FIRST DRIVE – 2020 FORD ENDEAVOUR

Last weekend I got an invite to go Dune bashing in Jaisalmer with the 2020 Endeavour from Ford India. Jaisalmer also called “The Golden City” stands on a ridge of yellowish substance and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort. This town lies in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan.Snapseed 2The drive from the airport to the Jaisalmer Marriot was just a little under 30 minutes. Roads in Rajasthan are without a doubt amongst the best in the country. As we entered the compound of the Jaisalmer Marriot one spotted the 2020 Ford Endeavour, an SUV that has a huge fan base in India.

The 2020 Endeavour has been updated to meet the BSVI norms coming into effect in April 2020. The first thing visible as you walk towards the front of the Endeavour is the all new full LED headlamp cluster. They offer a wider and longer throw over the previous model. One sees a larger chrome laden grille which works perfectly well with the diffused silver paint scheme of the Endeavour we were driving.IMG_4639IMG_4709The Endeavour has always been known for clean lines running across with an upright high stance. These changes while enhancing the appeal add to the timeless design of this SUV.

Under the hood one gets a 2.0 litre Ecoblue turbocharged diesel engine which is BSVI compliant. This engine is more fuel-efficient, with reduced emissions. The Ecoblue engine continues the legacy of Endeavour’s benchmark fun-to-drive credentials, delivering 170 PS peak power and 420 Nm peak torque.IMG_4708IMG_4707Now it was time to experience first-hand the sheer refinement and power this 2020 Ford Endeavour had to offer on our drive to Sam’s Dunes in Jaisalmer. For the 1st 50 odd kilometres of our drive we were driving on flat straight roads. The Endeavour is quick of the blocks and before you know it are already touching triple digit speeds. The 2020 Endeavour comes with the world’s first 10 speed torque convertor. The transmission is extremely intuitive, upshifts and downshifts happen very smoothly.IMG_4706nm0a4213Ford offers a function called Select Shift that makes it possible to skip through gears while accelerating or braking ensuring there’s enough power on tap available to the driver. This gearbox also helps in improving fuel efficiency significantly. There’s also a sport mode on offer that helps in holding on the revs for longer.

The handling and suspension of this car has always been top notch. This new update still sees the Endeavour handle all sorts of road surfaces and conditions with ease.  The Endeavour is known for its sharp handling, which is evident when you throw into corners, while doing quick lane changes. The Endeavour also comes with the Ford Pass suite of connected car features across the whole Endeavour range.nm0a3636Now it was time to get off the tarmac and go off roading in Sam’s Dunes. Sam’s Dunes is one of the most authentic desert dune sites in India, where one will find 30 to 60 meter tall sand dunes. This was the perfect location to enjoy everything that the Endeavour had to offer. After a quick 5-minute presentation by Kapil Sharma, Director Communications Ford India, we were ready to go. There was an instructor sitting with me to help with the experience of dune bashing.Snapseed 4IMG_4640Dune bashing basically means driving at increasing and decreasing speeds over sand dunes. As the surface of the sand keeps shifting, it takes a special skill and SUV like an Endeavour to navigate this terrain. The first 5 minutes went off smoothly over relatively smaller dunes. Now it was time for the real fun to start. This was also when the instructor explained how the Select shift function on this 10-speed gearbox helps to enhance the off roading experience even further on the Endeavour. Snapseed 3The Select shift function allows you to lock in a range of ratios so one doesn’t shift beyond that. This helps in maximising the effectiveness of the Sand mode in the terrain response system, making sure the vehicle doesn’t lose momentum. This is an important aspect of making progress in the sand.

The experience of going down crazy inclines and drops, followed by accelerating full tilt while climbing up was exhilarating… But for the Endeavour this was like just another day in the office.IMG-4642IMG_4644The Endeavour has always been a fantastic SUV with over 60000 customers down the years. In the last year, the Endeavour has racked up impressive numbers which is fantastic, considering the overall industry slowdown.

The 2020 Endeavour prices start at Rs 29.55 lakh for the Titanium 4×2 version and Rs 33.35 lakhs for the Titanium+ 4×4 version. All prices are ex-showroom.

MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA-FIRST DRIVE

IMG_4669Maruti Suzuki first launched the Vitara Brezza 4 years ago. It was an instant success and has ever since dominated the compact SUV segment in India. Recently at the just concluded Auto Expo 2020, the new updated Vitara Brezza was unveiled followed by the launch. Last weekend we got an opportunity to review this car during the media drive in Goa.

The Exterior:

The new Vitara Brezza gets an updated chrome grille, headlights cluster, the new LED DRLS which also double up as signal turn indicators, brand new 16-inch alloy wheels, new LED tail lamp. All these changes give the Vitara Brezza a  very posh and premium look. Adding to that is the new bumper design which complete the tough and mean look the Brezza is going for.IMG_4670The Interior:

The cabin inside offers a good sweeping view of the road, seats are plush and comfortable, the infotainment system is the same that we have seen earlier in the S-Presso and XL6. The legroom in the rear seats is decent and it comfortably seats 3 average sized people.The one big change in the new Vitara Brezza is the 60:40 split seats in the rear which now offers you more storage facility in the boot.IMG_4664IMG_4667The New Engine:

The biggest change in the new Vitara Brezza is that of the engine. With Maruti deciding to discontinue the old 1.3 L diesel engine, the new Brezza gets a BS6 compliant 1.5L K-series engine with 103 HP and 138 NM Torque at @4,400 rpm.The transmission choices are between a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic torque convertor.

Driving Experience:

The 1st day I got to drive the manual. I was lucky to have spent 7 months driving the previous generation Brezza. The gearbox, driving dynamics and overall comfort that it offered were very good. This new model takes that up a notch.2546f9c9-b456-4bfb-9db0-44371255c32aThe new petrol engine offers impressive low-end power, upshifts and downshifts though the gears is very smooth, acceleration is brisk with lots of power on offer. The NVH levels are vastly improved leading to more refined experience for the driver and passengers inside.

The next day I drove the automatic variant. From the onset the engine performed admirably. Maruti has improved their AT gearbox progressively with each new model. One doesn’t experience any lag and the  gearbox responds quickly enough through the gears.IMG_4665The Brezza also gets the Smart Hybrid Technology which is available on the Ciaz and Ertiga.This system offers brake energy regeneration with torque assist and idle start stop features which help in improving fuel efficiency while lowering emissions.

The Brezza was always a good handler, this tradition remains unchanged with the new model. Its quick around corners, handles lane changes quickly and efficiently, there’s no noticeable body roll. The suspension is now set slightly on the firmer side, resulting in a comfortable ride quality over all sorts of roads.

IMG_4671IMG_4668Safety is of the highest standards in the Brezza. One gets ABS with EBD and front dual airbags as standard across all variants. The automatic variants get hill hold assist feature as well.

The Verdict:IMG_4673The new Vitara Brezza looks cooler and meaner, is fun to drive, the new petrol engine is quieter while offering good performance and mileage. If you are in the market for a compact SUV priced between 7.34 lakhs – 11.40 lakhs look no further. The Vitara Brezza is just the car for you.

SKODA KODIAQ SCOUT-FIRST DRIVE

In a departure from tradition Skoda India organised the media drive for the Kodiaq Scout from Nagpur to Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

The Kodiaq is a premium SUV that has been around for the last few years. Just recently Skoda launched the Kodiaq Scout which is an updated version of the Kodiaq. The Kodiaq’s off roading abilities see an improvement with the Scout.

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The front of the Kodiaq Scout gets an all-black grille and largish silver scuff plate on the bumper.  Walk around to the side of the SUV and you see black plastic cladding, new dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels. The Scout badge is prominently displayed on each of the front fenders, the OVRMS get a silver finish. The rear bumpers get a new silver diffuser. The Skoda symbol has been replaced with the brand name spelt in chrome lettering.

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The cabin of the Scout sees a change in the upholstery from the Kodiaq. The interiors are all- black, one gets dark polished wood trims on the dashboard and door pads. The dashboard also gets the Scout badge featured on it. The seat materials are a blend of Alcantara and leather with white contrast stitching. The Scout badge is stitched on the back of each seat.The seats and cabin are very premium, plush looking and very comfortable. Under thigh and legroom is good in all rows of the Kodiaq Scout.

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There is a large array of equipment and features on offer in the Kodiaq Scout. The Scout comes with a 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple and Android connectivity, three-zone climate control, a reverse camera along with front and rear sensors and nine airbags. A new addition to the Scout is theTPMS (tyre pressure monitoring sensors). There’s a huge panoramic sunroof, large windows, manual sun blinds for the rear windows. The rear seats come with the Nap Package which gives you neck restraints integrated in the headrests along with blankets.

The Scout gets a 2.0 litre TDI engine which puts out 150HP mated to a 7 speed DSG transmission, all-wheel drive system. There’s a new off-road mode in the Kodiaq Scout where the SUV works in sync with the electronic assists which help the driver while off-roading. It also works as a hill descent control system which is very useful while descending steep hill slopes. All the driver must do is give the required steering input while the Scout slowly drives down such a slope. The Kodiaq Scout comes with the Rough Road Package that gives underbody protection to the oil sump, engine bay, gearbox and suspension.

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We started from Le Meriden in Nagpur towards Pench National Park in the morning. Large four lane highways, barely any traffic made driving the Kodiaq on these fantastic roads a breeze. Going up and down the gears is done smoothly enough without any lag. Braking is sharp, getting to 3-digit speeds is done fast enough. The Kodiaq Scout is the perfect highway companion to drive cross country.  The suspension setup is ideal for our Indian roads, it absorbs bumps and bad roads with ease. Visibility from the driver’s side is excellent courtesy the large windscreen and design of the SUV. We covered the distance to Pench National Park in under 3 hours.

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Pench National Park is in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India and includes Pench Tiger reserve. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves, the well-forested areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts respectively. The national park consists of dry deciduous forests and much fauna and flora including tigers, various types of deer and birds. The Pench National Park legend says was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. As we drove through the reserve area lots of retreats are named after Jungle Book Characters. We even saw a poster of a local event named after Mowgli!

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Post a sumptuous lunch at Baghvan Taj Safari Lodge, we experienced a small stretch of off-road terrain on our way to a picturesque lake. This small lake is one of the watering holes where one can sight tigers and other wild animals early in the morning.

The Kodiaq Scout is a premium SUV that is versatile, fun to drive on long trips, the off-road feature is great when one wants to go off-roading. Prices for the Skoda Kodiaq Scout start at 33.99 Lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai

MARUTI SUZUKI S-PRESSO FIRST DRIVE

Quirky, conversation starter, different looking is not how usually one describes small cars. Maruti did that with the Ignis a few years back, Now again with the S-Presso.Snapseed(18)The S-Presso is the mini SUV that Maruti has just launched. Priced very competitively and built on Suzuki’s latest next – gen Heartect platform, the S-Presso promises to be a game changer. How was it? Let’s find out.

DESIGN AND STYLINGSnapseed(42).jpgThe S-Presso has the kind of design that starts a conversation. The first thing you notice is that the ground clearance is relatively high. The S-Presso comes with upright pillars and high set bonnet giving it a SUV like appearance. Viewed from the front the S-Presso comes with a prominent grille with angular headlights and LED daytime running lights. The chunky cladding on the bottom portion of the bumper, completes the SUV look.IMG_1713.jpgIMG_1712.jpgThe wheel arches are high and come with standard 14inch wheels. One gets the option of machined alloy wheels as part of the accessories package that Maruti is offering. Walk to the back of the S-Presso and you see simple looking tail lights and lots of cladding on the rear bumper that complete the look.

THE CABIN:

First thing one sees stepping into the S-Presso cabin is the instrument cluster bang in the middle. The speedometer sits on the top of the circular centre console. This is funky to look at and doesn’t take too much time getting used to. The speedometer comes with a large font that makes it easy to read.

The infotainment system is placed in the circular centre console. The top end models of all Maruti cars comes with their latest Smart Play Studio system. The UI is very nice looking and responsive, very smartphone inspired in the way it looks and works. The menu is well laid out and it comes with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Below that are the knobs/buttons for the AC and heater.IMG_1711The overall cabin quality is very impressive for the category the S-Presso falls in. The material quality, fit and finish are very good. The dashboard is nice looking, there are body-coloured embellishments around the centre console and air-conditioning vents. The headroom and legroom are super, seats are comfortable, offer good lumbar and under thigh support. The high seat positioning helps with the overall visibility outside when seated in the front cabin.The legroom in the back row is very good. There’s ample knee and headroom for tall occupants on offer. Its’s ideally suited for 2 passengers behind.

There are 2 cupholders, one bottle holder at the rear bottle holder on each of the front doors and a shelf above the glove box as part of the storage package. The boot space available is 240 litres. Folding the rear seat backrest will offer you more space if required.

The safety package in the S-Presso includes ABS, a driver side airbag, speed warning system, seat belt reminder and rear parking sensors. A passenger side airbag is available as a Rs 5000 option on the STD, LXI and VXI trims and is part of the package on top-spec VXI+ versions.

DRIVING THE S-PRESSO

The S-Presso comes with a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine which puts out 68hp and 90Nm figure. Switch on the car and the 1st thing you notice is how quiet this BSVI K10 engine is  while idling and driving. The performance is smooth, power delivery is good and getting to higher speeds is done in a refined fashion. It’s extremely easy and hassle free to drive in heavy traffic which will appeal to customers of the S-Presso.Snapseed(3).jpg The 1st day I drove the manual S-Presso from Jodhpur to Khimsar over 100 kms. It doesn’t take too much effort going through the gears, the clutch is well weighted and light to use. On the highway getting to three digit speeds was done with relative ease. The braking is sharp and smooth enough which we got to experience a few times on this drive.

Next morning, I drove the 5-speed AMT Auto. This is an area in which you see the maximum evolution from the days of the Celerio to now. The gear box is smooth, the shifts are well timed. The typical lag one experiences in an AMT is barely felt here. The moment you shift the AMT to manual mode, the gearshifts are far quicker,  making driving the S-Presso a fun experience.Snapseed(43).jpgSnapseed(45).jpgSteering feedback is good, its light and easy to twirl around. The ride quality overall is good and over the 200 kms we drove the S-Presso none of the passengers in the car experienced any discomfort. The S-Presso while essentially an urban commuter also makes for an able long-distance companion on road trips. The mileage the S-Presso offers is fantastic. On our drive the car returned an average of 20-22 kms per litre.

BUYING THE S-PRESSO

The S-Presso is an interesting looking car that offers good driving experience in terms of efficiency, mileage and comfort. It comes with the assured badge of a Maruti in terms of service efficiency and resale value.4863E1D2-F31A-414E-AEAD-4CBC58CA2A4D.jpgPrices for the S-Presso start from Rs 3.69 Lakhs for the Standard Manual Variant and Rs 4.68 lakhs for the VXi AGS (automatic) Variant. The top end variant of the S-Presso VXi Plus AGS is yours to buy for Rs. 4.91 Lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.

#NEWLAUNCH-SKODA KODIAQ SCOUT

ŠKODA AUTO India unveiled the new KODIAQ SCOUT at an attractive introductory ex-showroom price of INR 33.99 lacs. Introduced in 2017, the KODIAQ marked ŠKODA’s foray into the popular full-size SUV segment, in India. The SCOUT variant, with its characteristic design, robust appearance, generous proportions, all-wheel drive and off-terrain capabilities, pushes the yardstick further. Its muscular body frame with silver protective elements radiates wild beauty, toughness, and an appetite for adventure.

The KODIAQ SCOUT comes equipped with the 2.0 TDI (DSG) diesel engine that generates 150 PS (110 kW) of power and a peak torque output of 340Nm. The seven seater ŠKODA KODIAQ SCOUT will be available in four colour options: Lava Blue, Quartz Grey, Moon White, and Magic Black, across all authorized ŠKODA AUTO dealership facilities in the country.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service and Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India, said “The KODIAQ model range caters a growing class of discerning customers with the penchant for luxury as well as the right ‘value for money’ proposition. The new KODIAQ SCOUT is an integral part of our SUV campaign in India. While retaining its strong family characteristics – emotive design, exquisite interiors, class-leading safety as well as intelligent connectivity features – the SCOUT, with its distinctive design and all-terrain capabilities, offers a compelling combination and will continue to drive ŠKODA’s success in India.”

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The ŠKODA KODIAQ SCOUT inherits the signature contoured body of the KODIAQ, and arms it with dynamic details. The fascia is dominated by distinctive chrome surround on the radiator grille, and the front bumper with silver-coloured spoiler emphasize the off-road capabilities of the KODIAQ SCOUT. The characteristic LED headlamps with illuminated ‘eyelashes’ of the KODIAQ finds its way inside the SCOUT, too. The location of the sharply drawn fog lamps at the height of the grille, protected from damage, clearly shows the off-road ambitions of the latest offering from the Czech marque. The KODIAQ SCOUT opens up new vistas with the electrically-adjustable panoramic sunroof, which enhances the feeling of space.At the rear, the KODIAQ SCOUT dons crystalline elements in the ŠKODA-typical C-shape LED taillights. The rear bumper with silver protective cover borders the exhaust pipes and the diffuser; lending the KODIAQ SCOUT a robust appearance.New sculptural shapes, dynamic elements, and precise features lend the vehicle an emotive and authentic appearance with a strong identity of its own. The new KODIAQ SCOUT is characterized by the next development stage of the ŠKODA design language, which will be also present in future ŠKODA models. The new KODIAQ SCOUT is the first product, in India, to bear ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering on the tailgate instead of the ŠKODA logo.

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The square wheel arches housing the dual-tone Anthracite R (18) Trinity alloy wheels, angular mud flaps with plastic edges, protective sill covers, and underbody Rough Road Package ensures that one may go off the paved roads, without fear. The silver roof railings, matte silver wing mirror housings, and the chrome strips around the side window intensify the premium feel of this new ŠKODA SUV. The SCOUT plaque, sitting on the front fenders, is tastefully complemented by the KODIAQ-embossed aluminium scuff plates that entice all into the interior.The all-new KODIAQ SCOUT gets brushed wooden décor. The decorative elements are black and gracefully complemented by chrome highlights. Elegant touches such as the SCOUT logo on the black Alcantara® leather upholstery, and the infotainment system home screen, are eye-catching and appreciated details. The LED ambient lighting, running along the inside of the KODIAQ SCOUT, offers ten appealing colour options.

 

The SCOUT comes equipped with the 2.0 TDI (DSG) diesel engine from the ŠKODA KODIAQ model range. With 16 valves Dual Over-Head Camshaft (DOHC), it generates 150 PS (110 kW) of power and a peak torque output of 340Nm while delivering a fuel efficiency figure of 16.25 km/l and a top speed of 194 km/h.

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The all-wheel or 4×4 drive system is based on an electro-hydraulically controlled multi-disc inter-axle clutch designed to smoothly distribute the torque between the front and rear axles in a ratio ranging between 96%-4% and 10%-90%. The system can transmit as much as 85% of the available torque to a single wheel (in conjunction with the EDS). The coupling of the rear axle is automatic, so under normal conditions, the car can utilize the advantages of front-wheel drive, and under extreme conditions the excellent traction of the 4×4 drive.Activated with mode button on the center console, Driving Mode Select offers Eco, Normal, Sport, and Individual modes as well as the Snow Mode, which ensures good handling even on low-grip surfaces.With the intelligent Off-Road-Mode system, which operates at speeds of up to 30 km/h, one can handle extreme terrains. It is designed to adjust the characteristics of the engine, electronic assistants, and stability control systems. The activated functions, which includes the steering wheel angle, the compass, the altimeter, and the oil and coolant temperature, are shown on the infotainment display.

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Standard safety equipment on the KODIAQ SCOUT includes a wide range of features such as nine airbags, which remains the segment benchmark.As standard, the bottom part of the KODIAQ SCOUT is protected by plastic covers that, besides serving the protective function, are shaped aerodynamically to optimize the air flows under the vehicle. To increase the degree of chassis protection, the vehicle is fitted with the Rough Road Package, taking the form of additional protection for the engine bay, oil sump, gearbox, rear suspension, lateral arms, and brake hoses.

The car is equipped with iBuzz Fatigue Alert which detects signs of fatigue in the driver and prompts him or her to take a break. In addition, a host of security equipment and safety support functions include AFS (Adaptive Front light System), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), MBA (Mechanical Brake Assist), MKB (Multi Collision Brake), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), and EDS (Electronic Differential Lock).The ŠKODA KODIAQ SCOUT also features the all-new state-of-the-art Anti-Theft alarm with interior monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring system, acoustic warning signal for overrun speed, engine immobiliser with floating code system, dual-tone warning horn, and Parktronic sensors at front and rear.

The Power Nap Package of the ŠKODA KODIAQ SCOUT will enable rear passengers to sleep soundly on a long journey. It includes variable headrests of the outer seats for a comfortably supported head posture while sleeping, and two blankets.The Hands-Free Parking minimizes the hassle of parking in tight spots by automatically selecting an appropriate parking place in a row of parallel or perpendicularly parked vehicles. In today’s crowded cities and space-starved streets, hands-free parking is a blessing indeed and needs a space 60 cm longer than the car itself when parking in parallel.The KODIAQ SCOUT also features a Digital Voice Enhancement feature, which transmits the driver’s and front passenger’s voice to the passengers in the rear via a microphone in the cockpit, thereby facilitating a smooth interaction among occupants.

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With the largest boot capacity within its class, the KODIAQ SCOUT will never make a compromise on business, pleasure, and practical essentials. The KODIAQ SCOUT offers an impressive capacity of 270 litres, which extends to 2,005 litres with the rear seats folded down. The swipe foot movement underneath, with the Virtual Pedal enables contact-free access to this unrivalled luggage space.

The state-of-the-art 20.32 cm capacitive touch display features a glass design and is a part of the new generation Amundsen Infotainment and Navigation System developed by ŠKODA. The SmartLink+™ all-in-one technology integrates SmartGate™, alongside Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink™, as standard. The premium Canton Sound System features 10 speakers, including subwoofer, and has a power output of 575 watts. New age connectivity solutions along with BossConnect™, integrated with the ŠKODA Media Command App, help occupants control functions like navigation, entertainment, and assistance, from the comfort of the back seat.The Three-Zone Climatronic air conditioning system enables different temperatures to be set for the driver, front and rear passengers. It is also fitted with a humidity sensor, which reduces windscreen misting, and a sun sensor. The Boarding Spots, designated to illuminate the entry area, are located on the external side-view mirrors.

The ŠKODA Shield Plus ensures 6 years of hassle-free ownership experience and utmost ‘PEACE OF MIND’. It incorporates motor insurance, 24 x 7 road side assistance, and an extended warranty. ŠKODA AUTO had previously introduced India’s first 4 year service care programme (4 year warranty, 4 year road side assistance, and an optional 4 year maintenance package).

 

ŠKODA KODIAQ SCOUT PRICE SUMMARY

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2.0 TDI (4×4, DSG) Diesel Engine INR 33,99,599

#NEW LAUNCH- MARUTI SPRESSO

Maruti Suzuki today launched its much-awaited Mini-SUV S-PRESSO. The S-PRESSO is conceptualized and designed in India for India and the world. It stands out with its bold and powerful SUV stance. Built afresh on acclaimed 5th generation HEARTECT platform, it uses 40% high tensile steel that ensures stronger, safer and sturdier structure.
S-PRESSO will be sold countrywide through the extensive ARENA retail network and is packed with more than 10 safety features and is compliant with all safety regulations. Maruti Suzuki will offer several best -in-its class features to customers with S-PRESSO.
Presenting the all new S-PRESSO to customers, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “At Maruti Suzuki, we believe in the philosophy of ‘customer first.’ We continue our endeavor to provide Indian customers with high quality cars backed by affordable pricing. Today’s global launch of S-PRESSO stands testament to our commitment to offer best in design, technology and safety to our customers. I am happy to share that S-PRESSO joins our BS6 range, as the 8th vehicle compliant with new emission norms. We are confident that S-PRESSO will bring excitement in its segment,attracting the ever evolving young customer.”

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S-PRESSO comes with a distinct SUV character with a bold design statement.
The upright A-pillar and back door design give it a solid SUV presence. The proportions are carefully crafted with modern glass to body ratio and sculpted volumes to give a bold look.The lifted door-sill underlined by a higher ground clearance, exhibits confidence and bold stance. The sturdy character is reinforced by the squared wheel arches with R14 tyres.The single aperture head lamp and grille graphic gives it a distinct and commanding bold look. The wide C-signature tail lamps are packaged higher-up to give a dominant presence and an instantly recognizable design character.

The S-PRESSO comes with a unique and exciting interior giving it a distinct style. All the energy originates from a dynamic centre console inspired from tough sports watches to appeal the young customer. Together with trendy infotainment system and digital speedometer, it adds to the car’s iconic style and a seamless blend of new technology and bold design.S-PRESSO has high seating layout that offers a commanding driving position. This also enables easy ingress and egress with ample leg room. The large cabin space with intense sporty black colour scheme accentuated by bright pop out accents brings excitement for young customer.S-PRESSO is loaded with conveniently located utility spaces in front and rear. It offers plenty of storage options like open tray, glove box, door trim and door console pocket to keep smartphones.

S-PRESSO offers first in its class Steering mounted audio and voice controls. The advanced Smartplay Studio ensures that music, entertainment and navigation are always available with a touch. It has a user friendly and vibrant graphic user interface, compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and other Smartplay Studio Apps.
Under the hood of the S-PRESSO is a proven 1.0 L K10 engine with BS6 compliance. Equipped with both Manual and AGS (Auto Gear Shift) options, it delivers a peppy performance and great fuel efficiency.

S-PRESSO is a result of continuous and consistent effort to reinforce the passenger and pedestrian safety. Built on Suzuki’s 5th Generation HEARTECT platform, S-PRESSO is compliant with all the latest Indian safety regulations including frontal offset crash, side impact and with pedestrian safety. The HEARTECT platform gives better impact absorption and energy dispersion power to the body structure to ensure passenger safety. S-PRESSO boasts of safety features such as dual airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock-Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), seat belts with pre-tensioners and force Limiters, driver/co-driver seat belt reminder, rear parking assist system, high speed warning alert and reverse parking sensors.

The S.Presso is available at an introductry price of Rs 3,69,000/-  for the STD Version, Rs 4,05,000/- for the LXI Version, Rs 4,24,500/- for the VXI Version, Rs 4,67,500/- for the VXI AGS Version, Rs 4,48.000/- for the VXI+ Version and Rs 4,91,000/- for the VXI+ AGS Version. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
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New launch -Volkswagen Polo And Vento

Volkswagen India today launched the sportier, dynamic and power packed Polo and Vento for the Indian Market. Starting at an introductory price of INR 5.82 Lakh for the new Polo and INR 8.76 Lakh for the new Vento, these carlines are now available for customers to experience and own across the vast network of Volkswagen in India, starting today.

polo f1.jpgvento f1.jpgThe new Polo And Vento come with a host of exterior changes. They now appear more vibrant,younger and sportier owing to its new sporty side skirts, new smoked oil lamps, GTI inspired honeycomb front grille and bumpers. Further, accentuating the overall appeal of the carline is the rear bumper with diffuser.

The new Polo will now be available in a brand new colour “Sunset Red” and a new GT line edition featuring Black too, GT line side foil and fender badge black ORVM cap and rear spoiler. Both the carlines symbolise the right amalgamation of form, function and connectivity. Volkswagen Connect will come as standard across the Highline Plus and GT variants of the new Polo And Vento.

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Effective 1st January, 2019 all Volkswagen carlines come with standard warranty, RSA as below:specs.jpg