Jeep has updated its Compass model in India by giving it BS-6 compliant engines, including an automatic gearbox option but in terms of looks, much remains the same. Prices of the updated Compass start at 16.49 Lakh Rupees. The 1.4 Litre Turbo Petrol Engine with 163 HP and a 2.0 Litre Turbo diesel with 173 HP powers this popular SUV.
News is that the Jeep Compass will soon receive updates in the guise of a facelift variant that will have updated headlights, updated front grille and bumpers. Changes to the interiors are also on the cards including an all new Infotainment System called the UConnect 5. Apart from having Android Auto and Apple Car Play, this connected Infotainment System also features Amazon Alexa and can receive updates over the air. In terms of size, the screen size goes up to a massive 12.3 inches which would be one of the highest in class if introduced in India. It has become a rather popular trend in SUVs that sport large Infotainment screens.
The refreshed look could appeal to buyers in the premium SUV segment. The facelifted Jeep Compass would compete with MG Hector, Hyundai Creta 2020 Kia Seltos, Skoda Karoq and the Volkswagen T-Roc.
We also hear that there is also a seven- seater Compass based SUV in the pipeline which is expected to compete with Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and Isuzu MU-X but will most likely be introduced early next year.
The All-new Hyundai i20 premium hatchback has been Launch India. The new generation premium hatchback is priced between ?6.79 lakh -10.6Lakh ex showroom and will rival the new Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Toyota Glanza.
The new i20 will be available with 3 engine options, 4 trim levels and 5 transmission options.
Prior to its launch, the new premium hatchback has started to arrive at dealerships. There are few visible changes to the India spec i20 as compared to the European one. The i20 has been one among their best selling products and still is one among the most feature loaded hatchbacks in its category. This here is a quick walkthrough on the highlights of the new generation Hyundai i20.
The new Hyundai i20, sports a completely different design language. On the front fascia, it features a new and larger hexagonal cascading grille with a more swooping bonnet and angular headlamps. The headlamps will feature LED lighting on the top spec trims along with DRLs. Lower variants will get Projector units. Projector fog lamps are also expected to be offered. The new i20 will be longer and wider than the current model. The sides have sharp, dynamic creases lending the car a more dynamic profile. The window line features Chrome detailing which flows from the A pillar to the top of the C pillar whereas the snazzy Z-shaped LED Tail lamps are connected by a chrome bar running across the width on the Asta(O) variant. The new i20 will also receive unique looking 16” alloy wheels on the top spec variants.
The new Hyundai i20's interior features a fresh and clean layout with a wraparound layered design. The interior sports a flowing cockpit theme while being loaded with features. There are 7 slats running across the width of the dashboard, connecting all four AC vents. All Variants will feature an all black theme with few silver accents.
The new i20 will be offered in four variants:
Here's an extensive list of features on the top spec Asta(O) variants of the new i20:
10.25” touchscreen system
Blue link connectivity
Fully digital instrument cluster
Automatic climate control
Air purifier system
Split folding rear seats
Auto LED headlamps
The new i20 will also offer more safety features:
ABS with EBD
ESP with traction control
Hill hold control
ISOFIX child seat mounts
Smart key access
Geofencing & tracking
The new i20 is will be available with two petrol engine options and one diesel engine. The standard 1.2L 4 cyl Kappa petrol engine will produce 83PS Power through either a 5 Speed manual transmission or a CVT. The 1.0L 3 cyl turbo petrol powertrain is expected to be carried over from the Venue Turbo producing a maximum output of 120PS through either a 6 speed IMT gearbox or a 7 speed DCT. The 1.5L turbo diesel engine from the Venue is also expected to be on offer producing 100PS Power through a 6 speed manual transmission.
The 1.2L petrol will be available on all Variants with only the Sportz and the Asta variant getting a CVT option.
The 1.0L turbo petrol will be available on the Sportz, Asta and Asta(O) Variants. However, a 6 speed iMT gearbox will be available on the Sportz and Asta whereas the 7 speed DCT will be available only on the Asta and Asta (O) Variants. This means the Sportz variant will get only an iMT and the Asta(O) gets only the DCT.
The 1.5L diesel will be available on the Magna, Sportz and the Asta(O) variants with only a manual gearbox.
The Indian automobile industry sees growth continuously during this festive season. Sales have been increasing month on month and year on year significantly. Some key highlights of this growth are as follows:
Tata motors see stupendous growth “Year on Year”, In the month of October, it had a “Year over Year” growth of 79.2%.
Kia Motors has been on a solid sales growth thanks to the huge success of Seltos & the Sonet.
Maruti Suzuki, India's largest car manufacturer has seen a modest 17.6% increase in sales over last year.
It's been almost a decade since the launch of the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid in India. Finally, these mid size sedans are scheduled to get replaced by all-new models in 2021. However, before laughing the sedans, VW-Skoda will be launching the SUVs first.
The production version of the Skoda Vision IN concept SUV will be the first all new product in their new launch strategy. Next in-line will be the Volkswagen Taigun midsize SUV. Only after these launches, VW’s mid-size sedan will come to the market.
Similar to the current Vento-Rapid models, the new generation sedans will share their underpinnings, switchgear
and powertrains, but will look unique following their brand specific signature design language. Both these sedans will be based on the made for India, MQB-A0-IN platform.
Both the midsize sedans are expected to retain the current 110hp, 1.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine, along with the 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque convertor automatic options. Besides this, VW-SKODA is also likely to bring a hybrid based powertrain.
The larger 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit seen on the VW-SKODA SUVs will not be offered on the new Vento and Rapid sedans.
VW-SKODA is pushing for 95 percent localisation and more parts sharing of new upcoming models to reduce costs.
Stay tuned for further updates on Skoda Volkswagen's new upcoming cars.
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