Back in 2017, there had been reports that Mini is working on building a new John Cooper Works GP for 2020. This time around, the vehicle was spotted on test at the Nurburgring race track. The track-oriented version of the MINI John Cooper Works gets sporty aerodynamics and quirky design elements. Started as a design study, the 2017 JCW GP concept featured distinctive design highlights in the form of louvered wheel arches and a sporty rear wing.
As seen in images, the test mule continues with most of the design highlights from the concept version. The engine specification is not known for now, however, it is believed that the MINI JCW GP will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates around 295bhp of power. The performance focused vehicle is built using lightweight body construct, roll cage and diffusers.
A production version of the MINI John Cooper Works GP is likely to be showcased at this year’s Frankfurt motor show. The vehicle is likely to go into production in 2020 and will compete against the likes of the Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS. Unfortunately, the production model will be limited to 3,000 units. As for the Indian market, MINI will launch the John Cooper Works hatch in the country on 9 May.
New 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto explained in detail
The hot-selling Maruti Suzuki Alto has been updated for 2019. More importantly, the updates include crucial safety features as standard across the range for a nominal price hike, depending on the model. Here’s what all you can expect in the new Alto range for 2019.
The basic shell remains the same as the old car, however, there are a few noticeable changes inside out. For starters, there is a new grille design and fog lamp housing while the updated bumper and side fenders differentiate the 2019 model from its predecessor. Inside, the dashboard has been slightly revised with a new instrument cluster and a different centre console layout.
New music system
The 2019 Alto gets a new music system called Smart Play Dock. This updated unit is Bluetooth enabled and comes with a new look, over the old system. Additionally, Maruti is also offering keyless entry for the Alto.
New Safety features
Perhaps the most important update on the new Alto are the additional safety features. You get ABS and EBD as standard. Other standard safety features include reverse parking sensors, a driver airbag, speed alerts and seat belt reminder for both driver and co-driver. Maruti says the new Alto also complies with upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulation.
BS6 petrol engine
The 796cc, 47bhp petrol engine has been updated to meet BS6 emission norms. To achieve this regulation requirement, Maruti has upgraded engine hardware and software alongside some changes to the exhaust system.
Available in up to six colour options, the 2019 Maruti Alto range is priced as follows:
Alto BS VI Std – Rs 2.93 lakhs
Alto BS VI LXI – Rs 3.50 lakhs
Alto BS VI VXI – Rs 3.71 lakhs
– The updated Alto gets BS-VI compliant engine.
– New safety features and cosmetic changes are part of the update.
– Available in three variants with six colour options.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the refreshed Alto in India for a price of Rs 2.93 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The updated Alto is now only available in three variants with BSVI compliant engine and added safety features.
In terms of appearance, the new Alto gets a new grille up front, a revised headlamp and redesigned bumpers. The cabin gets dual tone finish with new air-con ducts and a stylish speedometer. The new front and rear bottle holders also add practicality to the updated interiors. Moreover, the new Alto gets the Smart Play Dock with Bluetooth connectivity. This Smart Play Dock transforms the phone into a touch interface to access calls, music, navigation and more. The keyless entry is also part of the update. There are six colour options to choose from – Uptown Red, Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Mojito Green, and Cerulean Blue
In terms of safety, the Alto now comes with ABS and EBD as standard along with reverse parking sensor, driver airbag, speed alert system and seat belt reminder for both driver and co-driver. The new Alto also complies with the upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulation. Meeting the ‘End of Life Vehicles’ (ELV) obligations, the Alto is now 95 per cent recoverable and 85 per cent recyclable.
Under the hood is the same 796cc petrol engine producing 48bhp and 69Nm. But now this engine is BS-VI compliant owing to the upgraded hardware and software along with reworked exhaust system. The claimed fuel efficiency of the new Alto is 22.05kmpl.
Commenting on the launch of the new Alto, R S Kalsi, senior executive director, marketing and sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “At Maruti Suzuki, we are committed to bringing innovations in India’s best-selling car brand Alto, which now has a stylish makeover with additional safety features. With cumulative sales of over 3.7 million since launch in 2000, Alto has been a symbol of pride for Indian car users. Nearly 58 per cent of Alto customers has chosen it as their first car purchase. The New Alto is India’s first BSVI compliant entry segment car with a powerful engine and high fuel efficiency of 22.05kmpl. We are confident that the New Alto will be a car that young Indians will be proud to own”.
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