The quintessential Porsche!

The quintessential entry level Porsche is here – the 718 Boxster. It may play second fiddle to the big brother 911, but when put amongst similar rivals from BMW or Mercedes the 718 packs a punch.

While it might look like an all new car, the new Boxster is a thorough facelift of the third generation (internal code name 981). The chin is more pronounced and the headlamps look so well integrated with the bulging fenders. The rear appears even sleeker with new blacked out taillamps and pop-out Porsche name spelled out under the spoiler. Only the hood, boot lid and windscreen have been carried over. Porsche calls it the 718 – a name that harks back to the race car of the sixties. A 718 RS60 won the Sebring 12 hours and the Targa Florio in the 1960, so there is some racing pedigree to the flat four and 718 name.

With its steering rack borrowed from the 911 Turbo and the rear suspension derived from the excellent Cayman GT4, the new 718 Boxster isn’t to be passed off for its new small engine. The 2.0 litre engine, while down on capacity, has 35bhp and 100Nm more than the 2.7 litre engine it replaces. Inside, it is typically Porsche with good quality materials and well screwed together parts. The upper part of the dashboard is different with circular vents replacing the rectangular ones. The new touch screen unit looks cool with its bezel-free look. The convertible roof folds down rather quickly. You can drive roof down without any buffeting thanks to the air deflector fitted between the rollover hoops.

With 296bhp and 380Nm torque, the standard Boxster now has performance comparable to the earlier S model with the 3.4 litre engine. It is as much fun driving this thing as it is to park it by the side of the road and enjoy its looks. The Boxster is for a different class of buyer, one with finesse and possesses better driving skills. It is about the right size and so easy to drive on narrow roads. The Boxster is also more practical than you think, with its hood and boot, both offering sufficient cargo space. With the smaller engine, it is more efficient and thanks to the lower imports structure, it is better value than ever. With ex.showroom prices starting around Rs.85 lakhs, you can’t do better than a 718.

Words&Photos by Vivek Venugopal
Retouch by Goutham Narayanan

The new Mercedes CLA; More than a style statement

The updated Mercedes CLA has become a stepping stone into the Mercedes sedan range. It is compact enough to be driven in city traffic, yet carries an air of sophistication that you can’t find anywhere else.

The alterations are very subtle in nature. The headlamps are new with a more modern looking DRL; which looks excellent in the dark. The front bumper and tail lamps are new. Overall, it’s swanky and youthful! This car is a style statement in its own right with its frameless doors, swept back form and a drooping rear.

Interiors are an extension of the style and swag this car carries. The new CLA has a larger 8 inch screen and the COMAND module infotainment system has been improved with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also the integration of new Drive Select which lets you choose your favourite driving mode by altering throttle and steering response.

Interiors feel solid and the overall cabin quality continues to impress. With its small glass area, high shoulder line and shape fitting seats, you’d find the interiors a tad bit small, but that’s the price you pay for style.  The front seats hug you perfectly to offer a comfortable drive. Rear seats are not suited for long rides. The boot is large at 470 litres. The 2.2-litre diesel engine provides more than 136bhp and 300Nm and makes for a very tractable engine in the city. The 7 speed automatic is seamless when shifting up and down, deriving excellent power.

The CLA rides beautifully on our roads despite the suspension being non-adjustable. There is a certain amount of firmness at low speeds, but it doesn’t feel jarring at any point. The handling is also very well tuned to our roads. There is good amount of grip from the chassis, but turn-in isn’t as eager as we like it. The steering feels nice to hold and the brakes are fantastic. Overall the updated CLA is just as good as we remember it. The facelift is only to bring it in line with the rest of the Mercedes range and not a major one, yet the improvements are appreciable. For style, brand and feel good factor, there aren’t many cars that can beat it.

Words&Photos by Vivek Venugopal
Retouch by Goutham Narayanan

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross; bookings cross 11,000

Maruti Suzuki’s facelift model S-Cross has crossed 11,000 bookings since in its launch last month.  The compact SUV has this number in a matter of less than two months. The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross compact SUV was launched in India on October 3, at a price of Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base Sigma variant.

The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is available in a single engine option only. The 1.3-litre diesel engine, badged as DDiS 200, is good for churning out 89 hp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Gearbox is a five-speed manual unit. The engine comes enabled with the company’s SHVS technology (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) for fuel saving. The car also comes with idle start stop function, brake energy regeneration and torque assist.

The salient features of the 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross include ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) along with touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car also comes with push start stop button and keyless entry. The new Maruti Suzuki S-Cross gets projector headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) and the chromed grille act in the 2017 edition acts like a cherry on top. Inside, the cabin has got premium additions in the form of new trims and an updated layout

 

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Price Starts @ 9.97 Lakh

 

The much waited 2017Mahindra Scorpio facelift officially went on sale in India priced at Rs. 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Kochi). Mahindra has revised the variant names as well and SUV will primarily come in four variants – S3, S5, S7, and S11 and the top-end model with 4WD is priced at Rs.16.23 lakh.   Mahindra Scorpio facelift comes with cosmetic updates along with a host of new feature additions, made mainly to the cabin. The update in the engine which now makes about 20 bhp more and Mahindra has also introduced a new 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Scorpio facelift comes with a new radiator grille and instead of the chrome spikes, there is a seven-slot unit inspired by the Mahindra Imperio’s grille. The headlamps are the same as the cluster design has been slightly tweaked. The SUV also comes with a revised bumper with new larger fog lamps, wider air dam and additional cladding. Mahindra   also offers faux skid plate for both front and rear bumper. The new Scorpio facelift  comes in five colour option – New premium Pearl White (Only on S11), Diamond White (Except S11), Napoli Black, D Sat Silver and Molten Red.

Honda launches Grazia

Honda launched its new flagship scooter, Grazia in India. The new 125cc automatic scooter is a sportier version of the Activa 125 with a price tag of Rs 61,507 (ex-showroom, Kochi). Honda Grazia aims to fetch young, urban buyers looking for speed, peppiness and style.

The Grazia gets a very edgy and sharp design with dual-tone texture. The front apron mounted headlamp and turn indicator makes a ‘V’ shape which further gives it a futuristic look while the black alloy wheels enhance the sportiness in the styling.

It is the first scooter in India with a factory fitted LED headlamp which promises a brighter light and better spread with a more focused and wider beam.

The scooter offers telescopic suspension along with a larger 12-inch wheel at the front to make the ride more comfortable.

The Grazia comes in — metallic blue, metallic orange, white, black, matte grey and red — and three variant options – Standard, Alloy and Deluxe. The top-end deluxe trim is priced at Rs 65,879 (ex-showroom, Kochi) and gets most of the listed features as standard.

Tata launches Hexa Downtown Urban Edition

 Tata Motors launched a special urban edition of Hexa SUV, the Hexa Downtown. The special edition is available in Absolute and Indulge packs. The packages, both of them, add chrome touches to the headlamps and tail lamp surrounds, and on the sides and the outside rear view mirrors, while also featuring Downtown badges, side steps wireless smart phone charging, a carpet set, and a car care kit.

The new Downtown edition has been upgraded on the luxury front with a host of premium features for both exterior and interior.

The Price Starting at Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 with ABS Launched  

Bajaj Auto has introduced an ABS variant to for the Pulsar NS200. The ex show room price in Delhi starting at Rs. 1.09 lakh. This model comes with a 200cc liquid

 

cooled four valves, triple spark DTS-i engine and delivers 23.5 PS of power. It now comes with ABS in combination with bigger disc brakes and perimeter frame to provide better stability and control.

the city wise prices (Ex-Showroom)

Delhi       1,09,715

Mumbai   1,08,883

Bangalore   1,09,267

Chennai   1,09,971

Kolkata 1,11,955

Automobile Launches In November  

Renault, Mahindra, Ford and Maruti Suzuki are planning to launch new cars in India. The two-wheeler industry also has a couple of things for this year.

Renault Captur

Renault Captur is expected to launch on 6th November. Renault is already accepting bookings for the Captur at a token amount of Rs 25,000. The Indian version of the Captur will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and 1.5 diesel units. It is expected to be priced between Rs 12-15 lakhs.

Ford EcoSport

The Ford Ecosport facelift is all set to make its India debut on 9th November. The new SUV will be priced between Rs 6-10 lakhs (ex-showroom).

Mahindra Scorpio 

The facelift version of the Mahindra Scorpio is expected to launch in November. The new Scorpio will come with a host of changes, including a redesigned grille with chrome inserts, restyled head and tail lamps and new bumpers. Currently its priced at Rs 9.7 to 15.5 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Maruti Suzuki Celerio is set to get an upgrade which will include a sportier appeal along with a higher ground clearance. The Celerio X will come with redesigned bumpers and the front grille will come with honeycomb mesh. Priced expected between Rs 4.5-5.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 and GLA 45, a performance-oriented coupe and an SUV respectively, have been scheduled to launch on 7th November. The two will be available in a new black finish and will also sport some changes including decals on the doors and a sporty yellow strip running on the front and rear bumpers, the sides, on the outside rearview mirrors and the blacked-out alloy wheels.

Suzuki Intruder GZ150

Suzuki Intruder GZ150 is expected to be launched in India on 7th November. The cruiser to be powered by a 150cc engine and will likely is mated to a five-speed gearbox.  GZ 150 will be priced at between Rs 75,000 and 80,000.

 Honda Grazia

Honda’s new premium scooter is expected to launch in November. It is likely to be powered by the bigger of the Activa engines, a 125cc unit. It will have a wide apron, floorboard and the design will be much edgier. Grazia is likely to come with USB charging and a new instrument panel with a digital display. It is expected to be priced at Rs 65,000.

 

All-new Land Rover Discovery launched at Rs 71.38 lakh

 

Land Rover has announced the launch of the 5th generation Discovery in India with prices starting from Rs 71.38 lakhs  (ex-showroom). The SUV will be available in two power train options, the 3.0 l Diesel 190 kW & 3.0 l Petrol 250 kW, the All-New Discovery is Land Rover’s most versatile SUV yet, with class leading practicality and capability.

The Land Rover Discovery is a full size seven-seat versatile premium SUV with Intelligent Seat Fold functionality.

The new model comes packed with advanced driver aids like Terrain Response 2, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Park Assist

Get loved and enjoy the comfort of premium SUV’s

We love to travel in comfort. Be it hilly terrain of the north and north east or long highways of the south, SUV has its merit. Our love for SUV is insatiable and hence here are 5 luxury SUV’s for the Indian wanderlust.

Mercedes GLE

Mercedes has been the king of the Indian roads for a long time. We still have a soft spot for the Benz vehicles. This logo has grown more than a status symbol to a way of life. Benz does not fail their strong fan base in the SUV segment as well. This SUV facelifted from ML class is a 5-seater without a 7-seater option.

GLE is available in two diesel and one AMG petrol variant eventually. The famed 4Matic all-wheel-drive system of Mercedes comes as standard. The GLE 250d features a 201 bhp, 2.1 litre, twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine under the hood and the GLE 350d comes powered with a 255bhp, 3-litre, V6 engine. Both engines are equipped with the latest nine-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

Priced at Rs 69.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), you need to shell out about 2 lakhs more from ML class for the additional kit you receive. GLE 350d is apt for self driven trips and family outing. Or you can try the GLE 250d which is priced at a lower band.

Volvo XC-90

XC90 T8 Excellence is a class apart in its own right. Costing about Rs 1.25 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi), this is Volvo’s most expensive variant. T8 Excellence as an XC90 that offers a whole different experience. The ‘T8’ signifies the ‘Twin Engine’ while ‘Excellence’ speaks of luxury at a scale not seen in any Volvo before.

Under the hood, XC houses a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine which is super charged for low end movement and turbocharged for high end drive, providing a 320hp power on the front wheels with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a secondary source of 87 hp electric motor that powers the rear wheels only. The unit comes with a charging socket.

XC90 redefines luxury in all sense and is arguably the safest SUV out on the Indian market with its radar based autonomous braking system and other safety measures.

Audi Q7

Preferred choice of movie stars and ace businessmen, Audi Q7 is back with a bang. The unit is shorter and narrower than the replaced version but the height is pretty much the same. This version is less bulky and sharper in the features section.

The revamped version of this flagship variant will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine with an increased power of 268bhp and torque of 61kgm. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system powers the vehicle through an eight-speed gearbox.

Priced between 67 L-75L, this premium SUV is all about style and efficiency with it’s fine interiors and excellent performance.

Land Rover Discovery

 If the Range Rover symbolizes luxury, Land Rover is all about utility. This unit from the Land Rover stable that replaced Freelander is a worthy heir to its name. The edge of this variant to the other contenders is its added length, that can be used to accommodate a third line of seats. As the seat space is not much and is hard to access, Land Rover is putting it forward as a ‘5+2’ segment, as for 2 children. But looking from a family perspective, this means extra room while on a family outing with your elders and toddlers.

Discovery Sport is powered by the same four-cylinder, 2.2-litre diesel engine which churns out two power modes of 147bhp and 187bhp; making it the two variants of the model with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Discovery Sport (147bhp) is priced at Rs 46.1 lakh-53.3 lakh and 62.18 lakh for the 187bhp model.

BMW X5

The new X5 is all about luxury and comfort. Along with the excellent efficiency and sheer power, being a joy to drive is making this model a sure shot for family drives along long highways. A luxurious cabin, infotainment system, 4G hotspots and other accessories that are tailor-made to meet the comfort needs is an added plus to this heavily built yet smooth driving beast.

X5 comes with two options to choose from in the case of engines – the petrol 4.4-litre V8 which provides 442bhp and the 3.0-litre diesel is also a treat to drive. Equipped with an eight speed gearbox and fluid drive the petrol engine could be a better choice. Priced between 67L-75 L, this top contender in the luxury SUV section is quite a catch.