on 11, Dec 2018

Nissan Kicks to be launched in January, bookings to be commenced from 10th December 2018. 

Some time ago, Nissan had officially unveiled the exterior of the Kicks for the Indian market.  Now Nissan has officially notified that they will be launching its most awaited SUV, the Kicks in the Indian market in the month of January 2019. But the official prebookings for the Kicks will kick start from the 10th of December.

The Japanese car manufacturer has already commenced with the production of this SUV in its Chennai Plant. If we compare the Indian spec model with the international model, the global model is much bigger.

Aesthetically, the Nissan Kicks gets a dual tone floating roof, electrical ORVM’s with turn indicators that are mounted on the door, shark fin antenna and the headlight unit consists of an LED projector setup with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s). The Indian spec Kicks also gets Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille up front. This SUV also runs on 17 inches five spoke machined alloy wheels. As of now, Nissan hasn't unveiled the interiors and its features yet. It is expected that the complete details of the interiors and the equipment and features will be out in a couple of days.

It is expected that the powerhouse under the hood of the Kicks will be a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel mill as an option. These are the same motors that power the Renault Duster and the Renault Captur.

As of now, the booking amount has been disclosed yet, but it can be expected that the amount could range around up to Rs 50,000. Once launched the Nissan Kicks will compete for head on with the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, the upcoming Kia SP, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Tata Harrier. As we mentioned earlier that Nissan will be launching the Kicks at the start of January, the deliveries for the same will commence from the end of the month. You can beat the line and book the all New Nissan Kicks online through MyNewCar from the 10th of December and you will stand a chance to win exciting offers and discounts.

Skoda unveils the 2019 Scala, it could replace the Rapid

Skoda-ScalaSome while ago Skoda had announced that they are working on an SUV for the Indian market that will be launched in the coming year. This launch will take place under Skoda's 2.0 strategy and now it is expected that the Czech manufacturer will also a line up a sedan behind it. In addition to this, Skoda is also looking forward to launching the newly unveiled hatchback, the Scala for the Indian market.

The pictures above of the Scala are the international spec version which will be built on the MQB-A0 platform. However, the Indian market will not get the hatchback version, whereas we will be offered with the sedan version of it. The Indian Spec Scala will be heavily localised and it will be built of the MQB-A0 IN platform.

The International Spec Skoda Scala that has been unveiled measures 4362mm long, its wide by 1793mm, it is tall by 1471mm and it gets a wheelbase measuring 2649mm. If we compare these measurements with the Rapid, the Scala is much larger in size. If we compare the Scala with the Volkswagen Golf, its longer by 107mm. Hence this makes the Scala with the longest interior in its segment. In addition to this, it also gets the most spacious boot space in its class as it measures 467 litres, once the rear seats are folded space grows up to 1410 litres.

In terms of modern features and technology, the Scala will be all loaded. While the standard kit will include the LED headlight and LED taillight unit with soft-touch materials on the interiors. The Scala will run of wheels ranging from 15 to 18 inches and they will differ according to its trim levels.

Skoda will be offering the Scala with three petrol engines to choose from, 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor that will be coupled with a five speed manual gearbox. It will also get a pumped up version of this 1.0-litre petrol mill and the third option is an 11.5 litre, four cylinder powerplant. The Scala will also be offered with a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that will be capable of churning out 90 bhp of power.

The Indian version of the Scala will be different from the global spec model. Keeping cost in mind, this sedan will be heavily localised. Once launched it might retain the Rapid name or it might replace it. It is expected that Skoda will launch the Indian Spec Scala somewhere around the end of 2019.

Five Stars of the Tata Nexon

Five-Stars-of-the-Tata-NexonFor the first time, a made in India car has registered the highest score in the Global NCAP rating. This vehicle is none other than the Tata Nexon, thus making its way in the history of the Indian Automotive Market. Earlier in the year during the month of August, the Nexon had scored a four star rating in the Global NCAP test.

After the four star rating, Tata buckled up and made changes in this compact SUV which consists of the seat belt reminder for both the front passenger and the driver standard across all its variants. Armed with these new changes, the Nexon also passed the side impact test that meets the UN95 side protection requirements, the Nexon cleared the Global NCAP rating with five star ratings. According to the tests conducted this month, the Nexon scored five stars for adult protection by scoring 16.06 out of 17 points. If we compare to the model tested in the month of August, it had just scored 13.56 points. The new safety rating is valid for all the units that will be manufactured from the 7th of December 2018 onwards.

David Ward the Secretary General of Global NCAP, said that the Nexon is entirely engineered in India and this proves that it doesn't require any expertise from elsewhere. Hence this shows that the Indian Automotive industry us capable of producing such products. He also quoted that the safety results of the Nexon are also better than the regulations of the crash test in accordance with the Indian government.

With this great news and outstanding results, from the Global NCAP tests, it will now push other manufacturers into action. This is not only a great news for the Indian automotive market but it also a great news for the Indian consumers as can now lay our hands proudly on Made in India five star rated cars. We hope and we now expect that we will henceforth now regularly see four star and five stars rated cars from the Indian market.

Four star for the Mahindra Marazzo as well

Four-star-for-the-Mahindra-Marazzo

With the Tata Nexon bagging the five stars at the Global NCAP test, there is another Indian manufacturer ragging just behind it. Yes, it is the newly launched Marazzo from Mahindra and Mahindra. The Mahindra Marazzo scores four stars at the Global NCAP test in terms of adult occupant protection. But if we have a look at the child protection test it has just scored two stars.

At this test, the Model which was tested was equipped with four channel ABS, dual airbags,  front seatbelt pretensioners, seat belt reminder only for the driver only and ISOFIX child seat mounting points. This model however missed out on side body airbags, side head airbags and driver side knee airbag. In this crash test, the Mahindra Marazzo managed to score 12.85 points out 17 points in adult safety. For child occupancy, the Marazzo scored 22.22 out of 49 points. These test results will only be valid for the models of the Marazzo that will be manufactured after the 16th of November 2018.

With this, the Marazzo has more room for improvement in the mere future. With the growing competition and the increase in demand for safer vehicles, Mahindra will surely be working forward to update this MPV. As we saw that the Nexon has bagged five star ratings at the Global NCAP test, we may also expect that Mahindra will strive to achieve those five stars in the future tests. 

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