MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 30th September
News highlights of the day include BMW, BMW Motorrad and Hyundai.
BMW – The German luxury carmaker is all set to introduce their new entry-level sedan in India, the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe. It competes with the likes of Mercedes A-Class sedan and Audi A3 in the international markets. It will be launched on 15th October in India and will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options.
BMW – The recently revealed BMW 4-Series with a very controversial front grille now gets a new convertible version. It has a soft top that can be opened and closed in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/hr. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol producing 255 HP and range topping 3.0-litre turbo in-line 6 producing 382 HP. It might come to India as well.
Hyundai – The much awaited hatchback, new generation Hyundai i20 gets a performance oriented N Line version in the international market. The car looks very sporty with black accents and revised grille along with the new alloys. It will be available in Phantom Black, Aurora Grey, Polar White and Brass colour options. It’s powered by a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine producing 118 HP. It also comes with an iMT gearbox. The standard new generation model is expected to make its debut in India later this year.
BMW Motorrad – Now after spotting it multiple times on our roads, the updated BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS are all set to hit the showrooms in India on 8th October. The bikes will continue to get the same engine but it will be updated to BS6 emission norms. The bikes will get mild cosmetic changes including new LED headlights. We are also expecting a price cut compared to the BS4 models.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, Tata Indica was the first Indian car to go on sale in the international market. It was renamed to City Rover.
Comment of the day – Mahesh Thampi – “RE 650 twins are likely to become a global phenomenon. People all over the world especially UK are in love with these. Affordability, simplicity & car-like service intervals being the main reasons.”