MG Hector Black Storm Edition Launched in India; Priced At Rs. 21.24 Lakh; Check New Upgrades

|Updated on:10-Apr-2024 04:23 PM

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MG Hector Black Storm Edition Launched in India; Priced At Rs. 21.24 Lakh; Check New Upgrades

MG Hector Black Storm Edition: MG Motors has finally launched the Black Storm Edition of its popular SUV, MG Hector. The Black Storm Edition is essentially an all-black variant of the 2024 MG Hector which comes based on the Sharp Pro trim of the SUV. The new edition will have five, six and seven-seater options. The new edition of the SUV will be the highest-priced variant of the SUV. Check out more details below. 

Hector Black Storm Edition: Things You Should Know

The Black Storm Edition of Hector is the third special edition in the MG’s lineup. Earlier, the brand introduced the Blackstorm edition of the Astor and Gloster SUVs. Talking about the Hector upgrades, the SUV has received some major cosmetic upgrades in the exterior and interiors. Most of the updates are the same as the other Blackstorm models introduced by the automaker,

MG Hector Blackstorm Edition: Exterior

Being a Blackstorm Edition, the Hector Blackstorm gets an all-black theme with red highlights in both exteriors and interiors. The new edition comes with chrome brand logos and a dark chrome diamond mesh front grille. Additionally, the SUV comes with dark chrome inserts on the skid plates and a dark chrome finish in the cladding. 

The new edition comes with headlights surrounded by black bezels. On the other hand, the connected tail lights at the back also get a smoked effect which looks really fantastic. Apart from this, the SUV features a Starry Black body colour same as other Blackstorm editions of the brand. Another new edition is the red accents on the ORVMs and red brake callipers on the 18-inch alloy wheels. 

MG Hector Blackstorm: Features and Interior

The interior of the new edition Hector also gets a black treatment. The new SUV features a black theme with a gun-metal touch. The centre console and dashboard of the SUV get a gunmetal touch. Additionally, the new Black variant comes with all-black leather upholstery, Blackstorm embossed on the front headrest and a leather-wrapped steering wheel among others. 

As far as the functionality is concerned, the SUV features a big 14-inch infotainment system and a 7-inch digital driver display, powered seats for the driver, ventilated seats, and a panoramic sunroof. On the safety front, the SUV offers features such as ADAS tech, 6 airbags, 360-degree camera and auto turn indicators. 

MG Hector Blackstorm Edition: Engine and Power 

Talking about the engine specs, the new Blackstorm MG Hector comes equipped with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol diesel unit. The powerhouse comes mated to a 6-speed CVT gearbox and the diesel variant comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrol variant is capable of generating a maximum power of 142 bhp and a peak torque of 250 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel mill churns out 170 bhp of power and 350 Nm torque. 

MG Hector Blackstorm Edition: Price

The new Blackstorm edition of the MG Hector is priced between Rs. 21.24 lakh (ex-showroom) which goes up to Rs. 22.15 lakh (ex-showroom). Talking about the price difference, the SUV gets a Rs. 60000 premium over the existing top-end Sharp Pro trim. 

CarBike360 Says

The MG Hector Black Storm Edition emerges as a premium offering, boasting an all-black theme with striking red accents. Featuring significant cosmetic upgrades both inside and out, it offers a luxurious experience with advanced features and safety enhancements. With its powerful engine options and competitive pricing, this edition solidifies MG's position as a leader in the SUV segment.

2025 Hyundai Tucson Facelift Launches in the US, Starting at USD 28,355

|Updated on:20-Jul-2024 11:53 AM

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Hyundai has officially launched the 2025 Tucson facelift in the United States, following its unveiling at the New York Auto Show in November 2023. The Tucson facelift boasts significant exterior and interior updates, along with a range of powertrain options. The Tucson facelift’s base model starts at USD 28,355 (approximately Rs 23.7 lakh), representing a price increase of up to USD 755 compared to the previous version. This launch marks an important step for the worldwide popular Tucson, with potential implications for other markets, including India.

The 2025 Tucson facelift introduces several notable changes:

  • Redesigned front fascia with updated grille and LED signature
  • New wheel designs
  • Revamped interior with dual 12.3-inch screens
  • Redesigned center console and steering wheel
  • Enhanced processing power and graphics for the infotainment system

The base SE trim comes well-equipped with features such as LED lighting, acoustic glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, climate control, and a comprehensive ADAS safety suite. Powertrain options include a 187 bhp 2.5L engine for the standard model, while the hybrid variant combines a 1.6L turbocharged engine with a 1.49 kWh battery for a total output of 231 bhp.

For those seeking more eco-friendly options, Hyundai offers:

  • Tucson Hybrid starting at USD 33,115
  • Tucson Plug-in Hybrid from USD 39,380, featuring a 13.8 kWh battery and 268 bhp total output

The plug-in hybrid model boasts an electric-only range of 53 km on a single charge. All-wheel drive is available as an option for an additional USD 1,500 across the range.

As the 2025 Tucson facelift makes its debut in the US market, it sets the stage for potential launches in other regions, including India, where the long-wheelbase version is currently offered.

Mahindra Thar 5 Door Officially To Be Called 'Thar Roxx'; Set For August 15 Debut

|Updated on:20-Jul-2024 11:28 AM

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Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has revealed the name of its newest SUV: The Mahindra 'Thar ROXX', popularly known as the Thar 5 Door. Set to debut on Independence Day, ‘THE’ SUV’s addition expands the Thar portfolio with a focus on premium features and performance. The 'Thar ROXX' is positioned as a high-end SUV, promising a combination of sophistication, advanced technology, and the rugged capabilities associated with the Thar brand. The Thar ROXX’s launch represents Mahindra's effort to elevate its presence in the premium SUV segment.

Note: Armada remains a registered trademark of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

The 'Thar ROXX' is designed to offer:

  • A blend of luxury and off-road capability
  • Advanced safety features
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • Enhanced performance and ride quality
Mahindra Thar 5 Door Officially To Be Called 'Thar Roxx'; Set For August 15 Debut

Veejay Nakra, President, Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd., said - "The ‘Thar ROXX’ with its distinctive design, premium quotient, advanced technology, enhanced performance, sophistication, and safety is ‘THE’ SUV. While retaining the core attributes of the iconic Thar the ‘Thar ROXX’ represents the larger-than-life personality of a rockstar and will disrupt the SUV category.”

Mahindra emphasizes that the 'Thar ROXX' will deliver a premium experience through:

  • Sophisticated design elements
  • Superior comfort features
  • Exceptional ride quality
  • Innovative technology integration

While specific details about the Thar ROXX’s specifications and pricing are yet to be revealed, the announcement indicates that Mahindra is positioning the 'Thar ROXX' a.k.a. ‘THE’ SUV as a flagship model within its SUV line-up. The launch is expected to strengthen Mahindra's market position and offer customers a new option that combines luxury with the brand's reputation for capable off-road vehicles.

New-Gen Bentley Flying Spur: New Hybrid Powertrain Teased for August Debut

|Updated on:20-Jul-2024 06:33 AM

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New-Gen Bentley Flying Spur: New Hybrid Powertrain Teased for August Debut


Bentley has released the first official teaser for the new-gen Flying Spur, slated for an August debut. The 2025 Flying Spur's preview hints at an evolutionary design, showcasing refined headlamps and styling cues shared with the Continental GT. However, the most significant update for the Bentley new-gen Flying Spur is the introduction of an advanced hybrid powertrain, replacing the W12 engine and promising improved performance and efficiency for Bentley's flagship four-door model.

The Bentley new-gen Flying Spur will feature an Ultra Performance Hybrid engine, similar to the one in the latest Continental GT. This sophisticated powertrain combines a 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine with an electric motor, producing an impressive 771 bhp and 1,000 Nm of torque. These figures represent a substantial increase of 147 bhp and 100 Nm over the current model. The hybrid system also offers an electric-only range of 72 km, ideal for short urban journeys.

Bentley claims the new-gen Flying Spur will achieve the following:

  • A total driving range exceeding 800 km
  • Emissions as low as 40 gm per kg

These advancements position the new-gen Flying Spur as a true grand tourer, combining long-distance capability with reduced environmental impact. While sharing many features with the Continental GT, the Flying Spur is expected to receive unique touches to enhance its luxurious appeal.

The new-gen Bentley Flying Spur will compete directly with the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class in the ultra-luxury sedan segment. More details are anticipated in the coming weeks as the August debut approaches. Indian customers can expect the new-gen Flying Spur to arrive as a full import towards the end of the year, further expanding Bentley's presence in the luxury market.

Nissan X-Trail SUV Set to Launch on August 1st | Bookings Starts From July 23rd

|Updated on:20-Jul-2024 06:27 AM

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Nissan X-Trail SUV Set to Launch on August 1st | Bookings Starts From July 23rd


Nissan India is set to introduce the fourth-generation X-Trail SUV soon. Initially announced for India in 2022, the SUV will arrive as early as next month. Nissan has confirmed that bookings will begin from July 23, while prices will be announced on August 1, 2024. The new flagship model will arrive as a Completely Built Unit (CBU).

Nissan X-Trail India Specifications

The fourth-generation X-Trail has been available globally since 2021 and has been known as the Rogue in North America since 2020. For the Indian market, the SUV will feature a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system. This setup delivers 161 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque, paired with a shift-by-wire CVT automatic gearbox.

The Indian version of the X-Trail will only be available in front-wheel drive (FWD) configuration, unlike the overseas models that offer an all-wheel drive (AWD) version with a 2.5-litre petrol engine. Notably, the latest generation X-Trail does not include a diesel engine option globally.

Nissan X-Trail Features

The Nissan X-Trail will be equipped with several high-end features, including:

  • LED headlamps with DRLs
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto-hold
  • Cruise control
  • 360-degree camera
  • 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument console
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Multiple drive modes
  • Wireless charging

Nissan X-Trail Colours

The Nissan X-Trail will be available in a single, fully-loaded variant with three colour options:

  • Diamond Black
  • Champagne Silver
  • Pearl White

The SUV will come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels.

Nissan X-Trail Expected Price

The new Nissan X-Trail will be launched in a seven-seater configuration in India, competing with models like the Skoda Kodiaq, Jeep Meridian, Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota Fortuner, and Isuzu MU-X. As a full import, the pricing is expected to be on the higher side. Estimated prices are expected to be announced soon.

The X-Trail will join the Magnite in Nissan’s lineup until the automaker's new range of SUVs arrives starting in 2025. Upcoming models include the Magnite facelift and a compact SUV available in both five- and seven-seater configurations.


Budget 2024: Electric Two-Wheeler Firms Brace for Subsidy Sunset

|Updated on:19-Jul-2024 01:09 PM

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Budget 2024: Electric Two-Wheeler Firms Brace for Subsidy Sunset

As the Union Budget 2024 approaches, electric two-wheeler (e2w) manufacturers are facing uncertainties about the future of purchase subsidies. Currently, the sector benefits from the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme (EMPS) 2024, offering a subsidy of INR 10,000 per e2w, but this scheme is set to expire on July 31st.

The Future of FAME III and Subsidies

The industry is speculating about a possible third edition of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) subsidy scheme. However, it's unclear if e2w sales will be included. One industry leader believes the sector might be excluded entirely, while another suggests the subsidy might be reduced to a token amount.

Impact of Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme

The government's rationale for reducing e2w subsidies is linked to the PLI scheme, which offers supply-side incentives. Major e2w players like Ola, Ather, and TVS Motor Co. are expected to benefit from PLI incentives, covering 13-18% of vehicle prices. Given these incentives, the need for high purchase subsidies is less compelling.

Industry Consolidation

The past fiscal year has seen significant consolidation in the e2w industry. Market leaders like Ola, Ather, TVS, and Bajaj Auto have increased their market share, while others have struggled with working capital issues and subsidy misappropriation allegations. In June, Ola captured 46% of the market, with Ather, TVS, and Bajaj also expanding their shares.

The current market leaders are engaged in intense price wars, with many e2w priced below INR one lakh. This has further strained struggling OEMs, leading to reduced operations and waiting out the pricing battles. An industry leader noted that price wars might subside in the coming months, stabilizing the market.

Low EMPS Claims

The EMPS portal shows claims for subsidies on fewer than 15,000 vehicles, far below the potential support for over 3.33 lakh e2ws. Delays in portal activation and unresolved subsidy misappropriation issues have contributed to the low numbers. Companies like Hero Electric, Okinawa Autotech, and Greaves Electric Mobility have faced difficulties in getting approvals for subsidies.

An industry leader explained, “Data has been piling up with OEMs and this needs to be filed with the ministry of heavy industries… this has led to delay in filing for subsidies in EMPS. Now the portal is up and running and claims will be filed. In any case, there is a 120-day cycle to sale -- which means the OEM has a 120-day window between vehicle sale to the end customer and filing for subsidy claim. So claims will be filed even after the expiry of EMPS on July 31.

Carbike360 Says

As the Union Budget 2024 nears, the e2w industry is bracing for potential changes in subsidy policies. With a possible shift in government focus and the introduction of the PLI scheme, the landscape for electric two-wheelers in India is set for significant changes. Industry players are closely watching the developments, preparing to adapt to the new policy environment.

Electric One Unveils E1A Series EM005 Pro, Launch Expected in September 2024

|Updated on:19-Jul-2024 11:33 AM

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Electric One Unveils E1A Series EM005 Pro, Launch Expected in September 2024

Electric One, the well-known chain of EV Super Stores and electric two-wheeler manufacturer, is all set to launch its latest innovation—the E1A Series EM005 Pro—by September 2024. This new electric scooter aims to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) market with its impressive features and affordable price. Priced at an introductory INR 99,000 (ex-showroom), the E1A Series EM005 Pro promises to be a game-changer for urban commuters.

Fast Charging and Extended Range

One of the standout features of the E1A Series EM005 Pro is its fast-charging capability. The scooter can be fully charged in just 90 minutes, setting a new benchmark for electric vehicles. This rapid charging will significantly save commuter’s time and make the scooter more convenient for daily use. Additionally, the scooter offers a maximum range of 120 km on a single charge, making it a practical choice for city dwellers.

Powerful Performance

The E1A Series EM005 Pro is equipped with a powerful 3000-watt peak power motor, which provides quick acceleration and a top speed of 65 kmph. This makes it not only efficient but also fun to ride. The 12-inch tyres ensure a smooth ride on various road conditions, enhancing the overall riding experience.

Aesthetic Appeal and Advanced Safety Features

The scooter will be available in four attractive colors: Military Green, Midnight Blue, Charcoal Grey, and Bernina Grey. These modern aesthetics are designed to appeal to a wide range of customers. Furthermore, the scooter features an advanced battery system with superior cells and a top-notch Battery Management System (BMS). A world-class wiring harness adds to the scooter's safety and performance, ensuring a reliable and secure ride.

Expansion Plans

Initially, the E1A Series EM005 Pro will be launched in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Electric One has plans to expand further afield, bringing this innovative scooter to more markets in the future. Amit Das, Founder & CEO of Electric One, expressed his excitement about the launch, stating, "Currently, the EM005 series has over 100,000 happy customers across 20 countries. This new series will be unique due to its 90-minute fast-charging capability, significantly saving commuters' time. The modern aesthetics in terms of style and looks are also a highlight. We plan to launch in September to capitalize on the festive season."

The launch of the E1A Series EM005 Pro marks a significant step forward for Electric One and the electric vehicle industry. With its fast charging, extended range, powerful performance, and stylish design, this new scooter is set to make a big impact on the market. Keep an eye out for its release in September 2024 and experience the future of urban commuting.