German Carmaker Volkswagen launched its international best seller SUV, Tiguan in India at a starting price of Rs.27.68 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). Tiguan is the second SUV to reach India after Touareg which was discontinued due to low sales volumes. However, it also comes with a lower price tag compared to the phased out model and competes against the likes of Toyota Fortuner New, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X and Ford Endeavour.
Volkswagen introduces 4MOTION intelligent all-wheel drive system through this robust SUV which is also built on the popular MQB platform. Ever since VW started production of Tiguan in March 2017, SUV enthusiasts have been anticipating this model’s entry. Unlike other models, Tiguan is available only in two variants named Comfortline and Highline while the base variant goes for a miss. Comfortline is priced at Rs.27.68 lakh while the Highline is priced at Rs.31.04 lakh (both ex-showroom prices, Mumbai).
Both variants come loaded with a host of features that appeals to the premium SUV lovers in all aspects. On its exteriors features like the dual toned bumpers enhanced with chrome strips, automatic LED headlamps with DRLs, LED tail lamps, Outside rear view mirrors with memory, 18’’ alloy wheels and panoramic sunroof add grandeur. Interiors display extravagance with a large touch screen infotainment system that connects to Apple Carplay and Android Auto on smartphone for navigation as well as other functions. Few other feature highlights include three zone AC system, electrically adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, push button start function, drive mode selector, paddle shifters, reverse camera, LED illumination on the sunroof, cabin and also on the scuff plates.
In terms of Safety, Tiguan offers six airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking system) with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), Hill Assist, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and so on. Both variants are powered by a 2L four-cylinder TDI Diesel engine mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that produces 141bhp worth power and 340Nm of peak torque. Fuel tank capacity is 71 litres while VW claims a fuel efficiency of 17kmpl for Tiguan. This premium SUV is available in a range of colours as Silver, Black, White, Blue and Grey.
Bentley launched the Bentayga in India in the year 2016. Back then, it was a W12 petrol engine and was claimed to be the fastest SUV of its time. Two years past its debut, Bentley has come up with a less powerful version of the same powered by a V8 petrol engine. The former was priced at Rs. 3.85 crore while the latter is priced at Rs. 3.78 crore (ex-showroom) in India.
Hyundai India launched the CVT transmission of their best seller hatchback Elite i20 in two variants namely Magna Executive and Asta. Priced at Rs.7.04 lakh and Rs.8.16 lakh respectively, these two trims fall below the competitors in the segment making them the most affordable of the lot.
• 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.