August 1st witnessed the launch of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee in India. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which brought the brand to India as CBU (Completely Built Up) units with a heavy price tag had promised that they will soon launch a Made in India SUV at their new facility (JV with Tata) in Ranjangaon, Pune.
They have kept their word and are now working on the production of the new vehicle. In an interview, JKevin Flynn, MD and President of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India announced that their new All Indian SUV will be named Jeep Compass and that the production will begin by 2017.
All new Jeep Compass is expected to be priced around 25 lakh and would compete againstFord Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner,Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Trailblazer. Jeep Compass is said to be much similar to the Grand Cherokee but is said to feature chrome alloy wheels and contrasting roof shade with decent amount of features on its interiors.
Indian SUV Compass will be available in both petrol and diesel variants in 9 speed automatic transmissions. Not much is known about the availability of a manual transmission variant.
BMW has added a new M Sport edition to the BMW X1 sDrive20d variant in India priced at Rs.41.50 lakh (Ex showroom India).
Audi launched special design editions of Audi Q3 and Q7 in India at Rs.40.76 lakh and Rs.82.37 lakh respectively. The new design editions get cosmetic tweaks on the exteriors while their interiors receive additional equipment
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.