Car India

Car India November 2020

CAR magazine, overwhelmingly acknowledged as the world's best car magazine, has driven into India under the name of explosive and vibrant, as well as serious and sensuous, CAR India has been launched to satiate the discerning automobile enthusiast who knows his radiators from his air filters. CAR India is an authoritative automobile magazine, written for people with a burning passion for anything on four wheels.

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bmw 4 series drops top

THE BMW 4 SERIES CONVERTIBLE MADE its global début and, like the coupé, it features the new grille design. The 4 Series now has a sharper character than its predecessor with a specifically optimized structure and chassis technology to ensure maximum dynamic performance. A newly developed panel bow soft-top roof combines the strengths of a retractable hardtop and the puristic appeal of a fabric hood; in turn, giving the best of both worlds to the driver. The car has enhanced performance capabilities thanks to an extremely stiff body structure with reinforced side skirts, additional convertible-specific bracing, and a new aluminium panel in the front end. It gets a low centre of gravity, a perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution, optimized aerodynamics, and wider wheel tracks than its predecessor. At launch, four variants have…

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new jaguar xe and xf revealed

THE NEW JAGUAR XE SPORT-LUXURY SEDAN AND THE XF EXECUTIVE SALOON and its Sportbrake estate avatar were revealed for the 2021 model year. J-blade signature LED headlights make for sharper styling. A choice of Ingenium four-cylinder engines, one diesel and two petrol, are all offered as standard with the eight-speed automatic. Each model variant range has been extensively trimmed to make for easier choice. The next-generation Electronic Vehicle Architecture, EVA 2.0, supports new technologies to ensure an electrification-ready future which is always connected and up to date. New technologies include Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) capability, Pivi Pro connectivity, provided by embedded dual-SIM capability with two LTE modems, and a second-generation wearable Activity Key. The trim levels have also been revised with the Land Rover-like S, SE, and HSE models with R-Dynamic pack options becoming…

3 min
we hear

LC Drop-top on Sale in the UK The stunning Lexus LC 500 is now available as a convertible. We drove the LC 500 coupé in Japan and came away impressed. The new LC 500 Convertible has reached the UK market, retailing from £90,775 (or Rs 88 lakh). Under the bonnet is a 5.0-litre, V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Mercedes G 580 Incoming The G-Wagen will soon have an electrified Benz V8 petrol powertrain below the AMG. The 4.0-litre biturbo EQ Boost petrol is expected to be the one powering the GLS 580, with 489 hp and 700 Nm, aided by the 48-volt starter/generator motor with 16 kW (22 hp) and 250 Nm of instant go. Mercedes Vision EQXX The Vision EQXX technology programme will see the creation of an…

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dacia spring electric goes live

THE ALL-ELECTRIC DACIA SPRING IS BASICALLY THE KWID electrified. The Spring Electric isn’t a typical electric compact car. This compact hatchback with SUV-inspired styling, including butch wheel-arches and roof-rails, measures 3.73 metres long, 1.62 metres wide, and 1.51 metres high, with a ground clearance of 150 mm. The Spring retains the Kwid’s spacious 300-litre boot, with a 26.8-kWh battery pack providing the power to the 33-kW electric motor. It delivers 45 hp and 120 Nm, making for peppy performance in all situations. The range on a single charge is rated at between 225 and 295 km (WLTP). The “Eco” mode limits output to 23 kW (31 hp). As with every Dacia — and Renault here in India — the USP of the Spring will be an extremely competitive price for its range…

2 min
our cars

Welcome HYUNDAI AURA CRDi WE’VE BEEN VERY KEEN TO GET THE HYUNDAI Aura for long-term use from the time we did its review. It did manage to impress us on all quarters — right from its styling and cabin quality to its torque-y diesel engine and excellent ride quality. And when we did manage to get one, everything came to a standstill because of the lockdown restrictions. Thankfully, things have opened up now and we can put the Aura to good use. It sure looks like nothing else in the segment and takes the styling quotient up by a notch. We just adore the smoked-out projector headlamps, the sweeping hood, and the twin boomerang LED DRLs. This compact sedan with its stylish sloping roof-line and sorted proportions sure does look impressive. The…

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your views

Exploring Off-road Options I have a question about the Mahindra Thar. With the new model now available, how much do you think the price of a used, previous-gen Mahindra Thar would have dropped? Also, any clue about when the new Maruti-Suzuki Jimny would arrive and its approximate price point? I want to get into off-roading as a hobby and am exploring my options. Jay, via social media Dear Jay, It is likely that the previous-gen version will lose its value in the second-hand market following the launch of the new model, because the new model represents a major step up from the outgoing one. As for the Jimny, reports suggest that it is set to be launched in India in early 2021, possibly rebranded as the Gypsy to capitalize on the nostalgia factor. No…