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Mahindra XUV Aero coupe may hit production soon


Mahindra recently released a sketch of its upcoming Coupe project Mahindra Xuv Aero The concept has been revealed at Auto Expo 2016 dragged many auto freaks with stunning design from  the Indian maker. Now Mahindra may be in idea of  starting its production.



The Mahindra XUV Aero is based on the concept of Mahindra premium Suv- XUV 500. Mahindra  has acquired Pininfarina recently, which is one of the best designing houses in world. Mahindra XUV Aero will be the first coupe-suv made in india which directly competes with giants like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.



Mahindra XUV Aero will be powered by 2.2 Litre mHawk coupled with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic  transmission system, the same engine which powers XUV500. This engine is capable of delivering power of 210 bhp. and XUV Aero claims for 0 – 100 kmph  speed within 10 seconds. The engine also presents various driving modes like Off-road,,Race, Street and Sport.

Appearance and Features



The name Aero comes from its aerodynamic styling which combines the coupe-like slopes with Power and style of an SUV.XUV Aero exterior designing looks amazing with excellent curves  With the unique styled design,it really matches with  a swooping roofline and suicide doors. The front portion looks like XUV 500 Suv, with DRl and other common grill design with beafy Bonnet. this XUV Aero  features a lot like suv.with coupe called Coupe Suv with 4(5)passengers seating.

The concept model featured a rear hinged doors similar to Rolls roys tradition, but the production line model wont get the luxurious element.

On the interior, the dashboard of the Aero concept was based on the XUV 5OO’s. The centre console features a larger vertical touchscreen display( like in Tesla and Volvo). It also had a new flat-bottom steering wheel and digital instrument cluster,mult-zone climate control, telecommunication module, on-board vehicle system functions and many more.


This car will be an affordable coupe-SUV and competes with coupe prince of india like BMW X6 (and Mercedes-Benz GLE Class. Another recent rumour states that Mahindra also planning to announce the All electric variant of XUV Aero with powerfull  package, like 300-350 km per charge!. The new electric drivetrains developing power from 41hp to 204hp, to be named as EV 2.0 ( next gen electric power systems) with a maximum record of 200 Kmph speed,although not conformed. The XUV Aero  sports all the features of a Coupe and Suv from stylish design to cabin space. With the powerfull  engine package and next gen coupe styling XUV Aero will really be people’s favourite coupe under 25 lakh price tag. let us wait for the company’s official talk about XUV Aero.

Hyundai’s Next Gen Verna teased


Hyundai has teased the all-new third-generation Verna in the country for the first time ahead of its launch.  The 2017 Verna made its world debut in China last year, but we’ll be getting the version that is sold in Canada and Russia which is the fifth-generation Accent, a global model, as the third-gen Accent was renamed the Verna for the Indian market.



Look and Feel

Hyundai has always been generous with features and equipment and gives tough competition in its segment, we expect the list to be long with all the comforts and class leading features. Starting with  Hyundai’s latest signature cascading grille which is flanked by sweptback projector headlamps. The headlamps feature J-shaped LED daytime running lights and projector fog lamps, which are identical to the North American-spec Hyundai Accent rather than the Chinese-spec Hyundai Verna, the new sedan features a coupe-like roofline.

In the interior  the addition of Hyundai’s latest 7-inch infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is going to be the latest technology. Leaked images revealed that it continues with the dual tone beige and black colour combo with leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and infotainment buttons  and new Supervision instrument cluster and multi-info display,Automatic ‘Clean Air’ climate control, rear parking sensors and camera, dual airbags and ABS as standard across the range.


For verna SX(O)top edition, Hyundai could offer side and curtain airbags, Auto-dimming mirrors, HID headlamps with auto function, LED taillamps, and 16-inch diamond cut alloy rims as standard.

Size and Numbers

The next gen verna will have a 10 mm longer wheelbase, 29 mm wider body and an overall length increased by 15 mm. the 2017 model measures 4,385 mm in length, 1,729 mm in width and 1,450 mm in height, and a wheelbase spanning 2,580 mm.


Engine specs

Next gen Verna is likely to remain unchanged and will carry forward the same set of engines – 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel motors. However, it is expected to give up the old 4-speed automatic for a relatively newer 6-speed automatic found in the Creta and the Elantra.


Price Tags

The new Verna is expected to hit showrooms  at price tag of Rs 8 lakh to Rs13.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).at this price tag the next gen verna is going to be tough lead for its segment rulers Honda City and  Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, we expect the car to be launched nearby august .


Audi unveils R8 Spyder V10 plus


Audi, has unveiled the all new R8 Spyder V110 Plus. The all-new model is more powerful and stylish than the existing R8 V10 Spyder. The added features with improved power refinement makes Audi R8 V10 plus looks like a good package.



Engine Plus!


The new R8 Spyder V10 Plus is powered by the same mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine which is famous for being Audi’s most powerful series-production engine The Plus gives 70hp and 20Nm more than the standard R8 Spyder V10, giving it a total of 610hp and 560Nm of torque coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The enormous power is sent to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system .

The beast can hit 0-100kmph time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 328kmph , are 0.3seconds faster and 10kmph more than the R8 Spyder V10, Ultimately the R8 Spyder V10 Plus runs 8 kilometres per litre of fuel. The same engine also powers the Lamborghini Huracan range, albeit in different states of tune.



Appearance Plus!


The V10 Spyder plus looks gorgeous  with the new Micrommata Green body paint and  carbon fibre accents all around. It also available with 11 other paint schemes with matte-effect as well. The soft-top is available in three colours. The other exterior bits of the Plus treatment is finished in anthracite black.

Exterior sports the wide and flat Singleframe grille with gloss honeycomb mesh, chrome-plated frame and the Audi Sport emblem. Optional Audi laser light in the LED headlights, anodised blue dividers as well as the dynamic turn signals are all part of the front look.


Inside the cabin is the leather steering wheel with integrated multifunction buttons as well as two large control satellites. It can be used to start and stop the engine and control Audi drive select. Two more buttons including a rotary wheel are used to control the performance mode and the exhaust flaps.



Feature Plus!


The cabin gets Nappa leather upholstery with bucket seats as standard.

Matching the exterior, you get green contrast stitching on the seats, centre armrests, doors and floor mats with luminous colour . Audi connect module enables fast internet access via LTE. Its also offers navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View. There is also support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for seamless smartphone connectivity. The infotainment system comes mated to a Bang & Olufsen sound system with two loudspeakers mounted on the head restraints of both the seat.


The space frame is made out of a combination of aluminium components and carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). Get the driver out, and the car weighs just 1,695kg while the dry weight is 1,587kg, 25kg lighter than the Audi R8 Spyder V10. The aluminium parts make up 79.6 percent of the weight of the car, with the cloth top weighing 44kg.


The Plus weighs 25 kg less than Audi R8 Spyder V10, 167kg more than the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder and 83kg less than the Porsche 911 Turbo.



The large 12.3-inch, fully digital Audi virtual cockpit presents all information using 3D graphics. It also has a gear shift indicator with showing output, torque, g-forces, lap times and the temperatures of the tyres, engine and transmission oil.


The soft-top of the R8 is made of fabric, and weighs only 44 kilograms. An electrohydraulic drive can open-close the soft-top in just 20  seconds at speeds up to 50kmph



Price Plus!


While Audi has started taking orders for the R8 Spyder V10 Plus in Germany . The Spyder V10 Plus will most likely come to India. The coupe in India is priced at Rs 2.55 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). With addition to tax structures ,we expect it to cost around Rs 2.8  to 3.1 crore.




The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA gave Tesla Model X a five-star crash rating making it the safest ever SUV in the history of crash tests. Note that Model X is an electric SUV under the company Tesla lead by Elon Musk.



The crash test included every type of crash possible, be it head on, horizontally or sideways and the vehicle passed all these tests with flying colors.


Tesla gave a statement as to why Model X passed with five-star rating and why it is the safest SUV. They said that the fact that it is an electric vehicle gave it a plus point. The center of gravity of Model X is very low due to the placement of it’s battery beneath the floor, hence minimising the probability of it rolling over.


They also claimed that if a Model X is involved in a serious accident, there’s a 93% chance that the passengers and driver would survive without sustaining any serious injuries.


The crash test can be viewed on YouTube where they have shown the condition of the vehicle from different angles. However there’s only a couple of tests shown in the video and there were more through which the vehicle had gone through.


Well you have to pay a hefty price in order to get the Safest SUV ever which comes around to be $80,000.


Mercedes-Benz launches premium SUV’s AMG G63 ‘Edition 463’ and AMG GLS63 in India


Mercedes-Benz has launched the Mercedes-AMG G 63 ‘Edition 463’ and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 in India added with the existing 6 SUV’s by Mercedes-Benz. ‘Globally, the ‘G series’ has been for almost four decades, since 1979 . The company’s position in luxury performance segment is spearheaded by the AMG sub-brand globally and expanded the premium SUV segment by the Mercedes-AMG G 63 ‘Edition 463’ and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.



Mercedes- AMG G63 ’Edition 463’

The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 ‘Edition 463’  is powered by a supercharged 5.5-litre V8-petrol engine which throws the SUV at 563bhp and a maximum torque of 760 Nm  with 0 -100 kmph in 5.4 seconds. It has an electronically-limited top speed of 210 kmph.

The exterior looks sporty and massive.The Mercedes-AMG G63 Edition 463 gets a stainless-steel underride guard, dark aluminium finished exterior protective strips,Muscular Look , AMG Sport strips , and new 21-inch 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels in Matte black finish.

The interior is filled up in a single-tone black leather finish, twin-tone black and light brown leather seat upholstery and dual-tone finished centre console with colour-coordinated top-stitching on dashboard, front and rear door handles, armrest, handbrake, seat covers and front and rear head restraints..

The safety features off-road reduction gear and the electronic traction system enhancing their off-roading capabilities, with other standard safety measures like  in other Premium SUV.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is the performance SUV of the Mercedes-Benz GLS edition. The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 BiTurbo engine seen on the G63, but fine power tuning gives 577 bhp and 760 Nm of peak torque.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 SUV is the perfect blend of speed and luxury and  gets AMG bodystyling with the trademark Quad exhausts, LED Intelligent Light System with integrated LED DRLs and most noticeable red brake calipers. GLS 63 also get a panoramic sunroof, ORVM logo projectors, and an  Electrically operated tailgate.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 gets  lots of Luxury features from AMG steering wheel finished in Nappa leather, temperature controlled cup holder ,multi-contour front seats with massage function, Thermotronic automatic climate control, memory package as well as a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround system. These SUV’s also gets AMG Ride Control sports suspension setup with Active Curve Control to restrict body roll.

Price tags

Mercedes-AMG G 63 ‘Edition 463’  Rs 2.17 crore (ex-showroom Pune).

Mercedes-AMG GLS                         Rs 1.58 crore (ex-showroom Pune).

The Mercedes-AMG G 63 ‘Edition 463’  and The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63  are the 5th and 6th new introductions within this year by the company so far. Mercedes-Benz has been increasing their presence in the luxury car segments in India with their increasing number of products, on sale in India.

Hyundai’s next superstar KONA revealed


Hyundai have finally revealed their latest subcompact SUV, the Kona, which will be introduced in Europe in August and the US market in December The name Kona comes from the Hawaiian Islands, as are other Hyundai names like the Santa Fe.  Hyundai  would launch an electric version of the Kona by 2018.




The Kona will be powered by  two petrol engines a 1.0L T-GDI with a six-speed manual transmission and a 1.6L T-GDI with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The 1.0L  four-cylinder engine produces 119.6hp and 179Nm  Coupled with and is paired to six-speed manual at a top speed of 180kph. The more powerful 1.6-litre petrol unit has 176hp with 264Nm It gains a top speed of 204kph. The 1.6-litre diesel Engine is due to arrive in the European market at some point in 2018, although it’s not yet confirmed. Both petrol and diesel models will feature two drive modes – Normal and Sport.Some markets will also be offered the Kona with a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson engine, although this won’t be coming to Europe.


Hyundai Kona has a distinct new design, with aggressive looks. Somewhat look like updated Creta. The LED headlamps and the  plastic cladding on the sides and wheel arches make it look more rugged. Hyundai gave a fresh look to its fluidic design with the new ‘cascading grille’ front. Hyundai says it is designed to merge high-tech looks with sophistication, to appeal to millennial buyers. The rear of the Kona features wraparound cladding with indicator and reversing lights, slim LED rear lights, and a spoiler with an integrated LED brake light. Hyundai also gives16-inch wheels are standard, with 17-inch and 18-inch alloys available as options.


The Kona features an all-steel body and has McPherson struts at the front. The 2WD model comes with a coupled torsion beam, with a multi-link system on the AWD model. The all-wheel-drive car also comes with traction control and has a 170mm ground clearance.

Hyundai’s designers have tried to give the Kona’s interior a premium feel and a clutter-free cabin. It sports a 5.0-inch TFT infotainment screen as standard, with the availability of an optional 8.0-inch touchscreen.,  the Kona is available with a Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with a wireless smartphone charging pad as an option, which is first in its segment. Another interesting feature is the heads up display, which will have speed, sat-nav directions, etc  by projecting it into a piece of glass that folds back when not in use instead of projecting directly onto windscreen.


Safety features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist that uses a front-facing camera to detect a potential collision and automatically engages brakes,  lane-keeping assist a driver-attention warning system ,radar-based blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert is packed with it

Price tags

Priced between Creta and Tucson (10 – 18 lakh)


There is so far no confirmation on Indian launch, if it launch by late 2017 or early 2018, it is expected to be positioned between the Hyundai Creta and the Tucson. Hyundai is expected to launch 30 new models in the next four years.


Made in India Jeep Compass detail updated


The American Offroader Jeep has showcased its first ever made in India Compass few days back. Jeep has revealed additional details of the Compass which is expected to launch in August this year. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently rolled out the first made-in-India Jeep Compass from Fiat’s Ranjangaon facility near Pune.




The Made in India Compass will be powered by a 1.4L Multiair turbocharged petrol engine which gives out 162PS of power and 250Nm of torque, while the 2.0L diesel engine gives out 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque, these engines partners with 6-speed manual transmissions or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Compass comes with both 4×4 and 4×2 variants Compass sports four drive modes — Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud.




The new Compass looks resembles Grand Cherokee. The body looks square, you get the feel of a larger SUV. The design is pretty conventional almost with squared wheel arches. The front design packed with the familiar seven-slot grille and headlight combo from Jeep. The Compass also gets LED headlamps and tail-lamps. Five exterior paint shades will be offered for the Compass.


The Compass will feature over 50 active and passive safety features with standard features of airbags ,stability control, disc brakes all round, and hill start assist.  It comes with Compass will feature a 60:40 split rear seats, altered suspension system  and all terrain select dial in common . Top variant comes with a 7 inch Uconnect infotainment system which sports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and six airbags. Additional safety features will include a reverse camera with sensors, safety equipment like ABS, ESP and electronic rollover mitigation.


The Compass will be available in in three variants –  Sport, Latitude and Limited. With the differences in seating surfaces, paint shades, interiors, alloy wheel design and sizes. It is expected to be priced around Rs 18 to 25 lakh and will compete with premium SUV’s like Hyundai’s Tucson, Honda’s CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Volkswagen Tiguan, survival of the fittest


The Volkswagen Tiguan is the company’s new launch to India’s premium SUV segment. It competes with India’s toughest segment leaders Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Honda CR-V and Hyundai  tucson. Will it survive?  Let’s check it out.



The second-gen Tiguan is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform which is similar to other cars from the group like the Skoda Superb. The quality of materials used in the Tiguan are best in class and the plastics used inside the cabin and switches are top-notch. Fit and finish shows Tiguan as a sturdy element. Tiguan is the Volkswagen’s entry-level SUV Priced between Rs 27.98 lakh and Rs 31.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).it is similar to the Hyundai Tucson, but far more expensive.




Tiguan sports the familiar 2.0 litre diesel engine with 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission, splits 141bhp and 340Nm of torque, this is  less on power than the Audi Q3 which holds the same engine. Tiguan gets all-wheel drive as standard and its popular 4Motion all-wheel-drive (AWD) system as standard with both the Comfortline and Highline variants. The AWD system is fifth generation and comes with various drive mode selectors like Snow, On-road, Off-road and the adjustable Off-road mode. Its mileage is said to be 17kmpl(ARAI).




The Tiguan looks like compressed Touareg. With simple and sturdy design, Tiguan proves it as a luxury big boy .In fact, people who like their luxury cars to be discreet will like the Tiguan. The sturdy build proves it as a solid production from VW. The exterior design is made up entirely of straight lines that flows into the LED tail-lamps. The grille with the big VW logo at the front looks majestic, but at least the large LED headlamps do stand out a bit. And though the 18-inch alloys on this Highline trim look good, the Tiguan looks more of a crossover stance than that of a full-on SUV. Inside the Tiguan, you might feel some parts in Polo hatchback. At this price point, none of the switch kept out of place and all placed at perfect spot for the driver and rider for a glance. The dash design is simple, yet the chrome highlights and different textures shows it a luxury SUV.




Tiguan boots up 615 litres space  which is more than adequate .You  get a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat, keyless entry and reverse parking camera , which just makes Tiguan a practical SUV.

The Comfortline variant is equipped with massive features like automatic full-LED headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs), three-zone climate control, electrically-adjustable, heated driver’s seat with memory function, curtain and side airbags, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and electrically-operated tailgate.

If you come across the Highline variant, you will get many additional features such as 18-inch alloy wheels with self-sealing tyres, LED taillamps, large panoramic sunroof with LED surround lighting, reverse parking camera and push button stop/start.

  • 2.0 TDI Comfort line 28.48Lakh
  • 2.0 TDI Highline 31.94 lakh



Tiguan is positioned in a high price segment (i.e) premium SUV. VW cars generally praised for their solid build quality, german styling and lots of features., The latter is immediately apparent. Save for the wheel arches. It’s design shows simplicity as top point but it doesn’t have any stylish Quotes as Tucson or an Fortuner or an Endeavour, which makes a big difference in our image.

Tiguan rules over the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V in its segment. It comes with best in class features,Engine numbers and sturdy build. Thus, the Tiguan makes a valid point by being one of the best value for money SUV in its segment.

New Moto Mods launched with Moto Z2 play


Motorola has launched the Moto Z2 Play, a successor to last year’s Moto Z Play. The Moto Z2 play comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display with corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Moto Z 2 play is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor Much like its predecessor with 2 variants – 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. There is a micro SD card slot with storage expansion upto 2TB.

The Z2 Play is a midrange smartphone with the Moto Mod accessories. The smartphone, as mentioned brings Moto Mods support. It will support all the old Moto Mods, as well as the new ones that have been launched.

The new Moto Mods include a Moto Power Pack that brings additional 2200mAh battery brings 16 hours extra power and weighs only 72grams, available in black and white colour options.



The Turbo Power Pack Moto Mod which brings additional 3490mAh battery with fast charging support and weighs 95 grams. It supports up to 30W TurboPower and can charge up to 50 percent in just 20 minutes.




The most attracting Mod is Moto GamePad that will work with all games and support physical controllers. Instead of connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth, it  uses the Moto Mod connector to connect with your Moto Z2 Play and other compatible smartphones and features a 3.5mm headphone jack to immerse in gaming. It comes with a 1000mAh battery with  USB Type-C port for charging that can power the GamePad for up to 8 hours.


Additionally, Moto has also launched a Wireless Charging Style and the JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod that comes with a kickstand, and is splash proof it snaps onto the back of Z 2 play via magnetic connectors.

Motorola is showing some interest towards mods as it gives moto z series smartphones a rich look also with useful gadgets snaped around the smartphone. Moto Z2 Play will launch in the US in early July for $499 (approx 32,065 INR) but not less than Moto Z play. There’s no word on launching in India yet.

Nissan launched Micra Facelift 2017


Nissan launched an updated version of its highest selling hatchback Micra with some new features today. the New  Micra facelift is the fourth generation Micra in India. Its price tag is about starting at ₹5.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and available over 6 variants. Nissan Micra is exported to more than 106 countries from India and also the country’s most exported car.



In India, the car was launched in July 2010 and has sold over 80,000 units. Micra was the first Made in India car by Nissan. The 2017 model year gets the same engine lineup – a 1.5 litre in-line diesel and a 1.2-litre  in-line petrol engine. The petrol unit gives a top power output of 76bhp at 6,000rpm and 104Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variant produce power of  63.1bhp at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 160Nm at 2,000rpm with claimed fuel economy of 23.08 kmpl for diesel variant, while the claimed mileage of the CVT variant is 19.34 kmpl. The hatchback is available with both a 5-speed manual (diesel only) and a CVT gearbox (petrol only), while maintaining a top speed of 160kmph.

Interiors of the new Micra feature an all-black theme with orange linings and centre console surround, Follow me headlamps, lead me to  car features, Daytime Running Lamps, revised headlamp as well as tail lamp clusters and refreshed bumpers. Nissan Micra is the first to sport with automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers in its segment. It also features I-key with push button start /stop function and shortest turning radius of 4.65m same as existing Micra.

The price tags of petrol variants (ex-showroom price, Delhi)
  • Micra XL (CVT): Rs 5.99 lakhs
  • Micra XV (CVT) (Orange) : Rs 6.95 lakhs
  • Micra XV (CVT): Rs 6.95 lakhs
  • The price tags of Diesel variants(ex-showroom price,Delhi)
  • Micra dCi XL: Rs 6.62 lakhs
  • Micra dCi XL Comfort (Orange): Rs 7.23 lakhs
  • Micra XL Comfort: Rs 7.23 lakhs

The Micra competes with hatchbacks kings of india like the Maruti Ignis, Swift 2017, Grand i10 , Elite i20, and Volkswagen Polo.

The new fourth-generation Micra shows more attractive package than the earlier car. However, we expect Nissan to introduce the fifth-gen Micra in the country.



The fifth generation micra looks completely different to the current hatchback. Now, we are left with no other option except wait till next year to see if Nissan brings fresh appeal and advanced models . For now, let’s see if the new Micra attracts new customers with this features.




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