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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Celebrating 100 years of BMW at Bavaria Motors, Pune

My Sunday mornings are lazy. I’m usually asleep till 9am. But April 17th was a bit different. I was up already at 3:30am and getting ready to leave for Pune, Maharashtra. I had a train to catch at around 5.30am. Why? All for the love of Cars! I was invited to attend a BMW Passion Trails event organized by the really cool people at Bavaria Motors at their newly opened Hadapsar facility.

I reached Pune around 9:30am and was on my way to Bavaria Motors Showroom, Camp, Pune. The showroom filled with lots of Bimmers was a very welcoming place! Front and center was the new BMW 7-series! I had been at its launch at the Auto Expo 2016.

After a short tour around the showroom with my camera and a good cup of coffee, I was on my way to Hadapsar which is home to the huge Bavaria Motors Workshop – in a BMW GT! I was feeling so happy in the GT that I forgot to take any pictures of it or with it! 🙁  It’s such a smooth and comfortable car! Believe me – rides well, powerful yet easy to handle, spacious – just perfect. Period. I’ve got some pictures of it!

And in a while, I reached Hadapsar and it was time to spend time with our passions. BMW owners, people passionate about BMWs, and their families were invited take part in the day long event and explore their passions. It was also the first time the all new BMW X1 was showcased in Pune! Also on showcase were some M Performance Accessories and Kits for the BMW 3-series, 5-series and the X5.

First off was the Painting Workshop!

Everyone got a chance to become a kid again, get dirty with colors and paint something out of their creativity. Led by Deb from Group Art Circle, everyone got a chance to paint a masterpiece in their own ways. It was a nice experience for me to get along with some paint – I’ve never been personally as friendly/good with paint as I have been with pencil! And here’s what I was able to make! 😀

Next up was the Photography workshop!

This one was really very interesting. It was more of a Q & A session with the Photography Guru Angad Joshi. While we weren’t left with time to actually go and capture some BMWs we did clear out a lot of myths and misconceptions about the Cameras. Lots of information on the basic science of how the camera functions, what happens when you click that button!

Last was the Drum Circle session!

It was the most tiring (my hands were paining!) yet happening session of all, because everyone got to play drums – West African Djembes more specifically! And did we create some really cool music that evening! All the drumming, jugalbandi was just really cool. Hats off to the organizers TaalInc!

Apart from the event I had the chance to take an unguided tour of the Workshop facility and look what all did I spot!

A very wonderful day indeed – spent with some passion exploration! Wishing BMW the best next 100 years! The BMW Vision was unveiled as a part of the #Next100 celebrations in order to showcase the ideas and thoughts of BMW on how the automotive landscape will evolve and a glimpse of what we will see in the next 100 years!

Detroit Auto Show – Part 2

I wrote about the best cars which are in production or are production-ready from the Detroit Auto Show in my last post (check it out in case you missed it!). Now we’ll look as some of the best Concept cars from the Show!

1. Subaru Impreza Sedan concept

After being showcased previously at the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Subaru Impreza Sedan concept was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept will hopefully look as appealing when its production ready. What will go under the hood hasn’t been revealed yet. It puts the “wide and Low” design philosophy to display. The concept’s roof line is sloping, and the corners and character lines are more contoured. Its got some great looking hawk-eye headlights, a larger and more elegantly designed grille-mounted emblem and black-and-red fan-blade wheels. See the pics!

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2. Nissan Titan Warrior concept

When Nissan unveiled the Nissan Titan at the Detroit Auto Show last year, on the first look everyone could notice the similarity to the Ford F-150. And why not? The Ford F-150 has been the class leader for a really long time. And anybody trying to get into this market would be definitely referencing it first for design cues that have been a success. This year’s Nissan Titan Warrior Concept too faces a similar case. It looks really similar to the Ford F-150 Raptor. For images of the Raptor look at my previous post.

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3. Acura Precision concept

The Acura Precision concept was built specifically with the aim to be showcased at the Detroit Auto Show 2016. After the NSX, the Acura design team has been playing around with more specific styling as the Precision concept’s end goal is to define the news styling that will be adopted by all the Acura models soon. It is larger than the NSX in may ways – wider than the NSX by almost eight inches, height four inches more than the NSX. Its got deeply cut sides, debuts the brand’s aggressive “Diamond Pentagon” front grille which is a definite relief from the Acura grille we’ve seen for quite some time. The grille perfectly compliments the “Jewel Constellation” LED headlamps. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

One more point to note after looking that the futuristic interior on the Precision concept – Acura believes that the future human-machine interface (HMI) will have the ability to scan each occupant in the car to load their personalized settings for music, maps and vehicle performance.

4. Buick Avista concept

There’s not a single thing in this Buick that doesn’t look awesome on its own. The Avista might not be currently confirmed to go in to production but it will definitely be the cue to the design of all future Buick cars. It’s got powerful grille, wing-shaped head- and taillights, lean and muscular character line. The wait for the new Buick cars won’t be long, as the next-generation Regal mid-size sedan is due within the year, and a new Enclave crossover won’t be far behind.

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Bonus!

Here are some other cars that grabbed my attention and should appeal to you too!

VLF Force 1 V10

Gilbert Villarreal, Bob Lutz and Danish designer Henrik Fisker – joined forces to build high-end, limited-edition American sports cars, under the brand named formed of the initials of their surnames . They launched the Force 1 with the aim of taking on big names like Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. It is equipped with a roaring 745 horsepower, V10 engine. It is made with carbon fiber and based on the Dodge Viper, but with a more plush interior. This limited edition vehicle will be priced just under $300,000.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Check out the images here.

Lexus LC500 Coupe

Check out the images here.

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

Check out this gallery here.

Extra Bonus!

What else happened at the Detroit Auto Show 2016??

Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary by showcasing some awesome looking special editions of its cars. Jaguar Land Rover skipped the Detroit Auto Show to focus on other international shows. (Jaguar Land Rover are going to be present at the International Auto Expo 2016 in India, which starts from 3rd of February, 2016). MINI has given Detroit a miss and will also not be present at the Auto Expo 2016.

What’s going to happen at the Auto Expo 2016?

The Best CAR Blog Ever is going to be present here and will post about all the action from ground-zero starting from 3rd February 8am onward!

Catch all the action first on Instagram (follow @thebestCARblogever) and then followed by detailed posts here and Facebook.

Detroit Auto Show 2016

As promised in my previous post, here are the best production/ production-ready Cars of the Detroit Auto Show 2016!

1. 2017 Ford GT

The 2017 Ford GT showcased at the Detroit Auto Show, is expected to go in production in late 2016. This is just one of the 12 Ford Performance Vehicles that will come by 2020. The Ford GT features a rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is powered by the next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, the most powerful EcoBoost production engine yet, producing more than 600hp.

Pics Source: AutoBlog

2. 2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe is production ready and will be available in the following variants: 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine producing either 300hp or 400hp; a 2.0-litre gasoline engine that is turbo-charged to produce 208hp. The base model will come with an aluminum trim on the inside, with an option to choose black wood. The higher end models will be available with carbon-fiber highlights and an option to choose white or red leather seating. The Infiniti Q60S is like a really awesome comeback for Nissan’s luxury brand – as it was highly loved by critics starting from concept model itself carrying over almost every appreciated thing into the production version. The Q60S feels like one of the best cars ever from Infiniti till date. It has  a really functional design that looks stunning too. In fact, the Q60S could easily be the car I would want to drive straight out of the Detroit Auto Show! 😀

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

3. The new BMW M2 Coupe

The first M line car in the 2-series for BMW was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show – the M2 Coupe which is a rear-wheel drive, high performance sports coupe. It is powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder engine which produces 365hp (one for each day! 😀 – sorry for the bad joke). BMW claims the M2 can do 0-62miles (0-100kms) in 4.3 seconds and comes with a top-speed of 155 mph (250 kmph).

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

4. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The new Chrysler Pacifica (or Chrysler Town & Country as it was previously called) is one of the most significant launches for FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), as they have tried to reinvent the minivan segment they originally created. It is a attempt to make the minivan compelling again for the new generation. One important fact is that Pacifica will be available in both conventional and plug-in hybrid versions. There is a lot of new tech coming in the Pacifica – a 360 degree camera view, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, forward-collision warning & mitigation, lane-departure warning & mitigation, rear backup sensing with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control that can bring the Pacifica to a complete halt and hold it there, and several other active & passive systems. Feels like the minivan is here to stay and gain a good number of sales!

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

5. 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was originally unveiled at the 2015 edition of the Detroit Auto Show, and this year Ford has taken the chance to introduce the Raptor in its SuperCrew form. It is based on the aluminum-bodied F-150 SuperCrew. The Raptor SuperCrew rides on a 145.0-inch wheelbase—a foot longer than the standard SuperCab-based model—and has four front-hinged doors and the SuperCrew’s 5.5-foot bed. It is powered by the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, whose output hasn’t been disclosed by Ford.

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

6. 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class

The E-Class finally gets the new design language that was originally seen on the S-Class back in 2014, which was later adopted by the C-Class last year. Called the “sensually purified” design language, the new E-Class unveiled here at the Detroit Auto Show might look much like its other siblings until you see the badge! It carries the new iconic “stardust effect” taillamps, futuristic LED matrix headlamps and the signature grill and windows. There are a few dimensional changes on the E-Class – 2.6 inches have been added between the axles and 1.7 inches overall. Height and width of the new E-Class are down a fraction of an inch. The wheel sizes are up to 19 & 20 inches. It will be offered in Luxury & Sport flavours.

What’s interesting here is that the new car comes with loads of new tech which not even available on the current S-Class! To name a few – semi-autonomous driving, autonomous lane changing, driver-supervised autonomous parking, the ability to use your cellphone as the key, highly improved auto-braking system.

The E300 is the first of the new E-Class cars that is confirmed. The others set to get the new E-Class treatment are the E63 AMG & a new powerful E450 AMG, as also plug-in hybrid & diesel versions. Also expected are the Coupe & Convertible versions too!

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

7. 2017 Mercedes Benz SLC

This is actually the SLK rebadged as per the nomenclature changes that Mercedes had announced at the end of 2014. The SLK badge will be dropped after being in use for close to 20 years. Since the SLK was close to the C-Class, it will now wear the SLC badge. In the 2017 edition unveiled at he Detroit Auto Show, it gets a facelift and a new powertrain. On the exterior, you have the updated modern grill, optional LED headlamps and new “sensually purified” taillamps. On the interior, most of the things remain the same with minor updates to the controls and trim. It will continue to possess the two features unique to this class – the Airscarf, a ventilator system that blows warm air at your neck, and a panaromic glass roof whose opacity can be changed at the push of a button.

The big update is under the hood – a twin-turbocharged V6 in place of the V8 in the AMG version. The SLK350’s 3.5-litre V6 is history. The SLK300 with the 2.0-litre turbo engine will return as the SLC300 producing 241hp. The SLK55 AMG will be replaced by the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, for which the pictures will do a better talking (Love the red!).

Pics Source: CarAndDriver

That’s enough drooling for one post! There’s more from the Detroit Auto Show coming soon – concept cars and special mentions! Stay tuned for another post about the Detroit Auto Show! Till then do follow the blog on Instagram @thebestCARblogever and on Facebook. 🙂

✋ Hello 2016!

Hello everyone!✋ Sid here! Its time to kick start 2016, a new year for my blog and make it much better than 2015 (it was bad, just 2 posts)!

Anyways, without ranting much about the last year, lets get started with what lies ahead in 2016. Two things happen at the start of a new year, in India especially – 🏆 Bollywood Award Shows and Auto Shows! And its obvious where I and you would be interested in (and that’s why you’re here) – the latter one!

First of the list of Auto Shows happening around the world in 2016 is the Detroit Motor Show aka North American International Auto Show. I couldn’t go for the Auto Show (maybe next year, fingers crossed), but I’ll definitely summarize it in the next blog post (post #2 for 2016), highlight the best of the Detroit, and what got me excited. So watch out for that! The auto show is still going on until the 24th of January, so if anyone reading this post, staying anywhere close to Detroit hasn’t been to the Auto Show, go have some fun!

😍 Treat your eyes, 📷 click some pictures and 📩 send me some too!

Once I have the Detroit Auto Show covered in my next blog post, I’ll be starting preparations to attend my first Auto Show of 2016 – in person.

The Best CAR Blog Ever is ✈ going to the Auto Expo 2016!

It’s going to be an awesome year! Stay tuned, subscribe to my posts, like & follow my blog on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram (yes, we’re now on Instgram too!) so that you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful posts coming your way this year! Keep coming back to my blog. Have a wonderful year ahead! 🙂

Happy Birthday #PaulWalker!

Paul Walker, may have gone, but he still lives on in the hearts of his family, Fast family and the millions of fans worldwide!

Today would have been Paul’s 42nd birthday! To mark the celebrations on this day, Meadow Walker, Paul’s daughter has announced and launched a new Foundation in her father’s name ‘Paul Walker Foundation’ with a simple mission #DoGood! The Foundation will work towards helping the ocean leaders of tomorrow in protecting the oceans, the wildlife and ourselves.

meadow-and-paul
Meadow and Paul Walker [Source]
Members from the Fast Family have come forward in support of Meadow in achieving this goal and making this the best gift for Paul!

The Internet has gone crazy, for someone managed to do a mashup of ‘See You Again’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. Yes you read that right! After watching it , I don’t know what to say! But the Bollywood fans too miss him I guess! Check it out here .   UPDATE: The video was deleted mostly due copyright issues or something.

And Vin Diesel as always let his emotions out about his brother Pablo!

Its been two years since the tragic incident took Paul away from us. But he will stay alive in the memories of all the fans (like me)! He’ll always be in our hearts! #WeMissUPaul! #SeeYouAgain!

And as Paul said:

“When you put good will out there it’s amazing what can be accomplished.”

– Paul Walker
Formula1 2015

Season Ahead – The Formula One 2015 Calendar

So the F1 Season has finally flagged off today! How many of you were able to catch the Australian Grand Prix?? I missed it, I wish I didn’t. Anyways here is the schedule ahead for the rest of the season! Mark the dates! All the timings are according to the Indian Standard Time (where I reside). If you want to know the time of the race in your time zone, go here.

Formula 1 2015 - Australian Grand Prix
Formula 1 2015 – Australian Grand Prix [Credits]
March 2015

15                    Australian Grand Prix             10:30AM IST  [View Results]

29                    Malaysia Grand Prix               12:30PM IST

April 2015

12                    Chinese Grand Prix                 11:30AM IST

19                    Bahrain Grand Prix                 08:30PM IST

May 2015

10                    Spanish Grand Prix                  05:30PM IST

24                    Monaco Grand Prix                 05:30PM IST

June 2015

07                    Canadian Grand Prix               11:30PM IST

21                    Austrian Grand Prix                05:30PM IST

July 2015

05                    British Grand Prix                   05:30PM IST

19                    German Grand Prix                 05:30PM IST

26                    Hungarian Grand Prix             05:30PM IST

August 2015

23                    Belgian Grand Prix                  05:30PM IST

September 2015

06                    Italian Grand Prix                    05:30PM IST

20                    Singapore Grand Prix              05:30PM IST

27                    Japanese Grand Prix               10:30AM IST

October 2015

11                    Russian Grand Prix                  03:30PM IST

26                    United States Grand Prix        12:30AM IST

November 2015

02                    Mexican Grand Prix                12:30AM IST

15                    Brazilian Grand Prix                09:30PM IST

29                    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix             06:30PM IST

Hope we have a wonderful and exciting season ahead! 🙂

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