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2021 Maruti Suzuki Celerio spied undisguised. Red and Blue colour spotted
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2021 Maruti Suzuki Celerio spied undisguised. Red and Blue colour spotted

The all-new Maruti Suzuki Celerio images have been leaked. The spy images were clicked during its official TVC shoot, The spy shots of 2021 Maruti Celerio show the car in red and blue colour options. The second-gen Celerio gets a complete makeover and moves to Maruti Suzuki's Heartect platform that is also shared with other models. The new Celerio is likely to be larger than the outgoing model. It will be underpinned by the latest fifth generation Heartect platform which currently underpins other Maruti Suzuki models such as WagonR, Swift and S-Presso. On the face of it, the new Celerio is likely to flaunt many design updates on its exterior. The new car gets a rounded design that is devoid of any angular elements. Additionally, it also gets a more upright nose, a flattish-oval g...
Mahindra XUV700 leaked before launch
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Mahindra XUV700 leaked before launch

The Mahindra XUV700 is not only the most awaited SUV of this year but also the most spied upcoming car of recent times. The new model will be positioned above the XUV500 and will go on to take on the likes of the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus. The latest leaked images feature the new XUV700 finished in a metallic brown shade. The car has a new design grille with large LED headlights with striking LED daytime running lights that we've seen on test mules before. The front bumper houses a pair of LED fog lamps. The side profile of the XUV700 is reminiscent of its predecessor. The biggest change here is the flush-fitting door handles. The rear end is dominated by large L-shaped tail lamp clusters, which from this angle looks a bit bulky. On the dashboard, it will get a dual scree...
Ford Figo 1.2-litre petrol now gets 6-speed automatic option at INR 7.75 lakh
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Ford Figo 1.2-litre petrol now gets 6-speed automatic option at INR 7.75 lakh

Ford has reintroduced the automatic transmission for Figo. Ford had earlier discontinued the automatic transmission back in 2020. AT is available with the Titanium variant and Ford has introduced a new Titanium+ variant. The prices of the Figo AT starts at Rs. 7.75 lakhs ex-showroom. The automatic transmission is derived from the Ecosport and is a 6-speed unit. The new 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox on the Figo has been paired to the existing 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine on the hatchback. This engine produces 96hp and 119Nm of torque, which makes the Figo more powerful than all its rivals. The diesel engine on the Figo does not get an automatic gearbox option. Unlike the EcoSport, which gets paddle shifters, this gearbox on the Figo features a ‘Select Shif...
Mahindra Bolero Neo launched at INR 8.48 lakh. Replaces TUV300
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Mahindra Bolero Neo launched at INR 8.48 lakh. Replaces TUV300

Mahindra and Mahindra have launched the new Bolero Neo at a starting price of Rs. 8.48 lakhs ex-showroom. It gets modern styling and equipment over the regular Bolero. The Bolero Neo will be replacing the TUV300 which was discontinued when the BS6 emission norms kicked in last year. The Bolero Neo is available in four variants - N4, N8, N10 and N10(O). Prices start from Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base N4 variant, although Mahindra hasn't yet revealed the price of the top-spec N10(O) variant. Here's a summary at the prices of the first three variants. The new Mahindra Bolero Neo gets a fresh look upfront. The headlights have been re-profiled and it looks a lot sleeker with the LED DRLs now positioned on the upper half. It also gets a re-worked front bumper with new fog...
Tata Altroz, Nexon, Nexon EV Dark Editions launched. Harrier Dark gets an update
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Tata Altroz, Nexon, Nexon EV Dark Editions launched. Harrier Dark gets an update

Tata Motors has finally launched the much-awaited Dark Editions of the Nexon, Harrier, Nexon EV and the Altroz. The new variants are available at the dealerships and booking are also open. The move to introduce the Dark Edition on other models is likely in a bid to boost demand with the Harrier Dark Edition having become a popular choice amongst buyers. Tata Altroz Dark Edition The Altroz is one of the best looking premium hatchbacks that you can buy in the Indian market. It is also Tata’s first attempt at a premium hatchback. Tata has introduced Dark Edition with the Altroz and the colour is known as Cosmo Black. Altroz Dark Edition is available in the fully-loaded petrol XZ+ variants. Buyers can choose between a 86hp, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated unit or the more powerful 1...
Skoda Kushaq midsized SUV launched in India. Prices start at INR  10.49 lakh
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Skoda Kushaq midsized SUV launched in India. Prices start at INR 10.49 lakh

Skoda has launched the Kushaq in the Indian market. It is Skoda’s first made in India and made for India product. The Kushaq is based on the new MQB-AO-IN platform that has been specifically made for India. It is derived from the global MQB-AO platform. Skoda has achieved 95 percent of localization level. Skoda is offering the Kushaq in three variants, namely Active, Ambition and Style. It will be offered in two petrol engines  there will be no diesel engine. You can also get the Kushaq with automatic transmission. Prices start at Rs 10.49 lakh for the base 1.0 TSI Active trim and goes up to Rs 17.59 lakh ex-showroom for the top-spec 1.5 TSI AT Style trim. On the design front, the Kushaq carries over many elements from the Vision IN concept, and its overall style is in line with ...
Hyundai Alcazar launched in India. Prices start at INR 16.3 lakh
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Hyundai Alcazar launched in India. Prices start at INR 16.3 lakh

After several delays due to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, Hyundai Alcazar has been introduced in the Indian market. The all-new Alcazar is the brand’s newest seven-seater SUV. Introductory prices for the petrol version starts at Rs 16.30 lakh, while the diesel version from Rs 16.53 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Hyundai begun accepting bookings for the Alcazar online and at dealerships earlier this month, with the booking amount set at Rs 25,000. Hyundai is offering as many as six trims Prestige, Prestige(O), Platinum, Platinum (O), Signature and Signature (O). While both petrol and diesel engine options are available with all the trim levels, only the (O) variants get the automatic transmission option. The exterior of the Alcazar gets subtle design changes to help differ...
Hyundai Creta facelift launched with AWD in Russia
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Hyundai Creta facelift launched with AWD in Russia

The South Korean auto major has launched the new Hyundai Creta in Russia. The premiere of the new Creta took place at the brand’s Russian production facility in St. Petersburg where it is locally assembled. The original Creta was on sale for almost five years in Russian and the new version builds on the success of its predecessor with a redesigned exterior and a more advanced interior along with new features and technologies. The SUV gets two engine options as well as an all-wheel-drive system Compared to the India-spec model, it has some visual updates . As part of the facelift, the Creta gets a new cascading grille that seems to suit the car rather well. The front bumper has also been tweaked slightly and houses a pair of fog lamps. Also gets pronounced wheel arches, smooth flo...
2021 Maruti Celerio patent design leaked ahead of unveil
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2021 Maruti Celerio patent design leaked ahead of unveil

Patented images of the next-gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio have been leaked, giving us a preview of the upcoming hatchback. From what we could gather, we reckon the second-gen hatch has a more sensible and mature styling, with specific design cues taken from other Marutis. The second-gen Celerio's exterior design is a complete departure from the outgoing version's squarish looks. The new car gets a rounded design that is devoid of any angular elements. Additionally, it also gets a more upright nose, a flattish-oval grille with honeycomb-like elements. The grille is smaller than before and seems to be sporting a chrome strip (similar to the Swift) connecting both the headlamps. Expect higher variants to get chrome outline on the grille. The front bumper gets a simple design with minimal c...
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 revealed with twin-turbocharged V6 engines
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2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 revealed with twin-turbocharged V6 engines

After a long and globally successful 14-year run, the LC200-series Toyota Land Cruiser is finally being replaced with an all-new model. The 300 series doesn’t feature a V8 engine, but on the upside, customers will be happy to hear that a twin-turbo V6 mill replaces it with more horsepower and torque. The 3.5-liter gasoline-fueled V6 offers 415 PS and 650 Nm. A brand-new V6 twin-turbo diesel is offered as well, and it’s even torquier at 700 Nm. Both engines are mated up with 10-speed automatic transmissions, and, of course, four-wheel drive is standard. Toyota promises reduced fuel consumption and emissions, but no specific numbers are yet available. Toyota says the LC300 is capable of shooting to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 6.7 seconds for the gasoline-fueled e...
McLaren GT, 720S Coupe and 720S Spider India prices revealed
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McLaren GT, 720S Coupe and 720S Spider India prices revealed

McLaren has released the India prices of three cars in their line-up: the GT, 720S and 720S Spider. The most affordable McLaren is the GT (Rs 3.73 crore) followed by the 720S (Rs 4.65 crore) while the most expensive McLaren GT is the 720S Spider which can be had for Rs 5.03 crore (all prices, ex-showroom). The McLaren cars are being sold across India through its official distributor, Infinity Cars in Mumbai. These cars come in via the CBU route. The new breed of McLaren cars offer the best in performance and are an exotic alternative to Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The most affordable McLaren: the GT, gets a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that puts out 620PS and 630Nm. It features the seven-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG). The GT sits on the Monocell II-T carbon fibre structure and alu...
Kia reveals fifth-gen Sportage SUV
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Kia reveals fifth-gen Sportage SUV

The all-new Kia Sportage SUV has been revealed and this fifth-gen model has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Talking about the design, the new Sportage takes the lighting elements to a new level. We get inverted LED DRLs on the front inside the large Tiger nose grille. The grille gets black mesh pattern and a large brushed chrome slab takes the centre of the grille. The lower part of the bumper gets big air dams and hidden LED fog lights. In a nutshell, the new Sportage is bold but doesn't have a polarising design. The side profile gets a sleek flowing design and the chrome garnishing extends to the very back and merges with the D-pillar. The rear profile of the Sportage gets a very unique lighting setup. The inverted LED taillights wrap the sides as well and are conne...
Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 4Matic launched at INR 2.43 crore
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Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 4Matic launched at INR 2.43 crore

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic has been launched in India at a base price of INR 2.43 crore (ex-showroom, India). The Mercedes-Maybach is all set to come to India as a CBU model. It will also be the first SUV to come through the Maybach luxury brand. Based on the Mercedes-Benz GLS, we can expect the Maybach GLS 600 to sport luxuries that are several notches higher than the standard. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is powered by the M 177 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which is paid with a 48V integrated starter-generator. The motor puts out 565PS and a significant 730 Nm. The e-motor can add up to 250 Nm and 22PS additionally when needed. This pairs with the 9-speed torque-converter automatic. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS can do 0 to 100 kmph in 4.9s and reach a 250 kmph top-speed. The...
Skoda Kushaq India production begins. Launch soon
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Skoda Kushaq India production begins. Launch soon

Skoda has begun production of the Kushaq SUV at its Chakan plant. The Kushaq is Skoda's first product under the Volkswagen Group's India 2.0 plan. Price announcement for the Kushaq is expected to take place in the coming weeks. The Kushaq is being built on a new production line, to accommodate the 95 per cent localization that Skoda-VW has achieved for the MQB-A0-IN platform. Much of the development work was also done on-site, unlike the brand's previous products, at a new tech centre commissioned in 2019. The Skoda Kushaq was revealed in production form in March 2021 and is developed on the heavily indigenized MQB-A0-IN architecture. The SUV will be available in two engine and three gearbox options. These are the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 110PS and...
Renault Triber scores 4 Star Global NCAP safety rating
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Renault Triber scores 4 Star Global NCAP safety rating

Renault Triber has scored four-star rating in the GNCAP crash test.  The Triber was awarded four stars in adult occupancy safety and three stars for child occupancy safety . The Triber is Renault India's sub-four metre seven-seater SUV and one of its most successful offering, having sold more than 75,000 units since its launch in August 2019. The NCAP test recorded the ratings based on a front-impact crash test at 64kmph. The Triber model being tested featured two front airbags and seatbelts with a pre-tensioner on the driver's side. In terms of adult safety, the Triber scored 11.62 points out of 17 points and in child safety, it scored 27 points out of 49 points. These points are given on basis of various parameters. Going by the ratings, the Renault Triber is one of the safest ...
McLaren is finally, officially coming to India
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McLaren is finally, officially coming to India

McLaren is finally, officially coming to India. McLaren will now officially be making its presence felt with the Infinity Group as dealer partners and official after-sales support. The official configurator on the McLaren website has also started showing India as a region, something that has been absent until recently. This means that Indian customers will now be able to spec a car from the safety of their own homes and submit their choice to a dealer who will in turn order their supercar from the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK. McLaren currently has four cars on sale globally - GT, 720S, 720S Spider, 765LT and the Artura, along with limited editions cars like the 620R, Senna and the Speedtail. The brand will compete with Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche sports cars in India. ...
Hyundai Alcazar SUV production-spec revealed
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Hyundai Alcazar SUV production-spec revealed

Hyundai has revealed the production-spec Alcazar SUV - the three-row derivative of the Creta, ahead of its launch in our market in the coming weeks. The main talking point on the interior is the added row of seats. The Alcazar will be available with both a 6- seat (with captain’s seats in the second row) and 7-seat (with bench seating in the second row) configurations. In both configurations the second-row seats feature a one-touch tumble mechanism to give access to the rear seats as well as a sliding function to either free up more space for the second or third row passengers. Speaking of the third row, the seats get a reclining function and they also fold down completely flat to provide better boot space. Powering the SUV will be two engine options. There will be the 2.0-litre ...
Hyundai Alcazar 7 seat SUV’s test runs concludes. Launch soon
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Hyundai Alcazar 7 seat SUV’s test runs concludes. Launch soon

Hyundai has released a video of the Alcazar showing how it can take on the different terrains. In the video, we can spot a few production form highlights too. https://youtu.be/DifCSaNh3x0 Apart from design elements, the Alcazar also shares quite a few of its body panels with the Creta, like the front fenders, bonnet and even all four doors. The Alcazar car gets a longer rear overhang, a prominent quarter glass aft of the rear door and a new-look D-pillar with a slightly upright rear. At the back, the styling is completely new and the Alcazar gets horizontally positioned, wraparound tail-lamps that extend on the tailgate, unlike the ones on the Creta. The rear bumper will also have provisions for dual, faux exhaust tips and a faux brushed aluminium skid plate. While the details of ...
3-row Kia MPV for 2022?
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3-row Kia MPV for 2022?

Kia Motors has begun work on its next product for India, an all-new MPV. A first set of spy shots that have surfaced online give us a rough idea of what to expect from Kia's upcoming three-row vehicle. While the test mule seen in Korea is still heavily covered, it confirms that the vehicle will have a proper three-row MPV silhouette. The vehicle seen in these spy shots does give out some hints on what to expect on the styling front. It has wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs positioned above, similar to the ones seen on the Sonet. A wide ‘Tiger nose’grille and other sharp styling features, with a mix of chrome bits, can be expected. The mainstay of the Kia KY MPV range in India will be a 1.5-litre diesel engine, while a 1.5-litre petrol will also be on offer. Expect Seltos-lik...
Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up teased. Unveil on April 15th
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Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up teased. Unveil on April 15th

The production-spec Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck has been teased ahead of its global unveil on April 15, 2021. The model in the images actually has more in common with fourth-generation Tucson SUV. The grille and headlight design are near identical to the new Tucson, as are the flared fenders and prominent character lines on the side. Hyundai has not released any technical details about the Santa Cruz pick-up truck, though the carmaker claims that it will come with powerful and efficient powertrain options. What we can expect from the Santa Cruz is that it will be based on a monocoque chassis and it will get an all-wheel drive layout. There is no chance of Santa Cruz pick-up launch in India.  This model is aimed more at the North American market where it will rival the Honda R...