Tata Harrier launched: Your next car is here

The day has finally come and it is all official. You may already know a lot about the Tata’s first launch of the year – the Tata Harrier! But here’s why it is your next car!

First a little about the Harrier if you don’t know who she is. If you do, still read to know why it is your next car!

The madly awaited Tata Harrier started its journey as the H5X concept showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 – the first and the last time I saw it in person. It is the first vehicle to sport the Impact Design 2.0 language of Tata Motors – all the stunning exterior design and lovely interiors – all of those.

Tata H5X Concept at the Auto Expo 2018

Tell me more!

So the important stuff. Why is the Harrier a milestone in Tata Motors new journey that started with the Tiago?

The Tiago changed the path for Tata and put it on its way to success. The Tata Harrier is the next big step in the same direction. Six reasons why the Harrier is a distinctive and important product – and possibly your next car too!

The Reasons:

One, this is the first product that utilizes the knowledge, resources and the expertise from Tata’s Jaguar Land Rover stable. The Harrier is based on the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) Architecture that has derived from Land Rover’s DB Platform that underpins the Land Rover Discovery. Tata in collaboration with the Jaguar Land Rover team has developed the OMEGA Architecture platform to meet the needs of Indian conditions and tested already for over 2.2 million kilometers over every possible type of terrain

Two, the safety features of the Harrier – which should be really one of the first things talked about any car – are really the best in class. It comes with 6 Airbags (Driver, Co-Driver, Side Seat and Curtain Airbags), an advanced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with 14 added functionalities to provide stability in difficult driving conditions.

Three,the engine is a new Fiat sourced Multijet 2.0, here rebadged by Tata as the Kryotec 2.0 Diesel engine that produces 140 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. It comes with an Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) that gives an excellent low-end torque and linear power delivery with low carbon footprint.

You get this engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox – only one configuration at the moment. The engine has been optimized for a good balance between power and fuel economy. You get three drive modes – Eco, City & Speed, and those mated to ESP Terrain Response Modes (Normal, Rough & Wet) is a sure way to get effortless handling over every kind of terrain with a steering which has been also tuned for excellent driving feedback. The suspensions also have been specially tuned. The front suspensions and hydra bush have been carried over from the Land Rover DB Platform, the rear twist blade suspension has been specially designed by Lotus Engineering UK.

And I almost forgot about kitna deti hai aka fuel efficiency, the number claimed by the company is 16.7 kmpl – better than the XUV500 (15.7 kmpl) and less than the Jeep Compass (17.1 kmpl) & Hyundai Creta (19.6 kmpl).

Four, the entertainment inside is a blast. There is a floating island style touchscreen infotainment system that has an 8.8-inch display with a 320W RMS JBL Audio System with not 2, 4, 6, 8 but 9 speakers! Those 9-speakers are in the following configuration: 4-speakers, 4-tweeters and 1 sub-woofer! A sub-woofer! The infotainment system supports both Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Tata has their own ‘ConnectNext’ App Suite that works seamlessly to provide navigation, music streaming, a smart remote, a smart manual for the car and more. It also supports Video playback and Image display, Voice Recognition & SMS Readout, Voice Alerts and many more smaller things!

And I almost forgot about the 7-inch colored TFT display Instrument Cluster! You can also easily mirror media, phone and navigation between the infotainment and the instrument cluster screens!

Five, the looks and the interiors! The first time I saw it in the form of the H5X Concept at the Auto Expo, it was a mesmerizing and futuristic design. The cherry on the cake was the part where Tata announced to keep the production model looking almost exactly like it was in the concept form! And here we have the Harrier finally! It has the contemporary SUV design proportions along with a floating roof, bold chrome finisher, flared wheel arches, dual function LED DRLs accentuating it’s overall bold presence. The interiors are clean, clutter-free, very practical. High-quality materials and color combinations give a premium and luxurious feel once you sit inside

I have a video showing the interiors of the Harrier but I am facing some issue with embedding it in the post itself. Till then here’s a link to the same: https://youtu.be/ipKBB_8vDck Do check it out!

Six, the last nail in the coffin (of its competition), the pricing. The Harrier is available in four variants – XE, XM, XT and XZ. There are five color options to choose from – Calisto Copper, the only color you must have seen the Harrier in till now, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey & Orcus White. (Yes there is no black or even a blue or a red option on the Harrier – maybe in the future Tata?). Coming back to the pricing, it seals the whole package in such a way that it even leaves the Cheetahs **cough cough** behind! πŸ˜€

Starting at Rs 12.69 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai! That’s it! The competition if you may ask are the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, and the upcoming Kia SUV. Here are the prices for each of the variants from the launch:

Prices for the Tata Harrier start at β‚Ή12.69 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai
All prices Ex-showroom Mumbai

Okay, so…

There are also a few perks. You also get a scale model of the Harrier if you book it, but confirm this with your local dealer. Once the car starts delivery, the scale model could be available for purchasing separately too as per my sources

I am yet to see the Harrier personally, though it does seem like a very interesting car! I am concerned about how it will affect the Tata Hexa. Tt is closely priced & also has a 4×4 option. But if I do compare it with the competition, you heard me already on that.

For a detailed brochure and to book your Harrier check out their official website: https://harrier.tatamotors.com

Do let me know what do you think about the Harrier in the comments below. Or even if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me on Instagram or Facebook! I’ll reply, promise!

Hey Tata, a side note if you are reading this – I still haven’t met the Tata Harrier in person. I would love to have a chance to get to know her. Can you please arrange me a date with your beautiful daughter? 😜

Yours truly, The Best CAR Blog Ever

2018 Honda Amaze launched in Mumbai

Honda has finally updated it’s popular and best-in-class compact sedan, the all-new Honda Amaze. And it is time to go big! The second generation of the Honda Amaze has been launched in Mumbai today starting at an introductory price of β‚Ή5,59,900 (All India Ex-showroom) onward. India is the first country to get the all-new Honda Amaze.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, Honda Cars India said, “The all-new Amaze has been developed keeping the needs and aspirations of Indian customers in mind. It is a big promise from Honda and we are confident that the all-new Amaze will become one of the strongest pillar of HCIL business. This model will create new excitement in the segment and will provide us opportunity to expand our business across markets.

In line with our commitment to offer latest technologies to the Indian consumers, Amaze comes with advanced Diesel CVT which is Honda’s first such technology in the world and also an industry first in the Indian market.”

This second generation Honda Amaze has been developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co. Ltd. with the focus to provide sleek solid design, overwhelming cabin and cargo space within 4 metres and outstanding driving performance with comfortable ride. Here is what’s that translates into in its second coming.

Exterior Design

Starting with the exterior design and looks, the Amaze has borrowed a lot of styling cues from its elder siblings like the Honda City, the Honda Civic & the Honda Accord. It gets the similar and crazy looking grille and face or as Honda prefers to call it ‘Solid Wing Face’. A striking-looking sedan, the Amaze’s rear looks more edgy than the outgoing model. Looks-wise I think it will take time to grow on you, but it will eventually. And yeah looks can be deceiving with the Honda Amaze. There are these wonderful looking headlamps with integrated signature LED Position lights. It gets front fog lamps. The ORVMs are power-adjustable, power-folding and have LED turn indicators. The wheels on the Amaze are fresh looking multi spoke alloy wheels.

The dimensions are 3995 mm long, 1695mm wide and 2470m of wheelbase, with a ground clearance of 170mm unloaded. The Honda Amaze is now bigger, 15mm wider and 5mm longer, with a 65mm longer wheelbase that creates a lot of leg room, shoulder room and rear head room! The luggage space has also increased by 20 litres and comes up to a total of 420 litres.

Interiors

The interiors of the new Honda Amaze feel a lot more roomier and they become even more entertaining (only on the VX variant honestly) thanks to the new Digipad 2.0 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. The 2nd generation Amaze even surpasses the highly spacious cabin of the earlier model, especially for the rear seats, providing comfortable and premium feeling.

The steering wheel has buttons to control the audio, activate voice commands, hands-free and cruise control. The instrument panel comes with a white illumination meter for better readability and premium feel. You also get paddle shifters in the petrol CVT model. There is Push button start/stop with welcome illumination, the steering can be tilted. Honda has built-in smart storage in the front & rear doors and the central console. In the back, there is a rear armrest with cup holders.

It comes with features like MirrorLink an a Wi-Fi connection to a connected phone for live navigation information. There’s a reverse parking camera, steering mounted voice control and cruise control buttons.

Note that the S, V and VX variants get LED daytime-running lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, keyless go with push-button start, automatic climate control and a rear defogger. More about the variants and features is in a later section of this post.

Engine & Transmission

Under the hood, the Honda Amaze comes with four powertrain options – two in manual and two in automatic. The 1.2 litre Petrol pot producing 90hp and the 1.5-litre Diesel pot producing 100HP come mated with the options of a 5 speed manual or a CVT automatic. This makes Honda the second brand in India to offer a diesel-automatic combination in this segment after the Maruti Suzuki Dzire AMT.

Fuel Efficiency (Kitna deti hai?)

ARAI rated fuel efficiency figures for the Honda Amaze stand as follows: 19.5kmpl for the petrol-manual, 19.0kmpl for the petrol-manual, 27.8kmpl for the diesel-manual and 23.8kmpl for the diesel-automatic.

Colors

The second generation Honda Amaze comes in five exterior paint color options – dropping the less-popular-but-awesome-looking blue – Radiant Red Metallic (as seen at the Auto Expo 2018), Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic (Grey), Golden Brown Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.

Variants & Pricing

With the correct pricing strategy, the Honda Amaze is going to give a tough competition to the Suzuki Dzire as they are very similarly priced. The Amaze will come in four variants – E, S, V and VX. Only the S and V variants come with CVT as option and only the latter gets paddle-shifters. The new Honda Amaze will be available at the following price points ex-showroom:

Variant + Transmission Option Petrol Diesel
Amaze E MT Rs 5.60 lakhs Rs 6.60 lakhs
Amaze S MT Rs 6.50 lakhs Rs 7.60 lakhs
Amaze S CVT Rs 7.40 lakhs Rs 8.40 lakhs
Amaze V MT Rs 7.10 lakhs Rs 8.20 lakhs
Amaze V CVT Rs 8.00 lakhs Rs 9.00 lakhs
Amaze VX MT Rs 7.58 lakhs Rs 8.68 lakhs

There is also an introductory offer (a good discount) for the first 20,000 bookings all across India. The Honda Amaze is now available at all Honda dealerships. Go test drive and experience the new bigger and better Honda Amaze today. You can also book one at a booking amount of just Rs 21,000 until the introductory offer is going on. Deliveries should begin by the end of this month.

Sales, Service & Warranty

The new Honda Amaze is being offered with a three-year unlimited-kilometer warranty as standard. Extended warranty for additional two years / unlimited kilometers can be availed. Service interval with the Honda Amaze will be 1 year /10,000 kms whichever is earlier. It will also be easier on the pocket to maintain if you take a 3-year Annual Maintenance Package, that brings the average cost to Rs 3,500 for Petrol and Rs 4,900 for the Diesel per year.

Variants wise feature list and more photos

Click to open and view larger image – Image from the brochure.

About Honda

Honda Cars India Ltd.’s product range includes the Honda Brio, Honda Jazz, Honda Amaze, Honda City, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V and the Honda CR-V — all manufactured in India. The Honda Accord Hybrid is being sold as a CBU imported from Thailand. The company has two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Greater Noida, UP and Tapukara, Dist Alwar, Rajasthan. Honda has a strong sales and distribution network with 353 facilities in 241 cities spread across the country.

Opinion & Questions about the Honda Amaze

A lot of people have had the same question as me, why is Honda leaving out the top-end VX variant without a CVT option. Well I haven’t got a good answer for you on that, but from what I understand the costs could have been a major reason behind this decision. Leaving this behind, is the new Honda Amaze worth your attention and your money? Looking at the alternatives to the Honda Amaze, it does compete very aggressively with the likes of the Suzuki Dzire, the Volkswagen Ameo, the popular Tata Tigor, and the Ford Aspire. However, if I had to narrow down your choices considering overall package and value for money, I would make it a fight between the Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor. Honestly, it does get #thebestcarblogever’s recommendation! I’ll see if I do get the car for a Test drive review soon!

Check out more details on the official website here.

What would your choices be? Would the Honda Amaze make the cut for you? Or do you have any questions about this car? Let me know in the comments below.

New Maruti Suzuki Swift launched at Auto Expo 2018 – Price, Variants, Review

Maruti Suzuki India launched the third generation Swift at the Auto Expo 2018 on 8th February. The all-new Swift comes with a new exciting design, enhanced performance and advanced safety features for passengers, children in the car and pedestrians. The Swift is now peppier, and roomier!

Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki said that the Brand Swift is loved for its bold stance, strong shoulders and unmistakable road presence. Since its launch in 2005, Swift has been India’s favourite hatchback, selling over 1.8 million units. The new Swift is more spacious, it is loaded with new features that will thrill the customers.

What’s new?

For the first time, the Swift comes with the acclaimed auto gear shift technology as seen on Maruti Suzuki’s other offerings. It has a superior power-to-weight ratio as it is built on Suzuki’s innovative 5th gen HEARTECT platform. The new platform also gives it more strength and rigidity. Also new on the car is the single-aperture front grill complemented with an all-round seamless flow and sculpted body with strong shoulders. The wrap around windshield, along with the windows and the A and B pillars, extend to the back door glass and give a visual effect of having a floating roof.

The Swift gets new LED projector headlamps with a distinct design signature element on LED DRL and rear position lamp. It has some beautiful precision cut two-tone alloy wheels.

One of the most interesting things in this new Swift is that it comes with color coΓΆrdinated interior theme accentuated by Urban Satin Chrome finish. The center console and instrument cluster are now better angled at the driver, making them easier to use than ever.

The new Swift has improved NVH levels. It now comes with a big 17.72 cm Smart Play Infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror link capabilities. Also integrated in this system is a wide-angle parking camera’s display. The SPI also has voice recognition with Indian accent English.

On the safety front, it comes with Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX (child seat restraint system) as standard now. Numbers wise – the new Swift is 40 mm wider, has 20 mm longer wheel-base that created more cabin space.

One of India’s biggest question has an answer. Kitna deti hai?Β  It offers the best-in-segment fuel efficiency for both the engine options; 22.0 kmpl for the petrol and 28.4 kmpl for diesel. It is now 98% localized. And that’s why it is priced so well.

Engine, Variants and Pricing

The all-new Swift comes in two engine options: Petrol 1.2L VVT and Diesel DDiS 190. The engines are now tuned for superior performance coupled with highly balanced suspensions for better ride and comfort. The variants and pricing was announced at the launch at the Auto Expo 2018. To be very honest, it is priced very aptly. Check out the pricing and variants in the image below.

Colors

It comes in a new Pearl Metallic Lucent Orange, my favorite Pearl Metallic Midnight Blue, Solid Fire Red, Pearl Arctic White, Metallic Silky Silver, and Metallic Magma Grey.

Here are some photos of the Pearl Metallic Midnight Blue Swift:

Watch the TVC of the all-new Swift

Review

The Swift is really more feature loaded, more stylish and more bang for the buck than ever. It can easily become your choice of hatchback if you planning to buy one in the market today. Especially the interiors are now more welcoming and spacious. It does get #thebestcarblogever’s recommendation! I’ll see if I do get the car for a Test drive review soon!

Check out more details on the official website here.

Would I choose the new face-lifted Elite i20 or this all-new Swift? Watch out for my post on the i20 also launched at the Auto Expo 2018 to find out!

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 β€˜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!

Looking back at 2017

As the year is going to end in a few hours, I think it comes naturally to sit down, look back at what happened during the year. Almost everyone on my Instagram feed is sharing their best nine photos, and everyone on my facebook feed is sharing their holiday pictures or ‘we-got-no-plans-for-new-years-eve’ jokes.

And I am here sitting and writing down this post, especially for those who plan to spend their New Years Eve doing some reading on the Internet! πŸ˜€ Let’s get to some of the best things, worst things, lessons of 2017.

January 2017

I welcomed the new year with this quote and tried to stick with it!

“Never let your failures go to your heart or you success go to your head” – Soichiro Honda.

And then followed it up with multiple dates with the Tata Hexa. First I got to experience the capabilities of the Hexa at the Tata Hexa Experience event in Mumbai! And then the Tata Hexa was officially launched a few days later. Just as I thought that January couldn’t get better, there was the Autocar Performance Show that I got to attend. Amidst all the good cars, I also got to see John Abraham at the opening ceremony of the APS 2017! πŸ˜€

Go to Instagram to see more posts!!

February 2017

And then came the date with one of the hottest hatch in the country – the Volkswagen GTI! And this was an experience I cannot forget! This two-door beast left me so speechless, I ended up making my first video of 2017 to share the experience with you! xD Check out this post to read a little about what GTI is and see the video below!

And then February ended in a very classic way with the VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta 2017!

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No. 127 – 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia at the VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta 2017! . . Know the story behind this long name? Post-war, VW was doing good with the economy car Beetle. Since there was an increase in the living standards of the people, VW decided to add a flagship sports car to its model range. So it gave a contract to Karmann, a German coachbuilder, for its manfacture. He in turn contracted it to an Italian firm Ghia, who made the fresh styling for this car! 😁 It first debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October 1953 and more than 10000 were sold in the first year (1955)! . . The car was later superseded by the Volkswagen Scirocco and Porsche 914. #tbcbehistory . #thebestcarblogever .

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March 2017

March was filled with dates with the Honda WR-V & the Tata Tigor. Two different yet stylish looking cars of 2017!

Mors photos and videos are on Instagram!

April 2017

April was the best as it started with meeting my creative self again after a long time! I started with the #100DaysOfSketchingCars campaign. And then I couldn’t continue with it sadly, but it’s never too late and you never know! Positive hopes!

Check out the sketches I made on this separate page that I will definitely try to update with more soon.

May 2017

May was a little slow, I guess too hot for any car manufacturer to host any events and for me to do anything. πŸ˜› I know it sounds like an excuse but what more can I say about my laziness. I did post one interesting photo on Instagram and here it is!

June 2017

It started with making new friends and forging relations with a place that I didn’t know I would keep re-visiting! I attended the re-opening of the 3S showroom and facility of Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels, which was accompanied by the launch of the E-Class E220d. And as the rains started, I finally went on a short road trip with one of my brother-from-another-mother. Just the perfect way to enjoy the rains!!

July 2017

July was a mixed bag. Two sketches, one spotting, one time where I lost two wheels and when for a two-wheeler event πŸ˜€ and one post about a friend who took time and efforts to show love to his ‘Jewel’ Ciaz!

August 2017

Someone helped me change my perceptions of Hybrids, especially a Toyota Prius! πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

September 2017

It started with an event at Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels – Celebrating Bertha Benz and the women who love cars! Although not much of a wedding season here in India, a friend got committed to his love – the Jaguar F-PACE! πŸ˜€ (Read the post below!) And then I went on a date with the Tata Nexon on its launch day.

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Once upon a time, there was a boy. He went to the Jaguar showroom. XE was the one he had been thinking about. But then he saw her beautiful sister F-PACE. XE became his EX. And the boy ran away with F-PACE! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . Congratulations @fla5hburn on your new lady! Treat her well! And make sure you keep going on those long drives with her! πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ . Looks like ironman in this shot! 😜 . #newcar #jaguar #jaguarxe #jaguarfpace #thebestcarblogever . #jaguarxf #jagaurxfrs #jaguarxj #jaguarxjl #jaguarxkr #jaguarxkrs #jaguarftype #car #suv #ironman #jaguarlove #jaguarindia #carlife #carlifestyle #cars #carcrazy #loveforcars #carporn #carsofinstagram #carsindia #automotivedesign #automobile #automotive #lifestyle #motivation

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October 2017

As the year came closer, I think it just became more and more exciting! I went on a spotting spree, a classic one, mind you! And I also did my first Instagram series: “Things Car Manufacturers don’t do anymore!” It was a herculean task making this one happen and I am really glad I could do it! Go check this post where I have them summarized!

November 2017

My birthday month couldn’t get any better than this! Spotted a Lancer Evo IX, a first-time seeing it for real and feeling the Evo-lutionary vibes I also attended the launch of the Land Rover Discovery but I could neither post anything about it on my blog here nor on Instagram. πŸ™ One more thing happened, met someone I look up to and feel inspired by – I’ll reveal about it in the next week in my Instagram stories. Don’t forget to follow if you aren’t already! There is one more news – even I got committed just like my friend got hooked in September! Revealing her next week!! πŸ˜€

And I couldn’t imagine ending November like the way I did – driving the Ford Mustang GT!!

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Here's the good car 😍 you voted for! πŸ”₯ The Lancer Evo IX! πŸ”₯ . Swipe for more photos! Only got these shots while I was riding my Navi! **Do not try this on the road** πŸ™…β€β™‚οΈ . I eventually did have a talk with the owner, but he didn't want to get his Evo photographed more… So I guess I will stick to keeping his privacy. Wish him all the luck and more miles with this baby! ❀️ . #mitsubishilancer #lancerevo #lancerevo9 #evolution9 #lancer #evolution #lancerevolution #mitsubishievo #mumbai #gta5 #needforspeed #carsofinstagram #carsindia #cars #carstagram #carporn #dailydriven #drift #carlifestyle #carlife #automotivephotography

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More Mustang on my Instagram!

December 2017

December has been quiet for me – but not for the rest of Mumbai, because we had a Ferrari 70th Anniversary celebration Drive! I couldn’t attend it because of personal commitments. πŸ™ Much of December has been kind of a throwback, as I shared some previous pending posts and tried to converse with as many people as possible.

Thank You 2017!

I also made a lot of new friends across this eventful year – you guys know who you are – and I hope we keep talking, meeting and sharing the love for cars! Thanks for being a part of my journey so far!

I won’t make any resolutions for the coming year, but I know there is a lot I can do and I will do! Keep watching! See you in 2018! Till then drive safe!

Things Car Manufacturers Don’t Do Any More

This is my first series “Things Car Manufacturers Don’t Do Any More” posts I did on Instagram. I had been to Horniman Circle, Fort one Sunday morning and saw a few beauties that I have seen a few times already (but it never gets boring). There is something very pleasing about the cars of yesteryear or as we call them, classic cars or vintage cars. The more you look at them, the more fascinating details that catch your attention.

And that’s exactly what happened this time around, and here we have a great new series that I ran on Instagram. If you missed it, you aren’t following me on Instagram, are you? Go follow now, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

And it also makes me available for conversations via Direct Message on Instagram too. So if you ever wanted to share or ask me anything, this is the easiest and fastest way to get connected! πŸ™‚

Without further ado, here are the “Things Car Manufacturers Don’t Do Any More”:

#1 Vibrant & Colorful interiors

#2 Curved Glass Windscreens/Windshields

#3 Stylish Wheels with white walls

#4 Headlights with Wipers

#5 Sexy Chrome ORVMs

#6 The Rear Fog Lights or High mounted tail lights

#7 Beautiful tail sections

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"Things Car Manufacturers don't do any more" series: #7 Beautiful Tail sections! . The 1959 Chevy Biscayne was produced primarily for the fleet market, but they were also available to the general public. . Along with the Biscayne, Chevy was also producing the Bel Air & Impala. They all had very similar designs, but I'm sure the young people at that time could easily tell them apart. . I think I'll be taking some more time to learn about them! 😁 If you have any memories or anything to share please leave a comment! 😊#thebestcarblogever . #classiccars #vintagecars #vintagelifestyle #oldschool #classic #art #automotive #instacars #cars #classiccarsdaily #dailydriven #drivetastefully #carporn #chevy #chevybiscayne #chevyimpala #chevylife #chevrolet #biscayne #fleetmaster #1959

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#8 Crazy-looking awesome chrome decoration on the sides

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"Things Car Manufacturers don't do any more" series: #8 Crazy looking awesome chrome decoration on the sides! Or Rockets πŸš€ in short! πŸ˜‚ . The 1959 Chevy Biscayne was produced primarily for the fleet market, but they were also available to the general public. Along with the Biscayne, Chevy was also producing the Bel Air, Impala. They all had very similar designs, but I'm sure the young people at that time could easily tell them apart. I think I'll be taking some more time to learn about them! 😁 #thebestcarblogever . #classiccars #vintagecars #vintagelifestyle #oldschool #classic #art #automotive #instacars #cars #classiccarsdaily #dailydriven #drivetastefully #carporn #chevy #chevybiscayne #chevyimpala #chevylife #chevrolet #biscayne #fleetmaster #chrome #rockets

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#9 Shiny chrome bumper guards

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Last but not the least in this "Things Car Manufacturers don't do any more" series: #9 Shiny Chrome bumper guards! . They had a very iconic look, brought a very beautiful appeal to the cars with such garnish! Not to forget, they would protect the car too! There's also one in the front! . And with this post, this series comes to an end! I hope you guys liked it! 😊 Keep following for more such interesting stuff to come! Ask your friends to follow @thebestcarblogever too! 😁 . Which modern car do you think would this look good on?? #thebestcarblogever . #classiccars #vintagecars #vintagelifestyle #oldschool #classic #art #automotive #instacars #cars #classiccarsdaily #dailydriven #drivetastefully #carporn #chevy #chevybiscayne #chevyimpala #chevylife #chevrolet #biscayne #fleetmaster #chrome #chromebumpers

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There are more things that I am sure you know of, so do let me know about them, I’ll definitely try to find them. I’ll save them until I get photos of them myself!

You never know when there will be a part 2 of this series!

I hope you liked this little series that I did. It does make me aware of the beauty and things of yesteryear that somehow have gone missing. Some for good, and some for the bad. Feel free to leave me with your thoughts!

Follow me on Instagram and save yourself from missing out on the action – again! πŸ™ There is more coming up on the blog here and Instagram too! I hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ Drive Safe!