Maruti Suzuki To Launch The Six-Seater Version Of The Ertiga On The 21st Of August

Highlights:

  • The new Ertiga will be offered with a six-seater variant that will have captain seats on the middle row.

  • Overall the front fascia will get some minor changes as compared to the current model.

Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the six-seater version for the Ertiga. According to some media reports, it is known that the launch will take place on the 21st of August 2019. Even though this model is based on the Ertiga, it will be sold as a brand new model via Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa sale network in the Indian market. 

This new crossover was spotted doing test runs last month. From those spy images, we can say that Maruti will be providing this model with a new front fascia and it will include a new headlamp unit with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s), a redesigned front bumper and new grille. In addition to this, it will also be equipped with body cladding, roof rails a new bumper at the rear.

The main changes will be seen in the cabin, being a six-seater model, this crossover will be equipped with captain seats in the middle row. We expect that the interior will get an all-black theme. With this, most of the body panels and the interiors will be similar to the one seen on the regular Ertiga.

It is expected that Maruti Suzuki will power the six-seater crossover MPV with the 1.5-litre petrol engine that is seen under the hood of the Ertiga and the Ciaz. in terms of the price tag, we at MyNewCar expect that this model could be retailed somewhere around Rs 12 lakh (Ex-Showroom) for the top trim level.

An Electric Version of the Honda Jazz spotted testing

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Highlights:

  • Jazz EV has been spotted testing in India

  • As of now, there is no official confirmation or any details about this EV.

With the growth and development kick-started in the Indian market, we have seen many automakers started taking a step into this segment. Now an electric version of the Honda Jazz has been spotted testing in India. As of now, the Japanese automotive manufacturer is yet to unveil its electrification plans for the Indian market. 

From the spy images, we can see that this model gets a charging port flap which is situated at the right-hand side of the car. Hence this gives us the confirmation that there is the presence of an electric powertrain under the hood. As of now, there are no official details of this vehicle, but it is said that it can have a range of 300kms. 

Aesthetically, the overall design and the styling of the vehicle is very much similar to the Honda Fit EV. At the rear, it gets the small wraparound tail light unit and this electric vehicle runs on sporty alloy wheels. At the rear, a large spoiler can also be seen and this extends all the way on both sides of the rear windshield. 

The launch of the Jazz EV won't happen soon, as in the month of May, Honda confirmed the production of the Urban EV. this will be the first pure electric vehicle to roll out of Honda’s manufacturing unit that will go on sale in Europe by the end of 2019.

Facelift of the Renault Kwid spotted testing

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Highlights:

  • Renault will offer a new facelift for the Kwid.

  • Under the hood will be BS-VI compliant engines.

With the spy videos of the Kwid facelift floating all over the internet, we can say that Renault has begun working on this version. According to the video which has been uploaded, it shows a single unit with heavy camouflage conducting public road tests.

As of now, Renault launched the facelift model of the Duster some days back and with this is also working on the Triber which will be launched in a few months. 

The video gives us a clear idea that the front fascia is revamped. Hence this version of the Kwid gets redesigned front bumper, a new design grille, larger air dams and the fog lamps are also new. The overall design gives us the hint that it has taken inspiration from he Kwid K-ZE. 

Talking about the cabin and the interiors, the video doesn't give a clear perspective of it. But we can expect that there will be changes in the cabin as well. This will include new upholstery and an updated infotainment system along with a few other changes.

Under the hood of the facelift, Kwid will be the BS-VI compliant versions of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 8000cc three-cylinder petrol engines. Renault will continue to offer a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT unit as optional. We expect that Renault will launch the facelift of the Kwid somewhere around 2020.

Mahindra updates the XUV 500 with Apple CarPlay.

Highlights: 

  • Mahindra updates the XUV 500 with Apple CarPlay

  • It will only be available on the W11 trim level

  • Apple CarPlay is also seen on Mahindra’s XUV 300 and the Marazzo

At last Mahindra has now started to offer Apple CarPlay for its XUV500. With this, only the W11 top-end variant will get this feature. Hence now, the XUV500 offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity features with this update. 

In addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Mahindra also features other connected features such as Connected Apps, Ecosense and Emergency Call in the XUV500.

Apple CarPlay, on the other hand, offers easy access to music, Siri search and calls, when a user connects his or her I-Phone with the infotainment unit of the Xuv 500. With this, CarPlay imports all the information from the user's iPhone and automatically organises it in simple UI. This then appears on the infotainment unit.

As Mahindra updates the XUV500, Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing of the  Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “At Mahindra, our vehicle offers consumers Accessible Technologies.

The introduction of Apple CarPlay enhances the convenience & connectivity offered by the XUV500 and will generate a lot of interest among our potential customers.

To delight our customers, we will provide this update to existing owners of the W11 variant as well. They can visit a Mahindra authorized workshop to get their infotainment system upgraded with Apple CarPlay.”

With this, Mahindra expects to boost further the sale number of the XUV 500 in the Indian market. Stay tuned to MyNewCar to know more about the weekly updates of the whereabouts of the Indian automotive market.


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