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  1. In a brief recap, the Bayon is Hyundai's new small SUV for Europe and while it is still to be revealed, there are some renderings doing the round on the web being purported to be the final production SUV. As per the rendering, the Bayon’s styling is in line with Hyundai’s other new SUVs, with a split headlamp setup - evident even from some spy photos though the large grille in these is more D-shaped than those seen on current Hyundais. The triangular-shaped housing for the main headlight units and vents is definitely unique - the blurrier images seem to be slightly older and lack some details of the newer one. A secondary slot-like opening sits between the high-set DRL clusters at the base of the bonnet – similar to that on the facelifted Kona. A faux skid plate sits at the base of the grille and of-course there is cladding along the wheel arches and lower door areas to give it that crossover vibe. Rear styling is quite distinctive with those arrow-shaped tail-lights connected by a light-bar - confirmed by teasers - running the width of the tailgate. The tailgate itself looks quite busy with its sectioned off design – there’s the rear windshield, a blacked out section and finally a body colour strip at the base. In profile, the Bayon seems to get a coupe-like profile with a tapering roof-line, and a unique design bit is the C-pillar which looks triangular in design owing to the rear quarter glass. The wheels are the same design as the Euro-spec i20 - the car it is expected to be based on. The interior is almost identical to the one in the i20, with a freestanding touchscreen almost melding into the instrument binnacle. The renders have come from a publication in Europe Image source 1 Image source 2
  2. While the MG ZS EV went on sale last year, it's petrol powered sibling is expected to arrive in India this year. This isn't the first time that a test mule has been spotted, though this seems to be one of the early models being that this is a pre-facelift model and that the facelift too has been seen testing - it gets a revised nose and updated cabin. The latter was also on display at the Auto Expo last year. MG's Creta rival is expected to come with a naturally aspirated and a turbocharged petrol engine with the latter also expected to get a DCT gearbox. It'll be interesting to see how it competes with the established players like the Creta and Seltos.
  3. ASEAN NCAP has released the official report and video of the crash tests conducted on the new Nissan Magnite for Indonesia. The car is made in India and like the India-spec model gets dual front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners and ABS though this model additionally also gets ESC. Video below
  4. Found this while browsing through websites - an undisguised shot of the new Celerio. Well compared to the camouflaged car, it looks to be a lower variant given the black steel wheels and no rear wiper but still it's a decent look at partly what the car will look like. The design looks quite a step away from the current hatch with that more rounded profile and rising window line - interesting kink to the tail-lights though with the upper section rising into the windscreen corners. Well the word is that this too could get the 1.2 K Series unit as with the Wagon R alongside the K10 motor so it'll be interesting to see just how peppy it feels from behind the wheel Image source Image source 2
  5. Here are some more images of Hyundai micro SUV that's out testing on international roads. Not much different from other images already in circulation, though the shots of the car at the signal does show some interesting bits like the turn signals are housed on the lights on the rear bumper and not on the higher set units which seem to only feature the stop lamps. In all honesty it looks a lot like a tall-boy hatchback-based crossover with cladding around the wheel arches than anything SUV-ish. This model is supposed to be aimed at emerging markets so it could come to India as a Tata HBX-rival. Source
  6. Here are some more pics of the upcoming new XUV500. Pulled these from a video I received on whatsapp. There is quite a few details visible in these images. There’s the dual displays on the dash that everyone’s been on about and those Range Rover like flush fitting door handles. Then there are also bits like the panoramic sunroof which I’m sure will be a big plus, leather upholstery – beige upholstery instead of the tan leather used in the current model. The second row AC vents are placed on the back of the centre console, though given the car’s size should there have been more on the pillars? The third row seats also seem to fold quite flat though I can’t quite tell if there are vents for passengers here as well – maybe it’s the chrome ringlet seen on the right in the boot shot, it’s not too clear. There also looks to be quite a bit of space in the second row and boot space too seems significant with the third row down. The third row also looks to have a one touch tumble function via levers on the rear side of the backrest.
  7. Here are some images of the new X-Terra from a dealership abroad. Looks nice though the rear seat entertainment fold-down screen feels decidedly aftermarket. Not a big fan of the chrome detailing on the tailgate either. Source
  8. Hyundai seems to be readying a new sub-Venue SUV for a debut sometime next year. Here are some images of the testmules in South Korea. This car is expected to be aimed at emerging markets so we could expect it to come to India as well at some point. From the looks of it this will likely go up against the upcoming Tata micro SUV, the HBX and the Maruti Ignis. You can read more on this here >> https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/all-new-hyundai-micro-suv-takes-shape-419208 Image source
  9. The new Nissan X-Terra SUV has been revealed as the brand's contender in the popular body-on-frame SUV category. This new SUV will be sold in many international markets like the ASEAN and Australian region, the Chinese market, and the Middle East to name a few. Nissan X-Terra: Background For those who don’t know, Nissan had an SUV by the same name (Xterra) in its North American and Middle-Eastern line-up from 1999 to 2015. While the X-Terra name makes a comeback (now with a hyphen), this new SUV has nothing common than its previous iteration. However, this model isn’t entirely new either. The new Nissan X-Terra is actually a heavily reworked version of the Terra SUV that went on sale back in 2018. 2020 Nissan X-Terra The updated SUV gets fresh styling at its front and at the back that mimics the one seen on the recently unveiled Nissan Navara pickup as well as the flagship Patrol SUV. The front consists of LED headlamp and foglamps, an imposing grille with chrome bits and a larger and more upright nose. At the back, stylish taillamp units replace the simpler ones and are equipped with LED inserts. The rear bumper is new as well and now gets a faux brushed aluminum skid plate. The SUV also gets new alloy wheel designs, depending on variant. On the inside, the Nissan X-Terra gets a major overhaul that includes an all-new dashboard with a much larger 9.0-inch infotainment unit that also gets Nissan's connected car tech. The cabin gets three row seating and a long list of features that also include rear-seat entertainment screens depending on variant. Under the hood, the new Nissan X-Terra will be sold with a 2.5-liter four cylinder petrol engine good for 165hp, additionally there will be a 187hp 2.3-liter four cylinder diesel engine as well. Nissan has equipped the X-Terra with shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive tech for higher variants. Nissan X-Terra: Will it come to India? The SUV can be a strong rival in India and can be positioned in the lower-end of the segment that has SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour to name a few. As far as large SUVs go, Nissan has considered bringing its flagship Patrol SUV in the Indian market a few years ago but those plans have never materialized and we don't expect Nissan to bring the X-Terra SUV to India anytime soon. The Japanese brand however, is currently focusing on one of its most important market launches for India, the upcoming Magnite SUV that will hit Nissan showrooms in India on December 2, 2020.
  10. The Kia Seltos, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Maruti S-Presso are the latest Indian cars to be tested by Global NCAP and the results are a rather mixed bag. Three stars for the Seltos, two for the Nios and no stars for S-Presso. Videos for them are below.
  11. Received these images on Whatsapp showing the new Thar, which is due to launch in the coming months. With its positioning also expected to be as a lifestyle vehicle, in a similar move to the Thar. Which one would you prefer? From what's known, both have their own unique points on paper. However, while the actual comparison will have to wait, which do you think looks better of the two?
  12. Image source Kia has announced prices for the Sonet compact SUV with prices ranging from Rs 6.71 to 11.99 lakh for the fully-loaded model. Interestingly though they haven’t yet revealed prices for the fully-loaded petrol and diesel automatic models – we should expect those to come soon though. Full pricing details can be found here >> https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/kia-sonet-launched-at-rs-671-lakh-418633 For now, prices seem to be quite competitive though with no fully-loaded petrol and diesel auto out yet and these being introductory prices, I can't help but feel that the model could get quite pricy especially for the higher variants. However it begs the question, was it smart to list a fully-loaded GTX+ automatic in the brochure and then not reveal prices for it at the time of the launch? Also I wonder how this will affect bookings for the model? What do you people think? Decently priced or pricey?
  13. Mahindra will have quite a few accessories on offer once the new Thar goes on sale ranging from practical bits such as choice of car covers, sunshades and mud flaps to cosmetic bits such as window visors, body decals. There's also the option for the roof mounted speakers if you end up going for the base AX variant. So how do you intend to spruce up your Thar when you do buy one?
  14. The Sonet has started reaching dealerships ahead of its launch later in the month. Here are some images of a display car at a dealership. It's the GTX+ variant finished in the single-tone Beige Gold.
  15. Or you could watch the review here >> https://www.autocarindia.com/car-video-reviews/2020-honda-city-video-review-417775