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!

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 ??

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!!

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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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. 🙂

Rolls Royce Ghost Series II now in India!

Rolls Royce India unveiled the face-lifted Ghost Series II here on November 7, 2014. It was launched in Mumbai and ‘The Best CAR Blog Ever’ was invited to the event.

Since the launch of the Rolls Royce Ghost first in 2009, it has been the ultimate mark of success for  entrepreneurs, business people & celebrities too here in India. As a matter of fact, the Ghost has been a very successful Rolls Royce all around the world. People who buy it have been served by the Ghost as both – a business tool for the business week and an engaging driving experience for leisure during the weekends.

India is one of the top 5 markets in Asia-Pacific for the Rolls Royce Ghost. It is also an important market, which is significant from the fact that Rolls Royce has five dealerships across the country, a big number for a super luxury car maker. The India-bound Ghosts are also the most Bespoke in the world with most having some or the other made-to-order content.

Sven Ritter, General Manager for Rolls Royce Motor Cars Asia-Pacific, who unveiled the car along with Mr Sharad Kachalia of Navnit Motors, explained, “In Ghost Series II, customers will find the same level of exclusivity, quality and perfection that is quintessentially Rolls Royce. Ghost has been the leading choice in India.”

The new Ghost is majorly a face-lift on the front, with noticeable changes on the exterior and a few updates on the interior, while the rear and the engine continue from the earlier Ghost.

Here is a comprehensive list of changes/updates on the Rolls Royce Ghost Series II:

  • Redesigned LED headlights framed by Day-time Running Lights (DRL)
  • Re-sculptured bumper that gives a wider and dynamic stance
  • A new bonnet design that features tapered ‘wake channel’ (see the photo)
  • New paint and wheel options.
  • Redesigned front seats which includes electronically adjustable thigh supports and depth adjustment.
  • Rear seats have been slightly re-angled to augment easy communication with fellow passengers.
  • Suspension enhancements
  • Satellite Aided Transmission as standard – it uses GPS and mapping data to make sure that the car is always in the correct gear when negotiating turns, motorway exits and roundabouts.
  • New optional 21-inch forged wheels and standard 19-inch wheels
  • Bespoke Audio – finest hardware and latest connectivity options in an exhaustively designed automotive hi-fi system.

The Ghost Series II comes with the 8-speed ZF gearbox and continues with the same engine as the earlier Ghost: the 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine generating a Max Power of 563bhp @ 5250rpm and Max Torque of 780Nm @ 1500rpm. It can do an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

There are two variants that are available of the Ghost Series II: Standard Wheel Base and Extended Wheel Base.

Here are the pictures from the event without much ado:

 

Here is the video of the unveiling:

Here are some photos from after the unveiling:

Last but not the least is the price of the beautiful beast! Rs 4.50 Crore Ex-Showroom (pan India).

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