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SCOOP! No AWD for Tata Harrier

Packaging constraints posed by the combination of the Fiat diesel engine and Land Rover platform mean Tata’s flagship will not get an all-wheel-drive system in the near future.

If you're an off-road enthusiast and have been waiting for the launch of the Tata Harrier, we have some bad news for you - Tata's new SUV will not be offered with all-wheel drive, at least not in the near future.

As you may know, the Tata Harrier is based on Land Rover's L550 platform, and will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s learned that packaging the Fiat engine for an all-wheel drive setup in the Land Rover platform would require major re-engineering – specifically, modifying the position of the propeller shaft. Given the high costs involved with making such a change and the low demand for all-wheel drive SUVs in the segment, Tata Motors has no immediate plans to launch an AWD version of the Harrier.

The front-wheel drive Harrier will, however, get a Land Rover-like Terrain Response controller with multiple modes for the ESP system. Tata has also revealed teaser videos of its SUV being tested in tough conditions, so the promise is that the Harrier will, at the very least, be more capable than its fellow front-wheel drive rivals.

However, at some point during the Harrier’s lifecycle, an AWD version could be developed if there is demand for it, especially in export markets. The most likely possibility is a sporty variant of the Harrier, powered by JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engines, in which case the packaging of the entire powertrain and AWD drive system would not be a problem.

Of the other details we can confirm, the Harrier will get a hydraulic power steering rather than a costlier - if more efficient - electric power steering.

The Tata Harrier will be launched in mid-January 2019, and is expected to cost between Rs 16-21 lakh (on-road).

Courtesy : Autocar

Nov 29, 2018
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New Honda Passport SUV revealed

New five-seat SUV slots in above the CR-V; gets a 284hp, 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and optional all-wheel-drive.

Honda has revealed a new five-seat SUV at the ongoing LA motor show, called the Passport. The new model, which revives the nameplate in the US market, will slot above the CR-V in the Japanese carmaker’s range.

Based on a monocoque chassis, the new Passport gets a single engine-gearbox combination – a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine making 284hp and 355Nm of peak torque that is mated to a 9-speed torque convertor automatic transmission. While drive is sent to the front wheels as standard, customers can also spec the SUV with Honda’s i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system. The all-wheel-drive system can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s output to individual rear wheels and comes with four modes including sand, snow and mud. If specced with the standard front-wheel-drive layout, the Passport gets two drive modes – normal and snow.

The cabin of the Honda Passport is claimed to be class leading due to its larger size and five-seat layout. This also means that boot space is excellent with 1,167 litres available, which expands to 2,206 litres with the 60:40 split folding rear seats down.

In terms of features, the Passport SUV is quite well kitted. A 590-watt audio system comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen (on the higher-spec models), which gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Lower trims get a 215-watt audio system with a 5.0-inch display. Honda has provided a number of driver assistance systems across all variants including emergency auto braking and forward collision warning, lane departure alerts and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise, cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera.

Honda in India has recently launched the fifth-gen CR-V at Rs 28.15-32.75 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The carmaker has not revealed plans to bring the Passport SUV to India.

Courtesy : Autocar

Nov 29, 2018
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Royal Enfield Launches Thunderbird 500X ABS At Rs 2.13 Lakh

Recently spotted at various dealerships, the ABS-equipped Thunderbird 500 X has finally been launched by Royal Enfield at Rs 2.13 lakh.
  • Royal Enfield launches Thunderbird 500 X with ABS.
  • Price is Rs 14,000 more than the non-ABS variant of the bike.
  • Royal Enfield is likely to discontinue the non-ABS Thunderbird 500 X.
Royal Enfield has launched the much-anticipated Thunderbird 500 X ABS at Rs 2.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This represents a price hike of a little over Rs 14,000 over the non-ABS version of the motorcycle. Moreover, the launch of the Thunderbird 500 X ABS likely means curtains down for the non-ABS version.
The Thunderbird 500 X is a factory-made custom version of the Thunderbird cruiser. The 500 X features several styling elements that help it differentiate itself from the standard Thunderbird. The most prominent among them are the bright-coloured tank, colour-coordinated rim stickers and 9-spoke alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres. The cruiser sports a black-themed bodywork that contrasts well with the two colour options (Getaway Orange & Drifter Blue) it offers.

Looks apart, the 500 X shares its underpinnings with the normal Thunderbird. This means the ABS-equipped Thunderbird 500 X is powered by the same 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine as before, producing 27.5PS of power and 41.3Nm of torque. The engine boasts of fuel-injection and comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. Braking duties are handled by a 280mm disc at the front with a 240mm disc doing duty at the rear.

By launching the ABS variant of the Thunderbird 500 X, Royal Enfield has taken the fight to the Perak, Jawa's own interpretation of a factory-custom bobber that it unveiled recenty alongside the Jawa and the 42. More importantly, Royal Enfield is now one step closer towards equipping its entire range of motorcycles with ABS as the Classic, the Himalayan and the normal Thunderbird series of motorcycles have already received the life-saving feature. The Bullet is now the only model from Royal Enfield yet to receive ABS.

Courtesy : Zigwheels

Nov 29, 2018
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Is The KTM 125 Duke Right For You?

With KTM bringing the 125 Duke to India, we help you figure out if this is the right motorcycle for you.
The KTM 200 Duke has been the gateway into the Austrian manufacturer’s range in India ever since its launch in January 2012. For almost seven years, the bike gave us our first taste of what to expect from KTM. It brought in a new wave of motorcyclists who were wowed by the way she went like the wind. Bikes which offered similar performance were nearly double the price. However, seven years later now in the last few days of 2018, KTM has launched the ABS version of the motorcycle at Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The entry point was becoming a bit too costly for many to swallow, especially considering that the bike is virtually unchanged from 2012 apart from some minor tweaks. KTM India needed a bike to step in and again occupy that sweet spot of Rs 1.15 lakh-1.20 lakh that the 200 originally retailed at. Enter the 125 Duke.
Let's just get a few facts about the 125 Duke out there to get you up to speed. The 125 Duke looks just the 200, with near-identical specs. It gets a small 125cc heart that makes 14.5PS and 12Nm. The rest of the chassis as well as components such as the MRF Revz rubber, WP USD forks, single-channel ABS and lightweight alloy rims, remain the same as the 200 Duke and thus weighs only 148 kilos wet. It has got a phenomenal power to weight ratio and will surely give the likes of the 160cc motorcycles a good run for their money. It has an introductory price of Rs 1.18 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.

Getting to matter at hand, who will the 125 Duke be best suited for? For starters, since the 125 Duke is the cheapest KTM in India, for those who want the brand’s racy and sporty aura but weren’t willing to shell out over a lakh and a half rupees for it, this would fit the bill just fine.
The performance is not going to be ridiculous. It might be peaky but the small motor makes an honest 14PS. It is a nice way to get used to what a KTM can do, should you have aspirations of owning a bigger KTM sometime in the future. It will act as a great learner’s bike for the budding enthusiast. Getting to grips with what a performance-oriented motorcycle can do (in terms of power delivery, handling and more importantly braking) will be better learnt on the 125 Duke. 

It would also be an easier way to for the college-going kid to convince his parents to buy him a KTM which does not have manic power. Also the point that it would be more convenient in a cash-strapped situation would please most kids as well as parents alike.

Courtesy : Zigwheels

Nov 29, 2018
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Tata 45X, Maruti Baleno Rival, Spied Again

To be launched in 2019, the large hatchback is in the final stages of testing
  • The Tata 45X continues to be extensively tested on public roads.
  • New exclusive spy shots show the car with non-production lights and tasty 8-spoke alloy wheels.
  • Like the Tata Nexon, the upcoming hatchback retains many design features shown in its concept form.

A new set of of exclusive spy shots show the Tata 45X hatchback on test near Pune, Maharashtra. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno rival will be launched in the second half of 2019 and is expected to inject a fresh breath of air in a segment which has not seen any updates in a long time except for the Honda Jazz facelift and constant updates to the Volkswagen Polo.

Maruti Suzuki is expected to make things difficult for the 45X by launching a mid-life facelift of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno around the same time. Ford too will put its fighter in the ring with an update to the Figo, with design updates similar to the Freestyle and the new Aspire. An all-new Hyundai i20 will join the melee sometime in 2020.

What’s new in the latest spy shots? Apart from a look at what could be production-spec 16-inch alloy wheels, nothing much we haven’t seen before. The 8-spoke alloy wheels have been inspired from the units seen on the concept back at the 2018 Auto Expo.

The edgy design seen on the concept seems to have been carried over on to the production version with compromises made to make it road-worthy. The door handles on the front doors are conventional while the rear ones sit somewhat flush in a quarter panel behind the rear windows. The grille may not be as inset as the one on the concept for functional/safety reason. Finally, the wild looking roof-mounted spoilers have been given a miss, but these could be seen on future test mules or on the final production model.

While engine and transmission details are yet to be revealed, the 45X is expected to get the same engines as the Nexon. These could be offered in a different state and will comply with BSVI emissions norms too. Manual transmissions will be offered on most variants. AMTs or automatic transmissions could be offered if they match the characteristic of the car. We know that Jayem Tata Performance (JTP) will have a crack at making the 45X go as fast as it looks, expect a firebreather of a car to slot in above the Tiago JTP.

More photos and details about the Tata 45X are expected soon. So stay tuned to ZigWheels for the latest updates.

Courtesy : Zigwheels

Nov 29, 2018
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