Nissan Kicks India Unveil Live Updates; Images, Features, Specifications

Nissan Kicks India Unveil Live Updates; Images, Features, Specifications

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The India-bound new Nissan Kicks will be bigger than the global version of the SUV

Nissan Kicks, the all-new compact SUV from the Japanese carmaker is all set to make its India debut today, and we’ll be bringing you all the live updates from the launch event here. Slated to be launched in January 2019, the all-new Kicks set to be showcased here is the India-spec model which will be different from the already revealed global spec model which was showcased last year in Brazil. Nissan says that the new Indian-spec Kicks SUV will be bigger than the internationally sold model and has been designed based on the B0 platform that also underpins the Renault Duster and Captur, as well as the Nissan Terrano.

Also Read: Nissan Announces New Strategy For India With Kicks SUV To Lead Charge

The Nissan Kicks has been developed at the new Nissan Design Centre, located in Chennai. Furthermore, the India-bound Kicks will also be slightly bigger than its international counterpart and is expected to come with a roomier cabin, and a bunch of technical features for connectivity that will be specific to the Indian market.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks Spotted Testing In India For The First Time

However, the styling, for the most part, will be very similar to the Kicks sold in the Brazilian market, as indicated by the recently released teaser sketch. The Kicks will come with the company’s signature V-motion grille, large sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, along with a wide central airdam and LED foglamps on either end. The rear, on the other hand, will come with a set of sharp LED taillamps, sculpted tailgate, and a beefy rear bumper with diffuser. We also expect the India-bound kicks to retain the floating roof design with dual tone colour treatment.

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Jawa Motorcycles Unveil Date Announced

Mahindra owned Jawa Motorcycles is all set to unveil its first offering on November 15 this year, and it is likely that the bike will be offered in three iterations.

Resurrecting the brand name in India, the Mahindra Group owned Classic Legends Jawa Motorcycles announced its new 293 cc engine earlier this week and the company has now announced that its first motorcycle will be revealed on November 15, 2018. The new motorcycle has been developed from ground up by the Indian auto giant and is likely to be inspired from the yesteryear Jawas. Details though are scarce at the moment on the new bike from the manufacturer.

Also Read: Upcoming Jawa Motorcycles To Get A New 293 cc Single-Cylinder Engine

Thatsaid, reports suggest that the new Jawa motorcycle will be offered in three iterations based on the same platform. The bike will be drawing power from the recently revealed 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned for 27 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. The engine looks every bit retro with the faux cooling fins and a Rei exhaust system. Keeping up with the modern times though, there’s fuel injection available that will make it ready to meet BS6 regulations by 2020. A 6-speed gearbox will be paired with the new engine on the Jawa.


(The new Jawa Engine for India looks retro while being future ready with fuel injection)

With regards to performance, the new engine is said to offer a generous mid-range and a flat torque curve which should help maintain spirited performance on the motorcycle at low rpms without making overly sporty.


Once a strong competitor to Royal Enfield, Jawa Motorcycles seized operations in India during the 1990s. However, the brand enjoys a large fan following even today with owners continuing to meet ups and riding groups. With the new motorcycles from the brand, a large of section of these riders will certainly be very happy. We will get more details on the new Jawa Motorcycles and the brand’s future plans on November 15. Make sure to keep watching this space for all the details.

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PM Narendra Modi To Unveil 64-Feet Statue Of Peasant Leader Sir Chhotu Ram In Rohtak On October 9

The statue has been designed by renowned sculptor Ram V Suthar and his son Anil Suthar

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 64-feet-tall statue of peasant leader late Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village Garhi Sampla in Haryana’s Rohtak district on October 9, Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said Tuesday.

The prime minister will also visit a museum where belongings of Sir Chhotu Ram are kept and see a documentary on his life, Mr Singh told reporters.

After the event, PM Modi will address a public rally, the minister informed and indicated that the prime minister may also make some major announcements.

Replying to a question that whether PM Modi is expected to make any major announcements at the rally, in which farmers from adjoining states are also taking part, Mr Singh said, “He (PM) may do so.”

Mr Singh, who is grandson of Sir Chhotu Ram, further said the statute has been designed by renowned sculptor Ram V Suthar and his son Anil Suthar.

“He (Sir Chhotu Ram) was farmers’ voice during the undivided India. Farmers across the country and even in Pakistan remember him because of the courage he showed to protect the rights of the farmers under the British Raj. He helped farmers in getting back their land from money lenders. He is remembered as a hero by the farmers,” Mr Singh said.

On today’s farmer protest, Mr Singh said it is the present government that has taken farmer-friendly initiatives like doubling their income, increasing MSP, etc. Those who are not aware of government efforts will keep on criticising, the minister said.

The function will also be attended by Governors of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, he added.

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Volkswagen T-Cross SUV Spied Ahead Of Global Unveil Next Month

There will also be two versions of the Volkswagen T-Cross on offer with the Euro-spec model measuring a wheelbase of 2560 mm, while that for the emerging markets will be longer at 2650 mm.

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The Volkswagen T-Cross for emerging markets is longer than the Euro-spec model

The Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV will be the smallest UV to come from the German auto giant and ahead of its official debut next month at the Paris Motor Show 2018, spy images of the model have made their way online. The latest images provide a good look at the upcoming T-Cross, and the model sure looks promising. The Volkswagen T-Cross is an extremely important product for the carmaker and will cater to a wide audience not only in developed markets, but in growing economies as well. No wonder then, VW has planned a massive unveil for the T-Cross with the launch event to be held simultaneously in Germany, Brazil and Chile.


There will also be two versions of the T-Cross on offer with the Euro-spec model measuring a wheelbase of 2560 mm, while that for the emerging markets will be longer at 2650 mm. Overall, the T-Cross will  measure a little over 4.1 metres in length and will be based on the MQB platform for the European markets.

Also Read: Volkswagen T-Cross Teased Ahead Of Debut; Reveals Cargo Space


The taillights are on the T-Cross for emerging markets carry a different design than the Euro-spec model)

For the emerging markets, the all-new Volkswagen T-Cross will be based on the MQB A0 architecture and will be showcased at the Sao Paulo auto show on November 6, 2018 and later at the Guangzhou motor show by mid-November. This is the version that can be seen in the spy shots with its upright and beefy proportions. The spy image also reveals LED daytime running lights integrated in the bumper, roof rails, projector lens headlamps, and ORVMs with turn indicators. At the rear, the upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross will come with a chrome bar on the tailgate and a chunky taillights.

Inside, the cabin will be identical to that of the new generation Volkswagen Polo and Virtus sedan. Expect to see a similar virtual cockpit, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, climate control and more. You can also expect more legroom and cargo space on the T-Cross for emerging markets. Volkswagen has already teased the cargo capacity on the T-Cross for developed markets which stands between 385-455 litres. The SUV will come with adjustable rear seats that will foldable as well, further improving the boot capacity to 1281 litres.


(The T-Cross’ interior is identical to that on the new generation Volkswagen Polo and Virtus models)


With Skoda leading the charge in operations for India, the domestic market is likely to get the the Czech automaker’s iteration of the T-Cross here first. To be inspired by the Vision X concept, the Skoda compact SUV will take on the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur, as well as the upcoming Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier and the likes. Engine options will include the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol for developed markets along with 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre, engines depending on the market. The Indian market could use the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre turbo petrol engines instead. Transmission options will include the 6-speeed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic. While the global deliveries are expected to start sometime early next year, the India launch of the T-Cross and the Skoda SUV won’t happen before 2020-21.

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Kia ProCeed Shooting Brake Teased Ahead Of Official Unveil

The Kia ProCeed shooting brake will be officially unveiled on September 13, while the car will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.

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The Kia ProCeed is the 3rd model to join the Ceed family, and Kia has gone with shooting brake design

Kia Motors has released the first teaser image for the upcoming all-new Kia ProCeed. First revealed to us in its concept form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Kia ProCeed is the third model to join the Ceed family, and this time the carmaker is going with a five-door shooting brake body style. Slated to be officially unveiled on September 13, the Kia ProCeed will be making its public debut later this year, on October 2, at the Paris Motor Show 2018.

The South Korean carmaker claims that the production version of the Kia ProCeed will remain similar to the concept model which was showcased at Frankfurt, and it will be a unique proposition in the mid-size family car segment. As of now, we only get a glimpse of the rear section of the car, and compared to the concept model, the production car does appear to follow the same styling cues.

The biggest highlight, of course, is the new LED strip on the boot that creates the impression of an end-to-end LED taillamp. Then there is also a roof-mounted spoiler, featuring the additional brake light, adding to the overall lighting pattern. We also see a shark-fin antenna on the roof and a rear windshield wiper, and the “ProCeed” badging positioned right below the Kia branding, at the centre of the tailgate. The concept is finished in bespoke ‘Lava Red’ paintwork, created by combining multiple hand-applied layers of black, chrome-effect silver, and red-tinted lacquer, we expect the production model to get a similar treatment.


Designed at Kia’s design centre in Frankfurt, the carmaker has confirmed that the ProCeed shooting brake has been developed and engineered exclusively for European markets. As of now, the powertrain options are unknown, however, we expect them to be borrowed from the Ceed hatchback and wagon models.

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Skoda Kodiaq RS Teased Again Ahead Of Global Unveil

It is the first ever Skoda SUV to have a vRS version, also it is the first Skoda model to have the new vRS logo.

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The Skoda Kodiaq will be showcased at the 2018 Paris Motor Show

‘vRS’ stands for victories and rally sport and this is the first time that a Skoda SUV will be adorned with a RS badge and a new one at that. Skoda recently a few teaser images of the Kodiaq RS before it make its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show to be held in October 2018. The Skoda Kodiaq RS will feature a new 2.0-litre TDI bi-turbo engine as standard, which churns out 236 bhp of max power and a massive 500 Nm of peak torque. Skoda says that this is the most powerful diesel engine in the company’s history of over 120 years.

Also Read: Skoda Kodiaq RS Is The Fastest 7-Seater SUV At Nurburgring

2qb4ei2c(The Skoda Kodiaq vRS’ 2.0-litre twin turbo engine makes 236 bhp and 500 Nm)

Apart from that, the Skoda Kodiaq RS will have a few RS badges strewn all over the SUV in addition to the red accents, typical of Skoda RS cars. Expect the Kodiaq RS to have a sportier suspension setup in order to improve on-road handling as well. The Kodiaq RS also gets adaptive dynamic chassis control (DCC) which includes driving mode select and progressive steering.

Also Read: Skoda Kodiaq RS Teased


The Skoda Kodiaq RS was first teased when Skoda released a video of the SUV being tested at the Nurburgring. It is already the fastest 7-seater SUV around the Nurburgring, with a time of 9 minutes and 29.84 seconds. Currently, the Skoda Kodiaq that is sold in India too gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine which makes 148 bhp and 340 Nm while being paired to a 7-speed DSG and is priced at ₹ 34.84 lakh.

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Mercedes-Benz EQ C Teased Ahead Of Unveil In September

The exact specifications of the EQ C has yet to be confirmed but it’s touted to be a breakthrough for a pure-electric vehicle.

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The EQ C, as promised by the company will be officially launched in 2019

It’s been a long wait but we’ll finally get to see Mercedes-Benz‘s first all-electric vehicle in the production guise. We’d already told you in March that the company is all set to showcase the production version of the EQ C electric car on September 4, 2018. Now, the teasers start and the fresh one is of the headlamp and of course you can’t miss the illuminated LED daytime running light bar that stretches from headlamp to headlamp, across the front grille. The EQC SUV will be based on the Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept car that was originally showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show and then again at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The EQC SUV will also be the first product offering by Mercedes-Benz under the new EQ sub brand that will only have all-electric models of cars on offer. The EQ C, as promised by the company will be officially launched in 2019 and yes we expect the company to bring it to India but that will depend on the development of infrastructure in the country.


The Mercedes-Benz EQC is already undergoing testing in Southern Europe and in the United States as part of the new range of 500 tests that Mercedes-Benz will undertake on every new vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz EQC when launched, will go up against the likes of the newly launched Jaguar I-Pace, the upcoming Audi e-Tron SUV and of course, the Tesla Model X.

Also Read: Mercedes-Benz EQC To Be Revealed On September 4, 2018

The exact specifications of the EQ C has yet to be confirmed but it’s touted to be a breakthrough for a pure-electric vehicle. It is expected that the EQ C will get a 70 kWh lithium ion battery which is likely to churn out more than 400 bhp and a range of around 500km.


We’ll know more about the car this week as it’s very likely that Mercedes-Benz continues to drop in some more teasers and we’ll tell you all about it. So stay tuned!

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Teased; Global Unveil In October 2018

Triumph Motorcycles will be unveiling the Scrambler 1200 on 24 October, 2018.

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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 will have a comprehensive electronics package

It had to happen! After Ducati introduced the Scrambler 1100 last year, it was a matter of time before Triumph brought out a bigger scrambler too. In fact, Triumph has been testing the Scrambler 1200 for quite some time now. And now, Triumph Motorcycles has released a teaser of the Scrambler 1200, which will be globally unveiled on 24 October, 2018 ahead of the EICMA in Milan. In all possibility, Triumph will have two variants of the Scrambler 1200 which could be named ‘Retro’ and ‘R.’ The new Scrambler 1200 ‘R’ will have Showa upside down forks and Ohlins twin-shocks fitted to a new swingarm which will be longer as well. Also new is a large 21-inch front wheel (the current Street Scrambler has a 19-inch front wheel).


Also Read: New Triumph Scrambler 1200 Spotted Testing

triumph scrambler 1200 spy shot(Triumph Scrambler 1200 Test Mule:

The lower spec ‘Retro’ model might have Nissin brakes and KYB suspension in a bid to keep costs down. Triumph already has the Street Scrambler in its line-up, which shares the 900 cc parallel-twin engine with the Street Twin and the Bonneville T100. The Street Scrambler has ride-by-wire throttle, ABS and traction control, but the bigger 1200 cc Scrambler could possibly get additional riding modes as well, including in all probability an “off-road” mode as well.

Also Read: Triumph Scrambler 1200 Could Have Two Variants

Some of the features on the Triumph Scrambler 1200 include an LED headlamp, engine and hand guards, a 21-inch wheel up front and a 19-inch wheel at the rear. The engine of course will be a 1,200 cc parallel-twin motor and we believe it will be in a different tune as compared to the other 1,200 cc engines in Triumph line-up such as the Bonneville Bobber, Bonneville Speedmaster and the Bonneville T120. There are also rumours floating of Ducati coming up with a Desert Sled 1100 which could make its debut at the 2018 EICMA in November 2018 and if that happens, it will be one of the biggest rivals to the Triumph Scrambler 1200.


We would like to believe that Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200 in India sometime in the first half of 2019 with the global launch in early 2019.

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Centre To Unveil Key Policy To Make India Hub For Defence Manufacturing

The centre is likely to unveil a policy outlining a roadmap to build a robust defence production industry

New Delhi: 

The government is likely to unveil a major policy next month outlining a roadmap to build a robust defence production industry and make India one of the top five manufacturers of military equipment and platforms in the next 10 years.

Official sources said the final touches are being given to the policy before it is being placed before the Union Cabinet for approval.

They said a significant focus of the defence production policy (DPP-2018) will be to invest adequate resources to develop critical technology for manufacturing state-of-the-art military platforms including fighter jets, attack helicopters and weaponry indigenously.

The DPP-2018 is likely to be released next month, the sources said.

According to the draft policy, the government is looking at achieving a turnover of Rs 1,70,000 crore in military goods and services by 2025.

A Swedish think tank, in a report in March, said India remained the largest importer of military hardware in the world in the last five years, adding Indian imports of major weapons rose by 111 per cent in the last five years compared to 2004-08.

Officials said the aim of the DPP would be to indigenously develop all major platforms which are being imported since in the last six decades.

According to official figure, India inked 187 contracts worth Rs 2.40 lakh crore with foreign and domestic firms for various military equipment and weapons in the last four years. However, majority of the projects are yet to take off due to procedural delays.

Officials said the DPP is also likely to simplify the procurement process by cutting several layers of approval which often cause delays.

They said the policy aims to make India one of the top five manufacturers of defence platforms with active participation of public and private sectors.

The draft policy released in March listed as major objective export of Rs 35,000 crore in military equipment and services by 2025.

The government identified 12 military platforms and weapons systems for production in India to achieve the aim of “self-reliance”.

They are fighter aircraft, medium lift and utility helicopters, warships, land combat vehicles, missile systems, gun systems, small arms, ammunition and explosives, surveillance systems, electronic warfare (EW) systems and night fighting enablers, among others.

According to the policy, the government aims to make one of the top five manufacturers of military equipment and platforms in the next 10 years as well as to fulfil demand of other friendly countries.

The draft policy says the licensing process for defence industries will be liberalised and the list of items requiring licences will be reviewed and pruned.

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