Indian customers have been in a state of scuffle and they sure have a firm reason to believe so. With plenty of cars to choose from, confusion is just an understatement. This article has a couple of recent vehicle launches that have been added to the Indian auto hangar. Read on, and hopefully you might be able to decide which ride(s) suit your garage best:
Probably one of the best and the meanest looking Mahindra’s on road, the XUV 500 is a beauty with the DNA of a beast. If you feel that the older design was appealing, check out the new upgrades.
Although the vehicle has not undergone a major overhaul, it is still a pleasing vehicle to look at.
The upgraded XUV 500 houses an upgraded exterior, but the interior continues to be pretty much the same. Continuing the same set off drive train as its predecessor might make any customer say MEH!! But, the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine is still no toy. 140 Bhp powered engine that enjoys 330 N, of torque paired with 6-speed transmission is an absolute delight. The engine transmits all the power to the front wheels in the 2WD models and to all four wheels in the all-wheel drives models.
The 2015 XUV 500 has undergone a series of ornate changes suited best for the next generation. As a result, the front-end features a new chrome grille and projector headlamps. The fog lamps, too, have been updated with chrome bezels and LED strips. The new hood on this car gets creases, which give it a muscular look while the side profile of the vehicle displays the new 17-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle also gets a whole lot of chrome linings that add to a little more luxury.
The all new XUV500 gets a multifunction steering wheel, aluminum pedals, new ambient lighting and new illuminated scuff plates. As for the dual-tone dashboard, it houses a 7-inch touch screen with Mahindra’s Blue Sense App. The new XUV500 also comes with leather upholstery and a smart key. Pretty cool no??
Price and competition:
The new XUV500 is priced between Rs 11.12 and Rs 15.85 lakh and is available in seven paint schemes – sunset orange, pearl white, opulent purple, volcano black, Tuscan red, dolphin grey and modust silver. It competes with other SUV models like the Nissan Terrano, Tata Safari Storme and the Tata Aria.
Tata Nano GenX Review:
Giving the basic Nano a touch of up market features is one of the inspiring factors behind the Gen X. Well, that and the sinful little lucrative bit that companies are always on the look out for. Anyway, featured at the 2014 Auto Expo, the upcoming Nano AMT has been caught on test on multiple occasions as well as on its way to be shipped to the dealer.
The new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine might power the all-new Nano AMT, but it seems more realistic that the 624cc engine two-cylinder engine found in the current model is expected to continue duty. Expect the Nano AMT to deliver marginally lesser or similar efficiency to that of the manual gearbox version which returns 25.35 kmpl to a liter. The AMT gearbox will be the same F-Tronic unit currently seen in the Zest compact sedan. The clever new gearbox will eventually be available to a range of models from Tata Motors’ line-up. This sure seems to generate a lot of interest. The Nano might pick up more pace after all.
The happy looking Nano carries a facia that resembles a smiley face. Its obviously a great gesture considering the pathetic road conditions. Hope the smiles last after getting a taste of Indian roads:P
The new nano speks a new design language and is an A-segment hatchback, which, by the look of it, will keep the overall proportions but include a new fascia and rear end. Designed for the new generation the new Nano will also feature a revised set of headlights although the rear set of lights and the chrome treatment from the existing model will be carried over to this new semi-automatic version. This is surely going to make the potential customer excited.
Like the exterior, the majority of the interior will remain the same but with obvious enhancements that will bring the model up to date with the competition. The cabin will continue to feature the centrally mounted instrument binnacle and the circular air vents. Of course, the biggest addition will be the chrome-finished gear stick for the AMT gearbox which will replace the traditional four-speeder. As spacious as it may be, the new nano can easily seat up to 5 passengers with moderate comfort.
Price and competition:
Price of the new Nano isn’t going to be as nano as the previous models. This vehicle is expected to be priced a little higher than the previous models.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio- Diesel:
Celerio was perhaps marketed as an automatic car in India. That said, the car was available only in petrol variants. But now, the company has decided to release the Celerio Diesel version in India.
The Celerio uses an in-house developed 793 cc, 2-cylinder diesel unit that produces 47 BHP at 3,500 RPM and 125 Nm of max torque at 2,000 rpm. The engine is named as the DDiS 125. Maruti claims that this is the lightest diesel engine available in the country today, weighing merely 89 kgs, due to its aluminum construction. This is something that you don’t find in a diesel powered car do you?
The exteriors of the Celerio Diesel seem pretty much the same. Well, the new stickers and such are the only noticeable changes.
The interiors of the new Celerio are pretty much the same as its petrol-consuming cousin.
Price and competition:
The Celerio Diesel was launched at an introductory price of Rs. 4.65 lakhs, this car claims to be the most fuel-efficient diesel car available in the country today. This car will be available in six colours – Sunshine Ray, Cerulean Blue, Silky Silver, Blazing Red, Pearl Arctic White and Glistening Grey. It is going to compete with Chevrolet beat and Grand i10 and will carry LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi (OPT) variants.