TVS Ronin launched at Rs 1.49 lakh

TVS has launched the Ronin neo-retro motorcycle in India, which is priced from Rs 1.49 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new TVS Ronin is available in three variants – Base (Rs 1.49 lakh), Base Plus (Rs 1.56 lakh) and Mid (Rs 1.69-1.71 lakh). 

TVS Ronin: design and features

In terms of design, the new TVS Ronin takes the shape of a retro-styled, scrambler-cum-cafe racer motorcycle. Up front, the Ronin features a round headlight with a T-shaped LED DRL inside, and an offset, single-pod instrument cluster. TVS has also given the bike a single-piece seat, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, blacked-out engine casings, a large belly pan, and an all-black exhaust system with a silver-coloured tip on the end-can. TVS has also said that its offering a whole host of customization options with the Ronin, although hasn’t specified what those options are.

Colour options on the base variant include Lightning Black and Magma Red while the base plus can be had in Delta Blue and Stargaze Black shades. The top-of-the-range Ronins will be available in Galactic Grey and Dawn Orange.

As far as features go, the new Ronin is equipped with LED lighting all round, a USB charger, and TVS' Smart Xonnect Bluetooth connectivity system which offers call and message alerts, turn-by-turn navigation, and voice assistance features. It also gets two modes for the ABS – urban and rain, and an assist-and-slipper clutch

TVS Ronin: engine and gearbox

The new TVS Ronin is powered by a 225.9cc, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine that puts out 20.4hp at 7750rpm and 19.93Nm at 3750rpm. The new engine features an oil cooler and an integrated starter generator. Meanwhile, the gearbox is a 5-speed unit.

TVS Ronin: underpinnings

Suspension duties on the new TVS Ronin are handled by a golden, 41mm USD Showa fork up front and a gas-charged monoshock at the back. The bike rides on alloy wheels that are shod with dual-purpose tyres, with the front being a 110/70 – 17 and the rear being a 130/70 – 17. Meanwhile, the braking is taken care of by discs at both ends, with dual-channel ABS featuring on the top variant. The TVS Ronin has a wheelbase of 1357mm and a kerb weight of 160kg.

TVS Ronin: rivals

Given that the TVS Ronin doesn’t conform to any particular style of motorcycle, it will have to contend with a wide variety of rivals. The Ronin sits between bikes like the Yamaha FZ-X, Royal Enfield Classic 350, Honda H’ness CB350 and even the Bajaj Pulsar 250s and Dominar 250.

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2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza review: Topped up with new tech

For all its success in the Indian auto market, Maruti’s SUV game leaves a lot to be desired. With over a dozen models in its portfolio, surprisingly just two are SUVs, in which the S Cross never really caught on and it’s just the Brezza that managed success. The compact SUV bagged our 2017 Autocar India Car of the Year award and since its launch has sold over 7,50,000 units while consistently figuring in the top 10 cars sold in India.

But of late, the Nexon has managed to steal a march over the Brezza, to the extent where it is now the largest-selling SUV across segments and newer players like the Venue and Sonet are also vying for a slice of the pie. So, to keep the Brezza fighting fit, Maruti has given the new car a very comprehensive update, with new exterior, interior, technology and updated powertrains.

The new Brezza is based on the same Global-C platform that underpins its predecessor, but Maruti, however, chose to call it ‘TECT’ platform, which is more for marketing differentiation and a tragedy really. Many folks call out Maruti cars for their poor GNCAP performance, but the older Brezza performed very well, securing a 4-star rating, and thus the change in platform name has kind of backfired. The new platform nomenclature has already given rise to a lot of confusion, with most mixing it up with the HEARTECT platform and lamenting the switch, which simply isn’t the case. Thus, as it stands, the new Brezza is indeed underpinned by the Global-C platform, and while it has not been crash tested, its case looks encouraging.

2022 Maruti Brezza: exterior

Being a major update, changes outside aren’t limited to ‘soft’ plastic parts but sheet metal too. The re-profiled bonnet is more upright and flatter and tops a more radical front end. While the old car had straightforward rectangular headlamps, the new Brezza’s units are more slender with a very prominent dual-DRL signature.

New headlights are more slender, with a very prominent dual-DRL signature.

The bumper too is all-new, with small fog lights inset. And there’s liberal use of cladding which extends over to the sides, where it’s quite prominent, and along with the large wheel arches, it dwarfs the new 16-inch alloy wheels.

Large wheel arches and massive cladding dwarf the 16-inch alloy wheels.

The rear quarter glass is redone and has a larger glass area. Its doors too are new, with the rear ones carrying a very prominent shoulder line that runs into the rear fenders and tops the tail-lights. Like the headlights, the tail-lamps are slender, look quite striking, and bracket the ‘Brezza’ lettering (the new car is no longer the ‘Vitara Brezza’). The rear bumper also has large cladding and a silver-finished faux skid plate.

Like the headlights, the tail-lights too are slender and look quite striking.

At 3,995mm in length, 1,790mm in width, and with a 2,500mm wheelbase, the new Brezza measures exactly the same as the previous model. Only its height has increased by 45mm, to 1,685mm, but that’s on account of the shark fin antenna. As for colours, like before, Maruti offers a dual-tone paint scheme, and the Khaki and White combination on our car looked quite neat.   

2022 Maruti Brezza: interior

Layered dashboard design is nice, but the look and feel is plasticky.

On the inside, the dashboard is all new and the layered design looks neat. Quality levels though have remained the same, which means a lot of it looks and feels plasticky. Maruti says the dashboard is slightly flatter than before and that, along with an increase in the front seats’ travel, gives you a little more room inside what was already a spacious interior. Overall space is certainly a strong point of the Brezza, especially in the rear where there is ample head and leg room.

Seats are comfortable but soft, so it remains to be seen how supportive they are on long journeys.

Rear-left passengers, though, will find that the mild-hybrid’s battery, located under the front seat, prevents them from pushing their feet all the way forward. This, however, is a small issue, as you sit quite comfortably in a natural position with ample space around. The seats are comfy too, though the cushioning feels soft, and it remains to be seen how supportive they are on a long journey.

Overall space is a strong point, especially at the rear with its ample head and leg room.

Storage space is also sufficient and boot space comes in at 328 litres. And while it’s smaller than in others, it’s wide enough and can also be extended via a 60:40 split-folding seat that folds flat.

New Maruti Brezza: features and technology

The Brezza is now the first and only Maruti to feature a sunroof.

Tech and features are increasingly playing a big role in car purchases today, and while the earlier Brezza was lacking against its rivals, the new car makes up a lot of ground. There’s now the crowd favourite, the sunroof, making the Brezza the first and only Maruti to feature one, as well as connected car tech with an onboard ‘Hi Suzuki’ voice assistant. The new Brezza also gets ambient lighting and a larger 9.0-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen, and while there is no branded audio set-up, the system has been tuned by Arkamys and sounds really nice.

Larger 9.0-inch touchscreen has connected car tech, along with on-board voice assistant.

Where the new Brezza scores one over its closest rivals is with the addition of a head-up display and a 360-degree camera, even if bits like cooled seats and a branded audio set-up are missing. The HUD is the same unit from the Baleno and besides the speed read-out, it can display a lot of other info like the gear you’re in and rev counter, as well as warning lights.

360-degree cameras have clear feed, and dynamic guidelines are present in rear view as well as top 360-degree view.

The 360-degree camera is also a handy bit to have, and what’s nice is that it offers a very clear, high-resolution feed and has dynamic guidelines that show up in the rear view as well as the top 360-degree view. In terms of safety, the new Brezza now gets six airbags, and where earlier only the auto had ESP, the manual too now gets the stability tech. Further, the auto now gets paddle shifters.

New Maruti Brezza: engine and performance

Updated K15C engine has dual injectors for each cylinder, which boosts efficiency.

As before, the new Brezza comes with the same 1.5-litre engine, however, it’s now the upgraded K15C series as against the earlier K15B. Max power and torque figures are 103hp (2hp lower than before) and 137Nm (1Nm lower than before), respectively. Where it’s improved, though, is in its tech designed to improve efficiency. The earlier single-injector set-up has now made way for dual injectors in the new engine. While it’s still an indirect-injection system, there are two injectors for each cylinder and this improves fuel efficiency significantly.

Where the earlier car claimed a maximum of 17.03kpl for the manual and a higher 18.06kpl for the auto – on account of the mild-hybrid system – the new Brezza claims 20.15kpl for the manual and 19.80kpl for the auto, with both cars now equipped with the mild-hybrid set-up.

Ride over broken surfaces is nice and cushioned.

While we’ll soon put the new Brezza through our instrumented Autocar India Road Test to find out the real-world figures, they are likely to be very good. What’s not, however, is the mid-range and top-end performance. At city speeds, the car feels fine and overtaking slow traffic is easy, but on open roads, getting by faster vehicles is quite a challenge. Put your foot down and there’s very little change in pace. And while it does rev all the way to a limited 6,200rpm, there’s really no point in stretching it, as power delivery and response are very relaxed and linear. Clearly, it’s set up for a laid-back driving experience, and those looking for a punchy SUV feel will have to look elsewhere. Refinement, however, is good and the start-stop system is very quick to respond and vibrations are well controlled. On the manual, the clutch is also light and the gearshifts feel positive and smooth.

New 6-speed auto now comes with paddle shifters.

On the automatic, the gearbox is now a 6-speed unit, while the earlier car’s was a 4-speed one, with both being torque convertor set-ups. It’s expectedly smooth and part-throttle response is good, however, try and rush it and you will be disappointed, as it never feels eager to hurry up like you want it to. There are paddle shifters, but the engine’s weak mid-range means you can’t really extract much performance. Like the manual, the auto too is best driven in a laid-back manner.

Engine is smooth and refined, but has a weak mid-range.

The ride and handling set-up is comfy, with the emphasis laid on a smooth, cushioned low-speed ride. As a result, broken surfaces in the city aren’t a bother for the new Brezza, and while the softer springs mean there is some pitch and squat, it is minimal and you’ll really appreciate the car’s overall cushioned ride and its good high-speed stability. In the city, the steering feel is light and easy, but like with many Marutis, it frustratingly does not return to centre.

New Maruti Brezza: price and verdict

It feels odd to write this, but the new Maruti Brezza is not a value for money offering. While base variants haven’t gone up by much – starting at Rs 7.99 lakh, which is only Rs 15,000 more than its predecessor – they also miss out on all the new goodies. Bits like the sunroof, larger touchscreen, HUD, 360-degree camera, six airbags and wireless charging, among others, are only available on the top-spec ZXi+ version, which costs about Rs 2.5 lakh more than the outgoing model. Furthermore, the Brezza ZXi+ AT, priced at Rs 13.96 lakh, is also higher than top-end versions of all of its main petrol-powered rivals, including the Sonet (Rs 13.19 lakh), the recently updated Venue (Rs 12.57 lakh), the popular Nexon (Rs 12.39 lakh), and even the XUV300 (Rs 13.06 lakh).

What makes it pricey is perhaps its ‘larger than 1.2-litre’ petrol engine – which means it does not qualify for the lower ‘small car’ excise duty benefits – as well as the updates and added tech.

Pricing aside, the weak engine performance will also not satisfy those looking for a punchy SUV feel. But that does not mean the Brezza has little merit. There’s, of course, the Maruti assurance that will appeal to many, and then there’s the fact that the new Brezza is a decently equipped car with plenty of comfortable space and a very good ride to boot. The latter is especially true in the city, where the low-speed ride is nice and cushioned. Clearly then, it’s as Maruti’s own tag line states ‘a city-bred SUV’, and there it does really well.

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Older KTM 390 Adventures can now get riding modes

KTM India has confirmed that it has begun rolling out a software update for its 2020 (MY2020) and 2021 (MY2021) model year 390 Adventures, to bring in riding modes that debuted on the 2022 version of the bike. 

Update can be done at any authorised KTM service station

Will be a 20 minute job

KTM launched the updated 2022 390 Adventure in May at Rs 3.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The update brought new graphics, paint schemes and 5-spoke alloys, but the biggest talking point was the introduction of an updated traction control system with two new riding modes – Street and Off-road.

The company has now informed us that owners of MY2020 and MY2021 390 Adventures can now add these new riding modes to their bikes at any authorised KTM service station – it takes about 20 minutes and is free of cost. 

When we reviewed the 2022 KTM 390 Adventure, the company had informed us that the riding modes could not be installed on older models, however, it’s nice to see that that has changed. 

Mahindra Scorpio N vs Thar: which is better for cross country travel?

My wife and I want to enjoy our retired life by exploring the country and we've planned several road trips. Owning a two-door Jeep has always been a dream of mine and I'm seriously considering a Mahindra Thar AT. Is it good for long distance touring?

Hitesh K, Surat

Autocar India says: The Thar seems to be one of those items you want to tick on your bucket list, and it's purely an emotional purchase. Before you go ahead, however, do read our detailed road test where we have mentioned that its ride is very bumpy, and longer journeys won't be half as comfortable as they would in a similarly priced crossover or SUV. So, we'd strongly recommend that you take a longer test drive.

You could consider the Scorpio N instead, it is almost as capable and tough, but will be far more comfortable on longer drives. Wish you all the very best for your retired life and for your future travels.

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Mahindra Scorpio N booking process, test drives begin

 

 

Mahindra Scorpio N booking process, test drives begin

After the recent launch of select variants of the Scorpio N, Mahindra has introduced a new ‘Add to Cart’ feature on its website and has revealed its detailed booking process for the SUV. Test drives for the SUV have begun in 30 cities, while the prices for the SUV's automatic and 4WD variants will be announced on July 21.  

Mahindra Scorpio N test drives commence

Prices of automatic and 4WD variants to be announced on July 21

Bookings will be officially accepted from July 30

Mahindra Scorpio N: Online booking process, delivery details

It must be noted that Mahindra has only announced the prices of Scorpio N's manual variants, but the new “Add to Cart” feature is open for all variants. Bookings will start online and at dealerships on a first come, first served basis from July 30.

However, the booking process itself seems to be a complex, multi-step activity. Prospective buyers have to first choose their desired variant and colour of the Scorpio N and select “Add to Cart” on Mahindra’s website. The feature lets buyers select the variant and colour of the Scorpio N and also their preferred dealership.

It must be noted that using the “Add to Cart” feature has no bearing on booking or vehicle allocation, which is an entirely different process. This is only done to let Mahindra know which variants are popular Veejay Nakra, president, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, told Autocar India. “We will be able to plan production and inventory accordingly, so that there isn't overstocking either at our end or at the dealer,” he said.

The next step in the process is test drives, which have opened in select 30 cities from July 5 and Mahindra says will be made available in other cities by July 15. Nakra said, “We wanted to give enough time for people to drive, experience and choose whether they prefer manual or automatic and then put the price out.”

Mahindra will allow a “Variant Amendment Window” between July 30 and August 15 for buyers to change their opted variant or colour if they want to and lock their final choice. Once the final choice is made and the vehicle is booked, Mahindra says it will give buyers an update on the delivery date. The Scorpio N's deliveries are set to begin during the festive season.

Prices for the Scorpio N start from Rs 11.99 lakh for the base petrol manual, going up to Rs 19.49 lakh for the top-end diesel manual. These prices are introductory only, for the first 25,000 bookings, after which the prices will go up.

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New MG 4 electric hatchback revealed; will rival VW ID.3

MG Motor has taken the wraps off its entry-level EV hatchback, the MG 4, which will go on sale in Europe initially. This new hatchback is aimed squarely at Volkswagen's ID.3 – the German’s brand’s entry-point into mass market EV hatchbacks overseas – and also rival the Kia Niro EV in some markets. MG claims that the MG 4 will come with around 450km of range and a spacious interior and a long feature list.

MG 4 to get around 450km range

Will rival the VW ID.3, Kia Niro EV

India to get Wuling Air-based small EV next year

The MG 4 will be sold as MG Mulan in China and will join the long line-up of MG branded electric vehicles there. The hatchback is based on parent company SAIC's new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), which, officials say, will play a pivotal role in the brand's future plans.

The modular platform, which MG says supports wheelbases ranging from 2,650mm to 3,100mm and batteries ranging from 40kWh to 150kWh, has been conceived around a newly developed One Pack battery construction process. It uses horizontally stacked cells to provide a floor height of just 110mm, with the battery forming an integral part of the platform structure.

MG 4 EV: design

The styling of the MG 4 EV represents a departure from other recent MGs, with crisper lines, sheer surfaces and detailing inspired by the Cyberster roadster concept that was unveiled in 2021. Key elements include a low front end featuring a large MG badge, angular headlights with distinctive “eyebrow” graphics and a heavily structured front bumper with additional lights integrated within the outer edges. A pair of prominent swage lines are incorporated within the sides, while the lower section of the doors form part of an extended sill.

At the rear, the five-door hatchback receives a large two-part roof-extension-cum-spoiler above an angled tailgate, together with a complex full-width tail-light assembly featuring LED graphics. Available as an option is a full-length glass roof.

At 4,287mm long (with a 2,705mm wheelbase), 1,836mm wide and 1,506mm tall, the 4 is 25mm longer, 27mm wider and a good 46mm lower than the Volkswagen ID.3.

MG 4 EV: powertrains

MG has confirmed that the 4 will be sold in Europe with a choice of 167hp and 201hp single-motor rear-wheel-drive powertrains from launch, while a 443hp, dual-motor four-wheel-drive range-topper is set to follow. The performance version is claimed to provide a 0-100kph time of 3.8sec, with top speed limited to 160kph. The 167hp version gets a 51kWh battery, with a claimed range of 350km, while the 201hp and 443hp variant get a 64kWh battery, giving a range of upto 450km.

MG is yet to confirm the chemistry of the batteries, but other models from the Chinese brand offer either lithium ion phosphate (LFP) or lithium nickel manganese cobalt (LNMC) cells. MG has confirmed the One Pack battery will initially use a 400V architecture, but says it can be upgraded to 800V for faster charging in the future.

MG’s EV plans for India

For the Indian market, MG currently sells the ZS EV SUV and is readying a market launch of an all-new EV small car that is expected to go on sale sometime next year. Read more on that here.

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Two-wheeler June sales: TVS, Honda, Royal Enfield show healthy growth

India’s key two-wheeler companies witnessed growth both in the month-on-month and year-on-year sales in June 2022. Brands like Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India and TVS saw a big jump in their year-on-year tally. This is even as the industry continues to grapple with the chip shortage. 

In the months ahead, the performance of the monsoons will play a key role in determining demand as good rains increase rural-based activities around agriculture and add to farmer incomes. There is also a concern around rising cases of Covid in major cities, but whether this will impact demand remains to be seen.

Hero MotoCorp: 4,63,210 units

Hero MotoCorp sold 4,63,210 units of motorcycles and scooters, a 6 percent growth last month over its sales of 4,38,514 units in June 2021. The numbers were down 1 percent in the month-on-month sales. Including exports, the June 2022 sales tally was at 4.84 lakh units – the exports were at 21,657 units as against 30,646 units in June 2021. Last month, Hero MotoCorp introduced the new Passion ‘XTec’. 

Bajaj Auto: 1,25,083 units 

Bajaj Auto saw its sales for June 2022 at 1,25,083 units as compared to 1,55,640 vehicles in June last year. Exports for June have, however, increased significantly at 1,90,865 units – a 23 percent month-on-month increase. A YTD analysis indicates that Bajaj Auto’s domestic motorcycle sales in the first quarter of this year were 3,14,418 units compared to 342,552 units sold during the same period last fiscal. This month also saw the introduction of the all-new Bajaj Pulsar N160, which might further help Bajaj in bolstering its numbers . 

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India: 3,55,560 units

HMSI sold 3,55,560 units compared to 2,12,453 in June 2021 – a whopping 67 percent growth in the YoY sales. When compared on a month-on-month basis, the company sales grew 11 percent in June 2022 with its sales tally at 3,20,844 units. A total of 3,83,882 units, including 28,322 export units, were sold in June. “The timely arrival of monsoons has impacted the economic indicators favourably,” Atsushi Ogata, managing director, president & CEO, HMSI, said. “We expect the coming months to sustain this upward trend as more customers look for two-wheeler mobility options.”

TVS Motor Company: 1,93,090 units

TVS Motor Company's domestic two-wheeler registered growth of 33 percent with 1,93,090 units sold in June 2022. The company had sold 1,45,413 units in June 2021, while its May sales were at 1,91,482 units. Total two-wheeler sales registered a growth of 23 percent with sales of 2,93,715 units in June 2022. 

TVS’s domestic two-wheeler sales include its iQube electric which went home to 4,667 buyers. “This is the highest ever sales of TVS iQube Electric and the sales grew by 77 percent over May 2022,” the company said.

While motorcycles registered sales of 1,46,075 units, scooter sales stood at 1,05,211 units in June 2022. On the export front, the numbers grew by 9 percent from 92,679 units in June 2021 to 1,00,625 units in June 2022. The incoming TVS Ronin should help the Hosur-based brand to tap into segments earlier left untouched.

Royal Enfield: 50,265 units

Royal Enfield sold 50,265 units in the local market, a 40 percent YoY growth on June 2021 sales. Its year-earlier month tally was 35,815 units. However, compared to May 2022, the June numbers were down by 6 percent. Inclusive of exports, the company sold 61,407 units. The Chennai-based manufacturer also recently made a key appointment roping in YS Guleria, earlier with HMSI, as the chief commercial officer, who will be responsible for RE’s business growth in India as well as overseas.

Suzuki Motorcycle: 52,929 units

Suzuki Motorcycle India (SMIPL) saw sales increase 31 percent year-on-year growth in the domestic market. The June tally was 52,929 units as against 40,474 units in the same period a year ago. On the month-on-month sales, with 60,518 units in May 2022, SMIPL saw a 13 percent downtick. Exports stood at 15,089 units compared to 9,188 units in June 2021. The company also saw a 37 percent growth in the overall sales (68,018 units in June 2022). The company recently introduced the Katana, its third big bike in India. 

Sales figures for June 2022CompanyJune 2022June 2021Change (in units)Change (in %)May 2022Change (in units)Change (in %)Hero MotoCorp4,63,2104,38,51424,6966%4,66,466-3,256-1%Honda Motorcycle and Scooter3,55,5602,12,4531,43,10767%3,20,84434,71611%TVS Motor Company1,93,0901,45,41347,67733%1,91,4821,6081%Royal Enfield50,26535,81514,45040%53,525-3,260-6%Suzuki Motorcycle India52,92940,47412,45531%60,518-7,589-13%Bajaj Auto1,25,0831,55,640-30,557-20%96,10228,98130%Total12,40,13710,28,3092,11,82821%11,88,93729,8084%

Kia installs India’s first 150kWh charger in Gurugram

Kia has installed India’s first 150kWh charging station at its dealership in Gurugram as part of its plan to develop EV infrastructure in the country. The Korean brand says it aims to install fifteen 150kWh chargers across 12 Indian cities by the end of next month.

Fastest EV charger in the country

Compatible with EVs from other OEMs

Kia plans to install 15 fast chargers by August 2022

Kia says that the DC fast charger can charge the EV6's 77.6kWh battery from 10-80 percent in less than 42 minutes. Since the EV6 can accept upto 350kWh of DC fast charging, the new charger is a much better alternative to the standard 22kWh wall box charger.

Kia's chief sales officer, Myung-sik Sohn said, “We believe that such fast-charging solutions will take away issues of range anxiety and charging time that EV owners face.” The brand's new charger is also compatible with EVs from other manufacturers, allowing cars which support 150kWh fast charging to use this facility.

Kia’s EV plans for India

Kia recently launched its flagship EV6 crossover in India and will sell it via the CBU route, with deliveries set to begin in September. The EV6 has a claimed range of 528km and is limited to just 100 units for 2022.

Meanwhile, sister brand Hyundai is gearing up to launch the locally assembled Ioniq 5 in an effort to have a competitive price advantage over the EV6. Kia and Hyundai are also planning on introducing six new EVs in India by 2024, which include the Kona facelift and the e-Niro electric crossover.

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