Some of the big highlights for this week include the 2020 Renault Duster spied without camouflage during a TVC shoot near the Zojila pass in Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, there were quite a few updates from the country’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki which introduced the BS-VI compliant 1.2-litre engine for the Wagon R and also commenced BS-VI petrol engine testing for the Ciaz. Apart from these, Maruti Suzuki also introduced Alto CNG in LXi and LXi (O) trims and on the other hand the Dzire compact sedan leads the compact sedan with highest sales since a decade. We have also driven the much awaited SUV this year, the MG Hector in diesel manual guise. Read below to learn more about the latest happenings in the week that went by –
The Hector is the first product from MG Motor for the Indian market. Post-launch, the five-seater mid-size SUV will compete against the likes of the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass. There will be four trims - Style, Super, Smart and the top-spec Sharp. The heavily localised Hector from Morris Garages (MG), a British automotive brand, it will be available in four engine-gearbox setups - petrol manual, automatic, hybrid and a diesel manual.
Maruti Suzuki Swift now gets a BS-VI compliant petrol engine along with a standard set of safety features across the range. However, the updated Swift is now priced between Rs 5.14 lakhs to Rs 8.89 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). While the prices for petrol models have gone up by up to Rs 12,000-16,000, diesel variants are dearer by up to Rs 6,000.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R now gets BS-VI compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine. The 1.2-litre variants are now priced in the range of Rs 5.10 lakhs to Rs 5.96 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi). This is an increase of Rs 22,000 across the range.
Maruti Suzuki has introduced a CNG compatible variant of the Alto 800. It is available in the LXi and LXi (O) variants and they are priced at Rs 4.11 lakhs and 4.14 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The CNG powered models are priced Rs 60,000 over the equivalent standard fuel models. The Maruti Suzuki Alto in its current generation was launched on 23 April with a BS VI compliant engine as well as design and feature updates. The entry-level model from Maruti Suzuki and takes on the likes of the Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid.
The new-generation Hyundai Elite i20 is due for launch in mid-2020. It is believed that the new model will get more features than the current model. The new model will get a sportier design and more space for the occupants as compared to its predecessor. The new generation Hyundai Elite i20 will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, and the new Toyota Glanza, among other premium hatchbacks.
The Nissan Leaf is set to be launched in the country later this year. The Leaf will be brought to India via the CBU route and we are expected to get a fully loaded model with most of the new driver-assisted technologies that Nissan has fitted in the Leaf. As for design, the vehicle shares its design highlights from the latest generation of Nissan Micra that is currently on sale in the European markets.
The upcoming 2020 Renault Duster was spied undisguised during a TVC shoot. The new Renault Duster facelift gets a large V-shaped grille with chrome embellishments, redesigned projector headlamps with LED DRLs and a re-profiled front bumper. As for the rear, it gets a flatter tailgate with a matte black applique and a revised rear bumper. On the profile, apart from the new alloys, there are no major changes whatsoever.
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