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India-bound Audi A4 facelift revealed

India-bound Audi A4 facelift revealed
Refreshed A4 gets sharper design tweaks and more standard equipment; expected to arrive in India next year.

Audi has given the A4 a minor refresh in its design, and it now comes with an enlarged standard equipment list, though there are no mechanical changes. The facelift for the fifth-generation A4 (the pre-facelift model sells in India) is expected to arrive in India some time in 2019.

Design-based changes include slightly sharper features, bigger side skirts and a new grille design. The top-spec S variant gets a more prominent rear diffuser and larger 19-inch alloy wheels, though lower trims stick with 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. A new Turbo Blue colour is expected to be exclusively available with cars in Black Edition specification.

Standard kit has increased across the range. All trims also now get a 7-inch infotainment screen and satellite navigation as standard. The entry-level variant now comes with a multi-function steering wheel and electric-folding mirrors while the Sport models feature four-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats and auto-folding door mirrors. S line and Black Edition models add high beam assist headlamps to this list.

The current A4 that retails in India is priced between Rs 41.47 lakh and Rs 46.94 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and rivals the likes of the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class (whose facelift is scheduled to arrive in October this year) and the Volvo S60 (the next-gen model is expected in 2019).

Courtesy: AUTOCARE

Jun 29, 2018
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Mahindra TUV300 Plus launched at Rs. 9.60 lakh

Mahindra has launched the TUV300 Plus in India at prices starting from Rs. 9.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV is offered in 3 variants - P4, P6 and P8.

The TUV300 Plus is a stretched version of the standard TUV300. It measures 4,400 mm in length, 1,835 mm in width and 1,812 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,680 mm, while its boot space is rated at 696 litres. The P8 variant comes with folding second row seats. With the seats folded, the luggage capacity is increases to 888 litres. The vehicle has a fuel tank capacity of 60 litres. 

The TUV300 Plus has a similar front fascia as its sub-4 meter sibling. The front end features a 5-slat grille flanked by sweptback headlamps. The front bumper has a rectangular air dam with rectangular fog lamps on either side. The vehicle rides on 16-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels shod with 215/70 section tyres and the rear features a set of new tail lamp clusters and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

On the inside, the TUV300 Plus features a dual-tone dashboard finished in beige and black. The centre fascia has a piano black finish and houses a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has features like navigation and voice messaging and Bluesense App connectivity. Further, it comes with a 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel and a twin-dial instrument cluster with a central MID. The seats feature faux-leather upholstery. The power window switches are placed between the front seats, which have separate centre arm rests. The vehicle has 2 side-facing seats in the third row giving it a total seating capacity of 9.

The TUV300 Plus is powered by a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 120 BHP @ 4,000 rpm and 280 Nm @ 1,800-2,800 rpm and comes paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. All three variants get Mahindra's Micro Hybrid Technology with brake energy regeneration and ECO Mode. The air-conditioning system also has an ECO mode. 

Safety features like ABS with EBD and driver and passenger side airbags are only offered on the P6 and P8 variants. There and 5 colour options to choose from - Majestic Silver, Bold Black, Dynamo Red, Molten Orange and Glacier White.

Variant-wise ex-showroom prices:

P4 - Rs. 9,59,001

P6 - Rs. 9,95,000

P8 - Rs. 10,98,600

Courtesy:- TEAM BHP

Jun 21, 2018
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class facelift review, test drive

What is it?

It’s been four whole years since this generation of C-class has been around, but it doesn’t feel that long, since the car, for the most part, has aged so well. Sure, newer rivals have taken the game forward, particularly in the technology and infotainment departments, but it’s the classic design and solid luxury values that have kept the C desirable. An update, however, is rarely a bad thing, and that’s what we will be getting, in India, in October 2018. We’ve been driving the mid-cycle refresh of the C-class in Luxembourg and Germany, and there’s quite a lot to report.

However, the looks don’t account for much of what’s new. The exterior is largely the same, with only minor changes to the grilles, bumpers and wheels to report. There are new configurations for the full-LED headlamps, however, the more basic setup offering two rows of LED units one atop the other, and the more advanced ‘Multi-Beam’ setup using a large projector unit that is capable of shooting its light beam 650 metres down the road. Nice! There’s also a new LED pattern in the tail-lamps and the AMG C 43 models now get round tailpipes as a differentiator.

Inside, the big change is to the screens. You now get an optional 10.25in central screen for the COMAND infotainment and a 12.3in screen replacing the analogue dials – both options we hope Mercedes ticks for India. The steering wheels are the same as in the S-class – a more elegant one for the standard car and a sportier flat-bottomed one for AMG models – and both now feature more controls, including the dual touch-pad interface for the infotainment. Other than that, it’s worth noting that Mercedes, listening to feedback on the existing car, has introduced more matte wood (rather than glossy) trim options and darker leather colours, which we hope make it to India to replace the somewhat-passé black and beige.

What’s it like to drive?

All of the engines are either all-new or updated. The 200 petrol, for instance, is now a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit, rather than a 2.0-litre (although the power output is the same), the 300 petrol in the cabriolet is now up to 258hp, the 220d is the new 2.0-litre (code: OM654) unit we saw on the E-class (the 2.1-litre OM651 is no more), and the twin-turbo 250d is replaced by the 300d, which is a more powerful version of the 220d’s 2.0-litre motor. The AMG 43 motor is the same twin-turbo 3.0 V6 as before, but power is now up 23hp to 390hp. We drove the C 300d and the AMG C 43.

The new C 300d makes the same 500Nm of torque as the C 250d, but power is up from 204hp to a solid 245hp! Do you feel the 41hp bump immediately? Not quite, because the 250d was a strong engine to begin with, and because the 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox did (and still does) such a stellar job of delivering the power. But yes, it is evident that you always have a strong reserve of power at your disposal, and this is particularly felt when you’re overtaking at high speeds. It’s also more refined than the old 2.1-litre unit, but there’s still quite a boomy noise when you open it up a bit. The gearbox, too, is seamless for the most part, but can fumble slightly when kicking down hard for sudden acceleration.

The big caveat when it came to evaluating the ride and handling (other than Europe’s fantastically smooth roads, of course) was that our C 300d sedan test car had air suspension and AWD – neither of which will be available on the Indian version. The ride quality, as a result, was really nice and cushy, and we’ll have to wait and see how they calibrate the passive steel springs when the car comes to India; the current car, for instance, is set up a bit too firm for our market. Secondly, because of the AWD and the air suspension, the steering felt nowhere near as sharp or connected as the one we have in India, but instead felt a bit slow and soft.

We also drove the AMG C 43, but interestingly, we drove it in the Coupe body style, as Mercedes is likely to bring this version to our market as well. As before, it gets 4Matic AWD, but now it has a 23hp power bump too. This car feels more or less the same as before, although – and this may be because driving through a German forest is like driving through an echo chamber – it seems even louder this time. It still feels a bit heavier and more tied down than the standard cars, and all the settings on the adaptive dampers feel a touch firmer too.

The last piece of the experience is the suite of Level 2 Autonomous or self-driving tech that debuted in India on the facelifted S-class, which worked really well in the C-class on our test drive. But Mercedes says, save for a few small sub-features, this won’t be coming to India, simply as it would upset the model hierarchy – the E-class doesn’t get it, so the C cannot.

Should I buy one?

Certainly, if you were already considering a C-class, the deal has only gotten sweeter now, but that’s the case with most updates, isn’t it? Moreover, it just feels like a more modern car this time around. Some interesting questions do arise though. Will the Indian market take to a downsized 1.5-litre motor? Will Mercedes bite the bullet and spec the car to the max with the high-resolution screens (a bugbear of the current car is its small and dated infotainment unit)? Will they get the suspension for India right this time? Will India accept a coupe body style, even if only for the high-end AMG variant? These are all questions that will be answered in October, but they’re also a good sign, because that means the segment has evolved, and you can be sure Mercedes has been listening to feedback and will evolve with it. What is in no doubt, though, is that this one model range has so much diversity to offer. With a number of engines and body styles to suit a number of buyers and budgets, the facelifted C-class will certainly have something for everyone.

Courtesy:- AUTOCARE

Jun 21, 2018
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Cleveland CycleWerks To Commence Sales In October

The company will enter India with two models: the Ace and the Misfit

The wait for a Royal Enfield alternative might finally be over. Cleveland CycleWerks, the American two-wheeler manufacturer which recently showed off its products at the Auto Expo 2018, will commence sales this October. The announcement was made through the company’s social media accounts.

Cleveland CycleWerks originally had plans of launching its motorcycles in June 2018 but with the dealership network setup still underway, the launch had to be pushed to this October. For their Indian operations, the company will be collaborating with Hyderabad-based Laish-Madison Motor Werks for production and distribution of its bikes. The bikes will take the CKD route from China and will be assembled at CCW’s Pune Plant.

Speaking of the bikes, CCW showcased four models at the Auto Expo 2018: the Misfit, the Ace Deluxe, the Ace Scrambler and the Ace Cafe. Of these, only the Ace and the Misfit will be launched this October.

The Ace is a small and compact neo retro-styled bike with clean lines and simplicity written all over it. It gets a round chrome headlamp, a single-pod analogue instrument console, a classic teardrop-shaped fuel tank and stubby retro styled fenders.
As the name suggests, the Misfit is designed to be a maverick. The cafe racer-inspired bike gets a blacked out theme, which contrasts with the fluorescent lime green paint job on the panels really well.
What's interesting is that the 229cc motor used to power these bikes are essentially a licence-built variation of the well proven Honda CMX250’s engine. So reliability could be a big plus for these bikes. The 229cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled mill produces peak power of 15.4PS at 7000rpm and a max torque of 16Nm at 6000rpm. It comes mated to a 5-speed transmission.
The Ace employs a conventional diamond-type frame, although here the engine acts as a stressed member. In comparison, the Misfit uses a tubular, steel-backbone-type dual-cradle frame. Suspension duties are taken care of by upside-down forks upfront while the rear gets twin hydraulic shock absorbers with 5-stage preload adjustability. Anchoring the bike is a single 298mm disc coupled with a 2-piston caliper while the rear receives a 210mm disc with a single-piston caliper. Tyres measure in at 110/70-17 and 130/70-17 for the Ace, as opposed to the Misfit’s slightly slimmer 120/70 rear section tyre.
The Ace range and the Misfit are expected to be priced between Rs 2 lakh-2.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete will the UM Renegade Sports S (Rs 1.64 lakh) and the well established Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X (Rs 1.98 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi).

Courtesy:- ZIGWHEELS

Jun 21, 2018
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Ducati SuperSport Gets New Colour That Adds More Flair

The Ducati SuperSport gets a new matte-finished Titanium Grey paint scheme with red rims and frame that replaces ‘Ducati Red’ in international markets

The Ducati SuperSport is one of the most sensual-looking motorcycles ever made by the Italian bike manufacturer. In fact, it even won the ‘Most Beautiful Bike Of the Show’ at the 2016 EICMA. Now, Ducati has updated the SuperSport with a new matte-finish Titanium Grey colour. Along with the frame, the wheels too get the red colour treatment and enhances the sporty stance of the motorcycle. The optional pillion seat cover and the panniers will also be offered in this colour, says the company.

The new colour will be available in the international market from July, and its prices will remain unchanged too. Currently, it retails at £11,795 (around Rs 10.57 lakh) in the UK. In India, the SuperSport retails at Rs 12.04 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the Ducati Red variant. The SuperSport S variant will continue to be available in Star White Silk and Ducati Red. Here’s Ducati’s official statement on the new colour variant:

Press Release:

Ducati presents a new colour scheme for the SuperSport range

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 19 June 2018 – Ducati springs forward to 2019, with the presentation of the new and stylish colour scheme for the SuperSport which will be available with a matt Titanium Grey fairing paired with red wheel rims and frame.

The new colour scheme, which combines a sporty style with an elegant look, is a reinterpretation of the colours that characterised some of Ducati's most iconic sports models in the past. The SuperSport says goodbye to the traditional Ducati Red and debuts with the new Titanium Grey with a matt finish which is made yet more attractive and unique by the red of the frame and wheel rims. The rear seat cover will also be available in the same colour combination, as will the plastic inserts decorating the side panniers, both items featuring among the wide range of Ducati Performance accessories (pictured below).

The SuperSport S, fitted with Öhlins suspension, Ducati Quick Shift up/down and rear seat cover, will continue to be available in Ducati Red as well as in the much-loved combination of Star White Silk, with red wheel rims and frame.

The new colour scheme will be available starting from July at Ducati Stores. The price of the SuperSport range remains unchanged.

The Ducati SuperSport is the bike for those eager to ride sports-style on everyday roads. Fun and versatile with true Ducati sports styling and zest, the SuperSport makes riders feel like racers. Equipped with a 937 cm3 twin-cylinder Testastretta 11° engine, it delivers 110 HP and a full yet linear torque curve. While a mean lean road machine, the SuperSport has decidedly approachable feel thanks to easy handling, the confidence-inspiring Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control), the awesome price-quality ratio of the equipment and the long maintenance intervals.

Courtesy:- ZIGWHEELS

Jun 21, 2018
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