2019 Yamaha Saluto RX 110, Saluto 125 UBS launched in India at Rs 52,000


The 2019 Yamaha Saluto RX 110 and the Saluto 125 come with new paint schemes, and Unified Braking System (UBS), complying with the upcoming mandatory safety regulations.

Yamaha Motor India has introduced the 2019 editions of the Saluto RX 110 and Saluto 125 motorcycles in the country. The 2019 Yamaha Saluto RX 110 is priced at ₹ 52,000, while the 2019 Yamaha Saluto 125 is priced at ₹ 59,800 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi). Both commuter offerings comes with new graphics and paint options, but most importantly get the Unified Braking System (UBS). The new UBS unit is Yamaha’s version of the combined braking system (CBS) that applies the front and the rear brake together for more controlled stopping power. The feature will be mandatory on all two-wheelers below 125 cc starting April 2019, as per the government regulations.

Yamaha Motor India – Chairman, Motofumi Shitara said, “Yamaha’s unique style is to continually innovate its products in order to have a strong connect with the customers. At the same time, the company also feels equal responsibility to ensure safety for the riders by introducing latest technologies. The Unified Braking System (UBS) will now create easy riding scenario for any rider.”

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With respect to power, the Yamaha Saluto RX 110 UBS uses a 110 cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine mated tuned for 7 bhp and 8.5 Nm of peak torque. The Saluto RX 125 UBS, on the other hand, draws 8 bhp from a 125 cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor with 10.1 Nm of peak torque. Both engines come paired with a 4-speed transmission. The mechanicals remain the same on the 2019 version.

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The 2019 Yamaha Saluto RX 110 is offered in four colour options – Matte Green, Ritzy Red, Snappy Cyan and Darknight. The Darknight paint scheme is priced at a premium of ₹ 1000. The 2019 Saluto 125 is also offered in four colours – Armada Blue, Sparky Cyan, Brave Black and Matt Green, with the latter priced at a ₹ 1,000 premium. The Saluto 125 also gets a disc brake version that is priced at ₹ 60,500 (ex-showroom).

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Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition Launched, Features 2 AMOLED Displays and 3 Cameras


Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition is the latest offering from the Chinse smartphone maker, and the new model in its ambitious Nex series of smartphones that feature innovative form factors. Launched in China on Tuesday, the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition sports two displays – one in the front and one in the rear. It is also the first smartphone from Vivo to sports two AMOLED display panels, and three rear cameras. There is no front camera, notch, or display hole – instead, users can utilise the rear cameras as their selfie cameras, thanks to the rear display giving them a previous. Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition also sports premium specifications including a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 10GB of RAM, and 22.5W fast charging.

“As Vivo’s premium line-up, the Nex series offers not only an extraordinary user experience to consumers, it also unleashes our imagination towards the future of design and development of smartphones. Combining a futuristic dual-display design and innovative technologies, Nex Dual Display Edition demonstrates Vivo’s continuous exploration and pursuit of exceptional innovations for consumers,” said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President of Vivo, in a press statement.

Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition price, availability

Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition price is set at CNY 4,998 (roughly Rs. 52,300) in the Chinese market for the lone 10GB RAM + 128GB storage model, as per an announcement made on the company’s official Weibo account. Launched in “Ice Field Blue” and “Star purple” colour options, the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition is up for pre-orders on Vivo’s China website and will start shipping from December 29.

Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition specifications

The dual-SIM Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition runs Funtouch OS 4.5 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. It sports two display panels – a 6.39-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) 19.5:9 AMOLED panel at the front and a 5.49-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 16:9 AMOLED panel at the back. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 10GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

In terms of optics, the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition sports a triple rear camera setup at the back. This setup consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor with OIS (f/1.79 aperture), a 2-megapixel secondary night vision sensor (f/1.8 aperture), and a third TOF 3D stereo camera sensor. No camera sensors have been provided on the front. Thus, face unlock works only using the cameras placed at the back. To unlock the phone from the front, an in-display fingerprint sensor has been provided on the main display. There is a 3,500mAh battery under the hood, with support for 22.5W fast charging.

Connectivity options on the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, a USB Type-C (v2.0) port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors onboard the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Dimensions are 157.19×75.3×8.09mm and the second-gen Vivo Nex variant weighs 199.2 grams.



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Best Sedans Launched In 2018


From subcompact sedans to premium saloons, in 2018 we witnessed the launch of a bunch of new and updated sedans. Here we list down the top ones that launched this year.




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Here Are The Best Sedans Launched In India In 2018

The Indian auto industry had witnessed a growing surge of sedans in the market in the past couple of years. In 2018 alone, we saw a bunch of new and facelifted sedans being launched in the country, right from the sub-4 metre category to premium saloons. While we have already shared the best car launches and the top performance cars launched for this year, here we list down some of the best sedans that went on sale in India in 2018.

Also Read: Top 5 Ultra Luxury SUVs of 2018

Here Are The Best Sedans Launched In India In 2018:

Honda Amaze

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The 2018 Honda Amaze is a new-gen model and gets completely new styling and design

The Honda Amaze also received a generation upgrade this year, and it’s wouldn’t be an overstatement to call it an all-new car. The car is based on a new-generation platform and comes with all-new design and styling in line with Honda’s latest design language. While the car does miss out on the likes of LED headlamps or even projector headlamps, which are pretty common even in entry-level cars, but the Amaze does come with a nice road presence and CVT automatic option for both petrol and diesel variants. The engines, however, remain unchanged as the car gets the same 89 bhp 1.2-litre petrol and 99 bhp 1.5-litre diesel which come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 7-step CVT automatic. It also became the first in its segment to get a diesel CVT model.

Tata Tigor JTP

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The Tata Tigor JTP is essentially a performance-oriented version of the subcompact sedan

Along with a refreshed Tigor, Tata Motors also launched a performance spec version of the subcompact sedan, christened Tata Tigor JTP. Developed in collaboration with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives, the new Tata Tigor JTP comes with a retuned 1.2 -litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine which delivers 112 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque, making it the most powerful sedan south of the sub-4 metre mark. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Visually, the Tigor JTP comes with aggressive front bumper with large trapezoidal lower grille, dual chamber projector headlamps with chrome rings and a hood vent. The car also comes with 15-inch diamond cut dual tone alloy wheels, contrast coloured ORVMs, roof spoiler, and wider tyres. The cabin gets a base black treatment with bold red accents and matching red double stitching on the seats, and ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman’ which is paired with 8 speakers and app suite and voice command recognition.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift

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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has received a facelift this year after four years

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz received its proper mid-life facelift this year and come with a host exterior and interior cosmetic and feature upgrades. The facelifted Ciaz now comes with a new grille, updated headlamps and taillamps, and new alloy wheels. The cabin, on the other hand, gets updated interior with new upholstery, and a revised dashboard with new wooden inserts, and updated steering wheel with cruise control, and a revised instrument cluster with a colour MID display. The new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz continues to get smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Suzuki’s recently launched ‘Suzuki Connect’ telematics system. The biggest change, however, was under the hood – an all-new 103 bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, replacing the older 1.4-litre engine, along with the tried the tested 89 bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine. Transmission option includes a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed AT for the petrol model.

Toyota Yaris

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The Toyota Yaris is offered with both manual and CVT options

With the Toyota Yaris, the Japanese automakers finally entered into competition with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna. The Yaris is an all-new model for the Indian market and is based on the globally sold Toyota Vios. Unlike its competitors, the Toyota Yaris is offered only in petrol option, powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that churns out 108 bhp of max power and 140Nm of peak torque, and comes mated to either a 6-Speed manual gearbox or an optional 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. The Toyota Yaris also the only model in this segment to offer a CVT automatic version under ₹ 10 lakh mark. The Yaris also comes with 8-way adjustable power driver seat, flat floor for the rear section, glass-high solar energy absorbing (HSEA) and tyre pressure monitoring system. Furthermore, it also gets 7 airbags including curtain and knee airbags, front parking sensors, rear parking sensor with a camera, ABS with EBD, stability control and disc brakes for all four wheels.

Skoda Superb Sportline

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Skoda Superb Sportline is positioned between the Style and range-topping Lauren and Klement trim

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This year Skoda launched the 2018 Superb Sportline model in India, which came with similar treatment to the Octavia VRS in the looks department. The new Skoda Superb Sportline is the mid-spec variant and has been slotted between the Style variant and the range-topping Lauren and Klement trim. The new Skoda Superb Sportline comes with a host of cosmetic changes on the outside which include a glossy black grille and rear lip spoiler, gloss black treatment on the approach angle and sides, a matte black rear diffuser that sports chrome exhaust pipes, 17-inch dual tone Drakon Alloy wheels and Sportline badging. Offered in both petrol and diesel, the Skoda Superb Sportline trim, gets the same 180 bhp 1.8-litre TSI petrol and 177 bhp 2.0-litre TDI oil burner under the hood.

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Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1, Toughbook FZ-L1 Rugged Android Devices Launched in India


Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1, Toughbook FZ-L1 Rugged Android Devices Launched in India

Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1, F1-L1 prices start at Rs. 60,000 in India

Panasonic has launched two new handheld ‘Toughbook’ models in India today. These devices are targeted towards the mobile workforce that need a rugged device to remotely do their job. The Toughbook FZ-T1 and L1 can be used for taking orders, shelf stocking, logistical record keeping among others.

The Toughbook FZ-T1 is slim, extremely durable and sports a 5-inch display. This form factor, and the fact that it can make calls, makes it closer to a smartphone than a tablet – but Panasonic still insists on calling it a ‘Toughbook’. It was launched globally back in June this year. The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, has 10-point multitouch support along with rain sensing, glove touch mode and can accept a passive pen input. The FZ-T1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and has an integrated barcode scanner which is capable of scanning barcodes.

This Toughbook can also connect to resource management systems and databases. The FZ-T1 is powered by a quad-core processor which is clocked at 1.1GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It is designed to MIL-STD810G standards and has an IP68 rating. The device is also capable of withstanding a 5 feet drop. Since the device is meant for a busy work environment, it has noise suppression technology and a loudspeaker.

Panasonic’s second offering is the Toughbook FZ-L1 which is a professional grade tablet, and launched globally in July this year. It is available in WiFi only for indoor operations as well as aone with voice and data capability for field workers. The FZ-L1 has a bigger 7-inch display with 1280×720 pixel resolution. This also supports 10-point capacitive multi-touch with rain sensing and glove mode as well as input from the optional passive stylus.

This rugged tablet is also designed to MIL-STD810G standards, is IP67 rated and is drop resistant up to 5 feet. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. Panasonic claims that the Toughbook FZ-T1 is capable of delivering up to 12-hours of battery life while the Toughbook TZ-L1 is capable of up to 9 hours of usage time. The prices of these devices start at Rs. 60,000 without tax but will go up based on customisations.



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100-Rupee Coin With Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Portrait To Be Launched Soon


Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on August 16 this year at the age of 93.

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A new 100-rupee coin with the image of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be launched soon, an official statement said today. The coin will weigh 35 grams.

One side of the coin will have a portrait of Atal Bihari Vajpayee with his name inscribed in the Devanagari script as well as English. The years 1924 and 2018 will be inscribed at the bottom of his picture. The numbers are his birth and death years.

The other side of the coin will bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with “Satyameva Jayate” inscribed below in the Devanagari script. The word “Bharat” will be inscribed on its left periphery in the Devanagari script and “India” will be on the right in English. Below the Lion Capitol will be the rupee symbol and the denominational value of 100.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on August 16 this year at the age of 93. He was the prime minister of the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for almost six years from 1999.

In his honour, various places have been renamed after him. Four Himalayan peaks have been named after him. Chhattisgarh’s Naya Raipur has also been renamed to Atal Nagar.

The Uttarakhand government has also decided to rename Dehradun airport after the former prime minister. Lucknow’s famous ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’ will be renamed after him as ‘Atal Chowk’.





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MediaTek Helio P90 SoC With New AI Engine, Support for 48-Megapixel Cameras Launched


MediaTek Helio P90 SoC With New AI Engine, Support for 48-Megapixel Cameras Launched

The MediaTek Helio P90 SoC is expected to be made avaiable in Q1 2019

MediaTek on Thursday announced the launch of the Helio P90 system-on-chip (SoC), which it claims features an enhanced AI engine capable of delivering an AI experience four times more powerful than the Helio P70 and Helio P60 chipsets. The company claims the SoC will give OEMs “the ability to offer outstanding camera features, battery life, performance and top of the line AI capabilities, while making devices accessible to mass-market consumers.” The Helio P90 SoC follows the launch of the Helio P70 SoC, which also featured a dedicated AI engine, and is expected to be available globally in consumer devices in the first quarter of 2019.

The MediaTek Helio P90 SoC is an octa-core offering, bearing two ARM Cortex-A75 cores clocked at up to 2GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz. These are arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration, and the SoC also features an Imagination Technologies PowerVR GM 9446 GPU. It employs MediaTek’s CorePilot technology, which is said to ensure processing is done in the most efficient way possible. The SoC also supports 2-channel 1866MHz LPDDR4x RAM (up to 8GB) and 21:9 full-HD+ (1080×2520 pixels) displays.

The company claims that its new APU 2.0 fusion AI architecture allows the Helio P90 SoC to support faster and more complex AI experiences such as human pose detection which can track and analyse different body movements. The SoC also supports deep learning facial detection, real-time beautification, deep-learning facial detection, and object and scene detection. Support for common frameworks such as TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe and Caffe2, allows developers to create AI-based applications.

The MediaTek Helio P90 SoC features three image signal processors (ISPs) and supports up to 48-megapixel single cameras, or 24+16-megapixel dual cameras. The ISP AI engine can accurately detect faces and scenes in real-time under low light and motion conditions, MediaTek claims. The SoC supports dual-SIM dual VoLTE, 2×2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 5.0 as connectivity options.

“The Helio P90 is an AI processing powerhouse with ultra-fast performance and a host of AI-powered imaging improvements. This chip will reset consumer expectations of what a smartphone can do, and usher in a new era of super high-resolution smartphone photography to the market,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.



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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition With 10GB of RAM, Warp Charge Tech Launched in India


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has been launched in India, after the phone’s global unveiling on Tuesday. The latest OnePlus 6T variant was unveiled at an event held in Mumbai late on Wednesday. The most premium variant of the entire range, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition comes with features including 10GB RAM, 256GB of onboard storage, a McLaren brand logo, McLaren’s signature Papaya Orange colour wrapped around the borders of the phone, and the company’s new Warp Charge 30 charging technology. The retail box also comes with bundled gifts and redesigned USB cables. Let’s check out OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India and specifications.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India, launch offers

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India is set at Rs. 50,999 for the 10GB RAM/ 256GB storage configuration, which is the only one it has been launched in. This price is significantly higher than the Rs. 45,999 price tag of the 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage model announced at the October launch event. It will go on sale from Amazon India and the OnePlus India website from December 15. It will also be available for offline purchase from OnePlus exclusive offline stores in key cities. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will also be sold exclusively in a special sale on December 13 at the OnePlus Experience Store in Connaught Place, New Delhi, due to open on the day. 

As for OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launch offers, OnePlus says that on occasion of its 5th anniversary celebrations, offers will be available from December 15 to December 24 on the new model, as well as other OnePlus 6T variants. These offers include:Rs. 2,000 cashback on all EMI transactions on Axis Bank cards, Rs. 1,500 cashback on all transactions made using Axis Bank credit or debit cards across all offline and online platforms; up to 6 months no-cost EMI on Amazon.in, Oneplus India, and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores; additional Rs. 3,000 off on exchange of any old OnePlus handset and Rs. 2,000 off on exchange of other devices on Amazon.in, OnePlus India, and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores. 

Spanning across 3600 square feet, it is located at the heart of the city. Like the OnePlus Experience Store in Bangalore and Chennai, the new offline store is expected to be a hub for community members to engage with the brand and experience everything OnePlus – from device to accessories.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition design, features

The major differences in the design of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition include a subtle carbon fibre pattern underneath the glass back panel. The bottom edge of the model has McLaren’s Papaya Orange accent running all over it. OnePlus bundles a custom braided Papaya Orange USB Type-C cable in the retail box. The new Warp Charge 30 charging tech offers up to 30W fast charging capabilities, and is said to offer a day’s worth of charge in 20 minutes. 

The retail box of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also comes with a Speedmark McLaren logo made of McLaren designed F1 AA-grade carbon fibre. 

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition runs OxygenOS on top of Android 9.0 Pie, and sports a 6.41-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) AMOLED panel with an 19.5:9 aspect ratio and sRGB support. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 10GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage. Storage on the handset is not expandable via microSD card.

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In the camera department, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition sports a dual rear camera setup comprising of primary 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor, paired with 4k video at 60fps, Super Slow Motion video, and dual-LED flash. On the front, the handset bears a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1-micron pixel size, and EIS.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C (v2.0) port. There is a 3,700mAh battery under the hood, with support for Warp Charge 30. Dimensions of the phone are 157.5×74.8×8.2mm, and it weighs 185 grams.



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Fortnite Deep Freeze PC Bundle Launched in India


The Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle is now available on PC in India. This follows the Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle hitting PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch last month. Much like the Nintendo Switch and PS4 versions of the Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle, it’s just a code in a box, making the Xbox One version of the Fortnite Deep Freeze bundle the only one to be available on disc (and the only way you can play Fortnite in India without having to change your Xbox One region). The Fortnite Deep Freeze PC bundle price is Rs.1,999 and its available at offline retailers and specialist stores like Games The Shop. Expect it on Amazon and Flipkart soon enough.

Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle contents

  • Fortnite Battle Royale game
  • Frostbite Outfit
  • Cold Front Glider
  • Chill-Axe Pickaxe
  • Freezing Point Back Bling
  • 1,000 V-Bucks

Players can also purchase and download the Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle digitally through the in-game store and first-party digital marketplaces. This marks Fortnite’s second foray at physical retail. The first was a limited run of Fortnite Save the World on disc that was published by Borderlands 2 hitmaker Gearbox which didn’t make it to India either.

With Fortnite Season 7 in full swing we wonder how many would bother with this variant of the game seeing how the cosmetic items for it appear dated in comparison. In fact, the latest update to Fortnite Season 7 just hit, bringing the Close Encounters limited time mode (LTM) and the Infinity Blade. No, not the classic iOS game, rather the Infinity Blade weapon from the game of the same name.

Close Encounters is an interesting addition to Fortnite’s battle royale mode, bringing jetpacks and shotguns to the fore alongside quicker matches and stat-tracking enabled too. The Fortnite 7.01 update also adds Creative Mode. This will be available to all from December 13. The Fortnite 7.01 update download size is around 150MB on iOS.


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Headline: Tata Tiago XZ+ Launched In India, Prices Start At Rs. 5.57 Lakh


The Tiago XZ+ is the new top-end variant in the Tiago range and gets a host of exterior and interior updates.




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The Tiago has been one of the best-selling models for Tata in recent years

Tata Motors has added a new XZ+ variant in the Tiago range which is the new top-end variant with additional features and enhanced exterior treatment. The Tiago XZ+ is available in both 1.2-liter Revotron petrol engine and 1.05-litre diesel Revotorq engine which is mated to only to a five-speed manual gearbox while the AMT is in the option. The Tiago XZ+ has been launched I two new colour option- Canyon Orange and Ocean Blue and the petrol colour has been priced at ₹ 5.57 lakhs for the single tone colour option and ₹ 6.4 lakhs for the dual tone colour option. The diesel Tiago XZ+ will be available at ₹ 6.31 lakh for single tone colour variant and ₹ 6.38 lakh for the dual tone colour variant, all prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

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Tata Motors has made a host of additions in the new top-spec Tiago both on the outside and in the inside. For starters, you must have already understood that the Tiago XZ+ is available in new dual tone colour option where it gets a glossy black roof & spoiler. Moreover, it gets 15-inch dual tone alloy wheels (only available in petrol) chrome highlights on the boot gate, body moulding on the sides and projector headlamps with black bezel.

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The cabin of the new Tiago XZ+ is equipped with a ConnectNext 7-inch touchscreen system by Harman which supports Android Auto, voice command recognition, read out SMS notification, Digital controls for FATC, Auto Climate Control and Powered ORVMs. The Tiago XZ+ will go on sale across India on December 12.

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Top 10 Cars Launched In 2018


2018 is all set to come to an end, and we have to say, it was quite an eventful year for the automotive industry. Right from entry-level hatchbacks like the all-new Hyundai Santro, to premium SUVs like the new-gen Audi Q5, we saw a host new and facelifted models being launched in India. There were some very important launches across almost every segment in India it will be very difficult to address them all here. However, we list down the top 10 cars that were launched in India in 2018.

Here Are The Top 10 Cars Launched In India In 2018:

Maruti Suzuki Swift

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New Maruti Swift is more stylish, better equipped and a lot safer than the previous-gen model

Clearly one of the most important launches in 2018, the new-gen Maruti Suzuki Swift came in with a bang and is currently among the bestselling cars in India. The car is based on the company’s new Heartect platform and had gone through some heavy makeover both outside and well as inside. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift more stylish, better equipped and a lot safer than the previous-gen model, while the prices saw a minimal hike. The car now comes with LED DRLs, projector headlamps, diamond cut alloys, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among others, while in terms of safety, the new Swift is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EDB, front seatbelt pretesioners and seatbelt reminder as standard. Under the hood, the car continues to come with the tried and tested 89 bhp 1.2-litre petrol and 74 bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine, now with the option of an AMT unit, in addition to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox for both.

Hyundai Santro

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The Hyundai Santro re-entered the market with a new platform, modern styling and features and an AMT option

2018 also marked the re-entry of one of the most iconic names in the Indian automotive industry – the Hyundai Santro. The South Korean carmaker launched the new Hyundai Santro only a few months ago, and the car has already started to create a considerable impact on the market. Based on a new platform altogether, the new Santo come with a host of modern features like a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and rear AC vents – a first in the class feature, but does not get climate control. The new Hyundai Santro also offers a single driver side airbag as standard on all models, while the passenger side airbag only on the Asta model. The Hyundai Santro will be powered by a 69 bhp 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual or a new 5-speed AMT gearbox.

Ford Freestyle

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Ford Freestyle is the first crossover model from the carmaker in India

The newest member of Ford India’s line-up, the all-new Freestyle is the first crossover car from the company and is based on the Figo hatchback. The car also has good road presence and is equipped with smart features like a dash-top touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the company’s SYNC3 connectivity system on offer. The car also gets reverse parking sensors, dual airbags and ABS as standard, while a reverse camera is available from the Trend trim and above. The new Ford Freestyle also comes with an all-new 94 bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine from the Dragon series and the tried and tested 99 bhp 1.5-litre diesel motor mated to a 5-speed gearbox as standard.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz received its proper mid-life facelift this year after four years

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz received its proper mid-life facelift this year and come with a host exterior and interior cosmetic and feature upgrades. The facelifted Ciaz now comes with a new grille, updated headlamps and taillamps, and new alloy wheels. The cabin, on the other hand, gets updated interior with new upholstery, and a revised dashboard with new wooden inserts, and updated steering wheel with cruise control, and a revised instrument cluster with a colour MID display. The new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz continues to get smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Suzuki’s recently launched ‘Suzuki Connect’ telematics system. The biggest change, however, was under the hood – an all-new 103 bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, replacing the older 1.4-litre engine, along with the tried the tested 89 bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine. Transmission option includes a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 4-speed AT for the petrol model.

Honda Amaze

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New Honda Amaze is essentially an all-new car in terms of platform, design, styling and features

The Honda Amaze also received a generation upgrade this year, and it’s wouldn’t be an overstatement to call it an all-new car. The car is based on a new-generation platform and comes with all-new design and styling in line with Honda’s latest design language. While the car does miss out on the likes of LED headlamps or even projector headlamps, which are pretty common even in entry-level cars, but the Amaze does come with a nice road presence and CVT automatic option for both petrol and diesel variants. The engines, however, remain unchanged as the car gets the same 89 bhp 1.2-litre petrol and 99 bhp 1.5-litre diesel which come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 7-step CVT automatic. It also became the first in its segment to get a diesel CVT model.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The top-spec C 300d AMG-Line gets the diamond stud grille and a sporty bumper profile.

This year also witnessed the launch of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift in India. The updated C-Class will only be offered in diesel option, available in three variants – C 220 d Prime, C 220 d Progressive, and C 300 d AMG Line. Visually, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets an updated face that features the A-Class range’s signature diamond-pattern grille design. The interiors of the C-Class have been significantly enhanced with a new 10.25-inch media display screen and new generation telematics, NGT 5.5 smartphone integration adding better appearance and connectivity in line. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is powered by a 2.0-litre engine that comes in two states of tunes – 192 bhp and 241 bhp. Mercedes-Benz also launched the Cabriolet version of the 2018 C-Class, exclusively on the 750th episode of the carandbike show. The 2018 C-Class Cabriolet gets a 2-litre petrol engine which makes 258 bhp.

Mahindra Marazzo

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Mahindra Marazzo is built on a new frame-based, front-wheel-drive architecture

The Mahindra Marazzo is possibly one of the most important launches for the home-grown automaker this year. The new MPV is built on a new frame-based, front-wheel-drive architecture and has been very well received in the market. With its styling inspired by the Shark, the new Mahindra Marazzo is bold, well-equipped, offers improved safety features and is one of the best value-for-money MPVs. The MPV gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, roof-mounted air-con system, cruise control, and an automatic climate control. The standard safety features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, disc brakes all around and ISOFIX mounts along with an over-speeding warning. Powering the Mahindra Marazzo is a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine tuned to offer 121 bhp and develops a peak torque of 300 Nm. The engine only comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and right now.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

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New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is based on the same Heartect platform like the Swift and Dzire,

2018 also marked the launch of the long-anticipated second-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Based on the same Heartect platform like the Swift and Dzire, the new Ertiga is lighter and more rigid now, while growing bigger in size. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets new exterior, featuring a bold new grille projector headlamps, wide C-shape housing for the fog lamps, new alloy wheels sharp LED taillamps and more. The new Ertiga packs more features with the likes of a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being offered on the top spec models. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will have a roof mounted AC vents for the third row and also get wooden inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel for a more premium looking interior as compared to the first gen model. Engines options are same as the new Ciaz – a 103 bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine and an 89 bhp 1.3-litre diesel engine, mated to 5-speed manual as standard and an optional 4-speed automatic transmission for the petrol model.

Volvo XC40

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The Volvo XC40 is based on the company’s new Compact Modular Architecture

The new Volvo XC40 also joined the Swedish automaker’s Indian line up this year and it’s the first model to come out of the company’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). Up front, it gets the signature sunken grille along with the famous Thor’s headlamps with daylight running lights (DRLs). The hood gets a subtle sculpted line that goes along its sporty design. At the back, the XC40 gets the vertical taillamps, and while it is the same as you get in any other Volvo XC, the C-shape for indicators is quite youthful to look at. Inside the new Volvo XC40, and you’ll be greeted by a premium interior with leather upholstery and a 9-inch Sensus system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Under the hood, Volvo will offer only the D4 diesel variant, which is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, in-line, twin turbo engine capable of producing 187 bhp.

Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5 diesel was launched in January while the petrol model in June

Audi launched both the diesel and the petrol versions of the second-generation Audi Q5 SUV in India this year. We first saw the launch of the diesel version in January 2018, followed by the launch of the petrol model in June 2018. Both the SUVs look identical from outside as well as include, and are based on the flexible MLB Evo platform and mimics the design of the larger Q7. The cabin comes with an 8.3-inch display while you also get the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display in place of the analogue instrument cluster. The latter though will be available on the range-topping version. 2018 Audi Q5 will be the 248 bhp 2.0-litre TFSI unit, while the diesel model gets a 2.0-litre TDI engine, which makes 187 bhp.

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Tata Tiago JTP

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Tata tiago JTP is the hot hatch version of the standard Tiago

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The Tata Tiago JTP might be based in the existing Tiago, but the car is essentially a hot-hatch version of the car. Co-developed by Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives, the new Tata Tiago JTP and the biggest selling point for us is the 1.2 -litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine which delivers 112 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque, making it one of best cars to be launched in India this year. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Visually, the Tiago JTP comes with aggressive front bumper with large trapezoidal lower grille, dual chamber projector headlamps with chrome rings and a hood vent. The car also comes with 15-inch diamond cut dual tone alloy wheels, roof spoiler, and wider tyres. The cabin gets a base black treatment with bold red accents and matching red double stitching on the seats, and ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman’ which is paired with 8 speakers and app suite and voice command recognition.

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