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Rumour: Datsun GO, GO+ facelift launch in September 2018

Datsun is reportedly planning to launch the GO and GO+ facelift in India around September 2018.

The updated GO hatchback and GO+ MPV are already on sale in Indonesia. The cars get redesigned front bumpers with black inserts and chrome highlights as well as vertical LED DRLs. The front grille has a chrome frame and comes with a new mesh design. The car gets redesigned headlights and higher variants ride on 14-inch alloy wheels. 

The interiors have also been updated with a new dual-tone dashboard and a redesigned centre console with new air-conditioning vents. The new cars get a touchscreen infotainment screen and a covered glove box. The 3-spoke steering wheel gets silver trim and the instrument cluster comes with a new tachometer. The front bench seat has been replaced with two separate seats. The two seats are now separated by the handbrake lever, which was earlier placed on the centre console.

Details about the India-spec Datsun GO and GO+ facelift are scarce. However, media reports suggest that the Indian version might get features like electric mirror adjust, power windows, rear washer and wiper, rear parking sensors, driver and passenger airbags and ABS. Both models are likely to use the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine which makes 67 BHP @ 5,000 rpm and 104 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm which is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Courtesy : Team BHP

Jun 19, 2018
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Jayem Neo EV spotted in Ola Cabs livery

The Tata Nano-based Jayem Neo electric vehicle (EV) has been spotted in Hyderabad sporting Ola Cabs livery. The car appears to be one of the 400 units that will be incorporated into the cab aggregator's fleet. Ola may be planning to roll out these EVs in Hyderabad, initially.

As per the spy images, the Neo gets a black bonnet garnish with the Jayem logo in the centre. It has smoked headlights along with black ORVMs and door handles. The Neo is based on the latest generation Nano and comes with a tail gate. The Tata logo at the rear has also been replaced with a Jayem logo, while the Neo badge has a similar font to that of the original Nano. The tail lights have been carried over unchanged and so are the front and rear bumpers, which feature a black mesh design. The 9-spoke alloy wheels are identical to those seen on the Nano, except for the Jayem logo in the centre.

The Jayem Neo is powered by a 48V electric powertrain, which develops 23 BHP. The cars are assembled at Jayem's facility in Coimbatore. Tata Motors supplies the Nano bodyshell, while Electra EV supplies the electric powertrain. It is the same company which provides powertrains for the Tigor EV and Tiago EV.

Courtesy : Team BHP

Jun 19, 2018
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Jeep Compass Bedrock launched at Rs 17.53 lakh

Special edition SUV is based on the base-diesel Sport trim but gets more features and cosmetic changes; launched to celebrate 25,000 units sold.

Jeep has brought out a new special edition, limited-run model of its Compass SUV, called the Bedrock edition, at Rs 17.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Only available on the diesel engine, the Bedrock is based on the base Sport trim but gets more equipment and cosmetic changes inside and outside. Jeep has launched the model to celebrate 25,000 units sold of the Compass.

On the outside, the Bedrock edition is available in three paint shades - Vocal White, Minimal Grey and Exotica Red - and gets black-finished 16-inch alloy wheels, decals on the doors and black roof rails. The insides of the limited-run SUV get Bedrock-badged seat covers, new floor mats and the 5.0-inch infotainment system doubles as a reversing camera with dynamic guidance.

As it is based on the Sport trim, the model gets standard equipment such as dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, stability and traction control, four-wheel disc brakes, power adjust and folding wing mirrors and an electric parking brake.

The American brand only offers the Compass Bedrock edition with the 173hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine, which sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

At this pricing, the special edition slots between the Sport (Rs 16.55 lakh) and Longitude (Rs 17.87 lakh) trims.

In India, Jeep is expected to bring the Trail Rated version of the Compass to India soon, and is also scheduled to bring in the Renegade facelift to the market in the future. The highlight of Jeep’s future plans is that it is working on a sub-4m SUV for our market.

Courtesy : Autocare

Jun 19, 2018
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New Suzuki Jimny official images released

Official pictures from Suzuki show that the next-gen SUV gets more rugged styling and tweaked interiors.

Suzuki has officially released images its new Jimny ahead of a formal unveil in Japan later in the year. Spied testing multiple times and with a number of leaked images, details regarding the Jimny have been floating around for a while now.

The new images confirm what had been revealed in the leaks, including the more rugged yet still retro exterior styling and the more upmarket interiors, which seem to have been borrowed from the Swift hatchback.

The fourth-generation model is being developed with the feedback of existing Jimny owners in mind, who rank its effective off-road capabilities and robustness more highly than on-road performance.

Road handling will still be improved, but a Suzuki spokesman explained that the car's unique selling point was its hardy nature, so this will remain the focus during development. An image of the car's ladder chassis shows this, and it's also confirmed that three-link rigid axle suspension will be fitted, and part time four-wheel drive, with low range transfer gear is also used.

The car's design reflects its 4x4 status, taking influence from earlier-generation Jimnys with a simple, box-shaped body. Much of the design appears similar to that applied to the Mercedes-Benz G-class, such as the squared-off wheel arches and tail-lights located low on the bumper.

Although the Jimny’s cabin gains modern features such as touchscreen infotainment, the overall design remains clunky - likely due to a priority for function over form to enable users to operate controls and buttons with gloves on.

Suzuki has been testing the car in four countries in order to develop the car's chassis set-up and refinement for launch onto the global market. Its scale is not expected to drastically change from the outgoing car.

The brand has remained tight-lipped as to what will power the future SUV, but sources expect Suzuki’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-pot Boosterjet engine to be offered, with the brand’s naturally aspirated 1.2-litre a potential entry-point engine. No diesel engine is expected as the brand recently confirmed it has pulled all diesel options from its current line-up.

Suzuki swapped the manual low-range gear selector in its latest Vitara for an electric rotary dial, but the new Jimny could stick with the former system to maximise its off-road adjustability.

The brand's decision to ignore the temptation to build a more mainstream model should ensure that sales remain comparatively small (versus other compact SUVs).  

Suzuki has yet to make an official statement regarding the Jimny’s India entry. If it does arrive, it will be a viable replacement for the Gypsy, which has been on sale in the country since 1985.

Courtesy : Autocare

Jun 19, 2018
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Honda registers strong interest in automatic Amazes

The arrival of the new Amaze has given Honda a shot in the arm. The carmaker sold 9,789 units of the Amaze in May 2018, which is the highest monthly sales figure for a Honda in India yet. The early success of the compact sedan also helped boost Honda’s monthly overall sales by 41 percent, compared to May 2017. The carmaker has disclosed it has received over 15,000 bookings for the new Amaze until now and has prioritised production of the compact sedan to meet the demand.

With four engine-gearbox options on offer, including a new diesel-CVT, it is interesting to see the early booking trends. The petrol-diesel sales split is 64-36, but the big news is the increase in the uptake of automatic transmission Amazes. As per the initial bookings, the manual-automatic split is 74-26. Remarking on the development, Rajesh Goel, senior vice president, and director, Honda Cars India told Autocar India, “The automatic share in Amaze bookings has gone up significantly. In the petrol volumes, the current booking trend for the petrol-CVT is 24 percent in comparison to the outgoing Amaze which was at 7 percent for the petrol variants.” Also noteworthy is that the new diesel-CVT combo has also found a fair number of buyers with nearly one in three Amaze diesel customers opting for the convenience of an automatic. The diesel-CVT makes up 11 percent of total Amaze bookings.

According to dealers we spoke to, customers are attracted to the compact sedan for its looks and the flat face, which is now common on all new Honda cars. While the petrol-manual in mid-spec S trim is the version in most demand (19 percent of all bookings), in general, customers are opting for higher V and VX versions. The trend is sure to have Honda officials consider the top-spec VX trim for introduction on the automatic versions as well. So far, the automatics can only be had in mid-spec S and second-from-top V trim. The manual versions, on the other hand, are available in four trims – E, S, V, and VX.  

Though Honda has said it will utilise its full capacity to meet customer demand at the earliest, the waiting period for the Amaze is well above 40 days even in key markets.

 Courtesy :- AutoCar

Jun 13, 2018
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