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Hyundai Celebrates First Anniversary of EXTER SUV with Launch of EXTER Knight

|Updated on:10-Jul-2024 03:30 PM

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Hyundai Celebrates First Anniversary of EXTER SUV with Launch of EXTER Knight
Hyundai EXTER Knight

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) marked a milestone today with the launch of the Hyundai EXTER Knight, a bold and sporty edition of its popular entry-level SUV, the EXTER. The EXTER Knight aims to resonate with the dynamic preferences of today's young Indian buyers, especially Gen Z and millennials.

Design and Features

The Hyundai EXTER Knight, based on the SX and SX(O) Connect variants of the EXTER, enhances the SUV's bold stance with a striking black theme. It features sporty black painted side sill garnish, red accents on the front bumper and rear tailgate, and distinctive red front brake calipers.

Powertrain Options

Available with a 1.2-liter Kappa petrol engine, customers have the choice of a 5-speed manual transmission (MT) or Smart Auto automated manual transmission (AMT).

Color Options

The EXTER Knight comes in a total of 7 colors, including three new exclusive options: Abyss Black, Shadow Grey, and Shadow Grey with Abyss Black roof. This new variant is available in both monotone and dual-tone color options, catering to diverse customer preferences.

Sales Success

The Hyundai EXTER has been well-received in the market with over 93,000 units sold since its launch.

Hyundai EXTER Knight Pricing:

 

Hyundai EXTER Knight Prices

Model

Powertrain

Transmission

Variant

Ex-Showroom Price (INR)

EXTER Knight

1.2 l Kappa Petrol

MT

SX

8 38 200

SX (Dual Tone)

8 62 200

SX (O) Connect

9 70 800

SX (O) Connect (Dual Tone)

9 85 800

AMT

SX

9 05 200

SX (Dual Tone)

9 30 200

SX (O) Connect

10 14 900

SX (O) Connect (Dual Tone)

10 42 800

Tarun Garg, COO, HMIL, said - "We are excited to introduce the Hyundai EXTER Knight, embodying the bold spirit of today's young Indian buyers. Leveraging the popularity of black color among SUV customers, the EXTER Knight reflects modernity, elegance, power, and sophistication. With its youthful design and premium features, the EXTER Knight aims to inspire customers to explore new adventures and embrace the Hyundai SUV experience."

Bajaj Freedom 125 Now Available For Booking and Delivery Across India

ByAyush Jain
|Updated on:18-Jul-2024 10:33 AM

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Bajaj Freedom 125 Now Available For Booking and Delivery Across India

 

Bajaj Auto launched the Freedom 125 on July 5, 2024. The first bike was delivered to Mr. Pravin Thorat in Pune, India. Starting at Rs 95,000 (ex-showroom), the Freedom 125 comes in three variants. Bookings are open nationwide. The Freedom 125 is unique for its CNG integration, making it the world’s first motorcycle with this feature.

Comfort and convenience are emphasized with a mono-linked suspension system, a long quilted seat, LED headlamps, and digital speedometers. Bluetooth connectivity improves the rider's experience by offering seamless integration, enhancing the bike's modern appeal. Bajaj Auto is expanding its distribution network to meet high consumer demand. By making innovation accessible to more people, Bajaj continues its tradition of leading advancements in the two-wheeler industry.

Dual-fuel efficiency with a 330 km Range

Customer interest has soared, with over 30,000 inquiries in just one week. The Freedom 125 features a CNG tank range of over 200 km on 2 kg of CNG, and a 2-liter petrol tank, giving a combined range of 330 km. Its dual-fuel capability extends the range and offers flexibility in fuel usage, highlighting its advantage as a flexible fuel vehicle. 

Environmentally, the Freedom 125 cuts CO2 emissions by 26.7 percent compared to traditional petrol bikes. Operating costs are up to 50 percent lower than similar petrol models, making it both eco-friendly and cost-effective. The motorcycle’s advanced safety features include a trellis frame that securely houses the CNG tank, ensuring stability and protection

2W CNG Integration: Go Big, or Go Home

Bajaj Auto’s focus on innovation is clear in the Freedom 125’s design and features. The company aims to set new benchmarks in the motorcycle industry by offering advanced technology at an affordable price. This benefits consumers and positions Bajaj as a leader in sustainable mobility solutions. In the realm of alternate mobility, Bajaj also sells the Chetak, competing with new-age manufacturers.

 The Bajaj Freedom 125 meets the demand for cost-effective commuter bikes. By integrating CNG, Bajaj offers a viable alternative to petrol motorcycles, reducing emissions and operating costs. This move aligns with global sustainability trends. Bajaj projects early sales of 10,000 units for the Freedom 125, expecting to reach 40,000 units per month by the fiscal year-end.

Bajaj Freedom 125 Now Available For Booking and Delivery Across India

Bajaj Freedom 125: Setting New Standards

Though no specific target group has been mentioned, the bike could be ideal for fleet operators. It's convenient, cost-effective, and quick to refuel with CNG. Its long seat can accommodate large delivery loads, and it offers a smooth ride in city conditions. 

As CNG stations increase, refueling near delivery warehouses could become common. "The Bajaj Freedom 125 launch has sparked significant consumer interest due to its cost savings and greener ride compared to petrol bikes. We are working to meet this demand by expanding distribution across our dealer network. Bookings are now open nationwide," said Mr. Sarang Kanade, President of Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto Ltd.

Tata Curvv ICE Set to Unveil on tomorrow: Here's What to Expect

|Updated on:18-Jul-2024 09:01 AM

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Tata Curvv ICE Set to Unveil on tomorrow: Here's What to Expect

The much-awaited Tata Curvv ICE is all set to unveil on July 19, and it's generating a lot of excitement in the automotive industry as it will be the first SUV Coupe in India. Here are some key things you can expect from the upcoming coupe SUV:

Tata Curvv Design

The design of the vehicle features a coupe-style roofline with a sloping roof, connected LED DRLs and taillights, and flush-type door handles, marking a first for Tata cars. It boasts a distinctive SUV-coupe body style. 

Curvv Features

Inside, it offers a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, dual-zone auto AC, wireless phone charging, and a 360-degree camera. The vehicle is equipped with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and forward collision warning. 

Powertrain

Powering the vehicle are two engine options: a 1.2-litre TGDi petrol engine producing 125 PS/225 Nm and a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 115 PS/260 Nm. Both engines come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, with an option for an automatic transmission—dual-clutch for petrol and 6-speed AMT for diesel. 

Safety

Safety features include six airbags as standard across all variants, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill hold and hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Price and Rivals

Expected price: Rs 10.50 lakh Rs 15.00 lakh (ex-showroom)
Rivals: Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Grand Vitara, Citroen Basalt, and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder

The Tata Curvv ICE is set to launch on 7th of August, and it will be available in five variants: Smart, Smart Plus, Pure, Creative, and Creative+. With its unique design, feature-packed cabin, and powerful engine options, the Curvv ICE is set to make a big impact in the Indian automotive market. 

 

Mercedes-Benz to Launch AMG GLC 43 Coupe and CLE Cabriolet on August 8 in India

|Updated on:18-Jul-2024 07:36 AM

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><a title="Mercedes-Benz" href="https://www.carbike360.com/cars/mercedes-benz" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mercedes-Benz</a> is set to introduce two new high-end vehicles to the Indian market on August 8th, 2024. The AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe and CLE Cabriolet will join the company's lineup, catering to the growing demand for premium vehicles in the country. Both <a href="https://www.carbike360.com/cars/mercedes-benz/amg-glc43-coupe/4matic" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe</a> and CLE Cabriolet will be imported as Completely Built Units (CBUs), which may result in premium pricing. Following a strong performance in India, including record sales in the first half of the year, Mercedes-Benz has launched the AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe and CLE Cabriolet, particularly notable in their Top-End Vehicle (TEV) segment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The CLE Cabriolet will be the third convertible offering from Mercedes-Benz in India, joining the AMG E 53 Cabriolet and AMG SL 55 Roadster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img title="CLE Cabriolet.png" src="https://s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/cb360static/uploads/9da9e1ae-e5ea-492d-b831-63cc474aa030--CLE%20Cabriolet.png" alt="CLE Cabriolet" width="100%" height="540"></p> <h2 style="text-align: justify;">Key features of the CLE Cabriolet include:</h2> <p style="text-align: justify;">• Based on the MRA platform shared with C-Class and E-Class<br>• 4-seater coupe design<br>• 11.9-inch portrait-style infotainment screen<br>• 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster<br>• Latest MBUX system</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">The AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe, a performance-oriented version of the GLC SUV, boasts several enhancements:</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">• Sporty AMG grille and bumpers<br>• 21-inch wheels<br>• AMG-specific side skirts and large diffuser<br>• Quad exhausts<br>• AMG-specific steering wheel and sporty seats</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img title="AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe.png" src="https://s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/cb360static/uploads/1fa0dd80-612e-4c87-896f-609330a48a69--AMG%20GLC%2043%204Matic%20Coupe.png" alt="AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe" width="100%" height="544"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The new AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe replaces its predecessor's 3.0L V6 engine with a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine featuring mild hybrid technology. This power plant delivers 421 bhp and 500 Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds. The vehicle is equipped with a 9-speed gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Additional performance features include rear-wheel steering, active suspension, variable steering feel, and high-performance brakes. These new launches aim to capitalize on the growing demand for luxury vehicles in India, where Mercedes-Benz's TEV segment already accounts for over 25% of its total sales.</p>

Nissan X-Trail Specs Unveiled: Premium 7-Seater SUV Coming to India

ByAyush Jain
|Updated on:18-Jul-2024 07:35 AM

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Nissan X-Trail Specs Unveiled: Premium 7-Seater SUV Coming to India

Nissan is set to expand its Indian portfolio by introducing the X-Trail SUV, positioning it as the brand's flagship offering. The company has revealed specifications for the India-spec X-Trail ahead of its launch, showcasing a 7-seater configuration powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine. This powertrain mated to a CVT gearbox and featuring a 12V mild-hybrid system, produces 163 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. The X-Trail's arrival marks the beginning of Nissan's product expansion in India, with plans to follow up with the xSUVs in the premium segment. It can be expected to be priced around ₹ 40 Lakhs ex-Showroom.

The India-spec Nissan X-Trail boasts the following dimensions:

Length: 4,680 mm

Width: 1,840 mm

Height: 1,725 mm

Wheelbase: 2,705 mm

Ground clearance: 210 mm

Turning radius: 5.5 m

Exterior features of the X-Trail include LED headlights and tail lights, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, and a panoramic sunroof. The SUV will be available in three color options: Solid White, Diamond Black, and Champagne Silver.

Nissan X-Trail Specs Unveiled: Premium 7-Seater SUV Coming to India

Inside, the X-Trail is equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital driver's display, dual-zone climate control, and a wireless charger. The second-row seats offer a 60:40 split, while the third row features a 50:50 split, both with reclining functionality.

Safety features are comprehensive, including seven airbags, hill start assist, ABS, EBD, TPMS, an ADAS suite, and a limited-slip differential. The vehicle also comes with paddle shifters for enhanced driver control.

Nissan plans to import the X-Trail to India as a completely built unit (CBU), which may result in higher pricing due to import taxes. Upon launch, the X-Trail will compete with other premium SUVs in the market such as the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Skoda Kodiaq, and Jeep Meridian.

The introduction of the X-Trail signifies Nissan's commitment to strengthening its presence in the Indian automotive market, moving beyond its current sole offering, the Magnite. As the company prepares for this launch, it is also testing a facelifted version of the Magnite, indicating further updates to its product lineup in the near future.

 

Mahindra XUV 3XO Base Variant MX1 Launches at ₹7.49 Lakh

|Updated on:17-Jul-2024 02:01 PM

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Mahindra XUV 3XO Base Variant MX1 Launches at ₹7.49 Lakh

Mahindra has expanded its XUV 3XO line up with the introduction of a new base variant, the MX1, priced at ₹7.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The addition of this new base variant brings the total number of variants for the compact SUV to nine, ranging from MX1 to AX7 Luxury. The MX1's arrival significantly lowers the entry price for the XUV 3XO, which previously started at ₹9.99 lakh for the MX2 Pro Petrol variant. Dealerships across India have begun receiving the new base variant, making it available to customers.

The MX1 variant is equipped with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine featuring multi-point fuel injection. This power plant generates 109 bhp and 200 Nm of torque, paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.

The base variant, the MX1 comes with several essential features:

• Six airbags
• ISOFIX child seat mounts
• Hill assist
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
• LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and taillights
• Halogen projector headlamps
• Rear seat center armrest
• Accessory power outlets
• Electronically adjustable seats

The XUV 3XO, launched in April 2024 as a successor to the XUV 300, has quickly gained traction in the compact SUV segment. In its first week of deliveries, Mahindra reported sales of 10,000 units, outperforming competitors like the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue in its inaugural month.

Higher-end variants of the XUV 3XO offer additional features, with the top-spec AX7L TGDI Petrol boasting a more powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged engine producing 129 bhp and 230 Nm of torque. These premium variants also include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and internet connectivity features such as Google/Alexa integration and an SOS button.

Yezdi Roadster Now Comes with a No-Cost Trail Pack

|Updated on:17-Jul-2024 01:02 PM

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Yezdi Roadster Now Comes with a No-Cost Trail Pack

Yezdi Motorcycles has announced an exciting offer for the Yezdi Roadster. For a limited time, every purchase of the Yezdi Roadster will include the Trail Pack, valued at INR 16,000, at no extra cost. This pack enhances the bike's performance and versatility, making it perfect for city streets, highways, and off-road adventures.

What’s Included in the Trail Pack?

The Trail Pack is designed to prepare riders for any journey. It includes:

  • Saddle Bags with Saddle Stay: Perfect for carrying essentials on any trip.
  • Roadster Visor Kit: Provides extra wind protection for a more comfortable ride.
  • Headlamp Grille: Protects the headlamp from debris, essential for off-road riding.
  • Pillion Backrest: Adds comfort for passengers on long journeys.
  • Crash Guard: Offers extra protection for both the rider and the bike.
  • Bike Cover: Keeps the motorcycle safe from the elements when not in use.

The Yezdi Roadster, now fully loaded with these accessories, is available for INR 2.09 lakh (ex-showroom).

Why Choose the Yezdi Roadster?

The Yezdi Roadster is the most affordable bike in Yezdi’s lineup, offering great value with the new Trail Pack. Here are some key features:

  • 334 cc Engine: The Roadster is powered by a 334 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 28 bhp and 29.40 Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed gearbox and a slip-and-assist clutch.
  • Dimensions: With a ground clearance of 175 mm, a kerb weight of 194 kg, a 12.4-liter fuel tank, and a seat height of 790 mm, the Roadster is accessible for most riders.

Recent Updates

Yezdi recently launched new premium variants of the Roadster, featuring forward-set foot pegs and a taller handlebar, based on customer feedback. These new variants will be sold alongside the existing ones, offering riders more options to suit their preferences.

With the addition of the Trail Pack, the Yezdi Roadster offers even greater value and versatility. Whether you’re a city commuter or an adventure seeker, now is the perfect time to own this stylish and robust motorcycle.