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Upcoming Compact SUV Ford Ecosport spotted in camouflage dressing

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 17, 2019
imgFord seems to be working on gaining some serious mass in the Indian Market. They have plans to launch a new car or maybe an update to the Ford Ecosport.

A new car from the stables of Ford has been seen rolling out in its camoflauged disguise. It seems to possess the characteristics of a sub-compact SUV. Apparently, this car is based on the Euro spec Ford Fiesta platform with a raised up stance.

As we all know, Ford Ecosport has been in the Indian market for a very long time. Hence, an update for this model even if lined up for 2020 is inevitable. In India, Ford and Mahindra are in a joint collaboration where Mahindra provides Ford with BS VI compliant petrol engines in exchange for the latter’s Figo platform which the former will use for their upcoming EV vehicle.

The BS VI engine is said to be a 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine and we can hope that this engine is featured in the upcoming Ford Ecosport. However, the updated Ford Ecosport with the new engine option will be first available in the European Market before it is available to any other country. Hence, the expected launch in India may be around the year 2020.

Toyota rebadged Baleno to launch soon in India

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 15, 2019
imgThe Japanese and the Indo-Japanese, Toyota and Maruti Suzuki had signed up an agreement in India, back in 2017, where both car companies decided to exchange their platform for mutual benefit. It was agreed upon that Maruti Suzuki will provide Toyota the platform of their best selling hatchback Baleno and their compact SUV Vitara Breeza, two segments where Toyota was literally disabled in the country. Toyota in return had agreed to give platform of Corolla Altis to Maruti Suzuki.

As we all know from our earlier news reports, the first car to roll out from this combination will be Toyota’s rebadged Baleno. This Baleno to be released from Toyota’s garage will be more or less similar to Maruti Suzuki Baleno, except for some minor tweaks in its design that adds a dash of luxe to this hatchback.

This car is expected to launch in the mid of this year, but we feel it might take some more time. The launch could be somewhere in the start of 2020. No feature list or engine options have been officially revealed yet, but as Baleno has been set in the premium car space, we can expect Toyota to come up with an added feature list compared to the present model, maybe also a bigger engine.

This combination can reduce a lot of price cut in both the car makers’ budget, as it will now be cheaper to produce a car which has already been tried and tested in the market.

Is it time for Hyundai Carlino Styx or Baby Creta SUV launch

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 12, 2019
imgHyundai seems to be getting ready now to root itself deep in the ever growing compact SUV segment with the launch of its new car, Carlino Styx. This upcoming car is mainly set to challenge the highest selling compact SUV in the country, Brezza. Upon launch, Carlino Styx will also rival against Ford Ecosport and upcoming Mahindra XUV 300.

This baby Creta will arrive in a boxy shape design, that is drawn from Huyndai’s Fluid design philosophy. Upfront, it resembles Hyundai Kona from the global arena and is expected to make its way into India sometime sooner. The interiors might receive a dual tone treatment as seen in all of Hyundai’s premium models.

Carlino will get a touch screen infotainment system with Apple car play and Android Auto and all the contemporary features to stay competitive in the market. In safety, this little SUV will feature dual airbags, ABS with EBD as standard across all variants while the top spec ones will get six airbags.

As per news reports, It is likely that this car may be showcased at the New York Auto show. This motor show will be conducted in the month of April this year. So the launch can be expected only after that. The prices of Hyundai Carlino Styx are expected to be somewhere around Rs.10 lakh to Rs.15 lakh, positioned between the prices of i20 and Creta.

The All Electric Motorcycle from India the Tork T6x is finally coming

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 12, 2019
imgThe Pune based electric motorcycle company Tork first announced their presence back in 2016. However, since then no vehicle had rolled out from their garage till date.

Recently the Tork T6X bike was seen test driving in its production ready specs. The exterior of the bike appeared similar to that of its concept which was first showcased 2 years back, but the side panels were not present showcasing its trellis frame. We are not quite sure if this will be the case in the production ready model as well.

The front forks are telescopic unit and the rear monoshock. The instrument cluster is a TFT unit that will act as an interface between the user and the machine with a lot of information, that is shared through smartphone connectivity option.

The motor will feature a 6kw unit that produces 27Nm of torque as we learnt already. The top speed is set to be limited to 100kmph. Back in the time when it was showcased, the LI-ion battery was claimed to cover 100km in a single charge with 80% of battery charged in 60mins and full charge will take around 2 hours.

As per reports, the bike will be launched in the country’s top tier cities with prices ranging at Rs.1,25,000 and says that it will be more cost effective during the run as the amount spent to fully charge the battery will be less than 20 bucks.

Maruti Suzuki to launch new Vitara SUV soon in India

KeralaOnRoad | Jan 12, 2019
imgIndian Auto market has witnessed few tough competitions in past decade. The Japanese car maker Maruti Suzuki and the Korean giant Hyundai continue their cold war against each other in India in all the segments. The small car segment has Wagon-R and Santro with both models recently updated. Baleno and i20 rules the premium hatchback segment while Ciaz and Verna are in the sedan segment, locking horns with each other.

Now the rivalry has further aggravated with Hyundai planning to hit the market of Maruti’s best-seller Vitara Brezza with their upcoming sub-compact SUV Carlino. To hit back, Maruti Suzuki too seems to have planned to launch a premium SUV against Hyundai’s best-seller Creta.

This model will be the pumped up version of Brezza with bold front fascia and strong shoulder lines. It could also be the most premium offering by Maruti Suzuki and will be launched in Nexa showrooms. This new SUV will be powered by the in-house 1.5L diesel engine which Maruti is currently working on and will also feature 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine, powerful than the 1.5L engine present in the Ciaz. This new launch may set new statement for Maruti Suzuki by elevating the brand to a more premium level.

Maruti Suzuki had faced some downside by launching its premium SUV, Grand Vitara at a higher price compared to its competitors. We hope Maruti prices this model aggressively and do not repeat the old mistake on their new launch.

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