New on your street

TNIE takes a look at the new launches coming to Kerala – whether it’s luxury brands like Audi or budget models like S-PRESSO, we keep an eye out for anything interesting.

The Game-Changing SUV — Grand Vitara
Maruti Suzuki has unveiled its revolutionary SUV, Grand Vitara. This mid-size SUV with premium features and a full hybrid powertrain will soon be launched. Packed with the Suzuki ALLGRIP, legendary off-road prowess as well as a strong and aggressive design, it inherits the pure SUV DNA of the iconic brand, Vitara. The hybrid version offers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 27.97 km/l, while the popular Maruti 1.5L K-series engine offers fuel efficiency of up to 21.11 km/l. The hybrid-electric variants come with the e-CVT transmission. A five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters are offered with the 1.5-liter gasoline engine. The manual version will also get Suzuki ALLGRIP riding modes, for off-road capability.

Nissan introduced a special edition for the best-selling Magnite small SUV. The main highlight is the distinct red accents on the front grille, front bumper cladding, wheel arch and body side cladding. Interiors feature a premium red instrument panel, red accents on the door side armrest and center console. The RED edition is based on the XV variant and also comes with a host of new features. The new edition also has additional equipment such as wireless charging, ambient lighting and illuminated door sills. There are no mechanical changes to the vehicle. Ex-showroom price starts at Rs 7.86 lakh

Indian-made CITROËN C3
Citroën India has launched the highly anticipated New C3 at a special introductory price of ₹5,70,500 (ex-showroom Delhi). With over 90% localization, the Indian-made model is the first product from its manufacturing facility in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. Deliveries of new C3s to customers have started in all La Maison Citroën phygital showrooms across the country. It is available in two engine options – 1.2L PURETECH 110 and 1.2L PURETECH 82. With this launch, Citroën enters the mainstream B sedan segment in India.

Maruti’s S-PRESSO gets a makeover
Maruti Suzuki has announced the launch of its new S-Presso – a very affordable model with a Next Gen K-Series 1.0L engine. The twin-jet, dual-VVT engine also features idle-start-stop technology. The new S-Presso offers improved fuel efficiency of 25.30 km/l in Vxi(O) and Vxi+(O) AGS, 24.76 km/l in Vxi/Vxi+ MT and 24.12 km/l in Std/ Lxi MT. The bold, “mini-SUV” now features ESP with Hill Hold Assist on all AGS variants and electrically adjustable ORVMs (exterior mirror) in the Vxi+/Vxi+(O) variants. Designed to inspire a sense of excitement, the new S-Presso can appeal to youngsters with its design and functionality. Pricing starts at Rs 4.25 lakh.

Enjoy luxury with the AUDI A8 L
Audi India has launched its flagship Audi A8 L sedan in two variants – Celebration and Technology. It now comes with a long list of features and a powerful engine. A 3.0L TFSI (petrol), mild hybrid engine with 340hp and 500Nm of torque. The company claims that the car will reach 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. Celebration Edition costs I1.29 crore and Technology H1.57 crore ex-showroom. Celebration is available in a 5-seater version and Technology in 4- and 5-seater configurations. Both variants are open to a multitude of customizations. This luxurious model comes with various outstanding features: predictive active air suspension, dynamic all-wheel steering, Park Assist Plus with 360-degree cameras, rear seat relaxation package with recliner, heated foot massage function, and more.


The monsoon is the time when you need to pay extra attention to your car. The road itself is dangerous. It was just yesterday, an ambulance had aquaplaned on the wet Karnataka road. Aquaplaning occurs when the tire tread can no longer dissipate water. This will cause loss of control as the tires would not be able to touch the ground. Three people were killed in the accident. On the road, not everything will be under the driver’s control. However, some things can be removed before reaching the road.


Rub some toothpaste on the headlight and coat the entire discolored surface. Using a damp cloth, wipe off the toothpaste after a few minutes. Your headlights are now absolutely clean for a safe trip.


Replace cracked or damaged windshield wipers. You can even add soap to the washer fluid to help clean dirt, grime, and other contaminants.

MOISTURE cleaning

To keep the interior and carpets clean, you can lay down some newspapers which will help absorb moisture and dirt from your shoes and keep the interior moisture free.


Check the wear of tires and spare parts and replace them if necessary. To check the tread of your tires, you can perform a visual test. If they look worn, you should buy new tires.


Have your air conditioning repaired just before the monsoon. Your car’s air conditioner helps keep your interior moisture-free and dry and cool, even when the windows are rolled up.


A good ceramic coating protects your car from rain and sun. If you invest in a ceramic coating, direct exposure to rainwater will not be a problem.


Do not use a cover on the car in the rainy season – the protective layer may peel off when you remove it.

The writer is a freelance automotive expert who hosts TV shows and hosts the “car kadua” YouTube channel.TNIE takes a look at the new launches coming to Kerala – whether it’s luxury brands like Audi or budget models like S-PRESSO, we keep an eye out for anything interesting.

Wiley C. Thompson