on 08, Mar 2019

The mighty Maruti Suzuki Gypsy retires


  • For the last 33 years, Maruti Suzuki had been producing the legendary Gypsy which has now been discontinued.

  • The bookings for this SUV has officially been stopped and no dealers are accepting new bookings for the same.

  • This decision has been taken by the India manufacturer as it doesn't meet the new crash test norms and nor does the engines comply with the BS-VI emission norms.

Really sad news for all the off-road enthusiasts, Maruti Suzuki has decided that it will be discontinuing the legendary Gypsy. The Indian car manufacturer had first introduced the Gypsy back in the year 1985 and it has been one of the longest production models in India.

The Gypsy had been on sale for the last 33 years and it also served our nations as it was being used by our defence forces as well as the security forces.

Maruti Suzuki India has taken this decision as the Gypsy doesn't meet the upcoming crash test norms which will fall into place in some months. In addition to this, its petrol mill also doesn't meet the upcoming BS-VI emission norms as well. Also, the Indian manufacturer doesn't have plans to upgrade the Gypsy as it might be expensive.

It is one of the popular choices for most of the off-roading enthusiasts because the Gypsy has a strong off roading powers and it also gets an All Wheel Drive (AWD) layout as well.

Hence we still see the Gypsy competing in various Rally Raids all over India. Also, it has served the Indian Army for a very long time and the ease in maintenance and off-road capabilities had been like.

The latest iteration of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been powered with a 1.3 litre four cylinder petrol mill which produces 80 bhp of power at 6000rpm and 103Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. This petrol mill is coupled with a five speed manual gearbox.

When it was launched back in the ’80s, Maruti used to power the Gypsy with a 970cc F10A four cylinder petrol engine. With this, there are also some rumours floating that Maruti Suzuki might be planning to launch the Jimny in the Indian market.

But as of there is no official announcement about the same. But if Maruti Suzuki launches the Jimny, it competes with the off-roaders such as the Force Gurkha, Mahindra Thar and the ISUZU MU-X.

News and Image Source: AutoNDTV

2020 Renault Duster spied testing


  • Indian spec 2020 Renault spotted testing, it will get a new front end also it will be upgraded to comply with the new crash test norms.

  • Along with this, both the petrol and diesel engines will be upgraded to meet the BS-VI engine norms.

Recently, a test mule of the updated Renault Duster was spotted conduction test runs. According to the sources of the news, we get to know that this model spotted testing will be the Indian spec model and not the international spec model.

It is expected that Renault will be updating the 2020 Duster with new bumpers and a new bonnet. This will be done to meet the new crash test safety norms that will come into effect this year.

Aesthetically, the new bumpers will also get a new design hence it will give a new and refreshed look for the Duster. Also according to the spy pics, we get to know that the Duster will also get a new design LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s) enhancing the whole front end of the Duster.

Along with the changes to the exterior design and the enhancing of the body structure, the powertrain also will be updated. Renault will be updating both the diesel and petrol mills to meet the new BS-VI norms.

In terms of safety kit, Renault will be updating the upcoming Duster with standard safety features such as rear parking sensors, speed warning system, passenger seat belt alert system and also front dual airbags and ABS with EBD as well. It is also expected that Renault will also bring in a fully revised touchscreen infotainment unit in the cabin.

Some years ago, with the launch of the Renault Duster set a new beginning in its segment. But with the ongoing years, many other car manufacturers also jumped into this segment further enhancing the competition.

A major update for the Duster hence is required and it is expected that Renault will get this new big update in 2020. Once, the 2020 Duster launches back in the Indian market, it will compete against the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Creta and the upcoming SP2i from Kia Motors.

News and Image Source: AutoCarIndia

Toyota in plans to launch the Hiace and Alphard in India


  • It is expected that Toyota will launch the Hiace and Alphard luxury MPV’s in the Indian market.

  • The Japanese car manufacturer is awaiting some changes to do in the local certification and import duties.

According to some media reports, it indicates that Toyota is planning to its line of luxury MPVs in India. These MPV’s include he Hiace and Alphard and it is expected that it will hit the Indian roads in the coming year.  

Also, this media report further indicates that the MPV”S will only be launched if there is a change in local certification for imported vehicles. This will, in turn, help the Japanese car manufacturers in tax relaxation.

Toyota may introduce the Hiace and Alphard in the Indian market alongside with the hybrid and plug-in Hybrid cars. In the month of September 2018, the Indian government removed the need for homologation certificates to sell 2500 units of imported vehicles. But this rule was only eligible if the manufacturer received a certificate in which vehicle is manufactured.

Before this rule came into place, only the vehicles which costs more than 40,000 dollars and which had an engine capacity more than 3.0 litre for petrol and 2.5 litres for diesel models were permitted to be imported in India without the need of Homologation.

The new revision to these norms, now helps the manufacturer to import many other high end products and retail it in India. But only limitations are on the number of units imported.

Toyota was planning to introduce the Hiace back in 2018 in India, but the Japanese car manufacturer then decided to delay the launch due to the fluctuation in currency. In addition to this, the change in safety norms regulations which included the use of speed governors also added to the delay.

N Raja the deputy MD of Toyota Kirloskar Motors, said that the hurdle in the development of these models locally is the high cost to technology import. He also highlighted that this cost can be tackled with the high sales of the cars. If there is further relaxation in the norms it will help to promote local manufacturing which falls under the Make in India initiative.

News Source: Economic Times

Specifications of the Tata Altroz Revealed


  • Tata has built the Altroz on the ALFA Platform and it is the first product to be based on it.

  • The ALFA Platform will also be used to build sedans, hatchback, MPV’s and SUV’s, also it can accommodate an electric powertrain as well.

  • The Altroz will run on first in class 17 inch alloy wheels and it will be powered with a 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol engine.

At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Tata Motors took the covers of the most awaited hatchback- The Altroz. With this, the Indian car manufacturer has also showcased an electronic version of the same. In addition to this, the specifications of the Tata Altroz has also been revealed.

Just before the unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Tata Motors had also released a video which provided us with the details of the platform which underpins the Altroz.

This new platform is called ALFA and it stands for Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced. With the launch of the upcoming Altroz, it will be the first car which will be based on the ALFA platform.

According to Tata Motors, the ALFA Platform is designed in such a way that it will accommodate various types of body styles such as hatchbacks, sedans, SUV and MPV’s.

Hence we will also be seeing many new products to roll out from Tata Motor’s stable. It seems that the Hornbill and the blackbird SUV’s will also be developed on this same platform.

From the specifications revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, we get to know that the Altroz measures 3,988mm in length, 1,754mm in width and 1,505mm in height, in addition to this, it gets a wheelbase of 2501mm.

The Altroz will be running on 17-inch alloy wheels which will be the first in its class. This alloy wheel will be wrapped in 205/50-R17 tyres and it could be available on the top-spec trims.

Powering the upcoming Tata Altroz will be 1198cc, three cylinder petrol mill that churns out 102 bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. As of now, Tata Motors hasn't unveiled whether this petrol mill will be turbocharged or will it remain naturally aspirated. But according to the power figures that this unit can produce it can be estimated that the 1.2 lite unit could be turbocharged.

It is expected that Tata Motors will launch the Altroz hatchback during the second half of 2019 in the Indian market. After its launch, the Altroz will sit above the Tiago in its domestic line up.

Once launched in the Indian market, the Tata Altroz will lock its horn with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz and the Volkswagen Polo.

Also, we could also expect an electric version of this hatchback somewhere in the future as the ALFA it is based on can also accommodate an electric powertrain.

News and Image Source: TeamBHP


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