2019 Kawasaki Z900 Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 7.68 Lakh


The 2019 Kawasaki is now offered in three new colour options but gets no mechanical changes with power coming from the same in-line four-cylinder engine.

Following up the launch of the 2019 Versys 650, India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) has introduced the 2019 Z900 street-fighter motorcycle. As it was with the 2019 Versys 650, the 2019 Kawasaki Z900 gets cosmetic changes largely restricted to the graphics for the new model year while retaining the same mechanicals. The price tag remains the same as well on the 2019 Z900 at ₹ 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom). The in-line four-cylinder motorcycle is now available in three colour options including metallic moondust grey/ebony, pearl flat stardust white/metallic spark black and metallic flat spark black/metallic spark black.

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First launched in 2017 as a replacement to the Z800, the Kawasaki Z900 is one of the more pocket friendly in-line fours you can get your hands on. The muscular styling remains on point with the chiselled fuel tank, upswept tail and sharp bikini fairing. The contrast finished exposed adds to the styling on the motorcycle even further.

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(The 2019 Kawasaki Z900’s in-line four motor makes 123.3 bhp and 98 Nm of peak torque)

In terms of powertrain, the 948 cc engine on the Kawasaki Z900 has been tuned to produce 123.3 bhp and 98.6 Nm of peak torque, paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by 41 mm USD forks up front while the rear uses a monoshock unit. Both are adjustable. Braking duties are handled by 300 mm dual petal discs at the front and a single 250 mm petal disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard. The bike tips the scales at 210 kg and gets a 17-litre fuel tank.

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The Kawasaki Z900 is locally assembled in the country at the company’s facility in Chakan, near Pune. The street-fighter competes with the Yamaha MT-09, Triumph Street Triple, Ducati Monster 797 and the Suzuki GSX-S750.

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2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 6.69 Lakh


The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 gets no mechanical changes, or a change in its pricing, but there’s a new colour scheme on offer.




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The Kawasaki Versys 650 is powered by 650 cc twin-cylinder motor with 67.4 bhp on offer

India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) has launched the 2019 edition of the Versys 650 in the country right in time for the festive season. The  2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 is priced at ₹ 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom), same as the current model on sale while there are no mechanical changes either on the new model year. What’s new though is the paint scheme on the middleweight tourer with new black and green highlights for the front and rear section, while the fuel tank is finished in grey. The announcement comes just days after the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT and the SWM Superdual T adventure motorcycle were launched in India.

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Power on the  2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 comes from the same 649 cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine tuned to produce 67.4 bhp and 64 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike uses a 41 mm USD forks up front and a pre-load and rebound adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear. Braking duties on the motorcycle are handled by 300 mm twin disc brakes at the frotn and a 250 mm single disc at the rear with Nissin calipers. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard on the Versys 650.

Also Read: SWM Superdual T Launched In India

Touring has always been the mainstay for the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with road-spec tyres. The bike still remains away from a lot of electronic intervention and does not have any of the fancy electronics onboard, also making for a competitive price tag.

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The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 undercuts its competition in terms of pricing. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS is priced at ₹ 7.46 lakh, while the SWM Superdual T is priced at ₹ 6.80 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).

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MotoRoyale Launches The FB Mondial HPS 300 In India; Priced At Rs. 3.37 Lakh


This is the first time FB Mondial is making an appearance in India. Among the 8 motorcycles launched, FB Mondial HPS 300 is the most affordable model.




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The FB Mondial HPS 300 is the most affordable Scrambler you can buy in India

Kinetic MotoRoyale has introduced the FB Mondial motorcycle brand in India and the first FB Mondial model to be launched in India is the HPS 300, priced at ₹ 3.37 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The FB Mondial HPS 300 is essentially a retro-scrambler which has a lovely minimalistic design and looks quite sexy. The HPS 300 gets a chiselled fuel tank along with a flat seat and knobby off-road that gives the bike proper old-school charm. The motorcycle was first showcased at the 2017 EICMA Show and is based on the FB Mondial’s HPS 125. One way to look at it would be that the HPS 300 is the most affordable scrambler motorcycle that you can buy in India.

Also Read: MotoRoyale Launches 7 New Bikes In India

The bike gets a 249 cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine which makes about 24 bhp and 22 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a six-speed gearbox. Up front, the bike gets 41 mm USD forks and at the rear, there are dual-shock absorbers. Braking is taken care of by a 280 mm disc up front and 220 mm disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard. The bike weighs about 135 kg which theoretically should mean solid power-to-weight ratio. The FB Mondial HPS gets an 18-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch wheel at the rear with tyre sizes 110/90 R18 up front and 130/70/R17 at the rear.

Also Read: MotoRoyale New Bikes Launch Highlights

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The price tag sure is expensive for a single-cylinder motorcycle but then, FB Mondial motorcycles are all about exclusivity. And in case you are looking for options, then the BMW G 310 GS is its closest rival.

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2018 Maserati Gran Turismo Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 2.25 Crore


The new Gran Turismo is the latest Maserati designed by Pininfarina.




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The 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo is the latest Maserati which has been designed by Pininfarina.

Maserati has launched the 2018 Gran Turismo in India at Rs 2.25 Crore (ex-showroom, India). The 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo is the latest Maserati which has been designed by the iconic design house- Pininfarina and was globally unveiled at the Goodwood Festival last year. The major design change on the new Maserati Gran Turismo is the new shark-nose hexagonal grille which is inspired by the Alfieri concept. At the bottom there are new air ducts which in amalgamation with the grille improve the airflow distribution and reduce aerodynamic drag to 0.32. While there hasn’t been made any substantial changes to the side of the car, the rear gets a new profiling for the bumper keeping it aligned with the GT coupe and cabriolet. Moreover, the carbon fibre finished lip spoiler and dual exhaust pipes are retained.

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The major design change on the new Maserati Gran Turismo is the new shark-nose hexagonal grille.

On the inside, the 2018 Gran Turismo is loaded with features like an 8.4-inch touch screen that supports connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and mirror link and is coupled with a Harmon Kardon sound system. The seats of the Gran Turismo are wrapped in Poltrona Frau and Alcantara leather and are finished with carbon fibre at the back. The central console also gets carbon fibre detailing and has been redesigned to house the double rotary dials which are finished in forged aluminium.

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The new Maserati Gran Turismo comes in two variants- Sport and the MC. Both are powered by a Ferrari sourced 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that develops 460 bhp at 7000 rpm and 520 Nm of peak torque at 4750 rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed Automatic gearbox as standard.

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Out in the market, the 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo will lock horns with Porsche 911 Turbo and the Nissan GT-R.

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2018 TVS Wego Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 53,027


The 2018 TVS Wego gets new graphics, new colour schemes and added features.




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The TVS Wego remains unchanged mechanically

TVS Motor Company has launched a refreshed version of the Wego for 2018 and the festive season. The 2018 TVS Wego gets new graphics design, new colour schemes and a few new added features as well. The seat is a new unit and the scooter also now gets a pass-by switch and a maintenance free battery. One can opt for sporty wheel-rim stickers along with a 20-litre utility box as well.

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Aniruddha Haldar, Vice President (Marketing) Commuter Motorcycles, Scooter and Corporate Brand, TVS Motor Company said, “At TVS Motor Company, we have brought in interventions across our product portfolio based on evolving customer requirements. TVS WEGO is inspired by the youthful lifestyle of our target audience. We are confident that this refresh of the award winning TVS WEGO, will resonate with our customers.”

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The 2018 Wego continues to get the same 110 cc single-cylinder engine which makes 8 bhp and 8.4 Nm of peak torque. The Wego has a claimed fuel efficiency of 62 kmpl and continues to get features such as digital speedometer, full-metal body along with body balancing technology as well. The 2018 TVS Wego will be available in four colours, which are Red, Blue, Grey and Black.

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Okinawa Ridge+ With Lithium-Ion Battery Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 64,998


The Okinawa Ridge+ gets a lithium-ion battery in place of lead acid battery, extending the mieage to 120 km in a single charge.

Gurugram-based electric two-wheeler maker  Okinawa Autotech has announced the launch of the a new version to the Ridge electric scooter. The Okinawa Ridge+ is the new lithium-ion battery powered version and has been priced at ₹ 64,998 (ex-showroom, India). The new Okinawa Ridge+ uses an 800 watt, BLDC water-proof motor and extends the scooter’s range to a claimed 120 km in a single charge. The Ridge+ will be sold alongside the standard Okinawa Ridge that used a lead battery. The new Ridge+ is substantially more expensive than the lead battery powered Ridge by about ₹ 21,000.

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Commenting on the launch of the new Ridge+, Okinawa Autotech – MD, Jeetender Sharma said, “After the positive response garnered by Ridge and Praise, Ridge+ is the result of Okinawa’s sustained desire to keep offering Indian commuters best-in-class EVs which are not only equal, but even better than their in-class conventional fuel variants. The Ridge+ offers great convenience by providing the detachable battery which makes the charging at ease. User can take out the battery and carry to their home or office for charging purpose. Equipped with a Micro-charger featuring Auto-cut that get the scooter up and running in 2 hours flat. The high mileage offered by it is a treat for the explorers amidst our users for whom the roads are not a means towards a destination but an experience in themselves. Lastly, the unique design and color scheme of the Ridge+ will definitely make it, along with its proud owner, stand out among the crowds.’

The new Okinawa Ridge retains the same design and styling as the standard version, and is available in two colours options – Lucent Orange/ Magna Grey & Mid Night Blue. The electric scooter also has the same top speed of 55 kmph and a loading capacity of 150 kg. In addition to the lithium-ion battery, the Ridge+ also gets e-ABS (Electronic-Assisted Braking System), while features like the anti-theft alarm, keyless entry, central locking and drum brakes have been carried over. The Ridge+ also comes with a Find My Scooter function that allows you to remotely locate the scooter.

The Okinawa Ridge+ is the third such offering from the company, and is alongside the Ridge and Praise scooters. Interestingly, the Ridge+ is more expensive than the flagship Praise that uses a lead acid battery and is priced at ₹ 59,889 (ex-showroom). That said, the company did say the Praise would also get a ithium-ion battery version as optional.

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The Okinawa Ridge+ is available the company’s dealerships pan India starting this month, and the company aims to roll out about 500 units the electric scooter in a few states. An additional 1500 units of the Ridge+ will be produced and shipped across the country in November this year.

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New 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 Launched In India, Priced At Rs. 2.19 Crore


The new generation Mercedes-AMG G63 stays true to its squared-off foundations with its chiselled body and straight lines but adds a bit of sanity for the first time ever with its share of subtle curves.




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The new Mercedes-AMG G63 gets a 4-litre twin turbo engine similar to the Mercedes-AMG GTR

What is possibly the most baller/gangsta/lit (or all the other rap analogies you can think of) vehicle in the world, the Mercedes-AMG G63 has now been launched in India in its newest avatar priced at ₹ 2.19 Crore (ex-showroom). The new generation Mercedes-AMG G63 stays true to its squared-off foundations with its chiselled body and straight lines but adds a bit of sanity for the first time ever with its share of subtle curves. But of course, the real changes on the new G-Class and the G63, in particular, is that new high-end interior that looks straight out of the S-Class and that is a good thing especially since the older G63 did have a rather old and dated interior package.

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The Mercedes-AMG G63 gets LED lights all around and there’s also a new Panamericana grille

The new Mercedes-AMG G63 is still based on a ladder frame chassis, still gets three options for a differential lock and still gets four-wheel drive with a low range gearbox. Up front, the G63 gets a 4-litre twin turbo engine, essentially the same that you also get on the Mercedes-AMG GTR, making 577 bhp and 850 Nm. The big brute of an SUV does 0-100 kmph in just 4.5 seconds! The new G63 is also now mated to the brand new 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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The G63 gets tell-tale side exhausts, flared wheel arches, and 22-inch rims along with red brake callipers

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Other changes – especially on this AMG version of the iconic G-Class include the likes of the Panamericana grille that Mercedes-Benz has been using on its high-end AMG models and a set of really cool circular daytime running lights. The headlamps are now all-LED and so are the tail lamps. The G63 also gets a set of 22-inch wheels and of course, that one thing that makes this SUV oh-so-cool, side exhaust pipes! As with the previous model, India will get only the G63 and not the standard V8 powered G500 petrol or the V6 powered diesel.

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BS-VI Compliant BMW X1 Petrol Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 37.50 Lakh


The BMW X1 sDrive20i is offered in a single variant, powered by a BS-VI compliant 2.0-litre petrol engine tuned for 189 bhp.

BMW India has added a new petrol version its line-up with the X1 SUV that has been launched in the country priced at ₹ 37.50 lakh (ex-showroom). However, what’s interesting is that the BMW X1 petrol gets a BS-VI compliant engine, meeting early on with the April 2020 deadline of BS-VI engines on new vehicles. The BMW X1 sDrive20i is offered exclusively in the xLine design variant that brings practicality and modern styling to the premium SUV. Like the other versions of the X1, the new X1 petrol is also locally assembled at the BMW Group plant in Chennai and is now available for order across the automaker’s dealerships pan India.

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Power on the BMW X1 sDrive20i comes from the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol motor tuned for 189 bhp and peak torque of 280 Nm available from 1350-4600 rpm. The engine is paired with a 7-speed Steptronic sport automatic dual-clutch transmission. The X1 petrol is capable of doing the 0-100 kmph sprint 7.6 secodns, while the top speed is rated at 224 kmph. There’s no All-Wheel Drive on offer on the X1 petrol.

 

With respect to aesthetics, the BMW X1 sDrive20i does not get any change over the standard model apart from the badge. The bold kidney grille gets finished in a matte aluminium frame, while there’s plenty of chrome all over for the plush feel. The SUV rides on 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels. The xLine Design trim also adds a host of features to the X1 including a panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting in orange and white.

Other notable features on the BMW X1 petrol include the leather steering wheel that comes with Servotronic speed-sensitive steering assistance and allows parking and turning-off manoeuvres to be done with little effort. Other features includ a 16.5 cm touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay, park distance control, BMW apps, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and more. The SUV also comes with a tonne of safety features including six airbags, ABS, Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Side-impact Protection and more.

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Much like all BMWs, the X1 also gets 50:50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity in favour better driving dynamics. The car has also been equipped with auto start-stop, Eco Pro mode, brake energy regeneration and more to maximise on fuel efficiency. The BMW X1 competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3 and the Volvo XC40 in the segment.

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Ferrari Portofino Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 3.5 Crore


The Ferrari Portofino replaces the Italian marque’s most affordable offering, the California T. The car has been priced in India at Rs. 3.5 crore.




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Ferrari Portofino is a convertible with a hard-top, named after one of Italy’s prettiest coastal towns

The Ferrari Portofino has been launched in India and is priced at ₹ 3.5 crore (ex-showroom, India). The Portofino first made its debut at Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations last year in Italy. Drawing its name from an Italian fishing village, the Portofino looks quite dapper and is a convertible with a hard-top. With its sculpted front end and boomerang shaped LED headlamps, the Portofino gets typically Ferrari styling and looks sharper and sexier than California T. The new Ferrari Portofino features a carbon fibre side skirt while the rear wheel arch haunches are accentuated and lead into the tail lamps. The rear, on the other hand, is all-new and looks a lot aggressive, featuring twin tail lamps that are set apart and a quad exhaust setup, with a contoured boot lid.

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Ferrari says that the chassis has been re-designed with the weight reduced by 80 kg and has better torsional rigidity. The company claims that the chassis is now up to 35 per cent stiffer. This is the model in Ferrari’s GT range to get an electro-mechanical steering assembly which makes for a 7 per cent reduction in steering ratio and improving the response of the car.

The Ferrari Portofino gets a 3.9-litre twin turbo V8 engine which is the same one on the California T but has been updated inside out with new workings. The engine churns out about 600 bhp at 7,500 rpm and has a peak torque output of 760 Nm at 5,250 rpm. The top speed of the Portofino is rated to be 320 kmph and does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.5 seconds.

The cabin of the Portofino gets a large centrally mounted 10.2-inch touchscreen and a separate screen for the passenger side as well. The infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay as well. Other feature includes electric seats which can be adjusted in 18 ways. The Ferrari Portofino has a 2+2 seating configuration which means that it can technically fit two adults upfront and can possibly fit two kids at the rear. The Portofino also features a new wind deflector design that helps cut down airflow inside the cabin by up to 30 per cent as compared to the California T.

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The Ferrari Portofino will be sold through the company’s dealership in Delhi which is Select Cars and through Navnit Motors in Mumbai.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 75 Lakh


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain is based on the E-Class estate wagon, and comes with bold crossover-like styling and a bunch of luxury features.




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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain comes with bold crossover-like styling and 4MATIC system

Mercedes-Benz India has launched its much anticipated E-Class All-Terrain in India, priced at ₹ 75 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Essentially a crossover version of the E-Class estate wagon, the new E-Class All-Terrain was first revealed in India, at the 2018 Auto Expo, and was slated to be launched towards the festive season. Equipped with the carmaker’s signature 4MATIC all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the E-Class All-Terrain comes with bold crossover-like styling and a bunch of luxury features borrowed from the E-Class sedan. The car competes in India with Volvo V90 Cross Country.

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Talking about the newest addition to the company’s Indian line-up, Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain has a powerful, unique appearance coupled with go-anywhere capability which differentiates All-Terrain from a classic estate. It features a range of technologies that enhances driving pleasure and offers unmatched luxury with rugged appeal. The All-Terrain has the elegance and luxury of an E-Class combined with the practicality and versatility of an SUV, with the go-anywhere capability of an off-roader.”

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain E 220 d 4MATIC is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that tuned to offers 192 bhp at 3800 rpm and develops 400 Nm at 1600 – 2800 rpm. The engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that helps the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in flat 8 seconds, before hitting a top-speed of 231 kmph.

Visually, the new E-Class All-Terrain shares a bunch of its styling cues with the E-Class sedan and the GLE SUV. Up front, the car features an SUV-style radiator grille, LED projector headlamps and a heavily cladded bumper with chrome details. The robust body of the All-Terrain is further accentuated by the wheel arch cladding and the large light-weight 19-inch alloy wheels. The roof gets a contrast black treatment, while the rear section comes with sleek wraparound LED taillamps, and a beefy rear bumper with a silver diffuser and chrome-tipped dual exhaust port.

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The 4MATIC all-wheel drive E-Class All-Terrain has unique features like increased ground clearance due to the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, which increased the ground clearance by 35 mm. The cabin comes with rear seat with backrest that folds into a 40:20:40 split offering a maximum of 1,820 litres of storage.

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