Jeep Compass 7-Seat, Maruti XL5 Testing, Fuel Price Hike And More
Honda To Keep The Current-Gen City On Sale Even After The Launch Of The Next-Generation City
According to a report by Autocar, Honda will keep the current-gen City on sale along with the next-generation model. The Honda City is up for a major update and gets just enough changes to qualify for a generation change. According to the source, Honda will maintain a price difference of about Rs. 30 – 40,000. between the two Honda Cities. The older City could get a suffix to differentiate it. Honda is not likely to sell it for commercial use to fleet and taxi owners as it’ll dilute the ‘City’ brand. City is after all the only successful car in Honda’s portfolio. However, the carmaker will look at each commercial requirement and decide on a case-by-case basis.
Maruti Suzuki’s Electric WagonR Spotted Testing With A Camouflaged Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki Electric WagonR Testing With Brezza
Once again, and for the first time since the virus outbreak, Maruti Suzuki’s electric WagonR was spotted testing on public roads. Early this year, a close look at the test car revealed that it’s an electric car with split headlamp setup in WagonR’s shell. However, Maruti Suzuki didn’t have anything like that at the 2020 Auto Expo. Rumours suggest that it’s the premium version of the WagonR, which could end up in Nexa with the XL5 moniker. The Ertiga also got a similar treatment in the form of Nexa-exclusive XL6. For now, it’s a game of wait and watch.
The camouflaged Vitara Brezza accompanying the two electric WagonRs could be the hybrid version with the manual transmission. Currently, the Vitara Brezza’s 1.5-litre mild-hybrid tech is only available with the automatic transmission.
Jeep Bringing In 7-Seater Grand Compass And Sub-Compact SUV In 2021
Jeep Compass – Image for representation only
Jeep just confirmed to Evo that Jeep is bringing in a 7-seat version of the Compass. It could go on sale as the Grand Compass in India early in by mid-2021. The Compass will get a facelift early in 2021. The Grand Compass is likely to go up against the 7-seat full-size SUVs like Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan All-Space. The MG Gloster is also in line to join these cars.
Jeep Renegade – For representation only
A sub-compact SUV is also in the pipeline. Instead of a chopped off Renegade, Jeep will most likely bring a brand new vehicle, which will slot below the Renegade. It’ll enter the most crowded and most sought after segment and go up against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Kia Sonet, and Honda WR-V. Phew! that’s a lot of cars in a single segment.
SUVs were all the rage once but they may or may not be the stars of tomorrow. The economic meltdown from the pandemic could change market dynamics and limited disposable income in the hands of buyers could force them to re-evaluate their priorities. An SUV is often a need and not a want. They are expensive to buy and run compared to similarly large sedans and hatchbacks. Hatchbacks and sedans could once again gain popularity among buyers. A similar pattern was observed in vehicle sales after the housing bubble crash of 2008 as buyers skipped gas guzzlers and bought smaller, efficient cars.
Fuel Prices Go Up In UP and Chandigarh – VAT Increased
The state governments of Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Goa and Rajasthan had also recently increase VAT of fuels. Yesterday, the central government also jacked up the excise duty on fuel. However, it didn’t lead to a higher price at the pump as it was only to compensate for the low crude oil prices, which is leading to a lower income for the central government.
Chandigarh Petrol up Rs. 3.00 – now at Rs. 68.62
Chandigarh Diesel up Rs. 3.00 – now at Rs. 62.02
UP (Lucknow) Petrol up Rs. 2.00 – now at Rs. 73.91
UP (Lucknow) Diesel up Rs. 1.00 – now at Rs. 63.86
Even with the price hike, the prices in Chandigarh are lower than neighbouring states.