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Rumour: Honda CR-V launch on October 9, 2018

According to a media report, Honda is likely to launch the new CR-V on October 9, 2018. 

The new CR-V is larger than its predecessor and has a third row of seats. In terms of styling, the SUV comes with a chrome grille flanked by LED headlights with integrated L-shaped LED DRLs and a dual-tone front bumper with a pair of LED fog lamps. At the rear, the new CR-V gets L-shaped tail lights and a dual-tone bumper with integrated reflectors. 

On the inside, the CR-V gets a redesigned dashboard with a touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster along with a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel. As mentioned earlier, the car will come with a third row of seats.

In India, the CR-V is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine mated to a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The car is also expected to come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol unit mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The petrol version is not expected to get paddle shifters. 

While the diesel engine puts out 120 BHP and 300 Nm of torque, the petrol makes 154 BHP and 189 Nm of torque. All-wheel drive is likely to be offered in the diesel version.

Courtesy :-  Team BHP

Sep 11, 2018
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Ford Mustang-inspired Mach 1 EV image teased

 Ford has released a teaser image of its first all-new battery-electric vehicle, a 'performance utility vehicle' that's it says is "inspired" by the Mustang.

The all-electric crossover, dubbed Mach 1 in reference to its Mustang-derived styling features, has been confirmed as a globally engineered model to be revealed next year, with UK deliveries starting in 2020. Few other details of the car have been released at this stage.

Ford is also working on an electric crossover, codenamed CX430, which will be built on the C2 platform used for the new Focus. That machine has been in Ford’s product plan for several years. The CX430 will be in addition to the Kuga and, since it is based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it is expected to be conventional hatchback-like, with a slightly raised driving position.

Ford has identified ‘white paper’ models like the CX430 to replace sedans and hatches in its US line-up. Further, crossovers with Mustang design cues and front-drive chassis are a strong possibility because they combine “the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as high ride height, space, and versatility”.

If the vehicles are sized appropriately, European sales are likely.

Ford's push into EVs followed news in April that the carmaker was dropping the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus from its North American line-up.

The company's new CEO, Jim Hackett, has acted decisively and made the announcement at a financial conference in the US, momentously ending Ford’s 110-year presence in the US passenger saloon market. “We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximise the returns of our business over the long term,” said Hackett.

“This pullback is really just an admission of the stark North American market reality, especially for American brands,” said IHS Markit analyst Colin Couchman. “Buyers keep shifting to SUVs and crossovers. 'Big-three' sedan sales have been very dependent on poor-quality fleet sales.”

Ford US rivals Chrysler and Dodge have taken similar action under Fiat ownership, killing the mid-sized 200 and Dart sedans and instead investing in Jeep SUVs and Ram pick-ups. Between them, Chrysler and Dodge sell just two sedans – full-sized rear-wheel-drive platform twins, the 300 and Charger.

Ford will retain only the Mustang and Focus Active passenger cars on sale after 2020, although its bread-and-butter SUVs and trucks such as the Explorer and F-Series pick-up continue.

The end of the Fusion and Taurus can also be seen in the context of a drive to simplify and reduce Ford’s global platforms to just five. Currently, it has 11.

In the future, Ford strategy will revolve around an emerging-markets small-car platform (Ka), the C2 (Focus), a mid-sized SUV platform (Explorer), an electric car platform (Mach 1) and full-sized truck platform (F-Series).

The loss of production volume of the Fusion also raises a question about the future of the Mondeo in Europe, because they share the same platform. In the short to medium term, Ford Europe is understood to have mapped the future of the Mondeo to the mid-2020s, although the picture after that remains fluid.

“The Ford Mondeo remains a core part of our product line-up in Europe. We have upgrades coming for Mondeo later this year and it continues to deliver on its promise of great driving dynamics, leading technologies, and competitive pricing,” Ford said in a statement.

Details of the upgrade are understood to include a new 2.0-litre diesel engine, codenamed Panther, which will be EU6d-compliant for the new WLTP driving cycle, with its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing, plus a new interior and tweaks to the exterior styling.

The interior changes are tipped to include a new dashboard moulding incorporating the Fiesta/Focus-style infotainment system with a high-set tablet-style touchscreen.

Bronco set for comeback in 2020

While Ford is betting on its upcoming electric car, it’s also bringing back a famous name, the Bronco, to reinvigorate its SUV line-up. The original Bronco arrived in 1966 and become an iconic model for Ford but was withdrawn in 1996. The last we saw of the Bronco was a concept shown in 2004.

But last year, Ford said the name would return on a global SUV in 2020. It will take on the Jeep Compass and be more rugged than Ford’s current mainstream SUVs as the firm bids to reclaim the off-road market.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Sep 11, 2018
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2018 Royal Enfield Classic Signals 350 ABS launched at Rs 1.62 lakh

First Royal Enfield in India to offer ABS; costs about Rs 15,000 more than the standard Classic 350; sales start today.

Royal Enfield has launched the new Classic Signals 350 ABS at Rs 1.62 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). The new motorcycle pays homage to the Indian Air Force and Army and carries a premium of around Rs 15,000 over the standard non-ABS Classic 350. The Classic Signals 350 is also the first Royal Enfield motorcycle on sale in India to be equipped with dual-channel ABS. The bike will be sold through dealerships only, and not online.

This variant of the Classic 350 is available in two matte colours (blue and brown) and both, feature brown-coloured seats. Both bikes also get saddle bags and large windscreens. It also gets a unique serial number painted on the tank in large font. Enhancing its retro appeal are blacked-out elements like the exhaust muffler, engine, rims, handlebar and the headlight bezel. The bike also has a metal Royal Enfield badge on the tank finished in gold and green. While the bikes are being displayed without rear seats, Royal Enfield has said that it will provide them with the motorcycle.

Mechanically, the new Classic Signals 350 remains identical to the standard motorcycle. It’s powered by a 346cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing 19.8hp and 28Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted via a 5-speed gearbox. Also, the Classic Signals 350 features a rear disc brake as opposed to 153mm drum unit as seen on the standard bike.

In related news, the limited-edition Royal Enfield Classic 500 Pegasus went on sale in India last month. It was inspired by the Royal Enfield Flying Flea which was used by British Paratroopers during World War II. The 250 units of the Classic 500 Pegasus edition allotted to India (1,000 units globally) were sold in just 178 seconds, via Royal Enfield’s official website.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Aug 28, 2018
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2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz accessories list revealed

Maruti Suzuki’s refreshed midsize sedan can be had with two design variants as a part of additional accessories.

The 2018 Maruti Ciaz was launched on August 20, with updates to the interior and exterior. The accessories list available for Maruti’s refreshed sedan has been revealed with a number of customisable options for buyers.

Customers will be able to choose from seven paint options, which are Nexa Blue, Pearl Sangria Red, Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown, Pearl Midnight Black, Metallic Glistening Grey, Metallic Silky Silver and Pearl Snow White. Maruti Suzuki is also offering two optional design variants with this car as a part of the accessories collectively called Collection Opulence and Collection Affluence. Among the two, former is more premium.

The refreshed Ciaz prices start at Rs 8.19 lakh for the base Sigma petrol variant and go up to Rs 10.97 lakh for the top-spec Alpha diesel trim. The Ciaz now comes with an all-new 105hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine that’s mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual gearbox. It also gets the tried and tested 1.3-litre diesel engine mated to a manual gearbox. The Ciaz facelift is available in four variants and rivals the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Toyota Yaris and Skoda Rapid.

Given below is the entire list of accessories that buyers can avail to personalise their Ciaz.

Collection Opulence

  • Premium body covers – NA
  • Premium tissue holder – NA
  • Interior styling kit in birch beige finish – Rs 5,000
  • Number plate garnish – Rs 990
  • Illuminated door sill guards – Rs 3,500
  • Leather steering cover – Rs 1,090
  • Door visors – Rs 1,390
  • Premium leather seat covers – Rs 7,000
  • Designer floor mats – NA
  • Beige cushions – NA
  • Body side moulding – Rs 3,500

Collection Affluence

  • Interior styling kit in birch beige finish – Rs 5,000
  • Leather steering cover – Rs 1,090
  • Illuminated door sill guards – Rs 3,500
  • Door visors – Rs 1,390
  • Body side moulding – Rs 3,500
  • Premium carpet mats – NA
  • Beige cushions – NA

Other Accessories

  • Rear spoiler – Rs 11,000
  • Exterior Styling kit – Rs 25,000
  • Diamond arrow finish alloy wheels – Rs 26,000
  • Rear seat entertainment system – NA
  • Touchscreen multimedia player – Rs 25,000
  • Premium fabric seat covers – NA
  • 2-way coaxial 260 W speakers, subwoofer and a 5-channel amplifier music system – Rs 21,000
  • Digital tyre inflator – Rs 2,500
  • Air purifier – NA
  • Reversing Camera – Rs 10,000
  • Fog Lamps – Rs 4,000

courtesy :-Autocar

Aug 28, 2018
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2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz: First Drive Review

Does the 2018 Ciaz give you new reasons to consider buying one?

What's always more difficult than getting to the top is staying there. Take the Ciaz for example. Maruti Suzuki got third time lucky because, in India's second most sought after sedan segment, the Ciaz was their first winner.

But since it was launched, we've seen new arrivals like the Yaris, rebirths like the Verna and revisions like the City facelift, all of which have brought something new to the table. Simply put, the competition wasn't making life easy, so the Ciaz had to keep up. And it has, with the 2018 facelift. So are these just a few token tweaks or do we have new reasons to buy the Ciaz?

Beauty & The Balance

Facelifts are often either too subtle to differentiate or so over the top that you have to ask, “Oh God, why?” But with the new Ciaz, Maruti's struck a good balance. It's sharper, more distinctive and while you can tell it's the Ciaz, enough heads will turn to assure you that you're driving something new.

While the Alivio facelift (Alivio = Ciaz in China) took a leaf out of Lexus’ handbook and got a grille big enough to have its own pin code, the new Ciaz does the opposite

Its face sports a sleeker grille that drops the old quad-chrome slats for two slim chrome accents. Even the fog lamps get new and more aggressively styled enclosures. All of this comes together to make the Ciaz look less business-like and sportier.

It bedazzles too with not just LED projector headlights and DRLs but also, LED fog lights. Neat!

The side profile remains largely identical, save for the new wheel designs. With no change in dimensions, the Ciaz is still the longest car in its segment, so the badi gaadi look stays uncorrupted.

It's at the rear that you get a throwback to the original Ciaz concept car. The revised tail light clusters now sport LED stripes, adding a dash of flash to an otherwise simple looking rear. There's even some chrome around the rear reflectors which should tickle the Indian taste just right.

If It Ain't Broke..

hile the exterior is snazzier and new, the interior hasn't really changed. It's still the only car in the segment with enough cabin space to make the Honda City nervous and a big 510-litre boot to match.

Also, while the interior is more functional than funky, it's classy nonetheless. However, look closer and you spot a few experience enhancers. Rear seat owners, a big demographic for the Ciaz, will be happy to note that the sedan now gets adjustable rear headrests.

Apart from the new faux wood, you also notice that the right side stalk of the steering wheel isn't blank anymore. That’s because the Ciaz now gets cruise control.

Also, petrol Ciaz buyers get a cool new instrument cluster, complete with a 4.2-inch TFT colour MID. Apart from the usual trip info, range and average fuel efficiency readouts, it now features some cool displays too. There's the power/torque graphical display we've seen in the Baleno, a graph showing your acceleration and braking patterns and another that shows the SHVS system in action like we've seen in proper hybrids like the Camry and Accord.

Why is this MID exclusive to the petrol Ciaz? Well, because the SHVS here is a first since this new system adds a lithium-ion battery to the equation. It's also why the 2018 Ciaz petrol got so much more expensive. The lithium-ion battery is an import, at least until the Suzuki-Toshiba battery factory in Gujarat is operational.

This battery enables better energy storage during brake energy regeneration and more torque assist during acceleration. And that's not all that's new in the petrol Ciaz.

Bigger = Better?

New look and added features aside, a big new addition is the K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 105PS and 138Nm of torque.

This more powerful yet more efficient motor should be cause for celebration. But let's get one thing straight. The old 1.4 isn't a bad engine by any measure. Bland, sure, but very usable. So we're checking if the old positives have been retained (or improved upon) while hoping for some gaps to be sealed.

First, the good news. Even with the new, more powerful engine, the Ciaz is as easy to drive in the city as ever. The low-end torque is strong and you can comfortably manage daily commutes without having to cross 2000rpm. The initial gearing is on the taller side too, so you don't have to work the gearbox too much to have enough grunt to keep chugging along. Also, since the output gains (12.5PS and 8Nm) aren't biblical, accelerating hard is still a pretty drama-free affair. Performance gains are smooth, gradual and predictable, not spiky. This motor is also in its element while cruising. Set the newly added cruise control anywhere between 80-100kmph and it's calming to drive, ticking over at 2000-2300rpm.

But while the old traits have been retained, the mid-range performance still isn't where you'd want it to be for a premium sedan. For instance, say you're cruising in the rightmost lane at about 80kmph in 5th. If the car ahead of you slows down and forces you to tap the brakes, you will have to shift down to 4th to keep pace or face the angry dippers and honks of traffic behind you. So high speed overtakes warrant quite a bit of planning, a downshift and revving the engine beyond 3000rpm, especially if you've got passengers on board. Is the new engine better? Sure, but the gains are minor so we can't call this a tangible improvement.

However, there's a fine distinction to make here. The Ciaz isn't underpowered. It just lacks the enthusiasm and highway effortlessness you'd expect from a car in this segment. The outside is wow but at its heart, the Ciaz petrol just wants to be a hassle-free commuter and we honestly don't see that being a problem for most, especially when the claimed fuel efficiency is better than before.

It's a similar story with the Ciaz petrol AT as well. It too gets the new engine but the same 4-speed AT as before. It now gets ESP as standard too.

This transmission, too, is best suited for commuting. Although the gear changes are smooth, they are noticeable and not lighting quick. The best way to use it is with light throttle inputs and an understanding that this is no enthusiast-pleaser.

With part-throttle inputs, the Ciaz auto hits 40-50kmph quickly and upshifts around 2000rpm, which is the engine’s sweet spot.

Go hard on the throttle and the kickdown is accompanied with a little jerk. Sadly, there aren't any paddle shifters. Maruti should have at least equipped it with a manual mode, which would've been handy on the highway in particular. Like in the manual, you will find yourself downshifting for overtakes at high speeds.

Overall, there isn't much to be said about this automatic transmission. It'll get the job done but isn't as competent as its CVT, DSG or torque converter-equipped rivals.

The Little Things

Maruti has also integrated some small but significant features to make the Ciaz a better package. Rear parking sensors, for example, now come as standard as does speed alert (single ding at 80kmph, continuous beeping at 120kmph and above) and seatbelt reminders for both front occupants.

Those LED projector headlights aren't just nicer to look at but also get automatic activation and auto levelling. Even the instrument cluster gets a “Halo" that changes colour based on the drive mode (White = SHVS active. Green = Eco drive mode. Blue = Other driving conditions).

Welcome A New Breed?

The 2018 Ciaz facelift is an intelligent one. It wraps the Ciaz’ simple but proven package in a more emotive deal. What was once deemed a safe and predictable choice is now a car with some personality and one that makes a statement.

Yes, they could've offered a variant with six airbags, a more pleasing petrol engine, an automatic transmission that's more 2018 and maybe even a sunroof. But at its price, the Ciaz does undercut the competition while still giving you new reasons to consider buying one.

Spec Check

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol

Engine: 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder
Power: 105PS @ 6000rpm 
Torque: 138Nm @ 4400rpm
Transmission: 5MT/4AT
Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 21.56kmpl (MT) / 20.28kmpl (AT)
Price: Rs 8.19 lakh - Rs 10.97 lakh ex-showroom

courtesy :-Autocar

Aug 28, 2018
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