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 coördinated 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?  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.


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


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 ‘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! 😀 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! 😀

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!

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. 😛 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 😀 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! 😀 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! 😀 (Read the post below!) And then I went on a date with the Tata Nexon on its launch day.

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! 😂😂😂 . Congratulations @fla5hburn on your new lady! Treat her well! And make sure you keep going on those long drives with her! 😁😉 . 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. 🙁 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!! 😀

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

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. 🙁 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! 🙂

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

"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

"Things Car Manufacturers don't do any more" series: #8 Crazy looking awesome chrome decoration on the sides! Or Rockets 🚀 in short! 😂 . 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

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! 🙁 There is more coming up on the blog here and Instagram too! I hope to see you there! 🙂

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.


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:

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

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

Final First Impressions:

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

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

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

Celebrating Bertha Benz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bertha Benz Memorial Drive & Treasure Hunt

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

The event details
The event details

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

More about Carl & Bertha Benz

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

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

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

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

Honda WR-V launched in Mumbai

Honda WRV launched in Mumbai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safety features

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

Unique features

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

Other features

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

Availability of the Honda WRV

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

Colors Options & Pricing

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

This is the pricing announced for Delhi and Navi Mumbai

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

Should you be buying the Honda WRV?

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

If you have any questions then do let me know.. I will try to answer them! Leave you questions in the comments below or email me on [email protected] 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 ??