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Tata Motors has launched a special edition of its flagship SUV Safari, called the Gold edition. The Gold edition gets cosmetic changes on the inside and outside. What’s more, Tata Motors has updated the feature list of the Safari with few welcome additions. As the name suggests, the Tata Safari Gold edition comes with plenty of gold highlights. On the outside, most of the chrome elements have been swapped with golden elements, which include the front grille, fog lamp surrounds, Tata logos at the front and back, roof rail, and the Safari badge.

Audi India had earlier revealed that it will launch the e-Tron GT in India as their next electric model. The brand will launch the e-Tron GT in India on September 22. Audi is expected to bring two variants of the e-Tron GT to India- standard and RS. In terms of the powertrain, the Audi e-Tron GT uses two electric motors mounted on each axle. The standard S variant generates a total output of 475hp and 630Nm of torque, while the RS gets a more powerful rear electric motor, making 598hp and 830Nm of torque.

Tata Motors is gearing up to launch its smallest UV in India, the Punch. The brand has already revealed the exteriors of the punch on social media, in a dual tone blue and white exterior shade. Tata Punch was recently spotted testing without any camouflage, in a dual tone black and red body color. The car looks aggressive, especially the split headlamp front design. The Punch rides on 15” diamond cut alloy wheels, and gets recessed rear door handles. Tata Motors will launch the Punch in the festive season, with prices starting at around Rs.5.5 lakh. 

If you’re in the search of an exotic 4-door luxury sports sedan, an Aston Martin Rapide S 2013 model is available on sale on Big Boy Toys at Rs.89,00,000. The car is powered by a 5935cc, naturally aspirated V12 engine generating 549bhp and 620Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the exterior, the Rapide S is a four-door sports sedan, with a sloping roof-line and quintessential Aston Martin styling. The car is finished in a Lunar White exterior shade. On the inside, the car seats 4, with red leather upholstery and aluminum and piano black finishes. 

Citroën has revealed its second product for India, the C3 sub-4m SUV, or what Citroën calls a large hatchback. The C3 carries Citroën’s familiar design language, with focus on unique and quirky elements. The car will be launched in India in early 2022. Citroën has confirmed that the C3 will use a 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine with its new SUV. Citroën has revealed that the C3 will be a sub-4m large hatchback. To differentiate it from the array of subcompact SUVs in India, Citroën may position the C3 at a lower price than its competition.

Kia has launched the 2021 Carnival in India. The 2021 Kia Carnival range starts at Rs.24.95 lakh for the Premium 7 seater variant. The Premium 8 seater variant is priced at Rs.25.15 lakh. The mid-spec Prestige variant starts at Rs.29.49 lakh for 7 seats and Rs.29.95 lakh for the 9 seater variant. The top variant in the Carnival line-up is the Limousine, starting at Rs.31.99 lakh, going all the way up to Rs.33.99 lakh for the Limousine Plus. Both the Limousine and Limousine Plus variants are available only in a 7 seater layout. 

Tata Motors has revealed the Punch micro SUV on its social media handles. While the interiors of the Punch have not been revealed yet, images of the car’s interior have surfaced online. The leaked images reveal that the Tata Punch will get a dual-tone light grey and black dashboard, with body-colored highlights around the AC vents for certain exterior paints. It will feature a 7” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 7” part-digital instrument cluster, similar to the Altroz. The leaked images also reveal the presence of automatic climate control and cruise control.

TVS Motors has launched its 125cc bike, the Raider in India starting at Rs.77,500 for the drum brake variant and Rs.85,469 for the disc-brake variant. The Raider competes with other 125cc bikes like Hero Glamour, Honda Shine, and Bajaj Pulsar 125. Some standout features from the TVS Raider include a fully digital instrument cluster, X-shaped front LED DRLs and an under seat storage space. Powering the TVS Raider is a 125cc single-cylinder three-valve engine that makes 11.2bhp and 11.2Nm , mated to a 5-speed gearbox. 

Triumph has revealed its 2022 Speed Triple 1200RR for the international markets. The main highlight of the motorcycle is the round LED headlamp surrounded by half fairings. Other design features include an LED taillamp, fairing-mounted rearview mirrors, clip-on handlebars, and a single-piece seat with rear footpegs. The motorcycle is available with two dual-tone color options- Red Hopper+Storm Grey and Crystal White+Storm Grey. The Triumph Speed Triple 1200RR gets a 1,160cc three-cylinder engine making 178bhp and 125Nm of torque.

Kia India has achieved a new sales milestone with its Sonet sub-4m SUV. The Sonet has achieved 1 lakh sales numbers in less than one year of its launch. Kia introduced the Sonet in India in September 2020. For the first months , it remained at the top of the sub-4m sales chart, and later sold around 6-8k units monthly. Kia also revealed that the Sonet has a 17% share in sub-4m compact SUV segment, and a 32% share in Kia India’s line-up. The top-spec variants account for 64% of the sales, with 10% being the diesel variants, 30% for iMT and 26% for variants with connected car tech. 

Force Motors has revealed the next generation Gurkha off-roader for the Indian market. The brand will launch the car in India on 27 September 2021, while the deliveries will start on October 15, on the occasion of Dussehra.  The Gurkha impresses with its off-roading capabilities, with a 2.6-liter diesel engine making 90hp and 260Nm of torque, and locking front and rear differential. The new generation model gets more glass area, which Force India claims is the best in the segment and a 7” touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

MG Motors has unveiled its fourth offering for the Indian market, the Astor. The Astor aims to bring many segment-first offerings with it, differentiating it from the crowd of mid-size SUVs. MG Astor will be available with a plethora of segment firsts, which includes the previously revealed Level 2 ADAS and in-car AI assistant, but also features like heated ORVMs, three steering modes- Normal, Urban, and Dynamic, hill descent control, and a digital key with Bluetooth technology. The engines on offer include a 1.3-litre Brit Dynamic 220Turbo petrol with 6-speed Automatic Transmission and a 1.5-litre VTi-Tech petrol with manual or 8-speed CVT.

TVS Motors, a leading name in the Indian two-wheeler market, is all set to launch its new 125cc motorcycle on September 16, 2021. With this offering, TVS will make a welcome comeback to the 125cc commuter bike segment. TVS has teased the bike a handful of times on social media, revealing some interesting aspects about it. The key takeaway from the teasers is the bike’s edgy styling, muscular tank design, LED illumination, and sporty split seats. In addition, the teaser reveals a premium-looking fully digital, color instrument cluster.

Citroën made its foray into the Indian market with its C5 Aircross SUV in 2021. The French carmaker has now teased a new car on its social media handles. The teaser reveals that the upcoming car has been specifically made for the Indian market, and will be revealed on September 16. It gets twin LED elements on both sides, with a familiar Citroën front end. The car is expected to be similar to other Citroën models in terms of design, with quirky styling which will include unique LED headlamps and taillamps and body cladding with contrasting color elements.

MG Motors has revealed the engine details of its upcoming mid-size Astor SUV. The Astor will be available with a choice of two petrol engines. The base Super and Smart variants will come with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine making 118bhp and 150Nm of torque mated to a manual or a CVT gearbox. The top-spec Sharp and Savvy variants will come with a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine making 161bhp and 230Nm of torque mated to an automatic transmission. MG Motors will reveal the Astor on September 15.

Mahindra has revealed the full variant line-up of its upcoming XUV700 SUV. The XUV700 will come in two series- MX and AX, the former being the base variant without AdrenoX and the latter being available with Mahindra’s AdrenoX. The MX series will only be available in a 5 seater layout. As revealed earlier, the MX Petrol manual variant is priced at Rs.11.99 lakh. The MX variant will feature an 8” infotainment system, a 7” instrument cluster, and smart door handles. The AX will be available in three broad trims- AX3, AX5, and AX7. The AX7 variant will further be available with three packs- ‘C’, ’T’ and ‘L’.

Maruti Suzuki has achieved a new sales milestone with its C-segment sedan Ciaz. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz which was launched in 2014, has achieved a sales milestone of 3 lakh cars. Maruti Suzuki introduced the Ciaz through its Arena showroom when it was first launched in 2014, but later sold it through its premium Nexa dealerships when the first facelift was introduced. The Ciaz comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with Maruti Suzuki’s mild hybrid system, which generates 102hp, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed torque converter automatic.

BMW India has introduced a new variant in the X5 xDrive range, called the SportX Plus. The car is priced at Rs.77.90 lakh for the xDrive 40i petrol variant and Rs.79.50 lakh for the xDrive 30d diesel variant. The car is positioned below the X5 M Sport variant. The car comes with twin 12.3” displays, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity, a heads-up display, and reverse parking assist with rear view camera. Safety features include Automatic Differential Brakes, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Adaptive suspension.

Despite the ongoing global pandemic, car manufacturers in India introduced many new models in the country. Some of the launches include the Hyundai Alcazar, Skoda Kushaq, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Mahindra Bolero Neo, Audi e-Tron, 2021 Mini range, and many more; the list is long. But this list is further going to expand as there are new launches lined up for 2021. Some of the launches include the VW Taigun, MG Astor, Force Gurkha, Tata Punch, VW Tiguan facelift, and the Mahindra XUV700.

Force Motors will finally reveal its next-generation Gurkha in India on September 15, after showcasing it for the first time at the 2020 Auto Expo. The new Gurkha is expected to get various changes, including smarter looks, new features, and an improved off-roading system. Powering the Force Gurkha will be a 2.6-liter diesel engine making 90hp and 260Nm of torque, which replaces the old 2.2-liter 140hp engine. Being aimed to be a proper off-roader, the Gurkha will feature a 4WD system with locking front and rear differentials. The Force Gurkha will compete with the Mahindra Thar in India, with prices ranging from Rs.10-15 lakh.

Mercedes Benz has re-opened the bookings for its all-electric EQC SUV in India. The second batch of the car will reach Mercedes dealers in October and the bookings can be made at these dealers across the country. Powering the EQC is an 85kWh lithium-ion battery coupled with two 3 phase AC motors making 402bhp and 765Nm of torque. The EQC claims an electric range of 400km, and the battery can be charged in 21 hours using a 3.4kW domestic socket or in 10 hours using a 7.5kW wall-box charger provided by Mercedes Benz. The Mercedes Benz EQC is priced at Rs.99.30 lakh and is available across 50 cities and 94 locations in India.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has added an option of connected car technology to its Arena line-up, which was earlier available with only Nexa cars. The ‘Suzuki Connect’ can be added as an option to the Alto, Wagon-R, Swift, Dzire, Ertiga, and Vitara Brezza. The connected car tech is available at a price of Rs.11,900 for a 3-year subscription. With the Suzuki Connect, customers get features like security alerts, geofencing, vehicle status, and driver behavior analysis. 

MG Motors will reveal the Astor for the Indian market on September 15. The MG Astor will be positioned below the Hector in MG’s SUV range, making it the least expensive MG model on sale in India. Once launched in India, the MG Astor will lock horns with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. MG Motors recently revealed that its upcoming mid-size SUV, the Astor will be the first Indian car to get an in-car AI assistant. Additionally, the Astor will be the first car in its segment to come with Level 2 autonomous driving technology with Advanced driver Assistance System or ADAS. 

A 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP 550-2 is available for sale on Luxury Ride. The car is listed at a price of 1,25,00,000 and is available in Dehradun. The LP 550-2 is Jharkhand registered and has an odometer reading of 14,000km. About the Gallardo Spyder LP 550-2, the car comes with a 5.0-liter V10 engine making 550bhp with a 0-100kmph time of 3.9 seconds, a convertible rooftop, and all-wheel-drive. In terms of features, the Gallardo Spyder LP 550-2 gets a keyless engine start/stop, 19” black alloy wheels, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. 

Subaru has revealed its all-new 2022 WRX for the International markets. Popular for being a rally car, the Subaru WRX comes with an all-wheel-drive system and performance updates with the new generation model. Coming straight to the powertrain, the 2022 Subaru WRX replaces the 2.0-liter unit with a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which now makes 3hp more at 271hp and a similar 349Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed CVT or Subaru Performance transmission. The CVT transmission features an eight-speed manual mode, with quicker downshifts, controlled by steering-mounted paddle shifters.
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