The Ertiga now seems to be a viable 7-seater
As another year draws to a close with the automotive markets stagnating, there have been a couple of significant launches at home while we have been to the end of Route 66 at Santa Monica in California to drive the new S60 sedan from Volvo. The Swedish car company continues its resurgence with another carline that stands above the competition in terms of the interiors are aesthetics, is good to look at and is the company’s sportiest model yet.
However, closer to home, Maruti-Suzuki has relaunched the Ertiga based on a revised platform that offers more space as well as the mild hybrid engine that we first saw on the Ciaz. The Ertiga now seems to be a viable 7-seater and in a diesel-averse world.
On the other end of the spectrum, Mahindra is still trying to make some headway into the Indian market with its Korean brand’s vehicles. This time it is the new generation Rexton that has been launched in India but with a new name and still under the Mahindra brand name. It is the most expensive Mahindra car in the country and though it has its high points, it will remain a niche product as it faces tough competition in a very crowded market segment. Also in this issue are the Tata performance cars, the Tiago and Tigor JTPs, developed in association with J Anand. These cars offer an X-factor with the brand’s low end cars to make them premium and also the brand more attractive. We also have the comparison test of the sub-4m sedans, another market segment that Ford has been trying to penetrate with its revised Aspire sedan. With Maruti-Suzuki and Honda having a firm grip on this segment, it remains to be seen whether the Aspire can regenerate the magic.
And apart from the regulars and an additional feature on convertibles, we also have all the news from the worlds of two-wheelers as well as motorsport and the most awaited ride of the twin engine Interceptor and Continental GT twins from Royal Enfield, which have impressed everyone that has ridden them so far. Till the next issue of Auto Today, ride and drive safe.