BMW is currently working on an updated version of its compact crossover, the X1. On sale since globally 2009, the X1 represents the smallest and the most affordable form of BMW’s X range of SUVs. The brand is now looking to launch a comprehensively updated model, spy shots of which have recently hit the web.
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It’s raining crossovers and every major automaker it seems is eyeing for a strong presence in the compact crossover space which is currently one of the hottest growing segments in the Indian market. The latest in line is Korean automaker Hyundai who is developing a new crossover model based on the existing Elite i20. Prototype models of this upcoming vehicle have been spied on test yet again, ahead of the car’s official launch sometime next year.
Suzuki have officially announced that they will introduce a Alto Turbo RS concept car of the new Alto compact hatchback at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon next month. As the name suggests, the new model will be a more powerful car and sportier version of the recently launched popular kei car.
The Tata Bolt might be launched for the Indian market on January 20. Tata has already begun online bookings (down payment of Rs 11,000) for the hatchback and we have already driven the car and you can find the link to the first drive and video at the bottom of this story.
The Centre will confirm the continuation of the excise sops on December 31, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The previous UPA government in its interim budget had announced excise duty cuts on two-wheelers, cars and SUVs in a bid to help the industry come out of a two-year slump.
Tata’s upcoming small car is in news again as Car Torque has spotted a new prototype model just outside Tata’s Engineering and Research Center in Pimpri, Pune. Codenamed Kite, this new vehicle will replace the long-running Indica when it goes on sale in the second half of 2015 or early 2016.
Gujarat has been an ideal destination for automobile manufacturers to set up their respective facilities, thanks to the state’s affinity to give out better economic benefits to the brands. Honda India is now planning to set up a new production facility in the state. According to a few reports, the brand has approached the Gujarat government with a proposal to build a new car manufacturing plant near Vithalapur village in Ahmedabad district.
Having made its online debut recently, the GLE is set to make its public debut at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show early next month. But prior to the big unveiling, the sporty crossover has been spotted in public thanks to a Mercedes specialist blog.
Korean utility vehicle maker SsangYong has officially shown its new B-segment crossover, the Tivoli. The model has been under development for the past three years and was previously seen in concept form with the project name X100. The brand has announced that it will launch the Tivoli in Korea in January next year.
Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the Ertiga with revisions to the exterior setting it apart from the current version. Another test mule was spotted in a disguised avatar in a bid to hide the changes made.