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Honda launches special-edition City, Amaze and WR-V


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Honda has launched special editions of its Amaze compact sedan, City sedan and WR-V
compact crossover in India. The special-edition model for the City will come with a
�20th Anniversary Edition� emblem (to commemorate its 20th anniversary in India),
while the Amaze (due for a replacement soon) and the WR-V wear �Pride Edition� and
�Edge Edition� monikers, respectively.

Honda City 20th Anniversary Edition


The 20th Anniversary Edition of the City gets a chrome garnish on the side and
centre of the front bumper, on the lower edge of the doors and on the boot lid.
With this special-edition model, Honda is also providing a one-month free
subscription to its Connect app. This model is based on the top-spec ZX variant and
is available at a price of Rs 13.75 lakh for the petrol-CVT variant and Rs 13.82
lakh for the diesel-manual variant.

Honda Amaze Pride Edition


On the outside, the Amaze Pride Edition gets door protectors on the outside. Honda,
however, has added a handful of features on the inside, which adds a tad more value
to the existing model. The interior package borrows the DIGIPAD infotainment system
from the City, which is a 7.0-inch touchscreen system with navigation. The package
also includes leather seat covers with �Pride Edition� embedded on them, a front
centre armrest and a new steering wheel cover. Honda has also added rear parking
sensors.

The �Pride Edition� is based on the Amaze S(O) variant, and is priced at Rs 6.30
lakh for the petrol variant, and Rs 7.83 lakh for the diesel.

Honda WR-V Edge Edition


The WR-V, launched in 2017, is Honda�s first compact crossover in the country and
for a few months had outpaced the City in terms of sales to become a bestseller for
the carmaker. The WR-V Edge Edition comes with the same 16-inch alloy wheels but
with a gunmetal finish, a rear camera with a display on the inside rear-view
mirror, rear parking sensors and the Honda Connect app with a one-month free
subscription.

The base S variant has been used as the base for the WR-V Edge Edition and is
available at Rs 8.01 lakh for the petrol and Rs 9.05 lakh for the diesel.
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Lamborghini Urus launched in India at Rs 3 crore
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In a little over a month after its global unveil, Lamborghini has now launched the
Urus in India at Rs 3 crore (ex-showroom), making it the new entry point to the
brand.

Based on the MLB Evo platform that also underpins other Volkswagen Group SUVs such
as the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, the Urus utilises plenty of
aluminium in its construction and has a claimed kerb weight of under 2.2 tonnes.

It may not look like it in the pictures, but the Urus is a big SUV � it measures in
at well over five metres in length, and in terms of other dimensions, is almost the
same size as the Bentayga. Design-wise, it's typically Lamborghini, featuring
styling touches inspired by Lambo's first SUV, the LM002.

Power comes from a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 650hp and 850Nm of
torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power is put down to the
tarmac by a permanent four-wheel-drive system (with a 40:60 front-rear split).
Acceleration from 0 to 100kph is dealt with in a claimed 3.6sec, which is quicker
than the original Murcielago, and top speed is pegged at 305kph, making the Urus
the fastest SUV on the planet.

Also on offer are active torque vectoring and a rear-wheel-steering system borrowed
from the Aventador S. The Urus features 440mm carbon-ceramic brake discs up front,
the largest on any production car.

Adaptive air suspension is standard, as is cylinder deactivation tech that shuts


off half a bank of cylinders at city speeds to maximise fuel efficiency. The Urus
also gets six drive modes � apart from the usual Strada, Sport and Corsa, there's
Neve (snow), Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand), along with Ego, a fully
customisable mode.

Inside, it follows a design pattern similar to that seen on the Huracan and
Aventador, with plenty of hexagonal elements and the jet fighter-style engine start
button. A customisable TFT screen works as the instrument panel and taking centre
stage on the dash is the latest Lamborghini infotainment system. The 12-way
adjustable front seats are standard, there's good space in the second row and the
boot, at 616 litres, is sizeable as well.

Lamborghini is aiming to double annual global sales to 7,000 cars with the Urus.
Cars allotted to India for 2018 are all sold out.
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Chinese start-up Byton unveils full-electric Concept SUV
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Chinese electric car start-up Byton, run by ex-BMW I boss Carsten Breitfeld, has
unveiled a concept version of its first model, an SUV with support for level four
autonomous driving, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Byton Concept is a premium full-electric SUV that's said to be �almost


production ready� and will cost around �33,200 (US $45,000).

The SUV will be available in two powertrain configurations, with either a single
271hp electric motor driving the rear axle that produces 400Nm of torque, or a
four-wheel-drive version with motors driving each axle. The two motors in the 4WD
version combine for 475hp and 710Nm of torque.

Power will be stored in modular lithium-ion batteries, and while Byton hasn�t
revealed the capacity, it says the Concept will have a range of almost 400km that
can be increased to 520km with an upgraded battery pack.

The Concept will feature driver assistance systems that will enable it to support
level four autonomous driving, including cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar and
laser scanners. It has been designed so that components can be upgraded as
technology develops.

The Byton Concept is 4,850mm long, 1,940mm wide and 1,650mm high, and runs on 22-
inch wheels. At the front of the car, the car gets slim LED headlights, referred to
as a �Smart Surface�.

Instead of door handles, the Concept features facial recognition cameras that check
biometric data and will only unlock the door to authorised users.

The interior is dominated by a 49.2-inch �Shared Experience Display� that extends


the length of the dashboard. It comprises three panels that can be customised and
also has three rear-facing cameras � two take the place of the wing mirrors, and
the third is mounted on the car�s rear.

The Shard Experience Display features gesture and voice control, or can be operated
by a smartphone app. There are two displays for passengers in the rear, with the
same control methods.

The main driver information, including navigation systems, is displayed in a touch-


controlled 8.0-inch Driver Tablet integrated into the steering wheel. The edges of
the display feature buttons for the drive selectors, indicators and infotainment
volume.

The SUV is due to go into production in 2019, and Byton president Daniel Kirchert
has said that a sedan and MPV, based on the same platform, will follow soon after.