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MG Motor Plans to Launch Seven New Vehicles in India by 2025  Focusing on Hybrid and Electric Models

MG Motor Plans to Launch Seven New Vehicles in India by 2025 Focusing on Hybrid and Electric Models

MG Motor gears up to shake up the Indian automobile industry with seven new models, including electric vehicles, aiming to secure a strong foothold

The Indian automobile industry has become a prominent market, catching the eye of numerous global automobile manufacturers. As a result, existing companies are striving to secure their market share in this rapidly growing sector. MG Motor India, a relatively new entrant in the Indian market, plans to intensify this competition by launching a range of seven new vehicles by 2025, focusing primarily on hybrid-electric and fully-electric models.

MG Motor on Track to Unveil Seven Different Models in India by 2025

The news of this expansion plan by MG Motor India came in the wake of a visit by some of the company's dealer representatives to the global headquarters of its parent company SAIC. The Chinese state-owned automobile giant disclosed this ambitious plan soon after finalizing a joint venture with the JSW Group, owned by Indian tycoon Sajjan Jindal. Dealers, who attended a recent meeting at SAIC's headquarters, have informed media outlets about the forthcoming plans by MG Motor India and the JSW Group. They revealed that both companies have a strong commitment towards India and plan not only to introduce new vehicles but also to upgrade current vehicles in their line-up. The Launch: A Focus on Hybrid Electric and Electric Vehicles The forthcoming new vehicles from MG Motor India are expected to cater to a broad array of vehicle categories. The buzz is that the company has a keen interest in introducing primarily hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) in its upcoming expansion. The anticipation is for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), rather than just self-charging mild hybrid configurations. Notably, upcoming launches by MG Motor India are unlikely to feature internal combustion engine (ICE)-only models, reflecting a shift towards more sustainable transport solutions. Before signing the joint venture agreement with the JSW Group, MG focused on broadening its dealer network and customer touchpoints in anticipation of this next expansion phase. The goal is to scale up to 400 touchpoints across 270 cities in India.

Joint Venture to Reignite MG Motor India's Growth

Despite borderline disputes between India and China resulting in restrictions on foreign direct investment from China, MG Motor India appears poised to accelerate its expansion. Thanks to its joint venture with the JSW Group, which now holds a 35% stake in the company, MG's expansion plans appear to be back on track.

Anticipated Car Launches

During the 2023 Auto Expo, MG displayed a variety of vehicles from its global lineup, including the eHS PHEV crossover SUV, MG4 electric hatchback, MG5 electric estate, and Mifa 9 electric MPV. Depending on market surveys and consumer buying patterns, we could see launches of any or all of these models in India. Additionally, the adorable Baojun Yep electric SUV may find its way onto Indian roads under the MG banner. Further, it is hoped that MG will consider launching the Wuling Starlight electric sedan and the recently introduced MG Cyberster electric convertible sportscar with scissor doors.

Why Mahindra XUV 3XO Outperforms Kia Sonet  Top 5 Advantages

Why Mahindra XUV 3XO Outperforms Kia Sonet Top 5 Advantages

Mahindra XUV 3XO shines in performance with its 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine, delivering 130 PS power and 230 Nm torque, competitors like Sonet

Despite the fierce competition, the Mahindra XUV 3XO stands out in terms of performance. The vehicle is equipped with a 1.2-litre (direct injection) turbo-petrol engine, with a power output of 130 PS and torque of 230 Nm. The comparable model of the Sonet, in contrast, offers a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine that reigns lower in power at 112 PS and torque at 200 Nm, respectively. Therefore, when it comes to engine performance, the XUV 3XO undoubtedly provides a more superior driving experience. the_Mahindra_XUV_3XO Another pivotal distinguishing factor is the inclusion of a panoramic sunroof in the XUV 3XO. This feature enhances driving pleasure, and its demand has been on the rise. The Kia Sonet, on the other hand, only offers a single-pane sunroof. We also note more substantial use of plush, soft-touch materials within the XUV 3XO's cabin, which enhances the ambiance and offers a more premium feel as compared to the Sonet’s offering. the_Mahindra_XUV_3XO The XUV 3XO also champions in the field of air conditioning. Its dual-zone climate control, a feature otherwise common in superior compact SUVs, puts it further ahead in this segment. This feature, however, has been omitted in the latest upgraded version of the Sonet, which is a missed opportunity. The transition from mechanical handbrake to an electronic parking brake in the XUV 3XO additionally adds to its premium factor. The electronic option is not only easier to engage and release but also offers a more streamlined look to the vehicle's centre console, a quality missing in the Sonet's interior. the_Mahindra_XUV_3XO Another significant feature that is a game-changer is the integration of adaptive cruise control with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a feature introduced in the sub-4m SUV segment by Hyundai in its Venue model. This personalized feature enables the vehicle to maintain a safe distance from the car in front while on cruise control and adjust its speed accordingly. the_Mahindra_XUV_3XO Despite its competitiveness, the upper-end variants of the Mahindra XUV 3XO fall on the costlier side. Kruger, these versions offer most of the benefits mentioned above, in comparison to the Kia Sonet. With variants ranging from Rs 7.49 lakh to Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the XUV 3XO provides a stiff competition to the Sonet, which is priced between Rs 7.99 lakh and Rs 15.75 lakh. The ultimate decision of the better pick lies with the individual buyer, as it always should.


New MG Cloud EV Expected to be Priced Under Rs 20 Lakh

New MG Cloud EV Expected to be Priced Under Rs 20 Lakh

JSW Group's support revitalizes MG Motor India's ambitions, paving the way for new vehicle launches every 3 to 6months from the 2nd Half of 2024,

The JSW Group's financial backing has breathed new life into MG Motor India’s ambitious goals. This boost is set to enable the automaker to introduce a new vehicle every three to six months beginning from the second half of 2024. The emphasis will be placed largely on electric and hybrid vehicles, with the Cloud EV expected to be among the first newcomers in this series. The_Cloud_EV This compact EV, which is marketed as Wuling brand by the parent company SAIC in Indonesia and dubbed Baojun Yunduo in China, will undergo a rebranding in India to be marketed under the MG brand. This is not an unusual move for MG, as it has previously rebranded the Wuling Air as the Comet for the Indian market. The Cloud EV has been periodically spotted during testing on Indian roads. The_Cloud_EV Experts suggest MG may set the price for the Cloud EV below the Rs 20 lakh mark in India. This will position it squarely in the center of the EV market, where it will compete with the likes of Tata Nexon EV and Mahindra XUV400. Its pricing will also make it a more affordable option compared to MG’s own ZS EV, which has been selling consistently well. The key strategy for achieving aggressive pricing for the Cloud EV will be a high degree of localisation, inclusive of the battery pack sourcing. The Cloud EV, with its distinctive design, will certainly stand out from the crowd. With a length of approximately 4.3 meters and a wheelbase of 2,700mm, the car resembles an MPV but offers only two rows of seating for five passengers. Its overall design is a unique blend of a large hatchback and an MPV. The characteristics include flush door handles, clean surfacing, full-width LED light bars at the front and rear, and a stepped front-end design with headlamps mounted on the bumper. The_Cloud_EV Inside, the car continues with the minimalistic theme, boosting plenty of space due to its born-EV interior packaging advantage. The dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen infotainment, and it also includes a digital instrument cluster. There's also a comfort innovation in the form of a fully reclining front seat backrest for a “sofa mode with 135-degree backseat recline”. The car also includes an ADAS suite with a 360-degree camera. The Cloud EV is equipped with two potential battery pack options in overseas markets – a 37.9kWh or a 50.6kWh with a range of 360km and 460km respectively. The power comes from a front-axle mounted, permanent magnet synchronous motor generating 134hp. However, it is still unclear which of these versions will be brought to India. The_Cloud_EV Compared to conventional MPVs in India, such as the Maruti Ertiga and Kia Carens, the Cloud EV is slightly smaller in size. But it is poised to carve out a unique spot for itself as the lone all-electric model in its class until the Kia Carens EV is introduced in the latter half of 2025. If MG manages to achieve a sub-Rs 20 lakh pricing for the Cloud EV, it is likely to emerge as one of the most interesting new models in the Indian market this year.


Maruti Suzuki Launches Fronx Delta Plus O with new Features

Maruti Suzuki Launches Fronx Delta Plus O with new Features

Maruti Suzuki introduces Delta Plus (O) variants of the Fronx model with six airbags for enhanced safety. The brand's commitment to vehicle safety.

Maruti Suzuki, India's leading car manufacturer, has recently launched two new variants of its popular Fronx model, featuring six airbags as opposed to the previous two. The new variants, namely the Delta Plus (O) MT and Delta Plus (O) AGS, emphasize enhanced vehicle safety, aligning with Maruti Suzuki's increasing focus on making their cars safer than before. Fronx The Fronx coupe-style crossover vehicle is a popular choice among India’s B Segment vehicles. Based on The Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback, the Fronx is available in five different trim levels - the Base Sigma, Delta, Delta Plus, Zeta and top-spec Alpha. Previously, Maruti Suzuki provided six standard airbags only in the top two trims - the Alpha and the one-below-top Zeta. The other variants, namely Base Sigma, Delta and Delta Plus feature only two standard airbags, as mandated by the Indian Government. Maruti Fronx However, the automotive giant has now introduced the Delta Plus (O) MT variant and the Delta Plus (O) AGS variant, both offering six airbags. These include a driver airbag, front passenger airbag, two curtain airbags, and driver side and front passenger side airbags. The new variants stand as a substantial safety upgrade from the former models that only featured two front airbags. The Delta Plus (O) MT variant is priced at Rs. 8.93 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Delta Plus (O) AGS variant comes with a price tag of Rs. 9.43 lakh (ex-showroom). Apart from the additional airbags, the only other modification in these trims is the replacement of the spare wheel with a tyre puncture repair kit. Fronx These new Delta Plus (O) variants, available only with 1.2L K12 4-cylinder NA petrol engine, provide both MT and AGS gearbox options. However, the Delta Plus variant that comes with a 1.0L 3-cyl Booster Jet Turbo petrol engine does not incorporate the six-airbag advantage. Maruti Suzuki's latest offering of the upgraded Fronx promises enhanced crash safety, as indicated in the company's internal crash test conducted recently. The new offerings are anxiously waiting to be validated by the forthcoming crash tests by the new Bharat NCAP entity. Maruti Fronx In comparison to other models, Maruti Suzuki's recently launched Swift model comes with six airbags as a standard feature across all variants. While a similar safety offering for Fronx would be ideal, it is yet to be implemented. Fronx is a higher-ranked model compared to the Baleno, which itself is positioned above Swift in Maruti Suzuki's lineup.


2024 Maruti Swift Thrill Chaser Accessory Pack  Prices and More

2024 Maruti Swift Thrill Chaser Accessory Pack Prices and More

The new accessory packages for Maruti Suzuki's fourth-gen Swift - Racing Roadstar and Thrill Chaser. Delve into the details and pricing variations.

The fourth-generation Swift from Maruti Suzuki has recently been launched in India and along with it, two new accessory packages – Racing Roadstar and Maruti Suzuki Thrill Chaser – have also been introduced. Previously, we shed light on the details of the Racing Roadstar pack, now it's time to delve into the Thrill Chaser pack. Accessible in two price variations, the Thrill Chaser pack is priced at ₹29,500 for ZXI and ZXI+ models, and ₹31,990 for LXI and VXI models. The pack features 16 accessories for ZXI and ZXI+ models, and 15 accessories for LXI and VXI models. 4th gen Maruti swift The Thrill Chaser pack brings an array of additional features to enhance both the exterior and interior cosmetics of the new Swift, yet doesn't offer any upgrades to the car’s core functionalities. Starting with the front, the Thrill Chaser offers notable accessories such as bold graphics covering the hood and roof, giving the Swift a unique appeal. Unlike the Racing Roadstar pack, these graphics exclude the Swift's branding. The pack further features vibrant red-colored front grille inserts that accentuate the car’s sporty stance. Other additions include a front grille garnish for chrome lovers and front skid plates for a somewhat rugged look. Shifting focus to the side, the Thrill Chaser pack provides a variety of protective add-ons. This includes body side moulding, door visors, a window frame kit, and ORVM covers to shield minor scratches. 4th gen Maruti swift At the back, the Thrill Chaser pack doesn’t deviate much from the standard look. It does, however, offer rear bumper garnish with a dark chrome finish and a trunk lid protector to safeguard the hatch from scratches. Inside the cabin, the pack offers door sill guards, an interior styling kit finished in carbon fiber with red accents, seat covers, and designer floor mats. Additionally, manually adjustable IRVM covers can be installed in V/Z/Z+ Variants. A key cover for key protection is also provided. 4th gen Maruti swift When bought separately, the accessories provided in the Thrill Chaser pack for the new Swift could be pricier. However, purchasing the package provides savings of up to Rs 10,000. Importantly, Maruti's official website allows customers to choose only specific accessories from the pack according to their personal preference. The cost for the accessory pack is higher on lower Swift variants at ₹31,990. The 2024 Maruti Swift pricing starts from Rs 6.49 lakh up to Rs 9.65 lakh (ex-showroom prices). It continues to engage in a robust competition with the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and serves as a feasible alternative to models such as the Renault Triber, Maruti Ignis, and Tata Punch.


Exploring the India-bound Ford Everest  A Comprehensive Review of the Upcoming SUV

Exploring the India-bound Ford Everest A Comprehensive Review of the Upcoming SUV

Ford's reentry into India with the launch of the Ford Everest, a full-size SUV boasting impressive design, feature-rich interior, and powerful engines

Expanding into India, Ford is set to reintroduce itself to the market with the launch of its new full-size SUV, the Ford Everest. With its impressive design, feature-rich interior, and powerful engines available, the Everest is anticipated to become a strong competitor in India's full-size SUV sector. Let's delve into what we can expect from this much-anticipated Ford offering. Everest The launch of the Ford Everest would signal the return of Ford to India, a move that has sparked great interest among vehicle enthusiasts and critics alike. This move is projected to add to the competition in the full-size SUV segment, which is currently dominated by Toyota Fortuner. This version of the Everest made its first appearance abroad as early as 2022. Ford has decided upon a unified global name for its full-size SUV—the Everest—a title that it will also carry in India. Previously, Ford India used the name 'Endeavour', due to the Everest title being trademarked to another company. Now, having procured the rights to the Everest name, Ford can now maintain a consistent global brand image, which could save costs on localising badges, logos, and nameplates for short production runs. Everest The rugged and masculine design of the Everest is a standout feature. Continuing the trend set by its predecessor, the Endeavour, the new offering features a more boxed front end with an expanded grille, an element that flows into the advanced Matrix LED headlights. The L-shaped LED tail-lights extend towards the tailgate, accompanied by a black plastic panel, creating a commanding rear view. Industry insiders indicate an initial import of the model under the 2500-unit import rule. Subsequently, the units will be assembled at Ford's former Chennai factory, once it is equipped for local assembly anticipated to be completed by 2026. Everest Offering additional variety, the Ford Everest will provide a range of engine options. The lineup commences with a 2.0-litre single-turbo, which delivers 170hp. Next in line, the twin-turbo version of the same engine produces 206hp. Lastly, the most potent option is a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, which delivers 246hp and 600Nm of torque. All engines will be teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. In terms of technological offerings, the Everest is designed for the modern traveller. A notable feature is the horizontally oriented touchscreen—available in either 8.0-inches or 12.0-inches, depending on the trim. Other stand-out features include ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, an exclusively digital instrument cluster, wireless charging capabilities, and a panoramic sunroof. Everest Through the Fordpass connected-car tech, seamless information and control are provided to the driver. Adding to the vehicle's convenience are USB charging points in all three rows, a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, electrically foldable third-row seats and a powered tailgate. Ford's decision to return to India with the launch of the Everest is significant. With the new SUV, Ford is set to challenge the norms in the full-size SUV segment, offering a stiff competition for brands like Toyota and their prominent Fortuner model. Only time will tell how impactful the return of Ford will be in reshaping India's automotive landscape.


Upcoming Compact Kia SUV Likely to be Named Syros  Sale Expected Early Next Year

Upcoming Compact Kia SUV Likely to be Named Syros Sale Expected Early Next Year

Kia's new compact SUV, codenamed Clavis, likely to be named 'Syros' as per recent trademark filing. The shift aligns with Kia's SUV naming strategy

Kia's new compact SUV, previously internally named Clavis, may receive the appellation "Syros," as indicated by the South Korean automaker's recent trademark filing in India. The vehicle, popularly known as AY, deviated from its earlier 'Clavis' name which failed to align with Kia's SUV naming strategy that has been seen in Seltos and Sonet models, hence arriving at the new name, Syros. Interestingly, one can observe that Kia's MPVs like the Carens and Carnival have their names starting with the letter 'C.' kia_soul_2024_01 Speaking about what's expected of Syros, test mule sightings have revealed a tall and upright posture with high ground clearance, equipped with beefy body cladding and roof rails. The vehicle’s interior has also been unveiled before, showing that the Syros, following Kia precedent, will be well stocked with twin infotainment screens akin to those in Seltos, ventilated seats, a 360-degree camera, a sunroof, and an ADAS suite. Given the spaciousness promised in Syros, which is anticipated to be roomier than Sonet, it would be an ideal choice for customers who found the interior of the latter too tight. kia_soul_2024 In terms of the powertrain, the Syros SUV will be available with two options - petrol and electric. The petrol variant is set to be unveiled in December and projected for sale early next year, with the electric variant expected to follow six months after the internal combustion engine model. There could potentially be a hybrid variant sometime in the future. All these variants will solely be designed for front-wheel drive. kia_soul_2024 Notably, even though the Syros is primarily designed for the Indian market as a sub-4m SUV, a few of the units will be exported. Pricing is predicted to be competitive due to substantial localisation of production and the vehicle's compact size. It may, however, command a slight premium over the Kia Sonet, currently retailing from Rs 7.99 lakh, ex-showroom, in Delhi. Kia_soul_01 Other upcoming initiatives from Kia include the global debut of the Kia EV3 SUV on May 23. The company's popular offering, the Kia Sonet, also recently achieved the milestone of 4 lakh sales. Kia cars are priced from ₹ 10.18 - 74.65 lakh in the market.


TVS Unveils New 2024 iQube Variants with Enhanced Battery Capacity Starting at Rs 95K

TVS Unveils New 2024 iQube Variants with Enhanced Battery Capacity Starting at Rs 95K

TVS iQube Escooter lineup with new bottom and top variants, priced from Rs. 94,999 to Rs. 1.85 lacks, the largest battery in any electric scooter

The TVS iQube electric scooter family has been enhanced with the unveiling of fresh bottom and top variants. With this upgrade, TVS iQube pricing commences from Rs. 94,999, introducing the base iQube 09 variant, and extends up to Rs. 1.85 lakh for the iQube ST 17, which is equipped with a 5.1 kWh battery, the largest found in any electric scooter presently available in India. tvs_iqube Changes in the FAME II support scheme have prompted original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to consider introducing cost-effective electric scooters. Well-known names like Ola Electric are popular in the under Rs. 1 lakh price bracket while Ather’s Rizta is almost at par. TVS Motor isn't far behind — they have recently unveiled a new bottom variant as well as a top variant to intensify the competition. The TVS iQube is now available in several variants, ranging from the entry-level iQube09, to iQube 12, iQube S,M iQube ST 12, and finally the top-notch iQube ST 17. The announcement of the iQube ST isn’t recent, but its actual launch took place in 2024 due to multiple delaying factors. According to the latest update, the standard ‘iQube’ range's base trim consists of two variants, namely iQube 09 and iQube 12. The formerly top-of-the-line iQube S has now been repositioned as a mid-spec trim, available in only one variant — 'iQube S'. The previously announced elite iQube ST is now finally on the market in two versions — iQube ST 12 and iQube ST 17. tvs_iqube The entry-level iQube 09 has a 2.2 kWh battery offering 75 km of real-world driving range, a peak speed of 75 km/h, and charges 0-80% in 2 hours. The iQube 12 features a larger 3.4 kWh battery, the size of the former base model. Both versions offer a decent set of technologies, like a 5-inch TFT screen with navigation and alerts for towing and theft. Despite the launch of the affordable base iQube 09 variant which retails at Rs. 95K, grabbing ample attention, the just-released top-tier iQube ST is also turning heads. For instance, the lower iQube ST 12 shares the same 3.4 kWh battery as iQube 12 and iQube S, but the iQube ST 17 stands apart with a larger 5.1 kWh battery. Among the largest in India, this battery in the iQube ST 17 promises 150 km of real-world driving range on a single charge but does require a longer charging duration (4h 18m for 0-80% SOC). iQube Equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen TFT, digital document storage, TPMS, Alexa voice assistance, and more, both iQube ST variants are keeping up with the competition. The iQube ST 12 and iQube ST 17 are tagged at Rs. 1.55 lakh and Rs. 1.85 lakh respectively. The top-end iQube ST 17 also takes the cake with a top speed of 82 km/h, the fastest across all variants offered by TVS iQube.


Ford's New Strategy  EcoSport Revival to Challenge Duster in European Market

Ford's New Strategy EcoSport Revival to Challenge Duster in European Market

Ford plans EcoSport revival to challenge Duster in European market, part of strategy to expand global footprint. Possible debut in 2025, hinted by design patent

A resurgence in Europe is expected for Ford's updated EcoSport, slotting in below the Puma SUV Crossover in the brand's European offering. Owing to Ford's revised approach to broaden its footprint in key global markets, the company is planning a relaunch of EcoSport in numerous locations, including Europe. Further global hints of this revamp come from India, where Ford has registered a new design patent that seemingly pertains to the latest EcoSport generation. Though unconfirmed officIally, the European debut is likely to occur in 2025. Ford EcoSport The re-invigorated Ford EcoSport is set to tap into the current automotive shift towards alternative powertrains. Its transition towards hybrid petrol engines and entirely electric formats aligns with this industry trend. More precise details haven't yet been revealed by Ford, but the company has hinted towards the development of a "new multi-energy model" to be produced in Europe. Europe’s EcoSport model will be stepping in to substitute for discontinued models in Ford's line-up, taking over from the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Focus. The previous iteration of the EcoSport came out of Ford's manufacturing plant in Craiova, Romania. All signs indicate that the production of the new generation model will take place at Ford's Valencia plant in Spain. Ford EcoSport The new EcoSport looks to be poised for mass market appeal in Europe, targeting high-volume sales much like its predecessor did in the Indian market. As a popular choice among entry-level SUV options, the previous model saw about 50,000 units sold each year in Europe, placing it beneath the more formidable Puma in terms of sales. It’s expected that the new EcoSport will also appeal to a wider pool of consumers due to its potential competitive pricing structure and the introduction of hybrid and electric variants. In the European marketplace, the new EcoSport will face competition primarily from the Renault Duster. With around 2.2 million units sold since the first-generation model's 2010 debut, the Renault Duster reigns as a popular pick. The impending arrival of the 3rd -generation Dacia Duster is anticipated to spike the sales even more. Hence, EcoSport will face intense competition from the outset. Ford EcoSport Other markets including India, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, and the South American region will see the 3rd-gen Duster sold under the Renault brand. The Duster will bring a host of visual and functional updates, posing a significant challenge for Ford's new EcoSport. Meanwhile, no plans have been revealed yet for the new EcoSport's launch in India. The SUV, when previously available in India, was highly popular due to its versatility, build quality and commendable performance. Indeed, it was EcoSport that is credited with popularising the sub-4-meter SUV segment in India. However, changing trends and competition from newer models like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet led to a drop in EcoSport's sales. Similarly, there are no plans for a Brazilian launch for the new Gen EcoSport. The focus will be primarily on the European market.