Some 10 years ago, a touchscreen head unit was a feature only expensive cars had. Now, even a Maruti Suzuki Alto comes with a touchscreen infotainment display. There has been an addition in feature list of cars with manufacturers trying to fit in whatever possible. Wireless phone chargers have become very common with small cars like Grand i10 Nios getting one while the Alcazar gets a second row wireless charger too! Another feature which has filtered down to cars under 20 lakhs is a panoramic sunroof, a feature loved by Indians a lot. 360-degree camera is available in a Top-spec Nissan Magnite costing under 10 lakhs while ventilated seats are also becoming common in the 10-lakh plus segment cars.
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.
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.