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MAHINDRA TAKES ITS BIG ELECTRIC STEP, UNVEILS FIVE NEW SUVS

Mahindra says the electric SUVs will come with cutting-edge technology, through the three key strategic pillars of Brand, Design and Technology. The company is promising great dynamics with these cars. Along with a semi-active suspension system, the cars will offer enhanced handling and an immersive sporty drive experience.

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India’s 76th Independence day was a special day for Mahindra & Mahindra as well. On this day, the homegrown brand unveiled its new INGLO (Indian Global) EV platform and 5 electric SUVs under two EV brands, showcasing its vision for the future of electric mobility. Mahindra says the electric SUVs will come with cutting-edge technology, through the three key strategic pillars of Brand, Design and Technology. The first of the two brands is the XUV with the now popular Twin Peak logo in Copper while the other one is an all-new electric-only brand called BE. The five e-SUVs are the XUV.e8, XUV.e9, BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. The first four of these will be launched between 2024 and 2026.

The INGLO platform on which these cars will be made will come with progressive battery technology, platform architecture, brain power and human machine interface. The platform will underpin all the Mahindra EVs going forward. According to Mahindra, it also offers class-leading safety standards, exciting performance, excellent range and efficiency, good driving dynamics, versatility and intelligent human machine interface. It also delivers a multi-sensorial driving experience with a futuristic, augmented reality-enabled heads-up display, edge-to-edge screen, 5G network capability. The first car that will be launched in December 2024 is the XUV.e8. In many ways it will be the electrified version of the popular XUV 700. It will get an intelligent all-wheel drive system along with a sophisticated cabin. Mahindra says it will offer supreme ride comfort both on and off the road. Next will be the XUV.e9 that will launch in April 2025. It will come with a silhouette of a coupe and panoramic sky roof and could look something like the XUV 500 Aero that was shown at the Auto Expo in Delhi a few years ago. The first of the BE launches will be the BE.05 that will launch in October 2025. Mahindra says it will be a Sports Electric Vehicle (SEV) in the truest sense, making it a category in itself. The car will come with a racing inspired design complemented by multi-sensory experiences. Following this will be the BE.07 that will launch in October 2026 and will be more of a family car. The final car is the BE.09 which will be a SUV grand tourer with a chiselled design, dynamic roof and solid stance. Launch date of this car has not been confirmed by the company. These electric vehicles from Mahindra will follow a common battery pack design with lean modules and standardised cell-to-pack technology using two different cell architectures – Blade and Prismatic. While the battery capacity options will range between 60-80 kWhr, the cars will come with a 175 kW fast-charge system that will charge them up to 80% in less than 30 minutes. They will be offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models and power generated will be between 170-210 kW and 250-290 kW respectively. Mahindra is promising between 5 and 6 seconds to reach speeds of 100 kmph from stationary. According to the company, the powertrain is optimised to offer class-leading range. The company is promising great dynamics with these cars. Along with a semi-active suspension system, the cars will offer enhanced handling and an immersive sporty drive experience. Along with these you will also get a dual-pinion high-power steering system for light steering efforts and brake-by-wire technology that allows multiple brake modes for pedal feel and recuperation. The cars will also come with drive modes that will alter powertrain response, suspension response, brake feel, electronic stability control intervention and many more features at the touch of a button. Finally, there’s the all-important matter of safety. Mahindra says the new electric SUVs are designed to meet the highest vehicle safety norms such as GNCAP and not just limited to regulatory compliance. All the e-SUVs will come with a structural cage around the passenger cabin specially designed for reduced passenger injury. The new e-SUVs are tested at the world’s largest battery development and testing centre. With 5 Radars-1 Vision ADAS architecture, INGLO is futureproofed up to L2+ autonomy.

The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.

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Maruti lines up the Grand Vitara SUV for this festive season

The new Grand Vitara is built on the company’s new crafted futurism design language and gets many premium as well as SUV design cues, such as body cladding, roof rails, as well as skid plates.

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Maruti lines up the Grand Vitara SUV for this festive season

Maruti Suzuki has been in the thick of action in 2022 when it comes to launching new cars into the market. The Indo-Japanese brand has launched many new offerings across all segments, including cars like the Alto, Baleno, Brezza, and XL6. The company has now reintroduced the Grand Vitara name to the market with a new compact SUV, one that comes with many engine and gearbox options. It is also the first car from the brand to get a strong hybrid model and the first in a long time to get an all-wheel drive option.

Design
The new Grand Vitara is built on the company’s new crafted futuristic design language and gets many premium as well as SUV design cues. This includes elements such as body cladding, roof rails, as well as skid plates. The highlight of the face is the triple LED headlamps, which certainly add to the appeal. The Strong Hybrid or the Intelligent Electric Hybrid gets a more premium, rich chrome finish on the grille and a glossy black finish on the cladding. Overall, the car looks quite big and commands a solid presence on the road, something that will work well for the buyer both in the urban as well as rural markets. The SUV gets 3 dual-tone and 6 monotone colour options, including the very popular Nexa Blue.

Interiors
The Grand Vitara is loaded with features, something that cannot be said about every car from Maruti Suzuki. Once again, it is the strong hybrid model that gets an enhanced appeal with exclusive features like wireless charging, head-up-display, and ventilated front seats. The SUV also gets features like a panoramic sunroof with dual sliding panes, a 360-degree parking camera, a Smart Play Pro+ infotainment system, and in-built Suzuki Connect technology, which comes with more than 40 connectivity features. The 2nd row is good on space, and 3 passengers can sit here in relative comfort. The good thing is that all three get adjustable headrests and, more importantly, 3-point seat belts. Talking about boot space, the smart hybrid model gets more volume as batteries eat up some of the space in the strong hybrid version of the car.

Engine
Both the smart hybrid and intelligent hybrid models of the Grand Vitara come with 1.5-litre petrol engines. The former runs on the familiar new-Gen K-series 1.5-litre, Dual Jet, Dual VVT petrol engine that does duty on many cars from Maruti Suzuki. It comes with a choice of 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options, and here the brand is claiming a fuel efficiency of up to 21.11kmpl depending on the variant you choose to buy. This Smart Hybrid comes with a dual battery setup and offers brake energy regeneration, torque assist, and idle stop-start function.
The Intelligent Electric Hybrid gets a dual powertrain system, which includes an electric motor and a 1.5-litre engine. The self-charging SUV gets multiple drive modes (EV, Eco, Power, and Normal). This allows it to switch between the engine and electric drive modes. The setup also harnesses the power of both powertrains, depending on the driving situation. The SUV can also run as a pure EV, resulting in zero emissions. The model is available with an e-CVT transmission and delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 27.97 kmpl. It comes with a standard warranty of 8 years/160,000 km on the Li-ion battery pack.
The SUV also gets Suzuki’s All Grip Select technology, albeit only with the smart hybrid model and only with a manual gearbox. The electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive system comes with four selectable driving modes—Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock. This enables the SUV to take the road less travelled and tide over challenging conditions.
Talking about safety, the car gets six airbags, which include front, side, and curtain airbags. It also gets an electronic stability program with hill hold assist and front and rear disc brakes across all variants. You also get safety features like hill descent control and a tyre pressure monitoring system on the SUV.

Prices
The smart or mild hybrid model of the Grand Vitara is priced between Rs. 10.45 lakh and 17.05 lakh, while the price of the intelligent electric hybrid ranges from Rs. 17.99 lakh to Rs. 19.65 lakh. The only All-wheel drive variant is priced at Rs. 16.89 lakh, all prices ex-showroom. Maruti says to encourage faster adoption of cleaner, greener hybrid electric vehicles in the country, the Grand Vitara strong hybrid gets a special introductory package consisting of an extended warranty till 5 years/1 lakh kms and a ‘Pristine’ accessory pack which is worth over Rs. 67,000. The SUV can also be owned through Maruti Suzuki Subscribe at an all-inclusive monthly subscription fee starting from Rs. 27,000. This fee covers the cost of complete registration, service and maintenance, insurance, and roadside assistance.
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.

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Crickex App: Download & Installation process, Betting Options

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Crickex is the leading sports exchange platform in South Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It is the most reliable and trustworthy platform when it comes to online sports betting. The website features the best promotional offers and bonuses in the online betting market. In addition, Cricket also offers the best user interface for its customers.

Cricket has a wide variety of games on its platform. Users can register with Cricket and bet on popular games like Cricket, Kabaddi, Football, online casinos, lottery, etc. Besides, they also provide a range of Promotional offers and other bonuses that the users won’t find anywhere else in the online betting market.

In addition, there are several payment methods on Crickex, using which the users can deposit and withdraw their winnings easily. The transactions can be done using credit cards, debit cards, wallets, Internet Banking, etc.

Crickex Review

Crickex has a huge market base in both India and Bangladesh. The company has a safe work permit to operate in South Asia. Crickex has valid licenses from the Curacao Gaming Commission. Besides, the features such as SSL, data encryption, and data scrambling helps in making it a secure platform to bet.

Crickex also provides other unique features to make online betting easier for its users. Some of the features include:

  • Real Odds offer more winning chances to the users.
  • A unique cash-out feature that helps withdraw your winnings.
  • 24*7 customer support using E-mail, Live chat, and social media. It helps in the quick resolution of customer issues.
  • A range of available payment and withdrawal methods helps in making transactions easy.

How to Download the Crickex App?

Users can download the Crickex App from its official website. Besides, the download is available to Android users only. Using the app, users can bet on a wide range of online sports and casino games, at their convenience. Also, the download is safe and compatible with every mobile phone. Below are the steps to safely download the Crickex app on your Android phone.

  • Once you click on the Android download icon, a 4.83 MB.apk file appears on the screen.
  • Now, click on the download file icon and wait for it to download. 
  • Then, open the file using the Package installer on your Android phone. 
  • An icon appears on the screen that asks whether “Do you want to install this app?”. 
  • After clicking the “Install” button, wait a few seconds. 
  • Now that the app is installed on your phone, you can use it.

Betting Options on Crickex

On the Crickex app, you can bet on your favorite sports. The Crickex sportsbook has more than 15 different sports betting markets available for betting. The most popular options include cricket, soccer or football, rugby, tennis, kabaddi, and more. Besides, there are several online casino games and lottery games to bet on.

Users can bet on the Crickex app using a Multiple Account and Bet Limit Rule acceptance page. It helps avoid heavy losses due to aggressive betting. Thus, the website helps in playing a key role in safe and responsible betting.

Besides, users are not allowed to bet higher than the upper betting limit that is set by the website. In addition, Crickex also offers a sportsbook experience for players who like to stick to the basics.

Its sportsbook is a different section entirely. So, you must check out the sportsbook from the homepage by clicking on the “Sportsbook” option.

Conclusion

Crickex is the most unique and reliable platform in terms of the variety of games and odds offered. Besides, it also offers a betting exchange experience and live betting with a streaming service.

Another interesting feature on the platform includes the Parlay bet. It allows users to mix different wagers into a single bet. Also, the variety of gaming options on the platform makes it one of the best in the business. Download the Crickex App for more interesting betting options and games.

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Instagram to develop safety tool to protect users from filthy DMs

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Instagram is developing a new security feature that will shield users against sexually inappropriate photographs in their inboxes. According to The Verge, the “Nudity Protection” tool will work to weed out instances of online harassment known as “cyberflashing.”

Recent days have seen a significant rise in cyber-flashing incidents, which entail sending unwanted sexual messages to strangers, frequently women. By empowering users to automatically reject direct message requests containing objectionable content, this new functionality aims to combat this threat.

The report says Meta is going to use machine learning to support people to shield themselves from nude photos and other undesirable messages.

Alessandro Pauzzi, a Meta developer, also shared a sneak peek of the new feature on Twitter.

In a tweet, he shared the screenshot of the possible feature and wrote, “Instagram is working on nudity protection for chats. This technology covers photos that may contain nudity in chats. Instagram CAN’T access photos.”

Confirming this, a Meta spokesperson told The Verge they are working closely with experts to assure these new features maintain people’s privacy while also providing them to control over the communication they receive. The technology won’t let Meta view the actual messages or share them with third parties, the spokesperson mentioned.

When the feature is released, Meta said, users will have the option to enable or disable it at their choice. The feature is currently in the development phase.

A control system for parents of minors using the social networking site owned by Meta in India was recently developed. This function is now considered to be the next development in ensuring users’ privacy and security.

In addition to the current Hidden Words function, which was first launched in 2021, this feature will be available. Users can automatically filter problematic words, phrases, and emoticons into a protected folder using the Hidden Words function. Even DM inquiries that are presumably spammed are filtered out by this tool.

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Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate 5G services on October 1

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The 5G services will be launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 at the India Mobile Congress.

In October, the Prime Minister will open a four-day conference where top telecom providers including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea will outline their 5G plans for the nation.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, “the 5G services will launch in India at the India Mobile Congress on October 1.”

The department of telecommunications (DoT) and the cellular operators association of India jointly organise the India Mobile Congress (IMC), one of the major telecom, media, and technology events in Asia (COAI).

This news comes about a month after Reliance Industries Ltd. announced it would invest 2 lakh crore to build out its 5G services in important cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata by Diwali and throughout India by December next year.

The Reliance Jio intends to launch Jio 5G by this Diwali 2022 in a number of significant locations, including the megacities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.

Within the next two months, by Diwali, we will launch Jio 5G across multiple key cities, including the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. By December 2023, which is less than 18 months from today, we will deliver Jio 5G to every town, every taluka, and every tehsil of our country,” Ambani told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on August 29.

By March 2024, Bharti Airtel, a competitor of Reliance, intends to roll out its 5G services in 5,000 cities and towns.

“By December, we should have coverage in key metros. After that, we will expand rapidly to cover the entire country,” Gopal Vittal, the chief executive officer of the second largest telecom operator, said earlier this month.

Even though Vodafone Idea purchased spectrum in 17 circles across the nation during the auction month, it has not yet made any announcements regarding its plans for 5G services.

The government’s airwave auction saw Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd emerge as the biggest buyer, spending 88,078 crore, more than twice as much as Bharti Airtel Ltd, which came in second.

By selling 51,236MHz of spectrum at the week-long auction, Ambani’s acquisitions assisted the government in earning a record-breaking 1.5 lakh crore. Wireless operators purchased 71% of the available airwaves in the 72,098MHz band, including 5G spectrum, with the sale of spectrum in the 3.3GHz band generating the highest revenue of 80,590 crore. A total of 39,270 crore, 14,709 crore, and 10,376 crore were generated from the sale of airwaves in the 700MHz, 26GHz, and 1,800MHz bands, respectively.

“We understand that the spectrum purchased is good enough for covering the entire country. So, there’s good reason to believe that in the coming two to three years, we’ll have very good coverage of 5G in the entire country,” telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had said after the auction.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is worth the money

Flip 4 is all about its design. It is compact, and the tiny foldable flip makes it unique and worth the pick.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is worth the money

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is similar, constant but worth the upgrade. After the success of Flip 3, we now have Flip 4. How is it different and what does it offer? What makes it a worthwhile pick? Let’s find out.
On the face of it, it derives from the same design language with no real difference. The form factor of this phone is the real winning element of this device. It is small, easy to carry, and does look very cute, making it without a doubt the best flip you can have.
Samsung has really worked its way right when we talk about the foldable segment. The Flip 4 gets a better camera, battery, and a new chipset.
DISPLAY AND DESIGN:
Flip 4 is all about its design. It is compact, and the tiny foldable flip makes it unique and worth the pick. It does have an oomph factor, which might not appeal to everyone. For those who like the look of it, it’s totally worth it then. It’s the design of this device that makes it stand out. It comes in four colors: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, and Blue. There’s a single USB Type-C port on the bottom, and only two buttons: a power button and a volume rocker. In comparison to the other flip phones that are available globally, the Flip 4 is worth the money and totally wins in design.
The cover screen gets bigger and better and, trust me, you can do it all on it. Now you do not really have to flip the device open to make the changes. The cover screen lets you use the camera, access widgets, and toggle quick settings. You’ll see the time, date, and battery percentage on the main cover screen. Naturally, you can customise it with your own imagery. There’s also an always-on display option, which is turned off by default. If you swipe in from the left, you’ll see notifications, and from the right, you’ll see widgets. If you swipe down from the top, you’ll get quick settings. You can access the camera via the cover screen, giving you some worthy selfies. Having a proper ultra-wide lens means that you can take great group photos as well.
The Flex mode when your device is at 90 degrees is one such mode, which is great for taking video calls and meetings. A few apps have been optimised for its usage as well, but I used it the most for meetings. It does work like a real mini tablet, which does the job.
CAMERA:
You might not be buying the Flip 4 for its camera. It does have a decent set up, but the strongest point of the device is that you get a dual 12MP sensor, and the main camera has been improved for better low-light performance. The front camera has a 10MP sensor There are two 12MP sensors (f/1.8 and f/2.2 ultra-wide), and there’s no telephoto lens.
The picture quality is average and is majorly meant to just click pictures, not to take some extraordinary shots. It’s great for group selfies via cover screen. You can shoot 720p 960fps slow motion video as well.
PERFORMACE& SOFTWARE:
The new chip set is the highlight of the device. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 includes a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and 8GB of RAM. You are getting some top-level specs and experience. I wasn’t expecting such a jump for Flip4. It is a great addition and something to appreciate Samsung for. The device worked seamlessly for me without any hiccups. You might buy the flip for the design, but you will love it for its performance as well. (This might not apply to all.)
The battery of the device is good. It could have been better. It does last you 10–12 working hours. You don’t get a charger in the box.
VERDICT:
The question always boils down to whether you want to choose this device or not. Then again, if you are looking for a stylish device that is compact and does have appeal, it fits well in your pocket and handbag, does look different, and it is convenient. You get an updated chipset which works fairly well.
Then this one could be an easy pick. But if you want a device with a good camera and are not inclined towards the flip action, then you might not want to spend Rs 89,999 on this device.

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Keeway launches K300 twins in Indian market

Both the bikes share the same heart and have an aggressive-looking front end with an attractive headlamp unit, an angular fuel tank, split-style seat design, an underbelly exhaust, and a short tail section.

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Keeway launches K300 twins in Indian market

Hungarian two-wheeler maker Keeway has recently entered the Indian market with some premium scooters and motorcycles, which include a cruiser and a bobber in the 300-cc segment. Now the brand has expanded its portfolio with two new bikes, the K300 N and K300 R. While the K300 N is a naked street motorcycle, the K300 R is a racing sports offering. Both the bikes share the same heart and have an aggressive-looking front end with an attractive headlamp unit, an angular fuel tank, split-style seat design, an underbelly exhaust, and a short tail section. But there’s also a lot that differentiates both the motorcycles.

Keeway K300 N
The K300 N runs on a 292cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled system with four valves and EFI, which delivers 27.5 hp and 25 Nm of torque managed via a six-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch to maintain speed around corners while down-shifting. Keeway says that despite being a naked, the K300 N comes loaded with features. The pared-down design shows off the bassinet frame and exposes the aesthetic tubing around the engine, while low-profile fenders cover the slick rear tyres. An inverted telescopic front fork suspension is aided by front and rear disc brakes, while the bike also gets dual-channel ABS.
The K300 N features an upright riding position, a 12.5L angular fuel tank, a higher front end and handlebar-mounted mirrors, giving the rider a commanding view of the road. The bike is 1990 mm long, 780 mm wide, and 1070 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1360 mm and comes with a ground clearance of 150 mm. The K300N gets 17-inch wheels on both the front and rear. The fuel tank capacity is 12.5 litres while the seat height is 795 mm.
It is available in three colours – Matte White, Matte Red, and Matte Black. While the Matte White is priced at Rs. 2.65 lakh, the Matter Red is Rs. 10,000 more expensive. The Matte Black has been priced at Rs. 2.85 lakh, ex-showroom.

Keeway K300 R
This K300 R gets a sleek aerodynamic design with a short windshield, compact handlebars, an aesthetic bassinet frame and drag-reducing fairings to cut through the air. Sleek lines and an aggressive riding position make it a sports bike designed to be ridden on the road, according to Keeway. The K300 R weighs 165 kg and runs on the same engine as the naked motorcycle. Here too, you get a slipper clutch to maintain speed around corners.
The bike is 2010 mm long, 750 mm wide and 1080 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1360 mm and comes with a ground clearance of 135 mm. The K300N gets 17-inch wheels at the front and rear. The fuel tank holds 12 litres, and the seat height is 780 mm.
A centre-aligned mono rear suspension provides 46mm of travel, and the plush fork with hydraulic damping offers 110mm of cushion. Minimalist fenders cover the front and rear tyres. Just like the 300N, the 300R also gets front and rear disc brakes along with dual ABS. The K300 R is also available in three colours – Glossy White, Glossy Red, and Glossy Black. At Rs. 2.99 lakh, Glossy White is the cheapest option on offer, while Glossy Black is priced at Rs. 3.20 lakh, making it the most expensive offering. Sitting between the two is Glossy Red, which has been priced at Rs. 3.10 lakh, ex-showroom. Keeway motorcycles and scooters are being sold at Benelli showrooms across the country and deliveries will begin at the end of this month. The brand is already selling the Vieste 300 and Sixties 300i retro-styled scooters in India, apart from the V302C and K-light 250V motorcycles.
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.

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