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Mercedes-Benz EQG Electric G-Wagon Concept Steals the Spotlight at Bharat Mobility Expo

ByRobin Kumar Attri
|Updated on:01-Feb-2024 04:20 PM

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Mercedes-Benz EQG Electric G-Wagon Concept Steals the Spotlight at Bharat Mobility Expo

Key Highlights

  • Mercedes-Benz EQG showcased at Bharat Mobility Expo

  • Electric G-Wagon concept with unique illuminated grille

  • Sleek profile, Maybach-inspired alloys, and LED light bar

  • Interior mirrors G-Class luxury with EV-specific graphics

  • Four motors, two-speed gearbox, and off-road capabilities

  • Global debut expected later this year

The Bharat Mobility Global Expo has commenced with a bang, and Mercedes-Benz India has proudly unveiled its showstopper – the EQG, an all-electric renewal of the iconic G-Wagon. Having made its debut at the 2021 Munich Motor Show as a concept, the production version of this electrified luxury SUV is set to make a grand entrance onto the global stage later this year, promising an eco-friendly yet luxury driving experience.

EQG Concept Design

Mercedes-Benz EQG Electric G-Wagon Concept Steals the Spotlight at Bharat Mobility Expo

While the EQG maintains the unmistakable 'G' silhouette, it introduces several electric vehicle (EV)-specific design modifications. The most striking change is the illuminated blanked-off grille, setting a distinctive aesthetic tone. Keen observers will note a sleek LED light strip running along the car's profile, complemented by Maybach S-Class-inspired alloys, a dual-tone silver and black paint scheme, and a stylish roof rack adorned with an integrated LED light bar. Notably, the rear-end bids farewell to the traditional tailgate-mounted spare wheel, making way for a purposeful box to house charging cables and miscellaneous items.

EQG Concept Interior

Mercedes-Benz EQG Electric G-Wagon Concept Steals the Spotlight at Bharat Mobility Expo

Step into the EQG, and you'll find a familiar dashboard design reminiscent of the standard G-Class SUV. However, the cabin boasts a sophisticated light beige finish, exuding an upscale ambiance. Dual integrated screens offer EV-specific graphics, aligning with the brand's electric vehicle lineup. While the elegance is undeniable, the light color scheme may pose concerns about susceptibility to dirt and stains.

EQG Concept Technical Specifications

Mercedes-Benz EQG Electric G-Wagon Concept Steals the Spotlight at Bharat Mobility Expo

Although detailed technical specifications are yet to be revealed, Mercedes-Benz has shared some key features of the EQG concept. Four motors power each wheel, and a two-speed gearbox facilitates tackling challenging off-road terrains, akin to a low-range transmission in traditional off-roaders. The EQG rests on a body-on-frame chassis, enhancing its capability to conquer rugged landscapes. A noteworthy highlight is its ability to spin on the spot, showcasing the vehicle's agility and versatility.

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Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the production-spec EQG will be available in India, bringing the allure of an electric G-Wagon to the subcontinent. With a global debut expected later this year, Indian enthusiasts can anticipate the EQG's arrival around 2025. When it hits the market, the EQG will go head-to-head with the upcoming Jeep Wrangler EV, offering consumers a compelling choice in the electric SUV segment.

Tata Curvv Launch on August 7, 2024 – Coupe SUV Rivals Creta, Seltos

|Updated on:15-Jul-2024 12:47 PM

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Tata Curvv Launch on August 7, 2024 – Coupe SUV Rivals Creta, Seltos
Tata Curvv Launch on August 7, 2024 – Coupe SUV Rivals Creta, Seltos

Tata Motors is gearing up to launch the highly anticipated Curvv compact SUV in India. This new coupe SUV aims to bring a stylish and modern design to the competitive compact SUV market. Let's dive into the details.

Tata Curvv Launch Date Announced

The Tata Curvv has been generating excitement ever since it was showcased as a concept. The official launch date has been announced, and the Curvv will be hitting the market on August 7th, 2024. This launch marks the introduction of the first coupe-style compact SUV in India.

Stylish Design and Features

The Tata Curvv stands out with its unique coupe roofline and modern appearance. 

Key exterior features include:

  • Flush door handles
  • Muscular fascia
  • Chunky body claddings
  • Large aerodynamic alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and DRLs
  • LED tail lights
  • Large panoramic sunroof

Inside, the Curvv is expected to have a dashboard similar to the Nexon, but with added features to enhance its appeal. These may include:

  • A larger 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Level-2 ADAS suite
  • Plusher cabin materials

Engine and Performance

The Curvv will be available in both ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and EV (Electric Vehicle) versions. The ICE version will share its powertrains with the Nexon:

  • 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine (115 PS, 260 Nm)
  • 1.2L 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine (125 PS, 225 Nm, available later)

The Curvv EV will be based on Tata's new Acti.ev platform, featuring a battery size of around 50 kWh, promising approximately 500 km of range on a single charge. The Acti.ev platform supports a dual-motor AWD layout, but this is less likely to be included in the Curvv EV.

Tata Curvv Launch on August 7, 2024 – Coupe SUV Rivals Creta, Seltos

Competing in a Crowded Market

When launched, the Tata Curvv will compete with popular models like the Hyundai CretaKia SeltosMaruti Grand VitaraToyota HyryderHonda ElevateMG AstorSkoda KushaqVolkswagen Taigun, and Citroen C3 Aircross. Its stylish design and robust feature set are expected to make it a strong contender in this crowded segment.

With the launch just around the corner, Tata Motors is assured to make a significant impact on the compact SUV market with the Curvv. Stay tuned for more updates as we approach the launch date.

Audi Unveils Q5 Bold Edition with Limited Availability and Striking Features

|Updated on:15-Jul-2024 12:30 PM

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Audi Unveils Q5 Bold Edition with Limited Availability and Striking Features
Audi Q5 Bold Edition

Audi India has unveiled the limited edition Audi Q5 Bold Edition, priced at Rs 72,30,000, just in time for the approaching season of festivals. The Audi Q5 Bold Edition is available in five striking colors including Glacier White and Navarra Blue. The Audi Q5 Bold Edition stands out with its Black Styling Package, which enhances the vehicle's aesthetics with a high-gloss black finish on elements such as the grille, Audi emblems, window surrounds, exterior mirrors, and roof rails. This package lends the Q5 a bold and sophisticated look.

Key Features

The Audi Q5 Bold Edition is powered by a 2.0L TFSI engine producing 265 hp and 370 Nm torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 240 km/h. The vehicle features quattro all-wheel drive for optimal grip on challenging terrains, and 48.26 cm (R19) Audi sport 5-arm pylon style wheels. The suspension system includes damper control for a smooth ride.

The Q5 Bold Edition also comes with LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps, enhancing visibility and safety. Six drive modes (Comfort, Dynamic, Individual, Efficiency, Auto, and Off-Road) are available via Audi Drive Select, and a panoramic sunroof provides an open-air experience. Additional conveniences include Comfort Key for keyless entry and an electric boot lid with gesture-based operation.

Additional Features:

  • Parking:  Park assist with 360° camera
  • Sound:  B&O Premium Sound System with 19 speakers
  • Seats:  Power front seats with driver memory
  • Cockpit:  Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus
  • Interface:  Audi Smartphone and MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch Response
  • Charging:  Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Climate:  3-zone air conditioning
  • Lighting:  Ambient Lighting Package Plus with 30 customizable colors
  • Upholstery: Atlas beige and Okapi brown leather leatherette with Piano black inlays
  • Safety:  Equipped with 8 airbags
  • Accessories:  Audi Genuine Accessories (Optional)

Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India, remarked, "Customers today want exclusivity and with this special, Bold Edition, they get a perfect blend of customization and features. The Audi Q5 has always been amongst our best-seller models and we are confident that this new Bold Edition will only attract more buyers and brand fans."

JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range

|Updated on:15-Jul-2024 11:48 AM

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JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range

JSW MG Motor India has launched a new range of accessories designed for the monsoon season. These high-quality products aim to keep both customers and their vehicles protected during the rainy months. The monsoon accessories are available at all JSW MG Motor India dealerships, providing customers with added comfort and convenience.

Monsoon Accessories Range

  1. Umbrella

JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range
  • This sleek MG-branded umbrella is perfect for sudden showers. It features an automatic open mechanism, and UV protection, and is large enough to accommodate 2-3 people.
  • Car Cover

  • JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range
    • The waterproof, breathable car cover protects vehicles from heavy rains and high humidity, preventing water seepage and allowing moisture to escape, thus avoiding mold and mildew.
  • Chrome Cleaning Kit

  • JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range
    • This kit includes a cleaning solution that resists corrosion and tarnish, ensuring chrome accents maintain their shine and durability throughout the monsoon season.
  • Invinsible Super Car Cleaner Spray

  • JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range
    • This powerful cleaner is gentle on surfaces and tackles tough stains, keeping the car interior clean and fresh in muddy conditions without leaving odors or chemical residue.
  • Car Mounting Wireless Charger and Holder

  • JSW MG Motor India Launches Monsoon Accessories Range
    • This waterproof, shock-resistant charger and phone holder keeps mobile devices charged and secure while driving in rainy conditions. It features a touch sensor and 360° rotation for flexible positioning.
  • Dash Cam

    • The high-resolution dash cameras with rear add-on options provide crystal-clear video recording, enhancing safety and providing evidence in case of incidents.
  • Accessory Prices

    Accessory Name

    Model

    MRP (INR)

    Umbrella

    Merchandise

    899

    Chrome Cleaning Kit

    Common Accessory

    469

    Invinsible Super Car Cleaner Spray

    Common Accessory

    1,599

    Car Mounting Wireless Charger and Holder

    Common Accessory

    2,999

    Dash Cam: Drive Mate 2K

    Common Accessory

    5,990

    Dash Cam: Drive Mate Pro 4K with Rear Add-On

    Common Accessory

    12,990

    CAR COVER - SILVER

    Hector/Hector Plus

    2,649

    CAR COVER

    ZS EV/Astor

    2,299

    CAR COVER

    Gloster

    3,199

    CAR COVER

    Comet EV

    1,849

    *Prices are subject to availability.

    Visit your nearest MG dealership to explore these essential monsoon accessories and receive personalized assistance. You can also conveniently shop for these and other accessories on MG E-Shop. Stay prepared and drive with confidence this monsoon season!

    Mahindra Thar 5-Door Fully Revealed in Leaked Photos Ahead of Launch

    |Updated on:15-Jul-2024 11:19 AM

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    Mahindra Thar 5-Door Fully Revealed in Leaked Photos Ahead of Launch
    Mahindra Thar Armada leaked image

    Mahindra is preparing to launch its much awaited Thar 5-door SUV on August 15, 2024. Leaked photos of the Thar Armada have given enthusiasts an early look at the vehicle's exterior and interior. The Thar Armada is set to compete with other 5-door SUVs like the Force Gurkha and Maruti Suzuki Jimny, combining off-road capability with everyday usability.

    Design and Aesthetics

    The leaked images reveal the Thar 5-door in a vibrant red, showcasing its robust design. It features prominent wheel arches, a redesigned front grille, and circular LED headlamps. The rear includes vertical tail lamps and a tail-mounted spare wheel, maintaining the classic Thar look while adding two extra doors for convenience.

    Cabin Comfort and Infotainment

    Inside, the Thar 5-door offers a roomy cabin with ample space in the second row. The boot space is flexible, expanding when the rear seats are folded. The interior boasts premium materials, dual-tone upholstery options, dual-zone climate control, rear AC vents, and an electric sunroof. Technology features include a fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity.

    Safety Features and Handling

    Safety features in the Thar 5-door include multiple airbags, a 360-degree camera system, front parking sensors, and four-wheel disc brakes. These advanced safety technologies ensure a secure driving experience on various terrains.

    Engine and Performance

    The Thar 5-door will come with a 2.0-liter petrol engine delivering 150 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque, and a 2.2-liter diesel engine producing 129 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. It offers a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission, with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations available.

    Pricing and Market Position

    Expected to be priced between Rs 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom), the Mahindra Thar 5-door aims to attract adventure enthusiasts who value capability and style. With its rugged design and advanced features, it is set to make a strong impression in the SUV market.

    Image source: mahindrathar5doorarmada

    Passenger Vehicles Sales June 2024 shows 3 percent: SIAM

    |Updated on:12-Jul-2024 12:35 PM

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    Passenger Vehicles Sales June 2024 shows 3 percent: SIAM
    Passenger Vehicles Sales June 2024 shows 3 percent: SIAM

    The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has released its sales report for June 2024, along with Q1 FY2025. According to the SIAM report, the passenger vehicle segment recorded an uptick of 3.0% selling 3,37,757 units as compared to 3,27,788 units sold in the same month in the previous year. Commenting on sales data of Q1 for 2024-25, Vinod Aggarwal, President, SIAM said, “All segments viz., Passenger Vehicle, Commercial Vehicle, Three-Wheeler and Two-Wheelers posted growth in Q1 of 2024-25 over the Q1 of last year. While Passenger Vehicles and Commercial Vehicles have witnessed moderate growth, the Two Wheelers and Three Wheelers have posted very handsome growth in double digits. Within Two-Wheelers, Scooters have posted even higher growth based on some green shoots of recovery in entry-level two-wheelers. With positive outlook on monsoon and coming festive season, the Automotive Sector is poised to perform better in the balance part of the year.”

    Domestic sales table

    Category

    Domestic sales

    Segment / Sub-segment

    June

     

    2023

    2024

    % changes

    Passenger Vehicles

       

    Passenger Cars

    1,16,375

    1,00,406

    -13.7%

    Utility Vehicles

    1,54,821

    1,83,056

    18.2%

    Vans

    9,357

    10,771

    15.1%

    Total Passenger Vehicles

    3,27,788

    3,37,757

    3.0%

     

    Two Wheelers

       

    Scooters

    3,87,373

    5,42,851

    40.1%

    Motorcycles

    9,08,954

    10,30,906

    13.4%

    Mopeds

    34,499

    40,397

    17.1%

    Total Two Wheelers

    13,30,826

    16,14,154

    21.3%

    The passenger cars segment witnessed a decline of - 13.7% with sales of 1,00,406 units in June 2024 compared to the 1,16,375 units sold in the same month the previous year. But the Utility vehicles showed a positive growth of 18.2% with the sales of 1,83,056 units in June 2024 compared to the 1,54,821 units sold in the same month of the previous year. The Vans segment also showed a growth of 15.1% with sales of 10,771 units in June 2024 compared to the 9,357 units sold in the same month the previous year.

    The Two-wheelers segment witnessed a growth of 21.3% with sales of 16,14,154 units in June 2024 compared to the 13,30,826 units sold in the same month the previous year. The scooters segment also showed a growth of 40.1 % with sales of 5,42,851 units compared to the 3,87,373 units sold in the same month the previous year. The Motorcycle segment also showed a growth of 13.4% with the sales of 10,30,906 units in June 2024 compared to the 9,08,954 units sold in the same month the previous year. The mopeds segment also showed a growth of 17.1% with sales of 40,397 units in June 2024 compared to the 34,499 units sold in the same month previous year.

    Why is the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono So Expensive in India?

    |Updated on:12-Jul-2024 11:05 AM

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    Why is the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono So Expensive in India?

    The Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono is one of the least powerful bikes that Ducati has ever made. However, it has a higher price tag than the Hypermotard 950 in India. Priced at Rs 16.50 lakh (ex-showroom), it seems like an expensive choice. So, why is this Ducati so costly?

    Import Tax and Custom Duties

    Almost 90% of Ducati's bikes come from Thailand as completely built-up (CBU) units. Ducati has a big manufacturing unit there, and India has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand. This means Ducati bikes from Thailand usually do not attract custom duties. However, the Hypermotard 698 Mono is taxed heavily in India for a simple reason—it has an engine displacement of less than 800cc. The FTA tax benefits apply only to bikes above 800cc. Bikes below 800cc, like the Hypermotard 698 Mono, are taxed at 50% of their declared value.

    Dealer and Operational Costs

    Another reason for the high price is the profit margins for Ducati India and its dealers. Premium bikes often have high margins, even for dealers. Running a premium bike showroom comes with high overhead costs. Ducati showrooms are typically located in prime areas of metro cities and employ well-trained staff. To cover these costs and ensure profitability, Ducati offers good margins to its dealers.

    Due to these factors, the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono has a high price in India. While it may not be a popular choice, Ducati keeps it in their portfolio to offer a complete range of their global bikes in the country.