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Hyundai Turbo, S-Cross Petrol, Edelweiss Switch Insurance And More

Hyundai’s Tiny Turbo Petrol Engine Is Winning

The Venue was the first car in India to bring Hyundai’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. Among Venue buyers, this engine accounts for a 47% share. Now this engine is available in the Aura sub-compact sedan, Grand i10 Nios hatchback and Verna compact sedan. Soon, this engine will power the Kia Sonet and the next-gen Hyundai Elite i20. It comes with 100PS and 120PS power ratings. The 100PS version is available in the Nios and Aura with a 5-speed MT. The 120PS version is available in the Venue and Verna. Transmission options for the 120PS variant are a 7-speed DCT automatic and a 6-speed MT.

The Aura turbo’s only rival was the Tigor JTP as it had a 3-digit power figure. Now, there’s none. A year ago, Nios turbo would have rivalled the Baleno RS, Tiago JTP and Polo GT. Now, only the Polo has comparable performance from its new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine.

Also Read: Volkswagen Polo And Vento TSI Edition

Opinion

The Nios turbo’s torque-to-weight ratio puts it in the league with of Abarth Punto. So, its acceleration should be the best you will ever experience for a sub-Rs. 10 lakh car.

Hyundai and Kia are going against the tide and winning customers over. Almost all of their cars come with a diesel and a small turbo petrol engine. In times when everyone else is going lean, these South Korean sister companies are expanding like there’s no tomorrow.

Also Read: 2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift Relaunch With 3 Engines

It’s worth noting though, that the 1.0-litre turbo petrol is the only engine option in the reasonably equipped variants of the Venue. Naturally, it has an upper hand over the 1.2-litre normal petrol engine.

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Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol Hybrid Launch Soon

Multiple reports are pointing towards the imminent launch of Maruti S-Cross petrol. The exact launch date is still under covers but dealers are unofficially accepting bookings for the car.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

The Brezza went from diesel-only to petrol-only while transitioning to BS6. The S-Cross is also doing the same thing. It’s unclear if the S-Cross will offer the hybrid engine with the manual transmission or reserve it for the automatic. Their 4-speed torque converter is a vintage piece of tech with gas-guzzling characteristics. The hybrid part boost helps it negate the fuel efficiency disadvantage to a great extent.

Opinion

After dominating the diesel passenger vehicle segment for over a decade, Maruti Suzuki suddenly dropped diesel engines entirely from their portfolio. VW/Skoda and Renault – Nissan are also on the petrol-only path. Honda are also dropping the diesel option from a few vehicles but retaining it in others. This is leaving the playing field open for Hyundai and Kia to scoop it up. Kia was reporting a 50-50 split between petrol and diesel engine options for the Seltos. That suggests a strong demand for diesel engines. After the COVID dust settles, things could go in any direction. For now, Hyundai and Kia are ready to grab the entire diesel passenger car market as they have a diesel engine in almost all of their cars.

Also Read: No Diesel For Honda Jazz And CR-V

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Maruti’s 2-Month EMI Holiday With Little Details

After Renault, Maruti Suzuki are also offering a 2-month EMI holiday option with the purchase of their cars. It’s available from their partner, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance. Under the offer, you can opt to start your payments 2 months after the purchase of the vehicle.

Opinion

Renault also announced a similar offer with a 3-month EMI break. However, unlike Renault, Maruti Suzuki haven’t clarified the maximum principle, rate of interest and the loan tenure to benefit from this offer. Renault’s offer has a loan amount cap depending on which vehicle you buy.

Also Read: Renault’s 3-Month EMI Holiday

Edelweiss Usage-Based Vehicle Insurance

Edelweiss Switch - Usage Based Vehicle Insurance
Edelweiss Switch – Usage-Based Vehicle Insurance

Update May 24: We spoke with an Edelweiss representative and found out that only fire and theft are included for the entire year even when you turn off the cover through the app. This is a first-party cover only and you’ll have to separately buy a third-party add-on, which is required by law. This is a zero-dep cover by default and also includes cover for consumables and road-side assistance. You have to maintain a 60-day balance in the account. The first payment includes that 2-month balance. For a total insured sum of Rs. 5.0 lakh for 2 cars and 2 drivers in the house, a typical initial payment will be a little over Rs. 5,000. The monthly payments will be around Rs. 1,000 – IF – you use your vehicle every day of the month. Otherwise, the amount payable will reduce depending on the number of days you enable the cover as the premium is applicable on a daily basis. So, the maximum yearly payment will come to about Rs. 15,000. Considering that I have only used my vehicles about 10 times in the last 2 months, I would have to pay about Rs. 350 for this duration instead of Rs. 2,000 under this plan.

General insurance provider, Edelweiss, have announced a usage-based insurance plan. Under this, you can have up to 3 vehicles and up to 3 drivers insured under 1 plan. You can then enable or disable the plan depending on your usage. Some protections from natural calamities, theft, fire, etc. are covered even when you have paused protection. There’s a yearly payment involved and after that, you pay a monthly payment, which varies depending on your usage.

Overall, this should help you cut down on insurance costs if your usage is limited. Unfortunately, there is no option for a 0-depreciation cover under the Switch plan. So, if you have a new vehicle and you like to keep it as protected as possible, then this is not for you.

For more information, head to their official website: Edelweiss Switch – Driver Based Insurance

Click here to download the product brochure.

Opinion

For most vehicle owners, this could help them save some cash if their vehicle usage is minimal or seasonal. This plan also changes how we use vehicle insurance as it brings customers into a subscription world. Just like a Spotify or Netflix subscription, your vehicle insurance premium could become part of your monthly bills. This option could improve customer retention for Edelweiss.

2020 Honda WR-V Facelift Spotted

Skoda New Cars, No Diesel For Honda Jazz, WR-V Spotted, And More

Honda Drops Diesel Engine From Jazz And CR-V

Honda have confirmed to Autocar that the Jazz and CR-V will not get a BS6 diesel engine. Rajesh, Goel, SVP, marketing and sales, Honda Cars said:

“During 2019-20, HCIL’s overall sales contribution was almost 80 percent from petrol and 20 percent from diesel, but this trend differed in each of the product segments. Although there is an increasing shift in market preference towards petrol, we believe that the demand for diesel will not vanish immediately. Hence, in our BS6 line-up, we have strategically decided to offer diesel models in specific segments in line with our customer’s preference. For example, among our three product offerings in the sub-four-metre segment, diesel contribution in WR-V and Amaze was quite significant and hence they are being offered in both petrol and diesel. On the other hand, customers for the premium hatchback Jazz are increasingly opting for the petrol model, and hence the new Jazz will be offered in petrol variants only.

Our CR-V customers continue to show a natural preference for the petrol model and in order to maintain a lean variant line-up and stay focused on our core customer category, we have decided to retain only petrol variant for CR-V.”

Honda Jazz BS6
2020 Honda Jazz Facelift BS6

Opinion

The CR-V losing the diesel option is news for us as full-size SUV buyers prefer a diesel engine. Fortuner and Endeavour are prime examples. Even the Kodiaq and Tiguan started off with a diesel engine. Meanwhile, the Amaze and WR-V will retain the it because of stronger demand in these models. There’s nothing confirmed for the next-gen City. The City’s rivals (Yaris, Ciaz, Rapid, Vento) also don’t have a diesel engine. But, the Verna does have the option. If Honda City also dropped it, then it’ll leave one full section of the pie to Hyundai.

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Honda Resumes Production At Tapukara Plant

After the COVID break, Honda are eager to get back on track to meeting pending deliveries and updating the lineup. The WR-V is next in line for an update and then it’s City’s turn. The Tapukara plant near Bhiwadi in Rajasthan is starting production. The NOIDA plant, however, will remain closed for a little longer.

To bring the newer WR-V facelift, City and Jazz facelift, Tapukara plant is all Honda needs. Their Rajasthan plant also makes the Amaze. Essentially, all bread and butter Hondas. Late in 2019, Honda were reportedly working on setting up the Tapukara facility to make the next-gen City. The Jazz will also get a refresh after the WR-V and City.

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2020 Honda WR-V Facelift Brochure Leak Dashboard
2020 Honda WR-V Facelift Brochure Leak Dashboard

2020 Honda WR-V Facelift Spotted And Brochure Leaks

Images of the Honda WR-V facelift recently surfaced online. Bookings for the WR-V facelift are open since March. The crossover will retain its petrol and diesel engines. According to the leak, the updated WR-V petrol and diesel engines will deliver a fuel efficiency of 16.5kmpl and 23.7kmpl, respectively.

2020 Honda WR-V Facelift Brochure Leak
2020 Honda WR-V Facelift Brochure Leak

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Skoda Karoq, 2020 Rapid, Superb Facelift Launching On May 26

Skoda India today gave a date for the launch of 3 cars – the Karoq, Rapid 1.0 Turbo and Superb facelift. The 3 cars were to launch sooner but couldn’t because of the lockdown. All 3 cars are coming on May 26 with petrol engines only.

The Rapid will get a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic. It’ll make 110PS of power and 175Nm of torque. The Vento also has similar engine options. The Karoq will get a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission only. It’ll make 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The Superb will get a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. It’s good for 190PS of power and 320Nm of torque.

Opinion

Just like the Volkswagen T-Roc, the Karoq is a full import. It will attract some heavy duties but we believe Skoda will still price it competitively like the VW T-Roc.

Hyundai’s Verna Facelift Relaunch

The Verna facelift launched first on March 30. Hyundai have again informed the press that the Verna is now available.

For complete details, head to the official Hyundai Verna page.

2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift Front
2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift Front

We don’t blame them for a double launch. The car didn’t get enough attention as the Creta stole all the limelight. During the COVID drought, we can pause and absorb all that the Verna facelift offers. Here are the engine options:

  • 1.5-litre normal petrol engine with a manual and a CVT automatic transmission
  • 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine with a manual and a torque converter automatic transmission
  • 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

The engines themselves aren’t entirely fresh. The Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta also get these 1.5-litre engines. Meanwhile, the Venue was the first one to get the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 120PS power and 7-speed DCT.

2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift Dashboard
2020 Hyundai Verna Facelift Dashboard

Opinion

For once, we have a facelift, which Hyundai can market as a generation change and we wouldn’t mind. There’s an extensive design update on the front and fresh additions to the feature list. Then, the big one – engines. The 2020 Verna facelift ditches all of its powertrain options and gets a new set.

What’s surprising is how Hyundai (and Kia) aren’t leaving any stone unturned. Under the new leadership of S S Kim, Hyundai are taking more risks and buyers are rewarding them. In times when brands like Maruti Suzuki are moving to a single-engine option, Hyundai are expanding from 2 options to 3. The Aura, Nios, Venue, Verna and Creta, all offer 3 engine options. It’s no longer a conservative carmaker.

We expected the carmaker to be among the last ones to bring electrification and they turned out to be the first. The Hyundai Kona was the first product launch for S S Kim in India as CEO of Hyundai. Then, the attacks just never stopped. We got Santro, Nios, Aura, Verna facelift, Elantra facelift, Venue and next-gen Creta. It’s not just about bringing new cars but retaining petrol and diesel engine options and democratizing the turbo petrol engine.

Hyundai is in the best position right now to come out of these tough times the strongest.