Renault India have launched the much awaited Duster 1.3L Turbo Petrol. The car was showcased at the 2020 Delhi auto expo and was only recogonised by those keen observers as it still retains the same design language of the normal duster with the addition of some Red accents on the grill, front bumper and the “Duster” script on the rear. It gets new 17 inch Diamond cut alloy wheels which look rather good on the car.
The interiors stay the same. Renault haven’t made any changes to the Turbo variants interior. Although, it would’ve been nice to see the red accent theme continue to the interior.
Talking about features, Renault have added remote pre-cooling, Hill start assist and ESP. Keep in mind that Hill start assist and ESP are available only with the CVT option. All the other features have been carried over from the regular duster.
Now, the biggest change is seen under the hood. A new 1.3L Turbo Petrol engine that produces 156 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque. This is class-leading power and a big step up from the older engines. Renault have co-developed this engine with Nissan and Daimler. A lot of new technology has gone into this engine which is why it’s able to produce so much power with such low displacement. In fact some tech in this engine is derived from the Nissan GT-R Supercar. This engine can be had with the option of either a 6-Speed manual or 7 step CVT gearbox.
Prices for the Duster Turbo petrol start at 10.49 lakh for the base RXE variant and go up to 13.59 lakh for the top-end RXZ CVT variant.
The Honda Jazz has been in the market for sometime now, but it still sells in good numbers because it’s one of the best cars in the premium hatchback segment. It is easy to drive, has loads of space, good features, good ride quality and Honda’s reliability.
Honda have given the jazz a few updates throughout it’s life cycle but the 2020 model is the most significant update yet.
Believe it or not, the Renault Duster and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross are closer than you think in terms of price. This is both the cars are sold with the option of a petrol engine only since the BS6 norms kicked in. The Renault Duster’s pricing ranges from 8.59-9.99 Lakh for the top-spec RXZ variant. The S-Cross’s prices range from 8.39-12.39 lakh for the top-end Alpha AT variant. But we’ll be concentrating on the top-end Manual variants as the Duster is not offered with an automatic.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited have launched the already well known S-Cross in petrol guise now. The S-Cross used to come with the 1.3L multijet diesel which has now been replaced by the 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with the “smart Hybrid” tech that is currently being used in the Ciaz, Ertiga, Brezza and the XL6. The claimed mileage for the new S-Cross is 18.55 Km/L (MT) & 18.43 Km/L (AT).
Nissan India has revealed interior sketches of their upcoming compact SUV called the Magnite. The Magnite will compete with established players in this segment like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport. It will be interesting to see the powertrain options to be offered on the Magnite considering the number of options the Hyundai Venue has. Let’s not get too carried away, let’s take a look at the interior sketches for now.
Kia motors India have released sketches of the interior of their upcoming SUV, the Sonet. The Sonet’s going to make its world debut on 07/08/20. This car definitely has some hype around it, to keep that hype going Kia Motors have released sketches of the interior. let’s take a look a look at the sketches, shall we?
Jeep India have launched the Compass Night Eagle in India as a limited edition model based on longitude plus variant and sits below the Longitude Option in the Compass variant line up. The night eagle will be available with an option of a 1.4 litre turbo- Petrol engine paired to a 7 speed DCT and the 2.0 litre Multijet diesel engine paired to a manual gearbox or the 9 speed torque converter with 4×4.
Honda cars India are selling the 4th gen City along side the all new 5th gen City. why are they doing this? We are not quite sure ourselves. But what we do know is that there are going to be just two variants to choose from for buyers looking at the 4th gen City. They are the lower spec SV and V variants and will only be offered with a manual transmission paired to the older 1.5 litre petrol engine.
Hyundai Motor India launched the Hyundai Venue iMT on 22nd July 2020.
But wait. what’s iMT you ask? well, it stands for Intelligent Manual Transmission. it’s basically the best of both worlds, manual and automatic transmission. The iMT has the same characteristics as a traditional manual gearbox, the caviar being no clutch pedal. which essentially means you shift gears the same way you would in a manual geared car with the exception of a clutch pedal.