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2018 Mercedes-Benz E 220d 4Matic All-Terrain launched at Rs 75 lakh

Mercedes-Benz expanded its rather exhaustive portfolio in India by driving in the new E-class All-Terrain. The new car from Mercedes-Benz has been priced at Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom, all India). The E-class All-Terrain is the first estate offering from the German automotive giant in India and further expands the E-class line-up. With this new addition, the new E-class portfolio in India now boasts three different body styles – the long-wheelbase sedan (standard model), the standard wheelbase sedan (AMG E 63) and the new estate.

This is the second model after the recently launched C-class facelift to feature Merc's new BS-VI-compliant four-cylinder diesel motor, with the E-class sedan scheduled to get it later this year.  The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine makes 194hp and 400Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 9-speed automatic transmission that transfers powers to all four wheels using Mercedes’ 4Matic system. Similar to the Mercedes-Benz S-class, the OM654 engine on the All-Terrain complies with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms despite running on the existing BS-IV fuel. There are five drive modes on offer including an ‘All-Terrain’ mode and an ‘Individual’ mode.

The new estate is based on the standard-wheelbase E-class; however it is about 116mm shorter in length (at 4,947mm) and has a 158mm shorter wheelbase (at 2,939mm). More importantly, the longer rear overhang has helped liberate 640 litres of boot space. And if you think that isn’t adequate, folding the rear seats expands boot space to 1,820 litres. Adding to the visual appeal are the 19-inch alloy wheels, while the plastic cladding on the lower section of the bodywork and bumpers visually differentiate it from the E-class sedan.

The interiors are similar to the standard E-class and include the Comand infotainment system, air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, three-zone climate control and an electrically operated tailgate. Although the estate doesn’t feature the seat-recline function and soft pillow headrests seen on the sedan.

The Mercedes-Benz E 220d All-Terrain competes against the Volvo V90 Cross Country, which carries a sticker price of Rs 65.31 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).

SOURCE: Autocar India

Sep 28, 2018
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Volvo V60 Cross Country revealed

The first set images and details of Volvo’s new V60 Cross Country have been released. The rugged estate benefits from new front and rear skid plates, chunky lower body cladding and a 75mm ride height increase compared to the standard V60.

However, the V60 Cross Country isn’t just a styling upgrade – a new specially developed chassis and suspension package aims to boost the model’s off-road capability. All-wheel drive is standard, alongside Hill Descent Control and a new off-road driving mode for the drivetrain.

For international markets, the V60 Cross Country’s sole engine choice will be the 190hp D4 Diesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, that helps achieve a claimed 0-100kph time of 8.2 seconds. Mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are expected at a later date.

Like the regular V60, the Cross Country will get City Safety with Autobrake tech as standard, which can recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. Run-off Road Mitigation and Oncoming Lane Mitigation will also be standard, while Cross-Traffic Alert is optional.

The Swedish brand is not expected to bring the V60 Cross Country to India any time soon, seeing as the standard V60 is not part of its India line-up either. However, Volvo India does have the V40 Cross Country and the V90 Cross Country on sale in India, which retail at Rs 32.83 lakh and Rs 65.31 lakh, respectively.

All prices, ex-showroom, India

SOURCE: Autocar India

Sep 28, 2018
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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon 800 unveiled

Ducati has just revealed an updated Scrambler 800. The bike, which will go on sale in international markets from November 2018, gets cosmetic tweaks, tech, and features as part of the update. We can expect this model to arrive in India shortly after it hits markets in Europe and the USA.

The Scrambler has proved to be a success for Ducati, with sales of over 55,000 units since its debut around four years ago. In light of this, the Italian bike maker appears to have not wanted to fix something that’s not broken and the cosmetic changes have been kept to a minimum. The most prominent ones are the LED turn signals and new headlight with an LED DRL that is quite similar to the one on the Scrambler 1100. The bike also gets redesigned tank panels and a muffler cover that is now more cylindrical. Ducati has added a new ‘atomic tangerine’ colour as well.

The similarities to the Scrambler 1100 go further in the form of borrowed 10-spoke alloy wheels and a brushed aluminium finish on the engine casing. Like the 1100, the smaller Scrambler now gets cornering ABS, which, as Ducati explains, allows “you to make a panic stop while at full lean without crashing”. Interestingly, when launched, the Scrambler 800 will be the most affordable motorcycle in India with this tech.

The motorcycle also gets new switchgear that is said to be more ergonomic. The indicators also have the self-cancelling feature. Ducati has also said that the bike's revised seat is flatter and comfortable for both, the rider and pillion. The website also states that the bike features an improved suspension setup and we hope this translates to a plusher feel, as the outgoing model is known to be a bit harsh. Other mechanical changes include a hydraulic clutch control with adjustable levers, both features seen on the Scrambler 1100 as well. Lastly, the new Icon features updated graphics on the instrument cluster along with the Ducati Multimedia System that allows Bluetooth connectivity. When paired, the screen will show data like calls, messages and music information.

When we recently rode the Scrambler 1100, one of its appealing factors was how it felt a lot more premium than the Scrambler 800. Happily, these additions should go a long way towards making the Scrambler Icon feel a lot more premium. That said, these updates could come with a small price hike and the current Scrambler Icon starts at an already high Rs 7.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 

Expect to see these updates spread over the rest of the Scrambler range as well in the coming months.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

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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