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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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Kia Sonet Official Image

Kia Sonet Could Bring Clutchless Manual iMT With Turbo Hybrid – Reading Between The Lines

Kia had announced at the 2020 Auto Expo that the Sonet will get a clutchless manual transmission. They call it the iMT – as in, Intelligent Manual Transmission. Now let’s try and figure out how it’s going to work. But, before we do that, let’s first understand how a clutchless manual transmission works.

As the name suggests, you let the computer and a motor handle the clutch while you manage the gear. So, it leaves complete control of gear selection up to the driver.

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Auto Clutch by AutoMate

Pune-based AutoMate is already making it and they have over a decade worth of experience making auto clutches. You can probably find a couple more brands offering aftermarket auto-clutch systems. For now, let’s take the Auto Clutch to understand how it works.

Click here to know more about their Auto Clutch.

On the gear lever, you have On/Off toggle switch and a touch sensor. With the switch, you can enable or disable the system. This way, you can use it in traffic and enjoy shifting through the gears in the hills as you would with a standard MT.

When you touch the sensors on the gear lever, the clutch disengages (goes inside). To change the gear, release the accelerator pedal, touch the sensor on the gear lever, shift it and release it. Then accelerate as usual. It also monitors the tachometer and disengages the clutch if the RPMs drop too low.

The entire muscle (motors) and the brains (logic board and silicon) sits under the driver’s seat. It’s transferable to another car. When you upgrade, you can take it out and install it again in the next car. That is a good way to increase the value of the system. Because it costs about Rs. 40-45,000, it ought to offer better value than an AMT.

For instance, you can get an AMT automatic transmission in the Renault Triber for Rs. 40,000. The Renault Kwid automatic is Rs. 30,000 more expensive than its manual counterpart. When you put these prices in perspective, you see that an aftermarket auto-clutch system is quite expensive. For a similar or lower price, you can even automate the gear changes. Not to mention, you get the complete multi-year manufacturer warranty on the entire AMT system.

Kia Sonet iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) Clutchless Manual Transmission

Now, here’s the juicy part: Kia Sonet will get the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 48V mild-hybrid tech and iMT. How do we know that? Well, let’s break it down.

2020 Kia Sonet Front Auto Expo
2020 Kia Sonet Front Auto Expo

Kia Sonet iMT

Let’s get this fact out of the way that the Sonet will get the iMT or the clutchless manual transmission. Kia have already announced it at the 2020 Auto Expo.

2020 Hyundai Elite i20 Turbo Hybrid iMT (Clutchless Manual Transmission)

We know that Hyundai are also bringing the next-gen Elite i20 to India very soon. Perhaps early in 2021. Some of the details about the 2020 Elite i20 are already out. Check the engine specs in following sections.

How Kia Sonet’s iMT Works?

In the AutoClutch example, we found out that it engages and disengages based on 2 factors – engine RPM and touch sensor input.

Hyundai have already confirmed how the iMT clutch will engage or disengage. The Sonet’s iMT clutch will work based on the accelerator input and RPM. If the revs drop below a certain point, it’ll disengage to prevent stalling. It’ll also monitor the accelerator pedal input and disengage when you take your foot off the pedal. This will put it in coasting mode, which will give it good fuel efficiency. Shifting gears in the Kia Sonet iMT will work just like a normal manual transmission – minus the clutch. There’s no need to worry about slipping off a touch sensor on the shifter lever mid-way during a gear change.

Here’s a video of the upcoming Elite i20 with a small detail about the iMT. Jump to 3:00 to hear about powertrain and transmission details.

Hypermilers already know that you can coast for longer if you take the engine braking out. Their iMT does just that as mentioned by the Hyundai rep in the video. It disengages the clutch when the driver takes the foot off the gas pedal. This way, the battery could recharge faster and you get far better real-world fuel efficiency. The Sonet’s iMT with 1.0-litre turbo-hybrid will not just be a powerful and convenient engine option, but also the most fuel-efficient.

2020 Hyundai Elite i20 Engine Options

Here are the engine and transmission options for the new i20 in the European market:

2020 Hyundai Elite i20 Engine Transmission Options


1.0-litre Turbo

1.0-litre Turbo Hybrid

1.0-litre Turbo Hybrid









5-speed MT

6-speed MT

6-speed iMT

6-speed iMT

7-speed DCT

7-speed DCT

7-speed DCT

As you can see, the iMT is only available with the hybrid tech. Sonet should be no exception.

2020 Kia Sonet Rear Auto Expo
2020 Kia Sonet Rear Auto Expo

2020 Kia Sonet Engine Transmission USP

We believe the Sonet will introduce 48V mild-hybrid with the 120PS engine. To offer the iMT, they have to. With iMT and hybrid tech, Kia Sonet can challenge the Vitara Brezza hybrid with possibly better fuel efficiency and performance. With the coasting function, Kia’s clutchless manual transmission can handily beat the Brezza MT’s FE figures even if it gets hybrid tech. In case of the automatic transmission, the DCT is naturally more efficient than the torque converter. So, it should have no problem beating the Brezza hybrid’s figures.

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s petrol engine has an official fuel efficiency figure of 17.0kmpl with the manual transmission. The automatic transmission is a 4-speed torque converter and it also gets mild-hybrid tech. It has a fuel efficiency figure of 18.76kmpl.

Kia Sonet Launch Timeline

Kia recently confirmed that they are starting to retool and setup assembly line for the Sonet. Autocar India interacted with Kia officials and they say that the production of the Sonet is on schedule. However, any more interruptions because of the COVID situation could push the launch schedule further.

The Sonet is currently on track for August/September 2020 launch.

Disclaimer: This article contains personal opinions and should be consumed with a pinch of scepticism. We strive to maintain a clear distinction between reporting and opinion so that we don’t adulterate the objective info with the author’s subjective thoughts.

2020 Kia Sonet Front Auto Expo

Kia Begins Preparing For Sonet, Renault Triber AMT, Nissan Kicks Launched

Renault Triber AMT Automatic Prices Announced, Bookings Open

Prices are officially out for the Renault Triber AMT automatic. The Triber with a 5-speed AMT is available in the top three variants – RXL, RXT and RXZ. Here are the prices:

2020 Renault Triber AMT Automatic Prices


Rs. 6.18 lakh


Rs. 6.68 lakh


Rs. 7.22 lakh

These are Rs. 40,000 more than the comparable variants with the manual transmission. The Triber’s 5-speed AMT automatic also gets a manual gear selection option, which is not available in the Kwid. The Renault Kwid gets a rotary-style shifter. The Triber’s AMT implementation is similar to that of the Datsun Redi-Go. That car also shares its powertrain and transmission with the Renault Kwid but it gets the option of manually selecting the gears.

Renault Triber AMT Automatic
Renault Triber AMT Automatic


The Triber’s only real competition comes from within the family. The Datsun Go Plus is the only other 7-seater family car you can buy for this price. The Go Plus offers a more powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine and a smoother CVT automatic transmission. The premium you pay for the Go Plus CVT is just Rs. 70,000 – a steal in our opinion. The catch is that it’s only available in the top T and T (O) variants. So, the entry price isn’t low. The Go Plus automatic costs Rs. 6.7 and 6.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Here are the prices:

2020 Datsun Go Plus Prices (ex-Delhi)

D Manual

Rs. 4.2 lakh

A Manual

Rs. 5.1 lakh

A (O) Manual

Rs. 5.66 lakh

T Manual

Rs. 6.0 lakh

T (O) Manual

Rs. 6.26 lakh

T Automatic

Rs. 6.7 lakh

T (O) Automatic

Rs. 6.9 lakh

2020 Datsun Go Plus BS6
2020 Datsun Go Plus BS6

Bookings for the new Renault Triber AMT are open now and deliveries will start soon.

To check out the offers available on Renault vehicles for May 2020, then head to the following link: Offers on Renault Models for May 2020

Also Read: Renault’s 3-month EMI Holiday Offer Explained

2020 Nissan Kicks Turbo Prices Announced, Bookings Open

Nissan made the prices of BS6 2020 Kicks turbo official. Here are the prices:

2020 Nissan Kicks BS6 Prices (Ex-Delhi)



1.33-litre Turbo Manual

1.33-litre Turbo Auto


Rs. 9.5 lakh


Rs. 10.0 lakh

Rs. 11.85 lakh

Rs. 13.45 lakh

XV Premium

Rs. 12.65 lakh

Rs. 14.15 lakh

XV Premium (O)

Rs. 13.7 lakh

XV Premium (O) DT

Rs. 13.9 lakh

2020 Nissan Kicks Turbo
2020 Nissan Kicks Turbo

The 1.33-litre turbo petrol engine is available in all but the base XL variant. Its output stands at 156PS and 254Nm – which is higher than Creta and Seltos’ 140PS and 250Nm. The 1.5-litre normal petrol engine makes 106PS and 142Nm. While the turbo petrol engine shines in its class, the normal engine doesn’t. The Creta and Seltos’ normal petrol engine makes 115PS of power and 144Nm of torque.

2020 Nissan Kicks 1.33-litre Turbo Engine
2020 Nissan Kicks 1.33-litre Turbo Engine


The jump to the turbo petrol engine in the XV variant is Rs. 1.85 lakh. That is a steep premium to pay for the ‘best-in-class performance’ bragging rights. Then, adding the CVT automatic transmission will cost you another Rs. 1.6 lakh. That’s one more big price jump. With the Hyundai Creta, you can jump from the SX 1.5-litre normal petrol MT to the SX 1.35-litre turbo AT for Rs. 2.7 lakh. With the Nissan Kicks, it’ll cost you Rs. 3.45 lakh.

Meanwhile, the variant-wise feature list is not out yet. So for now, check the variant wise features as per the leaked brochure:

Leaked – 2020 Nissan Kicks Variants, Engine Specs, Features

Kia Starts Preparing Assembly Line For Sonet

2020 Kia Sonet Side Auto Expo
2020 Kia Sonet Side Auto Expo

Kia Motors has started production at its Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh facility. The carmaker is implementing the necessary safety measures to contain the spread of the virus at its workplaces. The carmaker said that they are aiming to ‘clear pending bookings of Seltos and Carnival’. Kia is also preparing the assembly line to begin production of the Sonet subcompact SUV.

Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & CEO, Kia Motors India said:

Kia Motors India priorities are to clear pending orders for the best-selling Seltos and luxurious Carnival, and also to prepare the line for the eagerly anticipated compact SUV, Sonet. Our stakeholders, including suppliers and logistics partners, are all in-line with the current production and have assured us support in case we have to increase production volumes over the coming days.

2020 Kia Sonet Rear Auto Expo
2020 Kia Sonet Rear Auto Expo


The Kia Sonet is the first car in India to introduce us to the next big change in driving technology. During the Sonet’s unveil at the 2020 Auto Expo, Kia announced that the Sonet will get the Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT). This is their clutchless manual transmission. After the success of the AMT with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, this could become the next game-changer in our market.

While there are aftermarket auto-clutch options, they’re pricey. So pricey that you could get a complete AMT from the manufacturer with a warranty for a comparable price. These kits go for about Rs. 40-45,000 but are transferrable to another car. Kia’s implementation could come at a similar or slightly lower price point. The Sonet was to launch by the festive season and the pandemic may affect the launch timeline.