In the last decade, car manufactures have tried to introduce products measuring less than 4 meters. An entirely new segment of Sub-compact SUV has emerged, what started by the Ford Ecosport mainly, now has over 10 cars to choose from! So why this sudden incline towards sub-4-meter cars? The Indian Government, with the aim to reduce congestion on roads, reduced the excise duty on cars measuring less than 4 meters in length and powered by petrol engines less than 1200cc or diesel engines less than 1500cc to 8%. This hard to ignore change led carmakers to enter the sub-4-meter segment.
Why Indian Manufacturers are focusing on sub 4-metre cars more
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.