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Ford Mustang-inspired Mach 1 EV image teased

 Ford has released a teaser image of its first all-new battery-electric vehicle, a 'performance utility vehicle' that's it says is "inspired" by the Mustang.

The all-electric crossover, dubbed Mach 1 in reference to its Mustang-derived styling features, has been confirmed as a globally engineered model to be revealed next year, with UK deliveries starting in 2020. Few other details of the car have been released at this stage.

Ford is also working on an electric crossover, codenamed CX430, which will be built on the C2 platform used for the new Focus. That machine has been in Ford’s product plan for several years. The CX430 will be in addition to the Kuga and, since it is based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it is expected to be conventional hatchback-like, with a slightly raised driving position.

Ford has identified ‘white paper’ models like the CX430 to replace sedans and hatches in its US line-up. Further, crossovers with Mustang design cues and front-drive chassis are a strong possibility because they combine “the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as high ride height, space, and versatility”.

If the vehicles are sized appropriately, European sales are likely.

Ford's push into EVs followed news in April that the carmaker was dropping the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus from its North American line-up.

The company's new CEO, Jim Hackett, has acted decisively and made the announcement at a financial conference in the US, momentously ending Ford’s 110-year presence in the US passenger saloon market. “We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximise the returns of our business over the long term,” said Hackett.

“This pullback is really just an admission of the stark North American market reality, especially for American brands,” said IHS Markit analyst Colin Couchman. “Buyers keep shifting to SUVs and crossovers. 'Big-three' sedan sales have been very dependent on poor-quality fleet sales.”

Ford US rivals Chrysler and Dodge have taken similar action under Fiat ownership, killing the mid-sized 200 and Dart sedans and instead investing in Jeep SUVs and Ram pick-ups. Between them, Chrysler and Dodge sell just two sedans – full-sized rear-wheel-drive platform twins, the 300 and Charger.

Ford will retain only the Mustang and Focus Active passenger cars on sale after 2020, although its bread-and-butter SUVs and trucks such as the Explorer and F-Series pick-up continue.

The end of the Fusion and Taurus can also be seen in the context of a drive to simplify and reduce Ford’s global platforms to just five. Currently, it has 11.

In the future, Ford strategy will revolve around an emerging-markets small-car platform (Ka), the C2 (Focus), a mid-sized SUV platform (Explorer), an electric car platform (Mach 1) and full-sized truck platform (F-Series).

The loss of production volume of the Fusion also raises a question about the future of the Mondeo in Europe, because they share the same platform. In the short to medium term, Ford Europe is understood to have mapped the future of the Mondeo to the mid-2020s, although the picture after that remains fluid.

“The Ford Mondeo remains a core part of our product line-up in Europe. We have upgrades coming for Mondeo later this year and it continues to deliver on its promise of great driving dynamics, leading technologies, and competitive pricing,” Ford said in a statement.

Details of the upgrade are understood to include a new 2.0-litre diesel engine, codenamed Panther, which will be EU6d-compliant for the new WLTP driving cycle, with its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing, plus a new interior and tweaks to the exterior styling.

The interior changes are tipped to include a new dashboard moulding incorporating the Fiesta/Focus-style infotainment system with a high-set tablet-style touchscreen.

Bronco set for comeback in 2020

While Ford is betting on its upcoming electric car, it’s also bringing back a famous name, the Bronco, to reinvigorate its SUV line-up. The original Bronco arrived in 1966 and become an iconic model for Ford but was withdrawn in 1996. The last we saw of the Bronco was a concept shown in 2004.

But last year, Ford said the name would return on a global SUV in 2020. It will take on the Jeep Compass and be more rugged than Ford’s current mainstream SUVs as the firm bids to reclaim the off-road market.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Sep 11, 2018
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Rumour: Honda CR-V launch on October 9, 2018

According to a media report, Honda is likely to launch the new CR-V on October 9, 2018. 

The new CR-V is larger than its predecessor and has a third row of seats. In terms of styling, the SUV comes with a chrome grille flanked by LED headlights with integrated L-shaped LED DRLs and a dual-tone front bumper with a pair of LED fog lamps. At the rear, the new CR-V gets L-shaped tail lights and a dual-tone bumper with integrated reflectors. 

On the inside, the CR-V gets a redesigned dashboard with a touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster along with a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel. As mentioned earlier, the car will come with a third row of seats.

In India, the CR-V is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine mated to a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The car is also expected to come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol unit mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The petrol version is not expected to get paddle shifters. 

While the diesel engine puts out 120 BHP and 300 Nm of torque, the petrol makes 154 BHP and 189 Nm of torque. All-wheel drive is likely to be offered in the diesel version.

Courtesy :-  Team BHP

Sep 11, 2018
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Future Mercedes-Benz EVs to have more radical design

Mercedes-Benz EQ sales and marketing boss Jorg Heinermann says that future electric cars from the carmaker will feature far more distinctive styling than that seen on the recently revealed EQC SUV.

The EQC is the German firm’s first dedicated electric vehicle. It is also the first of brand's 10 battery-electric vehicles and will be launched by 2022. These models will fall under Mercedes’ new full-electric EQ sub-brand, along with the firm’s mild­-hybrid and plug-in hybrid machines.

Although there are manufacturers that are creating dramatically different-looking EVs, Mercedes has decided to tread carefully, not wanting to alienate customers who like Mercedes’ existing design.

“The EQC has a close link to the [similar-sized] GLC, but for some of the future EQ models you will see more distinct design,” said Heinermann. “We have deliberately decided to take a step-by-step approach here."

Mercedes interior designer Hartmut Sinkwitz added, saying, “[The EQC] is the starting point for the electric family. We felt this is the right amount of revolution to start with for this car. You will see more with other EQ models. We believe this is a good starting point.”

One design element that will remain constant across the EQ models is the front grille. Despite electric cars not needing a front grille for cooling, as with combustion-engined cars, exterior designer Robert Lesnik said, “The grille is important, because otherwise the car would be faceless; it doesn’t matter if there needs to be an air-intake or not. We believe that every EQ car needs a certain shape in the front. There are many other car companies that are experimenting [without a grille], because they don’t have 130 years of history. That’s not what we’re going to do.”

Talking about the broader design of EQ models, he said, “We need time for a few cars, then you will see a familiar line through them.”

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Sep 11, 2018
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Mahindra Marazzo To Be Offered With Bespoke DC Cabin

Mahindra Marazzo To Be Offered With Bespoke DC Cabin
Mahindra recently launched its most premium MPV yet, the Marazzo at a starting price of Rs 9.99 lakh ex-showroom India. The MPV is available in four variants and comes with a diesel engine only, for now. The main USP of the Marazzo is its cabin space which feels upmarket and premium. But for the ones who are invariably left wanting more, Mahindra will soon be offering a Marazzo with the interiors redone by DC.
We got a close look at just what might be in store as part of the interior package on the sidelines of the launch.
For starters, the rear captain seats will be replaced with electrically adjustable, reclining seats that also get their own footrest that extends from under the seat, not unlike the uber-luxurious Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Rear occupants get foldable headrests shaped like a neck pillow.
The rear seats also get their own entertainment in the form of Android TV fixed to the rear of the front seats.
All of it can be operated from a touchpad console placed between the two captain seats.
Other features include a foldable table, smartphone housing for Android TV and a 7-litre capacity fridge along with a 12V charging socket as well.
In terms of ambience, the DC cabin makes use of faux leather on the seats and a dual tone scheme with faux wood inserts in the door along with black piano finish inserts. Even the front passenger seat is electrically adjustable although, surprisingly, the buttons are placed next to gear lever instead of on the door side. This makes the buttons a little hard to reach.
Also, with the luxurious layout, the access to the third row is difficult, to say the least, and quite less comfortable than the standard car. The exact pricing of the upgrade is yet unknown but if we were to estimate, we can expect Mahindra to charge between Rs 3.5 lakh-Rs 5.0 lakh over the M8 (Rs 13.90 lakh, ex-showroom) for the upgrade.

Courtesy :-  Zigwheels

Sep 11, 2018
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2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz accessories list revealed

Maruti Suzuki’s refreshed midsize sedan can be had with two design variants as a part of additional accessories.

The 2018 Maruti Ciaz was launched on August 20, with updates to the interior and exterior. The accessories list available for Maruti’s refreshed sedan has been revealed with a number of customisable options for buyers.

Customers will be able to choose from seven paint options, which are Nexa Blue, Pearl Sangria Red, Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown, Pearl Midnight Black, Metallic Glistening Grey, Metallic Silky Silver and Pearl Snow White. Maruti Suzuki is also offering two optional design variants with this car as a part of the accessories collectively called Collection Opulence and Collection Affluence. Among the two, former is more premium.

The refreshed Ciaz prices start at Rs 8.19 lakh for the base Sigma petrol variant and go up to Rs 10.97 lakh for the top-spec Alpha diesel trim. The Ciaz now comes with an all-new 105hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine that’s mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual gearbox. It also gets the tried and tested 1.3-litre diesel engine mated to a manual gearbox. The Ciaz facelift is available in four variants and rivals the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Toyota Yaris and Skoda Rapid.

Given below is the entire list of accessories that buyers can avail to personalise their Ciaz.

Collection Opulence

  • Premium body covers – NA
  • Premium tissue holder – NA
  • Interior styling kit in birch beige finish – Rs 5,000
  • Number plate garnish – Rs 990
  • Illuminated door sill guards – Rs 3,500
  • Leather steering cover – Rs 1,090
  • Door visors – Rs 1,390
  • Premium leather seat covers – Rs 7,000
  • Designer floor mats – NA
  • Beige cushions – NA
  • Body side moulding – Rs 3,500

Collection Affluence

  • Interior styling kit in birch beige finish – Rs 5,000
  • Leather steering cover – Rs 1,090
  • Illuminated door sill guards – Rs 3,500
  • Door visors – Rs 1,390
  • Body side moulding – Rs 3,500
  • Premium carpet mats – NA
  • Beige cushions – NA

Other Accessories

  • Rear spoiler – Rs 11,000
  • Exterior Styling kit – Rs 25,000
  • Diamond arrow finish alloy wheels – Rs 26,000
  • Rear seat entertainment system – NA
  • Touchscreen multimedia player – Rs 25,000
  • Premium fabric seat covers – NA
  • 2-way coaxial 260 W speakers, subwoofer and a 5-channel amplifier music system – Rs 21,000
  • Digital tyre inflator – Rs 2,500
  • Air purifier – NA
  • Reversing Camera – Rs 10,000
  • Fog Lamps – Rs 4,000

courtesy :-Autocar

Aug 28, 2018
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