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2022 Suzuki S-Cross makes global debut
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2022 Suzuki S-Cross makes global debut

Suzuki has unveiled the second-generation S-Cross. Based on an updated version of the Global C platform, the all-new Suzuki S-Cross gets fresh new styling inside and out and comes powered by Suzuki’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. With the first-gen SX4 S-Cross having come out all the way back in 2013, the second-generation model makes its world premiere almost nine years later, and going by the pictures, this one doesn’t adopt its predecessor’s crossover philosophy. Suzuki has stressed over the point of the new S-Cross being a proper SUV, and not a crossover like the original was, and you have to say it surely looks the part. The new Suzuki S-Cross certainly looks a lot more SUV-ish than its predecessor. Up front, the new S-Cross features a much larger piano black grille wi...
2022 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza leaked
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2022 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza leaked

The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has leaked online. The new images reveal all the changes that have been made to the popular sub-4 meter SUV. The all-new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will come with a redesigned front grille, which now gets black treatment and a chrome strip. The headlamp units are also brand-new and are designed in a way that they look like an extension of the grille. There are new DRLs that add a unique identity to the sub-4m compact SUV as well. The rear has also been redesigned. It gets slim L-shaped tail lamp clusters with the 'Brezza' lettering in the centre. The pictures do not give a clear view of the cabin. The steering wheel has been carried over unchanged, and there's a conventional twin-dial instrument cluster. The cabin may come with an ...
2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 spied testing
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2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 spied testing

2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 facelift test mule has been spied under heavy camouflage. Launched in 2019, the XL6 is essentially a more premium derivative of the Ertiga MPV with a six-seat cabin configuration, unique front design and a crossover theme giving it a more rugged appearance. The facelift could get revised front styling, new bumper as well as new alloys. The headlight setup seems to be similar to the current XL6. Changes to the cabin are not noticeable in the images. On the inside, facelifted XL6 may get new upholstery. There could be other minor changes as well in terms of quality. Other features will be same as current XL6 such as leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, height adjustable driver seat and soft touch premium roof lining. The XL6 is expected to ca...
Toyota Belta (rebadged Ciaz) officially unveiled for Middle East
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Toyota Belta (rebadged Ciaz) officially unveiled for Middle East

Toyota has officially revealed the Belta sedan, which will go on sale in Middle Eastern markets very soon. It is a rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and features identical styling, with the only difference being the different logos. With the Belta, Toyota has gone down the same route as it did with the Glanza as it carries over the same mechanicals, features list, and even the design from its Maruti Suzuki counterpart, with the only change being the Toyota badging. The Belta hasn’t even received an updated front-end, like we saw with the Toyota Urban Cruiser (when compared to the Maruti Vitara Brezza).. The cabin design is also identical to Ciaz. The Belta is powered by the same 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine that is offered in the Ciaz. It produces 103...
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Skoda has officially unveiled the Slavia mid-size sedan in India. The Slavia is based on the MQB A0 IN platform shared with the Kushaq. Pre-bookings are now open and deliveries will commence in Q1 2022. Slavia is the second major model from the Czech brand and third overall to be launched under the India 2.0 project initiated by the Skoda-Volkswagen India Group. Like Kushaq, Slavia will also be underpinned by a heavily localised MQB A0 IN architecture which would lead up to 95 percent of localisation in the upcoming sedan. At 4,541 mm in length, 1,752 mm in width, 1,487 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,651 mm the Slavia is larger than the first-gen Octavia. The Slavia features familiar styling cues with a trademark Skoda grille upfront which is flanked by sleek LED h...
Next Gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio launched. Starts INR 4.99 lakh onwards
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Next Gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio launched. Starts INR 4.99 lakh onwards

Maruti Suzuki has launched the next generation Celerio in India. Prices start at Rs 4.99 lakh and go upto Rs 6.44 lakh (all prices ex-showroom). Maruti Suzuki Celerio ex-showroom prices: LXI MT - Rs. 4.99 lakh VXI MT - Rs. 5.63 lakh VXI AMT - Rs. 6.13 lakh ZXI MT - Rs. 5.94 lakh ZXI AMT - Rs. 6.44 lakh ZXI+ MT - Rs. 6.44 lakh ZXI+ AMT - Rs. 6.94 lakh The new Maruti Suzuki Celerio is now underpinned by the modular Heartect platform that is shared with other Maruti hatchbacks like the WagonR, Swift and the Baleno. In terms of design, too, the new Celerio is a complete departure from the outgoing model. The squarish and angular design of the first-gen is replaced by smooth flowing curves and a more rounded design. The face is characterised by oval-looking h...
All-New Black Badge Rolls-Royce Ghost revealed
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All-New Black Badge Rolls-Royce Ghost revealed

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge is a more powerful and more individual version of the luxury sedan introduced last year and, like other Black Badge models, is aimed at bringing younger buyers into Rolls-Royce’s fold. The Black Badge trim is for a specific type of eccentric billionaire. One who’s well aware of how much wealthier they are than the common folk. While other Rolls-Royce owners may try and hide in anonymity, Black Badge owners want to be seen, not just being chauffeured around in the car, but behind the wheel of it. They want people to know just what a big deal they are, and how different they are from the most successful person who came before them. Styling-wise, the exterior of the Ghost Black Badge borrows many flourishes from its Black Badge siblings – the Da...
2022 Range Rover unveiled globally
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2022 Range Rover unveiled globally

Land Rover has finally unveiled the fifth-generation Range Rover luxury SUV. The 2022 Range Rover now comes underpinned by a new platform (MLA-Flex), along with an updated design and a bunch of powertrain options. The new Range Rover is available in both standard and long-wheelbase forms, with the latter giving the option of seven seats for the first time. It will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines at launch, with a plug-in petrol hybrid following in about three months’ time. The 2022 Range Rover can now be had either with a standard 5-seat configuration or the long-wheelbase version with 7-seats. The fifth-gen model is the first Range Rover to offer a third-row of seats. To incorporate the additional seats, the LWB version of the Range Rover is 200 mm longer ...
Volkswagen Polo and Vento Matt Edition launched. Prices Start at INR 9.99 Lakh
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Volkswagen Polo and Vento Matt Edition launched. Prices Start at INR 9.99 Lakh

Volkswagen has launched the Polo and Vento Matt Editions in India. The Matt edition is available in the GT variant of the Polo, with prices starting at INR 9.99 lakh. The Vento Matt edition, on the other hand, is priced from INR 11.94 lakh for the Highline AT variant, going up to INR 13.34 lakh for the Highline Plus AT variant (all prices, ex-showroom India). The new special edition models get cosmetic updates on the outside, while the cabin remains untouched. Upgrades on the models include Carbon Steel Grey Matt finish on the roof, fuel flap, front and rear bumper. However, the ORVMs and door handles come with a black glossy finish giving a premium look. Both cars are powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine that produces 108 BHP and 175 Nm. Both the Polo and ...
Skoda Rapid Matte Edition launched at INR 11.99 lakhs for MT and INR 13.49 for AT
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Skoda Rapid Matte Edition launched at INR 11.99 lakhs for MT and INR 13.49 for AT

Skoda Auto India has launched a new limited edition model of the Rapid sedan in India. It's called the Skoda Rapid Matte Edition and the car comes with considerable cosmetic updates, both on the exterior as well as the interior. Rapid Matte Edition Price (ex-showroom) 1.0 TSI, Manual Transmission INR 11,99,000 1.0 TSI, Automatic Transmission INR 13,49,000 The new Skoda Rapid Matte Edition comes in an exclusive carbon steel matte colour. The dark shade is further accentuated by exterior elements like - the radiator grille, spoiler, door handle, tailgate spoiler, and trunk lip garnish, which are all treated in a stylish glossy black shade. Inside, the new Rapid Matte Edition comes with dual-tone Tellur Grey interiors. The cabin also comes with new premium black leatheret...
Tata Punch sub-compact SUV unveiled. Bookings open
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Tata Punch sub-compact SUV unveiled. Bookings open

Tata Motors has now fully unveiled the Punch with all of its features and tech specs. Pricing will be announced later. The Tata Punch is the brand’s first SUV to be based on the ALFA architecture and comes in four variants - Pure, Adventure, Accomplished and Creative. Do note, these variants are being referred 'Personas' by the carmaker. Tata has made sure the Punch looks every bit like an SUV and it even borrows styling cues from its bigger siblings, the Nexon, Harrier and Safari. At the front, the Punch gets a sleek gloss black grille which is flanked by DRLs placed above its low-set headlamps. The 16-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels and roof rails add to its style quotient and is further accentuated by the dual-tone body colour. It also comes with a floating roof design...
Volkswagen Taigun launched at INR 10.50 lakh. Gets 7 variants with 2 turbo-petrol engine options
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Volkswagen Taigun launched at INR 10.50 lakh. Gets 7 variants with 2 turbo-petrol engine options

Volkswagen has launched Taigun SUV in India at an introductory price of INR 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Taigun is available in two variant - Dynamic Line and Performance Line. The Dynamic Line includes three trim levels - Comfortline, Highline and Topline, while the Performance Line includes two trims - GT and GT Plus. Taigun Dynamic Line: 1.0 TSI Comfortline MT: INR 10.49 lakh 1.0 TSI Highline MT: INR 12.79 lakh 1.0 TSI Highline AT: INR 14.09 lakh 1.0 TSI Topline MT: INR 14.56 lakh 1.0 TSI Topline AT: INR 15.90 lakh Taigun Performance Line: 1.5 TSI GT Line MT: INR 14.99 lakh 1.5 TSI GT Plus DSG: INR 17.49 lakh The Taigun features large LED headlights with DRLs, a two-slat chrome grille and chrome inserts on the lower part of the bumper. At...
Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT launched in India starting at INR 1.79 crore
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Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT launched in India starting at INR 1.79 crore

Audi India has launched the Audi e-tron GT and Audi RS e-tron GT at INR 1.79 crore and INR 2.04 crore respectively. Prices are ex-showroom and the cars will be imported as a CBU. The e-tron GT uses two electric motors; one on each axle, with a combined output of 469 BHP and 630 Nm. It comes with an 'over-boost' function which bumps the output to 523 BHP. The RS version packs 590 BHP and 830 Nm. The rear motor is mated to a 2-speed transmission. The e-tron GT uses an 85 kWh battery that is said to provide a maximum range of 488 km on a single charge. The RS variant has a slightly lower range of 472 km on a single charge. The battery can be recharged from 5-80% in 9.5 hours using an 11 kW AC charger or in 5 hours 15 minutes using a 22 kW AC charger. A 270 kW DC charger can r...
Tata Safari #Gold edition launched at INR 21.89 lakhs. Public debut at the VIVO IPL 2021 in Dubai
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Tata Safari #Gold edition launched at INR 21.89 lakhs. Public debut at the VIVO IPL 2021 in Dubai

Tata Motors launched the exclusive edition of its flagship SUV – the Safari #Gold priced at INR 21.89 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Gold edition will make its first public appearance at the VIVO IPL 2021 in Dubai. The Safari #Gold edition will be available in two colours White Gold and Black Gold. White Gold: It uses Frost White colour with contrasting black elements. The variant also gets a black roof to provide a dual tone appearance. In order to justify the ‘Gold’ monicker, the white colour gets subtle golden accents. Black Gold: It has coffee bean inspired exteriors along with the radiant golden accents on the exteriors. The interiors come with a combination of Dark Marble finish mid pad and golden flourishes in the cabin.   The interiors of the Safari #Gold get...
India bound Citroen C3 compact SUV unveiled globally.  India launch in 2022
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India bound Citroen C3 compact SUV unveiled globally. India launch in 2022

Citroen has globally unveiled the production-spec C3. The C3 is the first of three models under Citroen’s C-cubed programme, and has been specifically developed for emerging markets like India and South America. India launch in the first half of 2022. The C3 will be locally manufactured here in India with more than 90 percent localisation. Citroen entered the Indian market with the C5 AirCross. It was priced on the higher side because it is being brought as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit. Citroen would not be able to rely just on the C5 to compete in the market. So, they have been working on a compact SUV that will be called C3. Launching a compact SUV makes a lot more sense because they are selling like hotcakes right now in our market. The manufacturer has now revealed the ...
MG Astor mid-size SUV revealed. First SUV in segment with Level 2 ADAS tech
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MG Astor mid-size SUV revealed. First SUV in segment with Level 2 ADAS tech

MG Motor unveiled its compact SUV Astor for the Indian market. It will be on display at MG showrooms from September 19 and bookings will start soon thereafter. The Astor is MG’s new offering in the mid-size SUV space that sits below the Hector. Given the Astor’s smaller 4.3m length (compared to the Hector’s 4.6m), MG aims to compete more directly with the current segment leader – the Hyundai Creta. MG Astor will get a segment-first personal AI as well as Level-2 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) functions which brings with it multiple active safety features. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Prevention and Speed Assist. While we have seen ADAS on other SUVs like the MG Gloster and m...
2021 Force Gurkha unveiled officially. Launch on September 27
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2021 Force Gurkha unveiled officially. Launch on September 27

Force Motors has officially unveiled the new generation Gurkha in its final production-spec form. The prices will be announced on 27th Sep 2021, while deliveries will start on Dusshera Day (15th Oct 2021). The new Gurkha's design is similar to the outgoing model though the entire body shell is new. Noticeable styling changes include a new grille, bumpers, light clusters, larger windows for the rear passengers – the company calls them panoramic windows – and a larger rear windshield to aid rear visibility. Hardware such as the snorkel comes fitted as standard from the factory. The rear end of the SUV gets a flat tailgate with a spare wheel mounted on it. The redesigned taillamps are now vertically oriented. Other styling highlights include black ORVMs, a roof-mounted luggage carri...
Ford will stop producing cars in India. Brand not exiting the market completely
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Ford will stop producing cars in India. Brand not exiting the market completely

Ford announced today that manufacturing of vehicles for local sale will cease immediately while export manufacturing will wind down at the Sanand plant by Q4 2021, and the Chennai engine and vehicle plants by Q2 2022. Ford recently launched the Figo AT in the Indian market. The facelift of the Ecosport was all set to launch in the festive season. Recently, a Bi-turbo version of the Endeavour was also spotted with an emission testing kit. Ford was among the first multi-national automotive companies to enter our market back in 1994. Now, 27 years on, the American carmaker is stopping the production of its cars and SUVs in India. However, the brand will continue to operate selling imported CBU models and has also announced that it will “significantly expand its 11,000-employee Bu...
Dacia (Renault) Jogger 3-row MPV revealed
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Dacia (Renault) Jogger 3-row MPV revealed

Renault’s European sub-brand Dacia has unveiled the all-new Jogger, which is essentially a spiritual successor to the Renault Lodgy. The model will be sold as a Renault in some overseas markets. Taking the shape of a nicely proportioned crossover-van mashup, the brand new model will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations. Jogger has got the entire Dacia/Renault budget SUV cues such as two-slat grille, rectangular headlamps and shape of the bumpers but it looks a step up when compared to the rest of the range, thanks to its black inserts all around. In profile, you must see hints of Triber (roofline) but also the current Duster (wheel Arches as well as shoulder line) which is creating an SUV-MPV hybrid such as silhouette. Blending “estate car practicality, MPV spaciou...
Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition revealed. Only 300 units to be made
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Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition revealed. Only 300 units to be made

To celebrate Land Rover Defender’s role in the 25th James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’, Land Rover’ SV Bespoke arm has revealed the new Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition. Limited to 300 examples worldwide, the special edition is available in both the three-door 90 and longer-wheelbase, five-door 110 forms. The Defender V8 Bond Edition features a number of bespoke styling details that expand on the Black Pack version and reflect the car's features in the 25th Bond film, which is finally due for release later this month after many delays. The Defender V8 Bond Edition Black Pack comes with 20-inch Satin Dark Grey alloy wheels, Xenon Blue front brake calipers and a ‘Defender 007’ badge at the rear. Since the Defender V8 Bond Edition is limited to just 300 units and created ...