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November 7, 2014: A camouflaged Ecosport was spotted testing, looks like Ford has been prepping up for an EcoSport facelift. According to media reports, the facelifted vehicle is set to make public debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show early next year. The facelifted is likely for the European market and it looks like the Blue Oval company has ditched the rear mounted spare wheel. Moreover, couple of days earlier, at the 2014 São Paulo Auto Show, Ford Brazil showcased three modified concept version of the EcoSport - Beauty, Storm and Beast. Ford Brazil didn't reveal anything about these modded concept going on sale there but rather focused on demonstrating EcoSport's ability of customization. Earlier in August, Ford India had celebrates over 100,000 sales mark (domestic wholesales and exports combined) milestone of the EcoSport. Speaking about the Indian domestic sales, Ford India says that over 60,000 EcoSports are running on the Indian streets. The compact SUVs brilliant drivability, ruggedness, safety features and goodies on-board, helps it to lead the segment when it comes to sale and the vehicle still bags a waiting period!
October 7, 2014 :The homegrown manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has revealed the accessory range of Scorpio. Under the accessory range, SUV offers front U guard, U guard with fog lamp protectors, gripped guard and rubber coated guard, rear stainless steel guard with child climb assist, aluminium rear guard, aluminium roof carrier. Inside the cabin, the SUV boasts a 9-inch headrest mountable monitors or 7-inch headrest in-built monitors, remote lock, 2-in -1 car charger and coat hanger are also on the list. The SUV also offers dual-tone art leather seat cover, floor mats, GPS navigation, car inverter system, door visor,illuminated scuff plates, removable rack, parking assist.
November 05, 2014: Renault has announced some huge discount offers on its best selling SUV, Duster. The offer is not limited to only 2WD, the AWD version is also covered under that. Duster 85 RxL Diesel now costs Rs 9.29 lac while the AWD RxL trim costs Rs. 11.29 lac. Besides the price cut you also get 2 years of additional warranty and 4 years of free roadside assistance. However, the offer can be grabbed until the stocks last.
Last month, Renault showcased a unique four door crew-cab version of Renault Duster christened as Duster Oroch concept at the ongoing 2014 São Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. The company says that the production model is set to go on sale in the Latin American country. Speaking of the Indian launch, we have no market for recreational lifestyle vehicle so its very unlikely that we get one, but next-gen Duster could feature designing cues from this one. On the design front, the concept offers panoramic sun roof, roof rails, closed-leading area, LED DRLs, 18-inch radial, side mounted camera for clicking sporting memories, etc.
July 31, 2014: Mahindra & Mahindra has sold over 1,00,000 units of its XUV500, since its introduction in 2011. The 1,00,000th unit of the SUV was sold about 33 months after the sales commenced. While the 50,000 units milestone was achieved in January last year. All the variants of XUV 500, come equipped with a 2.2-litre four-pot diesel engine, capable of 140 bhp and 330 Nm of peak torque. The unit comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, sending power to the front wheels, or to all wheels in case of the AWD model.
September 17,2014: Mahindra's next generation Bolero was spotted testing in Germany recently even the Indian test rounds are on full swing. Speaking about the changes, Mahindra has given Bolero a complete overhaul. The design has modern essence to Classic Bolero Curves. Reportedly, Bolero is getting a new three cylinder diesel engine, probably a refined form of Quanto's heart. The launch is expected later next year after the automaker's highly anticipated compact SUV codename S101.
October 21, 2013: Toyota Kirloskar Motor has introduced the Fortuner TRD Sportivo - Limited Edition for Rs. 24,26,247/- (ex showroom Delhi). The limited edition will be limited to 400 units, and will be sold till the month of December 2013. It will be available in the 4x4 MT variant and comes equipped with several features, which makes it look more sporty. The Fortuner TRD Sportivo Limited Edition gets aerodynamically designed dual tone front and rear bumper spoiler, TRD engraved sporty side body strips, rear roof spoiler, radiator grille with TRD emblem and rear TRD Sportivo badge. It will be available in two colors - Super White and Silver Mica Metallic.
October 27, 2014: India's leading utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra launched the Adventure Edition of Thar SUV. This Adventure Edition is limited to 30 units and is made available at selected dealership. Mahindra Thar Adventure Edition is only available with CRDe trim. The SUV now features new Java Brown color option along with tail lamp protectors, chaff screen, seat covers with black and orange stitching, extended wheel arches, moulded floor mats and new centre console. The updated Thar also embraces 2D map and compass to explore the road less travelled.
October 9, 2014: Nissan India silently launches Terrano Anniversary Edition; available in two variant starting with XV priced at Rs. 12,83,645 and XV Premium Rs. 13,13,725. The Japanese auto major commemorate first anniversary of its compact SUV Terrano by launching the 450 units of limited edition. Customers can only book this edition online and deliveries are expected within 15-20 days of booking. Speaking of the changes in the limited edition, it gets contrasting roof with rally stripes, chrome addition on door handles, muffler and tail gate entry guard. On the inside, apart from the regular trims equipments, the limited edition gets HUD – Head-Up-Display – which displays speed and navigation inputs on the windscreen. Mechanically, the anniversary edition is available only with the 110PS diesel, the motor pumps out 108.5bhp and 248Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed MT.
November 15, 2014: Mitsubishi India has launched the automatic variant of its only offering in India- the Pajero Sport at INR 23.55 Lacs. Offered only with a rear wheel drive option, the SUV competes against the established players such as Toyota Fortuner 4×2 AT, SsangYong Rexton RX7 AT, Chevrolet Captiva AWD and Ford Endeavour 4×2 AT. The power comes through the same source, whixh is a 2.5-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel mill, churning out a maximum power output of 175bhp along with 350Nm of peak torque. While the power output remains the same, the torque in this new automatic variant has come down by 50Nm, up against 400Nm in the manual model. The engine is mated to a new five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, sending power to the rear wheels. The Japanese automaker also introduced the 4x4 manual version along with the AT trim.
November 17, 2014: Tata's most potent SUV, the Safari Storme is now is offered with benefits upto Rs 80,000 and 3 years/10,00,000 kms of warranty. The SUV embraces 2.2-litre VariCOR engine and 4x4 option with shift-on-fly switch. Recently, Tata Motors and India's leading e-commerce platform ebay has launched the brand store for Tata Safari Storme merchandise. Customer can now choose from a wide variety of Safari Storme merchandise ranging from clothing to travel bags to small travelling gear such as Pocket knife and compass. The company also offers key-chains, trekking bags, t-shirts, camping Swiss knives, and many more exclusive Safari Storme gear. Interested buyers can buy the exciting merchandise by simply clicking to the ebay website.
November 7, 2014: Audi has revealed the 2015 Q3 facelift ahead of its public debut sometime early next year. The new Q3 has retained the overall design of the current model but features a new face and updated rear along with new shoes. Mechanically, the vehicle sports uprated engine meeting Euro 6 norms. Moreover, recently Audi India has added a new top-end variant in its Q3 SUV line-up for the Indian market. Launched at INR 38.40 Lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), the Q3 Dynamic now comes with several cosmetic updates, including new 17' inch 5 spoke ‘Trias’ design alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, a full chrome front grille and clear lens LED tail lights. The car gets three new body color options - Florett Silver, Mythos Black and Monsoon Grey. The tope-end trim also comes equipped with the Audi Drive Select system, that allows the driver to adjust the suspension in three different setups, namely, Comfort, Dynamic and Auto. Although, the engine line-up remains identical, as it offers the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, and a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine.
September 22, 2014: Honda CR-V facelift has been spotted ahead of its expected 2014 Paris Motor Show debut, CR-V is sporting a mid-life refresh. Speaking about the changes, CR-V seems to have received Honda's EXCITINGH!!! design philosophy, indicative from the wing shaped black and chrome grille. The new headlight features projector headlamps and integrated day-time-running-LEDs. It also receives new ORVMs and machined alloys. Expect updated infotainment system and other tweaks to the interiors. Expect its Indian debut early next year with similar 2.0 and 2.4 liter i-VTEC powertrains along with a highly anticipated 1.6 i-DTEC.
March 5, 2013: Tata Safari has always been a legendary vehicle, much ahead in technology and refinement than many of its competitors. However, the rising competition in the SUV segment brought down the sales numbers for the product. And that was the reason why Safari Storme was launched, which was positioned above the regular safari. And this started showing the impact as well. The sales started rising, both the Safari and Safari Storme today are selling 1500 units a month on an average, which is truly commendable for a rugged SUV, as compact SUVs are now more in demand than the regular ones.
February 5, 2014: The much expected compact SUV Santa Fe facelift has been launched at the first day of the Indian Auto Expo 2014. introduced at the the Detroit Auto Show last year, this SUV will be developed at Hyundai’s Chennai plant. This model is equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, delivering 194bhp and a top torque of 436Nm. It comes with both automatic and manual transmission, while it comes with four-wheel drive as well as two-wheel drive options. Some of its unique features include GPS device, leather seats, sunroof, Engine start-stop button, redesigned front bumper with elegantly integrated fog lamps. Santa Fe is going to lock horns with Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Nissan X-Trail and Ssangyong RX7.
October 27, 2014: Mercedes Benz India has launched the GLA 45 AMG at Rs 69.60 Lac (EX-Showroom, Mumbai). This AMG version of GLA Class is powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged motor belting out 355bhp and 450Nm of torque, mated to 7-speed AT. Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG embraces more aggressive styling, courtesy an AMG body kit. The exterior changes comes in the form of a sporty front bumper, larger air intakes combined with a brushed aluminium front splitter, side skirts and a rear bumper that gets an integrated diffuser along with quad chrome-tipped exhaust tips. The large 19-inch alloy wheels enhances the overall stance of the vehicle.
November 13, 2014: Ford has revealed the next-gen 2015 Endeavour/Everest in China today. The Blue Oval company says that the vehicle will be launched in nine countries in 2105 that include - India, China along with ASEAN and African countries.The SUV is built from scratch and will replace the current vehicle globally.The 2015 SUV will be manufactured in Thailand for ASEAN countries while for China it will be manufactured there only. The 2015 Endeavour is coming with host of new features both comfort and safety. Mechanically, the new Endeavour will be powered by latest iteration of the company's global powertrain - it gets 2.2-liter 4-cylinder and 3.2-liter 5-cylinder TDCI diesels and 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged petrol.
Maruti Gypsy is one such car which is meant to held on to any type of terrain. Engine of the car is a thermal conductive type which works well in both cool and hot environments. Petrol engine is more powerful and more responsive in the harshest of the climatic situations. With four wheel Maruti Gypsy is capable to work in the roughest of road situations. With the five speed gear-box pattern it is high mileage delivering car on highway. Space inside is much more attractive aspect appealing for its demand in various departments like military and police.
13th-Jan-2012: Audi India is a very prominent luxury car manufacturer, who was quite strong at the Auto Expo 2012. It introduces a range of cars, starting from its much anticipated SUV, Audi Q3 to Audi A3 e-tron concept. However, the major highlight was V12 Audi Q7 , which was chic, sporty and masculine. The powerful engine was successful in stealing the show. The car has smooth and swift drivability that would deliver an awesome driving experience to the owner. However, the price would burn a hole in your pocket. The new Audi Q7 Sportsback price would range between Rs. 55 to Rs. 67 lakh , which is bit high, but would give a complete feel of luxury.
May 6, 2014 : India's home-grown automaker Mahindra has launched a new variant of the Ssangyong Rexton, the RX6 which will be added to the existing model range of Rexton as a mid-variant. The RX6 inherits the basic mechanics from the RX5 that is the entry level variant and all features from RX7 that is the top end variant. The newly launched RX6 comes with manual transmission along with host of features and is priced at Rs 19.96 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) . The feature list includes premium leather upholstery, electrical sunroof, 8-way electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and intelligent 4x4 Torque on Demand (TOD) system. The RX6 is powered by 2.7-litre 5 cylinder common rail, turbo diesel engine which produces 162bhp of maximum power and 340Nm of maximum torque.
February 10, 2014: Mahindra & Mahindra presented the auto gearshift equipped Quanto MPV at the Auto Expo 2014. It comes with a five-speed autoSHIFT transmission, which has been developed for the first time in a compact SUV. It comes with a “regenerative braking” technology in which kinetic energy is recovered through an alternator and stored in the battery.
17th-Feb-2012: Toyota Land Cruiser facelift was burning stage in Auto Expo 2012. This super luxurious SUV in India carries a whopping price tag of Rs 88,48,093 (ex-showroom Mumbai). Such a jaw dropping price is enough to make a style statement by the owner of a Land Cruiser. The Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a 4.5 litre 32 valve DOHC V8 diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 195 BHP at 3400 RPM and torque 650 Nm between 1600 to 2600 RPM. The new SUV boasts of new front grille, headlamps with HID low beams and freshly designed bumpers. The Land Cruiser has a seating capacity of eight, with three-across seating in the second and third rows. Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, the costliest for wheeler of Toyota in India is essentially a four wheel drive with automatic transmission and the beast is truly dominant on any kind of Indian road conditions.
November 10, 2014: Land Rover has just updated Range Rover with features such as All-Terrain Progress Control System, more efficient 6-cylinder diesel and petrol motors, Heads up display and two new Paint jobs. Earlier this year, Range Rover LWB was launched in India at a price of Rs. 2.08 crore. The top level model costs Rs. 2.63 crore. The luxurious SUV was unveiled at 2014 Auto Expo. As the name suggests, the wheelbase has been stretched out by 186mm thereby offers 140mm of extra legroom for second row occupants. The SUV is offered with both petrol and diesel guise- 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine and 4.4-litre V8 diesel mill. The petrol engine puts up maximum power of 510bhp and 625Nm of top torque, while the diesel offers 339bhp of top power. The diesel variant is also available with a 3.0-litre drivetrain which produces 256bhp and 600Nm of torque. Talking particularly about the top variant, it receives 10.2-inch screens at the rear seats and adjustable tables, all meant to offer the luxury feel inside the car.
December 16, 2013: BMW, the German luxury carmaker has officially revealed the 2014 BMW X1 ahead of its global unveiling at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show. The new X1 now features a new air intake vents in the front apron, daytime driving lights and a 17-inch light alloy wheels with V-spoke design. The company has also added a new sparkling Brown metallic exterior paint. The interiors of the BMW xLine, Sport Line and M Sport package are also updated. The instrument cluster visor is covered with soft-touch material highlighted by lapfolded seams to add to the premium elegance. The cabin now features a high-gloss black, matt Coral Red or pearl-gloss Chrome. The new BMW X1 also gets the latest Internet-based services to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features.
November 17, 2014: Tata Motors is offering benefits upto Rs 20,000 on its rugged SUV Tata Sumo. With roof mounted AC vents and double wishbone suspension, the SUV gives added comfort to its passengers. The SUV was launched at Rs 5.93 lac (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and is made available in 5 variants- GX, FX, EX, LX and CX. Under the hood, the new Sumo Gold is powered by a 3.0-litre CR4 diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 84bhp and 250Nm of torque. It claims to offer an impressive fuel economy of 15.3kmpl. The vehicle comes equipped with several features such as updated music system with USB and bluetooth connectivity, hands free mobile phone reception and others.
May 30, 2014: Force Motors introduces 4-wheel-drive Force One LX at a price tag of Rs 13.98 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The 4x4 SUV is powered by a Daimler AG licensed 2.2 liter FMTECH engine producing 139.1bhp and 321Nm of max torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, which is also license produced from Dailmer AG. The vehicle features projector headlamps with day-time-running-LEDs, 16-inch all-terrain tyres, leather wrapped steering wheel, wooden inserts on dash, three-row AC and shift-on-fly 4x4 with limited-slip-differential.
8th April, 2013: The homegrown automaker, Premier has now launched the facelifted Rio (called as T200 there) in China recently, the similar vehicle is likely to make its Indian debut as well, however we are not sure about the timeline of the launch as of now. While the engine of the vehicle has remained the same, the newly launched compact SUV has got changes both inside and out. The Rio facelift receives new front fascia with redesigned headlamps, a more aggressive triple-slat grille and a contemporary looking bumper with a new set of fog-lamps. The rear however has remained almost similar to the on-sale variant, it now features revamped taillights with integrated reverse lamps and upgraded bumper. The car has got better in terms of interior too, having received a revised dashboard, dual-tone colour scheme and better plastic quality, the cabin looks more contemporary.
19 February, 2013 : Mercedes-Benz India launched the eagerly awaited G63 AMG at a price tag of Rs. 1.46 crore (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) . The new G63 AMG replaces the current G55 AMG however, much of the G-Wagen SUV remains similar in looks. The SUV does get a more aggressive look thanks to the new two-slat grille, revised bumper with larger air ducts, 20-inch wheels and other changes. In terms of mechanical changes, we see the new G63 AMG comes with a new 5.5-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a 7-speed 7Hg-tronic gearbox. This new powertrain belts out 544bhp. The G63 AMG does the 0-100 kmph run in a mere 5.4 seconds.
February 5, 2014: Isuzu Motors has unveiled MU7 SUV at the Indian Auto Expo 2014 help at Delhi. Its in-line four cylinder 2,999cc intercooled variable geometry turbocharged diesel engine renders 160.7bhp at 3,600rpm and peak torque of 360Nm between 1,800 to 2,800rpm. Priced at Rs 23.75 lakhs (ex-showroom Hyderabad) this seven-seater will lock horns with the likes of Toyota Fortuner. It will be manufactured locally, as reported. A D-Max model has also been introduced along with it, which has the same design but comes at a comparatively lower price.
August 14, 2013: General Motors India has now introduced the facelifted Chevrolet Captiva with cosmetic changes both on the exterior and interior. But one major change given to the facelifted Captiva is the addition of new 6-speed manual gearbox transmission variant in the line-up, which is a rear-wheel driven version. The exterior changes include revised bumpers, new front grille, new LED tail lamps and newly designed 18-inch alloys. The lower variants of the car have received a new upholstery. Other changes include a larger infotainment screen, ambient lighting and heated rear seat. Price for both the Manual and automatic versions are kept the same.
October 6, 2014: Suzuki has unveiled the all-new 2015 Vitara at the on-going 2014 Paris Motor Show. It is the production version of the IV-4 concept SUV. Vitara has ditched 'Grand' from its moniker and the new five door car is named 'Vitara' and it marks the return of the famous badge first used by Suzuki more than 25 years ago. Mechanically, Vitara is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6L petrol that belts out 118bhp and 156Nm of torque. Vitara diesel gets a 1.6 liter turbocharged motor that gathers 118bhp and 320Nm. Petrol gets an option of 5-speed MT or 6-Speed AT and diesel is mated to a 6-speed MT. The SUV is likely to enter later next in India. But if Maruti Suzuki learned something from past, it will bring the SUV with diesel powertrain.
September 4, 2014: Celebrating 5 successful years in India, Land Rover introduced an exclusive Freelander 2 Sterling Edition at Rs 44.41 lakh (Ex-showroom Mumbai). The new Freelander 2 Sterling edition comes equipped with range of sporty exterior upgrades such as 17-inch five-split spoke alloy wheels with anthracite finish, front & rear apron and black finish single tail pipe. The SUV is powered by 2.2 litre diesel engine, which churns a maximum power output of 150 Hp. The SUV also gets dark atlas grille, dark atlas fender and side vents, tailgate spoiler and lower door claddings.
December 5, 2013: Toyota Kirloskar Motor has silently launched the new Land Cruiser Prado in India at the price of Rs 84.87 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), and the bookings for the same have already been started. The company went on upgrading the SUV at its exterior front, while certain additional features are also added inside the vehicle. The exterior changes include fog lamps, newly designed headlamps, new front grille, bumper and rear combination lamp. At the rear, the car gets new license plate garnish and LED headlamps with DRLs (daytime running lamps). Inside the vehicle, the fresh changes include second row seat heater, multi-terrain monitor, display audio with 7-inch screen, cosmetic changes in centre console, newly designed optitron metre and crawl control.
June 4, 2014: Force Motors has finally announced the availability of Force Gurkha at their dealership from September 2014. The SUV is available in three variants - 2WD soft top priced at Rs 6.25 lakh, 4WD at Rs 8.35 lakh soft top and 4WD hard top at Rs 8.5 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. The SUV still carries the same 2.6 litre Mercedes OM 616 derived turbo charged intercooled engine which develops a power of 81bhp and peak torque of 230 Nm at 1800-2000 rpm. The engine is coupled to a 5 speed synchromesh transmission. The SUV features some unique features such as differential locks on both front and rear axles, distinctive air intake “Snorkel” in sparkling chrome.
May 15, 2014: Mercedes Benz have launched their all new ML63 AMG at a whopping price of Rs 1.49 crore. Only last month, the Germany based premium automaker launched GL63 AMG. The three point star company has kept its words to bring in more cars in the Indian market at the Auto Expo held couple of months back. The already powerful ML Class just got more powerful with the AMG tagged ML63. It boasts of massive front air intakes, quad chrome lined exhausts and the prestigious AMG badging across the car. Power figures of the majestic ML63 AMG shoot to 525bhp from the 5.5 litre mill besides generating 700Nm of torque.
November 7, 2014: Range Rover Sport is a more dynamic variant of Range Rover. It is being updated with world’s first All-Terrain progress control system, enhanced 6-cylinder petrol and diesel engine that are more fuel efficient and yield better performance. It also features a unique heads-up display and 2 new paint jobs are on offer. Earlier, Land Rover India introduced the 2014 Range Rover Sport in the Indian car market for Rs. 1.09 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The new Range Rover Sport is being offered in four variants - S, SE, HSE and the Autobiography. It is based on the new light-weight aluminium platform, which makes it 420kgs lighter than the current model. Available in a two tone paint job, it gets a restyled grille, new headlights and a sporty body kit that features a rear spoiler. The vehicle also comes equipped with various advanced features like traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, park assist and others. The new Range Rover Sport is available in both petrol and diesel guise - a 3.0-litre V6 diesel and the 5.0-litre petrol V8. While the supercharged petrol develops 509bhp, the diesel engine churns out 293bhp. Both engines have been coupled to a ZF eight speed gearbox.
16 April 2012: Mitsubishi Montero upgraded version was rolled out by Hindustan Motors with a price tag of Rs.7.99 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The SUV now hosts brand new features along with enhanced designs. The news features incorporated in the car includes all new muscular colored key front bumpers, new chrome radiator grille, new finish on power window panel and leather seats. The interiors are refreshed with the introduction of interior illumination color. Coming to the engine of the new Montero SUV, it will be powered by 3.2L DOHC diesel engine with intercooler and turbocharger which produces maximum power of 202 PS and 441 Nm torque. Mitsubishi Montero is available in solid white, black mica and cool silver metallic shades.
10 January, 2013 : India's second largest luxury car maker, Audi has finally launched the updated Audi Q5 today in India at a starting price of Rs. 43.16 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Launched in a total three engine options- 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines, the 2013 Q5 has been priced between Rs. 43.16 and 48.71 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new Audi Q5 has largely remained the same in design except some positive changes like upgraded hexagonal grille, new fog lamps, all new headlamps along with surround day time lamps and updated tail lamps and a new rear diffuser at the back. But what has come as even a bigger and happier news is the fact that all three engines now return more power and 15% improved fuel efficiency.
October 4, 2014: Renault is offering its flagship SUV with extra two years warranty along with free road side assistance for 4 years in this festive month. Recently, Renault has also started testing the second generation Koleos; the vehicle is expected to launch later next year or in the first half of 2016. Renault India introduced 2014 Koleos facelift with refreshed face along with other tweaks earlier this year so expect the 2nd generation Koleos to enter early 2016 in India. The new SUV is bigger and will be better equipped that the current model and expect a competitive price too. The new Koleos is likely to be based on the Nissan's latest Qashqai and is expected to receive 1.6 dCi turbo diesel from the same.
July 26, 2014: After launching the X5 in May, BMW has launched another version of their powerful compact SUV tagged as BMW X5 Expedition Edition. The special edition was launched at Rs 64.90 lakh, a tad 6 lakh cheaper than the standard variant. However, the price cut has resulted in loss of a number of equipments like Bi-xenon headlamps, LED fog lamps and gets 9 speakers instead of 16 on standard version. Furthermore, seat lumbar support, foldable third row seats, paddle shifters, launch control, BMW Apps, Navigation, 26-cm display with DVD, hard drive and handwriting recognition are some other f eatures that have been left out. Powering the SUV is the company's high performance in-line six-cylinder, 3.0 litre, V6, twin turbo charged diesel motor. The engine is coupled to an 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission delivering the output to all the 18 inch radial wheels. The vehicle delivers a certified fuel economy of 15.35kmpl.
13 August, 2012: Conquest Vehicle Inc. introduced its first unarmored SUV in India, Evade. This army style vehicle come with new body style, design and aesthetics that includes all new headlamps and tail lights, sleeker fender flares, redesigned grille, hood scoop and a wider backdoor. The rear end side now features a step to make the access easy and there is a third tandem sunroof in the new vehicle. Conquest Evade is spawned on Ford F550 Super Duty chassis and the heavy duty body is an all aluminium-mild steel bend translating into a much lighter body. Evade is scheduled to come out this fall and with a price tag of Rs.8.5 Crore making it the most expensive SUV in the Indian car market.
September 10,2014: Skoda introduces the new Yeti which now comes in two variants 4x2 and 4x4 and prices starts at Rs. 18.99 lakh for the base 4x2 and 4x4 at 20.5 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi). Yeti features a new face and sports Bi-Xenon headlamps with day-time-running-LEDs while the rear gets new LED tail-lamp. Interiors remained same with subtle tweaks. Mechanically, Yeti has remained unchanged, the crossover SUV continues to carry the 2.0 liter TDI turbo diesel. The motor is tuned in two states of tune, 4x2 version comes with 108.5bhp (110PS) and 250Nm of torque mated to five speed manual while the 4x4 version gets 138.1bhp and 320Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
April 15, 2014 : Mercedes-Benz India today launched the GL63 AMG in India at Rs 1.66 Crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Apart from all the AMG traits, this seven seater car houses a 5.5-litre, twin-turbo, V8 AMG engine with belts out power of 557 bhp and torque of 760Nm. The engine is coupled to AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-TRONIC gearbox. The enormous 5.5-litre, V8 AMG engine enables the car to achieve 0 to 100 kmph in mere 4.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. The car is up against the likes of Range Rover Sport and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
August 28 , 2014 : BMW launched the facelift version of X3 at Rs 44.90 lakh for X3 xDrive20d Expedition model while X3 xDrive20d xLine is priced at Rs 49.90 lakh. The new BMW X3 adorns exterior updates such as chrome grille, redesigned bigger twin-circular headlamps, revised front and rear bumper, new taillamp cluster and new sporty alloy wheel design. The new BMW X3 ditches the xDrive30d model which was powered by 3.0-litre engine, but now the X3 SUV is only offered with 2.0-litre engine which develops a power of 190bhp.
August 21, 2014: Porsche has silently introduced their refreshed Porsche Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition at a price of Rs 85.5 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi). Carrying the same 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, the Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition delivers 245bhp and is loaded with features like Sport Design steering wheel with paddle shifters, 19-inch Cayenne Design II wheels with coloured crest, Power Steering Plus and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) incorporated with a navigation module. Furthermore, accents painted in Platinum Silver Metallic include the centre and side air intake grills, the side window trim, the rear spoiler lip and the lower tailgate trim.
November 13, 2014: To improve air quality inside the car, Volvo XC90 will come with a larger, more efficient multi-filter. This addition is a part of Volvo's CleanZone initiative to control interior air quality and provide a better driving environment through innovative solutions. The new XC90 is the next generation model which embraces premium features such as large touch screen control console, handcrafted soft leather and wood panels. The Bower & Wilkins audio system is based on the bespoke acoustic technology which is developed over five decades of extensive research. The company uses low-distortion speaker designs along with extended range aluminium tweeters and Kevlar midrange units. The system comprises of a 12 channel HARMAN 1,400 watts Class D amplifier which powers 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers - 7 Nautilus tweeters (25 mm) with the latest treble technology, 7 midrange speakers (5x100 mm and 2x80 mm).
August 19, 2014: Volvo India has launched the XC60 R-Design at Rs 51 lakh. The R-Design trims get cosmetic changes such as newly designed front bumper, 18 inch diamond cut alloys, black honeycomb air dam, black grille with R-Design badge. The other extra features embraced by the R-Design are ORVMs with silver finish, two chrome exhausts and a visible diffuser. The R-Design also gets an exclusive new Passion Red shade. While inside the cabin, the vehicle features R-Design seats, R-Design steering wheel, an upgraded audio system and paddle shifters for quick shifts. Moreover, in terms of safety, the car gets rear view camera, satellite navigation and an infotainment system.
5th-Mar-2012: Land Rover Discovery 4, the car that was showcased in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, was launched back in 2011. Land Rover has produced one million Land Rover Discovery cars across the globe, 23 years after Land Rover introduced its original model. Land Lover Discovery 4 sits between Range Rover and the rugged Defender. To celebrate its millionth vehicle made at UK plant, Land Rover launched ‘Journey of Discovery’. The Millionth and two other Discovery cars will be embarking on a 50-day, 8,000 mile 'Journey of Discovery' from its birthplace in Birmingham to Beijing in China which is one of Land Rover's fastest growing markets. The Land Rover Discovery can seat seven passengers, has a load space volume of up to 2,500 liters and is packed with technology including Land Rover's award-winning Terrain Response System. These vehicles will be travelling through 13 countries across Europe and Central Asia, culminating at the Beijing motor show on 23 April. This will help Land Rover in launching a fund raising project for supporting a much needed water sanitation project in Uganda.
April 25, 2014: Porsche is soon going to introduce an entry level Macan with a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces max power of 237bhp at 5000-6800 rpm and top torque of 350Nm in between 1500rpm to 4500rpm. The motor allows the car to accelerate from 0-100kmph in just 6.9 seconds and achieves top speed of 223kmph. It is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) automatic gearbox. Porsche Macan is based on Audi Q5 platform and will compete against Land Rover Evoque, Audi Q5, Mercedes Benz ML-Class and BMW X5. The other engine is a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that churns 400bhp and the diesel car features a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel producing 258bhp.