Two cars that launch this month will sell be­cause of their im­por­tance in their seg­ments

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The new Ecos­port is a strange one at that, if we can call it new. What is es­sen­tially new is the petrol en­gine, the new au­to­matic gear­box and the new dash­board com­plete with the new SYNC

3 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. While the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem up­grade was re­quired and ne­c­es­sary and adds great value to the SUV, the other changes are jus­ti­fied only if there is a price re­duc­tion in atleast some of the mod­els of the car.

Two im­por­tant cars that launch this month are not go­ing to be in the lime­light be­cause of the vol­umes they will sell but be­cause of the im­por­tance they bring to their seg­ments and also for dif­fer­ing rea­sons.

The Skoda Oc­tavia RS is the real deal for the first time de­spite Sko­daAuto hav­ing sold some RS badged mod­els in the past. Not only is it a very prac­ti­cal car but it is also an en­thu­si­ast’s de­light com­plete with the blip in the ex­haust note. Who­ever in the In­dian me­dia has driven the RS has raved about it and this has shown in the sales of the car as the en­tire first con­sign­ment had al­ready been sold out at the time of its launch. We also drove the car and you can read its first drive re­port in the cur­rent is­sue. An­other ve­hi­cle that is caus­ing some con­ster­na­tion is the launch of the new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery. Land Rovers are do­ing very well these days and the Dis­cov­ery badge is the pinnacle of the brand’s off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We en­joyed do­ing some se­ri­ous of­froad­ing with the SUV and found no fault in its off-road­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties as you can read in this is­sue it­self.

Also in this is­sue is the Great Hi­malayan Chal­lenge where we have at­tempted to cross some of the high­est moun­tain passes in the world dur­ing the course of our drive and that too in a Mercedes-Benz GLC, be­sides con­tin­u­ing on the Her­itage Drive in a Hyundai Creta.

We’ve also pit the Volk­swa­gen Tiguan against the Hyundai Tuc­son only to dis­cover that though the Tiguan is a re­ally great car to drive it just can not com­pete with the Hyundai be­cause of its pric­ing.

And apart from these drives and test the is­sue is once again packed to the gills with news and new cars. So en­joy and drive and ride safe till next month.

Yo­gen­dra.pratap@in­to­day.com @Yo­genPratap

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