 22nd Sep in 3 variants

While Royal Enfield is yet to announce the launch details for the new Meteor 350, leaked data has revealed the specifications of the upcoming motorcycle. Launch date is expected to be on 22nd September but we have no official confirmation on the same. The Thunderbird 350 replacement, based on a new "J-Platform", gets revised styling, a new frame, and a new engine over the model it replaces. Royal Enfield will market the M350 as an Easy Cruiser. As per the leaked marketing material, Meteor 350 is Easy as well as Cruiser. Easy because it has Easy Turning Ability, Smoother Gear Shifts, Low Cost Ownership, Refined Engine. Cruiser because it has Leant Back Seating, Forward Footpegs, Raised Handlebars, Low Seat Height. The Royal Enfield Meteor will be powered by a 349cc, air-c...
Sunny Leone shows off her new Maserati Ghibli
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Sunny Leone shows off her new Maserati Ghibli

Actor Sunny Leone recently brought home a new Maserati Ghibli, her third car from the carmaker. Leone took to social media platform Instagram to share the news and also pose with her new prized possession finished in the Bianco white paint scheme. Prior to buying the new Ghibli, Sunny already has the Maserati Quattroporte in her garage and also purchased the limited edition Maserati Ghibli Nerissimo in 2017. The new Ghibli was delivered to the star and her family in Los Angeles, US, where the actor is currently based since the lockdown. The Maserati Ghibli is the automaker's entry-level performance sedan and quite stylish with the quintessential Italian flair. Powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that develops 345 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque the sedan can sprint fr...