Maruti Suzuki is working on a compact crossover SUV car called Ignis, and it is expected to launch sometime in late 2016 in India. It is a car the whole nation is waiting for, sometime ago the car was spotted in Europe and recently enthusiasts have spotted the car in disguised state in Delhi. The company has explored the crossover market with Suzuki S-Cross and now heaps of attraction is drifted towards Ignis. The competition level of the SUV segment has increased to a new level in recent times evident by the launch of Hyundai Creta, Honda BR-V, upcoming Tata Nexon and so on.
The Ignis is a new surprise launch of Maruti Suzuki, and it is certain that scores of customers are extremely eager to drive the car. Now what about the competition power of the car, and which would be its fiercest rival, a majority would think about Mahindra KUV100, a compact SUV vehicle that was launched in January 2016 and is now currently in high demand. In 2016 May, KUV100 was the fourth top selling vehicle. Will the popularity levels of KUV100 be tarnished by the forthcoming Ignis? Let us compare the two cars and find out.
Ignis is a chic compact SUV, and it looks amazingly stylish and picture perfect, and it is designed in a way that is very attractive to the young and highly professional demographic. The exterior architecture looks impressively boxy and compact and it is a different design creation from other Maruti Suzuki cars. The styling of the headlights is elegant and so is the grille and the layout of the bumper is striking as well. The vehicle on the whole flaunts a neat design and it just gives an impression of classiness at first sight.
The KUV100 looks great and Mahindra has styled the car to make it look menacingly sporty, and it is just awesome for people who are into sporty SUV’s. The design of the KUV100 remains different from other Mahindra vehicles. The incredible sporty effect is created by the pulled back headlights and thin front grille and the small tail lights also makes the car look exceptionally stylish and sporty.
The exterior of Ignis looks so novel and different from other products of Maruti Suzuki, and now how is the interior going to look. The inner décor is going to be vibrant and well-suited for the young and highly ambitious demographic. The dashboard is going to have a new design varied from any other Maruti Suzuki car that exist. The styling of the steering wheel is new as well and is expected to be something similar to upcoming Suzuki cars. The other possible interesting features are touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and SmartPlay and dual tone color combination. The car is going to be vastly spacious and can easily accommodate five passengers. An important point to remember is the Ignis interiors is going to be engineered with a new level of aesthetics.
The interior of KUV100 compact crossover is comfortable and well-designed, the handling of steering wheel is convenient and the instrument cluster is easy to read. On the center console is three powerful air cons and gear lever. For music lovers the in-dash audio system is just spectacular and it has USB, Bluetooth and AUX connectivity. There is ample space inside to just sit comfortably and relax.
The Ignis is likely to be powered with a robust four-cylinder 1.2-liter petrol engine and it will be engineered with the advanced SHVS mild hybrid technology and it facilitates greater fuel efficiency for four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive cars. There will also be an efficient Boosterjet 1.0-liter turbo petrol mill that will yield powerful mileage and the other engine is a 1.2-liter CVT mill and it will be connected to an automatic transmission system. There is going to be a diesel engine as well and it is a 1.3-liter DDiS engine.
Mahindra has incorporated the KUV100 with petrol and diesel power-trains, the petrol vehicle is fitted with a three-cylinder G80 1.2-liter mFalcon engine and it churns 82bhp and the diesel car runs on a 1.2 liter D75 mFalcon engine that generates 77bhp. The engines are connected to 5-speed manual transmission.
The expected price range of Maruti Suzuki Ignis is Rs 5 to 7 lakh and KUV 100 is sold at Rs 4.5-7.1 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis is the most anticipated new car launch, and it does look amazing and when you view the car, it will remind you of an incredible one of a kind design, so different from other Maruti Suzuki cars and even other models in the market. The exterior styling of Ignis is first rate and KUV100 is creatively styled as well, but to create a sportier effect and Ignis is designed to develop a youthful and elegant effect.
The interior of Ignis is going to be as exciting as the exterior, and the quality of décor and equipment will be top-class and futuristic and it will run on superb engine power. The insides of KUV100 is vibrant and not too claustrophobic and there is ample room for five occupants to just have a blast.
The Ignis is expected to launch sometime during the end of the year, which is sometime during the festive season, and what better time to buy the car. The Ignis is on the whole a desirable upcoming car that looks so different and innovative, its appearance is something similar to those fantasy cars we all dream of owning. Mahindra has engineered the KUV100 differently as well, and here too the styling is hi-tech.
Is the Ignis going to be the most-wanted compact crossover SUV car in the market, it is likely to be so because it looks so remarkably different and creative. There is yet so much to be discovered about the car and it is expected to be great value for money. For now, let us patiently wait for the launch of Ignis and it is going to be one stunning new launch that has ever existed.
Actor Shahid Kapoor buys a sporty Mercedes GLE 43 AMG Coupe
Famous Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor seems to have a thing for powerful cars. He has some really interesting models, including a Porsche Cayenne GTS, Jaguar XKR-S, Range Rover Vogue, and a Mercedes S-Class with an AMG body kit. Recently, the actor has added another powerful car to his garage in the form of the Mercedes GLE 43 AMG Coupe. It has an ex-showroom price of Rs 86.4 lakh.
The Mercedes GLE 43 AMG Coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre, bi-turbo petrol motor that outputs a maximum power of 367 bhp along with a peak torque of 520 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This makes the GLE Coupe go from 0-100 in 5.7 seconds. The car has an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph. The SUV gets a four-wheel drive system. The GLE 43 AMG Coupe is the fourth car in Shahid’s garage to come from the renowned Stuttgart-based German car marque. Other Mercedes Benz models in his garage include the latest-gen S-Class, the GL-Class, and the ML-Class. While the S-Class in Shahid’s garage is the S400 petrol variant, the GL-Class and the ML-Class SUVs are GL350 CDI and the ML250 CDI variants, respectively.
The S400 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces a maximum power of 329 Bhp and 480 Nm of maximum torque. The GL350 CDI comes with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 258 Bhp along with a peak torque of 620 Nm. The ML250 CDI, on the other hand, comes with a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 203 bhp along with a peak torque of 500 Nm. As you can figure out, the GLE 43 AMG Coupe is a lot more powerful than all other Mercedes cars in the actor’s garage. The only SUV in the actor’s garage that is more powerful than the GLE 43 AMG Coupe is the Porsche Cayenne GTS, which comes with a 3.6-litre V6 twin turbo petrol engine that puts out 434 Bhp and 600 Nm.
However, what really sets the GLE 43 AMG Coupe apart is its very attractive coupe-crossover design. The design of this Mercedes crossover combines the athleticism of a coupe with the brawniness of an SUV. Furthermore, the AMG variant looks even more aggressive due to the various sporty details it carries.
Images source – India TV news
XUV500 airbags do not open in crash; Mahindra responds
Recently, images and details of a 2013 Mahindra XUV500 W8 that met with an accident were published on a Team-BHP thread. These images showed a completely mangled XUV500 that had met with an accident in NCR. What’s startling is that in spite of the huge damage that the car has suffered, none of the six airbags present in the car did deploy. The distraught owner, Arvind, even clarified that no seat covers or bumper guards or accessories were installed on his car. Moreover, all the passengers were wearing a seat belt. He also added that his son, who was driving the car, had suffered severe brain injuries in the accident.
Like we said, these images of the totalled XUV500 have been doing the rounds online. Most were surprised that the airbags did not deploy, despite none of the usual factors that prevent the deployment of airbags were present in this case.
The owner of the Mahindra XUV500, and most commenters on the forum, have been demanding a third-party investigation of the accident, to discover what led to the non-deployment of airbags.
Yesterday night, Team-BHP moderator GTO shared a letter from Rajan Wadhera, the president of Mahindra’s Farm and Automotive division, on the forum. An excerpt from the letter below:
We are aware of the accident involving an XUV 500 that occurred in May 2018 in Gurgaon. We are pained to hear that a young man who was driving the vehicle was seriously injured. We pray that he recovers quickly and is back in good health. We empathize with the situation and can imagine the agony that his family is going through. We are in constant touch with the customer.
There are questions raised by concerned people and our customers to understand the reasons for the non-deployment of airbags in this incident. Some of the social media posts seem to conclude that because the airbag did not deploy in this particular incidence, the XUV500 is an unsafe vehicle. Let me assure all that we take such incidents seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation once the vehicle is made available to us.
Wadhera then wrote about some safety features of the XUV500. He said that the XUV500, which was launched in 2011, was one of the first Indian designed vehicles to offer ABS and airbags on all variants. He further insisted that Mahindra has been thinking ahead of the time in terms of safety features for the XUV500. He even said that his company has many testimonials from its customers that indicate how the airbags and the structural integrity of the vehicle saved lives and reduced the severity of injuries. He then says that the airbag deployment happens when the sensors detect a signal upon sufficient impact. The calibration of sensors is meticulously carried out to ensure there’s no unnecessary deployment of airbags. He even said that ‘sometimes what appears to be a severe enough accident may not have enough impact intensity for the airbags to deploy.’ The letter from the high-ranking officer at Mahindra goes on to state that the company plans to soon obtain access to the vehicle and conduct a detailed investigation.
Arvind, the owner of the crashed 2013 Mahindra XUV500 W8, has responded to this letter and he was not satisfied. He reasserted that this incident calls for a third party investigation and has promised to continue fighting for the same.
Spy pics: SPORTY new Tata Tiago JTP spotted testing ahead of launch
At the Auto Expo 2018, Tata Motors unveiled the Tiago JTP hot hatchback developed with the help of Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives. Tata Motors is also developing the Tigor JTP with the help of Jayem Automotives as part of the JT Special Vehicles joint venture between the two companies, which will bring performance versions of the two Tata cars at an affordable price for the petrolheads in India.
The Tiago JTP hot hatch has been spotted testing by Indian Autos Blog on the Coonoor-Kotagiri road near the city of Coimbatore as it is put through its paces and tested to the limit before it arrives on Indian roads. The Tiago JTP spotted on the mountain road in Tamil Nadu is partially camouflaged, with the front bumper along with sections of the bonnet and rear-end masked from photographers. The camouflaged bonnet does reveal what appears to be a vent, which should improve the breathing capabilities of the engine sitting underneath. The front bumper of the JTP will be more aggressive compared to regular Tiago and the rear-end of the test mule does show twin exhaust tips sticking out from under the bumper, as seen on the car showcased at the Auto Expo.
The Tata Tiago JTP will be powered by a more powerful version of Tata’s 1.2-litre petrol Revotron engine found on the regular Tigor. Under the hood of the Tiago JTP, the 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine cranks out 108.5bhp at 5,000rpm and 150Nm of peak torque between 2,000-4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels. To help enhance the driving experience thanks to the increased power, the Tiago JTP features a stiffer suspension setup and a lowered ride height and sits on larger 15-inch wheels as well.
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