Sunday, January 29, 2017

New cars on the way this year!

The Ignis marked Suzuki’s foray into the compact crossover segment that’s in vogue. The design of the Suzuki Ignis is in keeping with current market trends as far as compact SUVs go, with a boxy shape, flared wheel arches, chrome accents and large wheels and it is being classified as a micro-SUV.

An eagerly awaited car in February is the new Chevrolet Beat hatchback called the Activ. It will feature a crossover stance with black cladding all around the skirts of the car, new front and back bumpers and redesigned roof rails. At the front, it is also expected to carry projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED fog lamps.

The trendy outlook is carried over to the inside as well, with body-coloured fabric accents incorporated with the interior trim. The crossover is expected to come with an updated feature list with automatic climate control and Bluetooth-enabled music system with audio streaming.

The new Volkswagen Passat will make its way to India in the next few months and will go up against the likes of the Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry along with cars like the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Expect prices to start around the Rs 20 lakh mark and go all the way past the Rs 30 lakh mark for the larger engined versions. 

The new Volkswagen Passat comes with a range of diesel engines. The base Passat has a 1.6-litre 120PS engine under its hood. The second one is a 2.0-litre diesel in two states of tune – 150PS and 190PS. Volkswagen also has a 240PS bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel sending power to all fours. This version could make it here at a later date if the Passat does well this time round, according to

After having launched the uber-futuristic i8 hybrid sports car in India, BMW has now brought in its smaller sibling, the i3, in the country.

The fully electric BMW i3 hatchback is lighter than most vehicles in its segment, yet offers significantly more space for up to four occupants. Motive power comes from a battery and motor combination that, when fully charged, has a range of between 128 and 145 kilometres. It is capable of attaining a top speed of 150 kmph and accelerating from zero to 100kmph in 7.2 seconds.

The BMW i3 will also be available with a range-extender, which maintains the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level en route, as soon as it falls below a specified value. This is performed by a two-cylinder gasoline engine with 34PS. The range extender increases the car’s maximum range in day-to-day driving to around 300 kilometres.

The Audi Q2 crossover compact SUV will make it to India in early 2017 and will be priced between Rs 18-25 lakh. The new Q2 will of course come with both a petrol and a diesel engine although it is not sure which one of the three petrol and two diesel motors that are on offer internationally will make it to India.

BMW claims that, over a period of three years, the maintenance and running costs for an i3 are about 40% lower than those of a comparable hatchback.
In terms of external looks, the Audi Q2 is one of the most handsome compact SUVs to come out of the Q stable. The Q2’s design takes Audi’s current language and evolves it with a more aggressive look. The sporty bumper with silver accent pieces and the smaller but sharper LED headlamps make the front look great while the B and C pillars painted in a shade of gloss black give the floating roof effect.

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming launches.

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