Tata Nexon launched in Mumbai

Tata Nexon launched in Mumbai – First Review, Features, Pricing

Tata Motors launched the much-awaited compact SUV, the Tata Nexon. This is the 4th product that follows Tata’s new ‘Impact Design‘ philosophy after the Tiago, Hexa and the Tigor. And I must admit, Tata has really made a massive change in the impression I once had for Tata cars design-wise.

The exterior styling is coupe-inspired and feels really new, breaking out of the traditional boxy design for a compact SUV. The Tata Nexon comes with a dual tone exterior colour scheme, featuring Ivory White accents around the fog lamps on the front, across the shoulder line which merges at the back creating an X-shaped structure. The roof gets a sonic silver colour treatment, giving the Nexon its signature appearance.

It’s got projector headlamps for high-intensity road illumination, along with some stylish & distinctive feline-eye shaped Daytime Running Lights too. And the taillamps, it seems Tata has themselves decided to make use of after-market ones, that give it a really futuristic look.

Engine, Gearbox & Numbers of the Tata Nexon

First, I’ll go through what Tata has brought to the table with the new Nexon. Tata Nexon comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox in both Petrol and Diesel. These are the new 1.2L turbocharged Petrol and 1.5L turbocharged Diesel engines that Tata developed for the Nexon. Both the engines have been tuned to give superior performance. And when coupled with 3 Drive Modes (City, Eco & Sport), it will let you decide how you want the engine to perform. Tata Nexon is available in manual only now but an AMT version is slated to be available mostly in 2018.

Numbers for the Revotron 1.2L Petrol engine: 110PS of power and 170Nm of max torque.
Numbers for the Revotorq 1.5L Diesel engine: 110PS of power and 260Nm of max torque.

With the engine aside, let me tell you some more interesting things about the Nexon. It has one of the best ground clearance – 209mm. This is also thanks to the 16″ wheels with machine-cut alloys that look attractive. And to top it up, it has the lowest turning radius with EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering).

Interiors of the Tata Nexon

On the inside, it comes with a unique-looking three tone central console. This console also houses the ConnectNext Infotainment system – a 6.5″ floating touchscreen supporting connectivity via Android Auto. It is combined with an 8 -speaker system tuned by Harman for the perfect surround sound effect (on the top-end variant only). There is also a host of apps that support voice interaction for navigation, music control, making calls, reading and replying to Whatsapp messages. In addition to this, you also get voice alerts for warning functions, and such as, when you change Drive Mode as well.

The Tata Nexon comes with 350L of storage, which can be expanded using the 60:40 splitting and folding rear seats to make up to 690L of storage space. In terms of practicality, there are 31 utility spaces, mainly to keep a few water bottles, hold your cup of caffeine, and a dedicated slot for storing your umbrella too!

Features List

Some other, now common, but interesting features are Push-button Start, Smart Remote key with electric tailgate unlock & approach lamps, passive entry & passive start, reverse camera with dynamic guideways, reverse parking sensors, power adjustable & retractable outside mirrors, automatic climate control with rear AC vents. The electrically assisted Power Steering has Phone & Media controls mounted on it.

Safety

On the safety part, the Tata Nexon comes with features like ISOFIX Child Restrain System for rear seats, dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with corner stability control as standard across all variants. It also comes with adjustable front & rear headrests for impact protection, brake assist for shorter stopping distance in emergency braking.

Variants, Color & Pricing

The Tata Nexon will be available in four trims: XE, XM, XT & XZ+ and 5 colour options: Vermont Red, Moroccan Blue, Seattle Silver, Glasgow Grey & Calgary White. One of the biggest deciding factors for the success of the Nexon has to be pricing. It has both the advantage & disadvantage of being late to the party. But it has allowed Tata to take care of what has been missing on some of the competition. The biggest disadvantage for the Nexon is the loss of market share to best-selling competitors at the moment. But the way Tata has priced the Nexon, it can regain it if the Nexon sells in good numbers, which I hope will be the case. The pricing of the Nexon is as follows:

Ex-showroom
Mumbai
XE XM XT XZ+ XZ+ with
Dual Tone Roof*
Petrol 5,87,000 6,51,900 7,31,900 8,46,900 8,61,900
Diesel 6,87,000 7,41,900 8,16,900 9,31,900 9,46,900

*Dual-tone roof option available only with Moroccan Blue & Vermont Red body colour.

Final First Impressions:

This was the first time I had seen the Nexon in flesh. It has a very distinctive body styling, unlike the competition. Looking at the images, you might have mixed feelings about it. But if you are in the market to buy a new compact SUV this festive season, be sure to ‘experience’ the Nexon – see it, drive it, feel it. It might just cut out and be the one for you, especially the diesel one. For more details on the Tata Nexon, check its website here.

There are going to be some experience events for the Nexon, called the Nexon Skill Arena, in multiple cities soon. Keep an eye out for them as they should be a really good place to test the hell of out the Nexon.

I’m looking forward to doing a test-drive of the Nexon myself. If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below or message me on Instagram: @thebestcarblogever. Follow me for more updates! 🙂 Drive Safe!

Celebrating Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz, a woman that has all my respect and praise for her work and the role she played. If she had not done what she did, we would not be living in a world full of cars, let alone reading about some fast cars on my blog.

We all know about Dr Carl Benz, how he in 1886 patented the world’s first automobile vehicle. The Patent Motor Wagen was a horseless carriage powered by a single cylinder motor. Carl unveiled his invention to the world in 1886. But contrary to his expectations, it failed to create any interest and people didn’t want to buy it.

Carl Benz kept on making improvements to the Motor Wagen and identified each iteration with a number. He made the Benz Patent Motor-Wagen No 3 in 1888. But by this time, Carl was losing his patience and did not want to continue working further on this.

Bertha had fallen in love with Carl when he explained his early drafts and plans of building such an automobile to her. She was interested in locomotives from an early age, thanks to some exposure from her father. So this idea had not just blown her mind but took her heart too. She wanted to support Carl with his vision and when Carl was about to give up, Bertha decided to do something herself about the situation.

This was a time when women were not treated equal and given the restricted to just doing household chores and bringing up kids. She decided to show the world what an automobile could do. In August 1888, together with her sons Richard and Eugen, and without the knowledge of her husband, Bertha Benz took to the road with the Benz Patent Motor-Wagen No 3. She was undeterred by the fact that some stretches of the roads, which were normally used only by horses and carriages, were anything but suitable for the automobile. Lack of fuel, clogged valves or wiring chafed-through to breaking point – she found a solution to every difficulty on the journey. She resorted to a garter, a hat-pin, and plundered the ligroin stocks of pharmacies along the route. When the fuel ran out completely outside Wiesloch, the Motor Car had to be pushed for several kilometers. Bertha got down herself to help.

Because of her persistence and this long journey, the Motor-wagen gained attention. And finally Carl made a total of 25 of these and sold them between 1886 and 1893. It also gained a title of being the world’s first mass production automobile.

Bertha Benz Memorial Drive & Treasure Hunt

Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels had organized a drive and treasure hunt event on Sunday, August 20, 2017 for women to take part and win exciting Mercedes-Benz Collectables. This was organized for the first time in India.

The event details
The event details

About 8 to 10 teams had participated in this wonderful adventure, in spite of heavy rains that day. Here are some photos from the event:

More about Carl & Bertha Benz

There is a lot to know about these two of the many legends of the automobile world. Here are a few good links if you are interested to read more.

  1. Bertha Benz on the Mercedes-Benz website
  2. Bertha Benz on the Bertha Benz Memorial Route website
  3.  A short movie ‘Carl & Bertha’ was made by Mercedes in german language to honor them. You can view the making of the film here. The movie is only available in german language with no english subtitles so I am not linking it here. If you find one do let me know, I’ll update it in this post.

Thank you to the wonderful people at Shaman for inviting me to this event! I had a good time at this event. I also got a chance to spend some time with this particular beauty, the SLC43 AMG:

I’ll share more photos with the SLC on my Instagram, so don’t forget to follow me @thebestcarblogever. There are also photos from when I had visited Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels at Kalina, Santacruz before.

Honda WR-V launched in Mumbai

Honda WRV launched in Mumbai

We were waiting for Honda’s offering in the sub 4-meter compact SUV segment for long time now. And here is the Honda WRV. It is quite frankly late to the party, but the amount of efforts that Honda R&D India have put in along with Honda R&D Japan is commendable. For starters, they have given the WRV its own unique look. The front and the rear of the WRV have been given a differentiable character. The buffed up look is definitely not ugly, in fact it feels like a refreshed design style compared to that of the Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. The design of the WRV keeps growing on you, the more you look at it.

The late entry is also justified by the fact that Honda didn’t want to just add some plastic cladding to the Jazz and sell it like a compact SUV, which is the feeling one gets from the Hyundai i20 Active, the Volkswagen Cross Polo, and the Toyota Etios Cross – all of which look almost like the car they are based on.

The WRV has been extensively worked upon. It has larger dimensions, a slightly larger boot, and a tad better ground clearance compared to the Jazz. See the table below:

  Honda Jazz Honda WR-V
Length 3955 mm 3999 mm (+ 44 mm)
Width 1694 mm 1734 mm (+ 40 mm)
Height 1544 mm 1601 mm (+ 57 mm)
Wheelbase 2530 mm 2555 mm (+ 25 mm)
Ground Clearance 165 mm 188 mm (+ 23 mm)
Boot Space 354 L 363 L (+ 9 L)

The WRV’s suspension is not the same as the one in Jazz, and is designed give greater roll stability and improved rigidity for better handling performance. It has the Mac-Pherson strut front suspension and the Twisted torsion beam rear suspension.

It shares its engine with the Jazz – the 1.2L Petrol and 1.5L Diesel, but they have been tuned to work the best with the extra 50 kg that the Jazz gained to become the WRV. The petrol engine comes with a 5-speed Manual Transmission and the Diesel engine comes with a 6-speed Manual Transmission. There are no automatic variants available and Honda does not plan to offer them any time soon. The numbers are as follows:

1.2 litre i-VTEC Petrol
1.5 litre i-DTEC Diesel
Max Power
90 PS @ 6000 RPM 100 PS @ 3600 RPM
Peak Torque
110 Nm @ 4800 RMP 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Mileage (ARAI)
17.5 KMPL 25.5 KMPL

It will be an easier choice to make here since there are only two variants  (S and VX) in both the Petrol and Diesel offerings to choose from.

Safety features

  • Dual SRS front Airbags,
  • Anti-lock Braking System & Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACETM) Body Structure
  • Impact mitigating front head rest
  • Pedestrian injury mitigation technology
  • Intelligent Pedal (Brake Over Ride System)
  • Multi-angle rear view camera with guidelines (VX only)

Unique features

  • First-in-segment Electric Sunroof with One-Touch Open/Close Function with Auto Reverse  (VX only)
  • R16 Alloy Wheel design [with Gunmetal finish (VX only)]
  • Silver Finished Roof Rail Garnish
  • Climate Control with Touch Control panel.
  • 17.7cm Advanced Infotainment with audio, video, and navigation system called Digipad which is the one seen in the recently launched 2017 Honda City. (VX only)
    • It also has an in-built Satellite linked Turn-by-turn Navigation
    • My storage Internal Media Memory of 1.5GB
    • Mirror Link support for smart phone connectivity
    • Internet access for browsing, email and live traffic via optional WiFi Receiver
    • Voice Commands for Media, Navigation and Calling
    • MicroSD Card slots from Maps and Media
    • HDMI ports (2)
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Telephone and Audio streaming
  • AM/FM Digital Radio Tuner, MP3/WAV, i-Pod™/i-Phone™

Other features

  • Day time Running LEDs
  • Front Fog Lamps (VX only) & LED High Mount Stop Lamp
  • Turn Indicator on ORVM (VX only)
  • Steering mounted controls for HFT, Audio, Voice command (VX only) and Cruise control (Diesel Only)
  • One Push Start/Stop Button with white and red illumination (Diesel only)
  • Cruise Control (Diesel only)
  • Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote (Diesel only)
  • Front Centre Armrest with Storage Console (VX only)
  • Power Steering (EPS) – Tilt and Telescopic

Availability of the Honda WRV

Deliveries will begin immediately from the Honda’s dealer network of 336 facilities in 224 cities across the country. The Honda WRV will offer complete peace of mind with 3 years / Unlimited Kilometers warranty as standard benefit to the customer. Additionally, customers can opt for Extended Warranty for another two years / Unlimited kilometers for extra peace of mind. You can go book one for yourself now or even book a test drive today! Do let me know if you plan to do so!

Colors Options & Pricing

The Honda WRV is available with a choice of 6 color options: Premium Amber Metallic (New & Exclusive), Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and  Golden Brown Metallic

This is the pricing announced for Delhi and Navi Mumbai

Variant Price in INR
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
Price in INR
(ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai)
Diesel – VX – MT 9,99,900 10,06,900
Diesel – S – MT 8,79,000 8,86,900
Petrol – VX – MT 8,99,000 9,06,000
Petrol – S – MT 7,75,000 7,82,000

Should you be buying the Honda WRV?

Are you considering the Jazz? Do you want a compact SUV that’s different looking and comes the assurance and service quality of Honda? The WRV is for you. Looking for a car bigger than a hatchback, smaller than a sedan, offering the compactness of the Jazz and the comfort of the City? The WRV is for you.

If you have any questions then do let me know.. I will try to answer them! Leave you questions in the comments below or email me on sid@thebestcarblogever.com and I’ll get back to you!

P.S. The WRV is below the CRV and the BRV. Honda, why did you not name it the ARV ??

Looking forward...

Hello October

Hello October! January! March!*

The Best CAR Blog Ever completed 4 awesome years in October 2016. And I have to admit, it has been a wonderful journey so far for me. I have even ventured successfully on to writing more about other topics than Cars – something that I had not thought of doing before. Here’s my other blog if you’re curious.

A lot happened in 2016

At the starting of that year I made promises I couldn’t fulfill and failed at – writing more often,  posting more often on my social channels, Auto Expo 2016 coverage, etc. The only reason for this is my old way of managing my time.

I’ve definitely written thousands of to-do lists on several pages/notes and tried out tens of different apps! But none of them have led me to deliver what I wanted to. Most of my time went in managing my studies, college project and then my startup related work.

Now everything has ended – and new things have begun. I completed my studies in June 2016 & then went on to do an internship for two months with a startup. Then I got a full-time job as a Front End Developer at the same place for multiple good reasons. The biggest being the awesome people I had to work with.

I also bought a monkey bike (Honda Navi) in June and started a group of Honda Navi Owners from Mumbai to go on rides with them! 😁 Fun facts aside I’ve also been gaining some extra weight that I shouldn’t.

A lot has happened in 2017

I attended the Autocar Performance Show 2017 in January; I also covered the launch and experience events for the Tata Hexa – on Instagram** at least. I couldn’t get time to write about them. They are in my drafts. I’ll get them out of the drafts just like this post* soon!

There was also a Volkswagen GTI Experience event that I went to and I also attended the Vintage Car Fiesta 2017 organized by the Vintage & Classic Cars Club of India.

Welcome to March everyone!

Two months of 2017 already flew away, 10 more to go! I hope to make the most of them! I read an article that said

“Scheduling is more effective than just making a to-do list”

It might be the way to go with my blogs and all other activities. Less Talking More Doing!!

* Yeah this post was lying around as a draft since October 2016! I tried to finish it and publish it in January also. But it’s finally here!
** Are you following me on Instagram? If not, then please do! I am quite active there. @thebestcarblogever !!

Volkswagen GTI (2017) Experience in Mumbai

Volkswagen GTI 2017 Experience in Mumbai

GTI – Grand Turismo Injection – it is an identity. An identity for Wolfsburg born motoring legend. The Volkswagen GTI stands for a sporting character, a powerful engine and maximum performance. Every car-maker has a performance wing, and this is Volkwagen’s performance baby finally making it to India. The Volkwagen GTI is here for the enthusiasts. It looks like another hatchback to those who are unaware of how GTI bagde changes the numbers for this particular car. This two-door ‘Creature of the Night’ GTI comes with a 1.8L TSI, 4-cylinder in-line engine, 1798cc of displacement generating 192PS of power and 250Nm of torque!

Check out the video below for a look at the interior of this crazy hot hatch!

 

Please like the video, leave your comments and do subscribe. This can help me know that I should make more videos related to cars! (Maybe motovlogging/ autovlogging in the future!) Irrespective of that, there is another video due – it covers the Volkswagen GTI doing some things you could only imagine! This is what is was meant to do – what else would you do with a hatch that can go 233kmph!! 😛 😀 Hahahaha! Check out more details about the Volkswagen GTI here: http://www.volkswagen.co.in/en/models/volkswagen-gti/gallery.html

A big thanks to Shaman Group – Volkswagen Downtown Mumbai for organizing this amazing track & my brother Nirav M Minawaala (Automotive Lifestyles) for the invite and company at this thrilling afternoon!!

Tata Hexa Experience in Mumbai

Tata Hexa Experience Centre at Mumbai

The Best CAR Blog Ever was invited to experience the all new Tata Hexa by Tata Motors in Mumbai on and off-road – firsthand.

The Hexa Experience Centre was organized at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra on January 13-14-15,  2017. Designed to make it possible for existing and potential customers to come and experience the Tata Hexa themselves,  the setup had a challenging off-road course, a customer lounge and a dining area. Along with it there were multiple experience stalls from other Tata brands like Titan,  Croma, Tata beverages to name a few.

Check out some of my Instagram posts from that day below:

The Hexa Experience Centre also had a kids zone, a pet adoption zone in association with World4All and other engaging activities. Tata Hexa Experience Centres have been organized previously at Gurugram, Bangalore and Chennai, the fourth leg at Mumbai, and the fifth one was organized in Hyderabad.

Overall, after experiencing the Tata Hexa for myself, I can vouch for it to be a really good choice if you are planning to get an SUV any time soon.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook as those are the places to catch updates first! 🙂

Honda BRV launched in Mumbai

Honda BRV launched in Mumbai

Honda Cars India Ltd has made their entry in the most popular car segment in India, the compact SUV segment with the new Honda BRV. Available in both Diesel and Petrol option, the BRV (Bold Runabout Vehicle)  is Honda’s bet to appeal the consumers and accelerate their growth in the country.

Honda launched the BRV here in Mumbai at a press event at the Taj Lands End, Bandra. Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd were present at the event and said “India is a key market and we are focusing on increasing our customer base with new model introductions. The launch of BRV marks Honda’s entry in the compact SUV segment.”

Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, HCIL
Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, HCIL

The good parts about this Honda are its stance, exterior styling, powerful performance, best in class ground clearance of 210mm, excellent mileage and – a 3-row configuration that is actually practical. The car is 4456 mm long, 1735 mm wide and 1666 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2662 mm  – which means a very spacious cabin.

Engine

The BRV in its petrol variant is powered by Honda’s 1.5 Litre i-VTEC engine mated to the new 6-speed manual transmission exclusively developed for this vehicle. The petrol variant also gets the first-in-class Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with sports car-inspired Paddle shifts located just behind the steering wheel as an option. This engine delivers a maximum power of 119PS @ 6,600 rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm @ 4,600 rpm and a mileage of 15.4 kmpl in the MT version and 16 kmpl in the CVT version. The diesel variant is powered by the 1.5 Litre, i-DTEC engine with Earth Dreams Technology, mated to  the new 6-speed manual transmission. It produces a maximum power of 100PS @ 3,600 rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm @ 1,750 rpm and a mileage of 21.9 kmpl.

i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine
i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine

Exterior

The exterior design reflects toughness and inspires trust on the vehicle. It gets the character of a premium SUV – a wide body & stance, highlighted with Projector Headlamps, wide appearance front grill design and LED position lamps. The silver finish front and rear bumper garnishes and the roof rails add to the sportiness of the BRV. A first and unique connected tail light design with LED light guide enhance the exterior appeal of the car. Last but not the least, the all-new 16-inch aluminium wheels increase the ruggedness of the BRV.

Interior

The second row of the BRV features a 60:40 split with slide and recline options. The third row has a 50:50 split design which we can fold flat and increase the boot space from a generous 223 Litres to 691 Litres. Interiors are done in a sporty all black theme, has a very pleasing dashboard design and high quality material all over the interior. This premium looking interior is further enhanced with optional silver accents, cool mesh design and piano black finish on the instrument panel. The white lit 3D speedometer with multi information display adds to the sportiness of the vehicle. On the higher variants, you also get the options for leather finish interior, multi-layered fabric seats, push Start/Stop button with smart entry key, integrated Bluetooth Audio System with Hands Free Telephone and Steering mounted controls for Audio, power foldable ORVMs.

Entry and exit for the third row is convenient due to the one-touch tumble second row seat. The BRV also has addjustable Headrests on all the three rows. The second row gets roof mounted AC vents keeping them cool too.

Chassis & Safety

The new chassis realizes both superior ride comfort and smooth & agile handling. The BRV’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in case of a collision. For better crash performance and comfortable ride the BRV’s body rigidity and the damper have been developed specially. The car features McPherson Strut suspensions in the front and Torsion beam rear suspension, which improve the car’s stability and ride comfort.

ACE (TM) Body Structure
ACE (TM) Body Structure

The BRV comes loaded with active and passive  safety technologies including Dual SRS Air Bags as standard offering across all its variants, Anti-Lock Breaking System (ABS), Electronic Break Distribution (EBD) which enhances the breaking performance.  The ABS with EBD is standard across all diesel variants.

Warranty & Availability

The BRV comes with a 3-years Unlimited Kilometers warranty as standard with another 2 years of optional extended warranty for all customers. The BRV is available in petrol in 5 variants – E, S, V and  VX with manual transmissions and V with CVT; the diesel in 4 variants – E, S, V & VX with maunal transmissions. The following colors are available on the BRV: Carnelian Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic and Taffeta White.

Bookings are now open. And the price for the BRV are as follows (ex-showroom Navi Mumbai)

  • Petrol Variants
    • E – INR 8,75,650
    • S -INR 9,90,650
    • V – INR 10,90,650
    • VX – INR 11,84,650
    • V with CVT – INR 11,99,650
  • Diesel Variants
    • E – INR 9,90,650
    • S – INR 10,99,650
    • V – INR 11,85,650
    • VX – INR 12,90,650

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