Automotive news for January 2018

It seems like yesterday that 2018 started. But January is already over. And the amount of time I got to sit and write blog posts in the first month is very evident. In order to make the best of this situation, I am starting with this monthly automotive news summary series. So, here is a summary of all the interesting things that happened in the month of January 2018 (in case you missed it).

New Cars Launched In India

Kwid Special Edition

The Renault Kwid Special Edition was launched at the starting price of Rs 2.66 lakhs ex-showroom. It has some lime-accent graphics and highlights. One of the best parts of this Special Edition is that it comes with Reverse Parking Sensors as standard irrespective of the variant you choose.

Photo via Rushlane

New Audi Q5

The 2018 Q5 was launched at the starting price of Rs 53.25 lakhs ex-showroom. It has grown in dimensions and now mimics the design of the larger Q7. It comes with the same 2.0L TDI engine, but mated to a new 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission. It does 0-100 kmph in 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 218 kmph. ARAI claimed fuel efficiency is 17.01 kmpl. There are no plans for a petrol-engine Q5 for now. Direct competitors for the Q5 are the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60.

Datsun redi-GO AMT

Datsun launched the AMT variant of its small car redi-GO at the starting price of Rs 3.80 lakhs ex-showroom, but only with the 999cc 3-cyl petrol engine. In terms of pricing, it is cheaper that Kwid AMT. This version claims a fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl.

Lamborghini Urus

The first Super SUV, Lamborghini Urus was launched here in India just 38 days after its global unveil at the price of Rs 3 crore ex-showroom. The Urus comes with a 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 engine, in the front of the car. The engine produces 641 bhp and 850 Nm of peak torque. This performance SUV can do 0-100 kmph in just 3.6 seconds and then 200 kmph in 12.8 seconds. It has the top speed of 305 kmph, which also makes it the fastest SUV in the world. It is based on the MLB platform, which is also the base for the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7.

Configured close to what I would get the Urus as!

Lexus LS500h

Lexus’s flagship luxury sedan LS500h was launched in India at the starting price of Rs 1.77 crore Ex-showroom. It is powered by a 3.5L V6 petrol engine combined with a 310.8kV Lithium ion battery, delivering 15.38 km/litre in a BS6 compliant vehicle. The LS 500h goes up against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 L and the Jaguar XJ L and in fact is here at a great time considering both Mercedes-Benz and Audi are planning to launch their updated flagship sedans in 2018.

Isuzu V-Cross 2018

The 2018 Isuzu V-Cross was launched at Rs 14.26 lakhs (Standard variant) & Rs 15.76 lakhs (High variant), ex-showroom. While the powertrain remains the same, it is marginally expensive than the previous version. This is the first major upgrade which includes a host of new cosmetic changes, features and equipment on board. It gets LED DRLs instead of Fog Lamps, LED taillights and a redesigned tail-gate. More upgrades are in terms of safety – ABS as standard, Electronic Stability Control & Traction Control System are available on the top-end ‘High’ trim. Also a new Ruby Red exterior color has been introduced along with the previous Brown, Black, Silver, Grey and White options.

Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar was launched at Rs 78.83 lakhs ex-showroom. It is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. It competes with the BMW X6 and the Porsche Macan. Globally, the Velar has received a great response – it has pre-booked till March 2018 and the deliveries were supposed to start January 2018.

Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition

The Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition marks the model completing six years in India. It is priced at Rs 50.20 lakh (ex-showroom). The ‘Landmark Edition’ is based on the SE variant of the Evoque and gets minor exterior and interior updates. It will be offered in three exterior paint colours (including the Luminescent Moraine Blue you see in the photo below). Also part of this limited edition are gloss-black 18-inch alloy wheels, a new body kit and body-colored lower door cladding. There is also a graphite finish for the grille, a Carpathian Gray finish for the fender vent and tailgate lettering and the Contrast roof.

On the inside, the Landmark Edition gets grained ebony leather seats with light lunar stitching in contrast; with the centre console finished in dark satin-brushed aluminium. It is comes equipped with a gesture-operated powered tailgate, along with all the other features of the SE variant.

The Evoque Landmark Edition is available only with the 180hp, 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine; it’s not offered with the 240hp 2.0-litre petrol motor.

Mercedes S350d BS-VI edition

India got its first BS-VI (Bharat Stage 6) complaint vehicle – the new Mercedes-Benz S350d. It complies with the Emission standards which all automobile manufacturers need to comply by 2020. The S 350 d features the most powerful diesel car in Mercedes-Benz history.

Maserati Levante

Maserati also launched its first SUV, the Levante at the starting price of Rs 1.75 Crore ex-showroom. It comes powered by a 3.0L V6 diesel engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine develops 275PS of power, enough to do 0-100 kmph in 6.9 seconds. The Levante has a claimed top speed of 230 kmph. And yes, it can go off-road as it has an all-wheel drive system. The Maserati Levante competes with the Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X6 in India. All of these come powered with a diesel engine and are priced upwards of Rs 1 crore.

Maserati Levante

What Next?

It is February already! And next up is India’s Auto Expo 2018

The Best CAR Blog Ever is going to be there and we’re going to have some fun! Wait and watch! Follow me on Instagram @thebestcarblogever and Facebook Page /thebestCARblogever to get notified about everything from the Auto Expo first.

I’ll be there to bring you the details first on February 7 – 8, 2018. Auto Expo 2018 is open for the general public from February 9 to February 14, 2018 at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. For more information visit the official website. And to book your tickets, go to Book My Show.

#AE18xTBCBE coming soon!

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.

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