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With the facelift, the new Rapid now comes with sharp and chiselled body lines that run throughout the length of the car. Also, it receives new bumpers at both ends. The front grille design, flanked by new headlamp units, follows the brand’s current design language that can be seen on the Octavia and Superb.
Under the hood, Skoda will continue to offer the Rapid with both petrol and diesel engine options. For the petrol variant, the company is likely to continue using the same 1.6-litre motor without any changes. However, for the diesel variant, the car will come with the updated 1.5-litre engine that currently has been introduced in the Ameo diesel. The engine features a slightly larger turbocharger that has been locally sourced and ups the power output to 110PS. Transmission duties will be handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox for both petrol and diesel variant while a 7-speed DSG gearbox will be available only in the diesel variant.
On the price front, expect the Rapid facelift to carry a price tag that will be higher than the current pricing. For more information, click here "Facelifted Skoda Rapid Launching On November 3".
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Skoda will be finally launching the facelift of the Rapid sedan on November 3. On contacting several dealerships, it has been learned that bookings for the Rapid facelift are being unofficially accepted by few dealerships. A minimum booking amount of Rs 50,000 is being accepted that is completely refundable.
On the price front, expect the Rapid facelift to carry a price tag that will be higher than the current pricing.
For more information, click here "Facelifted Skoda Rapid Launching On November 3".
The Fortuner is offered with two engine options. The original 3.0 litre and the 2.5 litre derived from the Innova. The 3.0 litre version is offered in 4 trims. A 4x2 and a 4x4, in combination with either an automatic or manual box.
The 2,982cc D-4D turbocharged diesel engine delivers a generous 168bhp of maximum power and peak torque of 360Nm while 2.5-litre variant delivers 142bhp power and 343Nm torque.
Click here to see the overview of Toyota Fortuner.
Apart from this - Toyota is expected to launch the all-new Fortuner in India. Under the hood, the upcoming Fortuner will have the same set of diesel engines as offered in the Innova Crysta. One can choose from either a 2.4-litre diesel mill that churns out 150PS of power and 343Nm of torque, or a 2.8-litre diesel motor that produces 174PS of power and 360Nm of torque. It is possible that Toyota will tune the engines differently to get more power for the heavy SUV. Like in the Innova Crysta, transmission duties for the new Fortuner will be handed over to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Nothing can be said as of now. The Zest is really a brilliant car and a good attempt from Tata to target the Compact Sedan segment in India. Tata is planning to launch the Kite Sedan soon, but till now, there is no official announcement made on the launching date. So, we will not be able to commit if they will stop the production of Tata Zest or not.
There is no denying that the entry-level sedan segment a.k.a. the sub-compact sedan segment is amongst the most competitive segments in India.
Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XT vs Honda Amaze VX i-DTEC Comparison:
Tata Zest: Open the door and you are welcomed by an elegant and well-designed dashboard. A fresh design, dual-tone colour theme, chrome detailing and a stylish steering wheel make it the best looking Tata car.
Honda Amaze: Well, this car is as plain inside as it is on the outside. This car has been packaged brilliantly and offers the most spacious cabin.
Tata Zest: It is powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine with VGT (variable geometry turbo), which puts out 89bhp and 200Nm. Out of the two cars, Zest offers better ride quality. It is fun around corners and its very well set-up suspension handles almost all potholes and undulations with ease.
Honda Amaze: When it comes to power, with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine under the hood, the Amaze develops close to 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. It feels peppier than the Zest despite similar power figures. The i-DTEC offers almost no turbo-lag and it pulls like no other car in the segment.
Reliability & After Sales Service:
Over the last 15 years, Honda has undoubtedly proven that it makes extremely reliable & dependable cars, while Tata has proven to be the exact opposite. So over the next 5-7 years if you chose the Amaze, then you are statistically likely to get a far better, hassle free ownership experience as well as better resale price when you eventually decide to upgrade.
Fuel Efficiency: Amongst the diesel powered cars, the Amaze has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.8 kmpl compared to Zest's 23 kmpl.
Verdict: Amaze is technically superior as well as better value for money than Zest.
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