The New SX4 promises to take on the segment with a refreshed approach


Maruti_SX4Maruti Suzuki’s SX4 is one vehicle that has not received its well-deserved share of success in the industry. Due to stiff competition in the segment, SX4 sedans lost out to rivals with newer models, such as Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento. For this reason, the top Indian car manufacturer has decided to revamp the SX4 with several cosmetic changes. However, the new version would not be headed towards India in the near future, but at a later date.
Engine capacities for the new SX4 have not been altered. While the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel is being used to generate 89 bhp of maximum power, its petrol variant produces 104 bhp of power through a 1.6 litre VVT engine. Powertrains have been tweaked a bit to improve fuel efficiencies- the diesel variant returns a mileage of 21.79 kmpl, while the petrol gives 16.51 km to the litre. Maruti also has a CNG variant which gives a class-leading mileage of 22.1 km per kilo of gas.

2011-Suzuki-SX4-2Despite the changes, what is interesting to note is that new SX4 prices have not been affected. The petrol version of the new SX4 would still be available between Rs. 7.38 lakh and Rs. 8.84 lakh. Similarly, the diesel variant is priced from Rs. 8.27 lakh- Rs. 9.79 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi)

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Renault Duster, SUV at Rs 7.19 lakh


 Renault has finally launched its much-awaited Duster SUV in India at prices ranging from Rs 7.19 lakh to Rs 11.29 lakh. The Renault Duster will come in eight variants. Here are the top 10 features of the recently launched Duster SUV

1. The car is available at a base ex-showroom price of Rs 7.19 lakh for the 1.6-litre petrol, Rs 7.99 lakh for the 85PS diesel and Rs 9.99 lakh for the 105PS diesel engines.

2. The 8 way adjustable driver seat means that fatigue has a much lesser chance of overtaking you on a long drive.

3. Tilt steering allows you to find the most comfortable driving position. There’s even a rear AC with independent controls for rear seat passengers.

4. This newly launched SUV is available in two fuel options and three engine options. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 104PS of power while the 1.5-litre dCi engine is available in two states of tune – 85PS and 110PS.

5. A short turning radius of 5.2 m makes the Renault Duster extremely agile and easy to manoeuvre in tight corners.

6. A high torque at low RPM makes for easy driving in the city, while a good engine response makes driving over rough terrains effortless.

7. Renault has made significant improvements to the overall refinement levels and the cabin is quieter, engine clatter at idle and noise at speed is well controlled.

8. Being a monocoque, the Duster offers great ride and assures handling with just a bit of body roll.

9. The music system looks smart and is integrated neatly into a flatter, smarter looking centre console.

10. The Duster will compete with the Tata Safari and Mahindra Scorpio.

Renault Duster prices (All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Petrol RxE : Rs 7.19 lakh

Petrol RxL: Rs 8.19 lakh

Diesel 85 PS RxE: Rs 7.99 lakh

Diesel 85 PS RxL: Rs 8.99lakh

RXL Diesel pack: Rs 9.99 lakh

Diesel 110 PS RxL: Rs 9.99 lakh

Diesel 110 PS RxZ: Rs 10.99 lakh

RXZ Diesel pack: Rs 11.29 lakh