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  1. Here are some new images of the new Tata Punch micro-SUV. While they officially revealed the car in a shade of blue new images show the car will also come in a bright orange and a bronze-brown like tone. The white inserts on the dash band door cards does make the cabin look brighter than the concept's though given our climate it might not be that easy to keep clean particularly if it is upholstery finish. Other pics suggest a decently roomy rear seat and 16-inch wheels where everyone else here seems to do with 15s. So what is your thoughts on the Punch. It's got the family looks and upright SUV proportions but would you want this micro-SUV over a high riding hatchback? Source 1, Source 2
  2. It's known that MG is readying an updated for the Hector with the launch being tomorrow. The launch will be of a new variant called the MG Hector Shine which as per pictures will offer a sort of middle ground to buyers wanting to buy a Hector with a sunroof. Currently you only get a panoramic sunroof with the fully-loaded Hector Sharp with non of the other variants equipped with a sunroof. A panoramic sunroof can hike the price of a car to quite an extent so a regular sunroof could be a way to keeping prices in check while giving buyers more option. Here are some pictures. Source
  3. While Hyundai has shared teasers for the AX1 or Casper as it’s expected to be called, the tiny crossover/ micro-SUV is only expected to debut later this year. These here are some unofficial renderings - all depicting the front though in different colours - that try and show what the Casper could look like in final production spec. It’s polarising for sure – split headlamps and fog lamps sitting alongside the headlights on a wide yet narrow grille. Going by previous spy shots and the rear too is set to get split light clusters with rectangular high-set units and circular ones set lower in the bumper. It is supposed to come to India, probably by another name but can’t say for sure how I feel about it going by these renders. Image source
  4. Aftermarket upgrades to SUVs are not anything new. You’ll have seen them done to a dime a dozen Maruti Gypsys, the last-gen Thar, the various Isuzu V-Crosses across the country, and more. This one here is kind of subtle yet no so subtle. Finished in bubble-gum pink, this second-gen Thar or Project Tharbie as the folks at Upshiftautos calls it seems to be inspired from the character of Barbie – Not a very subtle paint job. The more off-road spec front bumper though is more subtle by comparison. Personally, not sure on what to think of this one? Image source
  5. Well the Tata Safari has already got the sporty GTS treatment in one set of renders, so how about an open top treatment now. These rendering by Nafi Designs shows the seven-seater as a four-seater convertible replete with a folding soft-top roof - might be the largest soft-top ever, who knows. Well looks closely and you'll notice some of the Black Edition like detailing with the blacked out trimmings and alloy wheels. So what do you think? Would this be something that you would add to your garage if it ever saw the light of day? Source
  6. Following the Safari GTS rendering, artist sdesyn has now shared rendering of what the Hyundai Creta could look like if received the full-blown N treatment. Blacked-out treatment, vertical slat grille, red highlights, low profile tyres, large exhaust and the works. The rear too looks cleaner in my opinion with a just a lightbar in place of the regular Creta's split unit. So what do you think? Would you buy one if this rendering became a reality? Source
  7. Here is a side by side look at the Alcazar and Creta. They do look quite similar from the front save for the grille and if you look closely enough the lower bumper gets different scuff plates too. From the side, it's apparent that the Alcazar is longer. From the rear, the Alcazar looks a lot more plain as compared to the Creta's crease heavy tailgate centre section. For the dashboard, well aside from the obvious - the digital dials and different colours - Alcazar has got the tan interior, not really seeing much difference. Of-course second row onwards there are differences such as the seating layout and that unique floor console on the six-seat Alcazar. So whose design do you prefer more?
  8. Here are some more images of the production Kushaq SUV ahead of it's launch. Styling is typical Skoda SUV at this point - clean lines, sharp creases, slim headlamps and high set secondary lights. The cabin design too looks quite tidy with that ledge like element atop which the touchscreen is placed and the two spoke steering that seems to be becoming a common design element in their newer cars. So what do you think of the car so far? Would this make your under consideration for purchase list?
  9. With the Alcazar now officially launched here are some more images of the three-row Creta-based SUV detailing the interior and exterior. On the outside you can see that the different grille and bumper is the most notable giveaway that this is the Alcazar from the front while around the side the longer length also become apparent. The rear meanwhile gets it's own unique design elements. This one is the six seater model so you get the rather unique floor mounted middle row centre console with the armrest and also note the pillows on the headrests, there also look to be a lot of room in that middle row. The badging on the tail reveals that this is the fully-loaded petrol model that uses the updated version of 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Tucson and Elantra that makes 159hp and 191Nm. Plus there's also the 115hp 1.5 diesel that's common with the Creta and Elantra too. All in all the design looks like it may grow on you and the cabin does look like a comfy space to be though can't say for sure yet how the third row will turn out.
  10. Here are some images of a made-in-India Suzuki Jimny exported to the Philippines. You can clearly see on the plate in the engine bay that it has been manufactured by Maruti Suzuki India. Engine is the tried and tested K15B - the same 1.5-litre petrol we've got in the Brezza, S-cross, Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6. Looks to have been just offloaded or transported to a service centre or something given the layer of dust on the car. Plus I guess they removed the tailgate mounted spare for transport purposes Source
  11. Comparing middle-row captain seats of the new 6-seat SUVs - the Safari, Hector Plus and the new Hyundai Alcazar. While the Safari and Hector Plus have a similar setup with individual centre armrests for the captain seats, the upcoming Alcazar has a unique center console that will also get a wireless charging pad. I like the one on the Alcazar given that it function as more than just an armrest - there's the wireless charging pad - though I don't know how comfortable a person might be if they recline the seat - the Hector's and Safari's armrest recline with the seat Lets have a look at all 3 together and then one after the other. Which do you prefer? Alcazar image source Hyundai Alcazar MG Hector Plus Tata Safari (Picture of Adventure Edition)
  12. The Renault Kiger seems to be reaching dealerships across the country ahead of its launch which is expected to happen by next month. Styling looks to follow last year's concept quite closely and this time around, unlike the Kwid and Triber, this one will have actual alloy wheels and not steel wheels with covers that give it the look of alloy wheels. Compared to the car shown during the reveal, this silver one misses out on some of the cosmetic detailing though that could most likely be added on as accessories. This looks to be the fully loaded model given the RxZ badging on the fenders and the 8.0-inch touchscreen and the large TFT display in the instrument cluster. Screen grabs and original video are below
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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 >> Image source
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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 >> 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?
  25. 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?