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  1. A better look at the Hyundai Bayon, which will sit below the Creta and the Kona in the brand's global line-up. The Bayon is Hyundai's answer to a long list of crossover-SUVs sold overseas, starting with the Volkswagen T-Cross, Nissan Juke and the Ford Puma, to name a few. It shares its underpinnings with the latest i20, but gets unique exterior styling that is quite similar to the updated Kona. Two engine options are offered on the Bayon globally – a 1.2-litre petrol good for 84hp and a more powerful 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech that is available in two states of tune, a 100hp or a 120hp. The 1.0 turbo-petrol will be on offer in countries like the UK, which will not get the 1.2-litre engine. Gearbox options will include a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed iMT. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/new-hyundai-bayon-suv-revealed-420092 Source
  2. Fiat has revealed its new mid-size SUV, that is set to go on sale in South American markets later this year. While it hasn’t been officially named just yet, Fiat has left the option open to the public to choose between - Pulse, Tuo or Domo via an online poll. Internationally, this will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Renegade. Source
  3. Honda has revealed the N7X concept in Indonesia. The three-row SUV could spawn a 7-seat crossover that is touted as a replacement for the BR-V. It sports a lot of the standard Honda design cues that are seen on the current-gen City and new HR-V. While Honda has not revealed much details about the powertrain, the N7X, being based on the latest-gen City, will share its powerplants with the popular sedan. The N7X in its production form, will go on sale in Indonesia first and is expected to come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to either a manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/honda-n7x-7-seater-concept-unveiled-420697
  4. The new 11th-gen Honda Civic has been revealed for the North American market. It sits on an updated platform and has a wheelbase length that’s increased by 36mm. As for the styling, it's actually quite similar to the design of the concept that made its debut last year. The low-set dashboard features a rather clean and uncluttered look with a unique honey-comb pattern strip – which also hides the air-con vents – separating the upper and lower section. Honda says that the strip helps segregate the air-con and infotainment controls as well as adding to the uncluttered look of the dashboard. Depending on the model, the Civic is equipped with either an analogue instrument cluster with a 7.0-inch MID or a configurable 10.2-inch LCD screen. Honda says that the chassis for the Civic is now more rigid than its predecessor’s, with the rear track also widened with a view on improving stability. Other changes under the skin include updates to the suspension to improve ride quality and handling characteristics, a re-tuned steering and the use of low rolling resistance wheel bearings in a bid to improve fuel economy. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/next-gen-honda-civic-sedan-revealed-420664
  5. More images showing the next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser have emerged online. The all-new SUV is expected to be underpinned by a new platform with the current car’s V8 engine options making way for six-cylinder units. Looks like the Land Cruiser will retain the boxy upright proportions of its predecessor while getting plenty of new design touches to set it apart - a bolder grille, new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, U-shaped vent extending from the lower edges of the headlamp, and more. You can head here for more information: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/new-toyota-land-cruiser-ready-for-global-debut-420599 Source
  6. Volkswagen recently unveiled a facelifted version of the sixth-gen Polo for international markets. The exterior styling has been updated to bring it in line with the design of other Volkswagen hatchbacks like the Golf and ID.3 sold abroad. Inside, the Polo facelift gets Volkswagen's latest infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard, offering all the latest connectivity options. A larger 9.2-inch version is also available as an option, while the new slider temperature control that sits lower down the centre console is brought over from the Golf. There is also an 8.0-inch digital instrument display, as well as a redesigned multifunction steering wheel. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/2021-volkswagen-polo-facelift-revealed-420581
  7. Mugen has unveiled its aftermarket package for the new-gen HR-V. It comes with a custom exhaust system, new air filter derived from Super GT racers, 18-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone finish, contrasting roof and side decals, spoilers for the tailgate and roof, spoiler extensions + front grille and side skirt garnishes. What do you think of it?
  8. Ford has revealed a new crossover called the Evos, at the ongoing Shanghai Motor Show 2021. It's styling is a cross between a sedan, a wagon and an SUV and borrows quite a few cues from the Equator. Inside, it gets a futuristic ultra-wide screen setup that spans 1.1 metres (3.6 feet). It consists of a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument panel that is joined with a 4K resolution touchscreen system that measures 27 inches. You can head here to know more: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/ford-evos-crossover-revealed-at-the-shanghai-auto-show-2021-420560 Source
  9. Toyota has officially revealed the new Crown Kluger SUV! It takes a lot of styling inspiration from the Highlander sold abroad. Inside, it features a floating central touchscreen infotainment system. Here's a closer look Source
  10. It’s been six years since Hyundai revealed the Santa Cruz concept, and just hours before the official unveiling, images of the production-spec Santa Cruz pick-up have leaked online. Although few design elements from the concept car have carried over to the production model, the Santa Cruz does have the current Hyundai family look - there seems to be a lot shared with the Tucson in terms of styling. However, the Santa Cruz’s rear design is all-new. The Santa Cruz will be offered in a crew-cab layout (five-door) in North American markets and will rival the likes of the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick. Source
  11. Toyota will expand its Crown line-up by adding a new SUV. This new SUV is based on the popular Toyota Highlander / Kluger sold abroad. The documents also confirm that the SUV features 18-inch alloy wheels and a 189hp, hybrid 2.5-litre engine What do you think of it? Source
  12. The Skoda Kodiaq has received a mid-life refresh in international markets. The carmakers have also revealed new Kodiaq RS, which now gets a 245hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (the older model used a 240hp twin-turbo diesel engine, which was discontinued late in 2020 due to tightening emission norms in international markets). The Kodiaq RS features a gloss black grille, black window frames and roof rails, and a new bespoke front bumper. It also sits on new 20-inch alloy wheels finished in metallic black. Inside, it features red RS stitching on the upholstery, and is offered with Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit as standard. The 10.25-inc digital info display features an extra Sport layout option, which gives prominence to the speedometer and rev counter.
  13. New images show Hyundai's upcoming MPV in full, along with confirming that it will indeed be called the Custo.
  14. The Volkswagen Taigun, the German brand’s smallest SUV for India, has been revealed in its production form before its launch here in the coming months. The Taigun is based on the heavily localised MQB-A0-IN platform and is a cousin to the Skoda Kushaq. Although the powertrain and platform are shared between the two, there’s enough that separates the two Skoda Auto Volkswagen India SUVs, both of which will contend in the lucrative and competitive midsize SUV segment. Here’s what VW India has revealed about the Taigun SUV. Volkswagen Taigun: exterior design Volkswagen had confirmed that the Taigun concept displayed at Auto Expo 2020 was a near-production model and that holds true. The production Taigun retains the concept’s bold look and typical SUV stance – bearing a familial resemblance to its larger sibling, the Tiguan – and even the alloy wheel design (17-inch dual-tone units) and LED bar running between the LED tail-lights are the same on both. The only differences visible outside includes the black cladding all around the lower part of the SUV, body-coloured wing mirrors, chrome-finished door handles and a shark-fin antenna. Fully-loaded variant will be called the Taigun GT and will come with GT badges on the front grille, front fender and tailgate. As the Taigun and Kushaq share the same platform, they have the same 2,651mm-long wheelbase length, which is more than that of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Volkswagen Taigun: interior and features VW has yet to officially reveal the cabin of the Taigun, though the overall design of the interior will be similar to the concept’s. VW claims the flattened tunnel will help rear seat space, and there’s adjustable head rests for all three rear passengers. Although the concept had an 8.0-inch touchscreen, the production model, in top-spec GT form, will be available with a larger 10.0-inch unit. An all-digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, a powered sunroof, ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped steering with controls, and a touch-enabled auto climate control system will also be on offer. The infotainment unit will come with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, there’ll be a Type-C USB port in the front, and VW will offer its connected car tech as well. Safety kit available on this top-spec trim will include six airbags, a rear camera with guidelines, hill-hold assist, electronic stability control, and a tyre pressure monitor. Volkswagen Taigun: engine and gearbox options The Taigun will be available with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine making 115hp and 175Nm of peak torque, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol unit producing 150hp and 250Nm of torque. The same engine-gearbox options will also be seen on the Skoda Kushaq. Although both engines will come paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, the smaller unit gets a 6-speed torque convertor automatic option, while the stronger engine gets a 7-speed dual-clutch auto. Volkswagen Taigun: price and rivals Despite the extensive localisation and sharing of parts to maintain cost targets, VW has said that its midsize SUV will be priced at the higher-end of the segment – expect the Taigun’s price to range from Rs 10-18 lakh (ex-showroom). This means it’ll be in direct contention with the popular Hyundai Creta (Rs 10-17.54 lakh) and Kia Seltos (Rs 9.89-17.29 lakh), with rivals like the Renault Duster (Rs 9.57-13.87 lakh) and Nissan Kicks (Rs 9.50-14.65 lakh) coming in at a lower price point.
  15. Ford has showcased some custom Bronco and Bronco Sport concepts at the Moab Easter Safari. Ford has teamed up with some off-road aftermarket giants like RTR Vehicles, ARB 4x4 Accessories, and 4 Wheel Parts for this. Bronco four-door Outer Banks with Sasquatch Package includes off road Ford accessories such as Air Design fender flares, trail armour rocker panel covers by Lund and JAC rock rails. Bronco four-door SUV concept by RTR Vehicles is a 'multipurpose heavy-duty' Bronco that features 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tyres, a 3D- printed grille, custom rock sliders and a rear bumper Bronco by ARB 4x4 Accessories displays a heavy-duty differential cover, rock sliders and new bumpers. The high-performance off-road accessories are designed for both the two- and four-door Bronco models. Bronco by 4 Wheel Parts includes parts such as heavy-duty suspension components, an overhead tent by Smittybilt and camping gear and a custom roof rack and light mounts 4 Wheel Parts threw in a Bronco Sport build as well