on 04, Jan 2019

2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Images Leaked

Images were leaked of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, way before its official unveiling on January 23, 2019.  The new Wagon R from the leaked images look completely different from the existing model, but at the same time is not the same car that is sold elsewhere.

The ‘tall boy’ silhouette is still present but in a subtler way as the new car now looks more like a mini version of the Ignis. The new Wagon R gets wraparound headlamps which are joined with the grill which is simple and unmistakably Suzuki, with a chrome line strip and badge.

Moving on to the side, the car looks longer, and the first striking element is the black insert which connects the rear to the side windows and the high mounted tail lamps; this is a design element which can also be seen on the swift.

Additional legroom for the second row can be expected along with a host of other new features. The styling looks more mature and in tune with Maruti’s latest offerings and has also grown from being outright tall and slim to a much more proportionate one.

The platform will remain the same as the outgoing model with revisions and enhancements. The engine will be the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine but with improvements for better refinement and efficiency. A 1.2-litre petrol engined version was spotted testing but the final details on the powerplant choice are yet to be fully discovered.

The car will also be offered with the choice of an AMT transmission. The features list is expected to be class leading with reports stating that the car will come with Smart Play touchscreen infotainment system, dual-airbags, reverse parking sensors, the latter two being mandatory for the regulations. Expected price is in the Rs 4 to 6 lakh range with competition from Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro.

Mahindra XUV300 launch on February 15, 2019

Mahindra will launch the XUV300 on February 15, 2019, with bookings commenced unofficially at Mahindra dealers across the country. The images of the car were revealed a few days back along with various other details of the car.

The SUV will share its design language with the XUV500 and will be launched by the first half of 2019. The car shares its platform - x100 with the SsangYong Tivoli sold elsewhere. The design inspiration is taken from the animal Cheetah and the rear haunches and headlights that are interconnected with the fog lamps reflect those.

XUV300 will be powered using the same 123hp, 1.5-litre diesel unit from the Marazzo. The SUV will get the option of a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine along with the choice of a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission.

As for the features, it will come with class-leading features like dual-zone climate control, seven airbags, all-round disc brakes, sunroof and a large touchscreen infotainment system.

Top-end variants will have HID headlamps with LED DRL, LED tail-lamps and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Mahindra also claims that the XUV300 will exceed all the safety regulations in India, the Marazzo recently scored a 4-star rating while Mahindra is still yet to crack the 5-star mark.

The car will lock its horns with the Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and the Tata Nexon. Expect more details in the coming days and head on to MyNewCar India for booking the car. 

Deliveries of the JTP siblings have commenced

The first JTP model was delivered to an owner on Friday, December 21, 2018, in Mumbai. The JTP cars were unveiled in the late October with Tata aiming to bring back the joy of motoring in a budget-oriented proposition.

The cars have received a good number of enquiries and bookings since their unveil and was praised by everyone who drove them for their fun-to-drive characteristics and price. On Friday, December 21, Tata motors tweeted that the first of its JTP cars, a Tiago JTP was delivered to its new owner Zishan Khan in Mumbai.

The JTP siblings have been given a complete revision in various areas starting from under the hood; the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine which does its duty in the Nexon, now makes an even impressive 114hp and 150Nm of torque. These figures are sent to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox with revised ratios for optimized acceleration, which in turn reflects in the 0-100 timing of 9.95sec for the Tiago JTP and the Tigor JTP coming in at 10.38 sec.

Tata is also offering two driving modes for the cars - Sport for performance, and City for efficiency. In contrast, the JTP cars make 29PS more power and 36Nm more torque than their standard versions. It gets even better from here; unlike the usual crop of pretentious hot-hatches in India, the JTP siblings are anything but normal hatchbacks with more power.

The air-scoop in the hood and the dual tip exhaust are overt signs of tweaks in the intake and exhaust department. With great power comes responsibility, the car now sits 4 mm lower with a reworked suspension setup for better ride and handling along with meatier 185/65 R15 tires on the Tigor and 185/60 R15 on the Tiago JTP. The steering has also been recalibrated for better feel and feedback.

Jayem Automotive based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu is the brains behind this delight who has also surprised us in the past with some uber-cool projects and concepts like the Super Nano. In terms of exterior design, the cars look more focused and sharp with the redesigned bumpers sporting bigger air dams with smoked headlamps and grille.

The interiors now receive an all-black treatment with contrast red insights. Features include touchscreen infotainment system, 8-speaker Harman sound system, steering-mounted controls, manual AC and power windows. There are some nice touches in the interior like the contrast seat covers and instrument clusters with dedicated JTP branding, steering wheel stitching, JTP floor mats and drilled pedals. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control will also be offered with the JTP siblings.

 

The Tiago and Tigor JTP weighs in at 1016kg and 1051kg respectively; this coupled with the figures and changes to the chassis blatantly point towards a worthy hot hatch (read as warm) which also doesn’t happen to break your bank. It’s time for enthusiasts on a budget to rejoice as this seems like the car worth breaking your savings for. Tata has priced the Tiago JTP at Rs 6.39 lakh and the Tigor JTP at Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Toyota Supra photos are leaked 

Leaked images of Toyota supra aren’t news anymore as apart from this latest one, two more images were also leaked of the same. The earlier images, revealed only a bit of both the front and rear while the new leaked images show the whole car.

Supra MKV forum is the origin of these images, it seems like Toyota's German website received a pleasant surprise when the company sent them undisguised, official photos of the much-anticipated sports coupe.

There are chances of these images being renders, but these pictures are very close and right up there with the previous images, which were found out to be real. Toyota’s German division was also responsible for confirming the existence of the car way before its official announcement from the brand itself. January 14th is the day when all the speculations and rumours will come to rest as the car will be unveiled in the Detroit Auto Show happening on the same day.  

The car will use a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo, according to reports, tuned to about 335 horsepower and will share the production line with the BMW Z4 in Austria. Supra is one of the very few cars from Japan with a huge cult following owing to its bulletproof reliability and tuning capabilities.

The new Supra has got a large shoe to fill and fanatics all around the world are waiting for its official unveil while reports say that the European division of Toyota has already pre-booked all of its allotted slots for the much-anticipated sports coupe, with prospective customers having to wait for the next allotment.

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