Sometime back, in the BBC's Auto Mag, Top Gear's editorail, Vardhan Kondvikar, articulated what was on my mind for quite sometime, a perfect Indian Car.
”My perfect Indian car would be a little SUV, priced about Rs 8 lakh with a punchy but small diesel engine, under 2.0 litres, with a manual gearbox. It won’t be immensely well equipped but it will have electric mirrors and windows, climate control and good plastics. ABS and airbags of course. And flexible seating for five, with split and tumble. It’ll feel like a proper shrunken SUV, and we’ll love it.”
He went on add that he had the Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin in mind, and also mentioned the failed Ford Fusion.
I am betting on the new Skoda Yeti just from initial impressions. (No road test reviews yet)
Based on the concept showcased in 2005, unveiled at Geneva Motor Show this March, it has just begun series production, and to be launched in India, early 2010(at around Rs 10 lakh?)
It seems to have all ingredients right. Hope it's priced right too.
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