In Skoda’s new Rapid 1.0-liter suit, most changes will be seen on the powertrain. The new BS6 model will only have a 1.0-liter petrol option that produces nearly 108 bhp and 175 Nm peak torque. The transmission will also be similar to the Vento that is a six-speed manual and optional six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The BS6 Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI will have mild cosmetic tweaks to distinguish it from its predecessor.
The sedan will now feature a new touch screen infotainment system, with trending features like climate control, engine start-stop button, auto headlamp and wipers, etc. The safety net will include multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, hill assist, and more. The new BS6 model is expected to come in new colour options. When it does, the Rapid 1.0 TSI will rival the likes of the Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, and the Hyundai Verna
Along with the new Rapid, Skoda will also be launching the Karoq SUV. The Karoq will be offered with a BS6-compliant 1.5-liter TSI engine that develops 150 bhp and 250 Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. Features in the Karoq include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, connected car technology, and powered front seats, ambient lighting, cruise control, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control, as well as a panoramic sunroof. Safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, up to nine airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, electronic stability program, traction control, and more.
Jeep Compass 9-Speed Automatic
Jeep Compass created a big buzz when it was launched in Nepal. Previously, the diesel-auto combo could only be had in the SUV’s top-spec Trailhawk edition. Now, though, Jeep will be offering this sought-after combo in the base Longitude and top-spec Limited Plus variants as well. The powertrain on both variants remains the same 2.0-liter diesel engine tuned to meet BS6 emission norms, paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 173 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. Jeep has even introduced more tech on the Longitude variant of the Compass, including cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, two-tone interiors, passive keyless entry, and push-button start.
The top-spec Limited Plus variant also has cruise control. The Longitude version comes with standard features such as 17-inch alloys, safety aids such as anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC), hill start assist (HSA), disc brakes on all four wheels, among others. The top-of-the-line Limited Plus trim comes with sunroof, auto headlamps, rain sensitive wipers, six airbags, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Volkswagen Polo & Vento TSI
The Polo and Vento have been among the best-selling cars from the Volkswagen stable since their introduction in India and Nepal, and the brand recently introduced the BS6 lineup across the two carlines. Now the company will launch the TSI variants of the Polo and the Vento. These variants will be powered by the 1.0l TSI BS6 engine and be mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission with a peak power of 110 bhp, delivering 175 Nm of torque. The TSI editions of the two cars sport a stylish honeycomb grille, sporty body side graphics, and bold TSI badge across the passenger doors, plus stunning black ORVM and, glossy black roof & spoilers.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that carries signature Jeep design language and boasts a wide range of advanced high-end technologies that enable the SUV to go anywhere. The Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.0L V6 Pentastar engine with stop and start technology and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The ‘Gen II’ automatic transmission on the Grand Cherokee is engineered to deliver improved overall performance.
The long wait is coming to an end with KTM’s answer to the lightweight ADV segment all set to debut in the Nepali market. The 390 Adventure is quite a looker with styling genes inspired by its elder sibling, the 790 Adventure. It gets a chassis-mounted pincer-type LED headlight unit, LED taillights, a TFT console, sharp tank shrouds, raised handlebars, a large and flat seat, and a generous 14.5-liter fuel tank.
The 390 Adventure is quintessentially an off-road version of the 390 Duke, but catered more to touring and light offroading. It uses the same 373.2cc single-cylinder engine that makes 44hp of power at 9,000rpm and 37 Nm at 7,000rpm. The 390 Adventure’s engine also gets features such as ride-by-wire EFI, traction control, a slipper clutch, and a counter-balancer. This engine has been tuned to meet Euro 5/BS6 emission regulations.
In addition to a trellis frame and subframe, the 390 Adventure gets a die-cast open-lattice swingarm carried forward from the 790 and big V-twin KTM ADV motorcycles. In terms of suspension, the 390 Adventure has WP Apex units at both ends—a 43mm USD fork with compression and rebound adjustability and a rear mono-shock that can be adjusted for pre-load and rebound.