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Rumour: Production-spec Tata H5X reveal in November 2018

Rumour: Production-spec Tata H5X reveal in November 2018

Tata Motors unveiled the H5X concept SUV at the 2018 Auto Expo. According to a media report, the company is planning to reveal the production version in November 2018.

Earlier this month, Tata Motors had revealed that the H5X was scheduled to be launched in Q1 2019. The 5-seater SUV will be based on a modified Land Rover L550 platform called Omega, while the styling will be based on Tata's Impact Design 2.0 design language featuring a new front and rear fascia, a coupe-like roofline and squared-off wheel arches.

The Tata H5X could be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine with 140 BHP. It is also rumoured that a 7-seat version is also being developed, which could use a re-tuned version of the same engine with 40 more horsepower. Transmission options might include a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed ZF automatic. According to media reports, the H5X will feature a 4WD system and all-independent suspension developed in-house at Tata Motors.

However, there has been no official word on the same from the carmaker.

Courtesy:- Team-BHP 

May 25, 2018
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Royal Enfield Thunderbird: Standard vs X Variant

Royal Enfield motorcycles are synonymous with highway riding, and the Thunderbird range is built for this pleasurable pursuit. The comfortable riding stance and the mellow thump make the Thunderbird an ideal companion for unhurried riding.
The swanky cruiser never gets old thanks to its modern design and practical features. However, Royal Enfield felt that there is scope to offer a custom-inspired derivative of the Thunderbird for a more urban-centric audience; and thus, the Thunderbird X range was born. So, what makes the X range stand apart from the normal variant? Let’s find out.

Wheels & Tyres:

The most talked-about change is the inclusion of alloy wheels wrapped with tubeless tyres in the X range. This combination is a first for a modern Royal Enfield, and we’d say better late than never! Both the 350 and the 500cc variants come with black 9-spoke alloy wheels and colour-coordinated rim stickers. The rim size for both the standard and X variants of the 350 & 500cc models are the same: a 19-incher at the front and the rear measuring 18 inches.

Even the tyre sizes are identical, with the front end wearing 90/90 rubber and the rear riding on a 120/80 section tyre. However, the main difference lies in the fact that the X twins use tubeless units. These tyres can handle punctures much better than tubed ones, but need different tools to mend in case of a puncture.

Design:

The overall design language of the Thunderbird X has remained more or less unchanged compared to the standard model. But the X range get a black-themed bodywork with contrasting colour options for the 20-litre fuel tank. The side panels, fenders, suspension, nacelles of the lighting system; powertrain and exhaust are all draped in black. They give a stealthy undertone to the motorcycle. The 350cc variant comes in Roving Red and Whimsical White, while the 500cc version gets Getaway Orange and Drifter Blue colour options.

The regular Thunderbird twins come with chromed-out bezels for the lighting system and instrument cluster. There’s chrome on the exhaust, utility box and tool box as well. But the powertrain comes in a matte-black finish. The fenders and the bodywork are colour-coded, though, and the available colours are Stone, Marine, Lightning, Flicker and Asphalt for both the 350 and 500cc variants.

Features:

The Thunderbird range is popular for being a feature-packed product. The shorter, blacked-out handlebar on the X range results in a leaned-in riding stance when compared to the laid-back ergonomics of the mini ape-hangers in the regular Thunderbird. Adding to the sportier feel is the new ‘Gunslinger’ single-piece seat. The seat has an interesting attention to detail with colour-matching stitching. The relatively firmer cushioning of the seat makes this bike more suitable for the urban environment.

In the pursuit of minimalistic sportiness, the X range does away with the highly practical grabrails with cushioned backrest. Instead, the bikes come with split and blacked out grab handles. However, this type of grab handles enhances the design flow at the rear. Another change is the inclusion of round rear-view mirrors in place of the oval mirrors which actually offers better visibility. The handlebar grip pattern is also different from the regular variant. The instrumentation has all the features that the normal version comes with. Disappointingly, Royal Enfield has excluded the hazard lamp function in the X range. The bike does sport a projector headlamp with an LED DRL, and LED tail light like its regular counterpart, though.

Specifications:

When it comes to the spec-sheet, both the standard and the X variants have the same figures. The 346cc single-cylinder twin spark mill with air cooling is good for 20.07PS coming in at 5,250rpm. A peak torque of 28Nm arrives at 4,000rpm. Its elder brother features a 499cc air-cooled twin spark engine with fuel injection. The powerplant punches out 27.5PS and 41.3Nm at the same respective revs as the 350cc version. Both the engine variants work in conjunction with a 5-speed gearbox.

The 41mm telescopic forks and the twin gas-charged shock absorbers offer the same amount of travel on both variants- at 130mm and 80mm respectively. Interestingly, there is no weight difference between the X and the standard model. The 350cc motorcycle tips the scale at 195kg, kerb; and the 500cc version of both the variants weigh 197kg, kerb. All the variants use a 280mm front disc with double-piston callipers, and a 240mm rear disc with a single-piston calliper. Royal Enfield has still not offered ABS for any of the models.

Pricing:

At an ex-showroom, Delhi, price of Rs 1.98 lakh, the Thunderbird 500X is Rs 13,000 dearer than its standard counterpart. The price difference for the Thunderbird 350 and the 350X stands at Rs 10,000, ex-showroom Delhi.

For the extra moolah, you get a trendy urban cruiser without losing the core values - practicality and mile-munching ability - that the Thunderbird stand for.

Courtesy:- Zigwheels 

May 25, 2018
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Kia Sportage SUV shown in India at the Auto Expo 2018

First shown at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, this fourth-gen Sportage, currently on display at Auto Expo 2018, is closely related to Hyundai’s Tucson, and rivals it in most markets.

The sporty-looking SUV has great potential for the Indian market, if it launches here. While the international model comes with a variety of engine options, this Sportage is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that makes 185hp and 402Nm of torque. 2WD and 4WD options are available.

In terms of kit, top-spec versions of the Sportage feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, an eight-speaker JBL sound system, a panoramic sunroof, reversing camera,adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED front fog lamps and parking assist. Even base versions of the Sportage are equipped with front fog lights, hill-start assist and descent control, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and cruise control.

If the SUV does come to India, it will face off against the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass, depending on how well it is priced.

Source:Autocar India

Feb 07, 2018
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Auto Expo 2018: Kia Makes Official India Debut With SP SUV Concept

India's newest automotive manufacturer is finally officially in India. Kia Motors showcased its full range at a massive display of design and engineering prowess at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. And at the center - the brand new Kia SP SUV Concept making its global debut! The Kia SP Concept is an SUV concept that is roughly similar to the Hyundai Creta in size and will most likely be based on the same platform and get the same internal bits as its Hyundai counterpart does. The Kia SP SUV concept will see a production version sometime next year when Kia Motors India officially starts production and sales of its cars in mid-2019.

The SP SUV concept - showcased here in a bright orange and white combination (white and a bright pastel color seems to be the theme at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo) is quite the looker. It gets the Kia family grille that has been enhanced and made even more aggressive. The SP SUV concept also gets a set of new edgy headlamps that have two design elements - on top a slimmer edgier running light and a larger illumination element on the bottom - that is flanked by the grille. At the rear, the SP SUV concept is somewhat similar to the likes of the Creta and also takes inspiration from the Sportage SUV in terms of the tail light design.The SUV also features wide wheel arches with large wheels, a typically SUVesque skid plate design on the front and rear bumper. The SP SUV concept also features a two tone design that doesn't look forced on and looks like it was a part of the design process. The SP Concept - when it makes it to production soon - will go up against the likes of the Hyundau Creta and the Renault Captur. Expect it to get the 1.6-litre diesel engine and the new 1-litre direct injection motor used by Kia globally

Feb 07, 2018
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Auto Expo 2018: Renault unveils electric car Zoe, sports car Trezor


French car maker Renault unveiled the concept electric, autonomous car Trezor at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Trezor is a two seater super car, which was first showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The Trezor has a motor that develops 350 bhp of maximum power and weighs 1600kg. The car which is expected to come into production in 2020 can do 0-100km/hr in under four seconds. The rated top speed of the supercar is 250km/hr.

While the Trezor may not come to India any time soon the French company has promised to launch the compact electric car Zoe in the Indian market perhaps in the next financial year. The car has been testing in India since the last several months.

Feb 07, 2018
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