Korean automaker Kia has revealed an all-new hybrid SUV in the form of the Niro. Based on an all-new hybrid-specific platform developed with Hyundai, Kia has billed the model as a ‘Hybrid Utility Vehicle’, which means it combines crossover looks with hybrid technology.
A part of the company's plan to develop 11 hybrids by the end of the decade, the Niro is powered by a 102bhp, 1.6-litre Atkinson cycle engine paired to a gearbox-mounted 42bhp electric motor. The engine comes equipped with exhaust gas recirculation, direct-injection and what the company calls a 'long-stroke-narrow-bore specification'. There's also a exhaust heat recovery system that uses a heat exchanger in the exhaust system to help warm up the engine.
The electric motor is paired to a 1.56kWh lithium-ion polymer battery stored under the rear seats. Working in tandem, the petrol-electric hybrid powertrain develops 144bhp and 26.96kgm of torque. Power is channelled to the wheels via a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
In terms of design, the Kia gets a wide stance along with a long wheelbase and short overhangs to help maximise interior space. Exterior styling elements of the SUV include body cladding, the company’s signature grille, aggressively shaped headlights, flared wheel arches, roof rails and a rear skid plate.
The minimalist design of the cabin is in line with many modern hybrids. The Niro comes with the newest version of Kia’s infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display.
To curtail noise, vibration and harshness, the Niro is fitted with specially designed engine mounts, equal-length driveshafts, and a damper inside the steering wheel hub. Other NVH measures include a special embossed foam under the carpet, and a dense insulating pad under the bonnet.Besides giving the 12V battery a miss, Kia has also used high-strength steel, aluminium and light-weight seat frames to keep the crossover’s weight in check.
The Niro is also equipped with a host of safety and driver-assistance functions such as blind spot detection, cruise control, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and a predictive energy control system that uses the cruise control and GPS to automatically adjust power output, determine when to charge the battery and when to use the battery charge.
The Niro will rival the likes of the Toyota Prius in international markets. Kia is also expected to develop a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro, but at a later stage.
Courtesy : Autocar
Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike:
The cynosure of all eyes at the Yamaha pavilion was the YZR-M1 MotoGP racebike which is ridden by none other than multiple times world champion and MotoGP heartthrob Valentino Rossi. The Italian champion has claimed four MotoGP wins with this bike. The bike had lots of people surrounding it as they tried to get an eyeful of its mechanicals. The bike is powered by a 1000cc, liquid-cooled, four cylinder inline engine which generates 243.3PS of power. All other details of the bike were kept secret.
Honda RC213V MotoGP bike:
Honda had Marc Marquez’s ultimate racing bike taking centre stage at the event. The RC213V MotoGP was in India for the first time and had lots a spectators appreciating the hardships that is involved in building such machines. Honda was also allowing fanatics to get on the saddle of the race bike and experience the thrill, albeit while stationary. Mechanically, the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike is powered by a 1000cc liquid-cooled engine with the pistons stacked in a V4 arrangement.
Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP bike:
Unveiled at EICMA in Milan last year, Suzuki had the GSX-RR MotoGP bike on display at the pavilion. The bike will be headed by Ecstar Suzuki team in the MotoGP Championship. The new generation MotoGP bike from the Suzuki factory sports a fresh twin-spar aluminium chassis along with new engine specifications. The bike features a 1.0-litre water-cooled, inline four cylinder DOHC engine which is capable of producing 230PS of power. Top speed that can be achieved by the bike is above 330kmph.
Suzuki Gixxer Cup bike:
Suzuki Motorcycle India showcased the track version of the Gixxer SF which is powered by the same 160cc air-cooled engine that produces 15PS of power and 14Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Even though Suzuki unveiled the Fi version of the Gixxer SF for the public at the expo, the track bike will continue to use a carburettor. Differentiating the race spec Gixxer SF from the normal version, the track version receives racing-type clip-on handlebars, aluminium rear-set foot pegs, aerodynamic rear seat cowl, a megaphone-type race spec exhaust, sticky soft compound tyres, and a high-flow performance air filter.
Mahindra MGP30 bike:
Unveiled at the expo, the Mahindra MGP30 race bike will be seen competing in the 2016 Moto3 Championship. The MGP30 is a new motorcycle with a brand new engine, gearbox and aerodynamic package. Changes have also been made to the frame and electrical components. The bike now sports a dual exhaust system which has been developed by Arrow to deliver improved performance figures. Mahindra has not disclosed the specs of the bike but the 250cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is expected to produce around 51PS of maximum power.
Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP bike:
The godfather of the RSV4 and the Tuono, the Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP bike was on display for the bike enthusiasts. The race spec Aprilia is powered by a 1000cc liquid-cooled powerplant with a V4 cylinder arrangement that belts out 250PS of power. The high-powered bike weighs around 160kg. Aprilia hopes to build a good momentum in the 2016 season with the RS-GP.
Courtesy : Zigwheels
Easily among the most awaited bikes of 2016, the Royal Enfield Himalayan finally broke cover prior to the 2016 Auto Expo. Although the Chennai-based bike maker didn’t participate in the Auto Expo, it set the right mood for the big event. Reason? The Himalayan is India’s first fully homegrown adventure motorcycle.
To some the minimalistic design of the Royal Enfield Himalayan might look odd, but it is one of those motorcycles that grows on you over time. The split, seat, the brushed aluminium finish exhaust, the spoke wheels as well as the raised front mud guard, all ensure that it has the looks to compliment its adventure DNA.
The Himalayan comes with an all-new 411cc single-cylinder air-cooled unit that makes 24.5PS of power and 32Nm of torque. As opposed to the other Royal Enfield motorcycles’ push road architecture, the Himalayan sports overhead cams. Moreover, to keep vibrations in check, RE has also fitted the engine with a counter balancer. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission.
The Himalayan gets a semi-digital instrumentation with an analogue speedo and tacho and a digital trio meter. Interestingly the Royal Enfield has also fitted the cluster with an altimeter knowing that a lot of its buyers will ride to the Himalayas and other hilly areas.
Up front the Himalayan comes with telescopic suspension while at the back it gets a monoshock setup. This is the first RE motorcycle to come fitted with a monoshock rear suspension. Royal Enfield will bring in the Himalayan next month at around Rs 1.80 lakh.
Courtesy : Zigwheels
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